Dining

By - 8/20/14 - 7:38 pm

City officials backed and praised efforts by two culinary entrepreneurs to open a restaurant on Bunker Hill Street that will focus on small-plate dishes and pizza.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve both a food-serving license for Brewer's Fork, 29 Bunker Hill St. and the request of owners John Paine and Michael Austin to buy the beer, wine and liqueurs license of... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 12:28 pm

Mario Batali will pay $410,000 for the liquor license of the closed Castlebar on Washington Street so he can serve libations to patrons of his planned wood-fired pizza place on the South Boston waterfront

Batali's attorney, Joseph Hanley, told the Boston Licensing Board that Batali will spend $2.5 million in total to outfit his planned Babbo on Fan Pier.

As required, Hanley answered the question... Read more

By - 8/16/14 - 3:18 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a request from New York celebrichef Mario Batali to buy the liquor license of the recently shuttered Castlebar in Oak Square.

If the board approves, Batali will be able to serve harder libations to customers of his planned Babbo pizzeria in a new building under construction on Fan Pier.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday... Read more

By - 8/14/14 - 4:51 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave South End Pizza and Grill on Tremont Street permission to stay open until 2 a.m. seven days a week and Levi's Restaurant and Lounge the OK to stay open that late on Fridays and Saturdays.

At a hearing on Wednesday, city officials had backed South End Pizza's request, but opposed Levi's application, because of unspecified police concerns and... Read more

By - 8/14/14 - 11:32 am

So there's this new Italian restaurant at 45 Province St. and it's called:

MAST'

And no matter how many times they claim the name and the apostrophe is derived from some Italian slang word (which will remind you of a particular Seinfeld episode), it's just never not going to look weird 'n stuff. And how do you even make a possessive out of... Read more

By - 8/13/14 - 8:14 pm

The Hamersleys are retiring, the Globe reports.

By - 8/13/14 - 11:06 am

South End Pizza and Grill, 768 Tremont St. in the South End, received warm support from city officials for its proposal to extend its closing time from midnight to 2 a.m., seven days a week, at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

The pizzeria says it wants to extend its hours to serve the growing number of students in the area. The Chester Square Neighborhood... Read more

By - 8/10/14 - 1:56 pm
Breadfruit

Breadfruit! We were so taken by their mere presence in the Dedham Stop & Shop yesterday, we quickly procured one. And never mind we had no idea whatsoever what to do with it. After all, isn't that what the Internet's for?

First, of course, is the obvious: It has nothing to do with bread. And truth be told, it's not much of a fruit, even... Read more

By - 8/7/14 - 11:42 pm
Proposed apartment building on Market Street in Brighton Center

Picture something like this instead of the Brighton Beer Garden.

Kineavy

The Cronin Group, which owns the Brighton Beer Garden on Market Street, tonight proposed tearing it down to make room for an apartment building of up to seven stories.

Michael Kineavy, the company's chief operating officer (and former aide to Tom Menino, shown at right), appeared before the Brighton Allston Improvement Association to ask its suggestions on the company's initial proposal, which showed 34 apartments... Read more

By - 8/6/14 - 3:27 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Somerville cupcakery has closed.

By - 8/6/14 - 2:36 pm

Beijing Kyoto, 112 South St., will be replaced by a sit-down restaurant serving ramen-noodle soup, assuming the Boston Licensing Board approves.

Koichi Watanabe will re-open the restaurant as Amateras, with 45 seats.

Meanwhile, the new owner of the shuttered Apollo Grill and Sushi, 84 Harrison Ave., says she's extensively remodeling the place so that she can re-open it as a Panera-like bakery cafe, only one... Read more

By - 8/6/14 - 12:50 pm

Chesterfield Coppin says his Oasis Cafe, 630 Hyde Park Ave., could open next week. Whether he'll get to serve beer and wine, however, is another matter.

Coppin told the Boston Licensing Board this morning that during walking tours of the neighborhood, which he described as "densely populated and very diverse," he found large support for wine and beer with the Caribbean food he'll serve.

If... Read more

By - 8/6/14 - 10:17 am

Bob King, owner of the McDonald's at Harvard and Commonwealth Avenues, has withdrawn his request to the Boston Licensing Board to operate 24 hours a day.

The McDonald's is currently licensed for operations between 5 a.m. and 2 a.m.

King also withdrew his application to extend the hours of his Western Avenue McDonald's to 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.

By - 8/5/14 - 1:31 pm

UPDATE: One-day suspension ordered.

Officials from Jerry Remy's Sports Bar and Grille told the Boston Licensing Board today they're cracking down on employees after getting cited for the second time in two months for underage patrons getting drinks because they were friends with workers at the Fenway restaurant.

An incident on June 17, in which BPD detectives on a routine inspection found somebody with... Read more

By - 8/4/14 - 8:51 am

Molly Galler reports on the drinks and food at Lulu's, 421 Cambridge St. in Allston.

By - 8/3/14 - 8:51 pm

The owner of the McDonald's at Harvard and Commonwealth avenues is seeking permission to stay open around the clock.

The Boston Licensing Board considers its request to extend its hours, which now run 5 a.m. to 2 a.m., at a hearing on Wednesday.

A little over a year ago, the board agreed to let the burger place change its opening hour from 7 a.m.... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 12:44 pm

Two former employees of Papa Gino's allege the local chain avoided paying them overtime for work weeks that sometimes spanned 70 hours by classifying them as "managers" even though they weren't managers.

Jean Max Similien of Stoughton and Jay Jenks of Dedham filed what they hope will become a class-action suit last week in US District Court in Boston.

Similien said he worked for the... Read more

By - 8/2/14 - 10:21 pm

Steve Baillargeon asks:

Best place for pizza around Newton Centre?

By - 8/2/14 - 12:28 pm
The Castlebar in Oak Square is no more, after 32 years in business

KWAPT shows us the scene at the Castlebar this morning.

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