Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Love Art Sushi May Be Opening in Former T.C.'s Lounge Space in Boston

It looks like a new sushi spot is on its way to Boston, and it appears to be opening in the space where a beloved neighborhood bar used to be.

According to a tweet and an Instagram post from Drew Starr, Love Art Sushi is planning to open on Haviland Street (near where Boston's Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods meet), moving into the former T.C.'s Lounge space. Very little is currently known about the upcoming spot, though based on an earlier UConn Today article, it does appear to have a connection to a place in Storrs, CT, that opened a few years ago as Haru Aki Cafe and is now called H.A. Cafe; a Bizapedia page lists the manager and registered agent of record of Love Art Sushi as Jessica Chiep and Ronald Liu, respectively, and Haru Aki Cafe was opened by Jessica Chiep, Ronald Liu, and Thomas Wang.

TC's Lounge had been a neighborhood fixture for more than 40 years until being hit by a fire in March of 2012 and announcing its permanent closure later that year.

The address for the upcoming Love Art Sushi (and the former TC's Lounge) is 1 Haviland Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

[Earlier Articles]
TC's Lounge Loses Its Home
Fire Causes Extensive Damage to TC's Lounge in Boston

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Lanes & Games in Cambridge May Be Replaced by a Residential Development

It looks like a local institution for bowling and more could disappear from the landscape and be replaced by a new development.

Universal Hub is reporting that Criterion Development Partners is planning to build a residential complex at the site of Lanes & Games along Route 2 in Cambridge, with the development (which will be called the Residences at Alewife Station) including two buildings that would apparently take over the space where the adjacent Cambridge Gateway Inn currently resides as well. A meeting on the project takes place tonight with The ‚ÄčNorth Cambridge Stabilization Committee while The Cambridge Conservation Commission will hold a hearing tomorrow, with UH stating that one concern that will require commissioner approval is the fact that the structures would be built on a floodplain. (The Cambridge planning board will also need to approve the proposal as well.)

Lanes & Games has been a popular spot for bowling, pool, and video games since it first opened more than 30 years ago; it also has a restaurant and bar that offers such items as pizza, burgers, steak tips, and ribs.

The address for Lanes & Games is 195 Concord Turnpike, Cambridge, MA, 02140. Its website can be found at

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

News Elsewhere: Howard Johnson Restaurant in Bangor, ME, to Close, Leaving Sole Location in Lake George, NY

What was once a household name on the local and national restaurant scene will soon be down to one remaining dining spot.

According to an article from MWTW Portland, the Howard Johnson restaurant location in Bangor, ME, will be closing September 6, as owner Sally Patel says that business has been "very slow." Once it shuts down, the only HoJo's restaurant left will be in Lake George, NY, as a third location of the chain in Lake Placid, NY, closed down last year. WMTW does say that the hotel part of Howard Johnson in Bangor will remain in operation.

The first Howard Johnson restaurant opened in Quincy in 1925 (according to a post in the Sun Chronicle), with the dining spot soon expanding throughout the country and becoming known for such items as fried clams, roast turkey, macaroni and cheese, and ice cream. A number of HoJo's outlets called the Boston area and Eastern Massachusetts their home over the years, including restaurants in Chelmsford, Concord, Dorchester, Framingham, Haverhill, Lexington, and Quincy.

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Essex Landing Development Receives Approval to Replace Route 1 Miniature Golf/Dairy Castle in Saugus

A few months ago, we reported that a Route 1 landmark that was supposed to have closed last fall in order to make room for new development was given a reprieve. Now it looks like the end may finally be near for the place.

The Saugus Advertiser states that the town planning board has unanimously approved of plans to build Essex Landing at the site where Route 1 Miniature Golf--including the Dairy Castle ice cream stand. batting cages, an arcade, and its iconic orange dinosaur--currently reside. The article says that the mixed-use development, which is being called the "renaissance of Route 1," will have what appears to be six buildings, with apartments, two hotels, and three restaurants being included, though it is not known if the dinosaur will remain on the property. (This has been an ongoing issue since the plans for the development had first been announced.) The first two buildings could be completed by March of 2018, according to the Advertiser.

In April, it was announced that Route 1 Miniature Golf would open for one more season, which was good news for customers who were told that it was originally going to shut down at the end of the 2015 season. At this point in time, it appears that this season will be the last for the entertainment complex, but if that changes, we will post an update here.

The Route 1 Miniature Golf complex has been in business since 1958.

[Earlier Articles]
Dairy Castle/Route 1 Miniature Golf in Saugus to Reopen for One More Season
Dairy Castle/Route 1 Miniature Golf in Saugus to Be Sold; Hotel/Apartment Complex to Move In

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Monday, August 22, 2016

KoKo Bakery Has Opened in Newton

A brand new bakery has come to the western suburbs of Boston, and the person behind it comes from some well-known local spots.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Hungry Onion) that KoKo Bakery is now open in Newton, moving into a space on California Street in the Nonantum area of the city by the Watertown line. The website for the bakery notes that founder/owner Nobuko Maruyama comes from such places as Japonaise Bakery, the Boston Harbor Hotel, and The Langham Hotel, along with King Arthur in Vermont, and she also worked at the MIT catering department and several independent bakers in the local area.

KoKo Bakery offers muffins, scones, brownies, cakes, donuts, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and more, and it also features such breads as German rye, baguettes, whole wheat, white toasting bread, and French country bread.

The address for this new bakery on the Newton/Watertown line is 232L California Street, Newton, MA, 02458. Its website can be found at

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Matthew Gaudet (West Bridge) Is Opening SuperFine Food in Manchester-by-the-Sea

One of the people behind a high-end Cambridge restaurant that closed at the beginning of the year is getting ready to open a new eatery on the North Shore.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Matthew Gaudet of the now-shuttered West Bridge in Kendall Square is teaming up with business partner Paul Emmett to open SuperFine Food in Manchester-by-the-Sea, with the dining spot expected to open sometime this week in the former Christine's Coffee Cup space. The article says that the Union Street restaurant will be a casual, family-friendly counter-service spot that offers salads, pizza, ribs, seafood, and more, along with beer, wine, and cocktails, though the cocktail list was still being worked on as of late last week.

Gaudet and Alexis Gelburd-Kimler closed West Bridge at the end of December after three years in business, saying at the time that they decided to shut down the upscale French-New England fusion restaurant in order to "pursue new opportunities."

The address for SuperFine Food is 25 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, 01944. Its website will be at

[Earlier Article]
West Bridge in Cambridge's Kendall Square is Closing

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