Monday, October 20, 2014

Highlights for the Week Ending October 17, 2014

A few more stories and articles centering on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a restaurant south of Boston with well-known people behind it being replaced by another spot, a seafood place in the Back Bay announcing it will shut down, and a chain of sandwich shops expanding into the Back Bay. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included a new review of a Vietnamese restaurant in Allston, a photo of a dessert from an Italian spot in Lexington, and an updated review of a Mexican eatery in Melrose.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

Chatime Is Opening a Second Location in Boston's Chinatown

Amorino to Open in Boston's Back Bay

Turner's Yard in Pembroke Is Being Replaced by 615 Raw Bar and Grille

Skipjack's in Boston's Back Bay Is Closing

Cosi to Open in Boston's Back Bay

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

New Review: Pho Viet's in Allston, MA

Photo: Cookies and Cream from Via Lago in Lexington, MA

Boston-Area Restaurant Closings and Openings for October (So Far)

Updated Review: Mexico Lindo in Melrose, MA

Photo: Tiramisu from Pescatore in Somerville, MA


Fred's Franks Is Back in Wakefield

A hot dog cart north of Boston that was forced to leave its home a few months ago is back in the area, and at least for now, it is apparently located very near its former home.

According to a Facebook post, Fred's Franks has returned to Wakefield, with the note saying "Starting Monday [today], we will be re-opening in Wakefield, hopefully on the corner from where we used to set up, from 11:30 - 1:30. Then, we may re-locate and open from 4:30 - 6:30. I will 'pin point' our location on google maps and send a tweet with our location." Fred's was kicked off the property at the northern edge of Lake Quannapowitt back in June and has been looking for a home ever since. Recently, the hot dog stand was set up in Medford, but that appears to be over for the time being, though the owner hints that Medford could become a possibility once again at some point.

The website for Fred's Franks can be found at

[Earlier Article]
Fred's Franks in Wakefield Kicked Off Property; Owner Seeks New Location

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Fugu Asian Food Truck Is Saying Goodbye

It looks like an Asian food truck is saying farewell after being on the streets of Boston for a couple of seasons.

According to a post on the Hub Food Trucks site, Fugu has decided to sell their truck, though no other details have been given at this point in time. The truck, which debuted in the spring of 2013, had a tasting menu as well as small bites and tapas, with such items as poached prawns, pot stickers, pork belly buns, stuffed eggplant, beef bulgogi tacos, kimchee pancakes, and crispy spring rolls offered.

As soon as we hear more about why Fugu is shutting down (and/or who might be buying the truck), we will post an update here.

Thanks to Drew Starr for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Jimmy John's to Open Near North Station in Boston

An Illinois-based chain of gourmet sandwich shops continues its expansion plans through Boston, with another new location now planned for a busy part of the city.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting (via a Licensing Board page) that Jimmy John's is going to be opening at The Victor, which is a luxury residential building on Beverly Street across from North Station. Currently, two other locations of the chain are also in the works--one on Park Drive in the Audubon Circle neighborhood along with another on Western Avenue in Allston-Brighton, with all three eventually joining the first shop to open in the area--at the Flats on D apartment complex on D Street in South Boston.

Jimmy John's opened its first shop in Charleston, IL back in 1983 and now has nearly 2,000 locations in the United States. The website for the chain can be found at

[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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The Lobster Pool Restaurant in Rockport Has Been Sold

A classic seafood shack with some of the best water views on the Massachusetts coast has been sold, though it looks like the new owner will keep the place open come next spring.

According to a series of posts on its Facebook page, the owner of the Lobster Pool Restaurant in Rockport has decided to sell the place, though she will "assist the [new] owner in any way I can and facilitate a smooth transition for the future of the restaurant," which will close for the season this weekend and reopen again sometime in the spring of 2015. The name of the new owner has not yet been given, nor is it known whether any changes will be made to the restaurant, which is located on Route 127 by the Gloucester border.

The Lobster Pool Restaurant has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as a place to go for both seafood and outstanding views of Ipswich bay. The review can be found at this link:

The address for this seafood spot in Rockport is: The Lobster Pool Restaurant, 329 Granite Street (Route 127), Rockport, MA, 01966.

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Sweet Caroline's in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

A restaurant in the Fenway section of Boston has closed its doors--at least for the time being--after being in business for a bit more than three years.

According to a Twitter post, Sweet Caroline's on Boylston Street is shuttered with its windows being papered over, and a call placed to the dining spot indicates that it has closed for renovations. There has been some chatter over social media that the restaurant may be reopening under a new name, though this has not yet been confirmed (as soon as we get more information on its exact status, we will post an update here).

Sweet Caroline's first opened in September of 2011, taking over the space where Fenway Cantina had been; the people behind Battery Park Bar & Lounge on Batterymarch Street in downtown Boston were behind its opening.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in the Fenway is: Sweet Caroline's, 1260 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

[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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