The Boston Licensing Board approved a 2:00 a.m. closing hour extension (from 1:00 a.m.) request this week for Goody Glover’s Irish restaurant & bar at 48-50 Salem Street. The all-alcohol license amendment applies to the inside of the establishment, not the patio that generally closes at 9:00 p.m.
The decision is a notable one for the 3 person city Licensing Board that has not approved an extended closing hour to 2:00 a.m. in the neighborhood since 2011 with a similar extension for The Living Room.
The Licensing Board 2:00 a.m. action was counter to the recommendation by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and was also opposed by the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) in a vote of 5-26 on April 11, 2014. The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) heard the application on March 11, 2014 but did not take a vote on the request. NEWNC tabled the issue and did not take it up again.
Dan McMyler, 11 year owner of the Irish pub, said at the neighborhood meetings that Goody Glover’s loses business to the Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market bars that have 2:00 a.m. closing hour alcohol licenses. He also said the property recently turned over ownership resulting in higher leasing costs perhaps related to an increased tax assessment. In addition, the new property owner at the location is currently seeking a new tenant for when Goody Glover’s lease expires this Fall. Should that happen, McMyler could apply to transfer the license to another Boston location.
By our unofficial count, there are now twelve 2:00 a.m. closing hour alcohol licenses in the North End / Waterfront area.
- Boston Sail Loft
- Caffe Paradiso
- Corner Cafe
- Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel
- Four Winds
- Goody Glover’s
- Living Room
- Mother Anna’s
(Does not include establishments beyond the borders of Christopher Columbus Park, Rose Kennedy Greenway or Keany Square.)