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By adamg - 3/3/21 - 1:42 pm
Babushka customers support vodka bid

Babushka customers take break from shopping to support vodka bid.

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. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/21 - 11:35 am

The Boston Licensing Board today issued a warning to West on Centre for a Republican buffet breakfast last month that violated several of the state's and city's Covid-19 regulations, including maskless attendees wandering around as they sampled a buffet before crowding together at tables as speakers regaled them while standing at a microphone. Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/21 - 10:38 am

The Boston Licensing Board concluded this week that the Hyatt Regency on Avenue de Lafayette was not to blame for two incidents in which men were robbed in hotel rooms. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/21 - 3:37 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of a Roslindale restaurant that specializes in shaken seafood in a bag expand into Dorchester by taking over a Vietnamese seafood place on Dorchester Avenue that closed due to Covid-19 last year. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/21 - 3:19 pm
Paul Marino making his case

Marino makes his case.

Update: Request granted by the board.

The owner of Marino's Market on VFW Parkway, next to Al Wadi on VFW Parkway, finds out tomorrow if the Boston Licensing Board will let him expand his current beer and wine offerings to harder beverages. Read more.

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By adamg - 2/24/21 - 3:00 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owners of Lala Rokh, which closed in 2018, sell their 97 Mt. Vernon St. location and its liquor license to Kristin Jenkins, an antiques dealer who hopes to open a "neighborhood American bistro." Read more.

By adamg - 2/23/21 - 3:27 pm

A manager at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Avenue de Lafayette says he's stepped up security over the past two months following two incidents, one in which a man said he was tasered and robbed by a woman he'd hooked up with over Tinder, the other in which a particularly dexterous prostitute managed to remove $4,000 in cash from a man's wallet even as she performed fellatio on him. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/21 - 11:51 am

The owner of Silva's Brazilian Market on Belgrade Avenue at Walworth Street wants to sell the shop and its beer and wine license to Lorenzo Mercado, who is proposing to re-open it as the Punta Cana Beer & Wine Market, with a closing time of 11 p.m.

The proposed license transfer goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday, in hearings that begin at 1 p.m.

By adamg - 2/1/21 - 11:56 am

The Boston Licensing Board today ordered Rosa Mexicano, 155 Seaport Blvd., and Kava Neo-Taverna, 315 Shawmut Ave., shut for one night each after BPD detectives found them with way more patrons than allowed under current Covid-19 restrictions. Read more.

By adamg - 1/27/21 - 2:03 pm
Rockwood telling the Boston Licensing Board of his plans

Ken Rockwood talks music-hall buildouts with the licensing board.

The operator of a small Manhattan music hall hopes to open a similar facility at Van Ness and Kilmarnock streets in the Fenway. Read more

By adamg - 1/27/21 - 1:22 pm

The Pearl Seafood Grill and Raw Bar, in the South Bay mall expansion, hopes to open its doors on April 1, its attorney, Jon Aieta, told the Boston Licensing Board this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 12/28/20 - 2:21 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today notified the owners of Rabia's on Salem Street they better cut it out with the maskless servers, the more than six people crowded at tables, the wandering violinists popping in to play for diners. Read more.

By adamg - 12/21/20 - 11:43 am

City of Boston Licensing Board - Emergency LPI Hearing - 12-21-20

The Boston Licensing Board this morning told the manager and lawyer for Rabia's, 73 Salem St., that if they can't keep the North End's pair of wandering violinists out and if servers keep serving diners after 9:30 p.m. and won't wear masks, the place should just shut down. Read more.

By adamg - 12/1/20 - 3:26 pm
#BentBrunch Halloween flyer

Flyer for what turned into a stabby brunch.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, Bastille Kitchen, 49 Melcher St., was nearing the end of just its third Sunday brunch after being closed most of the summer when a fight broke out that ended with two men stabbed and a third sliced in the hand. Read more.

By adamg - 12/1/20 - 2:11 pm

Update: Board issues two warnings to restaurant over the incident.

The owner of New Moon Villa on Edinboro Street in Chinatown had to answer a citation today for a Nov. 10 incident in which licensing detectives found three patrons dancing inside while sipping from the bottles of tequila and cognac they brought in with them - half an hour after the restaurant was supposed to be shut due to the state's current Covid-19 regulations. Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/20 - 2:53 pm
Rendeirng of proposed Boston capsules

What $65 a night on High Street would buy you. From a Wharf District Council presentation.

Update: The licensing board deferred its vote so it can take a look at last week's zoning-board extension on the project.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Chris Elsey, a developer from Manhattan, KS, build a 14-story hotel on what is now a tiny parking lot on High Street with 100 two-person pods, similar to, if a bit larger than. the pods found in Japanese capsule hotels. Read more.

By adamg - 10/20/20 - 9:52 am

The Boston Licensing Board has scheduled an emergency meeting tomorrow to remind restaurant owners in South Boston and the Seaport that there are rules they have to follow if they want to stay open. Read more.

By adamg - 9/29/20 - 12:44 pm
Soyturk and Joyce

Soyturk apologizes; Joyce explains need for action.

Salt Bae is leaving Boston soon and that should end the crowds of celebrity hounds who'd turned Arlington Street in Park Square into a potential superspreader spot in the eight days his steak place was open before the city shut it down, Salt Bae's local lawyer and two of his sub-Baes told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.

By adamg - 9/22/20 - 11:16 am
Det. Eddie Hernandez with fake Massachusetts licenses from Applebee's

Det. Eddie Hernandez holds up fake Mass. licenses from South Bay Applebee's

A state-of-the-art license scanner designed to ferret out increasingly sophisticated fake IDs won't work when a waitress lets her underage friends drink up, a manager at Mija in Faneuil Hall Marketplace acknowledged today. Read more.

By adamg - 9/17/20 - 5:07 pm
Damien DiPaola

DiPaola talks heaters, tents along Hanover Street.

For the second time since the start of the pandemic, the Boston Licensing Board called in North End restaurant owners to urge them to do a better job breaking up lines of hungry people and ensuring their workers wear their masks properly.

But in a Zoomed hearing this afternoon, the board also laid out requirements for restaurants to add heaters to their expanded patio spaces along sidewalks and in parking spaces as the city expands patio season through December: Read more.

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