July 5 2017

Two New Hotel Restaurants Seek Liquor Licenses at Selectmen Meeting

By: Rich Hosford

Representatives of two hotels were at the Board of Selectmen meeting last week seeking liquor licenses for on-site restaurants.

Archer's Kitchen

The first was the Archer Hotel under construction on 3rd Ave., which was looking for an approval of a manager and a liquor license.

The manager in question is Albert Kowalczykowski, who has 18 years of experience managing the Hyatt House (formerly Summerfield Suites) in town. He said he also has many years of experience working in restaurants as his family owned one when he was growing up and he never left the restaurant/hospitality profession.  

“I’ve always been around the restaurant industry,” he said.

Kowalczykowski also said he is familiar with Burlington’s alcohol laws.

“I’ve always been around alcohol and responsibility that goes with it,” he said. “I know how to work with the town and know Burlington’s rules.”

Based on his experience the board felt comfortable voting to make him the manager of record for the liquor license.

They also approved the liquor license for the hotel’s incoming restaurant, Archer’s Kitchen, which will be owned by the hotel group. The license in question is one of the eight all-alcohol licenses designated for Northwest Park/3rd Ave.

The hotel restaurant will feature 120 seats with the majority being on the inside and a few on an outdoor patio. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Archer Hotel is scheduled to open sometime in February or March of next year. The hotel will feature a variety of designs in its 147 guest rooms, a fitness studio, a bar and a patio. In addition, the hotel will have more than 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The first Archer Hotel was built five years ago in New York City and since the company has built two more in Austin, Texas and Napa, California.

Black & Blue Steak and Crab

The second application before the board was for the Black & Blue Steak and Crab, an upscale, full service restaurant specializing in steak and seafood fare, planning on taking up occupancy at the Marriott Residence Inn Hotel being built in The District.

The restaurant will be a 7,500 square-foot location inside the hotel but will also have its own entrance from the outside. It will also have outdoor seating available for diners.

The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner and will also provide room service during the hours the kitchen is open. The hotel will provide breakfast separately.

The first Black & Blue Steak and Crab was opened in Rochester, New York and has grown to three locations in that state. This will be the first location outside of New York for the restaurant group.

There was also an application to name Charlie Fitzsimmons, one of the owners of the restaurants, as the a manager of record. He said he has worked in the restaurant business since 1997 when the group opened their first restaurant. He further said he is TIPS certified and has an understanding of Burlington’s liquor laws. He said his first job in the business was as a bouncer, a position that provides a lot of experience in controlling the consumption of alcohol.

Because the group has to get a special permit from the Planning Board they asked that the hearing be continued to the board’s July 17 meeting where they will either ask for a vote or a second continuation depending on where they are in the process.

The board agreed to take up the hearing at a subsequent meeting.


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