Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dovetail Sake Brewery Is Coming to Waltham

A new brewery is on its way to the Boston area, and this will be the first brewery of its kind in Massachusetts.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Todd Bellomy and Daniel Krupp are planning to open Dovetail Sake in Waltham, with the brewery being in a warehouse where they will have 1,000 square feet of space to produce two styles of sake--a nigori and a junmai-shu. The article says that the Dovetail products should be available in stores sometime this winter, and that Bellomy and Krupp are actually looking to move the business into a larger space at some point in 2015 where they plan to have tours and tastings.

Bellomy used to be a brewer at Boston Beer Company and has also trained at sake breweries in Japan, while Krupp is a Level One graduate of the Sake Professional course with sake expert John Gauntner.


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InBoston to Open a New Location Near Symphony Hall

A restaurant in Boston's Downtown Crossing that features Korean food with Mexican influences will soon have a second location, with this one being near Symphony Hall.

Eater Boston is reporting that InBoston is planning to open on Mass. Ave., taking over the space where Bombay Cafe had been. Based on its original location on Bedford Street, expect the new eatery to have such items as Korean fried chicken (wings, drums, and strips), K-tacos (spicy chicken or bulgogi in corn tortillas, and rice bowls (also with spicy chicken or bulgogi). There is no word on when the new location of InBoston might open, so keep checking back for updates.

The address for this upcoming restaurant near Symphony Hall is: InBoston, 175 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.


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The Castlebar in Brighton Is Closing

Yet another neighborhood watering hole/dive bar in Boston is closing its doors.

An email sent to us indicates that The Castlebar in the Oak Square section of Brighton is shutting down tomorrow, with a phone called placed to the Washington Street bar confirming that it is indeed closing (it appears that a private party will be taking place there tomorrow). It is not yet known why the bar is closing, nor is it known what might be going into the space; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The Castlebar has been known mainly as an Irish pub that is a local hangout, with a full bar (no food), darts, a jukebox, TVs, and sports memorabilia throughout.

A number of dive bars and neighborhood joints have closed in Boston over the past few years, including Hogan's Run and Joey's in Brighton, Aces High, Kiley's, and the Quencher Tavern in South Boston, Daisy Buchanan's and TC's Lounge in the Back Bay, and Upstairs Downstairs in Dorchester.

The address for this soon-to-close bar in Brighton's Oak Square neighborhood is: The Castlebar, 575 Washington Street, Brighton, MA, 02135.


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Deal Reached on Bill That Would Create 75 New Liquor Licenses for Boston Neighborhoods

It looks like Boston--and specifically, neighborhoods of Boston--could have more places to get a drink in the future.

BostInno is reporting that a House and Senate committee has agreed on a bill that would add 75 liquor licenses to be used in "main street districts" of the city, or places such as Roslindale Village, Fields Corner, Dudley Square, Upham's Corner, the center of Jamaica Plain, Allston Village, and a number of other spots throughout the city. The article says that one stipulation is that any license issued to a restaurant or bar would not be allowed to be transferred to another neighborhood of the city.

Universal Hub also mentions that the bill would allow new licenses to be issued not only in main street districts, but also in urban renewal areas, empowerment zones and municipal harbor plan areas, which means that an area such as the South Boston waterfront would be included, since it is considered a municipal harbor plan area.


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Hilltop Steak House Property in Saugus Remains Up for Sale; No Takers Yet

More than nine months after closing its doors, a landmark restaurant on Route 1 in Saugus is still up for sale, with the property having no takers as of yet.

The Boston Globe mentions that the site of the former Hilltop Steak House remains locked up and off limits, with its parking lot chained off and "no trespassing" signs displayed in the windows of the 70,000-square-foot structure. The article says that the property is still on the market, and can only be set up for commercial uses, such as another restaurant, a hotel, a retail shop, etc., with mixed-use zoning (a residential and retail complex, for instance) not being allowed under the current zoning rules. The property is assessed at $8.2 million, according to the Globe.

The Hilltop Steak House closed in October of 2013 after being in business for more than 50 years. Its butcher shop in Weymouth remains in operation.

The address for the former Hilltop Steak House property is 855 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus, MA, 01906.


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Is Luke's Lobster Coming to Boston?

It looks like a New York-based group of lobster shacks that gets its lobsters from Maine could be coming to Boston, though it probably wouldn't be happening right away.

An article in the Portland Press Herald mentions that Luke's Lobster is looking to expand, with plans to open two new locations in New York this year and three to five new spots annually over the course of the next five years. The article mentions that owner Luke Holden and his partners see the possibility of eventually having up to 40 locations of the lobster shack (there are 13 locations currently) and that Holden is eyeing an expansion beyond New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, possibly opening in cities such as Boston and Chicago.

Former lobsterman and Maine resident Luke Holden--along with his father Jeff Holden and business partner Ben Conniff--established Luke's Lobster in New York's East Village in 2009.

The website for the group of lobster shacks can be found at http://www.lukeslobster.com/


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