The Boston Licensing Board approved an amendment to the all-alcohol license for “The Living Room” to extend its closing hour from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, plus special events. The Living Room is owned by John Hauck and is located at 101-107 Atlantic Ave.
The licensing hearing this week was mostly filled with supporters, so much so, that the Board asked for only a handful to speak as representatives. There was also some opposition, including Councilor Sal LaMattina, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Nicole Leo, representing the Mayor’s office.
Many of the supporters of the extension had also previously testified at the Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting held on March 14, 2011 when the council voted 5-3 in favor of the 2:00 a.m. extension. NEWNC member, Ryan Kenny, was out of the country for the NEWNC meeting, but did testify at this week’s Licensing Board meeting against the proposal. (See also Letter to the Editor on this issue by NEWNC member, Marie Simboli)
Residents’ Association (NEWRA) vice-president, Victor Brogna, presented the non-profit’s opposition letter reflecting the outcome of its membership vote, 40-4, against the proposal.
The Living Room is also expected to pursue a DJ license from the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing. Both NEWNC and NEWRA supported the DJ application.