NH bar, hookah lounge loses liquor, tobacco license after gang activity, gunshots, fights
MANCHESTER — Several officials in New Hampshire petitioned to get a popular hookah bar's license revoked after attributing gang activity, fights, gunshots and increased calls for service to the establishment.
Sixide Vape Lounge at 123 Hanover St. had its State of New Hampshire Alcohol and Tobacco License revoked. The lounge is owned and operated by Randy Guerrero, of Manchester.
The Manchester Police Department along with the Liquor Commission, City of Manchester Licensing and the City Solicitors Office conducted an investigation and filed a petition with the state to revoke the license.
The petition filed by the Manchester Police Department alleged that in the six months the club was open, the police department responded to and investigated it on numerous occasions for various violations, police said.
The violations included employees and patrons drinking alcohol after hours, lewdness, indecent exposure, sales of controlled drugs, loud noise complaints, numerous assaults and fights, and reckless conduct resulting in gunshots fired in the vicinity of the licensed club.
An administrative hearing was held in the Aldermanic Chamber at City Hall in March.
Based on the testimony and exhibits presented, the state found it more probable that the gang activity, fights, gunshots and increased calls for service were directly attributable to the patrons of the Sixide establishment, police said.
In February, police spent hours searching for Guerrero's 2-year-old daughter, Zoey, who wandered out of her crib at her grandparents West Mitchell Street home and entered a nearby Brown Avenue apartment. She was found safe but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.