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PHOTOS: The Six Vying for Arlington's Two New Liquor-Store Licenses

See if there could be a new liquor store near you.

Six applicants are in the running for Arlington's two new liquor-store licenses, .

The applicants are scheduled to present their respective cases to the Board of Selectmen on Monday, June 18, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Each applicant will go before the board for about a half-hour (10 minutes for their presentation, and then 20 for interested parties to speak and ask questions). The board plans to select the two winning applicants that night.

The applicants:

Name Address Applicant(s) Manager Square Feet Arlington Heights Liquors 469-473 Summer St. Thomas Vakalfotis Thomas Vakalfotis 2,500 Arlington Wine & Spirits 935 Massachusetts Ave. 3 P Corp., Paresh Patel and Pradeep Patel, Owners Paresh Patel 2,600 808 Massachusetts Ave. Foodmaster Super Markets Inc., John A. DeJesus, President Edward DeSimone 20,000 1398 Massachusetts Ave. EPW, LLC, Peter Weissman and Bach Weissman, Managing Partners Matt Guessetto 3,300 Mystic Wine Shoppe 901 Massachusetts Ave. Mystic Wine Shoppe, LLC, Eric Faiola, Owner/President Michael Woodward 2,500 2 Park Ave. Radhe, Inc., Nilesh K. Patel, President Nilesh K. Patel 1,600

*Foodmaster Super Markets and The Meat House are only planning to sell beer and wine with the all-alcohol license.

Bob Sprague June 07, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Good story, John. Thanks for reporting this. Bob Sprague
Craig Koebelin June 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM
The Easy Convenience is already like a casino with the lottery tickets and Keno, they might as well serve drinks too.
John Waller (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Thanks Bob. It'll be interesting to see what the Selectmen take into account when reviewing the applications.
Susan Ruderman June 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
If they use parking as a consideration--and I personally think they should--then the location across from the Rink (469-473 Summer Street) is far from ideal. Lots of traffic already going in and out of the complex. Glad the gun shop is gone from the Peter Pan block at least! Foodmaster already has a parking lot, as does the Meathouse, but if they would only be selling B&W, seems like a bit of a waste of a full license.
S. Stevens June 07, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I hope that they give the permits to new businesses. It will create new income as well as fill up some of the empty retail space in town!
Aileen June 07, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The storefront next to Stop & Shop has been vacant for so long. I can't even remember for how long. More than a decade, it's got to be. I think that would be a good location for many reasons. Selfishly, I'd like Johnnie's, because it's so close to where I live.
p bosworth June 14, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Do we really want a liquor store right next to the high school? And what mechanism is in place to keep the license holders from flipping them?
Amy Hubbard June 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Mystic wine shoppe should definitely get one of the licenses. The location is great, it restores an empty building on Mass Ave and is convenient to Stop and Shop. Plus the owners are two upstanding responsible Arlington community members. I think a small business rather than a chain should get the license. Amy Hubbard
John Waller (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 03:50 PM
To hopefully answer your second question, as I understand it, Arlington's liquor licenses are always owned by the town (businesses pay, I believe, $3,500 a year to have them) ... so it's not like Boston where the business buys the license and then can flip it for $$$$$.
John Waller (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Hi Amy, Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I think a lot of people feel the same way you do. If you look at our poll (http://arlington.patch.com/articles/poll-who-should-get-arlington-s-two-new-liquor-store-licenses), Mystic Wine Shoppe and [blank] is the clear favorite.
Paul June 18, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I bought my date's Prom corsarge there fifty years ago. It is a terrible shame to see a lovely florist family shop turn into the Devil's hand selling fire water to the natives of Arlington. This will bring nothing but petting in back seats behind the high school and truancy! I OBJECT to this EVERETization of pristine Arlington, the home of UNCLE SAM WILSON!

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