Business

By - 5/12/14 - 2:30 pm

Mayor Walsh has appointed 24 people to a Late Night Task Force (one for each hour?) to figure out how to wake up the City that Always Sleeps by giving parts of Boston that late-night life that all the other world-class cities seem to have already figured out how to provide. And he hopes to have at least some pilot later-night offerings open to the... Read more

By - 5/12/14 - 9:33 am
Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe in the South End

Charlie's this morning. Photo by Pilotblock.

Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe tweets this morning:

We will be closing at the end of June. We would like to thank all of our friends, family, and customers for 87 years of great memories.

Charlie's is such a local landmark it has its own Wikipedia page. Last year, President Obama grabbed a burger there.

Via Boston Restaurant Talk.... Read more

By - 5/10/14 - 11:25 am
Keds vs. Vans

Keds vs. Vans

Keds, which it turns out is headquartered in our very own Lexington, wants Vans to stop putting little blue rectangular logos on the back of its sneakers.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Keds says it's been known for its "Blue Label" logo since 1925 and that the Vans logos might make people think the sneakers have that Keds quality,... Read more

By - 5/8/14 - 5:11 pm

Yeah, sure, casinos right on the city line will have major impacts on Boston, but Boston is not a "host community" for either of the proposed casinos, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided today. The vote means Boston will not be able to hold referendums on the casinos that could block them permanently.

Commission members unanimously rejected arguments by Boston officials that the Suffolk Downs racetrack,... Read more

By - 5/7/14 - 8:05 am

Symphony 8, 10A Westland Ave., could re-open this fall after renovations, owner Douglas Bacon said yesterday.

Bacon told the Boston Licensing Board that renovations, in particular to the restaurant's storefront, have simply taken longer than he expected, because it's just an old building. Storefront renovation could begin within 30 days, he said.

Bacon was before the board to explain why it shouldn't strip him of... Read more

By - 5/2/14 - 5:35 pm

The T had a research director, with a doctorate in transportation from MIT and everything, but seems Bridj, that company planning the data-driven private shuttle service, just hired him away, the Globe reports.

By - 5/2/14 - 12:13 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a deal in which the landlord of the defunct Morton's Steakhouse on Boylston Street would sell its liquor license to Boston Beer Works on Brookline Avenue so that Boston Beer Works can in turn sell its beer and wine license to Mei Mei on Park Drive.

Phew.

The move means Morton's will be off the hook for ... Read more

By - 5/2/14 - 10:12 am

A local group tried to convince some skeptical residents in Brighton last night that 144 Harvard Ave. would be a good place to sell medical marijuana to patients with prescriptions for the drug.

Compassionate Organics did not make the list of 20 proposed operators who have even a slight chance of getting a state dispensary license in Suffolk County, but founder Geoffrey Reilinger told... Read more

By - 5/1/14 - 1:12 pm

On Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court hears arguments on whether it should order the state to allow a referendum this fall to repeal casino gambling.

Attorney General Martha Coakley declined to permit the question on the ballot, saying it would be an illegal "taking" of private property - in this case, the rights casino operators would gain if awarded contracts to run casinos - and... Read more

By - 4/29/14 - 10:48 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Kam Man has closed.

By - 4/29/14 - 10:21 am

The owners of the Fan Pier development said today they'll be leasing space to a Starbucks, a Mediterranean meze restaurant and a daycare center.

The Starbucks, which will take 2,100 square feet, will join existing starbucks at the Manulife Financial building, the Renaissance Harbor Hotel and the Westin Boston Harborfront. It's slated to open this summer, according to the Fallon Company, which is building out... Read more

By - 4/27/14 - 7:34 pm

Join Socializing for Justice on Thursday, May 15 from 6-8:30PM to celebrate 7+ years, 2500+ members, 175+ events and countless connections made since 2006! Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet 120+ friendly SoJusters!

Meet like-minded progressives at Lir on Boylston (903 Boylston, Boston) and get connected to great social justice organizations in Boston. SoJust is all about building a... Read more

By - 4/27/14 - 7:33 pm
Stationery aisle at the new Wegmans

The one quiet place in all of Wegmans today: The greeting cards/stationery aisle.

If you've ever been to the Roche Bros. in West Roxbury, you know they have a pretty impressive selection of ready-to-go meals, cheeses and the like.

There's a new ready-to-go supermarket in town, and it makes Roche Bros. and the newish Star Market in Chestnut Hill, which has its own food-to-go area, look like little delis. Take what you're used to at those stores and... Read more

By - 4/20/14 - 3:29 pm

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Fee: $10 in advance/$20 at the door is split with the trainer.
Limited space - Register at www.sojust.org - Newcomers always welcomed!
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By - 4/19/14 - 12:34 pm

John Maraganore, CEO of Alnylam in Cambridge, is suing a Maryland biotech company for allegedly eliminating the stock options he got while serving on its board of directors before it went public.

In his suit against MacroGenics, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Marganore says MacroGenics's CEO told him his stock options would not expire until 2016 when he stepped down... Read more

By - 4/18/14 - 7:17 pm

Touch FM got all the publicity, but federal agents yesterday also shut two other stations - one at 100.1 MHz that broadcast in Haitian creole from studios in Dorchester and another in Brockton.

In a statement, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said:

It is a public safety hazard for illegal radio stations to broadcast, potentially interfering with critical radio communications.

Like any member of the

... Read more
By - 4/18/14 - 10:02 am

The Globe looks at the prospects that the downtown developer may finally be able to tear down the Aquarium garage and put up that tower he wants, now that Boston has a mayor who doesn't take offense at his existence.

By - 4/14/14 - 2:09 pm

Sparks from a sander caused a fire that forced the evacuation of 381 Centre St., home of the Miami Restaurant, around 11 a.m., the Boston Fire Department reports.

The fire was called in by two off-duty firefighters who noticed smoke coming out of the building while driving by, a spokesman says.

When on-duty firefighters arrived, they found the workers trying to put out the fire... Read more

By - 4/6/14 - 11:26 am

And as the Innovation District becomes too expensive, many of them were on the other side of Fort Point Channel, the Globe reports.

By - 4/5/14 - 10:37 pm

Meaghan O'Malley asks:

Who's got a good optometrist in the DTC/Financial district area? Mine moved to Newbury St. and I am a lazy sod.

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