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By adamg - 5/1/22 - 9:04 pm
$30,000 wanted guy

Surveillance photos of the suspects via BPD.

Boston Police reports two people having trouble transferring money to relatives in China got hooked up with a guy who said he could take care of it, but after they handed over $30,000 in a meeting in Kenmore Square, the guy ran away. Read more.

By adamg - 1/13/22 - 10:43 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Garrett Harker, forced out of the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square, plans to open four "food and beverage concepts" in a new luxury building a couple blocks from the hotel at 771 Beacon St..

By adamg - 12/14/21 - 8:40 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man they say walked up to the front desk at the Hotel Commonwealth around 4:20 a.m., gave staffers a gun and asked if they could dispose of it for him. Read more.

By adamg - 11/24/21 - 1:20 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Cornwall's in Kenmore Square has shut due to the Citgo/Whoop construction next door, but that it hopes to re-open in March.

By adamg - 10/24/21 - 8:52 pm
Big whoop in Kenmore Square

Shamus Moynihan's first thought on seeing the illuminated word next to Kenmore Square's better known lit sign was not "Whoop!" but "WTF?"
Read more.

By adamg - 10/5/21 - 1:32 pm

Boston Police alert us:

Fenway Park/ Kenmore Sq. Community Advisory: ESPN will be utilizing a drone this afternoon, in the area of 500 Commonwealth Avenue, through the end of tonight’s Red Sox and Yankee game.

By adamg - 5/30/21 - 10:06 pm

J the roving UHub photographer happened to be in Kenmore Square just after the Red Sox called today's game due to rain.

By adamg - 5/20/21 - 9:26 pm

The Globe reports that Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar and the Hawthorne will be replaced by brasserie, seafood and sushi "concepts" run by some New York concern that runs other "concepts" in places like Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

By adamg - 3/31/21 - 10:27 am

D-Tension - Kenmore Square

Five musicians who had never met got together and wrote four new songs and performed them at the Sinclair, including this ode to old Kenmore Square. Performed in the Before Times, but just released today.

By adamg - 3/18/21 - 3:18 pm

A couple faces charges today that they helped orchestrate a ring that managed to remove more than $1.4 million from several unfortunate people's accounts at banks in Uphams Corner, Kendall Square and Peabody. Read more.

By adamg - 2/17/21 - 11:39 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the two restaurants are seeking to transfer their liquor licenses to UrbanMeritage, the company that runs the retail space inside the Hotel Commonwealth. That usually happens when a property owner or manager wants to keep liquor licenses as they look for a new restaurant operator.

By adamg - 1/14/21 - 1:13 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Cornwall's Tavern has reopened after a relatively short hibernation.

By adamg - 11/6/20 - 12:03 pm

Related Beal, which is re-doing the Citgo Sign block in Kenmore Square, has asked the BPDA for permission to shift about 12,000 square feet of planned ground-floor retail space in one building to laboratory space for the biotech R&D companies it hopes to attract. Read more.

By adamg - 10/21/20 - 9:19 am

With fewer BU students around, the Starbucks at 500 Commonwealth Ave. is calling it quits, at least until next semester, the Daily Free Press reports.

By adamg - 8/11/20 - 10:38 am

Boston Police report arresting eight people - and issuing summons to two more - for last night's attempt to cover at least one side of the Citgo sign with a climate-change banner. Read more.

By adamg - 8/10/20 - 8:13 pm
Citgo sign now a Climate Justice sign

Update: Ten charged.

TJ Connelly got a photo of the Citgo Sign refinished as the Climate Change Sign this evening. Unfortunately for them, they forgot to put holes in the banner to account for the wind, so ... Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 1:37 pm

NPR taks us inside Cornwall's, which had been serving up pints since 1983 in Kenmore Square and which is now trying to adjust to stay afloat.

That includes learning how to make breakfast. Billy's wife, Lauren Moran, who opened a café in the suburbs a few years ago, has been teaching John and J.R. to make blueberry muffins and breakfast burritos.

H/t Kenny Jervis.

By adamg - 6/25/20 - 2:41 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Kenmore Square Uno, the last of its kind in all of Boston, has served its last deep dish. Fans of whatever the chain keeps trying to push now instead of deep dish will have to just head on down to the Dedham Mall now (even their corporate HQ has moved out of town - from West Roxbury to Norwood). The chain has been in financial trouble for years, long before Covid-19.

By adamg - 4/6/20 - 11:48 am
Hotel Buckminster in 1900

Hotel Buckminster in 1900, when there wasn't much else around. Source.

The Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square announced on March 23 that it was closing, but unlike the nearby Hotel Commonwealth, says its closing is permanent. Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/20 - 9:11 am

The Atlantic takes a look on the coronavirus pandemic on air and noise pollution, and talks to a public-health researcher at Boston University, who now gets her exercise while carrying a decibel meter:

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the acoustic environment in Kenmore Square, a busy intersection near campus, is usually about 90 decibels during rush hour. Yesterday, Walker’s rush-hour readings were just under 68 decibels.

H/t Brad N.

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