Asian Ginger will now be allowed to serve wine and beer with meals at its 70 Central St. establishment after Foxborough’s Board of Selectmen approved the business’ request for a wine and malt restaurant license.
The license, which was approved by a 4-0 vote, will be issued to Asian Ginger on the following condition:
- Successful query check
- Current floor plan remain the same
Selectman Virginia Coppola recused herself from Tuesday’s public hearing because she owns property that abuts the Central Street restaurant.
Asian Ginger opened in May 2012,
Foxborough Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis said he has had dinner at the restaurant, describing the food as “good” and the establishment as family oriented.
“You go in there to eat,” DeVellis said. “There is no bar set up where someone would just go in and sit to have a drink without food. They don’t cater to patrons coming in just to drink. It would be for dinner or lunch.”
The board welcomed Asian Ginger’s business to town but strongly cautioned its manager, Li Juan Chen, to be careful and aware of the potential risks that come with operating a liquor license in town.
“I would probably suggest [Chen] gets with the Foxborough Police Chief, who does these classes so you can see if somebody is giving you a false ID,” Selectman Lynda Walsh said. “I just want to be sure [they] don’t serve somebody that is not of age or over serve someone.”
Walsh didn’t need to look further than Tuesday’s public hearing with Fusion 5 for an example of what happens when a business violates its liquor license in Foxborough.
“We take this very seriously in this town,” Walsh said. “[Fusion 5] just gave up their license for three days. They are going to lose that income for three days. November is a pretty busy month. It’s something [businesses] want to [pay attention to].”
Selectmen Lorraine Brue and Mark Sullivan agreed with Walsh that the main concern with issuing a liquor license is public safety.
“Public safety is our number one priority,” Brue said. “Make sure there’s no over serving or false IDs getting past you. I know it’s getting more and more difficult to detect them.”
Sullivan echoed Brue’s words of caution.
“Be very careful,” Sullivan said to Chen. “I strongly urge you to be very careful. Young kids do try to go to the Asian restaurants more than others with false IDs. I would suggest you get an updated [ID] scanner. It would be the best protection for yourself. The cost is well worth it otherwise you will have to bring your attorney back here.”