City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says a liquor-license vacuum caused by national chains sucking up liquor licenses for downtown and waterfront restaurants will hinder redevelopment of Dudley Square.
Tomorrow, Jackson asks the city council to start work on a proposed petition to the state legislature to give Boston 12 new liquor licenses for the area bounded by Tremont Street, Melnea Cass Boulevard, Harrison Avenue, and Dudley Street/Malcolm X Boulevard.
Jackson says restaurants with liquor licenses can help make a commercial area thrive. But with a state-imposed quota on the number of licenses in Boston meaning a price of $325,000 or more on the open market for all-liquor licenses, it will be hard for mom-and-pop restaurants to serve the liquids their customers would demand, he says.
Dudley Square, he says, is on the verge of something good, with a new School Department headquarters and other planned city improvements in the works.
Jackson's proposal would call for six new all-alcohol licenses and six beer-and-wine licenses. Unlike most of the city's other liquor licenses, which can be used anywhere with approval from the Boston Licensing Board, these would only be doled out to restaurants in the Dudley Square area.
The entire council tomorrow decides whether to order a hearing on Jackson's proposal - the first step in preparing a submission to the legislature.
Separately, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley (at large) continues to push for state legislation to increase the overall number of liquor licenses in Boston.