Indian restaurant stripped of beer and wine license

Oct 31, 2017

Editor's note: Ayur-Shri's liquor license was reinstated following a December 4, 2017 Select Board meeting at which the board approved a change in manager for the restaurant.

The Select Board has grown impatient with restaurateurs from Ayur-Shri, and pulled its beer and wine license.

After owners repeatedly ignored hearings to appoint a new manager — the latest being at the October 30 meeting — board members stripped the Indian cuisine restaurant of its license, effective October 31.

"They haven't had a manager for a year and a half," said Select Board member Stan Mickelson, explaining that it is illegal to sell alcohol without one. "It's a slap in the face to those that have similar licenses and abide by the law."

The restaurant owner could not immediately be reached for comment. Chef Uttam Karkie said the owner will be out of the country until November 11.

Attorney Rita Sud, who appeared at a previous Select Board meeting to represent the restaurant owner, declined to comment when reached by phone on October 31.

At the October 16 Select Board meeting, she said owner Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj was to become the new manager to replace his brother. She said Ramsamooj travels frequently and was out of the country and unable to appear at the meeting.

The idea of a frequently traveling manager did not sit well with the board.

"If you're serving alcoholic beverages, there needs to be a manager of record that is there, and he's not there," Chair Frank Gracie said at that meeting.

When asked by the board why Ramsamooj failed to appear at other previously scheduled meetings, she told the board she was unsure, but believed the owner was unaware he needed to fill out paperwork.

Ayur-Shri opened in October 2009, according to the company's website. It is located at 387 State Road.