The Boston Licensing Board today approved the transmogrification of Urban Art Bar, 709 E. Broadway, into a restaurant serving tapas and small-plate stuff.
As part of their purchase of the space and its beer-and-wine license, the new operators of the proposed Roza Lyons will rip out the art-studio area where patrons could sip wine while wielding paint brushes and replace it with a more traditional restaurant space that will be open until 1 a.m.
The move came over the objections of condo owners in the building that houses the place. They said a restaurant would mean more noise and violates the original zoning variances for the space, which called for an art bar, not a tapas restaurant. Also: Proposed new restrooms would violate the building's master deeds because the condo association has not approved it, a condo owner who attended the session told the board.
The mayor's office and the offices of city councilors Bill Linehan and Steve Murphy backed the changeover.