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Somerville restaurant planning second location in South End

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  December 12, 2012 11:36 AM

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A new restaurant is moving to into the space once occupied by the Columbus Café in the South End.

Five Horses Tavern, which already operates a location in Somerville’s Davis Square, plans to open a second location at 535 Columbus Ave.

Columbus Café and Bar had occupied the location until its closing in July.

Now, Five Horses Tavern is opening a 2,295 square-foot restaurant with a dining room, bar and bathrooms on the first floor; kitchen and storage on the garden level; and a seasonal patio with seating for 30.

The restaurant will have a similar concept to the Somerville location and will serve moderately priced American comfort food, according to manager Dylan Welsh, who appeared before the Boston Licensing Board Wednesday.

Welsh appeared before the board to ask for approval for the transfer of a wine and malt and liqueurs license to the new restaurant from another shuttered neighborhood watering hole, The Otherside Café.

The Otherside Café closed in April and in July the licensing board allowed the eatery three months to find a new location before it considered cancelling its liquor license for non-use.

A representative from the Mayor’s office said the office was in support of Five Horses Tavern’s application, but asked the closing time be moved to 11 p.m. from 12 a.m.

Two residents of 542 Columbus Ave. told the board they wanted a lively restaurant at the corner and supported its license request, but also asked for an 11 p.m. closing time over concerns about noise.

“This is a residential corner. …It’s surrounded by residential townhouses,” said one resident.

They also asked the buildings new accordion windows be closed at a certain time.

The board will make its decision about the license Thursday.
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