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Mansfield to Petition for More Liquor Licenses

Selectmen are looking to request seven additional liquor licenses for town.

Things may be a little less dry in Mansfield in the near future. After weeks of discussion, the town's selectmen have decided to request more liquor licenses from the state, reports the Sun Chronicle.

The selectmen will seek two restaurant licenses (for use in the Mansfield Crossing area), one for the former ADM Cocoa Factory on Oakland Street, and another four within the downtown district - totaling seven new licenses.

Read the complete story from The Sun Chronicle here.
John Piche February 13, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Do we really need 7 more ? Why don't we try to draw in some family entertainment instead of more place to drink. There are not enough things to do as a whole family in Mansfield.
BH February 13, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Propose something john. Almost any restaurant you've ever been to serves alcohol. Some chuckle cheeses serve alcohol! Liquor licenses also go to chain restaurants and diners and papa ginos, they aren't all bars. I'm for this, get as many liquor licenses as possible. Nobody will open a restaurant if they can't serve alcohol.
HJ February 13, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Let's put a 9 hole putt-putt golf course & ice cream stand next to Mansfield Bank. Boom, problem solved and Piche will be shooting a 60 on the course.
BH February 13, 2014 at 06:04 PM
I want rum flavor
BH February 13, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Ugh, not this clown again
HJ February 13, 2014 at 06:12 PM
BH, feel free to leave the Patch commenting for talkmansfield. I think they're trying to recruit you.
BH February 13, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Nice try
Lisa Ann Pizzi-wiseman February 14, 2014 at 07:23 AM
I'm with John Piche, do we really need 7 more liquor license's in this town? Enough with the restaurants & liquor stores! Nothing like promoting alcohol in our town for our youths! We DO need more family oriented places in this town or even somewhere for our kids to hang out & do something constructive!
HJ February 14, 2014 at 07:59 AM
My kids stay at home and are very constructive. There are chores to be done, and I don't try to get rid of them. How about an Applebee's next to Great Woods/I-495 exit? My kids love their food and they serve some great beer.
Tina Mqs February 14, 2014 at 08:07 AM
More sock puppets. Ok, so BH=talkman$field. So it follows that they're also the other alias. Don't you people have something else to do other than juggle multiple personalities? HJ, i don't try to get rid of my kids either, they are constructive and have chores...but what's that got to do with liquor licenses?
HJ February 14, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Good morning MQS, Ms. Wiseman said in her above comment about kids doing something constructive. Idea: There's a library that's open and doesn't serve liquor. It's a great family place and we can spend 2-3 hours there. My kids love it.
Lisa Ann Pizzi-wiseman February 14, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Wow what is wrong with some of u? 1st of all I am in no way trying to "get rid" of my kid!! He does have chores & what not around house to do, all I am saying is somewhere (besides a library)! For the kids to hang out locally together. I am talking about 11,12,13 yr olds etc. They do not want to always be at home and they certainly dont wanna hang at a library or play in the park! The idea about mini golf or maybe a bowling alley would maybe be some idea. We dont need more places to eat or more places to access alcohol!
HJ February 14, 2014 at 08:35 AM
@Lisa, I think there's a few bowling alleys in towns bordering Mansfield, & there's a mini-golf course/batting cages off Rt 152/Rt 106 intersection in Plainville. It's not in Mansfield, but not too far away.
BH February 14, 2014 at 09:03 AM
Good luck attracting a bowling alley owner that does not want to sell alcohol. I've still yet to hear any other suggestions, just mini golf.
HJ February 14, 2014 at 09:10 AM
What about if the bowling alley was dry until 6pm during the week and until 1pm on weekends.
John Piche February 14, 2014 at 09:51 AM
How about a youth center. Pool tables,ping pong,computers for gaming ,hand ball, basket ball court,workout room,anti smoking anti drug and alcohol support staff. Use the building across from Honey Dew or use part of the old chocolate factory. Invest in the youth in Mansfield they are the future of Mansfield. Do something to build them up teach them values not how to drink.
BH February 14, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Where will the revenue come from John? Who will pay for the building, rent, training, equipment and staff?
Tina Mqs February 14, 2014 at 01:04 PM
I've often thought of opening just such a place. I'd welcome the cops to mosey thru at any old time- no funny business allowed. If i had the money to begin such a venture, i would do it in a heartbeat. I'm not interested in making any money off it, either. So if anyone out there has the money, i have the time- lets do it.
BH February 14, 2014 at 01:09 PM
You're talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, it's just not feasible, especially in the suburbs.
BH February 14, 2014 at 01:26 PM
I would like a skate park to start. One time cost, very little maintenance when built properly.
Tina Mqs February 14, 2014 at 01:28 PM
BH, I'd take an existing building and it wouldn't have to be a huge space. I even have a name for it. But I can't do it by myself. I'd run it for free to get the space. Someone else can own it, I don't care. I would just like it to exist.
HJ February 14, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Put the skate park in the empty lot between Great Woods & I-495. Then the kids can be as loud as they want b/c they won't disturb anyone.
John Piche February 14, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Get the funds from all the places that sell and serve alcohol. There are enough in town to fund it as part of an awareness program for anti smoking,drinking,drug,crime. make it so it will become self supporting as a place for teens to grow. As a rent a kid work place or a craft workshop where there is a small store and coffee shop.Make it a youth run small business.
BH February 14, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Why would businesses give up the money that they earn (legally) and hand it over to someone else? A restaurant that serves alcohol is not responsible for training, teaching, mentoring and funding youth. I'm trying to understand how you could possibly justify that.
BH February 14, 2014 at 02:48 PM
I get what your saying Tina, noble of you no doubt, but I think you're over-simplifying it. There aren't just free buildings or free land, labor, heat, electricity, property tax or sports/entertainment equipment. You can volunteer, but there will always be costs, high ones.
Dirk Diggler February 14, 2014 at 03:01 PM
A youth center would be a great idea but it would need to be privately funded. You would need some company such as the Comcast center to step up and contribute to the project. You would need volunteers to manage and run the operation as well. There is nothing for teenagers to do in this town. My son and his friends hang out at each others houses but that grows stale and they end up driving around. I have no problem with adding more restaurants. This means more jobs for the high school kids which keeps them out of trouble and they learn to have a sense of responsibility.
BH February 14, 2014 at 03:34 PM
I think it's the simple fact that kids don't generally earn much or spend much, so business owners don't target them, and I don't blame them. Gotta just be creative I suppose.
Tina Mqs February 14, 2014 at 05:44 PM
BH- i know...what i meant was that if someone with the money established it, I'd run it, I'd be at the counter, hire a few HS kids to help out. whatever $ earned would go to the hired kids and the bills. But I get free coffee.
Tina Mqs February 14, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Dirk, I get exactly where you're coming from with your post above.

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