Marion to give alcohol license discount to four restaurants

Nov 17, 2020

MARION — Regulations were tight on selling drinks at restaurants during the first peak of coronavirus across the state. 

So to make up for lost revenue from alcohol sales, the Marion Select Board voted to discount the 2020 alcohol license fee for four qualifying restaurants that are open year-round, have both an alcohol and victualler license and were affected by the pandemic.

The 25% discount will cut down the fee from $1,400 to $1,025.

Town Administrator Jay McGrail said that in meetings with other towns, municipalities have been making similar decisions to support local businesses.

He went on to say that some of Marion’s local restaurants approached the town asking for the discount after being urged by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. 

The one-time reduction will be a roughly $2,000 hit in revenue for the town.