The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave Tasty Burger a license to start slinging burgers and chicken on buns at 48 Winter St., near Tremont, but deferred action on its request for a separate beer and wine license, which would have set it up for a high-end burger war with the beer-selling Mooyah around the corner.
The board also set a closing time of midnight for the Tasty Burger. The local chain had originally requested a closing time of 2 a.m., but agreed to pull back on that after the Midtown-Park Plaza Neighborhood Association, which represents downtown's growing residential population, decided that the heart of a supposed world-class city is no place for late-night hamburgers now that people actually live there.
People who do need something to eat early in the morning will have to continue to trek down Tremont Street to New York Pizza or Chinatown or to the South Station area for the South Street Diner.
At a hearing on Wednesday, Tasty attorney Dennis Quilty said the outlet would bring "an attractive and safe place" to get something to eat at an end of Winter that has long been "a little dicey."
The mayor's office and the office of Councilor Ed Flynn supported Tasty's request, along with the midnight closing time.