South End

By - 9/22/14 - 3:02 pm

Boston Police report a large group of kids on bikes and scooters helped themselves to soda from the gas station at 870 Massachusetts Ave. yesterday evening and then went after a woman whom they were preventing from driving out of the parking lot.

According to police, the incident involved 10 to 20 Hispanic males, from pre-teens to 20-year-olds, around 6:15 p.m.

By - 9/10/14 - 3:01 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Gallows owner Rebecca Roth Gullo take over the Hamersley's Bistro site at 553 Tremont St. after Gordon Hamersley retires next month.

Gullo needs board permission to purchase Hamersley's liquor license.

At a hearing today, Seth Yaffe, who would manage the as yet unnamed restaurants, said the menu would highlight "small, community plates" of international fare - in other words, tapas.

The board decides on the request tomorrow.

By - 9/10/14 - 8:12 am

Anthony Flint ponders the names of things as neighborhoods go upscale, such as the new Ink Block luxo-complex in the South End named for the Boston Herald plant it replaces and a South Boston bistro called Local 149:

The number refers to the street address, but it’s clearly also a play on the dominant union presence in this part of town. The Ironworkers Local 7 headquarters is a few blocks away. I’m just not sure anybody in a hardhat is coming in to order the flash-seared yellowtail Hamachi.

By - 9/10/14 - 8:00 am
Empty packages at Ringgold Park in Boston's South End neighborhood

A concerned citizen reports:

Person stealing packages off doorsteps in the South End. Empty boxes found in Ringgold Park we're delivered to Dwight Street address. Another package discarded in the street nearby was from Hanson St. This type of petty theft appears to be in the rise in the neighborhood.

By - 9/6/14 - 10:07 am

Rebecca Roth Gullo, owner of the Gallows, goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week for permission to buy Gordon Hamersley's liquor license for his eponymous bistro at 553 Tremont St. in the South End.

If the board approves, Gullo and manager Seth Yaffe would open a new restaurant in the space sometime after Hamersley closes down next month.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 9/4/14 - 6:10 pm

Boston Police report they are looking for two guys for a series of convenience-store robberies in recent weeks - including yesterday's holdup at the Food Basket on Columbus Avenue.

In all five cases, two bald, black men in their 20s came into a store, demanded money - in one case saying they had a gun - then fled on bicycles.

Stores hit:

By - 9/4/14 - 9:06 am

The Huntington News interviews a South End man who now provides home delivery of piping hot ramen noodle dishes to the South End, Back Bay and Beacon Hill.

By - 9/3/14 - 4:26 pm

The Food Basket, 563 Columbus Ave., was held up around 4:15 p.m. by two bald black men, both in white T-shirts, both in their 30s and between 5'7" and 5'9", who got behind the counter and forced a clerk to open the cash register for them to pick clean.

By - 9/2/14 - 2:55 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the church, caught between the sale of its Back Bay headquarters and the continued decay of its planned headquarters in the South End, is setting up temporary digs in Quincy Center.

By - 8/28/14 - 11:09 pm
Cat on the sidewalk in the South End of Boston

Roving UHub photographer Jed Hresko happened upon this bucolic scene this afternoon on Pembroke Street.

By - 8/26/14 - 3:49 pm

Roxbury, MA – It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled “Candid Conversations”. During this series, the community has the opportunity to speak to candidates directly and learn how each candidate stands on issues that matter the most to them. All are welcome to attend.

By - 8/22/14 - 7:36 pm

Shirley Leung's column about why she and her husband left the South End for the suburbs is actually a decent enough piece about the problems faced by people who live in the South End who decide to have children.

My problem with her column (granted, as the president of the Center for the Easily Annoyed) is that she conflates the South End with the entire city of Boston - she makes it clear she lives in a binary world consisting of "the city" and " the suburbs."

By - 8/21/14 - 1:51 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved requests from Whole Foods to offer patio seating to shoppers who can't wait to get home to eat their meals and to sell the sort of beer, wine and spirits Whole Foods customers would expect.

At a hearing yesterday, a Whole Foods attorney said the chain plans on 103 indoor and 112 outdoor seats at the store being built as part of the Ink Block development on the old Boston Herald site on Harrison Avenue between Herald and Traveler streets.

By - 8/21/14 - 1:45 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave J.J. Foley's permission to add a new function room on the second floor of its building on East Berkeley Street.

Attorney Patrick Foley, a member of the Foley family, told the board yesterday the watering hole is trying to keep its dining area open on nights when it offers functions. Currently, the bar has to either shut the dining area for functions or turn away function business, he said.

He noted that unlike many of the other bars opening up these days in the area, Foley's continues to be run by the same family.

By - 8/14/14 - 4:51 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave South End Pizza and Grill on Tremont Street permission to stay open until 2 a.m. seven days a week and Levi's Restaurant and Lounge the OK to stay open that late on Fridays and Saturdays.

At a hearing on Wednesday, city officials had backed South End Pizza's request, but opposed Levi's application, because of unspecified police concerns and a desire to have the owners meet with more neighborhood groups than just the Four Corners one they had gotten the OK from.

By - 8/13/14 - 8:14 pm

The Hamersleys are retiring, the Globe reports.

By - 8/13/14 - 11:27 am

UPDATE: Jackson ordered to observation for 20 days, the DA's office reports, adds Jackson did not know her victim.

Michelle Jackson, 27, is scheduled for arraignment today on charges she plunged a pair of scissors into another woman's chest around 5:30 p.m. yesterday at Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which reports the victim, 21-year-old Cambridge resident, is expected to survive, and that the motive remains under investigation.

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/13/14 - 11:06 am

South End Pizza and Grill, 768 Tremont St. in the South End, received warm support from city officials for its proposal to extend its closing time from midnight to 2 a.m., seven days a week, at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

The pizzeria says it wants to extend its hours to serve the growing number of students in the area. The Chester Square Neighborhood Association, the mayor's office and city councilors Tito Jackson,, Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley all supported the proposal.

By - 8/1/14 - 9:22 pm

Around 8:30 p.m. Sgt. Luke Taxter at District D-4 reports no injuries.

Police are looking for two Hispanic males, one 5'8, 18-22, with a black T-shirt with some sort of design on it and carrying a backpack, the other about 5'10" in a black leather baseball cap and a black T-shirt, with a black and white sweatshirt slung over one shoulder.

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