Cottage Cafe, 1227 Hyde Park Ave., is getting ready for its final last call: Next week, the Boston Licensing Board considers letting its owner sell the venerable watering hole's liquor license to about as un-gritty a locale as you could imagine: A large building aimed at "makers, designers, architects, communicators, researchers, manufacturers, technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs" on the South Boston waterfront.
If approved, the move would force hard-fisted drinkers to one of the dwindling number of traditional bars in the neighborhood: Cavan Cafe on Hyde Park Avenue, Master McGrath on River Street and Cappy's in Wolcott Square. Recent years have seen the closing of the Hyde Park Pub and Dempsey's.
The proposed buyer of the license is the Innovation and Design Building, 21 Drydock Ave., which wants the ability to stock a restaurant and bar with room for about 140 thirsty patrons - roughly 100 in the restaurant itself and another 40 in the building lobby and on a seasonal patio.
The licensing board holds a hearing on the proposed license sale on Wednesday - its hearings start at 10 a.m. in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.