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Arlington night life, from Capitol Square to the Heights, is about to brighten a bit more.
The Select Board on Monday, Oct. 22, approved licenses for food for three establishments, one for alcohol and one for entertainment.
The nod to Adventure Pub, a game-board gastropub at 190-192 Mass. Ave., for food and alcohol drew applause from fans in the audience.
Opening soon is Yassou, serving one-size pizza and gyros at 1323 Mass. Ave., in the Heights, the former location of Capri Pizza and Charley's. Christo Paraskeroudis, a 40-year resident, is getting a food license. See details >> Board member Diane Mahon asked about hours and learned they would be Monday through Sunday.
At the former location of Yummys Frozen Yogurt, at 474 Mass. Ave., in the Center, Usushi Cafe, a sushi restaurant, owner Ping Zheng is receiving a food license. See details, including hours and menu >>
At Punjab, 485 Mass. Ave., in the Center, owner Jaspal S. Pabla, is receiving a public entertainment license. Attorney John Leone, who said was representing the "real Punjab," noted that bands would perform in the restaurant's back corner. See floor plan >>
Mahon asked about sound proofing, whether there are limits on numbers playing and said she believed the closest neighbors were about 1 1/2 blocks behind the restaurant.
Board Chair Dan Dunn suggested letting neighbors know about upcoming entertainment.
As to Adventure Pub, owner Athena Z. Peters said that families would choose from a large library of board games as well as order from a big menu, which includes small shared plates. You "eat, drink, have a good time," she said.
Member Kevin Greeley asked whether she has managed such a business before. Peters replied that this is a first for her, but she has hired Jason Smith, who has been in restaurants for 10 years. See his resume included here >> She said that for 15 years, she worked in the video-game industry, including many years of management. Her degree is in theater directing.
"I hadn't heard of concept," Greeley said.
Peters said she saw it working in Austin and Seattle, comparing some of Arlington's demographics with those communities. YourArlington published a story about the proposed pub in July >>
Mahon asked about alcohol training and was assured it would be sufficient.
The following appointments were approved, 5-0:
- Newly Appointed Clean Energy Future Committee Member David Levy (term to expire 6/30/2021)
- Newly Appointed Elderly and Disabled Tax Aid Relief Fund Committee Member Jennifer Lewis-Forbes (term to expire 6/30/2021)
- Grants Committee of the Arlington Commission on Arts and Culture (formerly Arlington Cultural Council) Heidi Kendig (term to expire 10/31/2021)
- Commission for Arts and Culture (terms to expire 6/30/2021): Cristin Bagnall, Beth Locke, Janet Oberto, Lidia Kenig Scher, Linda Shoemaker
This news summary was published Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018.
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