The Boston Licensing Department rummages around tomorrow to see if it has any liquor licenses it can grant to Sugar Bowl Cafe, 857 Dorchester Ave., which says that if it gets one, it will re-open at night and give locals a place to go to relax rather than having to jump in a cab to get to South Boston or Lower Mills.
Owner Kathleen Baker told the board today she's trying to keep up with the times. The families who used to bring their kids in for ice cream when she first opened nearly 18 years ago have been replaced by the childless who can now afford the "ridiculous amounts of money" it now takes to live in the Polish Triangle area.
She said that she would pair alcoholic beverages with some of the sandwiches and high-end deserts she already has on offer.
Baker added that, initially, she would use the current 18 or so seats she already has. But she added she is hoping to expand into a large, currently unused space in the back of the coffeehouse.
She noted her family owns the building and that her four kids all live in the area. "We're not going anywhere here," and she vowed to continue to run "a respectable place, a place our community has been coming to for many, many years.
The mayor's office and the office of City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George (at large) backed the proposal. Nobody spoke against.