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Menino Grabs Lunch, Shows Support For Businesses Near Boston Marathon Bombing Site

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Mayor Menino with Solas Irish Pub manager Kaylee Platt.  (Photo credit: Ring Communications)

Mayor Menino with Solas Irish Pub manager Kaylee Platt. (Photo credit: Ring Communications)

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Tom Menino headed out for lunch on Boylston Street on Thursday to show support for the businesses most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Menino enjoyed lunch at Solas Irish Pub, which is on the other side of Boylston Street between the two bombing sites, and had been shut down for more than a week while investigators combed the entire area for evidence.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Mayor Menino dines at Solas Pub on Boylston Street, one of the businesses forced to shut down for more than a week after the Boston Marathon bombings. (Photo credit: Ring Communications)

Mayor Menino dines at Solas Pub on Boylston Street, one of the businesses forced to shut down for more than a week after the Boston Marathon bombings. (Photo credit: Ring Communications)

Boylston Street has been mobbed with visitors since it reopened to the public on Wednesday.

The city announced that parking in the Back Bay would be free all weekend.

Mayor Menino is encouraging people to head down and patronize businesses in the area.

The city estimates that the 10 businesses that suffered the most from the closures lost a combined $3.2 million.

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