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‘Eastern Standard will forever be the standard in our eyes’: Readers recall scenes from life moments, big and small

When news broke last week that Eastern Standard, The Hawthorne, and Island Creek Oyster Bar wouldn’t reopen, we asked readers to write in with their remembrances of the storied spaces. They delivered.

TikTok users are posting videos promoting restaurants and stores during the pandemic. And it’s helping

The social media app isn’t all dance routines and lip-syncing. Sometimes its users are boosting small businesses (and those businesses don’t even know it).

Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Hawthorne all close, leaving gaping hole in Kenmore Square and many patrons’ hearts

Eastern Standard opened in 2005, helmed by gregarious restaurateur Garrett Harker. Harker has been locked in negotiations with UrbanMeritage, the real estate group that owns the Hotel Commonwealth’s retail properties, for years.


Support Black-owned restaurants: Get takeout

Are you in the mood for island flavors, healthy smoothies, pizza and chill, or date-night romance? Here’s where to go.

Readers say goodbye to the wild, wonderful Border Café

For many, the booze-soaked, salsa-drenched memories will last a lifetime.


Your own toasted pita chips are identical to the ones you can buy

If you’ve got scissors, a baking sheet, and olive oil, you can make this crunchy, salty, delicious snack

They’re turning leftovers into organic, gluten-free flour

Renewal Mill transforms what’s left from soymilk production and makes a positive impact on the environment.


3 things to know in New England beer this week

February and March often bring exciting new releases.


While many Cambridge businesses close, Formaggio Kitchen spreads out

Owner Valerie Gurdal discusses the cherished landmark, which is expanding to roomier digs this month.

We all live in Flavortown now

Virtual restaurants affiliated with Guy Fieri and other celebrities deliver to our doors. Is that a good thing?

These $26 Hoodoo Barbecue T-shirts benefit a great cause. (The nostalgia is free.)

The dirt-cheap smoked-meat joint that James Ryan ran upstairs at the Rat in the early ‘80s was quickly declared one of the country’s best new restaurants when it opened.