Restaurant Openings: Tonino, Mike & Patty’s, Happy Lemon, and More

A high-end Italian restaurant, a breakfast sandwich shop, and a boba tea spot -- Jamaica Plain has several new restaurants offering very different fare. Claire Makley and Luke Fetbroth opened Tonino on Oct. 20 in the former Little Dipper space (669A Centre St.) in partnership with local restauranteur David Doyle and his wife, Mari Pérez-Alers. Tonino is an Italian restaurant inspired by the trattorias, enotecas and aperitivo bars of the smaller neighborhoods surrounding Rome’s city center. The menu includes tomato pie, which has a direct influence from Fetboth's childhood trips to Philadelphia.


Cannabis Dispensary Looking to Open in 7-Eleven’s Old Centre Street Spot

A recreational marijuana company is in the process of opening a dispensary at the old 7-Eleven spot on Centre Street. Prolific Cannabis recently signed a 10-year lease for the vacant commercial storefront at 684 Centre St., said CEO Eric Lawrence to Jamaica Plain News. Prolific Cannabis has been approved to open a recreational marijuana dispensary in Allston, and hopes to do so in that neighborhood by the end of the year. Representatives of Prolific Cannabis recently met with the Jamaica Pond Association to talk about their business on July 11. Lawrence hopes to open its Jamaica Plain store by May 2023.


Jamaica Plain’s Centre Street Kicks Off #OpenStreetsBoston

The city kicked off its Open Street initiative with 1.4 mile stretch of Jamaica Plain's Centre Street on Sunday, and it was a smashing success. The actual event was six hours long from 9 am to 3 pm, but streets were shut down earlier in the morning, and remained closed after the event. During that six-hour span people played chess, danced in the street, and enjoyed food (ironically) from food trucks from Jackson Square to the Monument. Let's kick off the fun with a cartwheel down the double yellow line! We love JP Open Streets!


Car-Free Centre Street on July 10: One Day Only for Street Performances, Food Trucks, Kid Activities and More

As part of the city's Open Streets initiative, Jamaica Plain's Centre Street will be car-free for one day, July 10, which will be celebrated with music, food trucks, retail shopping, outdoor dining, kid-friendly activities and more. Centre Street between Jackson Square and the Soldier's Monument at Centre and South streets intersection will be closed to vehicles from approximately 7 am to 4 pm. That's a 1.4-mile stretch without cars! Some streets may close as early as 6 am. The event runs from 9 am to 3 pm, and streets will be fully open to cars by approximately 4 pm.