Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sam Maverick's May Open in Dorchester

It looks like a new restaurant may be coming to Dorchester, and one of the people behind it also runs a few other spots in Boston.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, Julian Bolger of Tavern in the Square (and the upcoming Bee's Knees) in Allston, Cityside in Brighton, and The Playwright in South Boston is involved in the proposed opening of Sam Maverick's in the Adams Village/Cedar Section of Dorchester. The post says that the dining spot would look at open in the former Hollywood Video space on Gallivan Boulevard and it would be a family-friendly restaurant serving lunch and dinner along with a weekend brunch.

The Cedar Grove Civic Association will hold an April 14 meeting to look into the proposed Sam Maverick's--and the article also says that the Little Caesars pizza chain is looking at the same space as well.

The address for Sam Maverick's would be 489 Gallivan Boulevard, Dorchester, MA, 02124.

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Beat Da Wrap in Waltham Closes After Paying Overdue Taxes; Health Department to Void License

A sandwich shop in Waltham that was in trouble with the city for taxes owed has closed.

According to an article in the Waltham News Tribune, Beat Da Wrap on Waverly Oaks Road is no longer in operation, having shut down on March 19 after paying approximately $3,800 in overdue personal property taxes. An earlier City of Waltham meeting minutes page stated that the Waltham Board of Health voted to close the eatery for operating without a license unless the taxes were paid by March 3, though the News Tribune article says that the Board of Health is going to void the license of the now-closed spot. (It may be that the minutes page was implying that the board would void the license if back taxes weren't paid, but it is not known for sure.)

Beat Da Wrap first opened in January of 2011.

The address for this now-closed sandwich shop was: Beat Da Wrap, 411 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sweetwater Tavern in Downtown Boston Has Closed

A restaurant and bar that is hidden away in the heart of downtown Boston has closed after several decades in business, as its building is being demolished by a nearby college.

Based on a Twitter post from today, Sweetwater Tavern on Boylston Place (also known as the Alley) is in the midst of being "torn down," while a check on the bar's website shows a note that says "Sweetwater will soon be closing its doors. It's been a great 36 year run but on April 1st Emerson will be swinging the wrecking ball and tearing down the Alley." Another Twitter post--this one from the Twitter page for the bar's trivia nights--indicates that yesterday was apparently its final day in business.

Sweetwater Tavern, which first opened in 1978, has been known as a place to go for pub grub, drinks, karaoke, trivia nights, and live music, along with being a stop before and after the nearby clubs.

The address for the now-closed Sweetwater Tavern was 3 Boylston Place, Boston, MA, 02116.

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Ultimate Pizza in Weymouth Landing Hit by Fire; Future of Place Unknown

A South Shore pizza place sustained serious damage in a fire early Tuesday morning, and it is not known if the shop will reopen at this point in time.

The Braintree Forum is reporting that Ultimate Pizza in Weymouth Landing was hit by a blaze that burned for several hours in an area that was out of reach for firefighters, who had to tear through the floor in order to try to get to it. The article says that southbound traffic on Commercial Street had to be re-routed for awhile while firefighters were attempting to get the blaze under control, with the road being opened back up by mid-morning.

Harry Sarras, whose family has run Ultimate Pizza for 18 years, is not sure if the shop will ever open again, according to the Forum.

The address for Ultimate Pizza is 6 Commercial Street, Braintree (Weymouth Landing), MA 02184.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Highlights for the Week Ending March 20, 2015

A few more stories and articles centering on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a nightclub near Fenway Park closing, a local group of watering holes opening a Mexican restaurant at South Station, and plans taking shape for the space where an iconic dining spot had been. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included an updated review of a restaurant on the water, a photo of soup from an Irish-owned spot on the South Shore, and an updated list of ice cream stands in the Greater Boston area.

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

Boston Restaurant Talk

Arc in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood Has Closed

Prima e Dopo in East Boston to Close

Tavern in the Square to Open Tavitas (Mexican Restaurant) at South Station in Boston

Sal's Pizza May Be Reopening in New Location in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

Restaurant Featuring Contemporary Asian Cuisine to Take Over Hamersley's Bistro Space in Boston's South End

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Updated Review: Inn at Bay Pointe in Quincy, MA

New Photo: Potato Leek Soup from the Mad Hatter Cafe in Weymouth, MA

Restaurant Closings and Openings for March, 2015 (So Far)

List of Ice Cream Stands in the Greater Boston Area

New Photo: Corned Beef from Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions in Waltham, MA

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The Melting Pot in Boston Has Closed

The Boston location of a chain of fondue restaurants has closed its doors.

According to a post from the Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog, The Melting Pot in Park Square is no longer in business, with crews in the process of clearing out the space today. A check on the chain's website shows a note saying "We regret to announce that The Melting Pot of Boston has closed for business indefinitely as of March 23. While an excellent property, based on its business model, The Melting Pot believes its concept is better suited to an alternative location. Therefore, it has elected to terminate the lease for the Arlington Street site." The note mentions that locations in Bedford and Framingham remain open for business and that it hopes to open at a new location in Boston at some point.

The Melting Pot first opened at Park Plaza in 2008.

The address for this now-closed fondue restaurant in Boston was: The Melting Pot, 76 Arlington Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the chain can be found at

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