Video: Tenoch Mexican at the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting held on March 11, 2013 at the Nazzaro Community Center.
The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council, NEWNC, voted 3-5 to oppose Tenoch Mexican, a proposed restaurant with take-out at 1-3 Lewis Street by operator Alvaro Sandoval.
Prince Building abutters at 63 Atlantic Ave. spoke against the introduction of fast food at the location and the potential for excessive trash and traffic congestion. A petition from 18 residents was presented in opposition to the restaurant. Council members also questioned whether the venting plan would impact the nearby senior living complex.
Mr. Sandoval has another Tenoch Mexican restaurant in Medford (http://www.tenochmexican.com/) with an alcohol license. An alcohol license is not being requested for the 1-3 Lewis Street location. Tenoch would be the only Mexican restaurant in the North End and the first since the closing of El Triunfo at 69 Prince Street last year. The location was most recently clothing retailer Ball & Buck, previously a coffee shop, Flamepoeira, and years ago, Nick’s Tavern. The small space on Lewis Street is between Fulton and Commercial Streets.
A restaurant is already allowed at the location according to the zoning code, however, the take-out request requires a variance from the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals. The location is expected to use convection ovens and have a vent stack to the roof. Plans will allow for up to 22 seats and hours of operation from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.
In contrast to NEWNC, the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association, NEWRA, voted to support Tenoch Mexican at this location. NEWNC and NEWRA are advisory neighborhood groups. The Boston Zoning Board of Appeal will make the final determination.