Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cafe Kiraz in Cambridge Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown

A cafe in Cambridge that focuses mainly on sandwiches is closed--and it is not known whether it will be reopening at this point in time.

According to one of our readers, Cafe Kiraz on Hampshire Street (between Inman Square and Kendall Square) has been shuttered for approximately two weeks now, with no note out front explaining why. A check on its website indicates that it may have been hijacked, and multiple phones calls have been unanswered.

Cafe Kiraz, which opened approximately ten years ago, has been known for its wide variety of hot and cold sandwiches and roll-ups; the eatery has also offered soups, salads, pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, and coffee.

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Cambridge is: Cafe Kiraz, 119 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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Olecito in Brookline Village Has Closed

It looks like a local group of Mexican eateries has gotten just a bit smaller.

According to a reader, Olecito in Brookline is shuttered, with a check on the restaurant's website confirming that the Cypress Street spot is indeed closed. Based on the site, it appears that the Cambridge location of Olecito on Springfield Street in Inman Square remains in operation, as does its other restaurant--Ole, which is also on Springfield Street.

Olecito, which first opened in Brookline in May of 2010, was a casual, inexpensive spot that featured tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and tortas.

The address for this now-closed Mexican dining spot in Brookline was: Olecito, 6 Cypress Street, Brookline, MA, 02445. The website for Olecito (and Ole) in Cambridge can be found at http://www.olerestaurantgroup.com/

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The Crossing in Boston's Mission Hill Has Closed

A neighborhood bar in Boston's Mission Hill that was popular with students, locals, and medical/office workers alike has closed its doors.

According to one of our readers, The Crossing on Tremont Street is no longer in business, with a check on the bar's Facebook page confirming that it indeed shut down over the weekend. The Facebook note from the dining and drinking spot says "As we end another Era. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking each and everyone of you who crossed over the door into The Crossing" and "A huge thank you to all the staff." The post also indicates what the reader mentioned, that the space has apparently been sold to new owners, though it is not yet known what restaurant and/or bar might be moving in. (As soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.) The owners of The Crossing also run Stadium Sports Bar and Grill on Hancock Street in Quincy, which remains in operation.

The Crossing first opened in 2009, taking over the space where Curtin's Roadside Tavern had been.

The address for this now-closed bar in Mission Hill was: The Crossing, 1592 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02120.

[Earlier Article]
The Crossing in Boston's Mission Hill Has Purchased Stadium Sports Bar and Grill in Quincy

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Frost Ice Bar in Boston Rebrands, Becomes Frost Ice Loft

The first "ice bar" in New England is no longer just an ice bar, as it is now in the midst of a rebranding.

Based on a Twitter conversation between @CappyinBoston and the place, Frost Ice Bar at Boston's Faneuil Hall is now called Frost Ice Loft, with the change in name coming about because it is "Time to lose the stigma of just being a 'bar' & building a new warm event space, so loft is more fitting!" Changes include the fact that there is now no time limit for customers (previously, patrons could stay in the bar for no longer than 45 minutes) and the cover charge is now $12 (including parka and gloves), as opposed to $19 when it first opened. According to its website, "Family Friendly Hours" are 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM while it is 21+ from 5:00 PM to closing time, and no reservations are needed.

Frost, which first opened in August of 2013, is constructed and furnished entirely of ice.

The address for Frost Ice Loft is 200 State Street (Faneuil Hall Marketplace), Boston, MA, 02109. Its website can be found at http://frosticebar.com/

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Kennedy's on the Square in Harvard Square Has Apparently Closed

It looks like a restaurant and bar in the Harvard Square section of Cambridge has closed after being in business for only a half year.

Eater Boston is reporting that a former worker at the place says Kennedy's on the Square on Dunster Street is no longer in operation, with phone calls placed to the spot going unanswered today. OpenTable is still taking reservations for Kennedy's, however, and nothing has been mentioned on its website or social media pages (a message was sent to them earlier, with no reply as of yet). Kennedy's on the Square first opened last September, moving into the space where First Printer had been, and before that, Herrell’s Ice Cream; the restaurant and bar is connected with Kennedy's Public House in Norwood, and there is also an apparent connection to Tommy Doyle's in Newton.

The address for this now-closed spot in Harvard Square was: Kennedy's on the Square, 15 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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The Squires in Hanover Closed for the Time Being Due to Water Damage from Fire

A South Shore restaurant and bar is closed for at least awhile after being damaged in a fire that occurred above its space.

The Hanover Mariner and the Patriot Ledger are reporting that The Squires in Hanover has been forced to shut down for an unspecified period of time because of an apartment fire above the Washington Street pub that took place on Sunday morning. The article says that the apartment is "uninhabitable" because of the blaze and that the dining and drinking spot received "significant" water damage. No one was injured in the fire.

The Squires is a spot that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured as an under-the-radar restaurant and bar known in part for its burgers, steak tips, and bar pizza. The review can be found at the link below:

http://www.hiddenboston.com/Squires.html

The address for The Squires is 1202 Washington Street (Route 53), Hanover, MA, 02339.

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