Ula Cafe, Tres Gatos Win Alcohol Licenses

Left: The patio at Ula Cafe. Right: The patio at Tres Gatos.

Chris Helms

Left: The patio at Ula Cafe. Right: The patio at Tres Gatos.

Ula Cafe won city approval to serve beer and wine while Tres Gatos upgraded to a full liquor license, according to Future Boston.

Ula, a busy bakery in The Brewery, said the license will help support their open mic nights. Co-owner Korinn Koslofsky said she was thrilled.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to finally be able to provide beer and wine to our very loyal guests who have been asking for it for years,” she wrote in an email to Jamaica Plain News, “and we can’t express how grateful we are for all of their support during this process. We would not have been granted this license if it hadn’t been for all of the signatures and letters of support we were able to collect over the past few months.”

Meanwhile, across the neighborhood, Tres Gatos changed out their previous limited license for one that allows them to serve all types of booze.

“The Tres Gatos team is really excited that the City granted us a full liquor license,” co-owner David Doyle wrote in an email to Jamaica Plain News, “as we feel that license will allow us to offer our guests a much wider selection of drinks, including a curated single malt Scotch, whiskey and bourbon list, as well as all sorts of classic cocktails that we are unable to serve with our cordial license: Old Fashioned, Martini, Manhattan, Daiquiri, Whiskey Sour, Cosmopolitan, Tom Collins and so on.”

The Centre Street tapas bar/record store/bookshop won’t be changing its focus as a “food-driven restaurant,” Doyle wrote, saying the new license will allow them to better serve their guests.

There’s another hurdle to jump for both licenses — the state-level Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. That process generally takes several months.

The Tres Gatos license is one of a group created through the work of City Councilor Ayanna Pressley as a way to boost business in under-served neighborhoods including JP. Dig Boston has an excellent overview of where that effort stands to date.

[Editor’s note: We’ve updated this item since initial posting with more information on Tres Gatos’ license.]