Monday, November 30, 2015

Highlights for the Week Ending November 27, 2015

A few more stories and articles centering on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a landmark meat market filing for bankruptcy, a group of popular bakery-cafes in expansion mode again, and a gypsy brewery announcing that it will end production. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included an updated review of a Thai restaurant in Tewksbury, a photo of a drink from a riverside spot in Essex, and an updated slideshow of food items for college students.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

McKinnon's Meat Market in Somerville Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Christopher Myers, Joanne Chang Planning New Restaurant in Cambridge's Kendall Square

A Fifth Location of Flour Is In the Works

Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project to End Production

Salsa's in South Boston Has Apparently Closed

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Updated Review: Mango II in Tewksbury, MA

New Photo: Bloody Mary from CK Pearl in Essex, MA

New Photo: Chili from The Squires in Hanover, MA

Updated Slideshow: Twelve More Dishes for College Students in the Boston Area

New Photo: Steak Fries from Bob's in Medford, MA

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Las Ventas in Boston's South End Closes; Will Become Private Space for Estragon

A food shop and deli in the South End of Boston has closed, and its space will be used by a restaurant next door that is run by the same family.

Eater Boston is reporting (via BosGuy) that Las Ventas on Harrison Avenue shut down at the beginning of the month, with the plan being for Estragon Tapas Bar to take over the space and use it for functions and private dining along with additional space for the restaurant. A note on the shop's website states that it has indeed closed and that "We appreciate your loyal patronage over the last seven years, and apologize for any inconvenience."

Two brothers--Luis and Julio de Haro--opened both Estragon and Las Ventas in 2008.

The address for this now-closed shop and deli in the South End was: Las Ventas, 700 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Sandwiches from Restaurants in the Boston Area and Elsewhere in New England]

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Upper Crust Pizzeria in Watertown Has Closed

A local group of pizzerias has closed one of its shops as it gets ready to open a new one.

According to a note within its website, Upper Crust Pizzeria in Watertown is no longer in operation, with a slideshow post next to the note saying that this is a "move" from Main Street to an upcoming location in Cambridge's Porter Square. (In August, we had reported that Upper Crust would indeed be taking over the space on Mass. Ave. where a location of Stone Hearth Pizza was.) It is not known when the Cambridge location will open; as soon as we hear of an opening date, we will post an update here.

A number of Upper Crust locations closed abruptly toward the end of 2012 after the chain declared bankruptcy, with several shops being auctioned off; a few of the stores subsequently reopened, and locations can now be found in Boston's Beacon Hill, the South End, Brookline, Lexington, Wellesley, Arlington, VA, Beverly Hills, CA, and Washington, DC.

The address for the now-closed Upper Crust Pizzeria in Watertown was 94 Main Street, Watertown, MA, 02472. The website for Upper Crust can be found at

Thanks to one of our readers for initially bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Post]
Upper Crust Pizzeria Plans to Replace Stone Hearth Pizza in Cambridge

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Pizzas in the Boston Area and Beyond]

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Wegmans Is Apparently Coming to Medford

A chain of supermarkets that until a few years ago had no presence in the local area is apparently going to be opening yet another new location, and this one would be just north of Boston.

According to a Facebook post from, Mayor Michael McGlynn mentioned in his final "State of the City" address today that Wegmans would be opening at the Meadow Glen Mall on the Mystic Valley Pkwy just east of Route 93. No timeframe has been given as of yet, and we are awaiting a response to a message sent to the Rochester, NY-based chain this evening; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

[November 30 update: A post within the city of Medford website seems to confirm that Wegmans is coming, as a quote from Mayor McGlynn includes the following: "The Meadow Glen Mall has been permitted for the renovation of 60,000 square feet. Marshalls and Kohls will continue their leases, and they are welcoming new tenants, including Wegmans."]

Existing locations of Wegmans can be found in Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Northborough, and Westwood, with upcoming stores planned for Boston's Fenway neighborhood and at the Natick Mall as well. The website for Wegmans can be found at

Thanks to @blumie of Eater Boston for initially bringing this to our attention.

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

McKinnon's Meat Market in Somerville Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

A butcher shop in one of the busiest parts of Somerville that has been around for nearly 50 years has filed for bankruptcy.

According to a Twitter post from Boston Herald writer @DGoodison, McKinnon's Meat Market in Davis Square is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, though no other information has been given at this point in time. (This is a developing story, so keep checking back for updates.)

[November 27 update: According to a bankruptcy court filing seen today, McKinnon's Meat Market has indeed filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has until December 7 to file their statement of financial affairs and the schedules of exactly what they owe.]

McKinnon's, which first opened its doors back in 1966 according to a page on the Manta site, features a wide variety of meats and seafood items, including steak tips, chicken drumsticks, ham steaks, corned beef brisket, rabbit, Italian sausage, scallops, shrimp, salmon, and much more.

The address for McKinnon's in Davis Square is 239 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. Its website can be found at

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Burgers from Restaurants in the Boston Area]

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Ezra Anderson, Founder of Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon, Passes Away at 94

The founder of a now-closed nationally-recognized hot dog trailer has passed away.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Ezra Anderson of Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon died on Tuesday at the age of 94, a bit more than two years after Gregg Gale--who had purchased the truck from Anderson in 2008--passed on. The article mentions that Anderson started Speed's in Newmarket Square in 1975 and his wagon became famous over the years, being featured in both Details and Bon Appetit magazines as well as in Boston Magazine and on the Phantom Gourmet. (The Wall Street Journal also featured Speed's in a top hot dogs in America article in 2008.)

Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon, whose name was changed to Boston Super Dog by Gregg Gale in 2012, was taken off the road after Gale died and never reopened.

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