Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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In an effort to drive business to Wellesley – specifically to the downtown area – the town could vote in favor of a liquor law change as soon as this March's election. Right now, restaurants must have at least 100 seats to be granted a license to serve alcohol. To order alcohol, patrons must order food as well, according to a town bylaw. Special Town Meeting last year voted to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the state legislature to authorize the board to grant alcohol licenses to restauarnts with between 50 and 99 seats pending a town vote. The board passed a motion Monday to place this as a question on the ballot. If the town votes yes, the board will update the law reducing the required seat count. Last year at a Board of …
Restaurants are currently required to have 100 seats in order to qualify for a liquor license.
The Board of Selectmen passed a motion which will place a question on the upcoming election’s ballot that, if approved, could reduce the number of seats required for a restaurant to receive a liquor license. If the town approves, the Board of Selectmen would become the licensing authority and as such, they would change the current bylaw, to allow a restaurant with between 50 and 99 seats to apply for a license, according to Hans Larsen, executive director of general government. As of now, a restaurant must have at least 100 seats to apply for a liquor license. Larsen said Wellesley is allocated 29 “all-alcohol” licenses and six “beer and wine” licenses. Wellesley now has 18 active liquor licenses, which are each “all alcohol.” Town …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Your weekly roundup of news and events.
Wellesley Patch reported this week that Ruth Quinn Berdell, the school business manager, is to receive $86,000 in unused vacation pay. Wellesley Patch reported this week that Gino Lister, the custodian accused of stealing equipment from the Middle School, had prior arrests and convictions. Ming Tsai, owner of Blue Ginger, said he’d like to see loosened liquor regulations for larger restaurants in Wellesley at a Monday night Board of Selectmen’s meeting.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Town officials are considering a change to local liquor regulations.
At a meeting last night, the Board of Selectmen discussed a possible change to Wellesley’s alcohol regulations to allow for restauarants with between 50 and 99 seats a liquor license. Currently, in Wellesley, restaurants must have 100 seats to qualify for a liquor license. Ming Tsai, owner of Blue Ginger, which seats about 130, argued at the meeting that small restaurants could gain a competitive advantage over large restaurants due to lower fixed costs if the regulation were to pass. “They could sell the same steak for $18 with their one manager vs. my 11 salaried managers – that costs me $28 to sell,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how the food tastes at the end of the day, that is competition.” Tsai said he is not opposed to small …