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Neighborhood Council Votes to Support 283 Hanover St. Restaurant (Former Pinkberry); Also Traffic, Storm Recovery & Public Safety Updates

Attorney Daniel Toscano, representing Frank and Karen Pellino, speaking with the Neighborhood Council

The future of 283 Hanover Street was discussed at a brief Neighborhood Council meeting on Monday, January 8th, 2018. Attorney Daniel Toscano represented Frank and Karen Pellino, who wish to open a sit down restaurant at the Hanover Street location. The Council gave unanimous support to the Pellino’s new proposed restaurant.

Currently, Frank and Karen own Pellino’s Ristorante on Little Prince Street. They recently purchased 283 Hanover Street and wish to open a homemade pasta themed restaurant that will seat 30 people. The Pellinos are planning on applying for a beer and wine with cordials license for the restaurant as well.

The new yet-to-be-named eatery will be replacing the old Pinkberry on the first floor. The hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the weekdays, and then extended to 12 a.m. on the weekends. Frank Pellino said that there were no plans for a valet service in front of his new building.

The Pellino’s plan to keep the rest of the building as is with three 700 square feet apartments. The third and fourth floors will be continued to be leased to the people currently living there, but they will make use of the second floor apartment for other family members.

Attorney Toscano said that the sign on the front of the building will be simple and will definitely not be neon. With over 40 years in the restaurant business, and restaurants in the North End and in Marblehead, Attorney Toscano said of the Pellino family, “They have a tremendous amount of experience in the restaurant business.”

President’s Report – John Pregmon

On January 28th at 1 p.m. there will be bingo at the Nazzaro Center provided by North End Against Drugs. The organization is running 20 games with prizes. The entry fee is $25 dollars, but if N.E.A.D. receives payment prior to January 22nd, there is an early bird pricing available. For more information, contact John Pregmon.

The Neighborhood Council is looking for suggestions for Community Chats at the next council meetings. Topic ideas include: rats, trash, dog droppings,

Maria Lanza – Department of Neighborhood Services

  • Mayor Marty Walsh was inaugurated into his second term as the Mayor of Boston on January 1st, 2018.
  • On Wednesday, January 10th “What Does Dementia Mean for me and my Community?” panel discussion will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room 801 at City Hall
  • The Community Preservation Act passed in November 2017 will have a community presentation forum. Hosted by City Council President Andrea Campbell, the forum will take place at 6 p.m. on January 18th at the Lilla Frederick School in Dorchester.
  • The second Langone and Puopolo Park meeting will take place at the Nazzaro Center on Tuesday January 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
  • Winter Weather Guide

Resident Parking/Traffic Committee – Danielle D’Ambrosio

  • Parking and traffic in the North End has been “a mess” due to the snow piling up.
  • Call 311 with any issues.

Public Safety Committee – Tania Green

December Public Safety Concerns:

  • A suspect with a gun stole small items and fled on foot from a Cooper Street variety store.
  • An aggravated assault victim on Hanover and Prince Streets wouldn’t give information and did not press charges
  • 7 larcenies in December
  • 2 at CVS on Hanover Street
  • One pocketbook was stolen at a Hanover Street restaurant.
  • Four package thefts

Greenway Committee – John Pregmon

  • Check out the Rose Kennedy Greenway website.
  • Check out the new art on the Greenway

The Neighborhood Council meets on the second Monday of every month and can be found on Facebook and on Twitter

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8 Replies to “Neighborhood Council Votes to Support 283 Hanover St. Restaurant (Former Pinkberry); Also Traffic, Storm Recovery & Public Safety Updates

  1. I still get a kick out of the Pinkberry on Hanover. Who on earth would’ve thought that would make it

  2. “They recently purchased 283 Hanover Street and wish to open a homemade pasta themed restaurant that will seat 30 people.”

    Great! Because the North End is sorely lacking a place to get pasta.

    1. yea we’re looking for a few more restaurants because we don’t have enough.. and we have so much parking to offer,
      pretty soon the NE will be one big food court..
      this city will do anything for money, screw the residents…

      1. None of what you posted here makes any sense. What’s the city got to do with this purchase? Why is parking relevant to this commercially zone space? Restaurants are what drive the vibrancy and the economy of the neighborhood, why is that a problem? How does this “screw” the residents?

    2. If you chose to buy the building and start a business there, it would’ve been your right to put whatever small business in that space you choose. Then you could’ve made an attempt to “better” the neighborhood by offering up something different. Have at it…..

  3. Most of Hanover St. is zoned commercial, so it is populated with whatever the market will bare. Restaurants turnover faster than any other type of business. People flock here to eat so much pasta that they throw it up on the sidewalks. It’s great business plan, if you make it, they will come.

  4. I think the commenters on this thread should be aware of a few things….

    1) the multi million dollar building was purchased by private citizens. It is their property. They have a right to put a restaurant there.

    2) the city only cares about money? Once again this is private property. The city is not putting a restaurant there. And they cannot legally force 2 citizens from opening up a small restaurant.

    3) even tho there is no issue with adding another Italian restaurant in “little Italy” no restaurant is being added. The restaurant is already established and has been for awhile. It is just being moved to a better location.

    I am all for open conservation but people should really think before they post negative comments.

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