Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Baja Betty's in Brookline Village Is Closing; Boca Grande to Replace It

A favorite spot for burritos in Brookline is getting ready to shut its doors for good, while a familiar name on the local dining scene will be taking over its space.

The Brookline Tab is reporting that Baja Betty's in Brookline Village is closing on March 31 after two decades in business, with a location of Boca Grande moving into the Harvard Street space possibly in June. The article says that Baja Betty's owner Brett Albert isn't sure what he will be doing once the eatery closes, though it is possible that he may decide to open another dining spot somewhere.

Once it opens, the new location of Boca Grande will join its sole existing location in East Cambridge; its four other locations have all shut down, though the business is now under new ownership and there had been talk of new expansion on the way.

Baja Betty's, which first opened its doors in 1997, has been known in part for its Cal-Mex style burritos.

The address for the soon-to-close Baja Betty's (and upcoming Boca Grande) is 3 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Street Cafe in West Roxbury Has Closed

A restaurant featuring Italian and American fare has apparently shut its doors for good after more than a decade in business.

According to a couple of sources, Spring Street Cafe in West Roxbury is no longer in operation, with posts on its Facebook page seeming to confirm this. The dining spot offered breakfast items such as waffles, pancakes, French toast, and eggs, while also serving such items as burgers, gnocchi, chicken broccoli and ziti, linguine, shrimp scampi, chicken parmigiana, and baked haddock for lunch and dinner.

As soon as we find out what might happen to the Spring Street Cafe space, we will post an update here.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in West Roxbury was: Spring Street Cafe, 320 Spring Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132.

[March 22 update: According to a source on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Spring Street Cafe is actually hoping to reopen in a new space--possibly in Dedham--with another Facebook post on the Chronicles of West Roxbury II page seeming to confirm this, saying that they plan to open back up in September. And while there is chatter as to where they might move, no confirmation has been given as of yet, so keep checking back for more updates.]

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Cafe Luna Moves to New Location in Cambridge

A cafe in Cambridge's Central Square has moved to a new space on the outer edge of Kendall Square.

According to a source, Cafe Luna is now located on Main Street, a few blocks east of its former location at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Main Street, with a page on the dining spot's website saying that the new space is larger and that its menu will be expanded as well. The note also says that Cafe Luna will not be taking reservations until April 1, with walk-ins only between now and then.

Cafe Luna offers breakfast items, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza, baked goods, coffee, beer, and wine, and it is open for breakfast and lunch with a brunch menu offered on Saturdays and Sundays. As mentioned here earlier, the people behind the place are also looking to open a new spot in the former Verna's Donut Shop space on Mass. Ave. in North Cambridge.

The former address for Cafe Luna was 403 Massachusetts Avenue, while the new address is 612 Main Street. Its website can be found at http://www.cafeluna-centralsq.com/

[Earlier Article]
Owner of Cafe Luna Plans to Take Over Former Verna's Space in Cambridge

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Will Ferrell-Themed Bar Popping Up in Boston

A pop-up bar is on its way to Boston, and it will pay tribute to an actor and comedian who is known in part for his role as a scotch-loving news anchor.

Eater Boston is reporting (via the Metro) that a Will Farrell-themed bar will be setting up shop at Umbria on Franklin Street in the Financial District from April 14 to April 23, with the place having seating for 250 (and standing room for an additional 150) and offering drinks such as the Glass Case Of Emotion and You're My Boy Blue while also offering food options such as Ma's Meatloaf. The bar--which goes by the name "Stay Classy"--is run by Zach Neil and Brian Link of Beetle House, a Tim Burton-inspired bar in New York, and while Ferrell is not directly connected with the upcoming Boston bar, Stay Classy did help raise money for his Cancer for College charity when it popped up in Los Angeles in December, according to the Metro. (Stay Classy got its start in New York.)

Will Farrell has been in such movies as Anchorman, Elf, Wedding Crashers, and Old School, while also being a cast member of Saturday Night Live.

More information on Stay Classy (including reserving a space) can be found at the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/stayclassybar/

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Fiddlehead Brewing Expands Distribution to Massachusetts

Another Vermont-based brewing company is bringing its beers to Massachusetts.

According to an Facebook events page from the business, Fiddlehead Brewing has expanded its distribution to the state, with a ceremonial tapping of Fiddlehead IPA taking place later today at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks in Boston's Kenmore Square. Another Facebook post from the company says "After 5 exciting years of building our brand locally here in Vermont, we are excited to announce that this week, we will begin full-time draft distribution to Massachusetts....We hope to have a full list of current Boston area draft accounts soon, but until then, check with your favorite local spots to see if we're there!" One other spot mentioned as having Fiddlehead is the Tip Tap Room in Boston's Beacon Hill while Stoked Pizza in Brookline tweets that they will have it as well.

Fiddlehead Brewing, which is headquartered in Shelburne, joins another Vermont brewer that recently expanded to Massachusetts--Warren-based Lawson's Finest Liquids--though Lawson's Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #2 are produced at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT. Fiddlehead produces a number of beers in addition to its flagship IPA; as soon as we find out what other beers the company might be bringing to the state, we will post an update here.

The website for Fiddlehead Brewing can be found at http://www.fiddleheadbrewing.com/

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Brew Box Opens in Former Comida Mexican Taqueria Space in Salem

A new coffee shop and cafe is opening in Salem, taking over the space that was formerly home to a Mexican restaurant.

According to a Facebook post from OctoCog, Brew Box is going to open on Essex Street in the old Comida Mexican Taqueria spot, with the place being a specialty coffee shop that also offers breakfast, lunch, and pastry items. Few specifics on food options have been given as of yet, but the website for the place mentions that it will offer such items as house-made biscuits, oatmeal, and made-to-order sandwiches.

Comida Mexican Taqueria first opened in the space in September of 2010.

Thanks to @CappyinBoston for initially bringing this to our attention.

The address for this new coffee shop and cafe in Salem is: Brew Box, 131 Essex Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Its website can be found at https://www.brewboxsalem.com/

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