The Boston Beer Company i.e. the Sam Adams Brewery, is seeking a permit to host live music, a DJ, dancing and karaoke. "We’re seeking a permit essentially for the option to support local musician – duos or trios only – in the event we’d want to host live musicians for an event. We anticipate this would happen only a handful of times throughout the year and would wrap before sunset, but allows us another way to strengthen our ties in the community and support those who help to make it flourish," said Meaghan Quinn, communications specialist for Boston Beer Company, to Jamaica Plain News. The Boston Beer Company is scheduled to appear at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Public Service Committee on Tuesday (August 7) to discuss its petition to "add the categories of three instrumentalists and three vocalists, disc jockey, dancing by patrons, and karaoke to their existing non-live entertainment license." The meeting is actually at The Brewery (Building B) at 31 Germania St., at 7 pm.
Jamaica Plain businesses would get five new booze licenses a year for three years under a proposal floated Monday. Mayor Marty Walsh and City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley announced the plan, which would add a total of 105 licenses to JP, Hyde Park, Roxbury, East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan and Mission Hill. In a holdover from the days when the state did not trust Boston to distribute its own booze licenses, a restauranteur faces six-digit costs and Byzantine rules to serve vodka, stout or chardonnay. All licenses are tightly regulated and involve approvals at both the state and city levels. Pressley, taking up liquor licenses as an economic development issue, shepherded a similar program through in 2014.
One of JP's most popular vegan and vegetarian restaurants, Blue Nile, is changing ownership. It faces a tricky exchange to keep a beer and wine license, however. But not much else is slated to change about the 389 Centre St. favorite. New owner Yosef Haile, brother of current owner Ellana Haile, has been managing the place for the last three years.
The Haven gained a neighborhood board's support for its goal of getting a full liquor license. JP resident Monica Salas, speaking in favor of the idea, put it simply: "A Scottish restaurant needs to have Scotch." The Public Service Committee of the JP Neighborhood Council met Tuesday in the teachers' lounge at the JFK School. The board voted 4-0 to recommend supporting an all-alcohol license for the 2 Perkins St. pub.
A Hyde Park Avenue space that most recently housed a convenience store where you could get beer, wine and booze along with your salty snacks could morph into "Forest Hills Fine Wine." The proposal for 18-24 Hyde Park Ave. is among the items on tap at Tuesday's meeting of the JP Neighborhood Council's Public Service Committee. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the community room at the E-13 police station at 3347 Washington St. Formerly "Forest Hills Mart," the location is currently empty, aside from old shelving.