Just Say ‘No’ – Entertainment license wouldn’t help the ongoing evolution of Revere Beach

May 19, 2010
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We support the efforts of Revere Beach residents and Councillor John Powers urging the Licensing Board not to grant the license sought by a Revere Beach restaurant seeking to turn itself into something else by offering live music and Karaoke.

It is our hope the Licensing Board, which is set to meet Thursday at city hall on the matter, will take a stand for the future of the beach by denying this request.

Revere Beach needs a reason to exist as a decent place to live.

It doesn’t need another night club.

There is enough commercial business on the beach of the kind it clearly does not need. Adding another night club to the list of dreary clubs that already exist on the beach would be to go from bad to worse.

Restaurants rise and restaurants fail because of one thing only – the quality of the food it serves.

The bottom line, however, is that the beach does not need and will not welcome another night club.

The beach needs to maintain its serenity.

It needs more and better housing, more and better tenants, more and better restaurants and fewer night clubs and bars only.

A major night club would bring major drinking, major driving dangers and the potential for the resulting behavior that comes with life music mixing with alcohol.

The Licensing Board needs to draw a line in the sand on this matter – and at the same time, it should issue an ultimatum to all others operating night clubs on the beach that they, too, must meet the imperatives of a higher standard or be gone.

  • Dave Rensberger

    Just say “Where do they get off writing this stuff”. This piece conveniently left out the name of the restaurant (Antonia's), and failed to mention that they have no intentions of using the license to become a “nightclub”. Meanwhile, institutions down the street (“La Makina”/”Atlantic Lounge”), which are also close to peoples' residences, are presently hosting events that are barely distinguishable from those held at a strip club. I don't know what Mr. Powers is thinking, and I won't even speculate as to what his intentions really are, but please keep this in mind the next time he's up for re-election. A candidate with better intentions (even if he/she lacks experience) would serve the people who live on the beach much better. Also keep this piece of “journalism” in mind when reading other Revere Journal opinion peices. The Journal may be OK for keeping up on events around town, but their editorials really lack integrity.

  • Alexander Herrera

    I do support Antonia’s at the Beach Restaurant and Bar for the entertainment license since they are not looking to put a night club there. This is one of the best restaurants in Revere Beach and they need to compete with other business around. I think Mr. Powers is completely wrong since I have seen him in restaurants down the street where the dance and have windows wide open at late night hours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lou-Spagnola/722027355 Lou Spagnola

    What bothers me the most are the implications behind this piece that lead the reader to believe that live music will only lead to trouble, not to mention, make Revere Beach a less “decent” place.
    As a professional musician with over 2,000 shows behind me, I have played every kind of place to every kind of audience, and in over a dozen different states. My experiences have shown me beyond the shadow of any doubt that alcohol – and too much of it – is what starts trouble. Any facility that is properly run and will monitor the consumption of alcohol by its patrons is a place that will keep the peace.
    With or without live music.

  • reverebeachfan

    You seem to have an issue with one of the only places in Revere that has a gay night, and or a large Latin following….equating them to a “Strip Joint”, the analogy seems meanspirited (at best) you realize of course that the city expended well over $900k paying off the moonlight readers legal fees due to a failed legal fight (too bad about the first amendment right?) The good news is, the mature, taxpayers dont have to answer to your “moral compass”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/P7S27UVVZ467GZNV6ZSQACRFXA Dave

    reverebeachfan: No “moral compass” involved here. You're reading things into my post… just to be angry, I guess. I could care less if the clientele are largely latin or if they have a gay night. I wish the old establishment of Revere was more tolerant of all things gay or Latin. Fact is, however, their advertisements often do reek of strip-club (please tell me you disagree: http://www.flickr.com/photos/70174909@N00/47347…). The place looks like a bit of a dump (they had a broken window for about a year that they never bothered to fix), but other than that I really don't have any issue with them. My main point was that denying Antonia's a license didn't seem to have much merit.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/P7S27UVVZ467GZNV6ZSQACRFXA Dave

    Also I have no idea why you're comparing what I said to the Moonlight Readers issue. I have no idea why the good people of Revere continue to re-elect George Colella after wasting so much money on such a pointless issue. I never said I wanted someone to mount a legal battle against La Makina. All I was saying was that the Licensing Commission should try to be fair.

  • reverebeachfan

    There, there “Dave” calm down, I mean two posts to my comment? really? I hope you got that off of your chest, and No I am not mad , just own a different (thank god) opinion than yours You prop up a advertizement picture of an attractive woman in a Bikini and equate that to a Strip Bar huh? So does the little girl in the Coppertone Ad, is that child porn in your world? and I brought up the Moonlite Reader case to proove my contention is that is a bad idea to try to legislate morality. Brigining Revere into the 21st century will require all of us to embrace cultural diffences and yes, new ideas of what is acceptable to law abiding people.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/P7S27UVVZ467GZNV6ZSQACRFXA Dave

    I don't quite get the comparison… if the little girl in the Coppertone ad makes you think of women on their knees with their legs spread, then that's your business. The original article seems to be moralizing more than I was, so I'm not sure why you didn't attack it instead of reading so much in to my comment.

    Anyway, I apologize for specifically calling out La Makina. Their clientele don't seem to have really caused any problems like a lot of the other nightclubs on the beach, so that wasn't fair. But it also wasn't fair to try to deny another upstanding business in town the same privileges as any of the others. In the end, they weren't denied their license, so there's no more issue as far as I'm concerned.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Dave, maybe it was the “PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU DISAGREE…” line in your post….passive agressive much?

  • Anonymous

    Hey Dave, maybe it was the “PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU DISAGREE…” line in your post….passive agressive much?

  • Anonymous

    Hey Dave, maybe it was the “PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU DISAGREE…” line in your post….passive agressive much?

  • reverebeachfan

    Hey Dave, maybe it was the “PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU DISAGREE…” line in your post….passive agressive much?

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