On Wednesday, the Boston Licensing Board hears the first 14 requests it has for the five "unrestricted" liquor licenses that became available Sept. 1 and which holders can borrow against and then resell.
The unrestricted licenses carry a fee of a few thousand dollars apiece; the exact amount depends on the number of seats.
The board also hears three requests for one of the 20 new "restricted" licenses, which can only be used in certain neighborhoods and which have to be given back to the board when their holders shut down or move.
The 25 total licenses are the last of the batch of 75 the state legislature deigned to award Boston in response to an effort by City Councilor Ayanna Pressley to boost restaurants in Dorchester, Roxbuty and Mattapan.
The legislature also added restaurants in the city's "Main Street" districts, such as Roslindale Square, where Dorchester restaurateur Chris Douglass is seeking one of the restricted licenses for the Third Rail restaurant he hopes to open in the former trolley substation there. The Wahlberg clan is seeking another one of the restricted licenses, for its planned South Bay Wahlburgers. The third request is for a proposed Loui Loui at 160 Brighton Ave. in Allston.
As happened earlier this year when unrestricted licenses became available, numerous North End restaurant owners have put in bids, most in an attempt to upgrade their existing beer and wine licenses to full liquor - in an effort, they say, to compete with the well-heeled full-service restaurants along the waterfront. Among the restaurants looking to kick it up a notch: Carmelina's, Crudo, Antico Forno and Terramia Ristorante on Salem Street and Strega on Hanover Street.
Other applicants for the new unrestricted licenses include the Hampshire House, which wants to add a second 75 restaurant to the waterfront, at 60 Seaport Blvd.; Kamakura, a proposed Japanese restaurant at 150 State St.; Beauport Hospitality, which wants a restaurant at 94 Guest St. in Brighton, as part of the New Balance mega-development; Anoushella, a proposed Mediterranean restaurant at 35 W. Newton St. in the South End; Mida, a proposed Italian restaurant at 782 Tremont St. on the Roxbury/South End line; Renegades Pub, a new pub at 1004 Bennington St. in East Boston; the Retreat, 303 Sumner St., East Boston; and Sweet Rice, an existing Thai restaurant at 187 Main St. in Charlestown. The owners of the new tower at 6 New St. on the East Boston waterfront are also seeking a license for a still unnamed restaurant there.
The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.