Marblehead Selectmen to Talk Sweeney's Retreat Liquor License

A public hearing regarding the all-alcohol liquor license belonging to Sweeney's Retreat is scheduled to take place at Wednesday night's meeting at Abbot Hall.

The Board of Selectmen will sit down with a representative of Sweeney's Retreat Wednesday night to discuss the future of the recently-closed business' all-alcohol liquor license.

The owner of Sweeney's Retreat reportedly filed for bankruptcy and closed the business late last year and now members will meet with either the owner himself or his lawyer to discuss the future of the license.

The availability of all-alcohol liquor licenses in Marblehead became a hot topic last fall, when the town's new Mexican restaurant Casa Corona applied for and was granted Marblehead's first ever carry-in alcoholic beverage license.

It is not uncommon for board members to schedule a meeting with local liquor license holders after they close their doors to customers. The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 7:35 p.m. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room of Abbot Hall.

Also appearing before the board Wednesday night will be a representative of Comella's Ristorante, which is expected to apply for a common vicutaller's license. The Italian eatery is slated to open on Atlantic Avenue in March.

If it were suddenly up to you - what would you do with the Sweeney's liquor license? How about the Sweeney's space?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Susan Bodner February 13, 2013 at 01:20 PM
I heard that the VFW has sold their liquor license to Palmers landlord since they are re. Establishing themselves for a private club license. Sweeney's will probably be maintained by building owner, but should be advertised to all if it is being transferred
MHH101 February 13, 2013 at 01:53 PM
As Sean points out, the number of the town's liquor licenses available is based it's population. What I do not understand is why licenses are being used by establishments that is not open to the general public (yacht clubs, country clubs etc.)? Recently, Patch published a list of who has Marblehead licenses (see below) Package Stores: Beach Bluff Liquors Haley's Wine and Spirits Shubie's Wine and Spirits Village Liquors Grocery Stores: Crosby's Market Restraunts: The Barnacle Caffe Italia Fen Yang House 5 Corners Kitchen The Hurricane Hungry Betty's The Jack-Tar American Tavern Imperial Mandarin Maddie's Sail Loft The Landing The Rip Tide Three Cod Tavern Yannalfo's Restruants (wine and malt): Soall Bistro Le Bistro Cafe and Grill Joey D's Thai Market Wine and malt with cordials innholder's license: The Harbor Light Inn All-alcoholic club licenses Boston Yacht Club Corinthian Yacht Club Tedesco Country Club The Gerry 5 The Headers' Club Champlain Lyman Rollins Post 2005 VFW
Reasoning February 13, 2013 at 03:10 PM
The VFW can not sell their license. It would need to be transferred by the Select Board
Betty Kennedy February 15, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Shubies owned the parking lot there and sort of put Phil in a precarious position - no parking, no customer and they wanted a 10 year lease... Come on. I like Phil he is a really good guy and has done a lot for the Town. The Shubies have split, as far as I have heard, and she wants to start a cooking school in the building. And that's ok, I guess... And 'that's what it's all about'... School song, 'put your left foot and shake it all about."
Susan Bodner February 15, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Palmer's will be getting a license, but it won't be Sweeney's.


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