Thursday, September 19, 2019

Jose's Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge Is Closing

A Mexican restaurant in Cambridge that has been around for a long time is shutting down.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Jose's on Sherman Street is closing, with the note simply saying, "I wanted to share a news, well not so good news.... we are closing Jose's for good." No reason has been given for the restaurant's closure, nor is it known when exactly it closes or what might become of its space, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Jose's has been in business since the mid-1980s, with the present owner taking over the dining spot a bit more than 15 years ago. An Arlington restaurant called Jose's Torta Mexicana opened this spring and has a connection to the Cambridge location of Jose's; it is not yet known what the status of that place is.

The address for Jose's Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge is 131 Sherman Street, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

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]

Notch Brewing in Salem to Open Second Brewery and Taproom

It looks like a North Shore brewing company will be expanding to a second location.

According to a Facebook post from Chris Lohring, Notch Brewing in Salem is planning to open a new brewery and taproom at an as-of-yet undisclosed location, with Lohring (who is the founder of Notch) saying that more news on the plans will be coming next week. Notch, which first opened along the South River on the outer edge of Salem's downtown area in the summer of 2016, is known in part for its session beers, while the space itself has an outdoor beer garden along the river.

The address for Notch Brewing is 283R Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Its website can be found at https://www.notchbrewing.com

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]

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bar 'Cino Plans to Open in Former Waxy O'Connor's Space in Brookline

It looks like a regional restaurant group will be bringing one of their dining spots to the Boston area, taking over the space where a location of a group of Irish pubs had been.

According to a source, Bar 'Cino is planning to open in the old Waxy O'Connor's space in Brookline, with an earlier meeting notice within the town's website seeming to confirm this, saying that the restaurant would indeed be moving into the Beacon Street space and that the "alternate manager" would be Bryan Parkin. An online search shows that Parkin is involved with Papa Razzi, a group of restaurants whose locations in Boston, Concord, and Wellesley are part of the Newport Restaurant Group; this group also runs a place called Bar 'Cino in Newport, RI, so it looks like this could be a second location of that eatery.

Waxy O'Connor's, which closed its Brookline location in early 2018, is now down to just one outlet in the Greater Boston area--in Lexington--as its others in Foxboro, Kingston, and Woburn have also shuttered.

The address for the upcoming location of Bar 'Cino  in Brookline is 1032 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. The website for the Newport location can be found at https://www.barcinonewport.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]

Au Bon Pain at the Prudential Center in Boston Has Closed

A Boston-based chain of bakery-cafes has closed one of its locations within the city.

According to several sources, Au Bon Pain at the Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay is no longer in business, with a tweet from @Celtkicks confirming that the shop shut down yesterday. A sign out front refers customers to a nearby outlet at Copley Place, while ten others in Boston (and three other locations in Massachusetts in Cambridge, Somerville, and Easton) remain in business.

Au Bon Pain, which was established in the mid-1970s and currently has approximately 200 locations in the United States and overseas, is headquartered in Boston's Seaport District, though the company is now owned by Panera. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.aubonpain.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]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lucie Drink & Dine Plans to Open in Former Brasserie Jo Space in Boston

A bit more than a year ago, it was reported that a French restaurant in Boston was closing, as the hotel in which it resided was planning to go through some changes. Now we have learned that a new restaurant is hoping to move into its space.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Lucie Drink & Dine is looking to open in the former Brasserie Jo space within The Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Avenue, with the notice saying that the corporate name will also be changing, from BRJO Management Corp. to Lu C. Management Corp. This proposed change is being looked at as The Colonnade Hotel is having renovations done to its lobby, based on a notice within the hotel's website, and it says that the upgrades will continue for the "next several weeks." It is not known what kind of concept the new dining spot would have, nor is it known what might be on its menu, so stay tuned for updates.

Brasserie Jo, which closed last October after being in business for 20 years, had been run by James Beard award winner Jean Joho.

The address for the proposed Lucie Drink & Dine (and The Colonnade Hotel) is 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the hotel can be found at https://www.colonnadehotel.com/

[Earlier Article]
Brasserie Jo in Boston Is Closing

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]

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park Has Closed

A two-story restaurant that has been featured as an under-the-radar spot by our sister site has shut down.

According to a source, the Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park is no longer in business, with the place apparently closing yesterday. A check on the website and Facebook page for the Fairmount Avenue spot indicates that both have been taken down and a call placed to the restaurant goes to voicemail, while Hyde Park Main Streets says that it has indeed shuttered. No reason has been given for the closure of the Fairmount Grille, nor is it known what might go into its space, so stay tuned for updates.

Fairmount Grille, which first opened in 2013 in the former Townsends space, was featured on the Boston's Hidden Restaurant site as a place to go for classic American and New American fare. A link to the review can be found below:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/FairmountGrille.html

The address for the Fairmount Grille was 81 Fairmount Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.

Thanks to Universal Hub for its help with this story.

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]