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By adamg - 2/27/23 - 10:15 am

City Councilors Ricardo Arroyo (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park) and Gabriela Coletta (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) today proposed a "food recovery" program aimed at getting more food to people who can't afford it by reducing the amount of food restaurants, hotels, colleges, sports arenas and event organizers now simply throw away at the end of the night. Read more.

By adamg - 2/25/23 - 12:00 pm
Inside the Busy Bee in Brookline

Patrick Magure takes us behind the counter at the Busy Bee on Beacon Street in Brookline on a Saturday morning: Read more.

By adamg - 2/16/23 - 9:36 pm

Mayor Wu announced today the city is making permanent its pandemic-inspired system that lets restaurants reserve parts of the sidewalks and streets out front for outdoor dining - except in the North End, where residents had grown increasingly cranky at having narrow streets taken up by so many tables and where the city says traffic this summer will be even worse than usual due to a couple of major road projects. Read more.

By adamg - 2/16/23 - 1:44 pm

Patrick Maguire reports that Japonaise Bakery & Café, on Beacon Street on the Brookline side of Audubon Circle, expects to re-open in 45 to 60 days. Owner Takeo Sakan closed it in 2021 for the first extensive renovations since it opened in 1985. He started a GoFundme page both to help pay for the new equipment and to help support the staff during the closure.

By adamg - 2/16/23 - 11:48 am

The Boston Licensing Board ruled today that J.J. Donovan's Tavern in Faneuil Hall Marketplace probably could have handled an incident involving a particularly aggressive patron on Dec. 4 better, but since he was not the one who yanked another customer to the pavement 150 or so feet away, causing possibly permanent injuries, the bar did not warrant any sanctions. Read more.

By adamg - 2/16/23 - 11:17 am

Itadaki, 269 Newbury St. in the Back Bay, could soon be replaced by Pinky's, whose lawyer told the Boston Licensing Board yesterday will specialize in "small plates and street" food "inspired by northern Spain," with some larger dishes, such as paella. Read more.

By adamg - 2/15/23 - 2:02 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports chef Lydia Shire has signed a lease with BioMed Realty to open a new restaurant in its 13-story Seaport Science Center, 601 Congress St. In a press release, BioMed says:

Slated to open in 2024, this new concept will complement the venerable Scampo which Shire opened at the Liberty Hotel in 2008.

By adamg - 2/15/23 - 12:26 pm

Update: Approved, on submission of a written plan on how the restaurant will handle third-party delivery vehicles.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Stillwater owner and chef Sarah Wade open a new restaurant at 197 North Harvard St. in Allston, using the liquor license she would buy from the owner of Our Fathers deli, which closed there in August. Read more.

By adamg - 2/15/23 - 12:09 pm
Joey Arcari

Developer and restaurant owner Joey Arcari says he hopes to open a 40-seat restaurant with "full service American cuisine" in the new residential building he's building at 1121 Dorchester Ave. in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 2/15/23 - 11:39 am

The Boston Licensing Board today began grilling operators of new restaurants how they plan to keep their establishments from becoming street-clogging destinations for food-delivery drivers who insist on parking right out front even if that means double or even triple parking. Read more.

By adamg - 2/9/23 - 5:48 pm

JJ Brannelly's, 4432 Washington St. in Roslindale, yesterday posted a photo of its new, brighter interior. The bar isn't saying exactly when a thirsty and hungry public will be let back in, but it assured long-timers that even with the reno work, it will still offer Keno.

By adamg - 2/9/23 - 12:02 pm

Greg Reibman gets the scoop: Cabot's Ice Cream owner Joe Prestejohn wants to slow down a bit and is selling his place to Kay and Kevin Masterson, who own Johnny's Luncheonette in Newton Centre.

They’re committed to keeping Cabot’s employees, look and feel. They’re committed to preserving the Prestejohn legacy as a place that puts community at its center and Reese’s Pieces on top a Danielle’s Choice.

By adamg - 2/5/23 - 5:26 pm

The Brookline Police Department reports that what might have started as a kitchen fire at Silk Road Uyghur Cuisine, 1398 Beacon St. in Brookline shortly before 3 p.m. turned into a two-alarm fire before Brookline firefighters extinguished the blaze. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 10:57 am

Cheryl-Ann's Bakery,1010 West Roxbury Parkway, long known for its challah, bubkes, rugalach and other kosher baked goods, reports it hopes to re-open this spring, more than a year after a fire forced it shut: Read more.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 1:29 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans for a proposed restaurant at 879-881 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester that would feature Dominican and Spanish food in a large space with 240 total seats, including in a lounge and a function room. Read more.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 11:38 am

The Boston Licensing Board today approved a request for a Panera to stay open 24 hours a day - inside the lobby of Brigham and Women's Hospital at 75 Francis St.

By adamg - 2/1/23 - 3:32 pm

Two investors who are part of a group that has bought up a number of Boston-area dives and their buildings in recent years today bought the building that houses the shuttered Jacob Wirth restaurant on Stuart Street for $5.27 million, according to Suffolk County Registry of Deeds records. Read more.

By adamg - 1/27/23 - 2:20 pm

McDonald's today sued Boston Market, for the second time, over rent it says the chicken chain owes for subleases at Massachusetts Turnpike rest areas in Framingham, Westborough and Ludlow. Read more.

By adamg - 1/27/23 - 12:30 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Comfort Kitchen has opened in a long abandoned comfort station on Columbia Road in Uphams Corner - as a cafe during the day and a sit-down restaurant with a bar at night, featuring "the flavors and ingredients of the African diaspora - global comfort food - connected from Asia to the Americas."

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 4:04 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week canceled the license of La Parrilla on Hancock Street following a hearing at which police said three people were shot in October an illegal after-hours basement club run by the son of some woman in New York, rather than the licensed owner. Read more.

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