The Board of Selectmen's meeting was largely about licensing last night, but here are a few things you may have missed if you didn't tune into 's coverage of the meeting:
- Barcelona Brookline, LLC received a transferred common victualler license from at the meeting last night. Barcelona intends to open a tapas-style restaurant in the space. They will file renovation plans at the end of the year, and begin work in the spring. It will likely open in mid-2012, according to a lawyer for the group.
The Board also approved Scott Lawton as the manager of said license. The public hearing of this license has been continued, because public notice about the meeting did not include a request for an alternate manager or an entertainment license.
- Fire Chief Peter Ford requested permission to fill a vacancy left by retiring Deputy Chief of Operations, Michael O'Reilly. Ford said that O'Reilly was an asset while settling in to his new position in the .
Selectwoman Nancy Daly described O'Reilly as a "stalward chief, and added, "I’m sure you’ll find somebody good, but we’ll miss him very much."
- Because has held an alcoholic beverage license, but has not been using it for several years, the Board held a hearing on the status of that license. The Cafe, and newly-minted manager Takeo Sakan, plans to serve mainly craft beers and hot toddies in the space. Sakan notes that the cafe part of the business is his own "side project."
Selectman Ken Goldstein said he was willing to give the Cafe a second chance, because of their “good faith, bona-fide plan to reactivate license.”
- Selectmen approved a transfer of funds to pay Lewis Tree Service for their .
- The Board of Selectmen took a moment to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.