Thursday, June 29, 2017

Patio at Olde Salt House in Cohasset Falls into the Sea; Restaurant Closed for Now

A seafood restaurant on the South Shore is closed for the foreseeable future after a patio collapse.

Wicked Local is reporting that the outdoor patio at the Olde Salt House in Cohasset fell into the ocean this week, as the deck, which sits on a granite seawall, fell apart after years of erosion. The website for the dining spot says that the place is closed while the patio is being rebuilt, but it appears that there had been worries about the outdoor area for awhile now, as it had not yet opened for the season and Building Commissioner Robert Egan said that "Because it was deteriorating, this office sent them a notice that they couldn't open until it was fixed, and they just never got around to it."

The Olde Salt House is part of The Cohasset Harbor Resort, which also includes Brisa, Atlantica, and the Cohasset Harbor Inn. The address for the complex is 44 Border Street, Cohasset, MA, 02025 while the website for the Olde Salt House can be found at http://www.oldesalthouse.com/

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Zambrero Plans to Replace Boloco in Cambridge's Harvard Square

It looks like a brand new Mexican restaurant with roots very far away could be on its way to Cambridge, and it would be taking over the space where a location of a group of burrito places currently resides.

According to a source, Zambrero is planning to open in Harvard Square, moving into the space on Mount Auburn Street where Boloco is. A Harvard Square Advisory Committee page confirms this, while a Board of Zoning Appeal form mentions that the petitioner listed is Bianca Azzopardi, who is involved with the Australia-based Zambrero International. A check on the Zambrero website shows that this is a chain of Mexican eateries that started out in 2005 and currently has locations in Australia, New Zealand Thailand and Ireland; the chain is known in part for its efforts to tackle world hunger via the Plate 4 Plate program, which donates meals to people in need.

In addition to its Harvard Square outlet, Boloco also has seven locations in Boston and one in Lynnfield, along with shops in Warwick, RI, and Hanover, NH.

The address for the proposed location of Zambrero (and current location of Boloco) in Harvard Square is 71 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for Zambrero can be found at http://www.zambrero.com/

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

On the Hill Tavern in Somerville's Magoun Square Is Now The Dark Horse Public House

Last year we reported that the person behind an iconic--and now-closed--drinking spot in downtown Boston was taking ownership of a Somerville bar. Now we have learned that the changeover is taking place, complete with a new name for the spot.

According to a tweet from @somervilleguy, On the Hill Tavern in Magoun Square is being rebranded as The Dark Horse Public House, with a Yelp post showing that the sign is now up for the Broadway spot. It is not yet known what kinds of changes have been made to the place, though earlier, we had heard there might not be many changes other than new ownership; the parent company of The Dark Horse Public House is Callan Hospitality Corp., which is led by Patrick Grace of The Littlest Bar, a watering hole on Broad Street in Boston's Financial District that shut down in 2015 to make room for new development. (The Littlest Bar had lost its original home on Province Street in 2006 to make room for development as well.)

The address for The Dark Horse Public House is 499 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02145.

[Earlier Article]
Patrick Grace of The Littlest Bar in Boston to Take Over On the Hill Tavern in Somerville

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Tatte Bakery & Cafe to Open in Boston's Back Bay

A local group of bakeries and cafes is planning to further expand into the Boston area, this time opening an outlet in the Back Bay section of the city.

Universal Hub is reporting that Tatte Bakery & Cafe is planning to open on Boylston Street, with the address indicating that it will be located between Arlington Street and Berkeley Street. Once it opens, the shop may include a 30-seat patio and would be either be the seventh or eighth location depending on when its upcoming Fenway store will open (possibly this fall). Currently, other locations of Tatte can be found in Beacon Hill, Cambridge's Kendall Square (three), Harvard Square, and Brookline.

The address for the upcoming location of Tatte Bakery & Cafe in the Back Bay is 399 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations can be found at http://tattebakery.com

[Earlier Article]
Tatte Bakery and Cafe to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

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Marco Polo in Boston's Fort Point Is Closing

A Boston deli that has been in business for nearly a quarter century is shutting down.

According to a couple of sources, Marco Polo in the Fort Point section of the city is closing its doors, with a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page hearing that tomorrow is the last day for the Summer Street shop. (A call placed to the deli this morning confirms this.) At this point in time, it is not known what might become of the space; as soon as we find out more information, we will post an update here.

Marco Polo, which first opened in 1993 (according to a Manta page), is a weekday spot that offers breakfast and lunch items such as muffins, omelets, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

The address for Marco Polo is 274 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Somerville Bread Company Moving to Bigger Space Near Union Square

A bread company that opened a retail shop in Somerville early last year is going to be moving to a much larger space not too far away.

Eater Boston is reporting that Somerville Bread Company is moving from its current home on Medford Street in the Magoun Square/Winter Hill area of the city to a space near Union Square that is nearly five times the size of the original. The article says that the extra space will allow the business to expand its wholesale business to local dining spots while also offering more products at markets in the area--and it will be able to expand its bread-making classes as well. No moving date has been given as of yet for Somerville Bread Company, and an exact address has not been given, so stay tuned for updates. (The space where Somerville Bread Company currently resides will become home to Neighborhood Produce, a market that will sell fresh produce along with bread from the bakery.)

Nick Robertson first opened the Somerville Bread Company retail shop in February of 2016 after starting out as a bread company whose products were found at local farmers markets, restaurants, and shops; its current address is 415B Medford Street, Somerville, MA, 02145, while its website is at http://www.somervillebreadcompany.com/

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Don Akin, Owner of Medieval Manor, Has Passed Away

The person behind a landmark theater and restaurant that shut down a year and a half ago has passed away.

A Twitter post from @universalhub states that Don Akin, who owned the now-closed Medieval Manor in Boston's South End, has died, with a page included in the tweet saying that he was 67 years old. Akin ran the E Berkeley Street spot for more than 40 years until closing the place following a New Year's Eve show at the end of 2015, but it subsequently appeared that the spot might end up reopening in its space until plans ended up falling through last summer.

The Medieval Manor was a popular venue for a variety of parties and events over the years, with its website saying that the comedic roots of its interactive dinner theater were in "vaudeville and burlesque."

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Momi Nonmi Plans to Open in Cambridge's Inman Square

It looks like a new restaurant will be moving into a space in Cambridge where a burger spot had been, and the person behind it appears to be a well-known figure within the Boston-area restaurant scene.

A license commission agenda page within the city's website indicates that Momi Nonmi is looking to open in Inman Square, taking over the space where WuBurger Gourmet had been until closing last November. The manager listed for the proposed spot is Christopher Chung, who may be the same Christopher Chung who was involved with AKA Bistro in Lincoln until it shut down last May, and before that, Uni in Boston's Back Bay. An earlier Boston Magazine article had mentioned that Chung was "considering his next move" after the closing of AKA Bistro, and that at the time (last fall), he was popping up at various places around the Boston area, offering modern Japanese small plates.

A hearing will take place on Momi Nonmi's request for a liquor license on Wednesday, June 28.

The address for the proposed Momi Nonmi in Inman Square is 1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sintra in South Braintree to Close for Good This Weekend

A beloved suburban restaurant that is known in part for its Mediterranean fare is getting ready to shut down.

According to a source, Sintra in South Braintree is closing for good this weekend, with tonight apparently being its last night in operation. No reason has been given for the closure of this Washington Street eatery and it is not yet known what might be taking over its space; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Sintra, which opened approximately 13 years ago, is an upscale casual restaurant that features New American dishes, along with items that have Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and other Mediterranean influences. A few of its offerings include steamed mussels, tomato bisque, a meatball and fig flatbread, bolognese with chorizo, house-made gnocchi with shrimp, seafood risotto, pan-roasted statler chicken, and pork chops.

The address for Sinta is 906 Washington Street, Braintree, MA, 02184.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Sushi Factory to Replace Kirin Teppanyaki & Wok in Allston

A short-lived Allston restaurant that featured a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes has closed, and a new Asian spot is moving in.

According to a source, Kirin Teppanyaki & Wok on Brighton Avenue is no longer in business, with a new place called Sushi Factory planning to open in the space. A check on a licensing board page within the City of Boston website confirms this, and the listing shows the name of the manager for Sushi Factory being Ying Huang, who may be the same person who runs the Hi B3ar Ice Cream Roll shop across the street. (As soon as we confirm that it is the same person, we will post an update here.)

Kirin Teppanyaki & Wok first opened last September, replacing Redneck's Roast Beef which had been in the space for more than a decade.

The address for the upcoming Sushi Factory is 140 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134.

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Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. to Open in Former Tequila Rain Space in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

A new brewpub is on its way to Boston, and it will be taking over the space by Fenway Park that had been home to a nightclub.

Eater Boston is reporting that Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. is opening on Landsdowne Street, moving into the former Tequila Rain space by Loretta's Last Call and the Jillian's/Lucky Strike entertainment complex. It looks like the new spot will feature beer that is brewed on the premises along with fried snacks and sandwiches, and the place is also expected to have shuffleboard and pool tables. If all goes as planned, Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. could be opening sometime later this summer.

Tequila Rain closed for good over the winter after being in business for more than 12 years.

The address for the upcoming Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. is 3 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA, 02215. Its website will be at http://www.cheekymonkeyboston.com/

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Plans Back On for Comella's to Open in Pizza Express Space in Winchester

Last December we announced that a local group of Italian food retailers and caterers was looking to take over the space of a suburban pizzeria, only to have the plans fall through several weeks later. Now we have learned that the plans are back on once again.

According to a source, Comella's has purchased the Pizza Express space in Winchester, and there is currently brown paper on the windows of the Main Street storefront. Late last year, it appeared that Comella's had gotten approval from the town for a beer and wine license, with the plan being to open in the Pizza Express space at some point in time, but sometime in late January or early February, the group of eateries backed out of the deal and Pizza Express remained open for business.

It is not yet known if Comella's will be able to get a liquor license this time around; as soon as we find out, we will post an update here.

Comella's has a number of locations in the Greater Boston area, including in Bedford, Belmont, Chestnut Hill, Concord, Hingham, Marblehead, Melrose, Natick, Needham, Wellesley, West Newton, West Roxbury, and Westwood.

The address for the upcoming location of Comella's (and the now-closed Pizza Express) is: 529 Main Street, Winchester, MA, 01890.

[Earlier Articles]
Comella's Plans to Open in Winchester
Plans Fall Through for Comella's to Open in Pizza Express Space in Winchester

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Monday, June 19, 2017

City of Cambridge Orders Shepard to Stop Cooking with Wood and Charcoal

Last fall, we reported that a Cambridge restaurant was in the middle of a controversy that could ultimately decide the fate of the place, and last month the dining spot lost its chef de cuisine in part over the issue. Now we have learned that the city has come down with a decision that could have serious repercussions for the eatery.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, city health officials have ordered Shepard to stop cooking with wood and charcoal, with the ruling taking effect immediately. The decision was made following neighbors complaining about smoke coming from its wood-fired oven, and while the city understands that owners Rene Becker and Susan Regis have tried to ease the smoke problem by taking such steps as installing a vent scrubber system, using wood that causes less smoke, and substituting charcoal for wood more frequently, the smoke issue is still serious enough in the eyes of health officials to rule against the restaurant.

Earlier, Becker had said that if the city decides to keep Shepard from using a wood-fired oven, they would likely close the place down; Becker declined to comment on today's decision, telling the Globe that he had not yet read it.

The address for Shepard is 1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. Its website is at http://www.shepardcooks.com/home

[June 20 update: According to a source, Shepard plans to remain in operation following the ruling against the place, with Eater Boston confirming this, saying that the place will now start cooking with gas.]

[June 22 update: CBS Boston mentions that the owners of Shepard are now thinking about whether to appeal the city's decision; once a decision has been made, we will post another update here.]

[Earlier Articles]
Peter McKenzie Leaves Shepard in Cambridge; Smoke Issue Could Decide Fate of Restaurant
Clash Over Shepard's Wood-Fired Oven Worries Dining Spot, Other Cambridge Restaurants

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Cafe Algiers in Cambridge's Harvard Square Closing Again; Michael Scelfo to Open Longfellow in Space

A Cambridge institution is going to be closing down for a second time--though this time it is for good--and one of the region's best-known chefs and restaurateurs is opening a new spot within the space.

Eater Boston is reporting that Cafe Algiers in Harvard Square will be shutting its doors in August, with Michael Scelfo opening an eatery called Longfellow in the Brattle Street space. The article mentions that Scelfo--who is behind Alden & Harlow just below Algiers along with Waypoint between Harvard Square and Central Square--will reportedly honor the landmark cafe with his new place, saying that "We're sad to see [owner] Emile and his team close their doors, but hope to pay homage to Algiers' 57-year legacy with this new venture."

Cafe Algiers closed briefly in October of 2016, only to reopen under new ownership less than a month later; the place has been known for its Mediterranean fare along with coffee and tea.

The address for Cafe Algiers (and the upcoming Longfellow) is 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

[Earlier Articles]
Cafe Algiers in Cambridge's Harvard Square Is Closing
Cafe Algiers in Cambridge's Harvard Square Has Reopened

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Chile Mango & Lime in Weymouth Has Closed

A Thai and Bangladeshi restaurant that started out as a food truck has apparently closed its doors.

According to a source, Chile Mango & Lime in Weymouth is no longer on business, with a sign initially saying that the Washington Street eatery was temporarily closed but now indicating that this is a permanent closure. Chile Mango & Lime featured halal food, with a few items offered including samosas, chicken satay, spring rolls, wings, pad Thai, chicken curry, chili mango fried rice, and more. The restaurant morphed from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the latter part of 2016, though the food truck continued to be used for events.

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Weymouth was: Chile Mango & Lime, 336 Washington Street, Weymouth, MA, 02188.

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Update: Pronto Uyghur Cuisine Opens in Cambridge; Plans to Change Name to Silk Road

[Ed note: This article was edited on June 19 to reflect an upcoming name change that is in the works.]

A new restaurant has come to Cambridge, and it features a type of cuisine that is nearly impossible to find in the Boston area.

According to a tweet from @liuliuliu, Pronto Uyghur Cuisine is now open on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge in the former Pronto Cafe space, with another Twitter post showing a menu that includes such items as a chicken plate, dry fried noodles, diced noodles, lamb kebabs, stir-fried lamb, wontons, dumplings, pilaf, smoothies, and more. The new restaurant is the only spot in the Boston area that focuses on Uyghur fare, which is typically found in the far northwest part of China; a food truck called Uyghur Kitchen had once been in the local area, but it is no longer in operation. (An article from the Worcester Telegram from a couple of year ago mentioned that Uyghur Kitchen owner Payzulla Polat was hoping to open a restaurant in Cambridge, but it has not yet been confirmed that this is his place.)

The address for this new restaurant in East Cambridge is: Pronto Uyghur Cuisine, 645 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141.

[June 22  update: Eater Boston states that Pronto Uyghur Cuisine is really just a temporary name (and it also continues to have the old Pronto Cafe sign up), as it is waiting on approval for a name change to Silk Road.]

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Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar Could Be Coming to Boston

A group of family-friendly restaurants and sports bars that gets its name from the founder's love for the city of Boston may actually be expanding to Boston after more than a half-century in business.

According to a post on the Business Wire site, Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar is planning to open two locations in Massachusetts over the next three years, with Mineshkumar (Manny) Patel--who will be running the franchised outlets--hinting that at least one could be coming to the Greater Boston area, saying that "we look forward to introducing the brand to the Boston market." The post says that the first location is hoping to open this year.

Boston's first started out in Edmonton, Alberta, in the mid-1960s and today has 27 locations of Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar in the United States while its sister brand--Boston Pizza--has more than 400 outlets in Canada. The Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar concept combines family restaurants and sports bars under one roof, with such items as salads, sandwiches, pasta, gourmet pizza, wings, and burgers being offered.

The website for Boston's can be found at https://www.bostons.com/

Thanks to @FoodserviceEast for bringing this to our attention.

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Cunard Tavern in East Boston Plans to Open in June

More than three years after first announcing it, a highly-anticipated East Boston restaurant is finally ready to open.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe mentions that Cunard Tavern on Webster Street is hoping to open on Tuesday, June 20, with the two-floor dining spot including a rooftop bar with views of Boston Harbor and a varied menu that includes such items as octopus dumplings, Cuban spring rolls, and crispy fish tacos. (Raw bar service will also be offered.) As stated earlier, the person behind the new restaurant is Phil Frattaroli, who also operates two spots in the North End--Lucia and Filippo--and whose grandfather had an old woodshop called Oscar Woodworking at the site.

The address for this new restaurant in East Boston is: Cunard Tavern, 47 Webster Street, East Boston, MA, 02128.

[June 20 update: A message from the restaurant indicates that Cunard Tavern is still waiting on an inspection so it does not look like it will be opening today.]

[June 28 update: An update from bldup.com states that Cunard Tavern will open on Thursday, June 29.]

[Earlier Article]
Ducali Owner to Open Cunard Tavern in East Boston

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sullivan's at Castle Island Is Expanding to the Hood Milk Bottle at the Boston Children's Museum

It looks like an iconic seaside snack shack is taking over one of the most offbeat landmarks not just in the city of Boston but perhaps in the entire country.

A check on a licensing board page posted last week indicated that Castle Island, LLC is applying for a new common victualler license to operate at the Hood Milk Bottle by the Boston Children's Museum along Fort Point Channel, with Brendan Sullivan of Sullivan's at Castle Island being the manager listed. A message sent to Sullivan's requesting more information was not returned, but Caught in Southie now says that "A little birdie" tells them that Sullivan's will indeed be taking over the Milk Bottle as the new food vendor, with a limited menu offered there. The post says that if all goes well, Sullivan's at the Milk Bottle could be up and running by the end of June.

The Hood Milk Bottle was once nominated by USA Today for quirkiest landmark in the United States, with the award ultimately going to the Big Tex statue at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Sullivan's, which first opened in South Boston in 1951, is known for its hot dogs, hamburgers, lobster rolls, ice cream, and more.

[June 20 update: According to a segment on WCVB 5 last night, Sullivan's plans to open at the Hood Milk Bottle on Wednesday, June 28, and it will remain open through September.]

[June 28 update: Boston Magazine confirms (in an update to an earlier article) that Sullivan's opens at the Hood Milk Bottle today; its hours will be 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, with closing hours possibly being later on Friday and Saturday nights.]

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Roadworthy Opens in Dedham

A new restaurant has come to a suburb of Boston, and it looks to be a brick-and-mortar spot that offers the types of street-food dishes you might find at food trucks.

According to a source, Roadworthy is now open in Dedham, with an earlier Facebook post from the place saying that it features "Flaky, funky, and far out foods....Inspired by wacky food truck operators." A Patch article mentions that the 18-seat eatery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM and that the menu on the restaurant's website includes such items as biscuits, fried dough, Sicilian-style breakfast pizza, macaroni with beef, Italian beef sandwiches, porchetta sandwiches, schnitzel, corn puppies, fried ravioli, and more.

The address for this new restaurant in Dedham is: Roadworthy, 125 Washington Street, Dedham, MA, 02026. Its website can be found at https://www.roadworthyfoods.com/

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Tom English's in Dorchester to Be Sold

It looks like yet another Boston dive bar is going to be disappearing--and it may be replaced by a mixed-use development.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, Tom English's on Dorchester Avenue is being sold, with the buyer possibly looking at new construction at the site; condos or apartments are being considered along with a restaurant or gastropub being an option within the development as well, though no specific plans have been submitted as of yet. The sale is expected to be finalized this summer, and a licensing board hearing is slated for June 28.

A number of dive bars have shut down in Boston over the past several years, including the Lower Mills Pub and the Centre Bar in Dorchester; Aces High, the Cornerstone Pub, and the Quencher Tavern in South Boston; and the Castlebar in Brighton. (Another Tom English's remains open in South Boston.)

The address for Tom English's is 957 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02125.

Thanks to one of our sources for bringing this to our attention.

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El Centro to Open in Dedham

It looks like a trio of Mexican restaurants will soon be joined by a fourth location.

According to a post from Wicked Local, El Centro is planning to open in Dedham, moving into a space on Washington Street on the northern edge of Dedham Square. Once it opens, the new dining spot will join others in Boston's South End, Brookline Village, and Belmont Center.

If all goes as planned, the new location of El Centro will open sometime this fall.

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Dedham is: El Centro, 350 Washington Street, Dedham, MA, 02026.

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Wild Rice Vegan Cafe in Watertown Is Closing

One of the Boston area's relatively few vegan restaurants is closing its doors.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Wild Rice Vegan Cafe on Elm Street in Watertown is shutting down for good on Sunday, June 18, with the note saying that "It is with a heavy heart that we announce today that Wild Rice Vegan Cafe will be closing....A BIG thank you to our loyal patrons over the past year and a half." The post refers customers to its other dining spot--Red Lentil Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurant on Mount Auburn Street.

Wild Rice Vegan Cafe first opened in December of 2015, taking over the space where an Italian restaurant called Grappa had been.

The address for Wild Rice Vegan Cafe is 71 Elm Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

Thanks to a source for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Bebop Opens in Former Pad Thai Cafe in Boston's Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood

Last summer we reported that a Thai restaurant in Boston's Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood was shutting down and a new restaurant and music spot from the owners of an Irish pub in Somerville would be taking over the space. Now we have learned that the new place is now open.

According to an article from Eater Boston, The Bebop is now open on Boylston Street, moving into the former Pad Thai Cafe space near the Berklee College of Music. As noted earlier, the owners of The Burren in Davis Square are behind the new spot, which offers lunch, dinner, and a weekend brunch along with live music seven days a week (it is an all-ages place until 10:00 PM each night, when it becomes 21+).

Pad Thai Cafe had been in the space for approximately 10 years until closing around the end of 2016.

The address for The Bebop is 1116 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

[Earlier Article]
Owners of The Burren Plan to Open The BeBop in Pad Thai Cafe Space in Boston's Fenway/Kenmore

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Ben Cotto Opens in Boston's North End

A couple of years ago, we reported that a pizzeria could be opening in the North End space where a long-closed pizza spot had once been, and now we have learned that the place is finally open.

According to an article from the NorthEndWaterfront.com site, Ben Cotto is now open on Hanover Street, taking over the space where Circle Pizza had been for nearly 50 years until closing in 2000 and becoming the site of a flower shop (which subsequently closed as well). The post indicates that the new pizzeria has seating for approximately 40, a dining counter, a wood-fired brick oven, and a license to serve beer and wine. As mentioned earlier, Warren Mustacchio and Joe Bono (Al Dente and Benevento's) are behind the new Ben Cotto.

The address for Ben Cotto is 361 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

[Earlier Article]
Ben Cotto Plans to Open in Former Circle Pizza Space in Boston's North End

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Honeycomb Cafe to Replace Savin Scoop in Dorchester

A new farm-to-table cafe is on its way to Dorchester, moving into the space where an ice cream spot had been.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Honeycomb Cafe is getting ready to open in Savin Hill, taking over the space where Savin Scoop had been before it announced its closure in March. A menu has not been added to the restaurant's website as of yet, but a note on the site says that the eatery will have scratch-made food using locally-sourced ingredients, with the food being "clean, simple and prepared with love."

Savin Scoop first opened approximately seven years ago.

The address for the upcoming Honeycomb Cafe is 107 Savin Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02125. Its website can be found at https://www.honeycombcafe.biz/

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Castle Island Brewing in Norwood Opening Taproom June 16

A local brewery that opened about a year and a half ago is getting ready to debut a taproom within its space.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Castle Island Brewing in Norwood is planning to officially open a 100-person taproom on Friday, June 16, with 16 draft lines installed, locally made snacks such as salsa and guacamole, tortilla chips, and prosciutto-style jerky offered, and food trucks set up Friday through Sunday for the opening. Hours for the new taproom will be 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday, and 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sundays.

Castle Island Brewing, which first opened in December of 2015, is known in part for its Keeper IPA 2015, Candlepin session ale, and lager. Its address is 31 Astor Avenue in Norwood while its website can be found at http://castleislandbeer.com/

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Halal Guys to Open in Boston's Theater District; More Locations on the Way

A year and a half ago, we reported that a legendary group of restaurants and carts based in New York City was looking to expand to the Boston area. Now we have learned that it will soon open a location in the heart of the city--and more outlets will be coming to the region as well.

According to a press release sent this morning, The Halal Guys plans to open in City Place Building at 137 Stuart Street in Boston's Theater District sometime in July, and this will be followed by shops in Downtown Crossing, the Financial District, the North Station/TD Garden area, the Back Bay, and Cambridge's Porter Square. Expect to see such options as chicken and rice, hummus, falafel sandwiches, and baklava at the new shop in the Theater District and the other upcoming locations.

The Halal Guys first started out in 1990 as a food cart by West 53rd Street and 6th Avenue in the Midtown section of Manhattan, with the original owners coming from Egypt. The website for the group of restaurants and food carts can be found at http://thehalalguys.com/

[Earlier Article]
The Halal Guys to Expand to the Boston Area

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Fairview Inn Returning to Marshfield's Brant Rock Area

It looks like an iconic oceanside inn and restaurant on the South Shore will soon be returning.

According to an article in Wicked Local, the Fairview Inn has received approval by town selectmen to open back up as early as June 23, more than a year and a half after it shut down when the Brant Rock place went up for sale and the restaurant operators left to open Disch's Route 53 Tavern in Pembroke. Last fall, plans were put in place for a new owner to open a spot called the Oceanview Grille at the Fairview Inn, but the plans ultimately fell through after the owner did not open the restaurant in a timely manner and the town voiced concerns about the owner's business practices. The current group includes building owners John and Robert Clancy along with management team Robert Pruitt and Liz Bruce, with Pruitt being the manager on the liquor license and finishing up his work at the White Elephant in Nantucket this summer. (It looks like the restaurant may be BYOB at the start, as the board's approval of the license still has to be reviewed by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.)

At this point in time, it appears that the Fairview Inn would be open for lunch and dinner daily, with a brunch offered on Sundays.

The address for the Fairview Inn is 133 Ocean Street, Marshfield, MA, 02050.

[June 25 update: A new article from Wicked Local states that the Fairview Inn was not able to open on June 23, but it is looking to open as soon as possible--and as stated earlier, it may possibly open before it gets approval for its liquor license.]

[Earlier Articles]
Fairview Inn and Restaurant in Marshfield Is Up for Sale
Oceanview Grille Plans to Open in former Fairview Inn Space in Marshfield
Oceanview Grille at the Fairview Inn in Marshfield Has Its License Revoked

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The Blue Room and Belly Wine Bar in Cambridge's Kendall Square to Close July 1

Two award-winning spots in Cambridge--an eclectic farm-to-table restaurant and a wine bar--that are under the same ownership are getting ready to shut down.

According to an article in boston.com, The Blue Room and Belly Wine Bar in Kendall Square will be closing for good at the end of business hours on July 1, with owners Nick Zappia and Liz Vilardi indicating that they never really recovered from a 2015 fire that shut both places down for a year. The post mentions that their insurance payment wasn't enough to offset expenses, while increased competition on the local dining scene and a demographic shift in the neighborhood from Baby Boomers to millennials apparently affected both spots as well. It has not yet been divulged what Zappia and Vilardi's future plans are, though their wine shop (Central Bottle Wine + Provisions in Central Square) will remain open and a new dining spot with different owners is being planned for the Blue Room/Belly space.

The Blue Room first opened 26 years ago, with Zappia and Steve Johnson (the chef at the time) buying the restaurant from restaurateur Chris Schlesinger in 1996, with Vilardi coming on board in 2000 and Zappia buying Johnson out three years later. Belly Wine Bar is a fairly recent concept, with Zappia and Vilardi opening it approximately five years ago. The article mentions several awards received by the two spots over the years, including Steve Johnson being named best chef in 1998 by Boston Magazine and then getting a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef Northeast three years later, while Vilardi's wine program for the Blue Room got it included among Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in 2014 while Boston Magazine gave Belly a Best Wine Program award that same year.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Seven Star Street Bistro in Roslindale Is Closing Indefinitely

An Asian street food spot that has been a favorite among locals and restaurant industry folks alike is shutting down.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Seven Star Street Bistro in Roslindale is closing "indefinitely," with the note saying that "We are hoping to have a couple weekends of service for Seven Star and Rozzie Ramen [two popups within the restaurant]. So we can wish our faithfuls a personal goodbye, and get them a last fix of Seven Star....I can walk away knowing I left it all on the cutting board. Excited for our next adventure, continuing my personal adventure, and continuing to make great food! Thank you from the bottom of my heart because you all granted this once in a lifetime opportunity!" It is not yet known what chef/owner Christopher Lin has planned next, nor is it known what might happen to the Seven Star space, so stay tuned.

Seven Star Street Bistro first opened in 2011, offering inventive takes on Chinese food and other Asian fare in a casual atmosphere. The eatery--combined with the Seven Star and Rozzie Ramen popups--has received much praise over the years, including boston.com listing it among the "best of the new" in 2011. The place is also known as the first restaurant in Boston to get a BYOB license, according to Universal Hub.

The address for Seven Star Street Bistro is 153 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA, 02131.

[June 28 update: A message sent from Christopher Lin indicates that Seven Star Street Bistro has officially closed, though the place is planning on being open for two or three weekends later this summer in order to say a final farewell to its customers.]

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

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