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State Liquor Commission to hold emergency meeting on Hanover Street's GlowBar

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 06. 2018 9:32AM
Clockwise from top left, Demi Shuman, Roselyn De Jesus, Luck Ndahigwa and Eddy Assani. Manchester Police 

MANCHESTER — The state Liquor Commission will hold an emergency meeting regarding a troublesome Hanover Street bar after a city police officer was punched in the face over the holiday weekend while trying to prevent a fight there, police said.

It was the second assault suffered by Officer Michael Roscoe in four months involving GlowBar, a downtown cigar bar that draws a young crowd with entertainment featuring hip hop, Caribbean, reggae and other musical styles.

Wednesday, Police Chief Carlo Capano announced that the state Liquor Commission has called an emergency hearing about the club. Details of that emergency hearing, such as when and where it will take place, have yet to emerge.

He said emergency hearings are held within 10 days, and will occur before a Sept. 14 hearing the Liquor Commission had scheduled regarding GlowBar.

“It’s one of the bars we’ve been dealing with for close to a year now,” Capano told the Manchester Police Commission. “It’s been a work in progress. They’ve been a bit of an issue for us.”

In an email, the Liquor Commission said Glow Bar was cited for liquor-license violations on June 22, and the Sept. 14 administrative hearing will discuss terms of the settlement.

“The safety of patrons and the public is of paramount importance to the New Hampshire Liquor Commission,” said Mark Armaganian, chief of licensing and enforcement for the Liquor Commission. “We are working closely with the Manchester Police Department and city officials to investigate the recent incident at GlowBar and take appropriate action.”

GlowBar is licensed as a tobacco bar, which under state law is allowed to sell alcohol as a sideline to cigar and tobacco sales. On June 22, the Liquor Commission cited Glow Bar for failing to generate 60 percent or more of its revenue from tobacco sales and failing to retain sales records pertaining to alcohol.

Liquor Commission enforcers proposed several penalties. It ordered GlowBar to stop the sale of alcohol at 9:30 p.m. for 90 days. If management complies, GlowBar could increase last call by an extra hour at 30-day intervals, provided the business complies with Liquor Commission rules.

The licensee, identified as Raymond Farmer, also was ordered to attend training seminars and pay a $250 fine.

Farmer has contested the penalties and is expected to argue his case at the Sept. 14 hearing.

Three fights have taken place outside the bar since May, according to newspaper accounts. Roscoe received a concussion in May after getting kicked in the head. He was punched early Monday morning, police said.

Police have ordered GlowBar to hire off-duty police to work at the bar. But Capano said at times officers have not been available to take the shifts. Capano said Roscoe was on patrol when the most recent assault took place.

Police said Roscoe was trying to prevent a fight between two women when one disparaged him and punched him in the face as he tried to arrest her.

A crowd of patrons gathered, and Roscoe had to call for backup.

The Liquor Commission has closed two Manchester clubs over public nuisance issues: Fire and Ice, which was on Elm Street, and SixIde, which was at the GlowBar location, 123 Hanover St.

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