Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Luna's Italian and Latin Cuisine Opens in East Boston

A new restaurant has come to East Boston, and it focuses a couple of different cuisines.

Eater Boston is reporting that Luna's is now open on Saratoga Street in the Orient Heights area, and that it offers Italian fare along with Latin American items. The post mentions that the dining spot, which opened earlier this month, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, with the restaurant's website showing that it offers such dishes as shrimp crostini, risotto balls, yuca frita, lobster ravioli, linguine with clams, chicken marsala, shrimp tacos, baked cod, Chilean spiced short ribs, and a NY sirloin strip with chorizo, rice, chicharron, sweet plantains, and black bean puree.

The address for this new restaurant in East Boston is: Luna's Italian and Latin Cuisine, 945 Saratoga Street, East Boston, MA, 02128. Its website can be found at https://www.lunasboston.com/

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Symphony 8 in Boston Still Planning to Reopen

A long-closed watering hole near Symphony Hall that once included a speakeasy is still looking to open back up again.

Universal Hub is reporting that Symphony 8 on Westland Avenue could be reopening in a few months, nearly four years after closing its doors. The post mentions that owner Douglas Bacon said to the Boston Licensing Board that renovations on the space are more difficult than he had hoped, and that he continues to pay rent on the space even as upgrades are being done. If all goes well, Symphony 8 could open by July 15--though this also depends on whether the city allows him to keep his long-dormant liquor license for the space.

Symphony 8 first opened in the fall of 2009, featuring a mix of modern American fare and comfort food; the place also had a hidden basement bar called Prohibited where a password was needed in order to get into place.

The address for the Symphony 8 space is 8 Westland Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

[Earlier Article]
Symphony 8 in Boston Could Be Reopening

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SoulFire in Allston Is Closing

One of Boston's best-known BBQ spots is shutting down.

Vanyaland is reporting that SoulFire in Allston closes its doors for good this Friday (January 20), with the restaurant possibly being replaced by a Korean eatery, though this has not been confirmed as of yet. The announcement of SoulFire's closure comes exactly a week after we reported that its other location in the Brigham Circle/Mission Hill section of Boston had shuttered; it is not yet known what might be going into that space.

SoulFire, which first opened in Allston a bit more than a decade ago, is known for such items as brisket, wings, ribs, pulled pork, and fried chicken.

The address for this soon-to-close BBQ joint in Allston is: SoulFire, 182 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

[Earlier Article]
SoulFire in Boston's Brigham Circle/Mission Hill Has Closed

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Roxy's Grilled Cheese Opens in Lynnfield

A restaurant and food truck owner known for his grilled cheese sandwiches has just opened a brand new location, with this one being in a growing development north of Boston.

Eater Boston is reporting that Roxy's Grilled Cheese is now open at MarketStreet Lynnfield, with owner James DiSabatino's new spot joining another shop in Allston along with a kiosk in the Innovation and Design Building on the Boston waterfront and food trucks in and around the city. The new Lynnfield location of the eatery was first announced in the spring of 2015

As reported here earlier, DiSabatino and Michael Krupp of Area Four are also getting ready to open Roxy's Central/A4cade in Cambridge.

The website for Roxy's Grilled Cheese can be found at http://www.roxysgrilledcheese.com/

[Earlier Article]
Roxy's Grilled Cheese to Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Taco Bell Cantina Eyeing Boston Expansion, May Be Looking at Somerville's Davis Square

A new concept from a fast-food chain is apparently looking at the Boston area, and it might be eyeing one of the busiest parts of Somerville.

According to a post within the Davis Square LiveJournal blog, Taco Bell Cantina has expressed interest in the former iYO Cafe/Bistro space on Elm Street, mentioning  that "Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis said that Taco Bell has expressed interest in this location" for the new concept. This seems to jibe with an early article from the Kansas City Business Journal, which said back in October that the company was considering a possible expansion of Taco Bell Cantina to Boston.

Based on the other four locations in Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, any new Taco Bell  Cantinas that come to Boston (or Somerville) could include a tapas-style menu of shareable plates along with beer, wine, and liquor.

The address that Taco Bell Cantina is looking at is 234 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

Thanks to Universal Hub for bringing this to our attention.

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Danversport Yacht Club Restaurant to Close

A popular riverside restaurant north of Boston is going to be closing its doors.

The Danvers Herald is reporting that the Danversport Yacht Club Grille and Bistro will be shutting down on April 2, with owner Paul DeLorenzo saying that the restaurant area will become an event venue. DeLorenzo says that gift cards for the dining spot can be used for public events, while unused cards will be fully refunded.

The Danversport Yacht Club first opened in 1970.

The address for the Danversport Yacht Club Grille and Bistro is 161 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA, 01923. The website for the yacht club can be found at http://www.danversport.com/

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