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Five North End restaurants, including Antico Forno shown here, are applying for new all-alcohol licenses that recently became available (Photo by Matt Conti)
Five North End restaurants, including Antico Forno shown here, are applying for new all-alcohol licenses that recently became available (Photo by Matt Conti)

Five North End restaurants are pursuing new and upgraded all-alcohol licenses that recently became available at the Boston Licensing Board this September. Applicants include Crudo, Carmelina’s, Strega, Antico Forno and Terramia.

The limited number of unrestricted licenses are highly sought after with each valued at upwards of $300,000. Applicants from throughout the city are expected to apply. All-alcohol licenses allow establishments to serve hard liquor beyond beer/wine/cordials, such as popular signature cocktails.

In 2014, the State legislature raised the city’s 970 limit by adding 75 new licenses. Sixty of the new licenses are “restricted” because they are being designated for underserved neighborhoods (Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, and Roxbury). Fifteen of the licenses are “unrestricted” meaning they can be awarded anywhere in the City of Boston.

Ten of the 15 unrestricted licenses were awarded last year, including three in the North End (Monica’s, Cantina Italiana & Mare).

Abutters meetings have been setup for Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm, the evening before the Licensing Board hears the first 14 requests on Wednesday.

Abutters Meetings

Crudo Boston – Salem Street
Applicant seeking an all alcoholic beverages license.
Tuesday 9/13/16 – 6:00pm – 78 Salem St (on site)

Carmelina’s – Hanover Street
Applicant seeking an all alcoholic beverages license.
Tuesday 9/13/16 – 6:30pm – 126 Salem St (on site)

Strega Ristorante – Hanover Street
Applicant seeking upgrade to an all alcoholic beverages license.
Tuesday 9/13/16 – 7:00pm – 379 Hanover St (on site)

Antico Forno – Salem Street
Applicant seeking upgrade to an all alcoholic beverages license.
Tuesday 9/13/16 – 7:30pm – 93 Salem St (on site)

Terramia Ristorante – Salem Street
Applicant seeking upgrade to an all alcoholic beverages license.
Tuesday 9/13/16 – 8:00pm – 98 Salem St (on site)

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