Bangkok Paradise's Liquor License Revoked

The Salem Licensing Board revoked Bangkok Paradise's liquor license Thursday night.

The Salem Licensing Board revoked Bangkok Paradise's liquor license at their meeting Thursday night.

At Licensing Board meeting last month, Chief of Police Paul Tucker, accompanied by one of his captains and three patrolman, told board members that underage patrons were being served at the Washington Street restaurant and said "my officers feel this situation with Bangkok Paradise is out of control. As Chief I cannot let this stand."

Less than two weeks after that meeting, the restaurant's owner, Jesus Franco, 42, of 34 Perkins St., Salem, was arrested and charged with trafficking Oxycodone following a multi-agency drug bust.

Here's how the board voted Thursday night:

  • Illegality on premise - Minor being served. License suspend three days, one day to be served.
  • Alleged illegality on premise - Trafficking a Class A substance (Oxycodone). License suspended six months beginning Nov. 12 until May 13.
  • Alleged illegality on premise - Trafficking a Class A substance (Oxycodone) License revoked, effective May 14, 2013.

What do you think about the board's decision? Let us know in the comments section below.

Jared Robinson November 09, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Leonard Nicodemo November 09, 2012 at 01:09 PM
So do they stay open for the next two days? How does this work?
laurie November 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Good now I hope he sells the place and maybe we can get our club back...goths rule...and we are pieceful people who don't get in trouble with the police
laurie November 09, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Good now maybe hell sell the place and we can have our club back......
Michael November 09, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I guess it means he can stay open but can't serve alcohol which is usually a death sentence for these kinds of places. I'm glad. Too many issues with this place.
jmiz November 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM
No business should be shut down for "Alleged " anything....once found guilty..then proceed...who cares what the officers opinions are, their opinion has no more weight than yours or mine
AmericanTotalDefense November 09, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I went there once and thought i was in an underground ghetto gangland hangout. The service was subpar, the environment was disgustingly dirty and intimidating, and the people who were in there all seemed to either create the environment or were disgusted with it as well. I am not surprised something like this was going on and am happy to rid our beautiful downtown of such a sore. We should put a karate school there! how much is rent?
AmericanTotalDefense November 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Lets be honest to ourselves.... it's not 1 problem they have it's more than 1. The alleged was only on 1 issue with the place and AT THAT the investigation was a LONG one and included multiple agencies hence the alleged isnt so alleged anymore. To maintain/lose a liquour license, you dont have to be found guilty of a crime. your neighbors can complain you out so regardless if he's been convicted yet or not, no one wants them there anyways. I doubt if it was simple suspicion they wouldnt have gone so far and alleged wouldnt be good enough to shut them down. Cops dont get involved in shutting a place down often but when they do and have all this evidence from multiple agencies on an illegal investigation of the owner, i'm pretty sure they got every chance they needed to clean it up and run it right. selling drugs and alcohol to minors is NOT running it right and if you've been there you KNOW they werent just selling to 1 minor and got caught. theres always minors in there with alcohol. Nevermind the guy is a class A drug dealer.... get rid of them and lets brighten up the area with honorable business
Darrell Bibby November 09, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Well, I am one of the few (I guess) that liked the place. Yeah, missed the Goth but had some fun dancing there.
Kerri J November 09, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I’ve lived in the apartments near Bangkok for 6 years and never once had an issue until the new owners took over. My brake light was smashed, from people that tailgate in the back lot before going into the bar and while out having a cigarette they sit on the cars in the lot. I am tired of finding broken glass bottles, empty beer cans and used condoms in my private parking lot. I shouldn’t be intimidated trying to use the back door of my apartment building while bringing home groceries. I am glad they lost their liquor license; use this time to get your act together. Follow the rules and take a little pride in owning a business and there’s no reason for you not to have success.
William Legault November 09, 2012 at 05:12 PM
No. The license had to be physically turned in this morning. City Hall closes at noon today and does not open again until Monday morning, meaning the actual license will not be available until then. If the license is not physically on the premises, they cannot serve alcohol. Since the food license is tied to the alcohol license they also cannot serve food.
Michelle November 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I am very happy they shut that place down before anyone got hurt because it was just a matter of time.
bill November 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I know for certain fact the Salem PDF to use corruption to rid a person from city or property...I would watch some major chain store or even a exspansion from other businesses or even sale of building in up coming year...far fetch...go check out YouTube
Joanne R November 09, 2012 at 11:51 PM
The business was sold over a year ago but groups of people were in and out regularly for months while they were "remodeling". I lived next door and it was very obvious that something not good was going on even before they opened for business. The private parking lot which belong to tenants of the neighboring parking building were vandalized, large groups of intimidating people were hanging out back, and the clientele had definately changed from previous owner. Is this the kind of place with all the brawls, overserving, and serving to minors you want across from city hall right next to respectable tax paying businesses?? I for one am glad they are gone it is not good for Salem!!
tracy November 10, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Oh my God I just look at that you tube video..the poor dude was sleeping too and I too seen them unlock door..holy corrupt force..any one know which that Guy is..I feel so bad for him...yes after viewing video maybe Bangkok should look to see if drugs were planted


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