The North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) voted 17-9 in favor of Going Bananas’ proposal to add beer and wine to their grocery store at 65 Salem Street.
Frank Scire, owner of Going Bananas Market, appeared before the Association Thursday evening with his plans to go to the Board of Appeal to change the legal occupancy of the building to take-out (use item 36A) and a retail liquor store.
Scire wants to add a small cooler of beer and wine options for his customers so they can do their grocery and beverage shopping all in one place.
“They have been asking for it for many years,” he said. “If you ignore your customers, eventually you go out of business. You have to change with the times.”
Currently, Scire operates his business from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. however, with the license change, he could seek an 11 p.m. closing time. NEWRA members said they would be against the extended closing time, saying that is too late for a grocery store to be open. Scire said he has no intention of staying open that late.
“It’s just something my attorney suggested since it’s an option,” he said.
NEWRA voted 17-9 in favor of Scire’s plans and will send a letter of recommendation to the Boston Zoning Committee.