Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Norvia's Place in Roxbury Hopes to Reopen This Fall

A now-closed bar in Roxbury could reopen as a restaurant later this year, depending in part on whether the city of Boston allows its owner to keep the liquor license for the place.

Universal Hub is reporting that Norvia Pena is planning to reopen Norvia's Place on Washington Street this fall (possibly in September), with the business focusing more on food than drinks and upping the seating from 15 to 45. The post says that Pena and her landlord have been making renovations to the space (which has been the site of a bar since the 1930s), with her attorney telling the Boston Licensing Board that the foundation of the building "basically started to crumble" when Pena was doing had been doing renovations to the kitchen last year.

The board is expected to decide whether to allow Norvia's Place to keep her liquor license until its expected opening in the fall.

The address for Norvia's Place is 2805 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119.

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Jimmy's Pizzeria in Arlington Heights to Be Replaced by Nina Trattoria and Pizza

A pizza spot and sub shop in a northwest suburb of Boston that is full of pizza spots and sub shops is going to change into a brand new eatery with a new name.

The Arlington Advocate is reporting that Angelo Carbini--who is currently a waiter at the Florentine Cafe in the North End of Boston--is taking over Jimmy's Pizzeria in Arlington Heights and will replace it with a new spot called Nina Trattoria and Pizza. The article says that the 19-seat restaurant on Mass. Ave. will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, serving house-made Italian items including antipasti (Prince Edward Island mussels and beef carpaccio will be two options), lobster ravioli in a vodka cream sauce, and veal saltimbocca, with freshly-made pastas being offered. Carbini has not yet applied for a liquor license, but he may do so in the future, according to the Advocate.

Jimmy's Pizzeria first opened its doors more than a decade ago.

The address for Jimmy's Pizzeria (and the upcoming Nina Trattoria and Pizza) is 1510 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Cheesy Street Grill Opens Natick, Westborough Locations Along the Massachusetts Turnpike

A pair of grilled cheese restaurants have opened west of Boston, and they cater nearly exclusively to travelers.

Wicked Local Natick is reporting that Cheesy Street Grill is now open at the Natick Service Plaza (eastbound) and the Westborough Service Plaza (westbound), offering an array of grilled cheese sandwiches along with soups, salads, desserts, and beverages. The two locations are open seven days a week, with hours being 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, according to its social media pages.

Cheesy Street Grill started off as a food truck in Connecticut in 2014, setting up in Hartford, Bristol, and elsewhere, including at farmers markets and various events. Its website can be found at http://www.cheesystreetgrill.com/

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Wingstop to Open Locations in Medford and East Boston

Nearly eight years after first reporting about it, a Texas-based chicken wing chain will finally be bringing its first locations to the Boston area.

An email sent today indicates that Wingstop plans to open shops in Medford and East Boston, with the former opening this Wednesday at the Fellsway Plaza and the latter coming this fall to Central Square. Based on the other locations of the chain, expect to see wings, boneless wings, and chicken tenders with a wide variety of sauces offered.

Back in late 2008, we had mentioned that Wingstop--which is headquartered in Dallas--had signed franchise agreements to open a couple of locations in the Boston area. Currently, the only three shops in New England can be found in Hartford, Storrs, and Vernon, CT.

The website for Wingstop is at http://www.wingstop.com/

[Earlier Article]
Wingstop to Open Two Locations in Boston

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Paolo's Trattoria in Charlestown Has Closed for Renovations

An Italian restaurant that has been around for nearly 20 years has shut down for the time being.

A Twitter post from @The_Fliz from last week indicated that Paolo's Trattoria in Charlestown was closed and that earlier calls placed to the Main Street eatery went unanswered. A phone call placed to Paolo's today now goes to a voicemail saying that the restaurant has closed for renovations for the summer and that it will reopen in the fall. It is not yet known what kinds of changes will take place to the dining spot; as soon as we find out, we will post an update here.

Paolo's Trattoria is a family-owned restaurant that is known in part for its wood-fired pizza; the restaurant was established in 1998, according to the Manta site.

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Update: Is the Alpine Restaurant Group Taking Over the Ribelle Space in Brookline?

[Ed note: This article was updated on July 26 to reflect confirmation that the Alpine Restaurant Group will indeed be taking over the Ribelle space.]

Earlier this month, we reported that a highly-rated Brookline restaurant was closing down and that another dining spot could be moving into the space. Now we are hearing who might be opening a restaurant there.

According to multiple sources within the restaurant industry, the Alpine Restaurant Group (Posto, Painted Burro, Rosebud) is looking to take over the space where Ribelle had been until shutting down on July 2. Most of the sources indicate that the new eatery may be a location of the Painted Burro, but there is no confirmation of this as of yet. The restaurant group has indicated that more locations of its dining spots may be coming, saying on its Facebook page that "The group will continue to expand its presence in the region with new locations of Posto and The Painted Burro across New England."

[July 26 update: The Boston Globe confirms that The Alpine Group is indeed opening a restaurant in the former Ribelle space, and it will be a smaller version of the Painted Burro called the Burro Bar. The article says that if all goes as planned, the new dining spot should open in the late fall or early winter.]

Locations of Posto can currently be found in Somerville's Davis Square and in Waltham, while the Painted Burro and Rosebud are both located in Davis Square.

The address for the former Ribelle space is 1665 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

[Earlier Article]
Ribelle in Brookline Is Closing

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