Councilor Pressley to Hold Hearing on Liquor License Home Rule Petition
Pressley proposes to lift cap on liquor licenses for restaurants and give control of economic revitalization of neighborhoods back to the City of Boston
BOSTON- At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley will hold a public hearing on Wednesday August 14th on her home rule petition to lift the antiquated state cap on liquor licenses for restaurants. Pressley’s home rule petition calls for lifting the cap on licenses, prohibiting the transfer of licenses out of empowerment and urban renewal zones, requires all new licenses to be returned to the City when a restaurant closes, grandfathers in current licenses, and closes the loophole that ties a license to an address rather than the business.
Current and prospective restaurant owners, residents, City officials, as well as Mayors form other cities will testify.
“This is about the economic vitality of our neighborhoods,” Pressley said. “I’m not talking about turning our Main Streets into Bourbon Streets. I’m talking about fostering small and local establishments that provide a place for parents to get out for a nice meal and a glass of wine or for friends to celebrate a birthday. Strong neighborhood centers are created when there is a diversity of activities.”
WHO: Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Somerville
Mayor Kim Driscoll, Salem
Nicole Murati Ferrer, Boston Licensing Board Chair
Main Streets Executive Directors
Current Restaurant and License Owners
WHAT: Boston City Council hearing on Pressley’s home rule petition to change the State liquor license law
WHEN: Thursday, August 14th, 2 PM
WHERE: Iannella Chamber, 5th Floor, Boston City Hall