Eately Aims to Open Outdoor Patio, Seeks Single-Day Entertainment Licenses

April 6, 2018
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Besides planning to open an outdoor, seasonal patio, Eately Boston at the Prudential Center is seeking four, single-day entertainment licenses from the city as part of the ongoing “Takeover Boylston Street” initiative.

Nicholas Zozula, the applicant’s attorney, told members of Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Licensing and Building Use Committee at the Lenox Hotel on Monday evening that the restaurant intends to open a 1,600 square-foot patio in an effort to activate its Boylston Plaza entrance. The patio would accommodate a total of 56 patrons at 14 tables and operate between April 1 and Oct. 31, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Eately is also seeking entertainment licenses for Thursdays, June 14, July 12, Aug. 13 and Sept. 13, from 5 to 10 p.m. for “Takeover Boylston Street,” which made its successful debut last summer. Boston Properties – restaurant’s landlord – would offer a performance from Berklee College of Music musicians until 8:30 or 9 p.m., at which time a deejay would take over.

Zozula said he expects Boston Properties would be amenable to a request from committee co-chair Elliot Laffer to keep the volume at a reasonable level, and restaurant management said Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, which is slated to open next door in August, has also agreed to join in the initiative.

In another matter, the owner of a five-story brownstone at 233 Beacon St. is seeking to change the building’s usage from 11 residential units to 12. The room in question has been used for residential purposes since 1945, said Matt Eckel, the applicant’s attorney.

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