Henry Wong, who owns the Limelight restaurant and karaoke bar at Boylston and Tremont streets downtown, won approval from one city board this week to open something similar at Harvard and Brighton avenues in Allston.
The Zoning Board of Appeals approved his proposal to turn the now closed Patron's into a restaurant where patrons could sing. At a Tuesday hearing, Wong did not say whether he would also call the place Limelight.
Wong needed a variance from the board because city zoning codes actually prohibit live entertainment there. Through his attorney, Dennis Quilty, Wong said the main structural change he'd be making would be to add a stage for singers.
Wong will also need approval from the Boston Licensing Board to serve food and alcohol.
The proposal was supported by the mayor's office, City Councilor Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and the Allston Civic Association. An aide to the mayor said the proposed restaurant and bar would be "a good addition to the Allston nightlife."