April 7, 2013
“Plaid shirt, beard, winter hat, skinny jeans, a man purse. An excerpt from How to Accessorize like Every Dude in Allston.” @sarahiscrazy
“Homeless man just poked me, I am now one with the city.” @Maddiewashere
“When you walk into FroyoWorld Frozen Yogurt Lounge in Allston you feel like you are in Disneyland http://b.globe.com/17bLdWD” @BostonGlobe
April 2, 2013
The Bangkok Bistro wants to move to the site that Naked Pizza occupied for a few months and has been empty since early last year, except for a short stint as Elizabeth Warren’s local campaign office. Right now the restaurant operates in Cleveland Circle, the proposed location is 344 Washington Street in Brighton Center.
Other than that, it looks to be one of the quieter meetings at the BAIA this Thursday, with only a presentation from the Allton Brighton Community Development Corp. and the monthly report from the BPD. More meeting details here.
ADDITION: I omitted that at-large city councilor and possible mayoral candidate Felix Arroyo will also be speaking at the meeting.
March 26, 2013
The plans for a 450-seat Russian restaurant at 14-20 Linden Street are on hold for now, at least until the owners meet with Allston Civic Association and the BPD. The Zoning Board of Appeal deferred yesterday’s schedule hearing to May 7, according to Adam at UH.
This expansion almost certainly would require approval from the Licensing Board.
March 24, 2013
The ever-evolving Russian Benevolent Society at 14 Linden Street, Allston wants to become a 450-seat restaurant and lounge with live entertainment, as well as adding a patio that would accommodate 90 patrons. It started out as a private social club, but has gone from that to serving the public three days a week, and last year to a seven-day-a-week operation. Apparently there was a steam room in the building as of 2010, but no mention if this is still part of the operation. The hearing will be Tuesday, March 26 at 9:30AM before the Zoning Board of Appeal in City Hall.
February 14, 2013
The Stockyard Restaurant, a local landmark for over forty years, opens tonight under its new owners. It’s great to see the place back in business.
January 8, 2013
The endless push to keep every bar, restaurant and fast food joint open as late as possible continues. The McDonald’s on Soldier’s Field Road, next to the IHOP, wants to extend its hours, opening at 5AM instead of 6, and closing at 2AM instead of 11. They already have a 24-hour drive through. Anyone who has been to the IHOP after midnight, especially on a weekend, knows what a drunk-fest it is. We do not need more establishments that will keep people in the neighborhood well into the morning hours, or serve as a magnet for communities that have early closing hours. The hearing is tomorrow before the Licensing Board.
December 4, 2012
Up this Thursday at the BAIA’s meeting:
The Stockyard’s new owner continues his quest to acquire all the licenses he needs to reopen the restaurant.
More than one hundred new apartments may be coming to 75 Brainerd Road, Allston.
And for those who want their pets styled for the holidays, a proposed pet supply store at 20 Market Street will also offer do-it-yourself canine washing space.
Full agenda and meeting time and location here.
September 5, 2012
The Brighton Allston Improvement Association’s September meeting is crammed with stuff, including a major presentation for the redevelopment of the old Cleveland Circle movie theater, a new liquor store at 1550 Commonwealth Avenue, and a Mexican restaurant up the road at 1620. More information here, the meeting will be held this Thursday night at 7 PM at the Elks in Brighton Center.
July 28, 2012
Mike Conlon, the new owner of the now closed Stockyard Restaurant property, will be attending the Brighton Allston Improvement Association meeting on Thursday, August 2. Also on the agenda are requests to open a massage spa, a medical office and convert a two-family to a three-family.
July 11, 2012
The Stockyard Restaurant, a Brighton landmark for years, has closed. Not much to report, except that employees were notified by phone on Monday. I was a lunch regular, there about once a week or so. Maybe ten years ago I saw former state treasurer (and before that, a Brighton state rep) Bob Crane dining with former Boston mayor Kevin White. I was always treated well there, and wish the staff the best.
June 7, 2012
The BAIA’s monthly meeting will discuss a request to open a Subway sandwich shop at 1440 Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton. Also on the agenda is a proposal to build a single family home at 8 Gordon Street, Allston. They meet tonight, June 7 at 7 PM, Brighton Elks, 326 Washington Street.
June 3, 2012
A Domino’s Pizza employee was punched, fell and knocked unconscious when a group of five people decided they didn’t like the fact the pizza parlor had no public restrooms. This Allston location was recently granted an extension of its closing hour to 3AM. Thank goodness the company offers health insurance.
May 30, 2012
Allston is about to get a vegan ice cream shop, Nomu (no moo, get it?). The lactose-free emporium will be located on Cambridge Street in Union Square. The neighborhood sure has changed.
Brighton Cattle Yards, circa 1850. Image via Brighton Allston Historical Society.
May 24, 2012
The Avenue Bar & Grill at 1249 Commonwealth Ave. in Allston has won an extension of its closing hour to 2AM. Coverage of yesterday’s hearing by Universal Hub is here.
May 8, 2012
Dash Cafe has opened in Brighton Center, on Henshaw Street next to the police station. Breakfast, lunch and take-out are offered, and a brunch menu will be added for weekends starting the end of May.
April 26, 2012
For months now, sushi addicts have been posting on Twitter, wondering when Maki Maki, an all you can eat buffet-style restaurant would open. According to Grub Street Boston, the place had its opening party a few days ago. I tried to call a couple of times, no answer, so be forewarned, they may not be serving every day of the week.
April 21, 2012
Eater Boston has a round-up of reviews on the Lone Star Taco Bar in Union Square, Allston.
April 5, 2012
Allston’s iconic Twin Donuts gets a rave write-up in the Boston Phoenix. (photo courtesy of walknboston)
April 3, 2012
Pino’s Pizza, which has been serving slices in Cleveland Circle since 1962, is celebrating its half-century mark by offering a 50% discount on their entire menu today.
March 29, 2012
The Allston Domino’s Pizza will be allowed to make deliveries until 3AM. The hearing was held this morning.