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By adamg - 6/15/19 - 12:03 pm

A Boston health inspector shut Crown Fried Chicken, 344 Warren St., this week for "gross unsanitary conditions" that included food soils and grease all over the kitchen, some of it "heavily encrusted" on cooking equipment, no soap or paper towels for workers to wash their hands with and rat droppings behind barrels used for collecting grease. Read more.

By adamg - 6/13/19 - 12:11 am
Good inspection form at Park Plaza Au Bon Pain

The Park Plaza Au Bon Pain didn't just put its "A" health-inspection form in its window, it put it in an illuminated frame that really shows off the letter.

By adamg - 6/12/19 - 12:16 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Chef Chow's House on Harvard Street has closed its doors forever and that it might be replaced by a hot-pot place.

By adamg - 6/5/19 - 11:39 am

Joseph Adamo, who has run Joe's 320 Cafe at 320 Spring St., where the Spring Street Cafe used to be, since last fall, hopes the Boston Licensing Board has a spare beer-and-wine license he could use to begin offering dinner. Read more.

By adamg - 6/5/19 - 11:04 am
Old Jacob Wirth

No more piano singalongs: Two restaurant operators are seeking to lease the old Jacob Wirth on Stuart Street and turn it into a more modern sports bar named JW's Sports Bar and Restaurant. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/19 - 12:38 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday deferred action on a proposed liquor license for the Cambria 6 West Broadway hotel now nearing completion so that the building's current owners can explain their plans for a ground-floor lounge and restaurant, second-floor function room and rooftop patio to the West Broadway Neighborhood Association. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/19 - 11:55 am
Future home of Wolfgang's Steakhouse

Steakhouse will moove into this building.

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved plans for a New York-based chain of steakhouses to open its first Boston restaurant at One Boston Place - that hulking modernish office building at State and Washington streets across from the Old State House and the Ames Hotel. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/19 - 11:35 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved plans by Insomnia Cookies to open a warm-cookie storefront on Bromfield Street that would be open until 3 a.m. to serve downtown college students and long-term residents looking for a break from pizza and Chinese food in the witching hour. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/19 - 12:12 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the current owners of the iconic Stuart Street restaurant have filed a request to sell their license to a new ownership group that lists the same address for their proposed restaurant. Jacob Wirth has been shut since sustaining water damage from firefighters putting out a blaze on a floor above it last June.

By adamg - 5/29/19 - 11:26 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Insomnia Cookies open a storefront on Bromfield Street from which it would deliver warm cookies to downtown residents and students up to 3 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/19 - 11:09 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve Bukhara's move from Centre Street to 3698 Washington St., across from the Forest Hills T stop, in the space where Grass Fed and Tonic briefly used to be. Read more.

By adamg - 5/24/19 - 1:36 pm

China Pearl, 9 Tyler St., got a formal warning yesterday not to allow any more pot-infused meals, at least not while such things are still banned in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 5/22/19 - 9:54 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Insomnia Cookies has filed a request to open a late(ish)-night cookie delivery service at 61 Bromfield St.

The company, which already delivers cookies into the early morning to BU students, is asking the Boston Licensing Board for permission to stay open until 3 a.m. on Bromfield.

By adamg - 5/21/19 - 1:37 pm
China Pearl

The Boston Licensing Board could decide Thursday whether to punish China Pearl, 9 Tyler St., for what was promoted as a 4/20 dinner at which guests could enjoy roasted pig garnished with their choice of THC or CBD oil. Read more.

By adamg - 5/20/19 - 12:52 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the under-construction Arsenal Yards (where the Arsenal Mall used to be) will be the first US home of Tori Jiro, a yakitori chain that also serves fried chicken and chicken meatballs for people who don't prefer their chicken in small bites and roasted on skewers.

By adamg - 5/14/19 - 3:29 pm

Boston Magazine reports that John Harvard's on Dunster Street will shut forever at the end of this month.

By adamg - 5/13/19 - 11:21 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the new owners of the old Grassfed are finally getting near to opening, and that they are renaming it the Joint.

By adamg - 5/10/19 - 9:33 am
Rendering of proposed Flint Street farm

Rendering of proposed Flint Street farm from filing with BPDA.

The Urban Farming Institute of Boston is getting ready to break ground on quarter-acre farm on Flint Street in Mattapan, behind the Wave gas station. Read more.

By Rosabri Mejia - 5/6/19 - 9:37 pm
Inside Santia's in Jamaica Plain

Inside Santia's.

On a sunny afternoon, customers come and go at Santia's bakery at 3381 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain. Noise from the kitchen travels into the front of the store; the silver door that connects the two squeaks. The store gets busy at times; the phone rings unceasingly.

"What is this?" asks a young man in a black suit, pointing to a display of hot patties. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/19 - 11:32 pm

Boston Police report an off-duty officer waiting in line at the KFC on American Legion Highway in Roslindale a couple of weeks ago sprang into action when another man rushed up to the counter. Read more.

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