Paperwork issues and questions about a new state law that granted Boston 25 new liquor licenses this year have held up decisions on requests from five restaurants seeking some of the new licenses, along with a member who missed one set of hearings. However, board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer said she expects the board to resolve the issues and vote on the applications within a... Read more
In a neighborhood that has long prided itself on its locally owned shops, residents and business owners are once again forced to consider what happens when chains move in - or if they can stop them.
The Boston Licensing Board today deferred requests that would have allowed a new Italian restaurant on Fairmount Avenue and and let an existing Dominican restaurant expand its alcohol selections.
The board also deferred action on a request for a new all-alcohol license for a proposed restaurant in Roslindale Square.
All three had requested one of the 25 new licenses the legislature gave the city in... Read more
Ramon Genao does not dispute that two guys walked out of his Hollywood Liquors II at 489 Blue Hill Ave. with alcoholic beverages - one a Bud Lime-a-rita - during the Caribbean parade on Aug. 23, or that they popped the tops and began drinking right outside his store.
But at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, Genao protested what he called a no-win situation:... Read more
The Boston Business Journal gets the scoop: Bernie and Phyl's is retiring that jingle.
Jamaica Plain News has some details on the independent bookshop opening on Green Street, just off Centre.
Euro-Pro, a Newton-based company that makes vacuum cleaners, is suing Dyson, Inc. over its claims that its vacuums have "twice the suction" of other vacuums.
Euro-Pro says they don't. In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston yesterday, Euro-Pro explains its dust-up with Dyson:
Euro-Pro has commissioned third-party independent laboratory testing, conducted pursuant to the referenced ASTM F558 standard, which proves that... Read more
A building across from the Hyde Park police station that has never had any tenants since it was rebuilt in 2011 will finally be occupied - by a dentist's office.
Dr. Guimy Cesar, who currently has an office on Washington Street in Roslindale, got a building permit last week to adapt the empty shell of a building at 1250 Hyde Park Ave. into dental offices.... Read more
Roslindale Village Main Street reports Petco is looking at space in the square for one of its smaller Unleashed by Petco stores.
As you know, in the past, the community has expressed concern over national chains moving into Roslindale Village. Those concerns often centered around a desire to retain small, locally-owned, independent shops over national chains, as well as general concerns over increased congestion,... Read more
Jamaica Plain News reports business owners along Centre Street remain opposed to the Caffe Nero now being built in an abandoned bank branch next to Blanchards. One local real-estate agent - who also opposed the Whole Foods - said:
A Gap will come. A Starbucks will come. This is a way to plug the dam.... Read more
Dot Rat alerts us to a casting call for a commercial for Dorchester's first ale.
Blauer Manufacturing, based in the Fenway, holds two patents on a lightweight system for concealed armor for police and is suing a New York competitor it alleges sells a product that violates the patents.
In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Blauer wants a judge to order Spiewak to stop selling the competing product forthwith and... Read more
The state Gaming Commission voted today to pick the Wynn proposal for Everett over the Mohegan Sun proposal for Suffolk Downs, with three of the four commissioners saying Wynn's proposal would be better for the area, workers and the environment.
Commission members said Wynn proved it had greater capital to ensure its project could get built and then run through challenging economic times - and... Read more
In a victory for the manufacturer of electric cars, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today dealers of other types of cars have no grounds to block the company's efforts to sell vehicles directly to consumers.
Massachusetts car dealers had sued Tesla Motors under a state law designed to protect dealers from predatory actions by manufacturers.
But the state's highest court said the law only... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board decided yesterday the ratio of wine and beer to cheese and other foods at Savin Hill Enterprise, 1047 Dorchester Ave., did not violate any board regulations.
The shop, which opened earlier this year, had been cited by police in July for using too much shelf and refrigerator space for alcohol; police said that seven of eight shelves marked "food" on a... Read more
The Globe reports on plans by Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., which currently runs the city-owned marketplace for what could be its largest revamp since it was redone as a festival market in the 1970s: Wider spaces, the removal of heel-killing brick sidewalks, fancier restaurants and more seating in what the oldtimers still know as the Quincy Market building.
Our intent is to make this a... Read more
The Globe reports a company called Related Beal quietly bought five downtown buildings clustered around quiet little Quaker Lane from Fidelity in December:
The centerpiece of Related Bealâ€™s plan is the redevelopment of Quaker Lane into a new retail magnet that would fill the void between Faneuil Hall, Downtown Crossing, and Post Office Square.... Read more
WBUR reports on the decision between Suffolk Downs/Mohegan Sun in Revere and Wynn in Everett - two months before voters decide whether to allow any casinos in the state at all.
The Dorchester Reporter interviews Meetinghouse Bank President Tony Paciulli on running after the guy who'd just robbed the bank's Lower Mills branch last week.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the basic logic behind a state decision to fine National Grid and NStar for their responses to Hurricane Irene and a snowstorm two months later, but said state regulators were a bit too overzealous in the fines they levied.
The ruling by the state's highest court means National Grid has to pay a $17.8 million fine for failing to... Read more