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Life Alive Faces Alleged Opposition

The restaurant, slated to open in Coven's old space, is set to appear before the Salem Licensing Board.

is slated to appear before the Salem Licensing Board this evening, and, according to the restaurant Facebook Page, the yet-to-open business is receiving opposition from abutters.

The restaurant is listed on the Licensing Board agenda as follows: "Petition for Transfer of Liquor License for the sale of wine and malt beverages from Coven, LLC to Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe, 281 Essex St. Applicant: Heidi Feinstein."

"We are one week away from opening up our new Salem location in the hopes of furthering our mission of bring[ing] love, health, and wellness to this community" a representative wrote on the business Facebook page Sunday. "As of this afternoon, we are facing major opposition from condo owners in the area who do not want to see us open."

The message also indicated the referenced opposition could thwart plans to open the business.

"It is a real possibility that this dream will not become a reality without having community support at the public hearing tomorrow."

The restaurant asked its supporter to rally around the business by appearing at the 6 p.m. meeting at 120 Washington St.

KlassySalem April 30, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I'm not sure I buy this. It's a little reminiscent of the zombie attack that was being organized on a city council meeting last fall, when city council had no intention of taking any action re: the zombie walk. Who is the alleged opposition? What grounds? They don't seem to be able to articulate answers to either, though they've been asked several times on their FB page. Also, the chair of the Derby Lofts board supports this place, and Derby Lofts likes to oppose liquor license transfers.
john April 30, 2012 at 06:49 PM
The condo owners have no parking so why would they be in favor of something that my make the parking worse? Also I don't understand why a so called health food business needs a liquor license. If those who are opposed show up and have good reason,they must be given reasonable consideration.
KlassySalem April 30, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I think the key there is "good reason." "I bought a condo with no parking, yet live next to two public lots," isn't a good reason that a restaurant shouldn't be allowed in a spot that was previously a restaurant. I hope their complaint is better than that.
john April 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
It must be very expensive to pay for parking as a condo owner.
KlassySalem April 30, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Buyer beware. That has to be part of the purchasing decision.
john April 30, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Some of the public lots have reserved spaces at the taxpayers expense. We pay to maintain them and loose the income from the infamous meters.
Gibraltar Management April 30, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Hello Folks, as property manager of the condominium association that Life Alive is moving into, I can tell you that all of the condominium abutters truly want a good, well run, and respectable business to move into the vacant space. The list of items that the unit owners and residents are requesting are basic building and standard operational issues. Our owners want to know how the security and safety of our residents will be guaranteed by Life Alive and how their law-given right to the 'quiet enjoyment of their homes will be guaranteed. Rather then spinning grass-routes P.R. for your newspaper, Life Alive should address these issues and do this properly.
KlassySalem April 30, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Scratch what I said before about the zombie stuff. Sounds like they are facing some opposition. Not sure how a business can guarantee anyone their safety and security, in their own residence. You'd think that the owners of those condos were shocked after the fact to discover two retail spaces on the first floor. Shocking.
john April 30, 2012 at 08:24 PM
It is also shocking that many condo owners bought them without parking and then went crying to the city about it.
KlassySalem April 30, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Amen, John.
Lisa Born April 30, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I would love to have this place below my building - it would probably have a less rowdy crowd than a bar or pub/restaurant. Less noise at closing and less possible vandalism from an inebriated clientele.
Thomas Vallor April 30, 2012 at 09:18 PM
This is some straight up bureaucratic nonsense. Anyone who is against Life Alive is a hippie-hating yuppie square. The people who go there are not going to be troublemakers like all the bars in town, they're going to be peaceful happy vegetarians. How is this not obvious!
chester suchecki April 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM
well i'll tell ya!i hear from a couple gull down at the ferrry landing that they were going to serve anchovie burgers. dont quote me on this.
Love Hippies, Hate Rice Milk May 01, 2012 at 12:16 AM
mmmm, anchovy burgers and rice milk...so happy I live nearby. If you actually knew something about the subject, all you clever little "bloggers", you'd sound a lot less ignorant. LifeAlive has already set a precedent by smoking in their space, which includes a shared bathroom with another business and the residents' hallway. They prop open doors, both front and back, forgetting to lock them again at night (this past Friday I pulled the crumpled up paper out of the lock)...safety issue, Ms. Classy. They also left a hammer in front of the locked Residents' door just waiting for a drunk idiot to test it out. They leave trash in the hallways for days.... I'm sure if I had as much free time on my hands as anyone of you I could come up with more.
Danielle Leone May 01, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Life Alive is an awesome joint, with delicious healthy food. I've been going ever since they opened up in Lowell in 2004. Tons of my friends have worked or still work there and none of them are rowdy trouble makers. They are very informative and helpful about the food they serve too. Its a shame that this is even an issue because there aren't a boat load of places around like Life Alive, and they are definitely a great and positive vibe.
chester suchecki May 01, 2012 at 01:28 AM
by best wishes to their endeavor. i for one will check out the menu for anything tasty.
David Pelletier May 01, 2012 at 11:46 AM
When are they going to put a limit on dog owners on Crombie St? Once there were none and now it seems every condo there has at least one as standard equipment. Just lightening th conversation. I think the new restaurant is great!
Bill Schwartz May 05, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Tofu & natural foods & Bolgna have a lot in common. The natural food freaks and veggie vegans are usually wounded birds that are looking for attention. Whiners and cry-babies all of them. The public wants twinkies and hostess cupcakes! Go home wierdy-beardies!

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