Members of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) voted to support three alcohol license applications for local restaurants, during its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 10, 2011.
Vito’s at 54 Salem St.
Damien DiPaola, represented by Attorney William Ferrollo, has applied to the Licensing Board to transfer a C.V. Malt and Wine Beverages with Cordials License formerly exercised by Eclano Restaurant to operate a new restaurant at the same location. The license has a 1:00 AM closing hour, seven days.
The presentation was essentially the same as at previous meetings by NEWRA’s ZLC Committee and the Neighborhood Council which voted to support the application.
David Kubiak, co-chair of NEWRA’s Zoning, Licensing & Construction, explained that although the 1:00 a.m. closing hour is later than NEWRA’s policy for new applications, the policy does not require any modification of closing hours on the license transfers from within the North End.
With minimal discussion, NEWRA members voted by secret ballot. The results were announced as 28 in support, 8 in opposition and 1 abstaining vote.
La Sosta di Marisa, 78-80 Salem St,
Marisa Iocco has applied to the Licensing Board to transfer the C.V. Malt and Wine Beverages License formerly exercised by Grezzo Restaurant at 69 Prince Street to operate a new restaurant at 78-80 Salem Street, formerly Michael’s Salon. The license currently has an 11:00 PM closing hour seven days. The transfer application requests closing hours of 11:00 PM Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 AM Friday and Saturday. The 78-80 Salem Street location, a one-story building, is currently not zoned for restaurant use. The applicant plans to seek zoning relief to allow restaurant use.
NEWRA’s secret ballot vote was 34 in support and 3 in opposition. NEWRA will write a letter supporting the application, conditioned upon receiving zoning relief.
La Famiglia Giorgio, 112 Salem St.
Albert Giorgio has applied to the Licensing Board for the City of Boston for a C.V. All-Alcohol Beverages License. The restaurant’s current license is for Malt, Wine and Cordials only. The application includes a request to condition the Licensing Board’s approval with the restriction that the existing Malt, Wine and Cordial license not be transferred by the licensee or reissued by the Licensing Board within the North End, thereby not increasing the total number of licenses in the neighborhood.
Closing hours on the current license are for midnight, 7 days, however, the applicant agreed to closing hours of 11:00 Sunday – Thursday and midnight on Friday/Saturday.
There was some discussion regarding the availability of all-alcohol licenses at the Licensing Board and whether there is a waiting list. As previously discussed at the ZLC Committee meeting, the Giorgio’s were told to apply now because a license may soon be available.
Voting by secret ballot, 31 NEWRA members supported the application and 4 opposed it.
Vinoteca di Monica, Jorge Mendoza, 143-145 Richmond St.
The application for Monica’s Restaurant (Richmond Street) to extend its closing hour from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. was removed from the NEWRA meeting agenda. The Boston Licensing Board ruled last week on the issue without NEWRA’s input, allowing for an extension to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.