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By adamg - 5/27/20 - 5:23 pm
Phil Frattaroli

East Boston restaurant owner Phil Frattaroli talks licenses at hearing.

Warning of "vulture capitalists" snapping up the liquor licenses of locally owned restaurants at depressed prices as the restaurants permanently shut because of the pandemic, Boston city councilors today began looking at ways they could pay restaurant owners for their expensive liquor licenses as a way to give them enough capital to get back on their feet. Read more

By adamg - 5/21/20 - 10:23 am

The Boston Licensing Board this morning approved an emergency measure under which restaurants can put seating outside once the city lifts the ban on in-restaurant dining, to deal with new Covid-19 restrictions that will shrink their indoor seating capacity. Read more.

By adamg - 5/14/20 - 3:56 pm

City of Boston Licensing Board 5-13-20

The Boston Licensing Board this morning approved a Burger King in the Shops at Riverwood strip mall on River Street, with the support of one neighborhood group pleased to finally see a restaurant, even if a Burger King, move into the mall and the outraged opposition of another neighborhood group, which accused the developer and the chain of exacerbating the poor health of black residents in the surrounding area. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/20 - 11:29 am

The Boston Licensing Board holds a Zoomed hearing Wednesday on a Burger King franchisee's proposal to finally open its built-out eatery at 892 River St. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/20 - 12:08 pm

The owners of the Boston Fenway Inn hostel on Hemenway Street - who also own the tonier Copley Square Hotel - will learn Thursday whether the Boston Licensing Board will accept their offer to just shut the place down while they make upgrades to reduce the number of times police have to respond to deal with problem guests. Read more.

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By adamg - 5/1/20 - 11:38 am

Karla Yearwood is hoping to open her Fair Nutrition smoothie bar at 57 Fairmount Ave., across the street from the fire station, to serve up protein shakes and "energizing" teas. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/20 - 10:47 am
Licensing Board meets on Zoom

The licensing board held its first Zoomed hearings last week.

The Boston Licensing Board last week approved plans for a bakery cafe in one of the new residential buildings on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain and a cafe and lemonade stand on Newbury Street. Read more.

By adamg - 4/25/20 - 10:01 am

Boston yesterday announced regulations that will let restaurants sell groceries during the Covid-19 crisis - after they get file for and get a license from the city licensing board, which will require submitting an "operational plan" showing how the restaurants will handle the retail food safely. Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/20 - 11:34 am

A chandelier at Icon, 100 Warrenton St., fell from the ceiling shortly before closing on Dec. 14, injuring at least two women, both of whom got themselves to local hospitals to get checked out. Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/20 - 3:55 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today granted permission to a global realty company to re-open a former SRO at 461 Massachusetts Ave., near Columbus Avenue, as a 17-unit "lodging house" aimed at business travelers and the odd medical student, with rents ranging from $1,650 to $2,150 a month. Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/20 - 2:49 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved a taqueria in an Emerson College dorm on Boylston Street - but with the midnight closing time sought by the local neighborhood group, which was worried what would happen to all the freshmen in the dorm if they could get tacos after midnight - as opposed to pizza, which they can get across the street even after the neighborhood's sidewalks are rolled up. Read more.

By adamg - 2/26/20 - 11:48 am
Little Building at Tremont and Boylston streets

Risky business? Taqueria would be on the right side of the building along Boylston.

The Boston Licensing Board could vote tomorrow whether to let a proposed taqueria in Emerson College's revamped Little Building stay open until 2 a.m. or whether to back a neighborhood association, the mayor and the local city councilor, who say a midnight closing would protect area students and residents from dangerous knockabouts drawn like moths to late-night Mexican food. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/20 - 4:33 pm

Police officers called to a fight at Tunnel on Stuart Street early one morning last October were frisking a suspect who might have slashed a man's forehead open when they discovered he'd apparently been stabbed himself. And then another disturbance erupted and by the time they quelled that, they found a third man outside dripping blood from fresh cuts to his hand and forearm. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/20 - 11:42 am

One fine Saturday evening in October, so many people wanted to get into the Draft, 34 Harvard Ave. in Allston, there was a line outside. A guy went up to another man who was with a group of women and asked them all for their IDs. He was carefully scrutinizing them when one of the bar's actual doorman spotted the action and rushed over to demand the guy give the people their IDs back. Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/20 - 11:21 am

Tsaocaa Tea, a chain of bubble-tea places, wants to open an outlet at 10 Tyler St. in Chinatown. Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/20 - 10:51 am

The Boston Licensing Board said today it would hold off a vote on letting a Burger King franchisee open an outlet on River Street on the Hyde Park/Mattapan line after aides to several elected officials said they could not support the proposal until at least after the franchisee meets with Belnel Road-area residents, who say they don't want to see a burger place open until 2 am. in their backyard. Read more.

By adamg - 1/12/20 - 2:43 pm
Proposed Burger King on River Street in Hyde Park

Proposed BK, in front of old paper-mill building once proposed for a fancy riverside restaurant.

A Burger King franchisee goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday for a food-serving license to open an outlet in the Shops at Riverwood on River Street on the Hyde Park/Mattapan line - with a proposed closing time of 2 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/20 - 11:19 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a beer-and-wine license to Jamie's Variety, 113 H St., which means senior citizens living across the street will soon no longer have to risk life and limb up on Broadway just to buy some beer or wine. Read more.

By adamg - 1/8/20 - 11:42 am

When applicants go before the Boston Licensing Board for a liquor license, they have to answer the question of the "public need" for the license. At a hearing this morning, a lawyer for the Hyatt chain cited Boston's international stature as a reason for the board to approve the chain's proposed purchase of the license now used by An Tain on India Street for a 294-room, 12-story hotel it's building at 315 Northern Ave. in the Seaport. Read more.

By adamg - 1/8/20 - 11:16 am

The Boston Licensing Board could decide tomorrow whether to let Jamie's Variety, 113 H St., at the corner of East 5th St., sell beer and wine. Read more.

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