The battle for Starbucks to open at the corner of L and Broadway is still in riot mode. Online petitions, both for and against, have been circulating on social media in the hopes to gain enough signatures to support or stop the Seattle coffee chain from operating at 749 East Broadway.
The first Starbucks battle back in the spring ended with the Boston licensing board denying Starbucks a common victualler license. But Starbucks is ready to fight and was granted another hearing for the CV license on August 17th at 10am at City Hall.
The space at 749 East Broadway has already been approved for zoning for a restaurant but needs 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.”
Another community meeting will be held on August 15th at the Tynan Community Center at 6:30pm. (And we’d have to imagine it will be a doozy!) Both sides of the argument are sure to be represented.
Team No Starbucks is afraid the giant chain my affect other mom and pop coffee shops in the neighborhood. Other reasons for opposition ranged from traffic, double parking and public safety.
“For me it really boils down to two main issues. The issue of public safety is first and foremost. The corner of L and East Broadway is already a traffic nightmare. Buses travel in 3 of the 4 directions. It is a major pedestrian crossing. Cars already double park for existing businesses. Now, imagine if we add Starbucks to the mix? The second issue is how much small businesses support our community. When you have a fundraiser and need donations, it is through our small businesses. Are we as a community willing to forgo safety and all of what small businesses offer for place that has a proven track record of giving little to nothing back to the community?” says Southie resident Julie Galgay.
As for Team Pro Starbucks, supporters believe the coffee chain has every right to open a business in the community and that the neighborhood needs a coffee shop that is open later.
“The City Point neighborhood is sorely lacking a cafe with extended hours and WiFi where individuals and families alike can work and relax. Starbucks is an established, well-respected brand would provide a great alternative to the many bars already in the area. The space is already zoned for a restaurant so it is unreasonable that a CV license be denied. I support small businesses and free enterprise and believe that there is room enough for all businesses,” says Ryan Miller, Southie resident.
Another community meeting will be held on August 15th at the Tynan Community Center at 6:30pm. (And we’d have to imagine it will be a doozy!)Whether you’re for or against Starbucks, you’re encouraged to attend and have your voice heard.
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