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Empire seeks license for 'bottle service', American Provisions withdraws license request

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 7, 2012 02:59 PM

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Empire, a South Boston waterfront club, could soon offer “bottle service,” if the city of Boston Licensing Board approves its request.

The 14,000 square-foot establishment, located at 1 Marina Park Dr., opened over the summer and offers food and a full bar. Its bar and lounge is currently open Mon. and Tues. from 4 p.m.-12a.m., Wed.-Fri. from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and Sat. from 5p.m.-2 a.m., according to its website.

At a Wednesday morning hearing before the Licensing Board, representatives said the restaurant would not be providing customers with a full bottle of unattended liquor, but would be serving it to them.

If approved, the board decides Thursday, Empire would be the 19th establishment in the city to offer “bottle service,” according to the Licensing Board.

Big Night Venues Boston, which owns Empire, also operates establishments throughout the city including the Back Bay bar Red Lantern and the Downtown bar Gem.

American Provisions withdraws license request

American Provisions, a niche cheese and meats store in South Boston, withdrew its request for a license to sell wine and beer.

The store had submitted a petition to the Licensing Board for the license that would have allowed it to sell wine, beer, and malt beverages seven-days a week at its 613 East Broadway location.

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