Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue leans tomorrow whether it can buy a beer-and-wine license from Estragon on Harrison Avenue.
The deal is contingent on Estragon replacing the license with one of the new all-alcohol licenses approved by the state legislature to spur restaurant development in neighborhoods that have been losing liquor licenses to downtown and the waterfront.
The Boston Licensing Board votes on the dual license applications tomorrow morning.
Seven Star applied for a beer and wine license last year when it began building a dining area, but is too far outside the Roslindale Square Main Street district to get one of the new licenses. Estragon, however, is in the Washington Gateways Main Street district and so eligible.
Avi Liss, attorney for Seven Star owner Christopher Lin, said letting Seven Star serve beer and wine in its newly expanded space would prove "a spark" to rejuvenation of the area around Belgrade and Walworth streets that could mean the sort of dining opportunities there that Roslindale Square now offers.
Representatives from the mayor's office and City Councilor Tim McCarthy supported the proposal and praised Lin's food and reputation.
City officials also supported Estragon's request for an all-alcohol license, as did several residents - one of whom said she's a native of the South and is looking forward to getting a shot of bourbon with her food there. Officials praised owner Julio de Haro for opening a restaurant there at a time when few were willing to take that risk.
If de Haro does get the new license, it will be restricted - he will not be able to resell it as he has proposed with his current license.