One More Quick Update:

East Broadway Market (O + Broadway) will officially begin to sell beer and wine on Saturday, September 16th. Stop by and show your support!


The City of Boston Licensing Board voted to approve a beer + wine license for East Broadway Market at O + Broadway. According to Universal Hub, Board members stated the license would not cause any problems for the South Boston Catholic Academy. They also mentioned the fact that St. Brigid/Gate of Heaven Parish did not come out against the proposal plus the SBCA parents’ support during a community meeting. So there you have it!

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“What about the children?” 

Universal Hub is reporting that East Broadway Market, located at O and Broadway, has applied for a beer and wine license with the City of Boston.  On the zoom call meeting, there will people in support of the license and then there were people against it.

Opponents cited the fact that South Boston Catholic Academy is directly across the street from East Broadway Market.

“It is imperative that our school children are protected from the environment of liquor being sold across the street where the kids go for slushes and soda and snacks after school,” City Point Neighborhood Association President Luanne O’Connor said. (via Universal Hub)

Other opposition topics included traffic, double-parking, public safety, and the fact if East Broadway Market gets a beer + wine license, there will be copycat applications from every convenience store in the neighborhood.  One resident went so far as to say that someone might be hurt or killed at the intersection with “all that craziness.”   – On a side note, I once attended a meeting for Tasty Burger (now Chilicates) opening. One person in opposition set up a scenario where drunks would drive their car into the gas tanks at the gas station next door and “blow up the whole neighborhood.” Why must we go to extremes?

Most proponents liked the idea because of the convenience of it all.  Paul Gannon, attorney for the owner of East Broadway Market, stated that St. Bridgid/Gate of Heaven Parish did not speak out against the license.  Gannon also added that many of the parents of SBCA who attended a neighborhood meeting were for the idea.

You can read the full details here via Universal Hub. 

The city licensing board will make a decision on Thursday. More to follow.





  1. Charlie June 28, 2023 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    I can only think of a handful of corner markets that don’t have beer and wine.
    I think E. Broadway is an outlier that they DON’T have it.
    What about the kids? Not an issue if they go to Jimmys for a slush why would it be for E. Broadway or L St if they go to get D&D.

  2. danny June 29, 2023 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Glad to see that Paul Gannon is looking out for the neighborhood. Im rethinking voting for him over Mike Flaherty back in the day. LOL. Whats next a beer garden down Sullys.

    • Kimberly Garcia June 29, 2023 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Sully’s in Hanover does! It’s AWESOME!

  3. Frances Sharkey June 29, 2023 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I think there are enough places that sell booze in Southie

  4. Linda Lynch June 30, 2023 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    The first zoom meeting, the majority was for the license. The 2nd zoom meeting, the majority was against it, so I think it’s incorrect to say that most were for it. It seemed to me it was a 50/50 taking into consideration for both of the zoom meetings.

    • Maureen Dahill June 30, 2023 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Who said most was for it? It said some were for it and some were against it.

    • Patrick July 1, 2023 at 11:55 am - Reply

      When was the second Zoom meeting?

  5. Jonathan Sutton June 30, 2023 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    They already run Keno and sell cigarettes. A few craft beers and wine on the shelves? This only means less processed sugar crap, gambling, and tobacco. Is this even a discussion?

    East Fifth Street

  6. Oh, So St. Brigids/Gatey… June 30, 2023 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    …didn’t speak out against it? Oh, okay then. Was the source the same one who told parents , TO THEIR FACES, that Gatey “wasn’t” closing…only to send the wee ones home a mere days later with a nice little “sayonara, suckers” flyer in every backpack?

    Money talks, am I right, “padre”?


  7. danny September 17, 2023 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Its nice that Developers include ex residents and pay them handsomely to create Southie. Lord it seems like a lifetime ago Jimmy Kelly blew a gasket over the open windows at The Beer Garden.

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