The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by two physical therapists to turn what used to be the Quality RX Pharmacy on River Street near Hyde Park Avenue into a function hall specializing in weddings, graduations and similar events.
Robert Tambi and Vincent Bulega, whose physical-therapy business is just down River, will neither serve food nor alcohol at the 4,200-square-foot location, between Jerusalem Trading and MetroPCS. Instead, people booking the space will have to bring their own food and seek a one-day liquor license from the Boston Licensing Board.
At a hearing today, Tambi added that the two will be installing speakers designed not to annoy any neighboring businesses or residents - patrons will have to use their system and won't be allowed to bring in any Fenway-style speakers.
Because they will only book the place for nighttime events, Tambi said there should be no parking problems - there is on-street parking on the other side of River and in a municipal lot a short walk away.
The board set a closing time of midnight on weekends and 1 a.m. on weekends - and set a follow-up hearing for one year after they open to see how they are fitting in with the neighborhood.