It’s the end of an era for yet another Boston restaurant this weekend, as The Living Room announced on Monday evening that its last day of service will be Saturday, Jan. 19. In a Facebook post, the North End restaurant and lounge shared that lease issues were behind the imminent closure. “We would like to thank our past and current staff for all of their hard work and our patrons for their support over the past 15 years!” the post reads. “Please come by this week and toast to the end of an era…..” The waterfront space originally opened in 1998 as Atlantic 101, a seafood restaurant that eventually morphed into its current iteration in 2003. The Living Room was known for being a nightlife destination; with a DJ, couches, and creative cocktails, the bar provided a lively party spot in an area that, at the time, didn’t have much in the way of clubs and late-night bars. John Hauck, owner of The Living Room and president of Atlantic 101, Inc., said … [Read more...] about After 15 years, The Living Room will say goodbye to its North End home
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It’s one thing to dine solo, surrounded by strangers but otherwise confined to your own personal bubble. But going to a restaurant with the knowledge that you’ll not only share a table but also your food with strangers is a whole new ball game. And it’s one that Jen Royle, a sports reporter-turned-chef, is hoping takes off. Table by Jen Royle is scheduled to open in the North End on Jan. 22 in a cozy space that, until six months ago, was a nail salon. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, the restaurant will offer two seatings (around 40 people each) per night, with brunch eventually served on Sundays. Forget making a reservation on OpenTable or Resy, though: Diners can only secure their seat by calling the restaurant or sending an email, which Royle said makes the whole reservation process very old-school. “I’m not even calling it a restaurant,” she said. “I want it to be a food speakeasy.” So what awaits guests who enter this speakeasy? Two … [Read more...] about Jen Royle’s new North End restaurant is a ‘social experiment before it’s a dining experiment’
We shed our coats inside the tiny, dimly lit North End restaurant, placed Dungeon Master cards on the table in front of us, and waited for someone to come by to take our order. “Are you rolling?” asked our server at Parla, and all but one of us nodded. He disappeared behind the bar and came back with a large tin cup and a 20-sided die. “Who’s first?” I have never played a game of Dungeons & Dragons, have never once been invited to a D&D party. The cards, which we had asked for on previous visits, were for cocktails — 20 of them, though we weren’t yet sure which ones — that are part of Parla’s Dungeon Master game. I may be clueless about D&D, but I know how to drink. Parla opened in 2014 and has remained a reliable neighborhood spot for both drinks and modern Italian food. The Dungeon Master game originated in the summer of 2016, a few months after Matt Schafer joined the team as general manager. Schafer is prone to … [Read more...] about Want to play a game? At a North End bar, 20 cocktails stand between you and victory.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Kara Baskin Globe correspondent July 03, 2018 It’s 11 a.m. in the North End, and I can’t move. My car is trapped in a line of vehicles idling behind a laundry truck on Prince Street. Ah, yes, here’s the inevitable symphony. Beeping. Cursing. A man gets out of his car, driver’s door ajar, to hurl expletives at the offending driver. A hapless woman totters in and out of traffic, clutching a map, and asks someone where the Old North Church is. Not here, lady. Not at this unholy scene.Will I ever see my children again? Where is the nearest bathroom? Why did I agree to this assignment? My primary acquaintance with the North End growing up involved occasional meals with my father at L’Osteria, close to his office at Government Center. When he retired a few years ago, his colleagues threw him a party on the second floor of Filippo … [Read more...] about Where to eat in Boston’s North End
A Starbucks could be coming to the “gateway” of the North End, and some of the neighborhood’s most prominent business owners are not too keen on the idea. The proposal by Charter Realty & Development to overhaul the portion of Cross Street along the Freedom Trail had already proved controversial among some residents. And now, the Connecticut-based firm’s plans to put a Starbucks on the corner of Hanover Street as part of the development project has brought several North End cafe, bakery, and restaurant owners to speak out. “People are coming into here for a reason — not to go to a Starbucks or a McDonald’s.” Angelo Papa, the owner of Mike’s Pastry, said in a recent video produced by Lynn filmmaker Rocco Capano. From Mike’s to Modern Pastry to Caffé Vittoria to Polcari’s to Carmelina’s, local business owners in the video expressed concern about both the aesthetic and economic effects of the behemoth … [Read more...] about North End cafe owners rally against proposed Starbucks