If you haven’t heard yet, the South Street Diner may be forced to close at 2 AM. A major gripe against Boston is the lack of 24 hour restaurants and businesses. The South Street Diner is one of the less than a handful of places where you can sit down and get a hot meal anytime of the day. No, Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t count (and yes, I do heart Dunkies a lot, but it’s not quite a restaurant).
Though the public hearing on the issue was already held yesterday, you can still show your support for the South Street Diner by sending an e-mail to the City of Boston Licensing Board. For Boston to truly be a world class city, we need businesses that stay open throughout the night. In a city as diverse as Boston, there are a plethora of night owls who should have the ability to sit down and enjoy a hot meal in a restaurant while the rest of the city sleeps.
Below is my letter to the licensing board. If you care about improving Boston’s nightlife, or at least not worsening it, send an e-mail to the board and let your voice be heard!
Dear Mr. Pokaski,
When making your decision on the South Street Diner, please keep in mind the rights of Bostonians to have at least one 24 hour eatery option. While a large majority of the South Street Diner’s patrons are coming from bars, clubs and other establishments, some of the patrons are also students, workers and tourists who visit the South Street Diner as it is nearly the only option for food at any hour.
While we all have a right to peace and quiet, there are some exceptions. When individuals move into a neighborhood, the responsibility of ensuring the local culture fits their needs and personalities is squarely placed upon the individuals.
The four residents who have complained about the noise at the South Street Diner voided any and all rights to peace and quiet when they decided to move in next to the only 24 hour restaurant in Boston.
There is literally a plethora of options for these four individuals. They can move almost anywhere else in the City of Boston and not have to deal with noise from a 24 hour eatery. Please do not punish the night owls of Boston but forcing the south Street Diner to close at 2AM. The desires of an extremely small minority should not cause the many patrons of the South Street Diner to lose their only 24 hour restaurant option.
The four individuals petitioning the city have options, the patrons of the South Street diner do not.
Forcing the South Street Diner to close at 2 AM would be a great disservice to all Bostonians (except the aforementioned 4), and potentially discriminatory against those of us who keep late hours, whether for business, pleasure, or necessity.
Thank you for your careful consideration of the issue.
Thanks to Paul Keleher for the photo of the diner.