Boston Licensing Board

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

By - 8/14/14 - 4:51 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave South End Pizza and Grill on Tremont Street permission to stay open until 2 a.m. seven days a week and Levi's Restaurant and Lounge the OK to stay open that late on Fridays and Saturdays.

At a hearing on Wednesday, city officials had backed South End Pizza's request, but opposed Levi's application, because of unspecified police concerns and... Read more

By - 8/14/14 - 4:41 pm

In an unusual move, the Boston Licensing Board today rejected a couple's request to let them turn an old Chinese restaurant into a new Vietnamese place, because of the husband's criminal past and his failure to fully own up to it at a board hearing this week.

The board rarely turns down applications for simple food-serving licenses, such as the one sought for the proposed... Read more

By - 8/12/14 - 12:48 pm

At 1:33 p.m. on June 14, police say, a man with a cane walked into the Green Dragon on Marshall Street. He proceded straight to the men's room in the rear of the bar - and then never came out, until after a bar employee, notified by a customer of a leg sticking out from a stall, called 911 and arriving EMTs determined he was... Read more

By - 8/12/14 - 10:46 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to take any action against Fenway Park for a May 16 incident in which a woman celebrating her graduation from Boston University suffered serious head injuries in a fall down an elevator shaft.

After the incident, police cited Fenway for her injuries and for allegedly overserving her.

BPD Det. William Parlon told the board today that... Read more

By - 8/7/14 - 4:56 pm

Lou Delpidio, owner of the Guilt/Underbar clubs in the Theater District, reports he's changing the name of Underbar to Candibar just as soon as some fancy new LED lights arrive from their factory in Greece.

Delpidio told the Boston Licensing Board yesterday Underbar will remain basically the same, but that the lights, which "are on a ship right now" will change the look enough to... Read more

By - 8/7/14 - 4:29 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today ordered Jerry Remy's on Boylston Street to shut for a day as punishment for an incident in which a worker helped somebody under 21 get a draft Coors Light.

Unfortunately for Remy's, a Boston Police detective was conducting an unscheduled inspection and noticed the young-faced patron - two months after a similar incident in which pretty much the same... Read more

By - 8/5/14 - 1:53 pm

A man who claimed a bouncer at a Theater District club grabbed him by the neck and threw him down stairs actually wound up at Tufts Medical Center with injuries caused by smashing his own head repeatedly into a wall after being ejected for inserting himself in an argument between two people he didn't even know, police say.

A police officer who happened to be... Read more

By - 8/5/14 - 1:31 pm

UPDATE: One-day suspension ordered.

Officials from Jerry Remy's Sports Bar and Grille told the Boston Licensing Board today they're cracking down on employees after getting cited for the second time in two months for underage patrons getting drinks because they were friends with workers at the Fenway restaurant.

An incident on June 17, in which BPD detectives on a routine inspection found somebody with... Read more

By - 8/4/14 - 12:34 pm

The Cask 'n Flagon will have to shut for two days due to a closing-time brawl that left one man pouring blood from the back of his head and a bouncer lucky his finger wasn't bitten clear off.

The Boston Licensing Board ordered the penalty last week for a May 22 incident sparked by a hothead being pushed out of the bar after being... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 8:51 pm

The owner of the McDonald's at Harvard and Commonwealth avenues is seeking permission to stay open around the clock.

The Boston Licensing Board considers its request to extend its hours, which now run 5 a.m. to 2 a.m., at a hearing on Wednesday.

A little over a year ago, the board agreed to let the burger place change its opening hour from 7 a.m.... Read more

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