Dining

Dining

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 Association, the mayor's office and city councilors Tito Jackson,, Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley all supported the proposal.

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 if it does look like an armored cantaloupe - it's more of a starchy thing, something you could use as a replacement for potatoes.

Oh, hey, it's Sunday and we usually have some home fries with breakfast. I'll just swap in some breadfruit instead.

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 in a seven-story building with commercial space on the ground floor, 24 parking spaces and a roof deck.

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 focused on Chinese food.

Separetely, the owners of Chatime on Harrison Avenue want to open a second outlet at 18 Hudson St. that would be open until 11 p.m. most days, but 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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.

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 a drink who shouldn't have had one mirrored a similar occurrence on April 4 at the Boylston Street outlet.

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. to 5 a.m., after owner Bob King agreed to take steps to keep his franchise from becoming a hangout for methadone patients.

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.

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.

By - 8/1/14 - 4:42 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave UrbanMeritage until October to find somebody to use the liquor license at the old Ciao Bella, 240A Newbury St., that previous owner Joseph Cimino had sat on for years as he tried finishing up what turned into a money pit of a renovation project that is still not done.

Separately, the board last week granted Restoration Hardware another three months to do something with the liquor license it has never used at its Boylston Street location.

By - 8/1/14 - 4:26 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered Chatime, 33 Harrison Ave., to shut for three days as penance for letting employees take over the place after closing on May 19 for an alcohol-enhanced farewell party for some workers going back to China.

At a hearing earlier this week, a police detective testified that, on entering the place around 12:10 a.m., - more than an hour after its allowed closing time - he spotted several people eating at a table that also had a bottle of Korean rice wine and an almost empty bottle of Jack Daniels. Chatime does not have a liquor license.

By - 7/29/14 - 5:03 pm

Easter Boston reports that Pepe's Pizza will replace the Fireplace with a new outlet the first of the year.

By - 7/25/14 - 6:20 pm
New building at 170 West Broadway in South Boston

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Liberty Bell Roast Beef, 170 W. Broadway, is closing, possibly as soon as tomorrow, as the parcel's owners ready the site for construction of, ta da, 33 condos and a new restaurant space that will probably involve a wood-fired oven and a complete line of artisanal vodka drinks.

By - 7/24/14 - 5:00 pm

The owner of the building that used to house MJ's Pizza goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Aug. 5 for permission to lease the space to a new pizza place.

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