Wine and malt application approved for Athol Mini Mart

  • The Athol General Store, 290 Exchange St. in Athol, will close its doors and surrender its wine and malt license upon the opening of the new Athol Mini Mart at 464 Crescent St. ATHOL DAILY NEWS/DEBORRAH PORTER

Staff Writer
Published: 5/3/2018 10:41:29 PM

ATHOL — A wine and malt package store application for the Rt. 32 Corporation was approved by selectmen this week.

The hearing on the matter was continued from the previous selectmen’s meeting, because the common victualer application listed a different name of the manager than on the application to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

The Athol Mini Mart at 464 Crescent St. is owned and will be managed by Rameshchandra Patel.

Town Manager Shaun Suhoski said, “The town is satisfied it is a separate, wholly-owned corporation.”

The legal notice does not need to be republished. There is no requirement to list the name of the manager and the hearing is valid.

The ownership of Kashvi, Inc. doing business as Athol General Store at 390 Crescent St. has agreed to surrender that license upon the opening the new store. Athol General Store is owned by Patel’s son, who said he wants to keep that store open until the new store opens just up the street.

In response to concerns from an abutter, who does not want customers to cross into his yard, the owner said there are no intentions of taking down the fence that separates the two properties.

A motion to approve the license for the Athol Mini Mart was approved subject to the surrender of the existing wine and malt package store license at 390 Crescent St. when the new store opens. Rameshchandra Patel will be the manager of the new store. Maintaining a physical barrier on the property line was also a condition for approval.

Contest Winners

Two winning photos have been selected for the front and back cover of the annual Town Report. Winners are Joshua Stone, whose image will appear on the front cover, and Stephen Rabideau, whose image will appear on the back cover.

Town manager Shaun Suhoski thanked Town Clerk Nancy Burnham and administrative assistant Bridget Sullivan for coming up with the idea of going out to the community and managing that process. Sullivan said six photos were submitted this year. The town intends to make it a yearly contest.

Something extra

Soup on the Fly at 1493 Main St. will offer “a little something extra” on Mother’s Day, said Robert Sacco. Selectmen approved a one-day all-alcohol license for Sunday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accommodate a fine-dining brunch event.

“We wanted to pull out all the stops,” said Sacco. “Just want folks to be able to have a glass of champagne with their caviar or a glass of pinot noir with their roasted tenderloin and eggs to complete the meal.”

Vegetable stand

A one-year vendor license through May 1, 2019, was approved for Russell Holt of town, who sells produce, flowers and ceramics on the uptown common. He is also allowed to have a sign on the sidewalk relating to items for sale. Operating hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

New restaurant

A common victualer’s license was approved for Rodolpho “Rudy” Kotarakos, owner of the Main Street Grill at 491 Main St. (former Cinnamon’s Restaurant). Kotarakos said he will offer diner food and comfort food at lunch and dinner. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Kotarakos, who is retired and said he was “bored out of my mind,” moved to town two years ago and decided to open the restaurant. He said a plan to open it with a couple “didn’t pan out,” so he is in the process of finding the right help so he can move forward.

He said he has for a liquor license, and hopes to open by the end of the month. The Board of Health conducted a courtesy walk-through a couple of weeks ago and pointed out some corrections that needed to be made. Those have been completed.

Annual church fair

Approval was granted the Athol Congregational Church’s 67th Annual Country Fair on the uptown common on June 2 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. There will be crafts, food, auction items, tag sales and more.

Memorial Day program

A one-day permit for use of all public places requested by the Athol Veterans Council for the Memorial Day program was approved. President Toni Phillips submitted the application for May 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event involves a parade from Silver Lake Cemetery to the Athol Veterans Park via Silver Lake Street to Crescent Street to Main Street, with a brief stop at the L.S. Starrett bridge.


Approval was given to the Athol-Orange Rotary Club to hang a large banner announcing Summerfest to hang across Main Street at the corner of Main and Exchange streets from May 15 to June 26. Permission will be granted from owners of the D’Ambrosio Eye Care building, as well as two of the senior apartments at the Pequoig.


An application from Providence Cliff House was approved. Town Building Inspector Bob Legare said all the issues previously noted were addressed. There was no discussion, and the license for the lodging/boarding house was approved.

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