Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Chicken and Rice Guys Replacing Cheeseboy in Boston's Downtown Crossing

The people behind a group of food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants are opening yet another permanent spot, and it is replacing a location of a grilled cheese place.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Chicken & Rice Guys will be opening in Boston's Downtown Crossing, while a Facebook post indicates that it is moving into the Cheeseboy space on Washington Street and that Cheeseboy closed that shop for good on December 1. The Facebook post includes something intriguing, that "we've made the bold decision to close Downtown Crossing and reopen next month as a Chicken & Rice Guys restaurant," while the LinkedIn page for Cheeseboy founder Michael Inwald says that Cheeseboy was "sold to a Boston-based restaurant group in 2016." We have reached out to the Chicken & Rice Guys to confirm that they are indeed the new owners of Cheeseboy; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

EB says that the new Chicken & Rice Guys plans to have a "Grand Hatching" for its new shop on January 21, with the restaurant joining other brick-and-mortars in Boston's Financial District, Allston, and Medford (and a pop-up at the Prudential Center), along with food trucks in various parts of the Boston area.

Cheeseboy's South Station shop closed this fall, which means that its only location remaining in the Greater Boston area is in Natick.

The address for the upcoming Chicken & Rice Guys (and the now-closed Cheeseboy) is 280 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The website for all locations of Chicken & Rice Guys can be found at http://cnrguys.com/ while the website for the remaining locations of Cheeseboy is at http://cheeseboy.com/

[February 14, 2017 update: A new post from Eater Boston says that Chicken & Rice Guys plans to open in the former Cheeseboy space in Downtown Crossing on Saturday, February 18.]

[February 16, 2017 update: A new Twitter post from the place indicates that the opening of the new Chicken & Rice Guys in Downtown Crossing will apparently not take place this weekend after all, with Thursday, February 23 now looking like a possibility.]

[March 13, 2017 update: The Downtown Crossing location of Chicken & Rice Guys never did open in February, but now Eater Boston says that it could finally open on Saturday, March 18, with the restaurant's Facebook page also stating that the opening may take place either on March 18 or Monday, March 20.]

[March 20, 2017 update: A new Twitter post from @DTownBostonBID mentions that the new Chicken & Rice Guys opens today (and the restaurant confirms this, saying that today is the day for their "Grand Hatching").]

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