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City to do Random Inspections of North End’s Outdoor Dining

Following an emergency hearing with the Boston Licensing Board, North End restaurants will now be subjected to random inspections after the board received dozens of complaints about the recent “Cafe Zones” throughout the neighborhood. The hearing was mandatory for all North End restaurants to address concerns regarding adherence to the board’s regulations and public safety Read More…

Food & Drink Government

Licensing Board Calls Emergency Hearing for North End Restaurants

In response to “numerous complaints received by the Board and the Inspectional Services Department (ISD),” the licensing board has called a mandatory emergency virtual meeting on Wed., June 24, 2pm for all North End restaurants with liquor licenses regarding the outdoor cafe zones. The notice is posted on Boston.gov and posted below. NOTICE OF MANDATORY Read More…

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Indoor Dining, 50% Offices as Step 2 of Phase II Begins Monday; Recent Protests Show Low Infection Rate [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

Governor Charlie Baker announced that restaurants can begin opening their indoor dining rooms on Monday, June 22nd as Massachusetts enters Step 2 in Phase II of the state’s reopening plan. Offices can also increase their capacity to 50% and retail dressing rooms can be visited by appointment. Close-contact personal services such as nail salons and Read More…

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Outdoor Dining Transforms the North End Overnight [Photos & Videos]

Even longtime North Enders who have “seen it all” have been watching in wonderment the overnight transformation of the North End’s streets and squares into European-style cafes and piazzas, complete with umbrellas, plants and even music. After just one weekend, it is clear to even a casual observer that swapping parked cars for dining tables Read More…

Featured Food & Drink Transportation

Cafe Zones Start June 11th Expanding Outdoor Tables to City Streets

City officials have installed “Cafe Zone Starting June 11” signs in front of many restaurants in the North End and downtown Boston neighborhoods this week. Over 500 restaurants filed applications citywide and 200 have been approved so far to place tables in the parking and street areas. Outdoor dining started on June 8th with existing Read More…

Community Featured Food & Drink Meetings

Dolce Cafe Liquor License Transfer Supported by North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council

Dolce Cafe, owned by DePasquale Ventures, made its case for a liquor license transfer at a virtual North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council meeting on Monday, June 8th. Attorney Ryan Gazda of Mcdermott Quilty & Miller LLP represented the proponent. Located at 272 Hanover St, the gelateria formerly held a Beer, Wine and Cordials license during Read More…

Business Featured Food & Drink Government

Outdoor Dining on Existing Patios and Retail Stores Among Phase II Reopenings

Outdoor dining on existing patios, retail stores, childcare facilities and hotels are some of the businesses allowed to reopen as Phase II of Massachusett’s reopening plan begins June 8th. City officials emailed restaurant owners that temporary extended sidewalks/street tables are still under consideration, but have not provided additional guidance. The move is sure to be Read More…

Community Featured Food & Drink

Councilor Edwards: Liquor License Reform Could Help Small Restaurants Recover From Pandemic

City officials met with restaurant and bar owners to discuss the idea of a liquor license purchase/leasing program that would offer immediate financial relief to struggling businesses during a virtual hearing on Wednesday afternoon. The proposal, filed by Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1), would allow the City of Boston to buy (and leaseback) liquor licenses Read More…

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Frustrated North End Restaurant Owners Rally for Support [Video]

North End restauranteurs listened closely to details of Gov. Baker’s four-phase reopening plan and were frustrated to learn that it would be at least until mid-June before indoor dining would be allowed. Even then, only partial occupancy, perhaps 25-50%, would be permitted with the likely addition of strict new guidelines, including social distancing of 6-feet Read More…

Food & Drink Photos & Videos

Neighborhood Photo: North Street Grille Provides Breakfast to MGH Healthcare Workers

North Street Grille in Boston’s North End delivered breakfast to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiac and Thoracic OR Team on Friday morning. North Street Grille recently reopened for takeout and delivery, Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Order directly at bestbrunchboston.com. Photos courtesy of Robin and Dan from North Street Grille. “Neighborhood Photo” is Read More…

Business Food & Drink

Casarecce and Pellino’s Open for Takeout and Delivery

We are pleased to announce that Casarecce Restaurant at 285 Hanover Street will be open for takeout from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. daily starting May 13, 2020.  Call 617-248-3839 for takeout.Use doordash.com, ubereats.com and grubhub.com for delivery.  We are also offering family sized platters.  Please visit our websites at www.casarecceboston.com and www.pellinos.com for more information. Thank you.