Dining

Dining

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.

By - 7/24/14 - 4:49 pm

Bonesaw asks:

Do you know anyone in the Boston area who sells ostrich eggs?

By - 7/24/14 - 4:08 pm

Local restaurant operator Seth Greenberg will convert the closed Radius, 8-10 High St., into the Boston outlet of a chain of Italian restaurants.

Serafina will sport a "northern Italian concept," his lawyer, WIlliam Ferullo, told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing yesterday. Ferullo said the Boston outpost will be similar to a Serafina in New York's Meatpacking district, but with lower prices.

The board today approved Greenberg's request to purchase Radius's liquor license from Michael Schlow.

By - 7/24/14 - 4:02 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans by a Korean family to turn the UBurger space at 16 North St. into a restaurant that will meld Korean and western cuisine.

The Chang family will spend $425,000 to buy the liquor license of the defunct Charley's on Newbury Street for their new Koy restaurant.

"There's a real need for Korean flavor meets western food," their attorney, Karen Simao, said at a board hearing yesterday. "You'd be hard pressed to find any food of this nature [nearby]."

By - 7/24/14 - 10:02 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Figs on Charles Street is closed "for renovations."

By - 7/23/14 - 11:00 am

The owners of Shenanigans in South Boston have bought an old party-supply store on Neponset Avenue and plan to turn it into a full-service restaurant with a similar theme and menu.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, co-owner Paul Adamson and attorney Carolyn Conway said the new restaurant, to be called the Dorchester, will serve basic American fare for lunch and dinner at 367 Neponset Ave.

Conway said Adamson and co-owner Mark Cummings are making an investment in a neighborhood on the cusp of revitalization, one that is ripe for a good restaurant to anchor it.

By - 7/22/14 - 8:43 am

Cambridge Day reports Clover is seeking city permission to serve food around the clock in the space left vacant when Hi-Fi Pizza lost its lease.

By - 7/21/14 - 5:58 pm

Bagelville on the VFW Parkway, just past the Dedham line and the McDonald's, is now open, joining Brueggers and Panera Bread in stuffing West Roxburyians with round doughy goodness.

By - 7/18/14 - 2:06 pm

Elizabeth Connolly asks:

Any bars around Fenway open early on Saturdays? I'm talking like 9:30/10. Alcohol service is required.

By - 7/17/14 - 10:47 am

The Herald reports how sales of the Pennsylvania beer are tanking in Boston and cites our provincial attitudes as one reason.

First, New Englanders are largely suspicious of outside brands and prefer to support our own.

The Herald calls it the Krispy Kreme Syndrome, implying that we rejected them only because the city with the largest number of historic firsts in the country is resistant to change, not because we realized after awhile that their donuts were, in fact, sugar-coated air, served with mediocre coffee.

By - 7/17/14 - 9:00 am

West Roxbury-based Pizzeria Uno is suing the owners of five of its franchises in Puerto Rico (yes, you can fly all the way to Puerto Rico and eat the same pizza you'd normally eat in Dedham) on charges they stopped paying franchise and advertising fees last year.

Uno's suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, seeks nearly $500,000 in back payments, plus penalties and lawyers' fees.

By - 7/16/14 - 12:33 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the demise of Sal's on Brookline Avenue.

By - 7/16/14 - 9:14 am

The Patriot Ledger reports the Scituate fishmonger who bought an 18-lb. lobster (which he named Luke) plans to toss him back into the briny depths from which he came after evading traps for 75 years.

By - 7/15/14 - 7:59 pm

Meighan O'Toole asks:

Best veggie burger in Boston?

By - 7/15/14 - 2:33 pm

The Centre Street boite plans to start talking to neighbors about extending its current 10 p.m. legal closing time, after it got caught by police serving dinner at 11:15 p.m.

By - 7/14/14 - 7:10 pm

KO Catering reports its East Boston Shipyard location will be closed on Saturday - for a wedding.

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