Monday, January 31, 2011

Four Burgers Is Opening in Downtown Boston (Across from The Common)

It appears that a burger spot in Cambridge's Central Square is going to be opening a second location, this one in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to The Boston Herald, Four Burgers is planning to open on Boylston Street across from Boston Common this coming spring. The article mentions that the eatery will be moving into the space where Commonwealth Books used to be (between Charles Street and Tremont Street) and will feature the same menu as that of the original location on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge.

[June 20 update: According to several posters on Facebook and Twitter, the new Four Burgers in Boston is now open.]

Four Burgers gets its name from the fact that it features a total of four burgers on its menu (hamburger, black bean burger, turkey burger, salmon burger). The dining spot, which first opened in Cambridge in 2008, also offers two types of hot dogs.

The address for this new burger place in downtown Boston is: Four Burgers, 134 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The website for the burger spot can be found at: http://fourburgers.com/

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Taste of Malden to Be Held February 3, 2011

A culinary event is coming to one of Boston's northern suburbs in early February, and it will be featuring a number of area restaurants.

According to the Malden Chamber of Commerce website, the 2nd annual Taste of Malden will be held at the Irish American Club on West Street (between Highland Avenue and the Fellsway) on Thursday, February 3 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The event will feature food samplings from local restaurants such as Bobby C's, Dockside Restaurant, Exchange Street Bistro, Hugh O'Neills, John Brewers Tavern, Pho Hoa Restaurant, Pisa Pizza, Ravi's Pasta & Pizzeria, and Ristorante Serena.

Tickets to the 2011 Taste of Malden cost $30 at the door, with some of the proceeds going to Bread of Life, a Malden-based volunteer organization that serves those in need.

For more information on the 2nd annual Taste of Malden, please go to the Malden Chamber of Commerce link below.

http://www.maldenchamber.org/

Thanks to a poster on Chowhound for bringing this to our attention.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Results of Twitter Bagel Poll

Our latest Twitter poll has just finished up, with this poll focusing on the best bagels in the Boston area. Our previous polls have included a French fry poll (The Publick House in Brookline won), a steak tip poll (NewBridge Cafe in Chelsea), a bread poll (When Pigs Fly in various locations), a coffee poll (Boston Common Coffee in Boston), a meatball poll (Comella's in various locations), a sushi poll (Douzo in the Back Bay), a cupcake poll (Sweet Cupcakes in the Back Bay and Harvard Square), a steak and cheese poll (Carl's in Waltham), an ice cream poll (Richardson's in Middleton), a roast beef poll (Nick's Famous Roast Beef in Beverly), a chicken wing poll (Buff's Pub in Newton), a macaroni and cheese poll (Fat Cat in Quincy), a fried clam poll (JT Farnham's in Essex), an onion ring poll (Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage in Cambridge), a hot dog poll (Spike's Junkyard Dogs), a pizza poll (Santarpio's in East Boston), a burger poll (Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage), and a lobster roll poll (Neptune Oysters in the North End). Below are the results of the Twitter bagel poll:

1) Bagel Rising/Espresso Royale, Boston (23%)
2) Kupels, Brookline (21%)
3) Bagel World, Peabody, Reading, Salem (8%)
3) Cafe Fresh Bagel, Dedham, Needham, Norwood, Framingham (8%)
3) Katz's, Chelsea (8%)

Some other spots were picked in the Twitter bagel poll, including Abraham's Bagels (Newburyport), Atlantic Bagel (Cohasset, Hingham), Bagel Land (Winchester), Bagels Best (Millis, Needham, Newton), Blue Moon Bagel Cafe (Medfield), Bruegger's (various locations), Dunkin' Donuts (various locations), Finagle-a-Bagel (various locations), Gunther Tooties (Duxbury, Hanover, Pembroke, Quincy), Perfecto's Caffe (Andover, North Andover, Peabody, Tewksbury), and Rosenfeld Bagel Company (Newton Centre).

Thanks to everyone who has voted in our Twitter polls. We will start another poll in the next week or two, so keep checking back on our Twitter page at http://twitter.com/hiddenboston.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

American Lamb Jam Coming to Cambridge, February 20, 2011

Lamb lovers take note: The Boston area is gearing up for a lamb-based culinary event that will be returning here in February.

An email sent to us from Baltz and Company indicates that the second annual American Lamb Jam will be held at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge's Harvard Square on Sunday, February 20, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The event, which partners The American Lamb Board with BostonChefs.com, will feature a number of lamb dishes created by chefs from area restaurants, along with wine and local beers. Chefs from such restaurants as 606 Congress, Bondir, Gargoyles on the Square, Oleana, Russell House Tavern, Tomasso Trattoria, and other spots will be competing for the opportunity to face off against top chefs at a Master Lamb Jam in New York City this coming September.

Breweries at the American Lamb Jam will include Berkshire Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewery, Cape Ann Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery, Ipswich Ale, Mayflower Brewing Company and Rapscallion.

Tickets to the 2011 American Lamb Jam, which will be hosted by TV Diner's Billy Costa, cost $50 each and include tastes of 16 lamb dishes along with beer and wine. Some of the proceeds will be going to Lovin' Spoonfuls, a Boston-based non-profit organization whose mission is to help eradicate hunger in Massachusetts.

For more information on the upcoming American Lamb Jam in Cambridge, please go to the link below.

http://www.fansoflambboston.com/

[February 18 update: According to the event website, the 2011 American Lamb Jam is sold out.]

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Lynda's Restaurant to Open in Hull, Replacing Cafe Ona

It looks like a new breakfast and lunch spot is coming to a seaside community on the South Shore, moving into the space where another restaurant had been.

According to the blog of The Hull Sun and Wicked Local, Lynda's Restaurant has been given approval to open on Nantasket Avenue where Cafe Ona resided until closing toward the end of 2010. The article mentions that Lynda's Restaurant will apparently be open from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM, serving breakfast and lunch only. The new spot will have a capacity of a little under 50, and there may be extra parking for the restaurant, based on the plan that the owner of Lynda's may be leasing some space from the Knights of Columbus, which is across the street.

The owner of Lynda's Restaurant also runs Weinberg's Bakery, which is a few blocks up the street in the Kenberma shopping district of Hull.

Expect a March opening for Lynda's Restaurant.

The address for this upcoming breakfast and lunch spot in Hull will be: Lynda's Restaurant, 443 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA, 02045.

For more on the planned opening of Lynda's, please go to the Hull Sun/Wicked local blog link below.

DiVito opening new restaurant in Hull

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dickey's Barbecue Pit May Be Coming to the Boston Area

It looks like a Texas-based chain of barbecue restaurants is planning to open a couple of locations in the Boston area.

According to the Mass. Market column of The Patriot Ledger, the people behind Dickey's Barbecue Pit are looking to open two branches of the restaurant somewhere around Boston. The article mentions that Dickey's recently opened its first Massachusetts location in Seekonk (which is also its first restaurant in New England), and the chain is planning to open a branch in Rhode Island at some point.

According to its website, Dickey's first opened in Dallas, TX, in 1941, with that original location still being in operation today. Currently, there are more than 150 locations across the country, with the possibility of their being a total of more than 200 locations within the next year or so. The chain features such items as pulled pork, brisket, pork ribs, Virginia-style ham, Polish sausage, barbecue beans, and macaroni and cheese.

The website for Dickey's Barbecue Pit can be found at: http://www.dickeys.com/

For more information on the possible opening of Dickey's Barbecue Pit in the Boston area, please go to the link below.

The Dickey’s barbecue chain is cooking up plans to expand into the Boston area

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The Fish Pier Restaurant in South Boston Is Closing

A seafood restaurant in South Boston that has been around for more than a quarter-century is going to be closing its doors.

According to Boston.com, The Fish Pier Restaurant & Market on E Broadway is being evicted from the property by its landlord (who is selling the property) and will be shutting down by mid-February. The article mentions that the family that runs the restaurant may try to reopen elsewhere, though probably not in South Boston.

The Fish Pier Restaurant & Market first opened in the mid-1980s, eventually coming under the present ownership three years ago. The eatery has been known for its inexpensive seafood and comfort food dishes, including clam chowder, burgers, hot dogs, fish cakes, fried haddock, baked scrod, broiled swordfish, and fish and chips.

The address for this soon-to-close seafood spot in South Boston is: The Fish Pier Restaurant & Market, 667 East Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127.

For more information on the closing of The Fish Pier Restaurant & Market, please go to the Boston.com link below.

Fish Pier restaurant to close after 26 years

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pop-Up Restaurant Coming to Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville, February 11-13

The folks who have brought two "pop-up" restaurants to the Boston area over the past couple of months are at it again, this time bringing a special pop-up restaurant to a chocolate factory in Somerville just in time for Valentine's Day weekend.

According to the wheretoeat.in website, Taza Chocolate on Windsor Street (between Union Street in Somerville and Inman Square in Cambridge) will be the site of a third pop-up restaurant from chef Will Gilson of Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge and Aaron Cohen of Eat Boston. This event will take place over a three-day period, from Friday, February 11, through Sunday, February 13, and will include a five-course, chocolate-themed, prix fixe menu. Included will be such items as spice roasted squash "chocolate kiss" with pistachio; buttered leeks and braised duck, black truffle and chestnut soup with white chocolate; and marinated lamb with cocoa nib jus, whipped potato, French curry and cabbage dolma.

Ticket prices for each of the three days are $70, which includes meal, tax, and gratuity.

Earlier pop-up restaurants included one at Bloc 11 in Somerville earlier this month, and another within Mohr & McPherson in the South End of Boston in November.

For more information on the pop-up restaurant at Taza Chocolate in Somerville, including how to purchase tickets, please go to the link below.

http://wheretoeat.in/taza/

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Joanne Chang to Be on The Today Show January 26, The Martha Stewart Show January 28

The owner and chef of a well-known trio of bakeries in the Boston area and an Asian restaurant in Boston's South End is going to be featured on two national television shows this week, three months after the release of her cookbook.

According to Grub Street Boston, Joanne Chang will be seen on the Today show on NBC Wednesday (January 26), making pop tarts on the show, and she will also be on The Martha Stewart Show on the Hallmark Channel Friday (January 28), making doughnuts on that show.

Joanne Chang's cookbook, called Flour: Spectacular Recipes From Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe, was released in October of 2010 and has been so popular that at times it has been difficult to find in stores. The book, which is more than 300 pages in length, features a variety of recipes for breakfast treats, cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, tarts, bread, and more.

More information on Joanne Chang can be found at the Flour link below.

http://www.flourbakery.com/staff.php?pid=703

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Belmont's Andros Diner in Danger of Closing for Good

A diner in Belmont that has been in business for more than 30 years--and briefly closed last summer due to tax issues--may be shutting down for good if its present problems with the town aren't resolved.

According to the Belmont Citizen-Herald and Wicked Local, the Belmont Board of Selectmen recommended yesterday that Andros Diner not have its common victualers license renewed, as the Trapelo Road eatery apparently owes more than $50,000 to the town in taxes and utility costs. The diner does remain open for now, however, as it will be allowed to plead its case to the town at the end of February.

[March 1 update: According to the Belmont Citizen-Herald and Wicked Local, Andros Diner will remain open for now, as a payment schedule by the town for money owed has been put into place. The diner needs to work things out with the state as well, and apparently won't be reopening until it does. Also, the restaurant is still on shaky ground with the town, as it appears that even one missed payment could possibly result in the place being shut down for good.]

[March 24 update: More developments have occurred surrounding Andros Diner, according to a more recent article in the Belmont Citizen-Herald and Wicked Local. Earlier this month, the diner was seized by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and about a week later, the property appears to have been auctioned off to a Newton man and his son. At this point in time, it is not known what plans the apparent new owners of the property have for the space where Andros Diner has been.]

[May 3 update: According to Boston.com, the auctioning off of Andros Diner in March (see above) fell through because the two bidders were not able to cement the transaction. As a result, the building is up for auction once again, with the auction taking place this afternoon.]

[May 10 update: According to a brief article in The Boston Globe, the May 3 auction of Andros Diner was postponed, and has been rescheduled for June 8. The Globe mentions that no reason was given for the postponement.]

In late June of 2010, Andros Diner was forced to close because of back taxes due, but it was quickly allowed to reopen after setting up a payment plan with the state.

The address for this Belmont diner is: Andros Diner, 628 Trapelo Road (Route 60), Belmont, MA, 02478.

For more information on this story, please go to the Belmont Citizen-Herald/Wicked Local link below.

Mealtime over for Belmont's Andros Diner?

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Abigail's Restaurant Is Opening in Cambridge's Kendall Square

A few days after announcing the upcoming openings of a few new restaurants in the Kendall Square section of Cambridge, we have learned of yet another new eatery coming to the neighborhood as well.

According to their Facebook page as well as meeting minutes from the City of Cambridge website, Abigail's Restaurant will be opening on Third Street (by the Binney Street intersection) and is looking to be an American-style neighborhood dining spot that features craft beer and cocktails. The people behind the restaurant have culinary backgrounds that include such well-known spots as Casablanca, East Coast Grill, Formaggio, and the now-closed B-Side Lounge.

Abigail's will apparently be open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner on Saturdays (and possibly brunch and dinner on Sundays, based on their hours).

[August 12 update: According to UrbanDaddy, Abigail's Restaurant is planning on opening today.]

The address for this new restaurant in Kendall Square is: Abigail's Restaurant, 291 Third Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. Their Facebook page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abigails-Restaurant/166354510062451

Thanks to a poster on our Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Hooked Seafood and Grill in Marblehead Is For Sale

A seafood restaurant in Marblehead that opened about six months ago has put itself up for sale.

According to an article in the Marblehead Patch, the owner of Hooked Seafood & Grill on Pleasant Street has decided to sell the eatery, putting it up on the Craigslist site for $140,000. The article mentions that the owner is hoping to find someone who can keep the restaurant intact, and doesn't want to see it closed. He will also keep Hooked Seafood & Grill running while looking for a new owner.

Hooked Seafood & Grill first opened in the summer of 2010, featuring a variety of seafood for dining in as well as takeout. The restaurant features such dishes as clam chowder, lobster rolls, salmon burgers, fish tacos, baked scallops, grilled shrimp, and fried oysters, as well as steak tips, burgers, and hot dogs.

The address for the restaurant is: Hooked Seafood & Grill, 114 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945.

For more information on this story, please go to the Marblehead Patch article below.

Hooked Seafood and Grill Up For Sale

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Dandelion Green in Burlington Has Closed

A family-friendly restaurant in Burlington that has been serving classic American fare to patrons for more than 30 years has closed its doors.

According to The Burlington Union and Wicked Local, the Dandelion Green restaurant on Mall Road shut down earlier this month, apparently due to unsuccessful lease negotiations. The article mentions that the space in which Dandelion Green resided may be subdivided, with a Chipotle restaurant possibly moving into one of the spots.

[August 12 update: As noted by one of our posters below, Chipotle is definitely moving into part of the space where Dandelion Green used to be. According to the Burlington Patch, it looks like the new Chipotle may be opening on August 17.]

[August 25 update: According to Linear Retail Properties, the new Chipotle in Burlington is now open.]

Dandelion Green first opened in 1977, offering such traditional American dishes as New York sirloin, baked stuffed shrimp, pork chops, and chicken florentine to diners. The restaurant was affiliated with three other dining spots (The Hardcover in Danvers, The Beverly Depot in Beverly, and The Barnsider in Albany, NY, all of which remain open and will accept Dandelion Green gift certificates).

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Burlington was: Dandelion Green, 90 Mall Road, Burlington, MA, 01803.

For more information on the closing of Dandelion Green, please go to the Burlington Union/Wicked Local link below.

Burlington's Dandelion Green restaurant closes its doors

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Agave Mexican Grille and Tequila Bar Is Closing, Becoming New Restaurant

A Mexican restaurant in Malden that opened last spring is getting ready to shut its doors, though the people behind the dining spot will be opening a new eatery in the space.

According to the restaurant's Facebook page, Agave Mexican Grille and Tequila Bar on Medford Street will be having a "Funeral of the Fiesta" party on Friday, January 28, about nine months after it first opened for business. Posts on their Facebook page indicate that Agave will be replaced by a restaurant similar to the Dockside Restaurant in Malden and Wakefield (same owners as Agave), and may indeed be called Dockside Restaurant at River's Edge.

Agave Mexican Grille and Tequila Bar had taken over the space of a Chinese restaurant called Beansprout, which closed in 2009 after about 30 years in business.

The address for this soon-to-close Mexican restaurant in Malden is: Agave Mexican Grille and Tequila Bar, 270 Medford Street, Malden, MA, 02148. The website for the Dockside Restaurants can be found at: http://www.docksiderestaurants.com/

[January 31 update: Agave Mexican Grille and Tequila Bar has officially closed.]

Thanks to a poster on Chowhound for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Firebrand Saints Is Opening in Cambridge's Kendall Square

A new restaurant featuring rotisserie options and sandwiches is looking to open in the Kendall Square section of Cambridge.

Based on meeting minutes that have been posted on the City of Cambridge website, Firebrand Saints is going to be opening at the corner of Broadway and Third Street in the heart of the square. The notes indicate that the person behind the upcoming restaurant (who also happens to run Central Kitchen in Cambridge's Central Square) plans to have a menu that features classic rotisserie items, as well as hand-sliced sandwiches and burgers. Much like Central Kitchen, the ingredients used will tend to be organic and natural, according to the notes. It appears that Firebrand Saints will be open for both lunch and dinner, and the owner plans to have both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as a small bar area.

[September 20 update: According to UrbanDaddy, Firebrand Saints has soft-opened.]

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Kendall Square will be: Firebrand Saints, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, 02142. Their website can be found at: http://firebrandsaints.com/

Thanks to one of our Twitter followers (@saffarip) for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Area Four Opening Between Central Square and Kendall Square in Cambridge

A new "green" restaurant featuring such items as small plates, pizza, and homemade soft-serve ice cream is coming to the Central Square/Kendall Square section of Cambridge, and the people behind it come from a now-closed combination restaurant/boutique in Boston (and one of them currently runs a high-end restaurant in the western suburbs).

According to an article in The Feast, Area Four is planning to open at 500 Technology Square on Main Street, with an expected opening toward the end of April. The article states that the people who ran the Fort Point spot Achilles-Persephone--which was also known as The Achilles Project and which closed about a year and a half ago--are opening the eatery, while one of the two folks behind Area Four is the chef and owner of Lumiere in West Newton. Area Four will feature a wood-burning oven, room for more than 150, and an adjoining coffee shop, and it appears that the restaurant will be open for both lunch and dinner and will have both beer and wine.

[May 18 update: According to BostonChefs.com and Adam's Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog, the bakery and cafe section of Area Four is now open (for breakfast and lunch), with the main restaurant opening for lunch and dinner in a couple of weeks.]

[June 15 update: According to the restaurant's Facebook page, Area Four will open for dinner starting this Friday (June 17).]

The address for this new restaurant in Cambridge is: Area Four, 500 Technology Square (Main Street), Cambridge, MA, 02139.

Thanks to one of our Twitter followers (@saffarip) for bringing this to our attention, and thanks also to CityRetail for some of the above information.

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Meadhall Opening in Cambridge's Kendall Square

A new upscale restaurant is coming to the Kendall Square section of Cambridge, moving into the space where a bookstore used to be.

Based on notes from meetings that have been posted on the City of Cambridge website, Meadhall is planning to open at 4 Cambridge Center, taking over the spot formerly occupied by Quantum Books, which closed about 3 years ago. It looks like Meadhall will feature an upscale but moderately-priced menu, and the restaurant will apparently be open for both lunch and dinner seven days a week, with both chef and brewer tastings planned. The notes mention that Meadhall could have a capacity of about 350, including both indoor and outdoor dining.

Meadhall was initially going to be called Dogma, but according to the meeting notes, a name change to Meadhall has been approved.

[April 27 update: According to a Twitter post from one of the folks at Meadhall, the restaurant opens today at 4:00 for drinks, and 5:00 for food. For more info, the Twitter page can be found at http://twitter.com/#!/foodiedrinks]

The address for this new restaurant in Kendall Square is: Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA, 02142.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mass Ave Opening in Boston's Back Bay

As reported here this past fall, a new restaurant will be opening in the Back Bay of Boston where Match Burgers and Martinis had been, and thanks to the UrbanDaddy site, we now know the name of the place.

An email sent to us by UrbanDaddy yesterday indicates that Mass Ave will be opening next Monday at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Newbury Street, taking over the former Match space. The people behind the new eatery also run such local restaurants as Alibi Bar and Lounge, Back Bay Social Club, Harvard Gardens, and Lucky's Lounge. The email from UrbanDaddy mentions that Mass Ave will feature comfort food dishes, including Kobe beef sliders, truffled macaroni and cheese, and paella with rabbit meat. A look at the restaurant's menu also shows such items as shaved serrano ham, fried chicken and biscuits, lobster tacos, Island Creek oysters, and tater tots, as well as a variety of cocktails.

[January 25 update: A call placed to the restaurant has confirmed that Mass Ave is now open for business.]

The address for this new restaurant in the Back Bay is: Mass Ave, 94 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival Coming to Salem, February 4-14, 2011

A multi-day festival returns to Salem early next month, once again featuring all kinds of events, including one that lovers of chocolate and wine may not want to miss.

According to the Salem Chamber of Commerce, the 9th Annual Salem's So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival will be held from February 4 through February 14, and the festival will kick off with a chocolate and wine tasting. The tasting will take place at Hamilton Hall on Chestnut Street from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on February 4, with tickets being $25. (The Chamber of Commerce website mentions that the event sells out each year, so tickets should be purchased ahead of time.) Chocolate and wine--as well as ice cream--can be sampled from many Salem spots, including 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Cafe Polonia, Capt.'s Waterfront Grill & Pub, Finz Seafood & Grill, the Great Escape, Milk & Honey Green Grocer, Rockafellas, Salem Waterfront Hotel, and Victoria Station.

A number of other events and promotions will also be taking place at Salem restaurants during the festival.

For more information on the 2011 Salem's So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival, please go to the Salem Chamber of Commerce link below.

http://www.salem-chamber.org/

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Changes Coming to Boston's Locke-Ober

A landmark Boston restaurant has temporarily closed, and the person who used to run the operations of the eatery has taken control of it once again.

According to The Boston Herald, Locke-Ober on Winter Street has changed hands, with David Ray, the president of Locke-Ober Co.--and the owner of the building in which it is housed--regaining control of business operations, which he had given to Paul Licari and well-known chef Lydia Shire about 10 years ago. The Herald mentions that Lydia Shire will continue to be involved with the restaurant, but that Paul Licari may apparently be out of the picture.

The Herald had also reported earlier that Locke-Ober temporarily closed over the past weekend for remodeling, and would possibly remain closed until early March, when Boston Restaurant Week begins, though it may reopen before then.

Locke-Ober which first opened in 1875, has featured classic American fare over the years, including steak, seafood, chicken, pork, and lamb dishes.

The address for Locke-Ober is: Locke-Ober, 3 Winter Place, Boston, MA, 02108.

For more information on this story, please go to the Boston Herald link below.

Famed eatery changing hands

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ritu ki Rasoi Opens in Burlington

An Indian restaurant specializing in vegetarian cuisine has opened in Burlington, and the dining spot may be adding other types of ethnic foods to its menu soon.

According to their website, Ritu ki Rasoi has opened on Cambridge Street (near the Winn Street intersection), bringing to this northern suburb of Boston a restaurant that features Indian fare, and at some point, Indo-Chinese as well as Italian and Mexican dishes with Indian influences. The eclectic eatery currently features such menu items as paratha, samosas, chaat, paneer tika masala, vegetable biryani, and pani puri.

Ritu ki Rasoi is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, with hours being 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM Tuesday through Thursday and 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM Friday through Sunday.

The address for this new Indian restaurant in Burlington is: Ritu ki Rasoi, 207 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA, 01803. The phone number is (781) 229-8349. And their website can be found at: http://www.ritukirasoi.com/

Thanks to a poster on Chowhound for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Chocolate Festival Coming to Harvard Square in Cambridge, January 28-30, 2011

A food-based event that chocolate lovers won't want to miss is coming to Harvard Square in Cambridge later this month.

According to HarvardSquare.com (the Harvard Square Business Association website), a three-day chocolate festival will be held in the square, with events taking place on Friday, January 28 through Sunday, January 30. On Friday, Dining in the Dark will take place at Sandrine's on Holyoke Street, with this increasingly popular concept of eating in complete pitch-black including a chocolate-based dessert. On Saturday, there will be a chocolate treasure hunt in Harvard Square, as well as a chocolate sampling event. And on Sunday, a chocolate tour will take place, with stops at Cardullo's, Crema Cafe, Finale Dessert Company, Hi-Rise Bread Company, JP Licks, and L.A. Burdick. A second Dining in the Dark event will also take place on Sunday, with this one being at Upstairs on the Square on Winthrop Street.

Other events, chocolate-based specials, and special deals will take place as well throughout the three-day period in Harvard Square.

For more information on Cambridge's chocolate festival in late January, please go to the Harvard Square Business Association link below.

http://harvardsquare.com/

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chefs Cooking for Hope Is Coming to Boston on March 3, 2011

A culinary event that helps raise money for cancer research and care is returning to Boston in March.

On Thursday, March 3, 2011, the 13th annual Chefs Cooking for Hope will be held at 125 High Street in the Financial District from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. The event, which is once again being presented by the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will feature food from more than 50 restaurants as well as wine from New England wineries. The honorary chef for this year's event will be Mary Dumont, who recently competed in the Food Network's Next Iron Chef and is the Executive Chef at Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge's Harvard Square.

Tickets to the 2011 Chefs Cooking for Hope cost $100 each.

For more information on this event, please go to the Friends of Dana-Farber link below:

http://www.dana-farber.org/how/friends/default.html

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week to Be Held January 17 Through January 31, 2011

A restaurant week returns to a section of Boston and a southern suburb of the city, with three-course meals being offered by a number of area dining spots.

According to Grub Street Boston, the 2011 version of Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week will be held from January 17 to January 31 (not including Fridays and Saturdays), with eight restaurants participating. Each eatery will feature a three-course meal for $30.11, and based on last year's event, at least some of the restaurants will likely be featuring their regular menus as well.

The following restaurants will be participating in this year's Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week: 88 Wharf and Abby Park in Milton, and 224 Boston Street, Ashmont Grill, Blarney Stone, dbar, Ledge Kitchen and Drinks, and Tavolo in Dorchester.

For more information on the 2011 Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week, please go to the following BostonChefs.com link.

http://www.bostonchefs.com/news/event/2011/1/17/dorchester-milton-restaurant-week-back/

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Pronti Bistro Is Opening in Needham

A new restaurant featuring a fusion of Indian and American food will soon be opening in Needham.

According to the Needham Times and Wicked Local, Pronti Bistro plans to open at the corner of Second Avenue and Highland Avenue (just east of the Route 128 intersection), moving into the space where the old Backcare Basics store used to be. The article mentions that Pronti Bistro will feature quick-food with South Asian and American influences, including such dishes as paratha filled with chicken, steak, fish, cottage cheese, and eggplant. Breakfast will also be offered at the new dining spot, with bhurji (an Indian-style egg wrap) being one option. The restaurant will have a capacity of 30 inside the space, plus another 12 or 13 in an outdoor dining area that will be set up.

The article states that Pronti Bistro may have a soft opening in mid-February, with a grand opening in early March.

[April 1 update: According to a poster on Chowhound, Pronti Bistro is now open.]

The address for this new Indian-American fusion restaurant in Needham is: Pronti Bistro, 11 Second Ave, Needham, MA, 02494.

For more information on Pronti Bistro, please go to the Needham Times/Wicked Local link below.

Needham bistro to feature Indian food, American-style

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Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party Returns to Boston's City Hall Plaza for 2011

A popular barbecue event returns to downtown Boston in 2011 after being held in East Boston for the past two years.

According to The Boston Herald, the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party will be held at City Hall Plaza from June 24 to June 26 this year. The event had been held at Suffolk Downs in 2009 and 2010, moving to this East Boston locale from City Hall Plaza, where it was held in 2007 and 2008.

The article mentions that tickets to the 2011 BBQ Beach Party go on sale today.

For more information on the moving of the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party from Suffolk Downs to City Hall Plaza, please go to the Boston Herald link below.

Phantom Gourmet BBQ party to haunt City Hall Plaza

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Aristo Cafe in Boston's Financial District Has Apparently Closed

It looks like a European-style cafe in the Financial District of Boston has closed its doors after being in business for about a year.

According to a poster on the Chowhound site, Aristo Cafe on State Street has a "space for rent" sign in the window, while posters on both Chowhound and other sites have mentioned that it hadn't been open for a few weeks now. Calls placed to the restaurant today to confirm this did not go through.

Aristo Cafe first opened toward the end of 2009 at the corner of State Street and Merchants Row, taking over the space where a branch of Finagle-a-Bagel had been. The eatery featured mostly soups, salads, and sandwiches.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in the Financial District of Boston was: Aristo Cafe, 92 State Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Orleans Crawfish Opens in Randolph

A little more than a half year after an "Asian-Cajun" restaurant featuring crawfish opened in Dorchester, another similar spot has opened its doors a few miles south in Randolph.

According to the restaurant's website, Orleans Crawfish is now open on North Main Street (Route 28) within the Sudbury Farms Plaza, which is just north of the Route 139 intersection. The new eatery features an eclectic mix of items including eggrolls, fried lemongrass tofu, baby clams with sesame rice paper, fried shrimp with Cajun fries, fried catfish with fries, crawfish fried rice, po boy sandwiches, beef teriyaki, chicken wings with Vietnamese sauce, boiled crawfish, and tamarind crabs. Most menu items are under $10.

Orleans Crawfish is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

The address for this new restaurant in Randolph is: Orleans Crawfish, 326 North Main Street, Randolph, MA, 02368. The phone number is (781) 885-2985. And the website can be found at: http://www.orleanscrawfish.com/

Thanks to a poster on the Chowhound site for bringing this to our attention.

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Five Guys Burgers Opening in Saugus

A growing chain of burger places continues its expansion in the northern suburbs of Boston, with a third upcoming location on the way to the area.

According to a job post on the Craigslist site, Five Guys Burgers is looking to open in Saugus, joining two other soon-to-open branches in Medford and Stoneham. Based on a map shown within the Federal Realty Investment Trust site, the new Five Guys will be located within the Saugus Plaza (also known as the Kmart Plaza), where Main Street intersects Route 1.

Currently, Five Guys Burgers can be found in Canton, Dedham, Foxborough, Framingham, Gloucester, Hanover, Marlborough, Natick, Randolph, Swampscott, and Walpole.

[April 15 update: According to the chain's Facebook page, Five Guys Burgers is now open in Saugus.]

The address for this new burger place in Saugus is: Five Guys Burgers, 180 Main Street, Saugus, MA, 01906. The website for the burger chain can be found at: http://www.fiveguys.com/

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Slice O Pie Moving into La Pupusa Guanaca Space in Jamaica Plain

It appears that a new pizza place is headed to Jamaica Plain, moving into the space where a Salvadoran eatery had been.

Based on a post within the EveryBlock Boston site, Slice O Pie is planning to open on Centre Street (at the Sheridan Street intersection), taking over the former La Pupusa Guanaca spot. La Pupusa Guanaca was a Latin American restaurant that featured such items as papusas, burritos, tamales, and tostadas. The dining spot closed in the spring of 2010 after being in business for more than a decade.

It is unsure as to when Slice O Pie might be opening, or what may be on their menu in additions to pizza; as soon as we receive more info on the place, we will post an update here.

The address for this upcoming pizza spot in Jamaica Plain will be: Slice O Pie, 378 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

City Streets Restaurant Opening in Former Legends Space in Waltham

An upscale restaurant and pub is getting ready to open in Waltham, moving into the space where a sports bar and karaoke spot had been.

According to the restaurant's website and Facebook page, City Streets is planning to open on Lexington Street, just north of the downtown area of the city, taking over the space formerly occupied by Legends Hall of Fame Grill. The new eatery will feature an eclectic menu that will include such items as stuffed burgers, panini, sirloin steak, bone-in pork chops, seafood, and more. City Streets will be open for lunch and dinner (although it looks like it will be open only for dinner on Mondays), with hours being 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM on Mondays, 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM Tuesday through Saturday, and 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM on Sundays.

Based on a job post within the Craigslist site, expect an early February opening for City Streets Restaurant. [March 22 update: According to their Facebook page, City Street is now open.]

The address for this new restaurant and pub in Waltham is: City Streets Restaurant, 249 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA, 02452. The website can be found at: http://www.citystreetsrestaurant.com/

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Ginger Explosion 2 to Be Held in Somerville, January 26, 2011

A culinary event focusing on a specific spice is coming to Somerville in late January, with several restaurants participating.

According to the wheretoeat.in website, Ginger Explosion 2 will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at P.A.'s Lounge in Somerville. The event will feature samplings of various ginger-based dishes from area restaurants, including Bambara, Garden at the Cellar, KO Prime, Petit Robert Bistro, and Ronnarong Thai Tapas.

Tickets to Ginger Explosion 2 cost $13, with proceeds supporting the Somerville Arts Council's ArtsUnion project, which helps increase the cultural economic development of Somerville's Union Square neighborhood. Guests to the event will receive a complimentary ginger cocktail from Domaine de Canton.

P.A.'s Lounge is located at 345 Somerville Avenue, which is just west of the heart of Union Square (about a block west of the Washington Street intersection).

For more information on this event, please go to the two links below.

http://wheretoeat.in/gingerexplosion/

http://gingerexplosion.eventbrite.com/

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Four Restaurants to Open at Atlantic Wharf on the Boston Waterfront

Last spring, we reported that a chain of high-end steakhouses was looking to open a new restaurant at a newly created complex along the Boston waterfront. Now, it looks like three other dining spots will be moving into the skyscraper as well.

According to The Boston Globe, Smith & Wollensky will be behind one of four restaurants moving into the Atlantic Wharf complex, which is located between the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Fort Point Channel by Congress Street, about a block north of South Station. Earlier we had mentioned that the new eatery from Smith & Wollensky may be a branch of Wollensky's Grill, a new, lower-priced concept from the restaurant group, but the article makes no mention of this, simply stating that Smith & Wollensky will be coming to the space (keep checking back for updates on this). The Globe article also mentions that the current Smith & Wollensky location at 101 Arlington Street in "The Castle" will remain in operation.

The other three restaurants that are coming to Atlantic Wharf (which is on the site formerly known as Russia Wharf) will include a coffee shop that may be run by the people behind Charlestown's Sorelle, as well as a fine-dining restaurant. The Globe states that at least one of the restaurants (perhaps the fine dining spot?) will have a celebrity chef behind it.

For more information on the four new restaurants coming to Atlantic Wharf in Boston, please go to the Boston Globe article below.

Focusing on Fort Point: 31-story Atlantic Wharf adds two more tenants, further transforming Boston's waterfront

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Burrito Bowl Coming to Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, February 5, 2011

What looks to be Boston's first-ever burrito competition is coming to Boston's Back Bay in February, and it will feature several local chefs.

An email sent to us by Regan Communications indicates that Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake on Boylston street will be the site of a "Burrito Bowl." The event, which will take place on Saturday, February 5, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, will be a competition among chefs as to who can make the best burrito. Included in the competition will be Corey Comeau of Stephanie's on Newbury, Jose Duarte of Taranta, Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Jason Hutchinson of Boloco, Erwin Ramos of Ole Mexican Grille, Jason Santos of Gargoyles on the Square, and Brian Poe of Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake. The email mentions that the winning burrito at the Burrito Bowl will be featured the following day at the Rattlesnake's Super Bowl party.

Tickets to the Burrito Bowl cost $15 each and can be purchased in advance at Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake. There will also be tickets available on the day of the event on a cash basis. [February 3 update: Based on several Twitter and Facebook posts (including posts from Poe's Kitchen), it appears that the Burrito Bowl is now sold out.]

Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake can be found at 384 Boylston Street (between Arlington Street and Berkeley Street) in the Back Bay of Boston.

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Results of Twitter French Fries Poll

Our latest Twitter poll is now complete, with this poll centering around the best French fries in the Boston area. Our previous polls have included a steak tip poll (NewBridge Cafe in Chelsea won), a bread poll (When Pigs Fly in various locations), a coffee poll (Boston Common Coffee in Boston), a meatball poll (Comella's in various locations), a sushi poll (Douzo in the Back Bay), a cupcake poll (Sweet Cupcakes in the Back Bay and Harvard Square), a steak and cheese poll (Carl's in Waltham), an ice cream poll (Richardson's in Middleton), a roast beef poll (Nick's Famous Roast Beef in Beverly), a chicken wing poll (Buff's Pub in Newton), a macaroni and cheese poll (Fat Cat in Quincy), a fried clam poll (JT Farnham's in Essex), an onion ring poll (Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage in Cambridge), a hot dog poll (Spike's Junkyard Dogs), a pizza poll (Santarpio's in East Boston), a burger poll (Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage), and a lobster roll poll (Neptune Oysters in the North End). Below are the results of the Twitter French fries poll:

1) The Publick House, Brookline (13%)
2) Fat Cat, Quincy (7%)
2) Halfway Cafe, various locations (7%)
2) Sel de La Terre, Boston (7%)

Some other spots were picked in the Twitter French fries poll, including The Abbey (Brookline), All Star Sandwich Bar (Cambridge), Back Bay Social Club (Back Bay), Brasserie Jo (Boston), Bristol Lounge (Park Plaza), Bukowski's (Back Bay), Clam Box (Ipswich), Coolidge Corner Clubhouse (Brookline), Five Guys Burgers (various locations), Gaslight (South End), Kelly's Roast Beef (various locations), Les Zygomates (Boston), Lineage (Brookline), the Local (West Newton), Petit Robert Bistro (Boston), River Gods (Cambridge), Shay's (Harvard Square), Sorellina (Back Bay), Squealing Pig (Brigham Circle), and Woodman's (Essex).

Thanks to all those who have voted in our Twitter polls. We will try to start another poll in a week or two, so keep checking back on our Twitter page at http://twitter.com/hiddenboston.

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Ken's Ramen House in Allston Is Closing

An Asian eatery within the Hong Kong Market (formerly Super 88) in Allston is closing, as the owner is apparently heading back to Japan.

According to a post on Chowhound, Ken's Ramen House is shutting down, though it looks like based on a post within the thread, another Japanese eatery may be opening in its space a couple of months after it closes. Ken's Ramen House, which first opened about five years ago, has been known as a place to get an authentic ramen noodle house "experience" in the Boston area, with the place featuring miso, soy sauce, and salt ramen with ingredients such as scallions, pork, egg, and seaweed offered.

[January 18 update: Ken's Ramen House is now closed.]

The address for this noodle shop within the Hong Kong Market in Allston was: Ken's Ramen House, 1 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

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Gabby's Restaurant and Lounge Opening in Braintree

A new restaurant is coming to Braintree, and it will be featuring a mix of Italian, American, and Argentinian fare.

According to their Facebook page, Gabby's Restaurant & Lounge is planning to open on Quincy Avenue on January 29, taking over the space where Pizza Party had been, and before that, GioMatti Ristorante. The new eatery looks to be a casual (but possibly slightly upscale) spot open for lunch and dinner, and their website mentions that Gabby's will offer catering for private parties and functions. The space will have a bar area, with entertainment including Friday night "open mic" nights.

Hours for Gabby's Restaurant & Lounge will be 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM Thursday through Saturday, and 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Sundays.

[January 31, 2011, update: According to their Facebook page, Gabby's Restaurant & Lounge is now open.]

The address for this new restaurant in Braintree is: Gabby's Restaurant & Lounge, 462 Quincy Avenue, Braintree, MA, 02184. The phone number is (781) 348-6360. Their website can be found at: http://www.gabbysrestaurantandlounge.com/

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La Creperie in Cambridge's Harvard Square Has Closed

It looks like a dining spot in Cambridge's Harvard Square neighborhood that featured crepes has closed its doors.

According to the Boston Herald's Forklift blog, La Creperie on Mass. Ave. appeared to be closed, with a sign on the window and furniture taken out of the space. A call placed to the eatery seems to have confirmed this, as their phone number is no longer in service. [January 11 update: An article in The Harvard Crimson has confirmed that La Creperie has closed, but the owner of the eatery will continue to serve crepes at his other restaurant--Canteen, which is just down the street on Mass. Ave. heading toward Central Square.]

La Creperie (which was also known as Arrow Street Crepes) featured an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian crepes, including ones with baby spinach, melted brie, spiced pears, green apples, bacon, smoked ham, smoked lamb sausages, and chicken. The restaurant also offered "sweet" crepes, salads, and fruit smoothies.

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Harvard Square was: La Creperie, 1154 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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Friday, January 07, 2011

California-Based Tavistock Restaurants LLC Planning to Buy Back Bay Restaurant Group

It looks like a California firm may be buying a Boston-based company--and the six restaurant chains that are part of it.

According to Patrick Maguire of the Server Not Servant blog, the Back Bay Restaurant Group is apparently going to be sold to San Francisco-based Tavistock Restaurants LLC. An article in The Boston Globe also talks about this, mentioning that the deal has not been finalized yet, with an expected closing of the deal by late February. The Back Bay Restaurant Group, which first went public in the early 1990s, includes Abe & Louie's, Atlantic Fish, Charley's, Coach Grill, Joe's American Bar & Grill, and Papa Razzi.

Tavistock owns such restaurants as the Alcatraz Brewing Company, the California Cafe, Sapporo, and ZED451.

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Super Fusion Express Opening in Jamaica Plain

A Japanese restaurant with three locations in the Boston area is going to be opening a fourth place, and this one looks more like a quick-food spot that may focus on takeout.

According to the restaurant's website, Super Fusion Express will open on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, joining Super Fusion Cuisine locations in Brookline, Watertown, and Cambridge (the Cambridge restaurant opened this past November). The three Super Fusion locations that are currently open feature soups, salads, and sushi, as well as some entrees, including teriyaki chicken, grilled sea bass, and coconut salmon (the entree menus slightly different at each location).

[April 10 update: Super Fusion Express is now open in Jamaica Plain.]

The address for this new Japanese restaurant in Jamaica Plain is: Super Fusion Express, 779 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The website for all of the Super Fusion restaurants can be found at: http://www.superfusionsushi.com/

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Temazcal Tequila Cantina Is Opening at Liberty Wharf in Boston's Seaport District

An upscale Mexican restaurant is planning to open in the Seaport District of Boston, and it will be one of several new dining spots in the immediate area.

According to a poster on Chowhound, a sign for Temazcal Tequila Cantina has been put up at Liberty Wharf, and the sign also mentions a two-time James Beard award winner being involved and 300 tequilas available at the upcoming spot. (The Boston Herald states that Todd Hall, who opened the highly-regarded La Hacienda within the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hotel in Scottsdale, AZ--and is indeed a two-time James Beard award winner--is behind the place. Hall currently operates the nearby Whiskey Priest.) Two posters on our Hiddenboston Twitter page have confirmed all of this information, with one sending us a photo that shows the sign.

Once it opens (the Herald mentions a possible February opening), Temazcal Tequila Cantina will be one of four restaurants in the Liberty Wharf complex, including new locations of Legal Sea Foods, Jerry Remy's, and Del Frisco's. And the new eatery will be the second Mexican restaurant to come to the general area, as Papagayo recently opened on Summer Street in the nearby Fort Point District of Boston.

[April 14, 2011 update: According to UrbanDaddy, Temazcal Tequila Cantina is opening to the public on Saturday (April 16).]

Liberty Wharf is located near the intersection of Northern Avenue and D Street, just east of the World Trade Center in the heart of the Seaport District. The website is http://www.libertywharf.co/restaurants/temazcal/

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Taste of the North Shore Coming to Marblehead, January 29, 2011

A culinary event is coming to the North Shore later in January, and it will be featuring food from area restaurants as well as entertainment.

According to The Marblehead Reporter and Wicked Local, the Sixth Annual Taste of the North Shore will be held at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead on Saturday, January 29, starting at 6:30 PM. The event will include food items from North Shore restaurants (the event will have an all-you-can-eat buffet) as well as live music, dancing, and both a silent and live auction. The article mentions that Billy Costa, the host of "TV Diner" on NECN, will be at the event as well.

Tickets to Taste of the North Shore are $60 each. (Please note that this is a 21+ event.) According to the article, last year's event sold out early, so if you are interested in going, you may want to order your tickets as soon as possible (see link below for how to get tickets).

Temple Emanu-El is located at 393 Atlantic Avenue (Route 129), which is a short distance south of the center of town.

For more information on the 2011 Taste of the North Shore in Marblehead, please go to the Marblehead Reporter/Wicked Local link below.

Sixth annual Taste of the North Shore to be bigger, better

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Rudi's Resto Cafe in Boston's Newmarket Square Has Closed

A dining spot within a hotel in the Newmarket Square section of Boston has closed its doors, with the reasons for its closure apparently stemming from an incident involving a police chase a couple of months ago.

According to Universal Hub, Rudi's Resto Cafe, which had been located in the Hampton Inn and Suites near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, has shut down because of a "financial nosedive" the restaurant went into following a car chase in which shots were fired. The resultant battle between the owners of Rudi's and the landlord of the space ultimately led to the downfall of the dining spot, according to one of the restaurant owners.

Rudi's Resto Cafe first opened in Newmarket Square in the winter of 2009, featuring soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza, a number of classic and New American entrees, and desserts, as well as live music and art shows. An original location of Rudi's had been at Rowes Wharf along the Boston waterfront, but it closed a couple of years ago.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Newmarket Square was: Rudi's Resto Cafe, 811 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

For more information on this story, please go to the Universal Hub link below.

Gun violence claims showcase Roxbury restaurant

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