If all goes as planned, a new barbecue eatery will soon be opening in the current location of Marshland Too restaurant in the Village Square Shopping Plaza along Cotuit Road in South Sandwich.
Selectmen are scheduled to hold a public hearing Thursday evening, September 16, regarding the transfer of Marshland Too’s liquor license.
Uncle Dave’s BBQ & Bar, owned by David Varney, is seeking the transfer of a license that will allow the restaurant to serve all types of alcoholic beverages on the premises. The license is currently held by the Marshland Group, which is owned by Martin B. Finch and Kim P. Babiarz.
Ms. Babiarz and Mr. Varney are siblings, and Mr. Varney has been employed as the general manager of Marshland Too since 2015.
Mr. Varney is purchasing the business from the Marshland Group for a total cost of $660,000, according to the application that has been filed for the liquor license transfer. The application also notes that the Marshland Group is financing the purchase, and that Mr. Varney is not responsible for putting any money down.
He is going to be paying for any renovations that will be done in the space, as well as the initial inventory.
In the application to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, Mr. Varney acknowledged that Ms. Babiarz is his sister.
“We decided upon owner financing to allow me to buy [the business] and [this] provides them with a revenue stream each month,” he wrote in the application. “It was an advantageous situation for both sides.”
In August, Ms. Babiarz and Mr. Finch wrote a post on Facebook to announce to their customers that the Marshland Too restaurant would be closing. The other two locations, the original Marshland on Route 6A in Sandwich and Marshland 3A in Manomet, will remain open.
They said that they have been working for some time to downsize and that it seemed like the right time.
“We are turning over the keys soon to someone with a new exciting concept,” they stated in the post. “We hope you become a new loyal customer of his!”
Selectmen are expected to vote on the liquor license transfer request following the public hearing during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on September 16 at Sandwich Town Hall. The liquor license hearing is scheduled to begin at 7:20 PM. The ABCC will also have to approve the transfer before it becomes official.