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BEST Kept Secret

1999 BEST Kept Secret

Boston 2000 Committee’s plans for the new millenium

Talk about a Y2K problem. read more»

1996 BEST Kept Secret



The room couldn’t be cozier, the ingredients couldn’t be fresher, the Portuguese cuisine couldn’t be tastier, and the wine couldn’t be cheaper. Who knew the Azores were just outside Kendall Square? read more»

1995 BEST Kept Secret

The late Charles “Chick” Mahoney’s

Even his friend and mentor, former governor Ed King, didn’t know. Several months after appointing him secretary of administration and finance, King was finally informed of Mahoney’s sexual orientation by a group of senior advisers. Taken aback, King reportedly did… read more»

1994 BEST Kept Secret

Cafe Promenade at the Colonnade Hotel


How is it that this sparkling little dining room goes virtually unnoticed by the native population? The menu is remarkably inventive (the spinach salad with warm duck confit is terrific) and the presentation is impeccable. Not to mention the prices,… read more»

1989 BEST Kept Secret

State treasurer Robert Crane.

Has anyone figured out yet what he does to earn that $100,000-plus-a-year consultant’s fee from Merkert Enterprises? read more»

1988 BEST Kept Secret

The Bankruptcy of Telelogic

The Somerville telecommunications company’s Chapter 11 filing was so hush-hush that even top execs were kept in the dark until the last minute. The shrewder heads finally figured out that something was up when, summoned to the boardroom for the… read more»

1986 BEST Kept Secret

Charles Square


Upscale shops, pleasant environment. An overdue boost for Harvard Square. read more»