Sangillo's Tavern, one of Portland's iconic dive bars, is in danger of losing its liquor license, reports the Press Herald. The police are recommending to the City Council that the bar's license not be renewed. As the paper points out, the City Council doesn't always listen to the recs from the PD (see Outliers Eatery). Still, the case may have some merit: There was a shooting outside of Sangillo's earlier this year and the cops have visited the place nearly two dozen times in less than 12 months. Given that the doors open at 8 a.m. (9 on Sundays) and stay open until 1 a.m. and the drinks are strong and cheap, some level of disobedience has to be expected. It will be up to Portland's elected officials to decide how much is too much.
The attorney for Sangillo's told the PPH that the tavern on the Old Port fringe has taken steps to improve safety, installing video cameras, hiring a doorman on weekend nights and ceasing the sale of "two brands of cognac, Hennessy and Remy Martin, because 'the purchase of these liquors was related to detrimental conduct.'"
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