State okays State Road, Lambert’s Cove Inn beer, wine sales

State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury can now sell beer and wine. — File photo by Bob Gothard

For the first time in more than a century, restaurants in West Tisbury can now legally sell beer and wine. State Road Restaurant and the Lambert’s Cove Inn received new liquor licenses that went into effect on Friday, June 29.

The arrival of the liquor license unequivocally ends the familiar policy of BYOB (bring your own bottle). State law does not allow restaurants licensed to serve alcohol to also allow patrons to carry in bottles.

New regulations that West Tisbury voters approved in April allow for the sale of beer and wine in restaurants with a seating capacity for 50 or more people, provided that the alcohol is served with a full meal.

Selectmen are responsible for approving the application for a license. The state alcohol and beverage control commission issues the license.

The Plane View Restaurant at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport is currently in the process of acquiring a license.