Food & Drink

Alcohol Licensing Update for North End / Waterfront from NEWRA’s ZLC Committee

At last week’s meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting, an update on licensing issues in the neighborhood was presented by Zoning, Licensing & Construction Committee co-chair, David Kubiak. A written report, customarily prepared by the ZLC Committee, is available at

Highlights include:

The old Hot Tomatoes Restaurant at 261 North Street saw its alcohol license rescinded by the Licensing Board for non-use, according to a file review by the ZLC Committee. (Note: The new Hot Tomatoes restaurant at 227 Hanover St. has not applied for an alcohol license.)

With this removal, there are currently 89 pouring licenses in the North End / Waterfront according to NEWRA’s count, leaving 2 available under its internal policy cap of 91 pouring licenses.

Volle Nolle at 351 Hanover St. continues to wait for the availability of a pouring beer and wine license from the Licensing Board that has rejected its application twice due to a lack of licenses under the State cap. The last hearing was held on September 21, 2011. Both NEWRA and NEWNC supported a beer/wine license at this location.

Again citing the lack of available pouring licenses, the Licensing Board similarly rejected an application by Caffe Lil Italy at 178 Salem St. NEWRA and NEWNC opposed this license.

The status is unclear of the retail beer and wine license at the former Nonna’s Market at 292A North St. There are reports that the license has been transferred outside the neighborhood.

At NEWRA’s September monthly meeting, members voted in favor of a cap of 11 package store/retail alcohol licenses in the North End / Waterfront. There are currently 10 in service, excluding Nonna’s Market.