No Sunday-morning sales for alcohol

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Add Garde East to the list of restaurants in Vineyard Haven that have been granted all-alcohol licenses. Tisbury board of selectmen approved the license Tuesday. — Stacey Rupolo

You’ll be able to get a Bloody Mary or Mimosa with your breakfast Saturday mornings at the Black Dog Tavern, but not on Sundays, at least not for now.

The Tisbury board of selectmen unanimously approved regulations for the newly approved all-alcohol licenses, although at least one restaurant is already up and serving.

But following the advice of the town’s attorney, who was not present at Tuesday’s public hearing, the board did not approve a 10 am opening for restaurants to serve on Sunday mornings, a prime brunch day in the restaurant business.

A change of Sunday hours would require town meeting authorization, town administrator Jay Grande told the board.

Robert Douglas Jr., chief executive for Black Dog, and Laura Beckham, a manager for the company’s cafe on State Road, told the board that their attorney believes the licensing authority, which is the board of selectmen, can accept the state law that allows early Sunday openings.

“We’re the only ones who serve breakfast, so we’re the only ones affected by this,” Ms. Beckham said.

Board members struggled with their own attorney’s interpretation, but accepted it. The wild card appears to be that the all-alcohol licenses were approved by home rule petition, so the town’s legislative body — town meeting — would have to give the board authority to accept the state law.

“I think I understand what counsel is saying, but I would like more clarity also,” selectman Tristan Israel said. Should selectmen find they don’t need to go to town meeting, they’ll make changes to the regulations, Mr. Israel said.

Earlier in the evening, the board approved an all-alcohol license for Garde East.

In other business, Tisbury selectmen delayed action on moving a utility pole on Martin Road until they determine whether the new pole will be within a sidewalk.

That and another hearing about an electricity pole opened a discussion about whether Eversource should move poles that impede sidewalks.

“There have been some poles, more recent installations, that don’t comply with [the Americans with Disabilities Act],” Mr. Grande said.

He plans to send a list to Eversource to see what can be done about having the poles moved.

Chairman Larry Gomez didn’t hold out much hope. “I think Eversource tends to ignore us,” he said.

The board also voted unanimously to write a letter of support for a House bill that would add a five cent deposit to nip bottles, after receiving an update on the legislation from Mr. Israel.

A 10-year lease was signed with Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group on the so-called Solar Hatchery. The hatchery had been operating on a licensing agreement, Mr. Grande said.