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Tasty Burger in South Boston closer to getting outside seating OK'd

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 21, 2013 02:41 PM

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The location of Tasty Burger.

Tasty Burger, the popular L Street eatery in South Boston, is closer to having outside seating for its patrons, to the dismay of some residents.

The take-out restaurant’s request to add awnings and five four-seat tables to the concrete slab on the corner of East Broadway and L Street was approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday morning. The approval clears the way for the installation of the additions, pending Boston Redevelopment Authority design review.

The shop's location at 69-71 L St. was once home to The Boathouse, a seasonal ice-cream stand.

Although the restaurant, which opened in the fall of 2012, often has long lines at it windows, it has found itself in hot water with neighbors.

Residents have complained about smoke generated from the restaurant’s vents, trash, noise, and doubled-parked patrons, an all too common problem throughout South Boston.

The smoke issue, which was raised in September, was resolved with the installation of an air-scrubber. Employees of the restaurant have also been deployed into the surrounding area to help clean up trash, officials have said.

At Tuesday’s hearing a number of residents turned out to oppose and support the restaurant's request.

“We’re concerned about the noise, the trash, and the constant double parking,” area resident Jim Coveno, told the board.

A petition with 50 signatures in opposition to the seating and awnings was also presented to the the board and close to 10 people were in attendance in opposition.

A handful, however, turned out to support the restaurant.

“I’ve never seen a company commit to this town and do as much as they can to help a situation,” Jimmy Allen, an area resident, told the board.

“Why can’t I sit there and have a hamburger?” added Kelly.

Elected officials were split on the issue.

A representative from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and a representative from South Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan’s office voiced support for the project, but added that they’d like to see a 9 p.m. closing time for the patio and continued community discussions.

Currently the restaurant’s take-out windows are open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

A representative from Representative Nick Collins’ office and a representative from at-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy’s office voiced opposition to the plans.

Tasty Burger, which is owned by the Franklin Group, currently has a sister location in Fenway.

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