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Salem Police Seize Fresh Taste of Asia's Liquor License

Salem's Fresh Taste of Asia lost its liquor license Wednesday afternoon.

The Fresh Taste of Asia, Salem.
The Fresh Taste of Asia, Salem.

Although the owner was given a stern warning at a Salem Licensing Board meeting last month, the Fresh Taste of Asia lost its liquor license Wednesday afternoon. 

At 3:08 p.m., Salem Detectives Charlene Sano and James Page reportedly entered the Washington Street restaurant and seized the business' liquor license, according to today's police log post.

In November, the owner of the restaurant was warned that he and several other local restaurants were not in compliance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 304 - a fire safety bill that was enacted following the 2004 Station Nightclub tragedy in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

According to the warning issued at the licensing board meeting last month, Fresh Taste of Asia won't get its liquor license back until fire officials complete a safety inspection of the premises.

Salem Patch will post additional information as it becomes available. 
Steve December 04, 2013 at 11:06 PM
I can't believe this!!!
melas December 05, 2013 at 01:22 AM
The Station Night Club tragedy should never happen again. It's a shame we didn't learn from the Coconut Grove tragedy.
Paul Mazzarella December 05, 2013 at 08:16 AM
Wasn't it previously reported that the place was shutting down to make room for a new Red Lulu this month? What's the status of that? Is it here to stay now?
ken December 05, 2013 at 10:19 AM
er, that place is one room where the patrons are always steps from the sidewalk, through obvious fire exits. What exactly is the issue?
melas December 05, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 304…Probably fire sprinklers.
KlassySalem December 05, 2013 at 10:37 AM
They didn't get their annual inspection. My guess is that it's rectified in the next few days. I was at the LB meeting. They were definitely warned this would happen. As for Red Lulu, last I knew, the sale to them was off, at least temporarily.
ken December 05, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Yeah, I'm not reading a piece of legislation and trying to guess which part of the bill is the issue in question. I doubt that the bill passed in response to the Station fire has one requirement.
SalemEats December 05, 2013 at 01:57 PM
From the horses mouth, the Lolita deal is off.
KlassySalem December 05, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I don't think Taste of Asia really serves horse. That's just a rumor.
Steve December 05, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I just got a Groupon for this place. If they go out of business I want my money back.
SalemEats December 05, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Certainly no guarantees, but Klassy is probably correct with "My guess is that it's rectified in the next few days". That said, keep an eye on it.

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