Edgartown selectmen hear proposal for new Main Street restaurant

Edgartown selectmen listened to a preliminary proposal for a new Main Street restaurant, at their meeting Tuesday. Brothers Patrick and Ted Courtney outlined very early plans to open a restaurant at 55 Main Street, the space owned by Seagate Inc. and now occupied by the retail import store In the Woods, which is to close tomorrow, December 30.

“It would be high quality, casual, with an emphasis on locally caught seafood and aquaculture,” Patrick Courtney said.

“It sounds like an interesting plan,” selectman Margaret Serpa said. “I have no concerns. It’s a lot of work.”

Patrick and Ted Courtney had made plans to open a restaurant at 6 Water Street last summer and got all the necessary town permits. Patrick Courtney said that project is still in the works, but it was delayed when neighbors who oppose the project appealed in court the special permit issued by the zoning board of appeals.

Also Tuesday, selectmen voted to accept a gift of a new floor at The Anchors, home to the Council on Aging. Friends of the Council on Aging donated the floor, worth about $15,400.

Selectmen voted to ask wastewater commissioners to work with the town accountant on a more efficient way process abatements for wastewater fees. The town grants a large number of abatements to customers who should were billed in error.

“The auditor raised the issue,” town administrator Pam Dolby said. “It’s a mixture of duplicate billing, billing vacant lots, and miscalculating the number of drains.”