Dining

By - 3/12/14 - 3:50 pm

Wicked Local Cambridge reports the landlord booted the long-time pizza place because it didn't want to pay to upgrade the "mechanics" of the eatery in an old building.

By - 3/9/14 - 6:16 pm

Poster advertising Nick Varano's new steak place in the Park Plaza. Guess he's not too concerned about how many women patrons he'll get - or about his spelling.

The photo of the poster is by Charles Draghi, who knows something about the restaurant business himself and who has some choice comments about the poster in the comments under the photo.

UPDATE, Monday morning:... Read more

By - 3/8/14 - 7:51 pm

Mike Ball gets a lesson in maple sugaring in Canton.

By - 3/7/14 - 1:00 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Mangia Neopolitan Pizza is looking to move into the space recently vacated by Parlour Pizza, which slightly less recently replaced the Upper Crust franchise on Centre Street.

What could make Mangia different from its predecessors in the space is that, in addition to pizza, it also serves frozen yogurt.... Read more

By - 3/7/14 - 8:21 am

Wicked Local reports on a Cohasset Police investigation that never would have happened if everybody just used Bell's Seasoning on everything, instead of going on fruitless searches for "special" spices.

By - 3/6/14 - 8:32 pm
Bell's Seasoning

The House of Representatives is nearing a vote on a proposal to declare Bell's Seasoning our official state seasoning.

If the House has a taste for the sage proposal, by seasoned state Rep. James Murphy (D-Weymouth), it would go to the Senate, where it could then shake out as a bill for the governor to take the measure of.

Murphy's bill reads in... Read more

By - 3/6/14 - 5:24 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Parlour on Centre Street is now an ex-pizza place.

By - 3/6/14 - 8:07 am

Bos Guy attended the AIDS Action Committee's annual fundraiser the other night.

By - 3/6/14 - 5:20 am

Sarah asks:

Are there any good gelato spots in Allston?

By - 3/5/14 - 7:55 am

Just Meesh will settle for nothing less:

Looking for the best fries in Boston. Best = crunchy, not burned, and no skins. Where do I go?

By - 3/4/14 - 9:53 am

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says a liquor-license vacuum caused by national chains sucking up liquor licenses for downtown and waterfront restaurants will hinder redevelopment of Dudley Square.

Tomorrow, Jackson asks the city council to start work on a proposed petition to the state legislature to give Boston 12 new liquor licenses for the area bounded by Tremont Street, Melnea Cass Boulevard, Harrison Avenue, and... Read more

By - 3/4/14 - 8:12 am

City inspectors shut Bonchon Chicken, 123 Brighton Ave. last Wednesday after finding a host of violations, most notably, a dripping sewage line in a kitchen ceiling and improper pickling and storage of cabbage and radishes, both of which were the sort of thing that could easily spread food-borne microbes:

There is a smell of sewage in the basement and a waste line in the

... Read more
By - 3/3/14 - 11:24 am

The Boston Licensing Board last week looked into its bag of packie licenses, found it had one and awarded it to Shaw's, after determining its managers were of high moral character and had proved a public need for an aisle of beer, wine and spirits at its Star Market on Boylston Street.

Unfortunately for the owners of Zaz on River Street in Hyde Park,... Read more

By - 2/28/14 - 5:31 pm

Todd Glaskin asks:

Need a recommendation for a good dinner place tomorrow within walking distance to Berklee Performance Center.

By - 2/28/14 - 5:20 pm

Kathy Cahill asks:

Where to find locally made cannolis in JP-Ros-Hyde Park?

By - 2/27/14 - 4:24 pm

Sweet Kingdom, which plans to sell only "healthy" desserts made of fruits and light sugar, won approval today to stay open until 2 a.m. at 145 Harvard Ave.

At a hearing Wednesday, Boston Licensing Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer expressed surprise that a dessert place would seek to stay open that late.

Manager Yu Dong and attorney Christopher Coleman, however, said they're counting on... Read more

By - 2/27/14 - 4:16 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury St., permission to stay open until midnight.

Michael Lemanski, general manager of one of Boston's dwindling number of bookstores, said customers had been asking for an extra hour of time in which to enjoy the literary alternative to a traditional bar or pub.

He told the board at a hearing Wednesday the revenue... Read more

By - 2/26/14 - 11:50 am
Zaz in Hyde Park

Zaz, 1238 River St., learns tomorrow whether the Boston Licensing Board has any spare beer-and-wine licenses and, if so, if it can get one.

The small restaurant, which opened in late 2012, serves an eclectic mix of Asian, Caribbean and Spanish foods.

Its application won support of the mayor's office and of city councilors Steve Murphy, Michelle Wu, Ayanna Pressley and Tim McCarthy, who... Read more

By - 2/26/14 - 11:45 am

Shaw's has begun work to bring its aging Boylston Street Shaw's store into the 21st century with an extensive remodeling that it hopes will include one aisle devoted to the sort of liquor the increasingly discerning population of the Fenway demands, officials told the Boston Licensing Board today.

The board decides tomorrow whether to grant the Star Market a license to sell beer, wine and... Read more

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