Business

New Dot Ave. bar experience from Van Shabu

By 
Meena Ramakrishnan, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 29, 2012

Van Shabu & Bar: Asian fusion and hot pot on the menu at new Dot Ave. eatery.Van Shabu & Bar: Asian fusion and hot pot on the menu at new Dot Ave. eatery.Looking to satisfy your Asian cuisine cravings, get your fruit cocktail fix and watch the game? As of January, there’s only one place on Dorchester Ave. to do all three.

Van Shabu and Bar on Dorchester Avenue near Savin Hill has become the local destination for Asian fusion fare and will soon be one of the few spots in the neighborhood to offer sushi. Karen Diep and her husband own the restaurant and sports bar, which opened in January to a very positive response.  Read more

Lopez the Florist marks 50 years in Adams Village

The Lopez family: Don Lopez, center, flanked by his two sons Mike, left, and Donnie. The fourth-generation florist business celebrated its grand opening on Adams Street on March 15, 1962. Photo by Bill ForryThe Lopez family: Don Lopez, center, flanked by his two sons Mike, left, and Donnie. The fourth-generation florist business celebrated its grand opening on Adams Street on March 15, 1962. Photo by Bill ForryThe framed photo on the wall of Don Lopez’s office captured the moment when — fifty years go this week — his father, Bernie Lopez, officially opened the doors of his new florist shop at the corner of Adams and Saranac streets. Bernie, who learned the trade from his dad — a Sicilian immigrant — moved the family business to Adams Corner from Roxbury after being displaced by an urban renewal project.  Read more

Dot House finds dental chief close to home

By 
Melissa Tabeek, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 15, 2012

Dr. Trang NguyenDr. Trang NguyenAn eight-year old girl in Vietnam had a toothache that was causing her an intense amount of pain. Her mother gave her money to go find a doctor to fix her tooth. The little girl found a dentist, and after the visit, the pain was gone. A seed had been planted.

Dr. Trang Nguyen —who has recently been named Director of Dental Services at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center (DHMSC) — was that little girl. She has wanted to be a dentist ever since that first fortuitous visit.

Nguyen has had a lengthy journey from when she was eight years old and where she is today, though. She emigrated to Dorchester from Vietnam in 1991 with her mother, father, and two siblings.  Read more

Proposed law would track hiring on state funded job sites

By 
Melissa Tabeek, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 15, 2012

A Beacon Hill committee has endorsed a bill that aims to increase diversity on the site of state construction projects. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Oversight signed off on the bill last week. If it becomes law, it would prompt the state to track if projects are meeting their goals for hiring minority and women-owned businesses and local residents.  Read more

New deal at Ashmont Market; The Georgoulopolous brothers are moving on

Ashmont Market: Peter, Harry, and John Georgoulopolous have worked side by side since 1984. The brothers sold the business to a new family on Monday, but plan to work there in the near term to help with the transition. Photo by Bill ForryAshmont Market: Peter, Harry, and John Georgoulopolous have worked side by side since 1984. The brothers sold the business to a new family on Monday, but plan to work there in the near term to help with the transition. Photo by Bill ForryIt’s less than 24 hours after “the deal” went down and already changes are afoot inside Ashmont Market. Every few minutes, another two-wheeler spins through the front doors piled high with cardboard boxes destined for the nearby grocery aisles. The new management is stocking up and taking charge at the busy corner of Ashmont and Adams.

The Georgoulopolous brothers— Harry, Peter and John— have been fixtures here for 28 years. On Monday, they sold the business and building to the Patel clan, an Indian-American family with a burgeoning empire of neighborhood stores that includes two other Dot stalwarts, Cappy’s (the old Patty’s Pantry on Dot Ave.) and the New Store on the Block in the Polish Triangle.

The Patels are pros in the corner store world and there’s every reason to believe they’ll make Ashmont Market just as successful as their Greek predecessors did.  Read more

Youths call for more funds, jobs in downtown rally

By 
Meena Ramakrishnan, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 1, 2012

Rally for jobs: More than 1,200 students from in and around Boston gathered downtown last Thursday to march with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a Dorchester-based organization. Photo by Travis WatsonRally for jobs: More than 1,200 students from in and around Boston gathered downtown last Thursday to march with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a Dorchester-based organization. Photo by Travis WatsonWith a shortfall in federal funding and the prospect of MBTA service cuts, youth job opportunities are looking bleak. That’s why more than 1,200 students from in and around Boston gathered downtown last Thursday to march with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a Dorchester-based organization that advocates for state-wide youth employment.  Read more

City wrestles with policing its jobs policy

By 
Melissa Tabeek, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 1, 2012

Most companies that win contracts for publicly funded building projects in Boston continue to fall well short of city-mandated minimum-hiring thresholds, according to a Reporter analysis of city reports. The Boston Residents Job Policy (BRJP), a city ordinance, is aimed at ensuring diversity – of Boston residents, minority groups, and females – in work being done with public money.  Read more

St. Mark’s Area group supports single-ward vote on Hub casino

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

The St. Mark’s Area Civic Association met on Tuesday night and voted 11-5 to keep a referendum on a Boston casino confined to the ward in which the gambling facility would be located. The vote followed a discussion among members and a presentation from City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley on the 2011 law allowing the establishment of casinos in the Bay State.  Read more

City takes action in Star Five oil case, rids property of company’s vehicles

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

The saga of City Hall vs. the Star Five Oil Company may have reached a turning point.  Read more

All in the Family: Hiring of noted doctor seen as Carney coup

Dr. Glennon O’Grady, chief of Family Medicine at Carney Hospital. Photo by Bill Forry

It’s far too early to know if Dorchester’s one-and-only hospital can survive and thrive under the for-profit model of its new owners, Steward Health Care Systems. But for those seeking a reliable indicator that Carney Hospital is moving in the right direction, a key appointment announced last month is a positive sign.

Dr. Glennon O’Grady, a New York native who has focused his career around a family-medicine practice, first in Lawrence and then in Boston, has been hired to head up Carney’s Family Medicine department.  Read more