Tisbury selectmen approve beer/wine applications


The Tisbury selectmen held public hearings and approved beer and wine license applications for year-round permits for the Black Dog Tavern, Black Dog Bakery/Café, Rocco’s Pizzeria, and Nicky’s Italian Café at a meeting Tuesday night.

Three of the four restaurants, excluding the Black Dog Tavern, plan to serve beer and wine with meals served to customers at tables outside. The selectmen discussed their concerns about noise issues, particularly in regard to the Black Dog Bakery/Café, which is located near a residential neighborhood.

Alexandra Cook, whose home is the closest to the Black Dog property, told the selectmen she is very concerned about noise at night from the restaurant’s outdoor patrons.

The selectmen agreed to approve the Black Dog Bakery/Café’s beer and wine license with a limit on serving outdoor patrons until 8 pm. They said they would not place similar limits on hours for outdoor service at Rocco’s and Nicky’s, because those restaurants are not as close to residential areas and because no abutters attended the hearings to voice concerns about noise.

In other business, the selectmen signed a contract with Campbell Construction for $218,000 for the next phase of the Spring Building restoration, which includes leveling floors inside, putting in handicapped-accessible bathrooms, and installing electricity. The money came from fundraising and previous allocations from Community Preservation Act funds.

The selectmen also held a brainstorming session with the Planning Board about what to do with the site of the old fire department building on Beach Road. Suggestions for possible future uses of the site included a temporary town parking lot, a new town hall, or a new police department building. The selectmen and Planning Board agreed their first priority would be to get a site survey and soil analysis done.

Providing an update on Tisbury’s long-awaited new bus shelters, town administrator John Bugbee said cement was poured for a foundation and a shelter should be up by the end of the week at the traffic circle near the Vineyard Haven Steamship Authority terminal.