Taking the place of the ill-fated Great Wall Restaurant at 259 Main St., the board gave the OK for a new Chinese restaurant to take over. Zem Han's got approval, too. Here's what you missed at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting all in this handy little guide.
1.Yuri Krasnov and partner Hakan Zirh got the unaninmous approval from the board for a common victualler and entertainment license for premises at 4 Main St. Located where Tom's Marketplace once was in "Northborough Center," Zem Han will be a Mediterranean family-style restaurant serving an eclectic menu of food from Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. "It's a great concept," said Krasnov. "We've hired about ten people so far, and have a great chef. We'll have a lot of beef, lamb, and fish from the Adriatic Sea, and sweet things from Turkey. There is so much variety." Initially, Zem Han will open without a liquor license, but owners are going through the process of obtaining one.
2. Usually Finance Director June Hubbard Ward brings a list of borrowing needing authorization to the board, but says that only one was approved at Town Meeting this year. The board voted unanimously to approve the advance in lieu of borrowing of $500,000 for the Lincoln Street feasibility study.
3. Anthony Tomaiolo plans on some revamping of his restaurant A.J. Tomaiolo's, receiving approval to knock down a wall that presently separates the bar from the dining area. He hopes to make it a more "casual atmosphere," and add seating for about ten more, as well as TVs.
4. St. Bernadette's Church is all set to serve beer and wine at its 20th annual festival, which will happen Sept. 21 and 22 this year.
5. Taking over where Great Wall, which was closed due to numerous health code violations, once was at 259 Main St., plans are to open Chen's China Moon. Also a Chinese restaurant, the business is under new ownership and has "completely new staff and management and will pay 100 percent attention to the food code," said the attorney representing the business.
6. The tree trimming program conducted by National Grid is nearing its completion. "The bulk of it is done," said DPW Director Dan Nason.
7. Town Administrator has gotten many calls regarding to potential sale of Indian Meadows to New England Baseball, home of the Ruffnecks. Coderre, fresh back from vacation, said the status was one of the "first things he checked" when he returned. Northborough, which has the right of first refusal, technically has 120 days to decide whether it wants to purchase the property. That 120 day period has not started yet, reiterated Coderre, as the specific information that would trigger the period has not been answered by the appropriate parties yet.
8. Northborough's town parks were sprayed for mosquitoes on Monday, according to Coderre, who added that some residents were concerned about the discovery of West Nile Virus in town last week. Anyone wishing to have their property sprayed can call the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Project at 508-393-3055.