Flaming Grill and Buffet, which offers Chinese and American food, and plenty of it, opened Friday in the Stop & Shop mall at 950 American Legion Highway, next to the Walgreens.
The place did well with its fliers and newspaper ads - the large space was busy tonight on only its second day. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports East Ocean City on Beach Street has ceased to be.
The Board of Appeal today approved plans to replace an old pet-care place at the lonely corner of Tremont and Herald streets with a new seafood place that would offer outdoor seating in warmer months. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board today approved its first license for a restaurant to let patrons bring their own beer and wine - to Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board next week holds a hearing on Seven Star Street Bistro's request for a license that would let patrons bring their own beer or wine to drink with their meals. Read more.
A city health inspector has ordered the shutdown of the prepared food section at New York Mart (the old Ming's), 1102 Washington St., until managers fix several violations found in an inspection last week.
According to the inspector's report, cooked chicken and pork were both being stored at 110 degrees, when they should have been at least 140. The inspector also noted heavy grease and soil buildups throughout the kitchen area, including in the hood over the cooking area.
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?
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