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Shuttered Otherside Cafe can keep liquor license

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  July 13, 2012 01:34 PM

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A new incarnation of Newbury Street’s shuttered Otherside Cafe could rise again in a new location.

The city of Boston’s Licensing Board voted Thursday to allow the popular vegetarian friendly cafe and beer bar to keep its liquor license after the restaurant appeared before the board facing the possibility of losing the license for non-use.

The Board scheduled a new cancellation hearing for October 16 giving the restaurant three months to work on opening a new location. The restaurant closed in April.

Boston has a limited number of liquor licenses, but the board does give extensions to license holders working to get their establishments up and running or to allow them to sell the license.

Universal Hub reported on Tuesday that the cafe’s manager Daniel Lanigan told the board he hopes to have a lease on a location in the South End within four to six weeks, but declined to disclose the exact location.

The restaurant, along with two other restaurants and a mattress store located at 407 Newbury St. at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue closed this year amid talk that Minnesota-based furniture chain Room & Board was eyeing the space.

The Globe reported in June that the store plans open a 39,000-square-foot, multilevel floor in the building in late 2013.

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