At least one neighbor is not happy about the news that local favorite My Diner may be moving to the corner of I and Eighth Street. Last week, we reported that the recently closed breakfast and lunch spot on A Street was hoping to reopen at 545 East Eighth Street.
Yesterday morning, one neighbor from I Street was spotted wearing a homemade sign in front of the location reading “ I and E. 8th does not need a DINER.” Yes, a one man picket line.
Oh boy, we have a feeling that anti-My Diner peeps will be using the old parking and traffic cards to oppose the diner – the same issues brought up to oppose Starbucks at the corner of L and Broadway. After a long and hard battle, Starbucks did get approved its common victualler license by the City of Boston licensing board.
An abutters meeting took place on Monday, September 26th at 6:45pm at the location. According to someone who was there, the meeting was well attended and the crowd was split pretty evenly with half in support of the diner open and the other half with concerns ranging from trash, parking, and congestion.
Editor’s note: Although there hasn’t been a business since the late 90’s/early 2000’s at this intersection, there have been numerous businesses operating at this corner for decades before that. Some operating at same time on different corners. There was a pharmacy, a corner store, a pizza shop, a video shop – not to mention an ice cream shop at the corner of I and Marine (the next block down). So what are we worried about now? If we keep pulling the parking and traffic cards, absolutely no business would open in Southie. Concerns should be addressed and the neighborhood input should be taken seriously but we need more new small businesses in our neighborhood.