Frank Scire and his attorney Rashi Mangalick petitioned the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) for support of a new malt and wine license at Going Bananas at the March NEWNC meeting. The council voted 6-1 in opposition to the license.
Frank Scire, owner of Going Bananas, said he wants to offer a small, limited section of beer and wine to his customers to stay relevant with his competition (2:28).
Frank addressed the question of whether he’ll be taking business away from other shops (4:05) in saying he’s not trying to hurt anyone, he just wants to stay in business.
Sal DiGirolamo spoke on behalf of the nearby Wild Duck package store, strongly opposing this license (7:58). DiGirolamo pointed out that these licenses are not issued for convenience or for competitive reasons, but to meet a public need. He argued the need is already being met, as evident by the Wild Duck’s sales being down for the first time since they opened. Customers are not knocking down the door to buy goods, which shows there are enough options in the area to meet the need.
A community member also spoke out against the license (10:09), asking how many more liquor stores do we need in the North End? Frank pointed out that he’s not opening a new store, just adding products to his current one.
When asked about his plan on pricing (11:06), Frank said he plans to price his beer and wine similar to other shops in the area.