The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans by Mei Mei to open a cafe - and a new dumpling factory - at 58 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports China House on Hanover Street has shut down.
Richard Auffrey, who's already chronicled the history of Chinese restaurants in Boston, goes across the river to recount the story of Chinese restaurants in Cambridge, with a bonus trip up Rte. 2 to Fitchburg.
Chinatown restaurant to lose liquor license for a day after getting found with underage drinkers two nights in a row
The Boston Licensing Board today ordered a one-day suspension for China Pearl/Shojo's liquor license after BPD licensing detectives found underage drinkers with fake IDs on Oct. 21 and then again the very next night. Read more.
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.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let a Chicago hotpot restaurant open up on Cambridge Street in Allston using the beer and wine license it hopes to buy from a defunct pizza place in East Boston. Read more.
And, yes, they have glassware that looks like you'd expect at a tiki bar. Richard Auffrey reports he likes Wusong Road, vows to return, says next time he might even try the New England Chop Suey - "Ma La spice, grilled tomato 'bolognese', home-made shanxi maoerduo noodles, spring onions, crispy garlic chips and Thai basil."
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.
Small Chinatown restaurant was a front for a big money-laundering and stolen-gift-card ring, feds charge
The owners of China Gourmet, 23 Tyler St. in Chinatown, and six alleged accomplices were indicted this week on federal charges that they ran a ring that laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars - some trucked up from New York City at the bottom of shipments of meat and seafood - and collected stolen gift cards, which they'd redeem by buying hundreds of computers and other items at the Apple Store at South Shore Plaza in Braintree. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Salem Lowe at Salem Willows, which has served chop-suey sandwiches for 50 years, is closing forever next month.
Diners on Hudson Street in Chinatown could soon have three new options for getting a drink with their food
The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans by three restaurants on Hudson Street to purchase liquor licenses from shuttered restaurants elsewhere in the city. 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.
I'm thinking about a great little dive in Watertown called "Home Taste." Or maybe I'll go all traditional and head down to Chinatown!
Tips are appreciated.
Richard Auffrey details the background behind the sign on Hudson Street for the China Pavilion, a restaurant that hasn't been open since 1990.
Scotch 'n Sirloin | Sahara Syrian Restaurant.
Intrepid fact finder Richard Auffrey, though, finds the facts to dismiss the claim by the long gone Bob Lee's Islander on Tyler Street.
Flaming Grill and Buffet on American Legion Highway (in the Stop & Shop mall) re-emerged today in its true nature as a Chinese buffet. Read more.
Update: Board issues two warnings to restaurant over the incident.
The owner of New Moon Villa on Edinboro Street in Chinatown had to answer a citation today for a Nov. 10 incident in which licensing detectives found three patrons dancing inside while sipping from the bottles of tequila and cognac they brought in with them - half an hour after the restaurant was supposed to be shut due to the state's current Covid-19 regulations. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the demise of Chic Chick on Brighton Avenue.
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