Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Josephine in Boston's Kenmore Square Has Apparently Closed

It looks like a French restaurant in Boston's Kenmore Square has shut down after only a year in business.

An email sent today indicates that Josephine on Commonwealth Avenue is no longer open, with the place no longer taking reservations and a Groupon page saying that it has indeed closed--and an email from Groupon confirms that the restaurant has shuttered. Josephine first opened in June of 2015, taking over the space where a location of Petit Robert Bistro had been; the dining spot offered such dishes as mushroom risotto, croque monsieur, roasted half chicken, pan-seared salmon, beef bourguignon, and steak frites.

The address for this now-closed French eatery in Kenmore Square was: Josephine, 468 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

[Earlier Article]
Petit Robert Bistro in Boston's Kenmore Square to Be Replaced by Josephine

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Jason Santos to Open Buttermilk and Bourbon in Boston's Back Bay

It looks like a well-known local chef and restaurateur is going to be opening another dining spot in the city.

The Boston Globe mentions that Jason Santos is planning to open a place called Buttermilk and Bourbon in the Back Bay this fall, with the Southern-influenced eatery having "the energy of Toro and the food of Hungry Mother." An article from Eater Boston states that the 150-seat restaurant plans to offer such items as oyster chowder, boiled peanut hummus, oysters, house-fried chicken, and barbecue shrimp, while also serving an array of bourbon drinks, batch cocktails, and--according to the Globe--Scorpion bowls. It appears that Buttermilk and Bourbon may also have a small bar with champagne on tap, according to both posts.

Jason Santos is behind Abby Lane on Tremont Street in the Theatre District and Back Bay Harry's on Berkeley Street in the Back Bay, and he is also known in part for being on the Fox reality TV show Hell's Kitchen in 2010.

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Prelude Restaurant in Methuen Has Closed

An upscale restaurant north of Boston that had a familiar face behind it has shut its doors.

According to a message received over the weekend, Prelude Restaurant in Methuen is no longer in business, and it looks like a new dining spot featuring pasta and seafood will be opening within the space, possibly in the next few days or so. One of the people behind the now-closed Prelude was Tom Grella, who was a contestant in season three of The Next Food Network Star which aired in 2007. (The show is known in part for helping launch the career of Guy Fieri.)

Prelude first opened in 2012, featuring mostly New American and Mediterranean fare such as spicy calamari, lobster fettuccine, osso buco pork shank, beef wellington, seafood casserole, and a boneless ribeye.

The address for Prelude Restaurant was 7 Ayers Village Road, Methuen, MA, 01844.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Vittorio's Kosher Grill Plans to Reopen in Brookline, Moving into Pizzeria Dante Space

A kosher pizza spot may be returning to Brookline, taking over the space where it had once been--and the same space where another pizzeria had been until it moved to another spot.

Universal Hub is reporting that Vittorio Hassan is looking to open Vittorio's Kosher Grill in the former Pizzeria Dante space on Beacon Street, which is also where Hassan operated a place called Vittorio's Kosher Pizzeria from 1995 to 2003. The article says that the new Vittorio's will be a kosher pizzeria as well, with seating for 16 and hours being 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on "most days" (it will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Fridays).

Pizzeria Dante moved from Beacon Street to its present home on Harvard Street this spring, taking over the space where Panelli's Pizza and Parm (and before that, Ozzie's Pizza & Cafe) had been.

The address for the upcoming Vittorio's Kosher Grill is 1398 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

[Earlier Article]
Pizzeria Dante Moves into Former Panelli's Space in Brookline

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Confirmed: Caffe Nero to Open in Brookline's Washington Square

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 30 to reflect confirmation of the new location.]

A chain of coffee shops based in Europe may be expanding further into the Boston area, this time possibly opening in a very hot section of Brookline.

A Facebook post from the Washington Square Association says what a couple of our sources have mentioned, that Caffe Nero could be opening in Brookline's Washington Square, taking over the space on Beacon Street where Square Market had been, and before that, 7-Eleven. If it does open in that space, it would join existing locations in Boston's Downtown Crossing, Fort Point, the South End, Longwood, and Jamaica Plain, as well as upcoming stores in Cambridge's Central Square, Wellesley, and a second shop in Downtown Crossing.

The address for what could be an upcoming location of Caffe Nero in Washington Square is 1633 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02445. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.caffenero.com/

[August 30 update: Eater Boston has confirmed that Caffe Nero will indeed be opening in Brookline's Washington Square, with a lease currently being finalized for the space.]

[Earlier Article]
Square Market in Brookline's Washington Square Has Closed

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company in Woburn Plans to Open Beer Hall

It looks like a brewery north of Boston will be opening a beer hall within its space.

According to a Facebook post from the business, Lord Hobo Brewing Company has received approval for a pouring license for its facility in Woburn, and that it hopes to officially have the license at some point later this year. The note says that the brewery will look to shut down the retail space for a few months and build out a 200-seat beer hall that would have a full bar and a kitchen, including offerings beyond their core beers along with to-go growler fills.

The person behind Lord Hobo Brewing Company is Daniel Lanigan, who runs Lord Hobo beer bar near Kendall Square and Inman Square in Cambridge.

The address for Lord Hobo Brewing Company is 5 Draper Street, Woburn, MA, 01801. Its website can be found at http://lordhobobrewing.com/

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