Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Daisy Duke's BBQ Pit and Royal Plans to Open in Dorchester

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a rather large restaurant featuring barbecue may be opening in a part of Boston that currently has few full-service options for dining and drinking.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, a restaurant tentatively called Daisy Duke's BBQ Pit and Royal is planning to open on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester between Franklin Park and Harambee Park (the former Franklin Field), with the listing stating that it would have a total of six rooms, 5,000 square feet of space, and an outdoor patio during the warmer months. The hearing notice indicates that the eatery is seeking a full liquor license, with the manager of the place listed as being Boris Sapozhnikov. No other information has been given for Daisy Duke's as of yet, so stay tuned for updates.

The address for this proposed restaurant in Dorchester is: Daisy Duke's BBQ Pit and Royal, 881 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02119.

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J.P. Licks Opens at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of ice cream cafes has opened a brand new location, and this one is located in a new mixed-use development just south of downtown Boston.

Caught in Dot states that J.P. Licks has its grand opening today at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester, which is located at the site of the old South Bay mall/shopping center between the Mass. Ave./Southampton Street and Columbia Road exits off the Southeast Expressway. The new shop joins a number of others in the local area, including outlets within the city in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury.

As mentioned earlier, a few other dining options appear to be on their way to South Bay Town Center as well (which is still under development), including Wahlburgers, MidiCi, and Gyu-Kaku.

The website for J.P. Licks can be found at http://www.jplicks.com/

[Earlier Article]
Wahlburgers, J.P. Licks, MidiCi, Gyu-Kaku Coming to South Bay Town Center in Dorchester

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El Rincon de Moody's Opens in Waltham

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind an award-winning deli along with an adjacent restaurant and wine bar has opened a new taqueria and BBQ spot.

Boston Magazine is reporting (via an update) that El Rincon de Moody's is now open in Waltham, with Joshua Smith being behind the Moody Street eatery. As mentioned earlier, the new counter-service place offers tacos, sandwiches and meals using meats cooked in the wood-fired rotisserie at The Backroom next door, beer, wine, sangria, and more, with seating available for approximately 30 people. El Rincon de Moody's plans to be open for lunch and dinner daily while also offering catering.

Joshua Smith runs Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions and The Backroom, both of which are in a separate space next door to El Rincon de Moody's; Smith is also behind New England Charcuterie, a meat-processing plant near the Waltham/Belmont line. (A second location of Moody's Deli can be found in Boston's Back Bay.)

The address for this new dining spot in Waltham is: El Rincon de Moody's, 456 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453. Its website is at https://www.elrincondemoodys.com/

[Earlier Article]
Joshua Smith Opening Oyster/Ceviche Bar and Taco/BBQ Spot Next To Moody's Deli and The Backroom

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Harvest Co-op Markets in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain in Danger of Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like the future of a pair of community-owned markets may be in question.

An article from Cambridge Day states that Harvest Co-op in Central Square could close by August unless $300,000 is raised by then, with the Jamaica Plain News saying the same about the Forest Hills location of the store. Both posts say that a letter went out to members and the communities saying that it is "an ambitious task" to raise this amount of money in such a short period of time, and that steps that could help include the shops selling more local, natural and organic foods and focusing more on community organizing and marketing, while customers can help by buying in cash, purchasing gift cards but not using them right away, and buying items in bulk along with prepared foods, body care items, and supplements. (Other ways to help are also mentioned in the letter.)

The Cambridge location of Harvest Co-op Market can be found at 580 Massachusetts Avenue while the Jamaica Plain location can be found at 3815 Washington Street. The website for both stores is at http://harvest.coop/

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sullivan's at Castle Island Returns to the Hood Milk Bottle by the Boston Children's Museum

by Marc Hurwitz

An iconic seaside snack shack has returned to one of the most distinct landmarks in all of Boston.

According to a Facebook post, Sullivan's at Castle Island is back at the Hood Milk Bottle by the Boston Children's Museum along Fort Point Channel, with the note indicating that they will be there seven days a week from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (11:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Fridays) until the end of September. Last year, Sullivan's took over the Milk Bottle in late June, offering a limited menu that included such items as hot dogs, lobster rolls, salads, and soft-serve ice cream. It is not yet known if the offerings are the same this season; as soon as we see the menu, we will post an update here.

Sullivan's first opened at Castle Island in South Boston in 1951.

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

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Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine in Lexington Has Closed; Love at First Bite to Replace It

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban Thai restaurant that has been around for a long time is now closed, and it will be replaced by another Thai spot with an interesting name.

According to a post from The Lexington Minuteman, Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine in Lexington is no longer in operation, with the Mass. Ave. storefront being renovated and its new owners planning to open Love at First Bite in the space. The article mentions that the new dining spot will "blend Thai flavors and American sensibilities," according to one of the co-owners, with the eatery opening in August if all goes as planned.

Lemon Grass had been open since at least the early 1990s, while the space had once been home to a location of Pewter Pot as well.

The address for the now-closed Lemon Grass (and upcoming Love at First Bite) is 1710 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420.

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