It seems as if even a lot of restaurants get it.
These taxes are optional. They're modest. They'd go directly to cities and towns.
Some cities and towns would benefit tremendously, some would only benefit a small amount. However, for the cities and towns that would benefit from such a bill, it's important we give them the means to raise revenue from some other source than property taxes - if they wish to. Just because not every town would benefit doesn't mean we don't pursue reform.
Furthermore, the anti-tax types need not worry: this is little d Democracy. If towns are worried a 1% tax would drive business away, they could always choose not to have that tax. But for towns like Saugus and Dartmouth, in dire fiscal straights, we need to give them as much latitude as possible so they can remain solvent and not end up in state receivership - and these are two towns that could benefit tremendously if they had access to the revenue of a small restaurant tax.