It is an issue that seems to be bubbling up to the top like champagne in recent weeks. Alcohol licenses.
Recently, the Irish Social Club of Boston has requested a special permanent alcohol license, after a member mistakenly gave the license back. Also Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley wants to do away with the antiquated process of getting alcohol licenses.
In West Roxbury, the Rox Diner is seeking to gain a beer and wine license to compliment their dinner menu. When first opened, the Rox Diner was a breakfast to lunch place, and then expanded to include dinner.
Tonight Anthony Ross, representing John Fortin and Paul Louderback, owners of the Rox Diner, will discuss their plans to apply for a beer/wine license, at the West Roxbury Neighborhood Council meeting.
Fortin and Louderback said many patrons requested beer and wine with their meals, and they determined that dinner was not viable without a beer and wine license. There is a distinction with alcohol licenses between having a beer/wine license and a full-liquor license, which permits a business to serve things such as gin, vodka, whiskey and more.
Fortin and Louderback have a beer/wine license at their Newton location where the operating hours extend to 9 p.m., which is what they want for their Centre Street diner.
The West Roxbury Neighborhood Council will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the District E-5 Police Station community room. All WRNC meetings are open to the public.
So what do you think - should the Rox Diner get a beer and wine license?