Did you hear the one about the Stonewood Tavern owner who met with residents?

31 Jan

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Maybe Sal Palumbo will stand up in front of the neighbors tomorrow morning, and say: “Hello ladies and germs. A funny thing happened to me on the way over to the community meeting. Remember that promise to cut back on our entertainment at Stonewood Tavern? Well, um, well …”

Mr. Palumbo, owner of Stonewood Tavern,  told the Salem Snooze this week that he was holding a community meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning to “try and make everyone happy.” And how he will tell neighbors “how we have cut back on our entertainment.”

Meanwhile, back at City Hall …

Palumbo, who many feel is already operating well beyond the stipulations of his entertainment license, has applied to expand said license to allow … wait for it …

Comedy shows.

I guess large, disruptive bands weren’t enough when it came to disturbing the peace and quality of life of Lynnfield Street neighborhood residents.

By the way, Sal will also ask the city council to give him permission to hire clowns for birthday parties. Insert your own one-liner here________________________________

For those who aren’t up-to-date on this issue, back when Palumbo made plans for the neighborhood bistro, and successfully revitalized a dilapidated property, he told us all that he was only looking for a quiet little three-piece jazz band to play occasionally within the original foot print of the restaurant.

What the neighborhood got instead was the fabulous Amber Room, where three-piece jazz bands have been replaced by raucous 8-piece R&B bands and classic rock groups. Lynnfield Street now has the feel of Bourbon Street, and the neighbors are feeling like Sal pulled a fast one.

Residents wonder whose side Ward 1 Councilor is on.

Residents wonder whose side Ward 1 Councilor is on.

With the exception of outspoken councilors Anne Manning-Martin and Barry Sinewitz, the Peabody City Council hasn’t been much help in bringing Stonewood to heel when it comes to its entertainment. Ward 1 Councilor Barry Osborne, who must be looking forward to the comedy amateur night at Stonewood, has seemingly been more on Sal’s side than on the side of the neighbors who elected him to be their representative.

Maybe if the neighborhood finds a candidate next time to unseat Osborne, Sal can hire Barry as one of those birthday party clowns.

13 Responses to “Did you hear the one about the Stonewood Tavern owner who met with residents?”

  1. Three cheers for our Ward 1 councillor January 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Congrats to Councillor Osborne for helping Mr. Palumbo to expand his business. You Mr. Croce no wonder you lost your election. You do not get it. Good businessmen like Mr. Palumbo should be treated fairly over a few whiner residents who you think Mr. Osborne should cater to. Mr. Palumbo pays alot of taxes which our city needs, Those very few residents who complain do not pay as much as Mr. Palumbo. Good work Barry O. Croce learned his lesson the hard way that the fine business owners and developers on Route 1 also have rights. Sinowitz and Manning are next. Time to kick them out to for being anti business

    • Peabody for sale??? January 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

      Really, what makes Peabody a place to live are the homes, NOT the businesses. Nobody moves to a town because it has a good club! Mr Osborn was elected to represent the residents of his ward.not the business’ they have lawyers to do that for them. As for ‘getting it’ I think my Croce does get it. he grew up here & does not want to see a reign of corruption come back into the city. For the right price you could get anything and it made the city a joke. Nobody wants to go backwards to those days but it does seem as if we are.

  2. Anonymous January 31, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    I don’t blame Palumbo for pushing to get everything he can get. The ward coucilor has no stones to stop him though apparently

  3. anonymous January 31, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    I’m not sure whether he should be allowed to expand or not, at least under normal circumstances. Here’s my question, he violated his permit, correct? If so, the city has done nothing to punish him or enforce their own regulations, correct? So now, he wants to expand his license and its actually being considered? If all my assumptions are correct, and I’m not sure they are, they should be talking about revoking his license instead or at least shutting down the activities he isn’t allowed to do.

    • P'body voter January 31, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

      One of the residents should bring a laptop and pull up the entertainment schedule on line. Ask him in front of everyone to explain why all if these bands are still playing? And scheduled through February.

  4. super voter January 31, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    This is really quite simple…

    He opened with promises of a 3 piece jazz band…

    It turned out to be a night club with loud entertainment…

    He should be punished but here in Peabody we know that 85% of the council are cowards.

    I happen to know several people that work at Stonewood. They all told me last spring that the place next door (Amber Room) was being opened as an ACTUAL NIGHTCLUB!! And, from what they all also told me, employees were actually battling over whom would be working there assuming it would be a huge success.

    Oh and by the way (again), Doesn’t Dave Gravel have family members that work there??? Is that a conflict of interest that would not allow him to vote on this matter? After a brief conversation with the attorney general’s office I was told he should recuse himself when this stuff comes up…we’ll see and I’ll be watching!

  5. Marcy Palmer February 4, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    I blame the neighbors in Peabody for allowing this creep to continue doing whatever he wants. Rules are meant to be followed. i would be at council meeting making as much noise as possible. This palumbo is going to tell the neighbors whatever lies he can to keep them happy for now and then continue with having nightclub. Next he will probably have strip club there. He’s that kind of twisted mind.

  6. the Outfront Guy* February 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    OG says…here we are months later still talking about this same Stonewood Tavern entertainment permit issue…what the hell is wrong with us here in Teddyville? why do some things take forever to come to any type of resolution or conclusion?? it amazes me that this situation continues to go on with this place operating beyond the boundaries of their permit…what am I missing here???

  7. Pissed off February 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Here we go again…Typical City of Peabody storm response!!! 6 inches of snow in my street and not one plow yet (2:00pm) Endangering the lives of the people in the city to save a couple of bucks. Who the hell is in charge of this?

  8. Anonymous February 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    tom gould

  9. VoiceOf Reason February 26, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Isn’t it funny how no one complains about Capone’s… which is pretty much across the parking lot / a stone’s throw from Stonewood… AND has the same type of live-band entertainment on a weekly basis.

    Double standards anyone?

  10. racroce February 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    VOR, here’s why no one complains about Capone’s: They didn’t first say they were ONLY going to have a mellow 3-piece jazz band in the original restaurant space, and then built a raucous nightclub. This issue isn’t about “entertainment.” It’s about living up to the terms of special permits and licenses.

  11. the Outfront Guy* March 3, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    OG says…isn’t the issue that started the ruckus at Stonewood related to noise and parking complaints by residents who live across the street from the Stonewood? Capone’s is mostly in a commercial/industrial park area with no residential abutters from what I can see….

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