Greiser’s Coffee & Market and the Easton Village Store are seeking a state permit to sell beer at their establishments. The Planning and Zoning Commission on May 9 approved signing off on Greiser’s and the Easton Village Store’s application, which will now be reviewed by the State Liquor Control Commission..
Ray Martin, the Planning and Zoning chairman, said the commission approved the permit applications because the establishments fit the state statue’s definition of a grocery store and the legal use of selling beer at the establishments. The commission sought legal counsel from Berchem Moses PC before voting on the permits.
If the state Department of Consumer Protection’s Liquor Control Division issues the establishments a permit, customers will be able to buy beer in standard size containers not to be consumed on the premises. Grocers are not allowed to sell wine in Connecticut, according to current state liquor laws.
Adrienne Burke, the owner of Greiser’s, applied for the state permit but is not certain she will make use of it because she doesn’t know if it will interfere with the BYOB events held at the coffee shop. She’ll make that determination in June when the coffee shop plans to stay open late on Thursday evenings to serve outdoor cheese boards and happy hour appetizers.
“We’ll see how that goes,” Burke said.