Friday, November 28, 2014

Caffe Nero to Open in Jamaica Plain

A chain of Italian-style coffee shops based in Europe is planning to open a second location in Boston, though not everyone is happy about it.

Eater Boston is reporting (via the Jamaica Plain News) that Caffe Nero has been given approval by the city to open on Centre Street in JP, joining another location in the city (and the first U.S. location) that opened in Downtown Crossing in May. There has been some opposition to the cafe coming to Jamaica Plain, with some residents saying that the neighborhood takes pride in its many independent businesses and is not keen on having an international chain move in. The chain has said that it will give hiring preferences to those who live in Jamaica Plain and has also agreed to other items in a "Good Community Business Agreement."

It is not yet known exactly when the new Caffe Nero will open in JP.

The address for this upcoming coffee shop is: Caffe Nero, 733 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.caffenero.com/

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Muse Paintbar to Open at the Hingham Shipyard

It looks like the paint bar trend continues to be hot, with yet another one on the way to the Greater Boston area--and this one will be by the water.

The Hingham Journal is reporting that Muse Paintbar is planning to open a new location at the Hingham Shipyard off Route 3A, with the place looking to combine art instruction with food and drink offerings. The article says that in addition to painting, dining, and alcohol, Muse would also host events such as birthday parties, fundraisers, work events, and children's parties. If all goes as planned, expect to see the new art bar open as early as the middle of February.

Currently, locations of Muse can be found in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, with one other coming to Massachusetts at some point (at Patriot Place in Foxboro).

The website for Muse Paintbar is at http://musepaintbar.com/

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Zagat Includes The Tap Trailhouse in Boston Among Its Picks for Hottest New Beer Bars in the U.S.

Zagat has just come out with its picks for the hottest new beer bars in America, and a recently revamped drinking spot in the heart of Boston has been included on the list.

According to a new slideshow from the restaurant review site, The Tap Trailhouse on Union Street near Faneuil Hall is one of 12 bars mentioned, with Zagat saying that it "tips its hat to the Colonial era, in decor as well as food and drink" and that "all 24 taps pour brews from the region." No other New England bars made the list, though a drinking spot in Brooklyn called Hops Hill was also included.

The Tap Trailhouse, which was formerly known simply as The Tap, reopened its doors in September.

For a complete listing of the top beer bars in the United States as picked by Zagat, please go to the following link:

12 Hottest New Beer Bars in the U.S.

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Tornado Restaurant and Lounge in Malden Has Closed

A dining and drinking spot north of Boston has closed its doors after being in business for just over a year.

According to a poster on the Chowhound site (and confirmed by the restaurant's website), Tornado Restaurant and Lounge in Malden is now shuttered, with a note on the site simply saying "Closed: Thank you everyone for all your support." The Florence Street eatery focused on Asian-inspired tapas, including such items as tomato-lemongrass soup, pork buns, fish tacos, oysters Rockefeller, seared avocados, and pan-seared duck breast. It first opened in November of 2013 in the space where Guadalajara Mexican Grill and Bar had once been.

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Malden was: Tornado Restaurant and Lounge, 2 Florence Street, Malden, MA, 02146.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Antonio's Bacaro Plans to Open in Hyde Park

It looks like a new Italian restaurant is on its way to Hyde Park, and the people behind it may be familiar to some.

Universal Hub is reporting that Antonio's Bacaro is going to be opening on Fairmount Avenue, taking over the space where The Hyde had been until closing until May of 2013, and before that, Dottie's. The owners of the upcoming eatery are Sonia and Joseph Garufi, who also run Sophia's Grotto on Birch Street in Roslindale, and it appears that Antonio's Bacaro may have similar fare to that restaurant. It is not yet known when the new place might open; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The address for this upcoming Italian restaurant in Hyde Park is: Antonio's Bacaro, 5 Fairmount Avenue, Boston, MA, 02136.

[Earlier Article]
The Hyde Restaurant in Hyde Park Has Closed

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Met Restaurant Group to Open New Restaurant in Boston's Back Bay

The group behind several upscale restaurants in the Boston area is planning to open a brand new spot in one of the busiest parts of the city.

According to an article in BostInno, the Met Restaurant Group is opening a new restaurant concept on Dartmouth Street, with Met owner Kathy Sidell saying that the eatery will be like "nothing we have done thus far." The article mentions that if all goes as planned, expect to see the as-of-yet unnamed dining spot to open sometime in the spring of 2015.

Currently, the restaurant group runs Met locations in Boston's Back Bay, Dedham, Natick, and Nantucket, along with a new spot in Bethesda, MD. (The Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill closed in June after 10 years in business.)

The website for the Met Restaurant Group can be found at http://metrestaurantgroup.com/

[Earlier Article]
The Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill Is Closing

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