District Convenience was stripped of its alcohol license after selectmen said the owner did not adhere to an agreement to report the store's operating hours.
At a meeting Wednesday, selectmen unanimously agreed to rescind the license, which had been awarded in June 2010. Selectmen James MacDonald abstained as he always does in matters related to alcohol because of his involvement with the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
“Any actions taken tonight are for the benefit of the residents and taxpayers, in my mind,” said Selectman Carmen Dello Iacono shortly before the vote. “That’s what the license is here for, for the residents of the town to use.”
Selectmen had previously revoked the license in October 2012 for not being open during the agreed upon hours, but District Convenience owner Perry Makarios appealed the decision soon afterward, according to Town Administrator William Keegan.
The agreement called for Makarios to open for more hours over time and to report those hours to selectmen on a monthly basis.
Selectmen faulted Makarios for failing to report in a timely manner.
Makarios was represented by Dedham attorney Peter Zahka, who said that while the first two monthly reports of the agreement were late, the May report was filed on time.
“You don’t have to like my client; you don’t have to like his personality, but the issue before the board is whether he adhered with the agreement that was entered into,” Zahka said.
Selectman Paul Reynolds denied that the decision had anything to do with disliking Makarios’s personality.
“This is not a message that we don’t like you or that we don’t like the establishment, but you haven’t given us the confidence of your ability to manage the license,” Reynolds said.
He commended Makarios for the renovations he had made to the establishment, and for his success with his establishment, Spot!, in Norwood.
Makarios previously had told selectmen that his success at his location in Norwood had taken up more of his time than he had expected and that he was not able to devote as much time as he would have liked to the Dedham business.
Makarios must turn in the alcohol license to the police station or Town Hall by the end of the day Thursday. Alcohol must be removed from the premesis within 30 days.