Dining

By - 12/16/16 - 7:06 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports Wegmans, once slated for the revamped Landmark Center, now has no plans to move into the Fenway anytime soon.

By - 12/15/16 - 8:37 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Landwer Cafe, which has a menu featuring Israeli fare such as shakshouka as well as coffee, is advertising for a chef and general manager for a Boston outpost.

By - 12/14/16 - 2:28 pm

The City Council today overwhelmingly rejected a proposal by councilors Frank Baker (Dorchester) and Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, downtown) to add a 2% tax on liquor sales to fund addiction treatment programs.

Council President Michelle Wu joined Baker and Linehan in voting for the tax; the other 10 councilors voted against. Read more.

By - 12/14/16 - 9:31 am

The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday gave unanimous approval to filling a long vacant, once fire ravaged block on Chestnut Hill Avenue with a place where people can spend an hour petting cats and then fill up on gyro and souvlaki. Read more.

By - 12/13/16 - 12:18 pm

The owner of a Cleveland Circle pizza place that replaced a troubled bar vows the neighborhood won't see a repeat of an Oct. 21 incident in which BPD detectives found the place seriously overcrowded and full of college-age people walking around with drinks in their hands. Read more.

By - 12/13/16 - 8:12 am
Shortage of nitrous oxide means less whipped cream on hand

Julie got a grim lesson in just how fragile our supply chains can be last night when she spotted this sign at her local Market Basket, alerting her to a national shortage of nitrous oxide, which has slashed production of whipped cream. Except Reddi-wip, hmm ...

The final line of the advisory, while aimed at store managers, offers some glint of an idea: "If you run out of product, use space for Christmas cookies."

By - 12/12/16 - 9:17 am

Brand Eating reports you'll soon be able to get Dunkin' Donuts-flavored Pop-Tarts, and in two flavors no less:

Frosted Vanilla Latte Pop-Tarts feature a pastry shell with a vanilla- and coffee-flavored filling with a "tan frosting swirl."

By - 12/12/16 - 8:58 am

The Globe reports city councilors Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, downtown) and Frank Baker (Dorchester) will try again this week to get their colleagues to approve a request for a 2% tax on Boston liquor sales to raise funds for addiction services.

The two first proposed the idea last year but it never went anywhere.

If the council does approve the proposal at its Wednesday meeting, the measure would also need approval of Mayor Walsh, the state legislature and the governor.

By - 12/8/16 - 2:47 pm

Jamaica Plain News reports the old Uforge Gallery on Centre Street could be replaced by a coffeehouse.

By - 12/8/16 - 10:24 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on plans by a local restaurant group to open a French restaurant at the Grand Masonic Lodge at Boylston and Tremont streets, which is currently adorned by a large seal featuring two beavers that look like they're trying to eat a dove.

By - 12/6/16 - 6:14 pm

SAN DIEGO: Dunkin' Donuts Opens to Huge Crowds and Rave Reviews.

Here, a new Dunk's would be greeted like, "Oh, cool, now we don't have to cross the street to get to the Dunkin' Donuts there." But in San Diego, people reported waiting more than an hour to get some donuts.

By - 12/5/16 - 9:14 am

Girl Jo asks:

Anyone in Boston/surrounding area know any stores that stock Lagav​ulin 16 Year Sing​le Malt? Holiday gift needed!

By - 12/4/16 - 1:52 pm

Patrick Maguire reports on an experiment by the owners of Tres Gatos, The Centre Street Cafe and Casa Verde in which diners had a 3% fee added to their checks so that "back of house" workers who don't normally get tips could get pay raises.

It worked, he writes: Those workers are making an average $2.87 more an hour and "despite the initial concern about reducing [server] tips, servers actually saw an increase in their tips by 2.5%." Also, the new policy has led to "excellent" staff retention and made it easier to recruit new workers.

By - 12/3/16 - 1:53 pm
Soccer fans at Caffe dello Sport in Boston's North End

Eastie Strong was among the people jammed into Caffe dello Sport today to watch the match between Real Madrid and Barcelona (which ended in a 1-1 tie).

By - 12/2/16 - 10:53 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Teranga has apparently resolved its issues with the state and is planning on being open this weekend.

By - 12/2/16 - 10:50 am

Wicked Local Dedham reports Dedham selectmen this week agreed to give Hooters a license so it can open the town's first breastaurant, on Providence Highway, where Bugaboo Creek and Summer Shack used to be.

Wicked Local reports selectmen didn't want to support the license, but felt they have little choice after the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission approved the chain's request for a license transfer.

By - 12/1/16 - 10:07 am

The Bay State Banner reports on Next Step Soul Food Cafe, which will be a rare sit-down restaurant in an area dominated by take-out places.

By - 11/30/16 - 11:17 pm

Anachronistique asks:

Anybody have recs on where to get morcilla (Spanish blood sausage) in the area? Camberville preferred.

By - 11/30/16 - 11:14 am

UPDATE, 12/2: Restaurant to re-open.

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the state has seized Teranga in the South End for non-payment of taxes.

Don't worry, there's still West African food in Boston, if not specifically Senegalese - at Suya Joint in Roxbury.

By - 11/28/16 - 3:34 pm

I get treated like Ebenezer Scrooge at holiday time. After all, there is no investment advisor in Boston’s Enchanted Village. But rather than admonish my readers to rein in spending, I’m recommending you treat yourself this season.