Thursday, July 02, 2015

Julep Bar's Liquor License Suspended Indefinitely

A bar in Boston's Financial District has been shut down for the foreseeable future after running into trouble with state regulators once again.

The Boston Globe is reporting that the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has suspended the liquor license of Julep Bar indefinitely after discovering in an April raid that the High Street spot had dangerous overcrowding--at least 440 people, with the allowed number being 280--as well as "numerous" underage women drinking alcohol. The article says that this is the third time the place has gotten in trouble for underage drinking since last November, and that regulators feel it is being run "in a dangerous manner which jeopardizes public safety." If the six part-owners of Julep Bar want the liquor license to be reinstated so it can reopen, they will all be required to meet with the commission together, according to the Globe. (At this point in time, there is no word on what the owners will decide to do, but for now, the bar is at least temporarily out of business.)

The article mentions that one of the owners--Brian O'Donnell, who is the husband of TV design star Taniya Nayak--is also part owner of Broad Street Riot, a restaurant located in the same building as Julep that suspended operations earlier this week; it is not known if its closure is connected in any way to the suspension of Julep Bar's license.

Julep Bar first opened in November of 2011, taking over the space where Revolution Rock Bar had been.

The address for Julep Bar is 200 High Street, Boston, MA, 02110.

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Flame Hot Pot and Szechuan Restaurant May Be Opening in Cambridge

It looks like a brand new Asian restaurant could be coming to Cambridge, and this one could be focusing on spicy hot pot.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a License Commission General Hearing page) that Flame Hot Pot and Szechuan Restaurant is planning to open on Mass. Ave. between Harvard Square and Central Square, taking over the space where the retail shop of Violette Bakers had been until closing last year. (Violette is currently looking for a new space, according to its website.) The article says that the proposed dining spot may be looking to serve Chonqing-style hot pot, a spicy version that includes Szechuan peppers which add a buzzing/numbing sensation to the mouth when eaten. Expect to see the 85-seat restaurant be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week if all goes as planned.

The address for the proposed Flame Hot Pot and Szechuan Restaurant is 1001 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]



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The Puritan Plans to Open in Former Mandy and Joe's Space in Brighton

It looks like a local restaurant group will be opening a new dining spot in the space where another eatery had been for nearly 70 years until closing earlier this year.

According to a licensing board page within the City of Boston website, a restaurant tentatively called The Puritan is planning to open in Brighton, taking over the former Mandy and Joe's space on Washington Street. The manager of the proposed spot is Thomas Devlin of Superior Dining Group, which operates such places as Devlin's, Orleans, Warren Tavern, Barlow's, and other Boston-area dining and drinking spots. (An earlier article from the Allston-Brighton TAB confirms that Devlin's group has indeed purchased the space.)

It is not yet known what type of restaurant The Puritan might be, nor is there an estimated opening date; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Mandy and Joe's, which closed in late March, had been in business since 1948

The address for the proposed Puritan is 328 Washington Street, Brighton, MA, 02135.

[Earlier Article]
Mandy and Joe's Restaurant in Brighton Is Closing

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Will Gilson May Be Opening a Coffee and Juice Bar in Cambridge's Kendall Square

A new eatery is coming to one of the hottest sections of Cambridge, and it appears that a well-known chef and restaurateur is involved with it.

Eater Boston is reporting that Will Gilson (Puritan & Co. in Inman Square) is working with his father David Gilson (of the Herb Lyceum in Groton) to open a coffee and juice bar at 5 Cambridge Center in the city's Kendall Square area, confirming information from a previous article saying that a "chef with a popular Cambridge restaurant" would be looking to open the spot. The as-of-yet unnamed place will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will offer ice coffee, cold-pressed juices, kombucha, and more, according to EB. If all goes as planned, it looks like it could be opening "within weeks."

Will Gilson is also known for his stint as chef at the now-closed Cambridge gastropub Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge, along with a number of pop-up restaurants over the years.

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]



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Update: Licensing Board Temporarily Shuts Down Stats Bar and Grille in South Boston, Will Reopen

[Ed note: This article was updated to reflect the fact that it is a temporary closure.]

A sports bar in South Boston has been closed by the city, though it appears to be temporary.

According to a photo posted on twitter, Stats Bar & Grille on Dorchester Street is now shuttered, with a sign out front saying "Closed! By order of licensing board for the City of Boston." This comes on the heels of chatter within the restaurant industry this week that indeed included talk about the licensing board closing the dining and drinking spot. [UPDATE: According to an article from Eater Boston, it looks like the closure stemmed from some sort of paperwork issue with the licensing office, and that Stats will reopen for lunch today, close again tonight, then be open normal hours starting tomorrow.]

Stats Bar & Grille first opened in Southie in the summer of 2010, joining J. A. Stats Restaurant and Bar on Broad Street in downtown Boston. (J. A. Stats is no longer in operation, with the space now being home to Barney Fanning's.)

The address for Stats is 77 Dorchester Street, South Boston, MA, 02127; its website can be found at http://www.statsboston.com/

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Bunratty Tavern in Reading in Hot Water with Customers, Board of Selectmen

A brand new tavern north of Boston is facing scrutiny on two separate issues only a week after opening its doors.

The Reading Advocate is reporting that Bunratty Tavern in Reading has had to go on social media to defend its policy of not allowing children in the place after certain hours, while also dealing with the Board of Selectmen on how it is serving food. The former issue--in which the spot only allows those under 21 to be in the place until 9:00 PM on weekdays and 7:00 PM on weekends--is facing criticism from some customers, though the Board of Selectmen says that Bunratty Tavern is within its right to have such a policy. What the board does have a problem with is the fact that the spot is not offering a full menu at all times, which violates the town policy for places that serve alcohol. (Reading Town Manager Bob LeLacheur says that the board "didn't expect this," though it is not known what action might be taken, either by the tavern or the town.)

The address for Bunratty Tavern is 622 Main Street, Reading, MA, 01867. Its website can be found at http://bunrattytavern.com/

Thanks to The Passionate Foodie for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Bunratty Tavern Is Opening in Reading

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