Remy's roof deck could open way for lots more roof-deck dining in Fenway
The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow on a scaled-back proposal for rooftop seating at Jerry Remy's on Boylston Street.
Under the plans submitted to the board this morning, the restaurant would add 196 seats to its roof - down from its originally proposed 330 seats. In addition, the seats would all be for patrons wanting something to eat - the plan drops a bar on the roof.
The upstairs eating - which Remy himself told the board could be ready by May - would join the existing rooftop bar at the Baseball Tavern across the street. City Councilor Mike Ross, who represents Fenway, praised Remy for agreeing to an outdoor restaurant rather than a bar.
"With all due respects to our friend Jimmy Rooney, it's not gong to be like the Baseball Tavern," he said.
He said he likes the general idea of more rooftop tables in the area, and predicted licensing-board approval of the Remy plan would encourage other restaurant owners to submit proposals. "It celebrates our city," he said, adding, however, that other proposals could face zoning issues in addition to liquor and food license issues.
The Remy proposal calls for rooftop dining in good weather between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.