George Moniz wants to brew up some business at his Raynham Laundromat. The owner of the Raynham Laundry Center says serving beer and wine will keep his clientele happy while they wash their clothes.
George Moniz wants to brew up some business at his Raynham Laundromat.
The owner of the Raynham Laundry Center says serving beer and wine will keep his clientele happy while they wait for their clothes to suds, spin and dry.
“I’ve had customers go to Chili’s for a drink at 2, and at 6 or 7, they’re still not back. We have to dry and fold the laundry for them,” said Moniz, who has owned the 575 South Street West center for four years.
“This way, they’ll stay, have a drink, relax and then leave,” he said.
Moniz said customers tell him they’ve been to Laundromats in other parts of the country where full liquor licenses make the time fly.
Serving alcohol would also boost business, which is down about 30 percent, he says.
The Taunton resident first applied to selectmen for a year-round beer and wine license in May of 2008, but there were no licenses available.
He applied for a seasonal permit in October 2008, but the board tabled his application to obtain more information on the request.
In December, Moniz again applied for the seasonal license that would allow him to serve liquor for 10 months out of the year.
Selectmen forwarded the request to the police and fire chiefs before calling a public hearing.
“At the end of the day, if there are public safety concerns, I’ll go with their opinion,” Selectman Joseph Pacheco said.
The booze may flow in laundry centers in other states, but not in Massachusetts, according to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
ABCC Executive Director Ralph Sacramone said some owners might have applied for a permit but didn’t appeal a denial.
“They do exist in some other states as Laundromats and lounges,” he said.
Moniz, who is a certified bartender, said he would only sell alcohol to customers and only after they load their laundry into a machine.
The average customer would probably down a few beers or glasses of wine, he says.
If the license requires him to serve food, he says he will find a way to provide snacks or hot dogs.
He hopes to plead his case soon to selectmen.
“I hope they can find it in their hearts to support a local business,” he said.
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