In sharp contrast to the kerfuffle that surrounded the April license renewalAJ:
hearings for the Skybox Bar and Grill, a review of the bar’s operations Monday
was short and without any rancor. The six-month review by the city’s municipal
officers was part of the conditions outlined when the Brown Street bar’s liquor,
food service, poolroom and pinball licenses were renewed on April 6.
At issue behind the denial [of Shai's Lounge's requests for licensing] is a
April misdemeanor conviction for the sale and use of drug paraphernalia in
Biddeford, stemming from a July 2009 incident at a Getty station owned by [Shai]
Patel. On Patel’s application, he indicated that he had not been convicted of
any crime in the past 10 years, and the councilors based their denial on both
the conviction and its omission from the applications.
- John C.L. Morgan