The state rejected Roshan Patel’s efforts to sell booze in the Annex neighborhood, not because of all the complaints from neighbors—but because New Haven had reached a little-known state-calculated limit for the number of liquor stores allowed within its boundaries. Meanwhile, across town, a Westville Village landlord who beat Patel out for the last permit (by one day) has since seen her own plans dashed, and may end up opening her liquor store instead ... over in the Annex. The two neighborhood liquor-store dramas came to a head in recent weeks. Unbeknownst to the players involved, the two dramas were connected. It turns out that confusion among government officials complicated the mess further.
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