Hooters Appeals Dedham Decision

A Hooters restaurant that was denied a liquor license by the Dedham Board of Selectmen is pleading their case to the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

The ABCC held the appeal hearing for Dedham Wings LLC, doing business as Hooters. The restaurant was denied a liquor license transfer from Summer Shack in April.

The restaurant says the denial was unfair, citing the lack of an alcohol establishment policy and insinuating that two of the four selectmen denied the transfer because they were up for reelection weeks later, according to the Dedham Transcript.

During the April 28 selectmen meeting, Selectman Dennis Teehan said a 500-signature petition against the transfer, the restaurant’s hiring practices that may conflict with the town’s equitable hiring by-law, and possible sports bar saturation were the reasons for the vote against Hooters.

A ruling from the ABCC is expected in the near future.

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