Serafina taps into Back Bay

Boston Herald | By Olivia Vanni
April 28, 2017

Newbury Street will soon have another late-night spot to crash: The Boston Licensing Board told the Track that Italian restaurant Serafina was just granted a liquor license with permission to stay open until 1 a.m., with a patio going strong until 11 p.m. And the news comes to the chagrin of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay.

“Ninety percent of the time, we reach an agreement (with restaurants),” said Elliott Laffer, co-chairman of the Back Bay group’s Licensing and Building Use Committee.

“This time, we did not. We’re particularly sensitive about the north side of Newbury Street because it backs into Commonwealth Avenue, which means there are residences right across the alley. The later restaurants are open, the later … there’s noise.”

Earlier this week, the group was joined by City Councilor Josh Zakim, requesting that the licensing board restrict the restaurant’s closing time to midnight, with a 10 p.m. curfew for the outdoor portion, because of its intended location on the corner of Newbury and Fairfield.

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