Roslindale substation back in business for first time in 45 years, this time as a craft-beer store, with restaurant to follow
Roslindale residents, city politicians and Keytar Bear gathered this morning at the old Boston Elevated substation to formally open the new Craft Beer Cellar and to take a look at the state of the cavernous main space, which will become a Chris Douglass restaurant called the Third Rail.
Even before the official ribbon cutting, business was brisk at the shop - actually located in the building's cellar - as residents stocked up on beers. Mayor Walsh joked it was a good thing owner Bryan Reeves opened his doors at 11 a.m. - people would have enough time to drink their first rounds, then come back for more for the Patriots game.
The opening was particularly sweet for Adam Rogoff and other members of a residents group that first started trying to do something with the abandoned station - which once powered the trolleys that used to run along Washington Street and Cummins Highway - some 14 years ago.
Historic Boston, Inc. and the Peregrine Group teamed up on the $4.8-million rebab of the 105-year-old substation, which will be paid for in part by the 49-unit apartment building that now wraps around the substation
Reeves cuts the ceremonial ribbon with help from Mayor Walsh, City Councilor Tim McCarthy, state Rep. Liz Malia and state Sen. Mike Rush:
Green Monsta beer is local beer and local beer is fresh:
They left the hook - which in its day could hold 25 tons:
Long boarded-up windows have been replaced:
The main doors are 18 feet high and 6 1/2 feet wide:
A group of people taking inspiration from the old Guardian Angels have started patrolling Boston and the T: The Boston Arch Angels. In recruiting fliers posted on the Red Line, they vow to deter crime, make citizens arrests and provide first aid.
WCVB reports one teen is dead, another with a gunshot wound to the foot following a fusillade of bullets at Shurtleff and Bellingham streets around 5:30 p.m.
Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office have released a surveillance photo of a car sought in connection with the shootings. It's described as silver or gray, possibly an older model Honda. If you think you've seen it, contact Chelsea Police at 617-466-4880 or State Police at 617-727-8817
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced tonight that he has canceled plans to buy software that would let the department monitor social media for potential public-safety threats and ferret out Internet-based crimes because the offerings the department was considering are overkill and raised privacy issues.
Moving forward, we will continue the process of inspecting what is available and ensuring that it meets the needs of the department while protecting the privacy of the public.
Evans said he will work with City Councilor Andrea Campbell (Dorchester), who chairs the council's public-safety committee, on hearings to better gauge public concerns and help draft a proposal for social-media monitoring that would protect both the public and the privacy rights of citizens.
At the same time, he instructed the Boston Regional Intelligence Center - the department's intelligence unit - to "consider re-drafting the request for proposals to ensure that the Department acquires the appropriate level of technology, while also protecting the privacy of the public."
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered Icon, 100 Warrenton St., shut indefinitely over a pair of incidents in which detectives found underage drinkers on the premises.
Separately, the board ordered a seven-day license for the neighboring Venu, owned by the same company, for a back-to-school champagne-spraying event at which detectives found some people swilling the cheap bubbly straight from the bottle instead of just spraying friends with it. State regulations bar patrons from drinking directly from a champagne or wine bottle unless it's accompanied by a meal.
The indefinite suspensions, for incidents involving Venezuelan nationals using bogus national ID cards and passports, come as the board and other Theater District clubs ready for a Jan. 27 hearing at which officials and club owners will try to come up with new solutions to curb the area's perennial problems with closing-time violence and melees.
And they come as club owners say they're beginning to lose the battle against both young people from countries where IDs with bogus birth dates are easy to come by and against Internet-based companies that offer increasingly sophisticated fake IDs that can beat even the state-of-the-art and expensive license scanners many venues frequented by students now use.
At a hearing on Tuesday, BPD Det. Daniel MacDonald testified that on a routine inspection on Sept. 23, he and his partner, Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey, found a 19-year-old from Venezuela with a vodka and Red Bull and a 20-year-old with a fake New York license swigging champagne from a bottle. The Venezuelan had used a Venezuelan ID and passport that showed him to be 21.
A month later, the detectives returned and found two young-looking men at a VIP table with mixed drinks - one a vodka and soda, the other a vodka and cranberry. The guy with the vodka and soda turned out to be an 18-year-old Venezuelan with government-issued IDs that gave his age as 21; the other guy was 19 with similar IDs from Colombia, he said.
The detectives established their true ages after they admitted going to Suffolk - by calling the college's police and asking them to look up their ages.
To no avail, club manager William Robinson pleaded for leniency. He handed board Chairwoman Christine Puligine a stack of 85 fake IDs he said his staff had confiscated on Oct. 23, and said that on Sept. 23, the club confiscated 53 fake IDs.
The IDs are just getting too good, he said, adding that, unlike police, he and his door staff can't just ask young-looking would-be patrons where they go to school and then call up the schools to verify their ages, because that information is protected by federal privacy laws.
Robinson added that after the second incident, he ordered his staff to turn away anybody with a Venezuelan ID - which he said has basically meant the area's large Venezuelan population, even people legitimately of age, is now boycotting Icon because they don't want to go where their friends are barred. He added he's been called a racist over the policy and that he has watched Venezuelans turned away from Icon go around the corner to another club, which has no similar compunctions.
Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini said one possible answer might be to ask local colleges to let students request college IDs with their ages on them. Mulvey added that students of age can get a Massachusetts liquor ID from the RMV - it's one of the IDs that clubs and bars can accept as proof of age without worrying about consequences if it turns out the holder is not actually of age.
A school-bus driver and a motorist got into a "negative verbal interaction" shortly before dismissal at the Eliot School on Charter Street yesterday that required a police officer to break up, according to a note the school sent to parents today.
"Fortunately our students did not witness this incident and no one was injured," the note says.
Officials put the bus driver on leave pending the outcome of their investigation. Police will have extra patrols in the area to deal with any dismissal-related traffic issues in the area around the school.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a malt and wine license for Quick Pick Convenience, 973 Tremont St.
More than 20 members of United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury packed the board's hearing room Wednesday to support owner Nimesh Rana's plans to replace candy and laundry products that few people are buying with shelves for wine and a cooler for beer.
Rana submitted petitions with more than 700 signatures, both from UNLR members and nearby Northeastern graduate students, in support of his request. The proposal was also supported by the mayor's office.