8 thoughts on “Council Has Mixed Views on Requesting More Liquor License, Most Eyed by Arsenal Yards

  1. The city needs to do a better job of promoting the revitalization of existing properties in town, especially in the East End. I’d like to see them put some pressure on the owners of neglected/unoccupied properties to sell and/or improve them. There are a number of vacant former factories, crumbling homes and empty lots that are in terrible disrepair and are huge eyesores in the community. Let’s get the East End popping off with new life. Lure craft brewery upstarts, independent coffee shops and other locally-owned independent retailers to our commercial zones. Eventually, Arsenal Yards won’t seem like such a “threat” to the rest of the town.

  2. I am a long time East End resident and when choosing a restaurant, a restaurant in Watertown is always my first choice. What is the status of BYOB licensing in the town? As I recall, it did pass a few years ago? It is a nice feature to bring your own choice, especially if restaurants do not always have the wine that you prefer.

    • The Council approved the bring your own bottle licenses. I don’t think they have been very popular with restaurants. I don’t know of any that has a liquor license which also has a BYOB license.

  3. Why is the rationing of liquor licenses for restaurants even an issue in 2019? And BYOB is a relic of 1970’s and before –or so I remember it from college days in Cambridge back then. Come on. If we want Davis Sq and Kendall Sq people to to migrate to Watertown (following the bio-spaces being built and pioneered by Athena), how about sidewalk tables and letting restaurants serve a glass of wine –whether around the Arsenal or anywhere else? What’s the big deal?

    • As if the situation around here hasn’t gotten bad enough with all the developments
      going up, the last thing this town needs is even more people migrating from Davis and
      Kendall Sq.

      • Yeah, the last thing we need in Watertown are any more of the those damn tree hugging, Bernie loving, handlebar mustache wearing, fix gear riding, succulent growing, PBR drinking, Arcade Fire listening hipsters!

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