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By adamg - 2/29/24 - 12:07 pm

The Boston Licensing Board, which had already given John Tyler one last chance to prove he could actually run a restaurant in the Maverick Square building he co-owns with his ex-wife, voted today to schedule a revocation hearing for its liquor license as soon as possible after receiving word his latest restaurant has failed. Read more.

By adamg - 2/12/24 - 10:27 pm

Sofia's Italian Steakhouse on VFW Parkway just before Spring Street announced tonight its closing for good on March 2. Read more.

By adamg - 1/5/24 - 12:33 pm

The owners of 21 North End restaurants and the North End Chamber of Commerce yesterday sued the city over its 2022 fees for restaurants in the neighborhood that wanted to use public sidewalks and streets for patio seating - and its ban on such patios last year - alleging the Wu administration and a local residents' groups hate Italians for some reason. Read more.

By adamg - 9/21/23 - 11:37 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the closing of Fiorella's Express/Trattoria at 2 Tremont St. in Oak Square in Brighton this weekend.

By Sasha Patkin - 9/17/23 - 11:50 am
Eggplant Rollatine

Eggplant Rollatine. Photo by Sasha Patkin.

If you have ever read or watched a fantasy adventure, you are no stranger to the wonderful world of magical dining spaces. Whether it was a dark tavern or a school great hall lit up with millions of candles, you wanted more than anything to eat there. Or at least, we wanted to!

Enter Antique Table Lynn, which offers from-scratch Italian cuisine and an atmosphere worthy of any reader’s imagination. The menu features pan-Italian dishes and innovative daily specials (example: Pork Belly and Watermelon). Read more.

By adamg - 8/16/23 - 12:20 pm

A woman who says she's been eating prosciutto for most of her 80 years calls into GBH to explain what she says is the ridiculousness of somebody claiming to have slipped on the meat product. You want greasy? Try mortadella, she exclaims.

By adamg - 8/11/23 - 1:12 pm

A New Hampshire woman headed for a free-sample table at Eataly at the Pru last fall says she never made it because she slipped on a slice of prosciutto - and now she is suing over the fractured ankle she says she suffered. Read more.

By adamg - 8/2/23 - 10:26 am

The Boston Licensing Board today approved a new "manager of record" for Monica's Trattoria, 67 Prince St., to replace Patrick Mendoza, who is unable to fulfill the job's duties on account of being held without bail for at least four months on charges he tried to murder somebody on Hanover Street last month. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/23 - 11:28 pm

The Boston Licensing Board has scheduled a hearing at 4 p.m. on Thursday to consider Patrick Mendoza's has the "character and fitness" to operate a liquor-serving establishment now that he is facing charges that include assault with intent to murder for an incident last Wednesday on Hanover Street. Read more.

By adamg - 6/2/23 - 4:23 pm

The owners of five North End restaurants who claimed a fee only North End restaurants had to pay to serve diners on public property was proof Mayor Wu hates White Italian men, even though two of them are women and another of Hispanic origin, this week asked a federal judge to let them drop their lawsuit over the fee. Read more.

By adamg - 3/7/23 - 10:53 pm

The owners of several North End restaurants have amended their lawsuit over the fees Boston charged North End restaurants to set up tables on sidewalks and in parking spaces last year to add a new charge: That Mayor Wu imposed the fees only in the North End because of her hatred of white, Italian men. Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/22 - 12:00 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Ristorante Fiore on Hanover Street is closing - but it looks like the DePasquale family is looking to open a new Umbria in the space.

By adamg - 11/23/22 - 10:04 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that all the stuff inside what is now the former Jeveli's on Chelsea Street is being advertised for auction. The restaurant, which opened in 1924, closed due to the pandemic in the fall of 2020, then never re-opened.

By adamg - 10/26/22 - 10:35 pm
Stefano and Tsedenia Kiros

Stefano and Tsedenia Kiros at hearing today.

The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans by Stefano and Tsedenia Kiros to open an Italian restaurant called Via Cannuccia at 1739 Dorchester Ave. in Dorchester - the former home of an Italian bakery. Read more.

By adamg - 10/7/22 - 12:22 pm

A federal judge yesterday told the owners of four North End restaurants she's inclined to dismiss their suit over a $7,500 city fee to use public sidewalks and streets for outdoor patios this summer, but that as soon as she files a written document stating that, she'll give them two weeks to tell her why the city isn't correct that they have no legal basis for the suit. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/22 - 5:07 pm

Update: Bissonnette and Oringer agreed to change the name of the restaurant to Faccia a Faccia.

When local chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer went before the Boston Licensing Board for approval to open a new Italian place on Newbury Street called Faccia Brutta, which means "ugly face" in Italian, their attorney said they chose the name because they wanted to show that even though they were serious about their food, "they don't take themselves too seriously." Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/22 - 6:37 pm

Joey Lacey, Jenny's third owner since it started serving pizza on Medford Street in 1970, announced today he's closing the doors forever on June 30: Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/22 - 9:12 pm

Did you vote for Biden in 2020? You might want to think twice before dining at Rabia's Dolce Fumo on Salem Street in the North End, because its owner hates you. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/22 - 11:07 am

The Dig finds the lyrical side to the complaint by four North End restaurant owners over the fees they had to pay to use public sidewalks and streets for tables this year.

By adamg - 5/9/22 - 8:08 pm

Four North End restaurant owners say the $7,500 fee they had to pay to extend their restaurants to the public sidewalk is just horribly unfair and so they filed a federal lawsuit against the city today. Read more.

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