Business

By - 1/14/15 - 10:53 am

Developers Kris Meola and Ryan Sillery of City Point Capital plan to buy the shuttered Stadium Sports Bar & Grill at 232 Old Colony Ave. so they can tear it down and replace it with roughly 20 condominiums.

By - 1/14/15 - 7:36 am

The Harvest Co-op board says declining sales gave it little choice but to shut its South Street location on April 30.

In a report on its decision, the board says sales started going down even before Whole Foods opened on Centre Street and that its South Street landlord did not accede to "dramatically lowering the rent and reducing the term of the lease" to help the co-op make up the 32% drop in sales since 2009.

By - 1/13/15 - 2:22 pm

Lawyers for the owners of the Lower Mills Pub on Dorchester Avenue are hoping the Boston Licensing Board gives them a couple months to unravel a tangled skein of legal issues left when longtime co-owner Nicholas Byrne died after a long illness five years ago, so that they can sell the bar to a prominent Boston restaurant operator.

By - 1/9/15 - 6:03 pm
Building proposed for Dorchester Avenue in South Boston

Imagine the intro to "2001: A Space Odyssey" playing here. See larger.

Jason Cincotta's Evergreen Property Group has filed plans with the BRA to replace a parking lot at 248 Dorchester Ave. with a 6-story, 33-unit apartment building that would feature retail space at ground level, large enough for a restaurant.

By - 1/9/15 - 4:40 pm

The Globe reports the owner of the high-end clothing store is throwing in the towel because the owner of its Northern Avenue land wants the space for development and she decided to retire, rather than sign a long-term lease to move into a building next door.

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Sam's, the restaurant inside the clothing store, however, will remain open.

By - 1/9/15 - 8:44 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a license to a wine store proposed for Charles River Plaza off Cambridge Street.

At a hearing Wednesday, nearby liquor stores and some residents opposed the VinodiVino outlet, saying it would prove unfair competition for locally owned shops and that the eight liquor stores within a half-mile radius could already meet residents' wine needs. VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty, however, countered market considerations should not be part of the board's calculus on deciding on a license.

By - 1/9/15 - 8:23 am

How about it, kids, let's put on an Olympics! Whadaya say?!? That, in essence, is pro-business columnist Shirley Leung's argument today.

But Leung is answering the wrong question. Many people have no doubts Boston can pull off an Olympics. The question these folks are asking is whether it's worth the costs (and not just in money).

By - 1/8/15 - 6:32 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave Maria Market, 779 Dorchester Ave. in the Polish Triangle, a license to begin selling beer and wine as owner John Nguyen tries to transform it into more of an "urban market" servicing a neighborhood going upscale.

By - 1/8/15 - 2:10 pm

We could find out one day: Dunkin' Donuts announced today a deal with a franchisee to open 1,400 Dunkin' Donuts in China over the next 20 years. Dunk's currently has just 16 outlets in the Middle Kingdom.

In addition to coffee, Coolattas and bagels, Chinese Dunkin' Donuts offer mochi-ring donuts, which, the company informs us, are made with mochi, a "glutinous rice that tastes far more delicious than it sounds," in flavors that include green tea, mango and banana.

By - 1/7/15 - 11:48 am

An upscale wine store that wants to move into a Cambridge Street mall uncorked opposition from neighboring liquor stores and some residents at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

VinodiVino, which already has stores in Brookline, Newton and Needham, wants a license to open in Charles River Plaza, within feet of the existing Simmons Liquor and Jobi Liquors.

VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty said the area needs an all wine store that can provide the sort of service an area such as Beacon Hill and the West End deserves.

By - 1/2/15 - 3:28 pm

WBZ reports police are investigating how two people wound up dead in Forest Hills Cemetery this morning. Boston EMS Incidents reports they were found outside a car "reportedly turning blue."

By - 12/31/14 - 9:23 am

Quartz looks beyond Southie at Dunk's major expansion drive outside the safe confines of the Northeast:

Dunkin’ can’t survive on the irrational preferences of New Englanders alone.

H/t Jon Chesto.

By - 12/31/14 - 12:27 am

A federal appeals court says a Plymouth woman who had an illegal shipment of marijuana mistakenly delivered to her door can't collect damages from FedEx because she was unable to prove the strange men who later showed up at her door demanding the package got her address from the shipping company.

And besides, the court continued, after dismissing her invasion of privacy claim, a federal law deregulating airlines takes precedence over her common-law claims of infliction of emotional distress.

By - 12/25/14 - 2:07 pm
Comparison of sneakers from New Balance and Converse

From the New Balance complaint.

Brighton-based New Balance is suing soon-to-be North End-based Converse over lawsuits Converse has filed against other sneaker companies.

By - 12/24/14 - 8:55 am

The restaurants this morning. Photo by Neal Doyle.

CFD Ladder 1 reports what turned into a two-alarm fire erupted at 228 Broadway shortly after 3 a.m.

Neal Doyle reports the two businesses - Beauty's Pizza and MuLan Taiwanese Restaurant - both appeared this morning to have been totally destroyed.

By - 12/22/14 - 2:34 pm

Following a demonstration outside the Waltham offices of Spectra Energy Thursday afternoon (12/18/14), West Roxbury residents and environmental group representatives met Friday with Boston staff for Senators Markey and Warren.

By - 12/22/14 - 8:40 am

The Salem News reports the city's mayor has drafted regulations that could make it difficult for the rideshare service to keep sharing rides there.

By - 12/20/14 - 12:30 pm

WBZ reports the store owner told a mentally disabled customer his winning lottery ticket was worth $1,000 - and gave him $950 in cash for it. The ticket was actually worth $10,000.

By - 12/17/14 - 2:16 pm

The week after the Boston Licensing Board approved a new Dunkin' Donuts on D Street, it's faced with a request for another Dunkin' Donuts in South Boston, this time at 77 L St., near East Broadway.

"Is there a need for a donut shop in that area?" board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini bluntly asked franchisee John Gillespie at a hearing today.

Gillespie said Dunkin' Donuts is not serving that side of South Boston "at all."

Gillespie wants to serve up coffee, donuts and other food substances between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.

By - 12/17/14 - 2:10 pm

The smallish Tedeschi on Comm. Ave. at Harvard plans to move into the Kelly's Roast Beef space across Harvard.

The move, which will require approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals, prompted the owner of the McDonald's franchise on Harvard Avenue to seek city permission to extend his closing hour from 2 to 3 a.m., at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

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