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We’ve entered a new era of dog-friendly outdoor dining.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s policy permitting local restaurants to allow (leashed) dogs at patios and other outdoor areas takes effect today. And according to a spokesperson for Wu’s office, 16 restaurants and beer gardens have been approved so far.
Here’s the list for any hungry dog owners out there (updated as of June 9):
- 75 Chestnut (Beacon Hill)
- 75 on Liberty Wharf (Seaport)
- Dorchester Brewing (Dorchester)
- Aeronaut Brewery (Allston)
- Long Live Roxbury Tap Room (Roxbury)
- Tip Tap Room (Beacon Hill)
- SRV (South End)
- The Anchor (Charlestown)
- Stats Bar & Grill (South Boston)
- Notch Brewery (Brighton)
- Castle Island Brewing (South Boston)
- Lucie (Back Bay)
- Roundhead Brewing (Hyde Park)
- Cisco Beer Garden (Seaport)
- Bell in Hand (Downtown)
- Shy Bird (South Boston)
- Tavern of Tales (Mission Hill)
- Salty Pig (Back Bay)
- Uni (Back Bay)
- Yellow Door Taqueria (South End)
- Moonshine (South Boston)
- Precinct Kitchen + Bar (Back Bay)
- Dbar (Dorchester)
- Oak Long Bar + Kitchen (Back Bay)
- Monument Tavern (Charlestown)
- Super Bien (Brighton)
- Dovetail (Charlestown)
- Night Shift Brewing (Esplanade and Allston)
- Koji Club (Brighton)
- Bar Mezzana (South End)
- Distraction Brewing (Roslindale)
- There’s likely more on the way. According to the city, there’s at least four other dog-friendly space applications in the pipeline.
- Not everyone is a fan: Boston Globe columnist Marcela Garcia argues the new policy is “a recipe for disaster,” primarily because it relies on dog owners acting responsibly.
- Zoom out: After a slow start to the city’s permanent outdoor dining program, Wu’s office says over 100 businesses have been approved to put up patios on public property this year. (That’s still far less than the 300+ that participated in last year’s program.)
Need a furry friend to bring to one of those patios? The MSPCA is putting the call out for rescue dog parents, amid a big drop in adoptions and an increase in surrendered pets. “If people have a space in their heart and in their home, this is the time to fill it because dogs need people in Massachusetts more than ever,” Mike Keiley, the adoptions director at MSPCA-Angell, told WBUR’s Jacob Garcia.
- The stakes are high: According to the Shelter Animals Count, there were 129,850 dogs euthanized in the U.S. last year — a 39% increase from 2021. The group says early numbers suggest the upward trend is continuing this year.
- At the local level: MSPCA-Angell says they’ve taken in 10% more dogs this year than at the same point in 2022. In response, they’ve set a goal of finding a home for 2,500 dogs by this fall through a series of summer adoption events beginning this month.
- Interested? Click here to see all of the MSPCA’s adoptable dogs.
Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell says she will begin enforcing the state’s updated right-to-repair law today — three and a half years after voters overwhelmingly approved it at the ballot box.
- That means automakers that sell cars in Massachusetts will now be required to provide car owners and independent repair shops access to the car’s “telematics” data. That’s the wireless system that monitors a vehicle’s mechanical health and sends data back to the manufacturer for updates and repairs.
- The auto industry has tried to sue to keep the law from being enforced. Meanwhile, Kia and Subaru have turned off the “telematics” systems in their new models in Massachusetts to comply. That’s left owners without key features like remote start.
The House passed the deal to avert a debt ceiling crisis last night — though not all Massachusetts lawmakers were on board. Seven of the state’s nine Democratic representatives voted in favor of the deal.
- Reps. Jim McGovern and Ayanna Pressley voted against it, citing social spending cuts and changes to programs like food stamps that they said will hurt vulnerable communities.
- Rep. Lori Trahan, who voted for the deal, called the compromise “far from perfect,” but said “it ends the threat of a default … and defeats the GOP’s most extreme demands.”
- Listen: Rep. Jake Auchincloss explained on Radio Boston why he urged fellow Democrats to vote for the deal.
Take a car-less trip to the Cape: The CapeFLYER train is celebrating its 10th season by offering riders a steep discount: $10 roundtrip tickets for travel on any day in June. (It’s usually $40 to go from Boston/Braintree/Brockton to Hyannis and back).
- Use the CapeFLYER’s website for more info on bus, bike and ferry connections from Hyannis to the rest of the Cape and Islands.
P.S.— With the first game of the NBA Finals tipping off tonight, read Alastair Moock’s reflection on the deflating end to the Celtics season and how we struggle to accept the role luck plays in sports — and life.