The Brookline Police Department reports the facade at Taam China, 423 Harvard St., collapsed overnight. There were no injuries.
First the basement flooded at Ming Tsai's Blue Dragon on A Street. Then a water-main break sent water up into the restaurant's grease traps, causing a second, and smellier, flood. Read more.
Mei Mei Street Kitchen reports that tomorrow it will donate all proceeds from the sale of its signature Double Awesome sandwiches to the Southern Poverty Law Center: Read more.
UPDATE: The restaurant passed a re-inspection and can open again.
ISD ordered MDM Noodles, 351 Washington St., shut earlier this week for violations that included flounder and un-canned Spam not being kept cool enough, cooked lamb not being kept warm enough, a lack of adequate hand-washing facilities for workers and rat droppings on the floor of a closet at the end of the area where hot foods are prepared. Read more.
A Chicago woman in town for a bachelorette night in May wound up spending much of her time in an emergency room after a flaming rum and whiskey drink set her face and upper torso on fire at Crave Mad for Chicken on Kneeland Street, police, her attorney and the restaurant's owner told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.
Flaming Grill and Buffet, which offers Chinese and American food, and plenty of it, opened Friday in the Stop & Shop mall at 950 American Legion Highway, next to the Walgreens.
The place did well with its fliers and newspaper ads - the large space was busy tonight on only its second day. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports East Ocean City on Beach Street has ceased to be.
The Board of Appeal today approved plans to replace an old pet-care place at the lonely corner of Tremont and Herald streets with a new seafood place that would offer outdoor seating in warmer months. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board today approved its first license for a restaurant to let patrons bring their own beer and wine - to Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board next week holds a hearing on Seven Star Street Bistro's request for a license that would let patrons bring their own beer or wine to drink with their meals. Read more.
A city health inspector has ordered the shutdown of the prepared food section at New York Mart (the old Ming's), 1102 Washington St., until managers fix several violations found in an inspection last week.
According to the inspector's report, cooked chicken and pork were both being stored at 110 degrees, when they should have been at least 140. The inspector also noted heavy grease and soil buildups throughout the kitchen area, including in the hood over the cooking area.
Work is well underway to turn a long vacant space in the Stop & Shop mall on American Legion Highway into what would be Roslindale's second sit-down Chinese restaurant. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board today rejected requests from several restaurants in the North End, Chinatown and the South Boston waterfront to serve hard liquor, saying there's no public need in an area already full of places to get a drink. Read more.
Adriana Li notes the profusion of Chinese restaurants in Malden.
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