Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jacob Wirth Restaurant in Boston's Theater District Is Up for Sale

by Marc Hurwitz

A downtown Boston institution that has been in business for 150 years is on the selling block.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Jacob Wirth Restaurant in the city's Theater District is up for sale, with the Stuart Street dining and drinking spot going on the market for $1,025,000. The post says that  it will be "business as usual" for the 220-seat eatery until it is sold, and the hope is that a new owner will continue on with the place, though it is expected that there could be at least some changes once it changes ownership.

Jacob Wirth, which first opened in 1868, is known in part for its German food and extensive beer list, along with its Thursday and Friday piano singalongs. The eatery is housed in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is the second-oldest continually operating restaurant in the city, according to Boston Magazine.

The address for Jacob Wirth is 31-37 Stuart Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at http://www.jacobwirth.com/

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Oppa's Kitchen and Bar in Malden Has Been Seized, Forced to Shut Down for the Time Being

by Marc Hurwitz

A Malden restaurant that has been in business for a bit more than three years is closed for now, as it has been seized for what appears to be money-related issues.

According to a message from The Passionate Foodie, Oppa's Kitchen & Bar on Pleasant Street is locked up and dark with an orange "Seized" sign in the window that apparently mentions the closure of the place is due to back taxes and rent. It is not known if/when the restaurant might reopen again, so stay tuned for updates.

Oppa's Kitchen & Bar first opened in September of 2014 in the space where Massimo's had been until it closed and moved to Wakefield; the dining spot offered such items as wings, bibimbap, bulgogi, ramen, teriyaki, and more.

The address for Oppa's Kitchen & Bar is 157 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA, 02148. Its website can be found at http://www.oppaskitchenandbar.com/

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Blue Hills Brewery Remains Closed, Is Undergoing "Restructuring"

by Marc Hurwitz

A local brewery that closed last summer is still shuttered, and it is not known when--or where--it might reopen.

According to an update within its website, Blue Hills Brewery in Canton remains closed, with the note saying the following:

Blue Hills Brewery is undergoing restructuring, which takes time to sort out. Our end goal is still to build a craft brewery at a new location in the Canton area with a tap room and serve the best tasting and enjoyable craft beer around. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a specific date to offer our customers as to when and where we will be back up and running.

In July of 2017, the brewery posted a note saying that it was going to build a tap room in the Canton area, though little other information was given at the time.

Blue Hills Brewery first opened on Turnpike Street (Route 138) in 2009.

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Agostino's in Natick Closed Due to a Burst Water Pipe

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime Italian restaurant in the western suburbs of Boston is closed for the foreseeable future after a water pipe burst, causing major damage to the place.

According to a Facebook post, Agostino's in Natick Center is shuttered, with the note saying that the Washington Street spot "will be closed indefinitely due to water damage. We are working rigorously to rebuild and reopen" while someone involved with the restaurant says on the thread that it could be "months" before it can open back up again. As soon as an update from Agostino's comes on a possible reopening date, we will post here, so stay tuned.

Agostino's first opened in 1982, offering Italian-American food in a family-friendly environment; according to its website, the place had recently redone its lounge area.

The address for Agostino's is 23 Washington Street, Natick, MA, 01760. Its website can be found at https://agostinositalianrestaurant.com/

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

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Pikaichi to Move into Former Emiliano'z Space in Medford

by Marc Hurwitz

A Japanese restaurant that left its space in Allston because of increasing rent has found a new home in Medford, taking over the space where a Mexican spot had been.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a Facebook post) that Pikaichi is going to be reborn in the former Emiliano'z Mexican Grill space on Boston Avenue, with the post saying that it could be reopening as soon as March. The Japanese eatery had shut down last month, saying that they would not be able to sustain their business due to a major rent increase, but at the time they mentioned that they would be looking for a new home somewhere in the area. Pikaichi, which is known for such items as ramen, rice bowls, fried octopus balls, boneless fried chicken, and more, had been squeezed into a space between the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 market and its adjacent food court where Brighton Avenue meets Commonwealth Avenue. Our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured it as an under-the-radar spot to go to, with the review being found at this link:

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

Emiliano'z, a restaurant known in part for its burritos and tacos, shut down late last month after approximately 10 years in business.

The address for the new location of Pikaichi is 123 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155. Its website can be found at https://www.pikaichiramen.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Pikaichi in Allston Is Closing; May Move to New Location
Emiliano'z Mexican Grill in Medford Has Closed

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Bertucci's at Faneuil Hall in Boston Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A local chain of Italian dining spots is closing its location in downtown Boston.

According to a Twitter post from @kenjimallon, Bertucci's at Faneuil Hall is shutting down, with a message from the chain confirming this, saying that today is its last day in business. The message mentions that the closing is a business decision, as they were not able to come to terms on their lease. It appears that all other locations of Bertucci's will remain in operation, including its outlets located within the Boston city limits in Kenmore Square, the Longwood medical area, and in West Roxbury along with a number of others in the surrounding area.

Bertucci's, which first started out in 1981, opened its Faneuil Hall location in 1989 according to the message sent to us; the chain focuses mainly on brick-oven pizza and Italian dishes.

The address for Bertucci's in Faneuil Hall is 22 Merchants Row, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.bertuccis.com/

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Revolution Axe Throwing Plans to Open in Everett

by Marc Hurwitz

Yesterday we reported that an axe-throwing facility complete with alcohol was being planned for Somerville. Now we have learned that this might not be the only place of its kind in the Boston area.

Eater Boston is reporting that Revolution Axe Throwing is looking to open in Everett, moving into an old warehouse on Norman Street in the city's "Fermentation District." The post says that the team behind the upcoming business will not be offering food initially, but they are seeking a beer and wine license--and there is also the possibility of collaborations with two nearby breweries (Bone Up, Night Shift) and a distillery (Short Path). If all goes well, Revolution Axe Throwing could be opening sometime in April, according to Eater.

As reported earlier, a Philadelphia-based group of axe-throwing facilities called Urban Axes will be coming to Somerville's Union Square as early as this summer, and that spot could include a full bar.

The address for the proposed Revolution Axe Throwing is 69 Norman Street, Everett, MA, 02149. Its website will be at http://www.revolutionaxe.com/

[Earlier Article]
Urban Axes Is Coming to Somerville's Union Square

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Giacomo's Ristorante in Boston's South End Is Open Once Again

by Marc Hurwitz

An outpost of an iconic Italian restaurant has reopened approximately a month after it mysteriously closed.

According to a source, Giacomo's Ristorante in Boston's South End of Boston is open once again, with photos showing an "Open" sign out front and customers inside the Columbus Avenue dining spot. No specific reason was ever given for the restaurant's closure, though a note out front last month said that "Due to circumstances beyond our control Giacomo's South End will be temporarily closed! We deeply apologize for any inconvenience and hope to make it up to you in the near future."

The North End location of Giacomo's is one of the most popular restaurants in that neighborhood, with long lines often found outside the place. (A third location can be found on Main Street in Melrose as well.)

The address for Giacomo's in the South End is 431 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Article]
Giacomo's Ristorante in Boston's South End Is Temporarily Closed; Exact Status Unknown

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Urban Axes Is Coming to Somerville's Union Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of axe-throwing facilities that include alcohol will be expanding to the Boston area as soon as this summer.

Eater Boston is reporting (via BizBash) that Philadelphia-based Urban Axes is planning to open in the Union Square section of Somerville, with the place including a full bar and having room for 80 to 100 people. The upcoming location will apparently be available for groups or corporate events and walk-in hours will be offered as well, and there will be axe-throwing leagues of all levels. The posts mention that workers will give safety information and oversee patrons who are throwing the 1.5-pound hatchets, which are aimed at wooden targets that have bullseyes.

EB says that no food will be offered at the Urban Axes location in Somerville, though customers are invited to bring their own.

The website for Urban Axes can be found at https://urbanaxes.com/

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Cardullo's in Cambridge's Harvard Square Planning to Expand to Boston's Seaport District

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an iconic grocery store in Cambridge may be joined by a second shop on the Boston waterfront.

The Boston Herald is reporting that Cardullo's in Harvard Square is planning to open in the Seaport District, with a licensing board page mentioning that the Brattle Street shop is eyeing a space in an office tower on Seaport Boulevard that is also home to such spots as Aceituna Grill, by Chloe, Tikkaway Grill, and Yoki Express. Few details are known about the proposed store in the Seaport District other than the fact that it plans to sell alcohol, so keep checking back for updates.

Cardullo's, which first opened in 1950, is a gourmet market that sells a variety of cheese, chocolate products, honey, spices, coffee, tea, liquor, pasta, sandwiches, and more. The store changed hands in 2015, with Kim and Richard Wilson purchasing it from the Cardullo family.

The address for the original Cardullo's is 6 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, while the address for the proposed shop in the Seaport District is 101 Seaport Boulevard. (Its website can be found at http://www.cardullos.com/)

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Angora Cafe by Boston University May Be Closed for Good

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime European-style cafe that was popular with college students may be gone for good after stating earlier that it had been temporarily closed for renovations.

Eater Boston is reporting that Angora Cafe by Boston University appears to be shuttered permanently, as sources say there are signs showing that the Commonwealth Avenue space is up for lease and that its windows remain papered over nearly a month after the place said they would reopen before the end of 2017--and now, its website has been taken down as well. The eatery, which got its start more than 30 years ago, was known in part for its sandwiches, Mediterranean-influenced menu items, and smoothies and frozen yogurt.

As soon as we find out more about the exact status of Angora Cafe, we will post an update here.

The address for Angora Cafe is 1024 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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Toscanini's Ice Cream to Open Second Location in East Cambridge; Central Square Shop to Temporarily Close

by Marc Hurwitz

An award-winning ice cream shop that was established nearly 40 years ago is temporarily closing, but when it reopens there will be not one, but two locations.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Toscanini's in Cambridge's Central Square is shutting down later this month as its building on Main Street is being turned into a boutique hotel, and the owners will open a new location at First and Rogers streets in East Cambridge around the time that its original shop closes. The article says that all production will be moving to the new space and that it will be a permanent shop that will remain open--and will continue to house the production equipment--when the Central Square location returns. The new shop will have approximately 40 seats and a display kitchen that can be seen by customers, according to Boston Magazine.

As reported here earlier, Cinderella's--which was also in the Main Street building--is closed for good (though its delivery service has been merged with Beauty's Pizza on Hampshire Street) while Patty Chen's plans to return to the space once renovations are complete.

Toscanini's, which started out in 1981, has received high praise over the years, including multiple "best ofs" from Boston Magazine, according to a page on the shop's website.

The address for the original location of Toscanini's is 899 Main Street while its new shop will be at 159 First Street.

[Earlier Articles]
Building Housing Cinderella's, Patty Chen's, Toscanini's in Cambridge May Become Boutique Hotel; Eateries Appear to Be Safe
Cinderella's in Cambridge's Central Square Is Closing

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Nathalie Plans to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant is in the works for the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, and the person behind a downtown seafood spot and wine bar appears to be involved with it.

According to a licensing board page within the city's website, a dining spot called nathalie is planning to open on Brookline Avenue and is seeking to acquire its liquor license from the Brass Cat Cafe, a yet-to-open spot in Jamaica Plain. The notice says that the proposed eatery would have a bar and a seasonal outdoor patio, and that the manager is Haley Lynn Fortier, who runs haley.henry on Province Street. Very little is known about what food might be served at nathalie and when it could open (and whether nathalie is just a working name), so stay tuned for updates.

haley.henry first opened in downtown Boston in August of 2016, offering tinned fish, cheeses, a variety of wines, and more.

The address for the proposed nathalie is 186 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Crepe & More Plans to Open Inside Boston's South Station

by Marc Hurwitz

A new crepe place appears to be on its way to Boston, and it will be catering mainly to commuters.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a licensing board page) that Crepe & More is planning to open at a kiosk inside South Station, with the hearing notice indicating that Lea Sasportes of Amorino in the Back Bay (and eventually, Cambridge's Harvard Square) is behind the business. According to Eater, the upcoming spot will feature sweet and savory crepes along with other desserts and specialty drinks, and while it will not have its own seating, customers can opt for public seating within the building itself.

Amorino is a Paris-based chain of artisan gelato shops that first opened on Newbury Street in March of 2015; an earlier article in Boston Magazine mentioned that the Boston location will apparently be "the first of [Sasportes's] many owned and operated franchises around the country."

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Smokin' Betty's BBQ + Bar in Salem Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A barbecue spot on the North Shore is shutting down after only a short time in business.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Smokin' Betty's BBQ + Bar in Salem is closing its doors on Sunday, January 14 after less than eight months in operation. The note says that "At the end of the day it really came down to simple math. We spent more money than we brought in and we projected a larger number of customers than we saw come through our doors. And by the end it was putting a major financial strain on our other two restaurants to keep it going." The post does say that it is possible the concept could return in a smaller space at some point in time (and it continues to be around for catering), but for now, the Lafayette Street restaurant is saying farewell.

The people behind Smokin' Betty's BBQ + Bar--which opened last May in the space where Strega and Red Lulu had been--also run Gulu-Gulu Cafe and Flying Saucer Pizza Company in Salem.

The address for this soon-to-close barbecue spot in Salem is: Smokin' Betty's BBQ + Bar, 94 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

Thanks to @KatCornetta for bringing this to our attention.

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Tapeo in Boston's Back Bay Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

One of Boston's best-known restaurants is shutting down this weekend.

An email sent today from the dining spot confirms what a source told us earlier today, that Tapeo in the Back Bay is closing, with the note saying that the Newbury Street dining spot will shutter on Sunday, January 14. The email says that the reason for the closure is because of lease negotiations that were unsuccessful due at least in part to a rent increase.

Tapeo, which has been in business for 22 years, is known for its tapas, Spanish wines, and more. The Solea Group, which runs Tapeo, also operates Kika Tapas in Cambridge and Solea Restaurant & Tapas Bar in Waltham.

The address for Tapeo is 266 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at http://bostontapas.com/

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Mad Hatter Cafe in Weymouth May Be Moving into Hajjar's Space

by Marc Hurwitz

A South Shore breakfast and lunch spot that has been featured by our sister site may be moving to a space where a longtime restaurant currently resides.

According to a source, the Mad Hatter Cafe in Weymouth is looking to move from its current home on Main Street to the Hajjar's space on Washington Street, with a Twitter post from @scanweymouth seeming to confirm this, showing a hearing agenda page that says the Mad Hatter is seeking the liquor license from Hajjar's to open in that restaurant's space. (The Town Solicitor also confirms this information on the Twitter thread, saying it is "legit.") It is not known what changes might be in store for the Mad Hatter if it does move into the new space, nor is it known when the move might happen, so stay tuned for updates.

The Mad Hatter Cafe is known in part for its Irish-influenced breakfast and lunch items, including a traditional Irish breakfast, an Irish breakfast roll, beef stew, shepherd's pie, and chicken curry with rice. The dining spot has been mentioned on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site as an under-the-radar spot to go to, with the review being found here:

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

Hajjar's traces its history back to a roller-skating rink that was established in the 1950s and was converted into a fitness club with a dining area in the 1980s before becoming a full-fledged restaurant.

The current address for the Mad Hatter Cafe is 119 Main Street while the address for Hajjar's is 969 Washington Street. The website for the Mad Hatter can be found at http://madhattercafe.us/ and the site for Hajjar's is at http://hajjars.net/

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Owners of Pellino's in Boston's North End Plan to Open New Restaurant in Former Pinkberry Space

by Marc Hurwitz

The people behind a North End restaurant are looking to open another dining spot nearby, moving into the space where a frozen yogurt shop had been.

Eater Boston is reporting (via NorthEndWaterfront.com) that Frank and Karen Pellino of Pellino's on Prince Street are planning to open an as-of-yet unnamed restaurant on Hanover Street in the former Pinkberry space. A meeting agenda notice for the proposed eatery mentions that the Pellinos have purchased the property--which includes three residential units--and that they plan to change the use of the dining space from a takeout spot to what appears to be a full-service restaurant with beer, wine, and cordials offered. The meeting with the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council took place on January 8, with a new NorthEndWaterfront.com post saying that the council gave unanimous support for the restaurant, which would have seating for 30 and be a pasta-themed spot.

Pinkberry closed in 2016 after three years in business, while Pellino's moved from Marblehead to the North End in 2012, taking over the space where G'Vanni's once was.

The address for the proposed restaurant from the folks behind Pellino's is 285 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Johnny Rockets in Braintree Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of hamburger places has closed one of its Boston-area locations, leaving only three left locally.

According to a source, Johnny Rockets at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree is no longer in business, with a check on the chain's website confirming this, as the Braintree outlet is no longer on its locations page. No reason has been given for its closure, nor is it known what might move into the space; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Johnny Rockets, which is based in California, currently has Boston-area shops at Logan Airport in East Boston, Acton, and Burlington. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.johnnyrockets.com/

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Emiliano'z Mexican Grill in Medford Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A Mexican restaurant known in part for its burritos and tacos has shut down after being in business for a decade.

According to a couple of sources, Emiliano'z Mexican Grill in Medford is no longer in operation, with a check on the place indicating that it appears to have closed sometime in late December. The Boston Avenue dining spot, which first opened in 2008 in the space where Giuseppi's Kitchen had been, was a casual place that offered Mexican fare in a casual environment, along with beer, wine, and sangria.

The address for this now-closed Mexican restaurant in Medford was: Emiliano'z Mexican Grill, 123 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Talulla Plans to Take Over the Former Self Portrait/T.W. Food Space in Cambridge

by Marc Hurwitz

[Ed note: This article was updated on January 9 to reflect additional information given.]

A new restaurant may be on its way to a space in Cambridge that has been home to a couple of fine-dining spots, and the couple behind it has a connection to one of those places.

Eater Boston is reporting that Conor Dennehy and Danielle Ayer are looking to open Talulla--which is named for their infant daughter--in the former Self Portrait and T.W. Food space on Walden Street in Huron Village, with Dennehy and Ayer both being T.W. Food alums while Ayer has also worked at Bronwyn in Somerville's Union Square and is currently at Menton, according to an email that we received. (Dennehy also worked at Formaggio in Cambridge after T.W. Food.) Self Portrait and T.W. Food were run by Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann--who also operate Bronwyn--and Eater says that the Wiechmanns offered the space to Dennehy and Ayer, who will feature dishes influenced by some of the French items at T.W. Food while also including Italian, Spanish, and Japanese influences as well.

Dennehy and Ayer, who also operate a catering and hospitality business called Belly to Bones, are running a Kickstarter campaign to try to raise the rest of the funds needed for Talulla, with a check on the page indicating that as of January 9, they have raised more than half the money needed to reach their $27,000 goal.

A hearing with the city of Cambridge is expected to take place concerning an operating license for Talulla, followed by a hearing for a full liquor license six to eight weeks later; if all goes well, the restaurant could be opening in April, according to Eater Boston.

The address for the proposed Talulla in Huron Village is 377 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

[Earlier Articles]
Self Portrait in Cambridge Has Closed
Self-Portrait Is Opening in Former T.W. Food Space in Cambridge This Month
T.W. Food in Cambridge Is Closing; New Concept on the Way

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After Fire, American Provisions in South Boston Looks to Open New Shop in Dorchester in 2018

by Marc Hurwitz

Early last year, we reported that an artisanal "farm-to-table" grocery store in South Boston was planning to expand with a second shop on the way to an upcoming Dorchester development. Now we have learned that plans for the store are still moving ahead even after a fire heavily damaged the complex over the summer, but it won't be opening for awhile now.

According to an article in Eater Boston, American Provisions is now looking to open in the Trademark Building on Dorchester Avenue in the fall of 2018, with owner Matt Thayer saying that the shop will open in the same space as originally planned and that it will still include a full kitchen, which will allow it to offer more in the way of prepared foods than the original store in Southie. (It will also allow them to do catering and host events, according to Eater.) The Trademark Building was ravaged by a fire last June, though the building was not considered a total loss and is in the process of being rebuilt.

The original location of American Provisions can be found at 613 E. Broadway in South Boston. Its website is at http://americanprovisions.com/

[Earlier Article]
American Provisions in South Boston to Open New Shop in Dorchester

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Buttercup to Open in Natick

by Marc Hurwitz

The people behind a farm-to-table restaurant in the western suburbs of Boston will be opening a second farm-to-table spot a couple of towns away.

According to an article in the MetroWest Daily News, Dora Tavel-Sanchez Luz and Gabriel Sanchez Luz of The Farmhouse in Needham are planning to open Buttercup in Natick Center, with the husband-and-wife team bringing a similar concept to the West Central Street eatery, though with a different menu. The 100-seat restaurant will include a dining section, a bar, and an outdoor patio during the warmer months, and it will initially be open for dinner only. If all goes as planned, Buttercup will be opening sometime this spring.

The Farmhouse first opened in Needham in March of 2013, taking over the space on Great Plain Avenue where Midtown Smokehouse and Grill had been, and before that, Village Fish.

The address for the upcoming Buttercup in Natick Center is 13 W Central Street, Natick, MA, 01760.

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Eataly Imports in Saugus to Become a Restaurant

by Marc Hurwitz

A specialty food shop north of Boston is planning to change into a full-service restaurant.

The Saugus Advertiser is reporting that Eataly Imports in Saugus is looking to turn its current store into a 62-seat dining spot that offers sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more, while also possibly featuring karaoke as well. The article mentions that the business has been operating as a food store offering Italian goods and specialty items for the past 10 months.

It doesn't appear that Eataly Imports has any sort of connection to Eataly, a group of Italian emporiums that has a location at the Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay.

The address for Eataly Imports is 184 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus, MA, 01906. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Eataly-Imports-1008479829294047/

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Kamado Super Fusion in Jamaica Plain Has Closed; Asian Noodle Soup Plans to Open in Space

by Marc Hurwitz

A sushi spot in Jamaica Plain has closed its doors, and it looks like a noodle shop may be replacing it.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Jamaica Plain News) that Kamado Super Fusion is no longer in business, with the articles saying that an earlier licensing page indicates Asian Noodle Soup is hoping to open in the Centre Street space. Little is known about the proposed noodle shop; as soon as we find out more about the place, we will post an update here.

Kamado first opened in early 2014, taking over the space where Super Fusion Express and Wrapmi had both been.

The address for the now-closed Kamado Super Fusion (and upcoming Asian Noodle Soup) is 779 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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Achilito's Taqueria to Open in Forest Hills

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant featuring Mexican food is on its way to a Boston neighborhood, and this one should be popular with commuters.

According to an article in the Jamaica Plain News, Achilito's Taqueria is planning to open in the Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain, with the eatery moving into a space on Hyde Park Avenue that is in a new building across from from the Forest Hills T station. The restaurant's website says that a menu is coming soon, but it does indicate that the place will have a wood-fired grill and will offer salsa, tacos, and more, with seasonal ingredients used for "small batch" food items.

Achilito's Taqueria is hoping to open sometime in February, according to its site.

The address for this upcoming Mexican dining spot is: Achilito's Taqueria, 38 Hyde Park Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. Its website can be found at https://www.achilitos.com/

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Rasoi Gourmet Indian Kitchen in Framingham Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime MetroWest restaurant that was known in part for its buffet has closed its doors.

According to a source, Rasoi Gourmet Indian Kitchen in Framingham is no longer in business, with a check on its website confirming this, saying that the Route 9 dining spot shut down on December 31 and thanking customers for being a part of their business. It is not yet known what might go into the space--which is within the Old Trolley Square shopping center--so stay tuned for any updates we might get.

Rasoi Gourmet Indian Kitchen first opened in 1995, offering a variety of Indian dishes along with a lunchtime buffet.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Framingham was: Rasoi Gourmet Indian Kitchen, 855 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham, MA, 01701.

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Papagayo in Boston's Fort Point Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular Mexican restaurant near the Boston waterfront has shut down.

According to an article in Eater Boston, Papagayo on Summer Street in the Fort Point section of the city is no longer in operation, with owner Chris Damian telling Eater that "We had a great run at that location but with the changing market conditions, popularity of Mexican brands on that end of town, currently seven and going on eight, we felt it was best to end our run there" and that "We wrestled with reconcepting the location but felt at this point with the explosion of restaurants in Seaport, South Boston, Prudential, the Lifestyle centers outside of town, as well as the difficulty in manpower planning, it would be smarter to move on from the location." Other locations of Papagayo in Downtown Crossing and Somerville's Assembly Row remain open. (A Saugus location of the restaurant closed down approximately a year ago.)

Papagayo first opened in Fort Point in the fall of 2010.

The address for the now-closed Papagayo in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood was 283 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the other locations can be found at http://papagayorestaurants.com/

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Dave and Buster's Plans to Open at the Natick Mall

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of restaurants and entertainment spots is planning to open a third location in the Greater Boston area, taking over part of the space occupied by a department store.

According to an article in Wicked Local, Dave & Buster's is looking to open in the Natick Mall, with the plan being to take over part of the space that is currently occupied by Sears. The post says that Sears is consolidating the store there, vacating the second floor area and occupying the ground floor only, and that Dave & Buster's and another unnamed tenant are expected to open in the upstairs space. The proposed eatery and entertainment place has more steps to take before opening (including a meeting with the town planning board), but if all goes well and it does open at the Natick Mall, the new Dave & Buster's would join others in Braintree and Woburn.

Dave & Buster's, which is based on Dallas, features mainly traditional American fare and comfort food, while featuring TVs for sports viewing, video game arcades, and more. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.daveandbusters.com/

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Black & Blue Steak and Crab to Open in Burlington

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another Rochester-based business is expanding to Boston, with this one being a high-end fine dining concept with three locations in Upstate New York.

According to a job post within the bostonchefs.com site, Black & Blue Steak and Crab is planning to open in Burlington, moving into a space in The District, a development next to the Burlington Mall that is also home to Island Creek Oyster Bar, Tuscan Kitchen, Pressed Cafe, Tavern in the Square, and Rebecca's Cafe. Based on the offerings at the other locations in Rochester, Amherst (a suburb of Buffalo), and Albany, the new location of the eatery could have such options as tuna tartare, pork belly, crab and lobster fondue, wagyu meatballs, Kansas City bone-in strip, king crab legs, lobster tail, rack of lamb, and a steak sandwich.

Black & Blue Steak and Crab is the flagship restaurant of the Two For Seven Restaurant Group, which is headquartered in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford; this is one of at least three companies to expand from Rochester to Boston of late, including Wegmans Food Markets and Abbott's Frozen Custard.

The website for Black & Blue Steak and Crab can be found at http://blackandbluesteakandcrab.com/

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Eddie V's Plans to Open in Former Macaroni Grill Space in Burlington

by Marc Hurwitz

This past fall, we reported that a group of high-end steak and seafood restaurants was looking to expand to the Back Bay, and now we have learned that they might be coming to a red-hot suburb of Boston as well.

According to a source, Eddie V's is planning to open in the old Romano's Macaroni Grill space in Burlington, with an article from the Daily Times Chronicle confirming this, saying that the plans are to demolish the South Avenue building and replace it with a new structure that would be home to the new dining spot. (Macaroni Grill shut down last February and now has only one remaining location in New England.) More specific plans for the site will be given over the coming months, so it could be awhile before the new location of Eddie V's opens.

Eddie V's is a small chain of dining spots based in Austin, TX, that is also looking to open at the Prudential Center in Boston, taking over the space where P.F. Chang's had been. The group of eateries offers such items as jumbo shrimp, swordfish steak, lobster tails, ribeye, filet mignon, and more.

The address for the upcoming location of Eddie V's in Burlington is 50 South Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803. Its website can be found at http://www.eddiev.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Eddie V's Plans to Open in Former P.F. Chang's Space at the Prudential Center in Boston
Romano's Macaroni Grill in Burlington Has Closed

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