Dispatches from Bostonista and Chowder

1200607814While we here at Boston Daily have been keeping you in the know about what’s happening on Beacon Hill and the latest in Mitt Romney misspeaking, our friends at Bostonista and Chowder have been following some other big stories. We update you on Alpha Omega, Toscanini’s, and mercury levels in sushi after the jump.

It seems that it may be the end of the road for Alpha Omega. Early this morning, a bankruptcy judge authorized the sale of the store’s assets to a consortium of investors. Once the existing inventory is sold off, Rhode Island-based Ross-Simons will open in the Alpha stores in the Prudential Center and the Natick Collection.

In good news, Toscanini’s has raised more than enough money from its online fund drive to make a down payment to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. But the chain is still happy to accept your donations.

Also on Chowder, we looked into a report in The New York Times about rising levels of mercury in New York sushi establishments. The owner of OSushi tells us that Boston has stricter guidelines than the rest of the country.

And Bostonista also has an opinion about the latest episode of Project Runway. She, like us, also hopes Ricky stops crying already.