The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow decides whether to approve two new restaurants in the Fenway: A Tilted Kilt where Copperfield's is and Tapestry where Church is.
The Tilted Kilt at 96 Brookline Ave. would be the first Boston outlet of a national chain that is sort of like Hooters, except the bonnie lasses wear wee tartan skirts instead of shorts.
At a hearing today, proposed manager Yury Singh urged the board to bar that thought from their minds, however. He called the proposed eatery a "sports pub" that attracts everybody from families with young children to little old ladies - such as the group of 12 senior women he says are regulars at the Bethesda, MD Tilted Kilt he currently manages.
He added, "our food is very good, surprisingly, for pub food."
The Fenway Civic Association and City Councilor Josh Zakim, however, say there's a reason Boston doesn't have any Hooters, Tilted Skirts or Coyote Uglies. They just "don't work well in the city," Nick Carter, an aide to Zakim, told the board.
The association opposed the proposed new restaurant.
Tilted Kilt attorney Dennis Quilty said this was the first he'd heard of a civic-association nay vote; he said the group's board held a meeting on the proposal on Aug. 21 and never gave him or the restaurant a chance to answer any specific questions.
Both the association and Zakim did support a proposal by Marlena Ward to buy Church's liquor license and turn the entertainment venue into a two-part restaurant called Tapestry that would not offer up any live music.
Ward, formerly a vice president for financial planning at Dana Farber, would oversee the proposed restaurant while her step-daughter, Meghan, and her fiance, both of whom have extensive experience as chefs, would orchestrate the "chef-driven" menus at the Expo Kitchen, which would feature lower-priced entrees and the Clubroom, where people could go for more sophisticated and expensive high-end dining.
"Absolutely not," she said when asked if Tapestry would offer live entertainment. She added that in contrast to the 20-something hard drinkers who frequented Church, her client would skew much older. Unlike Church, where she estimated 70% of sales were in the form of alcohol, Tapestry probably wouldn't exceed 25% of sales for liquor.
Ward said she and her stepdaughter wanted to open a restaurant together and that they'd had their eye on the Church space for several months when its owners finally decided to throw in the towel and sell.
The proposal, also supported by Mayor Walsh's office, calls for brunch on weekends, dinner until 10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays - and an overall 2 a.m. closing time.
An attorney for a neighboring condo association said his clients appreciated the new concept but asked the board to set a midnight closing time because the only reason people would go to the new restaurant after the kitchen closes would be to drink and that the later closing time could open the gates to similar hours at new restaurants in the fast growing neighborhood.
A Fenway resident countered by noting that Tasty Burger and Hojoko already have 2 a.m. closing times.