An alert UHub reader noticed the guy who said he wanted to build a hotel catering to observant Jews on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury (where the burned-out McDonald's used to be) sold the property yesterday for $1.4 million to the owner of a Brockton gas station and car wash. The BRA's King David Hotel page is now gone, although you can still see the initial filing for the project.
Payette, a Congress Street architectural-design firm, designed itself Pearl the elephant as part of a circus-themed display at the International Interior Design Association's fall New England fashion show earlier this month. Yesterday, staffers wheeled Pearl over to the South Boston convention center for the Architecture Boston Expo.
Toyota, which makes Lexus cars, is suing a Somerville wedding photographer using the name Lexus Studios, alleging that is causing the auto giant "irreparable injury" and demanding he rip up all his business cards and signs and pay damages and lawyers' fees.
Toyota's suit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, says the company has been trying since 2012 to get Paolo Pacheco to change the name of his business because people might think the studio has something to do with Lexus cars.
Beth Gavin captured protesters demanding a $15 minimum hourly wage outside the Old State House this evening.
Downtown Crossing is getting a Forever 21 (where the Tello's used to be). Now if only we could get a Spencer Gifts.
Tweet Cheeks reports from the Back Bay City Sports: They've only marked stuff down 10%. Ditto at the Downtown Crossing outlet, MG reports. Savvy going-out-of-business-sales fans know the deep discounts don't start the first day - and even when they do, be wary, because liquidation pros sometimes mark stuff up first so they don't lose out that much when they mark it down.
The Boston Licensing Board today gave Roche Bros. a packie license for its new Downtown Crossing store.
At a hearing yesterday, Roche Bros. President Gary Pfeil told the board that the chain held a number of focus groups with current downtown residents and workers and discovered that people enjoying life in the heart of the city have a different way of entertaining guests: They're more likely to have parties with cocktails and appetizers than sit-down dinners. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the owner of the True Value on Salem Street is retiring and closing down at the end of the year.
The Boston Business Journal reports on the liquidation of the local chain.
John Pepper, who started Boloco, then left, then returned, explains how he wound up back at Boloco, what's been going on at the chain, why he had to close the School Street and Newbury Street outlets. And he gives a taste of what he's planning.
In a couple weeks, the Zoning Board of Appeals considers a request for a brewery on Massachusetts Avenue that would feature a 24-foot-high grain silo.
The Dorchester Brewing Co., rebuffed in an effort to move into a building on Bowdoin Avenue in Dorchester, will seek ZBA approval to convert an old sheet-metal warehouse at 1271 Mass. Ave. into a brewery where craft brewers can make their own batches of beer. Read more.
UPDATE: BRA agrees they sucked but says they've learned and don't suck anymore.
The state Inspector General's office says the BRA rushed through a deal to give the Red Sox control of Yawkey Way that included "illogical and questionable" methods of figuring out the street's value - based on the somewhat ludicrous premise that Yawkey Way was "blighted."
The Globe reports on sale of "the last big chunk of open land" - some ten blocks worth - to a Chestnut Hill developer best known for its malls.
A New York man is suing the Massachusetts manufacturer of "no spill" bubble buckets because, he says, he bought one and it spilled. Read more.