Thursday, August 25, 2016

Update: Owners of The Burren Plan to Open The BeBop in Pad Thai Cafe Space in Boston's Fenway/Kenmore

[Ed note: This article was updated twice on August 25 to reflect new information given.]

It looks like a Thai restaurant in a busy section of Boston could be saying farewell, with a new dining and drinking spot possibly moving in.

According to a Twitter post from Drew Starr, an abutters meeting was held last night to look into a proposal to replace Pad Thai Cafe in Boston's Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood with an as-of-yet unnamed place that the sign says could be an Irish pub. No other information has been given in the meeting notice other than the fact that the planned changeover would include the transfer of the liquor license from the Boylston Street eatery to the new spot; we have reached out to the Mayor's office to try to find out more and will post an update when we get one.

Pad Thai Cafe, which first opened about a decade ago, is a casual counter-service restaurant that is particularly popular with college students who live in/near the area.

The address for Pad Thai Cafe (and the proposed dining and drinking spot) is 1116 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

[August 25 update: The Mayor's office tells us that the proposed spot will not be an Irish pub after all, but it will apparently be a restaurant with live music instead. (More updates are coming, so keep checking back for updates.)]

[August 25 update #2: A new tweet and a Facebook post from Drew Starr indicate that the owners of The Burren in Somerville's Davis Square are behind the new place, which will be a restaurant and jazz club called BeBop.]

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Love Art Sushi May Be Opening in Former T.C.'s Lounge Space in Boston

It looks like a new sushi spot is on its way to Boston, and it appears to be opening in the space where a beloved neighborhood bar used to be.

According to a tweet and an Instagram post from Drew Starr, Love Art Sushi is planning to open on Haviland Street (near where Boston's Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods meet), moving into the former T.C.'s Lounge space. Very little is currently known about the upcoming spot, though based on an earlier UConn Today article, it does appear to have a connection to a place in Storrs, CT, that opened a few years ago as Haru Aki Cafe and is now called H.A. Cafe; a Bizapedia page lists the manager and registered agent of record of Love Art Sushi as Jessica Chiep and Ronald Liu, respectively, and Haru Aki Cafe was opened by Jessica Chiep, Ronald Liu, and Thomas Wang.

TC's Lounge had been a neighborhood fixture for more than 40 years until being hit by a fire in March of 2012 and then losing its home later that year.

The address for the upcoming Love Art Sushi (and the former TC's Lounge) is 1 Haviland Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

[Earlier Articles]
TC's Lounge Loses Its Home
Fire Causes Extensive Damage to TC's Lounge in Boston

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Lanes & Games in Cambridge May Be Replaced by a Residential Development

It looks like a local institution for bowling and more could disappear from the landscape and be replaced by a new development.

Universal Hub is reporting that Criterion Development Partners is planning to build a residential complex at the site of Lanes & Games along Route 2 in Cambridge, with the development (which will be called the Residences at Alewife Station) including two buildings that would apparently take over the space where the adjacent Cambridge Gateway Inn currently resides as well. A meeting on the project takes place tonight with The ‚ÄčNorth Cambridge Stabilization Committee while The Cambridge Conservation Commission will hold a hearing tomorrow, with UH stating that one concern that will require commissioner approval is the fact that the structures would be built on a floodplain. (The Cambridge planning board will also need to approve the proposal as well.)

Lanes & Games has been a popular spot for bowling, pool, and video games since it first opened more than 30 years ago; it also has a restaurant and bar that offers such items as pizza, burgers, steak tips, and ribs.

The address for Lanes & Games is 195 Concord Turnpike, Cambridge, MA, 02140. Its website can be found at http://lanesgames.com/

[August 26 update: The Cambridge Chronicle/TAB mentions that Lanes & Games is expected to remain open for another year or so before saying farewell, with Criterion consultant Rich McKinnon saying that the family behind the place has "made a decision; they're tired. They want to retire, they don't want to run it anymore, and the next generation doesn't want to run it anymore." The article also mentions that the Lanes & Games space is expected to become home to a high-end apartment building. (Thanks to Drew Starr for bringing this to our attention.)]

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

News Elsewhere: Howard Johnson Restaurant in Bangor, ME, to Close, Leaving Sole Location in Lake George, NY

What was once a household name on the local and national restaurant scene will soon be down to one remaining dining spot.

According to an article from MWTW Portland, the Howard Johnson restaurant location in Bangor, ME, will be closing September 6, as owner Sally Patel says that business has been "very slow." Once it shuts down, the only HoJo's restaurant left will be in Lake George, NY, as a third location of the chain in Lake Placid, NY, closed down last year. WMTW does say that the hotel part of Howard Johnson in Bangor will remain in operation.

The first Howard Johnson restaurant opened in Quincy in 1925 (according to a post in the Sun Chronicle), with the dining spot soon expanding throughout the country and becoming known for such items as fried clams, roast turkey, macaroni and cheese, and ice cream. A number of HoJo's outlets called the Boston area and Eastern Massachusetts their home over the years, including restaurants in Chelmsford, Concord, Dorchester, Framingham, Haverhill, Lexington, and Quincy.

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Essex Landing Development Receives Approval to Replace Route 1 Miniature Golf/Dairy Castle in Saugus

A few months ago, we reported that a Route 1 landmark that was supposed to have closed last fall in order to make room for new development was given a reprieve. Now it looks like the end may finally be near for the place.

The Saugus Advertiser states that the town planning board has unanimously approved of plans to build Essex Landing at the site where Route 1 Miniature Golf--including the Dairy Castle ice cream stand. batting cages, an arcade, and its iconic orange dinosaur--currently reside. The article says that the mixed-use development, which is being called the "renaissance of Route 1," will have what appears to be six buildings, with apartments, two hotels, and three restaurants being included, though it is not known if the dinosaur will remain on the property. (This has been an ongoing issue since the plans for the development had first been announced.) The first two buildings could be completed by March of 2018, according to the Advertiser.

In April, it was announced that Route 1 Miniature Golf would open for one more season, which was good news for customers who were told that it was originally going to shut down at the end of the 2015 season. At this point in time, it appears that this season will be the last for the entertainment complex, but if that changes, we will post an update here.

The Route 1 Miniature Golf complex has been in business since 1958.

[Earlier Articles]
Dairy Castle/Route 1 Miniature Golf in Saugus to Reopen for One More Season
Dairy Castle/Route 1 Miniature Golf in Saugus to Be Sold; Hotel/Apartment Complex to Move In

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Monday, August 22, 2016

KoKo Bakery Has Opened in Newton

A brand new bakery has come to the western suburbs of Boston, and the person behind it comes from some well-known local spots.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Hungry Onion) that KoKo Bakery is now open in Newton, moving into a space on California Street in the Nonantum area of the city by the Watertown line. The website for the bakery notes that founder/owner Nobuko Maruyama comes from such places as Japonaise Bakery, the Boston Harbor Hotel, and The Langham Hotel, along with King Arthur in Vermont, and she also worked at the MIT catering department and several independent bakers in the local area.

KoKo Bakery offers muffins, scones, brownies, cakes, donuts, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and more, and it also features such breads as German rye, baguettes, whole wheat, white toasting bread, and French country bread.

The address for this new bakery on the Newton/Watertown line is 232L California Street, Newton, MA, 02458. Its website can be found at http://www.kokobread.com/

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