The owner of the long shuttered Tonic says he's negotiating with the owners of a longstanding Wellesley Chinese restaurant to open a new location in his space across from the Forest Hills T stop.
Centre Street near the Roche Center gets all the attention as a restaurant row, but the past couple of years have seen the rise of an interesting cluster of take-out restaurants along Washington Street between Grove and Birchwood streets.
Chau Chow City, 81 Essex St., learns Thursday whether it faces any penalties for an April incident in which detectives say they found four people, at least one under age, drinking alcohol-infused "tea" and playing a drinking game that is illegal in Massachusetts restaurants.
Alex Jones surveyed the damage at the Pu-Pu Restaurant on Centre Street at Landseer this morning.
The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a deal in which the landlord of the defunct Morton's Steakhouse on Boylston Street would sell its liquor license to Boston Beer Works on Brookline Avenue so that Boston Beer Works can in turn sell its beer and wine license to Mei Mei on Park Drive.
Adam Salsman asks:
Where does one get excellent pork buns in Boston?
The Boston Licensing Board says it doesn't have any beer and wine licenses left to hand out, so if Mei Mei wants one for its new Audubon Circle location, it will either have to re-apply and hope it gets lucky or try to buy a license on the open market.
Eater Boston alerts us to a one-day kosher-ish homage to the Chinese New Year at a Chinatown restaurant:
What happens when you mix the Chinese New Year with Jewish cuisine with O Ya/jm Curley alum Mark O'Leary, and then you serve it all at Shojo? You get dishes like luobagao latkes with lox, matzoh ball ramen, and black & white challah, and you only get it for one night.
Jordan Munson asks:
Best place in Chinatown (Boston) to grab a quick ramen lunch?
Jacqueline Church, who lives next door to Chinatown, reacts to some white foodie's rant about how she allegedly only gets authentic food at a Chinese restaurant when she goes there with a Chinese acquaintance - and provides tips for trying things that might not be on the menu:
Donâ€™t assume that Chinese restaurants are trying to dupe you or are interested in serving you bad food. In my experience, they are genuinely happy if someone is curious or adventurous about their cuisine and theyâ€™re proud to share it.
The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm duct fire caused did an estimated $400,000 in damage to a block of stores at 772 Blue Hill Ave.
The department says the fire, reported around 2:45 a.m., was caused by a kitchen fire at Yong Hon:
The Boston Licensing Board this week gave KO Catering and Pies, 256 Marginal St. in East Boston, two more hours in which to serve up its flaky down-under comestibles.
The Australian meat-pie place convinced the board - along with neighbors and city officials - to extend its closing time from 10 p.m. to midnight. City officials and members of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association said KO has proven an asset to the area as the shipyard is revitalized.
There was no such luck, however, for Yong Hon, 772 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester, whose request to extends its closing time from 1:30 a.m. to as late as 2:30 a.m. on weekends was quashed by the board.
Unlike in the East Boston case, city officials rose as one to urge rejection, so that people getting out of bars would have one fewer place at which to raise hell.
City officials are opposing a request by a Blue Hill Avenue Chinese take-out place to extend its closing time from 1:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. weeknights and 2:30 a.m. on weekends.
If anything, Yong Hon, 772 Blue Hill Ave., should be scaling back its hours, representatives of the mayor's office and city councilors Charles Yancey and Steve Murphy told the Boston Licensing Board.
They said Blue Hill Avenue has a problem with people congregating there after the bars close and noted that even Simco now only stays open until 1 a.m.
Boston Police are looking for a skinny kid who pulled a gun out of a backpack and robbed Asian Thai Eatery, 1068 River St., around 7:45 p.m.
The suspect is described as black, very thin, 17 or 18, about 5'9" and wearing a black baseball cap, a black shirt and light blue jeans. After grabbing cash, he ran down River towards Arlington Street. Both the backpack and gun were also black.
Boston Police report delivery men for two separate Chinese restaurants were held up on the same Dorchester street last week.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the owners of the Chinese-food truck will be setting up a bricks-and-mortar restaurant in the Audubon Circle area on the Boston/Brookline line.