The Burlington Board of Selectmen voted to approve an all-alcohol liquor license for Tony C's, a sports-themed family restaurant that will be located on 3rd Avenue. It will be next to the incoming high-end steakhouse, The Bancroft.
There are eight all-alcohol licenses and two beer and wine alcohol licenses that were acquired specifically for the 3rd Avenue project. This is the fourth all-alcohol license to be issued.
Attorney Mark Vaughan of Riemer & Braunstein, Todd Fremont-Smith, SVP of Development for Nordblom Company and Robert Ciampa of the restaurant division of the Cronin Group, were at the meeting for the public hearing.
The Board of Selectmen had a few questions for the group. The main thing members of the board wanted to know was that the restaurant owners and managers were aware of the town bylaw on serving alcohol. Under that bylaw all alcohol sales at restaurants must be paired with dining. Patrons must order food while drinking and establishments cannot provide more than two drinks until a meal is served.
To that point the restaurant will have a full-service menu available at all its seats, including the "cafe seats" around a bar.
Vaughn, Freemont-Smith and Ciampa all said they understood the condition.
Vaughn also provided some information on the new restaurant. He said this will be the first Tony C's of its kind. There are unrelated Tony C's restaurants in Texas.
"It's a sports themed family style restaurant we believe will be a very good fit in town and provide 3rd Avenue with an alternative option," he said. "It's an independent chef-fueled restaurant where food comes first."
Vaughn also said Tony C's will have a slightly lower price point than many of the restaurants in town.
The restaurant will have 252 seats inside and a patio with an additional 80 seasonal seats. It will be sport a primarily baseball theme and the exterior has features based on Fenway Park. Inside there will be big screens to watch the game and sports memorabilia.
"We will also have an extensive children’s menu," Ciampa said. "We hope it becomes a popular spot for Burlington families. The intent is to have a fun, casual setting for a family to come and watch a game."