Friday, December 19, 2014

Mass Ave Tavern in Boston's Back Bay to Close

A dining and drinking spot in the Back Bay of Boston will soon be closing its doors.

Eater Boston is reporting that Mass Ave Tavern is shutting down on January 1, with a representative for the place saying that "Our landlord is planning on a renovation of the building and to that end has declined to renew our lease...We are extremely grateful to our neighbors, surrounding businesses, and all of the good folks who have supported us over the last few years. Join us on New Years Eve for one last Champagne of Beers."

Mass Ave Tavern first opened as a spot called 94 Mass Ave in January of 2011, changing over to its current place that summer. The restaurant and bar focused mainly on comfort food and was known in part for its pancake challenges and foosball table.

The address for this soon-to-close spot in the Back Bay is 94 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Papagayo to Open in Saugus

The group behind several Mexican restaurants in the Boston area is going to be opening yet another, with this one being north of the city.

According to its website, Papagayo is planning to open a new location in Saugus, joining existing ones at Fort Point in Boston, Downtown Crossing, City Square in Charlestown, and Assembly Row in Somerville. It is not known when exactly the new spot will open--or where in Saugus it will open--with the website simply saying "coming soon."

The Legendary Restaurant Group, which runs the Papagayo dining spots, also operates such local spots as Max and Dylans, Scollay Square, Burger Dive, Sip Wine Bar, and Avery Provisions. Its website can be found at while the website for Papagayo is at

Thanks to Eater Boston for 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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Sandrine's Bistro in Cambridge's Harvard Square Declares Bankruptcy, Will Be Sold to Owner of La Voile

A "renowned" French restaurant in Cambridge has gone bankrupt and its property is being sold to the owner of a Boston dining spot.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting that Sandrine's Bistro in the Harvard Square section of the city has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with its assets and lease planning to go to Pierre Honegger of La Voile on Newbury Street in the Back Bay. The article indicates that the restaurant has struggled of late--including a projected loss of $200,000 this year--and that it included in its filing the term "cash-flow crisis" to describe its situation.

It is not yet known what plans Honegger might have for the Holyoke Street space (including whether it will indeed remain Sandrine's), though it is open for now and appears that it will remain so during the transition period.

Sandrine's first opened its doors in the mid-1990s.

The address for Sandrine's Bistro is 8 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. Its website can be found at

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Jack's Abby in Framingham Is Moving, May Open Restaurant

A brewery west of Boston is moving because it has "maxed out" its space--and its plans call for more than just a place to produce beer.

The MetroWest Daily News is reporting that Jack's Abby in Framingham is leaving its current space on Morton Street in order to move into a much larger space in the Dennison Building on Clinton Street. The article says that the brewery, which is currently housed in two buildings with 12,000 total square feet of space, will be taking over a space that is more than five times larger than where they currently are, and will allow for 5,000 square feet to be used for a restaurant from the brewery.

Based on the capacity offered with the new space, it is possible that Jack's Abby could become the number two beer producer in the state behind Boston's Harpoon Brewery, according to the Daily News.

Jack's Abbey first opened in the summer of 2011.

The address for the new space for Jack's Abbey is 100 Clinton Street, Framingham, MA, 01702. Its website can be found at

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Dosa Factory to Open in Former Steve's Space in Boston's Back Bay

An Indian dining spot in Cambridge is planning to open on one of Boston's best-known streets--and it will be moving into the space that once housed an old-fashioned Greek eatery.

Eater Boston is reporting that Dosa Factory in Central Square is opening within the former Steve's Greek Cuisine space on Newbury Street in the Back Bay. (Steve's closed this past March after being in business since the 1980s.) Once it opens, expect to see an array of dosas and, if the menu is similar to the Cambridge one, a wide variety of other Indian fare.

Dosa Factory is a restaurant that has been featured by our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) in part for its hidden location in back of a market. The review for the dining spot can be found here:

On a side note, it is not known for sure if a Waltham location of Dosa Factory is still in the works (that one has been five years in the making now), though EB hints that it may just be.

The address for this upcoming Indian restaurant in the Back Bay is: Dosa Factory, 316 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the place can be found at

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Max and Dylans Menu Now Offered at Papagayo in Charlestown

The menu from a now-closed Charlestown restaurant is back, with the dining spot that replaced it--under the same ownership--offering it as an additional option to diners.

A press release says that Papagayo now has a Max and Dylans menu in place, offering American classics in addition to the Mexican items from Papagayo's menu. A few options available off the new menu at the City Square eatery include salads, sandwiches, burgers, and macaroni and cheese, along with several entrees.

Papagayo replaced Max and Dylans in the spring of 2013 and is now one of four locations in the Boston area, with others being found at Fort Point in Boston, Downtown Crossing, and Assembly Row in Somerville. (One location of Max and Dylans remains open in Bedford.)

The address for Papagayo in Charlestown is 1 Chelsea Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129. Its website can be found at while the website for Max and Dylans can be found at

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