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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 Mondayâ€™s meeting. Philâ€™s 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.
â€śWe want to continue what weâ€™ve been doing with the pizza. Weâ€™d 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 donâ€™t want to be a bar. We just want to bring something new to the community,â€ť Jennifer Olbrich, co-owner of La Strada said.
Although the La Strada owners, Olbrich and Nicholas Schneider use local vegetables from Carpenterâ€™s Farm and cheeses from Narragansett Dairy, some neighbors expressed their hope that the town would not grant approval of La Stradaâ€™s license during the public hearing.
Fran Oâ€™Brien, owner of Taraâ€™s Family Pub on Matunuck Beach Road said although he wished the best for the new business, he questioned the need for another liquor license.
â€śI 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 donâ€™t go as well as planned, what happens to that license?â€ť Oâ€™Brien asked.
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