Friday, January 20, 2017

Crumbs Closes All Stores, Including in Boston's Financial District; E-Commerce Site Remains

A New York City-based chain of cupcake shops that closed down three years ago only to reopen some of its stores has shut down once again--including its Boston shop.

According to several sources, Crumbs Bake Shop on Federal Street in Boston's Financial District has been locked up and dark for at least a couple of weeks, and a message from the chain indicates that the Boston store--and all others--have shuttered. The message from Crumbs did say that its online business remains in operation and that national shipping for their cupcakes is available via its e-commerce site.

The Crumbs chain initially closed down in the summer of 2014, but some stores soon reopened, including the Federal Street location in Boston. Other shops had once been in the local area as well, including ones at the Prudential Center in the Back Bay and the Natick Mall in Natick.

The address for the now-closed Crumbs Bake Shop in the Financial District was 176 Federal Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for Crumbs can be found at http://www.crumbs.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Crumbs Bake Shop Closes All Of Its Locations
Crumbs Bake Shop Reopening in Boston's Financial District

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Rattlesnake Bar & Grill in Boston's Back Bay Going to Auction January 25

An iconic Back Bay spot is on its way to the auction block after closing its doors in the fall.

According to a source, the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill on Boylston Street is having a bankruptcy sale on Wednesday, January 25, with a page from bostonrestaurantequipment.com showing that an array of kitchen items and fixtures will be auctioned off that day, including tables, chairs, draft beer systems, doors, pots, pans, file cabinets, and more. The dining and drinking spot shut down in November of 2016 and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation around the time of its closure, with a creditor's meeting apparently taking place late last month.

The Rattlesnake Bar & Grill had been in business for more than a quarter century.

The address for the now-closed Rattlesnake Bar & Grill was 384 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Article]
Rattlesnake Bar & Grill in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

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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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Hilltop's Cactus Sign on Route 1 in Saugus Apparently Staying Put

It looks like another piece of the "old" Route 1 will be staying put.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, plans have been unveiled for residential and retail development at the old Hilltop Steak House site in Saugus, and the iconic 68-foot cactus sign will be staying put. The post states that the sign will probably need new lighting along with other upgrades, but Michael Roberts of AvalonBay Communities indicates that it will remain, saying that "It really is an important marker for the site. It really does represent the history of the site, and our intent is to keep it."

The saving of the Hilltop cactus mirrors that of another Route 1 icon, as it was reported here a few months ago that the orange dinosaur from the now-closed Route 1 Miniature Golf complex will be incorporated into new development there, which is expected to include apartments, two hotels, and three restaurants.

[Earlier Articles]
Hilltop Steak House in Saugus Is Closing
Route 1 Miniature Golf/Dairy Castle Complex in Saugus Closing for Good; Dinosaur to Stay

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Amsterdam Falafelshop in Boston's Kenmore Square Has Closed

A pair of falafel shops in the Boston area is back down to one, as its newer location has shut down.

According to an article in The Daily Free Press, Amsterdam Falafelshop in Kenmore Square has closed, with owner Matt D'Alessio, citing a "dry business environment" as the reason why the Beacon Street eatery shuttered. The post mentions that the shop was unable to "integrate itself into Boston University's dining plans," and that real estate development nearby apparently caused a dropoff in foot traffic at the site of the place. The location of Amsterdam Falafelshop in Somerville's Davis Square remains open for business.

Amsterdam Falafelshop, which is based in Washington, DC, has a total of five locations, including the Somerville shop, three stores in DC, and one in Dallas.

The address for this now-closed falafel shop in Kenmore Square was: Amsterdam Falafelshop, 642 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for the other shops can be found at http://www.falafelshop.com/

Thanks to a source for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Centre Bar in Dorchester Is Closing to Make Way for New Development

A few days ago, it was learned that yet another Boston dive bar could be closing its doors, and now we have confirmed that this will indeed be the case.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, the Centre Bar on Dorchester Avenue plans to shut down sometime this year, with an earlier article here mentioning that the owner is looking to sell the liquor license to Explorateur, a proposed restaurant coming to the Masonic Temple space near Boston Common. The post says that four new apartments are slated to be built at the site of the bar, with commercial space on the ground floor being part of the plans as well, though it is not yet known what might open in that space.

A number of dive bars and neighborhood watering holes have closed in both Dorchester and neighboring South Boston over the past few years, including the Lower Mills Pub, Sonny's, the Freeport Tavern, Aces High, the Blackthorn, Williams Tavern, the Cornerstone Pub, Kiley's, and the Quencher Tavern..

The address for the Centre Bar is 1664 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02122.

[Earlier Article]
Explorateur Plans to Open at Masonic Temple in Downtown Boston

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Sonia's Is Close to Opening in the Former T.T. the Bear's Space in Cambridge

Nearly a year and a half after first being announced, a new music club is finally on the verge of opening within a landmark space in Cambridge.

Cambridge Day is reporting that Sonia's is weeks away from debuting in the old T.T. the Bear's space on Brookline Street in Central Square, with an opening date possibly being announced by the end of January. The article said that owners Joseph and Nabil Sater (who also run the adjacent Middle East club) had hoped to open six months ago, but the permitting and construction process has been slow going, with new codes apparently slowing down progress. Once Sonia's does open, the nightclub will have a capacity of 350 and will feature food from The Middle East--though it will initially not be able to serve alcohol, as the liquor license is still held by T.T.'s owner Bonnie Bouley, who is trying to sell it and was recently given a three-month extension on the selling process by the city license commission. (The lack of a liquor license will allow Sonia's to have all-ages shows.)

T.T. the Bear's Place closed in July of 2015 after being in business since the late 1980s; the club featured countless local, national, and international acts over the years.

The address for the upcoming Sonia's (and former T.T. the Bear's Place) is 10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

[Earlier Articles]
Sonia's to Move into T.T. the Bear's Space in Cambridge
City of Cambridge Warns Now-Closed T.T. the Bear's Place About License Fee

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