Last week I recapped a recent open forum discussion hosted by DNA between Buddha Bar ownership and community residents. Eran Gorev, a representative of the owners of the restaurant group, expressed how committed he is to working with the community on issues of noise, lighting, etc… Understandably he was light on specifics regarding these issues as it is early in the process.
What I have seen today is the Buddha Bar’s ABC application. The hours of operation for the restaurant are designated as 11:30AM to 2:00AM Sun-Thurs with an extension until 3:00AM on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is requesting the same late night hours for their expansive 104 seat patio along Mass Ave.
It’s important to keep in mind that these hours are the maximum possible hours their liquor license will allow. It does not mean the restaurant manager will necessarily elect to keep the patio open that late. But in an area surrounded by residences some feel patio hours beyond 11PM weekday and midnight weekends are non-starter and that a written voluntary agreement limiting late night patio hours is needed. The community only has true leverage at certain points in the process – the liquor license is one of those points.