| Created: Friday, 03 July 2009 13:05
Last Updated: Friday, 03 July 2009 13:05
| Friday, 03 July 2009 13:05
Selectmen Christopher Donato and Jon Witten voted unanimously to amend
Foodieâ€™s liquor license to allow owner Victor Leon to showcase
bottles of wine in different parts of his store, providing that he
hangs a plan showing the layout of the store with the locations of the
displays on a store wall where a town inspector can see it. Selectmen
required the plan to be stamped by an engineer. Selectmen Chairman
Betsy Sullivan recused herself on this issue and left the meeting room
because the bank she works for has done business with Leon.
The selectmenâ€™s action was a reversal of a vote they took last
October. Then, selectmen felt that having displays of wine scattered
throughout the store would be difficult for an inspector to measure to
make sure Foodieâ€™s was complying with the 522 square feet of liquor
display area it was allowed. Foodieâ€™s owners appealed the selectmenâ€™s
denial to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which remanded
the issue back to selectmen and recommended that they approve the
license change as long as Foodieâ€™s provides a plan â€œwhich visually
establishes the perimeters of the licensed areas requested.â€
Robert Allen, Leonâ€™s attorney, showed selectmen the plan for the
wine kiosks. It shows two three-case displays of wine located near the
deli section and one ten-case display on the edge of the produce area.
Four displays will be positioned near the cheese and appetizer aisle
and one more will be near the butcherâ€™s area.
Allen said Leon felt placing wine near different items with which it can be paired would help his business.
â€œHe wanted to do cross-promotional advertising,â€ said Allen, who
added that Leon was out of state and could not attend the public
Allen said that Foodieâ€™s could use the extra business that the
displays may bring because he said â€œitâ€™s been a challengeâ€ for Leon to
run the store during these uncertain economic times. Allen added that
Leon does have small wine displays in different locations at his South
Witten said he had no problems amending Foodieâ€™s liquor license now
that the issue of enforceability of the 522 square feet of liquor
display space was solved with the plan on the wall.
â€œIâ€™m good with it,â€ Witten said.