Articles by Eric Francis

Somerville Delivers Gets Restaurants On The Same Page

According to Jessica Eshleman’s notes, the idea first went out from the Somerville Chamber of Commerce’s Dining & Nightlife Group last Tuesday: A joint effort to create a web page linking to all of the city’s restaurants that were offering delivery and take-out during the COVID-19 pandemic. To say the idea got traction would be […]


‘That was very fragile’: J.J. Gonson on Closing ONCE Somerville, and Refocusing on Cuisine en Locale

“I’m really sad,” says JJ Gonson, president and “proprietrix” of Cuisine en Locale—a Cambridge-founded, Somerville-based personal catering and delivery service that focuses on fresh and local ingredients. “I miss my staff.” A few weekends ago, she and that staff were hosting an event at ONCE Somerville, the two-room event hall that’s also part of her […]


La Brasa’s Daniel Bojorquez is ‘still in shock’

A couple of weeks ago, chef-owner Daniel Bojorquez and his staff at La Brasa and Fat Hen were excited. For all that was going on with the coronavirus, there was reason for optimism: They were on the verge of spring, graduation and wedding season was imminent, everyone could feel the energy. Then things started changing […]


Drinks Before Dinner

When Stephen Mackey became president and CEO of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce in 1995, the nation was in the midst of an urban resurgence and the city wanted a piece of it.  As he saw it, Somerville had three big advantages: It was the most densely populated city in New England, it was closer […]


Everything’s The Same, Everything’s Different

There are some 81,000 people living in Somerville’s 4.2 square miles of real estate, but there’s really just one you’re going to blame if our trash isn’t picked up or the roads aren’t plowed: the mayor.   Since 1872, 35 people have held that office. The current occupant, Mayor Joe Curtatone, is the city’s longest-serving […]


Where Has The Goose Gone?

Christmas is coming,the geese are getting fat …—traditional nursery rhyme The Christmas goose. It’s mentioned in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” depicted (in its yet-to-be-plucked form) in the Norman Rockwell painting “Christmas Goose/Muggelton’s Stagecoach,” and was a mainstay of the holiday table in England from the time of Elizabeth I into the Victorian era (where […]


So You Want To Throw The Perfect Holiday Party …

No one wants to be responsible for throwing a stale, boring party. With the holidays right at hand, it’s the ideal time to throw the perfect holiday party … and you want to make sure you get all the details right. Relax. You’ve got plenty of help. Setting The SceneCreating An Atmosphere Denize Ramos, manager […]


Active After the Leaves Fall

Let’s face it: There’s something to be said for staying in when the snow starts piling up and the air takes on a deep-freeze quality. You can be warm and snug, and also do things that you enjoy. The trick is, you don’t have to stay in at home.  Getting Cozy crafting series at the […]


The Burren Brings Late Night Delight to Davis Square

THE BURREN – BEST LATE-NIGHT HAUNT247 ELM ST.(617) 776-6896BURREN.COM From first dates to casual business lunches to catching last call after a movie, the Burren has been a popular hangout for any occasion since its opening in 1996. Davis Square’s most iconic Irish pub has a food menu that features bar favorites ranging from typical […]


Scout’s Honored: Nellie’s Wildflowers

NELLIE’S WILDFLOWERS – BEST FLORIST72 HOLLAND STREET In its cozy, narrow storefront on Holland Street, Nellie’s Wildflowers is bursting with color and fragrance, just waiting to be taken home to someone special. “We have unique flowers,” says Jess McEachirn, the niece of Nellie’s owner Joyce McKenzie. She’s been working at the shop officially for five […]


Rebel Rebel is Somerville’s Best New Business

REBEL REBEL – BEST NEW BUSINESS1 BOW MARKET WAY REBELREBELSOMERVILLE.COM Can you tell me a bit about the inspiration for Rebel Rebel and how it got started? “I have been working in restaurants in Boston for 17 years,” says Lauren Friel, the founder and owner of Rebel Rebel. “I came after college and I started […]


2019 Candidate Survey: School Committee

Welcome to Scout Somerville’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Somerville mayor, city council, and school committee, and present their answers to you here. Today we are featuring the school committee race. All candidates were […]