Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Vinal Bakery to Move into Former Pizza Palace Space in Somerville's Union Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A pop-up bakery is going to be moving into a permanent home, and it will be located in one of the hottest parts of Somerville.

According to a Twitter post, Vinal Bakery is opening a brick-and-mortar shop in Union Square, taking over the former Pizza Palace space on Somerville Avenue. The bakery business is known in part for its pop-ups at Bagelsaurus in Cambridge where it sells English muffins, and it also offers such items as banana bread, scones, breakfast shortcakes, tarts, and more.

If all goes as planned, Vinal Bakery could be opening its shop in the spring of 2019.

The address for Vinal Bakery will be 222 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02143. The website for the business can be found at https://www.vinalbakery.com/

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Cava Plans to Open at the Former Sears Tire and Battery Site in Burlington

by Marc Hurwitz

A Washington, D.C.-based group of fast-casual Mediterranean spots is expanding yet again into the Greater Boston area, with this location opening next to a mall.

According to a message sent from @CMFoster23, Cava is planning to open in Burlington, with a cover letter within the burlington.org site confirming this, saying that the dining spot would take up a portion of the space by the Burlington Mall where Sears Tire and Battery (also known as Sears Auto Center) had been. If approved, the new location of Cava would join others in Boston's Fenway and Back Bay along with outlets in Cambridge's Kendall Square, Dedham, and Hingham.

Cava, which started out in 2011, features customizable items that include a salad/grain/soup/pita base and with options such as hummus, falafel, feta, braised lamb, olives, and grilled chicken added.

The address for the proposed location of Cava by the Burlington Mall would be 85 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA, 01803. The website for all of the locations can be found at http://cava.com/

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Main Street Grille in Weymouth Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

Several months ago, we reported that a South Shore restaurant and bar could be shutting down to make way for new development. Now we have learned that this will indeed be the case.

According to a Facebook post from the place, the Main Street Grille in South Weymouth is shutting down on December 30, as co-owner Chris DiMambro mentions that a new apartment building will be constructed at the site which will include 153 residential units along with 7,000 square feet of retail space (possibly including a restaurant). The post says that a final farewell party for the dining and drinking spot will take place on December 28 and December 29, with festivities starting at 6:00 PM each night.

The Main Street Grille, which opened approximately 15 years ago, is a neighborhood tavern that offers mostly pub grub and classic American fare along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for the Main Street Grille is 1400 Main Street, Weymouth, MA, 02190.

[Earlier Article]
Main Street Grille in Weymouth May Be Torn Down to Make Way for New Development

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Garcia Brogan's in Waltham Has Apparently Closed; Exact Status Unknown

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a pair of Mexican-Irish restaurants is back down to one, at least for the time being.

According to a Twitter post from @HarmyG, Garcia Brogan's is apparently closed, and the Facebook post from the Moody Street spot that was included in the link is now gone as is the entire Facebook page for the Waltham location. A reply from @brandnewwatch within the thread mentions that the place closed last weekend, while a check on the Facebook page for the Lowell location indicates that it is still in business--though an events page mentions a "re-launch" party for that location last week. As soon as we find out the exact status of the Waltham location (including whether it could return or be rebranded), we will post an update here.

Garcia Brogan's moved into the former Skellig space in Waltham in the spring of 2015.

The address for the now-closed Garcia Brogan's in Waltham is 240 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453. The website for the Lowell location can be found at http://www.garciabrogans.com/

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Chocho's Reopens at the Porter Exchange Food Court in Cambridge

by Marc Hurwitz

A Korean restaurant that has been featured on our sister site is open once again, more than a half year after a fire shut the place down.

A check on the spot over the weekend indicates that Chocho's has reopened within the food court of the Porter Exchange building in Cambridge, with the restaurant having a similar setup as before but an upgraded look. The dining spot received major damage in a May 2 blaze that apparently started in the restaurant's kitchen and also caused the other dining spots in the food court to briefly close (it took awhile longer for a sushi bar called I Love Sushi to open back up).

Chocho's has been mentioned on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site as a little-known place to go to for such items as bibimbap, japchae, soft tofu stew, and more. The review can be found at the following link:

https://hiddenboston.com/ChoChos.html

The address for Chocho's (and the other restaurants in the Porter Exchange building) is 1815 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02140.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Margaritas in Medford Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A local chain of Mexican restaurants has closed one of its locations.

According to a source, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in Medford is no longer in business, with a Facebook post confirming that the Station Landing location has indeed shut down. The note mentions that the lease for the dining spot had expired, and it refers customers to other outlets in Framingham, Lexington, Methuen, Northborough, Revere, and Waltham. A few other sources had told us earlier that the Medford location of the chain (which first opened approximately eight years ago) was getting ready to close, but at the time, there was no confirmation on its closure.

The New Hampshire-based Margaritas is a family-friendly chain of casual restaurants that features both Mexican-American and traditional Mexican cuisine.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Medford was: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, 75 Station Landing, Medford, MA, 02155. The chain's website can be found at: http://www.margs.com/

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