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Music Approved for Cafe Sicilia, Bringing Unique Atmosphere to Tewksbury

Tewksbury's Board of Selectmen approved an Entertainment License for the local business at their Tuesday meeting.

Cafe Sicilia received an Entertainment License at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting. (File Photo)
Cafe Sicilia received an Entertainment License at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting. (File Photo)
Tuesday night's Board of Selectmen meeting was music to the ears of Joe Mazzola.

Mazzola, the owner of Cafe Sicilia, finally received its entertainment license after multiple appearances in front of the board.

Thanks to the license, Cafe Sicilia will be able to hold low-key outdoor musical entertainment at its restaurant, located at 1300 Main Street.

The goal of the entertainment license was to have the occasional mandolin performance to make for a romantic atmosphere for dinner guests.

"When I heard about this, it sounded like a great, out of the box, romantic, classy, un-Tewksbury idea," said selectman David Gay, before clarifying with a laugh. "Not to say that Tewksbury doesn't have class."

As a part of the entertainment license, Cafe Sicilia was granted permission to hold outdoor entertainment with no amplification or loud music from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Selectmen had to be certain that granting the license would not negatively impact abutters in the residential area nearby.

The license was approved by a vote of 4-0, with Doug Sears abstaining because Cafe Sicilia is one of his clients.

"It sounds like this will be a nice change and something that people can latch onto," said Gay.
Karyn March 30, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Since my name is the one getting tossed around here, for the record I believe both of my comments were pretty clear in A) the business IS located on a corner (despite original spin response to the contrary), B) Route 38 is a busy thoroughfare, and C) It was only MY opinion that to me regardless of music that did not make for a 'romantic' atmosphere. Others may think differently in the 'Old World Little Italy' vein and that's fine. I will still patronize the Cafe as a local business in the capacity I've always done as that for me is the bottom line. As I said before, to each their own.
Jim Wentworth March 30, 2014 at 04:35 PM
With all of that said, I still support Bee Free's comments: "How about everyone on this thread go out to dinner tonight at a restaurant in Tewksbury and put their money where their mouths are? Go spend money for a meal at ANY restaurant in town and show your support for the community no matter what the cuisine. Take out or dine in. Getting route 38 rolling starts with all of us."
Donna Marie Robitaille March 31, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Yes Selectman Wentworth that is a great idea. People do not have money hanging out of their pockets to frequent visit local businesses as they did before the economy sunk. To organize a dinner night would be helpful to all. It gives a chance to those that can afford it to help make a difference for the better. BUT please keep in mind as a town official that-Main Street in Tewksbury is busy. Very busy. We have one of the highest impacted Main Streets in the state. I hope you will strongly think about NOT allowing the ideas of incentives to those newcomers wishing to set up shop here. This community needs the tax base to it's fullest. Our residents are getting no breaks and the idea of offering any sort of deal to large companies or big development is unacceptable at this point in our growth. I hope we can find a way to Raise commercial taxes for Home depot Walmart big hotels and any future large sites to come. As far I can see, we cannot do that without hurting places like the Cafe' but if there is a way-lets find it. The residents here are being told THEY have to make up a minus of over 600,000.00 dollars for the sewer project. That is proof in the pudding that we should think twice before allowing tax breaks. If our residents can not see the hope for any decrease of burdens or any help at all, then Why should we offer incentives,breaks or deals to anyone else. Please consider taking a stand against that for the good of our community. Charity starts at home. Tewksbury residents should be the first in line to be served by those representing them. Thankyou for being a good leader.
Scot Sutherland March 31, 2014 at 08:36 AM
With all this bickering, you all sound like a bunch of sixth graders.

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