The owner of the Haven in Hyde Square, the state's only Scottish restaurant, announced today he's stopped serving liquor there in the hopes of getting a license for the larger space he and the owner of Bella Luna plan to open in June in the Brewery complex.
Haven owner Jason Waddleton had hoped to serve liquor at both locations. But after unsuccessfully applying twice for a new liquor license for the Brewery location, he gave up and has asked the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission to let him transfer his Hyde Square license to the Brewery. Waddleton was unsuccessful not because of any issues with his proposal but because the state legislature limits the number of liquor licenses Boston can issue, none were available in a drawer at City Hall and the only way for him to get one would be to spend $400,000 or so for one on the open market.
On the Haven Facebook page, Waddleton wrote:
As of today, we are no longer serving any alcohol at 2 Perkins Street.
For the next month, we are operating on a takeout and delivery model and we are STILL OPEN FOR DINE-IN (without alcohol).
Please support our team during this time of transformation.
As many of you know, there have been big things afoot for The Haven's next chapter for some time. Stay tuned for weekly updates from me on our anticipated early June opening of The Haven at the Brewery!