Boston Licensing Board

By - 9/28/16 - 10:37 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a packie license to a proposed neighborhood grocery on the first floor of the Vertex building on Northern Avenue. Read more.

By - 9/28/16 - 10:30 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a food-serving license to a proposed Cornish-pasty restaurant on Mass. Ave. off Marlborough Street. Read more.

By - 9/22/16 - 9:58 am

Natives and recent arrivals alike yesterday urged the Boston Licensing Board to give Paolo's, 251 Main St., a full liquor license so it can expand into a new bistro to be called Monument - although residents living right next to the place objected to its proposed 1 a.m. closing time. Read more.

By - 9/21/16 - 1:24 pm

Christopher Coombs and Brian Piccini hope to replicate the success of their Boston Chops steakhouse in the South End in the large space in Downtown Crossing where Mantra used to be. Read more.

By - 9/21/16 - 1:04 pm
Proposed Roxbury hotel

Proposed Roxbury hotel.

The Boston Licensing Board could decide next week whether to grant a Roxbury-specific liquor license to the impending Residence Inn by Marriott South End Boston - and to new hotels downtown and in the actual South End. Read more.

By - 9/14/16 - 5:42 pm

Oh, don't worry, it's not that Councilor Frank Baker doesn't love Wahlburgers as much as everybody else - how could he not? - it's just that given how scarce liquor licenses are in this town, he doesn't think it's fair that the Boston Licensing Board give them a license for a South Bay Mall add-on where construction has barely started. Read more.

By - 9/14/16 - 3:28 pm
Christine Pulgini and liquor-license requests

Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini and today's applications.

The Boston Licensing Board today held 14 hearings on requests from restaurants that want one of the five all-alcohol licenses that state legislature graced on the city that became available this month - and holds a similar number of hearings next week.

Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini said the board will defer any decisions on who gets the new licenses - which can be resold for six-figure amounts - until after all the hearings are done, so it can decide which five made the best "public need" cases. Read more.

By - 9/14/16 - 2:37 pm

Charles Larner, who owns Pier 6 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, said today he'd hire a "launch boat" to offer free shuttle service between the that restaurant and the one he wants to build on the East Boston waterfront - and that he would look to eventually expand the boat runs to other waterfront neighborhoods. Read more.

By - 9/14/16 - 2:05 pm
Chris Douglass with plans for proposed Roslindale restaurant

Douglass talks up Third Rail plans. See it larger.

The Boston Licensing Board could decide in a couple weeks whether Chris Douglass gets a liquor license for the Third Rail restaurant he's planning for the old trolley substation at Washington Street and Cummins Highway. Read more.

By - 9/12/16 - 3:48 pm

On Wednesday, the Boston Licensing Board hears the first 14 requests it has for the five "unrestricted" liquor licenses that became available Sept. 1 and which holders can borrow against and then resell. Read more.

By - 8/25/16 - 11:33 am

Caught in Southie reports the Boston Licensing Board today approved a Starbucks at L Street and Broadway, which will either make City Point great again or result in the heat death of the universe, depending on whom you talk to.

By - 8/18/16 - 5:41 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today deferred any action on a license request for a Starbucks proposed for L Street and Broadway. Read more.

By - 8/17/16 - 11:30 am

Proponents and opponents of a proposed Starbucks at L Street and Broadway are painting the now empty space in Michael Norton's building as the cornerstone of the neighborhood's future.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning, though, they described very different futures for City Point, the part of South Boston that has yet to see the tsunami of development and chains that has overtaken the neighborhood west of Dorchester Street. Read more.

By - 8/16/16 - 11:15 am

The luck of the Irish may have run out for the Greatest Bar on Friend Street early on June 5. Read more.

By - 8/9/16 - 11:27 am

The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion finds out Thursday if it will suffer any consequences because a pair of new Marshfield High School graduates spotted nearly full cups of beer on a table at a concert and sucked those puppies right down during the Sublime with Rome show on July 12. Read more.

By - 8/9/16 - 11:03 am

Two Boston Police detectives walking down Newbury Street the evening of July 4th say they knew right away the guy sipping a Corona on a restaurant patio was underage - because they'd busted him for the same thing at Fenway Park in April. Read more.

By - 8/3/16 - 11:35 am

I just deleted a post saying the licensing board didn't have an Aug. 17 hearing scheduled for the controversial Starbucks at L and Broadway in South Boston. At the time I wrote that, that was accurate - I asked board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini and she looked at the board schedule and nope, no hearing was set. Maybe 30 minutes after that, Starbucks submitted a request for a re-hearing on the board's May denial of a license on Aug. 17, and Pulgini granted the request. So it's on.

By - 8/1/16 - 9:35 pm

Caught in Southie spills the beans: The Boston Licensing Board will give Starbucks another chance to grind out a case for why it deserves a license at L Street and East Broadway. Read more.

By - 7/26/16 - 11:42 am

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. Read more.

By - 6/29/16 - 5:35 pm

A family that's run a liquor store in Providence for three years wants to branch out to the South End, but is already running into opposition from neighbors who say enough's enough. Read more.