Zaboo owner fights for license, accuses police of ethnic discrimination

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Story Update, 9 a.m.: According to City Clerk Matthew Normand, this item is removed from the meeting docket after the issue was resolved, and Nazar Lopushansky’s name was removed from the license application. “Her issue was with the police, not with the city,” Normand said.
Zaboo Restaurant in Manchester.
Zaboo Restaurant in Manchester.

Original story begins below (see editor’s note above photo):

Tuesday’s Committee on Administration will hear from a local restaurant owner whose business license was denied due to her son’s past incarceration, after he signed his name to the license application.

According to correspondence from Larysa Budzinski, owner of the new eatery/piano bar, Zaboo, 24 Depot Street, police have denied her business license because her son, Nazar Lopushansky, served time in Massachusetts “for his bad choices while losing a large construction corporation,” and mistakenly put his name on the license application.

Lopushansky is former general manager of Social 24, which previously occupied the same space at 24 Depot St. and which closed abruptly last year.

The letter from Budzinski says that Lopushansky’s name was “mistakenly” added to the business license application, and that he is serving as the new restaurants operations manager, not manager of renovations.

Zaboo has been opened for business since Aug. 14.

According to a release issued by U.S. Attorney John Kacavas in May of 2013, Lopushansky was charged with six counts mail fraud in connection with Engelwood Construction Co. Inc., a Manchester-based construction company. In that release, it states that Lopushansky in 2009 provided fraudulent documents that misrepresented his assets.

Budzinski goes on to say that she believes Manchester police are discriminating against her because she is “a foreigner,” and that they “favor” Zaboo’s competitor, Club Manchvegas, and that she received a verbally threatening message that Club Manchvegas would undermine her new venture.

She also noted that Social 24’s former general manager, Eric Chartrand, left to work as a bartender for Club Manchvegas “and took the best Social 24 employees with him.”

You can read the letter from Budzinski, which is included in the Committee on Administration’s meeting packet, below.

The committee can opt to go into non-public session for under city ordinance 91 A3 II(c) “…for matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.”

Committee on Administration Agenda

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