Friday, October 23, 2020

Artifact Cider Project Opens The Station Taproom in Cambridge's Central Square

Earlier this year, it was reported that a craft cider company that has bounced around a bit was coming back to the Boston area once again with a brand new taproom on the way. Now we have learned that it has very quietly opened its doors.

According to a source, Artifact Cider Project opens The Station in the Central Square section of Cambridge today at 4:00 PM, taking over the former Economy Hardware space on Mass. Ave. between Brookline Street and Sidney Street. The new place joins their taproom, production cellar and retail area in Florence called "The Cellar," which became the company's new home after starting out in a garage in Springfield in 2014, than moving to a facility in Everett three years later before heading back west.

The address for The Station taproom in Central Square is 438 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139. The web page for the place can be found at https://www.artifactcider.com/taproom-cambridge

[Earlier Article]
Artifact Cider Project to Open Taproom in Cambridge's Central Square

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


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Cajun Crab Shack Opens in Former Flaming Grill & Buffet Space in Roslindale

A new Cajun seafood spot has replaced a three-year-old Chinese-American buffet place in a Boston neighborhood.

Universal Hub is reporting (via Lisa Beatman in the Keep Roslindale Quirky Facebook group page) that Cajun Crab Shack is now open in the old Flaming Grill & Buffet space on American Legion Highway in Roslindale, with the menu for the new spot showing such items as hush puppies, crabmeat fries, lobster tails, fried catfish, fried flounder, po' boys, and a variety of seafood boil options. Sources tell us that locations of Flaming Grill & Buffet in Malden and Revere may be changing over to Cajun Crab Shack as well, though we are still trying to confirm this.

Flaming Grill & Buffet first opened in Roslindale in the spring of 2017.

The address for Cajun Crab Shack is 950 American Legion Highway, Roslindale, MA, 02131. Its website can be found at https://cajuncrabshackma.com/

[October 25 update: We have received confirmation from sources that Flaming Grill & Buffet in Malden and Revere are indeed becoming outlets of Cajun Crab Shack.]

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


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Cafe Yafa Opens in Natick

 A new dining spot that focuses on Mediterranean food has come to the western suburbs of Boston.

According to a source, Cafe Yafa is now open in Natick, moving into a space in a strip mall on Wethersfield Road (just off of Route 9 west). Based on its Facebook page, the new eatery offers such items as tabbouleh, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush, kabobs, shawarma, and baklava.

The address for this new Mediterranean restaurant in Natick is: Cafe Yafa, 6a Wethersfield Road, Natick, MA, 01760. Its website can be found at https://cafe-yafa.business.site/

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


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The Novel Kitchen by Curds & Co. Is Opening Next to Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner

Late last year, it was reported that a longtime bookstore in Brookline was planning to expand, and its plans would include a dining spot. Now we have learned a bit more about the eatery, which is on the verge of opening.

According to posts within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, The Novel Kitchen by Curds & Co. is getting ready to open in the former Verizon space next to Brookline Booksmith on Harvard Street, with the posts saying that it will offer artisanal seasonal plates and snacks along with some specialty foods and houseware items within a small retail section, while the space will have seats for dining in along with takeout. The dining spot looks like it may open sometime this month, though an exact opening date has not been given as of yet.

As reported earlier, Brookline Booksmith, which first opened in 1961 as Paperback Booksmith, has expanded its space, including what appears to be an expansion of its children's section and a new cookbook section added in addition to collaborating with Curds & Co. on the eatery, which will be physically connected to the bookstore. (Curds & Co. is a cheese shop that is located in Brookline Village.)

The address for The Novel Kitchen by Curds & Co. is 283 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. The website for the place can be found at https://thenovelkitchen.com/

[Earlier Article]
Brookline Booksmith to Expand, Include a Restaurant

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Taffer's Tavern to Expand to the Boston Area

A new tavern concept that has a TV personality behind it is on its way to the region.

According to a source, Taffer's Tavern is planning to expand to the Greater Boston area, with an earlier article from Restaurant News saying that five franchised locations are apparently in the works locally. John Taffer, who is the host of Bar Rescue on the Paramount Network, is bringing the first Taffer's Tavern to Alpharetta, GA, over the coming weeks, and it looks like franchised outlets will be coming to the Washington, DC area as well. (The locations page on the website for the restaurant shows both Boston and DC coming soon.)

Taffer's Tavern outlets will include a hoodless/ventless format and advanced food prep technology, with the sous vide method of cooking being part of the plans; some menu items shown on the website include wings, pork belly skewers, French onion soup, steak frites, osso buco, pot roast stroganoff, fish and chips, roast beef au jus, burgers, flatbreads, and croissant-style doughnuts, along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The website for Taffer's Tavern can be found at https://www.tafferstavern.com/

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


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Cobblestone Cafe in Boston's North End Has Closed

A North End dining spot known in part for its burgers has shut down permanently.

According to a tweet from @rousee, Cobblestone Cafe on Hanover Street is no longer in operation, with a Facebook post from the place indicating that it actually shut down late last month. The restaurant was part diner and part coffee shop, offering such items as soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza, wings, ice cream, coffee, and a variety of burgers.

Cobblestone Cafe first opened in 2013, taking over the space that had been home to Hot Tomatoes Express.

The address for the now-closed Cobblestone Cafe in the North End was 227 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

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