Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tia's in Boston Planning to Open a Second-Floor Bar

A popular restaurant and bar on the Boston waterfront is apparently looking to expand upward.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting (via NorthEndWaterfront.com) that Tia's on the Waterfront is planning to open a second-story bar, with the North End/Waterfront Residents' Association (NEWRA) hearing the proposal and hoping that the city of Boston gives it permission to have advisory role on the plans even though Tia's is technically not in the North End. Currently, there is little other information about this proposal; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Tia's, which first opened more than 30 years ago, is known in part for its bustling outdoor bar area across from the water.

The address for Tia's is 200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02109. Its website can be found at http://www.tiaswaterfront.com/

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Pinkberry in Somerville's Davis Square Has Closed; Future Up in the Air

A chain of frozen yogurt shops has closed one of its Boston-area locations, and while it appears that the closure could be temporary, there are signs pointing toward it possibly being permanent.

According to a post in the Davis Square LiveJournal blog, Pinkberry in Somerville's Davis Square is shuttered apparently due to a ceiling collapse caused by flooding in an upstairs apartment. The post mentions (via Reddit) that the shop may be closed until the spring of 2015, though it is possible that it may never reopen, and a call placed to the Elm Street location of Pinkberry hints that this may be the case, as its phone number is no longer in service. As soon as we find out more on the exact status of the shop, we will post an update here.

Pinkberry first opened in Davis Square in September of 2013.

The address for this now-closed frozen yogurt shop in Davis Square is: Pinkberry, 263 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. The website for the chain is at http://www.pinkberry.com/

Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Highlights for the Week Ending September 12, 2014

Several more stories and articles focusing on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including an Irish pub in Cambridge closing, a BBQ spot in Brighton getting ready to close, and a small chain of Japanese noodle houses opening a new location in Boston. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included an updated review of a breakfast place in Quincy, some restaurant reviews from our readers, and a photo of a veal dish from an Italian spot in Newton.

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

Boston Restaurant Talk

New Restaurant Planned for the Locke-Ober Space in Boston's Downtown Crossing

Tommy Doyle's Pub in Cambridge's Kendall Square Has Closed

Smoken' Joe's BBQ and Blues in Brighton Is Closing

Wagamama to Open in Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood

Sherman Cafe in Somerville's Union Square Is Closing

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Updated Review: McKay's Breakfast and Lunch in Quincy, MA

Photo: Strawberry Ice Cream from Kimball Farm Ice Cream in Carlisle, MA

Reader's Restaurant Posts for September, 2014 (So Far)

Photo: Veal Saltimbocca from Vecchia Roma in Newton, MA

Photo: Popcorn Chicken from the Mendon Drive-In in Mendon, MA


Oppa's Kitchen and Bar Opens in Malden

A new Korean restaurant has opened north of Boston, moving into the space where an Italian dining spot had been.

According to a Twitter post from @DuffyMalden, Oppa's Kitchen & Bar is now open on Pleasant Street, with a Chowhound poster mentioning that the eatery has taken over the former Massimo's space. (Massimo's has since moved to a new location in Wakefield.) Based on what the person on the Chowhound site says, Oppa's features such items as bibimbap, bulgogi, dolsot, galbi, kimchi, mandu, ramen, and teriyaki, along with sake and soju, and there appears to be "a 'Bar' focus" to the place.

The address for this new Korean dining spot in Malden is: Oppa's Kitchen & Bar, 157 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA, 02148.

[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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Friday, September 12, 2014

Hotel Chocolat in Boston's Back Bay Is Closing

The Back Bay location of a high-end chocolatier is getting ready to call it a day.

UrbanDaddy is reporting that Hotel Chocolat on Newbury Street is closing within the next couple of weeks and is now selling everything for half price until it shuts its doors. Once it closes, the British-based company will no longer have any locations in the United States, as its other location in New York is no longer in business. (It is not known if any of its stores overseas will be closing.)

The Boston location of Hotel Chocolat is known for its chocolates and chocolate drinks, as well as a now-closed chocolate bar where people could do tastings.

The address for this soon-to-close chocolatier in the Back Bay is: Hotel Chocolat, 141A Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the company can be found at http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/

Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.

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Asian Restaurant to Open in Former Pulcinella Space in Boston's North End

It looks like a new Asian restaurant is on its way to the North End of Boston, taking over the space where a mozzarella bar had been.

NorthEndWaterfront.com is reporting that Sushi Rock LLC is planning to open a dining spot on Salem Street, with the eatery moving into the former Pulcinella Mozzarella Bar and Ristorante space (a note earlier today from ConciergeBoston confirmed that Pulcinella closed awhile back). It is not yet known for sure if the new restaurant will be called Sushi Rock or whether that's simply the business name of the applicant; as soon as we find out what it will be called, we will post an update here.

Pulcinella Mozzarella Bar and Ristorante first opened in the Salem Street space in August of 2012.

The address for this proposed Asian restaurant in the North End is 78-80 Salem Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

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