A birthday celebration in a function room at a Park Plaza pub ended in a brawl when an unwanted drunk guy who kept returning grabbed a female guest he had somehow convinced to dance with him, police detectives told the Boston Licensing Board this morning. Read more.
Starbucks goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to change the shuttered Melting Pot fondue place in the Park Plaza Hotel into a, well, Starbucks.
Park Plaza guests who now want the Starbucks experience have to walk a full two-tenths of a mile to the Starbucks in the Transportation Building. Read more.
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.
Area Haitians and Haitian-Americans protesting a plan by the Dominican Republic to expel tens of thousands of people who can't prove they're really Dominican marched yesterday from Government Center to the Dominican consulate - where they were met by area Dominicans and Dominican-Americans who think the plan is just fine. WBUR reports the two groups protested peacefully - and separated by police. Among the Haitian group: State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester), who is Haitian-American.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports McCormick & Schmick has shut down.
Rise is announcing it will shut for good at the end of April.
As many of you know, our lease expired several years ago and we have been open since on borrowed time.
It’s been an amazing run of over 16 years which is rare in the club business and even rarer for a club that never served a drop of alcohol. ...
I know I speak for the entire RISE staff (past and present) when I say how much we all appreciate each and every one of you who come and dance and socialize in the wee hours of the night in the sleepy town called Boston.
The Globe reports state officials are working on a plan to empty the Transportation Building in Park Square and build a new transportation complex as part of the Tremont Crossing mixed-use development across the street from Boston Police headquarters on Tremont Street. The move would jump start that project and free up the Park Square building for redevelopment.
The BRA has a vaguely worded item related to the proposal on its agenda for this afternoon's board meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in its ninth-floor hearing room in City Hall.
Leslie Jones photographed the Labor Day parade through Park Square in 1920, back when "Labor Day Parades were common."
Photo from the BPL's Leslie Jones collection used under this Creative Commons license.
The Boston Business Journal reports the Boston Licensing Board rejected a proposed 1 a.m. closing time for a restaurant in the former Renaissance charter-school building because we can't have restaurants in that area staying open that late.
In fairness to residents, the developer of the school-to-apartments project did promise them any restaurant in the building would be open no later than 12:30 a.m., but the local neighborhood association stands firmly against any restaurants open past midnight.
The Globe reports Saunders, whose family owns the Park Plaza Hotel, had one of her minions wrangle a valet space for one in front of her office so that she wouldn't have to mix with the hoi polloi when she got out of her Cadillac for work.
The Boston Public Library's posted this ad for the Providence and Boston train station that once sat where Columbus Avenue today enters Park Square - and which replaced an even older station. Note on this map that its tracks crossed the line of the Boston and Albany just before the station.
Here's a photo from sometime after its construction in 1872 - note the Lincoln statue, which remains in the square, although not in the same prominent location:
The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday what to do about an incident at a Park Square bar Jan. 1 that left a Flyers fan in the ICU and his son under arrest.
Abdel Abla, a waiter at Maggiano's Little Italy, 4 Columbus Ave., yesterday filed suit against its parent company, alleging it charges gratuities to private parties that aren't turned over to food servers.
Boston Police report on an incident on Lubec Street in East Boston Sunday morning: A woman rolled up her window at 72 Lubec St. and started screaming at a landscaper that he was making too much noise for a Sunday. Then a man at 85 Lubec St joined the chorus - using a black object to make his point. The landscaper, fearing he was about to get shot, called police. In basic blotterspeak, police report:
Officers conducted a protective sweep inside the apartment and observed a black television remote controller, but no weapon.