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In most parts of the city, it would be totally unremarkable: At 11:45 p.m. on May 24, a worker at a restaurant opened a rear door, went outside and tossed a garbage bag into a trash hopper.
But in the crowded neighborhood that downtown has become, it was good enough for a police detective to write out a citation that required the restaurant's owner and his lawyer and manager to appear before the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing for a hearing yesterday.
A couple years ago, Yvonne's moved into the 2 Winter Place space where Locke Ober's had served meals more than 130 years. It's a tiny dead end that used to be deserted at night, except for restaurant goers and a community of homeless people. But now, with downtown one of Boston's fastest growing neighborhoods, it's surrounded by apartments - some built right atop the restaurant, in what used to be Locke-Ober dining rooms.
Residents living in the pricey abodes have been filing complaints for a few months about late-night noise by restaurant workers in Jackson Place - the tiny alleyway that enters Winter Street next to the Starbucks: Workers were slamming bottles into the trash and yelling and cursing up a storm.
Restaurant owners took steps to soundproof their building to minimize the effect on people living there and agreed not to throw out bottles after 11 p.m.
But based on the continuing complaints, two detectives from the BPD licensing unit took a walk down Winter and onto Jackson Place around 11:45 p.m. on May 24 - and watched as a restaurant worker emerged and tossed a trash bag into a hopper.
At a hearing Tuesday before licensing head Christine Pulgini, Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey acknowledged the bag did not appear to have any clank-making bottles in it. But, he said, the worker made quite the production of tossing the bag. "It was like an Olympic shot put" and the guy theatrically tossed it over his shoulder, so that it landed with "a big, softer, crash," he said.
Yvonne's co-owner Mark Malatesta acknowledged the potential conflict with neighbors and said he's fighting a never-ending battle over noise issues: In addition to warning workers to keep it quiet out back, he's spent $30,000 on gates and a locked door at the alley entrance to keep out the homeless who want to rummage for bottles at all hours - an effort that is proving somewhat fruitless because the bottle seekers keep destroying the lock and getting in.
He's also replaced a metal dumpster with plastic trash bins and worked with the city to repave the alley, so trucks don't go boom as they leave with their trash anymore.
Maltatesta said, however, that the hardest part may be constantly training his workers not to throw out bottles after 11 p.m. and not to loiter in the alleyway, because the workers who go out there to toss trash tend to be dishwashers and bar backs, who don't last long. "It's continual training," he said, adding part of that training now includes a warning that "people will be dismissed if this continues."
Pulgini now has to decide what to do about the citation for "excessive noise disrupting quality of life of residents in rear of licensed premise."
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