Spirited Debate About Alcohol in Chilmark

A proposal to allow beer and wine sales at restaurants in Chilmark came under fire at a selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday. Several longtime residents gathered to speak out against the idea.

Liquor License on Hold for Bookstore's Expanded Cafe

The Edgartown selectmen have reconsidered granting a liquor license to Edgartown Books after learning they did not have the proper approval from other town boards. Last week, the board approved an all-alcohol license for the cafe behind the bookstore, but on Monday the decision was put on hold.

New Bowling Alley Granted Full Liquor License

The lanes planned for downtown Oak Bluffs will be allowed to sell alcohol but with earlier closing hours than Circuit avenue bars, the town selectmen decided Tuesday. The bowling alley project is the brainchild of architect Reid (Sam) Dunn.

Selectmen Approve License for Seasonal Liquor Store

The Edgartown selectmen have approved a license for a new seasonal liquor store in Edgartown. The new store will take the place of Town Provisions on Mayhew Lane.

Chilmark Public Meeting Hears Opposition to Alcohol Sales

A public meeting held by the Chilmark selectmen this week saw vocal opposition to the idea of alcohol sales in restaurants.

Chilmark is the last dry town on the Vineyard. The selectmen received a letter of interest two weeks ago from Bob and Sarah Nixon, owners of the Menemsha and Beach Plum Inns and the Home Port Restaurant, about allowing alcohol sales in restaurants.

Unfair Advantage

The following letter was sent to the Chilmark selectmen: The request for allowing eating establishments to obtain liquor licenses is troubling. The fact that Chilmark remains dry while others have not should never be a reason to change the character of the Menemsha village. How it could impact the town and its future should be thoroughly examined before a decision is made in favor of one request.

Liquor Store License Swap Gets Approval

The Edgartown selectmen Monday approved a change of location for a downtown Edgartown liquor store that’s moving to the airport.

Brion McGroarty Sr. and Brion McGroarty Jr. came before selectmen to ask to transfer their year-round liquor license from Mayhew Lane to a location near the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

The name will also change from Town Provisions Company to Martha’s Vineyard Wine and Spirits.

Chilmark Will Consider Allowing Alcohol Sales at Restaurants

The last dry town on the Vineyard could be turning wet. The Chilmark selectmen have set a public hearing for August 27 to explore the idea of allowing alcohol sales at restaurants in the up-Island town.

Construction Set to Begin on Airport Area Liquor Store

Construction is scheduled to begin this week on a new liquor store near the airport.

Brion McGroarty, who has operated Town Provisions in downtown Edgartown for 23 years, plans to move the store to a new 2,700 square foot building that will be an addition to the Flatbread Company, a family pizza restaurant on Airport Road.

Flatbread Liquor License Renewed

Edgartown selectmen Monday renewed Flatbread Company’s alcohol license after voicing concerns about the restaurant’s hours.

Town administrator Pamela Dolby said that last summer the pizza restaurant by the airport kept “sporadic hours” and closed for the season before its announced Sept. 30 closing date.