Thursday, September 29, 2016

Papa Razzi Metro in Burlington Is Closing

A local group of Italian restaurants is closing one of its locations--and this one went through a reconcepting not too long ago.

According to a poster on Twitter, Papa Razzi Metro in Burlington is closing, with a phone call placed to the Wall Street dining spot confirming that this is indeed the case. While the Twitter post indicates that the restaurant is shutting down at the end of the month, the person we talked to said that it will actually be closing on October 16. No reason has been given for the closure at this point in time.

Papa Razzi in Burlington changed over to Papa Razzi Metro last year, with the new concept focusing on scratch-made New England dishes along with Italian items, including small shareable plates and larger entrees. Other locations of the original Papa Razzi can be found in Boston, Concord, Framingham, and Wellesley.

The address for the soon-to-close Papa Razzi Metro in Burlington is 2 Wall Street, Burlington, MA, 01803.

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Curio Spice to Open Shop in North Cambridge

A Somerville-based company that sells spices out of farmers markets and shops is going to be opening a shop of its own.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Scout Cambridge) that Curio Spice plans to open a brick-and-mortar store in North Cambridge, moving into a space on Mass. Ave. by the Dover Street/Hollis Street traffic light a couple of blocks northwest of Rindge Avenue. Up until now, Curio founder Claire Cheney has been working out of a kitchen at Taza Chocolate that she has shared with EHChocolatier, but she has outgrown that space, according to Scout Cambridge.

If all goes as planned, Curio Spice could be opening in its new shop by the end of October.

The address for this upcoming spice store in North Cambridge is: Curio Spice, 2265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140. The website for the company can be found at http://www.curiospice.com/

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Sorelle Bar & Grill in Abington Plans November Opening in Former Vin & Eddie's Space

Earlier this year, we reported that an iconic Italian restaurant south of Boston was closing and would be replaced by a new Italian eatery. Now we have learned that the upcoming dining spot is getting close to opening.

According to an article in Wicked Local Abington, Sorelle Bar & Grill is hoping to open in the old Vin & Eddie's space sometime in November and that renovations are currently underway. The post indicates that chef/owner Andrea Schnell plans to make the new restaurant more of a modern Italian spot than the old-school Vin & Eddie's had been, though the place will retain some of the touches of the previous restaurant, as parts of the space are being re-purposed. Schnell and Sorelle general manager Mark Doherty were co-workers at the Square Cafe in Hingham before deciding to open their own restaurant.

Vin & Eddie's, had been in business since 1955.

The address for the upcoming Sorelle Bar & Grill is 1400 Bedford Street, Abington, MA, 02351.

[Earlier Article]
Vin & Eddie's in Abington Is Closing; Sorelle Bar & Grill Plans to Replace It

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All Star Pizza Bar in Cambridge's Inman Square to Expand to Boston's Beacon Hill

The people behind a sandwich place and a pizza spot in Cambridge will be opening a second location of their pizzeria in Boston.

Eater Boston is reporting that Kosta and Johnny Diamantopoulos of All Star Sandwich Bar and All Star Pizza Bar in Inman Square plan to open a new location of All Star Pizza Bar on Cambridge Street in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, with the eatery moving into the space where a location of Griddler's Burgers and Dogs had been until closing in June. (Another location of Griddler's on Boylston Street across from Boston Common remains in operation.) In the spring of 2014, we mentioned that the Diamantopoulos brothers were looking to open a restaurant somewhere in Boston, though at the time it was not known exactly when or where.

If all goes as planned, the new location of All Star Pizza Bar could open within the next few months, according to EB.

The address for the upcoming location of All Star Pizza Bar is 204 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, 02114. Its website can be found at http://www.allstarpizzabar.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Owners of All Star Sandwich Bar and All Star Pizza Bar in Cambridge May Open Restaurant in Boston
Griddler's Burgers and Dogs Has Closed Its Beacon Hill Location

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Building Housing Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant in Boston's Back Bay Has Been Sold

An Irish pub in the Back Bay of Boston has been sold, and it is not known what the future might hold for the place at this point in time.

According to a post within the bldup.com site, the building housing Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant on Boylston Street was purchased by Talanian Realty Company for $8.8 million, a company that also owns 907 Boylston Street, with the site saying the purchase of the adjacent Lir's presents "a significant development opportunity." It appears that Lir may be safe for the time being, as it has a lease on the building until the end of 2018, though the 903 Boylston Street site adds that Lir has a "below-market lease" and that it will have one five-year option to renew at "fair market value."

Lir is affiliated with three other Boston spots--Crossroads and Globe Bar and Cafe in the Back Bay, and McGann's near North Station.

The website for Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant can be found at http://www.lironboylston.com/

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cosi Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Earlier this week, we reported that a Boston-based chain of dining spots had closed one of its shops within the city. Now we have learned that the chain has declared bankruptcy.

According to a press release from the company, Cosi announced today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with the chain closing 29 of its 74 company-owned locations prior to the filing. (The 31 franchised locations remain in operation, as they are unaffected by the bankruptcy.) The chain is now looking at a "fast-track process" in which it will emerge from bankruptcy under new ownership while reducing its debt and stabilizing the company. News of Cosi's bankruptcy has hit the stock hard, with a recent check showing that it is trading between five and six cents, which is a drop of more than 65% from yesterday. (Cosi was already facing a possible delisting from the Nasdaq Stock Market because its common stock has been below $1.00 for a number of months.)

On Monday, we had mentioned that the Boylston Street location of Cosi in Boston's Back Bay had shut down, though it is unknown at this time if any other locations in Boston or Cambridge have also closed; as soon as we get more information, we will post an update here.

The website for Cosi can be found at https://getcosi.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Cosi in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed
Cosi Faces Possible Stock Delisting

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