Thursday, February 22, 2018

Legal Fish Bowl to Open at Faneuil Hall

by Marc Hurwitz

A new concept from one of the Boston area's biggest names for seafood is expanding into the heart of the city.

According to a press release, Legal Fish Bowl in Cambridge's Kendall Square is opening a second location, with this one being at the Quincy Market Building in Boston's Faneuil Hall. The 850-square-foot eatery will feature six signature bowls along with customizable bowls, and there will also be chicken and vegetarian options in addition to seafood choices. (Clam chowder will be offered as well, along with green tea, lemonade, and a "Haymaker’s Punch.") If all goes as planned, the new location of Legal Fish Bowl could be opening in the early spring.

The Kendall Square location of Legal Fish Bowl first opened in the spring of 2017; the concept comes from the Legal Sea Foods chain, which is headquartered in Boston's Seaport District.

The web page for the Cambridge location of Legal Fish Bowl can be found at https://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/cambridge-legal-fish-bowl-413

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Seafood Dishes from Boston-Area and New England Restaurants]





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Sala By Fratelli's to Open in Quincy

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a trio of pastry shops will soon be joined by a brand new dessert bar.

According to an article in The Quincy Sun, Sala By Fratelli's is planning to open in Quincy, moving into a space on the Southern Artery that had been home to a tanning salon. The post indicates that John Milone, who operates Fratelli's Pastry Shop on nearby Broad Street, is behind the place, which will have seating for 60 and will offer a variety of desserts and drinks, including what could be wine, cordials, coffee, and espresso. If all goes as planned, Sala By Fratelli's may be opening on May 1.

Fratelli's Pastry Shop can also be found in Weymouth, and there is a new location in Taunton as well.

The address for this upcoming dessert bar in Quincy is: Sala By Fratelli's, 470 Southern Artery, Quincy, MA, 02169. The website for the three Fratelli's Pastry Shop locations is at http://www.fratellispastry.com/home/index.asp

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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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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Morse Fish Company in Boston's South End Is Up for Lease

by Marc Hurwitz

The future of a landmark seafood market and cafe that has been in business for more than 100 years appears to be very much in question.

According to a Twitter post from restaurant critic and food/drinks writer MC Slim JB, Morse Fish Company in Boston's South End is up for lease, with a note on Facebook telling us that a "For Lease" sign is indeed in the window of the Washington Street business. It is not yet known how much longer the market will remain open--or if someone might try to keep it in business--so keep checking back for updates.

Morse Fish Company first opened in 1903, according to Zagat, with the market offering such items as haddock, shrimp, scallops, clams, oysters, salmon, crab, lobster, calamari, swordfish, mussels, tilapia, and more.

The address for Morse Fish Company is 1401 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02118

[February 22: According to a note sent by Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting, it appears that Morse will probably be open for a couple more months, based on someone who he talked to there.]

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Seafood Dishes from Boston-Area and New England Restaurants]





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Update: Chilacates Owner May Be Taking Over Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain

by Marc Hurwitz

[Ed note: This article was updated on February 22 to reflect new information given.]

The person behind a growing group of Mexican eateries is now apparently looking at another space--and this one is home to a burger spot.

According to a source, Socrates Abreu of Chilacates is seeking to take over the Grass Fed space on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, with a Facebook post from the Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association confirming this, showing that Grass Fed is seeking to transfer its liquor license to Abreu. Grass Fed first opened on Centre Street in the spring of 2012, with the place having the same ownership as Ten Tables which is also on Centre Street; a second Grass Fed opened in nearby Forest Hills in the spring of 2016, but that location has since closed.

Chilacates has locations on Centre Street and Amory Street in JP, and two new outlets in Mission Hill and Chestnut Hill are in the works as well.

The address for Grass Fed is 605 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

[February 22 update: According to a poster within the Jamaica Plain Facebook group who was at the Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association meeting yesterday, Socrates Abreu is apparently looking to keep Grass Fed in place, so this appears to be more of a transfer of business ownership than a new restaurant. We are waiting to hear back from Abreu, so more updates may be on the way.]

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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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New Hotel Lounge Coming to AC Hotel Boston Downtown in the Ink Block Area

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a brand new hotel lounge is close to opening in a red-hot section of Boston just south of the downtown area.

According to various social media posts from bar manager Dennis Saint Aubin, a new dining and drinking spot is getting ready to open within the soon-to-open AC Hotel Boston Downtown in the city's Ink Block development. A message from Saint Aubin indicates that the space will be a "sleek, modern hotel lounge" that offers both food and drink, with some of the food options including clam chowder, New England crab cakes, artisanal burgers, Atlantic salmon, a bistro steak, herb-roasted chicken, and limoncello flutes, while craft beer, wine, and cocktails will be available, with a few drinks listed on the opening menu including gin and tonic, a smoked Manhattan, and a "Twisted Paloma" (Patron Blanco tequila, mezcal, agave nectar, lime juice, grapefruit soda). If all goes as planned, the new lounge could debut around March 1 when the hotel is scheduled to open.

Dennis Saint Aubin and Matthew Moore, who is the general manager of the new lounge, both worked at XV Beacon while Saint Aubin has been at such places as the now-closed Federalist and Abe and Louie's and Moore has worked at the Four Seasons.

The AC Hotel Boston Downtown (and the lounge) will be located at 225 Albany Street, which is between Traveler Street and Herald Street in the Ink Block area. Its web page is at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boscd-ac-hotel-boston-downtown/

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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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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Swissbakers May Be Opening by North Station in Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a trio of Boston-area bakery-cafes is in expansion mode again, with a new location apparently being planned for an area that should make it popular with commuters and sports fans.

According to a source, Swissbakers is planning to open at the Avalon North Station residential development, which is located at 1 Nashua Street next to North Station and TD Garden. Our source indicates that the proposed spot would have a bit less than 1,300 feet of space, and that a long-term lease appears to be in the works. It is not known exactly where in the building the new Swissbakers would be; currently, the structure is home to another dining spot--a location of Tasty Burger, which opened there last month.

Other locations of Swissbakers--which offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods with Swiss influences--can be found in Reading, Allston, and the Boston Public Market, along with various farmers markets in the region. (Another brick-and-mortar location will open at The Smith Center in Cambridge's Harvard Square at some point as well.)

The website for Swissbakers is at https://www.swissbakers.com/

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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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