The Dorchester Avenue cafe that inspired the effort to get more liquor licenses for Boston today won approval to offer alcoholic drinks with its meals.
Dot 2 Dot Cafe co-owner Karen Henry-Garrett has said the liquor license would mean she could start serving dinner regularly at the 1739 Dorchester Ave. restaurant.
The Boston Licensing Board had earlier deferred action on the license request because of paperwork issues involving how, if at all, members of the restaurant LLC's board would share in any profits. Go-to licensing lawyer Dennis Quilty represented Henry-Garrett and her husband Richard Garrett at a licensing-board hearing yesterday and tied up the state paperwork loose ends to the board's satisfaction.
On her Facebook page, Henry-Garrett writes:
AAAAGGGHH I am jumping for joy and only just stopped myself from screaming into Dennis Quilty's ear. Thank you, thank you to all of you well wishers. We wait for the State to do their bit and then we CELEBRATE
At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who lives in Dorchester, said the cafe was her inspiration to push for more liquor licenses in Boston that would be doled out only in certain neighborhoods where restaurant entrepreneurs could not afford to six-figure prices Boston licensings have commanded in recent years - Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and districts with city "Main Streets" designations.
The board has 25 of these new licenses - which cannot be transferred out of the areas in which they are granted - this year, with 50 more to come over the following two years.
At a hearing last month, former state Rep. Mel King rose to support the cafe, praising it for its homey, caring atmosphere.