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