The following is from Paul Howes:
It has just come to our attention that there is a meeting at 7pm, Dec.9, 2014 at the Canton Eatery, 339 Meridian Street, East Boston. It says "Abutter Meeting".
This is outrageous that even a consideration of extended hours at this business is considered. Since this business has opened we have lost count of the violations cited by the Boston Licensing Board, Boston Police Department, MBTA Transit Police and the Boston Board of Health Inspectional Services. The owner of the Canton Eatery has been closed down by the Licensing Commission for multiple violations. He has been cited multiple times by the EBPD for noise, parking and problems with late night fights of patrons coming to this establishment after the bars close at 2am. At a hearing at the Licensing Board to cut back the hours of the Canton because of the multiple violations, his representing lawyer stated that he has installed registers that would not accept orders after 1:30am (which is on record) and this never happened. Again there are no women's or men's toilets in the Canton Eatery and there are reports to the EBPD and Licensing Board of patrons using the alleyway next to the Canton to urinate. This will obviously become even a bigger health and safety problem for our families living next to this business in a residential area. The hundreds of complaints and citations written to the Canton Eatery for dangerous double parking, blocking the bike lane used by our children, causing the MBTA buses to pull around into oncoming traffic and causing constant vehicle horn honking and people screaming. The owner has completely ignored the citations and warnings from the EBPD and MBTA Transit Police and Boston Licensing Board. Extending hours is only going to make these problems worse! Review the EBPD reports, the Boston Licensing Board citations and complaints, Boston Parking violations and complaints, MBTA Transit Police violations and complaints and the multiple health code violations. The owner of the Canton Eatery has been a chronic violator of the licensing, parking, trash and health laws since opening. Not to mention that on a daily, nightly basis the front of the Canton Eatery, on the public sidewalk if full of bagged trash bags, empty boxes and pails. Up to 30 bags at a time. Polite letters were sent to the owner of the Canton Eatery requesting the trash be put out after 2am closing so our families, children (a school bus stop right next to the trash) do not have to live in these conditions of large amounts of trash on our public sidewalk. He did not respond and ignored these requests showing again he has no respect of the families and residents of Meridian Street in East Boston.
THE RESIDENTS OF MERIDIAN STREET, EAST BOSTON STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY EXTENTION OF HOURS FOR THE CANTON EATERY AND AFTER YOUR CLOSE EXAMINATION OF ALL THE VIOLATIONS YOU WILL NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. Leave the politics out of this and do the correct judgment for our families safety and quality of living here in East Boston.
Friends of Meridian Street