Licensing Board Puts Off Decision on Caffè Nero

Rendering of interior for Caffè Nero's 733 Centre St. location.

Caffè Nero Americas

Rendering of interior for Caffè Nero’s 733 Centre St. location.

The city’s Licensing Board will wait to hear from a JP neighborhood group before deciding whether to give a European coffee house approval to open.

As expected, the Licensing Board heeded a request by the JP Neighborhood Council’s Michael Reiskind to delay any decision until at least Tuesday’s meeting of a committee that’s crafting a “memo of understanding” between the neighborhood and Caffè Nero. That meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Curtis Hall, 20 South St.

The coffee house chain aims to open their second North American location at 733 Centre St. The international company has drawn push-back from some neighbors who prefer locally-owned businesses and strong support from others.

We’ve learned a few new details about Caffè Nero’s proposal. The coffee house would have 61 indoor seats and 11 outdoor seats. As you may have seen, the old Commonwealth Bank sign has been taken down. Plans call for the front of the building to be pushed back slightly to give room for the 11 sidewalk seats.

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  • Pat Roberts

    The Neighborhood Council tried the same thing with Whole Foods. (It didn’t work.) They also tried it back when Stop & Shop first opened. They got a pile of money that they were supposed to distribute to neighboring small businesses who were hurt by the presence of S&S. No one ever applied for the money, so they gave it to themselves and their friends. It is just plain extortion. I’m surprised that the city is willing to support this behavior, or give any credence to this group of grasping law-breakers.

    • Terry Gaffney

      If you can’t support that, it’s libel!

  • Pat Roberts

    Should we all write or call the Licensing Board, to let them know the Neighborhood Council doesn’t speak for us? Should we go to the meeting on Tuesday at Curtis Hall to listen to what these scammers are planning?

    • Terry Gaffney

      They speak for me; in fact I wish they were louder.

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