WILTON — On a vote of 4-1 Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen approved renewal of a liquor license for Anthony Bradley, owner of Tony's Restaurant and Lounge.
The board had postponed a decision on the application at its last meeting after police Chief Dennis Brown indicated he had reservations. Brown told the board Tuesday that his department received complaints about "overserving" alcohol at the lounge and he had spoken with Bradley about it.
Bradley asked the board to consider the number of people there in a year compared to seven complaints about people leaving the establishment after drinking too much. He also said he and his bartender had just received certification for responsible serving after taking training, and he has a van and provides rides home for customers who need it.
"They should be cut off before they get to the point of needing a van," Brown said.
Wilton officers are now undergoing more training to help enforce laws in bar settings and would be getting the owner's permission to do more policing within the establishment, he said.
The lounge has a terrible record, Selectman Irv Faunce said, and suggested the board deny the application.
"There is a problem," Selectman Russell Black said after hearing about the complaints. "It's your business and the responsibility is on your shoulders," he told Bradley. He said Bradley needs to show the board he has heard and addressed concerns before coming back for renewal next year.