The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) supported the transfer of an alcohol license at 326-328 Commercial Street from Davide Restaurant (Gesualdi Family) to Donato Frattaroli, longtime North End restauranteur and current operator of Lucia’s Ristorante.
Mr. Frattaroli and Attorny Daniel Toscano presented the application that continues the 11:30 pm closing hour and the restriction to serve alcohol only with food. He is requesting removal of the “no bar” restriction on the license in order to have a 12 seat dining bar. In addition, the request includes removing the “no entertainment” restriction to allow for televisions and background music.
Abutters from the 328 Commercial Street 20-unit condominium and their attorney, Mike Merrill, spoke in favor of the license transfer but strongly objected to the bar planned in the restaurant. Attendees spoke of their high regard for the applicant and some noted that many North End restaurants have successfully incorporated dining bars.
After an extended discussion, NEWRA supported the transfer of the license in a vote of 20-2 as well as the inclusion of TVs and background music in a second vote of 18-4. A third vote on the application regarding a proposed 12 seat dining bar was opposed, 10-12.
NEWRA’s support adds to the support of the Neighborhood Council (NEWNC), although the latter also supported the 12-seat dining bar. The application will be heard on March 5th by the Boston Licensing Board who will make the final determination.
View the above video for the full presentation of the application and the discussion at the NEWRA meeting.