Two Franklin Businesses Caught in Sting

Ichigo Ichie was one of two Franklin businesses caught selling alcohol to a minor during recent police liquor stings, the Japanese restaurant’s second such violation in as many years.

On June 28, four Franklin police officers and two underage operatives conducted liquor compliance checks at 35 businesses from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Twenty-seven passed, while six were closed.

Ichigo Ichie, 837 West Central St., and Village Mall Liquors, 60 Franklin Village Drive, failed the checks.

At Ichigo Ichie, a 19-year-old “decoy” was served a glass of beer, according to the police report. The 19-year-old at Village Mall Liquors bought a 12-pack of beer without showing ID, police said.

The latest violation marks Ichigo Ichie’s second in two years.

It last failed a compliance check in July 2012, six months after celebrating its grand opening. The Town Council suspended the restaurant’s liquor license for one day; Ichigo Ichie received its license on Oct. 11, 2012, according to the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

Village Mall Liquors has never recorded a violation.

Both businesses were scheduled to appear before the council Wednesday night for hearings on the violations, but the meeting was pushed to next Wednesday.

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