Town officials extended several liquor and one retail license last night in a move many local businesses hope will spur higher sales and revenues.
Officials approved the earlier sale of alcohol at Sunday brunches for many restaurants last night. However, one local eatery, who has faced the Board of Selectmen for previous violations, was denied.
Cafe Belo, located at 147 Waverly St., did not receive approval to serve alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays. New state laws allow restaurants to begin serving alcohol as early as 10 a.m. on Sundays, with approval from local authorities. Several Framingham restaurants sought out and were granted an alcohol license extension to accompany their brunch selections.
Prompted by Selectman Jason Smith, the board unanimously voted to continue with the existing liquor service hours at Cafe Belo.
Smith said the owners have come before Selectmen too many times for violations and "don't deserve" further responsibilities. Also, said Smith, the restaurant does not offer a brunch-like menu on Sunday mornings.
A representative from Cafe Belo could not be reached for comment.
Restaurants now opening and serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays are Bella Costa Ristorante, The Tavern, La Cantina, Aegean Restaurant, Framingham Country Club, The Willow Brook Grill and Eagles All-American Grill.
Opening at 11 a.m. will be Tio Juan's Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, Pepperoncini's, Red Pepper Restaurant, 400 Plus, Brazzille, Chipolte, John Harvard's, Bollywood, Papa Razzi, Bronzetti's Pizza, O'Connell's Pub, Samba and Tennessee's BBQ.
National chain Toys R' Us, located in Shoppers World, was granted permission to stay open for 24 hours a day in the week leading up to Christmas. From Dec. 21 to closing time on Christmas Eve, the store will be open around the clock to offer shoppers last minute deals, a representative from the company told the board.