Gustaf Berger interviewed 12 of the regulars on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Grass Fed on Centre Street will be shutting down, with its owner hoping to transfer its current alcohol license to the owner of the burgeoning Chilacates chain. No word on what sort of food the new place will serve; Chilacates already has an outlet on Centre Street, across from JP Licks.
Gretchen Van Ness captured the scene at the Jamaica Plain Whole Foods this afternoon, where somebody managed to push down a fence in the parking lot and then a tree planted on Centre Street. No injuries, although a woman who had been on the sidewalk just a few feet away was shaken up.
The Thai restaurant at 1894 Centre St. in West Roxbury has new owners, a new name, a new menu and new decor: Sticky Rice has turned into Som Tum Modern Thai Cuisine.
State Rep. Ed Coppinger reports that Local 338 - named for the union that represented New York bagel makers - opened for business this morning. It's sort of a hybrid place: The bagels are made in New York, frozen, then trucked to West Roxbury.
The Board of Appeal this week approved plans for a 112-unit apartment building at 250 Centre St., which will fill in yet another hole in the streetscape left over from the I-95 extension that never was. Read more.
The bagel hole in West Roxbury left by the closing of Panera in 2015 is getting closer to being filled, with "Coming Soon" signs sprouting at 1727 Centre St. for Local 338, which promises "New York style bagels" and organic gourmet coffee in the spot that was briefly a pizza/froyo place that replaced the Upper Crust that used to be there. Read more.
Around 2:05 p.m. on Centre Street, in front of the Starbucks and Paper Store. The driver got out OK.
No injuries, but several businesses along Centre Street near the Bank of America parking lot lost power when the manhole lost its top, Ted Cooper reports.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports an Ethiopian cafe is planned for the Centre Street space vacated by Aurum, and that the people behind the nearby Blue Nile might be involved.
Wicked Local West Roxbury reports on plans for a bagel place in the same Centre Street block as Porter Cafe for a bagelry that would truck bagels "90%" prepared in New York, then cooked locally.
The as yet unnamed bagel place would join Bruegger's Bagels and Bagelville on VFW Parkway. Exodus Bagels is now churning out bagels just off Belgrade Avenue on the Roslindale line, where it plans a full-scale deli, and, of course, the Dunkin' Donuts on Spring Street and VFW Parkway sell bagel-like round breadstuffs.
Around 3:50 p.m., a bunch of teens held somebody up at gunpoint outside 315 Centre St., in front of the Stop & Shop.
Suspects are at least three teens, one white, short and overweight, the other two black. The teen with the gun was black, with braids and wearing a black jacket and a black hoodie.
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