But old style Google Places pages are still out of luck
Early this month Google introduced functionality to verify the new Google+ Local pages - not the old style Google Places which will be eventually migrated - but the new Google+ pages that must be created under the Local Business or Place category.
The process is simple consists of having a Post Card with a unique pin mailed to your businesse's address. Once that is accomplished your brand page will look something like Sleepless Goat Café Google+ Local Page and more importantingly it will be unified accross Google's Search, Google Maps, and Google+.
Google Places Administration Page
For those of you that asked below is a screen shot of the old style administration page for Google Places that will eventually be phased out. If you have one of those you can access it by clicking 'Get Started' button located at http://www.google.com/places/ page.