Work is well underway to turn a long vacant space in the Stop & Shop mall on American Legion Highway into what would be Roslindale's second sit-down Chinese restaurant. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board today rejected requests from several restaurants in the North End, Chinatown and the South Boston waterfront to serve hard liquor, saying there's no public need in an area already full of places to get a drink. Read more.
Adriana Li notes the profusion of Chinese restaurants in Malden.
Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue might seem like the exact sort of place the creation of "neighborhood" liquor licenses in Boston was meant for - a small, entrepreneurial effort by a young chef in an outer neighborhood.
But the legislation that created the new licenses limited them to Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester - and the city's "main street" districts. Roslindale has one of those districts, but Seven Star is several blocks outside its borders and so ineligible for one of the new licenses. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a two-day shutdown for Empire, 1 Marina Park Dr., because police found three underage students with scorpion bowls during an inspection on Feb. 21 - almost a year after it got a one-day suspension for a similar offense. Read more.
Benny Wong asks:
I have been looking for a good Dim Sum location not in Chinatown.
Lucky Peach surveys the oddities of Chinese food as it is served in the Boston area.
"I could not lobby Kowloon into opening a Kowloon in the south of Florida,” she says of the Saugus-based favorite that's peak Boston Chinese, though it wasn’t for lack of trying: "There are so many people who want that style of cooking."
H/t MC Slim JB.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Bali Hai in Lynnfield is for sale.
So that leaves us with, what, Kowloon in Saugus and the Tahiti in Dedham?
In addition to retaining the old pagoda-ish overhang and lights, the new Joy Luck Hot Pot Restaurant is keeping the red and yellow colors of the McDonald's it's replacing at the corner of Washington and Kneeland streets.
Around 10:20 p.m. at Southern Avenue and Hopestill Street near Codman Square.
A city health inspector yesterday ordered Bubor Cha Cha, 41 Beach St., to shut immediately after an inspection found a variety of violations, including pork and fish left out on counters too long, raw food stored above ready-to-eat food, fruit flies and hand sinks being blocked by boxes - and not having any hot water.
Also, hot egg rolls were being stored at temperatures that weren't hot enough.
The restaurant can re-open after a re-inspection shows the problems have been fixed.
Looking for a good Chinese food (or any food) recommendation for Christmas Day.
The Boston Licensing Board today approved a licensing swap in which the owners of Frogmore in Hyde Square will sell their beer and wine license to the new dumpling joint going in where Charlie Chan's use to be and Frogmore will in turn get one of the new all-alcohol licenses available in certain Boston neighborhoods. Read more.
The Crimson reports Yenching Restaurant on Mass. Ave. is no more, after 40 years. No word if it will be replaced by a bank or a chain burrito place.
The old McDonald's at Washington and Kneeland streets has a new sign advertising the impending arrival of Joy Luck Hot Pot.
State records show it will be owned by Chun Lian Lin of Malden and Qian Wang of Charlestown. They have yet to appear before the Boston Licensing Board for a food-serving license.
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