The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a food-serving license to a proposed Cornish-pasty restaurant on Mass. Ave. off Marlborough Street.
Brandon Volkenant is planning a full sit-down restaurant centered on the one-pound meat pies - although he told the board today he'll have vegetarian versions as well.
"They're traditional English meat pies that miners would take down into the mines and eat lunch," he said.
He added, however, he will be making a change in the traditional recipe: His crusts will be smaller - and edible. Traditionally, he explained, miners would leave the crusts of their pies down in the mines for the souls of all the miners who had died there.
The mayor's office and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay both supported the proposal.