Meriden restaurant wants to serve alcohol again, but city residents have concerns – Meriden Record-Journal

MERIDEN — A Colony Street restaurant is seeking to be reclassified as a bar so that it can serve alcohol, but residents say they have concerns, citing a March shooting at the establishment and a controversy earlier this year regarding exotic dancers.

Residents crowded into a Planning Commission meeting Wednesday because of an application from 105 Restaurant & Lounge, 105 Colony St. The business owners disputed the concerns, saying the bar invests in security and is one of the only business promoting night life downtown.

“It’s a ghost town down there, I don’t know how we’re bothering anybody,” Vicky Medeiros, wife of owner Manuel Medeiros, said during the meeting. “I understand we might have rubbed a couple people the wrong way. That was not our intent. If there are concerns we want to work with the community to fix this.”

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The restaurant’s provisional liquor permit expired in August, said City Planner Bob Seale, adding it is unclear if the business has been open since on a limited basis serving just food.

The special permit application from owner Manuel Medeiros would allow the business, currently considered a restaurant in the city’s Transit-Oriented Development zone, to be reclassified as a bar. The reclassification would allow the city to sign off on a liquor permit application with the state, Seale said.

“What we need to do is determine whether the activities under what is proposed for this bar meets what goes along with our master plan for the TOD,” Seale told the commission Wednesday.

A decision on the application was ultimately postponed because Medeiros needs additional paperwork and the signature of the building’s owner. According to city records, the building is owned by

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