Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sweet Rice to Replace Wonder Spice Cafe in Jamaica Plain

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime favorite for Cambodian and Thai food is going away, and it will apparently be replaced by another restaurant that features Thai cuisine.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Wonder Spice Cafe in Jamaica Plain is looking to transfer its license to Sweet Rice, JP, which would go into the Centre Street space. It appears that the proposed eatery has a connection to a Charlestown spot that is also called Sweet Rice; the manager listed for the Jamaica Plain location is Tasanan Boranmool, who is indeed one of the people behind the two-year-old Main Street restaurant, according to an earlier article posted here. As noted before, the Charlestown restaurant features Thai food and sushi, though it is not yet known if the Jamaica Plain location of Sweet Rice would have a similar menu.

Wonder Spice Cafe has been featured by our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as a place to go for a variety of Southeast Asian dishes, with the review being found at this link:

The address for Wonder Spice Cafe (and the proposed Sweet Rice) is 697 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

[August 24 update: Eater Boston confirms that this will be a second location of Sweet Rice and that it will offer the same items as that of the Charlestown restaurant. It looks like the Jamaica Plain outlet might not be open until around the end of the year, and it is not yet known when Wonder Spice will close (as soon as we find out, we will post another update here).]

[March 6, 2019 update: According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page along with a couple of posters within the Jamaica Plain Facebook group page, Wonder Spice Cafe is now closed.]

[April 30, 2019 update: Eater Boston states that Sweet Rice will open its Jamaica Plain location in early May.]

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