Thursday, May 06, 2021

Santa Fe Burrito Grill Plans to Open in East Boston

A growing local group of fast-casual Mexican restaurants could be opening its first location within the Boston city limits.

According to a tweet from @cambridgegirl, Santa Fe Burrito Grill is planning to open in East Boston, with a post from the East Boston Times-Free Press indicating that the proposed eatery is looking at the space on Sumner Street in Jeffries Point that had once been home to 303 Cafe. If approved, the new location of Santa Fe would join others in Weymouth and Franklin along with a new outlet coming to Melrose.

The space that Santa Fe Burrito Grill is eyeing was also going to be home to a restaurant called The Retreat, but it appears that those plans ended up falling through.

The address for the proposed location of Santa Fe Burrito Grill in East Boston is 303 Sumner Street, East Boston, MA, 02128. The website for the other locations can be found at https://santafeburritogrill.com/

[Earlier Article]
Santa Fe Burrito Grill to Open in Melrose

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


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Mary Dumont to Open Plant Pub in Cambridge's Kendall Square

One of the best-known chefs in the Boston area is getting ready to open what looks to be a plant-based beer bar in Cambridge.

According to a source, Plant Pub is planning to open in Kendall Square, with Mary Dumont (Cultivar, Harvest) being behind the West Kendall Street spot. Based on its website and Instagram page, it looks like the upcoming place will initially be open for takeout and delivery, and that it will feature "plant-based versions of your favorite pub foods alongside the best local craft beers," according to its website.

Dumont had been the chef at Harvest in Harvard Square before venturing out to co-own the now-closed Cultivar in downtown Boston; she has also appeared on the Food Network's Iron Chef America while Food and Wine magazine awarded her "best new chef" in 2006.

The address for the upcoming Plant Pub is 675 West Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. Its website is at https://plantpub.com/ while its Instagram page is at https://www.instagram.com/plantpub/

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


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Update: Night Shift Brewing Reopens at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston After Being Closed Since January

[Ed note: This article was updated on May 6 to reflect the fact that the place has opened back up.]

A local brewery is closing its Boston location for the time being.

According to a source, Night Shift Brewing at Lovejoy Wharf is planning to temporarily shut down after business hours on January 23, with a Facebook post from the business confirming this. The post goes on to say that the reopening date is "TBD," and that they are "hopeful that it happens sooner than later" while also referring customers to their Everett location which will remain open.

The Lovejoy location of Night Shift is one of countless dining and drinking spots to temporarily close for some or all of the winter months as the pandemic continues.

The website for Night Shift Brewing can be found at https://nightshiftbrewing.com/

[May 6, 2021 update: According to an email, Night Shift reopens its Lovejoy Wharf location today, and it also plans to open the Owl's Nest Beer Garden on the Esplanade on Saturday, May 8 and The Owl's Nest Beer Garden at Herter Park in Allston in mid-May.]

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


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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Johnny Pomodoro to Open in the Former New Speedy Chen's Space in Charlestown

It looks like a brand new dining spot featuring Italian food is on its way to Charlestown.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Johnny Pomodoro is planning to open on Main Street, moving into the former New Speedy Chen's space a few blocks northwest of the Austin Street intersection. The poster and the restaurant's Instagram page both indicate that the place will feature red sauce dishes, with the website for the eatery mentioning salads, garlic knots, subs, and tray pies. The latter item appears to refer to "grandma-style pizza," based on an Instagram post; grandma pizza is popular on Long Island and has some similarities to Sicilian pizza.

The address for the upcoming Johnny Pomodoro is 297 Main Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129. Its website can be found at https://www.johnnypomodoro.com/ while its Instagram page is at https://www.instagram.com/johnnypomodoro/

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


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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

La Royal to Open in Cambridge's Huron Village Neighborhood

A new restaurant is on its way to a quiet part of Cambridge, and it will have a connection to a Somerville spot.

According to an article from Eater Boston, La Royal is planning to open in the city's Huron Village neighborhood, with Maria Rondeau and JuanMa Calderón of Celeste in Union Square being behind it. The upcoming eatery, which will be coming to an undisclosed location somewhere across from Royal Avenue, will feature a variety of dishes, including such items as conchitas a la parmesana (baked scallops with parmesan), anticuchos (grilled pinchos), jalea (breaded, deep-fried seafood platters), and . raw bar items.

Celeste, which opened in March of 2018, is known in part for its Peruvian dishes along with its variety of beer, wine, and cocktail options.

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


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Parm to Open at the Burlington Mall

Last week it was reported that a lobby bar and a rooftop restaurant that would soon be opening within a rebranded hotel in Boston were getting ready to open and that a New York-based restaurant group would be running the two spots. Now we have learned that that group will also be opening a location of a group of casual Italian-American restaurants in the northern suburbs.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Major Food Group is planning to open Parm within the Burlington Mall, with the eatery possibly offering such options as chicken parm subs, meatballs, fried calamari, freshly-cut mozzarella sticks, rigatoni fra diavola, spaghetti and meatballs, and more depending on how similar the menu is to those at their other five locations--four of which are in New York City and one of which is in Woodbury (which is north of the city). No opening date has been given for the new outlet at the Burlington Mall, so stay tuned for any updates as they come in.

Major Food Group plans to open Street Bar within The Newbury hotel in Boston on May 18, as well as Contessa, an Italian restaurant on the rooftop of the hotel, in the middle of June. (The Newbury is taking over the space at the corner of Newbury Street and Arlington Street that had been home to The Taj, and before that, the Ritz-Carlton.)

The website for Parm can be found at https://www.parmitalian.com/

[Earlier Article]
Street Bar, Contessa to Open within The Newbury Boston

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


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