Barnstable Licensing Board is preparing for the town’s spring alcohol compliance hearings for restaurant and bar owners, many of whom are tending to spring renovations.

Co-sponsored by the licensing board and the Barnstable Police Department, the compliance hearings are mandatory for all liquor license holders in Barnstable. Dates are Tuesday, April 10, or Wednesday, April 11, at Barnstable Town Hall, 10 a.m. to noon.

BPD Lt. John Murphy told the licensing board March 12 that it is important to get a dialogue going as soon as possible.

Murphy and  BPD Compliance Officer Therese Gallant work closely with the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, conducting surprise spot checks with undercover minors throughout the summer to ensure businesses ask for proper ID when serving alcohol.

Murphy said he and Gallant plan to launch more outreach efforts this spring, meeting personally with groups of restaurant staffers about the potential liabilities of serving minors or overserving patrons.

“Nine out of 10 times, it’s not the owner that commits the violation, but the server,” Murphy said. “We’re going to try to reach out during the month of May and try to educate them as well.”

Gallant said Investigator Jamie Binienda of the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission also plans to attend Barnstable’s April alcohol compliance hearings. Business owners are notified of the hearing dates by email and regular mail.

 

Cape Cod Coffee

In other licensing news, the board awarded a liquor and non-live entertainment license to Cape Cod Coffee’s new location at Barnstable Municipal Airport, which opened in December and currently operates daily from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An adjacent parking lot, formerly accessible only to airport employees, has been transformed into free 30-minute parking for coffee runs.

Coming later this year, the location will add a full-service café and bar, with interior seating for 30, plus 16 patio seats -- 1,390 square feet in total, including a 460-square-foot patio.

“We've had a lot of requests for beer, wine, or mixed drinks,” Cape Cod Coffee owner Jan Aggerbeck told the licensing board.

Upon the recommendation of clerk Ron Semprini, a previous operator of the airport restaurant, the board also approved the option to extend the Cape Cod Coffee café’s operating hours to 10 p.m.

 

Harborview Restaurant and Bar

Manager Scott Crowley and the owners of Harborview Restaurant Hotel received approval to transform the former Thirsty Tuna and Hyannis Angler’s Club space at 235 Ocean St. into a 1,636-square-foot, second floor hotel restaurant and bar.

Attorney Jeff Ford said his clients purchased the entire building and would operate the hotel, restaurant, and bar all under one license

Plans for the new space include entertainment by two live performers, two TVs, and recorded music available 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m., as previously licensed.

"Our clients are very excited to reshape the restaurant," Ford said.

 

Murphy’s on Main

Country Saloon Products, Inc., dba at 644 Main St. as Kelly's on Main, is under new ownership and changing its name to Murphy's on Main, with total seating for 90 patrons.

Hyannis Attorney Steven Pizzuti introduced co-owner Scott Michael, whose experience includes six years as manager of Luke’s Liquors in Yarmouth.

"I have a very strong general manager coming on from a corporate world," Michael said. "The other co-owner is my mother."

Last year, a criminal complaint filed against Michael resulted in his serving six months in Barnstable County Jail for aggravated assault, after a Kelly’s patron allegedly pulled a knife on Michael during an onsite altercation.

Pizzuti said Michael suffered a stab wound to the chest.

Licensing Board Chairman Martin Hoxie noted that the other party involved in the incident was seriously injured with facial fractures.

"This applicant was cooperative with law enforcement,” Lt. Murphy told the board. “There were no witnesses. It's an assault offense... two gentlemen who had a disagreement."

Hoxie also noted that the location had complaints about noise levels and littering last year.

"I plan to go upstairs and introduce myself” to tenants, Michael said. “I will try to extend an olive branch to them.”

In addition, Lt. Murphy offered BPD assistance to the new Murphy’s at closing time, when he said the club’s parking lot is extremely congested.

 

Hyannis Inn

Fulya Tanyu, manager, and her husband were awarded an inn-holder's license for Dilara Hospitality, dba Hyannis Inn, 473 Main St. The property will be refurbished and operated as a 75-room boutique hotel, opening Friday, April 20.

Tanyu said she and her family own three major five-star hotels on the Turkish coast, where she served on Turkey’s tourism board and, as CEO, helped oversee 1,700 rooms for her family resort business.

"What's going to happen here is going to be great for Hyannis," said Pizzuti, who also serves as the Tanyus’ attorney.

Referencing the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, Regulatory Services Director Richard Scali told the Tanyus, “The BID and all Main Street businesses are very excited about your coming here.”

 

Sea Street Inn

Adrian D'Ambrosi received a new lodging house license for five rooms at 328 Sea St., where he and his wife will be living full-time and operating what formerly was Green Mountain Inn.

“We're looking to do something very different than what the prior owner was doing,” D’Ambrosi said, having received Barnstable Health Department approval for renting five rooms to 10 persons total.

Licensing Board member Larry Decker, who said he lives nearby, welcomed the D’Ambrosis to the neighborhood.

 

Olive Garden

David McCaffrey has been named as the new manager at The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant at 1095 Iyannough Road.

McCaffrey has worked for Olive Garden for 13 years, eight of those as general manager at the restaurant’s Dartmouth and Plymouth locations. He moved to Hyannis in December.

Scali asked McCaffrey why there's always a wait, even when tables are open at Hyannis Olive Garden.

"That's one of the reasons why I'm here," McCaffrey said.

 

Memorial Day Weekend

The Cape Cod Boat Show and Seafood Festival will be held at Cape Cod Mall parking lot May 26-28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

On behalf of New England Event Management, Anthony Crookshank said the mall parking lot will be fenced for the new outdoor event, with 24-hour security, 50 exhibitors (including food vendors), and an estimated 2,000-2500 patrons attending. Admission will be $5 adults; $2.50 seniors; and children under 12, free.

“Who’s serving?” asked licensing board Vice Chairman Eugene Burman.

"Cape Cod Beer, we hope," Crookshank said. "I have to have this license before they agree to do anything. If they don't come in, we would seek another vendor."

Crookshank said he is seeking about 16 food vendors, including raw bars, fish tacos, burgers, and hot dogs.

 

New seats on the board

Scali said he has met with two candidates for open licensing authority positions, one due to Burman’s retiring after many years of service.

The board’s next meeting is Monday, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. at Barnstable Town Hall.