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Forest Hills restaurant hopes to expand into space next door where another restaurant shut

The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow considers whether to approve plans by Brassica Kitchen + Cafe, 3710 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain, to expand into the space left vacant when the Dogwood Cafe closed in January.

The enlarged Brassica would have 126 seats in four dining rooms, with two bars and two patios with a total of 43 seats.

"It seemed like an ideal and natural evolution of their business," Brassica attorney Adam Barnosky said. He noted that Brassica, which started in a former coffeehouse space, has been looking to expand for several years - most notably as the operator of a restaurant proposed by a developer seeking to replace the building where Doyle's used to be.

Michael Reiskind of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council asked the board to hold off any action on the request for a license change until after Brassica meets with the council on Sept. 5. He acknowledged Brassica is an "anchor restaurant" in the neighborhood, but said that at 126 seats the council wanted to take a look.

Barnosky, though, asked the board to vote on the proposal at a meeting tomorrow. Although its owners have a good relationship with the neighborhood council and are always happy to meet, he said Brassica is "a known entity, a known quantity to the neighborhood" and that any delays might cause "some business concerns."

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my favorite restaurants in Greater Boston. Their tasting menu, The Ride, is a bargain in its category.

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Why does the neighborhood council need to weigh in? Let good businesses succeed and grow!

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Unimportant people who want to feel important. Groups like that accomplish nothing but costing others time and money.

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Love this place. Seriously considered doing a buy out for a wedding but their space was too small.

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I hope the licensing board approves this applicaition swiftly without requiring the good folks at Brassica to participate in the Council's ridiculous "hearings."

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Reading the meeting notes in the JP Gazette was always entertaining when I lived there….

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Brassica is amazing. The food, service, cocktails and wine are all next level. Hope this succeeds.

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Michael Reiskind Is a bully. He’s been throwing his pathetic little powers around for years. I know that he barged into the kitchen of a small business on Amory a few years ago and frightened the woman and her mother in the kitchen. They didn’t know who this stranger threatening them in their kitchen was, yelling about neighborhood oversight.

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As a Forest Hills resident I miss Dogwood, but would be excited to see Brassica expand! Not only are they lovely, but there’s nothing worse than empty, unoccupied spaces, especially when booming businesses are squeezed into tiny spots next door.

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That space was the neighborhood coffeeshop going back to the days of Fazenda and Java Jo's and having a spot to get coffee has been sorely missing in the neighborhood. I'm hoping the expansion will allow Brassica the space to restore the coffee/breakfast services they cut out in recent years.

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What happened to the plan to construct a new building for Brassica at the site of the former Doyle's Cafe? According to the BPDA, it's already under construction.
http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/doyle-s-cafe-re...

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