Friday, May 25, 2018

Fusion Taste in Arlington Center Has Reopened

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban restaurant known mostly for its Chinese and Japanese fare is open once again, a few months after mysteriously shutting down.

According to a source, Fusion Taste in Arlington Center has reopened, with a check on the Broadway eatery confirming this. In February, the restaurant closed with no notice, and a sign out front had indicated at the time that it was a temporarily closure due to an unspecified equipment problem.

Fusion Taste first opened in Arlington Center in 2009, taking over the space where Mifune and Viet's Cafe had once been.

The address for Fusion Taste is 303 Broadway, Arlington, MA, 02474. Its website can be found at http://www.fusiontastearlington.com/

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Fusion Taste in Arlington Center Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown


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Veggie Grill to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a California-based vegan restaurant chain is opening its first location on the East Coast, and it will be located right in the heart of Cambridge.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Veggie Grill is planning to open this fall in Harvard Square, moving into a space within the Crimson Galeria on JFK Street. Once it opens, expect such items as a taco salad, avocado toast, black bean soup, veggie burgers, a masala bowl, Korean tacos, crispy cauliflower, nachos, and roasted yams.

Veggie Grill debuted in Irvine, CA, in 2006 and is now headquartered in Santa Monica; the chain currently has approximately 30 locations, mostly on the west coast.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Harvard Square is: Veggie Grill, 57 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.veggiegrill.com/

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Porthole Restaurant in Lynn Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

An iconic waterside restaurant that has been around for more than 50 years is closing its doors, and it looks like it will be replaced by condos.

According to an article in itemlive.com, The Porthole Restaurant in Lynn is planning to shut down sometime in the next few months, with Robert Gaudet of the Lynnway eatery saying that "the time has come....I'm tired, I just want to relax." The post says that the property has been sold to a developer who plans to tear down the building and put up 55 luxury condominiums with views of both the city and the ocean, with construction possibly starting in late 2019.

The Porthole first opened in 1967, replacing a spot called the Blue Dolphin; the restaurant has been known over the years as a family-friendly restaurant to go to for seafood and classic American fare.

The address for The Porthole Restaurant is 98 Lynnway, Lynn, MA, 01902. Its website can be found at http://www.portholerestaurant.com/

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Kimchipapi Kitchen Opens in Allston

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new Korean and Japanese restaurant has come to Allston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Kimchipapi Kitchen is now open on Harvard Avenue (where a location of Chicken & Rice Guys had been), with owner/head chef Joon Son returning to the space where he once ran a sneaker store called At the Buzzer. The post says that the dining spot will have a limited menu at first and will only be open for dinner at the outset, with lunch service possibly coming at some point in the future. Currently, Kimchipapi Kitchen is offering "kravings," or appetizers, along with "glory bowls" which include meat/tofu, sauce, toppings, and side dishes.

Son's mother used to own Wu Chon House, a now-closed Korean restaurant in Somerville's Union Square.

The address for this new restaurant in Allston is: Kimchipapi Kitchen, 81 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/kimchipapiktchn/

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Diane's Bakery in Roslindale Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A decades-old spot for pastries, baked goods, and more will soon be closing its doors.

According to an article from Universal Hub, Diane's Bakery in Roslindale shuts down for good on June 8, with owner Bob Anderson indicating that it is time for a change after many years of waking up early to make food items each day. The closing of the Poplar Street shop, which first opened 50 years ago, means that only one bakery will remain in Roslindale Square--Fornax, which is located on Corinth Street.

UH says that Anderson's father ran Diane's Bakery until he passed away in 2016.

The address for this soon-to-close bakery in Roslindale is: Diane's Bakery, 9 Poplar Street, Roslindale, MA, 02131.

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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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