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The Boston Licensing Board meets tomorrow to consider a request by the owner of a popular Dorchester bar to open a new restaurant on Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay.
At a hearing today, several nearby residents and one merchant spoke enthusiastically about Brian Piccini's planned Deux Ave. restaurant in a long vacant storefront at 61 Mass. Ave. Josh Dawson of Marlborough Street said he was "blown away" by Piccini's professionalism at an open house he held to introduce the proposed Deux Ave. restaurant to the neighborhood. A Dorchester real-estate agent attended to talk about how Piccini's dBar helped revitalize an entire stretch of Dorchester Avenue.
But the Neighborhood Association of the Bay Back rose as one (specifically member James Hill), to oppose Piccini's request for a liquor license.
It's not that the group has anything against Piccini, Hill said, but the group remains adamantly opposed to increasing the number of liquor licenses in the Back Bay. Piccini's lawyer, Dennis Quilty, said the number of licenses would remain the same because Louis Boston (yes, the clothing store), which has a liquor license (for a small restaurant inside the shop), is moving to the South Boston Waterfront and recently told the board it wanted to transfer its license there.
Hill, however, said he didn't believe that: If said he owned a liquor license in the Back Bay - which can go for $400,000 - he wouldn't transfer it, he'd sell it. Therefore, Louis of Boston is probably going to do the same thing, and the group won't believe it until it sees it, he said, adding it's not like the neighborhood really needs another place that sells liquor.
"It's not hard to get a drink in the Back Bay," he said.