Monday, August 20, 2018

Fiorella's Express to Open in Wellesley

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of Italian eateries that focus on takeout will be joined by a fourth later this year.

The Wellesley Townsman is reporting that Fiorella's Express is planning to open in Wellesley, with the address indicating that it will be moving into a space on Route 16 in Wellesley Square. Once it opens, the new outlet will join others in Belmont, Brighton, and Cambridge, along with full-service locations of Fiorella's in Concord and Newton, and expect to see such items as pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, sandwiches, and more at the new spot.

The address for this upcoming eatery in Wellesley Square is: Fiorella's Express, 575 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA, 02482. The website for the other locations can be found at https://www.fiorellasexpress.com/

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Bonapita to Open in Former BurgerFi Space in West Roxbury

by Marc Hurwitz

A quick-service restaurant in downtown Boston is expanding to a second spot, taking over the space where a burger place had been.

Universal Hub is reporting that Bonapita is opening in West Roxbury, moving into the former BurgerFi space on Spring Street. Based on the menu at the original location on Franklin Street, the new eatery might offer salads, stuffed pita, and bowls, all of which could include such items as black bean and beet patties, meatballs, chicken, lentils, hummus, and more.

BurgerFi closed its West Roxbury location in 2016, while its outlet near Boston University had closed for renovations the previous year and never reopened; these were the only two locations of the Florida-based chain of burger spots in the region.

The original location of Bonapita in downtown Boston opened in 2014.

The address for the upcoming location of Bonapita in West Roxbury is 77 Spring Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132. The website for the original location can be found at http://bonapita.com/

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White's Bakery and Cafe to Open in Wellesley

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of bakeries located south of Boston will be joined by a fourth, with this one opening west of the city.

The Wellesley Townsman is reporting that White's Bakery and Cafe is planning to open on Washington Street in Wellesley Hills, taking over the space in the Playhouse Square building where a location of TD Bank had been. Once it opens, the new spot will join other locations in Brockton, Hingham, and Mansfield, and based on the items offered at those locations, expect to find breakfast items, pies, cakes, breads, cookies, and more at the Wellesley shop.

If all goes as planned, the new location of White's Bakery and Cafe could be opening this fall.

The address for this upcoming bakery in Wellesley Hills is: White's Bakery and Cafe, 380 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA, 02481. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.whitesbakeryandcafe.com/

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Flat Black Coffee Closes Its Ashmont/Peabody Square Location in Dorchester

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of espresso bars has shut down one of its locations, citing lease and construction issues as a couple of reasons for its closure.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Flat Black Coffee has closed its shop in the Ashmont/Peabody Square section of Dorchester and is moving its operations to its other Dorchester location in nearby Lower Mills. The post mentions that in addition to the fact that its lease was up and it was dealing with ongoing construction issues, competition also played a factor in the decision.

Flat Black Coffee has three locations in downtown Boston as well as its original location in Lower Mills--and they also distribute coffee to a handful of local shops as well.

The address for this now-closed espresso bar in Ashmont/Peabody Square was: Flat Black Coffee, 1906 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02124. The website for the business can be found at http://flatblackcoffee.com/

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Milano's Deli in East Boston Has Reopened

by Marc Hurwitz

An old-fashioned Italian deli that is known in part for its pizza is back more than a year after it suffered major damage in a fire.

The Eastie Times is reporting that Milano's Deli in the Orient Heights section of East Boston reopened on Tuesday, offering such favorites as pizza, arancini, subs, and other items until running out of food around mid-afternoon. The post says that for now, the shop will offer a limited menu until "all the kinks are worked out."

In June of 2017, a fire in the kitchen section of Milano's resulted in serious damage to the inside of the place, forcing them to close and rebuild.

The address for Milano's is 978 Saratoga Street, East Boston, MA, 02128.

Thanks for Eater Boston bringing this to our attention.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli in Danvers Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A North Shore market with a connection to a top-rated restaurant in the Caribbean has shut down after a very brief time in business.

A message sent to us from @CappyinBoston indicates that Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli in Danvers is no longer in operation, with a Patch article also saying the Route 1 shop has shuttered while mentioning that its Facebook page states it "will not be reopening in the near future." The Patch says that Michael Fortino, who was the chef at ZoZo's on St. John in the Virgin Islands, helped open Gigi's after the restaurant (which was located at the Caneel Bay Resort on the island) was destroyed by the hurricanes that hit the Caribbean last September. (An earlier Salem News post also says that John Ferrigno, who owned ZoZo's, was behind Gigi's.)

Gigi's first opened in March, offering such items as salads, sandwiches, prepared meals, meats and cheeses, and freshly-made pastas.

The address for this now-closed market in Danvers was: Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli, 110 Newbury Street (Route 1), Danvers, MA, 01923.

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Plans for Burlington Beer Works to Open in Outback Steakhouse Space Have Fallen Through

by Marc Hurwitz

Three years ago, we reported that a local group of brewpubs was looking to expand to a space in the northern suburbs of Boston. Now we have learned that it will not be happening after all.

According to an article in the Patch, plans have fallen through for Burlington Beer Works to open in the former Outback Steakhouse space in the Burlington Crossroads shopping center on Cambridge Street. The post mentions that the departure of Roche Brothers, Busa Liquors, Bauer Hockey led to the decision, with an attorney for the company saying, "Burlington Crossroads is in construction disarray....If my client had been open in February, as intended, he would have been sandwiched between two large construction sites and I believe he would be out of business right now."

As reported earlier, town selectmen were not happy about the lack of progress in the opening of Burlington Beer Works around the beginning of this year, and they had been looking into revoking the unused liquor license at the time.

Existing locations of Beer Works can be found near Boston's North Station, in the Fenway, at Logan Airport, and in Framingham, Hingham, Lowell, and Salem. The website for the company is at http://www.beerworks.net/

[Earlier Article]
Burlington Beer Works Plans to Open in Former Outback Steakhouse Space

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Wonder Spice Cafe in Jamaica Plain May Be Replaced by Sweet Rice

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime favorite for Cambodian and Thai food may be going away, and it could 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:

https://hiddenboston.com/WonderSpice.html

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

[Earlier Article]
Sweet Rice Is Replacing Chow Thai Cafe in Charlestown

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The Punk & Poet in South Boston Is Going to Become The Playwright Once Again

by Marc Hurwitz

A restaurant and bar that is inspired by punk rockers and writers is bringing its old name back--and it appears that the concept will be changing as well.

A few posts on its Facebook page indicate that The Punk & Poet in South Boston is looking to change its name back to The Playwright, with confirmation of this coming from @maureencaught this morning. It appears that other changes will be coming to the E Broadway spot as well, though it is not yet known whether its concept will be similar to that of the original Playwright, which shut down last summer to make way for the new place. (We have reached out to the spot, so if/when we get any updates, we will post them here.)

The original Playwright, which first opened in 2000, was known in part for its pub grub and comfort food along with draft beer, wine, and cocktails, while The Punk & Poet also offered classic American fare and pub food as well as a full bar, while also being (according to its website) "an energetic celebration of wordsmiths" that pays "tribute to words well said by the outspoken artists of our time."

The address for The Punk & Poet (and upcoming Playwright) is 658 E Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. The website for The Punk & Poet can be found at http://thepunkandpoet.com/

[August 19 update: An update from Caught in Southie indicates that The Punk & Poet closes tomorrow (Monday, August 20) and that The Playwright will apparently open on Monday, August 27.]

[Earlier Article]
The Playwright in South Boston Is Being Replaced by The Punk & Poet

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Casa Blanca to Open in Former Chili's Space in Wilmington

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of Mexican restaurants with several locations north of Boston will soon be opening a new one in the space where a location of a Tex-Mex chain had been.

According to a source, Casa Blanca is going to open in Wilmington in the old Chili's space on Route 38, with the dining spot possibly debuting sometime in September. An earlier article from the Wilmington Apple confirms this, saying that it will be joining other locations in Andover, Billerica, Haverhill, Methuen, and North Andover.

Casa Blanca, which started out in North Andover in 2006, offers such items as wings, nachos, tortilla soup, taco salads, burritos, quesadillas, flautas, tamales, chimichangas, enchiladas, tacos, carne asada, grilled salmon, arroz con pollo, and pork carnitas.

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Wilmington is: Casa Blanca, 207 Main Street, Wilmington, MA, 01887. The website for all of the locations can be found at https://casablancamexican.com/

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Reflections Opens within The Row Hotel at Assembly Row in Somerville

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new restaurant has opened within a growing development in Somerville, and this one is located in a new hotel.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Reflections is now open on Foley Street within The Row Hotel at Assembly Row, which also debuted this week. The article says that the dining spot offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with its menu including such items as crab dip, tuna crudo, gnocchi, a lobster roll, a sirloin burger, pan-flashed swordfish, hanger steak, carrot cake, and a variety of beer, wine and cocktail options.

Reflections is located off the lobby of The Row Hotel, which is part of the Autograph Collection brand from Marriott.

The address for Reflections (and The Row Hotel) is 360 Foley Street, Somerville, MA, 02145. The web page for the restaurant can be found at https://www.therowhotelboston.com/dining.html

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Il Mondo Pizzeria in Boston's Back Bay/Fenway Area Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of pizza and sandwich shops that have played a bit of musical chairs now has only one location once again, as its outlet near where Boston's Back Bay and Fenway meet has shut down.

Eater Boston is reporting that Il Mondo Pizzeria on Mass. Ave. is no longer in business, with its building by Berklee being slated for demolition, according to the restaurant's website. The outlet of Il Mondo on Huntington Avenue in the Brigham Circle/Mission Hill section of the city remains in operation.

Il Mondo first opened in a space on Huntington Avenue on the eastern edge of Brigham Circle in 2004, with the now-closed Mass. Ave. shop opening in 2012; the Huntington Avenue outlet closed last December and moved to its present location on the other side of Brigham Circle in March, opening in the space where Grub had been.

The address for the now-closed location of Il Mondo by Berklee was 182 Massachusetts Avenue; the website for the business can be found at http://www.ilmondopizza.com/index.php

[Earlier Article]
Il Mondo Pizzeria Is Opening in Former Grub Space in Brigham Circle

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Uno Pizzeria and Grill Has Closed Its Huntington Avenue Location in Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

A Boston-based group of deep-dish pizza spots continues to get smaller, as one of its locations in the city has now closed.

According to a source, Uno Pizzeria and Grill near Symphony Hall is no longer in business, with a message sent from the company confirming that the Huntington Avenue eatery has indeed shut down. The message does mention that its other two Boston locations in the Back Bay and Kenmore Square remain open, and other locations in the region, including outlets in Braintree, Dedham, Framingham, Revere, Swampscott, and Woburn, remain in operation as well.

A number of locations of Uno's--whose headquarters are in West Roxbury--have closed over the past decade or so, including restaurants in Allston, Cambridge's Harvard Square and Porter Square, Burlington, Newton Corner, and Waltham.

The address for the now-closed Uno's by Symphony Hall was 280 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.unos.com/

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Temazcal Tequila Cantina to Open in Former Papa Razzi Space in Framingham

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a local group of Mexican restaurants will replace a location of a group of Italian dining spots--and this isn't the first time that this has happened.

According to an article in the MetroWest Daily News, Temazcal Tequila Cantina is expanding to Framingham, opening in the space on Route 9 where Papa Razzi had been. This more or less repeats what took place in Burlington last year, when Temazcal opened in the former Papa Razzi Metro space on Wall Street (Tony's Coal Fire Pizza also opened within that space as well). If all goes as planned, the new location of Temazcal may be opening over the Labor Day weekend.

Currently, locations of Temazcal can be found in Boston's Seaport District, Burlington, Lynnfield, and Dedham; locations of Papa Razzi can be found in Boston, Concord, and Wellesley.

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Framingham is: Temazcal Tequila Cantina, 155 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham, MA, 01701. The website for all locations is at https://temazcalcantina.com/

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Met Bar & Grill at Dedham's Legacy Place Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale suburban dining spot that is part of a local restaurant group has closed its doors.

According to a source, Met Bar & Grill at Legacy Place in Dedham is no longer in business, with a check on its website confirming that it indeed shuttered last week. The note mentions that Met Bar & Grill at the Natick Mall is also closed--though this closure is due to renovations and that it plans to reopen at the end of the month--while Met Back Bay remains in operation. The Met Restaurant Group also includes Saltie Girl. which is located next to Met Back Bay, and Met on Main, which is located in the heart of Nantucket.

The Met Bar & Grill restaurants have been known in part for their classic and modern American fare, with the locations also including a Met Burger Bar which offer a variety of burgers.

Our source tells us that an Italian restaurant is apparently moving into the space where Met Bar Dedham has been, but we have not yet been able to confirm the exact dining spot that might be going in there.

The website for the Met Restaurant Group can be found at https://www.metrestaurantgroup.com/

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Noon Mediterranean Closes Its Back Bay, Downtown Crossing Locations; Summer Street Shop Remains Open

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of restaurants that started out in Austin, TX, has closed two of its three locations in Boston.

According to a source, Noon Mediterranean's shops on Boylston Street in the Back Bay and Washington Street in Downtown Crossing are shuttered, with a message sent from the company confirming that both locations are no longer in operation. The company does tell us that the Summer Street outlet in Boston's Financial District remains open and that they are referring customers to this shop, which is a few blocks away from the now-closed Washington Street outlet.

Noon Mediterranean, which was originally named Verts and has moved its main office to New York City, opened its Back Bay shop in March of 2017 and its outlet in Downtown Crossing last August.

The website for Noon can be found at http://www.eatnoon.com/

[August 14 update: Eater Boston mentions (via restaurantbusinessonline.com) that Noon Mediterranean has filed for bankruptcy, closing seven locations and laying off 89 workers in the process. (Court documents indicate that the company is now looking for an investor in order to stay afloat.)]

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Founding Farmers Could Be Coming to the Boston Area

by Marc Hurwitz

A farmer-owned restaurant group that is based in the Washington, D.C., area may be expanding to the Boston area at some point.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Founding Farmers is looking at sites in Boston, with the post mentioning that the company is majority-owned by nearly 50,000 farmers. The group includes three concepts--Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers-- along with a distillery called Founding Spirits, with the Founding Farmers restaurants offering scratch-made classic American fare, including soups, salads, sandwiches, and freshly-made bread as well as chicken, steak, seafood, and pasta dishes.

Eater says that the company's search for real estate in the Boston area is in its early stages and that potential restaurants probably would not be coming for at least two years or so.

The website for Founding Farmers can be found at https://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/

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LongHorn Steakhouse Planning to Open in Saugus

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a casual chain of steakhouses will eventually have an outlet inside Route 128 once again.

The Saugus Advertiser is reporting that LongHorn Steakhouse is planning to open at the Sears Auto Center center on Route 1, with the restaurant possibly having 6,405 square feet of space and seating for 192. If all goes as planned, the Saugus outlet of the dining spot could be opening toward the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020.

As reported here earlier, a location of LongHorn Steakhouse at the Landmark Center in Boston's Fenway closed in 2015; this was the only outlet inside Route 128, though a location in Reading is just on the other side of the highway. Other LongHorn restaurants can be found in Tewksbury, Pembroke, Mansfield, Franklin, Marlborough, along with others a bit further out.

The website for LongHorn Steakhouse is at https://www.longhornsteakhouse.com/

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Bruegger's Bagels in Kenmore Square Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of bagel spots that is headquartered in Vermont has closed one of its Boston locations.

According to a Twitter post, Bruegger's Bagels in the Kenmore Square/Fenway section of the city is no longer in business, with a picture shown indicating that the windows of the Beacon Street outlet are papered over while a check on the website for the company shows that the shop has indeed been removed from the locations page. An earlier article from Universal Hub mentions that the block in which the bagel shop resided will apparently be the site of a new development that includes retail and office space.

Bruegger's Bagels, whose headquarters are in Burlington, VT, operates a number of other locations in the Greater Boston area, including two in downtown Boston, one in the Longwood section of the city, and other shops in Brookline, Cambridge, Belmont, Melrose, Chestnut Hill, Milton, and Winchester.

The address for this now-closed bagel shop in Kenmore Square was: Bruegger's Bagels, 644 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.brueggers.com/

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Blackbird Doughnuts to Expand to Allston-Brighton

by Marc Hurwitz

A gourmet donut shop is in expansion mode once again, as it plans to open a huge new outlet that will include room for production.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Blackbird Doughnuts is going to be opening in the Allston-Brighton area, with the Holton Street address indicating that it will move into a space just south of a section of Western Avenue where extensive new development is taking place. The post says that the new location will have 5,600 square feet of space and that it will include a retail shop along with a production kitchen, and this will indeed be an expansion--not a move--with current locations on Tremont Street in the South End and Kilmarnock Street in the Fenway remaining in operation. If all goes well, the new outlet of Blackbird Doughnuts could be opening by the end of the year.

In addition to its two existing locations and its upcoming Brighton space, Blackbird Doughnuts is also planning to open within Harvard University's Smith Campus Center in Cambridge as well.

The address for this upcoming doughnut place in Allston-Brighton is: Blackbird Doughnuts, 100 Holton Street, Brighton, MA, 02135. The website for the business can be found at https://www.blackbirddoughnuts.com/

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Update: Lester's Roadside BBQ in Burlington Has Closed, Plans to Move to New Location

by Marc Hurwitz

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 10 to reflect new information given on the status of the place.]

It looks like a suburban barbecue spot has very quietly shuttered, at least for now.

According to several sources, Lester's Roadside BBQ in Burlington has been locked up and dark this week, with a check on the Cambridge Street restaurant indicating that there is one sign inside the door that says "Sorry, we are closed," while another sign says "Closed until further notice" while giving an email address below for more information. We sent an email out to the place and are waiting to hear back to find out what is going on with the spot.

Lester's first opened in 2005, offering such items as ribs, pulled pork and chicken, brisket, chili, sausage, macaroni and cheese, and more.

The address for Lester's Roadside BBQ is 376 Cambridge Street (Route 3A), Burlington, MA, 01803. Its website can be found at http://www.lestersbbq.com/

[August 10 update: A message from the restaurant indicates that Lester's is closed temporarily and that the people behind it are finding a new location and planning to reopen soon, though the process could end up taking awhile.]

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Application Submitted to Replace Bocelli's in South Medford with Apartment Complex

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like the future of a longtime favorite for Italian food could be in question, as a developer is apparently considering replacing it with a residential development.

According to an article in the Medford Transcript, developer Rick Welch of Mesiti Group has submitted an application to the Historical Commission that would demolish a strip of businesses in South Medford that includes Bocelli's Ristorante and would replace it with a 12-unit apartment complex with retail space on the ground floor. The post says that the Historical Commission voted last month that the Main Street structure--which is nearly 100 years old--is historically significant and that a public hearing on the issue is expected to take place on August 20, with a vote favoring that the building should be preferably preserved potentially keeping it from being torn down for at least 18 months. Mesiti Group has not yet submitted a formal presentation on the proposal, and Bocelli's owner Nick Catricala indicates that there is no longer a deal between him and Rick Welch, saying that "The restaurant Bocelli's is going to stay here."

Bocelli's is an old-school Italian restaurant known in part for its cozy basement dining room, with the spot residing in the space where the iconic DePasquale's restaurant had once been; our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured it as an under-the-radar spot, with the review being found at this link:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/Bocellis.html

The address for Bocelli's is 374 Main Street, Medford, MA, 02155. Its website can be found at http://www.bocellisrestaurant.com/

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Brew on the Grid, Revolution Pie + Pint Opening in Lynn

by Marc Hurwitz

A new cafe and a pizza spot are both getting ready to debut within the same North Shore space, and a Worcester restaurant group is behind both places.

According to an article from itemlive.com, Brew on the Grid and Revolution Pie + Pint are opening in Lynn, with both spots coming to Central Street in the downtown area of the city. The post says that the cafe/coffee shop plans to open tomorrow (Thursday, August 9) while the pizza spot is looking to open on August 22. Both businesses are run by Grid Hospitality Group, which took over the reins from New England Craft Restaurant Concepts and currently operates Craft Table & Bar in East Boston as well as Stix Noodle Bar and a location of Brew on the Grid in Worcester--and which will be opening locations of Revolution Pie + Pint and Craft Table & Bar in Worcester this fall along with Brew Beer Garden.

The address for Brew on the Grid and Revolution Pie + Pint in Lynn is 23 Central Avenue, Lynn, MA, 01901. The website for Grid Hospitality Group can be found at http://www.gridhg.com/

[August 9 update: A Facebook post from the place indicates that Brew on the Grid will open tomorrow (Friday, August 10).]

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Amrheins in South Boston May Be Going Up for Sale

by Marc Hurwitz

A South Boston institution that has been in business for nearly 130 years is apparently going on the market.

According to an article in The Real Reporter, the site on West Broadway where Amrheins resides is going up for sale, with Newmark Capital Markets Managing Director Thomas D. Greeley saying that "All of the other sites around there have been already pulled off the market [via sales], and this is now one of the best available." Greeley, who calls the Amrheins property a "a marquee development site," notes that West Broadway and A Street are "two of Boston’s most dynamic corridors" and that the site will be positioned well for "multiple future development scenarios." The parcel, which would presumably include both the Amrheins building and the adjacent parking lot, could fetch close to $20 million, according to the post.

Amrheins, which first opened in 1890 in the Lower End of Southie, is known in part for its hand-carved bar which is the oldest such bar in the entire country; over the years, the restaurant has also known as a place frequented by local politicians. (Caught in Southie says in an article about the potential sale that it is the oldest restaurant and bar in all of South Boston.)

The address for Amrheins is 80 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. Its website can be found at http://amrheinsboston.com/

Thanks to @UniversalHub for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Proposal Being Looked at to Replace Bali Hai in Lynnfield with Apartment Complex

by Marc Hurwitz

The future of one of the region's last old-school Polynesian restaurants could be in doubt, though plans to replace it with a luxury apartment complex have been met with a bit of resistance.

According to an article in the Lynn Item, a meeting took place last night on a proposal to replace Bali Hai in Lynnfield with a 32-unit, three-story residential development. The post says that the Planning Board ultimately voted against the project, recommending to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) that they do not grant a special permit for it after listening to local residents share their concerns about the plans. (The ZBA is expected to vote on the proposal this evening.) Matthew and David Palumbo, who are behind the plans to build the complex at the Moulton Drive site, apparently have an agreement to purchase the property, which is located just off Route 128 near the Route 1 intersection.

Bali Hai has been in business for more than 50 years, offering mostly Chinese-American food along with Polynesian cocktails and tiki drinks. A couple of years ago, we had reported that the restaurant had been up for sale, though no further updates were given on the place.

The address for Bali Hai is 160 Moulton Drive, Lynnfield, MA, 01940. Its website can be found at http://www.balihailynnfield.com/

[Earlier Article]
Bali Hai in Lynnfield Is for Sale

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Waikiki Could be Opening in Former Johnny D's Space in Somerville's Davis Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of years ago, we reported that a new restaurant could be coming to the space where a legendary Somerville music club had been, and now it appears that this may indeed be happening.

According to a post on the Davis Square Facebook group page, a dining spot tentatively called Waikiki is looking to open at the site of the old Johnny D's space on Holland Street. A blueprint for the proposed place indicates that it would apparently be a sushi, poke, and raw juice spot while a planning staff report gives a bit more information, saying that it would be a "fast-order food establishment" that would be on ground floor of a four-story mixed-use development that includes residential units above.

Johnny D's closed in March of 2016 after being in business for approximately 47 years; the club started out as a bar, then became a country music venue before transforming into a renowned music club and restaurant that featured a variety of local and national acts.

The opening of a restaurant here is likely a long way off from happening, as the structure hasn't even been built yet, so stay tuned for any updates as they come in.

The address for this proposed eatery in Davis Square is: Waikiki, 17 Holland Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

[Earlier Article]
A Restaurant/Bar Could Move into the Former Johnny D's Space in Somerville's Davis Square

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Genki Ya to Open in Former Diva Space in Somerville's Davis Square

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a local group of Japanese restaurants will be expanding to Somerville, opening where an Indian spot had been.

According to a post on the Davis Square Facebook group page, Genki Ya is planning to open in Davis Square in the former Diva Indian Bistro space on Elm Street. Once it opens, the new place--which features sushi and Japanese entrees made using organic ingredients--will join other locations in Boston's Theatre District as well as Brookline, Cambridge, and Dedham.

Diva closed its doors last December after approximately 20 years in business.

The address for the upcoming location of Genki Ya in Davis Square is 246 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.genkiyasushi.com/

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District 45 in Lynn Has Closed; Bonefish Harry's to Replace It

by Marc Hurwitz

A North Shore restaurant known in part for its New American fare has shut down after a bit more than a year in business, and it will turn into a "seafood saloon" that currently has another location on the North Shore.

According to an article from the Lynn Item, District 45 in Lynn is no longer in business, as the Lewis Street spot closed for good over the weekend. The post says that Bonefish Harry's in Beverly is opening a second location in the space, with a Facebook post from District 45 indicating that the seafood spot could be opening there in late August.

District 45 first opened in June of 2017, taking over the space where Mildred's Corner Cafe had once been; the Beverly location of Bonefish Harry's--which features "great New England seafood cooked with an international flair," according to its website--debuted in March of this year.

The address for the now-closed District 45 (and upcoming Bonefish Harry's) is 45 Lewis Street, Lynn, MA, 01902. The website for Bonefish Harry's can be found at https://www.bonefishharrys.com/

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Giardino's Italian Steak House and Sushi Bar Opens in Former Great Chow Space in Abington

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant with a rather eclectic menu has replaced a popular South Shore spot.

According to a source (@HomebrewedDwarf), Giardino's Italian Steak House and Sushi Bar is now open in Abington, taking over the space on Route 18 where Great Chow had been. The menu at the new eatery includes such items as soups, salads, subs and sandwiches, pasta dishes, pizza, risotto, steak and seafood options, and sushi (including all-you-can-eat sushi), and it looks like the place also has a full liquor license.

Great Chow closed down in March after being in business for approximately 10 years, with the restaurant offering mostly Chinese and Japanese fare. (Another location of Great Chow can be found in the Wollaston section of Quincy.)

The address for this new restaurant in Abington is: Giardino's Italian Steak House and Sushi Bar, 497 Bedford Street (Route 18), Abington, MA, 02351. Its website is at https://www.giardinosrestaurant.com/

[Earlier Article]
Great Chow in Abington Has Closed

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James Beard Award Winner Karen Akunowicz to Open Fox and the Knife in South Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of months ago, we reported that a local chef who was a recent James Beard award winner was planning to open her own restaurant. Now we have learned a bit more about the place.

According to a post from Food & Wine, Karen Akunowicz is opening Fox and the Knife in South Boston, with the place being an "Italian-inspired neighborhood enoteca" that the former Executive Chef/partner at Myers + Chang in Boston's South End says will be "just a warm, welcoming neighborhood joint." The article says that the 75-seat eatery could be opening in November and that it will be an affordable spot that will hopefully be "something for everyone." It is not yet known exactly where Fox and the Knife will open--the post says it will be located in an old building where another restaurant had been--so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Akunowicz, who also worked at such places as Ten Tables, the now-closed Via Matta, and Oleana won a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast in May.

Thanks to Caught in Southie for initially bringing this to our attention.

[August 7 update: The West Broadway Neighborhood Association Facebook group page confirms what we had heard from someone in the restaurant industry yesterday, that Fox and the Knife hopes to open in the space on West Broadway where The Maiden had been until it closed this spring.]

[Earlier Article]
James Beard Award Winner Karen Akunowicz (Myers + Chang) to Open Her Own Restaurant

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