... Add that to the list of empty storefronts in our little village. It's almost a joke with people now. Some neighbors say things like; 'What would the village look like with actual stores in those empty spaces? Oh well, we will never know. Will we?'...
NuVo, which started out as Gusto back when Roslindale was a culinary wasteland (you know, like 1999), has closed. Could this be where Roslindale's rumored Ethiopian restaurant goes in? In the meantime, the Birch Street Bistro, Sophia's Grotto and Geoffrey's will continue to hold up the bistro fort.
Down in Hyde Park, the top-hat tuxedo place on River Street is now for rent:
With Jax closing, speculation mounts as to just what could go into the large space. Around the corner at Pazzo Books, Tom Nealon reports he talked to somebody at the building's management company (not the guy from JP with the empty storefronts):
The fellow I talked to (who was quite pleasant) mentioned that because of the make-up of the space, sub-dividing would make it look like a bowling alley; which begs the question, why not a bowling alley? How great would that be? Throw a couple pool tables in there ... I'm getting goose bumps just thinking about it.
Boston Daily Blog has the scoop: The Globe has hired Improper Bostonian editor Veronica Chao to run its City Weekly section.
Boston Police report a trio of thugs apparently called for some takeout, to be delivered to 37 Mendelssohn St., and when the delivery guy showed up shortly after 10 p.m., they stole his money and his car. Police add the three didn't go very far: They found the car on Blue Ledge Drive, basically, just across Washington Street from the crime scene.
Also click on the link to read about a couple of stings - one in which three men were arrested on drug charges on the Common, one in which an alleged bicycle thief was nabbed in Roxbury.
According to the Roslindale Transcript, the Lower Metropolitan Hill Neighborhood Association was scheduled last night to discuss 26 Kittridge St.:
Irresponsible property owner and tenants, frequent noise problems, parties, domestic violence and reports of death threats by the residents on each other; possible illegal property tax exemption on property.
Mattapan's hell house.
Car, money stolen.
Car recovered a couple blocks away.
37 Mendelsson St.
Soon all those cheap suitcases chained together that nobody ever seemed to buy will only be a memory: Jax on Corinth Street is closing up shop, which will leave the Square with only one discount shop and which gets Tom Nealon to thinking the joint might make a good new place for his Pazzo Books:
... It's huge and pretty busted up, but a nice location and plenty of room. ...
Donna Pimental, 46, of Roslindale, charged with unleashing three pit bulls on police trying to serve a warrant. She got bit.
9 Ridge St.
Back up in Boston after years away, Liz goes to Geoffrey's in Roslindale for a little hip yuppie socializing - only to find herself seated next to three guys in Sox caps watching the Sox on the bar TV. Quelle horreur! Fortunately, Liz starts to talk to them.
Stop and Gas. Todd Hicks of Dorchester arrested.
4334 Washington St.
Angela Vazquez, charged with killing her two children, will be arraigned this morning in West Roxbury District Court in Forest Hills, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says. She was originally scheduled for arraignment in her room at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she was brought with apparently self-inflicted stab wounds after police found her and her dead children Sunday.
Angela Vasquez faces two counts of murder for the deaths of her children Dennis Burgos, Jr., 10, and Yasmine Burgos, 12, on Sunday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
Vaszquez remains hospitalized with stab wounds and will likely be arraigned in her hospital room tomorrow. Officials have not yet said how the children died, except that they were not stabbed to death. However, the Roslindale Transcript reports they were poisoned and beaten.
Two children murdered in Roslindale.
stabbed to death dead around 9 p.m.; mother rushed to hospital. 4 Maynard Rd. (off Poplar, near Metropolitan). Police are calling it a domestic incident.
It's the second act of violence in the normally quiet neighborhood in recent days. On Thursday, a man dressed like a Ninja shot a woman inside her Filomena Road home.
Found stabbed to death; mother taken to hospital in domestic incident.
4 Maynard Rd.
Rozzie types remember when Birch Street was the hot place and even the Big Boston Dailies kept writing about the boutiques there and how Roslindale was the New Hotness.
Now, of course, the boutiques are just a memory, and Pazzo reports that Dandelions the florist is moving around the corner, leaving pretty much just the cheese shop between Corinth Street and the Birch Street Bistro (although let's not forget Joanne Rossman on the other side of the bistro):
Shot in the buttocks by man dressed head to toe in black.
If you wander around Roslindale Square (say, while waiting for your chicken-teriyaki takeout at Village Sushi), you might run into these fine ladies - Gala (on the left) and Martha. But don't say hello unless you have a few minutes for a chat - they're very sociable.
I've long wanted to try that tiny breakfast joint next to the Village Bookshop on South Street (one guess from the photo what its street number is) - if for no other reason than I could say I've eaten in every single one of Roslindale's breakfast places (yeah, all five of them, not including the McDonald's on American Legion or the Burger King on Washington). But it was always closed. Finally, sometime over the past, oh, two or three months, it re-opened under new ownership.
Derna's is about about as no frills an eatery as you'll find anywhere. No fancy disco brunch here - not even any whole-wheat toast here. The food is basically exactly what you'd make at home if you weren't too tired (while I was there, a woman sidled up to the counter and when the owner asked if she wanted coffee, she sighed: "Yes, PLEASE!"). You get white toast and you like it (well, or French); you get your choice of eggs and breakfast meats and that's about it. Oh, and home fries. This is not food that will make you ooh and ah, but again, if you've had a long night, well, it's food.
You sit on stools around a U-shaped counter straight out of the 1960s (right down to the boomerangs imprinted on the Formica) - there are no tables. The short-order cook is also the short-order server and short-order cashier, but he cooks things up quickly. Plus, regulars know they can refill their coffee themselves at the Bunn-o-matic - and go behind the counter for an old Herald to read (while I was there, everybody who came in was by themselves, myself included).
It's open every day at 5 a.m. So next time you head over to the Blue Star and it's full and you're just looking for the basics, walk over to Derna's.
Jessica Smith reports she can't hear you (or anybody else) now on Bellevue Hill and on Maple Street, both in West Roxbury, and wonders if there are any other Verizon dead zones up in the higher elevations (all fine on prestigious Grew Hill, I can report).