Starbucks wins Southie fight

The Boston Globe | By Jon Chesto
August 25, 2016

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Starbucks fans in Southie, take heart: Your favorite coffee chain will be able to set up shop on East Broadway after all.

Boston’s licensing board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a license for a proposed Starbucks at 749 East Broadway in South Boston. The decision comes more than three months after the board had voted to deny a previous license request for the same Starbucks shop.

Representatives for the Seattle-based coffee shop giant made some efforts to ingratiate themselves with the community since that time, and a neighborhood meeting to discuss the issue last week was much less antagonistic than one held in the spring. Supporters and critics then packed a hearing room at City Hall last week to make their case, and the licensing board opted not to make a decision the following day, as the board members would normally do.

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