Early Bird Selectmen: Alcohol License Transfer Meeting at 6PM

Photo: Tonight’s meeting is a continuation of one last month.

The Belmont Board of Selectmen is expecting a long night at its Thursday, Oct. 6 meeting having pushed forward by one hour its traditional 7 p.m. start time.

First on the evening’s docket will be the continuation of the Sept. 19 meeting in which the owner of The Loading Dock store/cafe on Brighton Street sought board approval to transfer the all-alcohol retail license he currently holds to Star Market for $400,000 in compensation. The license, one of two provided by the town to sell beer, wine and liquor from a store, would allow Star to build 2,000 sq.-ft. of shelves for liquor sales inside the Waverley Square store. 

While more than 50 supporters of Loading Dock owner Fuad Mukarker urged the board to OK the transfer, the board said at the previous meeting it worries the approval will set precedence where  firms could supersede the required application process by buying licenses from struggling small businesses. 

It is reported that representatives of two license holders, The Spirited Gourmet on Common Street which holds a full alcohol license and Craft Beer Cellars, the growing national franchiser and owner-operator of craft beer stores, which was beaten out for the all-alcohol license in 2014 by Mukarker, will be in attendance.

The board has reserved 90 minutes to the hearing.

The selectmen will also hear a request from a Cambridge sports company which wants to use a few Belmont roads for a half-marathon (13.1 miles) on Sunday, Nov. 13. The roads would be Brighton, Statler, Channing, Leonard and Concord heading back to the People’s Republic. What, not enough roads in Cambridge? 

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