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,â€ť she says of the Saugus-based favorite that's peak Boston Chinese, though it wasnâ€™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.
Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue is urging fans to hold tight as it gears up for a re-opening with an actual dining room. Read more.
The Huntington News interviews the owner of Pink Samurai, a dumpling place with a twist set to open at 658 Centre St., where Charlie Chan's used to be.
European elements like foie gras and New England influences will sneak their way into the Asian-inspired menu.
A delivery driver for a Hyde Park Chinese restaurant was held up around 10:50 p.m. in the area of Orchard and Vanderbilt streets in Mattapan by three teens in hoodies, one of whom showed a silver handgun.
Nadia Liu Spellman, who opened a Chinese dumpling restaurant in Weston with the help of her mother, Sally Ling, this week sued two former workers on charges they stole her concept and some of her recipes to open their own dumpling joint in Millbury. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board says Chau Chow City on Essex Street wasn't to blame for an argument between two tables of women that ended with combatants throwing plates and silverware at each other.
The board voted "no violation" for the incident early in the morning of Aug. 17 that left the restaurant in shambles by the time police arrived.
An argument between neighboring tables at Chau Chow City on Essex Street early one August morning ended with plates and silverware flying through the air - and generally crashing to the ground, except for one plate that connected with a woman's cheek first, police told the Boston Licensing Board this morning. Read more.
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