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Pellino's Ristorante Closes

Pellino's Ristorante on Washington Street has closed its doors.

After 20 years in business, the owner of appeared before the Board of Selectmen Wednesday night to discuss the recent closure of his restaurant on Washington Street.

At the request of Town Administrator Tony Sasso, owner Frank Pellino attended Wednesday's meeting at to explain why he closed his doors and what he plans on doing with his liquor license.

The main reason for the sudden closing, he said, was the recent opening of a new Pellino's Ristorante in the North End of Boston.

"We've opened a second establishment in the North End of Boston and the reason I closed is because I lost two key employees, a cook and a manager," Pellino said. "There was no way I could have had both open at the same time."

Although Pellino said he has an offer pending from someone interested in taking over the space on Washington Street, he said he plans on reopening if that deal falls through.

"Should that not happen, I have every intention of reopening sometime in May, probably around Mother's Day," Pellino said.

"I'm asking the board to please be understanding during this period of financial hardships," he said. "The reason I had to close was because there's no way I could have had both locations."

After hearing from Pellino, the Selectmen unanimously passed a motion to have him return in 30 days to give an update on the status of his restaurant.

"By that time I should definitely know what will happen," Pellino said.

John Buba March 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Once again why do we have all this concern over a liquor license? Why do we need the Selectmen to decide who does and does not get a license? Maybe our State Rep and Senator can work on passing legislation to remove this archaic law.
Joe Whipple March 29, 2012 at 05:08 PM
It's a public safety and peace issue. If no license is required, anybody can sell booze, and there's no way to keep the bars in line. We haven't had very many problems here — although there were a couple when I was a selectman — but in neighboring communities, problem establishments are made to clean up their acts trhough suspensions and threats of revocation of licenses.
Paul Stevens March 29, 2012 at 06:23 PM
The headline should read "suspends operations" not "Closes". It's a difficult economy and your headline simply starts incorrect rumors, and can negatively effect Pellino's business.
Owen Boss (Editor) March 29, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Hi Paul: We used "closes" in the headline because the owner of the restaurant said he attended Wednesday night's Selectmen's meeting to explain why he "closed."
John Buba March 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM
You could still have revocation of license, just make licenses available for free. No license, no liquor; but take away the limiting factor of "x" licenses per town etc.

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