Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Plans for A&B Burgers to Expand to Amesbury Fall Through; New Plans for Second Location in the Works

Last fall, we reported that a popular burger spot on the North Shore was looking to expand to a second location further north, Now we have learned that these plans have fallen through--though new plans appear to be taking shape and these plans could include bringing them closer to Boston.

A message sent to us today mentions that A&B Burgers in Beverly has decided not to open in Amesbury, but now they are looking at opening a second location that could be in or near Boston. The earlier plans had been to possibly open on Main Street in Amesbury where No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits but the A&B folks decided to pull out of that deal.

A&B Burgers first opened in Salem in late 2013, moving from an historic jail complex on St. Peter Street to its present home on Cabot Street in Beverly in early 2016. The restaurant offers burgers, salads, small plates, sandwiches, larger meals, adult milkshakes, and more.

The website for the original location of A&B Burgers can be found at http://anbburgers.com/

[Earlier Article]
A&B Burgers in Beverly May Open Second Location in Amesbury

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Best Burger Bar to Open in Former Middle Gray Space in Brookline Village

A new burger place is on its way to Brookline, and it will be taking over the space where a multi-concept spot had been until closing this spring.

According to a source, Best Burger Bar is planning to open in Brookline Village, moving into the former Middle Gray space on Station Street. It appears that the new eatery will be a casual burger bar that features burgers made with dry-aged beef, and that it could be opening sometime in early to mid-July if all goes as planned. A page on the town website confirms that the place is indeed coming, saying that a meeting took place today that included discussion on installing new signage for Best Burger Bar in the old Middle Gray space.

The Middle Gray, which first opened in August of 2015, included a coffee shop/cafe, art gallery, wine bar, and performance space.

The address for the upcoming Best Burger Bar is 6 Station Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

[Earlier Article]
The Middle Gray in Brookline Village Has Closed; Looking for New Space

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Widowmaker Brewery to Open in Braintree

A new brewery is planning to open near one of the busiest intersections in the Boston area.

Wicked Local is reporting that the Widowmaker Brewery has received unanimous support by the Braintree license board for a farmers's series pouring permit/malt and restaurant license, with the place opening on Wood Road near the Braintree Split where Vanity World had been before moving to Canton. The article says that the brewery will include a 70-seat taproom and possibly food trucks on-site (it will not have a kitchen), and that it will be open Thursdays through Sundays. The post says that the Widowmaker Brewery will have six to eight "core" beers, with manager Ryan Lavery saying that they will also have a number of recipes that they can fall back on.

If all goes as planned, the Widowmaker Brewery could be opening in August.

The address for this upcoming brewery in Braintree is: Widowmaker Brewery, 220 Wood Road, Braintree, MA, 02184. Its website can be found at http://widowmakerbrewing.com/

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Bob's Family Restaurant in Millis Destroyed by Fire

A family-friendly suburban restaurant that has been in business for nearly 30 years has been destroyed in a fire.

According to an article in Wicked Local Millis, Bob's Family Restaurant was hit by a blaze on Tuesday that fire investigators believe was caused by an electrical outlet, with the interior of the structure being considered a total loss. The dining spot, which was closed at the time of the fire, is currently boarded up and an estimated cost of the blaze is in the process of being determined, according to the post. Last night, a GoFundMe page was set up to help raise money for rebuilding Bob's Family Restaurant, though the Manarolis family--which owns the place--could not be reached for comment by Wicked Local as of last night.

Bob's Family Restaurant, which buzzfile.com says first opened in 1991, was known in part for its all-day breakfasts.

The address for Bob's Family Restaurant is 1115 Main Street, Millis, MA, 02054.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Redbones in Somerville's Davis Square Hit by Fire; Will Be Closed Through at Least Friday

It looks like a popular BBQ spot in one of the busiest parts of Somerville has been closed down for the time being due to a fire.

According to a post from The Somerville News Weekly, Redbones in Davis Square had firefighters on the roof of the Chester Street dining spot, fighting a blaze that started sometime this morning. A Facebook post from The Somerville Journal mentions that this was a grease fire that was contained to the ductworks of the building and that no damage was suffered by the restaurant. A tweet from Redbones says that "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the restaurant will be CLOSED today through Friday. Please stay tuned for more updates" while a more recent Twitter post says that "The restaurant is closed. If you need assistance, please try calling the catering office at 617-764-5291."

If the reopening date for Redbones changes--or if any additional information is received--we will post an update here.

Thanks to a tipster for bringing this to our attention.

[May 24 update: A new Twitter post from the restaurant states that Redbones plans to reopen on Friday at 5:00 PM.]

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Owners/Operators of Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale in Boston Taking Over Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar

A restaurant and bar in Boston's Financial District is coming under new ownership, and the people behind it are the owners and operators of another restaurant and bar located nearby in Downtown Crossing.

A message sent to us today indicates that the owners and operators of Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale on Temple Place are taking over Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar on Water Street, with the plan being to close the place for a short time to make some minor renovations and reopen it under its new ownership sometime in June. Once it reopens, expect a concept that is fairly similar to that of Stoddard's, with classic and New American food offered along with local craft beers, vintage cocktails, and more.

Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar resides in a former bank building and had been called The Vault until changing its name in the spring of 2015.

The address for Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar is 105 Water Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

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