The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved an Ontario developer's plans to replace the aging parking garage at 125 Lincoln St. with an 11-story life-sciences building with ground-floor space for a banquet hall - and with plans for 50 to 60 units of affordable housing on Essex Street. Read more.
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The Boston Licensing Board today revoked the beer and wine license for Bubor Cha Cha, 45 Beach St., not because its current owners are involved in a legal tussle over who can run the place, but because they purchased it with an alcohol license that can't legally be sold. Read more.
Shamus Moynihan spotted Old Faithful at South and Beach streets in the Leather District this evening (and yes, he reports he called 911 first before he started recording). Read more.
Tipnar Goon is dead: Not a new thriller, but a fact that could help determine whether a Chinatown restaurant gets to stay open
What started as a 911 call in July about a larceny on Beach Street in Chinatown has spiraled into a licensing issue that could see a Chinatown restaurant lose its right to serve beer and wine - or even to stay open at all. Read more.
Police to add extra officers in Chinatown during violent early morning 'witching hour' after the bars and clubs let out elsewhere
Boston Police told Chinatown residents and business owners that they will soon be assigning six officers to Chinatown between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. - two to keep guard over the Chinatown Gate and four on bicycles to patrol the neighborhood as bars in nearby areas let out and people pour into Chinatown for food. Read more.
Boston Police report two men were critically injured in a shooting near Beach and Hudson streets around 2:30 a.m. and that two out of towners were arrested for the gunfire after proving unable to handle the rotary at Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Read more.
Boston Police report a man who carjacked somebody on Beach Street in Chinatown Thursday afternoon - after first dragging the car's owner for a while - drove over to Steriti Rink on Commercial Street in the North End, behind which he jumped into the inner harbor and then foundered there for awhile until Boston officers and State Police could get him out of the cold water. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Hei La Moon on Beach Street has posted signs on its doors that it'll be moving into the smaller Food Opera food court that is supposed to be replacing Chau Chow City, but which has run into financial difficulties.
Hei La Moon is on the first floor of that old parking garage off the Greenway that a Toronto developer wants to replace but keeps changing its mind about just how to do so.
Man already paroled for murdering somebody in Chinatown when he was 17 to get second parole hearing on whether he should be freed on lesser charges
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for a triple shooting when he was 17 should get an immediate parole hearing on the lesser charges that are keeping him behind bars even after he was paroled on the murder charge. Read more.
Boston is chock full of historic buildings. But not all of them are immortalized in poems or have plaques that explain why they're historic. Some require digging up research on your own - such as the building at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Beach Street in Chinatown, today home to the Corner Cafe Bakery and a Vietnamese sandwich shop. Read more.
A nearby resident reports being awoken by the sound of gunfire shortly after 3 a.m. Live Boston reports police found at least seven shell casings - and a partially loaded magazine - on Beach Street at Oxford Street.
The gunfire came about an hour after a disturbance on Beech Street at Lincoln Street, on the other side of the Greenway: Read more.
UPDATE: They've' re-opened.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Gourmet Dumpling House on Beach Street has been locked up by state officials for non-payment of taxes.
Jacob Long forwards this photo of a snow Darth in the making in the Leather District, where a guy built a snow Bat Man last spring for his kid.
You can see the final Snow Darth in the comments.
A developer yesterday showed off preliminary plans to convert 17-23 Beach St. - home to the Pho Hoa restaurant and the 1970's-style Mass. Medical Office sign - into apartments aimed at working-class Chinatown residents. Read more.
The owner of a small Beach Street bakery admitted today that he and his employees bought food-stamp credits at half price and then used the holders' EBT cards to purchase supplies at other Chinatown food stores. Read more.
Boston Police report a man wielded a knife and a cane in an attack on two other men around midnight on Oct. 7 on Beach Street.
Both victims were taken to Mass. General for treatment.
Stanley Staco reports two people were stabbed around 9:10 p.m. at Beach and Lincoln streets.
A city health inspector yesterday ordered Bubor Cha Cha, 41 Beach St., to shut immediately after an inspection found a variety of violations, including pork and fish left out on counters too long, raw food stored above ready-to-eat food, fruit flies and hand sinks being blocked by boxes - and not having any hot water.
Also, hot egg rolls were being stored at temperatures that weren't hot enough.
The restaurant can re-open after a re-inspection shows the problems have been fixed.
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