Nina's Seeks Full Liquor License, Live Music Permit

Pizzeria goes before Northport Zoning Board on Wednesday.

is going before the Northport Zoning Board on Wednesday to seek a full liquor license as well as a permit to host live music.

"We want to make our place a full restaurant, basically," said Owner Artie Berke, "We're the oldest pizzeria in Northport right now and we'd like to stay here for another 10 years."

Berke said he would like to host small music acts such as a singer and guitarist and serve more than just wine and beer. He is also seeking a removal of variances that require him to reapply bi-annually for an indoor seating permit and annually for an outdoor seating permit. He expects some public opposition to his request.

"I have heard the rumbling that there will be alot of people against us at the meeting," he said. "Someone is spreading a rumor that I am making my family pizzeria and restaurant into a bar."

The Zoning Board meeting takes place on Wednesday, June 27, in Northport Village Hall at 7 p.m.

douglas stretton June 26, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I can understand the reservations that some people will have. But it is a business and if they respect the town laws...why not.
John June 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM
sure. Its in the business district. Times are tough for small business owners. If he's able to generate more income as a full service restaurant, let him do so.
rick siebach jr June 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM
i do not have problems with a full time liquor license at nina's pizza artie burke knows how to handle his bussiness there be no problems on his end
Marc Soojian June 27, 2012 at 01:00 PM
What's the difference between beer, wine, and liquor? This is completely ridiculous. There are 5 pizzerias within a 1 mile radius that compete with Nina's. If someone needs to make a move so that they can put food on the table for his family, who are we to deny that.
FYI June 27, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Artie gives a lot back to his community. He is a gentleman who is working very hard to continue improving his business and support his family. There should be no objection as everything he has done so far has turned out well. Good luck!
Doris H Rowe June 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
@ Nina’s Pizza ... New alternative marketing Idea to update your brand: Put forth with passion that Nina's is the right place for those who are advised not to imbibe, like the many participants of Al-Anon, children, families, and the elderly. (Tip: Advertising Nina’s new profile - must not even include the word - alcohol.) Include in your campaign that the new Nina's offers a fine selection of exotic soda pops with calories or without, sarsaparilla and root beers, strange pops with new tastes to try, coffee with whipped cream, and plenty crushed ice. Delightful fluids join perfectly with the many delicious and unusual pizza selections offered on the menu. Make sure you print your website address - https://www.delivery.com/menu/Ninas_Pizzeria Customers from the historic Village of Northport will learn that selections of unusual pizza are ready to bring their guests to Upper Main Street. The hungry will be filled, and unique pop brands will satisfy the thirsty. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/07/24/8381689/index.htm http://trifter.com/practical-travel/world-cuisine/seven-very-unique-soda-pops-alternative-sodas-to-quench-your-thirst/
D Tannenbaum June 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Nina's has been allowed to expand a non conforming use in a residential neighborhood by prior BZA applications. The BZA has been sensitive and responsive to Artie's expansion, but this is over the top...not going to happen. Outdoor Music and liquor service will expand and intensify the non conforming use. It will diminish the peaceful enjoyment of residents living near the "bar" and cause neighbors property values to decline. It could potential transform the family dinning establishment into a loud and raucous drinking scene. Artie or some successor, may find better profits in operating a bar music.


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