(April 24, 2015) The Board of License Commissioners approved the following requests for liquor licenses with the listed caveats during their April meeting.
Captain’s Galley 2 transfer
Because the surrounding area has been rezoned since the previous license was approved to include the light industrial uses consistent with the commercial fishing harbor, the Shrimp Boat can now feature more live entertainment than its predecessor, Captain’s Galley 2.
The zoning reflects the expectation of noise, and the applicants received the OK to feature a three-piece band outside on the first floor, and up to five pieces inside.
Neighboring properties such as Harborside and Sunset Grille already feature entertainment, according to the applicants, so the board was inclined to grant their request.
Culture authentic eatery
Owner Jodi Wright described the eatery as a “Panera-type fast casual” restaurant, where she expects 50 percent of her customers to get carryout food.
The previous establishment was approved for live entertainment, and Wright said she wanted the option to include entertainment, but didn’t think it would be a regular feature. She only requested two nights per week between 4-10 p.m., which was granted.
Charlotte Kuti, who said she had worked at Coin’s for the past 20 years, and the last seven as manager, was granted a 90 percent transfer of the liquor license from the previous owner.
Kuti didn’t make any requests beyond the transfer, and indicated she wanted to keep things at Coin’s the same as they had always been.
Crush and Crab
Taking over the site of Boomer’s on the southbound side of 113 near Worcester Prep will be the Crush and Crab, Berlin’s only 7-day breakfast, lunch and dinner spot.
The owners said they would remain open every day from 7 a.m. until midnight and serve all three meals. They are not allowed to have outdoor dining or carryout alcohol stock due to the proximity of both Worcester Prep and the Northern Worcester Athletic complex.
Grotto Pizza on Boardwalk
The Commander hotel is ceding its liquor license to Grotto Pizza, as a “new application of the previous license.”
The pizzeria will replace the restaurant at the hotel and close between November and March.
From J/R’s to Tokyo Buffet
Ocean City has seen its fair share of buffets come and go, but the celebrated Chinese buffet hadn’t yet made it to our shores until the owner of the Tokyo Steakhouse decided to bring it here. The restaurant will be an Asian buffet offering Chinese and Japanese food, but none of the hibachi tables seen elsewhere.
The Tokyo Buffet will replace the J/R’s on 131st Street.
Monte Carlo Surf Inn
Managers of the Monte Carlo Surf Inn estimated half of their customers complained about not being able to get a beer or glass of wine as they relaxed at the rooftop pool.
Representatives from the hotel said they were “meeting a need” by offering light sandwiches and beverages, and the commissioners agreed by granting their request.
Bull on the Beach Horn and Shell
Phil Houck and sons, after having a paperwork snafu settled, were approved for their location in West Ocean City at 12611 Ocean Gateway.
The second location of Leaky Pete’s, the first is in Cambridge, attempted to get amplified singers in downtown Berlin, but the commissioners held off on that request, citing the neighborhood resistance they were certain he would face.
Instead he was granted the opportunity to have outdoor entertainment once per week without amplification, and four pieces inside from 7-11 p.m.