Posts for November 19, 2012

False Alarm?: Hostess and Union Back at the Bargaining Table

Friday's news of the potential closure and sale of the Hostess company and its iconic snack-cake brands sent the internet spinning with nostalgia, laments, stories of Twinkie hoarding, gloating by healthy food advocates, etc. Well, it turns out there's still a chance the company will be saved, and maybe they were just showing they weren't afraid to sell it all off in the face of major financial problems and a stubborn union. As the Times' Dealbook site is reporting, a federal judge has pushed Hostess and the bakers union back into mediation this week, and the two sides have agreed to meet one last time on Tuesday to try to come to a deal to avoid 18,000 layoffs and a complete closure of the company. If they can't reach an agreement, Hostess will again seek approval of their close-out plan beginning Wednesday, which includes the sale of the Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Ding Dong brands, and the closure of multiple plants. [NYT, Earlier]

Wings Over Will Open in Under Two Weeks


Good news, wing fiends: Amherst's popular Wings Over will open two branches in the area by the end of the month, per a posting on Craigslist. The chainlet will open in Boston and in Arlington, and we're guessing the concept will really take off, thanks to the success of the Brookline and Somerville locations. "In this day and age of appletinis, hummus, lettuce wraps and the like, every now and then you just need let your inner caveman out," they say. How can you not love 'em?

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Watch Fake Guy Fieri Respond to the Times Takedown Review

It didn't actually air over over the weekend, but Saturday Night Live blocked out and rehearsed a "Weekend Update" segment with cast member Bobby Moynihan adopting his best Guy Fieri schtick. Fake Fieri, like the real one, is a little incensed and ultimately hurt by the incredibly bad New York Times review, and the one-liner defenses he manages to crack range from "My food is best served through a cloud of weed smoke" to "If you come in expecting Le Cirque, then you're a Le Jerk." Click on through, and feel his pain.

He'll hit you with a faceful of Donkey Sauce. »

Anthony Bourdain: The First Person to Try Bronwyn?

What's in that?

T.W. Food's Tim Wiechmann catered the swanktastic after-party for Anthony Bourdain's Boston appearance at Symphony Hall on Friday night, and he posted some luscious photos of the meal on his Facebook page. In addition to T.W. Food's specialties, Wiechmann served up some delicacies that will appear at his forthcoming Bronwyn europub in Union Square (like sausages ... lots of sausages).

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Saus Does Deep-Fried Thanksgiving (for Charity)

If you crave deep-fried turkey but don't have room for it on your menu (Aunt Agnes would be scared, etc.), make tracks to Saus. They're doing a special deep-fried Thanksgiving feast until November 21, all for a good cause.

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A Break-in at the Buttery

Universal Hub reports that Shawmut Ave.'s Buttery was robbed over the weekend. Thief Juan Maddox, who injured himself on a door while doing the deed, purloined a computer, a coffee maker and a label maker. He then tried to sell his wares at a nearby 7-11. Slick! [UH]

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