Pizzeria, Mexican eatery seek liquor licenses

Two new restaurants proposed in Rockport

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 7:00pm

    The owners of two new restaurants will go before the Rockport Select Board April 12 seeking liquor licenses for their respective businesses – a pizzeria and a Mexican restaurant. A public hearing on both applications will be held via ZOOM through the Town of Rockport’s website at 5:30 p.m.

    According to documents filed at the Town Office, Jessica Crane, on behalf of the Taboo Restaurant Group, is seeking a liquor license for a restaurant named Taboo Taqueria. The restaurant would be located at 5 Country Inn Way, from the building which previously housed the Blue Sky Cantina. 

    In Crane’s application, she said that food will be “served at tables within, a small patio and indoor bar.” The building would be leased to Taboo Taqueria by property owner Matthew Barter.

    Sante Calandri, who operates the Ports of Italy restaurants, and business partner Jeffery Teel, are seeking a liquor license for the building 139 Commercial St., adjacent to the existing Ports of Italy restaurant in Rockport.

    Referred to as “Ports Pizzeria Rockport,” the new restaurant is to operate from the smaller building on the corners of Commercial St. (Route 1) and Main St. which has recently undergone renovation work.

    The pizzeria is described as a “restaurant with one dining room and outside seating.” The packet of materials for the April 12 hearing includes letters from Police Chief Randy Gagne in which he states that neither proposed business presents any concerns from a police or public safety perspective.

    Following the public hearing portion of the meeting, the agenda from the April 12 meeting of the Rockport Select Board includes a presentation of a proposed parking lot design in Rockport Harbor by Bill Lane, as well as a school budget overview provided by Superintendent Maria Libby.