Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Garbanzo Is Opening at Arsenal Yards in Watertown

A Colorado-based restaurant chain that focuses on Mediterranean food is opening a second Boston-area location, and this one will be in a new complex near the Boston line that is slowly but surely becoming home to a number of other dining and drinking spots.

According to a press release, Garbanzo is planning to open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown, joining another outlet that debuted on Boylston Street in downtown Boston last month. Once it opens (sometime later this year), expect to see such items as salads, stuffed pitas, wraps, gyros, baklava, and more at the new location.

Arsenal Yards is currently home to Shake Shack, Pepe's Pizza, Ben and Jerry's, Chipotle, and City Works Eatery and Pour House, with more new restaurants on the way including Kura Sushi, The Gallows, Tori Jiro, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, and Pokeworks.

The website for Garbanzo can be found at https://eatgarbanzo.com/

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


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110 Grill and Evviva Trattoria to Open at Exchange 200 in Malden

Two local groups of restaurants that have an ownership connection will be expanding to a new mixed-use development a few miles north of Boston.

According to a press release, 110 Grill and Evviva Trattoria are both planning to open on the ground floor of Exchange 200 in Malden Center, with the former being a rapidly growing chain of casual upscale American restaurants while the latter is a smaller but also-growing group of Italian dining spots. The two eateries plan to debut in the complex--which will include lab/life-sciences, R&D, and office space--in mid-2021 if all goes well.

Currently, 110 has more than 25 locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York, while Evviva Trattoria has three locations in Massachusetts; this will be the first outlet of Evviva Trattoria inside Route 128, while four locations of 110 Grill can currently be found inside/along Route 128.

The address for the upcoming locations of 110 Grill and Evviva Trattoria in Malden will be 200 Exchange Street, Malden, MA, 02148.

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


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Boston Licensing Board to Hold Emergency Hearings for Beer Gardens/Large Outdoor Spaces, Allston/Brighton Restaurants

It looks like not one, but two emergency licensing board hearings are taking place tomorrow regarding dining and drinking spots in the city of Boston.

According to an article from Universal Hub, a virtual emergency hearing is slated to take place at noon on Thursday, August 13 on beer gardens along with dining spots with temporary extensions to outdoor spaces, with the notice mentioning that this deals with complaints regarding such things as social distancing issues, mandatory operational requirements, tobacco use, and the presence of animals as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Another virtual emergency hearing will take place at 3:00 PM that day concerning restaurants in Allston/Brighton that have liquor licenses, with that notice including a look at the same complaints. For both meetings, any business that fails to attend the emergency hearings could immediately lose any temporary extension of its outdoor area along with the potential of additional disciplinary action regarding its license. (A similar emergency hearing took place in June for restaurants in the North End.)

The emergency hearings come on the heels of a tightening of state guidelines from the Baker administration that includes making sure that bars cannot be "masquerading" as restaurants by simply offering pre-packaged food such as chips and pretzels.

[Earlier Articles]
Boston Licensing Board to Hold Emergency Hearing for North End Restaurants to Address Numerous Complaints
Updated Rules Have Been Set for Massachusetts Bars, Including What Constitutes "Food"

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


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Trillium Fenway Ceases Outdoor Seating and Draft Service for Now

A taproom from one of the biggest breweries in Massachusetts has mostly shut down for the foreseeable future, and it could be a sign of things to come for at least some beermakers in the state.

According to a Facebook post, Trillium Fenway next to Time Out Market Boston is "pausing" outdoor seating and draft service, saying that pickup of to-go cans and bottles will continue via online ordering while also noting that "We will announce any further operational changes as they become available." The decision appears to be based on the updated guidelines issued by the Baker administration last Friday (and officially instituted yesterday) in which a "restaurant" is defined as a place that has seated food service where the food is prepared on-site and in which the spot has a "retail food permit issued by a municipal authority pursuant to 105 CMR 590.000," meaning that pre-packaged foods are not suitable enough for a place to remain in operation. In a boston.com article from Monday, Trillium Brewing had been trying to determine if the Fenway taproom was in compliance with the order, with vice president of operations Ryan Shocklee saying that "We could easily have Time Out Market run food to our tables. But would that qualify as food prepared on site for Trillium? We don't know the answer to that question yet."

A number of breweries across Massachusetts have taprooms and/or beer gardens that offer food, though some make use of food trucks while others mostly serve snacks--and there are also some that do not offer any food at all. The decision by Trillium to suspend outdoor seating and draft service could be just the first of many by breweries when it comes to their taprooms and beer gardens, so stay tuned for more updates over the coming days as other breweries figure out what needs to be done in order to comply with the order.

It appears that Trillium's Fort Point and Canton locations are unaffected by the updated guidelines, based on what Shocklee says in the boston.com post.

[Earlier Article]
Updated Rules Have Been Set for Massachusetts Bars, Including What Constitutes "Food"

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]


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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Tree Top Restaurant Opens at Lake Pearl in Wrentham

An historic lakeside venue known in part for events such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries has now become a restaurant of sorts as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused it to reconcept for the time being.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Lake Pearl in Wrentham has opened the Tree Top Restaurant for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, using the Tree Top Room--which is often used for wedding receptions--along with its two-tiered outdoor dock, both of which have views of the lake below. The post mentions that the dining spot offers food with "classic European and contemporary" influences, with options including fried calamari, bruschetta, oysters Rockefeller, ravioli, shrimp scampi, chicken parmesan, pan-seared sea scallops, New York sirloin, chicken and waffles, burgers, grilled salmon, and more.

Juliana Lorusso, who is director of marketing and events at Lake Pearl, gives the reasoning behind opening the Tree Top Restaurant, saying that "Unfortunately, the pandemic really hit our industry harder than most. We knew we had to continue coming up with fresh ideas because we are unable to host our typical weddings and events....It's definitely been challenging, but luckily our ownership and management team has much experience with restaurant-style dining, so we are well prepared for this new venture." (In addition to being a function space, Lake Pearl has also been known for its Sunday brunches as well, which are open to the general public.)

The address for Lake Pearl and the Tree Top Restaurant is 299 Creek Street, Wrentham, MA, 02093. The website for the space can be found at https://www.lakepearl.com/

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


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Kantipur Cafe Is Now Open in Cambridge

A new restaurant that has been in the works for a long time has finally come to Cambridge.

According to a tweet from @TroySch1, Kantipur Cafe is now open on Hampshire Street between Inman Square and Kendall Square, moving into the space that had been home to Cafe Kiraz, Cafe 135, and The Taste. As indicated here before, the new eatery offers a variety of Indian and Nepali dishes, while also serving pizza and subs as well, while a Facebook post from the place shows that it debuted on Monday, August 3.

The address for Kantipur Cafe is 119 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

[Earlier Article]
Kantipur Cafe Plans to Open in Cambridge

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


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