The Boston Licensing Board will decide whether to allow a Subway franchise to open on Broadway as early as 7 a.m. City officials said they could only support a 10 a.m. opening time.
Franchisee Navin Patel's had originally asked for a 6 a.m. opening. His lawyer noted that the Starbucks next door and the Dunkin' Donuts across the street open at 5 a.m. He acknowledged concerns about methadone patients coming down Broadway but said Subway requires its franchisees to offer breakfast.
Both the mayor's office and City Councilor Bill Linehan's offices said that just wouldn't do. A Linehan rep said the area already has plenty of places at which to get breakfast and that residents are concerned about loitering should the Subway open at 7 a.m.