Scottish pub looks at Centre St.


JP CENTER—A Scottish-themed pub called Acoustica may be headed for the former Sweet Finnish spot at 761 Centre St. As the name suggests, the pub would feature live acoustic music.

The would-be owner of Acoustica is Jason Waddleton, a Jamaica Plain resident and longtime manager at Brookline’s Matt Murphy’s Pub, an Irish pub that features live music. He also runs an independent record label, as the Boston Globe reported three years ago. Waddleton did not return a Gazette phone call for this article.

Acoustica has gained early approvals from the Sumner Hill Association (SHA) and the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association in recent weeks.

“We feel like it’s going to be a great addition to the neighborhood,” said SHA president Janet Levatin. She said the SHA’s approval came with the requirement that Waddleton notify all nearby residents about his plans.

The SHA will also want more specific information down the road, Levatin said, including “the level of sound produced by the music and what he plans to do with the front of the building.”

She said Waddleton mentioned altering the storefront, which currently features large windows.

Waddleton reportedly is seeking neighborhood approval before he signs a lease. He is slated to go before the Jamaica Pond Association at its next meeting. [See JP Agenda.]

Waddleton reportedly would seek a common victualler license that would allow beer and wine to be served only with food.

The Sweet Finnish bakery closed abruptly three months ago.

Sandra Storey contributed to this article.

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