Boston Licensing Board

By - 3/3/15 - 5:21 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday what action to take, if any, against the Grand Canal on Canal Street for a Jan. 14 incident that ended with a bouncer punching a patron.

In 2013, the bar had to answer charges that two bouncers stomped customers seriously enough to send them to the hospital - three months after one of those bouncers punched out... Read more

By - 2/17/15 - 10:56 am

Suya Joint, which had a beer and wine license when it was on Poplar Street in Roslindale, wants to sell that license to a downtown pizza place rather than use it at its new location at 185 Dudley St.

A new law that expanded the number of liquor licenses in Boston with the goal of bringing more restaurants to neighborhoods just like Dudley Square has... Read more

By - 2/12/15 - 8:46 am

City Councilors Ayanna Pressley (at large) and Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) both say they love the idea of increasing the number of restaurants that can serve alcohol in Boston, but both are saying they have major concerns about a proposal by Councilors Michelle Wu and Steve Murphy to let smaller eateries offer BYOB service.

Pressley came at the proposal from lower... Read more

By - 2/10/15 - 10:37 am

At-large City Councilors Michelle Wu and Steve Murphy are proposing a change in city ordinances to let smaller restaurants offer BYOB service.

In a proposal to go before the council tomorrow - assuming the council meets - the councilors will propose ending the city's current BYOB ban for restaurants that cannot afford one of the city's pricey liquor licenses or which are not located in... Read more

By - 2/4/15 - 1:06 pm

The owner of a Hyde Park gas station is seeking permission to add beer and wine to his offerings.

Elias Akiki, owner of the eponymous gas station at 1171 Hyde Park Ave., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week seeking a beer-and-wine license to sell beer and wine out of a cooler, at least up until 10 p.m.

In addition to gas, the station... Read more

By - 1/30/15 - 2:16 pm

Future Boston Alliance reports that Zaz, 1238 River St., has been awarded the beer and wine license it had long sought.

Also winning a beer and wine license: Ula Cafe in Jamaica Plain.

By - 1/15/15 - 7:19 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today ordered Mary Ann's to shut for two days as punishment for a Nov. 14 police inspection that found six underage customers with beers in their possession.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey said he and his partner immediately noticed "several small groups of patrons" who appeared to be too young to be quaffing suds legally.

Sure enough,... Read more

By - 1/14/15 - 10:53 am

Developers Kris Meola and Ryan Sillery of City Point Capital plan to buy the shuttered Stadium Sports Bar & Grill at 232 Old Colony Ave. so they can tear it down and replace it with roughly 20 condominiums.

Meola and his attorney, Carolyn Conway, appeared before the Boston Licensing Board today to seek permission to include the old bar's liquor license in the property... Read more

By - 1/13/15 - 2:22 pm

Lawyers for the owners of the Lower Mills Pub on Dorchester Avenue are hoping the Boston Licensing Board gives them a couple months to unravel a tangled skein of legal issues left when longtime co-owner Nicholas Byrne died after a long illness five years ago, so that they can sell the bar to a prominent Boston restaurant operator.

At a hearing before the board today,... Read more

By - 1/13/15 - 12:06 pm

A woman swearing like a sailor, the man who insulted her and the glass of wine she threw in response earned Papa Razzi, 157 Newbury St., a formal hearing before the Boston Licensing Board today.

According to both police and the restaurant manager who tried to quell the commotion around 9:10 p.m. on Dec. 3, a woman was loudly swearing about something around 9 p.m.... Read more

By - 1/9/15 - 8:44 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a license to a wine store proposed for Charles River Plaza off Cambridge Street.

At a hearing Wednesday, nearby liquor stores and some residents opposed the VinodiVino outlet, saying it would prove unfair competition for locally owned shops and that the eight liquor stores within a half-mile radius could already meet residents' wine needs. VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty,... Read more

By - 1/8/15 - 6:32 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave Maria Market, 779 Dorchester Ave. in the Polish Triangle, a license to begin selling beer and wine as owner John Nguyen tries to transform it into more of an "urban market" servicing a neighborhood going upscale.

But the board rejected a similar request from Kun Jin Kim, who wants to move his Kim's Pantry to larger digs across... Read more

By - 1/8/15 - 10:03 am

Zaz, 1238 River St., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to seek a license to serve beer and wine with meals.

The small restaurant tried for a similar license last February but was turned down because the board had no licenses to dole out.

That, however, was before the legislature passed a law granting Boston 25 new liquor licenses this... Read more

By - 1/7/15 - 11:48 am

An upscale wine store that wants to move into a Cambridge Street mall uncorked opposition from neighboring liquor stores and some residents at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

VinodiVino, which already has stores in Brookline, Newton and Needham, wants a license to open in Charles River Plaza, within feet of the existing Simmons Liquor and Jobi Liquors.

VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty said the... Read more

By - 12/31/14 - 12:03 pm

Ula Cafe, in the same complex as Sam Adams at 284 Amory St., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to seek a license to add beer and wine to its offerings, which currently include baked goods, sandwiches, coffee and tea.

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

By - 12/31/14 - 11:54 am

The Boston Licensing Board next week hears a request from the owner of the Patriot, formerly the Blackthorn Bar, at 471 W. Broadway to sell its liquor license to Dylan Welsh, the owner of Five Horses Tavern in Davis Square and the South End, for a new restaurant at 22 W. Broadway to be called Worden Hall.

Welsh is seeking a 2 a.m. closing... Read more

By - 12/20/14 - 9:56 am

Victoria's Diner on Mass. Ave. in Newmarket Square had its request for an all-liquor license deferred this week because the Boston Licensing Board doesn't have any to dole out.

Although its location on the Roxbury/Dorchester line with the South End might have made it eligible for one of the new liquor licenses the state granted Boston this year, owner Damian Marciante asked for one of... Read more

By - 12/19/14 - 3:27 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave Wahlburgers permission to spend $325,000 for the liquor license of the old Goody Glover's in the North End for its impending burger joint at 132 Brookline Ave.

The Wahlburgers will have seating for 132 people inside and 84 people on an outdoor patio. In addition to permission to buy the liquor license, the outlet also won permission to... Read more

By - 12/19/14 - 2:43 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a beer-and-wine license to Totto Ramen, 169 Brighton Ave.

Because Totto Ramen, the first Boston outlet of a New York City noodle chain, is in a city Main Street district, it won one of several new licenses authorized by the state legislature this year to encourage restaurant entrepreneurs in neighborhoods away from downtown and the waterfront. Unlike older licenses,... Read more

By - 12/17/14 - 2:34 pm
Pablo Bello of Drinkin, Inc

Bello explains concept as attorney Andrew Upton reviews paperwork.

UPDATE: The board approved a license.

The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow whether to grant a liquor license to a start-up by MIT graduates who see a business in letting people buy craft beers, wine and hard liquor through their smart phones.

DrinkIn, Inc., which last year started delivering alcohol via bicycle for a Cambridge liquor store, has big plans for a warehouse at 371... Read more

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