Scopa, a new restaurant planning to move into the Hanover Street location that most recently housed the original Pomodoro, went before the Boston Licensing Commission today in hopes of securing a beer, wine, and cordials license. The board votes on Thursdays, and the decision will be available after 3 p.m. tomorrow, a city employee said.
In March, the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council unanimously approved of the restaurant proposal from proprietor Gennaro Riccio, Boston Restaurant Talk noted via the community's news site. At that meeting, Riccio — a standing council member, who recused himself from the vote — said the "refined Italian restaurant" would be open daily for lunch and dinner. Pending the city's approval, the 22-seat Scopa would be open 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Monday - Thursday with the closing hour extended to midnight on weekends.
Riccio said in March that a June opening was possible.
UPDATE, 6/8/15: Getting through the city's licensing process wasn't as simple for Scopa: The Boston Business Journal reports that the Licensing Board deferred action on a decision for 30 days. A statement of reasons is forthcoming, and the board will take up the topic again next month. It's safe to say a June opening isn't likely, thanks to this temporary holdup.