Thursday, December 21, 2017

Changes Coming to Roxbury's Dudley Square, as Dudley Dough Closes, Tasty Burger to Close, Four New Restaurants to Open

by Marc Hurwitz

One of the busiest sections of Roxbury is in the midst of some major changes within its dining scene.

According to an article in The Bay State Banner, Tasty Burger in Roxbury's Dudley Square is apparently closing in early 2018, joining Dudley Dough, another eatery within the historic Bolling Building which shut down for good last week. The post says that both spaces may not be empty for long, however, as a new pizza spot called 119 plans to open in the Dudley Dough space with the manager of Dudley Dough also managing this spot, while the person behind the long-closed Keith's Place in Grove Hall will open a Southern-influenced restaurant called Soleil in the Tasty Burger space. In addition, an as-of-yet unnamed restaurant featuring live music is in the works for the Bolling Building as well, while a coffee shop tentatively called Ethiopian Flavor plans to open at the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard, with that spot being run by the owner of Fasika, an Ethiopian eatery in Somerville.

The article says that 119 could open in February while Soleil plans to open sometime in 2018; it is not yet known when Ethiopian Flavor and the proposed restaurant and music spot might open.

Thanks to Universal Hub for bringing this to our attention.

[January 14, 2018 update: It appears that the Roxbury location of Tasty Burger is now closed, as it has been taken off the locations page within the website and it is no longer mentioned in the locations section of its voicemail, either.]

[May 11, 2018 update: Eater Boston states that Soleil will open by the end of May, with the restaurant featuring Southern-influenced dishes such as macaroni and cheese with collard greens along with lighter fare as well, according to owner Cheryl Straughter.]

[June 14, 2018 update: A licensing board page indicates that the coffee shop coming to Dudley Square may end up being called Fasika Cafe rather than Ethiopian Flavor, and that it is seeking a beer and wine license.]

[Earlier Article]
Dudley Dough in Roxbury Is Closing

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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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