Two New Restaurants Coming To Mattapoisett

The ‘resurrection’ of Route 6? Mattapoisett to get two new restaurants

By Georgia Sparling | May 24, 2016

Photo by: Georgia SparlingThe Jolly Seniors’ bowling league will have a revamped alley as Bowlmor becomes Alley Cats Luxury Lanes.

MATTAPOISETT — On Tuesday night, Selectmen approved licenses for serving alcohol and food for two new restaurants on Route 6.

“It’s kind of the resurrection of the Route 6 corridor in Mattapoisett,” Selectman Jordan Collyer said.

Nabih and Nouhad Moujabber of the Lebanese Kitchen were first up. The Moujabbers purchased the former Mattapoisett Chowder House about two years after their popular New Bedford restaurant burned down.

Nabih Moujabber said there were more repairs needed than he had hoped, but progress is underway. Originally, he wanted to open around Memorial Day.

“We want to make sure when we open, it’s going to be done right,” he said. “We’re gonna make sure everything is perfect.”

Selectmen said they were excited for the restaurant to open in town.

“It’s our gain,” said Selectman Paul Silva.

The second business before the board was Aeolus Energy Services Inc, which will operate as Alley Cats Luxury Lanes at the current Bowlmor. Business owner Eric Lawrence said he plans to revamp the bowling alley, adding modern touches while maintaining some of the “old character and charm.”

“We want to stick with the charm of the candle pin,” he said.

Lawrence plans to have a lunch menu with food akin to Panera or Cosi and light fare in the evenings. He also said there would be touch pads at each lane to order food.

The all alcohol license Lawrence requested was the last one the town has available.

“It’s a full service restaurant, so it should be offering more than just beer and wine,” said Lawrence.

Silva said he was concerned approving the license might affect the future of the former Tokyo restaurant, near the Fairhaven border, that has been closed for five years.

“Is that going to basically disqualify that from forever being a restaurant?” he asked.

Selectmen and Town Administrator Mike Gagne discussed the possibility of petitioning the state for an additional license if another restaurant did request one.

Ultimately Selectmen didn’t think it was right to wait for someone to open Tokyo and request the license as no one has purchased the property yet and it could be used for other purposes.

“I don’t want to sit on a license,” said Selectman Tyler Macallister.

Lawrence said he plans to shut down the bowling alley for renovations in the fall, reopening as soon as possible to accommodate bowling leagues.

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