BY ETHAN FORMAN
---- — DANVERS — The sale of Londi’s Roast Beef Pizza and More not only means there will be a new owner of the Danversport eatery, but also that the town has an available beer and wine license to serve up.
The Town Clerk’s office will accept applications for the beer and wine license through Oct. 8. A public hearing will take place Nov. 5.
Last year, the former owner of Londi’s, Ted Londi of Peabody, applied for and won a beer and wine license for the family-style restaurant.
Londi built out his restaurant in a building where the former Danversport Bakery and Pizza Factory once stood at 116 Water St. The former building was destroyed by an explosion at a nearby ink and paint plant in November 2006.
The former owners rebuilt, and Londi bought the property in 2009 and later opened his restaurant there. It was a sign of life, that Danversport was getting back to normal.
Londi’s beer and wine license first became available when the town’s quota of liquor licenses increased due to an increase in population, according to the Town Clerk’s office. But after winning the license, Londi never started serving beer and wine.
“Mr. Londi applied for and obtained a liquor license last year,” wrote attorney Leonard Joseph in a letter dated Aug. 27 to Town Clerk Joseph Collins. “Due to time constraints and recent developments, Mr. Londi was unable to integrate the sale of beer and wine into his business.”
Londi has sold the business to Alam & Shah Inc., which has a manager named Mohammet Alam. Earlier this month, Alam won a transfer of Londi’s common victualer’s license. The new owners did not apply for a transfer of the beer and wine license.
“They did not sell the license,” selectmen Chairman Gardner Trask said. “They remanded it back to the town for our disposition.”
Selectman Bill Clark at a recent meeting said it’s rare for a beer and wine license to come available that does not carry a large fee to transfer it. Collins told the board he has had a couple of informal inquiries about the license.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.