Martino takes fight for beer, wine license to ABCC

28 Nov

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

First, I’d like to encourage all of our readers to immediately go to and tell everyone that you think Frank Martino’s deli is over-rated and over-priced. My opinion is that you get better value on corned beef at the deli counter at Hannaford.

I’d also like to tell Mr. Martino to “bring it on,” since some things are just worth fighting for.

In case you’ve forgotten, Mr. Martino is the guy who first sold his full liquor license to Trader Joe’s for a whopping $205,000. Then, without shame, he came back to the Peabody Licensing Board to obtain a beer and wine license.

Now, after being rejected by the licensing board, he’s dragging the city before the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission on Dec. 5 to appeal the earlier decision, according to an article today in the Peabody Patch.

In fairness, I’d like to point out that Mr, Martino has done nothing illegal here. I mean, it’s not illegal to be a jerk, and when exactly is our city council going to look into whether the rules can be changed here to keep  some other jerk from doing this again?

But I digress!

The issue here is that, sometimes, things are just worth fighting against, and this is one of those times.

The city might very well lose, but as a taxpayer, I hope they fight to the end here, even if it means a lawsuit that could fill Martino’s pockets with more money, courtesy of us. I mean, if he gets a beer and wine license, what’s going to stop him from selling that for six figures too?

One Response to “Martino takes fight for beer, wine license to ABCC”

  1. Anonymous November 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    $207k is A LOT of corned beef sandwiches. Wonder how much this guy is paying Keilty?

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