Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The insurance company will open in 330,000 square feet of office space at 101 Huntington Ave. when its current lease in Fenway expires in 2015.
Back Bay will be the new home for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The insurance company is moving it's headquarters into 330,000 square feet at 101 Huntington Ave. in the Prudential Center Complex when it's lease at Fenway's Landmark Center expires in 2015. The agreement was confirmed on Thursday. The Back Bay location is ideal based on the undisclosed terms of the lease and its proximity to the MBTA, Blue Cross CEO Andrew Dreyfus told the Boston Herald. “At a time when we’re doing all we can to keep our administrative costs as low as possible, 101 Huntington proved to be the most affordable option that will best meet the needs of our business and our valued associates,” CEO Andrew Dreyfus said in a prepared statement. The 25-…
Friday, June 22, 2012
The city's first authentic Mexican restaurant located in Back Bay, will be featured on the new WGBH show Neighborhood Kitchens.
Casa Romero is being featured in a new WGBH series called Neighborhood Kitchens, which goes behind the scenes at ethnic restaurants around the city. The episolde explores Back Bay's first authentic Mexican restaurant in the city this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on WGBH 2. “Boston is so culturally diverse, and the culinary scene is no exception,” series producer Patricia Alvarado Núñez said in a release. “We want to introduce people to the various foods and cuisine that are available to them – without a passport!” The show takes viewers on a culinary tour of Boston’s neighborhoods, cooking with, and learning from, the influential chefs who have spent years perfecting cuisine from around the world and introducing it to the region. It shows how …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The cupcake shop held a special event on Thursday, and opens to the public Saturday at noon. Customers receive one free cupcake all day long!
Sisters and co-owners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes, celebrated the private opening of Georgetown Cupcake on 83 Newbury Street in style. Invited guests enjoyed mini samples and champage. The room was packed with business people, food bloggers and more. The shop opens to the public on Saturday at noon, and customer receive one free cucpake all day long. This is the third location for the sister. In addition to the Washington D.C. original, they opened just opened in SoHo in New York, and are opening in Los Angeles in September. "We try to capture the spirit of the neighborhood we're in," LaMontagne said. The architecture on Newbury Street isn't far from that of the Georgetown original, and there's an …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The IIsraeli-influenced restaurants offers items like falafels, and hopes to start a takeout service soon.
Laffa, an new Israeli-influenced vegetarian restaurant at 31 St. James Ave., is open for business. Serving up items like falafels, the restaurant features eat-in bar stools, but was before the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay’s licensing and building use committee last week with a request to start doing takeout. The neighborhood voted not to oppose the plan, and Laffa will go before the city’s licensing board on Wednesday. It’s currently up and running, but is still catching up on zoning requirements. Laffa is open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and does not serve alcohol.
Monday, June 11, 2012
The new restaurant is being opened by Shish Parsigian of Hi-Rise Bread and Alexander Crabb, sous chef at L'espalier.
Café 47 on 47 Mass. Ave. is being transformed into a new progressive food restaurant with an exciting twist. Co-owners Shish Parsigian of Hi-Rise Bread Company in Cambridge, and Alexander Crabb, who served as the sous chef at L'espalier, have plans for three, five and eight-course meals that will range from simple and affordable, to daring and delicious. The idea is to offer a relaxed, casual environment that feels like “your kitchen away from home” with a refined menu full of creative dishes, Parsigian said. Asta, which stands for Alex and Shish Taste Adventure, will hopefully be open by September. The restaurant will seat about 45, and will serve dinner only, from 5:30 – 10 p.m. Eventually they plan on adding a Sunday brunch.
The Lenox Hotel plans to extend it's patio hours from 10 p.m. to midnight.
The Lenox Hotel hopes to extend its patio hours from 10 p.m. to midnight, and the neighborhood licensing committee is in agreement with the plan. The Lenox also wants to increase the number of people allowed on the 210 square foot patio from four to 10. The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay’s Licensing and Building Use Committee voted to not oppose the proposal, but had some conditions. Do you think it's a good idea? Are you concerned about noise? Voice your opinion in the comments section.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The sisters and stars of TLC's DC Cupcakes will be official open at 83 Newbury St. on June 16.
Georgetown Cupcake is opening at 83 Newbury Street on Saturday, June 16. Sisters and co-owners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes, plan on celebrating with a private opening celebration party that Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. With two locations in Washington D.C., this is the first Boston location and there's another shop in New York scheduled to open in the winter. The cupcakes sell for $2.75 each, and come in flavors like red velvet, chocolate ganache and bubblegum pink, as well as season specials - including white chocolate peppermint, gingerbread, cinnamon spice, and many more for the month of December.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Take a look at the latest news on openings and businesses moving into the neighborhood.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Katie Kottas of Iggy's Bread shows off a delicious-looking loaf.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The British apparel shop blends sportswear with streetwear, and opens May 24. Don't miss their 50’s Americana-inspired Summer Amy Winehouse Collection.
Fred Perry, a British heritage brand that blends sportswear with streetwear for iconic styles, is opening it's third US store in Back Bay. With shops in 50 countries across the globe, and two in New York, the store hosts its grand opening at 301 Newbury St. on May 24. The brand is well-known for its original cotten pique shirt synonoymous with underground fashion and British cool. They've collaborated with a handful of artists and designers including Raf Simons, Richard Nicoll, Emma Cook and Amy Winehouse. The store launches with the Men’s Authentic Summer Collection, the Women’s Authentic Summer Collection, the Kidswear Spring/Summer Collection, and the 50’s Americana-inspired Summer Amy Winehouse Collection. (This was the last …