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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.

The day when certain Boston diners can bring their own bottle of chardonnay or can of pale ale to their favorite neighborhood haunt drew closer this week with approval of BYOB by another city panel, as reported by the Boston Globe.

The city’s Licensing Board voted unanimously Thursday to allow BYOB — short for “bring your own bottle.” That action followed a City Council vote in December that set Boston on the path to allowing BYOB, but only at establishments without liquor licenses and only in specific outlying neighborhoods.

“I see this as an opportunity to bring increased economic activity to neighborhoods across Boston, and I thank the Licensing Board for taking up this measure that has great potential to make a positive impact on our city’s economic growth,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a prepared statement.

In July, Framingham Police arrested the bartender at Railroad Six Sports Grill on drug charges. During the investigation, police identified a total of six liquor license violations.

The owner Salvatore Bellone fired the bartender and voluntarily closed the establishment for 5 days to fix the problems.

According to the Framingham Patch, on Tuesday night, Framingham Police recommended Selectmen, the town’s licensing board, suspend the alcohol license for an additional 5 days.

Framingham Selectmen voted to suspend the liquor license of TGI Friday’s in Framingham for five days in July. The Shoppers World restaurant will not be able to serve alcohol from July 22-26.

The restaurant and the Framingham Police department reached an agreement on a liquor license violation that occurred in December 2014, and asked Selectmen to approve it.

In April, Police came before Selectmen with a recommendation for a 3-day suspension.

The Northampton License Commission met last Wednesday night to select the newest recipient of a seasonal liquor license.

Bistro Les Gras was awarded the license, after the restaurant’s name was chosen from a vintage spinning raffle drum, as reported by wggb.com

“I’m very excited,” says Elizabeth Martinez, Owner of Bistro Les Gras. “I’ve never really been a lucky person, so I’m excited that the city awarded the license to anyone — but especially, to us.”

Several Hingham restaurant owners sent the Selectmen a clear message — not to double the current all-alcoholic common victualler annual license fees — from $2,000 to $4,000 as recently proposed, as reported by wicked local hingham.

Representatives/owners from Scarlet Oak Tavern, Salsa’s, Burtons Grill, Liberty Grill, Eat Well (Tosca, Star’s, Tosca Caffe), the Square Cafe, Ocean Kai, and the Allston-based Restaurant & Business Alliance attended a recent meeting when the issue appeared on the agenda. Most spoke — none in favor of the $2,000 increase, with a few open to a gradual increase over time.

A recent survey of 19 comparable communities found that Hingham’s all-alcoholic common victualler license fees are far lower than those of some of the other towns.

Justine’s Grill, the newly re-named restaurant on Route 9 in Wellesley, will have to keep waiting for an all-alcohol license. At a recent meeting, the selectmen again questioned the safety of the parking situation and challenged the consistency of the new application with past licenses.

The restaurant–formerly known as Justine’s Table–was initially issued a common victualler license under the condition that 22 off-site parking spaces be made available on the same side of Route 9. At a hearing in late September, owner Gordon Breidenbach and his attorney presented the board with a plan that calls for off-site parking across Route 9 at Wellesley Mazda.

The initial plan to park guests’ cars at the neighboring Lee Volvo had to be modified when that dealership was sold to a new owner. According to Selectman Don McCauley, that represents a material change from the initial parking arrangement laid out in the restaurant’s CV license.

Burlington Town Meeting has voted to allow the Board of Selectmen to seek additional liquor licenses for specific locations in town, as reported by the Burlington Patch.

The article was put forward by Precinct 6 Town Meeting Member Sonia Rollins. It is also supported by the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, of which Rollins is the chairperson. The Burlington Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 to support the warrant article during a meeting in September.

The vote allows the board to seek eight additional licenses from the state. Originally the warrant article was for 14 licenses but Rollins put forward a modified version during the meeting at the suggestion of the state. The six licenses removed from the warrant had less specific limitation on locations and the language was deemed too vague.

Justine’s Table, a relatively new upscale restaurant on Route 9, will have to keep waiting for a liquor license — the Board of Selectmen this week continued its hearing on the matter to next month.

The restaurant has tried and failed several times to become licensed to sell beer, wine and liquor.

The selectmen ruled against making a final decision until restaurant owner Gordon Breidenbach addresses the board’s concerns about parking and the restaurant’s relationship with the landlord.

The Westfield License Commission has taken the Panda House’s liquor license for 27 days, 17 of which will be suspended.

The restaurant was accused of serving nine underage people back in March. They will have their license suspended for three days for each one of those people.

They missed their original hearing in June.