Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Romano's Macaroni Grill in Burlington Has Closed

Yet another restaurant chain has officially disappeared from the local landscape.

Eater Boston is reporting that Romano's Macaroni Grill in Burlington shut down for good on February 20, which means that there are no more locations of the chain anywhere in the Greater Boston area or the state, and only one remaining in all of New England--in South Portland, ME. The restaurant was known in part for its pasta dishes, including macaroni and cheese, lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, ravioli, and spaghetti and meatballs.

A few other regional, national, and international chains have left the Boston area over the past few years, including Bugaboo Creek, Denny's, Saladworks, Rainforest Cafe, Old Country Buffet, and Brigham's.

The address for this now-closed Italian restaurant in Burlington was: Romano's Macaroni Grill, 50 South Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.macaronigrill.com/

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Casa Vallarta to Open in Former Chili's Space in Brockton

A trio of Mexican restaurants is going to be joined by a fourth, and this one will be taking over the space where a location of a Tex-Mex chain had been.

According to an article in Wicked Local, Casa Vallarta is planning to open in Brockton, moving into the former Chili's site on Oak Street just north of the Westgate Mall. The post says that the dining spot will have a similar menu to that of its other locations in Saugus, Northborough, and Falmouth, and it hopes to feature singers or mariachi bands. If all goes well, the new location of Casa Vallarta could open in the next two or three months.

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Brockton is: Casa Vallarta, 600 Oak Street, Brockton, MA, 02301.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BB.Q Chicken to Open in Former SoulFire Space in Allston

A chain of Korean dining spots is on its way to Boston, and it will feature a variety of chicken dishes and more.

Eater Boston is reporting that BB.Q Chicken is planning to open in Allston, taking over the space on Harvard Avenue where SoulFire had been until it closed last month. The article mentions that this will be the first location of the chain to come to New England, and based on its other locations, expect such items as fried chicken, grilled chicken, soups, salads, burgers, pizza, kimchi fried rice, and pasta at the new spot. It is not yet known when BB.Q Chicken might open; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Currently, locations of BB.Q Chicken--which first started out in South Korea in 1995--can be found in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, and California.

The address for this upcoming Korean restaurant in Allston is: BB.Q Chicken, 182 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.bbdotqusa.com/

[Earlier Article]
SoulFire in Allston Is Closing

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Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails to Open in Cambridge's Fresh Pond/Alewife Area

A brand new restaurant and bar is on its way to Cambridge, and the person behind it comes from a now-closed dining spot in the city along with a North Shore eatery.

According to a press release, Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails is opening within the new Freepoint Hotel in the Fresh Pond/Alewife section of Cambridge, with Matthew Gaudet of the former Westbridge restaurant in Kendall Square and Superfine Food in Manchester-by-the-Sea (and soon, in Marblehead as well) running the place. The email mentions that the new spot will offer breakfast and dinner daily, and that it will feature global dishes and casual fare with small, shareable plates being the focus. Gaudet will be joined by Westbridge alum Alex Howell, who will be the "Beverage Consigliere," with the bar program including both classic and modern cocktails and an emphasis on bourbon, rye, and other "brown liquors."

Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails will be located in the lobby of the Freepoint Hotel (which is where a Best Western and 99 restaurant had once been) and will include an open-air atrium, a 13-seat bar, a casual lounge area, and a dining section with banquettes and adjustable tabletops. If all goes as planned, the new dining and drinking spot will open sometime in April.

The address for Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails (and the Freepoint Hotel) is 220 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the hotel can be found at http://www.freepointhotel.com/

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

NOCA Provisions to Open in North Cambridge

A new cafe is on its way to North Cambridge, and the people behind a nearby catering company area behind the place.

According to a Facebook page, NOCA Provisions is planning to open on Rindge Avenue this spring, with the page saying that it will be a "neighborhood cafe" that is being opened by the group that runs Season To Taste Catering on Mass. Ave. The website for NOCA  indicates that it will offer toasts, coffee, and meals-to-go, though little other information has been given as of yet.

Season To Taste Catering is also home to The Table, a high-end restaurant with French influences whose chef is "Top Chef" contestant Carl Dooley.

The address for the upcoming NOCA Provisions is 56 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140. Its website can be found at https://www.nocaprovisions.com

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Mighty Squirrel May Be Opening a Brewery and Taproom in Charlestown

A Boston-based beermaker that is currently a contract brewer may be getting its own brewery in the space where a cider company had been.

According to an article from BostInno, Mighty Squirrel is eyeing a building by the Mystic River in Charlestown that used to be home to Downeast Cider before that company moved to East Boston, with the Terminal Street facility possibly having a taproom in addition to a brewing area. The post mentions that Mighty Squirrel, which is contract brewing out of Von Trapp Brewery in Stowe, VT, right now, hopes to open in the space sometime this year, and that it has secured a $500,000 loan from the MassDevelopment Bank toward its brewery.

Mighty Squirrel is known in part for its beers that are high in protein, though it also has a line of more traditional beers as well.

The website for Mighty Squirrel can be found at http://www.mightysquirrel.com/

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