The Boston Licensing Board today deferred any action on a proposal for a high-priced liquor kiosk in the South Station commuter-rail waiting area because of strong opposition from the MBTA and Transit Police.
"I'm not totally against the idea," board Chairwoman Kathleen Joyce said, noting Land Of Beer had shown a willingness to work with Leather District residents by scaling back its proposed closing time from 11 p.m. to 8 p.m.
But "there is more work to be done" because Transit Police wrote the board that both it and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak are "vehemently opposed" to the idea of grab-and-going in the busy transit hub, even if the place would try to discourage brown bagging by pricing the bottles and cans higher than at traditional liquor stores and keeping the wares behind a counter.
Joyce said she needs to see the company convince the T the proposal isn't really that bad.
The board also agreed it needs formal written communication from Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., which is responsible for South Station concessions, that it has agreed to police the waiting area's tables and seats to keep it from turning into a brown-bagging haven, and that it wants to hear directly from Keolis, which operates commuter-rail trains out of South Station, what it thinks of the proposal.