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:

$15 minimum wage protest on Huntington Avenue at Massachusetts Avenue
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 bar called the Lookout. Also planned: A 50-seat sidewalk patio.

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.

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 wants to build a new driveway on the property, which sits next to wetlands along the Neponset River.

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 death in an alley outside the bar last Memorial Day weekend.

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.

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.

By - 3/24/15 - 9:06 am

Everyone's favorite Yeti has gone into business.

According to this article, the Yeti has set up a web site at Etsy selling merchandise to support the MSPCA. Good for the Yeti!

By - 3/23/15 - 10:41 pm

The Herald reports online clothing retailer Karmaloop, which Greg Selkoe started in his parents' JP basement in 2000, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. No layoffs planned, but look for the company to sell itself to the highest bidder - who might even be serial interrupter Kanye West.

By - 3/23/15 - 8:50 am

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to renovate its Bunker Hill project in Charlestown by hiring a developer to add "hundreds of market-rate units to the 1,100 low-income units that are there now."

By - 3/23/15 - 8:25 am
Lenane Building in Fields Corner, Dorchester

The Lenane Building, planned home of new cafe.

Three Dorchester residents are turning to the community to try to raise the money needed to turn an empty space in the Linane Building, 1448 Dorchester Ave., into a cafe that will focus on both baked goods and the community.

Elisa and Vivian Girard, who live in Fields Corner, and Jack Wu, who lives in Ashmont, hope to raise $60,000 by May 5 on their Indiegogo site to open Home.stead Bakery and Cafe:

By - 3/16/15 - 8:37 pm

The Globe reports on whistleblower lawsuits by two former employees of the Cooperative Bank, based in Roslindale, alleging malfeasance by bank officials - in particular, hiring a dentist with no banking experience as president and then, when that didn't work out, hiring a new president who used employee checking accounts for cashing large numbers of personal checks.

By - 3/11/15 - 7:01 pm

Roslindale Village Main Street reports a pair of Roslindale residents have signed a letter of intent to open a Craft Beer Cellar in the rehabbed trolley substation at Washington Street and Cummins Highway - the same building where Chris Douglass, owner of Tavolo and Ashmont Grill in Dorchester, plans to open a restaurant.

By - 3/10/15 - 7:50 pm
Globe Direct being delivered to a burned out house

Garrett Quinn forwards this photo showing that whoever delivers Globe Direct fireplace stuffers in East Cambridge isn't going to let the fact that a building caught on fire and got boarded up stop them from delivering the things every week.

H/t Kevin Franck for the headline.

By - 3/7/15 - 3:10 pm

The folks at K9 Strolls on Pembroke Street spent part of today roaming the neighborhood looking for dog crap and other stuff that's emerging as our glaciers slowly recede. They report they collected five large bags of the stuff - and reported a number of overflowing trash cans to the city.

H/t Pilot Block Neighborhood Association.

By - 3/5/15 - 7:40 am

Xconomy reports the price of a cab medallion in Boston has dropped from $700,000 to $500,000 in just one year - and that Carriage News, a newspaper for the Boston taxi industry, stopped publishing last month.

By - 3/4/15 - 7:42 am

Mary Moore writes she had actually been proud to have never taken an Uber car.

My patience ended this morning, when I stood on the street for 20 minutes in temperatures that hovered in the teens, waiting for a taxi that I'd ordered the night before.

By - 3/4/15 - 7:14 am

Anyone know what closed this place down, and what's happening with it? Not the greatest store in of itself, but it was indeed a convenience to have it across from the T stop, open later than the other hole-in-the-wall convenience stores in the vicinity.