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Council Supports Etc Juicery & Monica’s Trattoria, Splits on Waterfront Cafe; New Abutter Meetings and NBSS Expansion [Video]

Video: North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council meeting, September 8, 2014

The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) heard from two presenters and voted on three business applications at its monthly September 8, 2014 meeting. View the video for the full meeting with timeline highlights noted below.

(0:00 in video) Welcome and Introductions by NEWNC President, Philip Frattaroli
(1:20) Nicole Leo announced guideline updates for trash pickups (See this post for more information.)
(1:50) Resident Parking/Traffic Committee Report by Chair Ryan Kenny
(2:20) Public Safety Committee Report by Jessica Dello Russo on behalf of Chair David Marx (See video report.)
(4:50) Greenway Committee Report by Chair John Pregmon

(9:20) Jerome Smith, new Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services for Mayor Marty Walsh

  • (9:20) Neighborhood Service reps from City Hall will be doing street walks with iPads as part of an audit of city municipal infrastructure.
  • (12:25) Announced new abutter meetings for zoning and licensing issues in the neighborhood in addition to existing ZLC, NEWRA and NEWNC meetings. This fourth meeting on such issues will be arranged and announced by City Hall, taking place at the location of interest.

(30:20) The Waterfront Cafe, 450 Commercial St: Rocco Zagarella owner of the Waterfront Cafe, represented by Attorney Patrick Troy, is seeking to increase the official capacity of his establishment from 49 to 99 (current operating capacity) and to remove the restriction of alcohol with the service of food only on the license. The owner proposes no other change to the configuration or operation of the establishment. The licensed closing hour of 1:00 AM, 7 days, will not change.

  • NEWNC voted to oppose, 2-6, removing the restriction of alcohol service only with food at Waterfront Cafe.
  • NEWNC voted in favor, 7-1, to increase the official capacity at Waterfront Cafe.

(51:10) Monica’s Trattoria, 69 Prince St.: Jorge, Pat and Frank Mendoza, represented by Attorney William Ferullo, have leased 67 Prince Street to expand Monica’s Trattoria at 69 Prince Street into the space. They have applied to the Boston Licensing Board to amend the description of the premises from “67 Prince Street: in one room on the first floor with kitchen in storage in the rear” to “67-69 Prince St. in two rooms with kitchen on the first floor prep kitchen and storage in basement” also to change the DBA from Monica’s Pizzeria to Monica’s Trattoria. The property is located in the Salem Street Neighborhood Shopping Subdistrict, where restaurant is a conditional use in the basement and first floor. Three previous restaurants, Sage, Grezzo and El Triunfo, have operated at the 69 Prince Street premises.

  • NEWNC voted 7-0 to support the proposed changes for the expansion of Monica’s Trattoria.

(1:07:30) Etc Juicery, 420 Commercial Street: Melina DiPaola, represented by Attorney William Ferullo) has applied to change the occupancy of 420 Commercial Street from “garage” to “fitness center and juicery (take-out)” The proposed uses are Conditional in a MFR/LS zoning district.

  • NEWNC voted 7-0 to support the proposed application for Etc Juicery.

(1:18:50) North Bennet Street School, President Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez discussed the school’s interest in the Department of Transportation building at 128 North Street.