Villa Mexico Café Makes Case with Zoning Board

The owners of Villa Mexico Café are scheduled to appear before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals at City Hall, Room 809-A, on Tuesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m., seeking the zoning relief and licenses that would allow the restaurant to relocate to 12 Grove St.

The applicants intend to open a small take-out and delivery restaurant in a residential district at Cambridge and Phillips streets.

At this location, Villa Mexico would occupy approximately 320 square feet on the street level and offer no on-site seating. Proposed hours of operation would be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., with an opening time of 8 or 9 a.m.

Julie King and her daughter, Betsy, have operated Villa Mexico Café at Grampy’s gas station, located at 296 Cambridge St., for more than five years.

In December, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted to oppose the restaurant’s proposed move to Grove Street after neighbors expressed concern about increased trash and possible rodent infestations, among other issues.

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