Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bao Nation Coming to the Back of Libby's Liquor Market in Cambridge's Central Square

It looks like the group behind several Boston-area restaurants will be opening a new dining spot in Cambridge, and this one will be in the back section of a liquor store.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Chowhound) that Bao Nation is going to open within Libby's Liquor Market in Central Square, with the fast-casual eatery featuring Asian bun sandwiches and dumplings. The sign posted on Chowhound mentions that the dining spot will present a "unique twist" on Taiwanese gua bao, or pork belly buns, using "flavors and ingredients ranging from various parts of Asia."

One World Cuisine owns Libby's Liquor Market (and the upcoming Bao Nation) as well as Shalimar grocery store and Dosa Factory next door (which has a similar setup, with the dining spot being in the back of the market). Other businesses run by the group include Kashmir in Boston's Back Bay, Bukhara in Jamaica Plain, Mela in the South End, and Diva in Somerville's Davis Square.

The address for Bao Nation is 575 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website will be at

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2014 Bacon and Beer Festival to Be Held in Boston on June 7

A popular event that features two very popular food and drink items is returning to Boston once again.

On Saturday, June 7, the 2014 Boston Bacon and Beer Festival will take place at an undisclosed location that will soon be announced. This is year 5 of the event, and as always, it will be raising money for hunger relief organizations Community Servings and Lovin' Spoonfuls. The event page mentions that more than 60 restaurants and brewers will be participating this year.

Tickets to the 2014 Boston Bacon and Beer Festival will cost $47, with ticket sales coming soon (we will post an update as soon as they go on sale).

For more information on this event, please go to the following link:

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Jersey Mike's Subs May Be Expanding to Boston

A New Jersey-based chain of sub shops is planning a major expansion, and it looks like Boston could be a part of it.

The site is reporting that Jersey Mike's Subs is seeking franchisees right now in Boston as well as New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, northern California and states in the Rocky Mountain region, with the plan being to open 200 new shops this year. The chain, which started from a single store in 1956 in Point Pleasant, NJ, features both hot and cold subs made to order, with options including cheese steaks, meatballs and cheese, chicken parm, tuna, Italian subs, turkey, roast beef, and more. Sub sizes at Jersey Mike's are Mini (5 inches), Regular (7 inches), and Giant (14-15 inches).

The website for Jersey Mike's Subs can be found at

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waltham Food and Wine Festival to Take Place Tonight (April 23, 2014)

A food and drink event is returning to a western suburb of Boston again tonight, and once again, a number of local dining spots will be participating.

An email sent indicates that the 22nd Annual Waltham Food & Wine Festival will take place at the Westin Hotel on 3rd Avenue starting at 6:00 PM, with the focus once again being on the city's roots in the textile industry. Food and wine will be offered by such spots as The Chateau, City Streets, Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions, Pizzi's Farm, Solea, and many others, and there will also be music at the event.

Tickets to the 2014 Waltham Food & Wine Festival cost $50 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, a non-profit organization that looks to preserve the area's industrial heritage while encouraging future innovation in the United States.

For more information on this event, please go to the following link:

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Radio in Somerville May Be Closed for Good

It looks like a music club in Somerville that has been closed since last fall may be shuttered for good.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a Licensing Commission page) that the liquor license for Radio on Somerville Avenue may be transferred to Two Three Zero, which is the event space for Paint Nite, a painting party spot located a bit further east on Somerville Avenue in Union Square. Radio first took over the space where Club Choices had been in October of 2011, with an earlier article on the Vanyaland site saying that an electrical fire closed the place last November due to water damage from the sprinkler system. There had been hope that the music club might reopen, but now that seems to be in doubt.

The address for this now-closed music club in Somerville was: Radio, 379 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02143.

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Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza Planning to Open in Quincy

It looks like a new pizza spot could be opening in the downtown section of Quincy, and it would be moving into the space where a couple of other restaurants had been.

According to a poster on the Chowhound site, Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza is planning to open in the former Remick's/Finian's space on Hancock Street, with a Board of License Commissioners page on the City of Quincy website confirming this. Little other information can be found on the proposed eatery other than the fact that the manager's name is Patrick Cross, which is also the name of one of the owners of The Thirsty Scholar Pub in Somerville, though it is not known if this is the same person.

Remick's, which was an upscale comfort food spot, closed in the Hancock Street space in the summer of 2013 after being in business for a bit more than two years. (Marc Orfaly of the now-closed Pigalle in Boston had been one of three people behind Remick's opening.) Finian's had been in the space before Remick's, with that family-friendly spot first opening in 1983.

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