Lavender ... it's been one of the most controversial topics in Sudbury this year.
The Asian restaurant was in the spotlight back in May after it was issued a liquor license violation the night Annual Town Meeting ended, when Selectmen Larry O'Brien, John Drobinski, Town Manager Maureen Valente and other town officials gathered to celebrate.
The restaurant, which had been given two courtesy warnings that night from the Sudbury Police Department, was cited for hosting patrons past the allowed hours.
And there was the car accident involving Elizabeth Rust, the Sudbury Department of Planning and Community Development employee who crashed her car during the early morning hours of May 9 on Concord Road when she hit two signs and a granite post at the Union Avenue intersection. She told the responding officer she had left Lavender and was cited for her third OUI. That case is still pending at Framingham District Court.
At the last Board of Selectmen meeting, the Board voted, 2-1, to allow the restaurant to stay open until 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving (Wednesday into Thursday). Drobinski argued it's been a tradition as local kids come home from college and want a place to congregate. O'Brien, who had recused himself from all Lavender talk until the last meeting, voted to approve the motion. Bob Haarde voted against.
What do you think, Sudbury? Should Lavender be given the special exemption?
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