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City Of Boston Investing In Small Businesses Near MBTA Stations

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Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

BOSTON (CBS) — Two new restaurants in Hyde Park are among small businesses the city is investing in near MBTA stations.

The city of Boston wants more people to use the MBTA, and businesses want to set up in areas that are easily accessible. That’s where the city stepped in to invest.

“Bring the businesses to the trains, bring people to the businesses,” Mayor Tom Menino said Saturday.

Menino, who said the restaurant investments are part of the MBTA revitalization plan, attended the grand openings of ZAZ restaurant and The Fairmont Grille on Saturday.

Fairmont Grille owner Chris Rassias said he’s grateful that the city stepped up.

“The banks had nothing for us,” Rassias said.

The restaurant investments have created dozens of new jobs on Hyde Park’s Main Street.

Menino has been promoting his green agenda this month. On July 12, he promoted several city green initiatives, including a new municipal energy management system.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

“The city of Boston continues to do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while cutting our energy costs, saving taxpayer dollars and increasing our level of service to the community,” Menino said in a July 12 prepared statement. “I am proud to report that city government is leading by example and is on track to meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

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