Friday, November 17, 2017

Trillium Beer Garden Coming to Historic Roslindale Substation for the Winter

by Marc Hurwitz

Last month we mentioned that a popular beer garden in the heart of Boston that offered some of the highest-rated beers in Massachusetts closed for the season. Now we have learned that it will be popping up in a new location for the winter--and its home will be an historic structure that dates back to the early 1900s.

Universal Hub is reporting (via a Facebook post from Roslindale Village Main Street) that Trillium will be bringing its beer garden to the former trolley substation on Washington Street in early December, and that it will be open five days a week through the winter season. The posts say that the beer garden will be moving into the space where Chris Douglass had hoped to open a restaurant called Third Rail, though those plans ultimately fell through. (A location of Craft Beer Cellar can also be found in the substation.)

Trillium's beer garden on the Rose Kennedy Greenway debuted in June, with the place also offering wines from Westport Rivers Vineyard. The current headquarters for the brewery can be found on Congress Street in Fort Point, though it will move to a new spot on Farnsworth Street, with that space including a brewery, taproom, full-service restaurant, patio, and rooftop terrace. (Another location of Trillium is in Canton.)

[Earlier Articles]
Trillium Beer Garden in Downtown Boston Has Closed for the Season
Plans to Open Third Rail in Former Roslindale Substation Have Fallen Through

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Peabody to Be Replaced by North Shore Lobster Company

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another longtime Route 1 restaurant is going away, and it will be replaced by a brand new spot.

According to a Facebook post from OctoCog, Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Peabody is going to become North Shore Lobster Company, with the new place being under different ownership. The post says of the new spot (which will apparently open after some renovations to the space), "...additional focus will be given to the market which will add prepared foods to the fresh whole fish and lobster they already sell." No menu for North Shore Lobster Company has been seen as of yet, so keep checking back for updates.

Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a seafood restaurant and fish market that has been in business for at least a half century and is joining a number of old-school spots along Route 1 that have closed over recent years, including Hilltop Steak House, Weylu's, The Ship, and Route 1 Miniature Golf.

The address for Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar (and the upcoming North Shore Lobster Company) is 203 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960.

Thanks to @CappyinBoston for initially bringing this to our attention.

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3 Amigos Plans to Open in Former Fuloon Space in Malden

by Marc Hurwitz

A Mexican restaurant with a familiar name is replacing an industry and media favorite for Chinese food--though it looks like there is no connection to the other Mexican dining spot.

According to a source, 3 Amigos is planning to open in Malden Center, taking over the space on Main Street where Fuloon had been until closing this summer. Another source--The Passionate Foodie--confirms this, while an earlier licensing board page shows that the people behind it are Dave Castro (who was working at Tony C's and Temazcal at the time of the meeting with the city) and Francisco Portillo. A restaurant in neighboring Stoneham is also called Three Amigos, but the owner of that spot is Byron Arbizu and the two restaurants do not seem to have any kind of affiliation.

Fuloon, which first opened approximately 10 years ago, was known in part for its spicy Sichuan dishes, with Boston Magazine awarding it best Chinese restaurant in 2009 while Serious Eats once said it was "probably Boston's most well-known best-kept secret."

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Malden Center is: 3 Amigos, 375 Main Street, Malden, MA, 02148.

[Earlier Article]
Fuloon in Malden Has Closed

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Cava Gets Approval to Open in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing group of Mediterranean dining spots based in Washington, D.C. is one step closer to opening a location in one of the busiest parts of Boston.

Universal Hub is reporting that Cava has gotten approval from the city to open in the Back Bay, taking over the space on Boylston Street where Sugar Heaven had been until closing down this spring. The post mentions that the upcoming eatery will have an outdoor patio during the warmer months, and based on its other locations, its menu will likely include such items as tabbouleh, hummus, feta, falafel, spicy lamb meatballs, and grilled chicken as well as soups and grain bowls.

Other locations of Cava are slated for the Fenway area, Legacy Place in Dedham, and the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean eatery in the Back Bay is: Cava, 669 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Posts]
Washington, D.C.-based Cava to Expand to Boston
Cava to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

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Celeste to Open in Somerville's Union Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Peruvian restaurant is on its way to one of the hottest parts of Somerville, and it will also focus on being a space for the arts, community events, and more.

Eater Boston is reporting that Celeste is planning to open in Union Square, moving into the space on Bow Street that had been home to an acupuncture clinic. The article says that the people behind the spot--JuanMa Calderon, Maria Rondeau, and Paola Ibarra--hope to make the restaurant a creative space for artistic collaboration as well, with guest artists, live podcasts, and the sharing of music playlists by patrons all being part of the plans. EB mentions that Celeste will include a seating capacity of 24, a bar overlooking an open kitchen, and beer, wine, and cocktails offered along with such food options as slow-cooked stew, ceviche, and specials such as octopus and mussels.

If all goes as planned, Celeste could be opening as early as February of 2018, though a specific opening date has not been given as of yet.

The address for this upcoming spot in Union Square is: Celeste, 21 Bow Street, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its website will be at http://areaceleste.com

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Hulun Beir in Boston's Beacon Hill May Be Expanding to Somerville and Malden

by Marc Hurwitz

An international group of Mongolian barbecue/hot pot restaurants whose first U.S. location is in the heart of Boston may expand to two other locations in the local area.

Eater Boston is reporting that Hulun Beir on Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill is planning to open on Holland Street in Somerville's Davis Square along with another at an undisclosed space in Malden. The website for the business shows no mention of the Somerville outlet, but it does say that the Malden restaurant is currently under construction. Based on the menu at the Boston location of Hulun Beir, expect to see such items as BBQ shrimp, lamb kebabs, chicken wings, pork sausage, seafood hot pot, picked cabbage hot pot, fish dumplings, pork meat pie, scallion pancakes, beef noodle soup, and more at the upcoming dining spots.

Another location of Hulun Beir can be found in Pasadena, CA, while others are located overseas.

The website for Hulun Beir can be found at http://www.hulunbeir.com/

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Tavistock Group Purchases Commercial Wharf Property on the Boston Waterfront

by Marc Hurwitz

An investment firm that is the parent company of a number of restaurants in the Boston area and elsewhere has bought a property on the waterfront that faces one of its dining spots.

NorthEndWaterfront.com is reporting (via Banker & Tradesman) that Tavistock Group has purchased 88-91 Commercial Wharf, which sits across from Joe's American Bar & Grill (and Top Catch above Joe's) and which burned in a fire back in 2011. It is not known exactly what the company has in mind for the property, though Tavistock's website says that they have a "complex redevelopment plan" in the works that includes the Joe's/Top Catch space apparently being redeveloped and new walkways and public spaces connecting Commercial Wharf Pier to Christopher Columbus Park. Banker & Tradesman quotes Tavistock Restaurant Collection Chairman Charles B. Lewis as saying "We have an incredible opportunity to elevate the experience at this restaurant location, the Commercial Wharf pier and the historic Christopher Columbus Park."

In addition to Joe's American Bar & Grill and Top Catch on the waterfront (and five other locations of Joe's in Massachusetts and Connecticut), Tavistock also runs Abe & Louie's and Atlantic Fish in Boston's Back Bay, Coach Grill in Wayland, and other dining spots outside of the area. The website for Tavistock can be found at http://www.tavistock.com/

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Porto Maltese to Open in Brookline's Washington Square, Taking Over the Former Fireplace Space

by Marc Hurwitz

A few months ago, we reported that an upscale Brookline restaurant was closing and that a new seafood spot was looking to take over the space. Now we have learned a bit more about the upcoming eatery that is moving in.

According to an article from Wicked Local and the Brookline TAB, Porto Maltese is planning to open in the Washington Square space where The Fireplace had been until closing at the end of August, with owner Zachary Ostrer offering Mediterranean seafood dishes (with a nod to Eastern European fare) at the Beacon Street restaurant while the place will also offer organic foods and be green certified. The post mentions that it looks like the new spot could be open around the end of December if all goes as planned.

The Fireplace, which first opened 16 years ago, was known in part for its regional fare as well as its catering operation. The restaurant was looking at possibly closing around the end of 2014 to make way for a location of Pepe's Pizza, but those plans fell through and The Fireplace remained open until this summer.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean seafood restaurant in Washington Square is: Porto Maltese, 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

Thanks to Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
The Fireplace in Brookline's Washington Square Is Closing

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The Comedy Studio Is Moving from Cambridge's Harvard Square to Bow Market in Somerville's Union Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A few months ago, we reported that a legendary comedy club in Cambridge was closing down and looking for a new home. Now we have learned that it will be moving to an upcoming development in Somerville.

According to an article from Cambridge Day, the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square is leaving its current location above the Hong Kong Restaurant on Mass. Ave. at the end of the year and plans to open in the spring of 2018 at Bow Market between Somerville Avenue and Bow Street in Union Square. The comedy club will join a number of other businesses coming to the development--which is currently under construction--including vendors at more than 30 stalls as well as a brewery called Remnant Brewing. (The stalls will include Jaju Pierogi, Maca Macaronerie, Buenas, North South, and more.)

The Comedy Studio, which is leaving Harvard Square in part due to rising rents, has helped launched the careers of some big names since opening in the mid-1990s, including Bill Burr and Emma Willmann, and it has also hosted such well-known comedians as Sarah Silverman and Colin Jost over the years.

The website for the Comedy Studio can be found at http://www.thecomedystudio.com/

Thanks to @Fara1 for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
The Comedy Studio Above the Hong Kong Restaurant in Cambridge's Harvard Square Is Leaving Its Space

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Igloos Return to The Lookout Bar in Boston's Seaport District

by Marc Hurwitz

A rooftop hotel bar in Boston's Seaport District is set up once again for the colder months, bringing back a rather unusual concept that had been in place for a short time earlier this year.

According to a web page from the spot, The Lookout at the Envoy Hotel has its "igloos" back in place from now until April of 2018, and as was the case over the past winter, they are heated and lit and with room for eight to ten people. The page says that blankets are provided for extra warmth, and that customers simply have to press a button which illuminates the igloo to get the attention of a server. A total of six igloos are set up at The Lookout, with hours being 4:00 PM through 10:00 PM Wednesday through Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis.

The page mentions that only drinks are offered in the igloos at this point in time, but that The Outlook downstairs offers food to patrons.

The address for The Lookout (along with The Outlook and the Envoy Hotel) is 70 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

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Pollo Campero Is Opening in Lynn

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of chicken spots that started out more than 35 years ago in Central America is opening its third Boston-area location.

According to a press release, Pollo Campero is having a grand opening celebration at its new shop in Lynn on Tuesday, November 14, with the State Street eatery joining two other local outlets in Chelsea in East Boston. The new location in Lynn will offer a variety of fried and grilled chicken dishes, including such options as chicken bites, empanadas, and bowls along with 8, 12, 16, or 20-piece meals. (Sides include rice, beans, yuca fries, plantains, and street corn salads.)

Pollo Campero, which opened its first shop in 1971 in Guatemala, currently has more than 70 locations across the United States.

The address for this new chicken spot in Lynn is: Pollo Campero, 25 State Street, Lynn, MA, 01901. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.campero.com/

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Atomic Cafe Announces Closure of Its Marblehead Location; Sole Remaining Shop in Beverly Remains Open

by Marc Hurwitz

What was once a trio of North Shore cafes is now down to just one.

According to a source, Atomic Cafe has officially closed its shop in Marblehead, with a Facebook post saying that the decision is not directly related to the flooding that had caused the School Street store to shut down last month, but that the people behind the business have been looking to scale back their shops (including one in Newburyport, which closed in September) and that the flood simply "accelerated" their plans. The closing of the Marblehead and Newburyport outlets mean that only one shop remains in operation--a location on Cabot Street in Beverly. (The company's roasting operation is located in Salem.)

The address for this now-closed cafe in Marblehead was: Atomic Cafe, 14 School Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945. The website for the business can be found at http://www.atomicafe.com/

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Rosie's Bakery at The Street in Chestnut Hill Is Closing, Will Be Replaced by The Bagel Table

by Marc Hurwitz

An iconic bakery that has been in business for several decades is shutting down, and a bagel shop will be replacing it.

According to a press release, Rosie's Bakery at The Street in Chestnut Hill is closing after 42 years in business, and The Bagel Table will be moving into the space and featuring OMG! Bagels along with locally-smoked fishes, New York City-style deli sandwiches and desserts such as crumb cakes, black and white cookies, and cheesecake, and more. The release mentions that The Bagel Table will also carry on the legacy of Rosie's by offering a number of its items to customers, though it is not yet known which items will be sold there. It looks like The Bagel Table will be debuting sometime in December, and that it will be open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

OMG! Bagels was actually the first pop-up shop at The Street, debuting in 2015, and it was followed by such temporary shops as Kane's Donuts, Alice's Table, The Third Piece, Rancatore's, and Ronsky's, the last of which now has a permanent home there.

Rosie's also had a location in Cambridge's Inman Square, with that store shutting down for good in the spring of 2015, while another outlet had been at Boston's South Station as well. A note within its website mentions that the business is moving to a location in Brighton where it will indeed be making treats for The Bagel Table and that its products can also be picked up at Athan's in Brighton and Brookline along with Liquor Mart in Chestnut Hill until The Bagel Table opens. (It appears that the Chestnut Hill location of Rosie's has already closed, as the note says that the move to the Brighton location took place over the weekend.)

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Som Tum Modern Thai Cuisine Replaces Sticky Rice in West Roxbury

by Marc Hurwitz

A Thai restaurant that had been in business for more than six years has shut down, and another Thai spot has replaced it.

Universal Hub is reporting that Som Tum Modern Thai Cuisine is now open in West Roxbury, moving into the Centre Street space where Sticky Rice had been. An Eater Boston article mentions that the name "Som Tum" comes from a Thai dish--green papaya salad--that is a staple of Thai cuisine, while the menu at the new place includes that dish as well as such items as shumai, wonton soup, curry puffs, fried rice, mango curry, steamed fish options, basil pad Thai, drunken noodle, and more.

Sticky Rice first opened in March of 2011, replacing a Middle Eastern eatery called The King.

The address for Som Tum Modern Thai Cuisine is 1894 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132. Its website can be found at https://www.somtummodernthaicuisine.com/

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East Coast Grill in Cambridge's Inman Square May Be Getting a Name Change

by Marc Hurwitz

A landmark Cambridge restaurant that was reborn earlier this year may be getting a new name.

According to a license commission agenda page within the city's website, East Coast Grill in Inman Square has applied for a name change to "Highland Fried," with the request scheduled to be looked at on November 15. At this point in time, it isn't known whether there would be any other changes to the Cambridge Street restaurant; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

East Coast Grill first opened in 1985, with nationally-recognized chef and restaurateur Chris Schlesinger being behind the place. Schlesinger sold the dining spot in 2012 to three members of the East Coast Grill and it ended up closing in January of 2016, but it was learned a few months later that the people behind Highland Kitchen in Somerville would be taking it over, and East Coast Grill reopened approximately one year after shutting down.

The original East Coast Grill had been known in part for its legendary "Hell Nights" along with its seafood and barbecue offerings.

The address for East Coast Grill is 1271 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at https://www.eastcoastgrill.net/

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Distraction Brewing Company Plans to Open in Roslindale

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like yet another brewery may be on its way to Boston, though details are few at this point in time.

According to a post from Universal Hub, Distraction Brewing Company is planning to open in Roslindale, moving into the space on Belgrade Avenue where Select Cafe and Emack & Bolio's had been. This follows a Facebook post from Roslindale Village Main Street that says "We're excited to share that 2 Belgrade Avenue...has been leased to a brand new brewery that plans on opening in Spring 2018! The owners will be at the Roslindale Holiday Market on Birch Street to share more information about their project and their beer."

Currently, very little is known about Distraction Brewing Company, though a Facebook page for the company has been set up.

As soon as we find out more about this upcoming brewery, we will post an update here.

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Bronwyn in Somerville's Union Square to Open Second Location

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular Somerville restaurant known in part for its house-made sausages is expanding.

According to the Tables section of The Boston Globe, Bronwyn in Union Square will soon be joined by a second location, with co-owner Tim Wiechmann saying that it will be coming to an as-of-yet undisclosed location in the coming months. The post also confirms that Wiechmann and his wife Bronwyn (who the restaurant is named after) have indeed closed their Cambridge dining spot Self-Portrait, and that another couple is apparently taking over the Walden Street space and opening a new restaurant there.

Bronwyn first opened in the spring of 2013 on Washington Street in Union Square, offering a variety of handcrafted sausages as well as dishes with Central and Eastern European influences. (The place is also known for its beer garden.) The website for the restaurant can be found at http://bronwynrestaurant.com/

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Public Kitchen to Open in Former Caryn's Space in Wakefield

by Marc Hurwitz

A gastropub is on its way to a Boston suburb that currently has no gastropubs, taking over the space where another dining and drinking spot had been.

According to a job post within the bostonchefs.com site, Public Kitchen is getting ready to open in Wakefield, moving into the former Caryn's Sports Bar & Restaurant on Main Street in the center of town. An earlier article from The Wakefield Daily Item had mentioned that the new place will be an upscale lunch and dinner spot that serves "edgy pub food" and that the owners all have a connection to Giacomo's, an iconic restaurant in Boston's North End that also has other locations in the South End and Melrose.

If all goes as planned, Public Kitchen could be opening in early December.

The address for Public Kitchen is 397 Main Street, Wakefield, MA, 01880.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Emerald Lounge in the Revere Hotel Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a hotel bar and nightclub near Boston Common is closing for good.

According to both a tweet from @OnlyInBOS and an events page, the Emerald Lounge in the Revere Hotel on Stuart Street is shutting down on Saturday, December 2, with the events page showing that it will have a "Last Call" party that night that starts at 10:00 PM. No reason has been given yet for the bar's closure, so keep checking back for updates.

The Emerald Lounge, which first opened in June of 2012, is a chic and trendy spot with small plates, cocktails, DJs, and dancing. It debuted a couple of months after the opening of the hotel.

The address for the Emerald Lounge (and the Revere Hotel) is 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The bar's website can be found at http://emeraldnightlife.com/

[November 17 update: Eater Boston states that a new restaurant will be moving into the Emerald Lounge space in the spring of 2018, with a statement sent to EB saying that it will be "an iconic destination inspired by the city of Boston's rich history and innovative spirit."]

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Hot Table Eyes Expansion into the Greater Boston Area

by Marc Hurwitz

A Springfield-based group of dining spots known for their panini options will soon be heading east.

According to an article from Mass Live, Hot Table is planning to open a location in Marlborough and is also looking at opening more shops in the western suburbs of Boston. The post says that John DeVoie, who is president of the company, is not ready to expand into Boston proper yet, but he says that "we feel there is a lot of opportunity" west of the city. Mass Live states that the Marlborough outlet plans to open at the Apex Center next week.

Hot Table, which first started out 10 years ago, now has a total of five locations, including in Springfield (two), Hadley, Enfield, CT, and Glastonbury, CT. The menu at all of the locations features pressed panini along with soups, salads, and sides. Its website can be found at https://hottable.com/

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Jamie's Grille & Pub in North Scituate Destroyed in Fire

by Marc Hurwitz

A South Shore landmark known for its classic New England fare and comfort food has been destroyed in a weekend fire.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Jamie's Grille & Pub in North Scituate burned in a two-alarm blaze that began early Sunday morning, with the fire apparently starting above the kitchen in the back of the Gannett Road spot. The post says that firefighters continued to put out hot spots several hours after the fire first started, and that Cohasset and Marshfield firefighters helped in the effort to extinguish the blaze. (No injuries were reported in the fire.) It appears that the entire structure will now need to be torn down and it is not yet known if the owners will rebuild.

Jamie's Grille & Pub first opened in Scituate in 1967 and remained a family-run business over the years, with Sandi and Ralph Constantine taking over operations after the passing of their father (James Constantine) in 2007. Two other locations of Jamie's can be found in Braintree and Whitman.

The website for Jamie's is at http://www.jamiespub.com/

[November 8 update: A new post from Wicked Local states that the cause of the fire that destroyed Jamie's in Scituate has still not been determined. The article also says that the building is expected to be taken down by the end of the week and the owners have not yet made plans to rebuild.]

[November 10 update: Wicked Local mentions that the owners of Jamie's (which was torn down yesterday) are now apparently looking to rebuild, according to Scituate Fire Captain William Sestito who said that they stopped by the site and told him of their plans.]

[November 17 update: A new article from Wicked Local says that the fire at Jamie's has been ruled accidental and that it started in the kitchen ceiling, though it is not known if it was caused by the electrical wiring or fluorescent lighting or from the oven hoods.]

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Sunday, November 05, 2017

Wegmans Opens in Medford

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of supermarkets that has been slowly expanding through the Greater Boston area over the past several years has opened its latest location in a space where a shopping mall had been.

As reported earlier, Wegmans opens today in Medford at the site of the old Meadow Glen Mall, nearly two years after the location was first announced. The new grocery store joins other locations in Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Northborough, and Westwood, with an upcoming store planned for the Natick Mall as well. (A proposed Fenway location is on hold for now.) An earlier Boston Magazine article mentioned that the Medford location of Wegmans has a total area of 120,000 square feet and includes a market cafe area with various dining options.

Wegmans, which first got its start in Rochester, NY, opened its first Massachusetts location in Northborough in the fall of 2011.

The address for the new Wegmans in Medford is 3850 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA, 02155. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.wegmans.com/

[Earlier Article]
Wegmans Is Coming to Medford

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Friday, November 03, 2017

Self Portrait in Cambridge Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a French bistro in Cambridge has closed after only being in business for approximately a half year.

According to a source who got in touch yesterday afternoon, Self Portrait on Walden Street in the Huron Village neighborhood appears to be shut down, with a message from Bronwyn in Somerville's Union Square (which is affiliated with the restaurant) saying last night that Self Portrait was actually still in operation. An article from Boston Magazine today, however, states that it has indeed shuttered while a voicemail from the dining spot seems to confirm this, saying that it is permanently closed. [Ed note: A couple of calls also went to another voicemail that explained how to make reservations, but this could just be a possible bug in the voicemail system.]

Self Portrait first opened in April of this year, taking over the space where T.W. Food had been. Both Self Portrait and T.W. Food were run by Bronwyn and Tim Wiechmann, as is Bronwyn in Somerville along with the now-closed Playska in Cambridge's Inman Square.

The address for the now-closed Self Portrait was 377 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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Chilacates to Open at The Street in Chestnut Hill

by Marc Hurwitz

This summer, we reported that a highly-regarded pair of Mexican eateries in Jamaica Plain would be joined by a third location in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood. Now we have learned that another outlet is on the way as well, with this one being in a relatively new mixed-used development not too far away from any of the locations.

According to a press release, Chilacates is planning to open at The Street, a mixed-used development along Route 9 in Chestnut Hill that is also home to Shake Shack, Ronsky's, Juice Press, Del Frisco's Grille, Legal Sea Foods, Davio's, The Cottage, and Bernard's. This will probably be the fourth location of Chilacates to open, as it plans to debut in the spring of 2018 while the Mission Hill location had been looking to open four to six months after the start of its buildout, which appears to already started. (Stay tuned for updates on both.)

Chilacates first opened its on Amory Street in JP in the summer of 2015, offering such items as burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and tortas; the second location opened earlier this year on Centre Street. Both restaurants have garnered attention in the press since opening, with Boston Magazine giving it a "best of" for Mexican food this year.

The Facebook page for Chilacates can be found at https://www.facebook.com/chilacatesmexicanstreetfood/

[Earlier Article]
Chilacates to Open New Location in Boston's Mission Hill Neighborhood

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Xi'an Street Foods to Open in Allston

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another option for hand-pulled noodles and more could be on its way to Boston, and its name is similar to a popular group of New York City spots--though the two are unrelated.

According to an article from Eater Boston (and via a licensing board page), Xi'an Street Foods is planning to open in Allston, taking over the space on Brighton Avenue where 'O' Yummy Cuisine had been. The new eatery will presumably offer Xi'an cuisine that is typically found in the city of the same name in central China, which may mean that such items as hand-pulled noodles, lamb stew, flatbread sandwiches, and more could be served, though no menu has been seen as of yet.

There has been talk that the NYC-based Xi'an Famous Foods might be coming to the Boston area at some point, and Eater has indeed confirmed that founder Jason Wang is making plans to expand to the region.

Currently, hand-pulled noodles can be found at Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Boston, Woburn, and Westford.

The address for the upcoming Xi'an Street Foods is 182 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

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Jillian's in Boston's Fenway to Become Lucky Strike Social

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime entertainment complex in the Fenway is getting a name change.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Jillian's and Lucky Strike on Ipswich Street is rebranding to Lucky Strike Social, with a few changes coming to the space including a staircase connecting the billiards and bowling spot to Cheeky Monkey Brewing Company downstairs. The post mentions that once the changeover is complete, Lucky Strike Social will join two others in Albany and Honolulu.

Jillian's first opened approximately 30 years ago, with the Lucky Strike brand coming to the space toward the end of 2003; Cheeky Monkey Brewing Company is a newcomer to the site, taking over the former Tequila Rain space this summer.

The address for Jillian's/Lucky Strike (and the rebranded Lucky Strike Social) is 145 Ipswich Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The Jillian's website is at http://jilliansboston.com/

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

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

New Restaurant from Woods Hill Table Owner Coming to Former Anthony's Pier 4 Site on the Boston Waterfront

by Marc Hurwitz

One of Boston's most iconic restaurant spaces will become home to a new dining spot, and the person behind a suburban farm-to-table eatery will be running this place.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe is reporting that Kristin Canty of Woods Hill Table in West Concord is going to be opening an as-of-yet unnamed restaurant on the ground floor of a residential building at the site where Anthony's Pier 4 had been. The post mentions that the 140-seat spot will include a raw bar and an outdoor patio, and it plans to honor the now-closed Anthony's by decorating the space with memorabilia from the old restaurant.

Anthony's Pier 4 closed for good in the summer of 2013 after being in business since 1963; the restaurant was once one of the most profitable dining spots in the United States and attracted a variety of famous people, including U.S. presidents, professional athletes, and religious leaders.

The building that the new restaurant will be housed in--which happens to be called PIER 4--is located at 100 Pier 4 Boulevard which is just off Seaport Boulevard in Boston's Seaport District.

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Amorino Plans to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A Paris-based chain of artisan gelato shops that opened its first Boston location a couple of years ago may be opening a second shop in the area, with this one being in one of the busiest sections of Cambridge.

According to a source, Amorino is planning to open in Harvard Square, with a Board of Zoning Appeal page confirming this, indicating that it would open in the space on JFK Street where Berk's (a shoe store) had been. If approved, the new shop would join another on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, and based on that location (and others), expect the upcoming outlet to offer a variety of gelato options in a cup, cone, scone, or on a waffle or crepe, along with such items as milkshakes, macarons, gelato cakes, coffee, and more.

Amorino first opened in the Back Bay in March of 2015.

The address for this proposed gelato shop in Harvard Square is: Amorino, 50 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.amorino.com/

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Whole Heart Provisions Plans to Open in Smith Center in Cambridge's Harvard Square

by Marc Hurwitz

An Allston restaurant that focuses and vegetarian and vegan food--and which has a connection to a group of grilled cheese spots--may be expanding to a building in Cambridge that is currently undergoing a large-scale transformation.

According to a source, Whole Heart Provisions is looking to open within Harvard University's Smith Campus Center on Mass. Ave., with a Board of Zoning Appeal page confirming this, showing that James DiSabatino of the original location on Cambridge Street in Allston is listed as the petitioner. The page shows a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items offered, including vegan huevos rancheros, build-your-own grain and veggie bowls, street food snacks such as falafel dogs and seared avocado, and drinks such as kombucha, lemonade, coffee, and tea. The Smith Center, which hopes to open in the fall of 2018, may also have such dining spots as Swissbakers, Bon Me, and Pavement Coffeehouse as well.

Whole Heart Provisions first opened in Allston in the fall of 2015, with DiSabatino and Rebecca Arnold (Sarma, Alden & Harlow, Pain D'Avignon, 606 Congress) being behind it; DiSabatino is also involved with locations of Roxy's Grilled Cheese in Allston, Cambridge's Central Square, Lynnfield, and South Boston (along with Roxy's food trucks), and he is one of the people behind A4cade by Area Four near MIT in Cambridge.

The website for Whole Heart Provisions can be found at https://www.wholeheartprovisions.com/

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Carmen in Boston's North End to Reopen at Assembly Row in Somerville

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale Italian restaurant that left Boston's North End more than a year ago is getting ready to return in a section of Somerville that is continuing to be redeveloped.

According to several sources (including posters within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page), Carmen is planning to open at Assembly Row in Somerville, with a sign out front saying that it is coming soon and is currently hiring. The restaurant had been located at North Square until July of 2016 when it closed, saying that it would be reopening in a new space.

Carmen first opened in the North End approximately 17 years ago, offering such items as crespelle, baked penne, braised short rib ravioli, roasted rack of pork, and pan-seared duck breast.

One of our sources says that if all goes as planned, the new location of Carmen could be opening at Assembly Row in the spring of 2018.

[November 9 update: Eater Boston states that the exact name of the new location of Carmen will be Carmen's Trattoria & Italian Pub, and that it will have an expanded menu that includes classic Italian dishes from the old North End location as well as Italian-style pub items such as spinach dip, chicken wings, and flatbreads.]

[Earlier Article]
Carmen in Boston's North End Has Closed; May Reopen in New Location

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