Friday, December 09, 2016

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed for Construction

An upscale Mexican restaurant and tequila bar in Boston's Back Bay has closed its doors for the time being.

According to an email sent this afternoon, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar is temporarily closed for construction, with the Dartmouth Street dining and drinking spot saying in a Facebook post that "We need a little time to refresh." The email mentions that Lolita will reopen with "new design features" in the early part of 2017, though no specific opening date has been given as of yet.

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar first opened on Dartmouth Street in late 2010, moving into the space where Papa Razzi had been before it moved to Newbury Street. A new location of Lolita had been proposed earlier this year, with that restaurant possibly coming to Fort Point.

The address for Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar is 271 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at http://www.lolitatequilabars.com/

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Espresso Yourself May Come to Jamaica Plain

What looks to be a new coffee shop could be on its way to a Boston neighborhood, and its name should be popular with pun lovers.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Jamaica Plain News) that Espresso Yourself has applied for a common victualler's license to operate on Centre Street  in JP in the former Uforge Gallery space. The articles indicate that the people behind the proposed shop met with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Public Service Committee on Tuesday, though it is not yet known what the exact outcome of the meeting was.

Operating hours for Espresso Yourself would be 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM, according to Jamaica Plain News.

The address for this proposed coffee shop in JP is 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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New Restaurant May Come to Masonic Temple in Downtown Boston

It looks like a brand new dining spot could be coming to an historic space in downtown Boston.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting (via a meeting agenda from the Downtown Boston Residents' Association) that Ed Kane of Big Night Entertainment Group is looking to open a French restaurant at the Masonic Temple space where Boylston Street and Tremont Street meet by Boston Common. The article says that Kane's plans are expected to be presented to the residents group on December 12 (no other information on the dining spot has been given as of yet).

The Masonic Temple in downtown Boston is the third oldest grand lodge in the world and the oldest in the western hemisphere, according to an article on the WGBH site, with its roots dating back to the 1700s.

Big Night Entertainment Group is behind such spots as Red Lantern, Empire, and Gem; its website can be found at http://www.bneg.com/

Thanks to Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting for initially bringing this to our attention.

[December 9 update: According to a source, the new restaurant would be leasing a space within the Masonic Temple, with the building being shared by the restaurant and the Masons (who own the building).]

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Kane's Donuts to Open at Essex Landing in Saugus, Joining Orange Dinosaur

It looks like an iconic donut shop and an iconic orange dinosaur are eventually going to be sharing the same space.

According to an article in itemlive.com, Kane's Donuts is planning to open a new location within the upcoming Essex Landing development on Route 1 in Saugus, which was formerly home to Route 1 Miniature Golf. The post says that the 3,500-square-foot cafe hopes to open in December of 2017 at the complex, which will include two hotels, 250 apartments, retail shops, and the beloved orange dinosaur that used to be part of Route 1 Miniature Golf--and which will indeed remain at the site.

Kane's, which first started out in Saugus in the 1950s, is known in part for its honey glaze donuts and its cinnamon coffee rolls and has received both local and national recognition over the years. A second location of the donut shop opened in Boston's Financial District last year.

The Route 1 Miniature Golf complex closed for good in September after being in business for nearly 60 years.

[Earlier Article]
Route 1 Miniature Golf/Dairy Castle Complex in Saugus Closing for Good September 25; Dinosaur to Stay

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Plans for My Diner to Reopen in South Boston Fall Through; Will Move to Melrose

Earlier this fall, we reported that a popular South Boston diner that closed to make way for new development was hoping to reopen in a nearby space in Southie. Now we have learned that these plans have fallen through and it will now be moving to the suburbs.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Caught in Southie) that My Diner will be reopening in Melrose, which follows on the heels of the eatery telling us last month that they had stopped working on a possible move from A Street to E 8th Street in South Boston. Eater says that the new location of the restaurant will be on Main Street in Melrose, with the address indicating that it will be located on the southern edge of the downtown area. It is not yet known when My Diner will open in its new home (a Facebook post says the date is TBA); as soon as we find out when it may open, we will post an update here.

Both My Diner and Williams Tavern were forced to close in June because a new condo development is being built at the site.

The address for the new location of My Diner is 399 Main Street, Melrose, MA, 02176.

[Earlier Articles]
My Diner in South Boston Planning to Reopen in New Space
My Diner in South Boston Closes This Weekend; Will Be Replaced by Condo Development
Williams Tavern and My Diner in South Boston Face Uncertain Future Due to Development

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Plans Fall Through for Hill Country in Boston's Fort Point

Earlier this fall, we reported that a New York-based BBQ spot was hoping to open in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood. Now we have learned that these plans have fallen through.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Hill Country will apparently not be opening at 374 Congress Street, with a rep for the spot saying that they have "no immediate plans" to open there, "due to a number of factors." The rep does say that the barbecue place is still looking for a location somewhere in Boston, though no specifics were given as to where they might be looking. Last month, a tweet from @FortPointer (via @jzmartin) mentioned that plans had indeed fallen through for Hill Country, but no confirmation from the restaurant had come until now.

Currently, locations of Hill Country can be found in the Flatiron section of Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, and the Penn Quarter area of Washington, DC; the restaurants focus on dishes inspired by the barbecue joints of Central Texas, including such options as red chili, brisket, pork loin, sausage, green bean casserole, and more, with meats being served by the pound on butcher paper.

The website for Hill Country Barbecue Market can be found at http://www.hillcountryny.com/

[Earlier Article]
Hill Country Barbecue Market Plans to Open in Boston's Fort Point

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