Friday, July 22, 2016

Renegade's Pub to Take Over Victory Pub Space in East Boston

It looks like a new gastropub is coming to East Boston, and it will move into the space where a neighborhood dive bar had been.

The East Boston Times-Free Press is reporting that Peter Ackerman, who owns two locations of Salvatore's, is planning to open a dining and drinking spot called Renegade's Pub in the former Victory Pub space in Orient Heights. The article says that the Bennington Street spot will have seating for 35 and will feature a wide variety of burgers and beer options, and that the space will apparently undergo major renovations before opening.

Last fall, Ackerman took ownership of Salvatore's in downtown Boston along with the Seaport District location, as founder Sal Lupoli transferred ownership of all locations to a few of the restaurant group's managers,

The address for this upcoming gastropub in Orient Heights is: Renegade's Pub, 1004 Bennington Street, Boston, MA, 02128.

Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Michael Pagliarini of Giulia to Open Benedetto in Former Rialto Space in Cambridge's Harvard Square

A story we heard awhile back--that the person behind a Cambridge dining spot would be opening a new place where a landmark Harvard Square restaurant had been--has been confirmed.

The Boston Globe states that chef/owner Michael Pagliarini of Giulia on Mass. Ave. is planning to open Benedetto within the Charles Hotel, taking over the former Rialto space once it has been fully renovated. This jibes with news we received from a source within the restaurant industry a few months ago, but at the time, the Rialto team was telling us that they did not have plans to close. (The restaurant ended up shutting down last month.) According to the Globe article, Benedetto will have seating for 220 and it will include an upscale dining room, a casual bar area, an "extensive" wine display, and a table where pasta is made.

Pagliarini first opened Giulia in late 2012, taking over the space where Rafiki Bistro had been. The restaurant is known in part for its house-made pastas.

Jody Adams, who first opened Rialto more than 20 years ago, is now focusing on her other restaurants--Trade on the Boston waterfront, Porto in the Back Bay, and Saloniki in the Fenway.

[Earlier Articles]
Rialto in Cambridge's Harvard Square is Closing
Jody Adams to Leave Rialto in Cambridge's Harvard Square

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Steve "Nookie" Postal Planning New Restaurant in Somerville's Davis Square

It looks like a well-known local chef and restaurateur is planning to open a new spot in one of the busiest sections of Somerville.

Eater Boston is reporting that Steve "Nookie" Postal of Commonwealth in Cambridge's Kendall Square has signed a lease to open a restaurant in the old Subway space in Davis Square, and he tells EB that this will not be the long-awaited Steinbones, but will instead be a different spot. Postal had been the executive chef for the Boston Red Sox and was also on Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates before opening Commonwealth on Broad Canal Way in the fall of 2013, and there has been talk of his opening the Jewish-influenced BBQ spot Steinbones as well for awhile now, but it is still not known when or where that place might open.

The address for Postal's planned eatery in Davis Square is 197 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

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The Paddy Wagon (Inflatable Irish Pub) Is Coming to Heritage Days Festival in Scituate August 6 and 7

An annual South Shore event is returning next month, and this year it will be home to a very unique drinking spot.

According to an article from 95.9 WATD FM, an inflatable Irish pub called The Paddy Wagon will be set up at the Heritage Days Festival in Scituate, with a Facebook post saying that it will be at the event on August 6 and 7, doing beer and whiskey tastings that feature O'Hara's, Crean's, Glendalough, and Teeling. (Admission for the tastings are $20.) Last summer, we reported that The Paddy Wagon debuted in the Boston area, with the pub featuring indoor and outdoor seating, a fake fireplace, windows, two doors, and a full bar.

The website for The Paddy Wagon is at while more information on the Heritage Days Festival can be found at

[Earlier Article]
The Paddy Wagon (Inflatable Irish Pub) Debuts in Boston

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Dorchester Brewing Company Has Opened

Two years after first reporting on it, the first dedicated contract brewing facility in Boston--and the entire state of Massachusetts--has officially come to the city.

According to its Facebook page, Dorchester Brewing Company is now open on Massachusetts Avenue between South Bay Center and Edward Everett Square, with Eater Boston mentioning that in addition to being a place for craft beer brands to brew and package their products, it also has a taproom and food trucks outside that will offer dinner on weekdays and lunch on weekends. (Tours and beer for takeaway will both begin next month.) EB says that the people behind the 25,000-square-foot facility include Todd Charbonneau (who comes from Harpoon), Holly Irgens, Travis Lee, and Matt Molloy.

The address for Dorchester Brewing Company is 1250 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02125. Its website can be found at

[Earlier Article]
Dorchester Brewing Company to Open Contract Brewing Facility

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Owner of Cafe Luna May Take Over Former Verna's Space in Cambridge

It looks like at least one of the owners of a cafe in Cambridge's Central Square may be opening a business in North Cambridge where a beloved donut shop used to be.

According to a note from @richo976, a sign is up in the former Verna's Donut Shop space on Mass. Ave. showing that a public hearing will be taking place July 28 to look into the proposal of a "catering business with accessory retail food sales" to operate in the space. The post shows that Matthew Haymer is the petitioner, which is apparently the same Matt Haymer who co-owns Cafe Luna with his wife Teri. It is not yet known exactly how the business would be set up, including what it might be selling within the space; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Verna's, which was established back in 1951 (and became a tenant at the Mass. Ave. address in 1974), was seized by the state in April for what appears to have been nonpayment of rent, with the order to close the store actually being issued the previous month in Cambridge District Court.

The address for the former Verna's--and proposed catering/food business--is 2344 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

[Earlier Article]
Verna's Donut Shop in Cambridge Seized by the State

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