Needham voters this past week approved a measure to allow liquor stores in town, and town officials will soon start taking applications. Needham restaurants serve liquor, as does a bar at the Sheraton in town.
The move means that Wellesley will likely be surrounded by more than just the few Natick liquor stores on its borders.
Wellesley, too, has loosened its liquor laws this year, though initially to allow more restaurants to serve booze, including those with fewer than 100 seats. The move will help make Wellesley restaurants more competitive with those in neighboring towns, though the possible disappearance of BYOD establishments in town could disappoint some.
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