Dining

By - 9/4/14 - 9:06 am

The Huntington News interviews a South End man who now provides home delivery of piping hot ramen noodle dishes to the South End, Back Bay and Beacon Hill.

By - 9/3/14 - 7:50 pm
Message in window of Beacon Hill Figs announces another shutdown.

Barely a month after Todd English's Figs on Charles Street closed for repairs and then re-opened, it's shut again.

Sara snapped this photo of the window this evening, featuring a prominent apology for being "temporarily" closed. The restaurant is one of the just three outposts left in English's rapidly shrinking Boston empire, the others being the other Figs in Charlestown and Bonfire at Logan Airport.

She adds:

By - 9/3/14 - 8:49 am
Hazmat truck and a Dunkin' Donuts truck in downtown Boston

UPDATE, 11:54 a.m.: Truck still there, street still blocked.

High Street by International Place is cordoned off by police this morning due to a situation involving a Dunkin' Donuts truck.

No, the coffee didn't drain into a sewer. Nor did firefighters discover what's in the turkey sausage or the donuts.

By - 9/2/14 - 4:29 pm

Playboy interviews the people pulling a Black Thursday outside LA's first Dunk's. No surprise: They all seem to be from the part of America that really does run on Dunkin:

Greg and Arielle even held Johnny’s place when he had to go to the bathroom. The trip was inevitable, considering Hoops had been in line for almost 24 hours. But where did he venture when nature called?

“Shhhh, don’t tell anybody,” Johnny replied. “But we go to the Starbucks a block away.”

By - 8/31/14 - 7:05 pm

The New York Daily News reports (note to Daily News editors: Although his name is English, he's not English).

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/29/14 - 1:52 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports on the apparent end of the Boylston Street Mexican place.

By - 8/23/14 - 2:38 pm
Offending statement on the side of a bottle of Coke.

On the side of a 2-liter bottle of Coke.

A Boston man and a Chelmsford woman this week sued Coca Cola, alleging its flagship product is misleading and manipulating consumers into drinking it.

In their suit, filed in US District Court, Damiano DiPaola of Boston and Michelle Marino of Chelmsford both said they were regular Coke drinkers until they learned it was made with phosphoric acid, a preservative and tartness enhancer they say violates the company's marketing pledges that Coke is "natural and healthy:"

By - 8/23/14 - 10:00 am

Pip asks:

Any tips for a good but not overly expensive steak place in Boston for a group that don't get to see each other often? Please.

By - 8/22/14 - 3:56 pm

Moto asks:

I want to eat a honeycomb. Where in boston can I buy a honeycomb by itself and not in a jar?

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 a Japanese place in Chinatown for $75,000.

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 of the public need for the new restaurant: He said the Innovation District is attracting innovators, who need an innovative restaurant in which to eat.

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 in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

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 a desire to have the owners meet with more neighborhood groups than just the Four Corners one they had gotten the OK from.

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 that? "Fortunately, Mast''s menu has English captions ..."

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.

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