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Strip club may face suspension of liquor license

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A local strip club, The Golden Banana has been accused of violating its liquor license by over-serving patrons at least three times. It was announced Friday that the club, an institution on busy Route 1 for over 30 years, was investigated the week before by state and local undercover agents working under the direction of the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. The commission, a state organization, works outside of the local town liquor license board.

The club, located in Peabody, Massachusetts notes on its website that it is “North of Boston’s premier Gentleman’s Club. Our 10,000 sq. foot entertainment complex features an upscale atmosphere with VIP services and the hottest, all-nude dancers in New England. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are always welcome, and we cater to couples.”

In a 2011 court case, the owner of the club, Mark Filtranti stated that “The Golden Banana does not sell food;  it only sells alcoholic beverages, which constitutes its “main source of income.” This makes any alcohol related violation, with the potential of revocation of the liquor license financially disastrous for the club.

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission is an agency under the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General Steven Grossman. Its web site states: “It is our overall objective to provide uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state.” State Treasurer Steven Grossman is currently running for election as Governor of Massachusetts. The Local Licensing Authority may grant a liquor license to an establishment after receiving permission from the ABCC.

One may wonder why the state stepped in instead of allowing the city’s three person Licensing Board to monitor the club. The investigation and subsequent accusations were the result of the ABCC’s Last Call program. Last Call checks back with drunk drivers to find out where they obtained their alcohol. Apparently, there have been enough drivers being over-served at the Golden Banana too warrant further investigation. Peabody police detectives were involved in the investigation.

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