The Bus Stop Pub on Western Avenue has its last last call on Saturday, as the development wave continues to crash over the neighborhood. The Lincoln Tavern down the other end of the Guest Street corridor in Brighton is slated to be replaced by condos.
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A fire that broke out in a second-floor apartment at 1 Western Ave. shortly after 7:30 p.m. went to three alarms before it was knocked down by Boston firefighters. Read more.
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded around 2:15 p.m. to 140 Western Ave., where two workers fell about 18 feet at the construction site for Harvard's new science and engineering complex. Read more.
Mayor Walsh and Harvard President Drew Faust get their ceremonial shovels out today to officially launch a $6.5-million upgrade of Smith Field that will include a street-hockey rink, a splash pond, new walking paths, an amphitheater for public performances and upgrades to the existing playground and playing fields.
The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. at the park off Western Avenue.
Stone Hearth Pizza on Western Avenue in Allston has closed for good, Boston Restaurant Talk reports.
Designboom gives us a tour of 273 Western Ave. in Allston, which a pair of Baltimore artists used as a canvas. The house in more boring days.
A different breed of house painters in Jamaica Plain.
A Japanese hot-pot place in Queens, NY, is expanding to Western Avenue in Brighton, taking over the space where the Maki Maki sushi buffet used to be. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to grant a beer-and-wine license to the Trader Joe's under construction on North Harvard Street at Western Avenue in Allston. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let a Jewish-style deli open in Barry's Corner, a locale not currently associated with pastrami or Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray. Read more.
Transit Police charge a man who'd parked in such a way to block an Allston bus stop just could not deal with the fact that forced a bus driver to block him in to let passengers off at the stop, so he went up to the driver's window and punched it hard enough to shatter it, showering the bus driver in glass shards, some of them possibly landing in his eye. Read more.
The BRA board yesterday approved a proposed 132-apartment building at 530 Western Ave., the current home of a long unused Dewalt/Black & Decker repair shop.
The long stalled Harvard Science and Engineering Complex started in 2007, then stopped in 2009 when the economy did a number on the university's endowment.
The revised center along Western Avenue will feature offices for dozens of professors and hundreds of researchers and will have its own power plant. Read more.
A developer wants to tear down the long unused Dewalt/Black & Decker repair shop where Western Avenue meets Birmingham Parkway near Soldiers Field Road and replace it with a six-story apartment building. Read more.
The Boston Fire Department reports the former and long unused MDC police barracks at 525 Western Ave., at Soldiers Field Road caught fire overnight.
The two-alarm fire at what was originally the administration building for a horse track that used to run along the Charles, was reported around 3 a.m. and did an estimated $250,000 in damage. No injuries were reported. Read more.
The venerable Brighton bar is getting new owners, who plan to rename it the Kitchen Sink and completely gut the place to make it more like their Local 149 in South Boston.
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which also owns the Biltmore Bar and Grille in Newton, is paying $400,000 for the Boyne's building and liquor license, but plans a complete interior renovation and a new "eclectic" menu, officials told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.
The owner of McDonald's franchises at Harvard and Comm Ave. and on Western Avenue wants to start opening his outlets at 5 a.m. - and to extend the Western Ave. closing time to 3 a.m. He says he's already taken steps to deal with an increasing problem with methadone patients hanging out at the Harvard Ave. location.
At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, the Allston Civic Association opposed the hour extensions. Association President Paul Berkeley said that with some outlets seeking later hours at night and others seeking earlier hours in the morning, members are "fearful we're just going to become a 24-hour community."
Western Avenue by Everett Street was shut down - and several businesses, including the McDonald's, evacuated - after a nipple on a 12-inch gas main broke at a construction site around 1:10 p.m., the Boston Fire Department reports. The leak was stopped around 2:20 p.m., the department says.
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