EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The revival of the Cottage Street Cultural District is generating excitement in Easthampton. And there’s hope that issuing extra “all-alcohol licenses” will help continue promoting business growth.
Luthier’s Co-Op is a string instrument repair shop by day and a bar and music venue by night. They have a malt and wine license, but are excited about offering cocktails.
According to co-owner Steven Baer, their new liquor license will help them expand to the space next door. Their plan is to build another bar and open a kitchen. “It was critical to be able to offer nightly entertainment,” Baer said. “In order to have an evening business and just have it be B.Y.O.B., it wasn’t lucrative. You have to be able to make some money to keep the A.C. on at night.”
Luthier’s is one of four businesses in the cultural district getting a liquor license. There are still four more up for grabs.
Easthampton was awarded 8 over-quota liquor licenses back in June. Right now a liquor license limit is set for each city and town by the state based on population. There’s a push on Beacon Hill to get the law changed to allow municipal government to control the number.