Ristorante Limoncello, Inc. owner Maurizio Badolato received the unanimous support (7-0) of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) on Monday night for a second location in Boston’s North End. Featuring an Italian menu, “Limoncello 2” will be at 76 Salem Street in the location formerly occupied by Urban Cantina. The original Limoncello will continue to operate in North Square. Represented by Attorney Karen Simeo, the restaurant is seeking to transfer the beer and wine license, modifying the existing 12:00 a.m. closing hour by adding an hour to 1:00 a.m. The occupancy will remain 76 seats on two floors, including the basement.
At 85 Salem St, CNJ Nail Spa presented to the neighborhood council on an informational basis (no zoning variances required). The new nail salon will occupy one of three vacant spots in the location of the former True Value hardware store. Property owner Ken Rothman is leasing out the space to Cynthia Nguyen who will operate the salon. CNJ Nail Spa will open in June/July, with hours of 9:30am-8pm. Twelve stations will be available with half for manicures and half for pedicures. NEWNC members requested more information regarding signage at the location.
Battery Wharf Hotel received the unanimous support of the council (7-0 vote) for alterations to its liquor license related to the build out of a second floor function / event space. Presenting were General Manager Peter Sulow and Attorney Joseph H. Devlin. The cutoff hour for events has been limited to 11:30 p.m. at the request of abutting residents.
State Senator Joe Boncore spoke to the neighborhood council regarding this year’s legislative agenda at the State House. It has been exactly one year since Boncore was elected in the 2016 primary election. The Senator continues to prioritize criminal justice reform, an important part of his campaign platform. “If Massachusetts were a country, we would be locking up more people than any other country in the world,” he told the council. Workforce housing is high on the agenda, with the Senator supporting a $1500 tax credit for landlords that keep rent below certain levels. On recreational marijuana, the legislature is expected to retool the law in the next session creating regulations and a 2% local tax. Other priorities include transportation/MBTA ($5 billion of the State’s total $40 billion budget) and working with State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz on regulating short-term rental (AirBnb).
Discussion regarding a roof deck proposal at 57 Snow Hill Street was deferred at the request of the proponent. This item is expected to be included on the May 2017 NEWNC agenda.
The council also heard a presentation and discussion for a public art project in North Square, to be covered in a separate post.
Nomination forms for the May 20, 2017 NEWNC election are now available at the Nazzaro Center desk. Forms are due back with signatures by May 1st. A Candidates night will be held at the May 8th NEWNC meeting before the election on May 20th (10am-2pm, Nazzaro Center). There are six NEWNC seats up for reelection. Members with one more year remaining on their term will run the election including John Pregmon, Michael Bonetti, Danielle D’Ambrosio, Brett Roman (Election Committee Chair), Gennaro Riccio and Marie Simboli. More information on the NEWNC election.
The April 10, 2017 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) was attended by voting members John Pregmon (President), Carmine Guarino (Vice President), Sean Hennessey (Sergeant at Arms), Michael Bonetti, Danielle D’Ambrosio, Marie Simboli, Gennaro Riccio and Brett Roman.