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Swampscott selectmen hand out 2 liquor licenses

SWAMPSCOTT – The last two available all alcoholic liquor licenses in town were handed out Tuesday evening at the Board of Selectmen meeting.The Board of Selectmen approved issuing liquor licenses to Yan’s China Bistro and G’s.Swampscott resident Gregg Brackman, who already obtained the necessary approvals from the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals for 256 Humphrey St., said he would like to open at the end of November.Attorney Kenneth Shutzer, who represents Brackman, said the restaurant would have 40 seats and seven barstools but the bar would be an eating area not for alcohol consumption only.Brackman, who lives in town, described the menu as new world fusion – a fusion of Italian, French, Asian and American cuisine.A sample menu provided by Brackman included five spice duck breast with sautéed seasonal greens and roasted potatoes, 3-day brined pork loin with spicy apples, whipped potato and braised baby bok choy along with a wide assortment of appetizers, entrees, side dishes and desserts. Brackman said there are not enough fine dining establishments in town and he is very excited to have the opportunity to open his new restaurant in town. Brackman was also granted a common victuallers license, which is subject to approval by the Board of Health at Tuesday’s meeting.Brackman said he doesn’t plan to open until November because extensive work needs to be done on the property, which formerly housed the U-First Day Spa.The Board of Selectmen approved a liquor license for Yan’s China Bistro, 146 Humphrey St., but not until after Chairman Adam Forman chastised the owner, who recently received a brown bag license, for coming back to obtain a liquor license from the town. Attorney Kenneth Shutzer, who represents Yan’s China Bistro, explained the owner, who obtained her citizenship in June, had to wait until she was a citizen to apply for a liquor license.”I’m annoyed you’re back,” Forman said.Forman said Yan’s request for a brown bag permit was the impetus that lead the Board of Selectmen to develop a brown bag policy and said it is his opinion the applicant was less than forthcoming when she applied for the brown bag permit.Selectman Marc Paster said he is delighted Yan’s China Bistro returned for a liquor license because it is preferable to a brown bag permit from the town’s point of view.In other business, the Board of Selectmen received an update on Uno Chicago Grill, which is going in at the former Bickford’s Pancake House site in Vinnin Square, Jon Freedman, who is the vice president of the Northern Division of Uno Chicago Grill, said the restaurant has already hired more than 100 people and the majority of the employees are from Swampscott, Lynn and Salem.Freedman said the menu in the Swampscott location would have the same menu offerings as the Danvers and Revere locations but the actual restaurant would have a more upscale look and feel.Uno Chicago Grill, which is scheduled to open Oct. 9, already had its required permits and licenses from the town in order including a liquor license and common victuallers license.

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