Monday, November 11, 2019

D'Amici's Bakery Has Closed All of Its Locations

A local group of bakeries that first started out more than 25 years ago has apparently disappeared from the landscape.

According to several social media posts, including one within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, D'Amici's Bakery in Melrose and Lynn have closed, with the Melrose closure being confirmed by the Patch and the Lynn closure being mentioned on The REAL 'You Know You're From Lynn' Facebook group page. Other social media posts indicate that the Reading location of the bakery has shut down as well, including a recent post on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants showing that the same "out of business" sign at the Melrose and Lynn locations is also shown at the Reading shop. (Phone calls to the Reading location are going unanswered this morning.)

D'Amici's Bakery was established in 1993 and at one point had four locations, including another outlet in Lynn that shut down earlier this year; the shops offered such items as breads, pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, sandwiches, and coffee. A Facebook post from one of the original owners indicates that the bakeries changed hands in 2017.

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, November 08, 2019

Le Canular Wine Bar Opens in Former Sister Sorel Space in Boston's South End

The team behind an American brasserie with Japanese influences has opened a wine bar in an adjacent space.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Le Canular is now open in Boston's South End, taking over the space next to Whaling in Oklahoma that had previously been used occasionally for overflow seating for the restaurant--and which used to be home to Sister Sorel. Tim Maslow took over both the Tremont 647 space and the Sister Sorel space last year, opening Whaling in Oklahoma in the Tremont 647 space; both Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel were run by Andy Husbands, who is now behind The Smoke Shop BBQ in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.

Boston Magazine says that Le Canular offers such options as cheese plates, oysters, marinated vegetables, house-made pâtés, and more, with its menu eventually growing to possibly include burgers and other items, while drinks will focus on wines, all of which will be priced at $13. The bar is currently open from 6:00 PM to midnight Wednesday through Saturday.

The address for Le Canular is 645 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02118. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/lecanular/

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]

Turmeric House to Replace Indian Delight in Weymouth

A new Indian restaurant is on its way to the South Shore, replacing another Indian spot that was featured by our sister site as a little-known fave.

According to a tweet from @CorbettRestGrp, Indian Delight in Weymouth has been sold, with a thread on the Weymouth Is Everything Facebook group page indicating that Turmeric House is opening in its space. This jibes with an earlier minutes page on the Weymouth site looking into a transfer of licenses from Indian Delight to Turmeric House; very little is known as of yet about Turmeric House--including when it will open--so keep checking back for updates.

Indian Delight was a dining spot that was featured on Boston's Hidden Restaurants as an under-the-radar place for Indian food, with the review being found at the link below:

https://hiddenboston.com/IndianDelight.html

The address for the now-closed Indian Delight (and upcoming Turmeric House) is 428 Washington Street, Weymouth, MA, 02188.

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]

Country Mile in Watertown Is Closing

An eclectic restaurant that features globally-inspired cuisine along with craft beer and cocktails is shutting down after approximately a year in business.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Country Mile in Watertown is closing after dinner service on Saturday, with the note saying that "Circumstances have conspired to make it necessary for us to step aside and make way for what's next. It's a long and sordid tale, some of which I've aired already here on social media, some of which will remain private, but know that we've loved every minute of showing you crazy folks our version of hospitality." A post from last month indicated that changes might be coming to the Belmont Street spot, saying that "Country Mile will be closed this week while we rest our heads and ponder the universe. Things have been 'interesting' for Nancy and me these past few months as we deal with rampant staffing turnover and shortages, challenging cash flow, a distinct lack of sleep, and not nearly enough time to post cool food pics on Instagram."

Country Mile first opened in late November of 2018, with Matt and Nancy Sargent being behind the restaurant; the Sargents, who come from Vermont, had run a series of "Phantom Dinner" underground dinner events along with a food truck and dining spot before arriving in the local area to help with the opening of Brewer's Tap & Table on Moody Street in Waltham in the latter part of 2016.

The address for Country Mile is 136 Belmont Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

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, November 07, 2019

Great Marsh Brewing Company Opens in Essex

A brewery that has been in the works for quite awhile has finally arrived on the North Shore.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Great Marsh Brewing Company is now open in Essex, taking over the former Fortune Palace II space on Main Street. As mentioned here earlier, the new spot includes a brewery, taproom, restaurant, and bar along with a beer garden, with the Webber Restaurant Group (Gibbet Hill Grill, Scarlet Oak Tavern, The Bancroft) running the dining spot.

Plans for Great Marsh Brewing Company were first mentioned in the summer of 2018.

The address for Great Marsh Brewing Company is 99 Main Street, Essex, MA, 01929. Its website can be found at https://www.thegreatmarsh.com/

[Earlier Article]
Great Marsh Brewing Company to Open in Former Fortune Palace II Space in Essex

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]

TKK Fried Chicken/Kung Fu Tea to Open at Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 Food Court in Allston

A decades-old Taiwanese chicken chain that recently teamed up with a bubble tea chain to open its first Boston-area location is apparently planning to team up on a second location within the city itself.

According to a source (Sarah Wu), TKK Fried Chicken is opening within the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 food court in Allston, with a check on the website for the chain indicating that it will be pairing up with a location of Kung Fu Tea; another source tells us that an outlet of Kung Fu Tea already exists in the food court, so we are trying to find out if that spot is moving to the TKK space or if they will share the existing Kung Fu Tea space.

Once it opens, TKK Fried Chicken/Kung Fu Tea will join another combination space in Quincy's Wollaston neighborhood, while several other Kung Fu Teas can be found in and around Boston. (Based on the TKK site, it looks like a third TKK Fried Chicken/Kung Fu Tea collaboration will be coming to Nashua, NH, as well.)

TKK Fried Chicken, which started out in Taiwan in 1974, features 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 website for TKK is at https://www.tkkusa.com/ while the website for Kung Fu Tea is at https://www.kungfutea.com/

[Earlier Article]
TKK Fried Chicken, Kung Fu Tea Are Opening in Quincy's Wollaston Neighborhood

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, November 06, 2019

Da Bomb BBQ in Revere Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown

A barbecue spot that opened a bit more than a year ago is shuttered, and it is not yet known whether it will open back up again.

According to a source, Da Bomb BBQ in Revere is locked up and dark, with a call placed to the Broadway eatery indicating that its phone is out of service. The Yelp page for the dining spot also says that it is closed, though no specifics have been given, while no response has been given to a message that we sent to them yesterday.

Da Bomb BBQ first opened in the summer of 2018, with the person behind it starting the business out as a food truck operation before opening the brick-and-mortar spot.

The address for Da Bomb BBQ is 744 Broadway, Revere, MA, 02151. Its website is at https://www.dabombfood.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, November 05, 2019

Chulo Restaurant and Bar Is Moving into the Asiana Fusion Space in Watertown

A Watertown restaurant that features Nepali and Indian fare is moving to a nearby space where a Pan-Asian spot had been.

According to several sources, including a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Chulo Restaurant and Bar is moving from Spring Street to Waverly Street, taking over the former Asiana Fusion space. A Facebook page for Chulo actually includes Asiana Fusion in the name, and a comment indicates that some of the "top selling appetizers" from that place will apparently be on Chulo's menu as well. An opening date for Chulo's new location has not been given as of yet, but it appears that it could be debuting any day now.

Chulo had formerly been in a space above Molana, a Persian restaurant in the center of town.

The address for the new location of Chulo Restaurant and Bar is 1 Waverley Avenue, Watertown, MA, 02472. Its website can be found at https://www.chulocuisine.com/

[November 7 update: A Facebook post from the place indicates that Chulo Restaurant and Bar is now open in the former Asiana Fusion space. (Thanks to a source for 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]

The Okipoke Opens in Burlington

A Westford restaurant that focuses on a trendy food item has expanded to a new space closer to Boston.

According to its website and Instagram page, The Okipoke is now open in Burlington, moving into a space within the 3rd Ave development and joining its original location at Cornerstone Square in Westford. The new eatery focuses on poke options, including salads, bowls, and burritos, with ingredients including raw fish (tuna and salmon), cooked seafood (crab, shrimp, scallops), and non-seafood items such as chicken and tofu.

The address for this new dining spot in Burlington is: The Okipoke, 19 3rd Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803. Its website can be found at https://www.theokipokewestford.com/ while its Instagram page is at https://www.instagram.com/okipoke01886/

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]

Little Miss Cupcape Is Opening in Boston's Back Bay

A Cape Cod cupcake shop is expanding to a second location, and this one will be on one of the busiest streets in Boston.

According to a tweet from @izziebot, Little Miss Cupcape in Hyannis is opening a new shop on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, with an earlier "For the Record" page within The Boston Sun saying that the store plans to include an outdoor patio with seating for 12 while proposed hours would be 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Based on the Hyannis location, the new spot will offer a variety of cupcakes and it might also have cookies, pies, cakes, brownies, cake pops, and more.

The new location of Little Miss Cupcape will open on Friday, November 8.

The address for this new cupcake shop in the Back Bay is: Little Miss Cupcape , 250 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the business can be found at http://www.littlemisscupcape.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]

Monday, November 04, 2019

Taj Boston to Become The Newbury; Will Include Rooftop Restaurant

A luxury hotel in Boston that resides in an historic space will be rebranded, and when it opens back up, it will include a rooftop restaurant.

Eater Boston is reporting (via The Boston Globe) that Taj Boston at Newbury Street and Arlington Street is going to become a new spot called The Newbury, with the plan being to reopen in the spring of 2020. When it does, the hotel will include a glass-enclosed restaurant on the roof that will have retractable panels, and it will be operated by Major Food Group, a New York-based group whose restaurants include Carbone, Dirty French, and The Grill. (The articles also mention that a drinking spot called Street Bar will also reside within the hotel.) The Taj has been in the space where the Ritz-Carlton Hotel had been since the 1920s, with the name change coming a bit more than 10 years ago.

The website for the upcoming Newbury can be found at https://www.thenewburyboston.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]

Highland Grill And Pizzeria Opens in Former Easy Pie Space in Braintree

A new dining spot featuring pizza and more has come to a South Shore space that had been home to a location of an eclectic pizzeria.

According to a source, Highland Grill And Pizzeria is now open in Braintree, taking over the former Easy Pie space on Washington Street. It appears that the new eatery offers such items as soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza, calzones, and grill items, but a full menu has not yet been seen for the place, so keep checking back for updates once a full menu comes in.

The Braintree location of Easy Pie closed a couple of months ago, though its newer Revere outlet remains in operation; it appears that a location may be coming to Everett as well at some point.

The address for Highland Grill And Pizzeria is 1701 Washington Street (Route 37), Braintree, MA, 02184.

[Earlier Article]
Easy Pie in Braintree Has Closed; Revere Location to Remain Open

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


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

Cugini's Market in Watertown Has Closed

An Italian market and deli in the western suburbs has apparently closed down after being in business for only a year.

According to a source, Cugini's Market in Watertown is shuttered, with phone calls placed to the Waltham Street shop not going through, while a Yelp page for the place says that it has indeed closed. Cugini's first opened in October of 2018, with the people behind DePasquale's At Night Caps Corner in Newton opening the place; the shop offered breakfast dishes along with soups, salads, sandwiches, and a few dinner items such as chicken parmigiana and steak tips.

The address for this now-closed market and deli in Watertown was: Cugini's Market, 129 Waltham Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

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]

Victor's Deli in Somerville's Ball Square Has Closed

A decades-old Italian spot in Somerville has shut its doors for good.

According to a source, Victor's Deli in the city's Ball Square neighborhood is no longer in business, with a licensing commission page indicating that Ball Square Cafe & Breakfast, which is located next door, may be expanding into the space. The Broadway eatery was known in part for its pizza slices and calzones, along with its hot and cold subs and its pasta dishes.

Victor's first opened back in 1982, according to its website.

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Ball Square was: Victor's Deli, 710 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02144.

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, November 01, 2019

Buccini's Mister Sub in North Quincy Has Closed

A sub shop and pizzeria in Quincy that has been in business for nearly 50 years has shut down.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Buccini's Mister Sub in North Quincy closes as of today, with the note saying that "For the last 3 years, so many obstacles led to the closure mainly finding a qualified work force that can properly serve our customers and meet their expectations." Buccini's first opened in 1972 and was taken over by its present owners in early 2018, with the post saying that when they took ownership of the place, it was "at the edge of closing."

Buccini's offered such items as pizza, calzones, wings, hot and cold subs, and pasta plates.

The address for this now-closed spot in North Quincy was: Buccini's Mister Sub, 64 Billings Road, Quincy, MA, 02171.

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]

Peppino's Dosa to Open in Waltham

An Indian spot is on its way to Waltham's "restaurant row," and it will be moving into a space that a never-opened Indian restaurant first started looking at nearly 10 years ago.

According to a tweet from @y2000k (who shared a Twitter post from @RLoganW9), Peppino's Dosa is coming to Moody Street, with an earlier legal notice confirming that it will be opening where a location of Dosa Factory had been planning to take over since at least 2010, but never did. (The original Dosa Factory can be found in Cambridge's Central Square.) The sign out front indicates that Peppino's Dosa will be a vegetarian and vegan spot, though it is not yet known what they may offer in addition to dosas (if anything).

The address for this upcoming Indian restaurant in Waltham is: Peppino's Dosa, 434 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453.

[Earlier Articles]
Dosa Factory Eyeing Second Location in Waltham
Dosa Factory May Finally Be Opening in Waltham

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]

CLC Cafe in Belmont Has Closed

A suburban cafe that was run by an award-winning caterer has shut down.

According to a source, CLC Cafe in Belmont is closed, with a sign out front saying that "Due to medical reasons, [the owner] had the make the difficult decision to sell" while also thanking customers and giving a phone number to reach Rob Pelletier, who was behind the eatery. Pelletier had been a caterer for more than 25 years before opening the cafe and continued to manage CLC Catered Events after the eatery debuted; the Facebook page for the catering company mentions that Pelletier  "is a multiple Award Winner of the Best of Boston & The Improper Bostonian."

CLC Cafe first opened September of 2017, taking over the space where Kitchen on Common had been.

The address for the now-closed CLC Cafe was 442 Common St, 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]

Roast Beast in Boston's Packards Corner Area Has Closed

A beloved roast beef shop in Boston has shut down, and the owner is putting the blame on the city of Boston.

According to a couple of sources, Roast Beast by Packards Corner is no longer in business, with a Facebook post from the place saying that the city fire inspector and Mayor Walsh "shut me down...no advance notice." The exact details of what resulted in the closing of the Commonwealth Avenue shop are unknown, so keep checking back for details as they come in.

Roast Beast, which first opened in early 2011, has been a fave among people in the restaurant industry over the years, and Chronicle covered it in an episode, saying that "The name will make you smile, and so won't the piled high roast beef sandwiches at this Commonwealth Ave eatery near Boston University."

The address for Roast Beast was 1080 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

[November 6 update: A new Facebook post mentions that the Roast Beast brand is now for sale, and it would apparently include the name, website, trademarks and copyrights, recipes, fixtures, and all else connected to the brand.]

[November 6 update #2: The City of Boston has responded to the Roast Beast issue, saying the following in a statement:
The Walsh Administration has made clear that we want to work with any small business owner to ensure they can be successful here in Boston. There is some work to be done to ensure that Roast Beast is operating safely but every department involved is more than willing to work with Roast Beast to help them through that process....After receiving a complaint from ISD's health division, a Boston Fire Department inspector visited the location and presented the owner with three options of varying costs: a restaurant hood, a recirculating hood or to use a panini press since they stated they were only interested in toasting bread....The owner refused the three options that were presented to him. During this visit, BFD observed a build up of grease on the sprinkler pipes and ceiling. It is not possible for this build up of grease to come from toasting bread, and it was a clear indication that there was cooking happening at this location.- Given the build up of grease on the sprinkler pipes and ceiling and the refusal of the owner to include any kind of ventilation, this is when BFD issued a cease and desist order as they did not believe that the restaurant was operating in a safe manner....The next day, BFD visited the restaurant again to offer the owner an opportunity to take 30 days to come up with a plan, and implement that plan. However, the attached abatement with that guidance was never provided to the owner as he stated that he was not interested in reopening.
This statement comes on the heels of owner D.J. Lawton telling boston.com that "I've been in business for nine years and nobody has told me I need a hood....For nine years I've been inspected perfectly and nobody's told me. If I had to put a hood in [the kitchen] it would cost me $150,000 to vent it up to the roof, and I don't know if the landlord would permit me to do that.”]

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, October 31, 2019

SouthSide Tavern in Quincy May Be Replaced by New Residential Development

A neighborhood watering hole in Quincy that is known in part for its wings and bar pizza could be making way for new development.

According to an article from Wicked Local, the owner of the property housing SouthSide Tavern on Liberty Street has proposed tearing down the building and replacing it with a six-story residential structure. A meeting on the proposal is slated for November 6 at the Cyril P. Morrisette Post 294 on Liberty Street, and Ward 4 City Councilor Brian Palmucci says that "It is a dense, ambitious project that I anticipate will be met with a lot of opposition from nearby residents."

Another location of SouthSide Tavern can be found on Washington Street in South Braintree Square.

The address for the Quincy location of SouthSide Tavern is 73 Liberty Street, Quincy, MA, 02169. Its website can be found at https://www.sstavernquincy.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]

Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe to Open in Former Il Mondo Space in Boston's Back Bay/Fenway

A bubble tea chain with roots overseas is apparently planning to open a third Boston-area location, with this one taking over a location of a now-closed pizzeria.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe is planning to open on Mass. Ave. near where the Back Bay and the Fenway meet, with the address indicating that it will move into the former Il Mondo Pizzeria space. (Il Mondo's shop in the Brigham Circle area of Boston remains in operation.) Once it opens, the new location of Vivi will join others in North Quincy and Brighton, and based on those outlets, expect to see such options as Korean chicken wings, Taiwanese BBQ sausages, and popcorn chicken in addition to a variety of bubble teas.

Vivi, which started out in Taiwan, opened its first shop in New York in 2007.

The address for the upcoming location of Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe in the Back Bay/Fenway area 182 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the chain can be found at https://vivibubbletea.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]

Cafe Beatrice in Allston Closes Today; Will Reopen in Cambridge Crossing

An "all-day cafe" pop-up that debuted in May--and which has a well-known chef and restaurateur behind it--is closing, though it will be returning in a new location.

Boston Magazine is reporting (via an Instagram post) that Cafe Beatrice in Lower Allston shutters at the end of business hours today, though owner Will Gilson says in the Instagram post that it will be reborn at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge in 2020. As reported here earlier, Gilson has a full-service restaurant, an all-day cafe, and a cocktail bar in the works at Cambridge Crossing, so the all-day cafe that had been previously mentioned could indeed be Cafe Beatrice.

Will Gilson is also behind Puritan & Co., a restaurant in Cambridge that offers New American and regional fare, and he has been involved with a series of pop-ups in the past.

The current address for Cafe Beatrice is 182 Western Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

[Earlier Article]
Will Gilson to Open New Restaurant at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge

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]

Pie Me Over Is Opening in Wilmington

A new pie shop is coming to the northern suburbs of Boston, and this place will focus more on savory pies.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Pie Me Over is planning to open in Wilmington on November 7, with the Main Street shop's website indicating that it will be offering such options as chicken pot pie, top sirloin pie, chicken curry pie, and veggie pie, and more. Owners Marje Hammond and Feliciano Savilengo opened a pie shop in Las Vegas in 2014, with this essentially being a relocation of that shop from Nevada to Massachusetts. The website for Pie Me Over claims that this is the "first retail pie shop of its kind in Massachusetts and across the country selling unbaked fresh & frozen pies with a variety of crusts."

The address for this new pie shop in Wilmington is: Pie Me Over, 217 Main Street, Wilmington, MA, 01887. Its website can be found at https://www.piemeover.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]

Sombrero Chiquito to Open in Former Mass Ave Pita Space in Boston's Back Bay/Fenway

It looks like a brand new Mexican restaurant is on its way to a busy section of Boston, and it will apparently take over the space where a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern spot had been.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), Sombrero Chiquito is getting ready to open on Mass. Ave. near where the Back Bay and the Fenway meet, with the address indicating that it will take over the former Mass Ave Pita space. A photo of the storefront shows that the new eatery will offer such items as salads, nachos, bowls, tacos, and burritos--and falafel is mentioned as well. It is not yet known when Sombrero Chiquito might open, so check back for updates as they come in.

The address for the upcoming Sombrero Chiquito is 197A Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

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 Scoop N Scootery in East Arlington to Expand to Allston

The people behind an Arlington ice cream shop and an ice cream delivery service will be expanding to a second location.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, The Scoop N Scootery has applied for a common victualler license to operate in Allston, with a message sent from the business saying that the Linden Street space plans to be a retail shop, a commercial space for making ice cream, and a delivery outlet. If approved by the city, the new store will join its Mass. Ave. location in East Arlington which opened in March of 2016.

The Scoop N Scootery had been a Somerville-based mobile ice cream delivery and catering business before opening its brick-and-mortar store in Arlington.

The address for the proposed location of The Scoop N Scootery in Allston is 77 Linden Street, Allston, MA, 02134. The website for the business can be found at https://www.thescoopnscootery.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, October 30, 2019

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill Plans to Open in Roxbury

A chain of Jamaican restaurants may be opening a second Boston location--and what will likely be the third outlet in the local area.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill is looking to open in Roxbury, with the address indicating that it would be coming to a space on Warren Street in the Dudley Square area. If it gets approval to open, the new location of the chain would join an outlet in Mattapan, and another location that has been in the works for awhile may finally open in Brockton early next year.

The New York-based Golden Krust is known in part for its Jamaican beef patties, along with such items as stewed chicken, braised oxtail, curried goat, and whole fish.

The address for the proposed location of  Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill in Roxbury is 41 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.goldenkrust.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]

Lola Burger to Replace 111 East Restaurant in Boston's Seaport District

It looks like a popular burger spot is expanding to the Boston waterfront, replacing a short-lived restaurant under the same ownership.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, the people behind 111 East at Fan Pier in the city's Seaport District are petitioning to replace it with Lola Burger, which would join the original Lola Burger on Nantucket along with other spots from Marco Coelho and his team, including the nearby Lola 42 as well as Lola 41 on Nantucket. 111 East first opened its doors this summer, offering mostly Asian street food and hot pot options; a Google search indicates that the restaurant may have already closed, though this has not yet been confirmed.

The address for the new location of Lola Burger would be 11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the Nantucket location of the restaurant can be found at https://www.lolaburger.com/

[November 5 update: Eater Boston states that the Boston location of Lola Burger plans to open on November 14.]

[Earlier Article]
111 East Restaurant Is Opening in Boston's Seaport District

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]

Shawarma Club Is Opening in Weymouth

A South Shore eatery that focuses on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare is expanding to a second location.

According to its website, Shawarma Club is opening in Weymouth, with the address indicating that it could be taking over the former Purple Eggplant space on Washington Street. Once it opens, the new spot will join another Shawarma Club which is located within the food court of the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, and based on the menu of that outlet, the Weymouth location could be offering such items as chicken and beef shawarma, lamb kebabs, moussaka, pastichio, hummus, baba ganoush, falafel, and more.

If all goes as planned, Shawarma Club may be opening in Weymouth in November.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean and Middle Eastern in Weymouth is: Shawarma Club, 850 Washington Street (Route 53), Weymouth, MA, 02189. The website for the business can be found at https://shawarma-club.com/

[November 7 update: According to its Facebook page, Shawarma Club is now open in Weymouth.]

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, October 29, 2019

Olga's Kafe to Open in South Boston

A new coffee shop is on its way to a particularly hot part of the city, and this is actually a reopening of a now-closed spot.

According to a source, Olga's Kafe is opening in South Boston, with an earlier article from Caught in Southie stating that the place will indeed be coming to the ground floor of a new apartment building on West Broadway. This is the same Olga's Cafe that had been located on Summer Street in downtown Boston, with the website for the eatery confirming this, saying that "We have a new home."

The site for Olga's indicates that if all goes well, it could be opening in either December or January.

The address for this upcoming coffee shop in South Boston is: Olga's Kafe, 206 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. The website for the place can be found at https://olgaskafe.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]

Swissbakers Closes Boston Public Market Location; Nashua Street, Others Remain in Operation

A small local group of bakery-cafes has closed one of its locations in downtown Boston, though a nearby outlet--and its other three shops--continue to be open for business.

According to a message from The Passionate Foodie, Swissbakers at the Boston Public Market has shuttered, with a message from the business confirming that it indeed decided not to renew its lease there, instead focusing on its new location at 1 Nashua Street by North Station and TD Garden. Swissbakers--which offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods with Swiss influences--has outlets in Reading, Allston, and Cambridge's Harvard Square as well as the new North Station location, and they can also be found at various farmers markets in the region.

The website for Swissbakers is at https://swissbakers.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]

Monday, October 28, 2019

Nourish Your Soul to Open Inside Lululemon Athletica in Boston's Back Bay

A few months ago, a trio of shops featuring fresh-pressed juices and more closed its original location but said it was also planning to open a new outlet. Now we have learned where that shop will be.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that Nourish Your Soul is going to be opening within the upcoming Lululemon Athletica in the Back Bay, with the 30-seat dining spot offering bowls, salads, smoothies and juices at the Newbury Street location. Once it opens, the new shop will join outlets in Beacon Hill and Winchester, which remain in operation while others in West Medford (the original location), the Healthworks gym in the Back Bay, and The Club by George Foreman III at the Channel Center in South Boston are no longer in operation.

If all goes as planned, the new location of Nourish Your Soul plans to open in November, with Eater Boston saying that the shop will open on November 1 (the Nourish Your Soul website also says November 1).

The address for Nourish Your Soul (and Lululemon Athletica) is 208 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the business can be found at https://nourishyoursoul.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]

Tropical Diner in Belmont Closed Until Further Notice After Overnight Fire

A suburban diner that opened its doors earlier this year is closed for the foreseeable future after sustaining serious damage in a fire.

According to a couple of sources within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Tropical Diner in Belmont was hit by a blaze late last night that the Belmontonian says caused extensive water, heat, and smoke damage. A Facebook post from the Trapelo Street eatery indicates that the place is shuttered for at least the time being, saying that "We are working with authorities to find out what happened. We will be closed until further notice."

Tropical Diner first opened in March, replacing the Phinix Grill; the space had also been home to Sweet Peach Diner as well, and before that, Andros Diner, which had been in business for more than 30 years.

The address for Tropical Diner is 628 Trapelo Road (Route 60), 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]

The Daily Catch May Be Opening a New Restaurant in Boston's North End

It looks like a North End mainstay for seafood could be expanding to another location nearby.

The North End Waterfront site is reporting (via a meeting agenda notice from the North End/Waterfront Residents Association) that The Daily Catch is seeking to transfer its beer and wine license from the now-closed Seaport District outlet of the restaurant to the space on Atlantic Avenue in the North End that has been home to the Golden Goose Cafe and Kolbeh Mediterranean Cafe. The article indicates that the menu at the new place would be similar to that of the original Daily Catch on Hanover Street.

The Daily Catch, which first opened in the North End in 1973, currently has other locations in Brookline's Coolidge Corner as well as Woodstock, VT. At the time of its closure in the Seaport District last fall, the website for the business mentioned that they were going to be looking for a new home for that dining spot.

The address for The Daily Catch's proposed new restaurant in the North End is 65 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for all locations can be found at http://thedailycatch.com/

[November 8 update: The North End Waterfront site confirms that a new location of The Daily Catch is indeed planning to open in the Golden Goose Cafe/Kolbeh Mediterranean Cafe space, and it would include a bar along with an outdoor patio.]

[Earlier Article]
The Daily Catch in Boston's Seaport District 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]

La Tate Mexican Restaurant in West Newton Has Closed

A suburban Mexican restaurant has very quietly shut down after only a bit more than a year in business.

According to a source, La Tate Mexican Restaurant in West Newton has closed, with a "For Rent" sign now shown out front at the Washington Street space. Our source says that it appears the dining spot actually closed about a month ago, and it is not known for sure why the place shuttered.

La Tate first opened in the summer of 2018, taking over the space where Shing Yee had been for approximately 15 years.

The address for the now-closed La Tate Mexican Restaurant is 1255 Washington Street, West Newton, MA, 02465.

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]

Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen Opens in Brighton

A brand new brewery and brewpub that has been in the works for awhile has finally opened its doors.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen is now open in Brighton, moving into a space on North Beacon Street just across from the Boston Landing development. As mentioned earlier, the new place includes a restaurant/taproom area, offering such options as house-made sausage, grilled cheese sandwiches, pickles, and more. The brewhouse is still being worked on, as Eater mentions that they are currently waiting on gas hookups, but beer will be available in the meantime thanks to their being able to do contract brewing at local breweries.

The address for Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen is 190 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA, 02135. The website for the business can be found at https://www.bratobk.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]

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain Has Closed

One of Boston's best-known dining and drinking spots has closed its doors for good.

According to a post from CBS Boston, Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain has shut down, with @stevegarfield confirming that yesterday was its last day in business. As stated earlier, the Washington Street restaurant and bar sold its liquor license to an upcoming location of Davio's in Boston's Seaport District, though it is still not known what might happen to the space itself.

Doyle's Cafe first opened in 1882.

The address for Doyle's was 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

[November 6 update: According to a Facebook events page, an auction is taking place today for some of Doyle's memorabilia and restaurant equipment, with the post saying that the Boston Public Library is going to help preserve the history of the place by digitizing any of the items sold at the auction, then setting up a gallery of the items at DigitalCommonwealth.org.]

[Earlier Article]
Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain 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]

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Papa Razzi in Boston's Back Bay Is Closing

A Back Bay location of an Italian restaurant that has been around for a long time is closing its doors.

According to a source, Papa Razzi on Newbury Street is shutting down, with a message from Newport Restaurant Group (which operates the place) confirming this, saying that it will be closing at 8:00 PM on Sunday, November 3, while also stating that the decision to close was based on the "changing landscape and increasing rent structure" in the area. (We have been told that locations in Concord and Wellesley will remain open.)

Papa Razzi has been in the Back Bay for three decades, though it moved from the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth Streets to its present location approximately 10 years ago.

The address for Papa Razzi in the Back Bay is 159 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at  https://www.paparazzitrattoria.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, October 23, 2019

The Farmacy Cafe in Boston's Seaport District Opens New Location in Newton

A dining spot in Boston's Seaport District that focuses on healthy offerings has expanded to a second location in the western suburbs.

Eater Boston is reporting (via an Instagram post from the place) that The Farmacy Cafe is now open in Newton, joining its original location within the Innovation and Design Building on Drydock Avenue. Based on the offerings at the Seaport District shop, expect to find such options as salads, grain bowls, toast, baked goods, smoothies, and more at the new location.

In addition to its new location in Newton, The Farmacy Cafe also plans to open at the upcoming High Street Place food hall in downtown Boston as well.

The address for this new dining spot in Newton is: The Farmacy Cafe, 880 Walnut Street, Newton, MA, 02459. The website for the business can be found at https://farmacyboston.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]

Prime 131 Grill in Wayland Is Closing

A suburban steakhouse that is affiliated with several popular dining spots in the region is closing its doors.

According to a tweet from @jeffreysbaron, Prime 131 Grill in Wayland is shutting down this weekend, with a note on the website for the dining spot confirming this, saying that it will be closing at the end of business hours on Saturday while referring customers to its other restaurants where gift certificates for the steakhouse will be honored. (Its affiliated restaurants include Grassfields in Andover and Waltham, Jimmy's Steer House in Arlington and Saugus, Mario's in Lexington, and Jimmy's Tavern and Grill in Shrewsbury.) Prime 131 Grill first opened in 2010 as Primebar Grill, replacing a location of Luigi's Italian Grille which was under the same ownership (another location of Luigi's in Bedford closed in 2015).

The address for the now-closed Prime 131 Grill was 131 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA, 01778.

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 Road Brew House in Maynard Has Closed

It looks like yet another local brewery has taken a hit, as its brewpub has shut down while the status of its brewery is currently unknown.

According to a source, Battle Road Brew House is no longer in operation, with posters on social media mentioning that the doors of the Sudbury Street spot are closed while phone calls indicate that its voicemail box is full. In addition, a comment within an events page from local rock band The Haymakers says "Sad News Y'all! Battle Road has Closed [its] doors so our show on Wednesday, November 27th has been cancelled." It is not known why Battle Road Brew House has shuttered, nor is it known whether the Battle Road Brewery itself is affected as well; we attempted to reach out to them yesterday and are still waiting to hear back, so stay tuned for updates.

Local radio personality Greg Hill and his Whole House Group partnered with the founders of Battle Road Brewery in the opening of Battle Road Brew House in early 2017. Hill's group had also operated Flank in Waltham and 29 Sudbury, but both were sold last year with Flank being replaced by The Federal and 29 Sudbury being replaced by 29 Rustic Mediterranean.

The address for Battle Road Brew House is 20 Sudbury Street, Maynard, MA, 01754.

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]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Building Housing L'Aroma Cafe & Bakery in West Newton Is Up for Sale

The future of a bakery-cafe in the western suburbs is in question, as its building is on the market.

According to a source, the property in West Newton in which L'Aroma Cafe & Bakery resides is up for sale, with a listing within the Boston Commercial Properties site showing that the Spencer Street structure includes an "established restaurant/cafe business" that has "upside potential with new zoning." It is not yet known if/when L'Aroma Cafe & Bakery might close, and based on the listing, it is not known what--if any--business might take over the space, so stay tuned for updates.

Another location of L'Aroma Cafe was once open on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay, but it closed down in the fall of 2013.

The address for L'Aroma Cafe & Bakery in West Newton is 15 Spencer Street, West Newton, MA, 02465.

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]

Sound Advice Plans to Open Near North Station in Boston

A new craft cocktail bar is on its way to one of the hottest parts of Boston, and it has a connection to an award-winning bar in New York City.

According to a job post within the Poached site, Sound Advice is planning to open in Boston, with the address indicating that it will be coming to a space by North Station and TD Garden. The post says that AAMP Studio and Proprietors LLC are involved with opening the place, with the latter being behind Death & Co, an East Village spot that was awarded best American cocktail bar in the United States by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. (Proprietors LLC is also behind another location of Death and Co in Denver along with Nitecap and Lost Hours, both of which are in New York.)

If all goes as planned, Sound Advice will be opening in mid-November.

The address for Sound Advice will be 135 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for Proprietors LLC can be found at http://proprietorsllc.com/

[October 25 update: Eater Boston states that Sound Advice will open on the third floor of the upcoming Hub on Causeway development where the old Boston Garden had been.]

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, October 21, 2019

Weltkuche Bistro Plans to Open at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge

A couple of years ago, it was reported that  a new complex in East Cambridge could include multiple restaurants, and one of the proposed dining spots was subsequently announced a few months ago. Now we have learned of another restaurant that plans to open within the space.

According to a licensing commission hearing page within the City of Cambridge website, Weltkuche Bistro is looking to open at Cambridge Crossing (formerly NorthPoint by the Somerville and Charlestown lines), with the proposed eatery possibly including seating for 65 inside and another 30 on a seasonal outdoor patio, and it also hopes to get an entertainment license in order to offer karaoke and music via a DJ. The manager listed for the dining spot is Narinder Guhania, who is presumably the same person who runs Passage to India in Porter Square, though we are still trying to confirm this.

In May, we learned that Will Gilson (Puritan & Co., Cafe Beatrice) was planning to open a new restaurant, cafe, and cocktail bar at Cambridge Crossing as well.

The address for the Weltkuche Bistro is 5 Glassworks Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02141.

[Earlier Articles]
Will Gilson to Open New Restaurant at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge
Plans for Cambridge Crossing (Formerly NorthPoint) Include Open-Air Plaza with Restaurants

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]

Kika Tapas in Cambridge's Kendall Square Has Closed

A Kendall Square restaurant has shut down after being in business for approximately eight years.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the City of Cambridge website, Kika Tapas has notified the commission that the Third Street dining spot has closed its doors and that it will surrender its license. It is not known what might be going into its space, nor is it known why the restaurant closed, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Kika Tapas, which first opened in late 2011, was known in part for its Spanish small plates as well as its wine and cocktail options.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Kendall Square was: Kika Tapas, 350 Third 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]

Distraction Brewing Company Opens in Roslindale

A brewery and taproom that has been a long time in the making has finally come to the city.

According to a message from Universal Hub, Distraction Brewing Company is now open in Roslindale Village, moving into the former Select Cafe/Emack & Bolio's space on Belgrade Avenue. This has been confirmed by the brewery's Facebook page, posting yesterday that "Beer's cold, doors are officially open!....(Regular hours TBD - check back here for updates!)" Distraction is the first actual brewery to come to Roslindale, as while Turtle Swamp has a beer hall in the neighborhood as well, its beers come from its Jamaica Plain brewery.

The address for Distraction Brewing Company is 2 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA, 02131. Its website can be found at https://www.distractionbrewingco.com/

[Earlier Article]
Distraction Brewing Company Could Be Opening in Roslindale Village

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]

Noah’s Kitchen Plans to Open in Brookline Village

It looks like a new Chinese restaurant is on its way to Brookline, and it will apparently be a fusion spot of sorts.

According to an article from the Brookline TAB/Wicked Local, Noah’s Kitchen is planning to open on Harvard Street in Brookline Village, with the address indicating that it would be taking over the space where a real estate office had been. The post mentions that the upcoming eatery would "break from traditional Chinese cookery," instead focusing on food items that are popular in "today's urban China," with such items as steamed dandelion dumplings, heritage Tibet beef, miso-cured bass, and short rib stew being offered, along with beer, wine, sake, and tea.

Noah's Kitchen does not have an opening date as of yet, but the article does say that the Brookline Select Board approved of its request for a license last week.

The address for Noah's Kitchen will be 18 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

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]

Boloco in Copley Square Has Closed; Chick-fil-A to Open in Space

Last fall, it was reported that a chain of chicken places was planning to open in Copley Place, and it looked like it would be replacing a location of a local group of burrito spots. Now we have learned that the burrito place has shut down.

Universal Hub is reporting (via Ron Newman) that Boloco on Boylston Street is now closed, making way for what will apparently be the first location of Chick-fil-A within the Boston city limits. The sign out front refers Boloco customers to two other locations on Boylston Street--one by Boston Common and another near Berklee College. (Five other outlets can be found in and around Boston as well.)

Chick-fil-A currently has a handful of locations in the Greater Boston area, including in Brockton, Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Peabody, and Woburn.

The address for the now-closed Boloco in Copley Square (and upcoming Chick-fil-A) is 569 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Article]
Chick-fil-A Plans to Open in Boston's Copley Square

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]

Globe Bar & Cafe in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

A restaurant and bar that was located in a space with one of the best-known roofdecks in Boston has shut down.

According to consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, the Globe Bar & Cafe in the Back Bay is now closed, with Byrne and several other sources (including @mrovelli) indicating that it was an abrupt closure that took place over the weekend. This has since been confirmed by @HeyRatty, who showed us a note from the Boylston Street spot saying that its closure was "due to unseen circumstances."

The Globe Bar & Cafe first opened a bit less than 15 years ago on a section of Boylston Street in the Copley Square area, moving from there to the former Rattlesnake Bar & Grill space a short distance east in early 2018. The place was known in part for its New American and classic American fare along with its cocktails--and its aforementioned roofdeck.

The address for the Globe Bar & Cafe was 384 Boylston 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]

Friday, October 18, 2019

Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar to Open within the Revolution Hotel in Boston's South End

A brand new Mexican taqueria is on its way to Boston's South End, and it will reside within a relatively new hotel.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar will be opening inside the Revolution Hotel on Berkeley Street, with the dining spot focusing on "inventive Mexican street food" and being run by the team behind the Beehive in the South End and Beat Brew Hall in Cambridge's Harvard Square. The menu will include such items as chorizo-queso jalapeno poppers with chipotle crema, tamale Colorado with red chili-braised pork and charred verde, cochinita pibil, or braised pork in a banana leaf, and duck carnitas tacos with mole verde, while the drinks program will feature "vacation cocktails" such as sangrias and "mezgaritas."

If all goes as planned, Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar will open in November.

The address for Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar (and the Revolution Hotel) is 40 Berkeley 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]

An Italian Steakhouse May Open in Former Victor's Italian Cuisine Space in Saugus

It looks like a new restaurant may be opening in Saugus where an Italian dining spot had been, and it will apparently have at least a loose ownership connection to a legendary restaurant nearby.

According to an article from the Saugus Advertiser, an as-of-yet unnamed Italian steakhouse is being planned for the former Victor's Italian Cuisine space on Route 1, with the list of partners including Stanley Wong, who is one of the owners of Kowloon, along with John Carlino, Joseph Bono, and Robert Wong, the last one whom may be one of the owners of Kowloon as well. (The family behind Kowloon includes Robert Wong, and the article does say that "the Wong family" is involved.) If all goes as planned, the new restaurant could be opening in the spring of 2020.

Victor's Italian Cuisine shut down this spring after being in business in this location for a couple of years; it had previously been in another space a short distance away on Route 1.

The address for the upcoming Italian steakhouse in Saugus is 1639 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus, MA, 01906.

[Earlier Article]
Victor's Italian Cuisine in Saugus 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]

A Korean Food Hall Could Be Coming to Boston

The group behind an upcoming Korean food hall in Manhattan is looking at some expansion plans as well, and one of the places it is eyeing is Boston.

According to an article from Eater New York, Group KFF, which is the parent company of popular Korean barbecue spots Jongro BBQ and Dons Bogam and which is opening K-Food Gallery next summer in the Midtown section of Manhattan, is considering the opening of a food hall in Boston along with a number of other cities around the country. If it happens and it is based on the upcoming food hall in New York, the Boston location could feature a number of Korean eateries along with other Asian dining spots, though no specifics have been given as of yet.

Eater says that Manhattan's K-Food Gallery will include such places as Korean fried chicken spot BB.Q Chicken, Taiwanese boba shop Tiger Sugar, an egg sandwich shop called Eggdrop, Korean comfort food restaurant Marrizzang, and a location of the aforementioned Jongro BBQ.

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]

UpperWest in North Cambridge Is Moving

A North Cambridge wine bar that is located in a rather unique space is moving, as the building in which it resides is being sold.

According to an article from Cambridge Day, UpperWest held a moving and fundraising party this week, as the United American Veterans Post building in which it is housed (in the structure's basement) is on the market. It is not known where the dining and drinking spot might go, though co-owner Kim Courtney says that "our goal is to hopefully remain in walking distance to continue to serve our current guests."

UpperWest, which originally has been looking at a space between Harvard Square and Central Square before moving to its current home in North Cambridge three years ago, has been in ongoing disputes with the License Commission and other city officials, including an issue that centers around the use of tea lights within the dining area.

The current address for UpperWest is 1 Cedar Street, Cambridge, MA, 02140. Its website can be found at http://www.upperwestcambridge.com/

[November 6 update: According to its website, UpperWest is now closed as it makes plans to open in another location.]

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]

Update: Gourmet Dumpling House in Boston's Chinatown Reopens After Being Seized by the State

[Ed note: This article was updated to reflect the fact that the restaurant has opened back up.]

An award-winning restaurant in downtown Boston has reopened a day shortly after being seized by state.

According to a source, Gourmet Dumpling House in the city's Chinatown neighborhood was closed last night, with a sign out front saying that it has been seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in the possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Another source tells us this afternoon, however, that the sign is now gone and that the restaurant is open once again.

Gourmet Dumpling House is often mentioned as one of the top dumpling spots in the Boston area, with Travel and Leisure once picking it as one of the 25 best Chinese restaurants in the United States. (CNNGo also included it among the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the country several years back.)

The address for Gourmet Dumpling House is 52 Beach Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

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, October 17, 2019

Garbanzo to Open in Former Griddler's Space in Downtown Boston

A Colorado-based restaurant chain that focuses on Mediterranean food is expanding to New England, and its first will be located in the heart of Boston.

According to a source, Garbanzo is planning to open in the former Griddler's space on Boylston Street, with an article from The Berkeley Beacon mentioning that the upcoming dining spot will be geared at least in part to nearby Emerson students who may be looking to do some schoolwork while having a bite to eat. The article says that a lease as been signed for the place and if the permitting process goes as planned, Garbanzo--which offers salads, stuffed pitas, flatbreads, and more--could be opening before students return from winter break in January of 2020.

Griddler's, which closed down around the beginning of the year, was known in part for its burgers and hot dogs; another location on Beacon Hill closed in 2016.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Boston is: Garbanzo, 134 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations can be found at https://eatgarbanzo.com

[October 22 update: The franchising.com site indicates that several more locations of Garbanzo are being planned for the local area as well, with the Boylston Street outlet indeed being the first.]

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]

Asahi Is Moving from Brighton to Brookline

A Japanese restaurant in Brighton is moving to a new space in Brookline.

According to a tweet from @GospelOfIHM, Asahi on Market Street in Brighton Center is moving to Washington Street in Brookline's Washington Square area, with a sign out front at the old location indicating that the move may have taken place yesterday. The sign also mentions that the place might be expanding its menu, which currently includes sushi, sashimi, and maki along with soups, salads, and appetizers.

Based on the address given, it appears that Asahi is taking over the space where Kamiza and Matuya had been.

The address for the new location of Asahi is 696 Washington Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. Its website can be found at https://www.bostonasahi.com/

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


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The Family Delicatessen to Open in Maynard

It looks like a brand new deli is on its way to the western suburbs of Boston.

According to a source, The Family Delicatessen is opening in Maynard, with an Instagram page from the place confirming that it will indeed be coming to a space on Main Street. Very little is known about the upcoming restaurant, though its Instagram page does hint that it will be a deli that will serve sandwiches. (As soon as we find out more about the place, we will post an update here.

The address for this upcoming deli in Maynard is: The Family Delicatessen, 129 Main Street, Maynard, MA, 01754. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/familydelicatessen/

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


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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Friendly's in Stoneham Is Closing

What was once a large regional chain of restaurants and ice cream shops is closing one of its last Boston-area locations.

According to a source, who posted on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page (and who called the dining spot to confirm), Friendly's in Stoneham is shutting down on November 10. Once the Main Street location closes, there will no longer be any standalone Friendly's restaurants inside Route 128, as the Logan Airport shop will be the only one remaining; a few others are still open a bit further out, including in Norwood, Peabody, and Weymouth.)

Friendly's, which is headquartered in Wilbraham, was established in Springfield back in 1935.

The address for this soon-to-close location of Friendly's in Stoneham is 611 Main Street (Route 28), Stoneham, MA, 02180. Its website can be found 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]

Falafel King at Boston Common Sharing Space with Taccos Arabas

A location of a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Boston will be sharing its space with another concept, and this one will apparently be a fusion spot of sorts.

According to a message sent from @CappyinBoston, Falafel King on Tremont Street has a sign out front saying that Taccos Arabas is coming soon, while the sign also shows Falafel King on the other side, indicating that both businesses will be located within the same space. Based on the name (and what we have been told by @CappyinBoston), the new concept will focus on Mexican food with Middle Eastern influences, including such offerings as shawarma tacos.

The Tremont Street location of Falafel King first opened its doors in March of this year; other locations of the eatery can be found on Washington Street and Summer Street in the downtown area. (The website for all three is at https://www.falafelkingboston.com/)

[October 18 update: Eater Boston states that Taccos Arabas is now up and running.]

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


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