Where Are All of Marblehead's Liquor Licenses?

Wondering which local businesses have laid claim to Marblehead's liquor licenses? You're not the only one.

The hot topic at Wednesday's meeting of the Board of Selectmen will be a public hearing regarding Casa Corona's bid for Marblehead's first carry-in alcoholic beverage license.

Unable to secure a liquor license of their own, Casa Corona owners Jose and Felix Bracamontes are hoping that securing a BYOB license will translate to a boost in business at their Mexican restaurant on Smith Street.

Ever since the restaurant filed a request in September, board members have been hard at work, laying out the guidelines pertaining to local carry-in alcoholic beverage licenses.

They approved these local guidelines at a meeting last month.

During that time, we've received numerous requests from local residents who wanted to know which businesses in town have laid claim to the available liquor licenses.

It just so happens that Wednesday's board meeting will also feature the renewal of all of the town's licenses for 2013.

Board members have said that there are 20 full liquor licenses and five beer and wine licenses available in town. The number of licenses available to each municipality is based on population.

According to the posted agenda, these are the alcohol-related licenses up for renewal Wednesday night:

All-alcoholic package store licenses

  • Beach Bluff Liquors
  • Haley's Wine and Spirits
  • Shubie's Wine and Spirits
  • Village Liquors

Wine and malt-package store license

  • Crosby's Market

All-alcohol common victualler licenses

  • 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

Wine and malt with cordials common victuallers licenses

  • 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

All-alcoholic fraternal club licenses

  • The Gerry 5
  • The Headers' Club
  • Champlain Lyman Rollins Post 2005 VFW

Have a question about this list or the availability of liquor licenses in Marblehead? Let us know in the comments section below.

Liz Michaud December 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM
what about Beacon Hill Imports on Beacon Street attached to Community Store.?
John Buba December 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
The Eastern and Dolphin Yacht clubs have licenses (seasonal? Can you also explain who actually "owns" the licenses and can the owners sell them? I am sure the public would like to know more about the "market" behind all of these licenses.
Peter Lake, LAKE Real Estate December 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The archaic liquor laws of Massachusetts are enough to make head-slapping a state sport. No beer on Sunday before noon? Well, I guess that will fill the pews. A grocery chain can't own more than three stores that sell liquor? Le'ts keep that competition down. In California you can buy beer and wine in any grocery store - and in spite of that state's high taxes, liquor is at least 10% cheaper than in Massahusetts. (But you can't buy it between 2AM and 6AM -- they draw the line somewhere. And if you want to buy a six-pack in a gas station ?? No problem. The idea that Casa Corona can't get a liquor license is a remnant from the 19th century, when drunkeness was indeed a great problem in Massachusetts. Sure, alcohol's still a problem for some people (note the number of DUI's in the police reports), but not being able to drink a beer with a taco isn't a solution.
MHH101 December 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Why are public licenses, based on the town's population, given to private organizations that do not serve the public? Why are public licenses 'owned by the current licensee' and then 'sold' when they close a business and not made available to an existing business on the waiting list?
Owen Boss (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 06:02 PM
These are all great questions! I will look into finding an answer for you.
Jayne Mace December 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Will Warwick Place or the restaurant going in that location get a license right away? Why does one establishment get one before another?
Laurel Whitney December 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM
@Jayne Was thinking the same thing...


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