Shanti on Washington Street today asked the Boston Licensing Board for a beer and wine license to serve the people who are now getting their Indian food elsewhere because they want something more adult than soda.
"It's rather slow in that location," restaurant attorney Sean Hope told the board. Owner Solmon Chowdhury said he gets four or five calls a day from prospective diners asking whether they can get a beer or glass of wine with their meals at the new restaurant. Chowdhury has long operated another Shanti in Dorchester with a beer and wine license
Chowdhury is hoping the board has a license it can dole out, because he said it makes no economic sense for him to spend $100,000 or so on the open market for a beer and wine license for the restaurant, which has only 40 seats. The total number of liquor licenses in Boston is limited by state law.