Whitey allegedly forced owners Stephen and Julie Rakes to sell their liquor store to him in 1984. Renamed South Boston Liquor Mart, locals called it the Irish Mafia Store. In 1990, Whitey's investment paid off when he "won" the state lottery. In fact, after the $14.3 million winning ticket was sold at the store, Whitey just informed the winner he was taking half the proceeds — $89,000 a year in after-tax income — as a pension for a lifetime of extortion and murder. The store is now Kippy's South Liquor Mart. They've got the best chilled Miller Lite 40s this side of Old Colony, and premium spirits line the shelves behind the clerks. Word on the street is that the neighboring Rotary Variety just bought the shop. Just another case of consolidation strategy in action.
Kippy's South Liquor Mart, 295 Old Colony Ave :: 617.269.3600
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