Two additional restaurants were approved to serve liquor in Vineyard Haven. Selectmen approved conversions of beer and wine licenses to all-alcohol licenses for La Soffita and The Black Dog Tavern, but decided to continue the hearing for The Black Dog Cafe on State Road until June 13, when a more detailed seating plan can be provided.
The current regulations for beer and wine require customers to be seated to order and be served alcoholic beverages, and because The Black Dog Cafe only has counter service, selectmen requested more information regarding the seating plan and the layout for alcohol service. Selectman Tristan Israel called their current setup “muddled.”
“It is a bit of a gray area since we don’t have specific table service to that extent,” Laura Beckman, chef and manager of the cafe, told selectmen on Tuesday. “However, whenever a beer or glass of wine is served, when [customers] come in and they say `I’d like to sit down for lunch with beer,’ we seat them, and then someone is in charge of bringing them their food and their beer.”
Selectmen asked that Ms. Beckman provide them with more information at the board’s meeting next week.
Voters approved the ballot question allowing liquor in restaurants a month ago, and selectmen will hold a public hearing on June 13 at the Katharine Cornell Theater to establish liquor regulations for the town. All licenses that were already approved are subject to any changes in the regulations.
Last week, selectmen approved all-alcohol licenses for Copper Wok and Beach Road, and they anticipate serving alcohol by the middle of June.
When selectmen approve the application for the conversion to an all-alcohol license, the town is required to send it to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) within 72 hours to change the category of the license to include spirits, a process estimated at one to two weeks, according to J.B. Blau, owner of Copper Wok. The ABCC then sends it back to the town for the selectmen to sign and hand to the restaurant owner within 24 hours.