Date of Release: June 24, 2013
Reference: The Page Restaurant To Close Permanently
PORTSMOUTH - City Manager John P. Bohenko and Police Chief Stephen DuBois of the City of Portsmouth announce that The Page Restaurant will be shutting its doors permanently. The City Officials state that the closure of The Page is a direct result of a City Petition authorized by the Portsmouth City Council and filed by the City Manager against The Page Restaurant at 172 Hanover Street with the State of New Hampshire Liquor Commission. The Petition sought the termination of the liquor license issued to The Page by the Commission.
The closure of The Page was achieved by means of a settlement reached between the City and its owner, New Adventure Entertainment, LLC, in anticipation of a hearing on the Petition scheduled to be conducted before the Liquor Commission in Concord, New Hampshire on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Rather than be subject to that hearing, The Page has agreed with the City that effective June 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM the restaurant will go out of business permanently. Moreover, City Attorney Robert P. Sullivan has indicated that no similar night club establishment may re-open at that location, regardless of ownership.
Portsmouth City Attorney Robert P. Sullivan attributes this result to the fact that the City would have had a very compelling case to present to the Liquor Commission. That case would have involved the details of over 100 police-related incidents at The Page under its current ownership. These incidents include alcohol abuse and violence which culminated in the death of patron Joshua Krantz who died after an April 5, 2013 assault which occurred in The Page.
Subsequent to the closure of The Page criminal indictments against New Adventure Entertainment, LLC and Zachary O"Neill of Dover, New Hampshire relative to the death of Mr. Krantz will be prosecuted by the Rockingham County Attorney's office.