, Salem, MA

Local News

July 25, 2013

City to seek more liquor licenses

Beverly: Mayor seeks to add nine to boost economic development


Rich Marino, owner of Chianti Tuscan Restaurant on Cabot Street, said he supports expanding the number of liquor licenses in “specific strategic situations where it’s a proven benefit for the city.”

“The city must be sensitive that many of the restaurants don’t make a lot of money in the beginning of the week,” Marino said. “Restaurants have been the backbone of the economic boom in Beverly for years, and it’s important that we don’t do anything that will hurt the industry that has benefited Beverly.”

Nikita Paras, who owns two Cabot Street restaurants, Soma and Barrel House American Bar, said he doesn’t know how the added licenses will work out until it’s known what kind of businesses get them.

“If it’s a business that’s struggling because they can’t sell alcohol, why not?” he said. “They say competition is good for everybody. Since I opened Barrel House, Soma has actually gotten busier.”

Paras said he would be concerned if businesses did not have to pay for their liquor license, while current businesses have had to pay for theirs. Liquor licenses in Beverly can sell for $60,000 to $80,000, he said.

“If a restaurant bought one for $80,000 two years ago and the guy next to him gets it for nothing, it’s not an even playing field,” he said.

Scanlon said site-specific licenses are worth less because they cannot be transferred to another location. The city is, however, considering charging a fee, to be determined, for the all-alcohol site-specific restaurant licenses.

Scanlon said the beer-and-wine licenses are “unlikely to impair the business of any existing establishments.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Comments Tracker