Another Korean restaurant has been cited for serving soju, a distilled rice beverage not allowed under its beer and wine license.
At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, a lawyer for BonChon, 121 Brighton Ave. in Allston, blamed a liquor wholesaler, whom he said told the restaurant soju was OK to sell under its license. The restaurant inquired after seeing that other restaurants in the neighborhood had started serving the liquor - which Koreans prefer over the fermented-rice sake served in Japanese restaurants. A police detective cited BonChon for soju service during an inspection on Sept. 13.
Where the Japanese prefer sake, which is fermented from rice, Koreans would rather down soju, which is distilled from rice. That's now gotten two Korean-oriented restaurants in trouble with the Boston Licensing Board, because fermented beverages are allowed under their licenses, while distilled beverages - even with a similar alcohol content - are not.
The Boston Licensing Board today approved a request by BonChon, 123 Brighton Ave. to buy a beer and wine license from an Asian restaurant on Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay. The approval means once the license deal with Island Hopper goes through, BonChon can serve beer and wine with its Korean barbecue.