Emerson Campus Taqueria Pushing To Extend Hours Past Midnight

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A taqueria set to open on Emerson College's downtown Boston campus is facing neighborhood opposition as it pushes for late-night hours.

The upcoming El Jefe's Taqueria, attached to a dorm building on Boylston Street, wants to stay open until 2 a.m. so students and other night owls could grab a quick meal.

But for months, the Midtown-Park Plaza Neighborhood Association has raised concerns that the late-night opening would draw crime.

On Thursday, the Boston Licensing Board could vote to side with the neighborhood association, or the taqueria.

It's no surprise which side Emerson students are on.

"If it's a local place, it's good business, and I think Emerson students would love a little late-night snack," one student told WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers.

Another alum disagreed with the idea that the taco joint would draw crime—especially considering a popular nightclub on the block that just closed down.

"We have the college police department here, and we actually just lost Whiskey Saigon, which I honestly think was more of a threat to the students than a taco place," she said.

El Jefe's existing location in Harvard Square is open until 4 a.m.

WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@_madisonrogers) reports

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