Monday, April 15, 2013
Check out the top 10 rated restaurants on Beacon Hill, based on Yelp! reviews. Did your neighbors get it right?
Websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their local neighborhood's food critic, praising and damning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. So what do your neighbors have to say on Yelp? Based on Yelp!'s highest-rated star ranking, here are the top 10 restaurants in Beacon Hill. 1. Toscano Restaurant 2. Figs 3. 75 Chestnut 4. Scollay Square 5. Grotto 6. The Paramount 7. Artu On Charles St 8. Tip Tap Room 9. Fins Sushi and Grill 10. Zen Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar Do you agree or disagree with the Yelp! top 10 list? Let us know in the comments' section.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Rumor has it that, with the building lease up, the restaurant, located between Downtown Crossing and the Theater District, will shutter and the comedy club downstairs will relocate.
Downtown restaurant Remington’s of Boston will be closing its doors, along with the Beantown Comedy Club downstairs, according to a Boston restaurant blog. Boston Restaurant Talk reports that, according to a member of the Downtown Crossing Vending Association, the restaurant and comedy club leases will not be renewed, forcing Remington's to close and the Beantown Comedy Vault to search for a new location. The building is located at 124 Boylston St., between the Downtown Crossing and Theater District neighborhoods.
Friday, March 15, 2013
The restaurant will be the chain's first American venture.
The Mongolian restaurant readying to open in the long-vacant Cambridge Street spot that used to house The Spotten Apron is only one step away from opening its doors. "Actually, we are ready in all aspects to open, but....we have to wait (for) the final permit/CV license," said Wincy Chin, the general manager of Little Lamb, the Mongolian hot pot restaurant owned by chain Inner Mongolia Xiao Wei Yang. Little Lamb last month got the zoning board approval it needs to open. The 326 Cambridge St. restaurant will be the chain's first American restaurant. They have 596 eateries worldwide, with 584 in mainland China. The rest are in the United Arab Emirates, Australian, Japan and the U.K. Little Lamb is also now negotiating a lease for a space in …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The public is invited to a store closing party on March 21.
Thursday, March 14
The following is from Brittany Bang, owner of Audrey's Pet Supply (296 Newbury St.), which will close this month due to a January rent hike. While closing Audrey’s is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do, I believe we have a reason to celebrate everything we have accomplished over the last three years. I will never be more proud of anything than what our little store became in such a short amount of time and I want to make sure we share in our successes together! Please join Brittany & Brad and the rest of the Audrey’s family for a store closing party on Thursday, March 21, between 5:30-8 p.m. We hope to raise our glasses, have some laughs, and share with everyone some exciting new adventures that Brittany and friends are …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Internet company agreed to a $7 million multi-state settlement over the unauthorized collection of personal data by its Street View vehicles.
Massachusetts will receive more than $327,000 in retribution as part of a $7 million lawsuit with Google over the company’s unauthorized collection of data during its Street View photography sessions, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Tuesday. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia participated in the suit and the resulting $7 million settlement, according to a press release from Coakley’s office. The lawsuit claimed that while photographing areas for the Google Street View service, Google vehicles collected network identification information sent over unsecured wireless networks as well as "payload data" that was transmitted over the networks while the vehicles were in the area—including the URLs of requested Web pages, …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Jessica Dill has built a loyal client base for her unconventional salon, The Green Room.
When Jessica Dill opened her salon, The Green Room, she wanted something that felt like her living room yet wasn't. After all, she had been operating out of her South End living room, but had to find a new place since her dog liked to eat the hair that fell on the floor. Indeed, her Beacon Hill salon is so cozy that it just has one hairdressing chair. "It's more fun," Dill said of her intimate space. "We just hang out, drink tea." Usually, only Dill, her desk manager, Jason, and a client is in the room, so it could feel more like hanging out than does an appointment at a busy salon filled with chatter and noisy hairdryers. And Dill is plenty familiar with salons. She worked both at Mayfair on the Hill and Pini Swissa Salon before moving …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The redevelopment of the Cambridge Street spot that houses Villa Mexico will begin next month.
Below is an email sent Monday by Julie King, the owner of Villa Mexico Cafe, to her customers about the cafe's impending move from the Grampy's gas station at the end of the month: Hello my dear friends, Well, even though we knew the day would come, it is still very sad to give you this news. On Monday, January 7th, we returned to work from our annual holiday break to receive a message from the land owner. Unfortunately for us, they want to begin their construction next month. This means that we need to leave our little gas station spot by January 31st. Like I mentioned, I knew this would happen. But as many of you know I still hoped to stay here until I could move into a new home and not have a day off. The hardest part for me will be …
Monday, December 31, 2012
It's a new year, and that means more opportunities for businesses to open in the neighborhood.
This year saw the opening of several great additions to the Hill: JP Licks, Dakota Puffin Dog Boutique, noa, two North River Outfitter stores and more. But let's say that for one day, you had control of all the neighborhood's businesses. You could sort through, see how many there were of each type, and decide what other new businesses should come onto Beacon Hill. Do you think the neighborhood needs more grocery stores, coffee shops or cafes? Or new restaurants? What about a movie theater or a new boutique? Share your thoughts in the comments and see what your neighbors think too.
Friday, December 28, 2012
During these economic times, businesses come and go all the time. Tell us which ones you were sad to see go in the comments section below.
It was another year of welcomes and farewells for Beacon Hill businesses. Early in the year, Beacon Hill Framery left Charles Street for Fort Point and the clothing store Vira opened up shortly after in the framery's former home. In the fall, Salon Evergreen, at 28 Charles St., left and Townhouse Beauty Bar opened in the spot. Recently, antiques dealer Churchill & White closed at 122 Charles St., and North River Outfitter expanded into the space. TELL US: What Beacon Hill business(es) were you sad to see close in 2012? Share with us in the comments section below.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Piknik returns from Martha's Vineyard for a second year in a row, and Flowering Rock temporarily takes root.
Edgartown retailer PIKNIK Art & Apparel had such a successful pop-up store at 70 Charles St. last year that he came back for his second holiday season. Judging by Thursday night's crowds at the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll, Piknik is receiving a warm reception during its second seasonal stay. Owner Michael Hunter operates his store on Martha's Vineyard for the majority of the year but moves his wares to Beacon Hill in December to take advantage of the holiday shopping in Boston. Piknik offers a mix of artwork, designer clothing, jewelry and other handmade and specialty goods. Joining Piknik in the alcove of 70 Charles this year is Flowering Rock, which offers blended artisanal teas from Greece. Owner Natasha Makowski said she opened the …