When the Aloft hotel on D Street opened on Feb. 4, the lobby had one of the pool tables that all Aloft hotels have. And then management had to order it packed up and put it in storage when they learned that Boston requires a license for pool tables in places of public accommodation. Read more.
Mayor Walsh, city councilors Michael Flaherty and Michelle Wu and state Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry this morning backed residents opposed to a Starbucks at L Street and East Broadway, saying there are already enough coffee options in the area, that a Starbucks would exacerbate morning traffic woes at the intersection and would help to eat away at the family-oriented, mom-and-pop nature of the commercial district east of Perkins Square. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports we'll be getting a Mastro's Steakhouse. In a luxury residential building on Fan Pier, natch.
John Gage watched the last bits of Anthony's Pier 4 being torn down today. It's making way for a park to go with a luxury residential tower, of course.
A community meeting tonight on a Starbucks proposed for L Street and Broadway repeatedly veered towards Parks and Rec style chaos as residents battled each other on issues that often had little to directly do with the coffeehouse - such as which local restaurants drove other local restaurants out of business. Read more.
The 7-Eleven at 473 W. Broadway was held up around 9:30 p.m. by a white man, about 5'10" with a scruffy beard and wearing a red mask and a dark jacket with a gray lining.
The Globe reports Bostonians have once again crushed the dreams and hopes of rich people who just wanted to have some fun. Yes, IndyCar Boston is dead.
City Hall blames IndyCar:
The City of Boston will always be open to opportunities that will positively showcase our city, however as we continued to work with Boston Grand Prix they were unwilling or unable to meet the necessary requirements to hold an event of this size. The Mayor feels strongly in protecting the taxpayers and limiting the impact to residents, and we are not shy that we held them to very high standards."
UPDATE: Board found no violation.
Both Boston Police and the owner of Stats Bar and Grille, 77 Dorchester St., are mystified about an incident last month in which a credit card being held for a man running a tab disappeared, was used to charge $1,200 worth of stuff at the South Bay Target, then reappeared at the bar a couple hours later. Read more.
Boston firefighters are at 291 Silver St., battling a fire that spread from a shed to a house. The fire broke out around the same time as another two-alarm fire in Dorchester.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Sullivan's will continue to serve only visitors to Castle Island; it no longer has plans for an outlet in Hingham.
The Globe reports, quotes one rep as saying the measure is not really to help cabbies but to help the "small" banks he says could be devastated if the cab medallions they lent money for collapse in value.
Eileen Murphy reports on the newest addition to what's becoming South Boston's Caffeine Corner: A Starbucks, for which renovation is now underway at L Street and East Broadway, opening where developer Michael Norton once proposed a restaurant.
Starbucks joining DD, Cumbies, & Boston Bagel on L St.
There's already a Starbucks near Broadway station and, of course, on the South Boston waterfront.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld Timothy Shruhan's conviction for nearly killing somebody in a case of mistaken identity outside the old Quencher Tavern in South Boston in 2006. Read more.
UPDATE: All clear given around 2:05 p.m.
Congress Street is shut at D Street as State Police and Boston firefighters investigate a suspicious package at 1 Seaport Lane.
It's the second time Congress has been shut today - earlier, a manhole fire briefly shut the road at Farnsworth Street.
Vroom, vroom, the Globe reports.
The Zoning Board of Appeals this week approved the replacement of Williams Tavern, 100 A St. and the Stadium Sports Bar, 232 Old Colony Ave., with the sort of fancy new housing that is rapidly taking over the neighborhood. Read more.