Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Update: James Hook in Boston Seeks Liquor License, Then Withdraws Request, Then Brings Back Request, Then Withdraws Request Again

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 22, September 8, and September 10 to reflect new information given.]

It looks like a landmark seafood restaurant and market in Boston is hoping to add alcohol to its menu and it is also apparently looking to stay open later.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting (via a City of Boston Licensing Board page) that James Hook & Co. on Atlantic Avenue is seeking an All Alcohol License along with a possible closing time of 10:00 PM (it is now open until 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday and Saturdays, 6:00 PM on Fridays, and 3:00 PM on Sundays). The board looked into this tonight, so we may have more information by tomorrow or Friday (keep checking back for updates).

[August 22 update: According to a note sent by @UniversalHub, James Hook & Co. has withdrawn its request for a liquor license. It is not known why it was withdrawn, and it is also not known whether the place will continue to seek a later closing time.]

[September 8 update: A Licensing Board page within the City of Boston site indicates that the liquor license request by James Hook is back on track, with a hearing on the issue being held Wednesday; the note also mentions the later closing time as well as a request for a 72-seat outdoor patio.]

[September 10 update: A new note sent by Universal Hub says that James Hook & Co. has withdrawn its request for a liquor license again.]

James Hook & Co. first opened in 1925, offering lobster and other seafood items, including clam chowder, haddock, swordfish, tuna, and more.

The address for James Hook & Co. is 440 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210. Its website can be found at