Back in the day, the only way for somebody under 21 to get a drink was to borrow or steal an older sibling's or friend's license and hope the doorman or waitress didn't look too closely.
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The Boston Licensing Board today warned the lawyer for the fancy home-furnishing chain that if it doesn't start serving the wine and beer for which it won a license at its Back Bay store last year, it could have that license taken away.
Restoration Hardware lawyer Howard Wayne told the board it's been unable to win ISD approval for the kitchen, restrooms and other facilities... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board last week looked into its bag of packie licenses, found it had one and awarded it to Shaw's, after determining its managers were of high moral character and had proved a public need for an aisle of beer, wine and spirits at its Star Market on Boylston Street.
Unfortunately for the owners of Zaz on River Street in Hyde Park,... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board today gave Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury St., permission to stay open until midnight.
Michael Lemanski, general manager of one of Boston's dwindling number of bookstores, said customers had been asking for an extra hour of time in which to enjoy the literary alternative to a traditional bar or pub.
He told the board at a hearing Wednesday the revenue... Read more
City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is seeking four years of punishment records from the Boston Licensing Board to see whether minority owners of bars and restaurants receive harsher penalties for infractions than their white counterparts.
At a City Council meeting today, the at-large councilor said she has heard repeatedly from minority holders of liquor licenses that this is what's going on. The answer, she said, will... Read more
Shaw's has begun work to bring its aging Boylston Street Shaw's store into the 21st century with an extensive remodeling that it hopes will include one aisle devoted to the sort of liquor the increasingly discerning population of the Fenway demands, officials told the Boston Licensing Board today.
The board decides tomorrow whether to grant the Star Market a license to sell beer, wine and... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports the bank holding the mortgage on the long-shuttered Ciao Bella property at 240 Newbury St. has scheduled a foreclosure auction for the property.
Joseph Cimino, who says he's been renovating the building since 2011, recently told the Boston Licensing Board he had a tentative agreement with Suitsupply, which wants to lease the space for a men's clothing store... Read more
Ghassan Samaha, owner of Al Wadi on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury, explained to the Boston Licensing Board today why he wants to begin offering hard liquor along with the beer and wine he's already licensed to offer: His restaurant has a lot of Italian, Irish and Russian patrons, and when they hear the hardest stuff they can get is wine, they'd rather drink water.... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let local restaurant contractor John Childs open his own restaurant on W. 3rd Street that would feature two food trucks that can't actually drive anywhere.
Coppersmith Hall, proposed for a long vacant machine shop at 40 W. 3rd would bridge "the gap between the food-truck community and restaurateurs" and would feature a couple of different types of... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the city's first cider house offer samples during the tours it wants to offer.
The mayor's office, the BRA and several city councilors gave strong support to Downeast Cider House's request for a "farmer wine pouring" permit at a hearing today.
An underage New Jersey woman with a driver's license that wasn't hers got herself and the Sidebar on Bromfield Street in trouble in December when a BPD detective on a routine inspection spotted her with a Bud Light and ferreted out her real age - by calling her mother.
Sgt. Det. William Gallagher and Det. William Mulvey told the Boston Licensing Board this morning that... Read more
A week after the Boston Licensing Board said it had no beer and wine licenses to give to a new Asian restaurant in Audubon Circle, it found one for a Jackson Square sandwich and pizza shop.
However, the beer and wine license granted to Il Panino, 268 Centre St. is "restricted," which means that owner Themistocles Vlahoulis can't sell it if he goes out of... Read more
Officials at the Revere Hotel on Stuart Street told the Boston Licensing Board today they had no idea a group of companies that organized a Christmas party for local tech start-ups was selling tickets - a violation of the state law that prohibits open bars at events open to just anyone.
At a hearing this morning, hotel officials said they're now taking a tip... Read more
Officials from MIT and the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity at 487 Comm. Ave. assured the Boston Licensing Board today there'll be no repeat of the September plunge that saw a new pledge fall through a skylight and wind up on the ground with remarkably few injuries.
The pledge himself wrote out a statement, provided to the board, that acknowledged "the absurdity of my... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board says it doesn't have any beer and wine licenses left to hand out, so if Mei Mei wants one for its new Audubon Circle location, it will either have to re-apply and hope it gets lucky or try to buy a license on the open market.
The story the man with the large, bloody gash across his forehead initially told police sounded pretty bad: In for a visit from Chicago, he was sitting inside the Boston Beer Garden on E. Broadway when a melee broke out and some unknown person threw a glass bottle right at his head.
A Boston Police detective told the Boston Licensing Board this morning, though, that... Read more
A man taking a smoking break from bowling at Boston Bowl in Dorchester thought the odds at the shell game outside were pretty good: Put down $40 and if he guessed right, he'd win $100.
But, the man told the Boston Licensing Board this morning, after he handed the money to the guy running the shell game on the evening of Sept. 24 - which... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board today approved a proposal for a wine and cheese - and beer - shop to cater to Savin Hill's burgeoning population of young professionals and empty nesters tired of driving to Somerville or Hingham just to get ready for a dinner party. The vote is a disappointment to some old timers who think the new Dorchester Avenue shop will lead... Read more
THURSDAY UPDATE: The Licensing Board granted the request for a beer and wine license.
The Boston Licensing Board could vote Thursday whether to let a shuttered Vietnamese market on Dorchester Avenue be turned into an upscale shop selling everything a young professional could need for a dinner party - from wine and gourmet cheeses to self-service olive oil and home-made peanut butter.
At a hearing... Read more
When Det. William Gallagher of the BPD's licensed premises unit finds very young looking people drinking in a bar and they hand over licenses that seem to show they're over 21, he likes to ask them questions on the information on the cards. Such as what their Zip code is.
The trick came in handy on Nov. 8 at the Banshee on Dorchester Avenue in... Read more