It now appears that Mendon Selectmen will receive an application for an adult entertainment business on Milford Street. Earlier this year the state supreme judicial court ruled in favor of the issuance of a liquor license for the business and ruled against the town. Now the federal district court has upheld the SJC ruling.
The town lost all along the way but kept battling, so did the Funari's and now after seven years there is nothing to prevent the club from opening. The town lost court fights on the size and height of the building, hours of operation and this year the effort to not hand out a liquor license.
The Funari's were patient and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on their cause. Chris Funari told WMRC all they want is what they can legally have, nothing more. The town tried to ban alcohol at the club based on the type of business it will be and the court said that is unconstitutional and the scope of the town's bylaw, written by a group of citizens and passed by town meeting, was broader than necessary. The issue went to the SJD in the spring with judges sharply questioning the town's side of the case.
The Funari's are expected to request the liquor license in the near future.
WMRC's Ed Thompson