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American Provisions, a niche cheese and meats store in South Boston, will be going back before the Licensing Board for permission to sell wine and beer at the East Broadway establishment.
The store, which opened in December 2010, had previously scheduled a hearing before the board in early November, but withdrew the request to continue discussions with the community and administrators at the nearby Tynan School.
“We are excited for the opportunity to go forward, it has always been in the business plan,” said Matt Thayer, co-owner of the store.
The license would allow the establishment, at 613 East Broadway, to sell wine, beer, and malt beverages seven days a week. Thayer said that if the store is granted the license, they would sell craft beer and artisanal wines.
“We feel [the wines and beers] are important to the dining experience. We’re not a liquor store, and we’d hope to sell wine and beer on a small scale,” said Thayer.
There has been some pushback from the community, with some residents voicing concern about more liquor licenses coming into the neighborhood.
There are currently three full-service package stores located on East Broadway between L Street and Dorchester Street: New Bay View Liquor, The Hub, and Dorgan’s Package Store.
“On one side you’re hearing some residents who want an opportunity to buy high-quality wine and beer, and what you will hear from other residents is that we have too many liquor licenses on that block,” said state Representative Nick Collins, whose office has been working with residents and the store owners throughout the process. “I think the case that has to be made to the licensing board is that in order to get that beer and wine license there has to be a need.”
Collins highlighted the recently opened Social Wines on West Broadway as an already established option for residents who want to purchase the high-quality, artisanal alcoholic beverages.
“One thing we heard in the community meetings was, ‘We have to go to the Back Bay or the South End, we have to go somewhere else,” Collins said. “Well, this place is in South Boston and it has a great selection.”
Although Collins acknowledged that a good portion of residents at the community meetings held on the issue have been supportive of the license request, he said he will most likely not support the request.
“Personally, I usually air on the side of caution. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning towards no,” he said.
American Provisions will make its case before the board Nov. 28.