Old Havana Restaurant Permanently Closed

The Old Havana restaurant has closed its doors for the last time. Located between Hyde Square and Jackson Square at 349 Centre St., the restaurant was noticeably not open for lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. A source who spoke with the restaurant's owner told Jamaica Plain News that their lease was not renewed. The owners said there was no plan to move the restaurant to another location. Open since 2013, Old Havana offered traditional Cuban cuisine.


Restaurant Reopening: Costello’s Tavern is Back

Costello's Tavern, one of Jamaica Plain's favorite bars, recently reopened on Centre Street. The Tavern closed during the pandemic in 2020 and earlier this month teased on Facebook that it was starting to look like "Drinkmas". Costello's reopened on Dec. 20, is accepting credit cards, but the kitchen is still under construction. Stop in for a drink or two, and help a local institution get back on its feet.


Cervone Deegan + Associates Give Gift Cards from 35 Jamaica Plain Businesses

Longtime Jamaica Plain residents Janet Deegan and Constance Cervone of Cervone Deegan + Associates at Coldwell Banker know how important it is to support local businesses. They purchased gift cards from 35 of the shops and restaurants and cafes on Centre Street, and gave a gift card to clients who wanted to participate in a drawing. Participants were guaranteed to get a gift card, but they didn't know which business. "The win-win as we saw it was an effort to support the local businesses during the pandemic," said Cervone. "It was great fun buying the cards knowing we were doing a small tangible good for the businesses and we had even more fun delivering them to thank our clients for doing business with CDA."


Trick-or-Treat! Centre Street Bizs on Halloween Day

Attention all little astronauts, ballerinas, and construction workers -- there will be trick-or-treating this year on Centre Street. The Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association is organizing trick-or-treating along South and Centre streets from noon to 5 pm on Halloween day. Businesses are being encouraged to give out treat outside of their businesses to avoid crowding indoors.


Income-Tiered Electric Community Carshare Starting in Jamaica Plain

Starting June 6, there will be two parking spots in a Centre Street municipal parking lot dedicated to an income-tiered community electric carshare. The parking lot at 737 Centre St. will have two reserved spots for Good2Go, which is funded by E4TheFuture and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. In 2020, the city dedicated several parking spots as electric vehicle charging stations in the municipal lot. Good2Go features tiered pricing, and customers can qualify for the reduced $5 per hour rate (half the regular rate) by demonstrating enrollment in a public assistance program such as showing a SNAP or WIC card, a utility bill showing the receiving of fuel assistance, living in affordable housing and more.