Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Two new buildings are planned for the space at Belvedere and Dalton Streets.
The developers for two development sites adjacent to the 14.8-acre Christian Science Plaza in Back Bay, has filed a letter of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority regarding its plans to two new buildings on Belvedere and Dalton Streets. The letter, dated June 12, can be accessed here. According to the letter, developers Carpenter & Company, Inc. and Pritzker Realty Group, LLC, intend to construct one approximately 712,500 square-feet hotel/residential structure with restaurants and one residential structure with some retail space that would be approximately 237,500 square feet. The project would also include about 4,300 square feet of new open space and a proposed redesign of the intersection of Belvedere and Dalton Streets, …
Monday, June 3, 2013
Boston Globe reports the Forum will have many changes once it reopens.
There is one business in Back Bay that has not yet reopened following the Boston Marathon bombings April 15, and it's the Forum on Boylston Street, according to the Boston Globe. Owner Euz Azevedo told the newspaper he is awaiting new furniture and carpeting while going through the insurance process before he will reopen. The damage caused by the second bomb blast was so extensive that Azevedo said shrapnel became embedded in the walls, ceiling and floor. Azevedo is working to get the restaurant up and running again with changes to the interior and the menu. However, the Globe reported Azevedo doesn't know when the reopening will take place.
Back Bay Japanese restaurant matched the sales of two Boston specialty rolls for the Boston Marathon victims fund.
Haru, a Japanese restaurant in Back Bay located a block away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, recently announced they donated more than $20,000 to the One Fund Boston. According to a statetment, Haru started the fundraising initiative on April 24. They pledged to donate, and match, 100 percent of the sales from their Boston unCommon and Back Bay specialty sushi rolls to the One Fund Boston. Haru said they sold $10,332 worth of the specialty rolls, bringing the total of their donation to $20,664. Here's more about the specialty rules: Boston unCommon Roll - crunchy spicy salmon, tuna, avocado, mango, black tobiko and gold leaf Back Bay Roll - gold leaf, mango, avocado, tempura flakes, spicy red and white tuna
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The Boston Herald reports those who were in nearby restaurants at the time of the bombings are making an effort to pay their tabs.
When the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon took place, hundreds of Back Bay restaurant and bar patrons were forced to evacuate the area, leaving behind thousands in unpaid tabs. According to the Boston Herald, those patrons have been making an effort over the last month to pay back those bills. Tony Castagnozzi, owner of the Rattlesnake Bar, told the newspaper he's recouped about $1,200 from the over $3,000 in unpaid tabs at the time his establishment was evacuated. A few customers at the Charlesmark Hotel at the time of the bombings have also settled up, according to the Herald.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A "Spectacular LobsterBake” will be held June 5 to benefit Karen Rand.
The Boston Herald reported that a fundraiser will be held next month by Summer Shack for an employee who was severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. Karen Rand, office manager for Summer Shack, which has a location in Back Bay, lost a leg when the first bomb went off near the finish line on Boylston Street. Her friend and former co-worker, Krystle Campbell, was one of three people killed April 15. The restaurant will hold a "Spectacular LobsterBake" at its seasonal location on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor June 5, according to the Herald. Tickets will be $100 and 200 will be sold. To make reservations, call 617-520-9501, extension 1022.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Four business presently occupy 205 Newbury St. purchased by Boston firm UrbanMeritage.
The Boston Herald reports city real estate investment firm UrbanMeritage has purchased the five-story commercial building at 205 Newbury St. for $8.06 million. According to the newspaper, the building holds International Poster Gallery, frozen yogurt spot Tasti D-Lite, hair salon Peter & Yerem and interior design firm Eugene Lawrence & Company. This is the second Newbury Street property purchased by the firm in the last month, according to the Herald, which reported they bought the building at 79 Newbury St. for $10 million.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
After losing revenue due to the bombings and fallout, area hotels are bustling once again, according to the Boston Herald.
Despite the loss of thousands of dollars due to cancellations and lockdowns, many Back Bay area hotels are getting back to normal in the weeks following the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a Boston Herald article published Wednesday. The Westin Copley Place lost about $500,000 in revenue, the Fairmont Copley Plaza's Oak Long Bar + Kitchen lost $25,000 to $30,000 and the Charlesmark Hotel canceled eight days of reservations and lost $100,000 to $150,000, according to the Herald. Despite that, the hotels have been doing strong business since the area was re-opened to the public following the bombing investigation. The Charlesmark told the paper they advertised reduced rates after re-opening last Wednesday and by the end of the day …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Four new stores will open later in the spring.
Boston.com is reporting that four new shops will be opening at Copley Place later this spring. According to the news website, the four shops are Sur La Table, True Religion Brand Jeans, john varvatos and HUGO. Sur La Table is a kitchen hardware store that will be located on the first level while True Religion Brand Jeans will be on the upper level, according to Boston.com. HUGO, a men's and women's clothing and accessories store, and men’s clothing store john varvatos will open on the lower level, Boston.com reports.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The public is invited to a store closing party on March 21.
Thursday, March 14
The following is from Brittany Bang, owner of Audrey's Pet Supply, which will close this month due to a January rent hike. While closing Audrey’s is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do, I believe we have a reason to celebrate everything we have accomplished over the last three years. I will never be more proud of anything than what our little store became in such a short amount of time and I want to make sure we share in our successes together! Please join Brittany & Brad and the rest of the Audrey’s family for a store closing party on Thursday, March 21, between 5:30-8 p.m. We hope to raise our glasses, have some laughs, and share with everyone some exciting new adventures that Brittany and friends are planning as the store …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Internet company agreed to a $7 million multi-state settlement over the unauthorized collection of personal data by its Street View vehicles.
Massachusetts will receive more than $327,000 in retribution as part of a $7 million lawsuit with Google over the company’s unauthorized collection of data during its Street View photography sessions, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Tuesday. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia participated in the suit and the resulting $7 million settlement, according to a press release from Coakley’s office. The lawsuit claimed that while photographing areas for the Google Street View service, Google vehicles collected network identification information sent over unsecured wireless networks as well as "payload data" that was transmitted over the networks while the vehicles were in the area—including the URLs of requested Web pages, …