Friday, July 21, 2017

Evergreen Eatery May Open in Former La Rana Rossa Space in Jamaica Plain

A new dining spot could be opening where a Jamaica Plain pizzeria had been until closing last month, and the person behind it is also the owner of a nearby Asian restaurant.

Based on a Facebook thread on the Jamaica Plain Facebook group page, Evergreen Eatery is planning to open on Green Street in the former La Rana Rossa space, with a couple of posters saying that the new spot may be an American-style diner (though this concept has not yet been confirmed). A Facebook post from the Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association page mentions that a request for a license to operate a restaurant at that address is indeed being looked at, with Phil Paik of JP Seafood being named as the manager, while another post on the page mentions the Evergreen Eatery name. As soon as more information comes out on the proposed spot, we will post an update here.

La Rana Rossa shut down on June 16 after only a few months in operation, though the owner's other business--the  Blue Frog Bakery, also on Green Street--remains in operation.

The address for the proposed Evergreen Eatery is 154 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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Pokeworks to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square

A group of dining spots with one location in Somerville is expanding to Cambridge, and it will feature a couple of increasingly-trendy food items.

Eater Boston is reporting that Pokeworks is looking to open somewhere in Harvard Square, joining another shop on Elm Street in Davis Square, along with others in four states--California, New York, Washington, and Virginia--and more on the way to such states as Illinois, Georgia, and New Jersey. The chain of eateries offers a Hawaiian raw fish salad known as "poke" and it also serves "pokirritos," which are a type of sushi burrito. Both items have increased in popularity in and around Boston of late, with Manoa and OGinger in Somerville, Poke City in Cambridge, Yoki Express in Boston's Seaport District, Love Art Sushi in the Fenway/Back Bay area, and New Sushi in Beacon Hill serving one or both dishes.

The website for Pokeworks can be found at http://www.pokeworks.com/

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Kantipur Cafe Plans to Open in Cambridge

It looks like a new dining spot may be coming to a storefront between Cambridge's Inman Square and Kendall Square, and it would be opening in a space that has seen its share of restaurant--and name--changes of late.

 According to a License Commission General Hearing page, Kantipur Cafe is seeking to open on Hampshire Street, with the address given indicating that it would open in the space that has been home to Cafe Kiraz, then a dining spot with no name before it became Cafe 135, and finally The Taste, which appears to be basically the same spot as Cafe 135. Very little is known about the proposed Kantipur Cafe, so stay tuned for updates.

Cafe Kiraz closed in March of 2015 after being in business for approximately a decade; the unnamed spot eventually moved in before becoming Cafe 135, then The Taste.

The address for the proposed Kantipur Cafe is 119 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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Boston Burger Company May Open Second Location in Cambridge

A trio of burger spots with one location in Cambridge could be opening a second location in the city, and it looks like it is eyeing a new development for its latest outlet.

According to a License Commission General Hearing page, Boston Burger Company has applied for a license to operate at 610 Main Street, which is between Central Square and Kendall Square and is part of a complex that includes 610 Main Street South and 610 Main Street North, the latter of which is home to Sulmona restaurant and Cafe Luna. If approved, the new location of the burger spot would join others between Cambridge's Harvard Square and Central Square, Somerville's Davis Square, and Boston's Back Bay.

In addition to burgers, Boston Burger Company also offers soups, salads, boneless wings, chicken sandwiches, and more. Its website can be found at http://www.bostonburgerco.com/

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Olde Salt House in Cohasset Is Open Once Again; Patio Back in Place

A South Shore restaurant is back in business after its patio fell into the sea last month.

According to an article in Wicked Local, the Olde Salt House in Cohasset has reopened after getting the green light from the building inspector, and its outdoor dining area is back in place after it crumbled into the ocean due to erosion in late June. The post says that most of the patio was able to be saved, and that it looks much like it did before while also getting new guardrails and fencing along with stone that gives it support.

The Olde Salt House is part of The Cohasset Harbor Resort, which includes Brisa, Atlantica, and the Cohasset Harbor Inn.

The address for The Cohasset Harbor Resort is 44 Border Street, Cohasset, MA, 02025, while the website for the Olde Salt House is at http://www.oldesalthouse.com/

[Earlier Article]
Patio at Olde Salt House in Cohasset Falls into the Sea; Restaurant Closed for Now

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cafe Algiers Considering a Possible Move to Cambridge's Central Square

A Harvard Square institution that is planning to shut down next month could be reopening in another part of Cambridge, though nothing is written in stone yet.

According to an article in Harvard Magazine, Cafe Algiers on Brattle Street may move to Central Square if co-owner Leo Diodato can secure a location over the coming weeks. The post says that Diodato and Sami Herbawi became the new owners of the spot last fall after Emile Durzi (the original owner) could not continue to run the place due to illness, with Diodato saying "We wanted to try and keep it open, because this place was his whole life." The landlord of the space, however, recently made the decision not to renew the lease and a new dining spot called Longfellow will take over the space, with chef and restaurateur Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow, Waypoint) being behind it.

Harvard Magazine notes that Leo Diodato also runs Andala Coffee House in Central Square.

[Earlier Article]
Cafe Algiers in Cambridge's Harvard Square Closing Again; Michael Scelfo to Open Longfellow in Space

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