We can't have New Hampshirites overseeing our bloody Marys: Friendly Toast hits snag on path to all day breakfasting in the Back Bay

The Boston Licensing Board said today it will hold off any action on a proposed liquor license for a Friendly Toast on Stanhope Street today because the manager proposed for the restaurant is a New Hampshire resident, and Massachusetts regulations require all managers of restaurants with liquor licenses to live in state.

On learning of the requirement, Friendly Toast lawyer Joshua Bowman said his client would come back with a Bay Stater as manager, rather than its original idea - making the manager of its Portsmouth outlet manager of the Back Bay location

The Friendly Toast, which hopes to move into the space now occupied by Zocalo Cocina, needs board permission to buy Zocalo's liquor license so it can serve the bloody Marys and mimosas that Bowman said "rule the day" at a place that serves breakfast all day.

The Stanhope Street restaurant would be Friendly Toast's third location. In addition to Portsmouth, it has been slinging hash and other breakfast foods for five years now in Kendall Square.

Dudley Square to get co-op pizza place with beer and wine

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a beer-and-wine license to Haley House for its proposed Dudley Dough pizza place in the new Bolling Building in Dudley Square.

Haley House's Kathleen McKenna said at a hearing this morning that Dudley Dough will be run as a co-op - workers will not only receive culinary training but will share in the profits. McKenna said this is Haley House's attempt to do something about the fact that workers at the bottom of most restaurant enterprises tend to share very little of the revenue.

She said that like the service organization's existing bakery, Dudley Dough will become a community gathering area. She said space will be set aside for a program called Pie R Squared - in which local students will get an hour of math tutoring and free pizza.

In addition to pizza, Dudley Dough will also serve "funky salads," its attorney, Corey Wilk, said.

The mayor's office and the offices of city councilors Tito Jackson, Michael Flaherty, Ayanna Pressley and Steve Murphy supported the proposal. Nobody spoke against. A representative of Future Boston also spoke in favor. Haley House represents "everything Boston is supposed to stand for," she said.

New-format Olympics meetings: Fostering dialogue or minimizing dissent?

Protesters gathered before the meeting.

The day after Boston 2024 announced their revised plans, organizers of a city forum on the games tried a new approach in Jamaica Plain: Splitting the meeting into three parts, to discuss different ramifications of the would-be games.

"They're separating us to take away our voice!" some protesters yelled at the English High School session, not far from Franklin Park, which remains the proposed venue for equestrian events and the pentathlon.

Representatives of Boston 2024 told the crowd that the breakout sessions were meant to facilitate dialogue, specifically on "Creating Open Space/Parks Legacy," "Envisioning New Neighborhoods" and "Planning our Transportation Future."

Director of Olympic Operations John Fitzgerald encouraged people to split among the breakout sessions but received shouts of "You lie!" and "When do we get to talk?" The largest opposition group remained in the auditorium to protest Boston 2024 representatives while the other two sessions were tense but quieter overall.

Mayor Walsh's 15-yearplan to add 53,000 units by 2030 was the major talking point of the Neighborhood/Housing session, presented by Devin Quirk, director of operations at the Department of Neighborhood Development. "We need to do more to ensure that Boston remains an affordable city for everyone of all backgrounds," said Quirk.

Meeting attendees were not satisfied that housing plans would only meet the minimum 15% affordable housing inclusionary development policy, while also giving tax breaks to developers. Boston 2024 representatives said that gentrification and displacement are problems everywhere, Olympics or not, and the opportunity of hosting the Games could be the perfect disruptive event to spark neighborhood development and renovation.

Many residents expressed frustration when told the Olympics could solve Boston's housing, transportation and infrastructure issues. "This Olympic thing is a total diversion," said Jamaica Plain resident Laura Foner. "It's really diverting us from how we want use our resources as a city and what kind of city we want to become."

Tonight's meeting was the sixth of nine community meetings; the next public meeting will take place on July 28 at the Mildred Ave Middle School.

The meeting also came following the USOC's meeting with Boston 2024 organizers in California. The USOC stuck with Boston, but said it wants to see better polling numbers for the games here.

Do you think NJ has the same no parking in front of hydrant law?

I may be wrong but I think New Jersey has the same no parking in front of hydrant laws. I watch them park this car on Marlborough St and just walk away. At first I thought they would be quick (still not cool) but an hour later they came back to check on the car and left again!


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The blindfold and handcuffs were consensual, but the car theft went too far, police say

Arlington Police report they are looking for a guy who had permission to blindfold and cuff a Spy Pond Parkway resident this afternoon - but not to take his cash and car.

Police say the resident and suspect hooked up via "an advertisement posted on an online classifieds service" and that the victim picked up the guy at the Alewife T stop this afternoon.

The handcuffs and blindfold were consensual. The suspect then stole the cash and car keys and left the residence.

In a statement, Police Chief Frederick Ryan said other residents have nothing to worry about, at least not as long as they're not going online to look for people to tie them up:

This does not appear to be a random act of violence, and we do not want residents to be in fear for their safety.

Police say they recovered the victim's vehicle not long after they responded around 2 p.m. - near the Alewife T stop, where they suspect the suspect escaped on the Red Line.

He's described as tall and white, about 200 lbs. with a neck tattoo. He's in his 30s and was last seen wearing Celtics clothing.