Dining

By - 2/12/16 - 5:32 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week granted valuable full-liquor licenses to several North End restaurants that say they need to fend off advances from fancier places on the waterfront.

But with only a total of ten of the new licenses to dole out - and several of those already awarded - the board also denied requests from several restaurants in the North End, on the waterfront and in some other neighborhoods. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 4:39 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a request from Mala, 129 Brighton Ave., to extend its closing time from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 4:21 pm

The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to let Levi's Restaurant, 323 Washington St., add cocktails and hard liquor to the beer and wine it was already allowed to serve. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 7:06 am

The Globe reports on the crash yesterday afternoon off Marine Road.

By - 2/3/16 - 11:30 am
749 Broadway restaurant space

The space, 749 E. Broadway. Photo by Eileen Murphy.

Michael Norton, who has long owned buildings that house restaurants, wants to open one of his own: He's applied for a liquor license for vacant restaurant space in a building he renovated at East Broadway and L Street.

Norton, who is "Southie born and raised," his attorney assured the Boston Licensing Board this morning, wants to open a restaurant there with chefpreneur Brian Poe and area restaurant owner Gordon Wilcox. Read more.

By - 2/1/16 - 5:35 pm
PS Coffee in Roslindale nears completion

PS Gourmet Coffee at Washington and Poplar streets and the Green T Coffee Shop at Walter and South streets seem to be in a race to see which one opens first, ending the coffee-shop drought the neighborhood has endured since Select Cafe closed in 2013.

PS, out of South Boston, has its signs in place, but Green T, out of Brigham Circle, has nicer doors ready to go: Read more.

By - 1/31/16 - 11:05 pm

Tantric India Bistro in the Transportation Building has shut its doors forever, after serving up Indian food for 12 years.

Our heartfelt thanks for your past dining visits over the years, and your many kind and complimentary words and encouragement, and we wish you the very best in your journeys.

H/t Arturo Gossage.

By - 1/29/16 - 9:28 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday deferred any action on the 12 requests it had for a small number of valuable "all alcohol" licenses it suddenly got to dole out this year. Read more.

By - 1/28/16 - 11:14 am

Ryan asks:

Best place for a big plate of Southern style biscuits and gravy?

By - 1/27/16 - 5:55 pm
Cantina Italiana in Boston's North End

Chianti no longer enough, North End restaurants say.

A series of hearings on licenses to serve all kinds of liquor today turned into something of a battle between the North End, where restaurants that traditionally serve nothing harder than aperitifs want to up their game and the South Boston waterfront, where lawyers say more hard-liquor licenses are desperately needed to quench the thirsts of the thousands of new residents, workers and visitors flooding the once desolate area. Read more.

By - 1/23/16 - 2:19 pm
New Salamander's in Hyde Park

Molly Lanzarotta reports that Salamander's, 1231 River St., was open for breakfast today and that they are serving: Read more.

By - 1/22/16 - 7:40 am
New Joy Luck Hot Pot Restaurant in Boston's Chinatown

In addition to retaining the old pagoda-ish overhang and lights, the new Joy Luck Hot Pot Restaurant is keeping the red and yellow colors of the McDonald's it's replacing at the corner of Washington and Kneeland streets.

By - 1/21/16 - 12:36 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week hears 12 requests for liquor licenses - all but two from either the North End or the South Boston waterfront - for one of the ten "all alcohol" licenses freed up by the state legislature for Boston last fall.

That's on top of the four restaurants whose requests they heard this week and two last week. Read more.

By - 1/21/16 - 9:58 am

For four Sundays starting Jan. 31, the Chubby Chickpea, which normally runs a food truck, will be doing a shakshuka brunch at 7 Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Ave., between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Don't like shakshuka? They'll have other "traditional Israeli breakfast items." And cordials.

By - 1/20/16 - 12:26 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of a bar being built in Allston buy a billiards table.

In a holdover from the days when authorities worried about the corrupting influences of billiards on young men, the board controls who can offer pool or sippio tables to customers. Read more.

By - 1/14/16 - 4:36 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today rejected a request from Babushka Deli on Washington Street, just up from the Brookline line, to expand its stock of beer and wine to include harder stuff. Read more.

By - 1/13/16 - 6:05 pm

Mitchell Diatz is in search of JP's best Buffalo wings.

By - 1/13/16 - 10:29 am

Domino's, which has long dominated overnight pizza delivery in Boston could soon face new competition from Papa John's. The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow decides whether to let the Papa John's, 971 Tremont St. in Roxbury, stay open until 3 a.m.

A Papa John's manager explained the public need: Workers at nearby hotels need a place to get food when they get off work and Northeastern students need pizza late at night, especially during exams.

Nobody spoke against the proposal.

By - 1/11/16 - 12:25 pm

Villa Mexico, forced to shut when the Cambridge Street gas station it was in was sold for development, re-opened today at 121 Water St. downtown.

By - 1/8/16 - 2:38 pm

The Same Old Place, 662 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to request a license to serve beer and wine with its pizza and subs.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

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