Today, the Boston Licensing Board will decide if Tasty Burger can move ahead with its proposed expansion to South Boston; the location in question is at 69-71 L Street, the former site of Boathouse Ice Cream. Tasty Burger withdrew its initial application early last month in order to consider input from a community meeting, ultimately reducing the originally proposed hours of operation and the number of patio seats. Under the current proposal, the restaurant would be open until 10 PM during the week and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and the 20-seat patio would always close at 10 PM.
Despite the scaled-back proposal, some nearby residents are still worried about late-night noise and the potential for drunk people to stumble out of nearby bars, grab a burger, and use their property as a dining room and bathroom. Meanwhile, Mayor Tom Menino, City Councilor Bill Linehan, and state Sen. Jack Hart all support the proposal, according to Universal Hub.
Tasty Burger's original location is at 1301 Boylston St. in Boston, behind Fenway Park, a neighborhood where residents are probably already used to drunks peeing in the alleys.