NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton License Commission Chairman William Rosen told 22News the qualified applicants’ names will go into a jar and the winner will be drawn at random on October 1st.
Applicants include Treydon’s, Sylveter’s, Hinge, Ibiza Tapas, Bistro Le Gra, Local Burger and Sierra Grill. The license became available after the City revoked a license from a business that never opened.
It’s a seasonal liquor license that the winner will have to convert into a year round license with a $10,000 payment. The state set a quota of 30 liquor licenses for Northampton, but the city has 37.
O’Brian Tomalin, the owner of Sierra Grill, told 22News, “The way it’s worked is that a liquor license has become available and then you buy it from a private individual. The going rate for one was pretty much twice my budget for what we opened with. We probably have I’d say 20 people in the course of a week who come in that look for a cocktail and we don’t have it.”
State lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would change the liquor license process to eliminate the quota and return control to local cities and towns.