Douglas Bacon, who owns several restaurant/bars in the Allston area, said today he's completely recasting two and seeking a bit of an hours change at the third.
At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, Bacon started with the Avenue, 1249 Commonwealth Ave., which he hopes to recast as the Surf. "It's a recreation of a southern-California beach bar and restaurant," one that will feature tacos and the like, he said.
Bacon did not say if he considered a surfer bar on Dorchester Bay first.
The offices of city councilors Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Steve Murphy (at large) voiced support.
Bacon continued he plans to re-open the Shanghai Social Club, 1277 Commonwealth Ave., only this time as "a neighborhood bar and restaurant" called Hopewell Bar and Kitchen featuring basic American fare. Bacon closed the restaurant last year and said he's been unable to find a buyer for it, so he figured it was time to re-open it and run it himself.
Ciommo's and Murphy's offices also supported this.
Bacon said he's planning no changes in the offerings at Harry's Bar and Grill, 1430 Commonwealth Ave., but asked the board to give him the right to let people in between 1 and 2 a.m. Currently, the place has a 2 a.m. closing, but nobody's allowed in after 1, a condition the board set in 2002.
"It's very much a neighborhood place" and he said he doubted anybody would notice the difference, except the customers who could get in for a last-minute drink.
The mayor's office gave its conditional support for this pending Bacon meeting with the Brighton Allston Improvement Association since Harry's is roughly two blocks into Brighton. Bacon agreed to meet with the group as he has with the Allston Civic Association.
"I think of this as an Allston location," he said, explaining why he hadn't met earlier with the Brighton-Allston group, which mostly deals with Brighton issues.
The licensing board decides Thursday whether to approve the changes at the three locations.