In response to neighborhood opposition, Nick’s Famous Deli on 66 Cross Street has withdrawn its late night application (2 am with a 4am takeout window) for a C.V. (common victualler) license at 66 Cross Street for food and non-alcoholic beverage service. The Licensing Board hearing scheduled for Wednesday, August 12th has also been canceled.
Nick’s Deli is expected to reapply for a license in the near future, likely with earlier closing times and outside patio tables. Although the neighborhood groups typically don’t review C.V. licenses without alcohol, this specific venue might be an exception depending on the new application terms. In the now-canceled application, the closing hour was for 2am on weekends with a take-out window until 4am.
The tremendous reaction from the neighborhood through emailing the Licensing Board and our elected officials had an instrumental role in the withdrawal of this late night application. NEWRA’s ZLC Committee reports that our elected officials heard the community response and played an active role, including City Councilor Sal LaMattina’s office.
Nick’s Deli is also part of the Cross Street outdoor patio plan. Outdoor service would also need to be part of a future application. This site is one of the spaces formerly occupied by Martignetti’s. Nick Varano also owns Strega and Nico restaurants on Hanover Street.