BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — A total of 15 liquor licenses — eight in Belmar and seven in Lake Como — have been approved by each borough’s governing body for another year.
In Belmar, year-round liquor licenses from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 were renewed for the following establishments:
■ Jack’s Tavern, 701, 703 and 703½ 10th Avenue
■ Klein’s Fish Market and Waterside Cafe, 702,704 and 708 River Road
■ La Dolce Vita, 400 Ocean Avenue
■ Riverview and Waterview Pavilions, 800 River Road
■ Hanley’s Liquors, 807 Main Street
■ Little Red Barn, 1506 Main Street
Seasonal licenses that will be active from July 1, 2019 to November 14, 2019 and May 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 were OK’d for:
■ D’Jais Bar & Grill, 1803 Ocean Avenue
■ Flames, 1000 Main Street
With no public comment on the renewals during its June 5 meeting, Mayor Mark Walsifer, James McCracken and Patricia Wann voted in favor of them. Council President Thomas Brennan recused himself from voting on each measure since he is a professional musician who may at times perform at these establishments. Councilman Thomas Carvelli was absent.
In addition, the borough council forwarded an application for a club liquor license by the Belmar Fishing Club to the N.J. Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control because it lacks a quorum for a vote. Since Walsifer, Carvelli, McCracken and Wann all belong to the club, the governing body approved a resolution that allows the state ABC to review and renew the “conflict” license.
In Lake Como, the borough council unanimously approved on June 5 the year-round liquor licenses — from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 — of the following establishments:
■ Bar Anticipation, 703-705 16th Avenue
■ Joe’s Surf Shack, 415-417 18th Avenue
■ Paul’s Tavern, 1703 Main Street
■ Discount Wine and Liquors, 508 18th Avenue
■ Lake Como Wine Shop, 1700 Main Street
■ Weinstein Liquors, 1601 Main Street
Voting in favor of each renewal application were Mayor Kevin Higgins, and council members Virginia Kropac, Hawley Scull, Christopher D’Antuono and David Gardner. Council President Douglas Witte and John Carvelli were absent.
Before the council’s vote on each application, Belmar Police Detective Captain reported there were no issues that would affect the renewals, including violations of conditions placed on any of the license holders. There also was no comment from the public on any application.
The Lake Como Council also approved a new license for the recently opened La Sierra Restaurant at 1621 Main Street. Owner Mark Marroquin, who previously owned the now-closed Cascada Bar and Restaurant in Asbury Park, received the license previously held years ago at Jason’s Blues and Jazz Club at 1604 Main Street.
Marroquin will also “hold in pocket” the license previously held at the now-closed Paddy McDonald’s Ale House at 505 18th Avenue, which has since been replaced by three single-family homes.
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