Taverns are kind of supposed to have beer, but that's still not the case at Shaw's Tavern. The bar only just opened, but already the City Paper learns that the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has cited it for operating without a license. As Eater noted last week, the bar had said it was still working on paperwork for its liquor license and so it made its debut without alcohol service. But it seems that it is the pre-opening activities being called into question — namely, a soft-opening charity event benefiting victims of domestic violence that "maybe" had alcohol and definitely didn't have the required one-day operating license.
No one answered the phone when Eater tried this morning, but as of yesterday afternoon the boozeless bar's Facebook page still indicates that they're serving a boozeless dinner. Meanwhile, chef John Cochran tells the paper, "Do we have a hearing coming up? Yes. Are we completely panicked about it? Yes? Am I some poor schlep that hasn’t gone into the restaurant business the last few years because I closed my own business because I didn’t want to deal with this shit? Yes."