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All is well at Radius

Posted by Devra First  April 7, 2010 02:24 PM

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Forget any rumors you might have heard, says chef-owner Michael Schlow. Radius is just fine.

Photo/Jaimie Trueblood for Bravo
What got tongues wagging was a post on Universal Hub about the upcoming Towne, in the Hynes Convention Center. It read: "The proposed Towne Stove and Spirits, which actually has the support of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, could open mid-spring. The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow on a request from the Lyons Group to transfer a liquor license from Radius on High Street to the new eatery."

What what? Radius transferring its liquor license? What could this mean?

Nothing, according to Schlow. "I was there having [former Radius partner] Christopher Myers's name taken off the license. I was in there for three minutes. The next case being heard was about [Towne partner] Jasper White moving his liquor license at Logan to the Lyons Group convention center deal. Whoever this was got two stories confused and said, 'Oh, Patrick Lyons just bought Schlow's liquor license.'"

Business is on the rise, Schlow says. "Lunch sales are up 16 percent from last year. Dinner is up 7 percent. Parties are flat. The way to really know the recession is over is when party business bounces back. But lunch being up 16 percent from October to March of the same period is a really good sign that things are getting better. At lunchtime, Radius for a lot of people is a treat. They don't do it on a regular basis."

For those less inclined to splurge, a reminder that Radius's glorious burger is half-price at the bar on Saturday evenings during the month of April. (I felt that was worth putting in bold.)

To also file under "untrue Schlow-related rumors," he says he is not opening a restaurant in New York. Maybe someday, if the perfect opportunity comes his way, he says. But not now.

Oh, and feeling particularly relevant on this beautifully sunny day, they're redoing the patio at Via Matta, which was already pretty darn nice. 
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