Thursday, June 20, 2024

East Cambridge’s iconic Mayflower Poultry sign is due to be auctioned Aug. 26. (Photo: William Beutler via Flickr)

A returning ManRay seeks to serve 

License Commission, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. On this agenda, the legendary Brookline Street nightclub ManRay takes a step toward reopening – after 16 years – at 40 Prospect St., Central Square, which the ImprovBoston comedy club vacated in November under financial pressure from the coronavirus lockdown. Spicies Thai Cuisine, 24 Holyoke St., Harvard Square, appears to be transitioning into the Boston Ramen Co. with a wine-and-beer transfer at the same address – though a manager on Saturday was unaware. And the Donut Villa Diner at 20 Prospect St., Central Square, is back for an alcohol license that will allow it to add dinner hours in a hearing originally intended for July. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Welcome to one recovering dog …

Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. In a head-scratcher of legislative overkill, a single case of a resident hoping to provide postoperative care for one recuperating pet at a time in her home has made it from the Board of Zoning Appeal on June 10 (when a variance was denied), to a zoning change proposed by a couple of city councillors on June 28, to the Planning Board for a recommendation. Staff recommends the change to permit a “veterinary establishment, kennel, pet shop or similar establishment” as an allowed use in residential districts, provided that “no noise or odors are perceptible from adjoining lots” and “the use is restricted to one animal unless specifically increased by the special-permit granting authority.” Also on the agenda is a proposal by Cifrino Mass Ave Realty to squeeze 46 dwelling units between 600 Massachusetts Ave. and Green Street, replacing a one-story former mattress shop with six stories encompassing 46 residences and storefront space of up to 93,824 square feet. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

… Goodbye to Mayflower Poultry

Board of Zoning Appeal, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Plans must be considered for the renovation and redevelopment into offices, research and development or laboratory space of the famous Mayflower Poultry property (of the iconic “Live Poultry Fresh Killed” sign) at 621 Cambridge St., East Cambridge. Mayflower Poultry is forced to move after 89 years because of a pandemic slump and the $5 million sale of its historic building; Mayflower owner Jim Gould plans to auction off the sign and trademark Aug. 26. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Feature image by Em via Flickr