Dining

By - 5/28/16 - 8:43 am

Dunkin' Donuts truck - think the driver can resist the lure of Storrow Drive?

By - 5/26/16 - 11:33 pm

Brian Martell of West Roxbury is transforming an old pizza place into a new chicken takeout place that will serve up the poultry cooked several different ways. Read more.

By - 5/26/16 - 4:01 pm

The Dorchester Reporter takes us on a tour of the revamped Lower Mills Tavern, but keeps the beer samples to itself.

By - 5/25/16 - 10:06 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a request to allow a Dunkin' Donuts to open at 270 Newbury St., between Fairfield and Gloucester.

This would be Newbury Street's first Dunkin' Donuts since the one that used to be down near Newbury Comics closed, saving shoppers the time it would now take them to walk over to one of the Dunkin' Donuts on Boylston Street. Read more.

By - 5/24/16 - 11:44 pm

South Pacific actually closed in 2012, but the sign remained - until today.

By - 5/23/16 - 1:44 pm
Old Frosty Freeze in Roslindale, where the Taco Bell would go

Old Frosty Freeze, where the Taco Bell would go.

A Taco Bell franchisee has started advertising for managers and workers at its proposed site next to the Wendy's on American Legion Highway even though it does not yet have approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Boston Licensing Board and has yet to even pull permits from ISD to replace the small ice-cream stand that's now there. Read more.

By - 5/23/16 - 10:35 am
Sleeper Street Cafe closed forever

Dan Feidt is none too happy to see this sign in the window of Sleeper Street Cafe, which will close Friday, less than a month after the nearby Yada Yada closed to make way for a craft-beer place:

I just want a basic sandwich not microwaved blah.

By - 5/18/16 - 11:38 pm

Banker & Tradesman reports (subscription required) the commercial condo space used by the Starbucks at 165 Newbury St. recently sold for $6.25 million - a new Newbury Street record. Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 3:30 pm

Earlier this year, the Boston Licensing Board didn't grant a liquor license to developer Michael Norton's proposed Italian restaurant at L Street and Broadway in South Boston (and then rejected a Starbucks there).

Tomorrow, though, the board considers a request from the owner of Mirisola's, 200 L St., to serve beer and wine with his Italian food. Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 12:03 pm

Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue might seem like the exact sort of place the creation of "neighborhood" liquor licenses in Boston was meant for - a small, entrepreneurial effort by a young chef in an outer neighborhood.

But the legislation that created the new licenses limited them to Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester - and the city's "main street" districts. Roslindale has one of those districts, but Seven Star is several blocks outside its borders and so ineligible for one of the new licenses. Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 11:38 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to give a food-serving license to Digg Inn, a proposed new feed station for Boston's growing herd of locavore veggie grazers, at 557 Boylston St., between Dartmouth and Clarendon.

"Hopefully, this will be the first of many," Digg Inn attorney Andrew Upton told the board at a hearing this morning. Read more.

By - 5/17/16 - 11:11 am

The new Godfrey Hotel in Downtown Crossing had to send representatives to the Boston Licensing Board today to explain why a hotel guest was standing outside with a drink in his hand early one morning last month. Read more.

By - 5/13/16 - 10:16 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday handed a warning to the Tasty Burger on L Street for the beer-holding people Boston Police detectives said they found loitering outside its pick-up window during the St. Patrick's Day parade this year. Read more.

By - 5/13/16 - 10:03 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a new Dunkin' Donuts at 1621 Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan Square, meaning purple-and-orange fans will no longer have to make the long trek up to Morton Street or American Legion Highway to get their morning Dunk's fix.

By - 5/10/16 - 3:50 pm

State Police explain why Rte. 1 north was shut in Revere at the start of the evening rush yesterday:

A 17-year-old operator of a 2011 Mercedes-Benz caused a 6 car crash on route 1 northbound in Revere. The crash injured numerous people. The male driver had been issued a citation for speeding just an hour earlier by the Winthrop Police. He told troopers at the scene that he was 'late for work at the Market Basket' which was his reason for speeding in the breakdown when he caused the multi-vehicle crash.

By - 5/10/16 - 12:31 pm

Joe Garufi, who has been trying to turn the former Hyde and the even more former Dottie's into a new Italian restaurant on Fairmount Avenue since 2014, said today he's only a few inspections away from opening.

Garufi had to appear before the Boston Licensing Board today to explain why it shouldn't take away the neighborhood-specific liquor license it granted him for Antonio's Bacaro in the fall of 2014. Read more.

By - 5/6/16 - 4:18 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a two-day shutdown for Empire, 1 Marina Park Dr., because police found three underage students with scorpion bowls during an inspection on Feb. 21 - almost a year after it got a one-day suspension for a similar offense. Read more.

By - 5/6/16 - 3:52 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave @Union on Harvard Ave. permission to add cordials to its beer and wine offerings and extend its closing time from 10 p.m. to midnight. Read more.

By - 5/6/16 - 1:09 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports plans for the restaurant space in the new Downtown Crossing hotel.

By - 5/6/16 - 7:45 am

Saucy reporter Mike Deehan analyzed campaign expense reports from state and local candidates in Massachusetts and found they've spent $275,000 over the past ten years on pizza.

Naturally, he posts a pizza pie chart to show the most popular outlets. The chart emphasizes Roslindale's lack of political clout - the Pleasant Cafe doesn't make the cut; in fact, it's beaten out by Pizza Hut and Papa John's (but here's the Pleasant Cafe list - Ed Coppinger and Mike Rush are fans).