Tuesday, May 24, 2016

75 Seaport May Be Coming to Boston's Seaport District/Fort Point Area

The group behind four Boston restaurants and bars--including one in the Seaport District--is planning to open a new spot that would basically be on the same stretch of road as its restaurant on the waterfront.

A Twitter post from Boston Herald writer @DGoodison indicates that 75 Seaport is looking to open on Seaport Boulevard about a half mile west of 75 on Liberty Wharf, which is located on Northern Avenue (just east of where the road becomes Seaport Boulevard) and is owned by the Hampshire House group. A post on the Fort Point Boston blog shows that The Hampshire House is indeed also behind the proposed 75 Seaport, which is being introduced at a neighborhood meeting this evening. Very little is currently known about 75 Seaport at this point in time; as soon as we find out more about the place, we will post an update here.

In addition to 75 on Liberty Wharf, the Hampshire House group also operates 75 Chestnut and Cheers--both of which are in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood--and another location of Cheers at Faneuil Hall.

The address for the proposed 75 Seaport is 75 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the Hampshire House can be found at http://www.hampshirehouse.com/

[May 24 update: A Twitter post from @FPNA_Boston says that the address for 75 Seaport will apparently be 60 Seaport Boulevard, not 75 Seaport Boulevard (we will try to get confirmation of the address over the coming days).]

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

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O'Donnell's Restaurant & Pub in Randolph Has Become 1048 Bar & Grill

A decades-old restaurant and bar in the southern suburbs of Boston has a new name, though it appears that the place remains much the same other than some upgrades to the space.

According to a source, O'Donnell's Restaurant & Pub in Randolph is now called 1048 Bar & Grill, with a sign out front saying "Same great place, just with a new name." A Facebook post from the North Main Street spot indicates that it remains under the same ownership and that renovations have been made to the dining room and the kitchen. A couple of food items posted on the Facebook page include a "new" 16-inch Italian-style pizza along with a prime rib special.

O'Donnell's Restaurant & Pub first opened more than 30 years ago.

The address for 1048 Bar & Grill (and the former O'Donnell's Restaurant & Pub) is 1048 N Main Street, Randolph, MA, 02368.

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L'Impasto in Cambridge Has Closed; Urban Hearth to Take Over Space

An Italian restaurant in Cambridge that once received a "best of" from our sister site has shut down, and a culinary event company is moving into the space.

A Twitter post from last night mentioned that L'Impasto on Mass. Ave. looked shuttered, and a Facebook post from Urban Hearth confirms the closure of the North Cambridge dining spot, saying that it will be taking over the L'Impasto space and opening what looks to be a cafe, supper club, and apparently a place for events and recipe/product development, based on an earlier Kickstarter page. If all goes as planned, Urban Hearth will be up and running by the fall.

L'Impasto, which first opened in the summer of 2011, was a tiny Italian eatery that was known in part for its house-made pastas and breads. Our Boston's Hidden Restaurants site awarded it "best Italian restaurant" in the Boston area in 2012, with a review of the place being found at the link below:


The address for the now-closed L'Impasto (and upcoming Urban Hearth) is 2263 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140. The website for Urban Hearth can be found at http://www.urbanhearth.net/

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Pasta Dishes from Restaurants in the Boston Area and Beyond]

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Hopsters to Open in Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood

A brewpub and "community" brewery in Newton that allows folks to make their own beer is opening another location in a particularly hot section of Boston for food and drink.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Hopsters is in the final stages of landing a location for a new outlet somewhere in the Fort Point area of the city, with owner Lee Cooper saying that "I can't give the exact location yet, but we're not far from Seaport Boulevard." The article says that the 6,000-foot-space will have a similar concept to the original location on Centre Street in Newton Corner, with a dining and drinking area offering flatbreads and other dishes and a section where people can brew their own beer--and customers will also be able to buy crowlers (32-ounce cans) of Hopsters beers. If all goes as planned, the new location in Fort Point could be opening in February of 2017.

Hopsters first opened in Newton Corner in 2013, with a package store called Hopsters Alley also opening in the Boston Public Market last year. The website for Hopsters can be found at http://www.hopstersbrew.com/

Thanks to @BostonTweet for initially bringing this to our attention.

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

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Nix's Mate in Boston's Financial District Is Closing

A local group of restaurants that once had four locations in Massachusetts will soon be down to just one within the state, as its original restaurant in downtown Boston is getting ready to close.

Eater Boston is reporting that Nix's Mate within the Hilton Hotel in the city's Financial District is planning to close on May 31, confirming what a source told us earlier this month. The article mentions that the lease for Nix's space is up at the end of the month, and the owners of the restaurant are planning to open in a new location by early 2017, with the location possibly being announced in the next few weeks.

Nix's Mate first opened in the Hilton on Broad Street in 2012 and quickly expanded, opening new locations with the Nix's name in Nantucket, Newburyport, and Plymouth, along with Hartford and South Windsor, CT. The Plymouth location shut down in 2014, while the Newburyport outlet closed last year.

The address for the soon-to-close Nix's Mate in the Financial District is 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA, 02110. Its website can be found at http://www.nixsmate.com/

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

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Nespresso Boutique Bar in Boston's Back Bay Reopens After Closing Due to Measles Scare

A cafe that temporarily closed a couple of weeks ago after a customer with a highly contagious viral infection visited the place is open once again.

A phone call this morning confirms that Nespresso Boutique Bar on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay has reopened after the city's Inspectional Services Department shut it down because a person with measles had been in the store earlier this month. In addition to the Back Bay shop, people may also have been exposed to the person with the measles virus in other parts of the region, including in local shopping centers, on an MBTA bus, in the center of Rockport, at the Prudential Center, and at MGH.

A call placed to Nespresso last week indicated that they were hoping for a May 25 reopening, but the shop was apparently able to reopen earlier than the targeted date.

The address for the Back Bay location of Nespresso Boutique Bar is 7 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116. The website for the company can be found at https://www.nespresso.com/us/en/

[Earlier Article]
Nespresso Boutique Bar in Boston's Back Bay Closed After Customer with Measles Visits Shop

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