Thursday, November 15, 2018

Naked Fish in Waltham Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

What was once a local chain of seafood restaurants will officially disappear from the landscape next month.

According to a source, Naked Fish in Waltham is closing, with a Facebook post from The Waltham Channel confirming this, indicating that the Totten Pond Road eatery will shut down for good on December 22. The note says that one reason for its closure is the "changing restaurant business" and that other dining spots have shown interest in the space, though no names have been given as of yet.

At its peak, Naked Fish had a number of locations in and around the Greater Boston area, including in Billerica, Boston, Framingham, Hingham, Lynnfield, Quincy, Waltham, Watertown, and Westborough; the Waltham location has been in business for 19 years.

The address for the soon-to-close location of Naked Fish in Waltham is 455 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA, 02451.

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Update: Concert Hall, Mexican/Latin Restaurant Coming to Hub on Causeway Development at Former Boston Garden Site

by Marc Hurwitz

A few years ago, we reported that a project bringing new development to the old Boston Garden space would include a number of businesses, with a subsequent update mentioning a venue for live concerts along with a restaurant being part of the plans. Now we have learned a bit more about both.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Big Night Entertainment and Live Nation are looking to open a concert venue called Big Night Live within the Hub on Causeway project, with the $25 million music hall having views of Boston Harbor and the Zakim Bridge and being able to fit 1,500 people for live concerts and 2,000 overall. The post also says that what looks to be a 200-seat Mexican restaurant will be attached to it, though no name has been given yet for the dining spot. If all goes as planned, the concert hall and restaurant could be opening in the fall of 2019.

As mentioned earlier, Hub on Causeway is also expected to have a movie theater and a market, and it looks like retail stores and more restaurants will be included as well. (A sports bar and a bowling alley had initially been part of the plans as well, but it is not known if this is still the case.)

[November 16 update: Boston Magazine mentions that the dining spot attached to the concert hall will be called Poco Diablo, and it will be a "Latin-inspired restaurant."]

[Earlier Article]
Sports Bar, Bowling Alley Part of Development Plans for Former Boston Garden Site

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster in Peabody Have Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A seafood spot and fish market that replaced a longtime Route 1 restaurant have both shuttered, and it appears that the space is being sold.

According to multiple sources (including @CappyinBoston as well as a post on the Boston's Wicked North Shore Facebook page and North Shore Eats), SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster in Peabody are no longer in operation, while a listing on the bizbuysell.com site indicates that the owner is planning to retired and is looking to sell the business. A couple of the sources say that the restaurant and fish market that was previously in the space--Seawitch--may be moving back into the space, though specific details are not known at this time.

SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster opened in November of 2017, replacing Seawitch, which had been in the space for at least a half century.

The address for the now-closed SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster is 203 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Jack's Abby to Open Track Zero Taproom at North Station/TD Garden

by Marc Hurwitz

A new taproom is on its way to Boston's North Station/TD Garden area, and a familiar name is behind it.

According to a press release, Jack's Abby Craft Lagers is opening Track Zero Taproom, which will take over the train bar (also known as the North Station Bar) on the platform at North Station, with the space including 10 tap lines offering beers from both Jack's Abby and Springdale (which is affiliated with Jack's Abby and is located in the same Framingham facility). The release mentions that the new drinking spot will gradually take over the space and is expected to debut this winter.

Jack's Abby was also in the news last week, as a bakery may be coming to its facility, supplying the restaurant there while also possibly being open to the public as a retail outlet at some point.

The website for Jack's Abby can be found at https://jacksabby.com/

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BOND Restaurant and Lounge in Boston's Financial District to Close December 1; Exact Status Unknown

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale restaurant and bar in downtown Boston is getting ready to close, as the hotel in which it resides is going to be renovated--and it is not known what might become of the spot.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting (via the Boston Real Estate Times) that BOND Restaurant and Lounge on Franklin Street is shutting down December 1, as part of a planned renovation of the Langham Hotel where the hotel itself will close next April and reopen in 2020 after extensive changes. There is no word on what might happen to BOND right now, though the Boston Real Estate Times article mentions that "New guest rooms and suites, updated event and function spaces, and innovative food and beverage concepts will all be introduced" once the hotel opens back up.

BOND Restaurant and Lounge, which first opened in early 2009, is known in part for its New American fare and cocktails.

the address for BOND (and the Langham Hotel) is 250 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110. The web page for the restaurant and lounge can be found at http://www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/boston/dining/bond-restaurant/

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Sushi Momento to Open in Cleveland Circle

by Marc Hurwitz

A new sushi spot is on its way, and it looks like it will be opening within a new complex on the Boston/Brookline border.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Sushi Momento is planning to open in Brookline, with the restaurant being described in the listing as a "contemporary eatery serving inventive sushi and cocktails." The address given indicates that the upcoming dining spot will be located at The Circle, a mixed-used development located at the former site of the Circle Cinema and Applebee's in Cleveland Circle, and based on a page from Phase Zero Design, it may be opening inside the AC Marriott hotel there, which straddles the Brighton/Brookline line (the restaurant has a Brookline address).

If all goes as planned, Sushi Momento could be opening sometime this fall.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Cleveland Circle is: Sushi Momento, 399 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brookline, MA, 02445. Its website will be at https://www.sushimomento.com/

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Jamaica Plain Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A small Texas-based burger chain that starting expanding into the region last year has closed its first Boston-area location.

A tweet from yesterday hinted that Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Jamaica Plain may have closed, with Universal Hub seeming to confirm that the Centre Street eatery is indeed no longer in business, as the outlet has been removed from the chain's website. It appears that other locations in downtown Boston, Billerica, Hudson, and Northborough remain in operation, and a new outlet is planning to open in Sudbury later this month as well.

Mooyah first opened in the Jackson Square section of JP in June of 2017, with the eatery offering burgers made with "never-frozen beef" along with hand-cut fries, salads, and milkshakes.

The address for this now-closed burger spot in Jamaica Plain was: Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes, 225 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.mooyah.com/

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Friday, November 09, 2018

Brothers Kouzina in Peabody to Remain Open

by Marc Hurwitz

A few months ago, we reported that a popular Greek restaurant was planning to close around the end of the year to make way for a dispensary. Now we have learned that this apparently will not be the case after all.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Brothers Kouzina will not be leaving its space on Route 1 in Peabody, with the note thanking people for their support. No details have been given on why plans for a medical marijuana dispensary to replace it fell through; we had first learned about that proposal in July, and at that time it looked like the restaurant might close at the end of the month and that the owners were looking to open in another space.

Brothers Kouzina first opened in 2006, offering customers mostly a mix of Greek and American dishes including souvlaki, stuffed grape leaves, grilled octopus, spinach pie, gyros, broiled scallops, burgers, and more.

The address for Brothers Kouzina is 25 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960.

Thanks to multiple sources for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Brothers Kouzina in Peabody Plans to Close at the End of the Year

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Poke Garden to Open in Former Clover Space in Brookline Village

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new dining spot is coming to Brookline, and it will offer a food dish that is getting more and more popular.

Eater Boston is reporting (via the Patch) that Poke Garden is opening in Brookline Village, taking over the space on Harvard Street where a location of Clover had been until closing in April. Both articles mention that the new eatery will offer poke bowls (a Hawaiian dish featuring raw fish) along with sushi, though no menu is available as of yet--and an opening date is not known at this point in time.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Brookline Village is: Poke Garden, 10 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

[Earlier Article]
Clover Food Lab in Brookline Village Is Closing

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company's "Humble Castle" Beer Hall Opens in Woburn

by Marc Hurwitz

A beer hall that has been a long time in the making has opened within a brewery north of Boston.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Lord Hobo Brewing Company has soft-opened the "Humble Castle," a new beer hall inside its facility in Woburn. As mentioned earlier, the 3,500-square-foot space has room for approximately 150 people, while a total of 40 tap lines are set up there (which is more than what was earlier thought), and in addition to its own beers, Lord Hobo will also offer "guest" beers as well. Food at the beer hall will include shareable plates along with salads and pizza, and drink options in addition to beer will include wine on tap, cold-brewed coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Hours for the Humble Castle will be 11:00 AM to midnight daily, with food being served starting at 3:00 PM.

The address for Lord Hobo Brewing Company (and the new Humble Castle beer hall) is 5 Draper Street, Woburn, MA, 01801. Its website can be found at https://lordhobobrewing.com/

[November 17 update: A Facebook post indicates that Humble Castle is now fully open and that a "Grand Re-Opening" party will take place today.]

[Earlier Article]
Lord Hobo Brewing Company in Woburn to Open Beer Hall

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The Federal to Open in Waltham, Taking Over Flank Space

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier this year, we reported that a chophouse west of Boston was closing down and being sold. Now we know a bit more about what will be going into the space.

According to a post from Eater Boston, The Federal is opening in the former Flank space in Waltham, with a check on the website for the spot indicating that it could be opening at the 1265 Main development as early as this month. As mentioned earlier, David Alphonse and Richard Brackett of AB Hospitality Group are behind The Federal (Richard Bracket comes from The Bancroft in Burlington and Peabody), while Diego Mota (also from The Bancroft) will set up the menu for the place, which will apparently be a steakhouse.

Radio personality Greg Hill and his Whole House Group sold both Flank and 29 Sudbury this spring, with the Battle Road Brewery and Brew House in Maynard remaining part of the group.

The website for AB Hospitality Group and The Federal will be at https://abhospitalitygroup.com/

[November 12 update: A job post within the Craigslist site indicates that The Federal will be a "modern Italian influenced steakhouse" and that it is planning to open soon.]

[Earlier Article]
Greg Hill's Whole House Group Is Selling Flank, 29 Sudbury

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Chick-fil-A Plans to Open in Boston's Copley Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of chicken places that appeared to have no chance of opening in Boston several years ago may be doing just that now.

According to an article in Bisnow, Chick-fil-A is looking to open in Copley Square, moving into the space on Boylston Street currently occupied by Boloco. This announcement comes six years after the late Boston Mayor Thomas Menino voiced his opposition to the chain coming to the city based on the CEO's opposition to same-sex marriage. The company has opened outlets in various Boston suburbs, including Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Marlboro, and Peabody, but this would be its first within the city limits if approved. (The Back Bay Association supports the proposal, though Mayor Marty Walsh will still need to review the plans and the restaurant would have to go through the usual permitting process before being able to open.)

The address for the proposed location of Chick-fil-A in Copley Square would be 569 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.chick-fil-a.com/

Thanks to Universal Hub for bringing this to our attention.

[November 15 update: It appears that plans for Chick-fil-A to open in the Boloco space in Copley Square are not yet definite, as Boloco has tweeted that "there is not yet any agreement for Boloco to leave. We have a lease thru 2020 and a decade of options after. We are working with landlord to find a solution based on what we've read."]

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Sakana Sushi Opens in Former Cafe Anthony Space in Cambridge

by Marc Hurwitz

A new sushi spot has come to Cambridge, taking over the space where a cafe had been until being seized several months ago.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Sakana Sushi is now open on Mass. Ave. in the former Cafe Anthony space, which is between Harvard Square and Central Square. A Yelp page for the place includes a note from the business saying that it offers "a reinvention of traditional sushi! discover the cozy sushi bar and experience traditional sushi with an intriguing twist." No menu has been posted as of yet, and the restaurant does not appear to have a website, so keep checking back for updates on what exactly will be offered at the place.

Cafe Anthony was shut down in June, with a sign out front indicating that it was seized by the Middlesex Sheriff's Department Enforcement Unit. A Facebook post from the spot stated that it hoped to reopen but it apparently never did.

The address for the new Sakana Sushi (and the former Cafe Anthony) is 983 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

[Earlier Article]
Cafe Anthony in Cambridge Has Been Seized by the Sheriff's Department

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Thursday, November 08, 2018

BearMoose Brewing to Open in Everett

by Marc Hurwitz

Yet another new brewery is opening just north of Boston, and this one plans to focus on selling beer out of its taproom.

Eater Boston is reporting (via the Everett Independent) that BearMoose Brewing is looking to open on the Revere Beach Parkway in Everett, a short distance away from the "Fermentation District" that includes such spots as Night Shift Brewing, Short Path Distillery, and Bone Up Brewing. The upcoming place will have a taproom with a capacity of 120 and a 10-barrel brewing system, and it does not have plans for distribution at this time, instead doing taproom sales only. If all goes as planned, BearMoose may be opening in March of 2019.

The address for this upcoming brewery in Everett is: BearMoose Brewing, 1934 Revere Beach Parkway, Everett, MA, 02149. Its website will be at https://www.bearmoosebrewing.com/

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Aaron's Taco Cart'el Plans to Open Brick-and-Mortar Shop in Stoneham

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like the person behind a mobile taco stand will be opening a permanent shop in the northern suburbs of Boston.

According to a photo posted on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Aaron's Taco Cart'el is planning to open in Stoneham, apparently moving into the space on Central Street where The Mystical Cafe had been. The taco cart has been found at various spots in the Boston area and beyond, including farmers markets, festivals, and food truck sites, and catering is offered as well.

The address for this upcoming eatery in Stoneham is: Aaron's Taco Cart'el, 8 Central Street, Stoneham, MA, 02180. The website for the business can be found at https://www.aaronstacocartel.com/

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Pokeworks to Open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of dining spots featuring a couple of increasingly-trendy food items will be opening a third Boston-area location.

According to a press release, Pokeworks is planning to open at the upcoming Arsenal Yards complex in Watertown, joining existing locations in Somerville's Davis Square and Cambridge's Harvard Square. Expect to see poke (a Hawaiian raw fish salad) as well as "pokirritos" (a type of sushi burrito) at the upcoming eatery, which is headquartered in Irvine, CA, and currently has nearly 20 locations across the United States.

Arsenal Yards will be a mixed-use development located at the site of the old Arsenal Mall, with the complex including retail, office, and residential space. As reported earlier, a location of Shake Shack will also be moving into the development.

The website for Pokeworks can be found at http://www.pokeworks.com/

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Back Bay Beats (B3) at Berklee College of Music Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A restaurant and music spot that opened early last year within a college campus building is shutting down.

Eater Boston is reporting that Back Bay Beats, which better-known as B3, is closing tomorrow (Thursday, November 8) after approximately a year and a half in business, and it is not yet known what might move into its space which is on the ground floor of a tower on Mass. Ave. that is part of the Berklee College of Music. B3 has been known in part for its Southern-influenced dishes along with its live music nightly and its music-themed decor.

The address for B3 is 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Our Zone Opens in Brighton

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new Chinese restaurant has come to Brighton, moving into the space where another Chinese eatery had been.

According to an article from Eater Boston Our Zone is now open on Commonwealth Avenue in the former Chang's House space, with the new spot focusing at least in part on Sichuan fare. The menu at the restaurant offers such items as handmade dumplings, stir-fried chicken and vegetable dishes, shredded pork with garlic sauce, Chinese sausage fried rice, fish fillet with pickled cabbage and chili, and more. Our Zone is open from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM daily--at least for now--with takeout and delivery offered.

The address for this new Chinese restaurant in Brighton is: Our Zone, 1583 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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Skillet Opens in Old Mad Hatter Cafe Space in Weymouth

by Marc Hurwitz

A new breakfast and lunch spot has come to the South Shore, and it has moved into the space where another breakfast and lunch spot had been until moving out and heading to a new location.

A check on the place over the weekend indicates that Skillet is now open in Weymouth in the old Mad Hatter Cafe space on Main Street, confirming what a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page had mentioned earlier. The new eatery does not appear to have a website as of yet, though it does have a Facebook page that mentioned late last month that the spot had indeed opened.

The Mad Hatter Cafe left its original home approximately a month ago and plans to reopen in the former Hajjar's space on Washington Street this week.

The address for Skillet is 119 Main Street, Weymouth, MA, 02188. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Skillet-Cafe-2001089219951517/

[Earlier Article]
Mad Hatter Cafe in Weymouth to Move into Hajjar's Space

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Gre.Co to Open in Boston's Seaport District

by Marc Hurwitz

A Greek dining spot in Boston's Back Bay is planning to expand to the city's waterfront area.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Gre.co on Newbury Street is opening a new location in the Seaport District, moving into the Pier 4 development that is also home to a location of Tatte along with a planned new restaurant from the owner of Woods Hill Table and Adelita in West Concord. Based on the menu at the Back Bay location, the new outlet could offer such items as gyros, loukoumades (Greek doughnuts), feta fries, and more, and it is also expected to serve Greek beers and wine, unlike the original location.

Gre.Co first opened on Newbury Street in February of 2017, taking over the old Scissors & Pie/Bostone Pizza space. The restaurant has a connection to Committee, a more upscale Greek and Mediterranean spot in the Seaport District.

The website for Gre.Co can be found at https://grecoboston.com/

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Jack's Abby in Framingham May Open a Bakery

by Marc Hurwitz

A brewery west of Boston that moved to a much larger space a few years ago and has since expanded within its space could be adding something new to the facility.

The Framingham TAB is reporting that Jack's Abby in Framingham is planning to make renovations to a warehouse area within its Clinton Street building, with the section including office and retail space a bakery being considered among its plans. The proposal, which is expected to be looked at by the Planning Board this Thursday, would apparently be used for the making of pizza and pretzels and while the bakery area would mainly be used for offerings at the restaurant on the premises, they are looking into having it be open to the public as its own business at some point.

In addition to its brewery and restaurant/beer hall area, the Jack's Abby space also includes the Springdale Barrel Room, which focuses on barrel-aged beers.

The address for Jack's Abby and the Springdale Barrel Room is 100-102 Clinton Street, Framingham, MA, 01702. The website for Jack's Abby can be found at https://jacksabby.com/ while the website for the Springdale Barrel Room is at https://springdalebeer.com/

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Zwu's Asian Cuisine Opens in Peabody

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Asian fusion restaurant has come to the North Shore.

According to a message from @CappyinBoston, Zwu's Asian Cuisine is now open in Peabody, taking over the space on Central Street where Mike and Lill's Black Sheep Pub & Grill had been. The Facebook page and website for the dining spot indicates that it features Chinese and Japanese fare, including fusion dishes with influences from both countries, with the menu showing such options as noodle dishes and fried rice, raw bar items, teppanyaki, sushi, Polynesian dishes, and more.

The address for this new restaurant in Peabody it: Zwu's Asian Cuisine, 5 Central Street, Peabody, MA, 01960. Its website can be found at https://www.zwusrestaurant.com/

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Monday, November 05, 2018

Tavern in the Square in Salem Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

Another location of a local group of dining and drinking spots has closed.

According to a Facebook post from the Salem Food Digest, Tavern in the Square in Salem is no longer in business, with the company behind the Washington Street restaurant and bar apparently looking to bring a new concept to the space sometime next year. Two other locations of Tavern in the Square closed in Cambridge last year as well, while its Allston location was recently renovated and reconcepted; it appears that other outlets at Boston's North Station and South Station, Burlington, Littleton, Lowell, Northborough, Shrewsbury, and Cranston, RI, remain in operation.

The Salem location of Tavern in the Square first opened in 2009.

The address for Tavern in the Square in Cambridge was 189 Washington Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

Thanks to the Patch for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Papa Gino's Closes Dozens of Shops, Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy; Sale in the Works

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of pizzerias that has been around for a long time is going through some major changes as the week begins.

As mentioned by multiple sources over the weekend, Papa Gino's abruptly closed more than 50 stores yesterday, with posters within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page mentioning such locations as Arlington, Bedford, Beverly, Brockton, Danvers, Malden, Medford, Newton, Quincy, being among the closures. Our sources also tell us that D'Angelo's--which is owned by the same company--has had some of its shops close as well. A new article from NECN mentions that Papa Gino's has now declared bankruptcy and that it is being sold to Wynnchurch, a private equity firm that is headquartered in the Chicago area. This story is still developing, so keep checking back for updates as they come in.

Papa Gino's started out in the 1960s in East Boston and has since expanded through much of New England, with its headquarters now being in Dedham. Currently, the chain has approximately 97 locations, which is down from 150 at the start of the weekend. (Its website can be found at https://www.papaginos.com/)

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Ecco Pizzeria in Allston Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A pizza spot in Allston that focused on the use of organic ingredients has shut down.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Ecco Pizzeria on Commonwealth Avenue is no longer in business, with a check on the restaurant's website confirming this, saying that it has been purchased and thanking patrons for their business. It is not yet known what will be going into the Ecco space, so keep checking back for updates.

Ecco Pizzeria, which first opened in late 2011, offered a variety of pizzas along with soups, salads, pasta, sandwiches, desserts, and more. The eatery considered itself an environmentally-friendly spot that focused on using all-natural ingredients, being energy-efficient, and recycling.

The address for this now-closed pizza spot in Allston was: Ecco Pizzeria, 1147 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

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Sunday, November 04, 2018

Snappy Sushi in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A Japanese restaurant and sushi spot in the Back Bay of Boston has shut down.

According to a source, Snappy Sushi on Newbury Street is closed, with a note out front referring customers to Snappy Kitchen in Somerville's Davis Square, while a phone call placed to Snappy Kitchen confirms that Snappy Sushi has indeed shuttered. No specific reason has been given for the restaurant's closure, nor is it known what might be moving into the space, so stay tuned for updates.

Snappy Sushi first opened on Newbury Street approximately 15 years ago, moving to a new space on the same street in 2010; a location of Snappy Sushi had also been in Davis Square, but it also moved and reopened late last year as Snappy Kitchen.

The address for the now-closed Snappy Sushi in the Back Bay was 108 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The Facebook page for Snappy Kitchen in Somerville can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Snappy-Kitchen-1405949796301539/

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Friday, November 02, 2018

Wings Over Brookline Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A small chain of wing places that got its start in Massachusetts has closed one of its Boston-area locations.

According to a Facebook post from Boston-based editor and DJ Michael Marotta, Wings Over Brookline is no longer in operation, with the place saying that the closure was "due to circumstances outside of our control." The chain refers customers to its Boston and Somerville locations, while other outlets in the region include shops in Framingham, Lowell, and Worcester.

Wings Over, which first started out in Amherst in 1999, features regular and boneless wings with a variety of sauce options.

The address for the now-closed Wings Over Brookline was 477 Harvard Sreet, Brookline, MA 02446. The website for the chain can be found at http://wingsover.com/

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La Galleria 33 in Boston's North End Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

by Marc Hurwitz

A North End restaurant that was once featured on a reality TV series has shut down, and it is not yet know what might become of the space.

According to a tweet from @ConciergeBoston, La Galleria 33 on Salem Street is closed, though no note has been posted out front and there is no apparent  indication as to its exact status on its website or across social media. The restaurant had been shown on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in the fall of 2012, with the show's focus being on helping revive troubled restaurants across the country, including La Galleria 33. (Ramsay had also visited the now-closed Davide on nearby Commercial Street in 2010, with that episode being shown in early 2011.)

As soon as we find out exactly why La Galleria 33 closed, we will post an update here.

The address for La Galleria 33 is 125 Salem Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

[November 8 update: Based on a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, it appears that a new dining spot may be taking over the space occupied by La Galleria 33, as the notice mentions that the now-closed restaurant's license is looking to be transferred to Piarosa Group, Inc. The notice also says that Shannon MacGowan is listed as manager--and this seems to be the same Shannon MacGowan who is slated to be manager of the upcoming Forcella, which is taking over the former Carmen space at North Square.]

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Ohlin's Bakery Will Not Be Reopening

by Marc Hurwitz

A century-old bakery that was hit by a fire a couple of years ago has decided to call it a day.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Ohlin's Bakery will not be opening back up, with the note saying that they are now in the process of refunding the money of those who donated to a GoFundMe page that had been set up for the business. The bakery, which first opened in 1915 and was known in part for its donuts, was forced to close its Belmont shop in early 2016 after an oven explosion damaged the place. The people behind Ohlin's had been looking at new locations in communities such as Belmont, Arlington, Cambridge, and Watertown, but many of the spaces they found were too small for what they needed.

The address for Ohlin's Bakery was 456 Common Street, Belmont, MA, 02478.

[Earlier Articles]
Explosion Damages Ohlin's Bakery in Belmont
Ohlin's Bakery in Belmont Loses Its Home; New Location Needed

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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Karaoke Bar May Be Coming to Patron's Space in Allston

by Marc Hurwitz

A new spot featuring karaoke could be opening in Allston, and it would be taking over the space where a Mexican restaurant had been.

Universal Hub is reporting that the person behind Limelight Stage + Studios by Boston Common is planning to open a similar karaoke bar in the former Patron's space on Brighton Avenue in Allston Village. The article says that the proposed place, which does not yet have a name, has the support of the mayor's office, a local city counselor, and the Allston Civic Association, but while they did receive approval for a variance from the zoning board for karaoke, they still need approval of licenses for food and alcohol from the licensing board. Owner Henry Wong mentions through his attorney that a stage would need to be added to the space, with this being the main change to the space.

Patron's and the Sunset Grill & Tap downstairs both closed toward the end of last year, several months after their parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The address for this proposed karaoke bar would be 138 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

[Earlier Article]
Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston Has Closed

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Bubble Nation to Open in Arlington Center

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new shop featuring bubble tea is on its way to the northwest suburbs.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page and another post on the Support Arlington Facebook group page, Bubble Nation is opening in Arlington Center, with the address given indicating that it is moving into the space on Mass. Ave. that had once been home to Nana's Mart. The website for the business mentions that "Our shared love for bubbling drinks is what brings us together, be it a freshly brewed tea with little bubbles of pearls or a refreshing sparking soda that tinkles our thirsty mouth/throat" while the site also indicates that even though it is called Bubble Nation, it appears to be an independent spot with this being its only location.

It is not yet known when Bubble Nation might open, so keep checking back for updates.

The address for Bubble Nation is 456A Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474. Its website can be found at https://www.bubblenation.us/

[November 14 update: Your Arlington mentions that Bubble Nation plans to open sometime this winter.]

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