Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Closing the Bars With the Bo$ton Globe

"On Tuesday morning, when the news ricocheted around this small town built along the banks of the Nashua River that the Old Timer was closing, it is not an exaggeration to say it was a local bulletin that carried a tectonic emotional payload."

Stop crying in your beer!

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Here it is:

"Panel offers ways to keep city hopping later at night" by Meghan E. Irons Globe Staff  January 27, 2016

Boston could create a more vibrant late-night scene by letting restaurants stay open later, cutting the red tape for liquor licenses, and allowing live performances well into the evening.

Those recommendations emerged Wednesday from the Late Night Task Force, a panel convened by Mayor Martin J. Walsh to help bolster after-hours activities in the city.

“We have an opportunity to create the kind of night life that visitors expect in a world-class city,” Walsh said in a statement. Said Rory Cuddyer, a city aide who helped lead the task force, “Late night does not have to mean just rowdy college kids hanging out.’’

They will be part of mix, though.

Bob Luz, chief executive officer of the 1,800-member Massachusetts Restaurant Association, said a vibrant night life is part of the lure of a big city such as Boston and that for too long, restaurants have been losing out on groups of patrons who work odd hours and need a place to sit down and dine late night. Most establishments have no desire to stay open past 2 a.m., he said, but they want to stay open later than 10 p.m. “There is a big appetite for, say, [people who] want to sit on a patio in Boston . . . have a glass of wine without having to order food,’’ said Luz, who said 40 percent of his organization’s members are in Greater Boston.

Oh, we know who this idea is $ervicing now.

Around downtown, some patrons were warming up to the idea of later hours.

“With all the stuff that is happening downtown, it will be great to have late-night options that are not just fast food,’’ said Amanda McCarthy, a 28-year-old Jamaica Plain resident.

What is wrong with fast food?

Gael Motz, a 60-year-old Medford resident who works as a travel agent in Boston, also said later hours seem worthwhile.

“Midnight seems appropriate,’’ she said. “I used to live in Anchorage, and the bars and restaurants opened until 4. That was the life.”

That's when the lights went on and ruined paradise.


Whatchth do you meanth theresh no train sthervice?

NDU: Who’s On First, scene of fatal shooting, closes

That's the end of the party.