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The City that Always Sleeps to grapple with issue of late-night burritos and nachos

Tequila Mexican Grill, 55 Bromfield St., goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Jan. 18 for permission to extend its closing time from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

On the one hand, you would think if any part of the city would not only tolerate but welcome late-night food, it would be Downtown Crossing, home to a growing population of people who actually like living in the middle of a city. On the other hand, well, this is Boston.

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I never understood why this city doesn't like 24-hr (or late night) joints? I mean this is a "major" city after all. I think Hyde Park or Rozzie would do nicely with a 24-hr diner or something of the sort.

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NO ONE HAS ANY REASON AT ALL TO BE OUT AFTER 9 PM DAMMIT THERE'S NOTHING TO DO ANYWAY YOU DAMN KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN

Cripes.

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Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is having a good time. — H.L. Mencken

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Nothing good ever happens after midnight. The shame of it is that it's true.

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Only in Boston Whit.. Nothing good ever happens after midnight in Boston...

Sad when providence has more stuff after midnight to do than Boston.

I welcome this addition, there's few options for food after midnight that isnt McDonalds or an overcrowded Diner (or bickfords).

I wonder how long it will last until the folks in the condo highrise complain about the noise (like the Ritz folks are complaining about the theatre district late at night)

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Is there really a remaining Bickfords in the area? Because I will be there first thing tomorrow morning stuffing my face with chocolate chip pancakes if what you say is true.

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Somewhere north of Boston (Saugus? Grr, can't remember). But they're not the same - they're sort of like low-rent Bennigan's now, rather than slightly higher-rent IHOPs.

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The 24-hour Bickfords in Saugus turned into a BANK back in 2007 or 2008 or some crap, so do not tease me.

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Woburn on Montvale Ave is a 24 hour one.

Bickfords isnt the same its now "Bickfords Grille", they still have the same fare they just updated the look of their restaurants.

http://www.bickfordsrestaurants.com/

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I can vouch for this location, right by the Stoneham/Woburn border. I used to live in a nearby apartment complex and would find my way here on my hung-over mornings. Went there for dinner a couple times, too- the steak tips were pretty good.

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Is there still one on Route 3 in Burlington, a mile or so south of 128?

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Yes, but they're only open 7 am - 11 pm Sunday - Thursday, 7 am - midnight Friday and Saturday.

Their website doesn't list restaurant hours, so I had to call to ask.

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Just off rt 93 :)

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I get lunch there often. That's exactly the kind of place that should be open late night, which is why it will get turned down.

On the other hand, well, this is Boston.

Only in Boston Whit.. Nothing good ever happens after midnight in Boston...

You guys said it. Keep bitching, bedroom community, keep bitching.

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... only outlaws will be doing things after midnight.

Of course nothing good happens after midnight when anything good isn't allowed!

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What the hell were they thinking when they moved into condos in the Combat Zone? :-).

There is some hope, though: When the pied-a-terristas at Tremont on the Common gripped their pearls and sniffed to the licensing board about Sal's Pizza staying open until midnight, the board sniffed right back and voted to let Sal's stay open until then.

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"only 550K for the LUXURY condo!?" "And we can sleep with the patio door open too!" "buy buy buy!".

Above is probably not far from the truth. People (over)spending a lot of money on something tend to think they own everything, and that the city is there to cater to them.

It's especially bad in Boston, because it's a smaller city trying to grow; and wasn't already a full blow, dense mixed residential place to live like some of the others. So, suburban mentalities prevail.

I always find it funny how there's more going on in Worcester late night, than allowed in boston.

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There has been a very long held truism in Boston city politics that this city, unlike any other city in the world, is a city that people live in. Those other cities all over the world are those other kind of city where people don't live so the commercial areas can stay open all night instead. You see?

This is the reason that the 24/7 work on the Big Dig required extensive soundproofing with hired sound technicians running around with SPL meters checking that X many feet from the expensively-silenced jackhammer the decibels didn't peak over Y decibels. The quality of life for the SLEEPER takes precedence over the quality of life for the AWAKE. No questions asked.

Once that was the accepted rule, it's mass action. How can I allow ONE restaurant to stay open later than it already has without having an immediate run on the bank where EVERY restaurant in the city is going to petition for 24 hour bar service like we live in Las Vegas or something!

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You shoulda been an actor on Deadwood. Well said.

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Restaurants should be open late *because* people live here. This is one of the few American cities that doesn't consist of 9-5 office buildings surrounded by sleepy suburbs.

I should be able to walk from my home to an all-night restaurant, if there are enough people living nearby to make such a restaurant profitable.

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Manhattan

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because that's where all of this city's residents 21-35 flee to after college. If Chinatown, Back Bay, the South End, the North End, Beacon Hill, Downtown Crossing and the financial district were suddenly as alive as Manhattan is on any given night, that demographic and the older folks who haven't hung it up yet might just stay.

Boston's worst fear is becoming a place people might actually want to visit or move to.

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I would love this. I usually don't get out of work until 2am.

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But that Tequila place is really mediocre as taquerias go, one of those flour tortilla, chopped iceberg lettuce, crap Sysco guacamole kind of joints. I think I'd have to be pretty hammered to eat there again.

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I agree, although I've never actually found a real authentic Mexican taqueria in Boston.

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You take what you can get. If I'm going there at 3 a.m., chances are I'm not doing so to rave about it in the Phoenix the next day.

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Obviously never visit East Boston.

Hop on the blue line, it's a short ride and has plenty of good places to eat.

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If I'm getting out of a bar near Tequila by 2, that trip isn't happening.

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