It appears there will be an Indian restaurant showdown in Forest Hills after the Bukhara Indian Bistro recently announced it's moving mere feet away from Tikki Masala. Bukhara will be moving from 701 Centre St., one of the busiest areas for commercial foot traffic in Jamaica Plain, to 3698 Washington St., and Tikki Masala is located at 3706 Washington St. A sign in Bukhara's door says they're moving on April 1. It is not clear whether they will be opening in their new location on that day. Maybe a new location will serve Bukhara well, as they were shutdown twice for extended periods of time in 2018 for health code violations.
The Blue Frog Bakery will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a party this Saturday, and will be offering special pastries and desserts, chocolates, coffee, and cocktails. Owner Brad Brown will kick off the party at 9 am with a special cake-cutting ceremony, and the party will ensue until 1 pm at Blue Frog Bakery (3 Green St.). "Our baking methods have not changed in the last 15 years. Croissants are cut and rolled by hand almost every day," said Brown. "When I started, we weren't making our own bread, but I've learned that it's better when we make everything in house from scratch including fillings and doughs.
A newly proposed recreational-medical marijuana business may take over the space of longtime Jamaica Plain business, AAA Appliances, which has been at its current location since around 1970. The owner of AAA Appliances, Eleonore Grassa, is also the owner of the 767-773 Centre St. block, and has signed a letter of intent with Giving Tree Health Center, said Brian Bairos, Giving Tree's board president, director, CEP and head of cultivation. An employee at AAA Appliances said that the business is not closing, and that it would either relocate to another Jamaica Plain location or possibly West Roxbury. AAA Appliances has been in Jamaica Plain for around 60 years, first in Hyde Square and in its current location since the 1970s.
Earlier this week, a recreational marijuana company, Core Empowerment, gained approval by Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals, bringing it one step closer to opening in Jamaica Plain. The next step is for Core Empowerment to appear in front of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) to get a license to open. Co-owner Tomas Gonzalez said no date has been set for a CCC meeting. Core has also signed a lease to go into a long-vacant basement level commercial space in Hyde Square. And for the most part there hasn’t been much reefer madness about a recreational marijuana company opening in Jamaica Plain.
One of Jamaica Plain's most beloved restaurants and delicious breakfast spots, Sorella's, will serve up its last batch of French toast at the end of the month. Sorella's was started by two sisters Ellie and Antoinette Bolys in 1983. Thus the name, Sorella's, which means sisters in Italian. Four years ago Ellie passed away and while Antoinette kept Sorella's going, it was tough to keep it running while she also tended to her other restaurant the Dedham Diner. "Aunt Ellie opened it.