Braza Bar and Grill in Everett reopened Tuesday after they voluntarily closed their doors last week after a Malden mother was shot and killed in the parking lot.
The restaurant shut down last Friday at the request of the City of Everett and the police while investigators looked into the killing of Ashlee “Penny” Berryman, who was killed early Thursday morning.
Braza went before the Licensing Board on Monday night for a violation promoting a happy-hour alcohol special on their Facebook page, which violates Massachusetts laws on advertising or selling discounted liquors. Their closing time was moved up to 11 p.m. from 1 a.m. for the foreseeable future. They had not been hit with any liquor violations in their four years of operation.
The board said that owner Joe Pinto needed to install lights on the side of the building, boost the restaurant’s security system, provide background checks on bouncers and security personnel and have police details from 8 p.m. to midnight on Thursday through Saturday nights.
The Boston Globe reported that Pinto apologized to the crowd at Everett City Hall, saying that he will no longer work with the promoter who hosted the open-microphone night that Berryman, 21, attended the night she died.
Everett Police are still looking into the circumstances surrounding Berryman’s death.