The City’s Licensing Commission met on Monday, Feb. 18, at City Hall to review the licenses of nine local dining and nightlife establishments.
Present at the meeting were Licensing Board President Phil Antonelli, Board Member Phil Arloro, Board Clerk Annette Debilio, Detectives Michael Lavey and Al Sabella of the Everett Police Department, and Asst. City Solicitor Matt Latanzi.
On the agenda were La Perle Caribbean at 444 Broadway, Bosna Club at 36 Ferry Street, 7-Eleven at 511 Broadway, Short Path Distillery at 71 Kelvin Street, Stewarts at 140 Jefferson Ave, Zuzu Momo at 291 Main St, 7-Eleven at 543 Ferry St, Montecristo Taquería y Pupusería at 389-391 Main Street, and Winners Sports Bar & Grill at 361 Ferry St.
The following actions were taken:
•La Perle Caribbean
Having had its Bow Street location purchased by Wynn Resorts, the restaurant is relocating to 444 Broadway, where it requested a closing time of 1 a.m. The Board denied the request, stating that policy dictates that all new or transferred licenses must observe a midnight closing time for the first six months. The Board also rejected a half-measure that would allow the establishment to remain open until 1 a.m. but stop serving alcohol at midnight. However, La Perle is able to remain open until 1 a.m. for specific events, as long as they give the Licensing Commission a one-month notice.
During the meeting, the Board also became aware that La Perle is looking to have a nightclub-type environment and not just a standard restaurant, which they felt was deceptive on the part of owner Valery Joseph. The Board, along with the Mayor’s Office, has made it clear that nightclubs are not welcome in Everett due to past issues.
•Montecristo Taqueria & Pupuseria
The Board voted to roll back the hours of this location to midnight for six months when it was discovered that they continue to serve patrons after the hours designated on their license. Owners will appear before the board again in August where it will consider changing the hours back to 1 a.m.
•7-Eleven, 511 Broadway
The Board voted to approve the transfer of a full alcohol license to Leslie K. Inc.
•7-Eleven, 543 Ferry Street
Previously, the owner of the 7-Eleven at this location had been told that his display of alcohol was against regulations for the following reasons: 1) all alcohol needs to be in one area and cannot occupy floor space in different areas of the store, and 2) alcohol display cases and beer chests need to be inaccessible after 11 p.m. At Monday’s meeting, he assured the board that his alcohol is now stored behind a locked gate after 11 p.m. and that his coolers now meet regulations.
The Board approved the a new beer and wine license for Bosna Club with hours Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. with the understanding that the top 50 percent of its windows must be unobscured.
•Short Path Distillery
The Board approved a change in hours from Sunday to Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight.
The Board approved a change of manager to Ann Stewart and a transfer of stock.
•Winners Sports Bar & Grill
The Board approved a request by the owner to remain open until 1 a.m. on February 22 and May 2 for two different events.
The Board reviewed a business plan when owners appeared to seek a full alcohol license. However, Board members said they required more information regarding the serving of alcohol. A vote was postponed until March 9 so that a more thorough business plan could be put into place.