[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Old Lyme 1-26-1970. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any place where food or beverages are served to the public as well as kitchens in which food or beverages are prepared for sale elsewhere to the public.
No person, firm or corporation shall maintain or operate a restaurant within the Town of Old Lyme until licensed so to do under the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 7-1-1972; 3-28-1995]
Application for a license to maintain and operate a restaurant within the Town of Old Lyme shall be made each year to the Director of Health of the Town or to his appointed assistant, on forms furnished by the Director of Health. The application shall include the name and address of the owner (and operator) and the location of the restaurant and such other information as the Director of Health may require.
At the time of filing the application, the applicant shall pay the license fee for one year, as established by the Board of Selectmen, which application fee shall be refunded in the event the license is not granted. License fees shall be effective from June 1 through May 31 for year-round restaurants and from June 1 through December 31 for seasonal restaurants.
The amount of the annual license fees, which shall be based on seating capacity and on whether the restaurant shall operate year-round or on a seasonal basis, may be reviewed and adjusted periodically by the Board of Selectmen. A current fee schedule shall be filed by the Board of Selectmen with the Director of Health and the Town Clerk.
Prior to the issuance of a restaurant license, at least one individual (either employee or owner of the restaurant) who is responsible for food preparation and for meeting sanitary requirements at the restaurant shall have attended and successfully completed a course on food handling approved by or available through the Old Lyme Health Department. The Health Department shall prescribe the nature of the course and such test or tests as the Health Department considers necessary to determine the successful completion of the course.
The individual who has successfully completed such course on food handling must supervise food handling at the restaurant on a daily basis. Each new employee of the restaurant must complete the course prescribed by the Old Lyme Health Department within one year prior to or no later than one month after commencing employment at the restaurant.
The Director of Health or his duly appointed representative shall inspect the premises described in the application, and if the same are maintained and equipped in accordance with the rules and regulations governing sanitation of places dispensing food or beverages prescribed in Section 19.13, B42 of the Sanitary Code of the State of Connecticut, shall grant the license which shall be signed by said Director of Health. Such license must be framed and posted in a conspicuous location within easy reading distance of patrons within the licensed premises.
The Director of Health or his duly appointed representative shall inspect all licensed premises from time to time. If he finds that any restaurant maintained and operated by any person, firm or corporation licensed hereunder is not being maintained, operated or equipped in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, he shall issue an order to said restaurant to forthwith take such measures as are necessary for full compliance with said provisions of this chapter. If said restaurant shall not immediately comply with said order, the licensee shall be cited to appear for a hearing before the Director of Health. The Director of Health shall hear all the facts pertaining to the matter and, after such hearing, shall have the power to revoke said license or to suspend it for such period as he shall deem appropriate. The restaurateur shall have the right to appeal the decision of the Town Director of Health to the State Commissioner of Public Health within 48 hours.