The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave permission to an East Boston man who is planning to open an upscale trattoria on Bennington Street to buy the beer and wine license from a Dominican restaurant in Roslindale.
Luis Santiago Lasprilla's El Burro would replace a former bakery and feature what his attorney Michael Ford called authentic and "upper scale" Italian food - with takeout and a 14-seat patio.
The board approved his purchase of the license now held by 100% Delicias on Hyde Park Avenue in Roslindale. The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission also has to approve the license sale.
In explaining the public need for a restaurant serving beer and wine at that location - a requirement of licensing hearings - Ford noted that East Boston in general and the area around the location in particular have been growing rapidly. Authentica Italian food and upscale takeout "is exactly what the neighborhood's looking for," he said.
Watch the hearing: