The Herald reports the mayor's fed up with deadly violence outside six Theater District clubs and wants the Boston Licensing Board to hold a club summit and consider rolling back their 2 a.m. closing times.
Separately, the owners of one of the clubs, Venu on Warrenton Street, skipped a hearing yesterday before city licensing director Patricia Malone to discuss why she shouldn't lift the club's entertainment license for a November incident in which four people were shot outside the club.
Before an audience of just two police detectives and a blogger, Malone read into the record a statement that a club manager had accepted hand delivery of a notice for the hearing and agreed to attend. The Boston Licensing Board, which oversees liquor licenses, ruled the club couldn't have done anything to stop the shootings.
Early Monday, a Revere man was shot to death on Tremont Street.
City officials have been vowing to crack down on Theater District violence for at least a couple of years now. In December, 2010, then Licensing Board Chairman Michael Connolly called the area a powder keg, in a hearing on a closing-time riot outside Venu that required police from across the city to quell: "Boy, oh, boy, I'm more concerned than I've ever been, and I've been on this board for ten years, that this thing is just going to explode one night."