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Batavia businessman files notification to obtain liquor license at School Street pub

By Mike Pettinella

The Batavia City Council has a full agenda for its Business Meeting tonight – 13 resolutions to vote on, a couple community events to approve and an application from a Batavia entrepreneur to obtain a liquor license for an establishment at 5 School St., currently operated as O’Lacy’s Irish Pub.

As required by the New York State Liquor Authority, Roger Christiano on Feb. 23 filed the standardized notice form for providing 30-day advance notice to the City of Batavia.

Contacted today, Christiano, who owns two sports bars in Rochester, said he is looking to purchase the popular bar/restaurant.

O’Lacy’s owner Kent Ewell did not wish to comment about the liquor license application or about the future of the pub that he opened 25 years ago – on April 15, 1997.

The two events on the agenda are the Batavia Concert Band Summer Concert Series, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 22 through Aug. 3 at Centennial Park, and the Living Waters Community Outreach from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Austin Park.

Key resolutions are the adoption of the 2022-23 budget ordinance, water rates, meter fees and capital improvement fees; a contract with HUNT Engineers for services for the City Centre Mall Downtown Revitalization Initiative project, and to accept a $1 million Community Development Block Grant and authorize a $414,017 local match for the Jackson Street water main project.

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