Monday, November 11, 2019

D'Amici's Bakery Has Closed All of Its Locations

A local group of bakeries that first started out more than 25 years ago has apparently disappeared from the landscape.

According to several social media posts, including one within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, D'Amici's Bakery in Melrose and Lynn have closed, with the Melrose closure being confirmed by the Patch and the Lynn closure being mentioned on The REAL 'You Know You're From Lynn' Facebook group page. Other social media posts indicate that the Reading location of the bakery has shut down as well, including a recent post on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants showing that the same "out of business" sign at the Melrose and Lynn locations is also shown at the Reading shop. (Phone calls to the Reading location are going unanswered this morning.)

D'Amici's Bakery was established in 1993 and at one point had four locations, including another outlet in Lynn that shut down earlier this year; the shops offered such items as breads, pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, sandwiches, and coffee. A Facebook post from one of the original owners indicates that the bakeries changed hands in 2017.

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, November 08, 2019

Le Canular Wine Bar Opens in Former Sister Sorel Space in Boston's South End

The team behind an American brasserie with Japanese influences has opened a wine bar in an adjacent space.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Le Canular is now open in Boston's South End, taking over the space next to Whaling in Oklahoma that had previously been used occasionally for overflow seating for the restaurant--and which used to be home to Sister Sorel. Tim Maslow took over both the Tremont 647 space and the Sister Sorel space last year, opening Whaling in Oklahoma in the Tremont 647 space; both Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel were run by Andy Husbands, who is now behind The Smoke Shop BBQ in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.

Boston Magazine says that Le Canular offers such options as cheese plates, oysters, marinated vegetables, house-made pâtés, and more, with its menu eventually growing to possibly include burgers and other items, while drinks will focus on wines, all of which will be priced at $13. The bar is currently open from 6:00 PM to midnight Wednesday through Saturday.

The address for Le Canular is 645 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02118. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/lecanular/

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]

Turmeric House to Replace Indian Delight in Weymouth

A new Indian restaurant is on its way to the South Shore, replacing another Indian spot that was featured by our sister site as a little-known fave.

According to a tweet from @CorbettRestGrp, Indian Delight in Weymouth has been sold, with a thread on the Weymouth Is Everything Facebook group page indicating that Turmeric House is opening in its space. This jibes with an earlier minutes page on the Weymouth site looking into a transfer of licenses from Indian Delight to Turmeric House; very little is known as of yet about Turmeric House--including when it will open--so keep checking back for updates.

Indian Delight was a dining spot that was featured on Boston's Hidden Restaurants as an under-the-radar place for Indian food, with the review being found at the link below:

https://hiddenboston.com/IndianDelight.html

The address for the now-closed Indian Delight (and upcoming Turmeric House) is 428 Washington Street, Weymouth, MA, 02188.

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]

Country Mile in Watertown Is Closing

An eclectic restaurant that features globally-inspired cuisine along with craft beer and cocktails is shutting down after approximately a year in business.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Country Mile in Watertown is closing after dinner service on Saturday, with the note saying that "Circumstances have conspired to make it necessary for us to step aside and make way for what's next. It's a long and sordid tale, some of which I've aired already here on social media, some of which will remain private, but know that we've loved every minute of showing you crazy folks our version of hospitality." A post from last month indicated that changes might be coming to the Belmont Street spot, saying that "Country Mile will be closed this week while we rest our heads and ponder the universe. Things have been 'interesting' for Nancy and me these past few months as we deal with rampant staffing turnover and shortages, challenging cash flow, a distinct lack of sleep, and not nearly enough time to post cool food pics on Instagram."

Country Mile first opened in late November of 2018, with Matt and Nancy Sargent being behind the restaurant; the Sargents, who come from Vermont, had run a series of "Phantom Dinner" underground dinner events along with a food truck and dining spot before arriving in the local area to help with the opening of Brewer's Tap & Table on Moody Street in Waltham in the latter part of 2016.

The address for Country Mile is 136 Belmont Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

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]

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Great Marsh Brewing Company Opens in Essex

A brewery that has been in the works for quite awhile has finally arrived on the North Shore.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Great Marsh Brewing Company is now open in Essex, taking over the former Fortune Palace II space on Main Street. As mentioned here earlier, the new spot includes a brewery, taproom, restaurant, and bar along with a beer garden, with the Webber Restaurant Group (Gibbet Hill Grill, Scarlet Oak Tavern, The Bancroft) running the dining spot.

Plans for Great Marsh Brewing Company were first mentioned in the summer of 2018.

The address for Great Marsh Brewing Company is 99 Main Street, Essex, MA, 01929. Its website can be found at https://www.thegreatmarsh.com/

[Earlier Article]
Great Marsh Brewing Company to Open in Former Fortune Palace II Space in Essex

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


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

TKK Fried Chicken/Kung Fu Tea to Open at Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 Food Court in Allston

A decades-old Taiwanese chicken chain that recently teamed up with a bubble tea chain to open its first Boston-area location is apparently planning to team up on a second location within the city itself.

According to a source (Sarah Wu), TKK Fried Chicken is opening within the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 food court in Allston, with a check on the website for the chain indicating that it will be pairing up with a location of Kung Fu Tea; another source tells us that an outlet of Kung Fu Tea already exists in the food court, so we are trying to find out if that spot is moving to the TKK space or if they will share the existing Kung Fu Tea space.

Once it opens, TKK Fried Chicken/Kung Fu Tea will join another combination space in Quincy's Wollaston neighborhood, while several other Kung Fu Teas can be found in and around Boston. (Based on the TKK site, it looks like a third TKK Fried Chicken/Kung Fu Tea collaboration will be coming to Nashua, NH, as well.)

TKK Fried Chicken, which started out in Taiwan in 1974, features such items as fried chicken, wings, tenders, and chicken sandwiches. (Kung Fu Tea offers such items as classic tea, milk tea, slush, punch, and yogurt.) The website for TKK is at https://www.tkkusa.com/ while the website for Kung Fu Tea is at https://www.kungfutea.com/

[Earlier Article]
TKK Fried Chicken, Kung Fu Tea Are Opening in Quincy's Wollaston Neighborhood

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


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