Murphy's Liquor License to Be Suspended 10 Days

The Salem Licensing Board voted to suspend Murphy's liquor licenses for 10 days.

The Salem Licensing Board handed down a stiff punishment Thursday to the owner of Murphy's Restaurant and Pub after police told board members that the bar had been repeatedly serving underage patrons.

The Derby Street bar was hit with a 10-day license suspension for serving alcohol to minors and over-serving customers, according to the Salem News.

The three allegations of serving underage patrons all involved women under 21, including one who was charged with drunken driving; one who was transported to the hospital; and a third who may have been sexually assaulted after drinking at the establishment, according to the Salem News story.

The suspension is scheduled to begin sometime after Thanksgiving.

Do you think the serving of underage patrons is a problem at other Salem establishments? Have you seen underage patrons getting in the front door and served at other downtown bars?

Let us know in the comments section below.

JOHN CAHILL November 18, 2012 at 01:32 PM
shut your windows at night guess what no noise
Jack Carver November 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I have been wrong before, but only one name and signature appears on the Deed, mortgage, and discharge of both Paddy Kelly's and Murphy's and its a womans name
Amy Larru November 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
The owner is male, Peter Kelly. He owns Murphy's and The Pickled Onion. Hasn't owned Paddy's in several years.
Dan Faust November 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Hey John guess what? we havent had our windows open in 6 years, so unless you live here be a little understanding please........
KlassySalem November 18, 2012 at 03:00 PM
You moved next to what's been a bar for a very long time, into a building that was marketed as being in the middle of the action. Action is loud.
Amy Larru November 18, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Dan - I happen to agree with you. They have placed outside speakers against city ordinances and had to remove them, and their patio is quite often not cleared out by the designated time. I feel for you living next to that establishment. Not to mention the very, very frequent habit of over serving and releasing loud, reckless patrons out into the street who are in no state of mind to end the party. The streets stay loud long after closing time, until police come and motivate them to go home.
Amy Larru November 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
At least you will have 10 days of quiet. ;)
Dan Faust November 18, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Thanks Amy for your understanding and yes we are looking forward to that. We accept noise living downtown and we love being here.....bottom line.
Dan Faust November 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Hey classey salem, you are wrong on so many counts I won't bother correcting you.
adrienne November 18, 2012 at 07:11 PM
When you choose to live in a downtown area, you expect a normal amount of urban noise like fire engines, sirens, traffic & street noise. I am often coming home from work around 1 a.m. and for years & years, what I have seen & heard around Murphy's at that time of night is excessive. Glad they got popped. Hoping they get shut down for good.
Joseph K. Landsman November 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Our esteemed Mayor claims she wants to make Salem into the "go-to" city town on the North Shore. My question is: does she want to make it the "go-to" town on the North Shore for drinkers, drunks, vandals, reckless drivers, drug abusers, etc., etc., etc. Or does she want to make it the "go-to" town for tourism, shops, businesses, investors, and the people who come to make it a home for their families. If it's the latter, then perhaps she should look at her priorities...and the same goes for the ancient City Council who are still in the dark ages when it comes to looking to the future for this potentially vibrant city.
john November 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
It's the go-to city for taxes.
John Merrett November 18, 2012 at 07:47 PM
She can start by cleaning up all the trash there is directly behind city hall. After raising perking fees and Question 4 passing, the city owes the people at least cleanliness.
JOHN CAHILL November 19, 2012 at 12:47 AM
parking i went to salem schools
Drew November 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
What ever happened to Shirley W., did she move?
Dan Faust November 19, 2012 at 06:49 PM
She is still here and has become a great advocate for downtown residents.
Diane Wolf November 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
She's still in town, but keeping a low(er) profile. I saw her just the other day.
Daniel silva November 19, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Dan , I live downtown , and I know for sure Murphy's opened 3 and 1/2 years ago .... So to me , sounds like your " noise" problem is from somewhere else !!!!!
Dan Faust November 19, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Dan, when we moved in 7 years ago, the noise was NORMAL. Since Murphys opened around APRIL 2008, (that means almost 5, not 3 and 1/2), it has been unbearable. We have a right to get a nights sleep. ALL the downtown residents have the same rights as everyone else. This isnt the only "problem area"
Cwheels November 19, 2012 at 09:43 PM
That building has been a bar/restaurant for as long as I can remember and I have been here 35 years. It would be great if Murphy's was a fine dining establishment or at least serving a different type of clientele but its not and hasn't been for a long time. Dan, didn't you check out the bar next door before you bought? I would have gone down there on a Friday and Saturday night,at the very least you could have yelped it.
Dan Faust November 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I delivered concrete to our building during construction and I have been a north shore resident for 24 years and know the area well. At the time we bought here Roosevelts was closed and the developer said it was going to be a Redbones. It sat for 2 years, no Redbones. Then Murphy's arrived, and the rest is history. I have nothing against the owner personally, but his business plan has disrupted many lives, as he goes home to an uninterupted sleep each night.
Cwheels November 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The place sucks for sure but would you really be that much happier if your condo smelt like ribs all the time?
Dan Faust November 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
That would be fine with us ,it would blend well with the bakery.it would be constant drooling!!!
Kimberlly N. November 20, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dan, First of all id like to say i'm very glad you finally get to have a great night sleep after 5 years of loud "Unbearable" nights. 300,000 dollars for a noisy condo must be very rough. Wait....you know whats probably more rough....the 50 plus employees that arent as financialy stable as you who have rent to pay, car payments, mortgages, child support, student loans, and food to provide for their family. I'm not talking about nightlife....I'm talking about the everyday open to close employees that happen to be very good friends of mine. You talk about a bar/club in the middle of Salem Ma being obnoxious and loud.....guess what....its freaking downtown Salem! Tourist destination spot...busiest town outside of Boston on the North Shore! 7 years ago when you moved to Salem, what exactly did you think it was gonna be like?? All i see on these websites is people bitching selfishly about things like this. What your pretty much saying by not wanting so many bars/restaurants/clubs in the area is that you want all the poeple in each establishment unemployed, eventually leading to more foreclosures, people on welfare, and young kids not being able to pay off their student loans. Stop being selfish.
Dan Faust November 20, 2012 at 09:34 AM
I worked for 36 years driving a concrete truck and retired and have to work part time to pay the bills and most people in this building are hard working folks, dont play that crap with me, im done with this.
Carolyn Costain November 20, 2012 at 07:07 PM
What an ignorant thing to say "shut your windows?" for god sakes! people have the right to the peaceful enjoyment of their homes and loud bars/ owners should be respectful of that fact! People try to conserve energy by shutting off air conditioner on a nice night and open the windows. When people have had enough they will petition to close the bars earlier etc. So the owners really need to work with their neighbors not annoy them!
Carolyn Costain November 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Hey Kim , your boss makes enough money to pay all of you. He should have plenty of money for sound proofing and paying bouncers that can keep the party inside the bar not migrating out into the streets at all hours. When people get ;loud and obnoxious you can only guess that they have been "over served" and are drunk!
JOHN CAHILL November 21, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Kimberlly n November 21, 2012 at 01:36 AM
FYI Carolyn , I am not an employee , I'm just a normal salem resident , who love Murphy's !!! I go there to eat at least 3 times a week with MY FAMILY !!!! And all the employees there are nothing but good hardworking and honest people ....learn how to read the comments!!!!
JOHN CAHILL November 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
carolyn we dont make money we earn it only the feds make money


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