So the first Starbucks battle may have been won but it appears that war is not over. Starbucks is still fighting to open at the vacant space at the corner of L and East Broadway. The Seattle based coffee chain has been granted another hearing for a common victualler license on August 17th at 10am at City Hall. Back in May, the CV license for the future Starbucks was denied.
In addition to some neighborhood opposition, Mayor Marty Walsh, City councilors Michael Flaherty and Michelle Wu and State Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry were also against it. The reason? There are already too many coffee shops in that neighborhood. Other reasons for opposition ranged from traffic, double parking and potential to hurt small independent coffee shops. City Councilor Bill Linehan has showed support for the Starbucks in the past.
The space at 749 East Broadway has already been approved for zoning for a restaurant but needs this 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!