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Batavia approves alcohol consumption at Albright Theatre

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – The Batavia City Council agreed Monday to let Albright Theatre Company sell wine at its productions, as well as offer dinner and theater packages.

Aldermen voted to allow 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.

“It is a win-win situation for everybody involved,” 1st Ward Alderman Garran Sparks said.

Second Ward Alderman Victor Dietz also voiced approval for the plan, which frees the city from liability.

“We’ve done everything to protect the city and the assets of the city,” Dietz said.

The Albright Theatre, a nonprofit organization, is teaming up with Aliano’s Ristorante in downtown Batavia. Mario Aliano, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Phil Aliano, has said he will give a percentage of sales to Albright Theatre.

There will be signs posted stating that alcohol can’t leave the premises. The Albright Theatre will 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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