Dozens of residents, business owners, and restaurateurs listened to local restaurants who are applying for an upgrade to an all-alcoholic beverage license. Presenting in hopes of gaining community support, seven North End restaurants are vying for one of the eight remaining upgrades that are currently available from the City of Boston.
Maria Lanza from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services chaired the meeting, allowing each applicant a maximum of twenty minutes to speak. The applicants are applying to upgrade their current beer/wine and cordials license to an unrestricted all-alcohol license. The upgrade would not only allow establishments to serve hard liquor in addition to beer/wine and cordials, “unrestricted” makes the license applicable anywhere in the city. Each license that is awarded the upgrade to all-alcohol would be exchanged for the existing beer/wine and cordials license, which goes back to the city.
Each presentation went through the history of their respective restaurant(s) and their personal experience running a restaurant in the neighborhood. Many owners spoke about their proven track record, cleanliness, involvement in the community, and commitment to the neighborhood. Patrons, employees, and community residents spoke in favor of the upgrades coming to such reputable business owners who run such “neighborhood” establishments. None of the restaurants are seeking extended hours or additional seating, watch the meeting video for each presentation.
00:00 – 01:17 Opening Remarks
01:22 – 19:15 Cantina Italiana
19:17 – 26:00 Mare Oyster Bar
26:04 – 34:56 Trattoria di Monica
34:58 – 41:17 Ducali Pizzeria
41:19 – 46:53 Strega Ristorante
46:55 – 55:40 Antico Forno
55:42 – 1:05:23 Carmelina’s
If you have any questions, please contact: Maria Lanza, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (617) 635-4987.