Business

By - 6/21/16 - 6:10 pm

The Dorchester Reporter scores on talks between UMass Boston, which now owns what's left of the expo center, and the Kraft family, which owns the soccer team.

By - 6/20/16 - 6:37 pm
Helipad atop Motor Mart garage in Park Square, Boston

The Motor Mart garage roof in Park Square served as a helipad in 1947. Photo by Leslie Jones.

The city won't build GE a helipad without scrutiny from the City Council. On Wednesday, the council formally votes to approve at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty's proposal for a hearing on the city's proposal for a public helipad somewhere closer to GE's impending Fort Point headquarters. Read more.

By - 6/19/16 - 12:54 pm

WBUR reports state alcohol regulators have suddenly decided a law that let Nashoba Valley Winery bottle wine and run a restaurant for 16 years really means it can't bottle wine and run a restaurant.

By - 6/14/16 - 12:44 pm
Knotted rubber-ball patent illustration

From the patent.

A Cambridge company says a doggie chew toy sold by PetSmart violated the patent and copyright it holds on a knotted-rubber dog chew toy and so has bopped the chain on the nose with a rolled-up legal complaint. Read more.

By - 6/6/16 - 6:10 pm

WCVB reports on a video taken by a customer of the America's Food Basket in Mattapan Square.

By - 5/31/16 - 11:24 am

A couple of reports from this past holiday weekend:

Vanyaland reports the bassist for a band playing O'Brien's in Allston last night tried to set his instrument on fire - with the help of some lighter fluid. No, it wasn't the Flaming Lips.

Sgt. Luke Taxter at D-4 reports a large fight inside the Cask 'n Flagon early Sunday ended with "1 female with cut to face and officers closing the bar early."

By - 5/31/16 - 7:58 am

The Boston Business Journal reports a group of local developers are snapping up the Taj Hotel, where the Ritz used to be.

By - 5/19/16 - 2:36 pm

The Verge reports GM plans to roll out its Maven car-sharing service in Boston this summer.

By - 5/19/16 - 12:18 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the owners of the Taj Boston are putting it up for sale - and pricing it to move (they paid $170 million for the former Ritz, would accept $125 million).

By - 5/18/16 - 11:38 pm

Banker & Tradesman reports (subscription required) the commercial condo space used by the Starbucks at 165 Newbury St. recently sold for $6.25 million - a new Newbury Street record. Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 8:01 am

The Boston Licensing Board recently gave Sagarino's, 106 South St., the right to sell liquor in pint and half-pint bottles, after the store argued customers living in tiny units want the freedom to buy smaller liquor bottles to match their smaller storage space. Read more.

By - 5/13/16 - 1:52 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday voted a one-day suspension for a February incident Belle Isle Wine and Spirits in which an employee got into the boss's office, took out his rifle and posed for a Facebook photo with it, which led to a visit by Boston Police and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. Read more.

By - 5/11/16 - 5:16 pm

A federal appeals court says federal law trumps Massachusetts law when it comes to delivery services and that means same-day-delivery companies can keep treating drivers like independent contractors paid based solely on how many packages they deliver, rather than providing them health insurance, worker's compensation and other employee benefits. Read more.

By - 5/11/16 - 10:09 am

UPDATE: Board orders one-day suspension.

Charbel Rizkallah acknowledges he made a mistake on Feb. 24: After a day at a Weymouth shooting range with his father, he drove up to his Belle Isle Wine and Spirits on Saratoga Street in East Boston, put his unloaded rifle in his office, set the combination lock on the office door, then went to do some errands. Read more.

By - 5/10/16 - 1:03 pm
Seaplane in Boston Harbor

The day after the Globe reported two companies want to start seaplane service to New York, Aidan noticed a seaplane just casually docked in Boston Harbor.

By - 5/5/16 - 12:45 pm
Former Select Cafe in Roslindale becoming a veterinary clinic

Roslindale Village Main Street reports the owner of 2 Belgrade St. is nearing completion of a lease with a veterinary clinic to move into the space once occupied by Select Cafe, which closed in 2013.

In recent weeks, workers have been gutting and renovating the space.

By - 5/5/16 - 10:47 am

A restaurant broker is advertising a "top-notch fast casual restaurant" in West Roxbury that has $900,000 worth of "brand new first rate facilities," a beer-and-wine license, a location at the end of the building it's in and 85 indoor seats and 20 patio seats: Read more.

By - 5/4/16 - 1:37 pm

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.

By - 5/4/16 - 12:21 pm

A federal appeals court yesterday dismissed a lawsuit against a New Jersey company whose phone anonymizer service was used by a vengeful Quincy woman to make phony sexually explicit, harassing phone calls to the neighbor of a man who had fired her from her job at a Quincy diner. Read more.