The Boston Licensing Board could decide tomorrow whether to let Boston's only Scottish restaurant add whisky to the Scottish beers it now offers.
Jason Waddleton, owner of the Haven, 2 Perkins St. in Jamaica Plain's Hyde Square, told the board today people constantly ask him why they can't get some whisky to go with their haggis, Scottish eggs, smoked salmon and other Scottish delicacies.
"The question always comes up, 'where's the whisky?' " Waddleton told the board, adding, "I always feel apologetic," when customers ask, because the Haven currently only has a license to sell beer, wine and cordials.
On Sept. 1, the board got five new full alcohol licenses to dole out. After a month of hearings from restaurants across the city seeking them, the board is set to begin deliberations tomorrow. The board also has 20 neighborhood-specific licenses to award in Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury and Boston "Main Street" districts.
Waddleton opened the Haven six years ago. He said that while the restaurant is mainly a neighborhood place, it has become a destination for people from across the country. He noted it served as a gathering spot in the run up to the Scottish independence vote in 2014.
Waddleton's bid had the strong support of the mayor's office and City Councilors Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), Michelle Wu (at large), Ayanna Pressley (at large) and Annissa Essaibi-George (at large). The mayor's office praised Waddleton as not just a good restaurant operator but somebody active in community affairs.
Michael Reiskind of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council also supported the request, calling Waddleton "a strong bedrock in the Hyde Square community."