Monday, November 30, 2015

Upper Crust Pizzeria in Watertown Has Closed

A local group of pizzerias has closed one of its shops as it gets ready to open a new one.

According to a note within its website, Upper Crust Pizzeria in Watertown is no longer in operation, with a slideshow post next to the note saying that this is a "move" from Main Street to an upcoming location in Cambridge's Porter Square. (In August, we had reported that Upper Crust would indeed be taking over the space on Mass. Ave. where a location of Stone Hearth Pizza was.) It is not known when the Cambridge location will open; as soon as we hear of an opening date, we will post an update here.

A number of Upper Crust locations closed abruptly toward the end of 2012 after the chain declared bankruptcy, with several shops being auctioned off; a few of the stores subsequently reopened, and locations can now be found in Boston's Beacon Hill, the South End, Brookline, Lexington, Wellesley, Arlington, VA, Beverly Hills, CA, and Washington, DC.

The address for the now-closed Upper Crust Pizzeria in Watertown was 94 Main Street, Watertown, MA, 02472. The website for Upper Crust can be found at

Thanks to one of our readers for initially bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Post]
Upper Crust Pizzeria Plans to Replace Stone Hearth Pizza in Cambridge

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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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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Wegmans Is Apparently Coming to Medford

A chain of supermarkets that until a few years ago had no presence in the local area is apparently going to be opening yet another new location, and this one would be just north of Boston.

According to a Facebook post from, Mayor Michael McGlynn mentioned in his final "State of the City" address today that Wegmans would be opening at the Meadow Glen Mall on the Mystic Valley Pkwy just east of Route 93. No timeframe has been given as of yet, and we are awaiting a response to a message sent to the Rochester, NY-based chain this evening; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

[November 30 update: A post within the city of Medford website seems to confirm that Wegmans is coming, as a quote from Mayor McGlynn includes the following: "The Meadow Glen Mall has been permitted for the renovation of 60,000 square feet. Marshalls and Kohls will continue their leases, and they are welcoming new tenants, including Wegmans."]

Existing locations of Wegmans can be found in Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Northborough, and Westwood, with upcoming stores planned for Boston's Fenway neighborhood and at the Natick Mall as well. The website for Wegmans can be found at

Thanks to @blumie of Eater Boston for initially bringing this to our attention.

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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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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

McKinnon's Meat Market in Somerville Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

A butcher shop in one of the busiest parts of Somerville that has been around for nearly 50 years has filed for bankruptcy.

According to a Twitter post from Boston Herald writer @DGoodison, McKinnon's Meat Market in Davis Square is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, though no other information has been given at this point in time. (This is a developing story, so keep checking back for updates.)

[November 27 update: According to a bankruptcy court filing seen today, McKinnon's Meat Market has indeed filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has until December 7 to file their statement of financial affairs and the schedules of exactly what they owe.]

McKinnon's, which first opened its doors back in 1966 according to a page on the Manta site, features a wide variety of meats and seafood items, including steak tips, chicken drumsticks, ham steaks, corned beef brisket, rabbit, Italian sausage, scallops, shrimp, salmon, and much more.

The address for McKinnon's in Davis Square is 239 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. Its website can be found at

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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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Ezra Anderson, Founder of Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon, Passes Away at 94

The founder of a now-closed nationally-recognized hot dog trailer has passed away.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Ezra Anderson of Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon died on Tuesday at the age of 94, a bit more than two years after Gregg Gale--who had purchased the truck from Anderson in 2008--passed on. The article mentions that Anderson started Speed's in Newmarket Square in 1975 and his wagon became famous over the years, being featured in both Details and Bon Appetit magazines as well as in Boston Magazine and on the Phantom Gourmet. (The Wall Street Journal also featured Speed's in a top hot dogs in America article in 2008.)

Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon, whose name was changed to Boston Super Dog by Gregg Gale in 2012, was taken off the road after Gale died and never reopened.

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Christopher Myers, Joanne Chang Planning New Restaurant in Cambridge's Kendall Square

The husband-and-wife team behind a restaurant in Boston's South End is planning a second dining spot, and this one may be coming to a red-hot part of Cambridge.

The Boston Globe mentions that Christopher Myers and Joanne Chang of Myers + Chang on Washington Street are looking to open a second restaurant in the Kendall Square area, with the proposed eatery being somewhere on the Novartis research campus by Main Street. No other information on the dining spot have been given as of yet other than the fact that they are presently "in talks" to open the place. (The Globe also mentions that Chang is planning to open a fifth location of Flour and has been looking at potential sites--apparently including one in Cambridge's Harvard Square.)

Myers + Chang, which first opened in 2007, is an eclectic diner-type restaurant that features Asian fare.

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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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A Fifth Location of Flour Is In the Works

A local group of bakery-cafes may be getting a bit bigger, with a new location possibly coming to one of the busiest parts of Cambridge.

The Boston Globe mentions that Joanne Chang is looking at sites for a fifth location of Flour, and the article says that it could be located in Harvard Square--though this is not written in stone as of yet. Once she does find a definite location for the shop, it will join others in the Boston's South End, Back Bay, Fort Point, and Cambridge's Central Square.

Flour first started on Washington Street in the South End approximately 15 years ago and been known in part for its signature sticky buns, which were featured on the Food Network's "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" back in 2007. (Chang bested Flay in that matchup.)

The website for Flour can be found at

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Items from Bakeries and Pastry Shops in the Boston Area and Beyond]

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