The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owners of the shuttered Sa Pa Vietnamese restaurant on Beacon Street in Cleveland Circle as a sit-down Asian restaurant with a bar.
Manager Frank Schillace said the previous "Chipotle-like" format, in which customers would order, cafeteria style, then find a seat, proved to be a money loser - $20,000 to $30,000 a month, he told the board at a hearing today.
Schillace said that, with the board's approval, the restaurant will re-open as Jade Monkey, would feature table service and would see the food line replaced with a bar. The restaurant already has a license to see beer, wine and liqueurs.
The addition of the bar would increase the restaurant's capacity from 32 to 49 seats, he said.
The board decides tomorrow whether to approve the changes.
No city officials spoke for or against the proposal.