Business

By - 4/25/15 - 6:43 am

Blue Hill Liquors, 108 Blue Hill Ave., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week seeking permission to sell nips.

The store currently has a license provision prohibiting it from selling the single-serving mini bottles of alcohol.

The board generally imposes nip bans on liquor stores at the request of local residents and police.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its... Read more

By - 4/24/15 - 12:47 pm

WBUR reports Gov. Baker has submitted legislation that would require both background checks and minimum insurance levels for people who drive for services such as Uber and Lyft.

By - 4/24/15 - 9:45 am

Legislators from Boston and Dedham are proposing a VFW Master Plan Commission to look at ways to improve the VFW Parkway from Centre Street in West Roxbury to the Dedham line and Providence Highway in Dedham between the Boston line and the Washington Street rotary.

State Sen. Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury) and state Reps. Ed Coppinger (D-West Roxbury) and Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) want the commission... Read more

By - 4/23/15 - 9:00 pm
Trabelsi and proposed King David Hotel in West Roxbury

Trabelsi with rendering of his proposed King David Hotel.

Developer Nissim Shimon Trabelsi says he's talking to several hotel management companies - including the one that runs the King David Hotel in Jerusalem - about running the chain of hotels he hopes to start with one on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury at the Dedham line.

At a community meeting called by the BRA tonight, Trabelsi told both the local union construction workers and... Read more

By - 4/22/15 - 9:56 am

The BRA holds a public meeting Thursday on a developer's plans to build a kosher hotel and restaurant on the VFW Parkway at the Dedham line.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the District E-5 community room.

The proposed 69-room King David Hotel would go where the McDonald's on the southbound side used to be, until it burned down in 2013.... Read more

By - 4/21/15 - 9:59 pm

Tony DeBenedictis, owner of Tony's Market on Washington Street, acknowledged today that he's seriously looking at moving from his longtime location in Roslindale Square to a spot up Washington at Durnell Avenue.

However, he said the deal is not 100% done and that he won't know for sure what he will do for about another month.

The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services holds a meeting... Read more

By - 4/21/15 - 11:15 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled today that Boston cabbies who "lease" cabs for daily shifts are independent contractors and so owed nothing under the state's minimum-wage and unemployment laws.

The state's highest court noted that the state law that defines "employees" explicitly excludes cab drivers.

The judges also rejected the cabbies' assertion that collectively the medallion and radio-assocation owners were "a singular employer exercising... Read more

By - 4/19/15 - 5:07 pm

The Globe reports on a lawsuit by a Chinese dissident living in the US against Boston-based Jenzabar, founder Ling Chai and two foundations founded and funded by the company.

Jing Zhang, who lives in New York, charges she was fired from one of the foundations because she grew reluctant to participate in weekly Christian prayer sessions on phone calls with headquarters in Boston.... Read more

By - 4/18/15 - 10:06 am

While sauntering along Centre Street in West Roxbury the other day I noticed that the Data Doctors franchise had closed up shop. I peered in the windows and the storefront has been cleaned, swept, and is bare to the walls. The sign in the windows says they had to close up unexpectedly. The franchise was located in the block fo stores next to the hardware... Read more

By - 4/18/15 - 12:49 am

Makezine reports MakerBot shut its three retail stores, including the one in Boston, and laid off 100 workers.

By - 4/15/15 - 7:46 pm

Citizens Bank this week sued the armored-car company that shuttles money to and from its branches and ATMs to make the company keep doing that until the bank can fully replace it.

In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Citizens said Garda Atlantic had threatened to stop all its service today, a move that would have left "thousands of individuals and small... Read more

By - 4/14/15 - 5:48 pm
Boylston Street living-wage protest

Protesters marching in support of a $15 minimum wage in Massachusetts are marching down Boylston Street and in the Chinatown area this rush hour.

Before they got to Boylston, the Back Bay protesters shut down Huntington at Mass. Ave., as URNotInvisible shows us:

By - 4/12/15 - 12:10 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week hears a request from the owner of the failed Tonic bar in Forest Hills to sell his all-alcohol license to the owners of the Envoy Hotel, scheduled to open this summer across from the Barking Crab and the Moakley Courthouse in South Boston.

The hotel is planning two bars: A ground-level watering hole called the Outlook and a rooftop... Read more

By - 4/10/15 - 10:56 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today state law lets take-out owners prohibit tips and, as long as they prominently alert visitors to that, keep any of the money customers insist on giving anyway.

The ruling comes in the case of employees of Dunkin' Donuts franchisee Constantine Scrivanos, who owns 66 Dunkin' shops in eastern Massachusetts and who bans tipping in about two-thirds of those.... Read more

By - 4/10/15 - 7:36 am

The Boston Conservation Commission meets next Wednesday to consider plans by M.S. Walker to build a $50-million factory and R&D center at the old Stop & Shop complex on the Readville/Dedham line.

Although the new building will be on the Dedham side of the property, its only street access is through Meadow Road in Readville. The Conservation Commission is involved because the company... Read more

By - 4/1/15 - 6:13 pm
Closed Burger King on Boylston Street in Boston's Fenway neighborhood.

Chad O'Connor noticed today that another low-density commercial square is being replaced by a high-density residential square. Or more specifically: The Boylston Street Burger King has closed - to make way for a 240-unit, 17-story apartment building by Skanska USA, as shown in this architect's rendering submitted to the BRA:

By - 4/1/15 - 5:08 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of Roggie's, 356 Chestnut Hill Ave., designate somebody else as the bar's manager, which could be a step towards convincing officials to let the bar re-open after 11 months.

The city ordered Roggie's shut after police said owner John Rogaris tried to impede their investigation into how a patron wound up unconscious and near... Read more

By - 3/30/15 - 11:19 pm
Space for lease in the BPL main library in Copley Square

J. Patience was startled by the retail-lease sign on the side of the new wing of the under-renovation BPL main library in Copley Square.

Earlier this month, BPL trustees issued an RFP for companies interested in leasing the space, at the corner of Boylston and Exeter in the under-renovation Johnson wing.

Brandon Abbs is on a BPL advisory board that will... Read more

By - 3/29/15 - 3:37 pm
U-Haul driver smashes into Foley's Liquors in Brookline

DR happened upon the aftermath of a crash in which the driver of a U-Haul truck managed to plow into the front of Foley's Liquors on Cypress Street. No injuries, at least, he reports.

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