Dining

By - 8/12/15 - 11:46 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of pubs in Somerville and Waltham turn the failed Papagayo Mexican restaurant in Charlestown's City Square into a pub called Blackmoor Tavern. Read more.

By - 8/12/15 - 10:39 am

Michael Schlow told the Boston Licensing Board this morning he's hoping for a September opening for his Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar at 91 Park Plaza - where he closed his Via Matta Italian restaurant this spring after 13 years. Read more.

By - 8/6/15 - 12:00 pm

CORRECTED: Application is only for LTK patio.

Legal Test Kitchen, 225 Northern Ave., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to seek permission to keep its outdoor patio open until 2 a.m. The restaurant currently has to shut it at 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Legal Harborside, 270 Northern Ave., meanwhile, hopes to gain permission to keep its patio open until 2 a.m. seven days a week.

The board considers the requests on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall. Hearings start at 10 a.m.

By - 8/4/15 - 9:16 pm
Now closed McDonald's in Chinatown
Chinese style lantern at old McDonald's

The McDonald's at Washington and Stuart streets closed for good on Friday after 25 years of being the only McDonald's in Boston with Chinese signs and a quasi-pagoda entrance decorated with Chinese-style lanterns.

No word if it's being replaced by a juice bar, which seems to be the thing in Chinatown these days. The Chinese-language Dunkin' Donuts seemed to be doing a thriving business down the street today.

By - 8/3/15 - 6:30 pm

The Forward explains why the Chubby Chickpea decided to stop spending the money for kosher certification.

By - 7/30/15 - 4:19 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans for the proposed Republic restaurant at Dorchester and Dresser streets after the proposed owners - who are putting up the 30-unit residential building it will go in - agreed to shrink its size from 240 to 130 seats and to eliminate an outdoor patio along the street. Read more.

By - 7/30/15 - 9:25 am

The Boston Licensing Board recently ordered New Moon Villa on Edinboro Street to shut for five days for failing to fix its surveillance system even as violence kept erupting outside the restaurant and sometimes spilled into it. Read more.

By - 7/29/15 - 7:38 pm
Boston Public Market

The market had a soft opening today.

At 11 a.m. on Thursday, Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh will cut the ribbon to officially open the Boston Public Market in the Hanover Street building that houses the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Haymarket T stop - bringing produce, honey, fish, meat and other products from the farms, fishermen and artisans of New England. Read more.

By - 7/29/15 - 11:29 am

Workers getting off the last train at Maverick could have a place to get some tacos if the Boston Licensing Board approves a 2 a.m. closing time for Taqueria Cancun, 192 1/2 Sumner St.

But if the board votes Thursday to extend the restaurant's closing time from the current 11:30 p.m., owner Jose Torres will have issues with landlady Maria Salgado, who attended the board's hearing this morning with a lawyer to voice her opposition because of the potential impact on the residential tenants in the two floors above the restaurant. Read more.

By - 7/27/15 - 9:43 am
Old Christos market in Roslindale

Old Greek market new coffee shop in Roslindale?

Roslindale looks set to rejoin cafe nation with the potential opening of two coffee shops, one right in Roslindale Square, the other a couple blocks away.

In the Keep Roslindale Quirky Facebook group, Lauren Cooperstein Corduck reports that PS Gourmet Coffee, which has outlets in South Boston and Dorchester, will be moving into the former Vouros pastry shop at Washington and Poplar streets: Read more.

By - 7/23/15 - 5:41 pm

The Chubby Chickpea announced today it's giving up kosher certification.

By - 7/19/15 - 9:53 am
Flame-broiled Fluff cone

Brad Kelly shows us the blow-torch technique that Gracie's Ice Cream in Union Square, Somerville, uses to prepare their Fluff-coated sugar cones. "Tasty," he reports.

Copyright Brad Kelly. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/16/15 - 5:25 pm

The Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing on Monday considers a request from Delicias Dominicanas, 635 Hyde Park Avenue, to add entertainment to its food offerings.

The restaurant is seeking an entertainment license that would let it host live music, karaoke, dancing and a floor show that would include a comedian.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in the office's eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 7/14/15 - 11:38 am

Charlene McBride asks:

Any decent kid-friendly restaurants near Back Bay, Downtown or the North End?

By - 7/12/15 - 1:38 pm
Yankees nuts

Ari Ofsevit couldn't believe his eyes at the River Street Whole Foods in Cambridge today.

By - 7/10/15 - 4:32 pm

When we asked our daughter what she wanted for her birthday this year, she had just one specific thing in mind: A tub of ice cream from Puritan Ice Cream on Washington Street in Roslindale, up by Forest Hills. The idea of having an ice-cream factory in her neighborhood has long fascinated her. And knowing their smallest size is three gallons made a Puritan tub seem, well even more special. Read more.

By - 7/10/15 - 4:03 pm

A health inspector ordered the Chipotle at 148 Brookline Ave. shut today after finding cheese, raw steak and chicken, marinated chicken, barbacoa and carnitas in a walk in cooler at temperatures well above the maximum allowable 41 degrees - as well as similar conditions in a "reach-in unit" holding cheese and guacamole at the front of the store.

By - 7/9/15 - 9:48 am

Max Falkowitz journeys up from Queens in pursuit of the perfect bowl of pho on Dorchester "Boulevard:"

On a mission to find the bowl of pho most likely to send you wandering naked through the desert, I downed a one at every Dorchester Vietnamese restaurant that put it on their menu. I was principally in pursuit of balance: the pho that nailed lipsmacking stock without tasting cloying ...

H/t Wecome to Dot.

By - 7/8/15 - 1:34 pm

There's this guy opening a roast-beef restaurant in Washington, DC who says his recipes were inspired by his time in Boston:

Beef n Bread is a fast casual down to earth sandwich shop inspired from living in Boston (what pizza is to New Yorkers, Roast beef is to Bostonians) I lived there like 4 years. ...

Via Mike the Mad Biologist, who used to live here, too.

By - 7/7/15 - 1:15 pm

On April 6, detectives visited New Moon Villa Restaurant on Edinboro Street and asked day manager and co-owner John Chen if the restaurant had working surveillance cameras. He said it did. They then wrote him a series of citations for incidents stretching back to a gang shootout in August that left six with gunshot injuries - because at each of the incidents, a restaurant manager told investigators the cameras pointing at the restaurant door, which might have yielded clues about the incidents, weren't working. Read more.