Opinion: The Last Thing We Need in This Town is Another TITS

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Greetings from Allston Village

Come with me, and you’ll see, a world of pure adulteration.

The year was 2006, and the heart of the Allston Corridor at the meeting of Harvard and Brighton Aves was beating strong. Bars where 20 year olds earned their illegal chops in binge drinking were still hot, and you couldn’t get near The Kells on a Wednesday night without a dream of $1 draft or the fear of being punched by a disgruntled BC kicker.

Yet, just like the sell-out of the entire idea of hipster, The Kells would go the way of many locales across town – a valuable liquor license in a valuable location doth not last long in the blue laws. Thus, the Tavern in the Square – TITS – empire began really making its presence known in 2010 when it added the Brighton Ave location. Neon lights and big open windows, Tavern is a Sports Bar in the way that Sports Bars generically show sports on big TVs with generic beers and generic food.

Five locations strong, now, ranging from Allston to the North Shore, and Tavern has become a local chain not seen around here since the Ground Round. It specializes in Bro and Coronas dipped in margaritas – and I, for one, am not looking forward to more of that especially at South Station.

Give me places with craft beer. Give me Trilliums and beer halls. Or give me a nice comforting dive with fried cheap food and low expectations. I know that there’s a South Station renovation project going on, but why ruin the good thing that was Clarkes with yet another outpost of TITS?

Signed,

Me.