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Waltham Considering Issuing More Liquor Licenses

Public hearing date on matter to be announced on Monday.

Waltham officials are considering whether to issue more liquor licenses.

The License Commission has proposed issuing several new liquor licenses, according to City Council Vice President Kenneth Doucette, who chaired a City Council/License Commission meeting on the issue on Monday, April 2.

A date for a public hearing on the issue will be announced on Monday, April 9.

Terms/Intent of the proposal:

  • If approved, 10 full liquor licenses and five new malt licenses (which allows for sales of beer and wine), would be issued.
  • Several conditions would be attached to any new license. They would be specific to certain locations the city is looking to develop, Doucette said. Some possible locations include the and the former
  • The licensees would rent the licenses from the city instead of buying them as is traditionally done, City Councilor Thomas Curtin said in an interview Waltham Patch.
  • Licensees would be prohibited from transferring them to a new location, according to Doucette.
  • The State Legilsature would have to approve the plan under what is known as a "home rule ptitionm" because lawmakers typcially determine the number of licenses a city receives based on its popluation, according to Doucette.
  • Curtin saidthat the licenses would be intended for "destination" eateries with more than 100 seats.
  • Additonal licenses would help generate more commercial tax revenue for the city which helps the city keep residential proerty tax rates lower, Curtin said. More licenses could also attract additional business to Waltham.
  • "It encourages these destination restaurants to come and experience Waltham. I think it is really important that we encourage these people to come here,” Curtin told Patch.
  • License Commission Chairman Wayne Brasco could not be reached for comment on this story.
Kristine Munroe April 05, 2012 at 09:31 PM
ppl?
Alice H April 05, 2012 at 10:56 PM
"destination restaurant" sounds like a euphemism for large chain restaurant.
Mike April 06, 2012 at 11:00 AM
That is an interesting description of destination restaurants. I tend to think of a destination restaurant as something that is unique, offers a unique menu, and has a particularly unique atmosphere that makes it worth a trip. I tend not to think of a large restaurant.
Alice H April 06, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Right, Mike. But Councilor Curtin also defined it as more than 100 seats. That would rule out Waltham's top restaurants that draw people from all over--La Campania, Il Capriccio, and Tuscan Grill.
Joe B. April 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I don't think the city needs anymore liquor licenses. There are more than enough now. The Council should be worried about keeping the local businesses in business during this bad economy.
Elena E April 06, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Not sure Waltham needs that many more licenses but businesses like Watch City would certainly benefit from it. Watch City has taken a big hit this passed year and a license would certainly help revenue. This should be about enhancing current local business.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Hi Elena, The plan is to issue licenses to NEW places in specific locations the city want sot developer. So this would likely exclude Watch City Brewing.
Sue H April 07, 2012 at 01:28 AM
There are a couple of nice Asian restaurants in town that would really benefit from a beer and wine license. Nice quite restaurants and great cuisine. I see no reason not to expand the licenses.

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