Liquor Store Permit Sought for Morse Court Space


A liquor store is planned for 1 Morse Court in New Canaan. Credit: Michael Dinan

A Darien man applied last week for a permit to operate a liquor store downtown, records show.

Justin Miller on Thursday applied to the state Department of Consumer Protection for a package store liquor permit at 1 Morse Court, according to a public notice.

The business is to be owned by CRAFTBOTTLZ LLC, the notice said.

According to Connecticut Secretary of the State records, Miller is managing principal of the company. It was registered March 31 with the state, the records show.

Objections to the application must be filed with the state by June 17, the notice said.

New Canaan has six wine/liquor stores—Francos Wine Merchants, Stewart’s Wine & Spirits and A1 Cellars on Elm Street, New Canaan Wine Merchants on Pine Street, Red Grape Wine & Spirits on Burtis Avenue and DB Fine Wines on Cherry Street.

The commercial space at 1 Morse Court used to be occupied by shoe store Azzul.

10 thoughts on “Liquor Store Permit Sought for Morse Court Space

  1. This is nothing new. Go back a few decades and you’ll find a similar number – and maybe even more per capita.

    • Yes I was thinking about this today. Seems like back in the ’70s-’80s New Canaan had a lot of gas stations, then starting in the ’90s it had a lot of banks, and now that seems to be changing again. The town definitely has a lot more (very good) restaurants/food options than it did 40 years ago. “Food and Bev” as a general category may be taking over. There’s the new cheese shop on Cherry Street, bakery on Elm, Greenology on Main.

  2. In the 1960’s and beyond, there were gas stations at Citibank (Shell), Starbuck’s (Texaco), Bankwell (Esso), former TD Bank (Texaco), the new condos on Forest (Esso), and the walk-in health clinic on East Avenue (unknown).

  3. There was a gas station where the Board of Ed building is now, and of course the two establishments on Main Street south of Maple were gas stations.
    Before Pat D’Ascenzo was on East Avenue, he had the Texaco station where Starbucks is now. His brother John had the Texaco farther up Elm.

    There was also a time when New Canaan was long on oriental rug stores.

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