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The Death of 24hr food in Boston

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The Death of 24hr food in Boston

mwk | Jul 3, 2009 09:21 AM

So, I see in today's Boston Herald that the one lone holdout of 24/7 dining in Boston, the South Street Diner, is being called before the Boston Licensing Board because of complaints from neighbors of rowdy behavior late at night from it's customers. They may be forced to close at midnight. One of the complaints is that there are long lines between 1-4 am and that disturbs the neighbors. Well, of COURSE the lines are long, it's the only darn place open!

The same thing happened in Quincy with the Ihop here, that used to be 24/7 and was forced to close down at midnight now. My favorite 24 hour go-to spot, Bova's Bakery, also was forced to stop serving food after midnight.

What is it about Boston, that we can't manage to have 24 hour restaurants? Other places have 24 hour Waffle Houses, IHop's, Diners of all shapes and sizes. Yet here in Boston, 24 hour dining is equivalent to inciting mob rule. Do other cities just put up with the rowdies who come out late at night? Are Bostonians just incapable of decent behavior when they are tired and cranky and hungry?

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