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Retail beer, wine license approved for Dorchester Avenue market

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 17, 2014 03:34 PM

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A retail wine and beer license for a specialty market proposed for Dorchester Avenue has been approved by the Boston Licensing Board.

The store, which will be located at 1047-1051 Dorchester Ave., the former site of Phu Cuong Market, was proposed by Mateo Van.

At a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board Wednesday, Van’s attorney, Carolyn Conway, said the market would fill a niche in the neighborhood.

“This is a market that will also sell wine and beer, not a beer and wine store,” Conway explained to the board Wednesday. “Considering the change that is going on in the neighborhood, there’s no market that serves this niche. This is for foodies that stay home and people that entertain.”

The proposed hours for the store are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with an earlier closing on Sundays, Conway said.

The market is similar to a store pitched by Mateo in October, but concentrates more on specialty foods, with close to 60 percent of the proposed store's 2,800 square-feet dedicated to items like cheeses, craft olive oils, and other select specialty foods.

At Wednesday’s hearing a slew of residents turned out to support the project.

A letter in support from the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association and a petition with close to 200 signatures in support, were also submitted to the board by Conway.

A representative from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services in addition to representatives from the offices of at-Large City Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Stephen Murphy, voiced their support for the project.

A representative from City Councilor Frank Baker's office took no action on the proposal. The councilor had supported the proposal submitted in October.

A handful of residents and one business owner turned out to oppose the proposal. Those opposed said the neighborhood already has too many liquor stores and bars.

From Columbia Road to Savin Hill Avenue there are currently three liquor stores located near the approximately half-mile stretch of Dorchester Avenue. Both Eagle Liquors and Best Liquors are located on Dorchester Avenue and Avenue Liquors is located on Savin Hill Avenue just off of Dorchester Avenue. The closest liquor store to the proposed location is Best Liquors at 1088 Dorchester Ave.

The market is expected to open in a month, according to Van.

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