The Boston Licensing Board says the presence of methadone patients who aren't breaking any laws isn't reason to keep the McDonald's at Harvard and Comm. avenues from opening at 5 a.m.
Its approval means the burger/Egg McMuffin emporium can now open 21 hours a day. It previously had opened at 7 a.m., which franchisee Bob King said meant he could not serve the crowds clamoring for McDonald's take on breakfast earlier in the morning.
At the other end of the neighborhood, on Western Avenue, the board said the McDonald's there - owned by the same franchisee as Harvard Avenue - can stay open between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. It had sought permission to open at 5 a.m. and shut at 3 a.m.; city officials, however, expressed concern about the impact of such long hours on the new Charlesview apartment complex just now opening next door.
In other Allston culinary news, the board also approved Michael Chapman's plans to turn a derelict, rodent-spewing building into a swanky restaurant on Glenville Avenue.