The average person probably thinks a beer/wine permit in a college town like Amherst is a license to print money. And to some extent that's true. So it will be interesting to see who applies for the only open on-premise Wine & Malt license (out of eight) currently available, at the annual bargain basement price of $1,000.
The Select Board will award the golden ticket to one lucky entrepreneur at the their regular Monday night meeting March 17. Yes, St. Patrick's Day -- not to be confused with the "Blarney Blowout" held the Saturday before the official holiday to allow the downtown bars to tap into the "college aged youth" who abandon Amherst for Spring Break just prior to March 17.
Considering the mayhem that occurred at the last two Blarney Blowouts the Select Board should probably also post a set of suggested guidelines for potential liquor permit seekers on expected business practices.
As in not hyping immature events that promote ethnic stereotyping, while encouraging bad behavior.
Souper Bowl went out of business in June, giving up their Wine & Malt permit