Monday, July 8, 2019 A pinball game goes ignored Saturday by patrons of the Shine Square Pub near Porter Square. (Photo: Marc Levy)

In a case that could be troubling for restaurants and bars citywide, even city officials expressed dismay and confusion at the rejection of a pinball game, foosball table and jukebox for a Porter Square area restaurant that leaned on a supposedly 35-year-old policy in Cambridge that appears nowhere in zoning.

Officials on the Board of Zoning Appeal approved the decision 5-1 anyway, despite a defense by Ranjit Singayagam, head of the city’s Inspectional Services Department, that included the claim that entertainment at the Lizard Lounge even though the Lizard Lounge is a performance venue with live music and spoken word

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