Friday, October 31, 2014

Cafe Vanille in Chestnut Hill Has Closed

It looks like a location of a French bakery and pastry shop west of Boston has closed its doors.

An email sent earlier this week indicated that Cafe Vanille at The Mall at Chestnut Hill has shut its doors, with this being confirmed by a reliable source within the restaurant industry. This is the second location of the shop to be leaving the area, as earlier reports say the Beacon Hill store on Charles Street is being replaced by a location of Tatte Bakery and Cafe. (The exact status of French Memories--a shop in Duxbury that is connected to Cafe Vanille--is not known at this point in time.)

Cafe Vanille first opened on Beacon Hill in 1999, with the Chestnut Hill location opening a couple of years later.

The address for this now-closed bakery and pastry shop at The Mall at Chestnut Hill was: Cafe Vanille, 199 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467.

[Earlier Article]
Cafe Vanille in Boston's Beacon Hill to Close; Tatte to Move into Its Space


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Temple Bar in Cambridge Reopens After Fire

An upscale restaurant and bar in Cambridge has opened its doors once again after a fire temporarily shut the place down over the summer.

A note sent from Rich O's Ravings indicates that Temple Bar on Mass. Ave. (between Porter Square and Harvard Square) is now open, with the Cambridge Chronicle and TAB mentioning that its reopening also comes with menu changes as well as renovations and upgrades to the space. A few of the menu additions include a roasted bone marrow dish, foie gras mousse stuffed dates, and chicken two ways.

Temple Bar was hit by a kitchen fire back in July that started in the walls of the place.

The address for this reopened restaurant and bar in Cambridge is: Temple Bar, 1688 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138. Its website can be found at http://templebarcambridge.com/


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Treat Cupcake Bar in Needham to Introduce New Concept Called The Dessert Workshop

A cupcake shop in Needham is taking over the space next door and will debut a new interactive concept for dessert lovers.

Eater Boston is reporting that Treat Cupcake Bar on Highland Avenue is expanding into the former Swizzles space with the plan being to open The Dessert Workshop there. The Facebook page for the upcoming spot says that customers will be able to create an array of dessert items, including cupcakes, pies, parfaits, and sundaes using equipment supplied by the place, with another option being to choose from pre-made treats from them. It looks like The Dessert Workshop will open sometime this fall, though no specific date has been given as of yet.

Treat Cupcake Bar also has a location at The Street Chestnut Hill, with that shop opening in April of 2013.

The address for the upcoming Dessert Workshop is 1450 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA, 02492. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dessert-Workshop/345218965630579


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Crumbs Bake Shop Reopening in Boston's Financial District

A chain of cupcake shops that closed down over the summer is getting back on its feet again--and at least one of its stores in Massachusetts is getting ready to open back up.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting that the Crumbs Bake Shop location on Federal Street in Boston's Financial District is reopening tomorrow (Friday, October 31) and as stated previously, it will be offering more than just cupcakes this time around. The article mentions that included among its offerings are hybrid treats such as crozels (a combination of a croissant and a pretzel) and baissants (a combination of a bagel and a croissant), along with cupcake pushpops that consist of a cupcake in a cylinder with a plunger used to push the cupcake out.

Based on its website, it does not appear that the Crumbs locations at the Prudential Center in the Back Bay, and the Natick Mall in Natick are slated to reopen, at least at this point in time.

The address for Crumbs in the Financial District is 176 Federal Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.crumbs.com/

Thanks for Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Articles]
Crumbs Bake Shop Getting Financing from Group of Investors, Will Reopen Stores
Crumbs Bake Shop Closes All Of Its Locations


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wings Over Arlington Has Closed

A small chain of wing places based in Massachusetts has gotten just a bit smaller, as one of its Boston-area locations has closed.

According to a poster on the Chowhound site, Wings Over Arlington is no longer in business, with a sign at the Mass. Ave. shop referring customers to the Somerville location. (A phone call confirms this, with the message saying that it has indeed closed down.) It appears that the other locations of Wings Over in the Boston area and elsewhere in the region--including in Boston, Somerville, Brookline, Framingham, Lowell, Worcester, and Providence, RI--remain open for business.

Wings Over first started out in Amherst in 1999 and now has a handful of locations on the East Coast and in the Great Lakes area. The shops feature regular and boneless wings with a variety of sauce options, including teriyaki, honey mustard, Jamaican jerk, and sweet chili.

The address for the now-closed Wings Over Arlington was 217 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474. The website for the chain can be found at http://wingsover.com/


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rox Cafe in Newton Highlands Has Apparently Closed

It looks like a cafe in Newton has closed its doors after being in business for a bit more than a year.

According to a poster on the Chowhound site, Rox Cafe in the Newton Highlands section of the city is no longer in business, with a sign out front thanking customers for their past support. Phone calls placed to the eatery did not go through, and a check on the Village 14 site indicates that the Lincoln Street spot may actually have closed sometime last month.

Rox Cafe, which first opened in the summer of 2013, was run by the same people who are behind Rox Diner in West Roxbury and Newtonville (both of those restaurants remain in operation).

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Newton Highlands was: Rox Cafe, 27 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA, 02461.


[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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