On April 6, detectives visited Moon Villa Restaurant on Edinboro Street and asked day manager and co-owner John Chen if the restaurant had working surveillance cameras. He said it did. They then wrote him a series of citations for incidents stretching back to a gang shootout in August that left six with gunshot injuries - because at each of the incidents, a restaurant manager told investigators the cameras pointing at the restaurant door, which might have yielded clues about the incidents, weren't working. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board next week hears a request for a license for a proposed craft-beer store in the old substation at Washington Street and Cummins Highway in Roslindale Square. Read more.
Clover, which offers food both on wheels and in fixed locations, is going for kosher certification:
I had a colleague at McKinsey who kept fairly strict Kosher, and I was shocked what a nightmare it was for her to try to find food she could eat. I have no idea how many people in Boston keep Kosher, but I want Clover to be accessible to everybody and I started thinking about getting Kosher certification a long time ago.
The Friendly Toast, which has an outlet in Kendall Square, wants to move into space being vacated by a Mexican restaurant at 76 Stanhope St. Read more.
Meghan Rice, the manager of the casual-dining restaurant, reports its last day is June 30, after which it will forlornly sit empty until it's torn down (along with the neighboring and long vacant cineplex) to make way for a hotel and senior-citizen apartment complex.
All the stuff on the walls will be for sale, she adds.
The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow considers whether to approve a proposed Nigerian restaurant in Dudley Square. And a second Nigerian restaurant, in Mattapan, could come before the board within a month for permission to open.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a liquor license for a proposed restaurant at the site of a long abandoned video store in Adams Corner in Dorchester. Read more.
WBZ reports the driver of a tractor trailer discovered his vehicle wouldn't fit inside a Dunkin' Donuts in Chelsea today.
The Boston Licensing Board last week gave the owner of a South End pizzeria permission to open a new place on Columbia Road, next to the Strand Theatre. Read more.
The arrival of artisanal European and Japanese coffee in downtown Boston has done nothing to shake our addiction to Dunkin' Donuts, apparently. The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a food-serving license to a brand-new Dunkin' Donuts at 89 Broad St. in the Financial District - four months after it approved a new Dunkin' Donuts on Washington Street. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports McCormick & Schmick has shut down.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a four-day shutdown for Itadaki, 267-269 Newbury Street, after a BPD detective found four 18-year-olds sitting at a table with Bud Lights - and fake out-of-state IDs. Read more.
The Voice of Downtown Boston introduces us to PABU, a San Francisco Japanese restaurant that will open on two floors of the Millennium Tower next fall.
The modern izakaya and sushi bar will feature market-fresh menu with fish sourced locally from New England and flown in fresh from Japanâ€™s famous Tsukiji market.
UPDATE: They got the license.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant an all alcohol license to Target for the new store the chain says will open July 22 at Boylston and Kilmarnock.
The four-story store will be the first East Coast CityTarget, aimed at nearby residents who arrive on foot, rather than in a car.
Target attorney Joseph Devlin said the Fenway is ideal for that, given all the residential development along Boylston. He said the neighborhood's existing liquor outlets, which includes the Boylston Star Market, have not kept pace with the demand.
Devlin said the alcoholic beverages, in a single aisle near housewares, will be aimed at people stocking up for parties or events, rather than the sort of people looking for a quick buzz. The store will not sell 40s, nips or pints, he said.
The proposal was supports by the mayor and city councilors Josh Zakim, Ayanna Pressley, Michael Flaherty, Michelle Wu and Steve Murphy. Nobody spoke in opposition.
In a city full of college students, in a world full of increasingly realistic fake licenses, restaurants and bars face a never ending battle to keep the pre-21 set from getting drinks. A Japanese restaurant on Newbury Street vows to try a new solution: Suing the families of the four teens who got it hauled before the Boston Licensing Board for serving underage drinkers. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board next week hears requests for food-serving licenses for a Peet's proposed for 310 Harrison Ave. and a Caffe Nero planned for 53 Union Park.
In 2011, you may recall, South Enders successfully fought off a Dunkin' Donuts proposed for Tremont Street by arguing, among other things, that the South End already had too many food-serving establishments.
The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.