Boston Licensing Board

By - 9/12/14 - 2:42 pm

The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to suspend Young Kong's food-serving license for two days as punishment for an incident on Aug. 3 in which a police lieutenant found it open 80 minutes after its licensed 1 a.m. closing time.

Linda Pan, owner of the 300 Centre St. eatery, said her parents mistakenly kept serving food after she had to go home to care... Read more

By - 9/12/14 - 2:35 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decided yesterday the ratio of wine and beer to cheese and other foods at Savin Hill Enterprise, 1047 Dorchester Ave., did not violate any board regulations.

The shop, which opened earlier this year, had been cited by police in July for using too much shelf and refrigerator space for alcohol; police said that seven of eight shelves marked "food" on a... Read more

By - 9/11/14 - 10:12 am

The Boston Licensing Board agreed with eatery manager Angus Mui to delay any action on his request for later hours until after he can meet with neighbors to explain why a 1:30 a.m. closing time is no longer enough.

Mui told the board the community really needs later-night Chinese food and cited hungry third-shifters at the nearby Gillette plant and the postal annex, and even... Read more

By - 9/10/14 - 3:01 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Gallows owner Rebecca Roth Gullo take over the Hamersley's Bistro site at 553 Tremont St. after Gordon Hamersley retires next month.

Gullo needs board permission to purchase Hamersley's liquor license.

At a hearing today, Seth Yaffe, who would manage the as yet unnamed restaurants, said the menu would highlight "small, community plates" of international fare -... Read more

By - 9/10/14 - 11:44 am

Seven Star Street Bistro, 153 Belgrade Ave., is seeking a beer and wine license for the dining room it's been building out the past few months.

The restaurant, which currently has just one table, wants to add a 16-seat dining room. It's seeking permission to stay open until midnight.

The Boston Licensing Board figures out tomorrow whether it has any beer and wine licenses to... Read more

By - 9/10/14 - 10:20 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the newly renovated McDonald's at 178 Border St. extend its drive-thru closing time from midnight to never.

At a hearing today, the move got "strong support" from both Mayor Walsh and City Councilor Sal LaMattina, whose representatives told the board that the round-the-clock food would be a good fit in an area that already has... Read more

By - 9/9/14 - 4:54 pm

On July 17, a Boston Police detective entered Savin Hill Enterprise, the new wine-and-cheese shop at 1047 Dorchester Ave., and took careful note of how many shelves were used for wine and beer and how many for food items. He looked in the shop's coolers to compare the ratio of chilled alcoholic beverages to soda and water.

And then he wrote owner Mateo Van a... Read more

By - 9/9/14 - 1:02 pm

Boston Licensing Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer lambasted the owner of Young Kong, 300 Centre St., today for being found open at 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 3 - an hour and 20 minutes past the place's licensed 1 a.m. closing time.

Owner Linda Pan said she had to leave early that night because her son fell ill at home. With only one car in the... Read more

By - 9/5/14 - 10:16 pm

The owner of Vlora, 545 Boylston St., wants to sell the business - and its liquor license - to somebody who wants to re-open the place as Yamato II, serving Japanese food.

The transaction needs the approval of the Boston Licensing Board, which will hear from proposed Yamato II manager Ming Jiang at a hearing on Wednesday morning in its eighth-floor hearing room in City... Read more

By - 9/5/14 - 10:08 pm

The South Boston Chinese Restaurant, 429 W. Broadway, is scheduled to appear before the Boston Licensing Board next week to request permission to extend its current 1:30 a.m. closing time to 4 a.m.

South Boston has not always taken kindly to the idea of late night food.

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

By - 8/22/14 - 4:31 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decided yesterday the Boston Garden committed no violations that led to 86 people needing medical attention, a sexual assault and a beating the night of a June 25 concert by Swedish DJ Avicii.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Garden officials said they had beefed up security and EMT details that night based in part on problems at other Avicii... Read more

By - 8/21/14 - 1:51 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved requests from Whole Foods to offer patio seating to shoppers who can't wait to get home to eat their meals and to sell the sort of beer, wine and spirits Whole Foods customers would expect.

At a hearing yesterday, a Whole Foods attorney said the chain plans on 103 indoor and 112 outdoor seats at the store being built... Read more

By - 8/21/14 - 1:45 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave J.J. Foley's permission to add a new function room on the second floor of its building on East Berkeley Street.

Attorney Patrick Foley, a member of the Foley family, told the board yesterday the watering hole is trying to keep its dining area open on nights when it offers functions. Currently, the bar has to either shut the dining... Read more

By - 8/21/14 - 1:36 pm

The Boston Licensing Board voted today to let Silva's Brazilian Market, 168 Belgrade Ave., start selling beer and wine.

At a hearing yesterday, an attorney for the market said customers had asked for the ability to buy alcohol along with their Brazilian and Hispanic foods.

One resident attended to voice concern about possible increases in traffic at the busy intersection and noted the presence of... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 7:38 pm

City officials backed and praised efforts by two culinary entrepreneurs to open a restaurant on Bunker Hill Street that will focus on small-plate dishes and pizza.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve both a food-serving license for Brewer's Fork, 29 Bunker Hill St. and the request of owners John Paine and Michael Austin to buy the beer, wine and liqueurs license of... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 12:28 pm

Mario Batali will pay $410,000 for the liquor license of the closed Castlebar on Washington Street so he can serve libations to patrons of his planned wood-fired pizza place on the South Boston waterfront

Batali's attorney, Joseph Hanley, told the Boston Licensing Board that Batali will spend $2.5 million in total to outfit his planned Babbo on Fan Pier.

As required, Hanley answered the question... Read more

By - 8/19/14 - 4:29 pm

The owner of a Colombian restaurant on Saratoga Street and police traded accusations of insolence at a hearing today on incidents during and following the Colombia/Brazil World Cup match on July 4.

El Kiosko, 972 Saratoga St., was before the Boston Licensing Board to explain a patron brawl just outside its doors and how a customer came to be found holding a nearly full liqueur... Read more

By - 8/19/14 - 1:26 pm

As Boston Garden officials pledged to do more to prevent another EDM "mass casualty incident," public-safety officials said they had to deal with more than just several dozen chemically impaired show goers before a June 25 Avicii concert.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning, police said one woman was sexually assaulted during the concert. A Garden security guard noticed the attack and broke... Read more

By - 8/19/14 - 10:01 am

The Boston Licensing Board last week decided that Fenway Park was not to blame for a fan falling two stories down an elevator shaft after a May game and that the Green Dragon near Faneuil Hall was equally blameless for the death of a man due to an apparent heroin overdose in its men's room.

After hearings on both matters, the board ruled... Read more

By - 8/16/14 - 3:18 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a request from New York celebrichef Mario Batali to buy the liquor license of the recently shuttered Castlebar in Oak Square.

If the board approves, Batali will be able to serve harder libations to customers of his planned Babbo pizzeria in a new building under construction on Fan Pier.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday... Read more

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