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Back Bay to get Cornish pasties

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a food-serving license to a proposed Cornish-pasty restaurant on Mass. Ave. off Marlborough Street.

Brandon Volkenant is planning a full sit-down restaurant centered on the one-pound meat pies - although he told the board today he'll have vegetarian versions as well.

"They're traditional English meat pies that miners would take down into the mines and eat lunch," he said.

He added, however, he will be making a change in the traditional recipe: His crusts will be smaller - and edible. Traditionally, he explained, miners would leave the crusts of their pies down in the mines for the souls of all the miners who had died there.

The mayor's office and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay both supported the proposal.

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We were on the Queen Mary and met this fellow who runs meat pie trucks in England. He was loaded! We told him that there was no such thing in the US and he was trying to convince us that we should start up a meat pie business here. We declined.

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They feature the Aussie version, but also very good. I could live for a long time on just their corn&rice salad.

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I guess he's never been to the UP of Michigan...

https://michpics.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/pasties-a-up-tradition/

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Is the most important question.

Also, in the UP they sell "pasty meat" which is whatever meat they had to grind for pasties.

Pasties are … amazing. Yes, 1000% yes.

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to start singing "A Little Priest" from Sweeney Todd.

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I'm pretty sure I walked by the "Coming soon: pasties" (or words to that effect) sign a few months ago. Did they put up the sign without having the license?

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At least for restaurants that are just going for a food-serving license, is that they wait until a couple weeks or so before they're ready to open and then go for the food-serving license.

Barring neighborhood opposition or something bizarre, like the applicant trying to hide a gun conviction from the board (saw that happen once), the board always grants the license.

So, no, nothing unusual about them putting up a "Coming Soon" sign; means they're probably pretty close to opening.

This is in contrast to restaurants seeking liquor licenses, which, among other things, have to win approval from both the city licensing board and the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which can take weeks, sometimes months.

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The g string must weigh a ton.

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Boy, did I ready Pasty wrong. :-)

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I love pasties! This is a well needed addition to the Boston food scene.

Used to go up to the UP all the time!

YES!!!!

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I thought the Squire was getting Cornish pasties.

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But I see what you did there.

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What is a cornish pie?

(yeah I know I can google.. but answer me so others can read)

Every time I hear "Cornish".. I think of Cornish New Hampshrie (which is near my hometown). Or those little chickens you buy (Cornish Game Hens).

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Cornish as in from the county of Cornwall in Southwest England. Traditionally, they were a big mining town and the handheld pies were particularly popular with the workers there.

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Traditionally, he explained, miners would leave the crusts of their pies down in the mines for the souls of all the miners who had died there.

This sounds like the kind of bullshit that just keeps getting passed along because a long time ago someone said something like "why ain't ya eatin' yer crust?" and the guy said "it's to appease the spirits" and everyone thought it was a good answer for the superstitious but went about eating their crusts.

Otherwise, I just imagine that there's like a shit ton of mice, mold, disease, and other crap that would find the crust too appealing to just be left alone "for the spirits" rotting in an ever-growing pile of crusts. And guys dying under mine collapses due to piled up crusts. Or whatever. It just seems stupid and likely just passed along as a tale.

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