Wednesday, August 20, 2014

James Hook & Co. in Boston Seeks Liquor License, Later Hours

A landmark seafood restaurant and market in Boston is hoping to add alcohol to its menu and it is also apparently looking to stay open later.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting (via a City of Boston Licensing Board page) that James Hook & Co. on Atlantic Avenue is seeking an All Alcohol License along with a possible closing time of 10:00 PM (it is now open until 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday and Saturdays, 6:00 PM on Fridays, and 3:00 PM on Sundays). The board looked into this tonight, so we may have more information by tomorrow or Friday (keep checking back for updates).

James Hook & Co. first opened in 1925, offering lobster and other seafood items, including clam chowder, haddock, swordfish, tuna, and more.

The address for James Hook & Co. is 440 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210. Its website can be found at http://www.jameshooklobster.com/


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Spice of Brookline Is Now Giggling Rice

A Thai restaurant in Brookline that opened around the beginning of the year has undergone a name change, and its new name is a rather unusual one.

According to @PatrickMBoston of Maguire Promotions, Spice of Brookline on Beacon Street is now Giggling Rice, with a page on the Town of Brookline site (that appears to have been taken down) saying that the change "stems from another restaurant in Cambridge with a similar name" that "has caused some confusion with their patrons." It appears that the dining spot remains mostly the same, though a poster on Yelp says that there does appear to be a few changes made to the menu.

Spice of Brookline initially took over the space that had been vacated by Han River.

The address for Giggling Rice is 1009 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.


[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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Szechuan's Dumpling in Arlington Heights Is Under New Management

A Chinese restaurant in Arlington Heights is under new management, though it appears that few, if any, changes will take place.

According to a Facebook post from the restaurant, Szechuan's Dumpling on Mass. Ave. had a change of management apparently as of today, repeating what a Chowhound poster had said earlier. (Another poster on the CH page mentioned that it would be closing, but this does not appear to be true, though this poster also says something about the original owner moving to Londonderry, NH, which we are trying to confirm.) The Chowhound poster who mentioned the change of management also says that "the cooks will remain the same," so it appears that the restaurant may be continuing as is (we will try to find out for sure over the coming days).

[August 20 update: According to multiple sources, including another poster on Chowhound, Szechuan's Dumpling will be closed for the next two weeks.]

Szechuan's Dumpling first opened in February of 2013, moving into the space where Jade Garden had been.

The address for Szechuan's Dumpling is 1360 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.


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Kane's Donuts to Open in Boston's Financial District

A few months ago we reported that a landmark donut shop north of Boston was looking to expand. Now we have learned that its expansion plans apparently include a brand new location in the heart of downtown Boston.

Eater Boston is reporting that Kane's Donuts in Saugus is going to be opening a shop somewhere in Boston's Financial District, with one of EB's sources indicating that it could be coming to High Street near where it intersects Pearl Street. No specific opening date has been given as of yet, but it looks like the new location of Kane's might open this fall.

Kane's first opened its doors on Lincoln Avenue in Saugus back in 1955, featuring an array of donuts as well as croissants, cupcakes, muffins, danish, turnovers, and coffee rolls (which is perhaps its signature item). Its website can be found at http://www.kanesdonuts.com/

[Earlier Article]
Kane's Donuts in Saugus May Be Expanding


[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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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wings Express in Waltham Has Closed; Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions to Expand into Space

A dining spot in Waltham that has been serving wings for more than 20 years has closed, and an award-winning deli and specialty food shop that is located next door will be expanding into its space.

A Twitter post from @ryangrannand (via information from @CouncilW9) indicates that Wings Express on Moody Street is no longer in business, with Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions making plans to take over the space. According to @CouncilW9, the expansion will allow Moody's to have more seating.

[August 20 update: Boston Magazine mentions that Moody's expansion will give the spot a capacity of 50, with the space having a full bar with 16 seats and an "island of slicers." The article also says that owner Joshua Smith plans to set up a 10,000-square-foot food manufacturing facility somewhere in the nearby area that will ultimately allow Moody's to distribute its foods to dining spots around the country.]

Last year we reported that the Wings Over chain was looking to take over the Wings Express space, but that fell through and Wings Express continued in operation up until now. Based on a Twitter note from @brandnewwatch, it looks like Wings Express may have shuttered over the past few days.

Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions first opened its doors last fall and has since received a number of accolades, including a "Best Of" award from Boston Magazine this year.

The address for Wings Express was 464 Moody Street, while the address for Moody's is 468 Moody Street. The website for Moody's can be found at http://moodyswaltham.com/


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Brothers Marketplace May Be Coming to Somerville's Davis Square

It looks like a local supermarket chain could be opening a location of its upscale neighborhood market concept in one of the busiest parts of Somerville.

Cambridge Day is reporting that Wellesley-based Roche Bros. is hoping to bring Brothers Marketplace to Davis Square, with the grocery store looking to move into the Social Security building space at 240 Elm Street, which has been empty for several years. If approved, the market--which focuses on "fresh foods and regional artisan products" along with "all the favorites needed for a full grocery shopping experience"--would be the third of its kind, with others being found in Weston and Medfield. A community meeting will take place on the proposed grocery store on September 10.

Over the past couple of years, both World of Beer and Boston Beer Works have showed interest in the Elm Street space, but plans for both ended up falling through.

The website for Brothers Marketplace can be found at http://www.brothers-marketplace.com/


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