liquor license

November 26, 2018

Judge favors Village Dairy in Grafton liquor license dispute

By Lisa Redmond | The Grafton News WORCESTER – A superior court judge has ruled in favor of the owner of Village Dairy saying Grafton officials improperly withheld an alcohol license from the South Grafton convenience store, and that the state Alcohol Beverages Control Commission failed to respond to the town’s “willful thwarting″ of the licensing procedure. In a legal battle that began in 2014, Amjad Chaudry, owner of Arslan Inc., d/b/a Village Dairy at 167 Main St., filed a 2017 lawsuit against the Town of Grafton and the ABCC claiming he was improperly prohibited from renewing his liquor license. In April, each party asked Worcester Superior Court Judge William J. Ritter to rule on a request for a judgment. In his August decision, Ritter allowed Village Dairy’s motion for a favorable judgment and denied motions by the town and ABCC, sending the license back to the selectmen. Instead, on Oct. 10 the town filed a notice of appeal to the state Appeals Court, according to the court docket. In his decision, Ritter chastised the town for its actions in this case. Ritter accused town officials of “willful thwarting of the license renewal process.″ Ritter wrote in his decision that […]
March 4, 2016

Town takes liquor violation fight to Beacon Hill

By Richard Price | The Grafton News The banners stretched outside the Village Dairy convenience store are confusing. “BEER & WINE ARE BACK!!!” the signs beckon. And they were. For a short while. Now, when a customer walks into the low slung baby blue neighborhood store on Main Street, they are greeted by a hand written sign: “Sorry. No wine-beer sale.” It’s also been confusing for town officials who are the licensing authority for alcoholic beverages. After the local business was caught four times since 2005 by police stings for selling to a minor, Selectmen were fed up and unanimously voted to revoke their license in 2013. But the owner, Amjad Chaundhry, fought back pleading with the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) that the penalty was draconian and beyond the letter of the law. The state board agreed and after two appeals and a day in court, issued the license themselves.