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Police: Machiavelli’s Owner Facing Criminal Charges for October Violations

Officers arrested Southington resident Spendi Bomova just before 1 a.m. Thursday, saying he padlocked a rear exit to his restaurant and put patrons in direct danger last October.

A criminal investigation into violations discovered at Machiavelli’s Restaurant on Center Street has led to charges against the owner after police said Thursday that he acted recklessly and dangerously in locking a back door, putting his patrons at risk.

Officers took Spendi Bomova, of 14 Rosemont Ave., into custody at his restaurant early Thursday morning. He was booked on one charge of first-degree reckless endangerment and released after posting a $5,000 non-surety bond.

Bomova is due in Bristol Superior Court for arraignment on Jan. 28.

The charges stem from a criminal investigation initiated after an inspection in October 2012 at the 75 Center St. restaurant revealed multiple safety and liquor violations, police said.

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“During the inspection, the establishment was found to be overcrowded,” Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said in a press release Thursday. “The rear exit door of the establishment was found to be padlocked shut with sliding bolt locking device and a padlock. This locked door was the only means of exiting the establishment from the rear in the event of an emergency.”

Dobratz said in October that the Southington Police Department, in partnership with the Connecticut State Liquor Commission and the Southington Fire Department, conducted an unannounced inspection on Oct. 13, 2012.

According to police reports from the inspection, officials discovered multiple violations including the following:

  • Refilling Liquor Bottles
  • Definition of Restaurant Permit (No Dining Room)
  • Fire Safety (Overcrowding; Locking of Fire Door)
  • No Age Statement Forms
  • No Permittee Name Sign
  • Sanitation - Liquor Bottles
  • Sanitation - Women's Bathroom- no hand drying unit
  • Impaired Second Exit: (Back exit, second means of egress was dead bolted and locked with a padlock).
  • Excessive Occupancy: The number of patrons in the bar area exceeded the allowable limits.
  • Emergency Illumination: a majority of the emergency lighting was not functioning properly or did not function at all.

Bomova claimed following the incident that the liquor violations were a misunderstanding as the unmarked bottles were used in cooking, not in serving drinks. He added that the door was unintentionally left locked and is kept locked during non-business hours because of issues involving people entering from the rear.

He could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday morning.

Deputy Fire Marshal Hal Ballard told the Record-Journal in October that following the inspection, Bomova worked with officials and addressed all concerns related to the inspection.

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Evan Goldberg January 17, 2013 at 05:44 PM
This is ridicules, they went in last October to find underage drinkers last month and found nobody, but still tried to find anything they could to pin on this guy. He was just arrested last night at 1:00 a.m. and already Channel 3 news showed up at his place this morning. The only way anyone could of found out about this this quickly is if which ever police officer has it out for him feed this story to the news.
WhiskeyTangoFoxrot January 17, 2013 at 06:42 PM
He must of shut off a drunk cop or town official.
AP January 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM
This is ridiculous, this is what our town police dept spend our tax dollars on, harassing local businesses?
kevin sucey January 18, 2013 at 05:00 AM
It couldn't have happen to a better guy!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
kevin sucey January 18, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Hey AP, you wouldn't be saying that if they had a fire and one of your family members was inside. You would be saying the total opposite like where were the town officals, why arn't they doing their job. You can't have it both ways. So yes this is exactly what we spend our tax dollars on and it's worth every penny. Maybe if these type of business owners did what they were suppose to then it wouldn't look like harassment.
AP January 18, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Kevin seems like you have a beef with Spendi, I have been there many times for dinner and also stopped in for drinks in the evening and never had any problems. Maybe if you tipped your waiter you would get better service next time
GB January 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Back in Aug/2012 I was assulted by a so called women while driving though the Anthony Jacks back parking lot. This so called women ran into Machiavellis bar. I followed her in there and asked Spendi and the door men to stop her for assulting me. They told me to get lost and help her out another door. I was then assulted by the door men. People told her to stop and told me they saw what happened, but refused to be whitnesses. I was that age at once and always respected people regardless of age. But there are nothing but scumbags and druggys there after 10pm. This place needs to be shut down for good. And send this Spendi crook on a one way trip to were ever he is from. Then Center St. will be safe to walk on on wekend nights. Look forward to that.
Chris January 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM
This establisment is notorious for not following the rules and for some reason they think the rules don't apply to them. Clear cut case of pushing it to far for to long, they needed to be taught a lesson. They have had a reputation for years as an easy place to drink underage. Any time I have been in there I have personally witnessed underage occupants, over serving, health and liquor violations, fights, drug use and very poor customer service. I don't know the owners and have nothing against them, but this is what they deserve thinking they're above the law.
GB January 18, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Opps. Sorry, Wrong posting. I agree with "YOU" Kevin 100%. Not AP.. Need to see if I can delete the previous post. Sorry.
GB January 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Agree 100% with you Kevin....Make that 200%...
kevin sucey January 19, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Hey AP you make alot of sense, you insult me because I point out this guy does not follow the rules. don't you see there is something wrong here. This place is well known as a troubled establishment. How come you don't hear the same thing about The Fire Place which is across the street. I'll tell you why, that owner is a responsible person who cares about following rules and doing the right thing. So instead of insulting me open your eyes and take a good look at that real problem here. stop deflecting!
anthony silano January 19, 2013 at 04:20 PM
kevin sucey you are a jerk,this is police bull,they should be chassing crimminals,not a bussiness man,who has done everything for the people in your city,the police want to close him up,we will bring them to court and find out the thruth,you can be sure that this is not over by a longshot,its against the law to discriminate,also abuse of power,police are not above the law,so kevin you laugh you idiot,i would love to meet you coward,ill be there tonight if you have any balls,tony silano
anthony silano January 19, 2013 at 04:23 PM
you are another idiot,how manny timmes have you been kick out of there
anthony silano January 19, 2013 at 04:24 PM
you are a liar
kevin sucey January 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Athony Salano you are so ignorant you just proved my point. You are basically threatening me by wanting me to go down there to meet you. This is what i'm talking about this being a troubled establishment. if this was a good establishment you would being saying that it was misunderstood and if i would go there and give it a chance then maybe i would see it diferently. By the owner allowing (and this is his choice) bad elements as yourself to hang out there, this place will always have the stigma of condoning such actions that he is being charge with. "When it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it's a duck". "Where there's smoke there's fire" should i go on??? Center steet is better than this and i'm glad to town officals are on top of this before it gets worse. If you want to be disrespectful and trashy then take it to Meriden, Waterbury or New Britain you fit right in there.

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