The Boston Licensing Board today approved a new taqueria on Comm. Ave. in the heart of the ravenous BU campus, but rejected its proposal to stay open until 4 a.m.
Instead, the board voted to let El Jefe, 957 Commonwealth Ave., near Agganis Arena and Nickerson Field, stay open until 1 a.m.
At a hearing yesterday, the restaurant argued that there are few better locations to support late-night comestibles than surrounded by all those students needing a late-night food break.
But the board agreed with the local police district and the BPD licensing unit that a 4-a.m. taco place would prove a magnet for people swarming out of area bars and that would prove a burden on police resources. Board member Liam Curran said he was concerned the place would attract people "from all over Allston/Brighton and further."
Still, the board suggest that El Jefe see how it goes for a year and then, if they still think there's a market for later-night tacos, and they haven't had any issues, to submit a request to extend the hours.
The vote means that people needing to fuel themselves late at night will have to drive all the way to Soldiers Field Road near the Newton line for the IHOP or figure out how to navigate down towards South Station for the South Street Diner. Or order take in from the late-night Domino's or brave a sugar rush from the late-night Insomnia Cookies.
This is the second time El Jefe has tried to open later than snoozy Bostonians would like. In 2020, the licensing board rejected its request to keep a proposed outlet on the first floor of an Emerson dorm at Tremont and Boylston streets open until 2 a.m. after nearby residents objected.