David Doyle, Maricely Perez-Alers, and Keith Harmon — the team behind popular Jamaica Plain restaurants Tres Gatos, Centre Street Cafe, and Casa Verde — are adding to their growing neighborhood empire, reports Jamaica Plain News. Brass Cat Cafe is in the works, and in a departure from the Centre Street addresses for the other three venues, this one is slated for 3399 Washington St., a former printing company office a third of a mile from the Green Street T.
Per a release from the group, Brass Cat Cafe will be up for discussion at a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council meeting on January 23. If various neighborhood associations and committees support the proposal, the next step is to get approval from the Boston licensing board for a wine, malt, and liqueur (aka “cordials”) license.
According to the agenda from a hearing earlier this month, the space comes in at just under 2,000 square feet and would have a dining room and bar. The agenda also indicates that Brass Cat Cafe’s proposed license would come from its big sibling Casa Verde, which is getting upgraded to a full liquor license (pending ABCC approval). The upgraded license will allow the Mexican restaurant to be able to increase its beverage list to include “traditional margaritas, other classic cocktails, and mezcal,” according to a rep for the group, “as well as a curated bourbon list.” The restaurant currently serves beer, wine, and a selection of cocktails made with ingredients allowable under the existing beer, malts, and liqueur license.
That’s not the only boozy upgrade for the group: Centre Street Cafe is getting upgraded from wines and malts to wines, malts, and liqueurs, allowing the addition of aperitifs and digestifs. Get ready for negronis, Aperol spritzes, and more — not to mention brunch bloody marys.
As for Brass Cat Cafe, the group will announce more details once the licensing hurdles are out of the way. Their existing restaurants focus on tacos and other Mexican cuisine (Casa Verde), Italian food (Centre Street Cafe), and tapas and wine (Tres Gatos, which also has a book and record store inside).