The Boston Licensing Board today told a newly arrived pizza place in Oak Square that it would be willing to consider its request to stay open until 2 a.m. - but in another few months, to give the neighborhood a chance to see just what kind of place it really is.
Taskin Dural, who opened his 8 Pizzas at 600 Washington St. only this past December, originally sought to extend his current 11 p.m. closing time to 4 a.m., citing competition from a nearby Domino's, which is open for delivery until 3.
That idea, of course, was DOA. The Brighton Allston Improvement Association worried about the precedent a 4 a.m. closing time would set in Brighton's sleepier end. Dural told the board he would limit the later hours to takeout and delivery.
Dural offered 2 a.m. closing as a compromise, but the association opposed that as well. "The applicant not been there long enough to justify the hours," Conor Newman of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Service said, summarizing the association's case.
At a meeting today, the board agreed. It denied Dural's application without prejudice, which means he can come back in another two or three months to request a 2 a.m. closing time. The extra couple of months would provide "a better picture of how this would work in their neighborhood," board Chairwoman Kathleen Joyce said.