Positive Presence: Renzo’s has Earned a Thumb’s Up

May 11, 2011

The city’s licensing board is apparently going to weigh and measure Renzo’s request to serve alcoholic beverages to people of age seated at tables and chairs that are located in a confined space on the sidewalk outside of the restaurant.

Some Revere residents living on the beach and even an organization dedicated to eradicating drug use and alcohol abuse are set to speak against Renzo’s at the licensing board meeting.

Those in favor of allowing Renzo’s request will also speak for the measure.


They will, to a person, say that Renzo’s is different, which it is, and that it represents the type of establishment we wish there were more of on Revere Beach.

Allowing some of those eating at Renzo’s to be at a table outside and to be able to drink a beer or to have a mixed drink with dinner is not unreasonable, proponents will say – and they are right.

Since it opened about two years ago, Renzo’s has spruced up the beach a bit with its open doors and outside eating space.

It attracts a good crowd made up of many local residents, and frankly, Renzo’s is of insignificant bother to anyone living on Revere Beach.


Opponents will say that by allowing Renzo’s to serve alcohol to the persons seated at tables on the sidewalk, that life in Revere will become that much more dangerous, that all kinds of things could go wrong and that at its worst, younger people walking by the establishment would be able to see people sipping drinks or a beer at the tables outside.

This could set the wrong example for the children walking by will be the claim.

Renzo’s has set a higher mark for itself since it opened. The food is a bit better than most of what is served on the beach and frankly, there are very few places like it on Revere Beach. The décor is appealing. The woodwork and bar itself are also appealing. It is, frankly, an appealing place – altogether different from the handful of bars on the beach where much worse is going on inside than what children walking by will be able to view outside Renzo’s.

For those ready to invest themselves in the doomsday theory that all is lost on the beach if Renzo’s gets the go ahead, there is this suggestion. Take a walk down Newbury Street on a warm sunny day where thousands, upon thousands of people are seated outside at tables in front of restaurants lining both sides of the street with thousands of children with their parents walking on the sidewalk and watching the drinking going on up close.

The argument could be made that some children are affected by this – but the truth of the matter is that the vast majority aren’t.


The naysayers against Renzo’s will say that Revere Beach is not Newbury Street –and those people will be correct in their thinking about that label.

And what a shame that is, when you think about it. If Revere Beach were a bit more like Newbury Street, it would be a far better place than it is today.

Revere Beach needs more places like Renzo’s. Only then will Revere Beach be a better place.

Renzo’s should be given the right to serve alcoholic beverages to diners seated at its tables outside.

It will make the beach a better place without affecting the quality of life or public safety.

  • IllestNiggaInRevere

    Niggaz just wanna sip some Henny in the sunshine. Why ya’ll faggot azz mutha fuckas wanna fucks with my drank? I can parlay out on the sidewalk and holla at some hunnies while sippin on some Four Lokoz and smokin purp but I can’t get right at Renzo’s. Let a nigga live, cot dammit. Don’t worry, come summer time I’ll be sippin’ some Rose’ and tryin to get in some fat white chicks azz down on the beach cuz dats how a nigga do. Nigga you know I be brown baggin that Arbor Mist, son cuz a nigga like me will gets his drank on and smash dat pooonanee. I’ll hit that shit old school wit the pooonanee, son. I be bendin corners in the ‘lac wit my elbow out the window, sipping a duece duece of Heineken wit a nip of Henny in my front pocket on my shirt. I’m gangsta my nigga

  • Anonymous

    ohhh Nigga please, Nigga please !!! 

  • This is a fine idea, as long as:
      – Competing establishments are given the same opportunity.
      – There is no “traditional Revere-style” graft involved in obtaining a license.
    A walk with a child down Revere Beach on any summer day will almost inevitably expose that child to numerous incidents of far worse behavior than people having a drink at a restaurant.  The argument that children will be negatively impacted by supervised legal drinking outside of an eating establishment is completely groundless.  If this policy is successful and fairly extended to other eateries, we might even one day be able to move Revere Beach beyond greasy fast food, pizza, and mediocre Italian food!

  • Dave is really the Phantom Gourmet, but can he explain the process with respect to “traditional Revere-style’ graft.  A prospective applicant must not only pay license fees but undergo background investigation from the city and then the ABCC in Boston.  They look into prior criminal violations and tax compliance.  Do you have any proof? 

  • Nope, no proof… just extrapolating based on past behavior of Revere’s power brokers.  It would be nice to see some less “connected” people given incentives to start businesses and to keep their businesses on the beach as well.

  • Corinne

    My husband and I rode our harley up and down the coast on a beautiful Sunday, then went to Revere Beach before heading home. We then decided to stop for a bite to eat. We stopped at Renzo’s for the sole reason that I saw they had an outdoor cafe.
    We have traveled throughout the south of France, as well as California & Florida, and the outdoor cafes are what makes dining in the summer a unique experience. The pizza was fantastic as was our waiter Adam. We will definitely be back and are happy to see a bit of “Europe” hitting the Northshore:)

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