A neighborhood association in Dorchester recently heard several proposals for a long-vacant space on the corner of Granite Avenue and Gallivan Boulevard, including for a family-style restaurant and pub from a well-known Boston restaurateur.
The Dorchester Reporter says Julian Bolger — who owns The Playwright in South Boston, Bee's Knees Supply Co. in Fort Point, Cityside in Cleveland Circle, and co-owns Allston's Tavern in the Square — and a partner have proposed a new concept, called Sam Maverick's, for the former Hollywood Video location. The store has been vacant since the video rental franchise closed in 2009.
The Cedar Grove Civic Association noted on its Facebook page that the proposal they heard at their March 10 meeting was extremely preliminary with many details to be decided. What is known is that Sam Maverick's would take the entire space left vacant by Hollywood Video and could also include an outdoor patio. The restaurant team proposed lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch service, but exact hours of operation are to be decided. The civic association says the proprietors promise a family-friendly dining experience and will also try to hire locally.
During the association's regular meeting on April 14, paid members will vote on the Sam Maverick's plan as well as on a plan for a franchise of Little Caesar's Pizza. The public meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Father Lane Hall at St. Brendan's Church, at 559 Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester.