Stonebridge Bistro faces 2-day license suspension for serving alcohol to minors

Oct 9, 2018

Selectmen punished the owner of the Stonebridge Bistro in Onset on Tuesday night after the restaurant was caught selling alcohol to minors back in August. As this was the restaurant’s first offense, Selectmen opted for a two-day liquor license suspension. 

“I apologize for this event deeply,” said owner Justin Hadley. “And I promise I’m doing everything I can to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Wareham Police conducted identification compliance checks on more than 40 restaurants, bars and clubs in town this summer. The Bay Pointe Club and the Americana Cafe failed these checks alongside Stonebridge by serving alcohol to two underage agents. Their licenses were suspended earlier this month on Oct. 2 and 3.

Hadley was originally set to appear at the same hearing on Sept. 25, but said his notice was sent to the wrong P.O. box.

The Stonebridge Bistro will be unable to serve alcohol on Oct. 24 and 25 although they may remain open to sell food. The bistro will also be required to post a sign explaining the reason for the suspension.

According to Hadley, the employee who served the underage agents was suspended for two weeks following the incident. 

“I’ve fired multiple people since then for failing to check ID,” he added. “I don’t like doing it, but I’m trying to send a message.”