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New(ish) Southie Restaurant Is on the Hunt for a License

A restaurant that's been in the works for two years is making some new moves. (UPDATE: Brian Poe is involved.)

749 E. Broadway under construction
749 E. Broadway under construction
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A long-planned Southie restaurant is making another attempt to nail down an alcohol license. The as yet unnamed restaurant planned for 749 E. Broadway (previously referred to as "SoBo Bistro") is scheduled for a hearing on February 3 that will determine whether it is awarded an all-alcohol license, Boston Restaurant Talk reports.

The man behind the restaurant, Michael Norton, previously applied for a beer and wine license for the restaurant and there was some speculation over what the name and cuisine of the place would be.

Now, Norton will make his case for one of Boston's coveted all-alcohol licenses that is currently up for grabs (for which restaurants in the North End and Waterfront are fiercely vying).

The proposed restaurant will have a bar and table seating with a 12 a.m. closing time and an entrance on the corner of L Street and Broadway. When he first proposed the restaurant, Norton reportedly planned to renovate the building, and going off of Google Maps imaging, it appears the building was demolished and rebuilt.

Norton is reportedly also the landlord for the Tasty Burger next door to this new restaurant.

UPDATE, 2/3/16: Brian Poe and Gordon Wilcox (Parish Cafe, Bukowski Tavern, Tip Tap Room, etc.) are involved in the project, which will reportedly emphasize the actual food (as opposed to Southie's prevalent sports bar vibe, Norton's attorney told the licensing board).