Business

NY Times announces plans to sell Boston Globe

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Feb. 20, 2013

The New York Times plans to sell its New England Media Group, including The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, according to a memo to company employees from New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times Company. Sulzberger and Thompson said the sale would “allow us to sharpen our strategic and financial focus on The New York Times brand.”  Read more

Father and son team up to re-make Adams Corner eatery

The Beach House in Adams Corner.

Four years ago, young Dan McDonald decided he wanted to start a new business in his old hometown of Dorchester.

Born on Pierce Avenue and baptized at St. Brendan church, the business school graduate of Boston College had spent four years after graduation working at restaurants on the South Shore and on Martha’s Vineyard. He was eager to open his own restaurant.

He found a storefront in a prime Adams Corner location and soon went about opening his very first restaurant, a neighborhood place he called The Currach Bistro and Pizza.  Read more

Owner: Hi-Fi Pizza will re-open for business today

Hi-Fi Pizza seized, shut down in afternoon raid. Photo by Bill ForryHi-Fi Pizza seized, shut down by state tax officials on Tuesday, will re-open today. Photo by Bill Forry

A spokesperson for the state's Dept. of Revenue says that a seizure order at Hi-Fi Pizza — imposed after a lunchtime raid on Tuesday— has been released after the owner "successfully worked out a payment agreement. The pizzeria's owner, Mike Hatzistefanou, confirmed the news to the Reporter on Friday and said that the shop should be open for business for tonight's dinner rush.

"We're hoping to re-open by 5 o'clock," said Hatzistefanou. "We're in here now clearing out the old food and getting new food ready."  Read more

Patrick poised to sign state work diversity bill

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 9, 2013

Gov. Deval Patrick is expected this week to sign a bill requiring the state to post on a quarterly basis the workforce diversity of contractors working on public projects. Supporters say the bill aims to hold contractors on state-funded construction efforts accountable.  Read more

Just in: Hi-Fi Pizza seizure order lifted amid tax agreement

Hi-Fi Pizza seized, shut down in afternoon raid. Photo by Bill ForryHi-Fi Pizza seized, shut down in afternoon raid. Photo by Bill Forry

UPDATE (Fri., Jan. 11)— A spokesperson for the state's Dept. of Revenue says that a seizure order at Hi-Fi Pizza — imposed after a lunchtime raid on Tuesday— has been released after the owner "successfully worked out a payment agreement."  Read more

Sweet Life fills niche in Lower Mills village

Kristin Ahern worked a graphic designer and photographer before she discovered a passion for baking. She now co-owns and manages Sweet Life in Lower Mills, which opened last August. The restaurant and bakery serves breakfast and lunch. Photo by Bill Forry

Dorchester’s newest eatery and listening post — Sweet Life— is really a few different places in one. At the far end, near the entrance, it’s a bakery, with an assortment of pastries and pies and muffins and breads and cakes squared off and stacked high and gleaming in the bright windows facing Dorchester Avenue. In this corner, Sweet Life baristas serve up coffee and teas behind a single register counter and customers tip their own dairy and sweeteners into to-go cups by the door.  Read more

Mattapan Square Main Streets clears major hurdle, eyes next steps

By 
Tayla Holman, Reporter Correspondent
Dec. 27, 2012

Mattapan Square Main Streets recently received a $9,533.19 from Mattapan United and a $3,500 grant from Carney Hospital with a three-year commitment, putting them just over their fundraising goal of $30,000. They are now hoping for an additional $25,000 to provide the organization with a “cushion” for the future.  Read more

Winter Farmers’ Market opens on Jan. 6 in the Great Hall of Codman Square

By 
Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 27, 2012

Vendors at last year's Winter Farmers' Market in Codman Square.

As New England ushers in winter, the Dorchester Community Food Co-op is gearing up for its second annual Winter Farmers’ Market starting January 6. Running every Sunday through March 24 from noon until 4p.m. in the Codman Square Great Hall, the Farmers’ Market will offer fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, breads, cheeses and specialty foods.  Read more

Building atop JFK/UMass station? Still a possibility, officials say

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 27, 2012

Could the wave of development hitting Columbia Point spark a renewed look at a development on top of the JFK/UMass MBTA station? Some local officials think it’s a possibility.  Read more

Meetinghouse Bank is branching out: Plans to open Roslindale Square office by mid-2013

One of Dorchester’s most deeply-rooted financial institutions is set to expand its footprint in the city of Boston. Meetinghouse Bank, fueled by a first-ever public stock offering that generated millions in new capital, will begin its growth program by opening a new branch location in Roslindale Square by the end of next year’s second quarter.  Read more