Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I've given up all hope of a decent all-night diner in Boston, or a cafe open until 2 a.m., or subway service past 12:30 a.m., but this was too much. After watching Ryan Landry's latest spoof ("The Plexiglas Menagerie") at the Ramrod Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, four friends and I went to Francesca's Cafe to discuss the play. We parked in the South End at 10:40 and walked into Francesca's a few minutes later, only to be told "We close at 11 on weekends now!" (For years, it was open until midnight on weekends.) The guy behind the counter kindly offered to let us order coffee and dessert anyway, but the whole point of a $3 chocolate chip cookie is that it entitles you to occupy a table and chair for an hour. The Garden of Eden, across the street, also closes at 11 p.m. on weekends. Within a block of both places is the Boston Center for the Arts, which has four or five stages for live theater. There is nowhere to go after the show except crowded and expensive bars. If I were part of the BCA, I'd be very concerned about this. I'm less likely to go to a play if I can't spout off about it in public afterward.

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