In a vote of 22-8, the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) supported a proposal by Daily Catch restaurant to transfer its alcohol license to 65 Atlantic Avenue on the waterfront in Boston’s North End. Maria Lombardo and Sage Freddura presented a petition on November 14th to transfer a license currently held by The Daily Catch at 2 Northern Avenue which has closed.
The Freddura’s seek to transfer their existing beer and wine license from their restaurant in the Seaport to a new Daily Catch in the North End Waterfront at the existing Golden Goose / Kolbeh Cafe location. The proposal includes the installation of a 6-8 seat bar service counter, awnings/signage, an increase of occupancy from 48 seats to 50-60 and seasonal patio dining on the private property next to the building.
Daily Catch intends to maintain its current location on Hanover Street, having operated there since 1979.
At 65 Atlantic Avenue, the Fredduras are negotiating with the seller, the previous tenant, and the trustees of the building. The trustees would actually like them to take over the entire space which also includes Laser Enhanced Therapies.
The 1:00 am closing license that would be transferred is for beer, wine, and cordials and they said they are not interested in having a full liquor license. While the license would legally allow a 1 am closing, the proponents said they intend to be open Sunday – Thursday until 11 p.m. and Friday – Sunday at midnight. The seasonal outside patio would close an hour before closing.
The outside patio would be on the brick/cobblestone alley that is adjacent to the Golden Goose Market. The area would be roped off and furniture would be movable to allow for emergency access. They intend to do a landscaping project and bring vitality to that small passageway.
A resident from 63 Atlantic Ave., the Prince Building, expressed concerns about the hours of operation, stating that it’s a residential neighborhood that shuts down quite early. She would like to see the Daily Catch close at 10 p.m. She also requested that, should the transfer go through, the owners are careful about smells and rats. The Fredduras emphasized they are primarily a seafood restaurant, not a drinking establishment.
A letter was read from the abutting Prince Building Trustees stating the Fredduras met with them earlier to go over some of their concerns. The Trustees do not oppose the transfer of the license or the opening of The Daily Catch and hope they will be good neighbors.
NEWRA’s support adds to that of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). The proponent intends to present at the December 2019 city licensing board meeting for final approval with an anticipated opening in early 2020.