But neighbor Janet Cox of Harvard Street pushed back hard, telling the city's License Board the owner of the property hasn't worked with the community. At all.
"The neighborhood has not been supportive of this restaurant," said Cox, looking pointedly at manager Abdessamad Naamad, who sat a foot or two away. "He has never sat down with us. We are frustrated."
A community meeting is set for June 20 at the Mary Colbert Apartments. The License Board said it would hold off further hearings until after that meeting.
Cox charged that the place is turning into a de facto nightclub.
"Outside my daughter's bedroom, he wants to have a nightclub," she told the License Board on Wednesday.
Naamad calls his business a lounge, but Koulshi's website advertises nightly entertainment, including salsa dancing and belly dancing in addition to seven flat screen TVs for watching sporting events.
A lawyer for Naamad said Cox had called the cops several times about the property and that police had never issued them any violations.