Video: Gennaro’s 5 North Square all-alcohol license presentation at the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council meeting held on January 14, 2013 at the Nazzaro Center.
Gennaro’s 5 North Square owner Gerald Riccio, represented by Attorney Daniel Toscano, presented a new all-alcohol license application to the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) on Monday, January 14, 2013.
The new all-alcohol beverage license would replace an existing beer and wine license in use by the owner at that location since 2008. Licensed hours of operations would stay the same, 11:00 am to 1:00 am, 7 days a week.
Attorney Toscano said the restaurant’s clientele has changed from casual to a more formal, higher-end customer that is asking for mixed drinks. Mr. Riccio currently holds three other all-alcohol licenses in the North End including the Florentine, Cafe Vittoria, Stanza dei Sigari.
A hearing was held on this application at the Boston Licensing Board last week where the applicant was told there are currently no licenses available. Attorney Toscano explained that having a current application at the board will give the owner a better chance if one becomes available on short notice. Licenses often become available in the beginning of the calendar year when not renewed by existing proprietors.
NEWNC members discussed a possible proviso of serving food with alcohol, but decided not to include this constraint. One councilor also asked about a previously agreed service-only bar that has transitioned into functional one with five seats.
In a vote of 8-1, NEWNC voted to support the application for the new all-alcohol license. (NEWNC member Gennaro Riccio, the applicant’s son, recused himself from the council for this vote.)