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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The new La Strada CafĂ© and Pizzeria in Matunuck will now be able to sell liquor until 10:30 p.m. after the town council approved expanding the number of limited liquor licenses in the town at Mondayâs meeting. Philâs Restaurant on Main Street also received approval for an expansion of its current liquor license to include second floor dining.
La Strada CafĂ© and Pizzeria, a new wood fired pizza restaurant that just opened Memorial Day weekend on Matunuck Beach Road sought a limited class B liquor license to pair local high end beer and wine with its local pizza.
âWe want to continue what weâve been doing with the pizza. Weâd like to bring in local craft beer and wine and mix it up with specialties. We only want to sell alcohol until 10:30 p.m. We donât want to be a bar. We just want to bring something new to the community,â Jennifer Olbrich, co-owner of La Strada said.
Although the La Strada owners, Olbrich and Nicholas Schneider use local vegetables from Carpenterâs Farm and cheeses from Narragansett Dairy, some neighbors expressed their hope that the town would not grant approval of La Stradaâs license during the public hearing.
Fran OâBrien, owner of Taraâs Family Pub on Matunuck Beach Road said although he wished the best for the new business, he questioned the need for another liquor license.
âI wish them well and their concept sounds great. I wonder would the town be better to issue it until the whole product and concept prove to be viable. If things donât go as well as planned, what happens to that license?â OâBrien asked.
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