- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence Board of Licenses has granted a 60-day liquor license to a restaurant owner who owned a now-closed bar where a man was fatally beaten.

The board on Thursday approved the license for Gianfranco Marrocco, who owns several Federal Hill restaurants. He requested the license for a new Latin restaurant and hookah bar called Blend on DePasquale Square.

Marrocco previously owned The $3 Bar. It was shut down after 33-year-old Jonathan Stack was beat to death during a fight outside the bar in 2014. Police had said the bar’s staff failed to intervene.

He also co-owned Club Karma, a night club shut down in 2014 after a shooting there.

Marrocco’s attorney says Marrocco lives above the restaurant and is invested in the safety of the people in the area.

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