Saturday, February 13, 2016

Moorestown's Liquor Vote Stirs Up New Trouble

Moorestown voters decided to allow alcohol sales in the dry township, but only at the mall. Now a nearby Italian eatery wants to serve vino with its Fruitti di Mare.

Moorestown's Liquor Vote Stirs Up New Trouble

Dessert maestro Dan DiCaterino checks on the gelati. (April Saul / Staff Photographer)

An Italian eatery at a shopping center next to the Moorestown mall wants to serve vino with its Fruitti di Mare. 

But when Moorestown voters approved alcohol sales in the dry township, they restricted liquor to mall restaurants.  The townsfolk didn't want bars on the corners of its quaint Main Street. 

But Mitchell Grayson, the lawyer for Al Dente, a restaurant at East Gate Shopping Center, says this is not fair.  He won't say if he'll sue, but he has warned the town that its actions could be challenged. (See details of the dispute here:

Al Dente, in the East Gate Shopping Center off Nixon Drive, is a BYOB that opened two years ago.  (See its menu here:  The restaurant owners are considering  buying a liquor license and then holding onto it for 3 years.  At that time, the town council would be free to lift the restrictions.

The liquor license is expected to be held in March.  

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