The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved plans for an 8,000 SF restaurant in the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square. The eatery will most likely be a cafe style restaurant with a casual atmosphere. The restauarant is part of an effort by the Hancock Tower’s new owners, Normandy Real Estate Partners, to attract new tenants to the Boston landmark high-rise as the commercial market remains sluggish in the Boston downtown areas. Normany recently purchased the Hancock Tower at auction after the previous owner, Broadway Partners of New York, defaulted on on its debt and the building fell into foreclosure. The BRA also approved construction of 120 garage parking spaces under the John Hancock Tower. Rivitalization and renovation of the 34-year-old tower will have a positive impact on other local businesses and bring more foot traffic to the area.