HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Cheap liquor licenses have been offered in Holyoke to help attract business to the downtown area.
Thirteen full liquor licenses have been offered for $10,000 each, when a liquor license can normally cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000. And although there has been interest, no one has officially applied with the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority.
The goal is to help attract new business to the four neighborhoods within the “Center City.” One of the main areas being targeted along Race Street, next to the canals, where old mill buildings line the street.
Gateway City Arts has a seasonal liquor license and has shown an interest in a full license, and Fiesta Cafe near the corner of Main and Cabot Street has also expressed interest.
“We understand that there’s a lot of other things that come into play, so when someone is ready to open that restaurant, they’ll have the option to serve alcohol, which is huge,” Tessa Murphy-Romboletti of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority said.
The liquor license program was launched last fall for the urban renewal area, and is targeted at restaurants. Click here to learn more about the effort, and to download a liquor license application.