The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved Sadiq Ahmad's request to re-open the shuttered New York Fried Chicken take-out place on River Street, near Hyde Park Avenue, as New Yorker Fried Chicken.
Ahmad will also need the approval of the Boston Licensing Board, which, in August, revoked Riaz Ali Shah's food-serving license for the location as part of the tax and immigration fraud scandal that has snared numerous fried-chicken places in the Boston area, all co-owned by a Pakistani national living in the Catskills.
Earlier this year, Shah pleaded guilty to working with that man, Hazrat Khan, to hide revenue from the IRS.
Khan was sentenced last month to 30 months in federal prison for his role in the scheme, in which he recruited other Pakistani men to serve as the alleged owners of New York, Kennedy and Crown Fried Chicken places and to boost profits by keeping two sets of books, one a fraudulent set for use in paying taxes. He was also ordered to pay more than $2 million in back taxes.
Shah is scheduled for sentencing next month in US District Court in Boston.
Ahmad did not attend yesterday's hearing because, a man representing him said, he was vacationing in Pakistan.
Board Chairwoman alluded to the scandal involving the previous owner but did not press the issue. Who exactly owns the place could be an issue in a licensing-board hearing, though. The board stripped Shah of his license in part for concealing Khan's role as a part owner.