Tresca Restaurant at 227-237 Hanover Street received a unanimous vote of support (9-0) from the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council for its application to serve alcohol until 1:00 a.m., one hour later than its current closing hour of midnight. The later time would apply to its existing C.V. All-Alcohol Beverage License, 7 days per week. The vote was taken at NEWNC’s meeting on Monday, December 13, 2010.
Presenting for Tresca were co-owner and hockey legend, Ray Bourque, co-owner Harvey Wilk, General Manager Massimo Tiberi and Attorney Daniel Toscano.
The applicants said they want the extra hour to 1:00 a.m. so that late diners coming in at 10:30 – 11:00 can have the full “Tresca Experience.” A complete meal can take up to 2 hours.
Ray Bourque said, “I spend a lot of time promoting Tresca. I am also still involved with the Bruins. Games often don’t let out until after 10:30 p.m.”
“The council would not be setting a new precedent by voting to support,” said the Attorney Toscano. According to his research, the 02113 and 02109 zip codes have 25 all-alcohol, 7 day, serving licenses, of which nearly 70% have a 1:00 a.m. or 2:00 a.m. closing time. There are also 56 beer and wine only licenses and 30% of those have a 1:00 a.m. or 2:00 a.m. closing.
Tresca Restaurant has 120 seats spread over 2 floors. The first floor also contains 10 seats at the bar with 10 more at hi-top tables. The upscale restaurant has an average ticket of $75-$100 per person. The Italian restaurant does extensive wine pairings and tastings.
Tresca has 36 employees, of which 25% live in the North End.
Attorney Toscano said there have been no violations of underage drinking, no noise complaints or trash problems at the location. Most of the patrons make reservations and General Manager Massimo Tiberi has 16 years experience managing restaurants in the neighborhood. He is there six days/week (except Tuesdays).
Toscano presented eight signed letters from abutters in support and 25 signatures on a petition.
The restaurant has been open since 2005 and received its existing alcohol license as part of State Legislation that added 45 licenses to Boston.
Discussion points between the council and applicants:
- “It’s a restaurant that serves alcohol, not a bar that serves food.”
- Standing patrons can be served alcohol. Food does not need to be served.
- The later closing time will also apply to the bar area.
- Letters of support presented are from neighboring businesses, not residents.
- That section of Hanover Street has many establishments open to 1:00 a.m. already.
- “Not a place that 20-somethings stand around. Martini’s are $13 each.”
- Tresca has given “tens of thousands of dollars” to local charities. Charitable giving should not be a pre-requisite for receiving support.
- Tresca has earned a good reputation through hard work.
Steven Siciliano, lifelong resident and former NEWNC member, spoke in support from the audience. He is a frequent patron and planning his wedding reception there. “They are good neighbors and do not have people spilling onto the street.” He believes that most of the late-night noise problems come from establishments that close at 2:00 a.m. “I do not think it will cause any more impact on residents than currently exists.”
Anne Pistorio, 25 year resident, spoke against the application noting that Hanover St. has the most licenses of any block in the North End. “There is no benefit to the neighborhood. Residents need to sleep.”
Jon Sproul moved to support the proposal as presented. Donna Freni seconded the motion. In a vote of 9-0, NEWNC will support the application.
Note that NEWNC member, Giancarlo Tiberi, recused himself from the entire meeting due to a potential conflict of interest with the Tresca application. Giancarlo is the brother of Tresca’s manager, Massimo.
In other business, the council also voted to support (9-0) the application by Mercato del Mare, 99 Salem St., to add take-out to their existing C.V. application. The retailer was serving takeout sushi and recently had to stop because it was not included in their license.
In addition, the council heard from the Boston Transportation Department’s James Mansfield regarding an update on resident parking issues. More on these issues in upcoming posts.