Thursday, December 08, 2016

New Restaurant May Come to Masonic Temple in Downtown Boston

It looks like a brand new dining spot could be coming to an historic space in downtown Boston.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting (via a meeting agenda from the Downtown Boston Residents' Association) that Ed Kane of Big Night Entertainment Group is looking to open a French restaurant at the Masonic Temple space where Boylston Street and Tremont Street meet by Boston Common. The article says that Kane's plans are expected to be presented to the residents group on December 12 (no other information on the dining spot has been given as of yet).

The Masonic Temple in downtown Boston is the third oldest grand lodge in the world and the oldest in the western hemisphere, according to an article on the WGBH site, with its roots dating back to the 1700s.

Big Night Entertainment Group is behind such spots as Red Lantern, Empire, and Gem; its website can be found at http://www.bneg.com/

Thanks to Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Kane's Donuts to Open at Essex Landing in Saugus, Joining Orange Dinosaur

It looks like an iconic donut shop and an iconic orange dinosaur are eventually going to be sharing the same space.

According to an article in itemlive.com, Kane's Donuts is planning to open a new location within the upcoming Essex Landing development on Route 1 in Saugus, which was formerly home to Route 1 Miniature Golf. The post says that the 3,500-square-foot cafe hopes to open in December of 2017 at the complex, which will include two hotels, 250 apartments, retail shops, and the beloved orange dinosaur that used to be part of Route 1 Miniature Golf--and which will indeed remain at the site.

Kane's, which first started out in Saugus in the 1950s, is known in part for its honey glaze donuts and its cinnamon coffee rolls and has received both local and national recognition over the years. A second location of the donut shop opened in Boston's Financial District last year.

The Route 1 Miniature Golf complex closed for good in September after being in business for nearly 60 years.

[Earlier Article]
Route 1 Miniature Golf/Dairy Castle Complex in Saugus Closing for Good September 25; Dinosaur to Stay

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Plans for My Diner to Reopen in South Boston Fall Through; Will Move to Melrose

Earlier this fall, we reported that a popular South Boston diner that closed to make way for new development was hoping to reopen in a nearby space in Southie. Now we have learned that these plans have fallen through and it will now be moving to the suburbs.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Caught in Southie) that My Diner will be reopening in Melrose, which follows on the heels of the eatery telling us last month that they had stopped working on a possible move from A Street to E 8th Street in South Boston. Eater says that the new location of the restaurant will be on Main Street in Melrose, with the address indicating that it will be located on the southern edge of the downtown area. It is not yet known when My Diner will open in its new home (a Facebook post says the date is TBA); as soon as we find out when it may open, we will post an update here.

Both My Diner and Williams Tavern were forced to close in June because a new condo development is being built at the site.

The address for the new location of My Diner is 399 Main Street, Melrose, MA, 02176.

[Earlier Articles]
My Diner in South Boston Planning to Reopen in New Space
My Diner in South Boston Closes This Weekend; Will Be Replaced by Condo Development
Williams Tavern and My Diner in South Boston Face Uncertain Future Due to Development

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Plans Fall Through for Hill Country in Boston's Fort Point

Earlier this fall, we reported that a New York-based BBQ spot was hoping to open in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood. Now we have learned that these plans have fallen through.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Hill Country will apparently not be opening at 374 Congress Street, with a rep for the spot saying that they have "no immediate plans" to open there, "due to a number of factors." The rep does say that the barbecue place is still looking for a location somewhere in Boston, though no specifics were given as to where they might be looking. Last month, a tweet from @FortPointer (via @jzmartin) mentioned that plans had indeed fallen through for Hill Country, but no confirmation from the restaurant had come until now.

Currently, locations of Hill Country can be found in the Flatiron section of Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, and the Penn Quarter area of Washington, DC; the restaurants focus on dishes inspired by the barbecue joints of Central Texas, including such options as red chili, brisket, pork loin, sausage, green bean casserole, and more, with meats being served by the pound on butcher paper.

The website for Hill Country Barbecue Market can be found at http://www.hillcountryny.com/

[Earlier Article]
Hill Country Barbecue Market Plans to Open in Boston's Fort Point

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Bandita Brighton Opens Under Article 24

A brand new tequila bar has come to Boston, and it is located under a relatively new dining and drinking spot.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Bandita Brighton debuts today below Article 24, a restaurant and bar on Western Avenue near Soldiers Field Road. The Facebook page for the new spot mentions that it is a "Southern California inspired tequila bar" that serves tequila, tacos, and snacks, while EB says it offers "West Coast-style Mexican tapas" whi9le also featuring 100 tequila options.

The people behind Bandita Brighton and Article 24 also run the Biltmore Bar & Grille in Newton, Local 149 in South Boston, and Biltmore & Main in Reading.

The address for Bandita Brighton (and Article 24) is 458 Western Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135. The Facebook page for Bandita Brighton can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Banditabrighton/

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Brook Kitchen and Tap to Expand to Maynard

The people behind a new restaurant and bar that recently opened south of Boston are now opening a second location west of the city.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, The Brook Kitchen & Tap is planning to open a new location in Maynard, joining its original restaurant in Holbrook. The Holbrook location of the dining and drinking spot opened this fall in the old Halfway Cafe (and Lucky Lou Lou's) space on Route 37, and while another location of the Halfway Cafe can be found in Maynard, it is not yet known whether The Brook Kitchen & Tap will be taking over the Main Street space. (We have reached out to The Brook and are waiting to hear back.)

The Holbrook location of The Brook Kitchen & Tap focuses mainly on American classics and comfort food, and it also features a number of beers from breweries in the local area and beyond.

The website for The Brook Kitchen & Tap can be found at http://www.brookkitchenandtap.com/

[Earlier Article]
The Brook Kitchen and Tap Opens in Former Halfway Cafe/Lucky Lou Lou's Space in Holbrook

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