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Roxbury motorcycle garage revs up coffee shop

J. Shia

Shia during licensing hearing.

Update: License approved.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a food-service license to Madhouse Cafe, 24 Blue Hill Ave. in Roxbury, to serve coffee and pastries between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

The eight-seat cafe would be next to J. Shia's Madhouse Motors, which repairs motorcycles and builds custom bikes.

At a hearing this morning, Shia said she began serving coffee to customers in one area of the shop, people liked it and she decided to open a formal coffee shop open to the public. She said there are no coffee shops in the immediate area.

Nobody spoke against the proposal during the Zoomed hearing.



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We're pretty much looking forward to this; a positive development !

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They served coffee to people at the Blue Hill Avenue Open Streets event back in August. Seemed like a friendly place, and I wish them great success.

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But now it's time to get a formal "common victualer's" license.

I've never seen the board reject such a license where there's no opposition and no issues related to the owner's general character, so I'd be willing to go out on a limb and predict she'll get the license tomorrow.

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JShia has built a great community around her shop and is breaking barriers while doing so. She's been at it for years and its just an all around cool person! Lots of cities have a similar concept, such at "See-See Motor Coffee" in Portland, Or. I hope the city does the right thing and approves it!

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Hope it gets approved. Complete waste of time to put this through any sort of approval or permitting.

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There used to be such a place out in Acton. Glad to see one here in town. Love to see it.

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MotoMarket! Was a great place I used to go to often….

MHM has flown under my radar somehow… happy to support the Motorcyclist community here in Boston.

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