Monday, January 27, 2020

Miam Miam Macaronerie Is Opening in Quincy Center

A local business known for its macarons is opening a retail shop in one of the hottest parts of the Greater Boston area.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Miam Miam Macaronerie is planning to open in Quincy Center, with a note within the Quincy, Ma Happenings and Events Facebook group page (from City of Quincy consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne) saying that the store will be opening in front of the Quincy Center T station. The business currently sells macarons online and has also been set up previously in a couple of different storefronts--within The Juice Box on West Broadway in South Boston and inside the Sure Pinoy market on Water Street in Quincy--but this will be their first retail store that they will be able to call their own.

The website for Miam Miam Macaronerie can be found at https://www.miammiammac.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie Opens in Boston's Kenmore Square

A small group of Japanese noodle spots has expanded to Boston, opening within a hotel in a busy section of the city.

According to an Instagram post from the place, Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie is now open inside the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square, joining Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and The Hawthorne. As reported earlier, the dining spot is known for its udon noodle dishes, while also offering such items as sushi, curry dishes, tempura, rice bowls, and more. The new location of Tsurutontan joins other locations in New York (two) and Hawaii, as well as a handful of locations in Japan, where it was first established.

The address for the new location of Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie in Kenmore Square is 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. Its website can be found at https://www.tsurutontan.com/

[Earlier Article]
Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie to Open within Hotel Commonwealth in Boston's Kenmore Square

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]

Aegean Restaurant in Framingham Is Apparently on the Auction Block

What had once been a pair of well-known Greek restaurants could be completely disappearing from the landscape, as its original location appears to be going up for auction.

According to a source, it looks like the Aegean Restaurant in Framingham is going on the auction block, with a Framingham Source article saying that the Route 30 dining spot appears to be scheduled for a foreclosure auction on February 25, while a Framingham Forward post shows that the restaurant had been late in renewing its common victualler license in December. The Framingham location of the Aegean Restaurant first opened approximately 40 years ago, and was joined by another location in Watertown in 2001; the Framingham outlet moved to its present location in 2005 while the Watertown location ended up shutting down in 2016.

Both posts mention that the Framingham location of the Aegean Restaurant was still open as of this weekend.

The address for the Aegean Restaurant in Framingham is 257 Cochituate Road (Route 30), Framingham, MA, 01701. Its website can be found at http://www.aegeanrestaurants.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Whaling in Oklahoma in Boston's South End Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown

A South End restaurant with an unusual name--and a place that has one of the region's best-known chefs behind it--appears to be shuttered, and it is not known if/when it might open again.

According to a source, Whaling in Oklahoma was locked up and dark late Sunday afternoon during normal business hours, while another source had told us last week that the Tremont Street dining spot was apparently closing, though no other details had been given at the time. A check within its reservations section all week long showed that it stopped taking reservations after Saturday night and as of Sunday afternoon and again this morning, it was indeed no longer taking any reservations at all. Phone calls placed late on Sunday went directly to voicemail, and its website and Facebook page give no indication as to what might be going on.

Tim Maslow of the now-closed Strip-T's in Watertown and Ribelle in Brookline first opened Whaling in Oklahoma in the summer of 2018, with the place being a modern American brasserie with Japanese influences. A wine bar called Le Canular opened in an adjacent space last fall, residing in the former Sister Sorel space. (Whaling in Oklahoma took over the former Tremont 647 space.)

The address for the Whaling in Oklahoma is 647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02118.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Dig Inn Plans to Open in Cambridge's Kendall Square

A New York City-based group of "farm-to-counter" restaurants is planning to expand once again into the Boston area, with another Cambridge outlet apparently in the works.

According to a licensing commission hearing agenda page, Dig Inn is looking to open in Kendall Square, with the notice indicating that the upcoming eatery could have seating for 40 indoors and an additional 14 on a seasonal patio, and that it hopes to acquire a full liquor license. If approved, the new location of Dig Inn would join others in Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood, the Prudential Center, Downtown Crossing, and Copley Square--and as mentioned in an earlier article, another outlet is coming to Cambridge's Harvard Square as well.

Dig Inn is known for its "market bowls" that have a grain or salad base with items such as chicken, beef, and salmon added.

The address for the proposed location of Dig Inn in Kendall Square would be One Broadway, Cambridge, MA, 02142. The website for all locations is at https://www.diginn.com/

[Earlier Article]
Dig Inn Plans to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Friday, January 24, 2020

Flour Bakery to Open in Boston's Beacon Hill Neighborhood

It looks like a popular local group of bakery-cafes will be expanding to one of Boston's most historic neighborhoods.

According to an Instagram post, Flour Bakery is going to be opening in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood, with the Cambridge Street shop being its ninth location--and based on the address, it appears that it may be taking over the former Au Bon Pain space in the Charles River Plaza near where Beacon Hill and the West End meet. In the post, owner Joanne Chang indicates that she had been looking at almost this exact same space 20 years ago when she was looking to open her first location, and she has continued to look at Beacon Hill over the years. Once it opens, the new outlet of Flour will join other locations in the South End, Seaport District, Fort Point, the Back Bay (2), Cambridge's Harvard Square, Central Square, and Cambridgeport.

In addition to winning Outstanding Baker in 2016 from the James Beard Foundation, Joanne Chang is also known for defeating Bobby Flay in a sticky bun competition on the Food Network.

The address for the upcoming location of Flour in Beacon Hill is 209 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for all locations can be found at https://flourbakery.com/

[Earlier Article]
Au Bon Pain Is Closing Its Shop at the Charles River Plaza in Boston

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]