Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WuBurger to Open in Woburn

A brand new eatery is coming to the northern suburbs of Boston, and this one will offer some classic comfort food items.

According to its website and Facebook page, WuBurger is going to be opening in North Woburn, with the dining spot featuring burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, fries, onion rings, and ice cream. (Concerning this last item, the place is taking over the Main Street space where Mr. Charlie has been, and it will actually be serving their ice cream.) A note on its site indicates that it will be a family-friendly fast-casual spot that will be opening sometime this summer, with its Facebook page saying that it expects to open in August.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in North Woburn is: WuBurger, 880 Main Street (Route 38), Woburn, MA, 01801. Its website can be found at while its Facebook page is at

Thanks to The Passionate Foodie, for initially bringing this to our attention.

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Burgers from Restaurants in the Boston Area]

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jake n Joes Sports Grille to Open in Woburn

It looks like a local group of dining and drinking spots is going to be expanding once again, and this time it will open a location north of Boston.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Jake n Joes Sports Grille is planning on opening in Woburn and is currently looking for a general manager for the place. It is not yet known exactly where the new spot will open, but the job posting indicates that it is hoping to open sometime this fall. Once it does open, expect the new Jake n Joes to feature its ever-popular fried calamari (thanks in part to CBS Sports Radio host Damon Amendolara, who is a big fan) along with a variety of classic American fare, comfort food, and pub grub.

Currently, locations of Jake n Joes Sports Grille can be found in Foxboro, Norwood, and Waltham. Its website is at

[July 29 update: According to a message from The Passionate Foodie, the new Jake n Joes will open on Mishawum Road where a location of Sea Dog Pub had been before it closed (and declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy) last summer.]

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Comfort Food Items from Boston-Area Restaurants]

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Friendly's in Sudbury Has Closed

A local chain of restaurants and ice cream shops that declared bankruptcy a few years ago has closed one of its few remaining shops in the Greater Boston area.

The Sudbury Town Crier is reporting that Friendly's has closed its location on Boston Post Road (Route 20) in that town, with the closure taking place this past Sunday. The article says that no reason was given for its shutting down, with the manager of the dining spot simply saying "There's just a lot going on."

The Friendly's chain went bankrupt back in the fall of 2011, closing a number of Boston-area locations at the time before emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2012. Currently, locations of the chain can be found in East Boston (at Logan Airport), Framingham, Norwood, Peabody, Quincy, Saugus, Stoneham, Waltham, Watertown, and Weymouth.

The address for this now-closed location of Friendly's was 457 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776. The website for the Friendly's chain can be found at

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[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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Sandwich Express in Boston's Financial District Is Closing

A sandwich shop that is popular with workers in Boston's Financial District is getting ready to shut its doors for good.

According to a poster on the Chowhound site, Sandwich Express on Summer Street is closing, possibly because of expensive rent (though this has not been confirmed). While the poster says that it will be shuttering on Friday (July 31), a phone call placed to the shop indicates that its last day in operation will be Thursday.

Sandwich Express, which has been in business for at least a decade, is known for its soups, salads, and hot and cold sandwiches. as well as its to-go breakfast items.

The address for this soon-to close in downtown Boston is: Sandwich Express, 99 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02110.

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Conde Nast Traveler Includes Eastern Standard in Boston Among Its Picks for World's Greatest Bars

A travel magazine has come out with its picks for the world's greatest bars, and a Boston spot has been included on the list.

A recent article/slideshow on the 30 greatest bars in the world shows that Conde Nast Traveler has put Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square among the best, with a blurb from Chris Himmel (Grill 23, Post 390) saying that "The bar team at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drink views the drink process as a conversation. For example, they listen to what is happening around them and craft their beverage selection with a point of view in mind." Himmel goes on to mention the "Remember the Maine" cocktail (rye whiskey, vermouth, cherry heering, absinthe), which is his current favorite there.

The only other spot in New England to make Conde Nast's list of greatest bars in the world is Ordinary in New Haven, with three New York City bars (Angel's Share, The Lambs Club Bar, and Pegu Club) also making the grade.

For a complete list of the bars picked by Conde Nast Traveler, please go to the link below:

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

Update: The Proper Slice in Brighton Is for Sale; Remains Open for Now

[Ed note: This article was updated to reflect the fact that the place remains open while the business is up for sale.]

It looks like a pizzeria is up for sale, a few months after shutting down temporarily due to a fire.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, The Proper Slice in Brighton is shuttered with a "For Sale" sign in the window of the Washington Street spot. Another poster said that the website was recently acting "wonky" while both posters said that phone calls placed to the shop indicate its mailbox is full (which we have confirmed). Back in March, The Proper Slice closed temporarily after a small grease fire caused the place to have to be professionally cleaned and re-inspected, according to a Facebook post from them.

[July 28 update: Eater Boston states that while The Proper Slice is indeed on the market, it is staying open while it is for sale, and it is in fact open this evening. EB also mentions that the business is for sale, not the space, and whether the brand name and concept remains is up to those who ultimately purchase it.]

Another location of The Proper Slice on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay shut down in the fall of 2013 after being in business for only about a half year.

The address for this pizzeria in Brighton is: The Proper Slice, 547 Washington Street, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Pizzas in the Boston Area and Beyond]

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