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North End visitors respond to restaurant plan near New England Aquarium

Posted by Your Town  September 26, 2012 02:38 PM

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Most Bostonians have their favorite hidden places around the city where they can relax, enjoy some scenery and take a break from life. For many North End residents and visitors Water’s End Park at the tip of Long Wharf near New England Aquarium is one of those places.

Benches line the concrete park that faces the Boston Harbor, creating a peaceful and picturesque area on the water. However, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has drafted plans to build a bar/restaurant at the location, prompting several residents to file a legal motion to Massachusetts Superior Court.

On a recent day, visitors to the park were asked their opinions on whether or not they would enjoy a new restaurant at the location.


“I don’t think I’d like that at all. I come sit here at lunch and relax all the time. I probably wouldn’t ever come to the restaurant either… It’s a nice area, so I don’t think a restaurant would be cool.”
--Gabriel Rivera, sophomore at New England Institute of Art, from Hyannis, Mass.


“I like it as it is. I come here frequently for lunchtime when the weather allows it. I might come to the restaurant depending on what it was, though.”
--Andrew Williams, employee working in Government Center, from Malden, Mass.


“I would be 100% against that. There are plenty of restaurants in the area. It would be a shame to turn this nice open area into another one.”
--Patrick English, vacationer from Melbourne, Australia


“I guess I’d be somewhat opposed to it. As long as they did it right, it could be cool, but there are plenty of other places. Maybe move it over to East Boston — there’s plenty of space over there to do something.”
--Marc, employee at South Station

“I come here often to catch up with my friends, and I think it’s better if they leave it as it is. I think the area has a lot of nice restaurants already.”
--Marie Kelly, from Canton, Mass.

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and the Boston University News Service.

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