Yarmouth Selectmen Continue Anthony’s Cummaquid Inn Liquor License Suspension

YARMOUTH –Yarmouth Selectmen said “good luck” to the lawyer representing the owners of Anthony’s Cummaquid Inn as they refused to extend a deadline to make the necessary repairs in order to retain its liquor license.

Instead, they took no action and said that the company must submit an application for renewal of the license by November 30th and have a safety and fire certificate by December 1st.

If not, they will have to apply for a new license or try to get a late-filed license.

Currently the company’s license is suspended.

Yarmouth Port attorney Paul Tardiff appeared before selectmen at their meeting Tuesday night to ask for an extended date of April 1, 2018 to have all the necessary repairs and maintenance completed.

Back in early June, selectmen gave the company a deadline of October 31st to make the necessary repairs needed.

At that time, Inn Manager Michael Watson told selectmen that the previous contractor was not fulfilling their duties and that they found a new one in May.

Since then, the contractor the company was utilizing was let go and another one was hired who is going to take the building permit over this week.

Soon as the license signed, Tardiff said that work will be commencing.

The company has not been in business since 2015 and is aiming for a spring re-opening.

Since the last inspection, Tardiff said that all areas of subflooring have been addressed, there’s new ceilings in the dining room, and the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have been addressed.

One of the biggest items still to tackle is the sprinkler system, which has been inspected but needs to be updated.

“A lot has been done and I believe that we’re in the final stages here and we just need someone to bring us to the finish line,” said Tardiff.

The company has continued to hold a liquor license in the town since 1975 and have paid for the last two licenses despite not being open for business.

The contractor has told the company that the last remaining items will take about 2-3 months to complete.

Selectmen Chair Tracy Post said that she knew this was a perpetuating issue that would have to be dealt with before the end of the year.

“This has taken up an awful lot of our time and I’m not saying that it’s not worth it, because for any business in this town it certainly is, but at some point in time, we need action,” said Post.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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