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Braintree's Brew House avoids Licensing Board trouble

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  December 6, 2011 04:31 PM

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The Brew House in Braintree will retain its newly minted food and alcohol licenses, despite a slight misunderstanding with the town.

The bar and pizza restaurant received approval for both licenses from the Licensing Board in late August for a 178-people capacity establishment, to be located at the Granite Street Plaza.

But some concerns were raised when the building inspector, who is on the Licensing Board, discovered a severely altered floor plan.

As such, a special Licensing Board meeting was called on Monday night to discuss the changes to see if the liquor license needed to be reapproved.

“The board reviewed it, discussed it, and there was no significant impact or change…any issues that were there before were put to rest yesterday,” said Joe Powers, Braintree’s town clerk and head of the Licensing Board.

According to Powers, the original layout had a 26-foot L-shape bar in the room, yet the revised plan called for a 37-foot bar more in the shape of the number 3.

Despite the changes, because there was no alteration in the overall footprint of the establishment, and because the restaurant did not wish to change the capacity numbers, the board felt the previous approval could still apply.

Generally, the layout is a small part of the overall picture that the board uses to determine whether a license should be granted.

“It’s a requirement of the application, it's not one of the major factors we would use in determining whether to issue or deny a license,” Powers said.

Along those lines, it is not unusual for an applicant to come in with rudimentary drawings of the layout when requesting the license, as engineering plans generally haven’t been invested in before license approval.

“It’s not uncustomary for us to [initially] get rudimentary drawings. It shows us the layout and the scope,” Powers said. “In this case, they didn’t exceed the occupancy, the seating capacity, they didn’t change the basic footprint. It was the basic drawing that they gave us in August, but we were looking at a drawing done by a professional engineering firm.”

The Brew House received the second-to-last available liquor license for restaurant establishments in Braintree. The last went two weeks ago to Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse that will be coming to the South Shore Plaza.

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