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For some city residents, the student exodus during the winter break is the most wonderful time of the year.

For some city residents, the student exodus during the winter break is the most wonderful time of the year.

“It means three or four weekends of peace and quiet and I can get my sleep,” said Bruce Kline, a 31-year Brighton resident.

Most colleges in the area have shut down or, with final exams concluding this week, will shut down soon. That means the students who populate the T, the neighborhoods and the local watering holes have mostly all gone.

For residents, it’s a time to rejoice and for some local businesses, it’s a time to hunker down and try to make it through the cold, lonely winter break days.

“Without the students here it’s like nothing really,” said Demetri Michaelidis of University Grill near Boston University. The Commonwealth Avenue pizza shop shuts down Christmas Eve and reopens on Jan. 3. They open before students get back because the shop serves a large lunch crowd when the faculty returns early.

Down the street, Mexican restaurant Olecito will not reopen until BU students pick up their spring semester books.

“It’s pretty much what we run off of,” manager Kris Scola said of his student-based clientele. The restaurant, which closes Thursday, will reopen Jan. 18.

“For us we have a very distinct crowd — a following,” Scola said. “When the school shuts down, we shut down.”

 
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