Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Beta Burger in Mission Hill Shut Down Due to Permitting Issue; Exact Status Unknown

A burger spot in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood has been shut down by the city, and it is not known when it might reopen.

Eater Boston is reporting (via an Instagram post from the place) that Beta Burger in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood is temporarily closed, as the licensing board made the decision late this summer to shut the Tremont Street eatery because it failed to renew its common victualler license. The Instagram post shows a note that says "Since opening in 2015 we have had problems getting our final permit from the City of Boston and this Friday August 18th, the City decided to shut us down. Now this may suck temporarily but we are working very hard to sort this out and get back up and running as soon as possible." EB says that Beta Burger had actually been closed down by the city on August 8 for failure to renew the license, with owner Adrian Wong stating that he "had every intention to renew the license but just couldn't get it done fast enough." No representatives for the dining spot showed up at the August 8 hearing--which was supposed to discuss both the common victualler license and an expired temporary inspection certificate--according to the article. (Wong mentions that getting a permanent certificate has been a problem because of an issue in the restaurant's electrical room.)

A disciplinary hearing is expected to take place on October 24, where a decision could be made on whether the city will allow Beta Burger to open back up again.

The address for Beta Burger is 1437 Tremont Street, Boston (Roxbury Crossing), MA, 02120. The website for the restaurant can be found at

[October 18 update: The city of Boston is expected to have an informational hearing concerning Beta Burger on October 24, with the focus being the "licensee operating business while ordered closed by the Licensing Board for the City of Boston."]

[October 27 update: Eater Boston states in an update (via a Facebook post from the place) that Beta Burger on Tremont Street has reopened, with the post indicating that they received their common victualler license.]

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