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The Dedham Board of Selectmen have said no to a Hooters restaurant.

The board voted unanimously to deny the controversial restaurant a liquor license transfer from Summer Shack, the establishment that previously operated at the proposed location.

Prior to the vote, Selectman Dennis Teehan said the overwhelming opposition was among the reasons for the vote against Hooters.

Effective Tuesday, the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission adopted a new review process designed to speed the transfer of liquor licenses between buyers and sellers.

In the past, before taking possession of a liquor license – whether on-premise (a bar), off-premise (a liquor store) or special (a one-day license for an event) – a buyer or applicant needed an actual tax release.

Starting now, applicants can obtain a Certificate of Good Standing via the state Department of Revenue’s website.

Peabody liquor licensing authorities sent Frank Martino away empty-handed Monday night, questioning his sincerity to operate a package store in the city, as reported by

The main reason for the Licensing Board’s reluctance to grant Martino a license was because he just sold his full liquor license for a tidy profit less than a year after receiving it from the city (at a fraction of the cost), and was now asking for a new license to replace that one.

That did not sit well with board members; in fact, it was yet another unique factor to the situation –Martino sold his license for $205,000 to Trader Joe’s.

Foxborough selectmen agreed to transfer a contentious all-alcohol restaurant license from the former Christina’s Fireside Grille, held by MJ Holding Corp., to landlord and D&N Corp. principal Nicholas Panagopoulos. The 3-1 vote last Tuesday includes conditions that Panagopoulos pay all outstanding bills for police details plus attorneys fees, and honor deposits for functions and events at the Route 1 facility that recently closed. reports that Tuesday’s hearing, which was continued from July 24, addressed the requested transfer of the license in light of more than 10 violations over the past decade in which ownership was transferred without prior town authorization. Subsequently, the popular restaurant and wedding venue was operating without a valid liquor license, officials said. Panagopoulos is remodeling the building and plans to open a steakhouse and function facility.

The Boston Globe reports that Foxborough selectmen approved an all-liquor license for a Trader Joe’s supermarket scheduled to open in Patriot Place later this year.

The unanimous decision was made this week on the condition the company agrees not to sell alcohol during events at Gillette Stadium, that it won’t stock containers of alcoholic beverages that are smaller than 8 ounces, and that it will delay the sale of hard liquor until Jan. 1, 2013.

For weeks, residents and town officials have expressed concerns about granting such a license to an establishment so close to Gillette Stadium. The hesitancy didn’t stem from concern about the store itself, officials stressed, but about potential liquor sales as the town is working to curb binge and underage drinking that often plagues events at the stadium and other locales.

The Peabody Licensing Board has approved the transfer of an all-alcohol liquor license from Bugaboo Creek to Vignali LLC, owned by developer Sal Palumbo. The planned piano bar/jazz club restaurant is scheduled to open in Newhall Crossing in the spring of 2012.

Bugaboo Creek closed in Peabody and several other Massachusetts locations in November 2010 after CB Holding filed Chapter 11 in Federal Bankruptcy Court in New York.