The Needham Board of Selectmen received 10 complete applications for the town’s new liquor licenses, which allow package stores to open in Needham for the first time, according to Sandy Cincotta, Needham support services manager.
The board will hold public hearings on each application on Feb. 2.
In November, residents voted to allow the off-site sale of alcohol in the historically dry town. Only restaurants and the Sheraton Needham Hotel were allowed to serve alcohol in the past. Needham is now allowed six liquor licenses, and will get an extra two in 2018. No more than six at a time will permit the sale of all alcohol.
Though six licenses are available now, the board has discussed the possibility of only granting a smaller number of licenses at first.
A list of applicants for the licenses, along with their locations, is below. To be considered complete, the applications needed to include a location. The town received one application from Brian Shaw of Craft Beer Cellars that did not include a location and will not be considered by the Board.
The public hearing will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8:00 a.m. in the Performance Center of the Broadmeadow Elementary School at 120 Broad Meadow Road. For anyone unable to make the hearing, public comments can also be sent to the Board of Selectmen, c/o Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The package store applications that will be considered, according to Cincotta:
1257 Highland Avenue, Needham Wine & Spirits, Michael O'Connell
292 Forest Street, Volante Farms, Inc., Dave Volante
1013 Great Plain Avenue, Needham Center Wine & Spirits, Christopher Lianos
922-932 Great Plain Avenue, Craft Liquors, Edward Spivak
679 Highland Avenue, Blanchards Wines & Spirits, Christine Elder
922 Highland Avenue, Vinodivino, Raphael Keller-Go
855 Highland Avenue, Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors, David Gordon
33 Highland Avenue, Highland Ave Wine & Spirits, Marc Idelson
65 Crawford Street, Bin Ends, John Hafferty
50 Central Avenue, Panella's Market & Deli, Jeffrey Panella
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