Category Archives: Dining

Are the Franklin Cafe South End days numbered

Franklin Cafe South EndLate last year Franklin Southie closed and now rumors are swirling that the days of the South End location may be numbered. This listing for 276 Shawmut which includes 6,000 square feet of residential and restaurant space is currently for sale.

David DuBois emailed me yesterday after I inquired about the potential sale and he said, “The landlord has listed the building on MLS. He is wanting to retire and selling all his property. It does not involve the Franklin“.

Considering the success of DuBois chain of Tasty Burger restaurants (its 5th location opens tomorrow at the Back Bay T station)  I’m not quite sure what to make of his response – even though I want to believe him.  Restaurant owners rarely level with me about their future plans.  The Franklin Cafe is a longtime neighborhood favorite, but this neighborhood has changed and maybe the lure of growing a nascent burger chain is of more interest. Time will tell. Anyone with details can contact me at

Tipping etiquette

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I’ve been known to vary widely with my tipping; taking extra offense at bad or rude service and adding extra $ when the service is personal or coming from someone I feel like I know. I’ve had people mostly from outside the US reach out to me with questions about tipping in the past so when I saw this chart assembled by I thought I’d share it.

Jae’s Cafe in the South End may be replaced by new restaurant

Jaes Cafe South EndBoston Restaurant Talk blog wrote that Jae’s Cafe on Columbus Avenue in the South End may cease to exist and be replaced by a new restaurant called Shun’s Kitchen.  I have a lot of happy memories at this restaurant but haven’t been there in quite a while.  I thought I’d share the news with my readers who may also have similar happy memories of this restaurant.

…According to a licensing board page within the City of Boston website, Jae’s Cafe in the South End of Boston is seeking to transfer its stock and have new officers, directors, and shareholders for the space, with the Columbus Avenue restaurant being replaced by a new spot called Shun’s Kitchen. If the request is approved, this will be the final location of Jae’s to shut down….Jae’s Cafe, which first opened in the South End approximately 25 years ago, has been known as a spot to get a variety of  Korean, Japanese, and Thai dishes, along with other Asian fare.

The address for Jae’s in the South End (and the proposed Shun’s Kitchen) is 520 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

You may read the full blog post on Boston Restaurant Talk here.

Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel Taco Tuesday

Andy HusbandsAndy Husbands is making his Taco Tuesdays an all day event at his South End restaurants, Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel starting Cinco De Mayo.

In honor of Cinco De Mayo, next Tuesday both restaurants will be open at 11:30 a.m., serving their $2 Tacos until closing so take advantage of the cheap lunch and score a seat early; people watching is always great on Tuesdays at Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel.

Taste of the North End – tickets give away

The Taste of the North EndThe Taste of the North End – one of Boston’s most popular festivals of food – is taking place on Friday, May 1st.  The popular event includes more than 35 North End eateries, showcasing a wide array of appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts, accompanied by plenty of wine and beer. is giving away a pair of tickets to this year’s Taste of the North End.  The winner will be randomly drawn on Thursday, April 30th for the foodie festival that takes place on Friday, May 1st from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Should you not win this contest, tickets can be purchased for $99 each on their website, here.

How to Win a Pair of Tickets to the Taste of the North End:  Every time you send a Tweet to @BosGuy using the hashtag #TOTNE I will enter you in the drawing, starting today through Thursday, April 30th.  Then on Thursday afternoon I will announce the winner, so please be sure you are following @BosGuy so I can DM you if you win.

Example Tweets (feel free to get creative):
Hey @BosGuy I really want those #TOTNE tickets for this Friday!

I really need those tickets to #TOTNE for date night. Help me @BosGuy!

.@BosGuy I want to live La Dolce Vita! Give me those #TOTNE tickets.

Remember: The more you Tweet the better your chances.

Boston Chops two year anniversary party

Boston Chops Anniversary PartyLast night Boston Chops rolled out the red carpet (literally) to celebrate their 2nd anniversary.

The party included great food, plenty of alcohol and music. The friendly crowd was comprised of past and present staff, patrons and neighbors. Below are some photographs that Sergio snapped on my behalf from last night’s party.

Thank you to everyone who posed for a photograph and congratulations again to Brian, Chris and the Boston Chops team on the second year anniversary.

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Boston Globe reports Eataly will open in Boston in 2016 at the Prudential Mall

BostonFollowing rumors that were reported a few months ago that Mario Batali was looking to open a third US location for the Eataly chain here in Boston, one day after his Babbo Pizzeria opened in the Seaport, The Boston Globe reports that Battali’s Eataly is close to signing a lease at the Shops at Prudential Center.

Early plans call for the marketplace to take over the existing food court at the Shops at Prudential Center. Eataly will add a street-level entrance with a cafe, leading up to the marketplace and connecting to a new building under construction on the Pru property. A new rooftop restaurant and brewery, seating up to 300 people, will be added above the space currently occupied by the food court.   Saper said plans for the Boston Eataly may change and his team has yet to sign a lease with Boston Properties Inc…Eataly hopes to open in mid- to late-2016, he said.

You may read the full article in The Boston Globe here.  I’m bragging a bit too since I told Eater Boston that this was the year Eataly would come to Boston. Mario Batali