Monday, July 22, 2019

Olivia's Juice & Acai Bar to Open in Medford

It looks like a juice bar is on its way to a space just north of Boston, though little is known about the place at this point in time.

According to its website, Olivia's Juice & Acai Bar is opening in Medford, with The Passionate Foodie telling us that the business will be opening at Station Landing. (A picture on the Instagram page for Olivia's confirms this, looking like it may be moving into a space next to Yoki.) The website for Olivia's currently doesn't have much information posted, so stay tuned for updates.

If all goes as planned, Olivia's could be opening sometime this fall.

The address for Olivia's Juice & Acai Bar is 56 Station Landing, Medford, MA, 02155. Its website can be found at https://www.oliviasjuicebar.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]

BeanTowne Coffee House in Cambridge's Kendall Square Is Closing

What was once a trio of coffee shops will soon be down to just one, as its Cambridge location is shutting down.

According to an article from Eater Boston, BeanTowne Coffee House in Kendall Square is closing on August 1, a bit more than a year after its location on Kneeland Street in Boston shuttered. Once the Cambridge outlet of the coffee shop closes, the only outlet remaining will be in Hampstead, NH.

The Kendall Square location of BeanTowne Coffee House first opened its doors in 1993; the shop was forced to shut down after a fire tore through several storefronts in 2015, with the place opening back up the following year.

The address for the soon-to-close BeanTowne Coffee House is 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at http://www.beantownecoffee.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]

Queen Anne's Restaurant & Catering in Canton Has Closed

A decades-old breakfast and lunch spot in the southern suburbs of Boston that also had a catering operation has shut down, as its owners have moved out of the country.

According to a source, Queen Anne's Restaurant & Catering in Canton has closed, with a "for rent" sign now out front, and a post from the Facebook page of the business (which is apparently going to be taken down soon) indicates that the Turnpike Street restaurant shuttered last month and that the family behind the spot is moving to Poland. Queen Anne's first opened back in 1960, according to an old Canton Citizen article.

The address for this now-closed dining spot and catering operation was: Queen Anne's Restaurant & Catering, 930 Turnpike Street, Canton, MA, 02021.

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]

Natick Fire Destroys Several Businesses; Blaze May Have Started at King Wok

A massive fire hit a downtown area in the western suburbs earlier this morning, and it looks like it may have begun in a Chinese restaurant.

According to several sources, including CBS Boston, a report of a fire in Natick Center was called in around 1:20 AM, with firefighters discovering a heavy fire in the basement of King Wok on South Main Street. The multi-alarm blaze spread to a number of other storefronts, with eight businesses apparently being destroyed, including King Wok. CBS Boston says that one firefighter sustained minor injuries while battling the fire, and that the blaze does not appear to be suspicious at this point in time.

The Patch indicates that the structure housing King Wok and other businesses destroyed in the fire is expected to be "taken apart" once the blaze is completely out.

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]

Fusion Andina in Beverly Has Closed

A North Shore restaurant that featured the cuisines of two South American countries--including one that is extremely difficult to find in the Greater Boston area--has closed its doors for good.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Fusion Andina has permanently shuttered, with the Cabot Street eatery saying on its Facebook page that "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to inform you with a heavy heart, the permanent closing of our restaurant." The dining spot, which first opened in 2015, had been temporarily closed since March, when it appeared to be shut down for renovations but it never did open back up. The Facebook post does say that a new restaurant will be replacing Fusion Andina, so keep checking back for updates as they come in.

Fusion Andina offered Andean fare, including Bolivian and Peruvian cuisine; while there are a number of Peruvian restaurants in the region, Bolivian cuisine is very tough to come by in and around Boston.

The address for the now-closed Fusion Andina was 150 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, 01915.

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]

New Dong Khanh Restaurant in Boston's Chinatown Is Closing

One of Boston's oldest Vietnamese restaurants is shutting its doors.

According to several sources, including a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, New Dong Khanh in Chinatown is closing, with a Facebook post from the Harrison Avenue eatery saying that "The rumors you have been hearing are true. It is bittersweet but we are very thankful knowing we have served generations after generations the wonderful food our parents started 32 years ago in a small tight [cramped] space and a kitchen that barely fit 3 people inside." It appears that the people behind the restaurant may have plans to return, saying in the note that "this is not the end, but just the beginning. We will be back soon." The last day in service for the restaurant will be August 4.

New Dong Khanh has been known for such options as pho, vermicelli, rice plates, a variety of traditional Vietnamese entrees, and more, including some Chinese dishes such as lo mein and chow foon.

The address for the soon-to-close New Dong Khanh is 83 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02111. Its website can be found at http://newdongkhanh.com/

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]

Makaha in Acton Is Closing

It looks like the Greater Boston area will soon be losing yet another old-school Polynesian restaurant.

According to a source, Makaha in Acton is shutting down, with a Facebook post from the place saying that the Great Road spot will be having a closing party on July 28 while a comment within the thread indicates that it will be shutting down for good on July 31. Makaha, which has been open for nearly 50 years, will soon join several other Polynesian places that have said farewell to the region, including such spots as Bali Hai in Lynnfield, the Royal Hawaiian in Burlington, Weylu's in Saugus, Aku Aku in Cambridge, Imperial Terrace in Quincy, Tiki Hideaway in Boston's Fenway neighborhood, and the South Pacific in Newton.

The address for the soon-to-close Makaha is 255 Great Road, Acton, MA, 01720.

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]

Friday, July 19, 2019

Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Is Opening a New Location in Cambridge

A couple of years ago, it was reported that an award-winning pizza spot in Brookline was possibly looking for a second location. Now it appears that this will indeed be happening, as it is making plans to come to Cambridge.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Stoked Wood Fired Pizza in Brookline's Washington Square is going to be joined by a new outlet on the ground floor of a new Harvard Law School building on Mass. Ave. on the northern edge of Harvard Square, with that site once being home to another pizzeria called Three Aces. The post says that the new location will be much like that of the Brookline restaurant, though it apparently will simply be called Stoked Pizza, as the new spot will use an electric oven--and the space could have double the seating capacity of the original.

In early 2017, we learned that Stoked was scouting out new locations and was asking people where they would like to see them open, with one of the choices being Harvard Square. The business started out as a pizza truck in 2014, opening the Brookline restaurant two years later. Stoked has received much praise over the past several years, including Boston Magazine awarding it a "best of" for 2015.

If all goes as planned, the new location of Stoked Pizza could be opening in early 2020.

The address for the upcoming location of Stoked Pizza is 1611 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the original restaurant can be found at https://www.stokedpizzaco.com/

[Earlier Article]
Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Is Apparently Looking to Expand

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]

Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville Is Closing

A James Beard Award winning chef and restaurateur is closing one of his dining spots.

According to multiple sources, including several within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville is shutting down, with a Facebook post from the place saying that "It's been six wonderful years in Somerville but, sadly, Saturday will be our last service here at 425 Washington St. Come by one last time for a beer or a really good half grilled chicken. We'll be here tonight and tomorrow bringing joy." No specific reason has been given for the closure of the Washington Street space as of yet, though Boston Magazine says that it is unrelated to the recent opening of Craigie Burger at Time Out Market in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. Kirkland Tap & Trotter,  Craigie Burger, and Craigie on Main in Cambridge are all owned by Tony Maws, with Kirkland Tap & Trotter opening in 2013.

As soon as we find out more about why Kirkland Tap & Trotter might be closing, we will post an update here.

The address for Kirkland Tap & Trotter is 425 Washington Street, Somerville, MA, 02143.

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, July 18, 2019

The TaVern at 156 Restaurant & Bar to Open in Danvers

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to the North Shore, and it may be taking over a space that had been home to a location of a local group of pizzerias.

According to a message sent from @CappyinBoston, The TaVern at 156 Restaurant & Bar is planning to open in Danvers, and its address indicates that the upcoming Andover Street spot could be moving into the space in a strip mall where Papa Gino's used to be. Very little is currently known about the place, with its Facebook page simply saying that it is hoping to open in the fall and is aiming "to bring the highest quality food, drinks and atmosphere to the table (pun intended)."

The address for this upcoming dining and drinking spot in Danvers is: The TaVern at 156 Restaurant & Bar, 156 Andover Street, Danvers, MA, 01923.

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]

POKE by Love Art to Open at The Beverly Near North Station in Boston

A few months ago, it was learned that the people behind two Boston restaurants with similar names but different concepts would be opening a third spot downtown with a similar name and yet another concept. Now we have learned that this upcoming spot will be joined by an express location a short distance away.

According to a press release, POKE by Love Art is opening at The Beverly, a residential development across from North Station and TD Garden in the West End section of the city. The new eatery will be similar to Love Art Poke on Water Street in the Congress Square development in the Financial District, but with an abridged menu being offered. Expect to see a variety of Hawaiian-style raw fish salad options at POKE by Love Art, including vegan offerings.

Once it opens, POKE by Love Art (and Love Art Poke) will join Love Art Sushi near where the Back Bay and the Fenway meet and Love Art Udon by Boston University.

The Beverly is located at the intersection of Beverly Street and Causeway Street.

[Earlier Article]
Love Art Poke to Open 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]

Plans for Mystic Brewery to Open New Facility in Malden Have Fallen Through

Early last year, it was reported that a local brewery was planning to expand to a new space that could include a taproom, cheese counter, and an outdoor area complete with food trucks. Now we have learned that this won't be happening after all.

According to a post from Eater Boston, plans for Mystic Brewery in Chelsea to move to Malden have fallen through, with the business apparently deciding to remain at its current space on Williams Street instead. In February of 2018, it looked like the brewery might be relocating to a new, larger facility on Charles Street in Malden, with the current space possibly being used for a new project from the people behind the business.

Mystic Brewery was established in 2011, with its taproom opening a couple of years later.

The address for Mystic Brewery is 174 Williams Street, Chelsea, MA, 02150. Its website can be found at https://www.mystic-brewery.com/

[Earlier Article]
Mystic Brewery Plans to Open New Facility in Malden; Beer Hall, Cheese Counter, Outdoor Seating Planned for the Space

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]

Mr. Chen Chinese Cuisine in Natick Has Closed

A Chinese restaurant hidden away in a strip mall in the western suburbs of Boston has shut down.

According to a source, Mr. Chen Chinese Cuisine in Natick is no longer in operation, with a call placed to the W Central Street eatery indicating that its phone is now out of service while a check on its website shows that it has been taken down. It is not known why the restaurant may have closed nor is it known what might go into the space; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Mr. Chen Chinese Cuisine first opened in 2016, offering mostly Chinese-American fare including lo mein, egg foo young, moo shi, fried rice, chow mein, and more.

The address for this now-closed Chinese restaurant in Natick was: Mr. Chen Chinese Cuisine, 179 W Central Street, Natick, MA, 01760.

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, July 17, 2019

Levain Bakery May Be Coming to Boston

An iconic New York City bakery that is known for its extra-large cookies could be expanding to the Boston area.

Eater is reporting (via Grub Street) that Levain Bakery is looking to expand beyond New York, with Boston being "under consideration" along with Washington, DC, and Chicago. The bakery is known for its six-ounce cookies that have been featured in a number of books and on TV, including a chocolate chip cookie throwdown with Bobby Flay in which the celebrity chef lost to owners Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald.

Levain Bakery started out on the Upper West Side in 1996 and currently has three locations in Manhattan and one on Long Island, with a new Manhattan location coming to the Upper East Side this week and a Noho outlet coming this fall.

The website for Levain Bakery can be found at https://www.levainbakery.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]

Battle Brewing Between Zuma Boston in the Back Bay and Zuma Tex-Mex Grill at Faneuil Hall

A naming dispute between two Boston restaurants appears to be heating up.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, the owners of Zuma Tex-Mex Grill at Faneuil Hall filed a lawsuit last month against Zuma Boston, a high-end Japanese restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street in the Back Bay, and a Superior Court judge has subsequently ruled in favor of the Tex-Mex spot. The post reports that Judge Brian A. Davis says "B.B. Kitchen [which owns Zuma Tex-Mex Grill] is a small, single location business that already is suffering from significant marketplace confusion and likely will continue to suffer so long as [UK-based parent company] Azumi operates its Zuma Boston under the Zuma name....Azumi, on the other hand, is an international operation with approximately $200 million in annual revenues." Davis says that Azumi will have to cease and desist all use of the Zuma name, including in everything from social media posts to signs and marketing/ads, while workers cannot tell customers that the restaurant is called Zuma.

The Globe mentions that Zuma Tex-Mex Grill claims the right to use the name based on an license agreement that Azumi entered with B.B. Kitchen in 2008 where the former would not open any locations of Zuma in New England. The Back Bay location of Zuma debuted in late May.

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


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Kashish in Belmont Has Closed; Jamaica Jeff's to Open in Space

An restaurant in the western suburbs that was a longtime favorite for Indian food has closed, and a new dining spot that focuses on barbecue and Jamaican/Caribbean fare is moving in.

According to an article in the Belmont Citizen-Herald and Wicked Local, Kashish on Leonard Street in Belmont Center is no longer in business, and Jamaican Jeff's will be opening in its space. The post indicates that the owner of the upcoming restaurant is Jeffrey Lasseter, a U.S. diplomat who has lived in Jamaica and Barbados; the plans are for the restaurant to offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner while also serving Jamaican and Caribbean coffee along with tropical-themed cocktails.

Kashish was a dining spot that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) featured as an under-the-radar place for Indian food. The review can be found here:

https://hiddenboston.com/Kashish.html

The address for the now-closed Kashish (and upcoming Jamaica Jeff's) is 61 Leonard 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]

Mulligans Near Haymarket Square in Boston Has Apparently Closed

It looks like a sandwich shop in downtown Boston has very quietly shut its doors.

According to Brian M. from Noodle Lab, Mulligans near Haymarket Square is locked up and dark, with a neighboring business confirming that the Canal Street eatery is indeed closed for good. It is not known what might happen to the space, though we are told that this part of Canal Street will be going through changes and will apparently become pedestrian-only soon.

Mulligans was known in part for its breakfast dishes along with its soups, salads, and sandwiches at lunchtime.

The address for the now-closed Mulligans was 83 Canal Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

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, July 16, 2019

M & M BBQ to Open Inside Dorchester Brewing Company As Part of Brewery's Expansion

A few months ago, it was learned that a brewery just south of downtown Boston had some big plans in the works, including a rooftop greenhouse and roofdeck, and a restaurant being added to the space. Now we have learned that the restaurant coming to the facility will be run by the person behind a legendary food truck.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Geo Lambert is going to be opening M & M BBQ inside Dorchester Brewing Company, with the plan being to have a takeout window next to the taproom where customers can order their food and bring it to the taproom, upstairs to the rooftop beer garden/greenhouse, or anywhere else within the Mass. Ave. space. Lambert is part of the family that first opened the M & M Ribs food truck back in 1982, which originally offered smoked chicken and pork ribs at locations in Roxbury in Dorchester. The name eventually changed to M & M BBQ and has recently been known for its pop-up events (including pop-ups at the brewery), catering business, and food truck, the latter of which was recently taken off the streets so that they could focus on events and catering.

Boston Magazine says that once it opens (possibly in October), M & M BBQ will offer such items as chicken, ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, burgers, grilled sausages, soft pretzels, barbecue bowls, and "Dorchester Dumpster Fries" with smoked cheese sauce, BBQ sauce, scallions, and chicken or pulled pork.

The address for Dorchester Brewing Company (and the upcoming M & M BBQ) is 1250 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02125. The website for the brewery can be found at https://www.dorchesterbrewing.com/ while the website for the BBQ business is at https://mandmribs.com/

[Earlier Article]
Dorchester Brewing Company Plans to Add a Restaurant, Greenhouse, and Roofdeck to Space

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]

Pho House in Cambridge Has Closed; New Concept Coming to Space

A Thai and Vietnamese restaurant in Cambridge has closed for the time being, and it looks like it will reopen as a new spot.

According to a source, Pho House on Mass. Ave. is shuttered, with a note out front saying that it is "currently closed and under renovation for our new concept. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to seeing you when we re-open." It is not yet known what the concept will be, nor is it known what the name of the restaurant might be, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Pho House first opened in the fall of 2014, taking over the space between Porter Square and Harvard Square where Tamarind House had been.

The address for the now-closed Pho House (and upcoming new concept) is 1790 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

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]

Silk Road Express Opens at Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 Food Court in Allston

A new dining spot has come to a food court in Allston, and it has a connection to a Cambridge restaurant that features a type of cuisine that is very difficult to find in the region.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Silk Road Express is now open within the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 food court in Allston, with the poster indicating that it is an outpost of Silk Road Uyghur Cuisine on Cambridge Street. Based on the original location and the picture posted within the group page, it appears that the new eatery is focusing on Uyghur fare, which is typically found in the far northwest part of China and includes such items as dry fried noodles, diced noodles, lamb kebabs, stir-fried lamb, wontons, dumplings, and more.

Silk Road Uyghur Cuisine first opened in Cambridge in June of 2017.

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, July 15, 2019

BearMoose Brewing Company, Deep Cuts Deli Have Parted Ways

It looks like a deli that was located inside a brand new brewery has said farewell just a few days after the official opening of the facility.

According to a tweet from @TBootsBrewing, Deep Cuts Deli has left the BearMoose Brewing Company space in Everett, with a Facebook post from the brewery from over the weekend confirming this, saying that "Unfortunately, Deep Cuts Deli will no longer be located inside BearMoose Brewing Company. We are working on providing you with other food options to enjoy with [your] BearMoose brew. In the meantime, feel free to bring your own food, or order in!" In addition, a Facebook post from Deep Cuts Deli this past weekend said, "We're cookin' up our next new adventure and we can't wait to tell you what it is. Thanks to BearMoose Brewing Company for letting us be part of your launch." It is not yet known what may have resulted in the two businesses parting ways; we have reached out to both and will post any updates that come in.

BearMoose Brewing Company officially opened on July 4, with the initial plan being for Deep Cuts Deli to offer snacks, sandwiches, and coffee to customers coming in to try beers in the taproom.

BearMoose Brewing Company can be found at 1934 Revere Beach Parkway in Everett.

[Earlier Article]
BearMoose Brewing Company, Deep Cuts Deli Are Opening in Everett July 4

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]

Kim's Tofu Opens in Allston, Replacing Loui Loui/Cap't Loui

A new Korean restaurant has come to Allston, opening in the space where a Southern-style seafood spot had been until recently closing.

According to an article in Eater Boston, Kim's Tofu is now open on Brighton Avenue, taking over the former Loui Loui/Cap't Loui spot which had once been home to Bravo Pizza as well. The post mentions that the new eatery features house-made tofu that is used in Korean tofu stew, while the menu also includes such items as spicy pork, seafood pancakes, rice, and more.

It appears that locations of Loui Loui/Cap't Loui in Stoneham and Braintree remain in operation, and the restaurants seem to go by both names, though they were originally called Loui Loui.

The address for Kim's Tofu is 160 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]

Boutique Hotel, Restaurant Proposed for Arlington

A new hotel could be on its way to the northwest suburbs of Boston, and it may include a restaurant and/or bar.

An article in YourArlington confirms what we were told by a source last week, that a boutique hotel is being proposed for the former Disabled American Veterans site and the still-running Precision Tire and Alignment on Mass. Ave. on the eastern edge of Arlington Heights, with the post saying that the four-story hotel would have 50 rooms and an upscale dining spot. Our source tells us that the ground-floor restaurant could actually be some sort of brewpub or tavern, though no specific details have been given as of yet; a hearing on the proposal is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 22, so more information on the dining/drinking spot (and the hotel) should be known by next week.

The address for the DAV was 1207 Mass. Ave., while the address for Precision Tire and Alignment is 1211 Mass. Ave.; the two properties are about a block east of the Mass. Ave./Lowell Street fork.

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]

Yaowarat Road Opens in Quincy's Wollaston Neighborhood

A new Thai restaurant with a rather interesting name has opened in a section of Quincy that has become home to countless Asian dining spots.

According to City of Quincy consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, Yaowarat Road is now open in the city's Wollaston neighborhood, with the Beale Street eatery getting its name from one of the main roads in the Chinatown section of Bangkok. Byrne tells us that the new restaurant serves Hainan-style Thai fare (Hainan is the most southern part of China), with options including such items as scallion pancakes, sriracha wings, pork congee, duck rice soup, beef stew with noodles, pork feet stew, mango smoothies, and Thai iced tea.

Both Wollaston and neighboring North Quincy are home to a wide variety of dining spots featuring Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Korean fare.

The address for this new Thai restaurant in Wollaston is: Yaowarat Road, 6 Beale Street, Quincy, MA, 02170. The website for the dining spot can be found at http://www.yaowarat.net/

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]

Gigi Gelateria in Boston's North End Is Now Dolce

A gelato shop in the North End of Boston that was owned by a well-known restaurateur is now a brand new cafe under the same ownership.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), Gigi Gelateria on Hanover Street has been replaced by Dolce, with a picture sent to us indicating that the new spot serves such items as gelato and pizza. We have been told by another source that Frank DePasquale (and his DePasquale Ventures group) continues to be behind the space, though more details are expected sometime this week, including what kinds of food offerings are available in addition to gelato and pizza.

Gigi Gelateria first opened in the North End under the name Gelateria back in 2006.

The address for Dolce (and the former Gigi Gelateria) is 272 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

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]

Hana Sushi in North Cambridge Has Closed

A couple of months ago, it was reported that a longtime sushi spot in North Cambridge had been forced to shut down, only to quickly reopen again. Now we have learned that the restaurant has closed again, apparently for good this time.

According to a source, Hana Sushi on Mass. Ave. is locked up and dark once again, with a sign out front indicating that a new restaurant under different ownership is coming to the space. Our source tells us that the new place could be another sushi spot and that it might be opening in a month or so, while another source says that signs are now up saying that a new sushi place is indeed on the way. In late May, Hana Sushi was closed by order of the board of license commissioners, but it opened back up again the following day, with no indication as to what had happened to have it shutter in the first place.

Hana Sushi first opened more than 30 years ago.

The address for the now-closed Hana Sushi (and upcoming new restaurant) is 2372 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

[July 18 update: According to a source, it looks like the new restaurant going into the Hana Sushi space could be called Umami, as an earlier license commission hearing agenda page mentions that a license transfer from the former to the latter was being looked at.]

[Earlier Article]
Hana Sushi in North Cambridge Reopens After Being Ordered Closed for Apparent License Issue

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]

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Vintage Tea and Cake Company in Belmont Reopens Retail Shop

The person behind a wholesale and catering business that focuses on teas and baked goods has reopened her retail shop four years after it shut down.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe reports that The Vintage Tea and Cake Company in Belmont is open once again on Belmont Street, selling a variety of teas along with such items as scones, Irish brown bread, lemon squares, macarons, and coffee. The article mentions that owner Adel Donegan had shut down the retail shop in 2015 in order to put more focus into her catering and wholesale operations and spend more time with her growing family.

The Vintage Tea and Cake Company first started out in 2012.

The address for this reopened shop in Belmont is: The Vintage Tea and Cake Company, 129 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA, 02478. Its website can be found at http://www.vintageteaandcake.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]

SunBar Opens for the Summer at the ICA in Boston's Seaport District

A new option for food and drink has come to the Seaport District of Boston for the summer, and it resides in an outdoor space at a waterfront museum.

According to a press release, SunBar is now open on the Putnam Investments Plaza at The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), with a page within the ICA website indicating that the pop-up spot will be open until September, offering such items cheese and charcuterie, salads, sandwiches, beer, wine, and more. Hours for SunBar are 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays; 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Thursdays; and 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Fridays, weather permitting.

The ICA (and SunBar) can be found at 25 Harbor Shore Drive between Fan Pier and Pier 4.

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, July 11, 2019

French Quarter May Be Opening in Salvatore's Space in Downtown Boston

A new restaurant featuring traditional New Orleans dishes may be on its way to downtown Boston, and it plans to move into the space where a location of a group of Italian spots currently resides.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, a restaurant called French Quarter is seeking the liquor license currently held by Salvatore's on Washington Street along the edge of the Theatre District, with the plan being to open in that space. The parent company listed for French Quarter is the Back Deck, Inc., and a message sent to us indicates that it indeed has a connection to the Back Deck, a dining spot on nearby West Street that is known in part for its charcoal-grilled meats, along with Fajitas & 'Ritas, a Tex-Mex place that is also on West Street. We have been told that French Quarter will focus at least in part on Creole and Cajun cuisine, with a bit more emphasis on the former; more will probably be known about the place by next week, as the hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17.

Locations of Salvatore's can be found in Andover, Lawrence, and Medford in addition to the downtown Boston location.

The address for the proposed French Quarter (and Salvatore's) is 545 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

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]

Oasis Plans to Open in Dorchester

A new restaurant may be on its way to a section of Boston with relatively few dining options, and it appears to be connected to another spot with the same name.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Oasis is planning to open in Dorchester, with the eatery looking to move into a space on Hancock Street in the Upham's Corner/Jones Hill area. The name listed in the hearing notice is Chesterfield Coppin, who is behind Oasis Cafe in Roslindale [ed note--see update below]; based on the offerings there, the proposed spot in Dorchester could be offering Caribbean food, though more will probably be known by next week (the hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17).

The address for the proposed Oasis in Dorchester is 33 Hancock Street.

[July 11 update: Universal Hub tells us that the Roslindale location of Oasis Cafe very recently closed, so this could actually be more of a move.]

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]

TKK Fried Chicken, Kung Fu Tea to Open in Quincy's Wollaston Neighborhood

A decades-old Taiwanese chicken chain will be teaming up with a bubble tea chain to open a shared space in Quincy.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a Twitter post from @siisterspooky) that TKK Fried Chicken and Kung Fu Tea are opening in the city's Wollaston neighborhood, with the former being the first location in New England and the latter joining a handful of other shops in the Greater Boston area. The post says that TKK Fried Chicken started out in Taiwan in 1974 and currently has only one location in the United States--in Manhattan's Flatiron area--while two others are being planned for the Philadelphia area and one for Texas. The chain serves such items as fried chicken, wings, tenders, and chicken sandwiches. (Kung Fu Tea offers such items as classic tea, milk tea, slush, punch, and yogurt.)

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Wollaston is: TKK Fried Chicken/Kung Fu Tea, 1 Beale Street, Quincy, MA, 02170. The website for the former is at https://www.tkkusa.com/ while the website for the latter is at https://www.kungfutea.com/

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, July 10, 2019

Eddie Merlot's Plans to Open in the Former La Casa de Pedro Space in Boston's Seaport District

Several years ago, it was learned that a small group of steakhouses based in Indiana might be coming to the Boston waterfront. Those plans seemed to subsequently fall by the wayside, but now they appear to be back on in a nearby location, possibly taking over a massive space that had been home to another restaurant.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef and Seafood is looking to open in the Seaport District and it is seeking to acquire the license of La Casa de Pedro, with the plan being to take over its space on Congress Street. Originally, Eddie Merlot's had been hoping to open a 300- to 400-seat restaurant at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel on Summer Street, with the plans being announced in 2013 and the restaurant possibly opening the following year. The Fort Wayne-based group of steakhouses first started out in 2001 and now has 13 locations, though none in the Northeast.

The Seaport District location of La Casa de Pedro closed last summer, saying that it was hoping to reopen at some point but it never did; its Watertown location shut down earlier this year.

The address for the proposed location of Eddie Merlot's is 505 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for all locations of the steakhouse can be found at https://www.eddiemerlots.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Eddie Merlot's May Be Opening in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston's Seaport District
La Casa de Pedro in Boston's Seaport District Has Temporarily 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]

Apizza to Open at the Hub on Causeway Development in Boston

It looks like more New Haven-style pizza is on its way to Boston, and the owner of a South End restaurant is behind the place.

Eater Boston is reporting (via The Boston Globe) that Douglass Williams of Mida on Tremont Street is planning to open Apizza at the Hub on Causeway, which is currently being built at the site of the old Boston Garden by North Station. The upcoming eatery will offer New Haven-style thin-crust "apizza" by the slice or as a whole pie while also serving thicker Roman-style pizza by the slice or by the tray. Because of its location within a development that will include residential and office space along with restaurants and shops, the pies at Apizza will be cooked in an electric oven rather than the more traditional coal-fired oven, but the oven will be able to cook pizzas at temperatures of 1,000 degrees. If all goes as planned, Apizza could be opening sometime in the fall.

Currently, about the only options for New Haven-style pizza in the Greater Boston area are at locations of Pepe's in Chestnut Hill and Burlington; Roman-style pizza can be found at a few spots, including Eataly at the Pru, T&B Pizza in Somerville's Union Square, and Monti at Time Out Market Boston in the Fenway neighborhood.

Williams first opened Mida in the fall of 2016, with the restaurant featuring Italian fare including dishes found in various parts of Italy.

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]

Boston Market in the Back Bay/Fenway Area Has Closed

A struggling restaurant chain that got its start in the Boston area has closed its only remaining location within the city itself.

According to a Twitter post from @TheDrewStarr, Boston Market in the city's Back Bay/Fenway area is no longer in business, with a sign out front at the Mass. Ave. space referring customers to its Medford and Saugus locations. This appears to be one of the 45 locations of the chain (approximately 10% of all its shops) that have shut down over the past couple of weeks, as a Nation's Restaurant News article mentions the outlets were underperforming, while CEO Frances Allen says that "We must take steps to ensure our operational structure will support long-term sustainability." While this is the last location of Boston Market within the city limits (it appears that the Dorchester location of Boston Market recently closed as well), four locations remain in operation inside Route 128 according to its website, including the aforementioned shops in Medford and Saugus along with two others in Waltham and Quincy.

Boston Market started out in Newton as Boston Chicken in the mid-1980s, moving its headquarters to Colorado in the 1990s and eventually changing over to its current Boston Market name. The chain is known in part for its rotisserie chicken options.

The address for this now-closed location of Boston Market was 245 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.bostonmarket.com/

[July 11 update: Mass Live confirms that the Dorchester location of Boston Market is no longer in business, as that location along with a Swampscott outlet were indeed part of the recent closures.]

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


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

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

New China Pearl in Woburn Is Closing

A suburban Chinese restaurant known in part for its dim sim is closing.

According to multiple sources, including a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, New China Pearl in Woburn is shutting down, confirming what a source had told us a few weeks ago. A post from the Mishawum Road spot confirms the closure, saying that "due to our lease ending at the end of July, we will be closing our doors with the last day of service being July 16."

New China Pearl opened 11 years ago, offering a lunch buffet and a variety of Chinese-American and Chinese appetizers and entrees along with dim sum.

The address for this soon-to-close Chinese restaurant in Woburn is: New China Pearl, 288 Mishawum Road, Woburn, MA, 01801.

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]

Soc's Ice Cream Opens New Shop Inside Lobstah on a Roll in Salem

A decades-old ice cream shop has expanded to a second location, opening within a dining spot known in part for its lobster rolls.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Soc's Ice Cream in Saugus has opened a new outlet inside Lobstah on a Roll in Salem, with the new shop leasing space inside the Lafayette Street restaurant. The post says that ice cream is brought into the Salem outlet from the original on the Lynn Fells Parkway in Saugus (which is where the ice cream is made), and that a total of 14 flavors are offered, compared to 38 flavors at the Saugus location. The new location of Soc's will be open all year long, with hours being 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily.

Lobstah on a Roll first opened in April of this year, joining another outlet in the South End of Boston; the Saugus location of Soc's has been in business for 40 years.

The address for the new outlet of Soc's in Salem (and Lobstah on a Roll) is 135 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, 01970. The website for Soc's can be found at https://www.socsicecream.net/

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]

The Foreign Correspondents Club to Open Below The Merchant in Downtown Boston

A speakeasy-style spot with international influences is on its way to the heart of Boston, and it will be moving into a space below an upscale brasserie.

According to an article from Eater Boston, the Foreign Correspondents Club is opening in the downstairs level of The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks on Franklin Street, with the place (which will also apparently be known as the FCC) featuring small plates and cocktails that are inspired by places around the globe. The post mentions that customers will be able to access the lounge by getting a vintage postcard at the host stand inside the Merchant which will allow them into the basement space. If all goes as planned, the Foreign Correspondents Club will open later this month.

The Merchant first opened in 2014, offering mostly New American fare using locally-sourced ingredients along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for the upcoming Foreign Correspondents Club (and The Merchant) is 60 Franklin Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The Instagram page for the lounge can be found at https://www.instagram.com/fccdtx/

[July 18 update: An article from boston.com mentions that the Foreign Correspondents Club will initially be a pop-up that will close around the middle of the fall, with the plan being for it to reopen sometime next year.]

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]

Caffe Nero Is Opening at Copley Place

A rapidly-growing chain of European coffee places is opening yet another shop in the Boston area, and this one will be coming to a high-end shopping area in one of the busiest parts of the city.

According to a press release, Caffe Nero is opening at Copley Place in the Back Bay, moving into a space  next to Neiman Marcus on the main level. Since arriving in Boston in 2014 with a Downtown Crossing shop, the chain has opened a number of outlets in and around the city, with its latest coming to the Porter Square Hotel in Cambridge a couple of months ago.

If all goes as planned, the new location of Caffe Nero could open at Copley Place in September.

The website for Caffe Nero can be found at https://caffenero.com/us/

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, July 08, 2019

Shake Shack Plans to Open at the Burlington Mall

A New York-based group of burger and shake spots appears to be expanding further into the Greater Boston area, with a new outlet being planned for a suburban mall that also became home to a location of a legendary pizza spot a few weeks ago.

According to a source (Craig Foster), Shake Shack is looking to open at the Burlington Mall, with an application within the burlington.org site indicating that it would be somewhere within the old Sears space, which is being redeveloped. If approved, the new location of Shake Shack in Burlington would join others in Boston's Seaport District and Back Bay along with outlets in Cambridge's Harvard Square, The Street Chestnut Hill, and Legacy Place in Dedham--and another new location is on its way to the Arsenal Yards complex in Watertown as well.

Last month, a location of Pepe's Pizza opened within the Burlington Mall, taking over the former Uno space.

The website for Shake Shack can be found at https://www.shakeshack.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]

Eleni's Mediterranean Grill to Open in the Former Greek Grille Space in Winchester

A new restaurant that will focus mainly on Greek food is coming to the northern suburbs of Boston, taking over the space where another Greek eatery had been until closing earlier this year.

According to an article in the Winchester Star/Wicked Local, Eleni's Mediterranean Grill is opening in Winchester, moving into the former Greek Grill space on Main Street. The post says that this will be owner Eleni Pleqi's first restaurant, and that she plans to offer such traditional Greek items as moussaka, gyros, lamb and chicken dishes, and baklava, while also featuring daily specials found in other Mediterranean countries. If all goes as planned, Eleni's Mediterranean Grill could be opening by July 22.

The Greek Grille closed in February after being in business for approximately 10 years; the dining spot was mostly a takeout place that offered a variety of Greek dishes.

The address for the upcoming Eleni's Mediterranean Grill in Winchester is 599 Main Street, Winchester, MA, 01890.

[Earlier Article]
The Greek Grille in Winchester 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]

Small Batch Cafe Is Opening in the Former Roadworthy Space in Dedham

A new restaurant that could focus at least in part on a beloved food item is on its way to a suburban space that had previously been home to an offbeat street-food spot.

According to a Facebook post from Roadworthy, Small Batch Cafe is opening in Dedham, taking over the old Roadworthy space on Washington Street. The post mentions that the people behind the upcoming eatery are "bacon masters" and indicating that the place will be open for breakfast and lunch, while a Wicked Local article states that the owners began selling hand-cured bacon at the Dedham Farmers Market two years ago and offering sandwiches a year later. No opening date for Small Batch Cafe has been given as of yet, so keep checking back for updates.

Roadworthy closed in February after being in business for approximately two years; the restaurant called itself "the outlandish destination for fun and delicious foods....Inspired by today's wacky food trucks."

The address for this new cafe in Dedham is: Small Batch Cafe, 125 Washington Street, Dedham, MA, 02026.

[July 16 update: A post within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page indicates that Small Batch Cafe is now open, and that it features such items as egg sandwiches, biscuits, a bacon and egg salad, BLTs, macaroni and cheese, Boston baked beans, and fried corn with bacon drippings.]

[Earlier Article]
Roadworthy in Dedham 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]

The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint in Medford Is Getting Ready to Open

A Southern restaurant that closed last year in anticipation of a move to a much larger space appears to be on the verge of opening.

According to a Facebook thread from the place, The Porch Southern Fare & Juke Joint may be opening at the River's Edge development in Medford as soon as this week, more than a year after the original location of The Porch in Wakefield closed. Based on information from an earlier post here, expect the new location to include Southern-style fare such as brisket, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, BBQ pork, collard greens, and more, along with beer, spirits, and cocktails--and the space will include a bar, pool tables, and a stage for live music.

The original location of The Porch first opened in Wakefield Center in January of 2016; the announcement of its move came out in March of 2018, with the closure of the restaurant taking place three months later. Owner Jonathan Post also runs a grocery store and cafe at River's Edge called Freerange Market, which opened earlier this year.

The address for The Porch Southern Fare & Juke Joint is 175 Rivers Edge Drive, Medford, MA, 02155. Its website will be at https://www.theporchsouthern.com/

[July 11 update: an update from Boston Magazine states that the new location of The Porch opens to the public on Monday, July 15.]

[Earlier Article]
The Porch in Wakefield to Move to Medford; Freerange Market to Open As Well

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]

Larry J's BBQ Cafe Opens in Revere

A barbecue spot that is located on the Boston waterfront has expanded to a second location a short distance north of the city.

According to a source, Larry J's BBQ Cafe is now open in Revere, with the N Shore Road eatery joining its current location on D Street in Boston's Seaport District. Based on the menu at the waterfront location, expect the new restaurant in Revere to offer such items as smoked and fried wings, southern fried pickles, chili cheese fries, brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, ribs, smoked turkey breast, fried catfish, and more.

Larry J's BBQ Cafe started out as Larry J's House of Q in Chelsea in 2012; the place moved to the Seaport District two years later.

The address for the new Larry J's BBQ Cafe in Revere is 1148 N Shore Road, Revere, MA, 02151. The website for both locations can be found at http://larryjsbbqcafe.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]

The Parrot Opens in Hull; Takes Over Former Red Parrot Space

A seaside restaurant and bar on the South Shore that changed ownership several months ago is now partially open as a new spot with a slightly different name.

According to its social media pages, The Parrot has opened in Hull on weekends only for now, taking over the space on Hull Shore Drive across from Nantasket Beach where The Red Parrot had been. As reported earlier, Brian Houlihan (Bia Bistro in Cohasset, Galley Kitchen & Bar in Scituate, The Tinker's Son in Norwell, Trident Galley & Raw Bar in Hingham) is behind the place, which is just open on weekends because its roof deck is still being built. When done, the space is expected to include a dining area with traditional seaside options in the front, a tavern-type space in the back, and a main dining area upstairs that will be more upscale, and the aforementioned roof deck, though if any of the final setup of the space changes, we will post an update here.

The address for The Parrot is 1 Hull Shore Drive, Hull, MA, 02045. Its website will be at http://www.theparrothull.com/

[July 18 update: According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page (and confirmed by the restaurant's Facebook page), the Parrot is now open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner in the downstairs sections only, as the upstairs dining area and the roof deck are still under construction.]

[Earlier Article]
The Red Parrot In Hull Being Sold to Local Restaurateur; Changes on the Way

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, July 05, 2019

Tatte May Be Opening More Locations in Brookline, Cambridge, and Charlestown

An growing local group of bakeries and cafes that recently announced plans for a massive new facility in South Boston apparently has even more plans in the works, including three new outlets in the Boston area.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Tzurit Or of Tatte is looking to open new locations in Brookline, Cambridge, and Charlestown, with the Brookline shop being in Coolidge Corner and the Cambridge and Charlestown outlets being in as-of-yet undisclosed locations. This announcement comes on the heels of news that Or will be opening a 30,000-square-foot production space that will also include a test kitchen and cafe in the former Cole Hersee building on Old Colony Avenue in Southie. (Locations of Tatte are also coming to both the Berklee area of the Back Bay/Fenway and the South End, with the former planning to open next week.)

The website for Tatte can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

[Earlier Article]
Tatte Bakery and Cafe to Open Production Facility, Test Kitchen, and Cafe in South 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]

La Sirena to Open at Post Office Square in Boston

A couple of years ago, it was reported that the group behind three well-known Boston dining spots was looking to open a restaurant that could include a cigar bar. Now we have learned that plans for the space have apparently changed into something that could be literally much bigger.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, La Sirena is going to be opening at 10 Post Office Square in the city's Financial District, with the place possibly being on three floors and including a dining room, bar, lounge, and stage on the first floor, a bar, lounge, and stage on the lower level, and a small space on the mezzanine level whose plans are currently unknown. An earlier Boston Magazine article mentioned that the place may have Cuban influences, and as mentioned here, the COJE Management Group (Lolita, Ruka Yvonne's) is behind it.

Boston Magazine says that a late summer opening is planned for La Sirena.

[Earlier Article]
COJE Restaurant Group (Yvonne's, Ruka, Lolita) to Open Restaurant at Post Office Square in 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]

Revival Cafe and Kitchen Plans to Open in Boston's Back Bay

It looks like a pair of cafes in Cambridge and Somerville may be joined by a third in one of the busiest parts of Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Revival Cafe & Kitchen is planning to open on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, with the notice saying that the eatery would have cafe seating indoors along with an outdoor patio during the warmer months, and that its proposed hours would be 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily. The new location would join others in Cambridge's Alewife area and Somerville's Davis Square, and Steve "Nookie" Postal (Commonwealth in Kendall Square, former Executive Chef for the Boston Red Sox) and Liza Shirazi (formerly of Crema Cafe in Harvard Square) would both be behind it. More should be known by next week, as the hearing is slated for July 10, so stay tuned for updates.

The address for this planned cafe in the Back Bay is 103 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the two existing locations can be found at https://www.revivalcafeandkitchen.com/

[July 9 update: Boston Magazine states that if plans for the place are approved by the city and construction goes as scheduled, the new location of Revival could be opening in the Back Bay this fall.]

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, July 03, 2019

Crazy Dough's Pizza at City Place in Boston Has Closed

A local group of pizza spots continues to shrink, as another one of its Boston-area locations has shut down.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Crazy Dough's Pizza at City Place in Boston's Park Plaza area is closed--and appears to have been so for at least a couple of weeks--while a check on the website for the business seems to confirm this, as it has been removed from the locations section of the site. This is the third outlet of the pizzeria to shutter over the past few years, as a location in the Fenway/Back Bay area closed in 2017 while another outlet closed in Cambridge's Harvard Square in 2016. It appears that shops at the Prudential Center, TD Garden, and in Brighton remain in operation.

The address for the City Place location of Crazy Dough's was 8 Park Plaza, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the other locations can be found at https://www.crazydoughsboston.com/

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]

Po' Boys and Pies to Open Brick-and-Mortar Location in Salem

A pop-up spot on the North Shore that is known for its inventive twists on Southern food has found a permanent home.

A Facebook post from the place confirms what a source told us a couple of weeks ago, that Po' Boys and Pies will be opening a brick-and-mortar dining spot in Salem, though the exact address is being kept secret for the time being. Once it opens, expect the new eatery to serve po' boys, a sandwich that is especially popular in New Orleans, and offbeat takes on Southern-style pies.

Po' Boys and Pies first started out as a pop-up in 2016; its website can be found at https://www.poboysandpies.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]

465 Bar and Restaurant Is Opening in the Former Bravo Space at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to one of Boston's best-known museums, and it is replacing another restaurant that closed last fall.

According to a press release, 465 Bar and Restaurant is opening at the Museum of Fine Arts on July 10, taking over the former Bravo space in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. The new spot will offer a seasonal menu that features both small plates and larger entrees using fresh, local ingredients, while beer, wine, cider, cocktails, and mocktails will be available as well. The release says that 465 Bar and Restaurant will have both a dining area and a lounge, and a terrace will be open (weather permitting) during the warmer months.

Bravo shut down in October after 15 years in business, according to an article from Boston Magazine.

The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 465 Huntington Avenue in 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]

The Beacon of Framingham Temporarily Suspends Operations; Exact Status Unknown

A restaurant and bar in MetroWest that has rebranded a couple of times over the past year--and which has been the site of some trouble in the past--has closed for the time being, and it is not known what will happen to the place.

According to an article in Wicked Local, The Beacon of Framingham is shuttered, with the owner saying "Stay tuned to our Facebook (page) at 'The Beacon of Framingham' to be notified of pop-up events and dinner concerts," though no further comments were given. The space in which The Beacon resides had once been home to Angry Ham's, a dining and drinking spot that opened in 2016 and included former Boston Bruins player Lyndon Byers as a partner; several incidents occurred at the place that resulted in suspensions of its liquor license, including a fight in the parking lot that was never reported to the police, another fight where a doorman was hit in the head by a rock, and two underage customers drinking there. Angry Ham's changed to Beacon Street Bar & Grill last year and tried to clean up its image and become a more family-friendly place, but it rebranded again earlier this year, becoming a spot for  "performance and culture, a great place for 'dinner and a show,' and a place to go dancing," according to Wicked Local.

As soon as we find out more about the exact status of The Beacon of Framingham, we will post an update here.

The address for The Beacon of Framingham is 2 Beacon Street, Framingham, MA, 01701.

[Earlier Article]
Angry Ham's in Framingham Is Now Beacon Street Bar & Grill

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, July 02, 2019

Mass Hole Donuts to Open in the Local Fare Space in East Arlington

A pop-up shop known for its array of doughnut hole options is opening a permanent location in the northwest suburbs of Boston, taking over the space where a gift shop and commissary kitchen had been until closing this week.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Mass Hole Donuts is planning to open in East Arlington, moving into the Local Fare space on Lake Street. The post indicates that the upcoming shop will offer brioche- and cake-style doughnut holes, with possible flavors (based on the dozens of options they have made as a pop-up) including a brioche doughnut hole with a a green tea-white chocolate glaze and a key lime curd filling, a chocolate cake doughnut with vanilla glaze, blackberries, and Nutella, and fried apple cider holes with apple caramel or cinnamon sugar. If all goes as planned, Mass Hole Donuts could be opening in the next few months, and it will start doing catering over the summer.

Local Fare closed its doors yesterday after approximately three years in business; the shop hosted pop-ups, held classes, and had a shared commercial kitchen.

The address for Mass Hole Donuts in East Arlington will be 2 Lake Street, Arlington, MA, 02474. Its website can be found at https://www.massholedonuts.com/

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


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Applebee's in Danvers Has Closed

A national restaurant chain continues to disappear from the Boston-area landscape, with its latest closing being an outlet north of the city.

According to a source, Applebee's in Danvers is no longer in operation, with a check on the locations page for the chain confirming this, as the restaurant has been removed from the page. The closing of the Danvers location means that just four outlets remain inside or along Route 128, including ones in South Bay, Quincy, Saugus, and Woburn. (Locations that have closed over the years include locations in Boston's Back Bay, Braintree, Brighton, Dedham, Malden, and Newton.)

The address for the now-closed location of Applebee's in Danvers was 50 Independence Way, Danvers, MA, 01923. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.applebees.com/en

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


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Vito's Tavern in Boston's North End Has Closed; Will Be Replaced by Domenic's

A sports bar in the North End of Boston has shut down, and a new spot is taking over the space.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), Vito's Tavern on Salem Street is closed and its windows are papered over, with a note out front thanking customers for their business and saying that a new place called Domenic's will open there around the end of the month. A sign is now up for Domenic's, and under the sign is the slogan "The Heart and Soul of Little Italy," though no details on a concept or menu have been given as of yet.

Vito's Tavern first opened in the summer of 2011, taking over the space where Eclano had been; the bar was known for its pub grub including wings, burgers, and hot dogs, and it also offered a few Italian dishes such as pasta primavera and ziti and meatballs.

The address for the upcoming Domenic's (and now-closed Vito's Tavern) is 54 Salem Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

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


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Wachusett Brewing Company to Open Brewpub in Former John Harvard's Space in Cambridge's Harvard Square

A well-known brewery in Central Massachusetts is opening a brewpub in Cambridge, and it will be moving into the space where a longtime restaurant and beer bar had been until closing in May.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Wachusett Brewing Company is expanding to the former John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House within The Garage in Harvard Square, with the Dunster Street spot being a 15-barrel brewery and taproom that will feature flatbread pizza while focusing at least in part on sour beers. If all goes as planned, the new brewpub from Wachusett--which may also feature live entertainment--could be opening sometime in the fall.

Wachusett Brewing Company is headquartered a short distance from Route 2 in Westminster; their beers can also be found at a seasonal beer garden at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston.

The address for the upcoming brewpub from Wachusett Brewing Company is 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the company can be found at https://www.wachusettbrewingcompany.com/

[Earlier Article]
John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House in Cambridge's Harvard Square Is Closing

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


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Monday, July 01, 2019

Coney Island Ice Cream Cafe in West Newton Has Closed

It looks like a suburban cafe known in part for its ice cream has closed its doors.

According to a source, Coney Island Ice Cream Cafe in West Newton has shut down, with a sign out front saying that its last day in operation was yesterday. A call placed to the Washington Street spot indicates that its phone is now out of service, while a post within the People Who Grew Up in West Newton Facebook group page confirms what our source said, that it closed over the weekend as its owners were retiring.

In addition to ice cream, Coney Island Ice Cream Cafe also served soups, salads, and sandwiches.

The address for this now-closed spot in West Newton was: Coney Island Ice Cream Cafe, 1284 Washington Street, West Newton, MA, 02465.

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


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