Eataly Looking to Purchase Liquor License of Dempsey's Bar and Grill in Hyde Park
A mammoth Italian emporium that is on its way to Boston's Back Bay is looking to purchase a liquor license--and it could be coming from an obscure watering hole in one of the city's neighborhoods.
Universal Hub is reporting that Eataly, which is going to be opening within the Prudential Center, may be getting its license from Dempsey's Bar and Grill in Hyde Park, with a hearing on the proposed transfer taking place next Wednesday. It is not known if the River Street drinking spot will remain in business--and as UH says, the place could possibly acquire a neighborhood-specific license--though it appears that this might not be the case because there is no such hearing on the agenda. (These types of swaps usually entail a license sale and a request for a hearing on a new license within the same day, according to Universal Hub.)
[December 9 update: A Twitter post from @ConciergeBoston indicates that the price tag for the liquor license that would be transferred from Dempsey's to Eataly is $385,000. (The hearing on the proposed transfer is taking place this morning.)]
Eataly will be a multi-floor complex in the Pru with approximately 45,000 square feet of space, including a market, several dining spots, and more; expect to see it open in late 2016.
Mario Batali's Eataly Will Open at the Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay
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