Food & Drink

“The Living Room” Receives Approval to Extend Closing Hour to 2:00 a.m. from Licensing Board

The Boston Licensing Board approved an amendment to the all-alcohol license for “The Living Room” to extend its closing hour from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, plus special events. The Living Room is owned by John Hauck and is located at 101-107 Atlantic Ave. The licensing hearing this week was Read More…

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Caffe Lil Italy Receives Support of Local Officials Amid Neighbor Concerns

Caffe Lil Italy, the tiny Salem St. cafe across from the Old North Church, received strong support this week from local officials at a Boston Licensing Board hearing for a new beer & wine license despite opposition from the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) and some residents. The North End’s City Councilor Sal Read More…


Licensing Board Grants Nonna’s Market 90 Days to Sell Retail Alcohol License

Universal Hub reports from this week’s Licensing Board hearing regarding two unused licenses, one of which is a retail package store license for the short-lived Nonna’s on North Street: “The board agreed to give the owners of the shuttered Nonna’s Market on North Street in the North End 90 days to find an investor and Read More…


Boston Licensing Board Appointees Made by Governor Patrick and Transfer to Mayor Proposed

After a long wait from when Daniel Pokaski retired last summer as chair of the Boston Licensing Board, the Globe reports that Governor Patrick has not only appointed a replacement, but has literally changed the face of the powerful board by selecting a young, Latino lawyer as Chairwoman and an African-American retired judge from Roxbury Read More…


Councilor Arroyo Seeks Neighborhood Advocate for Licensing Board Vacancy

Boston City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick emphasizing the importance of filling the vacancy on the Boston Licensing Board with an individual that values and recognizes the uniqueness of each of our neighborhoods in the city.  The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of Daniel Pokaski as Chairman of the Licensing Board.  All Boston Licensing Board Commissioners are appointed by the Governor.

As Councilor Arroyo explains, “Boston is a city of neighborhoods and we need whomever is appointed to the Licensing Board to be a person who knows Boston’s neighborhoods and puts them first.”

Food & Drink

Licensing Board Extends Closing Hour for Tresca’s and Monica’s to 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday & Saturday

The Boston Licensing Board ruled this morning that two North End restaurants can extend their alcohol serving hours to 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The request is a half-hour longer than previously allowed, but not to the 1:00 a.m. that both restaurants had requested. The Board also added a condition that accordion-style Read More…

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North End Alcohol Licenses – By The Numbers

Alcohol licensing in the North End is dominating the agendas of neighborhood meetings. The Boston Licensing Board is set to hear several requests for extensions and expansions by North End restaurants. Many numbers are thrown around at these meetings regarding the number of licenses, types and hours. A comprehensive list of licenses has been tabulated Read More…

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Licensing Board Schedules Hearings for Closing Hour Extensions at Tresca and Vinoteca di Monica

In advisory votes, the Neighborhood Council voted to support the application by Tresca Restaurant while the Residents’ Association voted to oppose it. For Monica’s, the Neighborhood Council voted to support while the Residents’ Association has yet to hear the application. The Licensing Board has scheduled both hearings for January 26th, 10:00 a.m. at City Hall. Read More…

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Licensing Board Schedules Hearing For Bricco Alcohol License Change

The Zoning Board of Appeal will hear the zoning part of Bricco’s expansion on December 7, 2010 at 9:30 am at City Hall, Room 801. The Licensing Board hearing could be deferred if the Board wants the applicant to return to the neighborhood groups. Related posts: Bricco Restaurant Expansion Receives Unanimous Support from NEWNC NEWRA Opposes Bricco Expansion