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Mattapan Square watering hole dries up

Avenue Tavern

The Avenue Tavern, a landmark Blue Hill Avenue establishment, has shut its doors to help make way for a $32 million health center. Rather than try to re-open the bar elsewhere, owner Frank Plotner is in the process of selling its liquor license, his attorney, Carolyn Conway, told the Boston Licensing Board yesterday.

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Another bar closed, another liquor license gone downtown.

Soon there will be no bars left in the black community.

Social control, anyone?

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"social control".... 100% agree with this comment.

I've heard *anecdotally* from members of Boston's black and Hispanic that when they want to do relatively simple things - like go out on a Friday or Saturday night - they have to make the trek out to places like Lawrence, Brockton, even New Bedford, etc. etc. just to experience something resembling an active, friendly nightlife. And it makes sense when you drive around places like Roxbury, Mattapan, sections of JP and Dorchester... you look around and think to yourself, 'for god's sakes there is no place to *go*'.

A visual representation of the distribution of the city's liquor licenses would undoubtedly reveal gigantic holes across massive sections of the city - and further illustrate what a corrupt, disgraceful system it is that we've allowed to become institutionalized.

It's a complicated issue for sure but that doesn't make it any less of a stain on the city's newfangled claims of being a more inclusive place. And the fact that this issue doesn't appear to be on anyone's radar makes it so much worse.

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There's a mural on the side wall facing the Citizens Bank parking lot.

It shows the back of a bus and a hole in the wall.

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As I recall, it was a T bus out of service. The driver hit the gas, lost control, crashed right through the wall where the mural is. The driver broke her leg, I think. No other casualties.

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In 1975, I saw game six of the World Series there. The joint was packed, of course, and exploded when Fisk hit his home run. Most of the patrons that night were teens (drinking age was 18 then, and so was I, and it was fairly near our homes.) We all poured out into the streets whooping and hollering and making general nuisances of ourselves. One of my favorite Sox-related memories, so I'm sorry to see the place go.

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watering hole!

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