Boston Restaurant Talk pours out the news: The owners of the Pour House, which closed at the start of the pandemic, are looking to turn the place over to a new group to re-open the Boylston Street watering hole.
The Boston Licensing Board has scheduled a hearing for this coming Wednesday on the proposal to sell the license to Back Bay landlord Charles Talanian, who would then lease the space to a group led by Charles Hitchcock, the former manager of the neighboring McGreevy's.
Talanian is also the owner of the neighboring 903 Boylston St., where Lir used to be - and for which Talanian recently won approval to buy the shuttered Marliave's liquor license with the goal of finding an operator to re-open that space as well.
At an October hearing on the Lir proposal, Talanian said that he decided to go into the liquor-license business because he has the assets to purchase the expensive permits - which can go for close to $400,000 on the open market - while most non-chain restaurateurs would have trouble raising the cash. By building the cost of the licenses into leases, he said, he could get the bars in his buildings opened that much faster.
The third bar on that stretch of Boylston, McGreevy's, could also soon re-open under new management as well, although as an upscale farm to table scratch kitchen rather than a sports-themed bar, and likely with a different name.