Barnstable redesigns seasonal parcel stores in Hyannis
The Barnstable Licensing Authority is considering new procedures to assess, estimate and certify the city’s seasonal population, which could increase the number of seasonal parcel stores licensed in Hyannis.
President Martin Hoxie said on Monday that there are 24 packaging stores in town, of which 10 only sell beer and wine and 14 sell all alcohol.
“It’s about whether the community thinks we need additional seasonal parcel store licenses,” said Liz Hartsgrove, director of Barnstable Licensing. This is an issue that was raised in 2019, but the Licensing Board chose not to pursue it.
Provincetown is working with its city clerk’s office and inspection services to verify the number of summer rentals and short-term rentals when calculating its annual seasonal population estimate, Hartsgrove said. Likewise, Nantucket’s Planning and Development Department compiles a similar report for its licensing authority through the Police Department.
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Hoxie asked Hartsgrove to initiate an interdepartmental process similar to Barnstable to help establish an estimated seasonal population for 2022.
Commissioner Nancy Karlson-Lidman asked if the addition of an additional permit next year would expire if the seasonal population subsequently declined. Otherwise, “then we would seek to increase our licenses on a seasonal basis, ”she said.
“The Authority has said for many years that it believes the city has been adequately served by the current number of parcel shops,” Hartsgrove then emailed. “Their conversation and the change in sentiment today shows a receptivity to broadening the conversation outward to ensure that the standards in place are properly aligned with the needs of the community they serve.”
Barn liquor license transfers
Acknowledging that liquor license sales have also been an issue at Barnstable, Commissioner Larry Decker asked Hartsgrove to map the locations of Barnstable’s 24 conditioning stores and research the license transfer process regionally.
In Belmont, parcel store licenses are the property of the city and cannot be transferred or sold, Hartsgrove said. There is a waiting list and selectmen assess each candidate. Liquor license transfers to Edgartown must be applied for as a new license and go through a verification process. The Town of Dennis does not prohibit the sale or transfer of liquor licenses, but it does have a documented process for what happens when a liquor license is revoked.
“This is something that Barnstable lacks,” Hartsgrove said.
As Decker noted, the companies that sell their licenses have made substantial profits.
“They (the licenses) should come back to the city,” Commissioner John Flores said. “I don’t see it as an asset that should be sold from person to person.”
Barnstable’s businesses have a long history of selling alcohol licenses, and the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has always approved it, Hoxie said.
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“It’s a cultural change, a change in our community,” Hartsgrove said. “If this is something that is acceptable to the authority, there are a lot more steps we should take.
“It’s something you have to think about,” she told the board. “I will walk you (through the public hearing process), so that you get the opinion of the community.”
Hoxie agreed with Flores and Karlson-Lidman that there should be no cash value to a liquor license.
During the last Licensing Authority rules and regulations review in 2015, “we had almost a year of working sessions to rewrite the rules and regulations,” said Hartsgrove. She encouraged Commissioners to come up with a full list of specific changes they would like to see.
Barnstable commission receives new members
Barnstable Police Lt. John Murphy has announced the retirement of Therese Gallant, longtime Barnstable Community Services Officer. Officer Christopher Kelsey will serve with Murphy on the licensing board. Additionally, Erin Logan, who has supported the Old Kings Highway committee for the past several years, is expected to succeed Lindsey Parvin as a license board administrator effective August 9.
The management of the restaurant is moving
Antonio Vero-Medina received board approval as director of Chez Antonio Café at 357 Main Street, formerly Lorena’s Café and, before that, The Lunch Box, next to City Hall in Barnstable and Hyannis Village Green. Medina, who is of French and Belgian descent, said he plans to serve a mix of French and Belgian pastries at the cafe. Now that inspections for the kitchen renovation and the cafe’s 10 interior and eight exterior seats are scheduled for this week, he said he hopes to open soon.
Jason Siscoe, who operates the Kalmus Beach Snack Bar, replaces Nancy and the late Roy Brown to run the Craigville Beach Association Snack Bar, which is open to members only at 915 Craigville Beach Road, Centerville, with 20 indoor and 24 outdoor seating.
James Galvano has been approved as the new manager of the Beach Club, 27 Long Beach Road, Centerville. Galvano recently worked for four seasons as assistant manager of the Wianno Club in Osterville.
David Allen Marshall, who worked for Italian restaurants Olive Garden for 15 years, has been approved as the new site manager at 1095 Iyannough Road. Marshall previously ran Olive Garden in Taunton and Marlborough.
Charlton Ferguson has been approved as the new manager of the Blue Moon at 430 Main St., Hyannis. Ferguson worked two years ago and is the former director of Scully Motors. Ferguson said he plans to reduce interior seating from 38 to 30 and expand the bar to add a juice bar.
The Board of Directors approved the opening of Hometown Juice at 3 Wianno Ave. in Osterville, with nine indoor seats and Heather Wilson as director. Serving juices, smoothies, energy bites and toast, the company will operate in the space previously occupied by 3 Wianno Café. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Transfer and full liquor license application continued until next month
A The beer and wine license transfer application and full liquor license application from Jefferson Palhares, owner of Simone’s Pizza Burger Inc., continued until August 16. Palhares purchases Ronnie’s Pizza at 11 Ridgewood Ave., Hyannis, from Ronaldo Fraga.
Palhares grew up in Brazil, where his family works in the restaurant business, said Gary Blank,Palharès’ lawyer. He moved to Cape Town in 2013, worked at the Brazilian Café for about two years and as an assistant manager at Fogo Brazilian BBQ from 2014-2020 before becoming a US citizen earlier this year and working as an assistant manager at Ronnie’s Pizza.
“From what I understood, you were like running the place under license from Ronnie,” Murphy said. “What’s your safety plan? My concern is that this place was before the board several times regarding the distribution of narcotics a few decades ago. I just have a few concerns about the history of this place (and ) serious concerns about the all-alcohol license. “
Wearing a Superman t-shirt and responding through a Portuguese interpreter, Palhares said he plans to work on site and open and close the restaurant daily. It has installed indoor and outdoor security cameras and reportedly employs three people. Hours would be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant would be closed on Mondays.
“Give me some time to talk to Chef (Matthew) Sonnabend,” Murphy said. “I don’t mean to offend you, sir, but I think it is my duty and my obligation to make sure that you are a success and an economic asset to the community.”
Given the history of this place, the police department wants nothing more than a safe and viable family restaurant, “he said.” I don’t want to advertise you badly. “
The next license board meeting is scheduled for August 16.