Neighbors to Weigh in on Liquor Store

By Seth Daniel

A high-end liquor store concept on Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue had a neighborhood meeting last week and will be on the docket for the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) this month.

The concept, called Bullfinch, is brought by Vikesh and Jat Patel and reportedly has some pretty staunch opposition – especially as it sits between 7/11 and Seiyo, two stores that already sell alcohol products.

The Patels are pitching a store at 1721 Washington St. between Olympia Flowers and Equator restaurant that will be stocked with fine wines and an extraordinarily large selection of craft beers – including 25 cooler doors of selections.

The 5,000 sq. ft. store will have room for a 30-door walk-in cooler and a beer cave. There would be a state-of-the-art tasting area as well. The owners said they chose the location as there is no liquor store in the local 15-block radius that currently provides friendly knowledgeable service, pro-active neighborhood involvement, a large store size to carry the biggest craft brew section in a two-mile radius and a large representation of local brands.

The owners said the chose Bullfinch as it is a type of bird in India, and also it’s a nod to Charles Bulfinch, who originally designed the South End look.

The proposal will be on the agenda for the WSANA July 26.­

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