Monday, August 03, 2015

Food Vendors Set Up Shop at the Belvidere Arcade within the Prudential Center

In June, we reported that the food court at the Prudential Center closed for good in order to make way for the upcoming Italian emporium Eataly. Now we have learned that a temporary food court of sorts has been created in another part of the complex, and it includes some familiar names.

According to several social media posts (including a Twitter post from Pennypackers), the Belvidere Arcade is now home to a handful of food vendors, including Pennypackers, Sa Pa, Chicken and Rice Guys, and Wok N Talk. Chicken and Rice Guys gives a bit more information, telling us that booths are set up for the dining spots, and that it is a program through Fooda that gives patrons another option to the now-closed food court while Eataly is being built (Eataly expects to open in the middle to latter part of 2016). For now, these four vendors are open for lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on weekdays, and it is not known if more vendors will move in or if the hours might be expanded at some point; as soon as we find out more information, we will post an update here.

The Belvidere Arcade can be found by the South Garden within the Prudential Center, just west of the Huntington Arcade and just north of the entrance by Huntington Avenue and Belvidere Street.

[Earlier Article]
Prudential Center Food Court Sets Closing Date of June 25 to Make Way for Eataly

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Labels: , , , ,

News Elsewhere: Fire Destroys Obadiah McIntyre Farm Winery in Charlton

A Central Massachusetts winery that was located on the premises of an historic farm has been destroyed in a massive fire.

According to a post from the Worcester Telegram, Obadiah McIntyre Farm Winery in Charlton went up in flames last night, with 4,000 gallons of wine perishing in the blaze and the structure being a total loss. The article says that the winery, which was located at Charlton Orchards Farm, also lost all of its winemaking equipment, and that firefighters from surrounding communities (Leicester, Quinebaug, Spencer, Sturbridge, Webster) tried to help battle the blaze, but to no avail.

Charlton Orchards Farm dates back to 1733, with the winery opening in 2002, according to a page on the farm's website.

The address for Obadiah McIntyre Farm Winery (and Charlton Orchards Farm) is 44 Old Worcester Road, Charlton, MA, 01507.

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

[Note: Please join the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook Group Page to get more info on dining spots and also chat with others about Boston-area restaurants.]

Labels: , , ,

Blackmoor Tavern Plans to Open in Former Papagayo Space in Charlestown

It looks like a new dining and drinking spot could be coming to the space in Charlestown where a Mexican restaurant used to be.

According to a Twitter post from @DGoodison of The Boston Herald, Blackmoor Tavern is planning to open in City Square, taking over the former Papagayo space. (The Charlestown location of Papagayo closed in April, with its management team opening a new location of the eatery on Route 1 in Saugus in June.) Very little is currently known about Blackmoor Tavern, other than the fact that a hearing on the proposed spot--including a petition to transfer Papagayo's liquor license--will take place on August 12.

As soon as we learn more about Blackmoor Tavern, we will post an update here.

The address for the proposed Blackmoor Tavern (and the now-closed Papagayo) is 1 Chelsea Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129.

[Earlier Article]
Papagayo in Charlestown Has Closed; Management Team to Open Saugus Location

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Labels: , ,

Hojoko Is Opening in The Verb Hotel in Boston's Fenway

A highly-anticipated Japanese Tavern is on the verge of opening in Boston, and it is located in a quirky boutique hotel that took over a landmark space in the Fenway.

According to several sources, Hojoko soft-opened over the past few days within The Verb Hotel on Boylston Street, with the grand opening apparently being very close to happening (earlier reports had it possibly opening in late July). Once it officially opens, expect a "funky and fun" restaurant and bar that will offer Japanese pub fare, with Tim and Nancy Cushman of the award-winning O Ya in Boston's Leather District being behind the place.

The Verb Hotel opened last August, moving into the space where the former Howard Johnson Inn (originally called the Fenway Motor Hotel) had been for more than 50 years, with the place also housing the Hong Kong Cafe and the Tiki Hideaway, which are also gone now. The Verb has been described as an "edgy" and "irreverent" spot that pays homage to the local music scene, and a post from Vanyaland indicates that the iconic city skyline stage backdrop from the recently-closed T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge has now taken up residence at Hojoko.

The address for Hojoko (and The Verb Hotel) is 1271 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

[Earlier Article]
The Verb Hotel and Hojoko Restaurant to Open in the Former Howard Johnson Space in Boston's Fenway

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]

Labels: , , , , ,

Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Beachcomber in Quincy Is Closing

Last year, we mentioned that a landmark bar and music club by the water was up for sale. Now we have learned that the place will soon be closing forever.

The Boston Globe is reporting that the Beachcomber on Wollaston Beach in Quincy will be shutting its doors in early September, with the building reportedly being torn down to make way for a high-end restaurant. As stated earlier here, the club was put on the market for $1.6 million in January of 2014, though it is not known if that is what the place ultimately went for, nor is it known at this point in time who bought it. Sean McGettrick, who is one of the owners of the Beachcomber, says that it will probably close sometime around September 4.

The Beachcomber first opened in 1959, seeing such major acts as Duke Ellington, Linda Ronstadt, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, the Dropkick Murphys, Tiny Tim, and Loretta Lynn over the years, and in more recent times featured local bands and Irish music as well as karaoke. The club changed its name to Nostalgia in the early 1980s but returned to its original name in the late 1990s.

This is just the latest in a string of closing announcements for Boston-area music clubs, as T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge shut down last weekend and Johnny D's in Somerville recently stated that they would be closing early next year.

The address for the soon-to-close Beachcomber is 797 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA, 02170.

[Earlier Article]
The Beachcomber in Quincy Is Up for Sale

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Labels: , , , ,

Friday, July 31, 2015

Update: Saus in Boston Reopens After Temporarily Closing Due to Broken Water Pipe

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 3 to reflect the fact that Saus has reopened.]

A popular restaurant in downtown Boston that features Belgian street food and more has closed for the time being.

According to a Twitter post from the place, Saus is shut down for now, with the message saying "Hey, friends! We are temporarily closed and are unsure of when we'll be reopening. Stick to our Twitter feed for updates." A similar post on Facebook was also put up this afternoon, though no other information has been given on either Twitter or Facebook, or their website. As soon as we find out more about the status of the restaurant, we will post an update here.

[July 31 update: It appears that this is indeed a temporary closing, as Saus just added the following: "The building we're in is SUPER old, so we're just dealing with some issues" followed by this: "Update: a pipe broke so we're having a little trouble running water - fingers crossed we're back up soon! Again, thanks for the concern!"]

[August 3 update: According to a new post on its Facebook page, Saus is open once again, with the note saying "We can't thank you all enough for your incredible support after last week's temporary closure. We didn't mean to scare you! We are OPEN OPEN OPEN and expected to stay that way...we want to see your smiling faces."]

Saus first opened in the spring of 2011, featuring such items as liege waffles, poutine, and pommes frites, with more options such as salads and sandwiches eventually being added as well.

The address for Saus is 33 Union Street, Boston, MA, 02108; its website can be found at

Thanks to @hoover_dam for bringing this to our attention.

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Sandwiches from Restaurants in the Boston Area and Elsewhere in New England]

Labels: , , , ,