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Cheers! Barros backs later closing hours for Boston bars and restaurants

Mayor Marty Walsh’s new economic director, John Barros, says he favors later night hours for Hub businesses, i.e. bars and restaurants.

Barros, who we believe is or was a part owner of a restaurant, seems to understand that the city’s old closing hours are just too, well, old fashioned, with many establishments giving last call around 12:30 a.m.

The general plan, which we assume is backed by Walsh, has no details yet.

But assuming it runs into opposition, let’s put forth a few compromise suggestions:

1.) At the least, extend hours on weekends to about 3 a.m., or maybe Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

2.) Target specific neighborhoods with, ideally, a minimal residential component, although some high-profile neighborhoods with a heavy residential tilt, such as the Back Bay, will have to put up with later hours.

3.) Definitely apply the new hours to hotels.

File under: Cheers!