Thursday, January 19, 2017

Centre Bar in Dorchester Is Closing to Make Way for New Development

A few days ago, it was learned that yet another Boston dive bar could be closing its doors, and now we have confirmed that this will indeed be the case.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, the Centre Bar on Dorchester Avenue plans to shut down sometime this year, with an earlier article here mentioning that the owner is looking to sell the liquor license to Explorateur, a proposed restaurant coming to the Masonic Temple space near Boston Common. The post says that four new apartments are slated to be built at the site of the bar, with commercial space on the ground floor being part of the plans as well, though it is not yet known what might open in that space.

A number of dive bars and neighborhood watering holes have closed in both Dorchester and neighboring South Boston over the past few years, including the Lower Mills Pub, Sonny's, the Freeport Tavern, Aces High, the Blackthorn, Williams Tavern, the Cornerstone Pub, Kiley's, and the Quencher Tavern..

The address for the Centre Bar is 1664 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02122.

[Earlier Article]
Explorateur Plans to Open at Masonic Temple in Downtown Boston

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Sonia's Is Close to Opening in the Former T.T. the Bear's Space in Cambridge

Nearly a year and a half after first being announced, a new music club is finally on the verge of opening within a landmark space in Cambridge.

Cambridge Day is reporting that Sonia's is weeks away from debuting in the old T.T. the Bear's space on Brookline Street in Central Square, with an opening date possibly being announced by the end of January. The article said that owners Joseph and Nabil Sater (who also run the adjacent Middle East club) had hoped to open six months ago, but the permitting and construction process has been slow going, with new codes apparently slowing down progress. Once Sonia's does open, the nightclub will have a capacity of 350 and will feature food from The Middle East--though it will initially not be able to serve alcohol, as the liquor license is still held by T.T.'s owner Bonnie Bouley, who is trying to sell it and was recently given a three-month extension on the selling process by the city license commission. (The lack of a liquor license will allow Sonia's to have all-ages shows.)

T.T. the Bear's Place closed in July of 2015 after being in business since the late 1980s; the club featured countless local, national, and international acts over the years.

The address for the upcoming Sonia's (and former T.T. the Bear's Place) is 10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

[Earlier Articles]
Sonia's to Move into T.T. the Bear's Space in Cambridge
City of Cambridge Warns Now-Closed T.T. the Bear's Place About License Fee

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The White Bull Plans to Open Near Haymarket/Faneuil Hall in Boston

It looks like a new restaurant and bar may be on its way to an historic block in Boston--and the owners of an adjacent dining and drinking spot appear to be behind it.

According to a source, The White Bull is looking to open in the former Panera space on Union Street near Haymarket Square and Faneuil Hall in an area known as the Blackstone Block. A check on a licensing board hearing page confirms this, with the notice saying that the proposed place is seeking the license of The Briar Rose, a Hyde Park pub that closed a bit more than a year ago. The manager listed for The White Bull is Jeffrey Baird, who is also one of the owners of the Blackstone Grill next door, and a sign had actually been up for awhile at the site mentioning the Blackstone's name, though no other information was given at the time.

The address for this proposed restaurant and bar in Boston is: The White Bull, 1 Union Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Luna's Italian and Latin Cuisine Opens in East Boston

A new restaurant has come to East Boston, and it focuses a couple of different cuisines.

Eater Boston is reporting that Luna's is now open on Saratoga Street in the Orient Heights area, and that it offers Italian fare along with Latin American items. The post mentions that the dining spot, which opened earlier this month, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, with the restaurant's website showing that it offers such dishes as shrimp crostini, risotto balls, yuca frita, lobster ravioli, linguine with clams, chicken marsala, shrimp tacos, baked cod, Chilean spiced short ribs, and a NY sirloin strip with chorizo, rice, chicharron, sweet plantains, and black bean puree.

The address for this new restaurant in East Boston is: Luna's Italian and Latin Cuisine, 945 Saratoga Street, East Boston, MA, 02128. Its website can be found at https://www.lunasboston.com/

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Symphony 8 in Boston Still Planning to Reopen

A long-closed watering hole near Symphony Hall that once included a speakeasy is still looking to open back up again.

Universal Hub is reporting that Symphony 8 on Westland Avenue could be reopening in a few months, nearly four years after closing its doors. The post mentions that owner Douglas Bacon said to the Boston Licensing Board that renovations on the space are more difficult than he had hoped, and that he continues to pay rent on the space even as upgrades are being done. If all goes well, Symphony 8 could open by July 15--though this also depends on whether the city allows him to keep his long-dormant liquor license for the space.

Symphony 8 first opened in the fall of 2009, featuring a mix of modern American fare and comfort food; the place also had a hidden basement bar called Prohibited where a password was needed in order to get into place.

The address for the Symphony 8 space is 8 Westland Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

[Earlier Article]
Symphony 8 in Boston Could Be Reopening

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SoulFire in Allston Is Closing

One of Boston's best-known BBQ spots is shutting down.

Vanyaland is reporting that SoulFire in Allston closes its doors for good this Friday (January 20), with the restaurant possibly being replaced by a Korean eatery, though this has not been confirmed as of yet. The announcement of SoulFire's closure comes exactly a week after we reported that its other location in the Brigham Circle/Mission Hill section of Boston had shuttered; it is not yet known what might be going into that space.

SoulFire, which first opened in Allston a bit more than a decade ago, is known for such items as brisket, wings, ribs, pulled pork, and fried chicken.

The address for this soon-to-close BBQ joint in Allston is: SoulFire, 182 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

[Earlier Article]
SoulFire in Boston's Brigham Circle/Mission Hill Has Closed

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Roxy's Grilled Cheese Opens in Lynnfield

A restaurant and food truck owner known for his grilled cheese sandwiches has just opened a brand new location, with this one being in a growing development north of Boston.

Eater Boston is reporting that Roxy's Grilled Cheese is now open at MarketStreet Lynnfield, with owner James DiSabatino's new spot joining another shop in Allston along with a kiosk in the Innovation and Design Building on the Boston waterfront and food trucks in and around the city. The new Lynnfield location of the eatery was first announced in the spring of 2015

As reported here earlier, DiSabatino and Michael Krupp of Area Four are also getting ready to open Roxy's Central/A4cade in Cambridge.

The website for Roxy's Grilled Cheese can be found at http://www.roxysgrilledcheese.com/

[Earlier Article]
Roxy's Grilled Cheese to Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Taco Bell Cantina Eyeing Boston Expansion, May Be Looking at Somerville's Davis Square

A new concept from a fast-food chain is apparently looking at the Boston area, and it might be eyeing one of the busiest parts of Somerville.

According to a post within the Davis Square LiveJournal blog, Taco Bell Cantina has expressed interest in the former iYO Cafe/Bistro space on Elm Street, mentioning  that "Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis said that Taco Bell has expressed interest in this location" for the new concept. This seems to jibe with an early article from the Kansas City Business Journal, which said back in October that the company was considering a possible expansion of Taco Bell Cantina to Boston.

Based on the other four locations in Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, any new Taco Bell  Cantinas that come to Boston (or Somerville) could include a tapas-style menu of shareable plates along with beer, wine, and liquor.

The address that Taco Bell Cantina is looking at is 234 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

Thanks to Universal Hub for bringing this to our attention.

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Danversport Yacht Club Restaurant to Close

A popular riverside restaurant north of Boston is going to be closing its doors.

The Danvers Herald is reporting that the Danversport Yacht Club Grille and Bistro will be shutting down on April 2, with owner Paul DeLorenzo saying that the restaurant area will become an event venue. DeLorenzo says that gift cards for the dining spot can be used for public events, while unused cards will be fully refunded.

The Danversport Yacht Club first opened in 1970.

The address for the Danversport Yacht Club Grille and Bistro is 161 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA, 01923. The website for the yacht club can be found at http://www.danversport.com/

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Ship Restaurant in Lynnfield May Be Demolished

It looks like yet another Route 1 landmark could be disappearing.

According to an article in itemlive.com, The Ship Restaurant may be torn down to make way for new development, with the new building apparently including retail space along with a drive-up restaurant and coffee shop. It appears that the adjacent Christmas Tree Shop would remain in operation, while a branch building of East Boston Savings Bank would be built at the site--and there also will be an adjoining condo project that is being constructed by another developer.

The Ship Restaurant returned to Route 1 in 2013 after being replaced by an outlet of The Mount Vernon Restaurant a couple of years earlier. Ship-based restaurants with different names have been at the site since at least the 1930s, as reported here earlier.

Over the past few years, several iconic spots on Route 1 have been demolished, including Hilltop Steak House, Weylu's, and Route 1 Miniature Golf.

The address for The Ship Restaurant is 24 Broadway (Route 1), Lynnfield, MA, 01940.

[January 13 update: According to a post from 7 News Boston, The Ship Restaurant is now closed.]

[Earlier Article]
The Ship Restaurant Is Returning to Lynnfield

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Spring Shabu-Shabu to Open in Allston

An Asian hot pot restaurant located in a borough of New York City is expanding to Boston.

According to a post within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Spring Shabu-Shabu is planning to open in Allston, taking over the space on Western Avenue where Maki Maki had been until closing last spring. A check on the website for the upcoming eatery indicates that Spring Shabu-Shabu currently has a location in the Flushing section of Queens, with that restaurant offering "traditional and not so traditional shabu-shabu side dishes from a buffet setting."

The website for the dining spot mentions that the new location of Spring plans to open sometime in February.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Allston is: Spring Shabu-Shabu, 370 Western Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. The website for the original location in Flushing can be found at http://springshabu.com/

Thanks to Steven Leibowitz of Hub Food Trucks for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Maki Maki in Allston Has Apparently Closed

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Tasty Burger to Open at Boston's North Station

A local group of burger spots is going to be opening a new location--and this one should be popular with both commuters and sports fans.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Tasty Burger is planning to open on the ground floor of the new Avalon North Station residential development, which is located at 1 Nashua Street next to North Station and TD Garden. The article says that the new eatery will be a counter-service spot with a dining room and that it will be open for lunch and dinner, offering such items as burgers, hot dogs, shakes, and more, along with beer and wine.

If all goes as planned, the new Tasty Burger could open in May, joining other nearby locations in Boston's Fenway neighborhood, Back Bay Station, Dudley Square in Roxbury, South Boston, and Cambridge's Harvard Square.

The website for Tasty Burger can be found at http://www.tastyburger.com/

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Friendly Toast Plans to Open in Brookline's Coolidge Corner

A trio of eclectic dining spots is planning to open a fourth, and this one would be in one of the busiest sections of Brookline.

According to a couple of sources (including a message sent from the Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog), The Friendly Toast is looking to open in Coolidge Corner, with a post from mypublicnotices.com confirming this. Based on the post (and one of our sources), the proposed eatery would be moving into the space on Beacon Street where Yasu had been until closing last winter.

The Friendly Toast, which is known in part for its all-day breakfasts, has locations in Boston's Back Bay, Cambridge's Kendall Square, and Portsmouth, NH.

The address for this proposed restaurant in Coolidge Corner is: The Friendly Toast, 1366 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. The website for the other locations can be found at https://www.thefriendlytoast.com/

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SoulFire in Boston's Brigham Circle/Mission Hill Has Closed

A pair of BBQ spots in Boston is back down to one, as its newer shop has closed its doors.

A message sent to us today indicates that SoulFire in the Brigham Circle/Mission Hill section of the city is no longer in business, with an earlier Chowhound post hinting that it may have shut down sometime over the holidays. The dining spot first opened on Huntington Avenue in July of 2012, joining the original on Harvard Avenue in Allston, which remains in operation.

SoulFire offers such items as pulled pork, ribs, brisket, wings, chili, fried chicken, and corn bread.

The address for this now-closed barbecue place in Brigham Circle was: SoulFire, 737 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the original location is at http://www.soulfirebbq.com/

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In a Pig's Eye in Salem to Be Replaced by Mercy Tavern

A North Shore restaurant that briefly closed a few months ago before a new owner reopened it is being replaced by a brand new spot.

According to a job post on the Craigslist site, In a Pig's Eye in Salem is going to become home to Mercy Tavern, with the new owner of In a Pig's Eye--Pat Schultz, who is also the founder of Howling Wolf in Salem--being behind the new place. The post says that the upcoming restaurant will be "one of the most innovative and beautiful eateries/drinkeries in Salem" and that renovations are currently taking place, with the menu also being overhauled; when it opens, Mercy Tavern will focus on "high quality English and American pub food" and hopes to have the "best burger anyone has ever tasted."

In a Pig's Eye shut down in September of 2015 after 30 years in business, and it looked like the closure would be permanent, but in October Schultz took over the space, with the goal being to close for awhile for renovations around the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017. The restaurant and bar had been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants), with the review being found at this link:

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

The address for In a Pig's Eye (and the upcoming Mercy Tavern) is 148 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

[Earlier Articles]
In a Pig's Eye in Salem Is Reopening
In a Pig's Eye in Salem in Salem Is Closing

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Bonefish Grill in Burlington Has Closed

A Florida-based seafood chain has shut down one of its Boston-area restaurants.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Bonefish Grill in Burlington is no longer in operation, with a check on the locations page of the chain's website seeming to confirm this, as the dining spot is no longer listed there. Bonefish Grill first opened at Waysides Common in November of 2013, with locations in Waltham and Westwood following (those locations remain in operation).

The address for this now-closed seafood restaurant in Burlington was: Bonefish Grill, 4 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA, 01803. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.bonefishgrill.com/

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Papagayo in Saugus Has Closed

A local group of Mexican restaurants has gotten just a bit smaller.

Last week, a tweet from @James13rown indicated that Papagayo on Route 1 in Saugus may have closed, with @CappyinBoston confirming it today, saying that a "For Lease" sign is now shown at the site. A check on the Papagayo website gives further confirmation of this, as the Saugus location has been removed from the site, while locations in Boston's Fort Point, Downtown Crossing, and Somerville's Assembly Row remain in operation.

The Saugus location of Papagayo first opened in June of 2015, and it was actually considered more of a move from City Square in Charlestown rather then a brand new location.

 The address for this now-closed Mexican restaurant in Saugus was: Papagayo, 817 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus, MA, 01906. The website for the other locations can be found at http://papagayorestaurants.com/

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain's Forest Hills Has Closed

A pair of burger bars is back down to one, as its newer location has shut down.

Universal Hub reports that Grass Fed in the Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain closed its doors for good at the end of business hours today, with a Facebook post from the place saying that "We have decided to sell our [Forest Hills] location. We...look forward to serving you at our flagship [location on Centre Street in JP] which will continue to remain open." The Washington Street eatery first opened last March, taking over the space where Tonic had been; the Centre Street location has been in business since the spring of 2012.

The address for this now-closed burger bar in Forest Hills was: Grass Fed, 3698 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The website for the existing location on Centre Street can be found at http://www.grassfedjp.com/

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Friday, January 06, 2017

Crossroads Irish Pub in Boston May Become St. Locale

An Irish pub in Boston that closed a few years ago only to reopen may be closing again--and replaced by a new spot.

According to a source, Crossroads Irish Pub on Beacon Street in the city's Back Bay neighborhood has petitioned to transfer the business to a new company, which would open St. Locale in the space. Little other information has been given, other than the fact that the manager listed for the new spot is George Vinal, and that the name of the parent company is SVRE LLC.

Crossroads shut down in early 2013, then reopened later that year under new ownership and with little in the way of changes. The bar is a popular place with both college students and Red Sox fans (Fenway Park is a few blocks to the west).

The address for Crossroads Irish Pub (and the proposed St. Locale) is 495 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02215. Its website is at http://www.crossroads-irishpub.com/

[January 18, 2017 update: Universal Hub mentions that St. Locale plans to be a "neighborhood dining concept" that is "food focused" while offering wine and craft cocktails as well. The Boston Licensing Board is expected to decide tomorrow whether to allow the people behind St. Locale (George Vinal and Angelo Stamos) to buy the Crossroads space.]

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Yolk Could Be Coming to the Boston Area

A Chicago-based breakfast chain may be on its way to the Boston area.

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Yolk is planning to expand, with founder Taki Kastanis saying that he may target cities such as Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. for a smaller version of his restaurants where customers would order at the counter with the orders then being brought to their tables. The post mentions that Kastanis ultimately sees a total of 40 locations of Yolk opening, which would be up from a possible 15 by the end of this year--and in addition to smaller versions like those that could come to Boston and other East Coast cities, he envisions an even smaller version that could be set up at such places as train stations.

Yolk started out in downtown Chicago back in 2006 and currently has 10 locations in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Dallas/Fort Worth. The dining spots offer upscale versions of breakfast and lunch, including such items as waffles, French toast, omelets, benedicts, blintzes, crepes, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

The website for Yolk can be found at http://eatyolk.com/

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Brass Cat Cafe May Be Opening in Jamaica Plain

The people behind three Jamaica Plain restaurants may be opening a fourth dining spot in the neighborhood.

According to a press release, David Doyle, Maricely Perez-Alers, and Keith Harmon (Centre Street Cafe, Tres Gatos, Casa Verde) are looking to open Brass Cat Cafe on Washington Street, with the exact address indicating that it would be located in the old Schell Printing Company building about midway between Forest Hills and Egleston Square. Very little information on the proposed spot has been given at this point in time; more should be learned about the place at a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council meeting on Monday, January 23.

Centre Street Cafe, Tres Gatos, and Casa Verde are all located on Centre Street in JP.

The address for this proposed restaurant is: Brass Cat Cafe, 3399 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

[January 16 update: The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that Brass Cat Cafe will focus on foods from the Southeastern region of the United States (including Louisiana), and that it probably won't be opening for a year or so.]

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Dot 2 Dot Cafe in Dorchester Raising Money to Stay in Its Current Home

A dining spot in Dorchester that is known in part for its breakfasts and support for musicians, artists, and others in the neighborhood is now fighting to stay in its space.

According to a GoFundMe page, Dot 2 Dot Cafe on Dorchester Avenue has gotten word that its landlord is selling the building in which it resides, and that while the eatery has first refusal on its space, the owner needs to secure a loan and is also trying to raise enough money to be able to own the building so that it doesn't end up losing the space. The restaurant is hoping to raise a total of $60,000, with approximately $1,300 raised as of this morning.

Dot 2 Dot Cafe is a spot that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured as an under-the-radar place to go to for breakfast. The review can be found at the following link:

http://hiddenboston.com/Dot2Dot.html

The address for Dot 2 Dot Cafe is 1739 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124. Its website can be found at http://dot2dotcafe.com/

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City of Cambridge May Revoke T.T. the Bear's Liquor License

Last summer, we reported that a now-closed Cambridge nightclub was issued a violation due to nonpayment of its alcohol licensing fee. Now we have learned that the city could be getting ready to take action.

According to a License Commission Hearing Agenda page, the city will be looking at canceling the liquor license for T.T. the Bear's Place, with the notice referring to laws that say if a business is no longer in operation, the license can be canceled/revoked. (The hearing takes place on Wednesday, January 11.)

T.T. the Bear's closed its doors for good in July of 2015 after being in business for nearly 30 years; since its closure, there has been talk of Joseph and Nabil Sater of the adjacent Middle East nightclub taking over the space and opening a new club tentatively called Sonia's, though very little information has come out about these plans of late.

The address for the T.T. the Bear's space is 10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

[January 13 update: Wicked Local Cambridge is reporting that the city has given Bonney Bouley (the owner of T.T. the Bear's) three months to find a buyer for the liquor license, at which point the license would be canceled, and it notes that the license doesn't have to be used for the T.T.'s space---it could go to a buyer who is looking to open a spot in another location in Cambridge.]

[Earlier Articles]
City of Cambridge Warns Now-Closed T.T. the Bear's Place About License Fee
Sonia's to Move into T.T. the Bear's Space in Cambridge
T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge to Close for Good July 25

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Update: Sfizi in Boston's North End Closes for Renovations, Will Reopen as Aqua Pazza

[Ed note: This article was updated on January 17 to reflect new information given on the new concept coming to the space.]

An Italian and Mediterranean restaurant that features small plates has closed for renovations, and it looks like it will have a new concept when it opens back up again.

According to a source, Sfizi on Richmond Street is locked up and papered over, with a sign out front saying "we are closed for renovations," while the note also refers customers to other dining spots from Frank DePasquale and DePasquale Ventures--Bricco, Mare Oyster Bar, Trattoria Il Panino, and Quattro. Another source tells us that the place is indeed closed and that it will be reconcepted when it reopens in the spring. No other details have been given on the new concept coming to the space; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Sfizi first opened in October of 2015, taking over the space where Mare had been before moving to the corner of Hanover Street and Mechanic Street.

The address for Sfizi is 135 Richmond Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

[January 17 update: According to a Facebook page, the new dining spot going into the Sfizi space will be called Aqua Pazza, with the page saying it will be an "Italian kitchen and oyster bar." The Tables section of The Boston Globe indicates that the place will focus on seafood, and that it hopes to open within the next couple of months.]

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Ora Trattoriza to Open in Boston's Back Bay

The person behind a recently-renovated Italian eatery in the Back Bay of Boston is opening a new spot in the neighborhood, and it will also be featuring Italian fare.

According to a 2017 preview of restaurants in Boston from Zagat, Jo Megwa of Piattini on Newbury Street is planning to open Ora Trattoriza at an as-of-yet undisclosed location in the Back Bay, though the blurb does says that it will be "steps from the Boston Marathon finish line." The post says that the new spot will feature house pastas and Neapolitan pizza in a "sophisticated" space, with other details on the place not being released as of yet. If all goes as planned, Ora Trattoriza could be opening sometime in April.

Piattini recently reopened after being forced to close in October due to a fire; the restaurant returned with a new look and an updated menu as well as an expanded craft cocktail program.

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Perkins Square Restaurant Plans to Open in Former Salsa's Space in South Boston

A new restaurant may be on its way to South Boston, and it would be taking over the space where a Mexican eatery had been for nearly 20 years.

According to a licensing board page within the City of Boston website, Perkins Square Restaurant has applied for a liquor license to open in the former Salsa's space on Dorchester Street. The manager listed for the proposed spot is Michael Shaw, who is apparently the same Michael Shaw who is involved with Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, and Capo (all of which are located nearby on W Broadway), so it is possible that this could be a fourth restaurant from that group--though this has not been confirmed as of yet.

Salsa's first opened in South Boston back in the late 1990s, while a second outlet of the place opened a decade later in Hingham (both locations closed in 2015).

The address for this upcoming dining spot in South Boston is: Perkins Square Restaurant, 118 Dorchester Street, South Boston, MA, 02127.

[January 11 update: Universal Hub states that Perkins Square Restaurant would be a sushi spot and that Michael Shaw of Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, and Capo is indeed behind the place. (Shaw says the restaurant could open approximately 12 weeks after it gets the green light from the city.)]

[Earlier Article]
Salsa's in South Boston Has Closed

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Internal Matter in Boston's Fort Point Has Closed

A Fort Point restaurant, wine bar, and cafe that was popular with artists has very quietly closed its doors.

According to several sources, Internal Matter on Channel Center Street appears to be out of business, with one source confirming that it has indeed shut down. The dining spot, which was owned by local photographer and artist Brian Bresnahan, was a coffeehouse in the morning and a dinner spot and wine bar in the evening and was known in part for its live music and hosting of various events. The place first opened in March of 2015, nearly three years after plans for the spot were initially announced.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Boston's Fort Point is: Internal Matter, 35 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the place can be found at http://www.internalmatter.com/

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

&pizza to Open in Tory Row, Crimson Corner Spaces in Cambridge's Harvard Square

A Washington, D.C.-based pizza chain is coming to Cambridge, and it will be taking over the spaces where another restaurant had been and where a decades-old newsstand currently resides.

According to an article in Cambridge Day, &pizza is planning to open in Harvard Square, moving into the former Tory Row space and the Crimson Corner space by the corner of Mass. Ave. and Brattle Street. The post says that Crimson Corner, which used to be called Nini's Corner and has been owned by the same family for 54 years, has lost its lease and will be forced to close at the end of the month. (Tory Row shut down this past October.)

&pizza got its start in Washington, D.C. in 2012 and currently has approximately 20 locations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania; an earlier article in the Washington Business Journal mentioned that the pizza chain is looking to open between 8 and 12 new outlets over the next year or so, including one in Manhattan.

The website for &pizza can be found at http://www.andpizza.com/

[Earlier Article]
Tory Row in Cambridge's Harvard Square Has Closed

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Temazcal, Tony's Coal Fire Pizza to Open in Former Papa Razzi Space in Burlington

A pair of dining spots will be moving into a space north of Boston where a location of a group of Italian restaurants had been.

The Daily Times Chronicle is reporting that Temazcal Tequila Cantina and Tony's Coal Fire Pizza have been given approval by the Burlington Board of Selectmen to open in the former Papa Razzi Metro space on Wall Street. The article says that the two eateries will be run by Rebel Restaurants, Inc., which is an affiliate of The Cronin Group. (A few spots run by The Cronin Group include Tony C's, Atlantic Beer Garden, The Boston Beer Garden, and The Whiskey Priest, along with other locations of Temazcal in Boston's Seaport District and Lynnfield.)

Papa Razzi Metro, which closed this past October, was a new concept from Papa Razzi that focused on scratch-made New England dishes along with Italian items, including small shareable plates and larger entrees.

The address for the former Papa Razzi space is 2 Wall Street, Burlington, MA, 01803. (It is not yet known whether the two new restaurants will share this address or whether they will have two different addresses.)

[Earlier Article]
Papa Razzi Metro in Burlington Is Closing

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Phinix Grill in Belmont Opens Second Location in Cambridge's Kendall Square

The people behind a Mediterranean restaurant in Belmont have opened a new location of the place in Cambridge.

Eater Boston is reporting that Phinix Grill is now open in Kendall Square, joining the original location on Trapelo Road by the Belmont/Waltham border. Based on the menu at the Belmont restaurant, expect to see such items as stuffed grape leaves, a black bean salad, shish kebab, lamb chops, hummus, bakhlava, and more at the new spot in Cambridge.

David Aleksanyan (who is also behind Flame Cafe in downtown Boston) and Sam Pogosov first opened the original location of Phinix Grill in Belmont in November of 2015, taking over the space where Sweet Peach Diner and Andros Diner had been.

The address for this new Mediterranean eatery in Kendall Square is: Phinix Grill, 245 First Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. The website for Phinix Grill is at http://www.phinixgrill.com/

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Laurie's 9:09 Restaurant in Wakefield Has Closed; Catering Operation to Continue

A restaurant and caterer in the northern suburbs of Boston has closed the restaurant end of the business, and it is now going to be focusing exclusively on catering.

According to a note on constantcontact.com, Laurie's 9:09 restaurant shut down for good on New Year's Eve, and the business is now getting ready to move from its old home on Tuttle Street to a new space on New Salem Street where it will operate a catering facility. An earlier Facebook post from the place indicated that owner Laurie Rizzo had major foot surgery in July of 2016, and with the recovery being slower than expected, the decision was made to make the shift from restaurant operation to catering.

Laurie's 9:09, which first opened in the fall of 2012, was an upscale neighborhood spot that focused on steak, seafood, and a mix of New American and traditional American fare.

The address for Laurie's 9:09 restaurant was 33 Tuttle Street, while the new address for the catering operation is 93 New Salem Street.

Thanks to The Passionate Foodie for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Update: Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Seized by the State

[Ed note: This article was updated on January 5 to reflect the fact that a "seized" sign is now in the window of the place.]

A gourmet market in one of Boston's hottest neighborhoods is locked up and dark, and it is not yet known if/when it might reopen.

According to a Twitter post, Bee's Knees Supply Company in Fort Point appears to be closed, with a source telling us that it was shuttered all of last week as well as yesterday morning. Phone calls placed to the Farnsworth Street store over the past couple of days have gone directly to voicemail, and a check on its website indicates that it is down.

Bee's Knees first opened in Fort Point in March of 2013, while a second shop opened on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston two years later. The Fort Point shop apparently went up for sale in late 2015, while the Allston shop closed last summer.

As soon as we find out why the Fort Point location of Bee's Knees is closed, we will post an update here.

The address for Bee's Knees Supply Company in Fort Point is 12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA.

[January 5 update: According to a Twitter post from @JeremyKrantz, there is now a "seized" sign out front at Bee's Knees, with the sign saying the store is in the possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts because of nonpayment of taxes.]

[Earlier Articles]
Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Is Apparently Up for Sale
Bee's Knees in Allston Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

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