Liquor License Approved for Ginger Gourmet in North Reading

The Board of Selectmen approved the liquor license for Ginger Gourmet Monday night.

Management from the Ginger Gourmet Restaurant attended the Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night, for the second time, to have their liquor license approved. The board voted unanimously to approve the license.

The Asian restaurant, Ginger Gourmet, will be opening at 265 Main St. in lot #10. According to Manager Mark Zeng, the restaurant is going to be a first class, fine dining Asian restaurant with Chinese and Japanese food.

Their liquor license was not approved at the first meeting they attended in August because they still need approval from several other boards and committees in town before the selectmen were able to issue the license.

However, plans are coming along for the new restaurant as Building Inspector Jim DeCola approved the building permit to renovate the interior of the building and Health Agent Martin Fair issued a Disposal System Construction Permit for the sewage system to support the restaurant.

According to Fair, a pre-operating inspection will be conducted and a Food Establishment Permit issued once a few things are in place:

  • the construction will need to be complete and all the equipment and sewage system installed
  • the Certificate of Compliance issued
  • a person in charge, certified in food safety and food allergen awareness, is appointed

Selectman Steve O'Leary asked Zeng about the septic system and where that would be installed. Zeng said it would be installed in the front of the building, but the board was under the impression that it would be installed in the back of the building given that there is an existing system already in the front.

You cannot install a system where there's already one existing, Selectman Joe Foti said.

Zeng did not have an answer for that. However, Fair told Patch Tuesday that the tankage would in fact be in the rear of the restaurant. The soil adsorption system is in the rear-right of the shopping center itself.

The contractor for the restaurant obtained a contract for installation of the septic system and took an exam to secure an Installer's Permit from the Health Department Tuesday.

Fair said that Zeng had not mentioned a time line to him, but he assumes that this process will take at least a few months.

The board approved the liquor license Monday night unanimously and after the vote, Selectmen Chairman Sean Delaney welcomed Zeng to town and wished him the best of luck.

PeterG September 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
With the popularity of China Cuisine, it will be interesting to see how Ginger Gourmet will be different.
Peggy Pike September 19, 2012 at 01:32 PM
It will be very interesting to see how they do - 3 asian retaurants within a mile of each other. Seems like overkill
Michael L September 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM
YEAH but once you have some you crave more after
TE September 19, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Yeah, but China Cuisine seems to have turned into a loud barroom, very difficult to enjoy a meal there with all of the "regulars" at the bar.
Joe Veno September 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
As I said I wish them luck but China Cuisine is going to be hard to beat. They are very good.


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