Mitchell proposes adding liquor licenses in city - News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England

Mitchell proposes adding liquor licenses in city

Posted: Updated:

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said he wants to add more liquor licenses in the city as a way to spur economic development.

"Liquor licenses can be a big barrier to entry in the restaurant business. Here in New Bedford, in the downtown in particular, a liquor license can go for more than $50,000," Mitchell told NBC 10 on Wednesday.

That cost can make or break a start-up business.

The mayor is proposing adding 25 additional licenses and is seeking support from the City Council and others.

An insufficient supply of liquor licenses has driven up the prices way too much, the mayor said. He's suggesting that if one of the proposed new liquor licenses isn't used, it would revert back to the city and not be subject to resale.

"We believe that downtown New Bedford can have a much more vibrant restaurant scene. There's a lot of pent up demand and by removing this liquor license problem, we think we can open up the market," Mitchell said.

A news release from the mayor said a Massachusetts law dating back to Prohibition caps the number of liquor licenses that cities and towns can issue based on population.

Adding more licenses would also require the approval of state lawmakers.

  • Money Watchers

  • The NBC 10 Money Watchers are looking out for your bottom line.

    Frank Coletta, Alison Bologna, and Bill Rappleye are constantly making sure that your tax dollars are being used wisely.

    The NBC 10 Money Watchers are also looking for ways that you can save money and they are uncovering local business trends that impact unemployment. If you have a tip for the NBC 10 Money Watchers, email news@wjar.com.

  • Money WatchersMore>>

  • Alison Bologna

    Alison Bologna

    After four years as an anchor and reporter in Boston, Alison Bologna returns to NBC 10 News to anchor its new 7 p.m. show with Dan Jaehnig and to report with Jim Taricani on the I-Team. She also anchors
    After four years as an anchor and reporter in Boston, Alison Bologna returns to NBC 10 News to anchor its new 7 p.m. show with Dan Jaehnig.
  • Frank Coletta

    Frank Coletta

    Frank Coletta anchors NBC 10 News Sunrise and NBC 10 News at Noon, and is also a member of the NBC 10 Money Watchers.
    Frank Coletta anchors NBC 10 News Sunrise and NBC 10 News at Noon.
  • Bill Rappleye

    Bill Rappleye

    Bill gladly returns to Rhode Island airwaves following a 10-year absence. He broke into television news in New Bedford in the early 1980s, working as a photographer/reporter for cable television.
    Bill gladly returns to Rhode Island airwaves following a 10-year absence. He broke into television news in New Bedford in the early 1980s, working as a photographer/reporter for cable television.
Powered by WorldNow

23 Kenney Drive
Cranston, R.I., 02920

Telephone: 401.455.9100
Fax: 401.455.9140
Email: news@wjar.com

Can't find something?

NBC 10 Outerwear Provided by:

NBC 10 Media Relations
Provided by:

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.