December 18 2019

Selectmen Approve Liquor License Transfer for Karma Restaurant

By: Rich Hosford


A new restaurant opening in the Burlington Mall now has the right to sell alcoholic beverages. 


The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved the transfer of the all-alcohol liquor license previously held by Uno Chicago Grill to Fung Sat Incorporated which will be the owning entity of Karma Restaurant. 


“Karma is an upscale restaurant serving Asian Fusion cuisine,” Attorney Mark Vaughan of Riemer & Braustein said. “They are excited to bring a new restaurant to the former Uno’s space.” 


This will be Karma’s fourth location. The first was opened in Westford in 2006 and they currently have two other restaurants in Concord and Andover.


Karma will not be taking up the entirety of the space formerly used by Uno’s. In June of this year Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria opened up in the other half of the site. Karma will have 161 seats, 15 of them seasonal outdoor patio. The restaurant will not have an entrance to the mall and the outdoor entrance will be redone to reflect the aesthetic of the restaurant.  


According to its website, Karma has “Asian Cuisines that you will remember.” 


“We have a large selection of Chinese and Japanese entrees, Korean selections, Sushi & Sushimi,” the site reads. “Fusion sushi, a cross between Japanese flavors and delicate sauces and styles of France, is Karma’s specialty. Our chefs add their own personal style and the outcome is so amazing that it has an almost addicting quality to it.”


Vaughan introduce the board to Iverson Guo, the principal with Karma Restaurant and Amanda Nicolosi who was looking for board approval to be the manager of record. He said they both have years of experience in the restaurant industry and have the necessary certifications to serve alcohol and oversee other employees serving alcohol. Nicolosi is currently the manager at the Andover restaurant. 


Guo said they are looking forward to opening in Burlington. 


Amanda and I are excited to be here,” he said. “We want every customer to have a great experience.” 


Nicolosi said she enjoys working for Guo and serving their customers. 


“I’ve been very fortunate to work for Iverson for about 10 years and I consider the guests as part of our family so put a lot of care into taking care of them and the staff,” she said. 


She added that she had studied Burlington’s particular rules on serving alcohol and said adhering to them and the state laws is something she takes seriously. 


“I am very concerned with keeping everyone safe and following all rules and regulations,” she said. “We have special training on how to handle IDs.”


When asked Guo said they are planning to open in about six months in last spring. 


“Sounds like everything is on track,” Board Chair Joe Morandi said. “I’m just going to say ‘the best of luck.’”


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