The Boston Licensing Board today granted permission to restaurateur Robert Weintraub and chef Michael Serpa to open a Parisian-style bistro, called Grand Tour, at 314 Newbury St., at Hereford St. Read more.
The Massachusetts Avenue Bridge and the connecting Storrow Drive were shut this morning when a homeless encampment under the Boston side of the bridge caught fire, sending smoke billowing into the air and bringing firefighters racing from both Boston and Cambridge. Read more.
City councilors Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) and Michael Flaherty (at large) say it's time to curb a proliferating number of road races that tie up neighborhood streets, particularly in the Back Bay, but also in the Fenway and Beacon Hill. Read more.
In perhaps the most walkable neighborhood in a city that once deserved the title "America's Walking City", you still risk your life crossing the street. We should be outraged at the number of crashes like this that occur on a daily basis.
In response to a report out of New York about snarly, out-of-control leaf munchers at that benighted city's salad places, Bostonian salad eaters report that, yes, the lines are longer here as well, but we're better mannered and so are not running amok or cursing out co-workers who made us join them. Read more.
Jonathan Berk joins the Pru in wishing you good tidings for the year to come.
The Globe reports the imminent end of L'Espalier after a 40-year run.
Why, yes, that was Santa dashing through the Charles by the Esplanade today, as captured by Rob Colonna.
As Orange and Red Line riders wearily await new cars, some Green Line riders got to spend time today on one of the new trolleys on that line. Alex Cox boarded the new trolley on its first day in service on the Green Line today.
It's one of 24 new trolleys coming online to add capacity for that fabled day when the Green Line Extension opens past Lechmere.
Roberto shows us the umbrella resting ground for people who try to get across Copley Square on a day like today.
A patron at Top Mix Bar and Kitchen on Norfolk Avenue in Roxbury left her clutch outside, went back out to retrieve it and found it but with $360 missing, then got punched in the face by the man who'd been captured on surveillance video lifting the money, police and the bar's owner told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.
Get 'er up to ramming speed and damn the torpedoes! DF captured the scene on Storrow Drive inbound at the Silber footbridge around 6 p.m. Scroll down the comments for a photo of the truck's contents.
A federal judge today rejected arguments from the operator of a Back Bay garage that even if one of its employees left a large drain hole uncovered, it wasn't liable for a man's injuries when he tripped in it because the hole was so obvious the guy should've known to stay away from it. Read more.
Louise Miller got a dawn look today at the Nova Scotia Christmas Tree on Boston Common - lit up last night - and the towers of the Back Bay.
UPDATE: Union members approve contract.
Unite Here Local 26 holds a vote at the Hynes this afternoon on a possible contract reached with the Marriott chain for workers at seven Boston hotels.
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