The owner of a chain of local taquerias is hoping the third time's a charm with an attempt to keep one of his Boston outlets open past 2 a.m.
El Jefe owner John Schall is asking customers to sign petitions to the Boston Licensing Board to let him extend the closing time of his Huntington Avenue taco place from its current 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Unlike with past attempts at Emerson and Boston University, where he pointed to ravenous hordes of students needing sustenance in the wee hours, this time he's pointing to the need to feed first responders, nurses and other gainfully employed people on overnight shifts (but just in case, he's also linked the petition from a Northeastern group on Reddit).
Sign this petition to support extending El Jefe's closing time until 3am because residents of world class cities like Boston deserve good food late at night!
In 2020, Schall asked the board to let him run a new restaurant at Emerson College until 3 a.m. The board sided with the Midtown-Park Plaza Neighborhood Association, who said even Boston's downtown core needs to stay asleep late at night and set a midnight closing time.
In January, Schall requested a 4 a.m. closing time for a new restaurant on Comm Ave., in the heart of Boston University. The board gave him 1 a.m., agreeing with Boston Police that letting people get tacos after 2 a.m. would prove a meddlesome magnet for barflies from across the area getting shooed out of watering holes at closing time.
The El Jefe across the river in Harvard Square is open until 4 a.m.