Update: Stonewood owner asks that hearing on entertainment license be recessed

12 Nov

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Questions abound as EOP learns that Stonewood Tavern owner Sal Palumbo will ask that a hearing on amending his entertainment license be recessed on Thursday night when the issue  is due to come before Peabody’s City Council.

For various reasons, applicants sometimes decide  last-minute not to have their issue heard. Sometimes that reason is that they learn ahead of time that they won’t have the votes necessary to gain enough support for their issue.

In this case, the city council must still vote whether to recess the hearing and table the issue for now. Stonewood was attempting to expand its entertainment license to allow full scale bands in a recently added on nightclub area. Back in July 2011, when attorney David Ankeles, on behalf of Palumbo, brought the plans for the restaurant to the city council to get approval for a special permit to operate, the only real talk of “entertainment” was an occasional small jazz band within the confines of a 95-seat restaurant.

Since opening, Stonewood had been a positive addition to this South Peabody neighborhood as Palumbo’s property helped revitalize a previously abandoned lot on Lynnfield Street. But over the past several months, and following a large expansion, the Stonewood has been featuring full-scale bands in its new nightclub, which has drawn major concerns from neighbors who were led to believe that it would only be an upscale bistro.

According to a source, more than 20 neighbors had planned to be in attendance at the hearing on Thursday to offer opposition to a nightclub that is already operating without approval of the city council’s special permit process.

The question now is what becomes of the nightclub that’s already open? One possibility is that the building inspector’s office might be forced to issue a cease and desist order, essentially shutting down the nightclub portion of Stonewood until it can properly come before the city council.

Stay tuned. We’ll have more details here as they  occur.

In a related story, two sources tell EOP that Palumbo is also looking into purchasing the nearby parcel at 143 Lynnfield Street from developer Bob Denisco. Part of Denisco’s plans for the site, which once housed an old tannery, were to rent to the Yellow Jackets Gymnastics organization. We have no details at this time as to what Palumbo’s plans would be for that property.

12 Responses to “Update: Stonewood owner asks that hearing on entertainment license be recessed”

  1. Anonymous November 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    As someone who lives near there I still plan to be there thursday night. We like the Stonewood but on this issue we feel more than a little duped by Mr. Palumbo.

  2. Anonymous November 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Palumbo is a good guy. He was probably mislead to think this was okay. The Ward 1 Councilor and Gravel should be ashamed of themselves. Some pals they are. Some reporter should ask Gravel what his deal is here. If I were Sal I would tell the city council the whole story.

  3. Artie November 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Its too bad because the current restaurant is a really good fit there. They did a great job. Why ruin now? Just make a buck.

  4. the Outfront Guy* November 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    OG says…thi s is a great new business in Peabody and they have enjoyed very good success so we surely don’t want to discourage business development. Mr and Mrs OG have been there several times since it has opened…. BUT in OG’s view a cease and desist order decision is appropriate for the new addition to have Three Dog Night playing in there until the special permit is reviewed and approved….and that’s how OG sees it.

  5. Anonymous November 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    What do the people of Peabody have against live music? Venues are closing all the time and we need more of them, not for puritanical, self-important jackasses to ruin what sounds like a great plan. If Peabody is lucky, a great band like The Alarm might someday play there.

  6. the Outfront Guy* November 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    OG says..here is another question on this Stonewood issue…and you may need some type of noise meter to prove it but how much louder is this place with the new entertainment room open compared to when they only had entertainment in the original restaurant side of the place? is the real somewhat unspoken and problematic issue here the increase in customers and parking needs on busy nights that may be spilling over to the immediate area or is it really this big increase in music noise???? can anyone out there help OG with this question?

    • Anonymous November 16, 2013 at 1:04 am #

      the noise from Amber at the street is not as loud as the cars driving by which is 70 db

  7. Anonymous November 13, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    since when do we have a city councilor in South Peabody ?

  8. thegoodfight November 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    I love the idea of establishments like Stonewood operating in Peabody. We are becoming a city of run down local joints driving many of us out of town to even get a good meal let alone entertainment.

    However, I do sympathize with the neighbors and would certainly expect that noise, traffic, hours, parking etc. be closely examined. But let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    Part of having a thriving community is providing entertainment venues for citizens to have fun and congregate, that is what Stonewood Tavern has accomplished in my onion.

  9. the Outfront Guy* November 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    OG says…I think we all agree with you but what about the concept of doing things in business the ‘right way’??

  10. thegoodfight November 14, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    OG, I have already communicated with serveral Councellors about that. Their job, in my opnion, is to get in front of this stuff, not always be shocked that something is in place two blocks from their house…Proper procedure is there for a reason and was not followed here and I agree that is a major issue the Council needs to fix immediately.

  11. the Outfront Guy* November 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    OG says..welcome to the fray to THEGOODFIGHT —somehow I picture you as someone riding atop a white steed holding the hammer of Thor ! now OG has always been a fan of proacitve vs reactive management so this is good to hear !….I suspect this issue will work itself out and I have to tell you that I truly think that weekend PARKING and not noise will be the real issue at Stonewood as we move forward in time and if the business continues to prosper…so carry on with THEGOOD FIGHT ….let’s burp and swaddle this baby appropriately and avoid the nasty anit business colic….and that’s how OG sees it.

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