After a long drawn out battle, the City of Boston Licensing Board has voted on Thursday to approve the common victualler license for Starbucks at L and Broadway.
In case you live under a rock, here’s the back history on this local saga.
The first Starbucks battle was back in the spring and ended with the Boston licensing board denying Starbucks a common victualler license. But Starbucks did not go away quietly and was granted another hearing for the CV license which took place on Wednesday, August 17th. On Thursday, August 18th, the board voted to defer its decision.
The space at 749 East Broadway was already been approved for zoning for a restaurant but needed this CV license to operate. According the city’s website, “Every food service establishment in the City of Boston with capabilities for cooking, preparing and serving food is required to have a Common Victualler License.”
On Monday, August 15th, a community meeting was held and of the 100 plus crowd in attendance a majority seemed to be in favor of Starbucks opening most stating it would be a welcomed addition to the neighborhood. Those in opposition voiced concerns that the coffee chain may affect other mom and pop coffee shops in the neighborhood. Other reasons for opposition ranged from traffic, trash, double parking and public safety. The licensing board took into consideration both neighborhood support and opposition. Evidently support outweighed opposition.
So there you have it. Whether you’ll be first in line for a Grande Carmel Macchiato or you think of Starbucks as the end of days, the saga is officially over. Welcome to neighborhood, Starbucks!