Somerville board: Should bars prohibit ‘last call’ blitz?

Somerville officials stirred up the idea of putting a nightcap on bars and restaurants announcing “last call,” fearing it prompts binge-drinking before patrons head out the door.

During a meeting of the Somerville Licensing Commission, board members claimed announcing “last call” encourages excess boozing instead of taking time to sober up.

“The discussion at the [meeting] is at a very early stage … there will be considerably more study and analysis before the Commission decides whether or not even to pursue the idea further,” according to Thomas Champion, Somerville’s executive director of communications.

But local bar staffers said Thursday that they already follow best practices to keep customers under control.

“We don’t want everyone rushing to the bar in the last 10 minutes and then going out,” said Chris Morrissey, bar manager at Joshua Tree in Davis Square.

Morrissey said his bartenders don’t blast warnings for last call — they just stop serving at a designated time.  “We get people complaining they didn’t hear last call,” he said.

Desmond Rushe, manager at The Burren, also in Davis Square, said he flashes the light, but never sees people splurge. “It’s not a huge issue,” he said.

Champion said the discussion between members of the commission wasn’t sparked by a specific incident, but rather was a preliminary, “larger public health discussion.”

Follow Steve Annear on Twitter @steveannear


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.