For immediate release: October 26, 2012

(BOSTON) – On Friday October 19, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Authorizing the Town of Braintree to Grant Additional Liquor Licenses, which was filed by Representative Mark Cusack and Senator John F. Keenan.  This special legislation will allow Braintree’s licensing authority to grant up to eight licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises to establishments with a seating capacity of 75 persons or less.

“These new liquor licenses will be granted through the town at a far lower rate than buying a license on the open market,” said Representative Cusack. “This will help attract new small businesses to our Squares and the Landing.”

“Mayor Joseph Sullivan and the Town Council deserve tremendous credit for bringing continued economic growth to Braintree. These additional licenses will ensure that Braintree remains home to a wonderful mix of neighborhood eateries and nationally-known restaurants,” said Senator Keenan.

If any of the licenses are revoked or no longer in use, it will be returned to the licensing authority, who can then issue that license to a new applicant whose business is located at the same location, under the same conditions.

Mayor Sullivan thanked the Legislative delegation of Representative Cusack, Senator Keenan and Senator Joyce.  “These new licenses will allow us to place smaller restaurant venues throughout Town, particularly in our three Square areas” said Mayor Joe Sullivan.  “We envisioned the Landing improvements to be a stimulus for economic activity and these licenses will help us in that effort” said Mayor Joseph Sullivan.