Cleveland Circle could get high-end sushi and hibachi place

The owners of four suburban sushi and Japanese-grill restaurants in the suburbs have proposed turning the vacant old Citibank branch at 1924 Beacon St. into their latest restaurant.

At a meeting last night, members of the Brighton-Allston Improvement Association gave thumbs up to the proposed Feng Shui Hibachi Sushi Lounge - but only on the proviso it seek a license to serve beer and wine and not a license to serve harder drinks.

Some members raised the specter of drunken young patrons careening through the neighborhood, leaving trash everywhere, breaking windows and using residents' yards as toilets. One resident said Brighton has tons of successful ethnic restaurants that don't serve alcohol.

Feng Shui attorney Brian Burke tried to assure residents that his clients, who have been in the restaurant business for 25 years, have never had any problems with patrons at their Chelmsford, Waltham, Cohasset and Tyngsboro locations. Look them up on those communities' police Web sites, he suggested. "You can rest assured this won't be a Mary Ann's," he said. "They have not had one incident in all the years they've had a restaurant."

Unfortunately for Burke, those were the same basic arguments made by the owners of Agoros on Chestnut Hill Avenue before it opened a year ago - it has since racked up nearly two weeks' worth of license suspensions for serving underage BC students in a series of incidents.

Still, after Burke and his clients left, the association voted to back their request for a food-serving license - as long as they limit themselves to a beer and wine license, rather than a full-alcohol license.

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I hope this gets approved.

I hope this gets approved. It's nice to see somebody opening a restaurant in Cleveland Circle that isn't a pizza or burrito place.

The concerns about drunk patrons seem pretty out of touch. Have these people not been to Cleveland Circle? It's already full of drunk BC kids on the weekends. I can't envision a higher end restaurant escalating that. These kids are going to Mary Ann's, Cityside, and house parties. Are the rest of us not allowed to have any new restaurants because people might get drunk there?

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One resident said Brighton

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One resident said Brighton has tons of successful ethnic restaurants that don't serve alcohol.

Yea ... name 3 in the price range of a sushi restaurant ...

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For once I agree with no booze

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I could imagine college students flocking to a place that has scorpion bowls (and fire!) The restaurant should do fine with just beer and wine.

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