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Boston Licensing Board Chair doesn't understand dietary law

BarmyFotheringayPhipps | Mar 10, 2010 10:00 PM

Here's an interesting story from a local news blog:


The gist: a (not particularly great) kebab shop in my neighborhood petitioned to be allowed to stay open until 3 a.m. Part of their argument was that Muslim cab drivers (of which Boston, like most cities, has many) could use a place to get a halal meal during an overnight shift. That seems reasonable to me, and I certainly don't mind the idea of being able to get a late-night kofte myself. But while rejecting the restaurant's petition for a variety of b.s. reasons, Boston Licensing Board head Dan Pokaski said something clueless at best and insensitive-verging-on-racist at worst:

"But board Chairman Daniel Pokaski was having none of it, asking what would stop somebody from coming in next week and demanding a late-night license because 'the Italians want to come in and they want a slice of pizza?'"

Really? You equate Muslim dietary law with a late-night pizza craving?

No wonder Boston's late-night dining is so pitiful: this moron is in charge of it!

Turns out the members of the Licensing Board are appointed by the governor...wonder if Deval Patrick knows what kind of clown he's got in charge.

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