A special meeting of the license board – called to address changes in the floor plan of a new restaurant in Braintree – ended quickly on Monday afternoon when members decided that there was no need to re-evaulate the establishment's alcohol license.
The Brew House, slated to open at the Granite Plaza sometime in January, received food and all-alcohol licenses from the Board of License Commissioners on Sept. 13. At the time, attorney Thomas J. Cavanaugh and manager Alexandros Kesaris presented floor plans that showed 78 seats, with a focus, they said, on the restaurant's bar pizza service.
But at the tail end of the license board meeting on Nov. 29, member Russell Forsberg, also the Braintree's building inspector, told colleagues that he had run into trouble with The Brew House's construction, saying that the owners now had a plan that showed a significantly different setup, more akin to a bar than a restaurant.
While the license board does not vote on an establishment's floor plan, it does vote individually on a number of alcohol license factors, such as noise, traffic, community need and type of establishment.
On Monday, Cavanaugh explained to the board that the change happened after The Brew House received its license because the owners were then able to garner funding for an engineering study. The shifts in the floor plan were meant to "maximize their space" by changing foot traffic flow and also adding handicap access at the bar and more bathroom space.
"It allows them to alleviate serious [foot] traffic concerns," Cavanaugh said.
The board agreed by a 3-0 vote, with Police Chief Paul Frazier abstaining and Fire Chief Kevin Murphy absent, that the changes were not significant enough to require a hearing on the restaurant's alcohol license.