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The Weekender: Parla Open for Business, Scare at Marathon Finish Line, Waterfront Plan and Local School Upgrades

The Weekender is a weekly compilation of the most popular posts on for some weekend catch up.

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Photo by Matt Conti.
Photo by Matt Conti.

Take a Peek Inside “Parla,” an Italian Speakeasy Opening in Boston’s North End [Photos & Menu]

A fresh new restaurant has opened on Hanover Street in the North End. Sure to bring a new dining experience with “bold ingredients and even bolder spirits” this Italian speakeasy has an Italian influenced mix of dishes with a craft beer menu, an all Italian wine list and a cocktail selection.  View the menu and photos.

Draft plan for Boston Harbor Watersheet in Downtown (BRA)
Draft plan for Boston Harbor Watersheet in Downtown (BRA)

Downtown Waterfront Public Realm and Watersheet Activation Plan Draft Released for Public Review

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has released their draft planning document for the Downtown Waterfront. Focusing their plans at the Northern Avenue Bridge, Harbor Towers, Long Wharf and Central Wharf (Aquarium), and the Boston Harbor watersheet itself. Seeking to address climate change, sea level rise, and storm surges that will threaten the waterfront down the road. View the post

NEWRA Opposes 2:00 a.m. Closing Hour Extension Request by Goody Glover’s

Seeking to extend their closing hour to 2:00am, Goody Glover’s sought the approval of the North End Waterfront Residents Association. Their proposal was voted down by a convincing margin, despite 11 year owner, Dan McMyler, saying that he loses business to the Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market bars that have 2:00 a.m. closing hour licenses. View the post

North End restaurateur Frank DePasquale plans to open an as-of-yet unnamed seafood restaurant in June, photo by: Kerry J. Byrne
North End restaurateur Frank DePasquale plans received neighborhood support to open up a new Seafood Grille at 1 Mechanic Court, photo by: Kerry J. Byrne

Acqua Seafood Grille at Mechanic Court Receives Supportive Vote For Expanded Restaurant From Residents’ Association

North End restauranteur Frank DePasquale will be adding another addition to the restaurant scene in the neighborhood. The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) voted 28-6 in support of a proposal regarding a zoning variance proposal for Full Comp. Inc., d/b/a Acqua Seafood Grille, at 1 Mechanic Court. The total seating for Acqua Seafood Grille will consist of 48 seats inside and 48 seats at the outdoor patio in the back off the building abutting the Sumner Tunnel ramp. View the post

Backpacks Detonated at Boston Marathon Finish Line

One sensitive subject among Bostonians was brought back to like on the one-year anniversary of the Boston marathon bombings. Through articles, videos and photos, get the inside scoop of the two unattended backpacks detonated by police near the finish line. Continue reading

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Expanding the Eliot School Campus and Renovating the Former N. Bennet St. School [Video]

Check out the video of a recent community meeting hosted by Boston Public Schools regarding the planned expansion of the Eliot K-8 Innovation School and the renovation of the former North Bennet Street School properties. Hear the project, property renovation and construction schedule. Read more

Enjoy the weekend and have a wonderful Patriots Day!