Batavia’s Albright Theatre seeks to serve alcohol at shows

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The Albright Theatre Company is teaming with Aliano’s Ristorante in an effort to sell wine at its productions, as well as offer dinner/theater packages.

The Batavia City Council’s Government Services Committee on Monday recommended allowing alcohol sales and consumption at the Albright Theatre, which is on the third floor of the Batavia Government Center at 100 N. Island Ave. in downtown Batavia.

“Anything we can do to help businesses and nonprofit agencies, we should be doing,” 7th Ward Alderman Dave Brown said. The Albright Theatre is a nonprofit organization.

First Ward Alderman Michael O’Brien agreed.

“I think it will be a good development tool for the city,” he said.

Mario Aliano and his brother, Phil Aliano, own Aliano’s Ristorante in downtown Batavia.

The restaurant opened in 2011.

“I’d like to create more revenue for them,” Mario Aliano told aldermen. “I will give back a percentage of sales to Albright Theatre.”

There will be signs posted stating that alcohol can’t leave the premises. As proposed, the Albright Theatre would be added to a list of city properties where liquor could be sold or served with a license.

The license would be in effect only during Albright Theatre productions, Batavia City Administrator Bill McGrath said.

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