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Improv Asylum at 216 Hanover Street Receives NEWRA Support for Cordials Service

Norm Laviolette (standing), co-owner Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St. speaks at NEWRA meeting.

In a vote of 20-3, the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association, NEWRA, supported an application to the Licensing Board by Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., to add cordials to its existing Malt and Wine License.

The Improv Asylum has been operating in the North End for 13 years with an existing beer/wine license (2am closing) at its 250 seat theater. There was some discussion about the addition of cordials creating more of a bar atmosphere, although co-owner Norm Laviolette said the primary business is selling show tickets. Lines and crowds on the street was another issue raised. Management said they have added staff on the street to disperse crowds.

The Improv has previously donated space for NEMPAC and hosts an annual event for NEAD. Around the holidays, the theater runs a marathon 24 hour show, No Rest for the Wicked Funny, to raise money for Globe Santa.

The Neighborhood Council, NEWNC, has also supported this application before the Licensing Board.