Update: The licensing board approved the later closing time.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Mangu, 264 Hyde Park Ave., extend its closing time from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
At a hearing today, owner Ernis de los Santos said the later closing time could help him earn back some of the money he's lost during the current pandemic. He said that customers have also been asking him for later hours.
De los Santos, whose restaurant has been open for four years, said he would only provide takeout at night. Although his restaurant has tables, he said he's not offering any in-restaurant dining out of concern for the safety of his customers.
The mayor's office supported the extra hours, as did the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's public-service committee. Michael Reiskind of the JPNC said that at a meeting, nearby residents seemed split between those who supported the proposal and those concerned about possible late-night double-parking and noise.
Reiskind said that de los Santos had agreed to give his personal cell number to neighbors so they could immediately call him with any problems.
He added that even before Mangu, the address had been home to small restaurants since at least 2006.