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Forest Hills coffeehouse could become full-service restaurant with a liquor license

Fazenda in Forest Hills.

Now Fazenda, soon Brassica?

The owner of Fazenda Coffee Roasters across from the Forest Hills T stop is seeking an all-alcohol license with which to change the coffeehouse into a restaurant specializing in "tastings" - menus that pair particular drinks with a changing roster of food items.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning, Adam Barnosky, attorney for owner Phillip Kruta, said the proposed Brassica Kitchen and Cafe would keep morning coffee and pastry service.

Barnosky said Kruta has already run several tastings events under one-day liquor licenses.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council gave its approval, as did several elected officials.

"Forest Hills is undergoing a large construction project and needs all the help it can get at this time," Michael Reiskind, chairman of the neighborhood council's public-service committee, told the board.

The board votes on the request tomorrow.

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This seems optimistic given that they are right next to the Dogwood. But maybe that helps.

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That seems like an unlikely place for a "tastings" menu to succeed. But hey, I say give 'em their license and let the market decide.

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It's literally across the street from the southwestern terminus of the subway into the city, which handles thousands of commuters every day. It's also less than a block away from three separate construction projects either already approved or currently underway, which will bring somewhere north of 400 people into the immediate vicinity. I'd say we could use another watering hole/decent dinner place here :-)

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I'd say we could use another watering hole/decent dinner place here :-)

I'm just not sure that a testing menu place is either of the above. Sounds a bit too hipster-ish for Forest Hills.

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So was it approved?

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It seems the all-alcohol license was indeed granted: http://www.futureboston.com/about/our-pov/recap-liquor-license-updates#....

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