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here is what not to do at a restaurant
« on: March 28, 2009, 12:15:10 PM »
hope this helps shut down my new local bromate joint so I can buy it and make some real pizza.  just wanted to give them thier well deserved press.


LOWELL -- When his dangerousness hearing was over yesterday, the family of restaurateur Eric Sideri paid his $20,000 bail.

But he is still not quite a free man in connection with an alleged kidnapping and beating last weekend at Angela's Coal Fired Pizza that a Lowell District Court judge called "chilling."

Sideri's family quickly produced the money after a hearing to determine if he is a danger to society or to his alleged victim, but Sideri remained in custody last night while arrangements are made for an electronic-monitoring bracelet to be attached while he is on house arrest.

After the bracelet is attached early next week, Sideri will be transferred to Lawrence District Court for arraignment on gun and drug charges -- lodged after a search of his North Andover home allegedly turned up cocaine and weapons earlier this week.

Most of Sideri's family declined comment when approached at the courthouse yesterday. But Sideri's daughter, Gina, spoke in his defense. She is managing the Tyngsboro restaurant where Sideri is accused of assaulting and terrorizing an employee last weekend.

Gina Sideri, who says she was a hairdresser until two months ago when she began working at the restaurant full time, declined to discuss the charges her father faces, offering only that "I wasn't there and I don't know what went on. But I support and believe in my father, and in my family, and obviously I hope that the best comes out of this."

"People who know


our family know that a lot of this is really (expletive). We're all staying very positive because we have nothing to really worry about. We're dying to get our side in the paper, and talk, but right now we really can't say anything," she said.
Business at the restaurant is "great," Gina Sideri said.

"We've got a really good following and a lot of support from our customers.," she said. "Hours are normal, business is normal, we're still up and running and we don't plan on closing at all."

The rest of his family referred comment to defense attorney James Krasnoo.

"At the end of all proceedings, I trust my client will be vindicated and the entire, true story will come to light," Krasnoo said after the hearing.

Making her case that Sideri be held without bail, Assistant District Attorney Marisa Tagliareni described the lurid allegations against Sideri and played a nearly one-hour video of the victim, Lucio "Lou" Oliveira, telling police how he was beaten and threatened with a loaded revolver inside Angela's on Middlesex Road in the early-morning hours Sunday. 

"It's chilling," Judge James McGuiness said of the allegations. He later set the bail requested by Krasnoo, noting that this is not a homicide case.

Sideri is charged with kidnapping, three counts of assault and battery, larceny of

Assistant District Attorney Marisa Tagliareni argued Eric Sideri should be held without bail. SUN / DAVID H. BROW a motor vehicle, threatening to commit murder and larceny of property worth less than $250 -- Oliveira's cell phone.
His next court hearing is May 8, but the case is expected to be presented to a grand jury in April.

The muscular Sideri sat stoically through the hearing.

Oliveira, who was an assistant general manager for the restaurant, was not in court yesterday. He has worked at the restaurant since it opened in November.

According to records at the Secretary of State's office, the restaurant is owned by Sideri's wife, Christina Sideri, though he was identified as the owner in court.

According to police, General Manager Alfonso Guevara showed up at the restaurant about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Oliveira thought he was going to be fired for an argument he had earlier with Sideri's cousin, Nick Sideri, who is also a general manager.

After the restaurant closed, Guevara sent the cleaning crew home about midnight. He and Oliveira talked about the night's $4,066 in receipts before Sideri showed up in the kitchen unexpectedly, Oliveira said in the videotape.

"He just appeared out of nowhere and hit me with a baseball bat," Oliveira told police.

Again and again Sideri hit him with the bat, Oliveira said.

Then Sideri said the restaurant was missing $20,000 since February and demanded that Oliveira repay the money. Oliveira said they sat him down and bound his wrists with zip ties.

Sideri moved Oliveira's car across the street so nobody would know he was in the restaurant and opened a bag with two handguns, Oliveira said. One appeared to be a .38-caliber revolver.

"I could see the bullets," Oliveira said. "I looked, it was loaded."

Then Sideri went to the back door where his SUV was parked and showed Oliveira plastic sheeting inside and said they would kill him and leave no blood behind.

Sideri put the gun in Oliveira's mouth and said it would blow off the back of his head.

"I said, 'OK, it's my time to go,' " he said.

Sideri had Oliveira call his girlfriend on a cell phone, apparently to have her get the $20,000, Oliveira said.

She was suspicious and got scared, thinking he was at the restaurant being robbed.

Sideri and Guevara, who stood watching the beating, got nervous realizing somebody now knew Oliveira was at the restaurant, Oliveira said. They cleaned up the blood before letting Oliveira run away, he said.

He went to a hospital in Nashua where he told emergency workers a garage door closed on him. A friend urged Oliveira to report the attack about noon Sunday.

Guevara is scheduled to appear in court today for a similar hearing to determine his potential danger to society and the victim.

Meanwhile, as of yesterday, town officials had not scheduled a hearing to discuss any possible action against the restaurant as a result of the Tyngsboro Police Department's allegations against Sideri. However, "we are reviewing all of our options currently with the town's attorneys," Tyngsboro Selectmen Chairman Kevin O'Connor said.

Jack Minch can be reached at [email protected] John Collins can be reached at [email protected]

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Re: here is what not to do at a restaurant
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009, 07:25:25 PM »
just an update.  I love how real crooked guys always end up getting deals so they can repeat history.

Prosecutor: Tyngsboro pizza restaurateur's cash came from drug sales
By Lisa Redmond, [email protected]
Posted: 04/01/2009 06:37:50 AM EDT

Eric Sideri...must wear GPS bracelet Related
Tyngsboro restaurant controversy
Apr 2:
Ownership issue threatens Tyngsboro restaurateur's liquor licensesMar 27:
Tyngsboro restaurateur remains held in beatingMar 25:
Second man held in alleged Tyngsboro restaurant beatingLAWRENCE -- After a former employee of a Tyngsboro pizza shop told police of a Sopranos-style beating he allegedly endured at the hands of Eric Sideri, police searched Sideri's North Andover home. They say they found the gun used in the beating and a hidden safe that contained cocaine, $70,000 in cash, diamond rings and pills -- Oxycodone, Ecstasy and Viagra.

But the cash wasn't the result of Sideri's successful restaurants -- Angela's Coal Fired Pizza in Tyngsboro and Saugus -- but rather "the proceeds from drug distribution," prosecutor Maura Officer said during Sideri's Lawrence District Court arraignment yesterday.

While defense attorney James Krasnoo portrayed Sideri as the former owner of an electric plating company

Eric Sideri allegedly beat and threatened an employee at his Tyngsboro restaurant, Angela's Coal Fired Pizza, after closing for the night on March 21. SUN FILE PHOTO turned successful pizza maker, the prosecutor noted Sideri's criminal record, which includes two closed federal cases -- one of which was a drug conspiracy charge -- and "multiple charges'' of witness intimidation.
But Krasnoo countered, "This is a case with several serious flaws."

Krasnoo argued that the gun found in Sideri's home was not the one allegedly used to threaten the former employee. He also said he plans to challenge the legality of a search warrant for a home in Essex County issued by a Lowell District Court judge in Middlesex County.

Judge Kevin Gaffney ordered Sideri, 46, of 6 Russell St., North Andover, released under house arrest with a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet and $25,000 surety. Sideri pleaded


innocent to charges of possession of a firearm without a firearms-identification card, three counts of possession of a class B drug (cocaine) and possession of a class B drug with intent to distribute.
The prosecutor requested that Sideri's bail be set at $25,000 cash, citing his access to large sums of money and two federal cases that date back nearly two decades, though she did not elaborate on those cases. But Gaffney set the same conditions of Sideri's release without additional bail. Sideri has already posted $20,000 in Lowell District Court in the Tyngsboro beating case.

In the Tyngsboro case, Sideri is charged with kidnapping, three counts of assault and battery, larceny of a motor vehicle, threatening to commit murder and larceny of property worth less than $250 -- the victim's cell phone. His next court hearing is May 8, but the case is expected to be presented to a grand jury this month.

Sideri was arrested March 22, after Lucio "Lou" Oliveira told police Sideri accused him of stealing $20,000, tied him up with the help from another manager, beat him with a bat and stuck a loaded gun in his mouth, threatening to kill him if he didn't turn over the money. At one point, Sideri allegedly took the employee out to the back of an SUV where he was shown a tarp and told that no one would ever find his body.

Oliveira was released after he promised to get the money. He went to the hospital and then to the police the next day.

When Krasnoo was asked outside the courtroom why Sideri didn't go to the police if he suspected theft, he said, "There is more here than meets the eye."

As for Oliveira's denial of the theft, Krasnoo said, "It's my belief that the victim's denial of larceny will be unmasked."

Sideri's next court date in Lawrence is May 21 for a pretrial conference

and another........ pizza without beer?  ouch

TYNGSBORO -- Under house arrest on charges that he beat and threatened an employee, Tyngsboro restaurant owner Eric Sideri's ankle is not the only thing being monitored.

The liquor license that Sideri's wife, Christina, holds at both Angela's Coal Fired Pizza locations, in Tyngsboro and Saugus, faces renewed scrutiny and likely revocation by selectmen and the state liquor commission.

Questions about the license intensified Tuesday after a Lawrence District Court prosecutor told the court about Sideri's criminal record dating to 1990, which includes two closed federal cases involving drug dealing and witness intimidation.

"To make sure that we are doing our due diligence with Angela's, we have contacted the town's counsel (attorney Richard Bowen), and we're awaiting his guidance as to whether we need to take action in regard to this liquor license," said Tyngsboro Selectman Rich Lemoine.

Sideri's failure to list his name in the "ownership interests" section of the liquor-license applications -- approved by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and selectmen in Saugus in 2007 and Tyngsboro in 2008 -- nearly guarantees that the permitting authorities will revoke both licenses following a likely ABCC investigation, The Sun has learned.

"It says it right in the application, Section 14, that you must disclose all persons that have a direct or indirect financial interest or benefit from the license," ABCC Executive Director Ralph


Sacramone said yesterday.
"Withholding the name of a spouse with an interest is not OK, and when you sign your name to the document -- look at what it says on the last page of the application -- that's considered perjury," he said.

Sacramone declined to say whether the ABCC has reopened an investigation into Angela's liquor license. If an investigation is done and problems with the application are discovered, the concerned parties will be notified by certified mail to come to the commission's Boston headquarters for a license hearing. Depending on the investigators' findings and testimony from the license-holder, the commissioners could issue a "warning, suspension, revocation, or suspension indefinitely until it's corrected," Sacramone said.

The fact that Christina Sideri is listed on records at the Secretary of State's Office and selectmen's offices as the sole owner of Angela's Coal Fired Pizza LLC in Saugus and CS Business Enterprises in Tyngsboro does not exempt the couple from including Eric Sideri's name on the license -- unless he can prove that he did not benefit financially from the businesses, Sacramone said.

A 1979 court ruling, Number Three Lounge vs. the ABCC, defined "hidden ownership" and "direct or indirect benefit" in state liquor-licensing cases. In that case, plaintiff George Tecci tried to show that his wife was sole owner of the Boston lounge, despite evidence that Tecci "did all the hiring, firing, writing of checks and depositing and withdrawing of funds for the corporation," according to ABCC investigators.

In finding against Tecci and upholding the ABCC's revocation of the license, the state Appeals Court ruled that ownership interests can be viewed apart from the name that appears on the paper license. "And such factors as family relationships, guidance, assistance, financial support and joint activities are relevant criteria to be considered," the court wrote.

By not including his name on the liquor-license application, Sideri avoided having his criminal record uncovered by Tyngsboro police, according to Therese Gay, the selectmen's administrative assistant. Had Sideri's name been on the application, Deputy Chief Richard Burrows would have discovered his criminal background, Gay believes.

"We've been lucky until now, apparently, that all of our (restaurant) managers in town have been clean," Gay said.

Gay provided The Sun with copies of Angela's liquor license and the minutes from the Sept. 22 selectmen's meeting at which the liquor license was approved.

Since Sideri first approached Tyngsboro selectmen last summer with plans to locate a second Angela's restaurant at the site of the former Matthew's strip club on Middlesex Road, he has repeatedly described himself as the business "owner" in conversations with selectmen and Sun interviews.

"It's one of those locations that I held my breath about, saying: It's either cursed, or someplace that'll eventually (succeed)," Sideri told The Sun in August. "But ... I think the town's great to work with, so I'm going to give it a shot."

At the board meeting in September when the liquor license was granted pending ABCC approval, Selectman Lemoine recalled that Eric and Christina Sideri both appeared before the board and spoke, accompanied by their vice president of operations, Alfonso Guevara, who had the necessary TIPS certification to oversee the serving of alcohol, the Sideris told the board.

"It was noncontroversial, the building was vacant and he already had a successful business going in Saugus," Lemoine recalled. "So we welcomed them to Tyngsboro and wished them the very best."

Before voting to approve the license, selectmen received word from the Tyngsboro police investigator that a background check had been done "and they recommended that we approve the license," Lemoine said. "But I've been told that it was only (Christina's) name on the license, so she would've been the one subject to the background check."

In a Sun article last August, published the day after Sideri purchased the 361 Middlesex Road building from Paul Saperstein Auction Co. of Holbrook, on behalf of Zion Bank of Salt Lake City, he did not try to hide his joint ownership of the business. Or optimism.

"Hopefully, you won't be writing the follow-up article (about the failure of the business) in a year," Sideri said then. "Proof of where we're at will be there in six months."

of course innocent until proven