A week after the Boston Licensing Board said it had no beer and wine licenses to give to a new Asian restaurant in Audubon Circle, it found one for a Jackson Square sandwich and pizza shop.
However, the beer and wine license granted to Il Panino, 268 Centre St. is "restricted," which means that owner Themistocles Vlahoulis can't sell it if he goes out of business but instead has to give it back to the board. The license also requires the drinks be served with meals only and that he not operate a bar.
Last week, the board told Mei Mei it had no available unrestricted beer and wine licenses.
Both city officials and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council enthusiastically supported Vlahoulis for his food and work in the community.
Michael Reiskind, who chairs the council's zoning committee, said the license would prove especially welcome once the 200 apartments being built on the other side of the Orange Line are occupied.