A new family-style SandBar restaurant, featuring American fare and live music, is expected to open in May at the former Beach Front location at 297 Nantasket Ave.
The Board of Selectmen this week approved owner Lillian Parker’s request for common victualer, all alcohol, and entertainment licenses.
“We’re renovating the entire space and starting fresh,” Parker told the board. “My intention is to work with the Boosters and other local organizations, with a focus on bringing the community together and using my business to do that.”
All the 77-plus seats will be inside the restaurant, either in the dining area or at the bar. There is no space for outdoor seating.
The menu will include lobster rolls, burgers, sandwiches, and a limited number of entrees, with menu items varying according to the seasons.
“I’d like to open no later than Memorial Day, with a soft opening before that,” Parker said.
Social distancing, face masks, and other protocols will be followed, along with whatever state restrictions on restaurants are in effect at that time.
“The focus will be on serving food, not just on alcohol,” Parker said. “The intention is for people to come to the SandBar to dine and to enjoy the atmosphere.”
Entertainment will include Touch Tunes digital jukebox and acoustic music, jazz brunches, and other offerings.
“Thank you for investing in Hull,” Jennifer Constable, chairwoman of the board, said.
In other business at the meeting, the board tabled, pending receipt of further information, a discussion on a request by EZ Smoke Shop owner Bhavesh Patel for a new annual wine and malt license.
Eighty-five local residents signed a letter in support of Patel’s request, which if granted, would allow him to sell beer and wine from a 16-foot cooler in addition to the cigars and cigarettes he sells now. The shop has an ID scanner and seven video cameras.
“Pavel desires to serve Hull residents, and they enjoy seeing him every day at his store,” Attorney Kenneth DiFazio said on his behalf. “He has a great work history.”