The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Giacomo's, 355 Hanover St., to add tables with a total of 20 more seats on the second floor, and by Forcella in North Square to expand into a neighboring space and add 12 seats. Read more.
Some North Enders have been grumbling for weeks about the loss of parking spaces along Hanover Street as restaurants ready their pandemic-inspired outdoor patios for their official opening tomorrow. One fuming citizen filed a 311 complaint this morning abut the way some of the barriers just don't stop: Read more.
DiPaola talks heaters, tents along Hanover Street.
For the second time since the start of the pandemic, the Boston Licensing Board called in North End restaurant owners to urge them to do a better job breaking up lines of hungry people and ensuring their workers wear their masks properly.
But in a Zoomed hearing this afternoon, the board also laid out requirements for restaurants to add heaters to their expanded patio spaces along sidewalks and in parking spaces as the city expands patio season through December: Read more.
Most North End restaurants are complying with state and city Covid-19 regulations, but those that aren't can expect to have their new patio areas shut immediately, city licensing officials told restaurant owners today. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board has scheduled an emergency hearing for tomorrow on "the numerous complaints" both the board and ISD have gotten about lack of compliance with state requirements for social distancing, facial coverings and sanitizing and with city regulations allowing restaurants to put seats on parking spaces out front during the current state of emergency. Read more.
Mayor Walsh said today that city transportation planners have started looking at expanding sidewalks out into the street, at least temporarily, to give restaurants and other businesses more room to conduct business as the weather gets nicer and they're still constrained by Covid-19 social-distancing requirements. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday revived a lawsuit over who gets to use a three-foot-wide alley between 204 and 206 Hanover St., just around the corner from Cross Street, ruling that a Superior Court judge had made a legal error in granting sole rights to the owners of one of the buildings. Read more.
High-end family dining is coming to the North End. Jennifer Royale says her Table by Jen Royle "private dinner club" at 445 Hanover St. will feature large bowls and platters that diners seated at the two long tables will pass along as they go from course to course. Read more.
Boston Police report they are looking for these two guys for a beatdown that started around 10:44 p.m. on Aug. 25 on the downtown side of Hanover Street, then continued on the Rose Kennedy Greenway before they finally fled.
If they look familiar, contact detectives at 617-343-4527 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports Mayor Walsh is asking Starbucks to withdraw its proposal for a Venti-sized Frappuccino joint at Cross and Hanover streets as an affront to the North End's culture and history. Read more.
Boston Police report arresting a Malden woman twice in three hours yesterday, first for allegedly shoplifting stuff at the CVS at 318 Hanover St. and then for trying to grab an employee's purse at the District A-1 station after she was done being booked for the shoplifting. Read more.
Via NorthEndWaterfront.com comes Rocco Capano's interviews with a number of North End cafe and restaurant owners about their opposition to a proposed Starbucks on Cross Street at Hanover, at the entrance to the neighborhood. Read more.