Friday, November 21, 2014

Joshua's Deli in Boston's Financial District Raising Prices in Response to Minimum Wage Increases

The owner of a breakfast and lunch spot in the Financial District of Boston is apparently going to be raising the prices of its menu items because of the increases in the minimum wage that are on the way.

A Twitter photo sent today from @ConciergeBoston indicates a sign is now up at Joshua's Deli on Batterymarch Street that says the following:

"As most of you may know, our own special blend of lawmakers over on Beacon Hill approved a series of minimum wage increases going from $8/hr to $9/hr on January 1st, 2015, and finally ending January 1st 2017 at $11/hr. For my employees, this is kinda cool. As a business owner, this absolutely blows. Costly Labor just got more expensive. Unfortunately, laying off any one of my employees would ruin my business model, and the life of said employee. As such, I am forced to increase prices. The increase will cover the entire breadth of the wage increases, and help offset any price increase from my suppliers (they have all warned me about this happening)."

The note goes on to say that as of January 1, most lunch items will go up by $1.25, with other lunch items--and breakfast items--going up by $1.00, while drinks will remain at the same price.

The address for Joshua's Deli is 44 Batterymarch Street, Boston MA, 02109.

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A Cigar Lounge Is Planning to Return to Boston

It looks like a cigar bar is making plans to return to Boston, though it is not completely certain which now-closed cigar lounge it is.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, a "grand opening of a New Cigar lounge" is happening, with the place currently looking for bartenders and cocktail servers for its "Grand Re-Opening in Boston, Ma." While there has been no confirmation as of yet on which place this might be, it is possible that it could be either Cigar Masters, which closed its Back Bay location on Boylston Street over the past winter, or Churchill's Lounge, a spot near Faneuil Hall that closed in early 2013. (The only remaining cigar bar in Boston is Stanza dei Sigari on Hanover Street in the North End.)

As soon as we find out who is behind the reopening of the cigar bar--and where it will be located--we will post an update here.

[Earlier Article]
Cigar Masters in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

b.good to Open in Newton; Waterfront and Longwood Medical Area Locations Also in the Works

A small local chain of restaurants that features "real" fast food continues to grow larger, with a new location getting ready to open west of Boston and two others possibly opening within the city itself.

The Boston Business Journal mentions that b.good is going to be opening a new shop on Needham Street in Newton and is also working on leases for locations along the South Boston Waterfront as well as somewhere in the Longwood Medical Area near the Brookline border. Once the Newton location opens--and assuming the two proposed Boston locations do--they will join a number of other shops in the area, including in Boston's Financial District, Downtown Crossing, the Back Bay (three), Harvard Square in Cambridge, Bedford, Burlington, Dedham, and Hingham.

The BBJ also says that the b.good chain has been shifting its focus from being seen mainly as a burger spot to one that offers a variety of healthy items (though burgers, fries, and shakes are still on the menu).

The website for the b.good chain is at: http://www.bgood.com/

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Bred Gourmet to Open in Former Mrs. Jones Space in Dorchester's Lower Mills

A new gourmet burger spot is coming to Dorchester, moving into the space where a Southern-style soul food eatery had been until closing this summer.

The Dorchester Reporter states that Bred Gourmet is looking to open on Dorchester Avenue in the Lower Mills neighborhood, taking over the former Mrs. Jones space. According to the article, owner Tambo Barrow plans to offer burgers, salads, and smoothes to a "health-conscious clientele" and that he wants to be seen as a "burger innovator." If all goes well, the new eatery could be opening by the middle of December.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Lower Mills is: Bred Gourmet, 2255 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02124.

[Earlier Article]
Mrs. Jones in Dorchester's Lower Mills Has Closed

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Christo's Building in Brockton Demolished

The building where a landmark restaurant had been for many years has officially vanished from the landscape.

The Enterprise is reporting that the old Christo's property on Crescent Street in Brockton was razed this week, with the plans being to build a new science center for Massasoit Community College in the space. Christo's closed its doors for good at the end of 2013 after being in business for nearly 50 years, though the family recently opened a new takeout spot nearby in Whitman called Christo's to Go! (Another new restaurant from the family could be in the works as well, though there have been no recent updates on this.)

 Christo's was a Greek and American dining spot that first opened back in 1964.

[Earlier Articles]
Christo's in Brockton Is Closing; Plans Underway for Takeout Spot, Smaller Restaurant
Christo's to Go! Is Opening in Whitman

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"Multiple" New Locations of Tasty Burger Are Apparently On the Way

The burger craze appears to be continuing in the Boston area, as it looks like the people behind several local burger restaurants are going to be opening some more locations.

Boston Magazine is reporting that David DuBois and his Franklin Restaurant Group are looking to open "multiple new locations of Tasty Burger" in early 2015, though no specific locations have been announced as of yet. As reported earlier, it looks like one location of the burger spot will be coming to Back Bay Station, with this one (and the others that are apparently coming) joining existing shops on Boylston Street in Boston's Fenway neighborhood, on JFK Street in Cambridge's Harvard Square, and at L Street and East 4th Street in South Boston.

The article mentions that DuBois--who is also behind the Franklin Cafe in the South End, South Boston (which closes soon), and Gloucester, along with The Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar in Fenway--will open a "Franklin-esque concept" somewhere in Boston.

The website for Tasty Burger can be found at http://www.tastyburger.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Tasty Burger to Open in Back Bay Station
Franklin Cafe in South Boston Is Closing; to Be Replaced by Moonshine 152

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