When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had dinner at the widely-acclaimed Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant in Menemsha earlier this month, they weren't offered a wine list.
That's because Chilmark, of which Menemsha is a part, is a "dry" town where alcohol is neither served nor sold, though restaurant patrons may bring their own alcoholic beverages to enjoy with their meals.
And it looks as though that's not going to change: According to a report in the Martha's Vineyard Times, headlined "Chilmarkers show little appetite for beer and wine sales," a recent hearing before town selectmen revealed little support among Chilmark residents for the notion of beer and wine service at restaurants.
The Beach Plum Inn's owners had asked selectmen to consider beginning the legislative process that would allow town residents to vote on issuing liquor licenses to Chilmark restaurants.
But, writes Times reporter Tony Omer, "an overwhelming majority of the standing room only crowd" at Tuesday's hearing — including rival restaurateurs — were opposed to the idea.
- Chilmarkers show little appetite for beer and wine sales (MV Times)
- Liquor Licenses Sought by Menemsha Restaurants (MV Patch)
- Chilmark Will Consider Allowing Alcohol Sales at Restaurants (Vineyard Gazette)