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After 40 years, Gerard's still a favorite stop

By 
Sue Asci Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

Putting the customer first has never failed Gerard Adomunes.

Gerard and Ruth Adomunes have dedicated four decades to building their Adams Corner eatery into a neighborhood institution.  Photo by Kristie GilooleyGerard and Ruth Adomunes have dedicated four decades to building their Adams Corner eatery into a neighborhood institution. Photo by Kristie GilooleyAnd after nearly 40 years in business at Adams Corner, Gerard’s Restaurant and Store has the longevity to prove that catering to what the customer wants is a key to success.  Read more

At Tavolo Ristorante, customers spur changes

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 17, 2009

When Chris Douglass opened the doors to Tavolo Ristorante in Dorchester in August 2008, he thought the business model was the perfect fit.

Located on the ground floor of 1918 Dorchester Avenue, the restaurant would offer easy access to the growing number of Ashmont residents looking to live at The Carruth, and also attract other neighborhood traffic, in particular those coming from the Ashmont MBTA station next door.  Read more

What to do with the old cote ford site

The site of the old cote ford building, What to do?. How about a full service black owned and operated Ford Dealership seving the community as well as bringing in revenues from out side the community. Increasing revenue for gas stations and creating jobs.

Proposal two, "Indoor Skateboard Park", with addl' rooms for cyclist and joggers..with indoor shops for parts for skate boards as well as the sell of new ones. with other shops to be determined.

C.F. Donovan's closed; the future is unclear

By 
Sue Asci
Nov. 19, 2009

C.F. Donovan'sC.F. Donovan'sC.F. Donovan's, the popular Dorchester neighborhood restaurant and bar on Savin Hill Ave. across from the T station, was shuttered this week and appears closed. The doors remain locked and the windows are covered with brown paper.  Read more

Lower Mills Stroll on tap this evening

Despite the drizzly weather, it was last year around this time that the first Lower Mills Holiday Stroll surprised organizers by attracting over 300 people, many of whom later returned to patronize shops they had peeked in on.

Tonight’s more elaborate second venture promises to attract even bigger crowds with its freebies, art displays, a book-signing for the new paperback about the Baker Chocolate Company, even free trolley service to shuttle shoppers too weary to “stroll” across the bridge between Dorchester and Milton.  Read more

Police oppose later hours for Blue Hill Avenue restaurant

Boston Police and two city councilors today opposed a request by Tasty Caribbean, 388 Blue Hill Ave. to extend its closing hours from midnight to 2 a.m.  Read more

250 patrons stop by for Ledge's grand opening

"It'll help the neighborhood. It fits." So pronounced one patron at the long-awaited opening last Friday of a new Lower Mills restaurant and bar - Ledge Kitchen and Drinks - on the former site of Donovan's Village restaurant at 2261 Dorchester Avenue.

The introduction of Ledge, as it is called, adds to the growing collections of tasteful and tasty dining options in the neighborhood that offer, clients say, downtown-quality food without the inflated prices and haughty attitudes of Newbury Street or the South End.  Read more

Builder outlines plans for a four-story apartment building in Fields Corner

By 
Mike Deehan, Contributing Editor
Jul. 16, 2009

Plans for a new housing development on Adams Street were presented by the Boston Redevelopment Authority at a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday evening at the Kit Clark Senior Services Center in Fields Corner. The proposed building would be built at the corner of Adams and Dickens streets, at 252-254 Adams Street and would stand four stories tall. The building would provide 15 individual single and two bedroom units.  Read more

Future of Franklin Park Zoo remains in limbo

By 
Mike Deehan and Gintautas Dumcius, Contributing Editors
Jul. 16, 2009

A fiscal tug-of-war between Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature over the future of the Franklin Park Zoo has left the institution’s fate in the balance and some in Dorchester talking about the zoo’s significance to the community and wondering about the effect of it being permanently shuttered.  Read more