Restaurants with 50 or more seats can begin applying for the eight beer-and-wine licenses that Woburn is now able to award following passage of a local ballot question Nov. 6. Those interested in applying can contact the office of city clerk William Campbell. Any license awards would be made by the city’s License Commission, subject to the approval of the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. Woburn has 59 all-alcoholic licenses — 51 for on-premises service at restaurants and other establishments, and eight for package stores. But because of votes cast by residents more than 40 years ago, the city until now had no authority to grant any of the eight beer-and-wine licenses allotted to it under state law. The city recently secured special legislation granting it that authority, but it was contingent on voters approving the ballot question, which passed by 12,186 votes to 4,311.
By John Laidler| Globe Correspondent November 20, 2012
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