• Boston explores later closing for bars and restaurants


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is looking into the possibility of bars and some restaurants staying open later.

    The mayor planned to unveil a new plan called the "late night task force" on Friday. The mandate will explore the potential for Boston nightlife to continue until 3:30 a.m.

    The 15-member task force includes restaurant and bar owners, community leaders, young professionals, and college students. They plan to create a pilot program to test out the extended hours in the Seaport District.

    "It's about the culture, how do we continue to attract new people to the city? I think we have one in three people in the city are under the age of 35 right now and that's a population that's really excited about this," Walsh said.

    One of the biggest obstacles to a later last call in the city has always been a lack of public transportation, as trains and busses in the city stop running at 1 a.m., but that's also changing. In May, the MBTA will extend all subway and some bus service until 3 a.m. on weekends. And residents seem happy about the change.

    "I think the T being later is a really good idea. So I think that coupled with this, I mean if they have the T running later and bars are open later, then no harm, no foul," resident Trish Kapur said.

    Out of a dozen people asked, only one objected to the idea.

    "We don't need the kids drinking out in bars until 4. They have enough places to party," resident Jerry Miller said.

    Walsh says he would like to be able to test the idea in at least one part of city by the summer. For Walsh's plan to work, a change in state law may be required, giving legislators on Beacon Hill the final word on Boston's last call.

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