ICYMI: Teriyaki & Sushi Express Restaurant Open in Jackson Square

If you're in the mood for sushi, a bento box, or teriyaki meal, you've got a new place in Jamaica Plain. Tori Japan opened in recent weeks and it's a spot for you to pickup (on their website they are only offering pickup). It's a fast food spot, but they are not open yet for dine-in. They offer chicken, beef, salmon and shrimp bento boxes that come with four pieces of California rolls and there Gyoza dumplings. Their sushi rolls include Tori Japan rolls, red bull rolls, rock & roll rolls, and more.

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Off Into Space: Little Dipper JP Shuts Down Operations

Jamaica Plain will no longer have a space themed diner after Little Dipper JP announced it will no longer be serving brunch on weekends. The diner, which had model rockets hanging from its ceiling, had been open for weekend brunch, but in a Facebook post on its page, they said they'll be stopping serving on the weekends due to staffing and other challenges. The diner opened July 2018, taking over for the popular Centre Street Cafe. The restaurant has cajun, southern and southwestern influence, and menu items include the Thor, a breakfast sandwich with an over-easy egg, aioli, served on a house-made English muffin. There will still be food served out of the spot as two pop-ups currently operating out of Little Dipper -- Comfort Kitchen and Be Okay Bagels., will continue that as they plan on opening up their own brick-and mortar restaurants.

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Customers Fill Up Ula Cafe ‘Pay It Forward’ Wall With Kindness

The new owners of Ula Cafe know one of the main tenets of Jamaica Plain -- giving back to others. With that in mind they created their own Pay It Forward wall, and it's been a huge success. Last month Kelly Fernandes, Marvin Mathelier, and Beth Santos took over as co-owners of the popular neighborhood cafe. On Ula's Facebook page, they explained the wall. "Here's the concept: If you have extra cash, buy something for a neighbor and we'll post it on the Pay It Forward wall.

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Sherrill House Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Employees

Sherrill House, a Jamaica Plain not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently announced that it will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of its efforts to ensure the health and safety of patients, residents and staff. The vaccination requirement will go into effect once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approves at least one of the currently available vaccines as expected later this year. The vaccines, shown to be safe and effective for millions of Americans, are currently used under the FDA’s emergency use authorization. Sherrill House employees will be able to request an exemption for medical and religious reasons. “As an organization providing health care to a vulnerable population, we feel strongly that requiring our staff to be vaccinated from COVID-19 is another important step that we can take to ensure the health and safety of our entire community,” said Patrick J. Stapleton, CEO of Sherrill House.

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Perkins Street Pride Block Party Hosted by Marijuana Dispensary on Sunday

An all-day free Pride block party featuring live entertainment, a costume contest, drag show and more will being raging on Perkins Street on Sunday. The party will stretch the length of Perkins Street between Centre Street and South Huntington Avenue, just steps away from the Seed dispensary. This is a family-friendly event with a zone that includes games, face painting (which is obligatory for any Boston family event), and more. There will also be a 21+ lounge located within the event. There will be live entertainment all day, with performances by The Chops, The Ray Liriano Experience, the Rick Berlin & the Nickel & Dime Band, Master of Ceremonies and “inter-gay-lactic space alien” Vice V'Ersatile, and DJ Ayo’Buelo.

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