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Boston Licensing Board Hosting 4 Emergency Hearings This Week on Restaurant Complaints


Oh boy, we knew this would happen eventually. According to – complaints have been pouring in via 311 and reported to the licensing board re: lack of social distancing at neighborhood restaurants. The offending neighborhoods? Allston/Brighton, Southie and the Seaport.

So now all liquor license holders in these neighborhood are required to attend a virtual hearing via Zoom. Any licensee that fails to attend could have their temporary extension of an outdoor space revoked, along with potential additional disciplinary action. The meeting for South Boston/Seaport will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21 – public testimony begins at 4:30 p.m. 

The meetings will address the complaints filed with the board and the Inspectional Services Department and include three main themes:

  • Failure to adhere to the guidance issued by the state regarding social distancing and mandatory operational requirements and the board’s various advisories regarding the same;
  • Failure to properly monitor patrons waiting in line for admission to the premise;
  • Failure to adhere to city, state, and federal laws, codes, and ordinances regarding tobacco use and the presence of animals in food service establishments, including outdoor patios. also listed some of the 311 complaints, which include everything from drinking over barriers to tables not being six feet apart. You can read them all here.

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