WOBURN - The city is close to authorizing its 4th “beer and wine license” for restaurants - the third in the downtown Woburn Center area.
Dilraj Incorporation dba Zaika Indian Bistro at 442 Main Street in the heart of Woburn Center has come before the Woburn License Commission to get one of the eight such licenses available in the city.
The restaurant has been setting up for several months but would like to expand its services to include beer and wine.
In the past, 100 seats were necessary for any Woburn restaurant to go after an All Alcoholic License, however, the rules were changed slightly recently to allow smaller restaurants to remain economically viable with just 50 seats and to serve just beer and win.
Attorney Joseph Tarby of Woburn appeared before the commission to explain the restaurant services of the new restaurant.
The license was voted 3-0 providing some sign-offs would be received such as the public safety agencies, Board of Health and Building Inspector.
In turn, JG Associates of Lexington provided a new seating plan for the first floor to accompany the application. In the drawing, there were 9 tables seating 4 people, 3 at the bar seating 3 and 6 tables seating 2 individuals. In total, there would be 51 seats.
“There were only some minor changes that had to be done,” said Attorney Tarby. None of the proper requirements, he felt, should cause any major problems.
“Also, there is training the staff has to go through to do the serving,” he told the three commissioners.
Chairman Paul Medeiros wished the new owners of the establishment well. “I went by there today and downtown is a pleasant place to be.”
Member Thomas Skeffington reiterated the need “to get all the proper sign offs,” and said he felt “I would like to see them open.”
Three other downtown restaurants have also been allowed to serve beer and wine to include:
• Pintxo Pincho at 385 Main Street;
• Central Grill at 315 Main Street;
• Joseph’s Catering at 30 Torrice Drive.