I spent the morning at a Zoning Board meeting.

On the agenda?

A proposal to open a restaurant on Tremont Street, in the South End.

Currently, the building is not zoned for food or liquor sales, which is why the zoning board got involved.

(I have no idea – was I at a Zoning Board meeting or a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting??? Could someone explain the difference to me?)

Anyway, the storefront used to be the home of Re/Max Old South, which went out of business. The landlord proposed bringing in a restaurant to replace it, specifically, The Upper Crust, which already has locations on Charles Street, Newbury Street, and in Coolidge Corner (among others?).

When they asked for comments from the public supporting the proposal, I stood up and eloquently praised the plans.

I was the only one, pretty much.

Then, they asked for comments from the public against the proposal. There were at least 20 people against it. Plus the Mayor’s office. Plus at least three city councilors.

Just about everyone who lives in the immediate area was against the idea.

So, the board took a vote and turned down the proposal.

Shame, that. Of course, the South End still has several delicious pizza pads.

Perhaps the landlord will just end up putting in a halfway house for recovering drug addicts. I hear that is her back-up plan.

Which doesn’t need zoning approval, I don’t think …

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