Monday, April 27, 2015

Trattoria Toscana in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

An Italian restaurant a few blocks south of Fenway Park has closed, and it is not known at this point in time if it will reopen.

According to several sources, including a poster on the Chowhound site, Trattoria Toscana on Jersey Street is shuttered, with its website down, its Facebook page gone, and its phone no longer working. Messages and posts to food writers and locals have come up with little additional information, and there is nothing on the City of Boston website indicating that it is closed for good or that its license is being transferred.

Trattoria Toscana is a tiny under-the-radar restaurant with an authentic, seasonal Italian menu including bruschetta, steak, tripe, seafood, pastas, and more.

The address for the now-closed Trattoria Toscana is 130 Jersey Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

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Bottega Fiorentina in Brookline's Coolidge Corner to Open Second Shop in Newton Centre

A popular Italian eatery and food shop in Brookline's Coolidge Corner is going to be opening a second location a few miles to the west.

According to a Twitter post (and confirmed by the place, also via Twitter), Bottega Fiorentina on Harvard Street will be joined by another location somewhere in Newton Centre, with the new one slated to open sometime this summer. Based on the offerings at the Brookline shop, expect to see such items as antipasto plates, salads, sandwiches, made-to-order pastas, and Italian desserts at the Newton location.

Another location of Bottega Fiorentina had been on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay until it closed in the summer of 2012.

The address for the Brookline location of Bottega Fiorentina is 313B Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. Its website can be found at http://www.bottegabrookline.com/

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Via Matta in Boston's Park Square to Close; Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar to Replace It

A very well-known Boston restaurant is soon going to be closing its doors, though a new dining spot that will be one of the only restaurants of its kind in the area will take its place.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Michael Schlow is closing Via Matta in Park Square toward the end of May and will open Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar in its space once renovations are complete (likely in the fall). The article says that the new spot from Schlow will feature "high-quality Greek-inspired cuisine," with a few options being zucchini chips with yogurt, roasted whole fish, flatbreads, and bone-in lamb shoulder.

Via Matta, which first opened in 2002, is an upscale Italian restaurant that has seen its share of celebrity sightings over the years, including Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel, and Mick Jagger.

The address for the soon-to-close Via Matta (and upcoming Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar) is 79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA, 02116.

Thanks to a poster on the Chowhound site for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Sweet Peach Diner in Belmont Is Apparently Closing

It looks like a diner in the western suburbs of Boston is getting ready to close its doors for good.

According to multiple sources (including a Facebook friend, an emailer, and a poster on the Chowhound site), the Sweet Peach Diner in Belmont is apparently shutting down, with its last day in business possibly being sometime next weekend. (The diner was closed for the day by the time this news was received--and it is closed on Mondays--so no one could be reached there.) This comes only a few months after a proposed sale of the Trapelo Road eatery fell through, according to an earlier article in the Belmontonian, which said that the Sweet Peach was planning to be purchased by Dennis Dyer of the New Yorker Diner in Watertown, only to have it return to the original owner in the hopes that it might be purchased by someone else.

The Sweet Peach Diner first opened in July of 2012, offering classic diner fare along with Southern-style dishes. It took over the space where Andros Diner had been for more than 30 years. (One of the persons involved with Andros now runs another My Other Kitchen on nearby Pleasant Street.)

The address for the Sweet Peach Diner is 628 Trapelo Road (Route 60), Belmont, MA, 02478.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Kosher Hotel and Restaurant May Be Coming to West Roxbury

It looks like a Boston neighborhood could become home to a kosher hotel and restaurant--and it may be the first of several (or more) such places.

Universal Hub is reporting that developer Nissim Shimon Trabelsi is looking to open what would apparently be called the King David Hotel in West Roxbury, with the spot opening on the VFW Parkway by the Dedham line. The article says that the 69-room hotel would have a glatt-kosher restaurant along with "his and hers mikvah baths," a swimming pool, and a ballroom. Trabelsi is also in talks with several hotel managment companies with the plan being to make the West Roxbury spot the first of a chain of kosher hotels and restaurants.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has not yet scheduled a vote on the hotel and restaurant, according to UH.

It appears that the address for the proposed King David Hotel would be 1650 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA, 02132.

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Beta Burger Is Coming to Boston's Mission Hill

A burger spot that features customized hamburgers using high-tech equipment and rather interesting cooking techniques is on its way to Boston.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Beta Burger is planning to open on Tremont Street in the city's Mission Hill neighborhood, with founder Adrian Wong hoping to have the eatery become what the article says would be "the Chipotle of the beef-and-bun segment, but with an unusual cooking technique." Wong plans to offer burgers cooked using a water vapor oven that makes the patties particularly moist, with the burgers being cooked for approximately an hour at 135 degrees, mirroring the currently popular sous vide style of cooking. When orders are placed, the burgers are then transferred to a grill where "texture, flavor, and visual appeal" are given to the patties.

If all goes well, Beta Burger could be opening sometime in June or July.

The address for this upcoming burger spot in Mission Hill is: Beta Burger, 1437 Tremont Street, Boston (Roxbury Crossing), MA, 02120. The website for the restaurant can be found at http://www.betaburger.co

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