Business

By - 1/25/17 - 5:41 pm

A federal judge who has dismissed two lawsuits by Boston medallion-cab owners over ride-for-hire companies today dismissed a similar lawsuit by Cambridge taxi owners.

In his ruling today, US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton said the Cambridge owners no longer had any standing to sue Cambridge over the way it did or did not regulate companies such as Lyft and Uber because a new state law removes oversight of the companies from local licensing officials.

By - 1/24/17 - 5:30 pm
Veolia plant

Steam plant generating heat in the neighborhood.

The Zoning Board of Appeals today agreed with a request from the company that wants to put a large electronic billboard on the Veolia plant on Kneeland Street to defer any hearing until June, after a representative from the company acknowledged the company's having just a wee bit of trouble getting anybody in Chinatown to support the thing. Read more.

By - 1/20/17 - 10:50 am

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports Mayor Walsh is looking for help in the legislature to garner Boston 151 new liquor licenses to be doled out over a three-year period.

Like the 75 new licenses Boston got in 2014, Walsh is proposing that most of the new permits be limited to neighborhoods outside Boston Proper and the waterfront.

By - 1/19/17 - 6:09 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports Lyft and Massport have reached an agreement under which Lyft drivers who pass a state background check can be summoned to Logan. Uber is working on a similar agreement.

By - 1/19/17 - 11:58 am

WBUR reports on a discussion at the New England Economic Partnership.

By - 1/19/17 - 9:46 am

Boston-based IDG announced today it's being purchased by China Oceanwide Holdings Group, a banking and financial concern with some media holdings. Read more.

By - 1/16/17 - 10:38 pm

The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission ruled last month that the Boston Licensing Board erred in requiring the new owners of a Washington Street liquor store to stop selling nips. Read more.

By - 1/14/17 - 2:43 pm
Selling craft beer in the substation basement

Making a sale in the substation.

Roslindale substation back in business for first time in 45 years, this time as a craft-beer store, with restaurant to follow

Roslindale residents, city politicians and Keytar Bear gathered this morning at the old Boston Elevated substation to formally open the new Craft Beer Cellar and to take a look at the state of the cavernous main space, which will become a Chris Douglass restaurant called the Third Rail. Read more.

By - 1/12/17 - 11:13 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a biotech company that genetically modifies bacteria and animal cells to produce new drugs is engaged in manufacturing, which means it has to pay more state taxes. Read more.

By - 1/4/17 - 3:29 pm

Cambridge Day reports Crimson Corner, the former Nini's Corner, is now slated to become a pizzeria - one of numerous changes in Harvard Square that would leave people visiting for the first time in awhile wondering what happened to the square they used to know. Out of Town News, of course, is already facing a possible eviction by its landlord, the city of Cambridge.

By - 12/29/16 - 9:50 am

Weedmaps, a company that claims it can help you "find the good stuff," is looking for a student at Boston University to serve as a "brand ambassador" to get people hooked on its smartphone app: Read more.

By - 12/28/16 - 12:17 pm
Closed Cumberland Farms

Joe Donahue reports the Cumberland Farms at Mass. Ave. and Albany Street in the South End has bought the farm.

By - 12/23/16 - 9:14 am
Everyone is Welcome sign in a Roslindale Square store window

A number of stores in Roslindale Square now sport these signs, the work of the new Roslindale Is For Everyone group (using one of these designs).

By - 12/22/16 - 6:41 pm

John Keith reports Northeastern University just put down $5.3 million to buy the building housing Punter's Pub at 450 Huntington Ave. No word on what they want to do with it, but he notes the school also owns the two parcels next to it.

By - 12/22/16 - 12:26 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by the Boston Taxi Owners Association against the city of Boston because a new state law bars the city from regulating "transportation network companies" such as Uber and Lyft. Read more.

By - 12/21/16 - 12:35 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports Boston Beer Co. has sold a 53-acre plot in Freetown it originally bought so it could build a new brewery to a Colorado company that plans to use it for the country's largest medical-marijuana facility.

By - 12/21/16 - 9:43 am

The New York Post reports David Barton Gym's corporate overlords shut their Park Plaza outlet along with gyms in New York, because the finances just weren't working out.

H/t Mike.

By - 12/14/16 - 1:10 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a measure that would let city small businesses have acoustic musicians play without having to get a permit from the city. The proposal was sponsored by at-large Councilor Michelle Wu.

By - 12/14/16 - 9:31 am

The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday gave unanimous approval to filling a long vacant, once fire ravaged block on Chestnut Hill Avenue with a place where people can spend an hour petting cats and then fill up on gyro and souvlaki. Read more.

By - 12/11/16 - 5:54 pm

The Burlington Mall reports it plans to re-open at 9 a.m. tomorrow after it was shut on what would normally be one of its busiest days of the year due to a water main opening up right under one of its parking lots.