BURLINGTON – Like many restaurants that closed before the pandemic, upscale restaurant Del Frisco’s Grille is having trouble moving its liquor license.
The chain of bars and steakhouses located on Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington closed its doors for good on October 15, 2019. The chain’s Chestnut Hill restaurant also closed around this time.
The Board of Selectmen was recently informed that Del Frisco’s goal of negotiating the license with another catering entity is stuck in the mud, due to the “frozen” climate COVID-19 has inflicted on the food industry. restoration.
The company has confirmed that it has hired a broker to market the commercial space and the license together.
“I can tell you that the problem right now is not the marketing tools being used but the fact that no one is launching and opening new locations during the pandemic,” said attorney Andrew Upton, representing Del Frisco’s Gate. “The only inquiries I get now from people interested in opening new businesses are for the delivery type, which would not pass the ABCC (Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission) and do not need the same type of space as ‘a traditional restaurant, because they come in need of kitchen space.
Upton then explained, “We are really in a terrible time for the restaurant business.”
Del Frisco’s Grille generated some interest in the first few months after it closed, but none were serious enough to enter into negotiations with the owner. The owner’s licensing broker revealed that he had received a “low cost” offer which was rejected. The hope is that the restaurant scene will improve once health and safety concerns are resolved in the spring.
“The only way [Del Frisco’s] can get out alive is to have another restaurant tenant there, ”Upton noted. “And the only way to get someone in there is if there’s a liquor license attached to the property.”
Elected officials reiterated their support by offering Del Frisco’s every opportunity to sell its liquor license in a timely manner.
“I have no problem doing whatever we can to meet your needs with COVID-19,” commented Selectman vice president James Tigges. “Anything we can do to help a restaurant be successful there, we will. “
Selectman Nicholas Priest hopes health and safety concerns start to normalize in the spring.
This liquor license issue is currently before the selectmen as a public hearing, which continued until the board meeting on March 22.