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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…

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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, and for delivery.  We are also offering family sized platters.  Please visit our websites at and for more information. Thank you.

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City Considers Expanding Sidewalks; Opening Lanes to Pedestrians and Cyclists to Maintain Social Distancing

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh discussed creative ideas to maintain social distancing in public spaces as the City looks toward reopening plans during a media briefing on May 11, 2020. The City has been looking for ways to expand space for pedestrians, small business customers, cyclists, and bus commuters. Starting at 7:25 in the video, Mayor Read More…

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North End Restaurants Open for Pick-Up and Delivery

As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to evolve, local restaurants are doing what they can to adapt until the shutdown is lifted. Gov. Baker recently extended the closure of non-essential businesses through May 18, 2020. This reference guide has been updated to show the current status as of May 6, 2020. New entries include Read More…

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City Council Discusses Relief for Restaurants: Liquor Licenses, Reducing Delivery Commission Fees

Restaurants and bars are among those businesses most severely impacted by the government’s COVID-19 shutdown restrictions. Due to physical distancing directives and stay-at-home advisories, restaurants have been forced to transition to pick-up and delivery services only, putting many in jeopardy of never being able to open again. As these businesses are integral to Boston’s neighborhoods Read More…

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Reader Poll: Should Hanover Street Trade Car Traffic for More Dining Space?

How will restaurants and other businesses return to normal (whatever the new normal may look like) once the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end? A recent article in the Boston Globe highlights different ideas by local tourism, restaurant, and hotel leaders to bounce back once the public health crisis subsides. One idea supported by the Read More…

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Restaurants: Proposed New Liquor Licenses “Slap in the Face” During Pandemic

This week’s Boston City Council hearing on adding 150 non-transferable liquor licenses for underserved neighborhoods became heated as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could put many existing alcohol licenses on the secondary market from many restaurants expected to go out of business. With all Massachusetts restaurants and bars ordered closed for on-site service as of March Read More…

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Libertine Brings “Free-Spirited” Bar & Restaurant to North End’s Salem Street

The North End’s Salem Street has a new and expansive bar-centric destination with this month’s opening of Libertine. The restauranteurs were inspired by the free-spirited nature of the name (Libertine is defined as one devoid of restraints; a dissolute person or freethinker). The eclectic theme is readily evident in both the drinks and food menu. Read More…

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Neighborhood Milestone: 10th Anniversary at Ducali Pizzeria & Bar

Friends and neighbors gathered to celebrate ten years at Ducali Pizzeria with owner Philip Frattaroli and his family. State Senator Joe Boncore joined the occasion which featured a dramatic cake, complete with Ducali colored (blue and yellow) filling inside. Shown above, (L-R) Kelly and Philip Frattaroli, Sen. Joe and Christine Boncore. The name “Ducali” comes Read More…