The owners of Bella Luna and The Haven recently announced a new collaboration to reopen Bella Luna's space at the Brewery Complex and call it The Haven at the Brewery. "Together we will be re-opening a restaurant, events and music space at the Brewery after the pandemic forced Bella Luna and the Milky Way to close in March of 2020," said Kathie Mainzer. The Haven's owner, Jason Waddleton will be the general manager and operating partner. The Bella Luna Restaurant and the Milky Way Lounge closed in June 2020 due to the pandemic. Later than month the owners created a GoFundMe to pay off debts and assist former employees.
An opening reception for the Tortilla Social final exhibition will be held on Friday, December 8, 6-9pm at the Urbano Project in JP's Brewery Complex. Featuring the premiere of the Mini Tortilla Social Documentary video co-produced by Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Faizal Westcott & Darren Cole, the event will celebrate the building of community by sharing food and art. An exhibition of prints created during workshops held this fall will be on view at Urbano, December 8, 2017 - March 2, 2018. The Tortilla Social exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public. Urbano’s Gallery at 29 Germania Street in Jamaica Plain is open Monday-Friday, 1-6pm and Saturday, 10-2pm.
Kate Anderson at Bella Luna/The Milky Way on Friday, June 26, 2015. Friday the neighborhood celebrated the Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land in all 50 states. Among those making merry was Kate Anderson, seen here at Bella Luna/The Milky Way with her "Some Chicks Marry Chicks. Get Over It," t-shirt. Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood.
As of Tuesday, Ula Cafe will begin serving beer, according to the popular spot's newsletter. Back in January, the coffee shop and bakery won city approval to serve beer and wine while Tres Gatos upgraded to a full liquor license, according to Future Boston. Ula's owner, Korinn Koslofsky, previously told Jamaica Plain News the license will help support their open mic nights. "We are very excited to have this opportunity to finally be able to provide beer and wine to our very loyal guests who have been asking for it for years," she wrote in an email to Jamaica Plain News, "and we can't express how grateful we are for all of their support during this process. We would not have been granted this license if it hadn't been for all of the signatures and letters of support we were able to collect over the past few months."
Ula Cafe won city approval to serve beer and wine while Tres Gatos upgraded to a full liquor license, according to Future Boston. Ula, a busy bakery in The Brewery, said the license will help support their open mic nights. Co-owner Korinn Koslofsky said she was thrilled. "We are very excited to have this opportunity to finally be able to provide beer and wine to our very loyal guests who have been asking for it for years," she wrote in an email to Jamaica Plain News, "and we can't express how grateful we are for all of their support during this process. We would not have been granted this license if it hadn't been for all of the signatures and letters of support we were able to collect over the past few months."
One of the neighborhood's best-established cafes is looking for community support to add beer and wine to their offerings. Ula Cafe has two public meetings this week to clear the red tape needed for the change. The 284 Amory St. spot appears before a JP Neighborhood Council committee on Tuesday and is scheduled to go before the Licensing Board on Wednesday. The cafe recently Tweeted this message in hopes of spurring community support:
It's true, we are applying for a Beer&Wine License!
Hello neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for Thursday, Aug. 28. Walking Tour of Stony Brook: The JP Historical Society's season of free walking tours is winding to a close, with just one month of them left. On Saturday, take the Stony Brook tour, where you'll learn about how the community rose up in the 1970s to stop a highway being built right through our neighborhood.
As part of the festivities at Monday's National Night Out in Egleston Square, one nearby Neighborhood Watch group brought home a special honor. Police named the Brewery District Neighborhood Watch as "Crime Watch of the Year." Several members of the neighborhood group turned out to accept the award. Donna Tremonte, one of the main organizers of the group, said she and John Sheeran had lived in JP for 10 years, but only recently became involved in formally keeping an eye on their street and getting to know their neighbors. The tipping point for Tremonte from passive worries about crime to taking action?
The Wake Up The Earth Festival runs noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Here is a map of the live music, vendors and other events you'll experience. If you find this map too small to read, please use the magnifying glass symbol to make it larger. You may also simply download it for print-out. The map was designed by Danielle Sommer and can be found at Spontaneous Celebration's web site.