Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Joanne Chang Wins 2016 James Beard Award

The 2016 James Beard Award winners have been announced, and a local baker and restaurateur is among the picks.

According to the list of last night's winners, Joanne Chang of Flour was awarded Outstanding Baker, besting Mark Furstenberg of Bread Furst in Washington, D.C., Zachary Golper of Bien Cuit in Brooklyn, Belinda Leong and Michel Suas of B. Patisserie in San Francisco, and William Werner of Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco. This is the first James Beard Award for Chang, who is also co-owner of Myers + Chang in Boston's South End in addition to being behind locations of Flour in the South End, Back Bay, Fort Point, and Cambridge's Central Square.

Other local folks who were nominated this year include Susan Regis of Shepard in Cambridge and Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang (both for Best Chef: Northeast) and Maura Kilpatrick of Oleana in Cambridge (for Outstanding Pastry Chef).

For a complete list of the 2016 James Beard Award winners, please go to the link below:

http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/2016-james-beard-award-winners

[Earlier Article]
Four Local Names Included Among 2016 James Beard Award Nominees

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WAN Convenience/Al's Deli in Allston Has Closed; Status Unknown

An Allston sandwich shop that received national attention last year has closed once again, and its future is unknown at this point in time.

 Boston Magazine is reporting that WAN Convenience/Al's Deli on Brighton Avenue is shuttered, with a Facebook post from the place saying "As of May 1st we are closed. Please stay tuned for reopening details." The shop, which had been on Tremont Street in Mission Hill until it closed and moved to its current home a couple of years ago, was featured on Adam Richman's Travel Channel show "Man Finds Food" in May of 2015, along with KO Pies at the Shipyard in East Boston, Alive and Kicking Lobsters in Cambridge, and Bogie's Place at jm Curley in Downtown Crossing.

As soon as we find out what might be happening to the WAN Convenience/Al's Deli space, we will post an update here.

The address for the shop is 172 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA 02134.

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Mastro's Steakhouse Is Coming to Boston

It looks like a small group of high-end steakhouses is going to be opening a location in Boston.

According to a source within the local restaurant industry (and also mentioned in an earlier tweet by a realtor), Mastro's Steakhouse is apparently coming to Twenty Two Liberty, a luxury residential building at Fan Pier on the Boston waterfront. A job post within the Craigslist site confirms that it is indeed coming to the city, though it does not state the exact location. Based on the menus at the other outlets of the restaurant, expect to see a mix of steaks, chops, seafood, and possibly sushi at the proposed spot. Currently, Mastro's--which is owned by Landry's and was once included in Gayot's list of top ten steakhouses in the United States--can be found in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Las Vegas, along with a handful of locations in Arizona and California.

Originally, Sam's at Louis was planning to move from its home next door to a new space within Twenty Two Liberty as well, but those plans have fallen through and Sam's will not be reopening after all.

The website for Mastro's is at https://www.mastrosrestaurants.com/

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Rebecca's Cafe May Lose Its Home in Cambridge's Kendall Square

It looks like a local group of cafes and caterers may have to close one of its locations, though it may not be happening right away.

According to a poster on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page, Rebecca's Cafe on Main Street in Kendall Square is closing, with a phone call placed to the spot indicating that it indeed is losing its home, though it may not happen for "months" and the company does plan to keep coverage in the immediate area--though they did not specify any further. This is the only location of Rebecca's in Cambridge, with others being in Boston (4), Burlington, Newton, and Waltham (2).

A number of other locations of Rebecca's Cafe have closed over the psat several years, including on High Street and State Street in Boston's Financial District as well as in Bedford, Lexington, and North Reading.

The address for Rebeccas Cafe in Kendall Square is 290 Main Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. The website for the business can be found at http://www.rebeccascafe.com/

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Yada Yada in Boston's Fort Point Has Closed

A tiny bakery-cafe in one of Boston's hottest neighborhoods for dining has closed its doors after more than a decade in business.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog reports (via @louis_dibiccari on Instagram) that Yada Yada in the Fort Point area shut down for good over the weekend, and as was reported earlier, a location of Craft Beer Cellar will be taking over the Farnsworth Street space. Yada Yada offered both breakfast and lunch items to customers since opening approximately 12 years ago, including omelets, muffins, croissants, salads, sandwiches, coffee, and tea.

The new location of Craft Beer Cellar could be opening sometime this summer in the former Yada Yada space if all goes as planned.

The address for the now-closed Yada Yada (and upcoming Craft Beer Cellar) is 34 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

Thanks to @FortPointer for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Craft Beer Cellar to Open in Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood

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Masa Taqueria and Tequila Bar in Woburn Is Being Sold; New Restaurant to Replace It

The sister restaurant of a popular tapas and tequila bar in Boston's South End is closing and will become home to a brand new eatery.

According to a press release, Masa Taqueria and Tequila Bar in Woburn is in the process of being sold and its last day in operation will be Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8), with an "established, well-respected restaurant group" taking over the space and opening a new dining spot within the space. The original Masa on Tremont Street will remain in operation, and all gift certificates for the Woburn location of Masa will be honored there.

The Woburn location of Masa first opened in 2008 as Masa Southwestern Grill, changing over to Masa Taqueria and Tequila Bar in the fall of 2015; the South End location of Masa has been in business since 1998.

The address for the soon-to-close Masa Taqueria and Tequila Bar is 350 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA, 01801. The website for the original location of Masa can be found at http://www.masarestaurant.com/

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