HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – On Monday, the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority announced it was ready to review applications for 13 full liquor licenses. It’s an effort to help attract new restaurants to the four neighborhoods within the “Center City.”
One of those neighborhoods is by Race Street, which is along the canals. It’s mainly old mill buildings lining the street, but some businesses have moved in.
22News went to Gateway City Arts, which offers space for events as well as host some of its own. They have a seasonal liquor license and plan to apply for one of these new licenses.
Co-owner Lori Divine said she understands it can be a challenge for new restaurants to open in Holyoke. “It’s a risk, you know, honestly, it’s a risk. You have to be willing to come and take a chance to do this, but the more people that come, the less risk it is.”
Divine said she does get asked by clients if there are restaurants open late in the area and would love to be able to suggest new ones in the area.
We spoke with Tessa Romboletti of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday, and she said, so far, they haven’t received any applications.