Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FoMu Alternative Ice Cream + Cafe to Pop Up in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

A trio of vegan ice cream shops that recently opened a popup store is getting ready to open a second temporary location, and this one could be popular with Red Sox fans.

Eater Boston is reporting that FoMu Alternative Ice Cream + Cafe is opening in the Fenway, with an article in Boston Magazine saying that it will be a pop-up shop that will open in the Landmark Center in early July and remain through September (it could stay open beyond September depending on how things go, according to EB). Once it opens, the store will join another popup in Cambridge's Inman Square (which remains open through July) as well as brick-and-mortar shops in the South End, Allston, and Jamaica Plain.

FoMu first started out in Allston in 2012, with the Jamaica Plain and South End shops following; the Cambridge popup debuted last month.

The address for the upcoming pop-up location of FoMu in the Fenway is 201 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for all of the stores can be found at http://www.fomuicecream.com/

[Earlier Article]
FoMu Alternative Ice Cream + Cafe to Open in Boston's South End

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En Boca Opens in Former Sandrine's Space in Cambridge's Harvard Square Late This Summer

Last spring, we reported that a new dining spot was moving into the space in Cambridge where an iconic French restaurant had been, and now it looks like the place is getting close to opening.

According to a job post within the bostonchefs.com site, En Boca is looking to open in the old Sandrine's Bistro space in Harvard Square late this summer, with the Holyoke Street eatery focusing on seasonal small plates using sources in the local area and elsewhere. The post says that the new restaurant will feature wine and cocktails in addition to shareable plates, and that it will "embody comfort, luxury, and small town charm." As mentioned earlier, Classic Restaurant Concepts (the group behind The Asgard and The Kinsale) is behind En Boca, and the job post says that Devin Broo (Bar Boulud, Belfry Inn & Bistro) will be the Executive Chef.

Sandrine's Bistro, which first opened in 1996, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December of 2014 and shut down a few months later.

The address for the upcoming En Boca is 8 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

[Earlier Articles]
En Boca to Open in Former Sandrine's Bistro Space in Cambridge's Harvard Square
Sandrine's Bistro in Cambridge's Harvard Square Declares Bankruptcy, Is Closing

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Benjamin's Restaurant in Taunton Demolished Today

A now-closed landmark restaurant has officially disappeared from the landscape after various proposals for the space--and plans to save the building itself--ended up failing.

According to an article in Wicked Local, Benjamin's restaurant in Taunton was demolished today after it was decided that all viable options for the Bay Street structure ran out. As reported here earlier, an unsuccessful attempt to auction the property took place last September, which was followed by a second auction in January of this year that focused on fixtures, furniture, kitchen equipment, and more. Around the time of the second auction, Mechanics Cooperative Bank filed an application for a demolition permit for the building in case a buyer was not found, then a proposal to replace it with new development was voted down by the city council last month and attempts over a period of at least six months to re-use the structure--possibly by having a new restaurant move in--failed as well.

Benjamin's first opened its doors in 1968 and became a dining destination for many as well as a popular spot for functions and events over the years; the place shut its doors in May of 2015 and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The address for the Benjamin's property was 698 Bay Street, Taunton, MA, 02780.

[Earlier Articles]
City of Taunton to Hear Proposal to Replace Benjamin's with Residential Development
Auction for Benjamin's Fixtures, Equipment Being Held; Demolition Permit Application Submitted

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Friday, June 24, 2016

News Elsewhere: Building Housing Antonio's Pizza in Amherst to Go on the Auction Block

The building that a legendary pizza spot in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts calls home is going up for auction.

According to an article in the Amherst Bulletin, Antonio's Pizza on North Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst will have its building put up for sale at a foreclosure auction on August 16, with the post saying that the reason for the auction is "a breach of the conditions" of the mortgage. It is not yet known what might happen to the pizzeria itself, which first opened in 1991 and is known for its slices with offbeat topping combinations.

Other locations of Antonio's can be found in Belchertown, Easthampton, Worcester, Pawtucket, Providence, Champaign, IL, and College Station, TX.

The address for Antonio's is 31 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01002. Its website is at http://www.antoniospizza.com/

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fava Bean Mediterranean Opens within CambridgeSide Galleria in East Cambridge

A brand new Mediterranean eatery has opened within a mall in East Cambridge.

Eater Boston is reporting that Fava Bean Mediterranean is now open in the food court of the CambridgeSide Galleria, with the place offering customizable dishes that include a base, protein options, toppings, and sauce/spread. A few of the ingredients available include rice, pita bread, falafel, steak shawarma, chicken kababs, pickles, sumac onions, tahini, and garlic sauce, with side orders including lentil soup, hummus, and more.

The people behind Fava Bean Mediterranean also operate a number of dining spots in Malaysia, according to Eater Boston.

The website for Fava Bean can be found at http://thefavabean.com/

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Intelligentsia Coffee Plans to Open Shop in Watertown

It looks like a Chicago-based coffee roaster is going to be opening a shop in the Boston area.

Eater Boston is reporting that Intelligentsia Coffee is planning to open a retail outlet somewhere in Watertown and it is now looking to hire for the upcoming store. The coffee roasting company, which is majority-owned by California-based Peet's Coffee & Tea, currently has six locations in Chicago, three in the Los Angeles area, and one in New York City; the shops offer coffee and espresso options, along with some food items including pastries.

Intelligentsia first started out in 1995 on Broadway on the north side of Chicago and is now headquartered on West Fulton Street in the West Town/Near West Side area. Its website can be found at http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/

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