Friday, June 24, 2016

News Elsewhere: Building Housing Antonio's Pizza in Amherst to Go on the Auction Block

The building that a legendary pizza spot in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts calls home is going up for auction.

According to an article in the Amherst Bulletin, Antonio's Pizza on North Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst will have its building put up for sale at a foreclosure auction on August 16, with the post saying that the reason for the auction is "a breach of the conditions" of the mortgage. It is not yet known what might happen to the pizzeria itself, which first opened in 1991 and is known for its slices with offbeat topping combinations.

Other locations of Antonio's can be found in Belchertown, Easthampton, Worcester, Pawtucket, Providence, Champaign, IL, and College Station, TX.

The address for Antonio's is 31 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002. Its website is at http://www.antoniospizza.com/

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fava Bean Mediterranean Opens within CambridgeSide Galleria in East Cambridge

A brand new Mediterranean eatery has opened within a mall in East Cambridge.

Eater Boston is reporting that Fava Bean Mediterranean is now open in the food court of the CambridgeSide Galleria, with the place offering customizable dishes that include a base, protein options, toppings, and sauce/spread. A few of the ingredients available include rice, pita bread, falafel, steak shawarma, chicken kababs, pickles, sumac onions, tahini, and garlic sauce, with side orders including lentil soup, hummus, and more.

The people behind Fava Bean Mediterranean also operate a number of dining spots in Malaysia, according to Eater Boston.

The website for Fava Bean can be found at http://thefavabean.com/

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Intelligentsia Coffee Plans to Open Shop in Watertown

It looks like a Chicago-based coffee roaster is going to be opening a shop in the Boston area.

Eater Boston is reporting that Intelligentsia Coffee is planning to open a retail outlet somewhere in Watertown and it is now looking to hire for the upcoming store. The coffee roasting company, which is majority-owned by California-based Peet's Coffee & Tea, currently has six locations in Chicago, three in the Los Angeles area, and one in New York City; the shops offer coffee and espresso options, along with some food items including pastries.

Intelligentsia first started out in 1995 on Broadway on the north side of Chicago and is now headquartered on West Fulton Street in the West Town/Near West Side area. Its website can be found at http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/

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Heavenly Licks Moves from Melrose to Wakefield

An ice cream shop that had been in business for nearly 30 years until losing its home last fall has reopened a few miles to the north of its old spot.

According to The Passionate Foodie, Heavenly Licks is now open on North Avenue in Wakefield, with this being confirmed by the shop on Facebook. The store lost its home in October of 2015, as the building's owner had other plans for the space, so owner Kara Conley put the shop's equipment into storage and started looking for a new location, with the original plan being to find a new space somewhere in Melrose if possible. The store had been on W Wyoming Avenue since the late 1980s.

The address for the new location of Heavenly Licks is 253 North Avenue, Wakefield, MA, 01880.

[Earlier Article]
Heavenly Licks in Melrose Loses Its Home; Looking for New Location

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Nashoba Valley Winery Owner Faces License Issue That Could Force Restaurant or Winery to Close

A well-known winery west of Boston is going to court over a licensing issue that could ultimately cause at least part of the business to close.

WBUR is reporting that the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) is not going to be renewing all of the licenses for Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton for next year, saying that a Massachusetts business cannot have both a pouring license for a restaurant and a farmer's manufacturing license (in this case, a farmer's winery license). Because of this, owner Rich Pelletier indicates that he would have to either drop the pouring license which would mean that the dining spot on the premises--J's Restaurant--would not be able to sell the farm's wine, or he could drop the farmer's winery license and no longer be able to produce wine. A post from CBS Boston states that if Pelletier is not able to retain both licenses, he may have to close the restaurant around the end of the year--or the winery, according to WBUR--though stopping the production of wine does not seem like a viable option.

Pelletier is now looking to take regulators to court over the licensing issue, but the office of Attorney General Maura Healey is seeking to have the case dismissed because the licenses have not actually been denied for next year as of yet, saying that Pelletier needs to exhaust his "administrative remedies" before going to court. (A hearing on the dismissal is expected to take place June 29.)

Nashoba Valley Winery is a hilltop spot that includes a winery, orchard, tasting area, restaurant, and retail shop; it also hosts functions and events, including weddings, corporate outings, family reunions, private picnics, and more. Its website is at http://nashobawinery.com/

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Study and Ames Street Deli in Cambridge's Kendall Square Reopen as Study at Ames

A pair of dining spots in Cambridge have merged and now are being run as one restaurant.

According to a press release, Study and Ames Street Deli have reopened after a brief closure, with the two eateries now being under one name--Study at Ames. The new spot will be a counter-service cafe at breakfast and lunch in the Ames Street Deli space while it will be a full-service restaurant at lunch in the Study space, and both spaces will have table service at dinner. (Note: The place will only be open on weekdays.) A few menu items include green garlic soup with lobster stock, a smoked char sandwich with tomatoes and turnip green pesto, a mushroom swiss sandwich, pork loin with yellow beets, and more.

In the fall of 2014, Tse Wei Lim, Diana Kudayarova and Sam Treadway opened both Study and Ames Street Deli; the trio are behind Journeyman and Backbar in Somerville's Union Square.

The address for Study at Ames is 73 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. Its website can be found at http://73amesstreet.com/

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