State Regulators Order InterContinental Boston Hotel to Remove Outdoor Bar Along Harborwalk

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It looks like a popular outdoor bar along the Boston waterfront may be going away because it has apparently been discouraging public access.

Banker & Tradesman is reporting that state regulators have told the InterContinental Boston Hotel that it has to remove the outdoor bar along the Fort Point Channel while also taking down signs that deter people from using the space, which is technically open to the public. The post says that the hotel is in violation of the terms of its Chapter 91 license, failing to allow for public open space by putting up signs that discourage 24-hour public access, and as a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has ordered all restaurant and bar seating to be removed along with "any other gates, moveable landscaping, or other devices that restrict pedestrian access" to a 60-foot-wide area that goes from the seaward edge of the Boston Harborwalk. It is not known for certain whether this means the entire outdoor bar area will be taken down or whether a part of it can remain; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The article says that the owner of the hotel has 30 days to correct the violations at which point it may face fines from the DEP.

The InterContinental Boston Hotel includes such dining and drinking spots as Miel, Sushi-Teq, Rumba, and Vodkaba.

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