NEW BRUNSWICK — A New Brunswick businessman has filed suit in federal court, charging New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill is holding up approval of his liquor license for a new high end sports bar because he doesn't like the bar's proposed name — Buck Foston's.
Larry Blatterfein, who has owned the Knight Club, a bar on Easton Avenue, for 30 years, charges Cahill is violating his first amendment constitutional right to free speech by holding up the transfer of a second liquor license to Blatterfein from another restaurant in town.
The suit charges Blatterfein met with Cahill earlier this year and told him how he derived the name — a play on words that "is evocative of a century-old sports rivalry between the New York and Boston sports teams."
Blatterfein said in the suit Cahill told him he (the mayor) is a Boston Red Sox fan, but that wasn't the reason he opposed the name — he said he thought it was vulgar.
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