Business

True Bistro Pilots Gratuity Program for Kitchen Staff

For the team at True Bistro, vegan philosophy extends beyond food. That’s part of what drove the owners to test out a new Kitchen Appreciation Program (KAP) that adds a four percent gratuity for kitchen staff, Managing Consultant Suzi Gerber explains. “All the owners are vegan, and they’re vegan because they believe it’s the most right […]


O2 Yoga’s Vegan Cafe Aims to Transition Into Food Truck

VO2 Vegan Cafe, located inside O2 Yoga’s Cambridge location, has always been a family business. Mimi Loureiro was the driving force behind the Mass Ave. wellness center—made up of the cafe, O2 Yoga, and massage space—while her husband, Steven Carpenter, led its buildout. Their sons, Dylan and Deven Carpenter, worked in the cafe, and Deven, 15, […]


What’s New: Changing Tastes

Assembly Square La Cucina Assembly Row’s latest addition to its dining lineup pays homage to the area’s history. La Cucina, operated by former North End restaurateur Jeff Malloy, is serving up an Italian menu in a large industrial space, with a fireplace, a semi-open kitchen, and decorative touches that hearken back to Assembly Row’s days […]



Juliet Team’s Second Restaurant, Peregrine, Takes Wing

Juliet is known citywide for its ever-shifting identity. Now? Reserve a table to honor Persian New Year with monkfish and saffron panna cotta. Next week? Celebrate Greek cuisine with roast lamb and olive oil cake. A Feast of the Seven Fishes croquembouche, Roman stracciatella, and Quebecoise slow roasted pork with baked lentils have also graced […]


Small Change Brewing Had a Big Year

Ten years ago, Emily Vides bought her husband a homebrew kit, thinking he needed a new hobby (“as wives do,” she says). She didn’t know the kit would launch a passion that would become a family business—and if she could go back and tell herself that, she’s not sure her past self would’ve gotten the […]


The ’Ville Gets A New Wine Haven

Joe’s Liquor’s Wine Destination is a Family Effort Paul Robichaud admits it’s an unlikely combination: an encyclopedic knowledge of tools and a deep appreciation and understanding of fine wine. “Not everyone understood how you could be in the tool business and know about wine,” he says. “It was hard to explain to anyone.” But the […]


At In Season Food Shop, Local Products Are Evergreen

It’s an icy Saturday morning, but that doesn’t seem to have had an effect on the lively crowd at Bow Market. Throngs of morning shoppers, dog leashes and coffee cups in hand, are milling around the market’s tiny storefronts. Some are eyeing vintage T-shirts, others are wondering if 11 a.m. is too early for a […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Eco-Friendly Business: Neighborhood Produce  415 Medford St., (617) 702-2811 nbrhoodproduce.com Read more. New Business: Remnant Brewing 2 Bow Market Way, (617) 764-0641 remnantsomerville.com Read more. Old Favorite: Ricky’s Flower Market 238 Washington St., (617) 628-7569 rickysflowermarket.com Late-Night Haunt: Brass Union 70 Union Square, (617) 623-9211 brassunion.com Place to People Watch: Mike’s Food & Spirits 9 […]


Crafting A Neighborhood at Assembly Row

“This used to be nothing, back in the day,” says Vanessa Martinez, an assistant marketing manager for Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developer of Assembly Row. “It kind of was a pile of dirt. There was not really much here before we came in.” Assembly Square has come a long way since its days as […]


What’s Happening at East Somerville Main Streets

East Somerville Main Streets is hard at work supporting the neighborhood’s small businesses. The organization is focusing on three big tasks, according to Executive Director Teresa Vazquez-Dodero: making connections that benefit small businesses, helping companies make investments in the neighborhood, and making the Kensington Underpass safer. Making Connections to Support Small Businesses East Somerville Main […]