Volle Nolle owner, Torri Crowell, presented a request for a new 7-day beer and wine license for the sandwich shop at 351 Hanover St., along with a closing hour of 11:00 p.m. at this week’s meeting of the Zoning, Licensing & Construction Committee (ZLC) of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). ZLC meetings are informational only in preparation for the regular monthly NEWRA meetings where an advisory vote is usually taken for consideration by the Boston Licensing Board.
The 16-seat sandwich shop currently closes at 4:00 p.m. and the request would extend hours to 11:00 p.m., 7 days per week. Ms. Crowell said the license would be restricted to serve alcohol only with food. The applicant would also like to add cordials to the application, which usually is granted by the Licensing Board about 6 months after the new malt & wine license.
The owner said she does not know if a license is currently available from the Licensing Board. If no license is available within 30 days of the hearing, the Licensing Board would deny the application. This week, the Board told Cafe Lil Italy on Salem Street that it did not have any licenses to give out.
Both Cafe Lil Italy and Volle Nolle are apparently looking to position themselves on a “waiting list” in anticipation of a beer/wine license coming available from La Famiglia Giorgio’s which recently received a new all-alcohol license, pending approval by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. However, the Licensing Board does not have to keep the previous beer/wine license in the North End. In fact, the owner of La Famiglia Giorgio’s told the neighborhood groups (NEWRA article & NEWNC article) they would only sell the beer/wine license outside the neighborhood.
David Kubiak, co-chair of NEWRA’s ZLC Committee said their count of North End / Waterfront alcohol licenses currently stands at 89, leaving two available under their policy cap of 91. Other than license availability, there were no material questions or discussion at the ZLC meeting on the application.
NEWRA will likely take up the application for vote at its May 12th meeting and the Neighborhood Council will also hear it on May 9th. The Licensing Board hearing is scheduled for May 18th. View the Community Calendar for all neighborhood meetings and events.