Last week Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the home rule petition for a liquor license at 13 Elm St. in Danvers, the location proposed by Natalie's Restaurant owner John Mammola.
Mammola, who ran the popular Natalie’s on Route 114 for 28 years, appeared before the Board of Selectmen in April 2011 to ask for support.
So, will Natalie's Restaurant be making a comeback in Danvers Square?
Possibly, but his proposed location, the only address where the restaurant's new license is valid, is currently occupied.
In April when Mammola appeared before the board, he said he was currently working out a lease agreement with the building's owner. But, in September; before Mammola secured the license, a new tenant, the Green Elephant Toy Store, moved in to Mammola's proposed location.
Because Natalie’s Restaurant license is a non-transferable license for the sale of beer and wine, State Representative Ted Speliotis said it can only be exercised at its specific designated location, 13 Elm St.
Speliotis said they held a hearing for the license proposal on Sept. 20, and Mammola went in to testify.
"We never got any notification that he wasn't planning to use it at that location," Spelioitis said. "If he's looking for another location, he cannot transfer that license."
Last week Mammola told the legislature, "I am very happy with how honest and forward this process was. I am very thankful for the efforts of Senator Berry, Rep. Speliotis and the people of Danvers. I am very excited to be in downtown Danvers; I don’t have the words to explain it right now.”
Mammola told the Salem News he was currently looking at location on 2 High St. for the restaurant.