The Boston Licensing Board today approved a deal with the owner of Icon and Venu on Warrenton Street to shut Icon for nearly a month and Venu for two weeks, partly as punishment for a string of incidents with pre-21 drinkers over the past year, partly to retrain and recertify their staff in how to recognize and bar underage would-be drinkers and how to better disperse crowds at closing time. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Marco Polo deli at 274 Summer St., has closed after a quarter century in business.
The mayor's office today announced that Newbury Street will turn pedestrian-only on July 23rd, Aug. 13th, and Sept. 10th.
Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on those days, the street between Arlington Street and Mass. Ave. will be available for pedestrians to stroll down.
Canal Street will have a similar day on July 8.
Carter Wilkie, former president of the Roslindale Village Main Street board, writes that Target is setting up one of its smaller urban stores in the now former Staples building in its own battle with Amazon for the hearts and minds - and dollars - of millennial shoppers. Read more.
The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission yesterday upheld a five-day suspension levied against Icon on Warrenton Street for serving four underage Tufts freshmen on an April, 2016 night that ended with one of them falling to his death from the Tufts Medical Center garage. Read more.
But the Boston Sun reports some nearby residents question the need for yet another liquor store in the area.
Spotted today at the Forest Hills T stop. The Staples just down Washington in Roslindale, of course, closed a few days ago.
WBUR reports on the opening of Black Market, whose owner hopes to fill some of the void left when A Nubian Notion closed last year.
Xconomy reports that GrubHub has swallowed Boston-born Foodler.
A developer has proposed tearing down the old Rapino Memorial Home and two adjoining, and equally vacant, buildings on Chelsea Street at Maverick Street to make way for a two-story retail building. Read more.
A Boston company that makes greeting cards that pop open into 3D designs is suing a New York company it says has ripped off its work.
In a copyright lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, LovePop, Inc., 71 Chatham St., charges that Paper Pop Cards "has slavishly copied several of LovePop’s designs without LovePop’s authorization, and is selling virtually identical or substantially similar copies of LovePop’s cards on Paper Pop’s website and in retail stores. Read more.
WBZ reports on the new convenience-store battle on East Broadway between the chain and a former franchisee who objected to being forced to sell hot food nobody was buying.
Cambridge Day reports on Gerald Chan's plans for the Church Street theater that has sat vacant since 2012.
South Coast Today reports the Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, the last coal-fired plant in the state, gets turned off permanently today, meaning the main remaining consumers of coal now are a small number of trendy pizza places.
A correspondent who grew up in the South End and who now lives in Roxbury was not at all pleased with the post card he got the other day advertising a house for sale on Greenwich Street. For one thing, that's Lower Roxbury. For another, that's not the "Fredrick Douglas Historic District." Read more.
The Bulletin reports 200 people attended a remembrance for Judie Leon, longtime Roslindale Square businesswoman who died last fall while doing humanitarian work in Lebanon.
The Board of Appeal narrowly voted today to reject a 14-by-48-foot electronic billboard towering above the Massachusetts Turnpike after residents said they wanted fewer billboards, not more, especially not the sort that one resident said would be "glaring through my back windows." Read more.