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By adamg - 5/26/22 - 11:35 am

The Boston Licensing Board today gave jm Curley on Temple Place downtown permission to expand into the recently closed Wig World next door.

The bar will use the space for a 31-seat space to be called the Wig Shop Lounge, bar attorney Marci Costa told the board at a hearing yesterday.

By adamg - 5/26/22 - 11:06 am

The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans by three restaurants on Hudson Street to purchase liquor licenses from shuttered restaurants elsewhere in the city. Read more.

By adamg - 5/25/22 - 10:29 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a food-serving license to Sandra Russo, who wants to open North End Creamery at 121 Salem St. Read more.

By adamg - 5/23/22 - 2:02 pm
Westbury Restaurant on Centre Street

The yellow sign above the restaurant name says it all: On May 28, the Westbury Restaurant, next to where the bowling alley used to be before the post office moved in, gets a new owner - longtime owner Antonios Sevastos is retiring after serving up breakfast there for more than 30 years. Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/22 - 9:57 am

The owner of a chain of local taquerias is hoping the third time's a charm with an attempt to keep one of his Boston outlets open past 2 a.m. Read more.

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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 - 5/10/22 - 10:47 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans to turn half of the old dentist's office at 389 Neponset Ave., near Minot Street, into an ice-cream shop called Lazy Bear. Read more.

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.

By adamg - 5/9/22 - 1:25 pm

A lawyer for Sound Bites owner Yasser Mirza today denied allegations his client has threatened workers over a Department of Labor overtime investigation, at a hearing at which a federal judge told department lawyers they need to file affidavits or have workers testify on pain of perjury about what's been going on at the Ball Square restaurant best known as a breakfast nook. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/22 - 1:53 pm

Update: Owner denies threatening anybody.

The US Department of Labor yesterday sued Sound Bites Cafe and its owner, Yasser Mirza, on charges he reacted to an employee seeking back overtime pay by threatening to have something bad happen to his family unless he called off federal investigators looking into the issue. Read more.

By adamg - 5/6/22 - 5:00 pm

Mario Batali, who used to come up to Boston to promote his Eataly food court at the Prudential Center, returns to Boston next week for jury selection for his trial on a charge of indecent assault and battery for an incident involving a fan at a now closed bar next to Eataly back in 2017. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/22 - 1:53 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today took no action on requests by the owners of Boston Chops on Washington Street in the South End to sell their liquor license to a proposed parmigiana-based restaurant in Copley Place - and to then transfer the liquor license from their closed Boston Chops on Temple Place downtown to the Washington Street restaurant - because of a lawsuit by their Temple Place landlord. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/22 - 11:47 am
Badawi

The Boston Licensing Board today approved a plan to replace the closed Daily Catch at the Moakley Courthouse with a bar catering to hard chargers who need to rewind with a cocktail in hand as they watch the sun go down after a long day arguing in court or creating new wonder drugs in a nearby life-sciences lab. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/22 - 12:17 pm
Annie Le at licensing-board hearing

Annie Le makes the case for a liquor license.

As the pandemic decimated the restaurant business, Home.Stead Bakery and Cafe in Fields Corner gave up its liquor license to try to save some money. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/22 - 11:42 am
Douglas Bacon

Douglas Bacon explains plans for new restaurant where Regina Pizzeria used to be.

Douglas Bacon, who already owns eight restaurants in Boston, is hoping to turn the former Regina Pizzeria in a historic former train depot at 353 Cambridge St. in Allston into a neighborhood restaurant and bar featuring basic American fare. Read more.

By adamg - 5/2/22 - 11:11 pm
Smith behind the bar

Smith behind the bar with the one installed tap - for Guinness; says more will be online by next week.

Eugene O'Neill's, across from the Forest Hills T stop, plans to throw open its door on May 12, some 4 1/2 years after it closed during the morass caused by the demolition of the old Casey Overpass and construction of the new Arborway. Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/22 - 3:49 pm

Floramo's Restaurant in Chelsea, MA

Boston Restaurant Talk reports plans are in the works to tear down Floramo's on Everett Avenue in Chelsea - where "the meat falls off the bone" - to make way for an 11-story life-sciences lab building.

By adamg - 4/29/22 - 11:53 am
Whole Foods on Beacon Streeet

Photo by Patrick Maguire.

Patrick Maguire reports the Whole Foods on Beacon Street in Audubon Circle at the Brookline/Fenway line is closing this coming Wednesday. He reports a regional manager broke the news to employees this morning.

By adamg - 4/28/22 - 10:31 pm

MassLive reports a robot named "Alfred" is now working as a sous-chef at Bonapita, a pita place in the Star Market strip mall on Spring Street in West Roxbury. No word if he gets paid in cans of motor oil.

By adamg - 4/28/22 - 2:53 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved food-serving licenses for the Public Coffee Co. at 182 Hyde Park Ave. in Jamaica Plain and the Well coffeehouse at 63 Kelly Square in East Boston. Read more.

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