The cops want bar owners to be diligent about checking IDs at the door — unless, that is, the patron in question is an undercover officer.
In June 2006, Wayne Ryan of Nick’s Food & Spirits in Bellows Falls denied entry to State Trooper Eric Vitali, who was operating undercover and did not show the owner his ID. Ryan, who walks with a cane, put his hands on Vitali’s shoulders and moved him bodily toward the exit.
A few days later, he was arrested and charged with impeding an officer, but the charges were quickly dropped.
Ryan sued, and this week he won a written apology from the village and a $22,500 settlement from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. He still has a suit pending against Vitali and the state police.
Justin Turcotte: Gotta love our little food Mecca!
Roy: Meh. They can't compare to Red Hen and dealing with Hunt is often not worth the trouble.
Tammy Goughnour: This will be AWESOME!! Their pastry is out of this world!!
Old Vermonter: Amazing they lasted so long with such terrible business acumem
Bryan Bouchard: It wasn't that good before. Of they didn't reopen it wouldn't be a great loss to the Burlington…