Norvia Pena says her long closed Norvia's Place, 2807 Washington St., should re-open this fall - with more of an emphasis on food than drinks.
Pena was before the Boston Licensing Board to explain why she's not using her valuable liquor license. Pena intended to close, but when she started doing kitchen renovations last year, "the [building's] foundation basically started to crumble," her attorney, Carolyn Conway said, adding that while the location has been home to a bar since the 1930s, nobody had ever done any major upkeep on the place before.
Conway said Pena is now on track to re-open in September, with a 45-seat restaurant, instead of a bar that sat only 15. Conway said Pena has poured $100,000 already into repairs and renovations, and that her landlord, the Stamatos family, has also worked to keep the building up.
The board votes Thursday whether to grant Pena permission to remain closed until the fall.