Is the Seaport ready for 'a New York style hip trendy Mexican restaurant'?
Maybe so, but maybe not one open until 2 a.m.
The Licensing Board today considered an application for a restaurant, to be called Pappa Gallo's, at 283 Summer St. Manager Brad Dalbeck told the board the concept would couple a "sophisticated lounge area" with "interpretations of freshly prepared Mexican cuisine" (with more traditional fare for the less adventurous) catering to thirsty, hungry young professionals from the Financial District and the neighboring convention center.
But Licensing Board Chairman Daniel Pokasksi said it was too early to consider granting the restaurant a liquor license - if it even has one to grant - because the restaurant does not yet have a lease and has not yet met with neighbors, as required by board regulations.
Pokaski held up a packet of letters from nearby residents opposed to a restaurant open to 2 a.m. and expressing concern that the area not become another Lansdowne Street consisting entirely of bars and restaurants. The people who have moved into the area are pioneers, he said, and want to see some other sorts of retail on Summer, he said.
The owner of a nearby building said he thought the proposed restaurant could work but not with a 2 a.m. closing time. He said residents are particularly concerned by a series of one-night events at 283 Summer, which he said are typically "huge parties" that end in "a huge mess," complete with public urination.
Representatives from the mayor's office and City Councilor Bill Linehan said they could not support the proposal until after the company meets with neighbors.
Dalbeck said the project will not go forward unless it has a liquor license. If the city is out - it only has a set number - the company would seek to buy a license from another location.