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Days appear to be numbered for Ups N Downs bar

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 24, 2012 11:22 AM

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The Neponset Circle bar Ups N Downs could soon be closing. Representatives for a new downtown bar informed the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday morning that it planned to purchase the bar’s liquor license.

At a hearing, William McDermott, an attorney representing Sterling’s, which is slated to open at 60 State St., said that his client is planning to purchase the Dorchester bar’s license.

In April, representatives for Ups N Downs, which has been the site of multiple violent incidents, went before the city’s Licensing Board because of a large fight at the establishment in February.

At the hearing, Michael Ford, the attorney representing Ups N Downs, told the board that his client was planning on selling the establishment’s liquor license to the Tea Party Museum located in the Fort Point Channel.

Those plans have been scrapped and according to McDermott his group plans to purchase the license as soon as possible for $300,000.

Sterling’s will be a bar and restaurant with an estimated 120-seat outdoor patio and a 2 a.m. closing time.

At the hearing, the Mayor’s Office, the office of City Councilor Sal LaMattina, and the office of at-large City Councilor Stephen Murphy all voiced support for the license transfer and new restaurant.

The Licensing Board will make its decision to approve or deny the transfer Thursday.

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