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Long Wharf restaurant plan sinks; operators to try luck in South Boston

The proposed operators of a seafood restaurant in what is now an open shelter on Long Wharf say they're going to try to rehab an abandoned seafood place in South Boston into a neighborhood eatery instead.

Michael Conlon went before the Boston Licensing Board this morning for permission to transfer a liquor license granted in 2007 to Doc's Long Wharf to a planned Paramount restaurant at 667 E. Broadway.

The board and the BRA approved plans for the Long Wharf restaurant in 2007, but a group of North End residents sued, arguing the plans would illegally convert public parkland into a private facility. In May of this year, the licensing board told Conlon it was time to fish or cut bait and do something with the license or have it taken away. The next month, a Suffolk Superior Court judge threw out a state permit for the proposed restaurant.

Conlon and attorney Joseph Hanley told the licensing board they will turn the old Fish Pier into a restaurant very similar to the Paramount restaurant Conlon already co-owns on Beacon Hill. Conlon also co-owns West on Centre in West Roxbury, the 21st Amendment on Beacon Hill and the Blarney Stone in Fields Corner.

Hanlon said there is "significant need" for a new restaurant at that location, both because of the growing residential community in South Boston and because the new restaurant would eliminate a vacant, derelict storefront.

Conlon said the new restaurant could be open by fall. The board decides tomorrow whether to transfer the license.

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The North End's loss is our gain!

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Something to compete with the Playwright, please. A man cannot subsist on (barely better than average) burgers alone.

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I am happy for more restaurants on East Broadway that aren't pizza parlors, take-out Chinese food, or the Playwright. It is not what is there that bugs me, but rather the lack of diversity of traditional or non-traditional eat-in sit down restaurants. They don't even have to be fancy. A fish place, or something akin to the Paramount, would be lovely and definitely add to the neighborhood.

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A man cannot subsist on (barely legal) girls alone.

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I live in Southie and would love a place like this to move in on E. Broadway - doesn't need to be fancy, but someplace that serves dinner and is a cut about The Beer Garden or Playwright would be very welcome. I do love Cafe Portobello, just across the street, but there's room in the market for another good spot to open up.

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We were leaving on the fast ferry to Provincetown on Saturday last and there were three BPD cruisers and a guy with a camera in the "open shelter".

Dear North End neighbors: happy now?

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I was at Long Wharf last night. No cruisers - just a bunch of folks enjoying the beautiful evening. It was quite serene and seemed far away from the din of Tia's and The Landing. As to whether the North End neighbors are happy now - I would venture a yes. Southie gets a restaurant it wants and the Waterfront, which already has many restaurants, gets to keep its park. Sounds like a win-win situation. Sorry to hear about the temporary police presence on Saturday. I can understand how that would be traumatic for someone who is from the South End and would not be used to that type of thing.

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Thank you for choosing South Boston. We definitely could use some variety on East and West Broadway.

Me and my European girlfriend will definitely frequent this place.

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