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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Licensing Commission RoundUp...

The Licensing Commission met last night, approving licenses to exciting new businesses in Somerville.

Taking the agenda out of order, the panel met with representatives from Bibim Restaurant who will be occupying the old McDonald's space at 243 Elm Street. This license was the deciding factor, at least that's how their spokesperson made it seem at the community meeting, on whether they would expand the popular Korean eatery from their Allston location. The Allston storefront does not have an alcohol license.

After a brief explanation and description of the menu items, Commissioner John McKenna inquired whether they had any violations associated with the Allston joint. A 'no' answer gave the Commission all they needed to unanimously approve the all-forms license, paving the way for Davis to have a brand-new Korean eatery.

Another big approval came with the much-talked-about Aeronaut Brewery located on Tyler Street. Represented by former Ward 5 Alderman Sean O'Donovan, the company made a great impression with the Commission who were excited to approve the first Famer's Series Pouring Permit for beer to the new Somerville-based brewery.

Ken Kelly was also approved for his new establishment, River Bar, set to hit 661 Assembly Row. The new business will feature indoor and outdoor space and will be situated near the new JP Licks that will be calling Assembly home soon.

Paint Night had their request approved for 10 nightly events at 230 Somerville Avenue that will begin in April and run through May. Most other requests were approved, as well, with Aguacate Verde withdrawing her request that night.

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