Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Which Wich Is Coming to Somerville's Assembly Row

A chain of sandwich shops that is headquartered in Texas is going to be expanding into Massachusetts, and its first location will be within a new complex in Somerville.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Banker & Tradesman) that Which Wich plans to open at Assembly Row, with this being the first of what could be as many as 50 locations to come to the Greater Boston over the next few years. Once it opens (likely in early November), the new shop will offer sandwiches where diners have complete control over which ingredients are included.

Currently, the Dallas-based Which Wich has more than 300 shops, with 250 more coming. Its website can be found at http://www.whichwich.com/

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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Taste of Jamaica Plain to Be Held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Parish Hall, October 2, 2014

A culinary event that features the restaurants of Jamaica Plain (and other neighborhoods of Boston) is returning, and this year, it will actually be held in Jamaica Plain.

According to an article in the Jamaica Plain Gazette, the 2014 Taste of Jamaica Plain will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Parish Hall on Brookside Avenue on Thursday, October 2 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with the event including food samplings, live music, a silent auction, raffle, and children's activities. A few of the restaurants that are participating include Bella Luna, Bukhara, Dogwood Cafe, Grass Fed, Ula Cafe, Vee Vee, and Wok n Talk.

Last year, Taste of Jamaica Plain was held in West Roxbury because its usual venue was undergoing renovations at the time.

Ticket to the 2014 Taste of Jamaica Plain cost $40 ($15 for children and seniors), with proceeds helping support the social service agency ESAC. For more information on the event, please go to the following link:


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Murray's Deli in Braintree Has Closed

A deli south of Boston that was known in part for its sandwiches and comfort food items has closed its doors.

According to a source, Murray's Deli in Braintree is no longer in operation, with the restaurant's phone being out of service and the place being locked up for at least several weeks now. The reason for its closure has not been 100% confirmed as of yet, nor is it known whether the eatery may open in a new spot; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Murray's Deli was a dining spot on Elm Street in Braintree Center that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured as an under-the-radar place to get such items as corned beef sandwiches, turkey dinners, steak tips, and more. A review of Murray's can be found at the link below:


The address for this now-closed deli in Braintree was: Murray's Deli, 2 Elm Street, Braintree, MA, 02184.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Highlights for the Week Ending September 26, 2014

Several more stories and articles focusing on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a Chinese eatery coming to a town with few dining options, a downtown Boston restaurant with a celebrity chef behind it closing, and a decades-old market in Somerville getting ready to call it a day. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included an updated review of a drive-in spot northwest of Boston, a list of restaurants with fireplaces, and a photo of a classic bar pizza from a drinking spot south of the city.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

Dumpling Daughter to Open in Weston Center

The Aquitaine Group to Open a New Restaurant at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Blue Inc. in Boston Has Closed; Future in Doubt

Sessa's in Somerville's Davis Square to Close; Pepe Bocca to Replace It

Deluxe Depot Diner to Open in Framingham

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Updated Review: Johnson's Drive-In in Groton, MA

Photo: Calamari from Millie's Kitchen in Winthrop, MA

List of Boston-Area Restaurants and Bars with Fireplaces

Photo: Bacon and Feta Pizza from Venus Cafe in Whitman, MA

Photo: Hot Dog from The Gaff in Waltham, MA


Sweet Tooth Closes Its Downtown Crossing Location

A bakery with two locations in Boston is back down to just one, as it has closed its shop in the heart of the downtown area.

Eater Boston is reporting that Sweet Tooth at The Corner Mall in Downtown Crossing is no longer in business, with a post on the store's Facebook page indicating that it shuttered "due to a lack of foot traffic, unsanitary conditions within the Corner mall, and an ongoing contentious relationship with the landlord." Its original shop on West Broadway in South Boston remains open, and its products can also be found at the Walgreens in Downtown Crossing.

The downtown location of Sweet Tooth first opened its doors last fall, offering such items as cakes, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, tarts, and pies.

The address for this now-closed bakery in Downtown Crossing was: Sweet Tooth, 417 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02108. Its website can be found at http://www.sweettoothboston.com/

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Dumpling Daughter to Open in Weston Center

A new Chinese restaurant is coming to a western suburb of Boston that currently has very few dining options, and the person behind it has a connection to a well-known eatery from years ago.

Eater Boston is reporting (via the Weston Town Crier) that Nadia Spellman is planning to open Dumpling Daughter in Weston, with the self-serve and takeout restaurant moving into a space in the center of town where Campo de Fiori had been. Spellman's mother is Sally Ling, who opened Sally Ling's on the Boston waterfront with her family in the mid-1980s, then moving the place to Cambridge a few years later and finally moving it again to New Jersey before it closed for good a few years ago. (There had also been a branch of the restaurant in Newton.) Both EB and the Town Crier indicate that the menu at Dumpling Daughter will carry on the tradition of Sally Ling's dishes (and that Ling is Spellman's "number one consultant").

It is not yet known when Dumpling Daughter might open; as soon as we get more information on a possible opening date, we will post an update here.

The address for this upcoming Chinese restaurant in Weston is: Dumpling Daughter, 37 Center Street, Weston, MA, 02493. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/dumplingdaughter

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