Thursday, September 19, 2019

Jose's Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge Is Closing

A Mexican restaurant in Cambridge that has been around for a long time is shutting down.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Jose's on Sherman Street is closing, with the note simply saying, "I wanted to share a news, well not so good news.... we are closing Jose's for good." No reason has been given for the restaurant's closure, nor is it known when exactly it closes or what might become of its space, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Jose's has been in business since the mid-1980s, with the present owner taking over the dining spot a bit more than 15 years ago. An Arlington restaurant called Jose's Torta Mexicana opened this spring and has a connection to the Cambridge location of Jose's; it is not yet known what the status of that place is.

The address for Jose's Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge is 131 Sherman Street, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Notch Brewing in Salem to Open Second Brewery and Taproom

It looks like a North Shore brewing company will be expanding to a second location.

According to a Facebook post from Chris Lohring, Notch Brewing in Salem is planning to open a new brewery and taproom at an as-of-yet undisclosed location, with Lohring (who is the founder of Notch) saying that more news on the plans will be coming next week. Notch, which first opened along the South River on the outer edge of Salem's downtown area in the summer of 2016, is known in part for its session beers, while the space itself has an outdoor beer garden along the river.

The address for Notch Brewing is 283R Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Its website can be found at https://www.notchbrewing.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bar 'Cino Plans to Open in Former Waxy O'Connor's Space in Brookline

It looks like a regional restaurant group will be bringing one of their dining spots to the Boston area, taking over the space where a location of a group of Irish pubs had been.

According to a source, Bar 'Cino is planning to open in the old Waxy O'Connor's space in Brookline, with an earlier meeting notice within the town's website seeming to confirm this, saying that the restaurant would indeed be moving into the Beacon Street space and that the "alternate manager" would be Bryan Parkin. An online search shows that Parkin is involved with Papa Razzi, a group of restaurants whose locations in Boston, Concord, and Wellesley are part of the Newport Restaurant Group; this group also runs a place called Bar 'Cino in Newport, RI, so it looks like this could be a second location of that eatery.

Waxy O'Connor's, which closed its Brookline location in early 2018, is now down to just one outlet in the Greater Boston area--in Lexington--as its others in Foxboro, Kingston, and Woburn have also shuttered.

The address for the upcoming location of Bar 'Cino  in Brookline is 1032 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. The website for the Newport location can be found at https://www.barcinonewport.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Au Bon Pain at the Prudential Center in Boston Has Closed

A Boston-based chain of bakery-cafes has closed one of its locations within the city.

According to several sources, Au Bon Pain at the Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay is no longer in business, with a tweet from @Celtkicks confirming that the shop shut down yesterday. A sign out front refers customers to a nearby outlet at Copley Place, while ten others in Boston (and three other locations in Massachusetts in Cambridge, Somerville, and Easton) remain in business.

Au Bon Pain, which was established in the mid-1970s and currently has approximately 200 locations in the United States and overseas, is headquartered in Boston's Seaport District, though the company is now owned by Panera. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.aubonpain.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lucie Drink & Dine Plans to Open in Former Brasserie Jo Space in Boston

A bit more than a year ago, it was reported that a French restaurant in Boston was closing, as the hotel in which it resided was planning to go through some changes. Now we have learned that a new restaurant is hoping to move into its space.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Lucie Drink & Dine is looking to open in the former Brasserie Jo space within The Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Avenue, with the notice saying that the corporate name will also be changing, from BRJO Management Corp. to Lu C. Management Corp. This proposed change is being looked at as The Colonnade Hotel is having renovations done to its lobby, based on a notice within the hotel's website, and it says that the upgrades will continue for the "next several weeks." It is not known what kind of concept the new dining spot would have, nor is it known what might be on its menu, so stay tuned for updates.

Brasserie Jo, which closed last October after being in business for 20 years, had been run by James Beard award winner Jean Joho.

The address for the proposed Lucie Drink & Dine (and The Colonnade Hotel) is 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the hotel can be found at https://www.colonnadehotel.com/

[Earlier Article]
Brasserie Jo in Boston Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park Has Closed

A two-story restaurant that has been featured as an under-the-radar spot by our sister site has shut down.

According to a source, the Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park is no longer in business, with the place apparently closing yesterday. A check on the website and Facebook page for the Fairmount Avenue spot indicates that both have been taken down and a call placed to the restaurant goes to voicemail, while Hyde Park Main Streets says that it has indeed shuttered. No reason has been given for the closure of the Fairmount Grille, nor is it known what might go into its space, so stay tuned for updates.

Fairmount Grille, which first opened in 2013 in the former Townsends space, was featured on the Boston's Hidden Restaurant site as a place to go for classic American and New American fare. A link to the review can be found below:

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

The address for the Fairmount Grille was 81 Fairmount Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.

Thanks to Universal Hub for its help with this story.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Boston Common Coffee Co. Closes Its High Street Location in Boston; Online Business Remains in Operation

A local group of coffee shops has closed its last remaining retail outlet, though its online business will remain in operation.

According to a source, Boston Common Coffee Co. on High Street in Boston's Financial District is shuttered, with its closure following its three other shops that have closed down over the past few years, including on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, Canal Street in the North Station/West End area, and Salem Street in the North End. A Facebook post from the place confirms this while also saying that its coffee will continue to be available online and at other shops, restaurants, and bars.

The address for the Financial District location of Boston Common Coffee Co. was 10 High Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the business can be found at https://www.bostoncommoncoffee.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Firenze Trattoria in Salem Has Closed

A popular Italian restaurant on the North Shore has closed its doors.

According to its website and Facebook page, Firenze Trattoria in Salem is no longer in business, with a Facebook post saying that "We are touched and honored to be part of this fantastic community and lucky to have been surrounded by its warmth and love....the memories and great friends we made at Firenze will stay with us forever." Another Facebook post indicates that a new dining spot will soon be opening in its space and that Aaron Chambers (who is apparently the same Aaron Chambers who has worked at Not Your Average Joe's, Craigie on Main, and Bar Boulud) will be behind it.

Firenze Trattoria, which first opened in 2013, was known for its Tuscan fare, including such items as chickpea soup, rigatoni and sausage and truffle oil, gnocchi with gorgonzola and toasted walnuts, braised beef tripe, center cut pork chops, beef liver, and cacio e pepe.

The address for this now-closed Italian restaurant in Salem was: Firenze Trattoria, 2 Lynde Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

Thanks to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for initially bringing this to our attention.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Ironside Grill in Charlestown Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown

A popular neighborhood watering hole in Charlestown that has been in business for a long time is shuttered, and it is not known what might become of the place.

Based on a couple of checks on the spot over the weekend, Ironside Grill on Park Street is locked up and dark, with calls placed to the restaurant and bar going directly to voicemail and the message saying that the mailbox is full. The Yelp page for the place indicates that it is indeed closed, though whether it is permanently closed or not is still up in the air.

Ironside Grill has been open for approximately 70 years, based on an old Patch article.

The address for Ironside Grill is 25 Park Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

Friday, September 13, 2019

Deep Cuts Deli and Brewery Plans to Open in Somerville's Winter Hill

A couple of months ago, a brand new brewery and deli parted ways shortly after the opening of the facility, and now we have learned that the deli itself will be morphing into a combination deli/brewery.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Deep Cuts Deli and Brewery is looking to open somewhere in the Winter Hill section of Somerville, and it has a new partner who happens to be one of the co-founders of BearMoose Brewing Company in Everett, which opened in early July with Deep Cuts Deli initially set up inside the facility. Deep Cuts left the space after only a few days, announcing at the time that "We're cookin' up our next new adventure and we can't wait to tell you what it is." A couple of sources recently told us that Deep Cuts indeed appeared to be planning to morph into a combination deli/brewery, but no specific plans had been given at the time.

As plans get going for the deli and brewery, Deep Cuts Deli will be popping up at other locations, offering sandwiches at such places as the Automatic Bar and Lamplighter Brewing Co., both of which are in Cambridge.

The website for Deep Cuts can be found at https://www.deepcutsdeli.com

[Earlier Articles]
BearMoose Brewing Company, Deep Cuts Deli Have Parted Ways
BearMoose Brewing Company, Deep Cuts Deli Are Opening in Everett

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

Family Affair Restaurant and Catering Opens in Dorchester's Uphams Corner Neighborhood

A new restaurant has come to a section of Boston that has relatively few dining options, and it focuses on a mix of cuisines.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Family Affair Restaurant and Catering is now open in the Uphams Corner of Dorchester, with the Columbia Road dining spot offering both Caribbean fare and soul food. The menu at the place--which opened a couple of weeks ago--includes 52 different variations on chicken and waffles, while wings, oxtail, coconut shrimp, macaroni and cheese, curry chicken, fried porgies, candied yams, po' boys, fried dough, and more are also offered.

The address for this new restaurant in Uphams Corner is: Family Affair Restaurant and Catering, 554 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA, 02125. Its website can be found at https://famaffairboston.wixsite.com/mysite

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Dumpling Daughter Is Apparently Opening in Brookline's Coolidge Corner

A pair of Chinese restaurants known in part for their dumplings may be expanding to a third location in one of the busiest parts of Brookline.

According to a Twitter post from @terenwong, Dumpling Daughter appears to be coming to Coolidge Corner based on building permits that have been issued, with a job post on the Indeed site seeming to confirm this, saying that a General Manager is needed for a Coolidge Corner location of the dining spot. An exact address for the upcoming Dumpling Daughter, which currently has locations in Weston and Cambridge's Kendall Square, is not known as of yet, so stay tuned for updates.

Nadia Liu Spellman, who runs Dumpling Daughter, is the daughter of Sally Ling, who is known for her namesake restaurant that opened on the Boston waterfront in the mid-1980s.

The website for Dumpling Daughter can be found at https://www.dumplingdaughter.com/

[September 18, 2019 update: According to a source, it looks like Dumpling Daughter plans to move into the former 16 Handles frozen yogurt space at 1309 Beacon Street.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


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

Nahant Fish & Lobster Opens in Nahant

A brand new seafood spot and market has opened in a town on the water that currently has very few dining options.

According to a source, Nahant Fish & Lobster is now open in Nahant, with the eatery being a takeout place that offers such items as clam chowder, steamers, lobster rolls, tuna burgers, salmon, swordfish, haddock, cod, and more. Our source indicates that the shop is actually going through what is more or less a soft opening as it settles into its space, and hours are currently 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday.

The address for this new dining spot and market in Nahant is: Nahant Fish & Lobster, 157 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA, 01908. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Nahant-Fish-Lobster-484732695613188/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Grasshopper Cafe in Charlestown Plans to Close

A popular neighborhood spot that is known in part for its breakfast dishes may be shutting its doors, as the owners wish to move on to the next stage of their lives.

According to an article in the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge, the Grasshopper Cafe plans to close down with owners Kevin and Lynn Smith looking to retire, while also staying in the local area if possible. The owners have proposed getting rid of the commercial space at the site on Bunker Hill Street and tearing down the building, replacing it with a three-unit residential structure where they might actually live. A community meeting took place at the eatery earlier this week, with the next steps including scheduling a meeting with the Zoning Board of Appeals about the plans.

The Grasshopper Cafe, which opened approximately 10 years ago, is a breakfast and lunch place that does a mix of dine-in and takeout service, while also offering catering.

The address for the Grasshopper Cafe is 229 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129.

Thanks to Universal Hub for initially bringing this to our attention.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Easy Pie in Braintree Has Closed; Revere Location to Remain Open

A quirky restaurant south of Boston that was known in part for its pizzas has shut down, though its location north of the city remains in operation.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Easy Pie in Braintree is now closed, with the note saying that "It is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make but one that is necessary for this brand to move forward and become what it deserves to be." The post does state that the Revere outlet of the eatery will stay open, saying "To Everyone that loves and supports Easy Pie please do not be strangers and come and visit us in our Revere Location!"

The Braintree location of Easy Pie first opened in 2011, offering a wide variety of pizzas, burgers, chicken and turkey sandwiches, and more, including some unusual pizza topping combos (both sweet and savory) along with a "monster" tater tot. The dining spot was featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants), with the review found below:

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

The address for the now-closed location of Easy Pie in Braintree was 1701 Washington Street, Braintree, MA, 02184. The website for the existing Revere location can be found at https://www.theeasypie.com/

[September 18 update: Eater Boston states (via a Facebook post) that Easy Pie plans to open a new location somewhere in Everett, though there are very few details right now.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Pizzas in the Boston Area]

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Omori Plans to Open in Former Best Burger Bar Space in Brookline Village

It looks like a Japanese restaurant may be on its way to Brookline, taking over the space where a burger spot had been.

According to an article in the Patch, Omori is planning to open in Brookline Village in the former Best Burger Bar space on Station Street. The proposed dining spot has a connection to three other restaurants in the Boston area--New Sushi in Allston and Boston and Nijiya Sushi in Medford--and it plans to have seating for 40 inside and an additional 18 outside. A hearing on Omori took place earlier this week; as soon as we find out the outcome of the hearing, as well as when the place might open and what might be on the menu, we will post an update here.

Best Burger Bar first opened in the summer of 2017, taking over the space where the Middle Gray had once been. The dining spot, which focused on burgers and cocktails, shut down toward the end of last year and while it had hoped to reopen at some point, those plans apparently fell through.

The address for the proposed Omori is 6 Station Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

Thanks to a couple of posters within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Best Burger Bar in Brookline Village Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


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

Friendly's in Saugus Has Closed

A regional chain of restaurants and ice cream shops continues to disappear from the Boston-area landscape, with one of its last remaining outlets in the local area closing.

According to an article in the Patch, Friendly's in Saugus has shut down, with a check on the company's website showing that the Route 1 location has been removed. With the closing of the Saugus location, only two outlets now remain inside Route 128--one at Logan Airport and another in Stoneham--while a few others are still open a bit further out, including in Norwood, Peabody, and Weymouth.

The Wilbraham-based Friendly's, which was established in Springfield in 1935, offers a variety of ice cream products including sundaes, fribbles, and floats, while its restaurants serve such items as burgers and seafood dishes. Its website is at https://www.friendlys.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Nautilus Pier 4 to Open in Boston's Seaport District

It looks like a trendy hotspot on Nantucket is going to be expanding to Boston.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that Nautilus Pier 4 is planning to open in the city's Seaport District, with the restaurant joining the original location of The Nautilus on the island. (The owners of The Nautilus also run a music club on Nantucket called Gaslight.) Based on the offerings at its existing location, Nautilus Pier 4 will likely feature small plates with Asian and Latin influences along with cocktails.

If all goes as planned, Nautilus Pier 4 will open sometime in 2020.

The address for Nautilus Pier 4 will be 300 Pier Four Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210; the website for the Nantucket location of The Nautilus can be found at https://nautilusnantucket.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Future of Thunder Road in Somerville Unclear; Development Proposed for Space

A music club on the edge of Somerville's Union Square faces an uncertain future, as its space could become the site of new development.

According to a Facebook post, a meeting will be taking place to discuss new development plans for the Thunder Road space on Somerville Avenue, with the notice saying that the developers will present their plans and discuss the proposal with neighbors on September 25 at the Somerville Police Station. One of the workers at Thunder Road had posted in the thread that the place remains open and that an end date has not been announced, though that post appears to have been taken down. Once the meeting has taken place and more information has come out, we will post an update here, so stay tuned.

Thunder Road opened in September of 2015, taking over the space where the Radio music club had been, and before that, a dance club called Club Choices.

The address for Thunder Road is 379 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its website can be found at https://thunderroadclub.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lobstah on a Roll May Be Replacing Wabora Asian Fusion Bistro in Boston's Back Bay

A pair of Boston-area restaurants known for their huge lobster rolls may be expanding to the Back Bay, and it could be taking over the space where a sushi spot currently resides.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Wabora Asian Fusion Bistro has petitioned to change over to Lobstah on a Roll, with the notice indicating that the latter would indeed be taking over the space of the former. The listing gives little other information, though it does mention that a beer and wine license is involved, so it appears that the liquor license would be going to Lobstah on a Roll. If approved, this would be the third location of the dining spot, with others being in Boston's South End and in Salem.

Wabora first opened in June of 2015, taking over the space where Ikura Sushi had been; the restaurant has a connection to another spot with the same name in Ontario.

The address for the proposed location of Lobstah on a Roll (and Wabora) is 254 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Alma Gaucho Prime Brazilian Steakhouse Plans to Open within Aloft Hotel in South Boston

A steakhouse may be on its way to a particularly hot section of Boston, and it could be replacing a trendy restaurant and bar, though this has not yet been confirmed.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Alma Gaucho Prime Brazilian Steakhouse is planning to open in South Boston, with the address indicating that it would be opening within the Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel. The listing mentions that the license would be coming from Aristocrat Hospitality, which is the group behind The Social Register within the hotel, and the capacity of Alma Gaucho appears to be similar to that of The Social Register, so it could be replacing that restaurant. (As soon as we get more information, we will post an update here.)

The Social Register first opened in June of 2017.

The address for Alma Gaucho Prime Brazilian Steakhouse (and Aloft Hotel) is 401 D Street, South Boston, MA, 02210.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain Is Closing

It looks like one of Boston's most iconic restaurants will soon be saying farewell.

According to a couple of sources, Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain is planning to close and sell its liquor license to an upcoming location of Davio's in Boston's Seaport District. This has been confirmed by a Boston Globe article, which quotes owner Gerry Burke Jr. as saying that "It's a terrible thing and I'm as sad as I can be. But the real estate in JP is as high as it's going to get and I can't afford to stay here any more." It is not yet known when the last day for Doyle's might be, so keep checking back for updates.

Doyle's, which first opened in 1882, is a renowned dining and drinking spot that has attracted politicians and celebrities alike over the years.

The address for Doyle's is 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. Its website can be found at https://www.doylescafeboston.com/

[September 19 update: Doyle's is one step closer to officially saying farewell, as Universal Hub says that the licensing board has approved the transfer of the restaurant's liquor license to the upcoming location of Davio's in the Seaport District.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

Monday, September 09, 2019

Seta's Cafe in Belmont Has Closed

It looks like a favorite spot for Armenian food has shut down for good.

According to an Instagram post from the place, Seta's Cafe in Belmont is no longer in business, with the note saying that "All good things must come to an end" while thanking its customers who have visited the place over the past six years. The post mentions that the last day for the Belmont Street eatery was this past Saturday, though no specific reason has been given for its closure.

Seta's Cafe featured a variety of Mediterranean dishes with an emphasis on Armenian options; its menu included such items as falafel, hummus, roast chicken sandwiches, lamb skewers, flatbreads, spinach and cheese turnovers, lavash bread, and more.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Belmont was: Seta's Cafe, 271 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA, 02478.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Flat Patties in Cambridge's Harvard Square to Be Replaced by Foumami; Status of Flat Patties Unclear

Last week it was reported that an Asian sandwich bar in downtown Boston was planning to expand to one of the busiest parts of Cambridge. Now we have learned that it may be replacing a beloved burger spot whose future is now in question.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Foumami is looking to take over the Harvard Square space where Flat Patties currently resides, and based on an earlier post from Cambridge Scout, this could mark the end of the line for the burger spot. Co-owner Tom Brush said in the post that the lease was up at the end of the year and sales haven't been strong enough to sustain a potentially big rent increase, so while Flat Patties could possibly move to a new space, it seemed more likely that the restaurant would simply close instead, with Brush saying that "Sometime in 2019, Flat Patties will be departing Harvard Square."

Flat Patties, which used to be located in the nearby Garage until moving to Brattle Street in 2010, has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as a top place to go for burgers. The review can be found at this link:

https://hiddenboston.com/FlatPatties.html

As mentioned earlier, Foumami's original location opened on Franklin Street in downtown Boston back in 2010.

The address for Flat Patties (and the upcoming Foumami) is 33 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

[Earlier Article]
Foumami to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square

Mexcito Plans to Open in Cambridge's Kendall Square

It appears that a brand new Mexican eatery could be on its way to Cambridge, and it may be replacing another Mexican spot under the same ownership.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, Mexcito has applied for a beer, wine, and cordials license to operate on Kendall Street in the Kendall Square area, with Cambridge Day indicating that it would be set up as a kiosk. The listing seems to confirm this last point, saying that there would be no indoor seating, instead having window service along with an outdoor dining area. The manager listed is David Zimel, who runs Mexicali Burrito Co. at 500 Technology Square as well as Mexicali Burrito Cabana which happens to have the same address as that of the proposed Mexcito, so Mexcito may be taking over the Mexicali Burrito Cabana space, though this has not yet been confirmed.

The address for the proposed Mexcito is 350 Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Shin-Mono to Open in Boston's Seaport District

It looks like a new Japanese restaurant is on its way to the Boston waterfront.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Shin-Mono is opening in the Seaport District, with the storefront indicating that it will be an izakaya (a casual Japanese pub or tavern) that features ramen. The eatery is opening at 121 Seaport, a development that opened last year which includes Taiyaki NYC, an ice cream shop that debuted this spring.

Very little is known about Shin-Mono at this point in time, including who might be behind it and when it might open, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

The address Shin-Mono appears to be 121 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210, though the exact address number could end up being slightly different (Taiyaki NYC is at 119 Seaport Boulevard).

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


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

Red Bird in Waltham Is Up for Sale; Currently Closed for Renovations

An upscale dining spot on "restaurant row" is on the market, and it also appears to be closed, at least for now.

According to a message sent from Peter Sward of The Daily Lunch, Red Bird in Waltham is for sale, as it looks like the owner of the Moody Street restaurant may be looking to relocate to a larger space. A call placed to the dining spot goes to a voicemail message saying that it is closed for renovations "for the month," while its website also says that it is shuttered for renovations.

Red Bird opened in the summer of 2014, taking over the space where Tuscan Grill had once been; the restaurant has been known for its seasonal New American fare along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for Red Bird is 361 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453.

[September 16 update: The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that Red Bird on Moody Street is closed for good, but they are indeed looking for a larger space in which to reopen.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Roma's Bakery & Deli in Burlington Has Closed

A local group of bakeries known in part for their pizza has closed one of their locations.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Roma's Bakery & Deli in Burlington is no longer in operation, with a message from the business confirming this, saying that the Woburn and Billerica locations remain open. No reason has been given for the closure of the shop, with the poster on the Facebook page indicating that a sign out front simply refers customers to the Woburn outlet.

Roma's in Burlington offered such items as baked goods, pastries, salads, sandwiches, and calzones, and it also served Sicilian-style squares of pizza as well; our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured the Woburn location in part for its Sicilian slices, with the review being found here:

https://hiddenboston.com/RomaWoburn.html

The address for the now-closed Burlington location of Roma's Bakery & Deli was 45 Winn Street, Burlington, MA, 01803.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Pizzas in the Boston Area]

Friday, September 06, 2019

Bar Moxy to Open within Moxy Hotel in Boston's Theater District

A new restaurant is coming to downtown Boston, and it will be joining the very few 24-hour dining spots in the city.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Bar Moxy is opening inside a new hotel called Moxy Boston Downtown, which will be located on Tremont Street in the city's Theater District. The post says that the restaurant will be open to the public and it will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as late-night food, and beer, wine, and cocktails will be available. (A rooftop bar and lounge will also be located at the hotel, but it will not be open to the public.) If all goes as planned, Bar Moxy could be opening sometime during the week of September 23.

Currently, there are only a handful of restaurants and food spots in Boston that are open 24 hours; the list includes South Street Diner in the Leather District, Bova's in the North End, IHOP in Brighton, and Victoria's Diner on the Roxbury/Dorchester line (Victoria's is only open 24 hours from Thursday into the weekend).

The address for the upcoming Bar Moxy (and the Moxy hotel) is 240 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The web page for the hotel can be found at http://moxy-hotels.marriott.com/en/hotels/boston-downtown

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

IFresh Noodle Plans to Replace Xi'an Street Foods in Allston

A restaurant featuring an increasingly-popular noodle dish will be opening in a space where another noodle place had been.

According to a source (Erika Johnson), IFresh Noodle is planning to open in Allston in the Brighton Avenue space where Xi'an Street Foods had been since early last year. A page within the City of Boston website this, indicating that the new eatery will indeed be taking over that space and that it will apparently be open for lunch and dinner. A sign out front mentions that IFresh Noodle will be a hand-pulled noodle shop and that it will be opening soon, though no specific opening date has been given as of yet.

Hand-pulled noodles (which are also known as biang biang noodles) are typically found in central China and have been showing up in more and more restaurants in the Greater Boston area, including at such spots as Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe and Xi'an Rougamo in downtown Boston (other locations of Gene's are in Woburn and Westford), Noodles King in the Longwood area of the city, Chili Square in Quincy, and Home Taste in Arlington and Watertown.

The address for the upcoming IFresh Noodle (and former Xi'an Street Foods) is 182 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


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

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Piato at The Restaurant Opens in Woburn

A new restaurant has come to the northern suburbs of Boston, and it is actually part of an existing dining spot.

According to a number of posts on Facebook, Piato at The Restaurant is now open within The Restaurant in Woburn, with the new spot offering mostly New American and Mediterranean fare including grilled octopus, fried calamari, ceviche, saganaki, wings, burgers, flatbreads, cioppino, braised lamb shank, souvlaki, roasted potatoes, and risotto while also featuring live music. It appears that Piato is basically the dinner option for The Restaurant, which is open for breakfast and lunch and features a variety of Greek dishes.

The address for Piato at The Restaurant (and The Restaurant) is 487-489 Main Street, Woburn, MA, 01801. The website for The Restaurant can be found at https://www.therestaurantwoburn.com/ while the Facebook page for Piato at The Restaurant is at https://www.facebook.com/PiatoWoburn/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Frozen Hoagies Plans to Open in Winchester

It looks like the people behind an ice cream sandwich truck and a brick-and-mortar shop are going to be opening another store.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Frozen Hoagies is opening in Winchester Center, taking over the space on Main Street where Winchester Limited Jewelers had been. Once it opens, the new shop will join its other brick-and-mortar location by Powder House Circle in Somerville along with its food truck (which is set up at several locations in Boston), and based on the offerings at its store and truck, expect to see ice cream sandwiches made with a wide variety of cookies and ice cream flavors.

It is not yet known exactly when the new location of Frozen Hoagies will open, as the sign out front simply says "Coming Soon."

The address for this upcoming ice cream sandwich place in Winchester Center is: Frozen Hoagies, 534 Main Street, Winchester, MA, 01890. The website for the business can be found at https://www.frozenhoagies.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Fresh Pond Market in Cambridge's Huron Village Is Closing

A neighborhood grocery store that has been around for nearly 100 years is shutting down.

According to a Facebook post from Huron Village Voice, Fresh Pond Market is closing its doors, with the note indicating that its last day in operation will be September 14, though the note also says that it shutters on September 15. This follows the news a few months back that the store was up for sale, and Cambridge Day had noted that the Najarian brothers--who own the market--were hoping that another grocery store would replace it. As of now, it is not known what might be moving into the space, so stay tuned for updates.

Fresh Pond Market, which first opened in 1922, has been a neighborhood mainstay that includes a butcher counter along with produce, cheeses, breads from local bakeries, beer, wine, and more.

The address for Fresh Pond Market is 360 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

[September 11 update: Cambridge Day states that the owners of Formaggio have taken ownership of the space, and while it appears that the store will continue to operate as a market under their ownership, it is not known for sure whether the Fresh Pond Market name will remain. (Formaggio is a group of specialty food shops with locations in Huron Village, Kendall Square, and Boston's South End.)]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Foumami to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square

It looks like an Asian sandwich bar in downtown Boston is expanding across the river.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Foumami is planning to open a second location in the Harvard Square section of Cambridge, with the note saying "Follow us for the latest news, developments & events leading up to our Grand Opening. Stay tuned!" The post shows a picture of Brattle Square, though an exact address for the new location of the eatery has not yet been given, so keep checking back for updates.

Foumami first opened in Boston in 2010 on Franklin Street in Boston's Financial District, offering sandwiches along with breakfast dishes, soups, salads, rice and noodle bowls, and more. Its website can be found at https://foumami.com/

[September 9 update: Eater Boston states that Foumami plans to open in the space on Brattle Street where Flat Patties currently resides.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


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

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Banners Kitchen & Tap to Open within The Hub on Causeway Development in Boston

Last month it was reported that a new restaurant and bar was on its way to an upcoming development coming to where the old Boston Garden had been. Now we have learned a bit more about the place.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Banners Kitchen & Tap is opening within The Hub on Causeway in a space that will overlook the Hub Hall food hall. The post says that the 25,000-square-foot dining and drinking spot will offer "upscale tavern cuisine and classic game-day menu offerings" as well as 60 beers on tap, and it will also include three Topgolf Swing Suites (virtual reality golf) and a virtual reality hockey game, while "playing dodgeball with zombies" will be another option. If all goes as planned, Banners Kitchen & Tap could be opening in October.

[Earlier Article]
Hub Hall to Open within The Hub on Causeway Development in Boston

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

Coffee Bar to Open Inside Modern Relik in Boston's South End

It looks like a new spot for coffee is on its way to the South End of Boston, and it will be set up inside an upcoming location of a furniture store.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Modern Relik has applied for a common victualler license to operate a coffee bar counter within its shop, which will be located on Harrison Avenue. A check on the website for the business indicates that the Waltham location of Modern Relik is currently closed as they are getting ready to open the South End store, though it is not clear whether this is a move or a second location.

The address for the upcoming Modern Relik--and its coffee bar--will be 485 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118. The website for the business can be found at https://www.modernrelik.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

S6 in Quincy Center Is Closing

A bar that gets its name for a fallen police officer--and which is known in part for its version of a legendary pizza--is shutting down to make way for ongoing development in the immediate area.

According to Kerry Byrne of KJB Trending Hospitality, S6 in Quincy Center is closing its doors, with an article from the Patriot Ledger saying that the building in which the Hancock Street watering hole is housed will be torn down to make way for a new road that connects Burgin Parkway to a soon-to-open parking garage. The bar is going to be closing on Tuesday, September 10, which is the 13th anniversary of the death of Quincy police officer James Cochrane, who was the brother of S6 owner Eddie Cochrane, and whose badge number gives the bar its name. (James Cochrane, who was a member of the police department's motorcycle unit, was killed in a motorcycle crash while off-duty.)

In addition to being a drinking spot that gives a nod to James Cochrane's service and that of other first responders, S6 has been one of several places to go for a special type of bar pizza over the years; its recipe is the same one used at the now-closed Alumni Cafe in Quincy's Wollaston neighborhood (a new location of Alumni can now be found in Weymouth) along with Rags Tavern nearby and Braintree Brewhouse in Braintree. The pizza at the old Alumni had been considered by some to be the best of its kind in Eastern Massachusetts.

The address for S6 is 1550 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Barrel House Z in Weymouth to Expand to Bedford; May Include Brewery and Restaurant

A brewery on the South Shore is planning to expand to the other side of Boston, and the expansion could include a restaurant.

According to a source, Barrel House Z in Weymouth is going to be opening a new facility in Bedford that will be bigger than the original space, with this being confirmed in an earlier post from bedford-business.com where it was mentioned that a brewery and restaurant will open on the Middlesex Turnpike in a renovated building that is home to Orthopaedics Plus. If all goes well, the new location of Barrel House Z may be opening later this year.

Barrel House Z first opened on Woodrock Road in 2016, with the brewery itself opening up first, followed by its taproom. The brewery focuses on small-batch barrel-aged beer.

The address for the upcoming location of Barrel House Z in Bedford is 54 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA, 01730. The website for the business can be found at http://www.barrelhousez.net/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

The Bagel Place in Newton Has Apparently Closed

It looks like a suburban bagel shop with roots up north has closed its doors.

According to a source, The Bagel Place in Newton is no longer in business, with a check on its website seeming to confirm this (it has been taken down), while a Yelp page for the place mentions that it has indeed shuttered. The Needham Street shop first opened in January of 2016, with the place having a connection to The Bagel Place in South Burlington, VT; that store remains in operation, based on a check on its Facebook page and website.

The address for this now-closed bagel shop in Newton was: The Bagel Place, 400 Needham Street, Newton, MA, 02464. The website for the original location is at http://www.thebagelplacevt.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Salvatore's in Downtown Boston Has Closed

A location of a group of Italian spots has shut down, as it makes way for what looks to be a Creole and Cajun restaurant.

According to a source, Salvatore's in downtown Boston closed last night, with a phone call placed to the Washington Street spot confirming this. As mentioned in an earlier article, the people behind both the Back Deck and Fajitas & 'Ritas on nearby West Street plan to open French Quarter in the space, though at the time of that article it was not known when Salvatore's might close. Locations of Salvatore's in Andover, Lawrence, and Medford remain in operation.

The downtown Boston location of Salvatore's first opened in 2011; another Boston location in the Seaport District had opened in 2009, but it closed its doors last year.

The address for the now-closed location of Salvatore's in downtown Boston (and the upcoming French Quarter) is 545 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

[Earlier Article]
French Quarter May Be Opening in Salvatore's Space in Downtown Boston

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Friday, August 30, 2019

Carolicious Opens within Aeronaut Brewing Company Space in Somerville

A new dining option has come to a brewery in Somerville, and its focus will be on Venezuelan fare.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Carolicious is now open within Aeronaut Brewing Company on Tyler Street, with the eatery joining Tasting Counter and Somerville Chocolate in the Foods Hub area of the facility. Eater mentions that the people behind Carolicious are Carolina Garcia and Carolina Salinas, who have been involved with pop-ups including ones at the brewery as well as various events and farmers markets. The new dining spot will offer such items as arepas, bowls, and pastelitos andinos (empanadas filled with meat or veggies).

The address for Carolicious (and Aeronaut) is 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143. The Instagram page for Carolicious can be found at https://www.instagram.com/carolicious424/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Beacons Restaurant to Open in Walpole

A new restaurant is opening in the southwestern suburbs of Boston, and its name appears to be a familiar name in the local area.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Beacons Restaurant is planning to open in Walpole, with the address indicating that it may be taking over the former British Beer Company space on Route 1. The listing mentions that it will be a new concept, though other posts on social media hint that his could be a rebirth of sorts of the long-closed Beacon Restaurant in Norwood, including one poster saying "We welcome the Beacon back!!!" If all goes as planned, Beacons Restaurant (which is also showing up in places as "Beacon's Restaurant") could be opening in September.

The Walpole location of British Beer Company closed toward the end of 2017.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Walpole is: Beacons Restaurant, 85 Providence Highway (Route 1), Walpole, MA, 02032. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Beacons-Restaurant-106486040695744/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Kin Tap Room Plans to Open in Everett

It looks like Everett's Fermentation District could soon become home to a family-friendly "indoor backyard and tap room" if all goes as planned.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Kin Tap Room is looking to open on Norman Street in a facility that is currently home to Revolution Axe Throwing and Sky Zone Trampoline Park (behind Night Shift Brewing). The website for the business and the Eater article indicate that it would be a space for both adults and children, with offerings including lawn games, a bar area with beer, wine, and cider as well as coffee, space for children's activities, and possibly space for events and classes. It does not appear that food would be served at Kin Tap Room, but patrons would be able to bring their own, and it would be an indoor facility that would be open year round. If all goes well, the new spot could be open within the first half of 2020, according to Eater.

The Fermentation District includes alcohol-related businesses such as Night Shift, Bone Up Brewing Co., Down the Road Beer Co., and Short Path Distillery, while a dining and drinking spot called Village Bar & Grill also resides in the heart of the area.

The website for Kin Tap Room is at https://www.kintapandrec.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Billerica Is Reopening

A couple of months ago, it was reported that a local outlet of a small Texas-based burger chain had closed down. Now we have learned that the place will soon be opening back up again.

According to an email, Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Billerica is getting ready to reopen, with the plan being to open its doors on September 16. The Boston Road eatery shuttered in the late spring, which followed the closing of its first Boston-area location in Jamaica Plain last fall; locations of the chain remain in operation in downtown Boston, Hudson, Mansfield, Northborough, and Sudbury.

Mooyah, which is headquartered in Plano, features burgers made with "never-frozen beef" as well as salads, handcut fries, and shakes.

The address for Mooyah in Billerica is 199 Boston Road, North Billerica, MA, 01862. The website for the chain is at https://www.mooyah.com/

[September 16 update: Based on various social media posts, Mooyah is now open once again in Billerica.]

[Earlier Article]
Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Billerica Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Burgers in the Boston Area and Beyond]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ebisuya Noodle House Opens in Malden

The people behind a Japanese market in Medford have opened a restaurant nearby that features a very popular noodle dish.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Ebisuya Noodle House is now open in Malden, with the dining spot taking over the space on Summer Street that had formerly been home to Cafe de Lulu's. The post says that the eatery is under the same ownership as Ebisuya Market on Riverside Street in Medford Square and that it offers ramen, though it is not yet known if it also offers the soba and udon dishes available at the market. Ebisuya Noodle House is cash-only and is open from 5:00 PM to 8:00 for dinner.

The address for this new dining spot in Malden is: Ebisuya Noodle House, 64 Summer Street, Malden, MA, 02148. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/p/B1jPvq0g9Xz/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


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

Comfort Kitchen May Open in Uphams Corner, As Plans for Sip & Spoke Fall Through

A new restaurant may be on its way to a section of Boston that has few dining options, and it would be taking over an historic space that a proposed bike cafe had been interested in awhile back.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, a dining spot tentatively called Comfort Kitchen is looking to open in the Uphams Corner section of Dorchester, moving into a former comfort station that had been around since the early 1900s. Over the past couple of years, it appeared that a combination bike shop/coffee shop called Sip & Spoke was coming to the Columbia Road site, but those plans have been scrapped, paving the way for what is being described as a "daytime cafe and pop-up dinner experience featuring local food entrepreneurs." The post mentions that the people behind the proposed eatery are Nyacko Perry and Biplaw Rai, with the latter being behind Shanti in Dorchester, Roslindale, and Cambridge along with Dudley Cafe in Roxbury.

If all goes as planned, Comfort Kitchen could be opening in May of 2020.

The address for the proposed Comfort Kitchen is 611 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA, 02125.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Boutique Hotel Near Cambridge's Central Square to Include The Dial, The Blue Owl, Praline, Toscanini’s

A few years ago, it was learned that an historic structure on the edge of Cambridge's Central Square that was home to two restaurants and an ice cream shop would become a boutique hotel and that the three businesses might return to the space. It now appears that only one of the three will return, but three new food spots will also be on the way.

According to an article from Cambridge Day, 907 Main will include The Dial restaurant and bar, which will have an enclosed courtyard on the ground floor; The Blue Owl, which will be a rooftop dining and drinking spot; and Praline, which will be a French bakery. In addition, Toscanini's Ice Cream will come back to the space, though it appears that Patty Chen's Dumpling Room will likely not return, while Cinderella's Restaurant has moved to a space in Inman Square.

Cambridge Day says that the 907 Main hotel, which will have five floors and 67 rooms, plans to open in the first quarter of 2020, so the food spots could also open around that time.

[Earlier Article]
Building Housing Cinderella's, Patty Chen's, Toscanini's in Cambridge May Become Boutique Hotel

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Hen to Open in Former Red House Space in Somerville's Union Square

A new dining spot that will feature a Thai version of chicken and rice is on its way to Somerville, taking over the space where a Chinese restaurant had been.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Hen is planning to open in Union Square in the former Red House space, with a photograph indicating that the eatery will feature khao man gai, which is a style of Hainanese chicken rice typically found as a street-food dish in Thailand. It is not yet known when Hen might open--nor is it known what else might be on its menu--so stay tuned for updates.

Red House, which closed down in June, was known mainly for its Chinese-American fare.

The address for the upcoming Hen is 24 Union Square, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its Instagram page is at https://www.instagram.com/hen_boston/

[Earlier Article]
Red House in Somerville's Union Square Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


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

Monday, August 26, 2019

Tropical Smoothie Cafe to Open in Swampscott

A Georgia-based chain of restaurants featuring salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and more is planning to expand to the Greater Boston area, with one outlet on its way to the North Shore.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is looking to open in Swampscott, with the address shown indicating that it would come to the Swampscott Mall in the Vinnin Square area. Based on other locations of the chain, which started out in Florida in 1997 and is now headquartered in Atlanta, expect to see such items as salads, wraps, flatbreads, pressed sandwiches, bowls, quesadillas, breakfast dishes, and smoothies at the upcoming outlet.

Currently, the only locations of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Massachusetts can be found on the South Coast and Cape Cod, including Fairhaven, Hyannis, New Bedford, North Dartmouth, and Seekonk.

The address for the new location of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Swampscott will be 450 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA, 01907. The website for the chain is at https://www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Common Ground in Allston Is Closing

A popular restaurant and bar in Allston is saying farewell.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Common Ground is shutting down at the end of business hours tonight, with the Harvard Avenue spot saying that "Tonight at 2am we will be closing our doors for good so come celebrate with us Mr. Piercy C K Ryan will be on the bar." A couple of sources tell us that its location in Arlington Center will remain in operation, however, so this just affects the original restaurant.

Common Ground, which first opened in 1995, has been known in part for its comfort food, craft beer list, and craft cocktails.

The address for Common Ground in Allston is 83 Harvard Avenue, Boston, MA, 02134. The website for the existing location in Arlington--which is at 319 Broadway--is http://commongroundarlington.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Friday, August 23, 2019

La Taqueria Taco Bar and Grill in Roslindale Plans to Open New Location in Dedham

It looks like a Mexican restaurant located in a Boston neighborhood may be expanding to the suburbs.

According to a post from Universal Hub, La Taqueria Taco Bar and Grill is Roslindale is planning to open a second location in Dedham, with the upcoming outlet coming to Washington Street by the Providence Highway rotary. The original location of La Taqueria opened a couple of years ago on Hyde Park Avenue and features such items as tacos, nachos, street corn, tortas, quesadillas, burritos, and more.

The website for the original location of La Taqueria Taco Bar and Grill can be found at https://www.lataqueriaboston.com/

[September 19 update: A Patch article indicates that the new location of La Taqueria Taco Bar and Grill could be opening in Dedham in late October or early November.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Sethji's and Dugu Open in Medfield

A couple of to-go spots have opened in the same space in the southwest suburbs of Boston, and they both feature cuisines from far away.

According to a source, Sethji's and Dugu are now open in Medfield, with the former featuring South Indian fare and the latter featuring West African fusion cuisine. The two Park Street businesses offer food items that can be ordered online to pick up, and Dugu also offers delivery service to Medfield and some of the nearby communities.

The address for Sethji's and Dugu is 26 Park Street, Medfield, MA, 02052. The website for Sethji's is at https://sethjis.com/ while the website for Dugu is at https://www.mydugu.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Night Shift Eats Food Truck Is Up and Running

The people behind a local brewery have expanded into the food truck business.

According to a tweet, Night Shift Brewing has debuted a truck called Night Shift Eats, which has a soft launch today outside its taproom in Everett. A web page for the food truck shows that it will also be coming to the Owl’s Nest beer garden at the Esplanade in Boston, and a note hints that the truck will be popping up elsewhere, saying that "This is just the beginning, who knows where we might pop-up next!"

The menu for Night Shift Eats includes such items as poutine, chorizo, shrimp tacos, burgers, tostones, wings, and more.

In addition to its brewery and taproom in Everett and its beer garden at the Esplanade, Night Shift also has a facility at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston and another Owl's Nest beer garden along the Charles River in Allston. The website for the business can be found at https://nightshiftfamily.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Pearl & Lime to Open in Quincy Center

A new restaurant and bar is on its way to a rapidly-developing downtown area just south of Boston, and it will move into the space where a location of a burger spot had been.

According to City of Quincy consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, Pearl & Lime is planning to open in Quincy Center in the former KKatie's Burger Bar space within the West Of Chestnut development on Hancock Street. We are told that the upcoming spot will be a "cocktail-forward" concept that is run by the team behind The Townshend, a nearby restaurant and bar that is also on Hancock Street, and that more details will be coming soon on the place, so stay tuned for updates.

KKaties' closed in April after being in business for a bit more than two years; its other locations in Marshfield, Plymouth, and Hyannis remain in operation.

The address for the upcoming Pearl & Lime is 1440 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

[September 10 update: Wicked Local states that the menu at Pearl & Lime will have Latin influences including Mexican and Caribbean foods, while drinks such as Daiquiris and Margaritas will likely be offered. If all goes well, the new restaurant could be opening in December.]

[Earlier Article]
KKatie's Burger Bar in Quincy Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Sea Salt to Open in Marblehead; Jack-Tar Owners Behind It

The people behind a beloved restaurant and bar on the North Shore are returning to their old space, opening a brand new dining spot there.

According to a source, Scott Brankman and Emily Farnsworth-Brankman, who ran Jack-Tar American Tavern in Marblehead until it closed in 2017, are opening a new restaurant that will apparently be called Sea Salt, with a post within the All Marblehead Facebook page saying that "While the menu won't be exactly the same as the former Jack Tar, we're told that 'Sea Salt' will feature many of our old favorites." (Jack-Tar featured burgers, pizza, fried chicken, ribs, and other comfort food items.) If all goes as planned the new dining spot could be opening in November.

Superfine opened in the former Jack-Tar space in May of 2018, but that eatery shut down later in the year.

The address for the upcoming Sea Salt is 126 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945.

[September 6 update: Sea Salt is one step closer to opening, as The Marblehead Reporter states that the Board of Selectmen have approved of a beer, wine, and cordials license for the place (it now needs to be approved by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission).]

[Earlier Articles]
Superfine to Replace Jack-Tar American Tavern in Marblehead
Superfine Food in Marblehead and Newburyport Have Closed for Good

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Jamie's Grill 63 in Braintree Has Closed; Crossroads Pub to Replace It

It looks like a South Shore restaurant and bar that had been up for auction earlier this summer has shut down, and a new dining and drinking spot appears to be taking over the space.

According to a source, Jamie's Grill 63 in Braintree looks like it is no longer in operation, with a call placed indicating that its number is currently not in service, while it page within the jamiespub.com website has been removed. Based on what posters within the Braintree is Everything Facebook group page say, it appears that the Braintree location of Jamie's may have closed last weekend, though it had not yet been confirmed what its last date was. The thread mentions that Crossroads Pub is planning to move into the space, with an earlier Patriot Ledger article mentioning that it plans to offer "good American pub fare, with a hint of Ireland." [Ed note: It does not appear that there is any connection between this place and Crossroads Irish Pub in Boston, which closed a couple of years ago.]

The Enterprise mentioned in June that a scheduled June 26 auction at the site of Jamie's was postponed until this month, though it is not known if that auction ever took place; the Patriot Ledger article did says that the property had been in foreclosure.

The address for Jamie's Grill 63 (and the upcoming Crossroads Pub) is 63 Columbian Street, Braintree, MA, 02184.

[August 27 update: A Facebook post confirms that Jamie's Grill 63 will be replaced by Crossroads Pub, with the post saying that Crossroads is coming to the Jamie's space "soon."]

[September 17 update: A new Facebook post from the place states that Crossroads Pub plans to open around the first week of October.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)


[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]