The Boston Licensing Board today notified the owners of Rabia's on Salem Street they better cut it out with the maskless servers, the more than six people crowded at tables, the wandering violinists popping in to play for diners.
The restaurant's manager and lawyer said last week they were no longer allowing that sort of thing, so for now, the formal warning has no effect. However, should the city find any further Covid-19 violations at the restaurant, the warning could be used to impose stricter penalties - such as a longer license suspension - than the restaurant might otherwise get.
At last week's hearing, licensing detectives noted violations found during a snap inspection as well as videos that both the restaurant and others had posted on social media, showing the violations. The manager said she was unaware that one of the neighborhood's two strolling violinists had even showed up at the restaurant, although he was featured prominently in a video the restaurant itself had posted on Instagram,
Covid-19 regulations issued by both the state and the city bar more than six patrons at a table, require employees to be masked at all times and prohibit live entertainment.