After a confusing debate regarding alleged zoning issues at Monica’s Mercato Pizza in Boston’s North End, the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) deferred its vote pending clarification from City Hall. This is a follow-up discussion to a January 2015 vote where NEWRA supported Monica’s new pizzeria operating in the lower level of 130-130B on Salem Street at the intersection of Noyes Place.
Co-owner Jorge Mendoza of Mendoza Brothers LLC presented the take out permit granted last year by the city’s Inspectional Services Department. He said there is no additional zoning issue or hearing to be scheduled with respect to the retail store and pizzeria. Monica’s Pizza has been operating out of the lower level for about a year.
Mendoza said a new permit application was mistakenly requested by a contractor and the subsequent denial by City Hall has since been rescinded. In the interim, regulations have also changed regarding the need for retail stores to have take out permits, especially with regards to the sale of prepared foods.
Abutter John Corey said he is representing himself and property owners on Noyes Place who are complaining about the side entrance to the lower level pizza operation at Monica’s. He alleges there is a zoning violation related to the basement operations.
After a heated debate, NEWRA President Ford Cavallari halted discussion and pushed for a deferral on the issue until there is more clarity on whether zoning relief is required. Maria Lanza from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services said she would inquire further with Inspectional Services and report back to the group.