Friday, July 1, 2016

Charmington's to Seek Packaged Goods Liquor License

Charmington's Cafe will seek a license to sell alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption. If approved, the move would not allow patrons to drink at Charmington's, but would allow the cafe to offer carry-out beer, wine, and liquor Mondays through Saturdays.

The license would be a transfer of the license formerly held by nearby Sterling's Seafood, which operated on W. 29th Street for more than 30 years. Seawall Development acquired the license during the 2015 auction of Sterling's. The company also owns the building in which Charmington's operates at the intersection of W. 26th Street and Howard Street.

Since Sterling's closed and full-service Sav-It Liquors, formerly on 29th, shut down in January, the only places to purchase alcohol in Remington have been bars with carry-out rights such as the Dizz and Long John's Pub.

The license transfer will require the approval of the city liquor board, and residents will have opportunities to voice their opinion in that public process.

Charmington's announced the initiative online on July 1.
"Hello neighbors! I'm writing to let you all know that today, Charmington's submitted an application for a Class A-BWL liquor license. This would be a transfer from what used to be Sterling's packaged goods license, and would be a very similar use from before - a restaurant which also sells alcohol for consumption only off-premises.
If the application and transfer goes through, we would continue to operate as we do now (a light fare cafe), with the addition of some TO-GO ONLY beer, wine, and possibly a very small selection of liquors - we have very limited space for these sales since our primary use as a cafe would note change, so we need to limit our selections. Most likely we would be offering mostly local beers, wines, and liquors. This is a 6 day packaged goods license, so we would be selling these items only Monday-Saturday, though we would continue to be open on Sundays for our regular sales.
If the application is accepted, we will probably be getting a public hearing with the liquor board sometime in the next 6-8 weeks. We will continue to update you on hearing dates. If you live within a few blocks of Charmington's, you can expect to see a flyer or hear me knocking at your door very soon.
We will be seeking testimony at this hearing either in person or in writing, and we will also be creating a petition soon for you to sign if you are in support of this license transfer.
Please email me at if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions about the license or our current and intended operations. We want this to be a service to the community, so it's important to hear from those who live here!
Thanks and have a great 4th of July weekend!"