Sunday, March 26, 2017

Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

An upscale suburban restaurant featuring New American fare has suddenly shut its doors, and it is not known if it will open again.

According to multiple sources, Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington Center is locked up and dark, with a picture sent to us last night indicating that a sign out front simply says "Closed. Thank you." Most sources say that this is a permanent closure, though this has not been confirmed as of yet--and a tweet from the Waltham Street dining spot from Thursday mentioned that live music and family pasta nights would be coming in April. As soon as we can confirm the exact status of Vine Brook Tavern, we will post an update here.

Vine Brook Tavern first opened its doors in November of 2012.

The address for Vine Brook Tavern is 20 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA, 02421. Its website is at http://vinebrooktavern.com/

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Friday, March 24, 2017

South of Clouds May Replace Umai in Brighton

It looks like a Japanese restaurant in Brighton may be replaced by a new spot with an interesting name.

According to a source, Umai on Market Street in Brighton Center is petitioning to transfer its liquor license to a restaurant called South of Clouds, which would operate at the same address. Very little is known about the proposed eatery at this point in time, though it appears that the dining spot could focus on Chinese fare, as the term "South of Clouds" often refers to the Yunnan province in the southwestern part of the country (near Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam).

Umai first opened in early 2016, taking over the space where Jasmine Bistro had once been.

The address for Umai (and the proposed South of Clouds) is 412 Market Street, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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Flour Bakery to Open New Shop in Boston's Back Bay in April

Last summer, we reported that the person behind a local group of bakery-cafes was planning to open three new shops; two have since opened, and now the final new one (for now) is apparently very close to opening.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Joanne Chang is opening her latest location of Flour Bakery in the Back Bay late next month, with the Dalton Street outlet being on the first floor of a new luxury residential tower called 30 Dalton. The article says that the new shop will have seating for 20 and a small patio section, and it will offer food and drink items found at Flour's other stores, including sandwiches, sticky buns, slices of pie, and more.

Flour has recently opened new shops in Cambridge's Harvard Square and Cambridgeport, joining others in the South End, Fort Point, another Back Bay location, and Cambridge's Central Square.

The address for the upcoming Flour Bakery in the Back Bay is 30 Dalton Street, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for all Flour locations can be found at http://www.flourbakery.com/

[Earlier Article]
Joanne Chang to Open Three New Locations of Flour

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The Ice Box at Quincy's Wollaston Beach Is Becoming The Baja Box

A seasonal seaside ice cream spot is changing its name and its concept a bit, making it a place that should be popular with both ice cream and Mexican food lovers.

According to a Facebook post on the Quincy Is Everything group page, The Ice Box on Quincy Shore Drive at Wollaston Beach is going to become The Baja Box, with the ownership remaining the same and the place offering street tacos in addition to ice cream. An article from The Quincy Sun mentions that the spot will open in April and it will serve "tacos and related food in addition to ice cream and beverages."

The people behind The Ice Box/The Baja Box also run The Clam Box next door.

The address for The Baja Box is 793 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA, 02170.

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Poke Bento Plans to Open in Former Samurai Space in Boston's Back Bay

It looks like a new dining spot that taps into an increasingly hot food craze will be coming to Boston's Back Bay, taking over the space where a Japanese and Korean restaurant had been.

A licensing board page within the city's website indicates that Poke Bento is planning to open on Boylston Street, moving into the former Samurai space across from the Prudential Center. Based on the name, it appears that the proposed eatery would offer poke, a Hawaiian raw fish salad that has been showing up at a number of new Boston-area restaurants of late, including Pokeworks and Manoa in Somerville, Poke City in Cambridge, Yoki Express in Boston's Seaport District, and New Sushi in Beacon Hill.

Samurai closed its doors last fall after being in business for approximately 10 years.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in the Back Bay is: Poke Bento, 827 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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Bennett's Sandwich Shop to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

A Maine institution that is known in part for its lobster rolls is on its way to Boston.

A licensing board page within the city's website indicates that Bennett's Sandwich Shop is planning to open in the Fenway, taking over the space on Peterborough Street where Swish Shabu had been until closing last November. Based on the name of the manager listed (Brendin McCord) and a note on its website, this is the same Bennett's that is located in Kennebunk, ME, along with a second location in Portsmouth, NH; the Kennebunk shop is a legendary place frequented by countless beachgoers and visitors to nearby Kennebunkport for its lobster rolls and other subs/sandwiches.

The original location of Bennett's first opened in Kennebunk in 1982, while the Portsmouth location opened in 2015.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in the Fenway is: Bennett's Sandwich Shop, 84 Peterborough Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for the original location can be found at http://www.bennetts-store.com/

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