New restau­rant may sell wine to go

New Ken­nett-area restau­rant may sell wine to go

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Matt Free­man For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

A new Ital­ian restau­rant may soon take its place among the new op­tions for din­ing in East Marl­bor­ough.

A rel­a­tively up­scale Ital­ian restau­rant may soon take its place among the new op­tions for din­ing in East Marl­bor­ough.

But an ever newer option for that restau­rant, only re­cently per­mit­ted un­der state law, will be that its de­vel­op­ers hope to of­fer liquor sales, so pa­trons can take home a pizza and a bot­tle of wine to go with it.

The East Marl­bor­ough Board of Su­per­vi­sors re­cently voted to ap­prove an in­ter-mu­nic­i­pal trans­fer of a liquor li­cense to the 5th Street Hos­pi­tal­ity Group, which hopes to ren­o­vate the Bite of Italy site in the Shoppes of Long­wood Vil­lage and cre­ate a 70-seat Ital­ian restau­rant there of­fer­ing what it calls “chef­driven” pizza and other cui­sine.

The group wanted to trans­fer a liquor li­cense from Coatesville into East Marl­bor­ough, which re­quired a hear­ing and res­o­lu­tion. An­drea Sikora, a mem­ber of the group, said they wanted to of­fer liquor to din­ers, have a bar, and po­ten­tially do liquor sales, newly per­mit­ted by state law, so cus­tomers could go home with take­out food and a bot­tle of wine as well.

Be­cause the liquor li­cense trans­fer re­quired ap­proval by the board, Sikora and her at­tor­ney Joe Riper were care­ful to em­pha­size the con­cept was that of a restau­rant with a bar, not the other way around.

Sikora said the restau­rant would be open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to about 11 p.m. “The seat­ing will be much more din­ing-fo­cused,” she said, with no live mu­sic or danc­ing.

Board mem­ber Robert Weer pointed out there were al­ready a num­ber of es­tab­lish­ments serv­ing liquor in the area, in­clud­ing the Two Stones pub next door, Plaza Azteca, and Ap­ple­bee’s.

After a ques­tion from Weer, town­ship so­lic­i­tor Frone Craw­ford said there was no limit on how many li­censes could be trans­ferred into a mu­nic­i­pal­ity, but each had to be ap­proved.

Riper pointed out that the former Manny Hat­tan’s liquor li­cense had gone some­where else, so there was no real in­crease in the num­ber of es­tab­lish­ments serv­ing liquor in the area.

“There’s been no ev­i­dence

there would be any ad­verse im­pact” to the wel­fare of residents, Riper said.

In the end, the su­per­vi­sors

moved to grant the trans­fer with the stip­u­la­tion that the busi­ness close at 11 p.m. Board Vice Chair­man John Sarro ab­stained be­cause of a re­la­tion­ship with the land­lord, and Robert Weer voted against the trans­fer, re­sult­ing in a 3–1 vote in fa­vor.

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