Samuel’s entertainment license temporarily suspended

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield has temporarily suspended the entertainment license of Samuel’s Tap and Tavern following an investigation into whether the establishment violated its license terms and/or security plan the night 23-year-old Achim Bailey was asked to leave the bar.

Bailey’s body was recovered from the Connecticut River months later.

Director of Licensing Alesia Days provided 22News with a copy of the city’s findings and decision. According to that document, Deputy City Solicitor Kathleen Breck found that Samuel’s violated its security plan by failing to prepare and file an incident report after a female patron complained about unwelcome touching by Bailey and Bailey was asked to leave the bar. Breck said interior cameras were not recording footage for 30 days, to include the night in question, which was also found to be a technical violation of their security plan.

Consequently, the deputy city solicitor recommended that Samuel’s license be suspended for two days (a Friday, and a Saturday or Sunday). Three more suspension days will be “held in abeyance for a period of time in 2020” and will be dismissed if there are no further problems with the Samuel’s entertainment license.

Samuel’s owner Ed Grimaldi told 22News their entertainment license is suspended for Friday January 10 and Saturday January 11. He said on those days, they will still be open for business as usual, but they are not allowed to turn on the TVs or play music.

“While Samuel’s is very disappointed with the ruling, we are doing our best to support the process and the Mayor’s efforts,” Grimaldi said. “During this time, we will remain open and continue to serve our guests and loyal customers as we have done for over 16 years.”

The city also recommended that Samuel’s add an extra security staff to stand outside the door at closing time to observe people leaving for signs of impairment or intoxication.

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