The restaurateurs responsible for Tres Gatos, Centre Street Cafe, and Casa Verde are shuffling their liquor licenses around and opening a new restaurant at 3399 Washington St. called Brass Cat Cafe.
Following a hearing at City Hall on Jan. 4, the Licensing Board for the City of Boston approved the group’s application for a non-transferrable full liquor license at Casa Verde, and is now awaiting final approval from the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). The applicants for the license transfer are David Doyle, Maricely Perez-Alers, and Keith Harmon.
The group also met with the Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on Monday to present their plans to transfer Casa Verde’s existing 7-Day Wines and Malt w/ Liqueurs License to 3399 Washington St. The meeting was heavily attended with about 46 people, and no one spoke against the transfer, said Michael Reiskind, chair of the Public Service Committee. Reiskind reported that people mostly talked about the success of the applicant’s previous three restaurants, the need for a restaurant in that stretch of Washington Street, and the appreciation for the applicants’ communication with the neighboring community.
Ultimately, the committee voted to recommend support for the transfer of liquor license with no opponents. The committee voted with the provisos that alcohol be only served with food and no alcohol would be served before 11 a.m.
Doyle, who would be the manager of Brass Cat Cafe, said that Casa Verde had a strong opening last spring and is continuing to attract regulars. The restaurant was initially open for just dinner service, and is now open for lunch Monday thru Friday and weekend brunch.
“We’re looking forward to starting monthly tap takeovers with local breweries, and expanding our beverage list to include traditional margaritas and other classic cocktails, mezcal, and a curated bourbon list once we receive our full liquor license,” Doyle said.
The new location on Washington Street is owned by the same landlord as Casa Verde, who has expressed interest in opening a new restaurant in that space.
“We believe that there is a strong need for more sit-down, casual restaurants in that neighborhood, especially given the amount of new housing slated to be built in the next five to ten years,” Doyle said.
Brass Cat Cafe is slated to be a “casual coffee house” serving baked goods and sandwiches by day, and at night would feature Southern-style food. Doyle said there may be a focus on New Orleans, including fried chicken, jambalaya, blackened fish, steak, and vegetarian options.
Doyle said the group has received emails from residents in the Washington Street corridor expressing support for the Brass Cat concept due to a need for casual, sit-down restaurants in that neighborhood.
“As with Tres Gatos, Centre Street Café, and Casa Verde, our goal with Brass Cat Cafe is to provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere with great food and service, and to continue to be a part of the evolving restaurant scene in Jamaica Plain,” said Doyle.