NABB Licensing Use Committee Reviews Two Matters

By Dan Murphy

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Licensing Use Committee reviewed two matters during its meeting at the Lenox Hotel on Monday, Nov. 6.

Michael Serpa, chef and partner at Select Oyster Bar at 50 Gloucester St., presented a proposal to open another seafood restaurant with his business partner Robert Weintraub at 314 Newbury St. The new restaurant would offer lunch and dinner and have a similar concept as Select while offering a more casual atmosphere and lower price points. It would accommodate 47 customers inside and an additional 12 people on an outdoor patio facing Newbury Street.

The applicant is current seeking to purchase an existing beer-and-wine license to transfer to the proposed restaurant, Serpa said.

Regarding trash disposal, Serpa said garbage would be stored on site in a refrigerated room and brought out to the street for collection at around 11 p.m. daily.

In another matter, representatives for Barry’s Bootcamp, which currently operates a gym in Downtown Crossing, unveiled their plans to open a second Boston location at Westin Copley Place in the former home of Turner Fisheries.

Kaitlyn Coakley, director of operations for the Boston division of Barry’s Bootcamp, said the new gym’s proposed hours of operation would be 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and would also offer daily fitness classes for up to 50 participants. It is slated to open in the spring, she said.

Neither applicant currently had a hearing date scheduled with the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals at the time of the meeting.

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