Workers have been busy on Washington Street near West Roxbury Parkway revamping the drive-up Dunkin' Donuts as a plain Dunkin', part of the chain's longstanding attempts to get us to try more of its non-coffee/non-donuts stuff.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Chilli Duck on Boylston Street has closed, saying it could not earn enough to pay the rent the landlord now wants.
The Boston Licensing Board is considering rolling back closing time at La Gran Manzana in Central Square and Bohemios and Billares Colombia on Bennington Street from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. because of repeated problems, including fights, car crashes and OUI arrests in the hour before they now close. Read more.
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded at 1:40 a.m. to Tasty Burger, 69 L St., for a blaze that did an estimated $150,000 in damage and shut down the take-out eatery. The cause is under investigation.
There were no injuries.
Daniel Guzman alerts us that Diarmuid O'Neill is changing the name of his almost eponymous Centre Street restaurant from Eat with Jack O'Neill to the Squealing Pig - the name of the two other restaurants he owns. The mural on the side with the old trolley version of Centre Street and of Dapper O'Neil shaking hands with his former boss James Michael Curley, painted back in the West Roxbury Pub days, remains.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Maiden, which offered oysters and charcuterie, has closed its doors forever.
A sushi place in Brighton Center goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday for permission to let customers bring in their own wine and beer. Read more.
La bibliotequetress reports:
Oh, no! Went to beloved Boston Shawarma on Washington St for my ritual Sunday work lunch & it's closed! Sign in window says lease ran out 4/25. That means 2 empty storefronts side by side--landlord plans?
A Watertown man who was already facing charges of lying to the state Department of Revenue and the IRS about how much money he was making at fried-chicken take-out places in Roxbury and Chelsea now faces a new charge that could see him stripped of his US citizenship. Read more.
Gracie's in Union Square spoke for many this morning: Read more.
Margaret Pimentel is all set to open her Achilitos Taqueria, in the new building at 38 Hyde Park Ave., where YMAA used to be, but both the mayor's office and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council asked the Boston Licensing Board today to defer action on her request for a food-serving license until after she can meet with the council to discuss her proposal. Read more.
An investigation into a triple stabbing at the Burger King at 280 West Broadway on Feb 5 has reached a dead end because none of the victims - two of whom initially said they knew their stabber, with whom they'd started an argument - want to cooperate with police, Sgt. Det. Kenneth O'Brien told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing today. Read more.
Boston Magazine reports that Bertucci's has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which means the chain can stay open - but can renegotiate leases and stuff, and might close some additional outlets. Another pizza chain based in the area (Uno's - yes, Uno's is headquartered in West Roxbury) has used Chapter 11 in the past.
Jamaica Plain News reports the impending arrival of a new store on Centre Street that will specialize in chocolate and freshly roasted nuts. Cacao will open in the space between the Same Old Place and Chilicates.
The Dorchester Reporter surveys the scene at the Pit Stop, the barbecue place on Morton Street in Mattapan.
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