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Pia Jan 17, 2008 10:23 AM

For not paying their taxes, apparently. But what about my Burnt Caramel?

http://bostonist.com/2008/01/17/tosca...

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Toscanini's Ice Cream
899 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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  1. Bob Dobalina Jan 21, 2008 10:36 AM

    I will reserve comment about the request for charity, but it is amazing how much you can learn from an online search at the Registry of Deeds (So. Middlesex, for the record).

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      Ralphie_in_Boston Jan 18, 2008 06:07 AM

      That's strange because I thought I remembered driving by there about a month ago and seeing it closed back then. I must be hallucinating. Or I can see the future. Lottery numbers. lottery numbers....

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        mr mangia Jan 18, 2008 05:28 AM

        maybe they were skimming of the top ! lol. good thing that i like christina's too.

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        1. lschow Jan 17, 2008 12:25 PM

          dchow was there just the other day eating "bug" ice cream! strawberry waterbug and chocolate grasshopper or something like that. yikes!

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          1. Bob Dobalina Jan 17, 2008 10:57 AM

            You'll have to sub in the burnt sugar at Christina's or go to the place in Belmont - Rancatore's - isn't there some connection between Rancatore and Toscanini's? I know the fonts are very similar.

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            1. re: Bob Dobalina
              Allstonian Jan 17, 2008 11:01 AM

              The proprietors are brothers.

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                beetlebug Jan 17, 2008 11:04 AM

                Rancs doesn't have burnt caramel.

                Christina's has burnt sugar which is similar to the burnt caramel.

                The question is, will Toscs continue to distribute pints to Whole Foods, etc. I've gotten burnt caramel at a different retail establishments.

                Is the owner of Toscs the same one who owned Someday Cafe in Davis Square? Didn't they lose that space because of some sort of leasing issue? If it is the same brother, what's going on that is interfering with the business?

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                  yumyum Jan 17, 2008 11:17 AM

                  Yes, Gus Rancatore was the guy who owned Someday. He "missed" the deadline for renewing his lease in the space, creating much gnashing of teeth and eventually clearing room for Mr. Crepe (meh). Something's definitely up.

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                    muscles_marinara Jan 17, 2008 11:18 AM

                    I've seen a number of places with those orange seized signs on them, and they all reopened in a matter of a few days to a few weeks. Hopefully they will too.

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                      BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 17, 2008 12:15 PM

                      Indeed. El Cafetal in Union Square Allston is the most recent one I can think of: it was back up and running in less than a week.

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