Friday, May 22, 2015

Francesca's Kitchen in East Arlington Is Closing; Sugo Italian Kitchen to Replace It

A local favorite in the northwest suburbs of Boston is closing down, with another dining spot taking its place.

According to a note within the Arlington Advocate, Francesca's Kitchen in East Arlington is being replaced by a new restaurant called Sugo Italian Kitchen, with one of our sources saying that the owner of Francesca's has sold the business to an individual who will apparently open a dining spot that is similar. It is not known when Sugo will officially open in the Mass. Ave. space, though the article does say that town selectmen have already granted a food license to the new place.

Francesca's first opened approximately a decade ago, featuring a mix of authentic Italian, Italian-American, and comfort food items, with subs, pizza, eggplant parmigiana, turkey dinner, chicken marsala, shepherd's pie, seafood, and more being offered.

The address for Francesca's Kitchen (and the upcoming Sugo Italian Kitchen) is 162 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474.

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Bread and Salt Team Plan to Open Juliet in Somerville's Union Square

The people behind a series of Boston-area pop-up restaurants and culinary events are now planning to open a brick-and-mortar dining spot in one of the region's hottest neighborhoods.

Eater Boston is reporting that Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri of Bread & Salt Hospitality will be opening a European-style cafe called Juliet in Somerville's Union Square, with the place taking over the former Sherman Cafe space on Washington Street. (Sherman Cafe closed in September after more than 10 years in business.) The article says that the new cafe will be more of a restaurant than a coffee shop, with full-service dining, counter seating, and takeout/grab-and-go all available, and it looks like the eatery will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Lewin and Jazayeri's Bread & Salt concept has included a seven-month stretch at Wink & Nod in Boston's South End, along with a series of pop-ups and themed events.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Union Square is: Juliet, 257 Washington Street, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its website is at http://www.julietsomerville.com/ while the website for Bread & Salt Hospitality can be found at http://www.breadandsalthospitality.com/

[Earlier Article]
Sherman Cafe in Somerville's Union Square Is Closing

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Easy Pie in Braintree to Open Second Location on the North Shore

A pizzeria south of Boston that is also known for its burgers and subs is going to be opening a new location north of the city.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Easy Pie in Braintree is opening a second shop on the North Shore, with the plan being to open sometime in the late summer. A message sent from the dining spot indicates that they already have the space where they will open, and they will disclose the exact location once a bit more work on it is done.

Our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured Easy Pie as a place to check out for its eclectic mix of pizzas, burgers, subs, and sides (including some unusual pizza topping combos and a "monster" tater tot). The review can be found at the following link:

http://www.hiddenboston.com/EasyPie.html

The address for the Braintree location of Easy Pie is 1701 Washington Street, Braintree, MA, 02184. Its website is at http://www.easypie.net/

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Boston Bacon and Beer Festival to Be Held at Fenway Park, June 20, 2015

A popular event that features two favorite food and drink items is returning to Boston once again, and this year, the event will be held at one of the city's truly iconic spots.

On Saturday, June 20, the sixth annual Boston Bacon and Beer Festival will take place in the concourse at Fenway Park, with the event going from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. As always, the festival is a fundraiser, this time raising money for Community Servings, Lovin' Spoonfuls, and The Red Sox Foundation. This year, guests will receive 16 tickets redeemable for 1.5-ounce beer samples, and they will also be able to buy certain beers after their use up their tickets. Tastings of bacon-based food items are unlimited until the participating dining spots run out, with a few of the restaurants at the event being Audubon, Brasserie 28, El Pelon, Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant, Night Market, Savvor, Shojo, Sweet Cheeks BBQ, Vee Vee, and West Bridge.

According to the event page, early bird "baller" tickets will go on sale tonight at 7:00 PM. (Regular ticket sales will be offered on May 27.) For more information on the 2015 Boston Bacon and Beer Festival, please go to the link below:

http://www.wheretoeat.in/2015-boston-bacon-and-beer-festival/

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Parent Company of Regina Pizzeria in Boston's North End Files for Bankruptcy

The company that operates one of the best-known pizzerias in New England has filed for bankruptcy.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Woburn-based Boston Restaurant Associates, Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court yesterday, with the plan being to reorganize and try to keep 12 or more of its 19 restaurants in operation. The Globe says that four "low-performing" dining spots that it runs will be closing, though it has not been mentioned which ones will be shutting down. [Update: According to a Twitter post from Boston Globe writer @DanielAdams86 (and confirmed by Regina's), the four locations that have permanently closed are Watertown, North Attleborough, Nashua, and Manchester; Adams says that all other locations will remain open.]

Boston Restaurant Associates runs a total of 17 locations of Regina's along with two locations of Polcari's in Saugus and Woburn, according to the Boston Globe. [Ed note: The Regina's locations in Allston and at Foxwoods in Connecticut are run by a different company and are not affected by the bankruptcy.]

Regina's, first started out in Boston's North End in 1926, is considered by some to have the best pizza in the Boston area--if not New England--at its flagship location on Thacher Street in the North End. Its website can be found at http://www.pizzeriaregina.com/

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Short Path Distillery to Open in Everett

A brand new distillery is on its way to the Boston area.

According to its website, Short Path Distillery is opening its doors in Everett on June 27, featuring spirits that are made by "combining old-world distilling techniques with a new-world, chemistry-based approach to spirit development." The business, which will be located on Kelvin Street (north of the Revere Beach Parkway and near Night Shift Brewing), will offer rum and gin, with the former being "bold, rich and full-bodied" and the latter being a London dry-style that is light and crisp.

A number of other distilleries can now be found in and around Boston, including Bully Boy in Roxbury, Damnation Alley in Belmont, and GrandTen in South Boston.

The address for this upcoming distillery in Everett is: Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin Street, Everett MA, 02149. Its website can be found at http://shortpathdistillery.com/

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