Boston Licensing Board

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

By - 12/17/14 - 2:16 pm

The week after the Boston Licensing Board approved a new Dunkin' Donuts on D Street, it's faced with a request for another Dunkin' Donuts in South Boston, this time at 77 L St., near East Broadway.

"Is there a need for a donut shop in that area?" board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini bluntly asked franchisee John Gillespie at a hearing today.

Gillespie said Dunkin'... Read more

By - 12/17/14 - 2:10 pm

The smallish Tedeschi on Comm. Ave. at Harvard plans to move into the Kelly's Roast Beef space across Harvard.

The move, which will require approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals, prompted the owner of the McDonald's franchise on Harvard Avenue to seek city permission to extend his closing hour from 2 to 3 a.m., at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

Bob King, who... Read more

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

But the burgeoning mini-city now erupting in the Seaport area has plenty of room for caffeination. The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee open a new Dunkin' Donuts at 405-409 D St., as part of a new residential development.

The proposed coffee outlet, which will have no seats, was supported by the mayor's office and the offices of... Read more

By - 12/8/14 - 12:32 pm

UPDATE: License, extra time granted.

@Union, which replaced the burned out Grecian Yearning as a Harvard Avenue breakfast spot, goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday to seek a license to serve beer and wine - and to stay open until 10 p.m.

Because @Union sits within the Allston Village Main Street district, it would be eligible for one of the new licenses... Read more

By - 12/3/14 - 4:01 pm

Marty Walsh, the first Boston mayor in decades with the authority to appoint his own officials to oversee liquor and food licenses, today replaced all three of the Boston Licensing Board members who had been appointed by Gov. Patrick.

In are Christine Pulgini of Hyde Park, currently a lawyer in private practice specializing in employment issues; Lisa Maki of South Boston, who has worked in... Read more

By - 11/20/14 - 4:46 pm

The Boston Licensing Board has granted full liquor licenses to a proposed Italian restaurant on Fairmount Avenue in Hyde Park and an under-construction bistro on South Street in Roslindale - and voted to let an existing Dominican restaurant on Fairmount Avenue expand from beer and wine to all types of liquor.

Antonio's Bacaro on Fairmount and Derna's on South Street got new licenses, and Rincon... Read more

By - 11/20/14 - 4:30 pm

The Dorchester Avenue cafe that inspired the effort to get more liquor licenses for Boston today won approval to offer alcoholic drinks with its meals.

Dot 2 Dot Cafe co-owner Karen Henry-Garrett has said the liquor license would mean she could start serving dinner regularly at the 1739 Dorchester Ave. restaurant.

The Boston Licensing Board had earlier deferred action on the license request because... Read more

By - 11/19/14 - 2:44 pm

For the second time in three months, Nhung Nguyen went before the Boston Licensing Board for permission to reopen her VN Express Cafe at 1616 Dot. Ave.

This time, however, she appeared without her husband, Khanh, who was the reason the board rejected her application to serve food in August, citing both illegal gambling at the Chinese restaurant that used to be there -... Read more

By - 11/19/14 - 2:34 pm

Ristorante Damiano, 307-309 Hanover St., is moving away from small plates - and is seeking a name change to go with its move to what its attorney calls "full service" Italian food: Separate appetizers, entrees, the whole nine yards.

Other than the name and menu change, attorney William Ferrullo told the Boston Licensing Board today, the restaurant is not planning any changes.

The board votes... Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 4:57 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to grant a license to a proposed outlet of a French Italian-style gelato chain on Newbury Street.

Amorino, 249 Newbury St., off Fairfield, would be the company's third eatery in the US - and its first in Boston. According to its philosophy, Amorino uses only the eggs of free-range chickens and "the highest-grade whole milk" in its... Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 4:45 pm

Caffe Nero could get a food-serving license for an outlet on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain on Thursday, although the mayor's office is seeking a delay in any licensing until after chain officials meet with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's public-service committee next week.

Some neighborhood groups have given their backing to the proposed cafe next to Blanchard's, but the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional... Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 11:18 am

A ten-screen complex being planned for Seaport Square across from Fan Pier will feature reserved seating in custom recliners for moviegoers who will be able to sup on small plates and sip from their wine or beer.

Kerasotes Showplace Theatres has begun work on its proposed Showplace Icon for a building in front of one of the current Vertex buildings. The company highlighted its proposal... Read more

By - 10/28/14 - 1:37 pm

At a hearing this morning, a lawyer for Sweetwater Cafe and a Boston Police detective agreed the detective was holding a photo of a woman with a beer bottle in one hand. But was she still in the area in the Boylston Place Alley designated for the cafe's patio area or just outside it?

Attorney Dennis Quilty said the woman was obviously under the awning... Read more

By - 10/28/14 - 10:51 am

The Boston Licensing Board last week took no action on a request from the Sea Breeze Mexican Grill, 1782 Dorchester Ave., in Dorchester, for a beer, wine and liqueur license as it continues to try to figure out the ramifications of the law that was supposed to give Boston 25 new liquor licenses this year for areas away from Boston Proper and the waterfront.

Over... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 11:02 am

Seth Barnett, lawyer for the company that owns the now closed Blue, Inc. on Broad Street, came prepared to a Boston Licensing Board hearing today: He figured somebody would ask why his client would want to name the replacement restaurant after the Broad Street Riot.

And, indeed, board member Milton Wright asked what the deal was with wanting to name the place Broad Street... Read more

By - 10/15/14 - 12:56 pm
Mel King supports Dot 2 Dot cafe at Boston Licensing Board

Mel King explains to board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer why he supports Dot 2 Dot.

The Boston Licensing Board could decide tomorrow whether to grant a full liquor license to Dot 2 Dot Cafe, a Dorchester Avenue restaurant that doubles as a meeting space for local residents and organizations, and which is the place City Councilor Ayanna Pressley says she had in mind when she led a successful effort to gain more liquor licenses for the city's outer neighborhoods.... Read more

By - 10/14/14 - 1:38 pm

Paperwork issues and questions about a new state law that granted Boston 25 new liquor licenses this year have held up decisions on requests from five restaurants seeking some of the new licenses, along with a member who missed one set of hearings. However, board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer said she expects the board to resolve the issues and vote on the applications within a... Read more

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