Monday, May 21, 2018

Cristo's Pizzeria in Somerville's Davis Square Has Apparently Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a longtime pizza spot in Somerville's Davis Square is no longer in business, and it is not yet known what might happen with the space.

Eater Boston mentions (via the Davis Square Facebook group page) that Cristo's Pizzeria is shuttered, with a sign out front simply saying "closed" and the drinks refrigerator no longer being in the Elm Street space. The pizza place and sub shop appears to have shut down last week though it is not known exactly which day it closed.

Cristo's Pizzeria first opened sometime in the mid to late 1980s, based on information from a couple of posters in the Facebook thread along with personal memories of the space (it had once been home to another spot called Speedy's).

The address for this now-closed pizza place was: Cristo's Pizzeria, 233 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

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Luigi's Italian Kitchen May Be Opening in Former Sabatino's Space in East Arlington

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new Italian dining spot could be opening where a popular pizzeria had been until closing due to a heating oil spill.

According to a poster on The Arlington List Facebook group page, a sign is up for Luigi's Italian Kitchen at the site of the now-closed Sabatino's in East Arlington, with a check on Bizapedia seeming to confirm that the eatery is indeed coming to the Mass. Ave. space. No information can currently be found on the restaurant other than the fact that Lisa Cronin appears to be involved with it and that the company itself (Luigi's Italian Kitchen, LLC) has a Franklin address. As soon as we find out more about the place, we will post an update here.

Sabatino's was forced to close in 2016 after something went wrong with a delivery of heating oil, flooding the basement of the building and causing Sabatino's to shutter. Shortly after it closed, it appeared that the people behind Sabatino's hoped to open in a new space somewhere in town, though this has not happened as of yet.

The address for the upcoming Luigi's Italian Kitchen is 242 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474.

[Earlier Article]
Sabatino's Italian Kitchen in East Arlington Looking for New Home After Heating-Oil Spill

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Future of the Village Restaurant in Essex Is in Question

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a decades-old seafood spot on the North Shore could be closing at some point, though nothing has been decided as of yet.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, a vote taken this month on a proposal to replace the Village Restaurant in Essex with a new fire station did not reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass, but a temporary tax increase to raise funds for the town to build a new station did pass, which now could leave this in the hands of the Board of Selectmen. An earlier post in The Salem News had mentioned that the owners of the dining spot will continue to run the place until the plan to have it replaced by a fire station is officially approved.

The Village Restaurant, which first opened in 1956, is known in part for its family-friendly atmosphere and its extensive menu which includes such items as fried clams, oyster stew, calamari, baked haddock, shrimp scampi, grilled salmon, a twin lobster dinner, and lobster rolls.

The address for the Village Restaurant is 55 Main Street, Essex, MA, 01929. Its website can be found at https://wedigclams.com/

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Central Bistro in Boston's Downtown Crossing Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A French restaurant in the heart of Boston is closing down, and it appears that it will not be replaced by another dining spot.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Central Bistro in Downtown Crossing is shutting its doors for good after lunch service on Friday, May 18, with a note on the restaurant's website indicating that as its lease comes to an end, it will be transformed into upscale office space. The Arch Street dining spot first opened in 2010 as Petit Robert Central, with the name change coming five years later when it changed ownership.

The group behind Central Bistro is also involved with such places as Abby Lane, Citrus & Salt, Lion's Tail, and Lower Mills Tavern, with workers at Central Bistro being moved to those restaurants.

The address for this soon-to-close French eatery in Downtown Crossing is: Central Bistro, 101 Arch Street, Boston, MA, 02110. Its website can be found at https://www.centralbistroboston.com/

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Chilli Duck in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a popular Back Bay spot for Thai food has closed down.

According to a source, Chilli Duck on Boylston Street is no longer in business, with a sign out front saying that due to business conditions, the eatery is closed for good. Another source who checked the space out this morning confirmed this, saying that it has indeed shut down permanently, with the sign mentioning that the closure is "due to our inability to generate sufficient business profits to sign a new lease with tremendously high rent per month."

Chilli Duck, which first opened approximately 15 years ago, offered a variety of Thai dishes, including tom yum soup, pad Thai, mango curry, spicy tofu, crispy chicken, seafood hot pot, chili duck, and steamed lemon fish.

The address for this now-closed Thai restaurant in the Back Bay was: Chilli Duck, 829 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

Thanks to both sources for helping with some of the information given here.

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Gong Cha to Open in Former Hot Spot Space in Allston

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Taiwan-based group of bubble tea shops will be opening its second Boston location, with this one taking over a space in Allston where a Cantonese eatery had been.

According to a source (Chris Tam), Gong Cha is opening in the space on Harvard Avenue where The Hot Spot was for only a few months, with a "coming soon" sign shown out front. A check on the website for Gong Cha confirms this, showing that it plans to open sometime this spring, joining another location on Harrison Avenue in Chinatown along with other outlets in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Texas. Once it opens, expect a variety of bubble tea options including ones with coffee, yogurt, brewed tea, milk tea, and more.

The Hot Spot first opened last summer but shut down around the end of the year, and at the time, it appeared that it was a temporary closure but the place never reopened.

The address for the upcoming location of Gong Cha in Allston is 154 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.gongchausa.com/

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Harry O's in Boston's South End Is Apparently Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a longtime pizzeria and sub shop in the South End of Boston is closing down, as its building appears to be slated for redevelopment.

According to a note sent by Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting, it looks like Harry O's on Washington Street will be closing sometime around the end of the month, with the word being that the space in which both the shop and the adjacent Morse Fish Company reside could be seeing some kinds of changes or updates. A poster within the restaurant industry (Kenny Jervis) states on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page that Harry O's has a closing date of May 27, but we are still trying to confirm this.

Harry O's first opened for than 30 years ago, serving such items as pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, subs, grill items, and salads.

The address for this soon-to-close pizzeria and sub shop in the South End is: Harry O's, 1405 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02118. Its website can be found at http://www.harryospizza.com/

[Earlier Article]
Morse Fish Company in Boston's South End Is Up for Lease

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Strip-T's in Watertown Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A cult favorite that has been seen as one of the Boston area's true destination spots over the past decade or so is closing its doors.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Strip-T's in Watertown is shutting down after more than 30 years in business, with owner Paul Maslow saying of the School Street restaurant, "Business is just not consistent....It's kind of impossible to know why. Everybody has theories." The post mentions that the space is now on the market and that Maslow had let his staff know after he made the decision to shutter, with some already leaving while others apparently staying until the final day. (It does not appear that there is an official closing date as of yet, as it likely depends on when it is sold.)

Strip-T's first opened in 1986 and was a little-known neighborhood cafe at first, but in 2011, Maslow's son Tim came on board and helped transform the place into one of the best-known restaurants in the entire Boston area.

The address for Strip-T's is 93 School Street, Watertown, MA, 02472. Its website can be found at http://stripts.com/

[May 21 update: According to a Facebook post from the place from last week, Strip-T's plans to open all of this week "except Monday and Tuesday dinner from 5-9 pm and Sunday all day," at which point Maslow will base things on the number of workers he has remaining, possibly cutting down to lunch only for awhile. The post also mentions that reservations will no longer be taken and online ordering has stopped.]

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Frank Anthony's Marina Cafe to Open at Fan Pier on the Boston Waterfront

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like the people behind a grocery store on the Boston waterfront will be opening a cafe nearby.

According to a Twitter thread from @FortPointer, Frank Anthony's Marina Cafe is planning to open at Fan Pier, moving into a space under the new pavilion/steps by the Harborwalk and near where Fan Pier Boulevard meets a new road called Waterside Avenue. This jibes with an earlier hearing page within the city of Boston website that mentions the cafe plans to open at that site with 1,200 square feet of space that includes seating, and hours possibly being 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Frank Anthony's Gourmet Market first opened at 9 Fan Pier Boulevard toward the end of 2016.

The address for the upcoming Frank Anthony's Marina Cafe is 10 Waterside Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210.

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Gelato & Chill Is Opening in Boston's Seaport District

by Marc Hurwitz

A gelato company that is based on the South Shore will be opening a shop in an increasingly hot section of the Boston waterfront.

According to an article in the Boston Business Journal, Gelato & Chill is planning to open in the Innovation and Design Building within the city's Seaport District, with the Hingham-based business joining two other upcoming dining spots within the structure--a restaurant called Chickadee which hopes to open this summer, and a new location of Flour Bakery which also plans to open in the summer. No opening date has been given for the gelato shop as of yet, with a Twitter post simply saying to "Stay tuned for grand opening."

Gelato & Chill, which currently caters events such as birthday parties, weddings, and business gatherings, features small batch handmade gelato, with dairy-free/vegan-friendly options available.

The Innovation and Design Building is located on Drydock Avenue near the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, while the website for Gelato & Chill can be found at https://www.gelatochill.com

[May 16 update: Eater Boston states that Gelato & Chill is now open.]

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Remnant Brewing Opens at Bow Market in Somerville's Union Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A new brewery debuts tonight in Somerville, opening at a new development that is also in the process of debuting.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Remnant Brewing opens at 8:00 PM this evening at Bow Market in Union Square, offering a handful of beers on draft tonight while it plans to debut its patio tomorrow--though the bad weather coming could delay those plans. In addition to its patio, the brewery will also have a bar and a standing area inside as well as a cafe that features coffee during the day. Initial hours for Remnant Brewing will be 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM tonight and 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM tomorrow and Sunday.

In addition to Remnant Brewing, some of the food/drink vendors coming to Bow Market will also be popping up over the weekend, tentatively being up and running Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

Bow Market is located between Somerville Avenue and Bow Street, with its website being at http://www.bowmarketsomerville.com/ while the website for Remnant Brewing can be found at https://www.remnantsomerville.com/

[Earlier Article]
Bow Market Planned for Somerville's Union Square

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Chili's in Burlington Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of Tex-Mex restaurants continues to close outlets in the local area, with a longtime location in the northern suburbs being the latest to shut down.

According to a source, Chili's in Burlington shuttered over the past day or two and that furniture was being removed from the Middlesex Turnpike space, with a check on the company's website indicating that the place has indeed been removed from its locations section. There had been much chatter about the Burlington location closing, though it was not known when (or even if) it might shut its doors until now. This is one of a handful of Chili's to close locally over the past several years, including outlets in Dedham, Hingham, and Wilmington, with others in Boston, Brockton, and Framingham also closing over the past decade or so. As of now, only five remaining locations of the chain can be found inside (or near) Route 128, including in Braintree, Chelsea, Danvers, Reading, and Walpole.

The Burlington location of Chili's had been in business for more than 30 years.

The address for this now-closed Tex-Mex restaurant in Burlington was: Chili's, 108 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA, 01803. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.chilis.com/

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Tsukiji Bistro in Melrose Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an Asian restaurant in the northern suburbs of Boston has shut down after a very short time in business.

According to a message sent from the person behind from The Daily Lunch blog, Tsukiji Bistro in Melrose is closed, with a Yelp page for the Main Street eatery seeming to confirm this, while phone calls to the place have gone unanswered. The dining spot, which first opened this past December, featured a mix of dishes with influences from China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and Hawaii, with a few options including sushi, gyoza, rice bowls, and hot pot. No reason has been given for the closure of Tsukiji Bistro at this point in time; if we find out more about the shutting down of the place, we will post an update here.

The address for this now-closed Asian restaurant in Melrose was: Tsukiji Bistro, 505 Main Street, Melrose, MA, 02176.

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Flour Bakery to Open in Boston's Seaport District

by Marc Hurwitz

A James Beard Award winner will be opening a new location of a group of bakery-cafes, with this one coming to one of the hottest sections of Boston.

Boston Magazine is reporting (via an Instagram post) that Joanne Chang is opening a new outlet of Flour Bakery in the Innovation and Design Building within the city's Seaport District, with this being the eighth shop to open in the local area.The post says that if all goes as planned, the new location of the bakery-cafe could be opening this summer.

Other locations of Flour can currently be found in the South End, Fort Point, the Back Bay (2), Cambridge's Harvard Square, Central Square, and Cambridgeport.

In addition to winning Outstanding Baker in 2016 from the James Beard Foundation, Joanne Chang is also known in part for defeating Bobby Flay in a sticky bun competition on the Food Network's "Throwdown" show back in 2007.

The Innovation and Design Building is located on Drydock Avenue near the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, while the website for Flour can be found at http://www.flourbakery.com/

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cava May Be Opening in Hingham This Weekend

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of Mediterranean dining spots based in Washington, D.C. might be opening its third Boston-area location over the coming days.

According to the restaurant's locations page, Cava at the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham is having a "Community Day" on May 12 with free lunch being offered from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and free dinner from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Once it opens, it will join two existing locations in Boston's Fenway and at Legacy Place in Dedham, while a fourth location is coming to the Back Bay as well. Cava tends to have its official openings the day after Community Day, but it is not known for sure if this is the case or if it may have its official opening early next week instead; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Cava, which started out in 2011, is a fast-casual chain that features customizable items that begin with a salad/grain/soup/pita base and with items such as hummus, falafel, feta, meatballs, braised lamb, olives, grilled chicken, and pickled banana peppers added.

The address for the new location of Cava at the Derby Street Shoppes is 94 Derby Street, Hingham, MA, 02043. The website for all of the locations can be found at http://cava.com/

[May 11 update: Wicked Local confirms that Cava officially opens its doors on Sunday.]

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Bus Stop Pub in Allston to Close This Weekend

by Marc Hurwitz

Last month, we had reported that yet another Boston dive bar may eventually be shutting down, though at the time, it appeared that it would remain open for the time being. Now we have learned that the end is indeed near for the place.

According to a Facebook post from owner Joyce Hynds, the Bus Stop Pub in Allston is closing for good this Saturday (May 12), with Hynds saying that "Saying goodbye is always hard, however...it is time....We hope that we'll see you stop by in the next few days. Tomorrow is Prime Rib Thursday and Friday is Fish Day....We will miss every one, it is [an] end to an era!" Earlier, it had been noted that much of the property surrounding the bar was being looked at for development by Mugar Enterprises, based on a bldup.com page.

The address for the Bus Stop Pub is 252 Western Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

[Earlier Article]
Bus Stop Pub in Allston Remains Open for Now

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Casalinga in Boston's Haymarket Area Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

An Italian eatery in downtown Boston that replaced a short-lived dining spot has also closed after a very short time in business.

According to a post from the Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog, Casalinga on Hanover Street in the Haymarket area of the city is no longer in business, which seems to confirm a recent check on the place showing that it was locked up and dark during business hours. The restaurant, which debuted last October, had taken over the space where Lulu's Kitchen had been until April of 2017, with that place first opening in the fall of 2016.

Casalinga offered such options as pizza, ravioli, chicken parmigiana, risotto, gnocchi, an Italian sub, and more.

The address for this now-closed Italian spot in downtown Boston was: Casalinga, 151 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Karen Akunowicz, Jody Adams, J.M. Hirsch, Galleria Umberto Win 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards

by Marc Hurwitz

The winners of the 2018 James Beard Foundation awards have been announced, and local winners include a chef, a restaurateur, a writer, and a neighborhood eatery.

According to several sources, including a post last night from Eater Boston, Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang in Boston's South End won Best Chef: Northeast, Jody Adams of Trade, Porto, and Saloniki was inducted into the Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America, J.M. Hirsch of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Magazine won an award in the "dining and travel" category for his article "In Pursuit of Perfect Hummus," and Galleria Umberto in the North End was picked as one of five spots called "America's Classics." Eater says that the last three picks had been announced previously, with Akunowicz's award being mentioned last night.

For a complete list of the 2018 James Beard Foundation awards winners, please go to the links below:

THE 2018 JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNERS
THE 2018 JAMES BEARD MEDIA AWARD WINNERS

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Smith & Wollensky in Boston's Back Bay to Close

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of steakhouses is saying farewell to one of Boston's most recognizable spaces.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Smith & Wollensky is closing its location at the Castle in the city's Park Plaza/Back Bay area after nearly 15 years in business, with the company deciding not to renew its lease at the Arlington Street space, instead focusing on its Atlantic Wharf outlet along the waterfront as well as its upcoming location in the former Blue Ginger space in Wellesley. Smith & Wollensky president Michael Feighery mentions that in addition to seeing no need for three Boston-area restaurants, staying at The Castle would have required extensive renovations, saying that "the Castle is 15 years old, and it would likely take a considerable amount of [capital expenditures] to invest back into it." Feighery also mentions that the workers at the restaurant will be offered jobs at other locations. No closing date has been given as of yet for the Castle location of Smith & Wollensky, but expect the dining spot to close sometime this summer.

The Castle is a former armory that dates back to the 1700s, with castleboston.com stating that it is a designated National Historic Landmark.

The address for Smith & Wollensky at the Castle is 101 Arlington Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations of the restaurant can be found at https://www.smithandwollensky.com/

Thanks to @ConciergeBoston for bringing this to our attention.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

hop + grind, Amigo's Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar Coming to The Promenade at Northshore Mall in Peabody

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like more dining options are coming to a section of a suburban mall that is being renovated.

According to a press release, hop + grind and Amigo's Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar are both planning to open at The Promenade at Northshore Mall, joining The Bancroft, which has already opened, and Tony C's, which appears to be on the verge of opening. A Patch article mentions that the original hop + grind is a burger and craft beer bar in Durham, NH, that is a new concept from the team behind the Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, an award-winning restaurant and meat market in Raymond, NH, while little is known about Amigo's Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar other than the fact that it will be a "traditional" Mexican restaurant.

A couple of years ago, it was reported that the Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery was looking to open somewhere along Route 1 in Saugus, possibly opening at the site of the old Hilltop Steak House, but those plans seemed to have fallen through. As reported earlier, the dining spot has received a number of awards since opening in 2012, including New Hampshire Magazine giving it best steak tips (2012), best new restaurant (2013), best butcher shop (2014-2016), best burger (2016), and best lobster roll (2016), according to a page on the restaurant's site.

If all goes as planned, both hop + grind and Amigo's Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar will open this fall at The Promenade at Northshore Mall.

[Earlier Articles]
Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery May Be Coming to Hilltop Steak House Space in Saugus
The Bancroft, Tony's C's to Open at the Northshore Mall in Peabody

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Friday, May 04, 2018

Tasty Burger in South Boston Closed for the Foreseeable Future After Fire

by Marc Hurwitz

A walk-up location of a local group of burger spots is closed after it was hit by a fire, and it is not known when it might open again.

According to several sources (including @maureencaught), Tasty Burger in South Boston sustained damage in a blaze that broke out early this morning, with NECN saying that the L Street eatery sustained approximately $150,000 in damages and @maureencaught telling us that the place is currently boarded up. A Twitter post from Tasty Burger mentions that no injuries were reported in the fire and that the buildings next to it were not damaged; the post does say that because of the damage to the place, it will be closed "until further notice." (At the time of this writing, it is not known what caused the fire.)

The South Boston location of Tasty Burger first opened in September of 2012, with the group of restaurants currently including locations in the Fenway, the Back Bay, North Station, Cambridge's Harvard Square, and Washington, DC. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.tastyburger.com/

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Intermission Tavern in Boston's Theater District May Be Replaced by The Fourth Wall

by Marc Hurwitz

Last summer we reported that a downtown Boston watering hole popular with theatergoers was up for sale. Now we have learned that it appears to be closing, with a new spot with a possible connection to a Newton restaurant and bar moving into the space.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, the Intermission Tavern in the Theater District is seeking to transfer its liquor license to a spot tentatively called The Fourth Wall, which would operate in the Tremont Street space. The manager listed is Derek Brady while the parent company is Brewed Intentions, LLC, with a check on the business indicating (via Bizapedia) that Theodore Connolly is also involved; Brady and Connolly are two of the people behind Union Street Restaurant and Bar in Newton Centre, though it is not known if there will be a direct business connection between the two places or if they will be run separately (we will post an update as soon as we find out more on the exact connection).

The Intermission Tavern first opened in 2005, replacing a dive bar called Charlie Flynn's.

The address for the Intermission Tavern (and proposed Fourth Wall) is 228 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Article]
Intermission Tavern in Boston's Theater District Is Up for Sale

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood to Open in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz

The team behind an upscale seafood restaurant and a casual wine bar in Boston will be opening a North Shore-style takeout spot within the same building.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood is opening in the Back Bay on May 7, with the Stuart Street spot being a takeout window in the building where Mooncusser Fish House and Moon Bar both reside. The post says that the new place will feature roast beef sandwiches, warm and cold lobster rolls, and fish tacos, along with hot dogs, fries, onion rings, and frappes, and it will apparently be a simple setup with a takeout window at street level. Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood will be open for lunch only--and just on weekdays--with hours being 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

The owners of Mooncusser Fish House and Moon Bar also run 80 Thoreau in Concord.

The address for this new takeout spot in the Back Bay is: Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood, 304 Stuart Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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Tatte Bakery & Cafe to Open Location at Northeastern University

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing local group of bakeries and cafes will be opening yet another new spot, and this one will be catering to students.

Eater Boston is reporting (via an Instagram post) that Tatte Bakery & Cafe is planning to open on the Northeastern University campus, with the Huntington Avenue outlet hoping to open in time for classes in September. The upcoming shop is one of two being planned for Boston, with another on its way to the Seaport District later this year; currently, existing locations of Tatte can be found in Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, the Fenway, Cambridge's Kendall Square (three), Harvard Square, and Brookline.

The address for this upcoming spot at Northeastern is: Tatte Bakery & Cafe, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for all locations can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

[Earlier Article]
Tatte Bakery and Cafe to Open in Boston's Seaport District

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Godavari Mini Replaces India Palace in Somerville's Union Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A small group of restaurants featuring South Indian fare has expanded to Somerville, taking over the space where a longtime Indian dining spot had been.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Godavari Mini is now open in the former India Palace space in Union Square, with the eatery offering a wide variety of dosa dishes along with other Indian items, while some noodle and fried rice dishes with Chinese influences are served as well. The new restaurant is part of the Godavari group of dining spots which includes locations in Woburn and Framingham along with more than 20 other outlets around the country.

India Palace, which focused mainly on North Indian and Punjabi fare, had been around since at least the late 1980s, based on a page within the Manta site.

The address for Godavari Mini (and the now-closed India Palace) is 23 Union Square, Somerville, MA, 02143. The website for the restaurant can be found at https://www.godavarius.com/somerville/

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Eat with Jack O'Neill in West Roxbury Is Becoming The Squealing Pig

by Marc Hurwitz

A restaurant and bar in West Roxbury is changing over to a new spot, and it is joining a pair of pubs with locations in Boston and on the Cape.

According to a Twitter post from @DGQuoVadimus, Eat with Jack O'Neill on Centre Street is becoming a third location of The Squealing Pig, with the website for Eat with Jack O'Neill saying "we've decided to change our name to match our ever-popular sister restaurant, The Squealing Pig on Mission Hill. In early May we will officially become The Squealing Pig (of West Roxbury). You're going to love our new menu and we look forward to serving you!" Once the change is complete, the new location of The Squealing Pig will also join a location on Commercial Street in Provincetown along with its Smith Street location in Boston.

Diarmuid O'Neill of The Squealing Pig purchased the former West Roxbury Pub & Restaurant space in 2014, opening Eat with Jack O'Neill there the following year.

The address for Eat with Jack O'Neill (and the new location of The Squealing Pig) is 1885 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132.

[May 8 update: Based on Facebook posts from the place, Eat with Jack O'Neill is now officially The Squealing Pig.]


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The Maiden in South Boston Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale restaurant known in part for its oysters, cheese, and charcuterie has shut its doors.

According to a Twitter post from the place, The Maiden in South Boston is now closed, with the West Broadway spot saying that "it's time for The Maiden to hang up her sword" and thanking its customers, staff, and neighbors. No reason for its closure has been given, nor is it known what might go into the space, so keep checking back for updates.

The Maiden first opened in December of 2015, with Esti Parsons (Zinc, Radius, Great Bay, Via Matta, Rialto), her husband Drew, and Drew's brother Jon being behind the place. All three had also been involved with Sam's,  a waterfront restaurant that closed a few months before The Maiden debuted.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in South Boston was: The Maiden, 28 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127.

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