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Parking plan in place, Whately diner ready to start serving beer and wine

The Whately Diner “Fillin’ Station” a popular truckdriver eating spot and truck stop on Routes 5 and 10 in Whately. Recorder file photo

The Whately Diner “Fillin’ Station” a popular truckdriver eating spot and truck stop on Routes 5 and 10 in Whately. Recorder file photo

WHATELY — With a plan to enhance parking safety at its truck stop, the Fillin’ Station can start serving beer and wine along with its burgers and fries.

This week, F.L. Roberts, owner of the Fillin’ Station, known as the Whately Diner, presented a parking lot plan to the Board of Selectmen.

In August, the selectmen voted to grant the diner a beer and wine license as long as F.L. Roberts came back with a plan to improve parking safety.

The liquor license for the 24-hour truck stop off Routes 5 and 10 is available. F.L. Roberts can start serving beer and wine once it picks up the license, Town Administrator Lynn Sibley said.

There will be two different beers and one white wine and one red wine on the menu.

To make driving safer for vehicles, trucks will exit behind the diner on the former Old State Road and a row of parking spaces will be added, Sibley said.

Signs will be put up to direct trucks to exit behind the diner onto Routes 5 and 10.

F.L. Roberts said the Whately Diner will serve only two drinks to a customer per visit. Customers must also have a meal with their drink.

Hours to serve liquor will be limited to noon to 11 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

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