Thursday, April 20, 2017

NextDoor Cafe Opens in Allston

A new eatery featuring a type of ice cream treat that is increasingly popular in the Boston area has come to Allston.

Eater Boston is reporting that NextDoor Cafe is now open on Brighton Avenue, with the place offering Thai ice cream rolls as well as popcorn chicken, pork gyoza, cube toast, fries, bubble tea, and more. Other spots selling Thai ice cream rolls have opened in the area of late, including Hi B3ear in Allston and Juicy Spot Cafe in Chinatown, and it appears that the first to come to the region is a kiosk called Frollz at the Square One Mall in Saugus.

The address for this new dining spot in Allston is: NextDoor Cafe, 110 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

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Midici: The Neapolitan Pizza Company to Open at Somerville's Assembly Row

A California-based "fast-fine" pizza chain is on its way to the Boston area, setting up shop in a growing development just north of the city.

Eater Boston is reporting that Midici is planning to open at Assembly Row in Somerville, joining another pizzeria--Ernesto's--within the complex. The chain's website says that its franchises combine "the best of fast-casual with highly polished and experiential fine dining" and that it is planning to have a major expansion, opening 50 new shops by the end of 2017 and considering a possible 1,000 locations over the next 20 years.

Midici, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, currently has no locations in New England; it is not yet known if the Somerville shop will be the first or if other locations in the region might open before the Assembly Row outlet.

The address for this upcoming pizza spot in Somerville is: Midici, 463 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA,02145. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.mymidici.com/

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Up for Auction

Earlier this year, we reported that a gourmet market in one of Boston's hottest neighborhoods was seized by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Now it appears that the shop will not be reopening again.

According to a tweet from @DGoodison, Bee's Knees Supply Company in Fort Point is going on the auction block on Wednesday, April 26, with a post from E.F. Smith & Son saying that a variety of new and used equipment will be available which will be sold on the premises of the Farnsworth Street space starting at 11:00 AM. In January, we had mentioned that the shop was locked up and dark, and one day later it was learned that a "Seized" sign was out front saying that it was in the possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Bee's Knees first opened in Fort Point in March of 2013, while a second shop (which has since closed as well) opened on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston two years later.

The address for the now-closed Bee's Knees Supply Company in Fort Point was 12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

[Earlier Article]
Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Seized by the State

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Crazy Dough's Pizza Closes Shop in Boston's Fenway/Back Bay Area

A local group of pizza spots has gotten a little smaller, as it has shut down its shop by the Fenway/Back Bay line.

According to a Twitter post from @TheDrewStarr, Crazy Dough's Pizza on Boylston Street is no longer in business, with a sign out front saying "we thank you for 18 years of support!" No reason has been given for its closure as of yet, and a check on the Crazy Dough's website simply shows that it has been removed from the locations section. Based on the website, it appears that shops at City Place by Park Plaza, the Prudential Center, TD Garden, Brighton, and Newport, RI, remain in operation.

Another location of Crazy Dough's in Cambridge's Harvard Square shut its doors in March of 2016.

The address for the now-closed Crazy Dough's in the Fenway/Back Bay area was 1124 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for all other locations can be found at http://www.crazydoughs.com/

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Greenway Beer Garden Coming to Downtown Boston; Trillium Brewing Company Involved

A beer garden is on its way to downtown Boston this summer, and one of the top-rated brewers in the state will be a part of it.

According to an Instagram post from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the "Greenway Beer Garden" is on its way, with the note saying that "This summer we'll be partnering with @TrilliumBrewing.... We're still working out the details, but pretty soon you'll be able to enjoy your time in the park...while enjoying a world-class beer (or glass of wine!)"  A Boston Globe article mentions that the beer garden will be set up in the "geographic center" of the park, apparently near the Rowes Wharf arch, and in addition to six to eight Trillium beers offered on tap, there will also be wines from Westport Rivers Vineyard as well.

If all goes as planned, the new beer garden will debut in late June and will run until October.

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Blue Ginger in Wellesley Is Closing

An award-winning suburban restaurant from a celebrity chef is shutting down.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Blue Ginger in Wellesley will close at the end of business hours on June 3, with owner Ming Tsai indicating that the decision to shut down the Washington Street dining spot was brought about by the end of its current lease. The article mentions that Tsai will focus next on a new quick-service stir-fry concept called ChowStirs, which will debut in early 2018 in an as-of-yet undisclosed location and will help raise money for Family Reach, a nonprofit that offers financial help to families of children who have cancer. (The Globe mentions that Blue Dragon, a restaurant in Boston's Fort Point that Tsai runs with Sean Gildea--who will also be teaming up with Tsai on the ChowStirs concept--will remain open.)

Blue Ginger first opened in 1998, bringing to Wellesley a place to get gourmet Asian dishes with western influences; the restaurant has received countless accolades over the years, including being nominated by the James Beard Foundation as "Best New Restaurant 1998," according to the Blue Ginger website.

The address for this soon-to-close dining spot in Wellesley is: Blue Ginger, 583 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA, 02482. Its website can be found at https://www.ming.com/blue-ginger.htm

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