Babushka Deli, 62 Washington St., has asked the Boston Licensing Board for permission to add specialty Russian vodkas to its existing beer and wine, in response, it says, to requests from the many Russian-Americans who live in an apartment complex behind the shop.
The board could decide on the request in a week, after hearing from the Brighton-Allston Improvement Association.
The mayor's office supported the proposal, as did a number of nearby residents, several Zooming in from the shop itself.
Not just Russian-Americans supported the proposal. One Comm. Ave. resident said he supports Babuskha in part because it proved such a great place to pick up essentials when the line into the nearby Whole Foods extended way out past the doors in the early days of the pandemic.
Babushka attorney Carolyn Conway said the store would put in a couple of extra shelves near the front to hold the new drinks; no deli items would need to be displaced or ended to make way for them. She added the deli would agree to a license restriction to not sell nips.