Finally, new prospect for business at old Savin Hill corner store

This building at 102-110 Savin Hill Ave. was once home to a busy variety store, but has been boarded up in recent years. Photo by Bill Forry

A vacant eyesore at the prominent intersection of Savin Hill Avenue and Sydney Street may finally get a new lease on life in the coming months. A convenience store magnate has entered into a long-term lease agreement with the building’s owner, Anthony Desmond, and intends to open for business as soon as renovations can be completed.  Read more

Nominees sought for Dot's Favorite Restaurants— a Reporter survey

Reporter Staff
Jul. 16, 2012

Favorite Restaurant Survey 2012Favorite Restaurant Survey 2012We want to hear from our readers about their current Dot Favs when it comes to eating out in the neighborhood. The Reporter is preparing its first-ever Dorchester's Favorite Restaurant survey. And we want your nominations for the best places to dine out in Boston's biggest and best neighborhood.

Post your nominations on our Facebook page — or if you prefer to fly under the radar a bit, shoot an email to We'll take the nominees and present them in an online poll at starting next week! Send in as many nominees as you'd like— we'll have a number of different categories in our poll, from best pizza and Asian to Caribbean and pub fare. Spread the word!  Read more

Wahlburgers: Bring It on Home to Dorchester

The Patriot Ledger reported this week that Wahlburgers, the popular eatery in the Hingham Shipyard, is looking to expand to a second location somewhere in the Greater Boston area. The restaurant is an aptly named venture of the Dorchester neighborhood’s most celebrated family, the Wahlbergs. Mark and Donnie— the most well known of the clan— have a role in the business, which is managed day-to-day by Paul Wahlberg.  Read more

Top-flight chef brings food passion to non-profit

Elizabeth Murray, Special to The Reporter
Jul. 5, 2012

Chef Tim Williams

After spending 11 years as a chef at Legal Seafoods, Tim Williams is starting anew at Community Servings, a non-profit food service based in Jamaica Plain. Williams, who was the regional executive chef for six Legal Seafood restaurants between Philadelphia and Washington D.C., decided to make a change when his wife’s job was transferred back to Boston.  Read more

New cafe in Adams Corner in sync with iced coffee craze

PS Gourmet Coffee: Owner Jim Fallon, second from left, is shown with employees Katelyn Keeley, left, Lauren Karski and Adams Corner store manager Debbie Shaughnessy, far right. Photo by Bill ForryPS Gourmet Coffee: Owner Jim Fallon, second from left, is shown with employees Katelyn Keeley, left, Lauren Karski and Adams Corner store manager Debbie Shaughnessy, far right. Photo by Bill Forry

It took just over a year for the owner of P.S. Gourmet, the popular South Boston coffee shop, to get his second location outfitted and ready for business in Adams Corner.

There’s still a lot to be said for being fashionably late.

The café opened just before Dot Day and in a matter of days the store’s signature yellow coffee cups have become the latest craze in the neighborhood, especially among the under-30 set. It’s a demographic that store owner Jim Fallon, who has run the flagship location in Southie since the mid-1980s, is banking on.  Read more

Finneran weighs in on Walker win in Wisconsin, Brown-Warren showdown

Former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who recently left his radio job at WRKO, appeared this week on WBZ-TV’s “Keller At-Large” show to chat about Wisconsin politics and the local US Senate race.

Finneran, a Mattapan Democrat, said the Wisconsin election, in which Gov. Scott Walker remained in place despite a recall pushed by union leaders furious over a cutback in collective bargaining rights, was “relatively unique” and doesn’t apply to Massachusetts.  Read more

Davis dives in as new president at Carney Hospital

Andy DavisAndy DavisThe new president of Carney Hospital is a 41 year-old native Floridian who grew up in a two traffic light town and was the point guard for his high school and college basketball teams.

Andrew Davis has long since traded in his high top sneakers for wingtips. But he and his 6-foot-7 frame have been engaged in something of a full-court press in Dot and Mattapan since he took the helm at the Carney on May 7. Davis has been spotted at the First Parish Church banquet, the Mother’s Walk for Peace and in a Lower Mills village meeting with merchants.

And when he marched up the avenue alongside Carney’s float in Sunday’s Dot Day parade, he was seen pressing the flesh like a candidate for the US Senate.  Read more

City sends letter with suggestions for proposed sober housing in Lower Mills

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 1, 2012

The head of the city’s legal department this week sent a letter to the operators of a proposed sober housing business in Lower Mills, warning them that documents they provided to city officials cites one law that does not exist and another that does not apply in Boston.

William Sinnott, corporation counsel for the city, also noted in the letter that one of the buildings the operators are leasing is a former funeral home and may require a zoning change.  Read more

Gaming chief in Dorchester for June 7 business breakfast

Stephen Crosby, chair of the state Gaming Commission, is the guest speaker at Mt. Washington Bank's annual business breakfast on June 7. The breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m. at Venezia Waterfront Restaurant on Ericcson St. in Dorchester.

Crosby was the founding dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. The former political operative has worked for Democrats and Republicans, including Gov. Paul Cellucci and Acting Gov. Jane Swift. He also served on Gov. Deval Patrick's transition team.

Vietnamese soup has become signature dish in Dot

Meena Ramakrishnan, Special to the Reporter
May. 31, 2012

A Dot Ave. stapleA Dot Ave. stapleThrow a stone from the Field’s Corner MBTA station, and you’re most likely to hit a Vietnamese restaurant serving some of the best Pho the city has to offer. Pho (pronounced fuh), a fragrant and flavorful noodle soup, is the Southeast Asian country’s most popular soup dish, and it has also found a fond place in Americans’ stomachs and hearts.

According to, a website devoted to all things Pho, there are over 2,000 Pho restaurants across the U.S. and Canada. Dorchester certainly contributes to this figure, boasting at least eight in the neighborhood.  Read more