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Recommended Reading: Restaurant Clusters, South Street Diner, and Somerville’s Liquor Licenses

Take a break this afternoon for some light reading (and listening)

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
Katie Chudy for Eater
  • For The Boston Globe, Janelle Nanos explores the growth of restaurant clusters in Boston. In South Boston, there’s Loco, Lincoln, and Capo — all run by the same team. In Fenway, there’s Tiffani Faison’s growing empire of Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama, and the forthcoming Fool’s Errand, while Garrett Harker holds a firm grasp on Kenmore Square with Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and The Hawthorne. The list goes on, and Nanos has all the details.
  • WBUR’s Myles Gordon investigates the allure of South Street Diner, the 24-hour spot near South Station that keeps the late night crowd going. Gordon runs into everyone from club-goers to doctors on overnight shifts, students, and even families who have been coming to the diner for years.
  • Scout Somerville’s Eliza Rosenberry investigates the increased availability of liquor licenses in the city. There are 65 new licenses, "an increase of more than 60 percent from the city’s previous stock," Rosenberry writes, but it has led to a devaluation of existing liquor licenses. She talks with local restaurateurs to find out other potential impacts of these new licenses.

For Restaurateurs, There’s Strength in Clusters [BG]
Open All Night, South Street Diner Attracts All Kinds Of Patrons [WBUR]
Is Sudden Liquor License Spike Best for Somerville’s Bars and Restaurants? [Scout Somerville]