Thursday, June 21, 2018

Feng Shui to Open in Burlington

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of Chinese and Japanese restaurants with four locations in the local area is getting ready to open another outlet, with this one being in a red-hot suburb for dining out.

The Burlington Union is reporting that Feng Shui is planning to open in The District, which is a rebranding of the New England Executive Park that contains such restaurants as Island Creek Oyster Bar, Pressed Cafe, Tavern in the Square, and Tuscan Kitchen. Once it opens, the new eatery may be offering sushi, Chinese and Japanese entrees, and hibachi based on its other locations in Chelmsford, Cohasset, Tyngsboro, and Waltham. If all goes well, the Burlington location of Feng Shui may be opening in the next few weeks. (Another location of the restaurant is being planned for Brighton.)

A Daily Times article from last summer had actually mentioned that Feng Shui was coming to Burlington.

The website for all locations of Feng Shui can be found at: http://www.gofengshui.com/

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Spud's Restaurant & Pub in Saugus Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

What was once a small local group of casual dining spots will soon be down to just one, as another one of its locations is shutting down.

An article from Wicked Local confirms rumors that we have been hearing over the past couple of weeks, that Spud's Restaurant & Pub in Saugus is closing at the end of this month, with the general manager of the Lincoln Avenue eatery citing slow sales and a "lack of staffing" as reasons for its closure. It appears that the sole remaining location of the restaurant will continue to operate in Rowley, though if this changes, we will post an update here. (Spud's used to have outlets in Danvers, Woburn, and North Hampton, NH as well.)

The Saugus location of Spud's had been in business since 1989.

The address for this soon-to-close dining spot in Saugus is: Spud's Restaurant & Pub, 22 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus, MA, 01906. The website for Spud's can be found at http://spudsrestaurant.net

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]





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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Vitamin Sea Brewing to Open in Weymouth

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another brewery is on its way to the South Shore, and this one will be a very short distance from another brewery.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Vitamin Sea Brewing is planning to open in Weymouth, moving into a building on Moore Road that is around the corner from Barrel House Z on Woodrock Road. The post says that the place will include a taproom and a brewing area, and that it will be mainly a production facility, closing each night at 8:00 PM. If all goes as planned, Vitamin Sea Brewing could be opening as early as September.

In addition to the upcoming Vitamin Sea Brewing and Barrel House Z, another brewery that recently opened nearby is Widowmaker, which is located in Braintree just west of the Braintree Split.

The address for Vitamin Sea Brewing is 30 Moore Road, Weymouth, MA, 02189. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Vitaminseabrewing/

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Roost Bistro in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale Back Bay restaurant that focused mainly on New American fare has closed its doors.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Roost Bistro has shut down, with website for the Newbury Street spot simply saying "Sorry we are now closed. We thank you for your patronage in the past." This confirms what we have heard from a few sources over the past few days who said it looked like the restaurant was no longer in operation.

Roost Bistro first opened in the spring of 2014, replacing The Creperie which was under the same ownership; the restaurant offered such items as clam chowder, steak tips, filet mignon, statler chicken, baked scrod, and grilled salmon.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in the Back Bay was: Roost Bistro, 259 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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Chick-fil-A Plans to Open in Walpole

by Marc Hurwitz

A controversial chain of chicken spots is looking to open another location in the Greater Boston area, with this one being southwest of the city.

The Walpole Times is reporting that Georgia-based Chick-fil-A is planning to open at the Walpole Mall on Route 1, with the dining spot possibly having seating for 120 inside and a small outdoor area with 16 additional seats. This outlet would join others in Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Marlboro, and Peabody along with six other shops in Massachusetts.

Chick-fil-A was in the local news several years ago when former Boston mayor Thomas Menino said he wouldn't allow the chain to open within the city because of the CEO's opposition to same-sex marriage. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.chick-fil-a.com/

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The Wholy Grain in Boston's South End Has Closed; Chilacates to Replace It

by Marc Hurwitz

A bakery-cafe in the South End has shut its doors, and a growing local group of highly-regarded Mexican restaurants will be moving into its space.

According to a Facebook post, The Wholy Grain on Shawmut Avenue has closed, with the note saying that "it's with great sadness that we have to let you know that we have sold The Wholy Grain as we prepare for our next adventure. We will miss you terribly as you have become such great friends, but we hope to see you all day to day in the neighborhood." The post goes on to say that Chilacates will be opening in its space, joining other locations of the Mexican eatery in Jamaica Plain (two) along with upcoming outlets in Mission Hill and Chestnut Hill.

The Wholy Grain, which first opened in the winter of 2011, was a neighborhood spot that offered such items as scones, croissants, muffins, cupcakes, soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and a variety of breads.

The address for the now-closed Wholy Grain (and upcoming Chilacates) is 275 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

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