SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The new La Strada Café 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 Monday’s meeting. Phil’s Restaurant on Main Street also received approval for an expansion of its current liquor license to include second floor dining.
La Strada Café 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.
“We want to continue what we’ve been doing with the pizza. We’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 don’t want to be a bar. We just want to bring something new to the community,” Jennifer Olbrich, co-owner of La Strada said.
Although the La Strada owners, Olbrich and Nicholas Schneider use local vegetables from Carpenter’s Farm and cheeses from Narragansett Dairy, some neighbors expressed their hope that the town would not grant approval of La Strada’s license during the public hearing.
Fran O’Brien, owner of Tara’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.
“I 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 don’t go as well as planned, what happens to that license?” O’Brien asked.
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