Monday, July 28, 2014

Highlights for the Week Ending July 25, 2014

A few more stories and articles centering on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a decades-old roast beef joint shutting down to make way for condos, a Todd English spot closing for renovations, and a well-known chef and restaurateur joining up with a pair of popular dining and drinking spots. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included a new review of a Venezuelan restaurant in Brookline, a photo of lasagna from a cafeteria-style eatery in Woburn, and an updated review of a tiny restaurant in the Inman Square section of Cambridge.

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

Boston Restaurant Talk

Liberty Bell Roast Beef in South Boston Is Closing

Joey's in Brighton Is Closing

Figs in Boston's Beacon Hill Has Closed for Renovations

Plans for The Painted Burro to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing Have Apparently Fallen Through

Brian Poe Buying Equity Stake in Bukowski Tavern Locations; Menu Changes on the Way

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

New Review: Orinoco in Brookline, MA

Photo: Lasagna from The Restaurant in Woburn, MA

Updated Review: City Girl Cafe in Cambridge, MA

Photo: Fried Flounder from Louis in Quincy, MA

Photo: Feta and Cheddar Burger from O'Sullivan's in Somerville, MA


Mac's Deli to Open Locations near Boston's North Station and in Brighton

It looks like a person who worked at a popular restaurant in the Fenway section of Boston will be opening not one, but two upscale delis in the city.

Eater Boston is reporting that Eric Gava (former general manager of Citizen Public House on Boylston Street) is planning to open Mac's Deli in the North Station area of Boston along with the Oak Square neighborhood of Brighton. Based on an Instagram photo from the deli, it appears that the one near North Station may move into the West End Pizza space at 252 Friend Street, while the Oak Square location will be at 572 Washington Street.

The Instagram post mentions that the Brighton location of Mac's Deli is "weeks away" while the North Station location should open in about 45 days.

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Not Your Average Joe's Plans to Open in Waltham and Westwood; Headquarters Moving to Milton

A small local chain of restaurants is going to be expanding, with two new spots in the works--and its headquarters will be moving closer to Boston as well.

The Patriot Ledger is reporting that Not Your Average Joe's is planning to open locations in both Waltham and Westwood sometime next year, with this being part of an expansion plan that could include the opening of three to five new restaurants per year. (A location in Nashua, NH, will open later this year as well.) In addition, CEO Stephen Silverstein is going to be moving the chain's offices from Middleboro to Milton, with the move taking place in October.

Not Your Average Joe's, which first started out in 1994 with a restaurant in Dartmouth, MA, currently has 20 locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Its website can be found at

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Liberty Bell Roast Beef in South Boston Is Closing

It looks like a decades-old roast beef joint is closing to make way for a new condo development.

A poster on the Chowhound site mentions that Liberty Bell in South Boston is apparently closing its doors tomorrow (Saturday, July 26), while a Boston Magazine article from last week indicates that the structure on W Broadway will be leveled, with a 33-unit condominium project that will include parking and a new restaurant planned for the space. (The project was approved earlier this month by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.)

The Liberty Bell first opened in Southie in 1979, offering roast beef, seafood, grill items, and more. Other locations of the eatery can be found in the Greater Boston area, including in Billerica, Melrose, and Stoneham.

The address for this soon-to-close roast beef joint in South Boston is: Liberty Bell, 170 W Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127.

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Lee's Burger Place to Open in Brookline's Coolidge Corner

A burger spot in Newton Centre is going to be opening a new location in one of the busiest sections of Brookline.

A note (and photo) sent by BostonTweet indicates that Lee's Burger Place is opening on Beacon Street in Coolidge Corner, with the address indicating that it is taking over the space where a location of Naked Pizza had been until closing in the summer of 2013. It is not yet known whether this is a second location of Lee's or a move from its space on Sumner Street in Newton Centre; as soon as we find out, we will post an update here.

[July 25 update: Eater Boston mentions that this is an expansion rather than a move, so there will ultimately be two locations of Lee's--one in Newton Centre and one in Brookline's Coolidge Corner. (The new location in Brookline is expected to open in October.)]

Lee's Burger Place first opened in Newton in the fall of 2009, moving into the space where another burger spot (Flippin' Burgers) had once been.

The address for this upcoming burger restaurant in Coolidge Corner is: Lee's Burger Place, 1331 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Panelli's Pizza and Parm to Open in Brookline

A new pizza and sandwich spot is on its way to Brookline.

The Brookline TAB is reporting that Panelli's Pizza & Parm is going to be opening on Harvard Street (between Coolidge Corner and the Allston border), moving into the space where Ozzie's Pizza & Cafe had been. The article says that owner David Iknaian plans to focus on pizza and sandwiches, and one town selectman at a recent meeting looking into the eatery said of the sample menu, "I find some of your pizzas fascinating," including one that has four farm fresh eggs on top. (No other options for toppings were mentioned.)

It appears that Panelli's Pizza & Parm could be opening sometime in September, according to the TAB.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Brookline is: Panelli's Pizza & Parm, 415 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

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