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
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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
The Boston Licensing Board today deferred requests that would have allowed a new Italian restaurant on Fairmount Avenue and and let an existing Dominican restaurant expand its alcohol selections.
The board also deferred action on a request for a new all-alcohol license for a proposed restaurant in Roslindale Square.
All three had requested one of the 25 new licenses the legislature gave the city in... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let restaurateur George Aboujaoude open a small-plates restaurant in one of the new Vertex buildings.
With the board's approval, Aboujaoude will pay $325,000 for the liquor license being given up by Elephant Walk in Audubon Circle as it moves to a new location.
Aboujaoude's attorney, Karen Simao, said there's a growing need for restaurants in the waterfront... Read more
Ramon Genao does not dispute that two guys walked out of his Hollywood Liquors II at 489 Blue Hill Ave. with alcoholic beverages - one a Bud Lime-a-rita - during the Caribbean parade on Aug. 23, or that they popped the tops and began drinking right outside his store.
But at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, Genao protested what he called a no-win situation:... Read more
Varano's attorney, William Ferullo, told the Boston Licensing Board today he expects Strega Pizzeria and Cafe, 371 Hanover St., to be operating in about 30 days.
Ferullo had to appear before the board to explain why his client wasn't using the beer-and-wine license it agreed to let Varano transfer from his shuttered Cross Street deli last year.
Ferullo said the delay was due mainly to... Read more
The security director at Royale, 279 Tremont St., acknowledged today that even after he learned a woman said she had been groped by somebody on the dance floor, he never called police.
The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to punish the club for that - and for the alleged Aug. 10 attack by an 18-year-old Boston high-school student. The student, meanwhile, faces potential criminal... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave Ten Tables, 597 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, permission to extend its closing time from 10 p.m. to midnight.
At a hearing on Wednesday, owner Krista Kranyak said diners kept asking for later hours because otherwise, they couldn't start the restaurant's "tasting" menu any later than 8:30 p.m. to comply with the 10 p.m. closing time. The restaurant was... Read more
Simco's, 1509 Blue Hill Ave., will have to serve a one-day suspension after a police lieutenant found it open 45 minutes past its licensed 1 a.m. closing time one night in August.
The Boston Licensing Board ordered the punishment after Lt. Det. Eric Eversley testified at a Tuesday hearing that when he drove past the venerable stand around 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 9, he found... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board next week hears requests from Rincon Caribeno on Fairmount Avenue and a proposed Italian restaurant across the street for all-alcohol licenses.
Rincon Caribeno already has a license to serve beer, wine and liqueurs. Joe Garufi, owner of Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale, is seeking a full liquor license for Antonio's Bacaro, the Italian restaurant he wants to open in the space... Read more
A stabbing at a benefit for an injured motorcyclist at the Boston Teachers Union Hall in August remains unsolved because every person inside the hall interviewed by police either said they saw nothing or refused to talk, a BPD detective says.
Sgt. Det. Kenneth O'Brien told the Boston Licensing Board yesterday that even the victim told police he saw nothing early on Aug. 3, only... Read more
A bouncer at the Place, 2 Broad St., faces arraignment next month for a July incident in which he allegedly put a customer into a coma for four days.
A Boston Municipal Court clerk-magistrate decided earlier this month to summon Kevin Blackmore, 37, for arraignment on Oct. 5 on a charge of assault and battery after hearing allegations that that Blackmore punched the man and... Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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