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New Pub in the Works for Downtown Peabody

John Mastrangelo is looking to open a pub at the former Fire Bull Restaurant at the corner of Central and Walnut streets.

Nothing beats a little family competition.

John Mastrangelo, who is related to Courthouse Pub owner Steve Mastrangelo, is looking to open up his own establishment in downtown Peabody; in fact, it would be an offshoot of his East Boston eatery Kelley's Square Pub.

As for a location, John Mastrangelo is planning to take over the former Fire Bull Restaurant space on Central Street, which has been vacant since owner Gladys Coehlo shut the doors in September 2011.

Mastrangelo will appear before the Licensing Board Monday for a new all-alcohol restaurant license at 5 Central St. with a business name as Kelley's Square Pub.

"Believe it or not, there's a full liquor license available," said board chairman Minas Dakos, alluding to the scarcity of such licenses, particularly ones that can be obtained from the city for a fraction of the price licenseholders often sell them for.

If Mastrangelo receives approval from the board, he'll just owe the city $2,250 plus filing fees and another $250 is due to the state. By comparison, .

Dakos, on Friday afternoon, said he wasn't aware of too many of the details yet for the new pub, other than that it would be a restaurant as opposed to a bar.

The menu at Kelley's Bennington Street location does include sandwiches, wraps, pizza, calzones, salads, pasta, seafood, several other entrees, and of course, the bar. It's also considered a family-friendly establishment.

This particular liquor license in Peabody became available recently when the city finally prevailed over a 2010 appeal of the board's revocation of the license. The board revoked a license held by Richard Marchese for being in limbo for 2-1/2 years.

Monday's board hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the basement conference room at City Hall.

Louis Chinappi March 25, 2013 at 01:49 PM
This will be a great addition to our downtown commerce! Kelly Square Pub in East Boston has a family environment, this is just what Peabody needs!
DEBBIE March 25, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I agree with the above comment. Peabody needs something to attract folks downtown. Sadly, the past decade or so, it has been a ghost town. Walking around Salem is great. Same with Danvers. Taking a stroll through Peabody Square is boring and dull and dark. Thank goodness our new Mayor will try his magic and see what he can do with that place. Good luck.
Harry Birmingham March 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM
This ghost town area can disappear if the parking meters and lots were to have no ticketing after four PM. During the day ticketing should be enforced but not with a vengeful policing. The lighting on Main Street was changed some time ago with new poles and bulbs to brighten the Main Street area to make it safer for pedestrians and drivers alike . Since then and after that time traffic lights have been installed and crosswalks have been maintained for safety uses. If the lighting has to be made better than it is now then so be it.

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