Boston Mayor Walsh unveils plan for 'Late Night Task Force'

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March 7, 2014, 4:59 pm
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(NECN: John Moroney, Boston) - Restaurants and bars in Boston could be staying open later as the city looks to change its buttoned-down reputation to keep younger people from leaving for hipper places.

Mayor Marty Walsh spoke Friday afternoon to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau about creating a Late-Night Task Force. It would look at expanding hours for bars in restaurants in certain neighborhoods such as the Seaport District. The mayor says a vibrant late-night culture will result in a stronger economy.

Right now, the city's establishments close at 2 a.m. One suggestion would be to stop serving alcohol at 2:30 a.m., but allow patrons to remain until 3:30 - helping to stagger the departure of customers.

The mayor says he doesn't support extended hours in residential neighborhoods, but rather sees it happening in so-called entertainment districts. Plus, he says a pilot program to extend weekend hours of the MBTA would be important to making it happen.

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