The Board of Appeal yesterday approved a Thai ice-cream place proposed for 217 Newbury St., between Exeter and Fairfield.
The franchise I-CE-NY outlet would be the first for the chain, which started in Southeast Asia in 2011 and now has an outlet in New York. Its attorney, James Heffernan, told the board that Thai ice cream is "smashed and rolled" - with plenty of room for mix-ins. "It provides a different experience for ice-cream lovers," he said.
Heffernan did not provide an opening date for I-CE-NY, which still requires a food-serving license from the Boston Licensing Board.
The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay voted to not oppose the proposal - the group never actually endorses anything - as long as the zoning board banned cooking in the outlet. Ice-cream places don't normally cook food; the association wants to ensure it stays that way and doesn't turn into an actual restaurant because it's on the side of Newbury that backs up on residences and cooking tends to introduce odor and other issues, the association says.
The mayor's office supported the proposal.