Biz Beat: No more chicken dinners from Boston Market

August 31, 2013 

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After more than 18 years, the Boston Market in Modesto is no more. The comfort-food chain's Standiford Avenue location, which opened in 1995, has closed up shop.

Boston Market, based in Colorado, specialized in chicken — it was known as Boston Chicken until 1995. It offered fast meals and catering.

A couple of folks told me about the apparent closure, though the reasons behind it remain a mystery. A call to the local number yields an electronic system; when I pressed "3" to get the staff, the phone went silent. Pressing a "2", which the system said was for placing an order, connected me to a support center, where a representative told me the restaurant no longer was open.

A check of the website shows that the nearest Boston Market is in Sacramento.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Bottle & Bottega, a Chicago-based business that wants to expand into Modesto, offers an intriguing idea for a get-together: You and some friends go to a studio, where you have a glass of wine and then make some art.

"We have artists that lead a group of people how to paint," said CEO and co-owner Nancy Bigley. "The idea is really to bring arts to the community for people who don't have an arts background."

Bigley started franchising the operation two years ago; there are now nine Bottle & Bottega locations. She is looking toward going into California, particularly this area.

Bigley is familiar with the Northern San Joaquin Valley from her time with Dunkin' Donuts brand; her territory included the local Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops.

She said the area is a good fit for the business, which offers people something to do for a reasonable price — roughly $35 for an evening, plus the cost of wine — and something to take home.

"We've got beautiful studios," she said. People socialize for about 30 minutes over wine, then spend a couple of hours painting or making a mosaic, with guidance from an artist.

"When they're done, they literally have an art project," Bigley said. Even people who believe they don't have a speck of artistic ability — that'd be me — see impressive results.

"A lot of times, people will say, 'My friend dragged me here. My painting's going to look hideous,' " Bigley said. "When they're done, they say, 'I seriously can't believe I painted this.' "

For more information about Bottle & Bottega, call (760) 322-9353, email nancy@ or go to www.bottleandbottega. com.

There's one less place to get your chicken (see above), but one more to get your beverages. BevMo opened Friday at the Crossroads shopping center in Riverbank. It's the area's third site for the beverage retailer, joining locations on Sisk Road in Modesto and Countryside Drive in Turlock.

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