Three Dorchester residents are turning to the community to try to raise the money needed to turn an empty space in the Linane Building, 1448 Dorchester Ave., into a cafe that will focus on both baked goods and the community.
Elisa and Vivian Girard, who live in Fields Corner, and Jack Wu, who lives in Ashmont, hope to raise $60,000 by May 5 on their Indiegogo site to open Homestead Bakery and Cafe:
CuppaCoffee, which serves coffee and Australian meat pies on Merrimac Street, is planning a second location in the 275 Albany St. residential development.
Although the location would double the number of Australian-owned coffee shops in Boston, it would only represent a 33% increase in the number of Australian meat-pie places - in addition to CuppaCoffee, KO Pies sells the meat pies at locations in East Boston and South Boston.
When finished, 275 Albany will house 400 apartments in two buildings, across the street from the Ink Block project.
El Recreo Estate Coffee opened this morning at 1876 Centre St., in the space vacated by iScream:
Dedicated to bringing premium Nicaraguan coffee while practicing social and environmental stewardship.
A Dunkin' Donuts franchisee goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week for permission to crank up the coffee machines at 330 Washington St.
The week after the Boston Licensing Board approved a new Dunkin' Donuts on D Street, it's faced with a request for another Dunkin' Donuts in South Boston, this time at 77 L St., near East Broadway.
"Is there a need for a donut shop in that area?" board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini bluntly asked franchisee John Gillespie at a hearing today.
Gillespie said Dunkin' Donuts is not serving that side of South Boston "at all."
Gillespie wants to serve up coffee, donuts and other food substances between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
But the burgeoning mini-city now erupting in the Seaport area has plenty of room for caffeination. The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee open a new Dunkin' Donuts at 405-409 D St., as part of a new residential development.
Jamaica Plain News reports on the "Good Community Business Agreement" Caffe Nero won't sign. Among its provisions: That the cafe financially help out local non-profit efforts, including Wake Up the Earth, keep the sidewalk in front neat and tidy and shovel it during snowstorms, not install security grates and print menus in both English and Spanish.
An aggrieved citizen complains about all the fuzzballs clicking their nails across the hardwood floors of the Starbucks on West Broadway.
The city replies ISD is scheduling a visit to the establishment.
Caffe Nero could get a food-serving license for an outlet on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain on Thursday, although the mayor's office is seeking a delay in any licensing until after chain officials meet with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's public-service committee next week.
Some neighborhood groups have given their backing to the proposed cafe next to Blanchard's, but the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association is fighting the plan because they fear it would be the beginning of a tide of national chains overflowing the neighborhood.
Bostonians heading into LAX will soon be able to satisfy their Dunk's cravings as the chain begins its westward expansion with outlets in Santa Monica, Whittier, Long Beach and Downey. Also, Modesto.
You Are Here is a project at the MIT Media Lab in which participants are releasing a map a day of interesting things in the places they come from.
A few days ago, they posted a map of non-chain coffee shops in Cambridge. Even if you could care less about coffee, it's still fun to watch the map appear on screen.
Also see the more somber Bicycle accidents in Cambridge.
H/t Chris Devers.
BostInno reports a Starbucks is coming to Allston. Granted, the LEED-certified, fancy-new-apartments side of Allston, rather than the gritter end where somebody re-opened a closed cafe to keep Starbucks out, but still.
People seeking a Starbucks-free existence will still be able to travel to Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park and Mattapan.
Wicked Local Brookline reports selectmen put off a vote on letting a Peet's replace the Starbucks on Rte. 9 in Chestnut Hill after neighbors complained Starbucks customers were slobby bad drivers and selectmen decided they wanted the landlord to explain how he will keep the Peet's from replicating the mistakes of the Starbucks.
A concerned citizen reports:
Someone left their coffee break behind.
The owner of Jimmies on Corinth writes she'd love to move into the old Select Cafe - or someplace else in Roslindale that's larger than her current location.
Oh, and don't worry we will get great bagels.
Boston Police report a Dorchester man punched a Starbucks worker in the face Monday for serving him something that did not meet his definition of tea.
Police say officers responded to the Starbucks at 11 West Broadway around 9 a.m. on Monday to find a barista applying ice to his face: