NORTH SMITHFIELD – A pizza shop doing business in Slatersville for more than 30 years will now begin serving alcohol following approval of a license request last week by the North Smithfield Town Council.
Owner Aaron Andrews has obtained a full Class BV victualing license for Hercules Beef, Wings, and Pizza at 7 Main St.
“They had one a long time ago,” Andrews told councilors of the prior owners. “They had beer and wine. I want to bring it back to Hercules because it’s a very popular spot in town, and it will be good for revenue for me, and for the town.”
Andrews, a Woonsocket resident and the grandson of former North Smithfield Town Administrator Dan Andrews, purchased the business in May from the family of Hercules Stamatelatos, who first opened the restaurant in 1994.
Doing business as Andrews Restaurant Group, the owner assured councilors that all of his employees will be TIPS-certified.
“I want to make sure it’s a very responsible environment here in Slatersville,” Andrews said. “It’s always been my dream to own a bar and restaurant, and I’ve got the restaurant, so I’m just hoping for the other half as well.”
Andrews said he has already spoken to neighbors of the business about the possibility of staying open later in the evening, including the previous owners, who still live upstairs from the restaurant. Hercules is currently open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“It might be a later night than it is now,” Andrews said. “I haven’t decided that yet. I’ve been working a lot.”
Councilor Claire O’Hara told Andrews that she knew both his father and grandfather.
“I think when you have roots in the town, you take even more pride in it,” O’Hara said.
No mention was made last week of the owner’s recent legal troubles. The 48-year-old previously served as manager of Ciro’s Tavern in Woonsocket, and in June, The Valley Breeze reported that he was arrested for three counts of second-degree sexual assault related to his time in the position – just one day after he last appeared before the North Smithfield board.
A hearing on the charges was continued this month, with a pre-arraignment conference scheduled for January 8.
Councilor John Beauregard asked Andrews if he plans to renovate the Slatersville business to create a bar in the larger dining area. The restaurant is located in one of two buildings known as the Commercial Block, dating back to mid-1800s.
“It’s a little outdated in there,” Andrews said. “I definitely will be remodeling.”