Licensing Board Puts Off Decision on Caffè Nero

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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.

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

Caffè Nero Americas

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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