Caffè Nero Could Get Final City Approvals as Early as Wednesday Morning

Hi neighbors. Here’s your Morning Memo for all things JP for Wednesday, Oct. 29.

UPDATE: As expected, the Licensing Board put off action until after they hear from the JP Neighborhood Council.

UPDATE: The Licensing Board could vote Thursday up or down on Caffè Nero’s license to serve food, though it is more likely action will be delayed until after a Tuesday, Nov. 4 committee meeting of the JP Neighborhood Council.

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Caffè Nero Update: Technically speaking, Wednesday morning could be game, set and match for European coffee house Caffè Nero‘s bid for city approval to open their second North American location at 733 Centre St. The international company, which has drawn push-back from some neighbors who prefer locally-owned businesses, is on the agenda for the city’s Licensing Board for 10 a.m. Wednesday in City Hall’s Room 809A. Bureaucratically speaking, a thumb’s up from that board would clear the last red tape before the coffee house could open. But Michael Reiskind of the JP Neighborhood Council plans to ask for a delay in Wednesday’s hearing, since several community processes are still underway. Reiskind said those requests are almost always granted by the Licensing Board. Whatever happens, Jamaica Plain News will keep you informed.

Halloween Puppetry at JP Branch Library: We mentioned this in an earlier Morning Memo, but here’s a reminder that there’s a free, kid-oriented Halloween show from Rosalita’s Puppets from 3-5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St.

Documentary About Surviving Torture Screens at JP Forum: Turning from imagined evils to real ones, Thursday’s Jamaica Plain Forum makes the neighborhood debut of “Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture.” Free. 7 p.m. Thursday at First Church in JP Unitarian-Universalist, 6 Eliot St.

Have a good day.

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  • Licensing Board Hearings

    Wednesdays – Business Transaction Hearings

    Wednesday Hearings concern petitions made by the licensee, the Board will hear from the petitioner and/or licensee, and any witnesses, community members, abutters, neighborhood associations, and governmental representatives who wish to speak in favor or opposition to the petition.

    Thursdays – Voting Session

    During Thursday “Open Executive Meetings,” the Board deliberates and votes on all matters presented to it that week. Although the meeting is open to the public, the Board does not accept any testimony.

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      Thanks, Steve. It’s true the actual vote, if any, would be taken Thursday. I’m hearing that a ruling on the JPNC’s request for a delay would be made Thursday.

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