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By - 8/20/14 - 12:28 pm

Mario Batali will pay $410,000 for the liquor license of the closed Castlebar on Washington Street so he can serve libations to patrons of his planned wood-fired pizza place on the South Boston waterfront

Batali's attorney, Joseph Hanley, told the Boston Licensing Board that Batali will spend $2.5 million in total to outfit his planned Babbo on Fan Pier.

As required, Hanley answered the question... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 11:59 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a company that wants to operate amphibious sightseeing tours in Boston has to first get permission from the Boston police commissioner.

Nautical Tours has been trying to win permission to carry sightseers around the Hub since 2007, when it first asked the state Department of Public Utilities for a license to serve Boston.

The department said the company... Read more

By - 8/19/14 - 8:08 am

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) wants to take a look at the role large landlords are playing in forcing longtime residents out of the city.

On Wednesday, Jackson will ask fellow councilors for a hearing to consider "displacement, community stability and neighborhood preservation."

In his hearing request, Jackson writes:

The foreclosure crisis and the surge of residential housing conversion by corporate landlords backed by investors

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By - 8/18/14 - 7:11 pm

The City Council on Wednesday considers a request to begin looking at possible regulations over online services that let people rent apartments, such as Airbnb - and even Craigslist.

Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) says Boston needs to look at the burgeoning services before Boston's residential neighborhoods are harmed. In his request for a hearing, LaMattina writes:

Typical short-term lodging establishments -

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By - 8/18/14 - 6:35 pm

Alderman Jack Connolly reports Roche Bros. is expressing interest in the ground floor of the Social Security building - to the point of setting a Sept. 10 date for a meeting with residents about the idea.

By - 8/15/14 - 1:18 pm
Havas clock
Old Filene's clock

Kris Haight notices they've changed the clocks on the old Filene's building to reflect the name of the Euroadvertising firm that is moving into the new complex.

Maybe they can get the little carillon cherubs to fly Roche Bros. flags, too.

By - 8/15/14 - 11:26 am

The parent company of Shaw's and Star Market announced today that somebody tried to access card information from customers between June 22 and July 17.

AB Acquisition has not determined that any cardholder data was in fact stolen, and currently it has no evidence of any misuse of any such data. ... AB Acquisition believes that the intrusion has been contained and is confident

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By - 8/13/14 - 11:06 am

South End Pizza and Grill, 768 Tremont St. in the South End, received warm support from city officials for its proposal to extend its closing time from midnight to 2 a.m., seven days a week, at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

The pizzeria says it wants to extend its hours to serve the growing number of students in the area. The Chester Square Neighborhood... Read more

By - 8/8/14 - 1:23 pm

Boston Magazine reports the owners of the Cornerstone Bar, across from the Broadway T stop, have submitted a letter to the BRA that they want to tear the place down and replace it with apartments, offices and a restaurant.

By - 8/7/14 - 11:42 pm
Proposed apartment building on Market Street in Brighton Center

Picture something like this instead of the Brighton Beer Garden.

Kineavy

The Cronin Group, which owns the Brighton Beer Garden on Market Street, tonight proposed tearing it down to make room for an apartment building of up to seven stories.

Michael Kineavy, the company's chief operating officer (and former aide to Tom Menino, shown at right), appeared before the Brighton Allston Improvement Association to ask its suggestions on the company's initial proposal, which showed 34 apartments... Read more

By - 8/7/14 - 10:06 am

The Boston Business Journal reports a start-up is planning a smartphone app that will let you get a house call from a primary-care physician - for $300.

By - 8/7/14 - 8:59 am

AsymmetRx Medical, an Acton company that holds a patent on an antibody used to diagnose prostate cancer, is suing Santa Cruz Biotechnology of Dallas on charges the Texas company offers a product that uses the same basic idea.

In its lawsuit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, AsymmetRx, founded on the work of a Harvard researcher, says Santa Cruz started selling... Read more

By - 8/5/14 - 7:54 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the parent company of Rockland Trust is buying Peoples Federal Savings Bank, headquartered in Brighton Center.

While the move will make Rockland the third largest bank in Allston/Brighton, it will be only the fifth largest bank in West Roxbury, the Journal reports.

For Peoples Federal, the move means it will no longer be constrained by its name - two... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 1:06 pm
Whole Foods yogurt cup

Label on a Whole Foods yogurt cup Knox says he bought last month.

A Brookline man who charges Whole Foods duped him into buying its 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt by claiming it has far less sugar than it really does didn't just walk into his local Whole Foods demanding a refund - he filed a federal class-action lawsuit demanding the chain accurately label its yogurt and pay him, other purchasers and his lawyers millions of dollars... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 12:44 pm

Two former employees of Papa Gino's allege the local chain avoided paying them overtime for work weeks that sometimes spanned 70 hours by classifying them as "managers" even though they weren't managers.

Jean Max Similien of Stoughton and Jay Jenks of Dedham filed what they hope will become a class-action suit last week in US District Court in Boston.

Similien said he worked for the... Read more

By - 8/2/14 - 12:28 pm
The Castlebar in Oak Square is no more, after 32 years in business

KWAPT shows us the scene at the Castlebar this morning.

By - 8/1/14 - 4:42 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave UrbanMeritage until October to find somebody to use the liquor license at the old Ciao Bella, 240A Newbury St., that previous owner Joseph Cimino had sat on for years as he tried finishing up what turned into a money pit of a renovation project that is still not done.

Separately, the board last week granted Restoration Hardware another... Read more

By - 8/1/14 - 3:33 pm

UPDATE: Dan Kennedy quotes a memo from Globe Editor Brian McGrory that the buyouts probably won't reduce headcount.

Boston Globe CEO Mike Sheehan sent out one of those rightsizing memos to his troops today - just as arts reporter Geoff Edgers leaves for the Washington Post and business reporter Erin Ailworth departs for the Wall Street Journal. Here's a copy:

Over the

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By - 7/30/14 - 1:59 pm

The City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on how to regulate Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services.

Councilors Bill Linehan - who proposed the hearing - and Steve Murphy said it was time for regulation to protect public safety and out of fairness to existing medallion owners, who are subject to scrutiny by the police hackney division.

Younger councilors who actually use the... Read more

By - 7/30/14 - 10:04 am
Jalapenos at a Market Basket

Chris Rich scanned the produce aisles at one of the three Market Baskets in Billerica today.

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