Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Scoop N Scootery Ice Cream Delivery Planning to Open Brick-and-Mortar Spot

It looks like the people behind a Somerville-based mobile ice cream delivery and catering business may be opening a permanent shop somewhere in the local area.

Eater Boston is reporting (via the company's Facebook page) that Scoop N Scootery Ice Cream Delivery is currently working on signing a lease for a brick-and-mortar location and its business is closed for the time being while they finalize the deal. At this point in time, Founder Austin Crittenden is not yet ready to announce where exactly the shop will be, but it can probably be assumed that their signature ice cream sundaes will be offered once the store becomes reality.

According to an earlier article in Boston Magazine, Scoop N Scootery Ice Cream Delivery got its start in 2012 when Crittenden was a student at Tufts University; the company was put on hold a few months later before starting up again last year.

The website for Scoop N Scootery Ice Cream Delivery can be found at

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El Jefe's Taqueria Plans to Open in The Taco Truck Space in Cambridge's Harvard Square

It looks like a brand new Mexican restaurant with a familiar name behind it may be coming to Cambridge, and it would apparently be replacing an existing Mexican dining spot.

Eater Boston is reporting (via the City of Cambridge website) that El Jefe's Taqueria is looking to open in The Garage on Mount Auburn Street in Harvard Square, with the address indicating that it would be taking over the space where The Taco Truck currently resides. The hearing notice mentions that the manager of the proposed eatery is John Schall, who is the founder of Fire + Ice, a small group of custom stir-fry grills/bars that has a location on Church Street in Harvard Square, along with ones in Boston's Back Bay, Providence, Anaheim, CA, and Lake Tahoe, CA.

It is not known when The Taco Truck might close if the license is granted to El Jefe's, nor is it known what their plans are for possible new openings. (An earlier article from a few years back mentioned that the New Jersey-based group of taco restaurants and trucks had been planning to open multiple locations in the Boston area.)

The address for The Taco Truck (and proposed El Jefe's Taqueria) is 83 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

[Earlier Articles]
The Taco Truck Is Opening a Restaurant in Cambridge
The Taco Truck Is On Its Way to the Boston Area

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Jamie Bissonnette, Ken Oringer Plan to Open Little Donkey in Cambridge's Central Square

It looks like two of the best-known chefs and restaurateurs in the Boston area may be opening a brand new dining spot in Cambridge.

Eater Boston is reporting that Little Donkey is planning to open on Mass. Ave. in Central Square, with a post from indicating that Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer are behind the restaurant. Very little is currently known about the place, other than the fact that it will have a dining area, a bar, and an outdoor patio, and that it would possibly be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner based on its proposed hours. This would be the fourth restaurant from the pair, with Bissonnette and Oringer also operating Coppa and Toro in Boston's South End and another Toro in New York City.

The Cambridge License Commission will hear more about Little Donkey at a hearing on September 8, with the hearing including a request to transfer the liquor license from Takemura in Harvard Square.

The address for this proposed dining spot in Central Square is: Little Donkey, 505 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Highlights for the Week Ending August 28, 2015

Several more stories and articles focusing on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a decades-old candy shop closing, a major blow dealt to a proposed waterfront restaurant, and a popular soup spot being demolished. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included a new review of an Italian food shop in South Medford, a photo of ramen from a restaurant in Weston, and an updated review of a bar in North Cambridge.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

Kingston Station in Downtown Boston Is Closed for Renovations; Status Unknown

Candy Castle in Lexington Is Closing

Federal Judge Rules Against Restaurant at Site of Long Wharf Pavilion

Barney Fanning's in Boston's Financial District Is Apparently Closing; The Times Planning to Move In

New England Soup Factory in Brookline Village Is Closing; Building to Be Demolished

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

New Review: Bob's Italian Foods in Medford, MA

New Photo: Three-Day Pork Ramen from Dumpling Daughter in Weston, MA

New Photo: Cheesesteak from Darcy's Village Pub in Quincy, MA

Updated Review: Joe Sent Me in Cambridge, MA

New Photo: Grilled Beef Vermicelli from Sunrise Restaurant in Dorchester, MA

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Kings, Second Restaurant, iFLY Skydiving Facility Proposed for Shoppers World in Framingham and Natick

A shopping center west of Boston is making plans to add on to its space, with a bowling alley/restaurant complex, a second dining spot, and a skydiving facility being included in the proposal.

Wicked Local Natick is reporting that Shoppers World has filed plans to bring a location of Kings and a separate unnamed restaurant to 19 Flutie Pass in Framingham (between Shoppers World and the Natick Mall), with an indoor skydiving facility called iFLY being included at the site as well, just on the other side of the border in Natick. The article says that the 12.8-acre space being looked at is a vacant lot at the present time, and it had formerly been a snow dump along with commuter parking and overflow parking for the nearby AMC cinema. The Framingham Planning Board is planning to hold a public hearing on the proposed Kings and separate restaurant on September 10, while the Natick Planning Board is looking to hold a hearing on the skydiving facility on September 16.

Kings currently has locations in Boston's Back Bay, Burlington, Dedham, Lynnfield, Raleigh, NC, Orlando, FL, and Rosemont, IL, with another one coming to Boston's Seaport District in 2017. iFLY, which has facilities in North America, the United Kingdom, and Asia, has a sole New England location in Nashua, NH.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Three Restaurants in Cambridge's Kendall Square Sustain Damage in Fire

A two-alarm fire hit the Kendall Square section of Cambridge over the weekend, forcing three dining and drinking spots to close for the time being.

Eater Boston is reporting (via NECN) that a fire broke out at Flat Top Johnny's last night, with the blaze also resulting in damage to the Blue Room and Beantowne Coffee House. Flat Top Johnny's, which is a dining and drinking spot that is a popular place to play pool, mentions on its Facebook page that it will be "closed until further notice," while the Blue Room simply states on its website that its "lunch grill is closed" (and it is currently not taking reservations), and Beantowne Coffee House says via Facebook that "our store was destroyed last night...the fire didn't enter our store, but a few hundred gallons of water supplied by the great guys at the Cambridge FD sure did!"

While Coffee Beantowne states that they will be having a "grand re-opening" at some point, none of the three are saying when they might reopen at this point in time.

No one was injured in the blaze, according to NECN.

[September 1 update: All three dining spots affected by the fire have posted updates to their social media pages, with Flat Top Johnny's saying that they will be "working over the next few weeks" to get the place up and running again, the Blue Room mentioning that they (and Belly Wine Bar) will be "closed until further updates," and Beantowne Coffee House simply stating that they are on "Day 2 of rebuild."]

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