Chinese food

By - 11/18/15 - 11:38 pm
Old McDonald's in Chinatown
Sign for new hot-pot place in Chinatown

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.

By - 11/12/15 - 11:19 am

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.

By - 11/12/15 - 7:26 am

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.

By - 10/17/15 - 11:03 pm

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.

By - 10/7/15 - 9:39 am
Dumpling Daughter vs. Dumpling Girl

Dumpling Daughter v. Dumpling Girl.

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.

By - 10/6/15 - 2:53 pm

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.

By - 9/29/15 - 11:30 am
Chau Chow City in Chinatown

Melee scene.

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.

By - 7/30/15 - 9:25 am

The Boston Licensing Board recently ordered New Moon Villa on Edinboro Street to shut for five days for failing to fix its surveillance system even as violence kept erupting outside the restaurant and sometimes spilled into it. Read more.

By - 7/7/15 - 1:15 pm

On April 6, detectives visited New Moon Villa Restaurant on Edinboro Street and asked day manager and co-owner John Chen if the restaurant had working surveillance cameras. He said it did. They then wrote him a series of citations for incidents stretching back to a gang shootout in August that left six with gunshot injuries - because at each of the incidents, a restaurant manager told investigators the cameras pointing at the restaurant door, which might have yielded clues about the incidents, weren't working. Read more.

By - 6/1/15 - 10:51 am

A city health inspector on Friday shut China Sea, 1202 Blue Hill Ave. for a variety of health issues, some of which could have put patrons at risk of a foodborne illness, after a disgusted customer posted a Facebook video of a rat scurrying through its waiting area. Read more.

By - 5/19/15 - 11:49 am

The owner of New Moon Villa Restaurant on Edinboro Street said today he's hiring English-speaking managers and will seek a police detail for early morning hours in the aftermath of an incident last August in which six people were shot outside its doors - one of whom ran through the restaurant, gushing blood, in an attempt to avoid getting shot again. Read more.

By - 4/29/15 - 9:43 pm

Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale is selling mango pies at $25 apiece, with all the proceeds going to aid for Nepal:

One of our dear staff members is from Nepal and has been dealing with the numerous tragedies and after effects of the recent earthquake that has shaken their beautiful country. In light of these events we teamed together with our local Nepali friends to make our famous and sometimes elusive Mango Pie!

By - 4/13/15 - 10:59 am

The Boston Licensing Board last week granted Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue permission to buy the beer, wine and liqueurs license from Estragon on Harrison Avenue in the South End.

At the same time, the board awarded Estragon a full-alcohol license under a state law granting Boston extra licenses for certain traditionally under-licensed neighborhoods and city "Main Street" business districts.

By - 4/8/15 - 11:00 am

Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue leans tomorrow whether it can buy a beer-and-wine license from Estragon on Harrison Avenue.

The deal is contingent on Estragon replacing the license with one of the new all-alcohol licenses approved by the state legislature to spur restaurant development in neighborhoods that have been losing liquor licenses to downtown and the waterfront.

The Boston Licensing Board votes on the dual license applications tomorrow morning.

By - 3/12/15 - 6:29 pm
Water closet sign in Chinatown

Meg Krench snapped a photo of this unusual restroom sign at Dumpling House in Cambridge, wonders how folks would caption it.

By - 12/25/14 - 11:54 am

Is this the year Chinese food and a movie jumped the shark for Jews on Christmas? With national media now making an annual ritual of Christmas Chinese food story (how come nobody ever writes about another Jewish tradition on Dec. 25: Filling in for Christian co-workers so they can have the day off?), more and more Christians are looking to join the fun. It's enough to make a foreign-policy chromedome at Tufts kvetch:

So, my dear Christian readers, I beg of you: On the day honoring the birth of your messiah, go to church. Or stay at home. But please, I implore you, defer going to a movie or grabbing some kung pao chicken until Dec. 26. On Dec. 25, leave Jewish Christmas for the Jews.

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 - 12/9/14 - 4:47 pm

A Harvard Business School professor goes nuclear - he's still considering whether to sue - when a Chinese restaurant in Brookline overcharges him by $4.

By - 11/2/14 - 10:17 pm
Golden Temple vehicle collides with trolley

Around 9 p.m., the driver of a Golden Temple delivery vehicle proved unable to gau around a trolley in Washington Square, Brookline. The two vehicles were still there 30 minutes later when Joe Ranft arrived on scene. Rachel Chernick reports:

Driver side bashed up but seems fine.

Naturally, the collision brought C Line service to a halt, but T inspectors used their noodles and ordered up substitute bus service along Beacon Street.

By - 9/12/14 - 2:42 pm

The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to suspend Young Kong's food-serving license for two days as punishment for an incident on Aug. 3 in which a police lieutenant found it open 80 minutes after its licensed 1 a.m. closing time.