Mikhaela Houston alerts us that a Chick-fil-A is under construction on Providence Highway, near the Ocean State Job Lot - and the West Roxbury line, which would mark the chain's closest approach to Boston since it was banned here (by Northeastern and then by the city) for being owned by homophobes. Read more.
The Chicken & Rice Guys say Boston public-health inspections of their facilities have shown no E. coli and that their Medford restaurant will re-open tomorrow.
The Downtown Crossing store could re-open tomorrow as well, after an ISD inspection in the morning; in fact, ISD Commissioner William Christopher vows to buy the first meal at 11 a.m., assuming the inspection goes OK. Read more.
Sampan reports a restaurant specializing in poke - sort of sushi in a bowl - is planning an outlet at 20 Tyler St.
The Boston Licensing Board today reinstated the food-serving license for Pho So 1, 223 Adams St. - and even let it stay open longer than before it was shut for letting patrons drink after its official closing time. Read more.
UPDATE: The coffee shop passed a re-inspection on Marc. 14 and was allowed to re-open.
A Boston health inspector yesterday ordered Red Barn Coffee Roasters in the Longwood Galleria shut for a series of health violations, many focused on the lack of hand washing by workers. Read more.
The Globe reports Boston health inspectors ordered the three Chicken & Rice Guys restaurants and five food trucks in Boston shut today because of E. coli that has sickened at least seven people at the chain's outlet on Harvard Avenue in Allston. The Medford restaurant, which is beyond the reach of Boston ISD, remains open.
The Board of Appeal today approved a plan by Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue, to run a beer garden on Friday and Saturday evenings at its brewery at 306 Northern Ave. in the marine industrial park. Read more.
Caught in Southie reports the Dorchester Street Yoberry is gone.
Ricolombia Restaurant, 1231 River St., where Salamander Cafe used to be, and where a succession of Haitian restaurants used to be, quietly closed this week, barely four months after it opened.
Today, the windows were festooned with signs advising that it would be opening soon under new ownership. Read more.
Ludwig Van Morrison asks:
Recommendations on a farm to table style restaurant near the Taj, preferably great wine list? Cost not a concern.
Boston Daily asks:
Best pizza place in West Roxbury?
The Boston Licensing Board today approved its first license for a restaurant to let patrons bring their own beer and wine - to Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale. Read more.
Our own Ron Newman spotted this sign, probably only meant for the eyes of the store manager, at his local Dunkin' Donuts. Mmm, bet you can't wait to go up to the counter and smartly say to the clerk: "One Frozen Dunkin' Coffee, please!"
The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow decides whether to let Bohemios Restaurant, 30 Bennington St., sell entire bottles of wine to customers, rather than individual servings. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Pui Chung Siu buy the beer, wine and liqueur license now held by the Umai sushi restaurant at 412 Market Street and turn the space into a noodle place called South of Clouds.
Siu's attorney, Meihuei Hu, told the board this morning that Siu is planning only cosmetic changes to the restaurant's interior. Nobody opposed the request.
Jewish Boston taste tests the matzah available in local stores, for example:
If you just need something that people will recognize as matzah and you don’t care about how the box looks or whether it holds up under spreading, this will certainly do. It doesn’t taste terrible, but it doesn’t bring anything to the table either. It literally is what it is.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports an Ethiopian cafe is planned for the Centre Street space vacated by Aurum, and that the people behind the nearby Blue Nile might be involved.
The McDonald's on Hyde Park Avenue in Hyde Park now has two ordering kiosks, although they haven't fired them up yet.
The Globe reports some guy has sued Dunkin' Donuts franchisees across the state because they allegedly didn't use real butter when he ordered bagels with butter. The Globe reports even the guy's lawyer thought twice about filing the suits, but figured an important principle is at stake: "A lot of people prefer butter."
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