Rekindled, Scottish-accented Bella Luna in Jamaica Plain may have a liquor license, if town hall can pick one up

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The Boston Licensing Board today approved a request from the owners of the former Bella Luna and current Haven for a liquor license with which to reopen the Bella Luna space at the Brewery complex on Amory Street – if it s Turns out the board has one to hand out.

The board of directors voted 2-1 to grant the new Haven at the Brewery a “neighborhood” liquor license, if there is one. Unlike other liquor permits, these cannot be resold and therefore cannot be used as collateral for a loan, but must be returned to the city if the operators close. In 2014, the state legislature authorized Boston to issue a number of new “neighborhood” licenses designed to encourage restaurant entrepreneurs to open in neighborhoods that were not overrun by national wholesale chains. budget who could afford the six-figure free market license prices in a city with a state-imposed cap on the total number of licenses.

According to plans announced in August, the original Waddleton Haven in Hyde Square would remain open, but he and Mainzer would reopen the Bella Luna space, which closed in March 2020, with its original line of food – along with some new Scottish offerings. – live music and events.

Licensing Board members Liam Curran and Keeana Saxon said during a hearing on Wednesday the new restaurant in the old space more than proved the public’s need – with the enthusiastic support of the residents of Jamaica Plain to reopen it. which had been a popular local establishment. “It was a popular place, unfortunately it couldn’t get through the pandemic, I don’t know why, from a business perspective,” Curran said.

Board chair Kathleen Joyce expressed the only no. She said she had nothing against the new restaurant serving alcohol and agreed that the previous Bella Luna had shown a public need for a liquor license there.

But she said she believed restricted neighborhood permits should be reserved for start-up restaurateurs and that if Mainzer and Waddleton want to serve alcohol, they should try to get a liquor license on the street first. open market, where, at least before the pandemic hit, they often went for $ 300,000 or more, in addition to the annual licensing board fees.

At the same meeting, the board of directors unanimously rejected an application by a 22-seat restaurant on Hudson Street in Chinatown for a “neighborhood” beer and wine license, saying that, unlike at the brewery’s suggestion, the new space was very small, in an area that already has a large number of liquor permits.

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