Anup K. Sangar will open his Indian restaurant within the next month with a liquor license, according to massive.com.
The Easthampton License Board awarded the lone available all alcohol license in the town to Sangar on Wednesday night. He was one of four applicants for the license.
The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission awarded the city an additional liquor license following the census that put the city over the 16,000 mark for population.
The board held three public hearings and continued the fourth to its meeting next month.
“Everybody could make a game plan of what they had to offer the city,” said chairman Raymond Redfern.
While there are no other full liquor licenses available, there are seasonal licenses, he said. Also, business owners can petition the Legislature for a special license.
The board decided on Sangar’s restaurant because “it would be better for the community to open a new business, a new business opening in a storefront that was abandoned,” Redfern said.
Sangar purchased the former Treydon’s Bar & Grill on Union Street earlier this year. The restaurant had been closed since December of 2009.
“The way Easthampton is growing there’s a lot of culture. We said this might be a good idea to have this kind of restaurant,” Redfern said. “We have Italian restaurants and Chinese restaurants.”
There are no Indian restaurants in the city. He said the board also liked that the restaurant would have 80 seats.