Athol all-alcohol pouring licenses nearly tapped out 

  • The Athol Brewery, located at 105 Marble Street, Athol. —Athol Daily News/Deborrah Porter

Staff Writer
Published: 9/2/2018 12:07:02 PM

ATHOL — With the continued development of the North Quabbin Commons shopping center off Exit 18, the town is quickly reaching its limit of 14 all-alcohol pouring licenses.

Town Manager Shaun Suhoski said that of the 14 licenses, only three are available, and three parties have expressed interest in securing a license:

 The Main Street Grill, owned by Rodolpho Kotarakos, at 491 Main St. sSelectmen approved Kotarakos’ application for a common victualer’s license in May, and he has picked up the paperwork for the all-alcohol pouring license. The restaurant has not yet opened and renovations at the former Cinnamon’s Restaurant are ongoing.

Atlantic Brewers & Distillers’ brewery/tasting room, which is currently under construction at 105 Marble St. in the former Plotkin Furniture warehouse. Owner Joseph Gochinski said Thursday that work is continuing and his vision is beginning to take shape. He said work is on track with replacement of the upstairs windows, and interior painting.

“The tap room is almost done,” he said, “I think people will like it.”

Gochinski plans to open early next year.

Owners of a new Polynesian-style restaurant planned near Exit 18 as part of a new commercial building have said they will seek a license.

Suhoski said that while the public has indicated economic development is desired, it’s possible that by the end of year, the town may not have any additional licenses to a steak house, barbecue joint, pub-style restaurant, or even the planned hotel in that area.

Suhoski sought the board’s direction in whether to pursue options to either opt out of the statute, Mass. General Laws Chap. 138, Section 17 (which would remove any quota), or develop a plan to seek special legislation to increase the current quota from 14 to a higher number. He said he has communicated with the executive director at the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, who indicated the standard option is to request special legislation. Either option will require authorization from Town Meeting voters.


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