Hold the press. Did you see the article in the Boston Herald today? Of course you didn’t – which is why I’m here to point it out to you. They are reporting that Mayor Marty Walsh, is advocating for a “late night task force” to help reshape the city’s nightlife — with a mandate to look at 3:30 a.m. closings.
The article mentions that the group will look to create a pilot program in the Seaport District to test extending the closing time of bars and restaurants, possibly easing into it by allowing establishments to serve alcohol until 2:30 a.m. but stay open until 3:30 a.m. The staggered closings could help avoid the crush of people who file out into the streets at 2 a.m. This comes just months after the MBTA announced they will launch a pilot extending weekend service back to 3 a.m.
It goes without saying that I’m in favor of this and hope it can also help struggling restaurants and bars who may now be able to collect more revenues by staying open longer. Now if we can do something about those pesky liquor licenses I think we might actually be able to foster a nightlife that would allow more gay bars to open.
You can read the article here.