The Centre Street boite plans to start talking to neighbors about extending its current 10 p.m. legal closing time, after it got caught by police serving dinner at 11:15 p.m.
At a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board today, the restaurant's lawyer and general manager said the sophisticated-palate JPers who savor the restaurants offering are more of a late-night crowd , especially on warm summer nights and sometimes come in as late as 9:30 p.m. seeking sustenance. Clearing them out by 10 p.m. has proven to be increasingly difficult, they said, admitting that they were, in fact, serving dinner at 11:15 p.m. on May 17, when detectives from the BPD licensing board paid them a surprise inspection visit.
Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer said she sympathizes but that it's not like the restaurant doesn't know what its current closing time is and that they need to stick to that until they can convince the neighborhood and the board to extend it.
The board decides Thursday what punishment, if any, to levy over both the closing and the bolted exit the detectives also found. The restaurant's lawyer said that was a mistake that won't happen again.
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