Posts for November 13, 2012

One Bite Closer to Granny's Apple Pie

Softening the blow of a possibly tedious Thanksgiving trek homeward, the South Station branch of Cheeseboy has announced that they'll give free grilled cheeses from now until November 25 to all college students who (a) produce a ticket for travel that day on Peter Pan and (b) order a drink or side. Toppings aren't included, but free Wi-Fi is!

Has the Upper Crust Slung Its Last Pie?

The Globe reports the unsurprising news that the blistered Upper Crust has "abruptly closed most of its restaurants and it is unclear whether the bankrupt pizza chain will be permanently shut down." One Watertown employee said the company is "going through some changes," and nobody's answering the phone at other locations. Don't despair, though; two independent Boston and Brookline locations remain open under the thoughtful, scrupulous guidance of founder Jordan Tobins. [Globe, Earlier]

Bozo the Clown Restaurant Concept Sounds Like a Mess Hall of Nightmares

Nothing creepy about this.Photo: MichaelTutton/Flickr

Restaurant News reports that a Bozo the Clown-themed restaurant and entertainment complex is now under development from Dave Corriveau, the president (and "Dave") behind the Dave & Buster's chain. Yes, that very same Bozo the Clown that you and everyone else hasn't thought about in over a decade. Family-friendly BozoWorld will serve as a circus-themed venue for kids to hold their birthday parties, play games, and generally go bonkers, with plans to "revolutionize indoor family entertainment." Sounds like a good idea, except for one thing: An all-clown restaurant sounds like it will be a pure terror factory for today's kids.

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Bourdain’s CNN Show to Be Called ‘Parts Unknown,’ Gets Its First Promo

The first promo vid for Anthony Bourdain's new CNN show is out, and it looks a lot like No Reservations. The show, called Parts Unknown, is all set to debut this spring, and from the look of things, there isn't a single Cadillac in sight. And a quick programming note: Bourdain will be on Piers Morgan's show tonight to talk about the project. Watch the teaser, straight ahead.

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Abby Lane Plans to Open on Monday, Soft Opens This Week


We hear that Jason Santos's new Theater District restaurant, Abby Lane, plans to debut on Monday, with a friends 'n family soft opening later this week. They'll serve lunch, dinner, and an attractive nacho platter (pictured).

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Watch a Man Actually Propose at the Hong Kong

Soon he'll be drinking a Suffering Bastard.Photo: HK

Bill and Laura met at the Hong Kong three years ago, and somehow they still remembered each other's names the next day! Three years later, they returned to the romantic scene. Here, amid scorpion bowls, gyrating middle-aged men, and sticky floors, Bill proposed to his beloved. Watch the video straight ahead.

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag