The Stoneham Liquor License Authority unanimously approved Tulip Asian Cuisine's plan to serve alcohol at an outdoor patio.
After postponing a public hearing in late July, Tulip Asian Cuisine returned to the Liquor License Authority Tuesday night to have the hearing to discuss the proposal. The plan, which the board voted 5-0 in favor of following the hearing, includes an approximately 500-square-foot outdoor patio area with 22 seats, which would bring the total number of seats available at the restaurant to 218.
The 82,000-square-foot restaurant, which at 119 Main St. at Redstone Shopping Center, currently features a 32-seat lounge, an eight-seat sushi bar, an 80-seat dining room and a 76-seat Teppanyaki grill room. The patio section would be surrounded by a fence, and there would also be a gated emergency exit on site and bollards would be installed just outside the fence.
Attorney Chris Coleman, representing Tulip Asian Cuisine, explained that there would be no outdoor music and outdoor service would end at 10. Authority member Robert Sweeney asked Tulip Asian Cuisine to do some "self-policing" to make sure noise doesn't become an issue with residents living in a nearby condominium complex.
"We went through a huge thing (with) racquetball with ," Sweeney said. "Neighbors are particular about noise at night during the summer. If you can police it as best as you could, (it is important to) have the neighbors happy with your operation."
, licensure for serving alcohol at the property was conditionally approved by the Stoneham Board of Selectmen, with the stipulation being that all employees of the restaurant must complete Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS), a state training program focused on the service of alcohol in restaurants and other commercial establishments.
Tulip Asian Cuisine may need to return to the Planning Board for approval; however, it's unclear when they'll meet.