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Suya Joint Looks to Bring Nigerian Eats and Booze to Roxbury

The Boston Licensing Board could grant the restaurateur one of their new, limited licenses.

The proposed location of Suya Joint
The proposed location of Suya Joint
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Dudley Square is poised to get a Nigerian eatery, as the Boston Licensing Board will decide today whether to grant a liquor license for Suya Joint, Universal Hub reports.

The Roxbury location would be the second venture for Nigeria native Cecelia Lizotte, who operated the original Suya Joint in Roslindale before closing it down in January. Her lawyer told the board the previous location was too small, according to UHub. Lizotte is looking to open an 80-seat restaurant at 185 Dudley St.

For the all-alcohol permit, Lizotte is looking to secure one of the new, restricted liquor licenses — of which there are 75 in total over the next two years — meant to encourage restaurant development in traditionally underserved Boston neighborhoods. The mayor's office and a city councilor support the proposal, UHub notes, though a resident attending the hearing expressed concerns about increased traffic.