City Councilors Ayanna Pressley (at large) and Tito Jackson (Roxbury) say the city needs to figure out how to get liquor licenses to restaurants in Dudley Square, in a city where licenses increasingly go to pricey chains in areas such as the waterfront and downtown.
Pressley, who has been pressing for more liquor licenses for the city in general, and Jackson say the sort of culinary entrepreneurs that might want to set up shop in what could be a rebounding Dudley need the boost that liquor sales could give them:
Many smaller 'mom and pop' restaurants common throughout many Boston neighborhoods already struggle to stay open without the benefit of a liquor license and studies have shown such establishments could see a 25% increase in total business through the availability of a license.
The council votes today on their request for a hearing to figure out how to ensure the Dudley area can get licenses.
The total number of liquor licenses in Boston is set by the state Legislature; prices on the open market for a full-service liquor license have reached as high as $325,000.
The last time the legislature approved an increase in the number of liquor licenses in Boston, the process led to the extortion conviction of then state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson.