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September 4, 2013

Selectmen's liquor license move paves way for Bonefish Grill


Selectmen Bill Clark and Dan Bennett both wanted to give Tedesco a shorter window of time to transfer the license to Bonefish Grill because the license had languished so long unused, generating no meals tax revenue in the meantime.

After some reluctance on Selectmen Chairman Gardner Trask’s part to let him speak because there was no application before the board, the attorney for Bonefish Grill, Lynn attorney Thomas Demakis, outlined the complicated scenario under which the chain would build a restaurant.

Plans are to build a 5,200-square-foot restaurant on the Danvers side of the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory, on the Danvers/Peabody line at 310 Andover St. in Peabody, Demakis said.

The problem is that Bonefish Grill representatives are in negotiations with a third party to obtain more parking at this proposed location. Demakis said the liquor license application is ready to file but for the lack of a signed lease.

As a sign that Bonefish Grill is “dead serious” about obtaining Tedesco’s liquor license, the chain gave Tedesco a “nonrefundable deposit,” though Demakis did not say how much. The price of the transfer was also not announced last night.

The liquor-license broker who first broached the idea of Tedesco selling the license to Bonefish, Daniel Newcomb of Atlantic License Brokers, told selectmen that Tedesco was sincere in his attempts to build a restaurant and that he would swear under oath that Tedesco did not hold a pocket license.

Newcomb said he had developed a list of liquor licenses in town with Town Clerk Joseph Collins, who indicated that Tedesco was a new liquor license holder in the process of developing a new restaurant. Newcomb said he only called Tedesco after running through the list. Tedesco at first told him he was not interested in selling. Newcomb said Bonefish Grill investigated whether Tedesco’s building would work as one of its restaurants and found it would not. Newcomb then made Tedesco an offer he could not refuse.

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