It's a crazy time to operate a restaurant. Things are getting tougher for businesses as outdoor dining waned and ended with the cold weather. Restaurants must also operate at a fraction of their occupancy. Fewer customers means less money. That's led to something unheard of before the pandemic.
The Hyde Jackson Jackson Square Main Street organization has changed its name and is now Three Squares Main Street JP. "Rebranding to Three Squares Main Street JP clearly positions our organization to advance the Main Street model in the three squares of our business district in Jackson Square, Hyde Square, and Canary Square," said Gerald Robbins, executive director of the organization. "Our role is unique and critically important to the business district and we want to stand apart as such." The district's geography is not changing, as it encompasses Centre Street from Jackson Square to Canary Square, with Hyde Square in between Jackson and Canary squares. Three Squares Main Street JP was formed in 1998, and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Remember the days of going to the arcade, dropping in some quarters in Pac-Man and trying to eat Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde? You can relive those glory days of the 1970s and 1980s at Canary Square because the Jamaica Plain restaurant recently installed several old school arcade games. Several of the classics are now available for you to mangle your thumbs by trying to get the highest scores. Sounds like they're going to stick to keeping the classic games in Kong's Korner. What are some other games you'd want to see?
UPDATE: We found out what caused the massive flooding. ~~~~~
An apparent overnight water main break on Centre Street sent rivers of water cascading into one of Jamaica Plain's main thoroughfares late Friday night. The flood, which appears to have started sometime after 11 p.m. near the intersection with South Huntington Avenue where work crews had been active well into the evening, led to a series of posts, photos and videos shared on social media, as well as reports of low water pressure in residents' homes Saturday morning. Jamaica Plain News has a call in to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. We'll update this story when we hear more from the agency.
Boston Magazine’s annual “Best of Boston” issue has hit stands, and 2015 marks the 42nd anniversary of the awards! For the past 12 months, Boston magazine’s team of expert judges ate, drank, and shopped their way across the city, the ‘burbs, and the Cape and the Islands to find the very best the area has to offer. This year, 10 Jamaica Plain businesses won "Best of Boston" awards in the “Arts & Entertainment,” “Dining,” and “Neighborhood Best” categories. Here is a complete list of the winners:
Arts & Entertainment, Record Store: Deep Thoughts JP
Dining, Brunch: Tres Gatos
Dining, Ethiopian: The Blue Nile
Dining, Bread: Blue Frog Bakery
Dining, Pastry: Canto 6 Bakery
Dining, Romantic: Centre Street Café
Neighborhood Best, Eat: Thursdays on the Lawn, Loring-Greenough House
Neighborhood Best, Drink: Canary Square
Neighborhood Best, Shop: Kitchenwitch
Neighborhood Best, Discover: Boating on Jamaica Pond
For a complete list of all “Best of Boston” winners, head over to BostonMagazine.com.