Several North End restaurants presented their applications for one of the new all-alcohol licenses coming available in Boston this year. In 2014, the State legislature raised the city’s 970 limit by adding 75 new licenses. Sixty of the new licenses are being designated for underserved neighborhoods (Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, and Roxbury). The other 15 are “unrestricted,” meaning they can be used anywhere in the city.
North End businesses are pursuing upgrades from their existing beer/wine licenses for one of the ten new all-alcohol licenses expected to come available this year. Scores of other applicants from throughout the city are expected to also apply questioning whether any will actually end up in the neighborhood. All-alcohol licenses allow establishments to serve hard liquor beyond cordials, such as popular signature cocktails.
On Monday night, the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) unanimously supported the new applications, presented by Attorney William Ferullo and the owners of Cantina Italiana (Fiore Colella and Patricia Colella), Mare (Frank DePasquale and Joseph DePasquale), Monica’s Trattoria (Jorge, Frank and Patrick Mendoza) and Ducali Pizzeria & Bar (Philip Frattaroli). It is likely that other prominent North End restaurateurs such as Carla Gomes (Antico Forno, Terramia), Nick Varano (Strega, Rina’s), among others, will also apply for all-alcohol upgrades.
The North End requests will not directly increase the approximately 90 licenses already in the neighborhood. If awarded one of the new all-alcohol licenses, the existing beer/wine licenses would go back to the city. The restaurants are not requesting additional seating or extended hours with these applications.
As applicants themselves, NEWNC President Philip Frattaroli and member Jorge Mendoza recused themselves from the license votes. Secretary John Pregmon ran the meeting during the license session.
View the video above for more explanation by Attorney Ferullo about the new licenses and the individual applications by the North End establishments.