Wareham Selectmen approve 3 entertainment licenses for Onset hotel

By Meghan Neely | Jun 26, 2018
Photo by: Meghan Neely John Salerno seeks an alcohol and other licenses from Selectmen on Tuesday for the Glen Cove Hotel.

An Onset landmark will soon be hosting live music and serving alcoholic beverages following the Selectmen's approval on Tuesday.

The board approved three entertainment licenses for the Glen Cove Hotel, located at 167 Onset Ave., including a year round all alcoholic beverages license. The Glen Cove Hotel was purchased by John and Mark Salerno—owners of Marc Anthony's Pizzeria and Salerno's Seaside Function Hall in Onset—back in 2012.

Prior to the Salerno family, the hotel was owned by David Wolfram under the name Wickets Inn & Pub. Wolfram abruptly closed the inn's doors back in 2010, later filing for bankruptcy.

The big, yellow building serves as a historic landmark in Onset, and members of the public came forward to speak in favor of the Salerno’s application.

William Scott praised the Salernos for their previous contributions to the town, saying that he felt confident in their ability to run a good business

“I know they’ll be responsible,” Scott said.

Selectmen appeared to be equally confident in the Salerno's abilities.

“It’s a historic building,” Selectman Alan Slavin said. “We’re happy to see a business take interest in the upkeep of the property.”

John Salerno presented plans to the Selectmen for the hotel, which will entertain from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week. Salerno said the hotel will host weddings and other events with live music inside the building.

In addition to the alcohol license, Selectmen approved a public amusement license on weekdays and a public entertainment on Sunday license.

The Salernos must now wait for state approval of a liquor license.


Comments (7)
Posted by: Uptohere | Jun 27, 2018 16:52

8am till 1am? What entertainment is at 8am? 7days a week year round? If i was a resident nearby im not sure i would overjoyed by thod. is it still an historic building after its been updated with an elevator?

Posted by: bruce gannon | Jun 28, 2018 19:03

UPTOHERE .. you'll note that the 8a to 1a is 7 days a week. It's all encompassing which means they are able to offer food and beverage service during those hours both for the guests of the hotel and the general public it doesn't mean live music will be playing at 8am 7 days a week. As to the addition of the elevator yes it's still an historic building. The design had to be approved and the details of the addition is consistent with the original design of the building including the mansard roof. It was very well done. I don't think the Salernos will do anything to upset the neighbors.


Posted by: cranky pants | Jun 29, 2018 07:16

Lmao.. rock bands will be playing from the top of the building at 8 am on a Sunday, get ready.


Posted by: WantToSeeChange | Jun 29, 2018 08:31

Unfortunately, as soon as a peep is heard by the neighbors from this new and exciting business, they will complain and things will come to a head.   Happened before, it will happen again.  This place should be hopping with people having fun, much like the previous establishment at this location attempted to do, but the oceanfront community residents just weren't having it.   I hope that the Salernos get around this somehow and have tons of success with this place.   It looks fantastic!

Posted by: cranky pants | Jun 29, 2018 09:21

No kidding right ?

Here we have a group that invested in an abandoned historical building to let it flourish with a modernized appeal and we've already got complainers.

High five.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Jun 29, 2018 11:12

Will there be a restaurant that serves the general public on a daily basis?

Posted by: Uptohere | Jul 01, 2018 07:09

I see for some it doesn't matter if it's not there back yard.  Says more about you then me.

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