Boston Licensing Board

By - 2/12/16 - 5:32 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week granted valuable full-liquor licenses to several North End restaurants that say they need to fend off advances from fancier places on the waterfront.

But with only a total of ten of the new licenses to dole out - and several of those already awarded - the board also denied requests from several restaurants in the North End, on the waterfront and in some other neighborhoods. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 4:21 pm

The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to let Levi's Restaurant, 323 Washington St., add cocktails and hard liquor to the beer and wine it was already allowed to serve. Read more.

By - 2/3/16 - 11:30 am
749 Broadway restaurant space

The space, 749 E. Broadway. Photo by Eileen Murphy.

Michael Norton, who has long owned buildings that house restaurants, wants to open one of his own: He's applied for a liquor license for vacant restaurant space in a building he renovated at East Broadway and L Street.

Norton, who is "Southie born and raised," his attorney assured the Boston Licensing Board this morning, wants to open a restaurant there with chefpreneur Brian Poe and area restaurant owner Gordon Wilcox. Read more.

By - 1/29/16 - 9:28 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday deferred any action on the 12 requests it had for a small number of valuable "all alcohol" licenses it suddenly got to dole out this year. Read more.

By - 1/28/16 - 4:40 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today sided with residents and elected officials and denied a license for a liquor store proposed for 438 Blue Hill Ave.

At a hearing yesterday, residents and representatives from the mayor, six city councilors and two state representatives said there was no public need for yet another liquor store in an area that already has eight of them within a half mile.

By - 1/27/16 - 5:55 pm
Cantina Italiana in Boston's North End

Chianti no longer enough, North End restaurants say.

A series of hearings on licenses to serve all kinds of liquor today turned into something of a battle between the North End, where restaurants that traditionally serve nothing harder than aperitifs want to up their game and the South Boston waterfront, where lawyers say more hard-liquor licenses are desperately needed to quench the thirsts of the thousands of new residents, workers and visitors flooding the once desolate area. Read more.

By - 1/27/16 - 2:16 pm

A task force assembled by the mayor says Boston nightlife would be improved by letting downtown restaurants and bars keep serving alcohol past the current state-mandated limit of 2 a.m. - and by letting people on outdoor patios order drinks without having to get food to go with them. Read more.

By - 1/27/16 - 1:34 pm
Tito Jackson speaks against proposed Grove Hall liquor store

Councilor Jackson led the charge against proposed liquor store as other residents waited to testify.

UPDATE: License request rejected.

Grove Hall residents and religious leaders packed the Boston Licensing Board hearing room today to urge the board to reject a license request for a Blue Hill Avenue liquor store.

The proposed Blue Hill Liquors, 438 Blue Hill Ave., is "absolutely tone deaf to the people of Grove Hall," City Councilor Tito Jackson said. Read more.

By - 1/21/16 - 12:36 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week hears 12 requests for liquor licenses - all but two from either the North End or the South Boston waterfront - for one of the ten "all alcohol" licenses freed up by the state legislature for Boston last fall.

That's on top of the four restaurants whose requests they heard this week and two last week. Read more.

By - 1/20/16 - 12:26 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of a bar being built in Allston buy a billiards table.

In a holdover from the days when authorities worried about the corrupting influences of billiards on young men, the board controls who can offer pool or sippio tables to customers. Read more.

By - 1/19/16 - 2:43 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week hears a request from Coco's Lounge, 3169 Washington St., to sell its liquor license to an impending Fort Point barbecue joint. Read more.

By - 1/14/16 - 4:36 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today rejected a request from Babushka Deli on Washington Street, just up from the Brookline line, to expand its stock of beer and wine to include harder stuff. Read more.

By - 1/14/16 - 4:24 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today granted a package-store license to Wine Riot for its Web 3.0-enabled wine store at 519 Tremont St.

The board accepted arguments from Tyler Balliet and Morgan First that there was a public need for a shop that caters to users who want to help drive their inventory through app-driven reviews and histories of their own drinking habits, coupled with an emphasis on wine education. Read more.

By - 1/13/16 - 1:08 pm
Packed hearing for Wine Riot at Boston Licensing Board

First listens as Balliet explains concept and supporters wait to speak.

The Boston Licensing Board could decide tomorrow whether to grant a liquor license to Wine Riot, which wants to open an app- and database-driven wine store at 519 Tremont St. in the South End. Read more.

By - 1/13/16 - 10:29 am

Domino's, which has long dominated overnight pizza delivery in Boston could soon face new competition from Papa John's. The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow decides whether to let the Papa John's, 971 Tremont St. in Roxbury, stay open until 3 a.m.

A Papa John's manager explained the public need: Workers at nearby hotels need a place to get food when they get off work and Northeastern students need pizza late at night, especially during exams.

Nobody spoke against the proposal.

By - 1/12/16 - 12:02 pm

Napper Tandy's, 4187 Washington St., in Roslindale, says it's voluntarily rolled back its closing time from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. to try to avoid a repeat of two fights that left two men bruised and bloodied around closing time on Nov. 8.

At a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board today, bar attorney - and former city licensing head - Patricia Malone said the bar had been having some issues with young men roaming Washington Street between 1 and 2 a.m. Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 11:44 am

A male employee of the House of Blue was fired after he was discovered having sex with a female patron in a second-floor men's room in November, the venue's manager told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.

By - 1/9/16 - 11:05 am

The Boston Licensing Board this week granted an alcohol license to the upcoming Homestead Bakery and Cafe in the Linane Building at 1448 Dorchester Ave.

Homestead will run as a bakery in the morning and early afternoon, then turn into a restaurant space featuring "pop-up" menus by chefs specializing in different ethnic cuisines and a series of poetry readings, art exhibits and stand-up comedy.

By - 1/8/16 - 2:48 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday suspended the Stage's right to offer bottle service indefinitely because of a November incident in which a server had a champagne bottle thrown at her and wound up getting pounded into the floor by several angry patrons. Read more.

By - 1/7/16 - 7:53 am

Babuskha Deli, a Russian-oriented convenience store at 62 Washington St. in Brighton, goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to request an all-alcohol package-store license.

The board's hearings start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

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