Wednesday, November 30, 2011

J.P. Licks Is Opening in Boston's Beacon Hill

It looks like a local group of ice cream cafes may be opening a new location, with this one being in the heart of Boston.

According to a Boston real estate agent, J.P. Licks is planning to move into a space on Charles Street (their lease has already been signed), though the Beacon Hill Civic Association will apparently need to approve a zoning variance during its Zoning and Licensing Committee meeting on December 7. No address for the proposed J.P. Licks was given, though an earlier Downtown View article mentioned that the space in question is a former law office.

[December 1 update: According to an email from the Mass. Market Blog, the address for J.P. Licks in Beacon Hill will be 150 Charles Street, and it appears that it will have have about 20 seats and a closing hour of midnight.]

[December 9 update: According to the Stoneham Patch and Eater Boston, J.P. Licks has gained approval by the Beacon Hill Civic Association's Zoning and Licensing Committee to move ahead with their plans to open on Charles Street, though the closing hour of the place has been moved up an hour to 11:00 PM.]

[May 15, 2012 update: Eater Boston reports (via @Bessiejking's Twitter page) that J.P. Licks is now open in Beaon Hill.]

J.P. Licks, which first started out in Jamaica Plain in 1981, features a wide variety of homemade ice cream flavors as well as frozen yogurt, frappes, smoothies, cakes, pies, and coffee. They currently have locations in JP, the Back Bay, Mission Hill, Harvard Square, Coolidge Corner, Davis Square, West Roxbury, Newton Centre, Wellesley, and Dedham. Their website can be found at