Bank seeks city help to sell off C.F. Donovan's

The Boston Licensing Board on Thursday will consider a request from Mt. Washington Bank to hold off revocation of C.F. Donovan's liquor license so it can try to sell it and recoup some of its losses.

A bank attorney told the board today the bank has taken control of the restaurant's assets, which include the property at 112 Savin Hill Ave. and the liquor license. Liquor licenses can command a premium in Boston because state law limits the number available in the city.

The board can revoke licenses for non-use - and is in the process of revoking owner Arthur Donovan's liquor license for a never opened restaurant in Hyde Park. The bank, however, thinks it can sell the license, but not quickly, because Donovan filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in November and that effectively freezes any assets related to the business until a bankruptcy judge disposes of the case.

Because of that, the bank asked the board to hold off any action on license revocation until after the bankruptcy matter is settled. Bank officials have said they tried to help Donovan stay afloat, but that the could do no more after Donovan filed for bankruptcy. They have said they are optimistic they can sell the location and license to somebody who will open a new restaurant there.

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and by "comfortable venues outside of dorchester" I mean they are percieved as safe, on an economic upswing, well poiliced, well maintained by those who frequent them...doesn't Necessarily mean they are...thy are just perceived that way and franchises and box store would be hard pressed to be lured to the area, because the the three major factors mentioned as well as the lack of growht potential of the area as well as the surrounding communities the open air drug markets and the crime thats left to fester unattended by an apathetic police deptarment and unconcerned city officials that are more busy keeping Readville safe than say Neponset circle

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Rich Carney

Its too bad that you are so cynical. Donovan's has been a cornerstone of the nighborhood for years, and Arthur Donovan's conveneince store/sub shop Patty's Pantry was the same. It was much more than "a place for people to drink", it was a restaurant where many families and friends gathered for dinner and laughs, and Arthur was always part of it.

Arthur took a risk that didn't pay off, which is unfortunate, but it happens. Regardless of whether you see it or not, Dorchester, and many other neighborhoods, is built around eating and drinking establishments where friends meet, news it shared, etc. Its too bad that we have lost such a place, and that we may have lost Arthur's many unsung contributions to the neighborhood.

It's because of this type of provincial thinking that Dorchester as a whole will not grow.....change is needed. The neighborhood didn't sustain this business.....you need change to stimulate growth attract new clientel..bring in money..thats what it takes to have a neighborhood grow into somewhere people want to go....want to frequent...aren't afraid to go after dark and spend money.......The 30 bars that define Dorchester Ave are not an attarction to the type of growth that would make a difference.....it attracts for lack of a better term....barflies.....and all the sketchy individuals that accompany them......how many Vietnamese record stores do we need? How many Nail salons are too many? How many Bars are too many? How many dingy store front restaurants does it take to turn a neighborhood with promise into a truck stand for bar flies and drug dealers? The police don't police....the neighbors look the other way....and the business leaves the area for more "comfortable venues outside of Dorchester".. freah blood is needed in the form of franchises and Big box stores,updated infarstrucure....maintance of the infastructure we do have to some level other than ghetto maintaince and just because of Menino's failuer to lure them here and Ed Davis faliure to keep the neighborhoods safe especially after dark along with the limited vision of local enterpeuers have brought an economic slow down, and stunted growth potential to the area that may never in your or my lifetime recover...that along with the flight out of the city because of crime and decaying infastructure doesn't make for a pretty picture...and just because you enjoyed a meal there...well I guess that didn't help it or him out much did it?

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Rich Carney

What you call "provincal" I call close-knit. I dont want an IHOP coming it to put McKenna's out of business, or a 99 Restaurant on Dorchester Ave. If thats what you prefer, then I would suggest moving to one of those "comfortable venues outside of Dorchester." Donovan's did not go under due to a lack of business, it went out of business because the owner went into too much debt trying to open another restaurant. The problems you are describing exist in every city, and are not unique to Savin Hill, Dorchester, or Boston.

Improvement is fine, but the "change" youre wishing for will turn Dorchester into Everytown, USA. Thats not something most of us want. Fortunately, I think we both know that while businesses may come and go, our neighborhood will never allow the national chains to take over.

Donavan's lack of managament skills and his income sources inability to off set his "poor business" ventures is exactly the type of businesses you don't want in an urban area trying to tread water...you want some substainable proven venue(s) that will and is the same everywhere......nothing wrong with local owned business peppered throughout the equation......but no outside business of note none at all is provincial thinking.....and yes crime is a problem EVERYWHERE...but it's how it's addressed that either keeps the wolves at bay or not...and unfortunatley mom and pop stores along with the inadeqacies of the BPD and the Mayor's office makes all of Dot an urban blighted drime ridden target of low lifes.....the merchant centers Fields corner uphams corner Savin Hill Ashmont to name some not all are poorly policed poorly maintained by landlords and the city...and the DCR...the transitional population is outweighing the more permanant citizen's and driving alot of them out to the strip mall ghettos where they have the same problems just cause by a different group of mal contents....until Dot can see past Dot and stop living in the past or waiting for past glories to return...they need to take a hard look forward...what they are doing now and in the past hasn't worked and repeating the same mistakes over and over and hoping for a different outcome is Webster's definition of insanity.....

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Rich Carney

Pull the ticket...savin Hill doesn't need another place you can drink at, apparently iot couldn't substain this one......

Take a sad Song and make it better

Rich Carney