Foley buys Stoplite buildingBy Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | January 19,2013Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
The former Stoplite Lounge building at 156 West St. in Rutland has been bought by Mark Foley. The bar has been closed since last September, but the upstairs apartments are rented.Developer Mark Foley has added the former Stoplite Lounge to his collection of downtown properties.
Foley closed on the West Street building for $94,200, according to municipal records, buying it from the estate of its late owner, Amelia Blanchard.
“I don’t have any plans for it at the moment,” Foley said. “We thought it was an opportunity. We didn’t have a specific purpose in mind for the purchase — it’s just an investment.”
The bar closed last year following a challenge to its license by the city.
A fight outside the bar in June prompted Rutland City Police to ask the Board of Aldermen, which also serves as the Board of Liquor Control Commissioners, to recommend that the state suspend the Stoplite’s license.
Police said a woman who was arrested for disorderly conduct had been over-served and that a crowd of patrons who added to the tension of the situation were not adequately controlled.
Following two committee hearings, the board voted to recommend a two-week suspension and the bar closed its doors some time later.
Meanwhile, Foley is working with Small Dog Electronics to prepare the space that company will use in the Gryphon building later this year. Foley recently re-branded the building as “The Shops at Gryphon Square” and said the Small Dog announcement has generated strong interest in the building’s remaining available retail space.
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