At 25-29 Prince Street, restauranteur Frank DePasquale is planning on expanding the second floor of Assaggio Restaurant for a cooking school, La Scuola at Assaggio. DePasquale Ventures recently renovated the ground floors when it purchased the longstanding restaurant near the corner of Hanover Street abutting Saint Leonard Church.
The zoning variance request, presented by Attorney William Ferullo to the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC), is to change the upper floor from residential to restaurant use. Manager Joseph DePasquale was also present at the meeting.
Cooking lessons would available be for chefs, culinary professionals, amateurs and youth education with local schools. Guest chefs from Italy will also be invited for cooking demonstrations.
When classes are not being offered, the upper floor will be used for additional dining space at Assaggio Restaurant, providing 33 more seats and doubling the current capacity.
Proponents are also looking to extend the current 11 p.m. closing hour. An initial request of 1:00 a.m. closing was presented but council members countered with a midnight closing time instead.
In a 4-0 vote (1 abstain) on October 10th, NEWNC members supported the expansion with a midnight closing hour. However, since 6 council members are required for a quorum, a follow-up meeting is expected to be held in order to validate the unofficial vote.
Please view the video above for the full discussion. Neighborhood group votes are advisory to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Boston Licensing Board that will make the final determination.