The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow whether to let the impending Walgreens at School and Washington streets sell sushi and "locally sourced" bakery items, smoothies and coffee around the clock.
The ultra-luxe drug store is also seeking permission for a 42-seat patio overlooking the Irish Famine Memorial, but store attorney Joseph Hanley told the board this morning the chain would shut the patio at 11 p.m., in part to discourage early morning loitering. The chain's initial license request seemed to indicate a desire for a 24-hour patio.
Hanley added that Walgreens might also cut back on fresh overnight sushi if it turns out there's not much call for it.
Hanley said the food-serving license is the last major city approval the new Walgreens needs before it opens. The store will also feature a mezzanine liquor store open until 10 p.m. and a nail salon, in addition to more traditional drugstore fare in the former Borders/Boston Five Cent Savings Bank building.
City officials and the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District all voiced support for the license request.