18 09, 2022

Look Who’s Cooking! Gabe Branch

2022-09-18T18:21:54-04:00September 18th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Carol Masshardt  An artist from Sioux City, Iowa, Gabriel (Gabe) Branch, is also a serious and experienced cook and the new Chef at Gray’s Hall on East Broadway. His creativity and thoughtfulness seem a particularly good match for this popular and mature small plate and wine bar, and it all started when he was eleven years old. “My friend’s dad was a member of the Elks, and they needed help, so I started busing. From there I worked at a pizza place for seven years, and then in Iowa City, I was a dishwasher, then started cooking, and was a line cook at a dinner. I also studied painting, photography, sculpture, and still like art, but I took this route in a sort of [...]

9 09, 2022

South Boston Lithuanian Club Makes Comeback After COVID

2022-09-09T10:46:34-04:00September 9th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on South Boston Lithuanian Club Makes Comeback After COVID

By Ginger DeShaney Back in the day, the South Boston Lithuanian Club was the place to be. Today, with $1 million in renovations, the Club president is hoping it will regain that status. “The Club has been here forever,” said president Joe Austras. “But COVID shut us down.”  Renovations were already under way at the Club, also known as the South Boston Lithuanian Citizens’ Association, before the pandemic hit. Beautiful ADA-accessible bathrooms were put in on the fourth floor.  When COVID hit and shut everything down, the Club decided to expand its renovation. “We decided, let’s take advantage of being shut down.” The main hall on the fourth floor was revamped. A permanent bar replaced a portable bar, and with input from caterers, an amazing [...]

30 08, 2022

Urgent Care Center Coming to the South Boston Seaport

2022-08-30T09:59:31-04:00August 30th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Urgent Care Center Coming to the South Boston Seaport

An exciting new medical service is coming to the Seaport on September 6th. South Boston Health Seaport will be reopening as South Boston Health Seaport URGENT CARE at 505 Congress Street. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer these services to people who live in, work in or visit the South Boston Seaport” said Bill Halpin, CEO of South Boston Community Health Center. “Everything we do is patient centered. This new urgent care center will allow patients to walk-in and receive high quality, compassionate and timely professional medical care.” The new urgent care center, part of South Boston Community Health Center family, will be staffed with medical providers who can see both adults and children and can treat a broad range of non-life- threatening conditions. [...]

10 08, 2022

Look Who’s Cooking – Shi Mei

2022-08-10T06:36:03-04:00August 10th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Look Who’s Cooking – Shi Mei

The space doesn’t have to be large, and the chef/creator need not come from afar to become a Best Neighborhood Restaurant as named by Boston Magazine. Chef Shi Mei, 44, came to Boston from China at age four, lived in the South End throughout his childhood, and lives there now with his wife and young son. A Boston Latin School and UMass/Amherst graduate his concept for Lennox Sophia is altogether different than other fine restaurants lining South Boston streets, and at 87 A St., just a three-minute walk from Broadway Station, it is surely one of the smallest. Seating for twenty and a limited five course only, pre fixe menu, one entrée for the omnivores and one for the vegetarians, this confident and committed chef [...]

5 08, 2022

To the South Boston Community

2022-08-05T07:34:53-04:00August 5th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on To the South Boston Community

After a year and a half of careful consideration, contemplation, and discussions, along with another year and a half of logistics and paperwork, I have sold our family funeral home (O’Brien Funeral Home) to John Reen of Brighton.  John owns and operates his family’s funeral home in Brighton.  He worked for Jack when he was here, and for me in South Boston for more than 20 years.     This was not an easy decision. Stepping away from the full-time operations of the O’Brien Funeral Home has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make – both personally and professionally.  However, I continue to struggle with ongoing issues with my sight and overall well-being; my children need me to be more available. So, it [...]

30 07, 2022

A Love of Food, and Gratitude

2022-07-30T09:53:35-04:00July 30th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on A Love of Food, and Gratitude

For Chef Erick Medrano, cooking has always been more than a career choice. It’s been an expression of love and gratitude, instilled in him since he was a young boy. Raised in Guatemala, Erick grew up watching his mother and grandmother cook in a wood fire arcilla (clay oven), filling the house with the sweet smell of fresh baked bread and unique family recipes. It would be those memories that would fuel his childhood dream of one day becoming a chef. Like countless others, Erick would venture to the U.S. with the hopes of a brighter future for himself and his family. Landing in Massachusetts, he would unwittingly a take a fateful stroll down a local street, taking notice of a spot called 224 Boston. [...]

29 07, 2022

Fitness For Life: Brian Castellucci Powers Up His Own Business

2022-07-29T09:46:18-04:00July 29th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Fitness For Life: Brian Castellucci Powers Up His Own Business

By Ginger DeShaney For Brian Castellucci, “Fitness is not a destination. It's a way of life.” So when he was let go during the pandemic from the gym he worked at for a dozen years, the personal trainer found a way to rebuild himself and build his own fitness business.  “I kind of got forced into a situation,” said Brian, 34, owner of BCFitness. But he has made the best of it. ​​”I did a lot of virtual stuff at first. I contacted every client I've ever been with,” he said, noting he was able to reconnect with people and was training clients as far away as England. “So it was kind of cool.” When restrictions lifted a bit and he could work with clients [...]

25 07, 2022

Look Who’s Cooking: Tatyana Sukennik

2022-07-25T09:38:27-04:00July 25th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Look Who’s Cooking: Tatyana Sukennik

Owner/chef of Fromage at 401 West Broadway for the past seven years, Tatyana Sukennik, originally from Ukraine, has both the delicacy and conviction well expressed in her fine European inspired menu of freshly made crepes, soups, and a distinguished wine bar. She is also someone who seized an opportunity after working at Mass. General Hospital as a medical technol-ogist in the transplant unit for almost twenty years. As with many natural cooks, it was common for her to be encouraged to start a restaurant, but quite another to convert a former pizza place into a sophisticated and unique bistro on one of the busiest and most restaurant saturated streets in South Boston. “My mother was an amazing cook. If you asked her for a recipe, [...]

15 07, 2022

Voices in Healthcare: Evangelos “Lucky” Adamos-Nomikos

2022-07-15T08:26:12-04:00July 15th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Voices in Healthcare: Evangelos “Lucky” Adamos-Nomikos

By Carol Masshardt Healthcare is a challenging profession, and addiction services is among the most daunting. The nature of the issue thwarts patients and those who work with them in a process requiring enormous patience and determination with societal stigma present. Many providers stay clear from this work fearing endless frustration and the utter skill and understanding needed, but the Gavin Foundations Clinical Director, Evangelos “Lucky” Adamos-Nomikos, 37, isn’t one of them. He believes “anyone can recover” and that is what his guiding star every day. “I have been in recovery myself for ten years, and after getting a degree in Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Counseling, I worked in residential jobs and always heard about the “Gavin,” and knew it would offer opportunities. There [...]

1 07, 2022

Look Who’s Cooking: Rory Lee

2022-07-01T13:24:25-04:00July 1st, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Look Who’s Cooking: Rory Lee

By Carol Masshardt This is a story of an old bar with a decidedly South Boston history, now an updated pub by new owners, John and Anne Lydon, and a chef who saw an opportunity. The Shamrock Pub is on the corner of H. and Eighth, formerly Touchie’s, and is as close as it gets to a comfortable spot that knows familiar tastes while stretching into a more diverse neighborhood. First, John and Anne saw that the place was for sale, and it happened to be the location that John’s grandfather, John Clougher, owned in the early 80’s. They both still shake their heads about the leap but seem to smile easily with pleasure when talking about the decision. “I’m an attorney, said John, “I [...]

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