Boston’s 24-Hour Diner Scene Is Thriving

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Can’t fly in for Fat Tuesday but ready to celebrate Mardi Gras with some jambalaya and Voodoo Punch? Maybe you’re waiting for some traditional corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day? Stop here first. Built in 1947, South Street Diner (formerly the Blue Diner) has become the place to visit for a good meal, good service, and to celebrity watch (I had a convo with Rajon Rondo myself). Located in the Leather District, the diner has seen the area go from commercial to residential, which almost affected the Boston staple. After three consecutive years of court dates for noise complaints, 1500 online petition signatures, 1500 in-person signatures, and 150 diner guests appearing before a judge in 2009, the diner remains! Every September since 2010, the diner has Appreciation Day offering free food and drinks with a live DJ on site.