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 Association is fighting the plan because they fear it would be the beginning of a tide of national chains overflowing the neighborhood.
The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to grant or deny a food serving license - or to defer action until after the council public-service meeting on Nov. 4.
Michael Reiskind, chairman of the neighborhood council's public-service committee, told the board today that "there is a big split in the community" over the proposed cafe. In addition to the chain issue, some residents are also concerned that JP's cup of cafes is running over, because there are already 5 or 7 of them, he said.