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Pizza place makes the cut

Sal's clears last permit hurdle

Derek, the main pizza maker at Salís Pizza, works on a pie at the restaurant Wednesday, Nov. 24. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
November 28, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Keep the pizza, calzone, and chicken wing orders coming — Sal's Pizza is here to stay.

After opening its 376 Main St. restaurant on Tuesday, Nov. 16, the Sal's Pizza staff had to clear one final hurdle in order to remain in operation. On Wednesday, Nov. 24, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a common victualer's license for Sal's Pizza in a special meeting at Town Hall.

Garry Muratore, who co-owns Sal's Pizza with his brother Michael, was present at the meeting to discuss the restaurant with members of the Select Board. All Sturbridge restaurants and food service establishments capable of cooking and serving food are required to have a common victualer license.

"Technically, the restaurant should have opened after receiving the license, but the owners had already received clearance from the Board of Health and an occupancy certificate, so it wasn't a big deal," said Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski.

Muratore apologized to the Selectmen for opening the restaurant before the restaurant was granted a common victualer license, ascribing the premature opening to confusion over licensing requirements. Selectmen Chairman Thomas Creamer said he understood how Muratore had been confused, as he has seen mix-ups involving restaurant licenses in the past.

"If you review the section in the permitting guidebook that deals with the permits issued by the Board of Selectmen, the CV license isn't listed," Creamer stated. "We need to be more efficient in communicating what is required and expected of businesses and residents."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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