Boston, MA - The New England Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl win with their fans on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and it was a delightful day. The weather was perfect for the parade, and it just so happened to be the warmest duck boat victory parade on record in Boston. This rush of warmth in the middle of the winter urged the crowds to grow in size, with almost 1.5 million people out celebrating.
Because of the crowds and their excitement, some of the city’s restaurants decided to open their outdoor patio’s. As a result, there were four violations served for their actions.
Josephine Oliverio Megma, a partner over at Ora Trattorizza, came forward to state that the police approached her and told her that the restaurant was not allowed to serve food and drinks on the patio. According to the police, Ora Trattorizza, and other restaurants were in violation due to the parade being ‘out of season.’ The restaurant owners and workers were then ordered to move the drinks and food inside along with their customers.
Some residents came forward to express their shock regarding the matter. One woman stated, “that seems kind of picky to me.” Another claimed the city could have let it slide for one day.
According to Ora Trattorizza’s license, the restaurant is only allowed to open its patio on a seasonal basis. Other restaurants are strictly only allowed to open their patio between the dates of April 1stand October 31st.
When Mayor Marty Walsh was asked for his opinion on the matter, he stated that he backed the decision of the police officials to hand out the citations. He claimed that the restaurant owners and workers had not reached out to police officials to ask if opening the patio’s was okay.
In total, four restaurants were cited on Tuesday. Names of the restaurants were not released, but addresses are as follows: 867 Boylston St., 729 Boylston St., 651 Boylston St., and 154 Berkeley St. A fifth violation was cited to a restaurant located at 14 Bromfield St. for being over capacity. All citations were issued between 9:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.