The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to cancel the liquor license for Townsends on Fairmount Avenue, which has been shut since January.
The board, often slow to revoke a license, took the action after the restaurant's owner, Michael Tallon, failed to show up at hearings in September and this week.
The move could let the restaurant's landlord find another restaurant for the vacant space, although Tallon could delay that by appealing the licensing-board decision to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
Landlord John Button, who has the support of city officials, says cancellation was required because a prospective restaurant operator he had been talking to would only move in with a liquor license and the law prohibits two liquor licenses for a single address - even if one is inactive.
Owner of closed Hyde Park restaurant has another chance to explain why he shouldn't have his liquor license pulledBy adamg - 11/12/12 - 2:19 pm
The Boston Licensing Board gives Michael Tallon another chance tomorrow to convince it not to revoke the license for his Townsends restaurant on Fairmount Avenue, several months after his landlord locked the place up for non-payment of rent.
Tallon didn't show at a similar hearing in September, but the board voted to give him a second chance to explain himself. It's against the law to sit on a liquor license without using it.
Although Tallon did not appear before the board, his landlord, John Button, and representatives from the mayor's office, City Councilor Rob Consalvo and Hyde Park Main Streets did, and all pleaded with the board to pull the license. Button said he had another party interested in opening a restaurant in the space but that he couldn't move forward until the liquor-license issue is resolved - the law also prohibits issuing two liquor licenses for the same address. And city and Main Streets officials said they are tired of seeing a vacant space in what was once considered an up-and-coming part of the neighborhood.
Board hearings begin at 10 a.m. in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.
A police officer from Hyde Park will face charges in Suffolk Superior Court for a May 24 crash at Austin and West streets that broke a Hyde Park woman's leg and fractured one of her vertebrae, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Boston Police report arresting a Roxbury teen on Dana Avenue last night following a foot chase from the scene of a possible armed home invasion around the corner on Washington Street.
Police say Feneli Morales, 18, of Roxbury, faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and discharging a gun within 500 feet of a house. Police say officers investigating a possible armed home invasion on Washington Street spotted him and chased him to a yard on Dana, where, police say, they found Morales packing a loaded firearm, duct tape and clothing.
Police flooded the area along Truman Parkway looking for another suspect, one resident reports.
Shortly before 10 p.m., by a commuter-rail train on the Northeast Corridor tracks, just south of Canterbury Street.
MBTA Transit Police report the victim, a white male who appeared to be in his 20s, was hit by an inbound Franklin Line train.
Brian D'Amico reports the victim was stabbed around 8:45 p.m. at Gordon and Summer streets. Three men, all clad in black, ran down Gordon toward Child.
The Herald reports on an incident yesterday in Hyde Park that ended with three arrests. The detective was treated at the scene.
Owners of two shuttered Hyde Park restaurants to get second chance to explain why they shouldn't lose their liquor licensesBy adamg - 9/14/12 - 11:17 am
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday deferred any action on revoking the liquor licenses for Townsends on Fairmount Avenue and Drifter's Restaurant and Lounge on Hyde Park Avenue, both of which have been shut for several months now.
The owners of both licenses failed to show at cancellation hearings on Tuesday. The board yesterday scheduled new hearings - Nov. 13 for Townsends and Dec. 11 for Drifters.
Landlord says he has replacement for shuttered Hyde Park restaurant - if he can get the old owners' liquor license taken awayBy adamg - 9/12/12 - 12:22 am
UPDATE: Board defers any action until at least mid-November.
John Button, who owns the Fairmount Avenue building where Townsends once dished up upscale fare, told the Boston Licensing Board he's found somebody willing to open a new restaurant there - but only if he can clear up the legal uncertainty over the restaurant's liquor license.
Outrageous: Two years after their house blew up, Readville homeowners still waiting for answers - and reimbursementBy adamg - 9/6/12 - 9:30 pm
WBZ reports squabbling among a contractor, NStar and state officials means the homeowners are still paying their mortgage on what is now a vacant lot where their house used to stand until an explosion caused when a BWSC contractor's backhoe punctured a gas main during street repairs.
The contractor blames DigSafe, DigSafe and NStar blame the contractor, the state is holding hearings and meanwhile:
Houser and his partner are now renting, as well as paying the mortgage for the Hyde Park properly, while they wait. Until it's legally resolved and someone is found responsible, the homeowner is responsible.
Shiva apparently keeps residence on Storrow Drive and not as far South as Hyde Park's River Street. A Bud truck didn't make it into the alley leading to Master McGrath's bar.
You know how miraculous it is to see the big rigs whip effortlessly and perfectly into those tight spaces, as though the driver was handling a sports car? Well, sometimes it's not so flawless.
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To get to the meat cases at the Hyde Park Shaw's today, we had to get around all these displays of Halloween candy. As we left early this evening, the thermometer in our car read 84.
DA: Off-duty cop was doing 68 with blood-alcohol level three times legal limit when he slammed into another car in Hyde ParkBy adamg - 7/20/12 - 2:03 pm
Richard Jeanetti, an off-duty Boston officer, was released on personal recognizance today at his arraignment for drunk driving and other charges related to a May crash in Hyde Park that sent a woman to the hospital with a broken leg and a broken vertebra, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Not a good night for the AC to go off.
Police: Gunmen shoot two in two-hour robbery spree across city; one then falls asleep until officers awaken himBy adamg - 7/8/12 - 10:29 pm
Boston Police report arresting two men on charges they drove around the city robbing and shooting people early this morning. Police found victims in Dorchester, the Fenway, Hyde Park and Roslindale before, they say, they found the suspects in Roxbury - one asleep in their car.
Carlos Rivera, 24, and Eric Cruz, 23, were both charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of armed robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and carrying a loaded firearm on a public way.
Police say their morning started around 6 a.m. at 94 Howard Ave., Dorchester, where they robbed a man and shot him several times. He was taken to Boston Medical Center and is expected to survive.
The other day, I felt like some curry for lunch, so I headed down to Cleary Square in Hyde Park for some chicken from Konteki Kitchen. Gasp! In its place, all I found was some butcher paper and these signs promising some sort of vague "fusion" cuisine. What is this world coming to?
Police are looking for a gray mini-van for a drive-by attempt at 50 Lexington Ave. tonight. The vehicle, one of whose occupants may have been packing a "large capacity" gun, fled toward River Street.
More specifically, the Logan Square area down Fairmount. Mike Ball surveys the grooming scene, marvels at all the different salons and barber shops for all kinds of hair in the two-block district:
Perhaps symbolic of the vitality of this genre was that Qadosh (oriented toward black women) just took over TC's Coffee. It had been next to one of those odd little churches. TC's space is airy, has big windows and benefits from the rehab the restaurant owners had performed on what used to be the preeminent hotel on the Neponset River before it decayed. After a month with not even a hand-written sign of the salon name, Qadosh has painted its door and taken the old TC's Coffee sign out of its frame, surely in preparation for its own lighted one.
Emergency crews are at Collins and Bradlee streets in Hyde Park, where somebody apparently opened up a radioactive package in a stolen car.
UPDATE: The package turned out to be a "nuclear density gauge" used in surveying, not the glowing bodies of aliens. Plus, as you can see in Scott Eisen's photos, the car was not a '64 Chevy Malibu.
WBZ-TC reports Officer Richard Jeanetti was charged today with OUI and other charges for a crash in May while he was off duty, at West and Austin streets.