We know Norton residents don’t just stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking.
Restaurant coming and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites around the region over the past month.
Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories covered in the past month.
License Fees Increased by 10 Percent
The Norton Board of Selectmen voted in December to hike fees for some licenses in town by 10 percent, after various arguments over several meetings, for and against greater increases.
Sportsway Cafe Gets One-Day Suspension for License Violation
Sportsway Cafe in Norton will be facing a one-day liquor license suspension in January 2013 due to an incident of sexual misconduct. The penalty comes after the Norton Police Department received a report from a female Wheaton College student who said she was sexually assaulted while at the restaurant. The victim stated to police that on Feb. 2, she was at the bar with friends when she was sexually assaulted by an employee of the establishment.
Mansfield's Aunt Aleda's Asking for BYOB
Aunt Aleda’s sent a letter to the Mansfield Board of Selectmen in December, requesting a bring your own booze (BYOB) approval for the restaurant. But the request raised the concern over the fact that the town has no policy concerning BYOB in restaurants.
Scott's Fine Wines and Spirits Under New Ownership
While there are no plans for the name of Scott's Fine Wine and Spirits in Easton to change, the layout and ownership will. The Easton Board of Selectmen this month approved an application in December to transfer the liquor license associated with Scott's Fine Wine and Liquors in Correia's Plaza from Paparo Liquors to Shree Laxmi Corporation.
Maguire's Delivers Early Christmas Gift to Easton Food Pantry
Every year, Maguire's owners Pat Connell, Michael Sullivan and Neil Levine invite their most loyal customers to an evening of free food and a cash bar at the Easton venue. This year, the group donated the proceeds of the cash bar to the Easton Food Pantry. In total, Maguire's collected $2,000 from the three-hour long event. The restaurant collected $1,630 in sales, $70 from donations and an additional $300 from the pockets of the three owners.
Owen O'Leary's to Open Additional Location in Westborough
Owen O’Leary’s Restaurant and Pub announced in December plans to open its third eatery – a brewpub – at the former Piccadilly Pub on Connector Road in Westborough, targeting before St. Patrick’s Day. The new opening will end a four-year search for a new home for the restaurant, which has a location in Easton, after it closed its Hampton Inn branch in Natick in 2008.
Stoughton Board of Selectmen Approves Licenses for Mediterranean and Thai Restaurants
The Stoughton Board of Selectmen this month approved the common victualler licenses for a pair of new restaurants on Washington Street - Chicken Kebab, a Mediterranean/Turkish fast food style restaurant, and Rukmae, which will serve Thai cuisine.
Chicken Kebab will be located in the downtown at the former Kabob House location at 756 Washington St. in Stoughton. The Kabob House opened in the spring of 2010 but was forced to close when heavy snow collapsed the roof of the building next door back in January 2011, which subsequently caused damage to the Kabob House. Meanwhile, Rukmae, which means "loving mom," will be located at 1778 Washington St. in a space at the Planet Fitness Plaza. The name is a tribute to the owner's mother.
Visions for Vacancies in Canton: What Should Fill Old KFC Building in 2013?
A handful of Patch readers weighed in this month on what should fill the old Kenucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building in Canton's Cobbs Corner.
Some suggested a new, local branch of Panera Bread, while other suggestions included a book store and a bakery. What would you like to see there?
Red Wing Diner: Serving Walpole for Over 80 Years
A staple restaurant on Rte. 1 in the Walpole-Foxborough line, the Red Wing Diner owner Liam Murphy spoke to Patch in December about the well-known local restaurant, and how businesses has been serving customers in the area for more than eight decades.
What was formerly Mandarin Cuisine in Walpole is now known as the Asian Deli.
A change in ownership and nearly two months of renovations have led to the Main Street eatery's opening for business in December. The restaurant will offer authentic Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine for its customers.
Harrows is Bringing Chicken Pies to Dedham
A restaurant serving the Reading community is coming to Dedham. Harrows Chicken Pies has been serving the residents of Reading since 1935, but will now give Dedham residents a taste of the product.
Capriotti's Now Open for Business in Foxborough
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is now open at Foxborough's Patriot Place, having opened just in time for the holidays and the Patriots’ last regular season game. Capriotti’s will bring its signature sub, The Bobbie, voted “Greatest Sandwich in America” by thousands of AOL readers, to New England residents.
Jake n Joe's to Open Foxborough Location in January 2013
Jake N’ Joes Sports Grille is preparing to open at the former site of Piccadilly Pub in Foxborough sometime in January 2013, according to the establishment's Facebook page in December.
Grand Slam Restaurant Concepts Foxborough LLC DBA, the restaurant's representatives, had originally targeted a Nov. 21 opening date when it applied for a common victuallers license and a transfer of Piccadilly Pub's liquor license with the town.
Terrace Cafe Get the OK for Late Closing on New Year's Eve
The Terrace Cafe received permission from the Wrentham Board of Selectmen in December to operate until 1:30 a.m. on New Year's Eve, and serve alcohol until 12:30 a.m. to celebrate the end of 2012. The restaurant, located at Wrentham Common, usually closes at 12:30 a.m., but the expected midnight toast is believed to make clearing the building out by the regular closing time a little more difficult.