Letter To The Editor: Liquor, Money, and Politics in Belmont

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Photo: The September meeting between the Selectmen and Star Market and the Loading Dock. To the editor: Belmont was a “dry” town until about 2000. Over several years, we carefully authorized and licensed restaurants and retail stores. Elected officials spent hours developing rules to ensure that when we went from “dry” to “wet” we wouldn’t end […]

Q&A: For Spirited Owner, Transferring License Usurps Residents Wishes [VIDEO]

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Photo: Chris Benoit, owner of The Spirited Gourmet in Cushing Square. You can not tell the tale of bringing alcohol to Belmont without talking about The Spirited Gourmet and the Benoits, as it was Chris and his then wife Elena who were at the forefront of turning Belmont from one of the last “dry” towns in the […]