Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mike and Patty's in Boston's Bay Village Remains Closed, Turns to Kickstarter for Help

A breakfast place and sandwich shop in the Bay Village section of Boston that has had a series of closures and reopenings since starting out several years back is going through another stretch of being shuttered, and now it is asking for help.

According to its Facebook page, Mike & Patty's on Church Street has been closed since early September and is now seeking funding through Kickstarter to help pay for a number of upgrades to the space. The Kickstarter page for the breakfast and lunch spot mentions that "We found out we were going to be required to install a fire suppression system and adhere with the strict building codes of the city for restaurants. Those building codes were not designed to apply for 175 square foot eateries but we had no option but to shutdown, comply and make the necessary changes." A few of the other upgrades needed include new refrigerators, a new slicer, and an updated cooking area, with the owners saying that "All these changes in addition to carrying our basic expenses such as rent and utilities, getting the necessary permits, hiring an architect for drawings, a general contractor, and all the new electrical work necessary place the project at well over $35,000 and we cannot afford to foot the bill ourselves." According to the Kickstarter page, the project for Mike & Patty's will only be funded if at least $20,000 is pledged by November 20.

Mike & Patty's, which first opened in 2008, went through a rough stretch in 2012 where it ultimately ended up closing until the place went through an ownership change.

The address for this eatery in Bay Village is 12 Church Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at http://www.mikeandpattys.com/

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Saigon Alley Food Truck to Debut in Boston

Yet another food truck is on its way to Boston, and this one will be offering up Vietnamese street food.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Hub Food Trucks) that Saigon Alley is going to be hitting the streets of Boston, with the focus being on freshly-made inexpensive foods found in Southeast Asia, including banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches). It is not yet known when the truck will debut, but Hub Food Trucks says it passed Inspectional Services last week, so it could be opening relatively soon.

The Twitter page for Saigon Alley can be found at https://twitter.com/Saigon_Alley

[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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Shanghai Social Club in Allston Has Apparently Closed; New Concept May Be On the Way

It looks like an eclectic restaurant and bar in Allston has closed its doors, though a new concept could be coming to the space.

An email sent this morning mentions what others on social media have been saying today, that Shanghai Social Club is no longer in business and that a sign is out front says a new spot will apparently be moving in next spring (likely under the same ownership). Phone calls placed to the Commonwealth Avenue restaurant have not been answered, and the reservations system is no longer going through.

Shanghai Social Club first opened in August of 2013, taking over the space where Jalapenos had been, and before that, Our House West.

The address for the now-closed Shanghai Social Club (and upcoming new concept) is 1277 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

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Santarpio's and A4 Make Food and Wine's List of Top Pizza Places in the United States

A popular magazine and website has come out once again with its picks for best pizza in the United States, and two Boston-area spots have made the list.

According to their website, Food & Wine Magazine has included Santarpio's in East Boston and A4 in Somerville in its list/slideshow of best pizza places in the U.S., mentioning the "wood paneled walls covered with pictures of famous athletes" and the "signature homemade sausage pie" for the former and the "stellar wood-fired pies" with "addictively charred, blistered sourdough crusts made with a 12-year-old starter" for the latter. Santarpio's and A4 are also joined by two other New England spots--Al Forno in Providence and Pepe's in New Haven.

Santarpio's has made F&W's best pizza list in the past, as have Al Forno and Pepe's.

For a complete listing of the best pizza places from Food & Wine Magazine, please go to the following link:


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Naco Taco Food Park Plans to Open in Cambridge

It looks like a new restaurant may be opening by the MIT campus in Cambridge, and based on its name, it could be focusing on Mexican fare--though this has not been confirmed as of yet.

A License Commission General Hearing page within the City of Cambridge website indicates that Naco Taco Food Park is looking to open on Mass. Ave., with the address being that of the now-closed Lotte Market a couple of blocks east of the Main Street intersection. The dining spot is applying for a beer and wine license and plans to have seating for 74 inside with another 64 on an outdoor patio, and it could be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if its proposed hours of 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM Sunday through Wednesday and 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM Thursday through Saturday remain in place. As of now, there doesn't appear to be much more information about Naco Taco Food Park other than its manager being Alex Tannenbaum, who has been involved in the Speakeasy Group (Storyville, Minibar, Tunnel, Sweet Cheeks, Tavern Road, Bread + Butter, Vine Brook Tavern).

The address for this proposed restaurant by MIT is: Naco Taco Food Park, 297 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Highlights for the Week Ending October 17, 2014

A few more stories and articles centering on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a restaurant south of Boston with well-known people behind it being replaced by another spot, a seafood place in the Back Bay announcing it will shut down, and a chain of sandwich shops expanding into the Back Bay. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included a new review of a Vietnamese restaurant in Allston, a photo of a dessert from an Italian spot in Lexington, and an updated review of a Mexican eatery in Melrose.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

Chatime Is Opening a Second Location in Boston's Chinatown

Amorino to Open in Boston's Back Bay

Turner's Yard in Pembroke Is Being Replaced by 615 Raw Bar and Grille

Skipjack's in Boston's Back Bay Is Closing

Cosi to Open in Boston's Back Bay

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

New Review: Pho Viet's in Allston, MA

Photo: Cookies and Cream from Via Lago in Lexington, MA

Boston-Area Restaurant Closings and Openings for October (So Far)

Updated Review: Mexico Lindo in Melrose, MA

Photo: Tiramisu from Pescatore in Somerville, MA