Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
“Off of the Pole and Into the Pantry”
Think Chippendales, but with men who can cook. Chefs: The Sizzling Kitchen Showdown is coming to Springfield’s CityStage on March 14 and 15 and Boston’s Wilbur on March 16. Here’s a preview of the interactive, adult-only show, where the clothes come off as cooking challenges are lost.
Bagel Fridays at Longfellows
Love Bagelsaurus bagels but hate wondering if there’s going to be a long line as you’re rushing to work on a Friday morning? Try a new strategy: Head to Longfellows, the cafe inside Lamplighter Brewing Co. (284 Broadway, Cambridge), instead. Starting today, Longfellows is serving Bagelsaurus bagels every Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until they sell out. Longfellows also carries several varieties of croissants, made across the street at Bondir, and rotating flavors of mini doughnuts from Union Square Donuts, not to mention toasts, breakfast sandwiches, and a variety of morning-friendly drinks, including cold brew coffee growlers to go. Stick around until 11 a.m., when Lamplighter opens, if you want beer.
This Is Not an Emergency
The Prudential location of Earls Kitchen + Bar (800 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston) has a pretty snazzy heated roof — but even though it’s heated, its permit requires patio operations to shut down in November. The Boston manager apparently didn’t realize that — other locations keep their heated patios open year-round — and rented the space out for a mid-December party that involved a nine-piece band. (Turns out that was also a no-no, as the one-day license obtained for the event mentioned a DJ, not a band.) Neighbors living in Mandarin Oriental condominiums weren’t thrilled about the unexpected Thursday night noise, and two of them — before 8 p.m. — called 911 to complain. Next time, maybe try the police department’s non-emergency line?
As a result of the incident, Earls cut off patio reservations until April, with the manager noting that this has caused a steep drop-off in business and, as a result, “quite a few” layoffs. Earls will be applying for a year-round patio license.
The Boston Globe’s annual “Munch Madness” competition has begun, pitting 64 local restaurants against each other in a bracketed battle to victory, based on reader voting. (Last year’s winner, Oleana, has been retired.) The first round will end a little over a week from today, narrowing the field from 64 to 32. Vote now in match-ups such as Pagu vs. Saltie Girl, No. 9 Park vs. Anoush’ella, and O Ya vs. Uni.
Nominate Awesome Rising Stars
Just a reminder that nominations are still open (through March 19) for this year’s class of Eater Young Guns, rising stars in the restaurant hospitality who are either under 30 or have worked in their field for under five years.
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