Police oppose later hours for Blue Hill Avenue restaurant

Boston Police and two city councilors today opposed a request by Tasty Caribbean, 388 Blue Hill Ave. to extend its closing hours from midnight to 2 a.m.

Det. John Danilecki of District B-2 told the Boston Licensing Board that the restaurant is illegally open after midnight and that gang members now congregate in front of the restaurant then, in an area he said already has a gang problem.

Danilecki added that over the past two months, the restaurant has been cited by police officers three times for staying open past its licensed 12 a.m. closing time and that the owner has refused to cooperate with police.

Representatives from the offices of City Councilors Chuck Turner and Sam Yoon also said they oppose any lengthening of hours, because of complaints from nearby residents.

Nobody from the restaurant attended the hearing on its request. The licensing board typically votes on requests the day after hearings.