Friday, May 31, 2019

Butternut Bakehouse Opens in Arlington

A new bakery has come to Arlington, and as mentioned earlier, it takes over part of the space where a shop known for its bagels had been.

According to a poster on The Arlington List Facebook page, Butternut Bakehouse is now open on Mass. Ave. in a section of the former Bagels by Us space near the Jason Street/Mill Street intersection. The new shop includes some seating inside and offers a variety of baked goods and pastries along with coffee, tea, juice, and more, and it sits next to another food spot that took over the other part of the Bagels by Us space--Jose's Torta Mexicana, a restaurant from the people behind Jose's in Cambridge that opened a couple of weeks ago.

Bagels by Us closed in March after being in business for more than 20 years.

The address for Butternut Bakehouse is 787 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476. Its website can be found at https://www.butternutbakehouse.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Butternut Bakehouse Plans to Open in Former Bagels by Us Space in Arlington
Jose's Torta Mexicana Is Opening in Part of the Former Bagels by Us Space in Arlington

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 Salem Diner Closes Its Doors Today

A couple of months ago, it was learned that a North Shore diner that also happens to be an historic landmark was looking at an uncertain future. Now it has been confirmed that the place is shutting down for good today--though there is still hope that it could reopen elsewhere.

As indicated in an earlier article, The Salem Diner on Loring Avenue closes today after nearly 80 years in operation according to a CBS Boston post, as Salem State University--which purchased the eatery in 2013--is consolidating its on-campus food options. CBS mentions that the diner structure itself is up for sale and the hope is that a new owner might purchase it and move it to another space, but for now, today is the last day for the place.

The Salem Diner, which first opened in 1941, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

[Earlier Article]
The Future of The Salem Diner Is Up in the Air

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]

Brewer's Fork Team May Open New Restaurant in Navy Yard Bistro Space in Charlestown

Last fall, it was learned that a restaurant that resides in an historic space near the water was losing its home. Now we have learned that a nearby dining and drinking spot could be expanding into the space.

According to a source within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge is reporting in its print edition that the people behind Brewer's Fork on Moulton Street are looking to open a new concept at the space on 6th Street where Navy Yard Bistro currently resides. The article mentions that the new place is expected to be an American bistro and that the space would undergo extensive renovations, though this all hinges upon the permitting process as well as the ability to get a liquor license, as the license for Navy Yard Bistro isn't available. If they do get the green light, the new restaurant could be opening early next year.

Navy Yard Bistro, which first opened nearly 15 years ago, is expected to close on August 31; the dining and drinking spot is known in part for its New American fare and wine options along with its outdoor patio that sits along a tree-shaded cobblestone walkway out front. Brewer's Fork opened in early 2015 and is a popular spot for wood-fired pizza and craft beer.

The address for Navy Yard Bistro (and the proposed new restaurant from the Brewer's Fork team) is 1 6th Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129.

[Earlier Article]
Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown Is Losing Its Home

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, May 30, 2019

Black Lamb Is Opening in Former Stephi's on Tremont Space in Boston's South End

Earlier this year, it was reported that what was once a trio of upscale comfort food spots in Boston was going to be back down to just one, and that the people behind a few local restaurants would be opening a dining spot in its space. Now we have learned what will be going in there.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Black Lamb is planning to open in the former Stephi's on Tremont space in the South End, with the upcoming place being an "American brasserie" that will be open for lunch, dinner, and a weekend brunch and will focus on being a neighborhood spot that is "a love letter to the community." As mentioned earlier, the team behind Bar Mezzana, Shore Leave, and No Relation in the South End/Ink Block area will be running the new dining and drinking spot, which hopes to open sometime this summer. More information should be coming soon about the food and drink offerings at Black Lamb, so stay tuned for updates.

Stephi's on Tremont closed in April after being in business for approximately 10 years; another restaurant called Stephi's in Southie closed in the spring of 2018, while the original Stephanie's on Newbury remains in operation.

The address for Black Lamb is 571 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02118. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/blacklambbos/

[July 16 update: According to a press release, Black Lamb opens this evening, with the restaurant offering such options as Parker House rolls, lamb tartare, burgers, lobster rolls, and duck breast frites along with raw bar items, and cocktails include mojitos, gimlets, and dirty martinis.]

[Earlier Article]
Stephi's on Tremont in Boston's South End 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]

Smack Noodle Opens in Maynard

A new restaurant featuring noodles and more has come to the western suburbs of Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Smack Noodle is now open in Maynard, taking over the space on Main Street that had once been home to Willy's Phillys. A couple of menu photos that were posted onto the thread indicate that the new dining spot offers ramen, udon, pad Thai, curry rice dishes, fried calamari, gyoza, and takoyaki, or octopus balls, while another poster mentions that the place offers a fusion of Japanese and Thai food, including udon with hot basil.

The address for this new restaurant in Maynard is: Smack Noodle, 45 Main 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--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]

Guy Fieri's Tequila Cocina to Open at the Hub on Causeway Development

Last fall it was reported that a Mexican restaurant was being planned for a new development being built at the site of the old Boston Garden. Now we have learned that a celebrity chef and restaurateur will be behind it, teaming up with a local hospitality and entertainment company.

According to an article in The Boston Globe and a post from Eater Boston, Guy Fieri's Tequila Cocina is going to be opening at the Hub on Causeway, with Fieri and Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG) being behind the place. The articles mention that the new restaurant will be set up within a music hall and nightclub called Big Night Live, with the dining spot having seating for 185 and featuring Latin American street food along with an array of tequilas. If all goes as planned, Guy Fieri's Tequila Cocina could be opening in late September.

Guy Fieri is known in part for such shows as "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" and "Guy's Big Bite," and he also runs a number of restaurants including Guy's Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar in Connecticut.

[Earlier Article]
Concert Hall, Mexican/Latin Restaurant Coming to Hub on Causeway Development at Former Boston Garden Site

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]

Food Court, Sushi Restaurant, Office Space Now Being Planned for the Former Beachcomber Site in Quincy

A year ago this week, it was reported that the site of an iconic seaside music club could become home to an Asian restaurant along with retail and residential space. It now looks like those plans have changed.

According to an article in Wicked Local, the developers who own the former Beachcomber property on Wollaston Beach in Quincy have ditched the original plans to build a complex that would include a sushi bar and a restaurant, a couple of stores, a function space, and six apartments (or possibly condos as was reported earlier). Instead, a new "scaled down" proposal has been submitted that would include a food hall on the first floor, a fine-dining sushi spot with a function hall on the second floor, and office space on the third floor, while 89 parking spaces would be added as part of the plans. Part of the reason for the change is due to concerns within the neighborhood that the retail shops might bring in too much traffic while the residential spaces could be used for short-term rentals.

The new proposal needs to be approved by the conservation commission, the zoning board, and the planning board before it can become reality; if given the green light, it could take a year to a year and a half to complete the demolition and construction at the site.

The Beachcomber closed in the latter part of 2015 after being in business for more than 50 years.

[Earlier Article]
Asian Restaurant, Retail, Condos Could Be Coming to the Former Beachcomber Site in Quincy

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, May 29, 2019

Barra to Open in Former Juice Union Space in Somerville's Union Square

A new cocktail bar is on its way to Somerville, and it will have a connection to an award-winning restaurant within the same block.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Barra is opening in the Union Square section of the city, moving into the former Juice Union space on Bow Street. (A source told us a few weeks ago that Juice Union had indeed closed down.) The post mentions that the new bar will be kind of a "cousin" to Celeste, a Peruvian dining spot two doors down, with Paola Ibarra--who helped open Celeste last year and still tends bar there--being behind the new spot. Eater says that Barra's menu will have Mexican street food influences, while drink offerings will include spirits from Latin America and cocktails made with fresh juices, with craft beers and natural wines also being served. If all goes as planned, Barra could be opening in August or September.

 Celeste has received many accolades during its brief existence, including Esquire picking it as one of the top new restaurants in the United States for 2018, while Eater Boston awarded it "restaurant of the year."

The address for this upcoming cocktail bar in Union square is: Barra, 21 Bow 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]

Recino's Cafe Opens in East Somerville

A new dining spot has come to Somerville, and it features Central American fare.

According to an article in the Somerville Journal, Recino's Cafe is now open in East Somerville, moving into the space on Broadway that had been home to Blanca's Bakery. The new eatery focuses on food items found in El Salvador such as papusas and tres leches cake, and such items as pancakes, egg dishes, pastries, and coffee are offered as well. Recino's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with hours being 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

The address for this new El Salvadoran dining spot in East Somerville is: Recino's Cafe, 85 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02145.

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]

Will Gilson to Open New Restaurant at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge

In the fall of 2017, it was reported that a new complex in East Cambridge could include multiple restaurants, and now we learned that one of the dining spots on the way will be run by a well-known chef and restaurateur.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Will Gilson is planning to open an as-of-yet-unnamed restaurant within a standalone structure at Cambridge Crossing, an upcoming development near where Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston meet and which had formerly been called NorthPoint. The post says that the place will include a full-service restaurant, an all-day cafe, and a cocktail bar, and it will have a rooftop terrace along with an outdoor patio at ground level based on the rendering shown. If all goes as planned, the dining and drinking spot may open in the early part of 2020.

Gilson is behind Puritan & Co., a restaurant in Inman Square that offers New American and regional fare, as well as Cafe Beatrice, a long-term pop-up eatery in Lower Allston that plans to remain in place until later this year.

[Earlier Article]
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]

Change of Ownership May be Coming to Jacob Wirth in Boston's Theater District

An iconic Boston restaurant that has been closed for nearly a year may be getting a new owner.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, the current company behind Jacob Wirth Restaurant in the Theater District is petitioning to transfer its license to BN Venture LLC to operate at the same location on Stuart Street, with the parent company being BN Venture LLC and the listed manager being Eric Alpert. No name change is shown in the hearing notice, and no other details have been given other than the fact that the place would have a closing hour of 2:00 AM--and no information on BN Venture LLC or Eric Alpert was able to be found online, so expect more to come out on the exact status of Jacob Wirth after the meeting takes place (it is slated for June 5). The restaurant has been shuttered ever since being hit by a fire last June, and talk of the place being up for sale before the fire continued afterwards as well.

Jacob Wirth first opened in 1868 and has been known in part for its German food and extensive beer list, as well as its piano singalongs. The dining and drinking spot resides in a building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and until it closed last year, it was the second-oldest continually operating restaurant in the city.

The address for Jacob Wirth is 31-37 Stuart Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[May 29 update: According to several sources (including Richard Auffrey of The Passionate Foodie), one of the people behind BN Ventures LLC (it appears to be "Ventures" rather than "Venture") is William Gateman, who has been involved with a number of local restaurants and bars over the years including most recently the Beacon Hill Pub, The Tam, and Sullivan's Tap). A page within the corp.sec.state.ma.us site confirms this, and also includes the name Nancy Maida, who may be the same person who co-owns Pawsh Dog Boutique in the Back Bay, though this has not yet been confirmed.]

[Earlier Articles]
Jacob Wirth Restaurant in Boston's Theater District Closed After Fire in Building
Jacob Wirth Restaurant in Boston's Theater District Is Up for Sale

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, May 28, 2019

Which Wich Opens on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay

Last summer, it was reported that a Texas-based chain of sandwich shops was planning to open its first location within the Boston city limits. Now we have learned that the place has opened its doors.

According to a source (Sarah Wu) within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Which Wich is now open on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, moving into a space near the corner of Hereford Street. (This has also been confirmed by a Facebook post from the eatery itself.) The new dining spot joins two others in the local area--Somerville's Assembly Row and University Station in Westwood--and it offers a variety of sandwiches including vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The address for this new sandwich shop in the Back Bay is: Which Wich, 324a Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the company can be found at https://www.whichwich.com/

[Earlier Article]
Which Wich May Come to Boston's Back Bay

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


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Sandwiches from Boston-Area Dining Spots]

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Brothers Kouzina in Peabody Announces Its Closure...Again

A popular Greek restaurant that planned to close last year then decided to remain open is planning to close once again.

According to a source, Brothers Kouzina in Peabody is shutting down, with a Facebook post from the Route 1 eatery saying that "Brothers Kouzina will be closing at the end of June. We want to thank everyone for your continued support. We hope to see you before we close!!" No reason has been given for its closure, nor is it known whether the restaurant could ultimately move to a new space, so keep checking back for updates.

Last summer, Brothers Kouzina, which first opened in 2006, announced that it was looking to close around the end of 2018, but in the fall, the restaurant said that it would not be shutting down after all; the original plan had been for a medical marijuana dispensary to open in its space, but those plans apparently fell through at some point. (It is not known whether those plans are back on now.)

The address for Brothers Kouzina is 25 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960. The website for the restaurant is at http://www.brotherskouzina.com/

[June 17 update: The Facebook page for the restaurant confirms that the last day in business for Brothers Kouzina will be Sunday, June 30.]

[Earlier Articles]
Brothers Kouzina in Peabody Plans to Close at the End of the Year
Brothers Kouzina in Peabody to Remain Open

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 Venetian Restaurant in East Weymouth Is Being Sold

The future of a South Shore institution whose roots go back nearly 100 years is up in the air.

According to a source, The Venetian Restaurant in East Weymouth is in the process of being sold, with a Facebook post from the Broad Street spot saying that "It is with mixed emotions and a heavy heart that we have decided to sell the Venetian....A sale is currently pending. As things move forward, we will provide you with additional information regarding the exact timing for the transition." It is not known whether the new owners will continue to run the place as The Venetian or whether a new restaurant might be coming to the space, so stay tuned for updates.

The Venetian first started out in Yarmouth on Cape Cod in the 1920s, eventually moving to North Weymouth then a couple of spaces in East Weymouth, with one final move taking place in 1940 to its current home, according to the restaurant's website. The dining spot is known in part for its breakfast dishes along with its Italian and Italian-American fare.

The address for The Venetian Restaurant is 909 Broad Street, East Weymouth, MA, 02189. Its website can be found at http://www.venetianrestaurant.com/

[August 14 update: The Venetian remains open for now but a Facebook post indicates that the ownership change will become official in the "near future."]

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, May 24, 2019

S.M.A.S.H. Soul Food Opens in Saugus

A new restaurant that features Southern-style comfort food dishes has come to a busy stretch of road north of Boston.

A message sent this morning indicates that S.M.A.S.H. Soul Food is now open in Saugus, moving into the food court at the Square One Mall on Route 1. The new eatery--whose name stands for Single Mothers Against Sexual Harassment and which is owned by a single mother of five--offers such dishes as collard greens, potato salad, shrimp and grits, wings, boneless tenders, macaroni and cheese, and fried chicken, and they also offer catering as well.

The Facebook page for S.M.A.S.H. Soul Food can be found at https://www.facebook.com/SMASH-Soulfood-280236302658577/

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]

Granite Coast Brewing Company Opens in Peabody

Last spring, it was reported that a new brewery was making plans to open on the North Shore. Now we have learned that the place has officially debuted.

According to a message from @CappyinBoston, Granite Coast Brewing Company opens today in Peabody, with an events page indicating that a grand opening is taking place tonight, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon at the Main Street facility, which includes a brewery, taproom, and outdoor patio along with an area for pop-up restaurants. For now, the taproom is generally BYOF (bring your own food), though Popo's Hot Dogs will be onsite Saturday.

The address for this new brewery in Peabody is: Granite Coast Brewing Company, 77 Main Street, Peabody, MA, 01960. Its website can be found at https://www.granitecoastbrewing.com/

[Earlier Article]
Granite Coast Brewing Company Is Making Plans to Come to Peabody

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]

Prime Pizza and Subs in Lexington Has Closed; Spice Box Pizza Is Replacing It

A suburban spot that had once been known for its roast beef sandwiches has closed, and it appears that a new restaurant that could feature both pizza and Indian food is replacing it.

According to a source, Prime Pizza & Subs in Lexington is no longer in operation, and a sign is now shown out front for a new place that will apparently be called Spice Box Pizza & Indian Cafe. An earlier Board of Health meeting page indicated at the time that the new eatery might be called Spice Box Curry & Pizza, though it looks like the name went through a slight change along the way.

Prime Pizza & Subs had originally been called Prime Roast Beef & Seafood before an ownership change took place; the original Prime Roast Beef was considered by some to have North Shore-quality roast beef sandwiches, with a blog post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) giving it positive reviews.

The address for the now-closed Prime Pizza & Subs (and the new Spice Box Pizza) is 321 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA, 02421.

[August 6 update: A poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page shows a picture of a grand opening sign out front at Spice Box Pizza, and the poster says that the place apparently had its official opening yesterday.]

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 Backroom at Moody's in Waltham Is Open Once Again

A restaurant and wine bar in Waltham that is connected to an award-winning deli--and which abruptly shut down last month because of licensing issues--has reopened.

According to a Facebook post from the place, The Backroom at Moody's reopens this evening, with current hours being 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. As reported earlier, both The Backroom and Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions were shut down in late April by the city because Moody's founder Joshua Smith was the licensee named on the food and liquor licenses, but because he was no longer involved, both spots had been operating illegally and could not serve food or drink. The current operators were able to re-acquire a common victualler license and opened the deli back up earlier this month and at the time were hoping that The Backroom would soon be reopening as well. Another dining spot affiliated with Moody's and The Backroom--El Rincon de Moody's--hopes to open back up in late June or July.

The address for The Backroom is 468 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453. Its website can be found at https://www.moodyswaltham.com/the-backroom

[Earlier Articles]
Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions in Waltham Is Open Once Again
El Rincon de Moody's in Waltham Is Reopening
Moody's Deli in Waltham Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown

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, May 23, 2019

GreCo to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing Area

Last fall, it was learned that a Greek dining spot in the Back Bay was planning to expand to the waterfront. Now we have learned that another outlet is being planned for downtown Boston as well.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, GreCo (which is also known as Gre.co) is planning to open in the city's Downtown Crossing area, moving into a space at the renovated One Milk Street property which is at the corner of Washington Street and Milk Street. Once it opens, the new quick-service gyro shop will join the original location on Newbury Street along with one at Pier 4 in the Seaport District, which is slated to open sometime this summer.

GreCo also has a connection to Committee, an upscale Greek and Mediterranean restaurant in the Seaport District.

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

[Earlier Article]
Gre.Co to Open in Boston's Seaport District

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: Hana Sushi in North Cambridge Reopens After Being Ordered Closed for Apparent License Issue

[Ed note: This article was updated on May 24 to reflect the fact that the restaurant has opened back up.]

A longtime restaurant in North Cambridge for sushi and other Japanese dishes is open once again after being shut down for an unspecified reason.

According to a couple of sources, Hana Sushi on Mass. Ave. was locked up and dark on Wednesday and Thursday, with a sign in the window saying that it was closed on May 22 by order of the board of license commissioners. One source says that a hand-scrawled "closed" sign was also shown out front, with no other information given. On Friday, however, the restaurant had reopened according to one of the sources, with no indication as to what had happened to have it close in the first place.

According to a source, Hana Sushi has been open for at least 30 years; the restaurant is known for such items as sushi, tempura, teriyaki, katsu, Korean dishes, and more.

The address for Hana Sushi is 2372 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]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Food and Wine Magazine Includes Fox and the Knife in South Boston Among Its Best New Restaurants of 2019

A popular magazine that focuses on food and drink has come out with its picks for the ten best new restaurants in the United States, and a local dining spot has been included.

According to its website, Food & Wine Magazine has picked Fox & the Knife in South Boston as one of the top new restaurants in the country, saying that the Italian eatery is "an instant classic" while mentioning such items as the panzanella and Caesar salads, wild-boar bolognese, mafaldini (a type of pasta), and hot focaccia with taleggio. The restaurant first opened in early February in the former Maiden space on West Broadway, with Karen Akunowicz--who won a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast last May--being behind the place.

For a look at all of the top new restaurants picked by Food & Wine Magazine for 2019, please go to the link below.

Best New Restaurants 2019

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


[Note: Please join the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook Group Page to get more info on dining spots and also chat with others about Boston-area restaurants.]

Flight Club to Open in Former 75 on Courthouse Square Space in Boston's Seaport District

A new dining and drinking spot that features a popular bar game is on its way to the Boston waterfront.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Flight Club is planning to open in the city's Seaport District, moving into the space on Seaport Boulevard where 75 on Courthouse Square had been until closing last summer. The post says that this will be the second location in the United States of the small U.K.-based chain, with the first opening in Chicago last year, and based on that location, expect a variety of food options for lunch and dinner along with beer, wine, and cocktails. Flight Club calls itself a "social darts" spot, focusing on user-friendly high-tech darts including multiplayer games, dart-tracking technology, instant scoring, and multiple score lines.

If all goes as planned, Flight Club will open sometime late this year.

The address for the upcoming Flight Club is 60 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the business can be found at https://flightclubdarts.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]

King Crab Juicy Seafood Plans to Open in Saugus

Another restaurant featuring Cajun seafood may be on its way to the Boston area, with this one being just off a busy stretch of Route 1.

The Saugus Advertiser is reporting that King Crab Juicy Seafood is planning to open within the plaza on Main Street that is home to Buffalo Wild Wings and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The article mentions that the dining spot--which could have seating for as many as 160 people--will focus on "Cajun-style seafood boil" dishes including such items as lobster, clams, shrimp, crab, catfish, tilapia, crawfish, oysters, shrimp, and mussels. If all goes as planned, King Grab Juicy Seafood could be opening in July.

A number of other Cajun-style seafood restaurants have opened in the Boston area over the past few years, including Bootleg Special, Holly Crab, Shaking Crab, and Cap't Loui.

The address for this proposed restaurant in Saugus is: King Crab Juicy Seafood, 180 Main Street, Saugus, MA, 01906.

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


[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Seafood Dishes from Boston-Area and New England Restaurants]

Brewery Being Proposed for Quincy's Wollaston Neighborhood

Last week, it was learned that a new brewery and taproom may be coming to Quincy, and now it looks like plans for a brewery space are also in the works, though it is not known whether this means there could be one or two breweries within the city.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Eric Zhang of Bayfort Holdings is proposing a new development that would include 75 apartments and retail space, the latter of which could become home to a brewery, taproom, and restaurant. The post states that the building--which would be four stories high in the rear and seven stories high in the front and would include a two-story garage--would replace retail structures at 21-29 Beale Street, which means that Koi Japanese Cuisine, which is at 21 Beale Street, could be affected. (Houses at 55 Cushing Street and 65 Chapman Street would also possibly be torn down.) A public meeting on the proposal for the development will take place on May 30 at Quincy High School.

As mentioned in an earlier article, Break Rock Brewing is planning to open somewhere in Quincy, though no specific location has been given as of yet. (And as mentioned earlier, Quincy is the largest city in New England that does not currently have a brewery.)

[Earlier Article]
Break Rock Brewing Plans to Open in Quincy

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]

Insomnia Cookies Plans to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing

It looks like a chain of late-night cookie delivery shops may be opening its third Boston-area location, and this one would be located right in the heart of the city.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Insomnia Cookies is planning to open on Bromfield Street in the Downtown Crossing area, with the shop including a counter area and kitchen and having proposed hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 AM. If approved and the shop does open, it will join others by Boston University and in Cambridge's Harvard Square.

Insomnia Cookies is known for its delivery of cookies to the doors of college students and others as well as its late-night retail shops; the New York-based business started out in the dorm room of founder Seth Berkowitz at the University of Pennsylvania back in 2003.

The address for the proposed Insomnia Cookies in Downtown Crossing is 61 Bromfield Street,. Boston, MA, 02108. The website for the chain can be found at https://insomniacookies.com/

[June 7 update: A post from Universal Hub indicates that Insomnia Cookies has gotten approval from the Boston Licensing Board to open in Downtown Crossing--and it has also gotten approval to stay open until 3:00 AM, though its last orders of the night have to be placed by 2:45 AM.]

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


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New Shanghai in Boston's Chinatown Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

A longtime favorite in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood has closed, and it is not yet known what might become of the space.

A couple of posters within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page state that New Shanghai on Hudson Street is no longer in operation, confirming an earlier tweet from @JCCraves that shows the place locked up and dark. A phone call placed to the dining spot indicates that its phone is no longer in service, and there has been no specific information on if/when it could reopen or if a new restaurant might take over the space.

New Shanghai first opened more than 25 years ago and become both a media darling and an industry haunt for its Beijing and Szechuan fare.

The address for New Shanghai is 21 Hudson 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]

Colette Bakery Could Be Opening in Former Italo Bakery Space in South Medford

It looks like a bakery could be moving into a space where another bakery known in part for its pizza had been, and it appears to have a connection to a store in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a source, Colette Bakery is apparently planning to open in the former Italo space in South Medford, with Superpages seeming to confirm this, showing the business name "Colette Bakery LLC" along with the old Italo address. A check on a Bizapedia page indicates that there may be a connection to a place on Beacon Street in Boston that looks like it may be transforming from High Spot Deli to Colette Bakery, with the business name of that place also being Colette Bakery LLC.

Last July, Italo Bakery shut down apparently because of a sick family member overseas, but by February of this year, a "For Lease" sign had been posted out front.

The address for what could be Colette Bakery (as well as the former Italo Bakery) is 509 Main Street, Medford, MA, 02155.

[Earlier Articles]
Italo Bakery in South Medford Appears to Have Closed for Good
Italo Bakery in South Medford Has Closed; Exact Future Uncertain

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 Heights Pub Plans to Open in Arlington Heights; Jim O'Rourke of First House Pub Behind It

The person behind a neighborhood dining and drinking spot in the northern suburbs is going to be opening a second spot nearby.

According to a Facebook post, Jim O'Rourke of the First House Pub in Winchester has signed a lease to open The Heights Pub in Arlington Heights, taking over the space on Mass. Ave. where Balich 5 & 10 had been until it closed last June. A note within the Facebook thread indicates that much like the First House Pub, the new place will be a family-friendly neighborhood spot that will likely offer comfort food, pub grub, and classic American fare. The Heights Pub still needs to receive approval from the Zoning Board, Select Board and ABCC before it can open, so stay tuned for updates on the place.

First House Pub first opened in Winchester Center in the fall of 2015 in the former Stone Hearth Pizza space, with O'Rourke coming from Conley's Pub in Watertown which had an initial connection to the place.

The address for this upcoming dining and drinking spot in Arlington Heights is: The Heights Pub, 1314 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.

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]

Kennedy's Ice Cream Bar Is Opening in Melrose

What appears to be a unique ice cream shop will soon be coming to the northern suburbs of Boston.

According to an article in the Patch, Kennedy's Ice Cream Bar is planning to open in Melrose, moving into the space at the Whole Foods Plaza on Main Street where Honey Dew Donuts had been. Christine Kennedy, who will be running the shop with her husband John, says that a soft serve with a "unique Belgian chocolate dipping station of 12 flavors" and toppings will be set up in the space, and that the style is "going to be like no other," also mentioning that the ice cream will come from Blake's, a restaurant and ice cream place in Manchester, NH.

The Patch notes that Christine Kennedy's sister-in-law Lisa Kennedy O'Dowd was behind the Melrose location of Honey Dew Donuts until it shut down earlier this year.

The address for the new Kennedy's Ice Cream Bar in Melrose is 888 Main Street, Melrose, MA, 02176.

Thanks to Richard Auffrey of The Passionate Foodie for initially bringing this to our attention.

[July 12 update: The Melrose Free Press/Wicked Local states that Kennedy's Ice Cream Bar is now open in Melrose.]

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]

Zuma Opens at Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street in Boston's Back Bay May 28

In late 2017, it was learned that a London-based group of high-end Japanese restaurants would be expanding to Boston's Back Bay. Now the dining spot is just about ready to open.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Zuma is slated to open at the Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street on Tuesday, May 28, with the restaurant being an upscale izakaya (basically, a Japanese pub) and grillhouse that offers such items as sushi, salads, robata-style grill items, tempura, oysters, sake, cocktails, desserts, and more. The dining spot--which has no connection to Zuma Tex Mex Restaurant at Faneuil Hall--will reside on the second floor of One Dalton Street, which is a new residential tower across from the Prudential Center.

Eater says that Zuma will initially be open only for dinner Monday through Saturday (with the bar being open at lunch and dinner on weekdays), but that it will add lunch service sometime this summer.

The website for Zuma can be found at https://zumarestaurant.com/

[Earlier Article]
Zuma Plans to Open in Boston's Back Bay

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


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Monday, May 20, 2019

Sapore Ristorante and Bar at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel Has Closed

An Italian restaurant inside a hotel in Boston's Seaport District has closed after approximately three years in operation.

According to a source, Sapore Ristorante & Bar in the Renaissance Boston Waterfront hotel on Congress Street has shut down, with a check on the hotel's website seeming to confirm this as the listing for Sapore has been removed. Our source also tells us that the Capiz Lobby Lounge across the way has been renovated and this has also been confirmed by the Renaissance, with a note on its dining page saying that the place is now featuring "an elevated decor and offering an inviting atmosphere to take in the vibrant Seaport District views" while stating that a morning breakfast and an upgraded bar menu featuring "locally-inspired" food items is now available.

Sapore opened inside the hotel in June of 2016, replacing M.C. Spiedo, which had taken over the former 606 Congress space back in 2014.

The address for the now-closed Sapore Ristorante & Bar (and the Renaissance Boston Waterfront hotel as well as the Capiz Lobby Lounge) is 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the hotel can be found at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boswf-renaissance-boston-waterfront-hotel/

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


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

Mexicali Grill to Open in Randolph

A brand new Mexican restaurant is opening in the southern suburbs, and it appears to be part of a growing local group of dining spots.

According to a source, Mexicali Grill is planning to open in Randolph, with a check at the site confirming that it is indeed coming to Route 139 just east of Route 24, as a sign has been posted for the place. Based on a planning board meeting agenda page within the town website this looks like the same Mexicali Grill that has locations in Danvers, Holden, Natick, Spencer, Ware, Webster, Worcester, and South Windsor, CT. (Another location of Mexicali Grill is supposed to open in Swampscott as well, but it hasn't opened as of yet.)

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Randolph is: Mexicali Grill, 60 Mazzeo Drive (Route 139), Randolph, MA, 02368. The website for all locations can be found at https://mexicalicantinagrill.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 Fresh Press to Open in Downtown Boston

It looks like a juice bar and cafe with two locations up north will be expanding to the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, signs are currently going up on Devonshire Street for The Fresh Press, with one photo showing that it plans to open sometime this summer. Based on the social media handle shown in one of the pictures, the new shop is connected to Fresh Press outlets in Portsmouth, NH, and York, ME, with those stores offering smoothies, cold-pressed juices, energy/juice shots, and various bowls, including acai, oats, and more.

A specific address for the new location of The Fresh Press has not been given as of yet, so keep checking back for updates.

The website for The Fresh Press can be found at https://freshpressne.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]

Tori Jiro to Open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown

An international group of yakitori restaurants will be opening its first outlet in the United States, and it will be located in a new complex just west of Boston.

According to a press release, Tori Jiro is planning to open at the Arsenal Yards in Watertown, with Yuki Watanabe being behind the place along with more than 60 restaurants in his native Japan along with Hong Kong, The Philippines, and Italy. The upcoming dining spot will feature char-broiled  yakitori, which are bite-sized pieces of chicken on skewers; karaage, or Japanese fried chicken; and charcoal-grilled chicken meatballs with tare, which is a sweet soy-based sauce.

Tori Jiro is one of a number of restaurants and bars coming to Arsenal Yards, a mixed-use development that will be located at the site of the old Arsenal Mall in East Watertown. Some spots announced for the complex include Pepe's Pizza, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Tender Greens, Shake Shack, Pokeworks, and City Works Eatery and Pour House. (Some of the dining and drinking spots will be opening around late 2019.)

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]

29 Rustic Mediterranean Opens in Sudbury

Last year, a suburban restaurant that had a local radio personality behind it had shut down, and earlier this year it was reported that the place would morph into a new spot under different ownership. Now we have learned that the new restaurant has opened.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, 29 Rustic Mediterranean is now open in Sudbury, taking over the space on Hudson Road where 29 Sudbury had been. The new dining spot features "mindfully crafted Mediterranean comfort food for the whole family," including such options as wood-roasted olives and almonds, Moroccan shrimp, crisp calamari, pizzettes, pasta dishes, ribeye steak, pork chops, swordfish steak, a French vegetable stew, burgers, and macaroni and cheese.

In April of 2018, Whole House Group, which was founded by Chris Stephans and WAAF radio host Greg Hill, sold both 29 Sudbury and Flank in Waltham, with the latter shutting down and being replaced by a steakhouse called The Federal.

The address for 29 Rustic Mediterranean is 29 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776. Its website can be found at https://www.rustic29.com/

[Earlier Article]
29 Sudbury to Reopen as 29 Rustic Mediterranean

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, May 17, 2019

Waterfront and the Oyster Bar to Open at Encore Boston Harbor in Everett

A couple more dining options have been announced for the casino complex in Everett, and the chef at one of Boston's best-known restaurants will be involved with both.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Waterfront and the Oyster Bar are opening next to each other at Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino, with both places focusing on seafood. The former will be a restaurant with "shareable, dressed-up pub food" including lobster rolls, fried oysters, and spiced pork rinds as well as craft beers, local spirits, and cocktails, while the latter will be a small space with a counter, offering a variety of shellfish along with chowders, ceviches, crudos, mini-lobster rolls, and beer and wine. The person heading up the kitchen at each place will be John Ross of Neptune Oyster, a North End restaurant that is famous for its lobster rolls.

If all goes as planned, Waterfront and the Oyster Bar could be opening late next month, as Encore Boston Harbor hopes to open on June 23.

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]

Tatte Bakery and Cafe to Open in Boston's South End

A growing local group of bakeries and cafes will be opening yet another new location in Boston, with this one being its first in the city's South End neighborhood.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tatte Bakery & Cafe is planning to open on Harrison Avenue, joining a number of other locations in the region, including in downtown Boston (two), Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, the Fenway, the Seaport District, Northeastern University, Cambridge's Kendall Square (three), Harvard Square, and Brookline, along with an upcoming outlet at Berklee near where the Back Bay and the Fenway meet. If all goes as planned, the new location of Tatte could be debuting in the South End this fall.

The address for the upcoming location of Tatte Bakery & Cafe is 345 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118. The website for all locations can be found at http://tattebakery.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]

Caffe Nero Is Opening within the Hotel 1868 in Cambridge's Porter Square

A rapidly-growing chain of European coffee places is opening yet another shop in the local area, with this one coming to a brand new hotel in Cambridge.

According to a license commission page within the city's website, Caffe Nero is opening within the Hotel 1868 in Porter Square, while an earlier article from Cambridge Day mentioned that this will be the second location of the chain in the city, joining another outlet in Central Square. Hotel 1868, which debuted last fall, is the second new hotel to come to the Porter Square area, as the Porter Square Hotel opened on the other side of the square in 2016--and that hotel is now home to a new French restaurant called Colette which opened earlier this year.

The address for the new Caffe Nero (and the Hotel 1868) is 1868 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140. The website for the chain can be found at https://caffenero.com/us/

[May 24 update: A source tells us that the new Caffe Nero has soft-opened in Porter 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]

The Nu Do Society Plans to Open in the Former River Gods Space in Cambridge

It looks like a new restaurant may be coming to a space near Central Square in Cambridge, and it would apparently be taking over the space where a popular restaurant, bar, and music spot had been until closing a few years ago.

According to a license commission page within the city's website, The Nu Do Society is looking to open on River Street, with the address indicating that it would be moving into the former River Gods space. The notice says that the proposed eatery would be a full-service Asian noodle and food restaurant, with the manager being Wudthipong Guygaew; it appears that this is the same Wudthipong Guygaew who was behind the old Curry Thai on Cambridge Street, a restaurant that was replaced by the now-closed Pandan Leaf and may soon be home to a spot called 9 Zaab.

River Gods, which closed in the summer of 2016 after approximately 15 years in business, was known in part for its themed music nights from a variety of DJs. In addition, the place also offered pub grub (including vegetarian items) along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for The Nu Do Society is listed as 123 River Street, while the official address for the River Gods was 125 River Street.

[Earlier Article]
River Gods in Cambridge Has Closed

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


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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Emmy Squared May Expand to Boston

A New York-based group of restaurants known in part for its Detroit-style pizza could be making its way to the local area.

According to an article from Eater New York, Emmy Squared is making plans to expand and it is eyeing Boston as well as Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Nashville, the last of which already has one location. The post says that founders Matt and Emily Hyland (along with Nashville-based partners Howard Greenstone and Ken Levitan) are also looking to expand further into New York City, with outlets possibly coming to Midtown Manhattan, the Upper East Side, or the Upper West Side. (Currently, locations of Emmy Squared can be found in the East Village as well as Williamsburg in Brooklyn.)

In addition to Detroit-style pizza--which is basically a thick and crispy rectangular pan pizza--Emmy Square also offers burgers, chicken sandwiches, Caesar salads, and more.

Currently, there are very few options for Detroit-style pizza in the Greater Boston area, with Volo Craft Pizza in Swampscott being one spot that features it.

The website for Emmy Squared can be found at https://www.emmysquared.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]

Ronsky's at The Street in Chestnut Hill Is Becoming Chef Ronsky's Trattoria

An Italian cafe just west of Boston that had formerly been a popup spot--and which is run by a James Beard Award winner--is morphing into a full-service restaurant.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Ronsky's at The Street in Chestnut Hill is going to transform into Chef Ronsky's Trattoria, an Italian dining spot that will have a rotating menu that features such items as antipasti, house-made pastas and desserts, and Italian wines and beers. The person behind both the current cafe and the upcoming restaurant is Ron Suhanosky, who had been one of the founders of Sfoglia, a high-end Italian restaurant on Nantucket (now closed) and in New York's Upper West Side, and who also received a James Beard Award in 2010 for his cookbook Pasta Sfoglia.

Ronsky's was initially one of a number of rotating popups at The Street in Chestnut Hill, but in 2017, it became a permanent eatery there.

If all goes as planned, Chef Ronsky's Trattoria could be opening in early June. (Its website will be at https://www.chefronskys.com/)

[June 1 update: Boston Magazine states that Chef Ronsky's Trattoria soft-opens this weekend.]

[June 4 update: An update from Boston Magazine says that Chef Ronsky's Trattoria has fully opened.]

[Earlier Article]
Ronsky's Pop-Up at The Street in Chestnut Hill Is Now Open Permanently

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]

Thai Noodle Cafe Opens in Former Tony G's Barbecue Space in Belmont

A new Thai restaurant has come to the western suburbs of Boston, and it takes over the space where a BBQ spot had been.

Eater Boston is reporting that Thai Noodle Cafe is now open in Belmont, with the address indicating that it resides in the former Tony G's Barbecue space on Belmont Street. The post says that the new eatery offers a variety of Thai dishes for dine-in or takeout/delivery, including stir-fry noodle plates, fried rice, noodle soups, curry items, and more.

Tony G's first opened in the summer of 2015, taking over the space where Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe had been before it moved to Waltham (Gustazo now has a second location in Cambridge as well).

The address for Thai Noodle Cafe is 289 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA, 02478. Its website can be found at http://thainoodlecafe.com/

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


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Island Spice Cafe Is Opening in Medford

A new dining spot that apparently focuses on Caribbean food is opening a few miles north of Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Island Spice Cafe is opening in Medford, with a picture posted indicating that the High Street eatery may actually be getting ready to have its grand opening. The photo shows a sign that says "healthy fresh food made daily" along with coffee, fresh-squeezed juices, and coconut water, though no specific food items are mentioned and there appears to be no online presence for the restaurant at this point in time. (A city council meeting page within the City of Medford site does mention Island Spice Cafe, indicating that the name of the person behind the place is Charline Francis.)

The address for Island Spice Cafe is 92 High Street, Medford, MA, 02155.

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]

Sweet Bakery in Chestnut Hill and Downtown Boston Are Closed; Exact Status of Latter Unknown

A group of bakeries and pastry shops that closed one of its locations earlier this year has closed its other two locations, and it remains a mystery as to whether one of the two might open back up again.

According to several sources, Sweet Bakery in Chestnut Hill and downtown Boston are both closed, with one source on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page indicating that Chill Sugar Co. is replacing the Chestnut Hill location while a few sources say that a "space available" sign is apparently posted out front at the Boston location. Earlier reports from sources indicated that the Boston shop was only closed for renovations and a Yelp page mentions that it is "temporarily closed" and is scheduled to reopen on May 31. The website for all locations gives no indication that the Chestnut Hill or Boston outlets have closed, and it also shows that the shop in Cambridge's Harvard Square that shuttered earlier this year is considered to be "closed for renovation." We have reached out to Sweet Bakery to find out more information on all of this, so keep checking back for updates.(The online business for Sweet Bakery remains in operation, as does its catering.)

The aforementioned Chill Sugar Co. is slated to open in the former Sweet Bakery space in Chestnut Hill this weekend, according to its Instagram page.

The website for Sweet Bakery can be found at https://sweetcupcakes.com/

[May 17 update: Eater Boston states that the downtown Boston location of Sweet Bakery hopes to open back up at some point in the future, though no timeline has been given as of yet.]

[Earlier Article]
Sweet Bakery in Cambridge's Harvard Square 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]

Update: Stazzione Di Federale Planning to Open in the Biagio Space in Waltham

A new Italian restaurant may be on its way to the western suburbs, and it looks like it will have a connection to a nearby steakhouse--and it also looks like it will replace an existing Italian spot.

According to a source, Stazzione Di Federale is planning to open in Waltham, with the address given indicating that it will be moving into the space on Moody Street where Biagio Ristorante & Bar currently resides. Photos sent of a couple of legal notices posted in the Waltham News Tribune confirm this news, saying that Stazzione Di Federale would be a three-story restaurant that includes a roof deck, and that the manager listed is David Alphonse, who is one of the people behind The Federal at the 1265 Main development in Waltham.

The hearing is scheduled for May 28, so more information on Stazzione Di Federale may be known by the end of the month.

The address for the proposed Stazzione Di Federale (and Biagio Ristorante & Bar) is 123 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453.

[May 20 update: A Facebook post from Biagio seems to confirm that this is indeed happening, as they say that "We have sold our business and will be closing in early June....We are excited about the new changes coming to 123 Moody Street, and as always, give our love and support to all of the local Waltham businesses."]

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, May 15, 2019

Ghost Pepper Taqueria to Open in Dorchester's Savin Hill Neighborhood

It looks like a Mexican restaurant may be on its way to a space just above the Southeast Expressway.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Ghost Pepper Taqueria is planning to open in Dorchester, moving into a space within a condo complex on Savin Hill Avenue that is also home to Savin Bar & Kitchen. An earlier article mentioned that a new restaurant from the people behind Savin Bar & Kitchen would be going into a formerly empty space facing the Expressway that locals called the "Savin Hill Hole," and it appears that this is indeed the dining spot that will be moving in there.

The notice also says that Savin Bar & Kitchen is petitioning to change its name slightly, to Savin Hill Bar & Kitchen.

The address given for Ghost Pepper Taqueria and Savin Bar & Kitchen is 112-120 Savin Hill Avenue.

[May 24 update: Eater Boston states that Ghost Pepper Taqueria will have seating for 100 and a U-shaped bar within the space, with the plan being to open sometime over the summer. (Eater also says that the exact address is 116 Savin Hill Avenue.)]

[August 8 update: A Craigslist job post indicates that Ghost Pepper Taqueria plans to open later this month.]

[Earlier Article]
New Restaurant Planned for "Savin Hill Hole" in Dorchester

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]

111 East Restaurant Is Opening in Boston's Seaport District

It looks like a new restaurant may be coming to the Boston waterfront, and the people behind another waterfront spot appear to be involved.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, 111 East Restaurant is seeking a beer and wine license to operate at a space on Fan Pier Boulevard in the Seaport District, with the notice indicating that the dining spot would have seating for 83 inside and as many as 15 additional seats on a seasonal outdoor patio. An OpenCorporates page shows that Kathryn Cook of The Fusion Group and Marco Coelho are involved with the business, with Coelho (and Cook along with The Fusion Group itself) being behind Lola 42, a bistro and sushi bar that is basically around the corner from the space for the proposed 111 East. There is currently very little information on what food/drink 111 East might offer, so keep checking back for updates.

Marco Coelho also runs Lola 41, a bistro and sushi bar on Nantucket.

The address for the proposed 111 East in the Seaport District is 11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02110.

[May 17 update: Eater Boston states that 111 East will be an Asian bistro and hot pot restaurant and that it hopes to open in June.]

[July 3 update: A new article from Eater Boston says that 111 East plans to open on Friday, July 5.]

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]

Pressed Cafe Is Opening in Newton

A trio of dining spots that focus on healthy, freshly-made options may soon be joined by a second Boston-area location.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Pressed Cafe is planning to open in Newton, with a page on the mypublicnotices.com site indicating that it will be located on Needham Street just north of the Charles River and the Needham line. The notice also indicates that the new location will have an outdoor patio and is seeking a liquor license, though it is not known if it is just a beer and wine license or a full liquor license. Once the Newton location of Pressed Cafe opens, it will join others in Burlington and in Nashua (two).

Pressed Cafe offers such items as breakfast burritos, soups, salads, panini, quinoa bowls, mac and cheese bowls, smoothies, pressed juices, coffee, and an array of vegan options.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Newton is: Pressed Cafe, 300 Needham Street, Newton, MA, 02459. The website for the existing locations can be found at https://www.pressedcafe.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, May 14, 2019

John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House in Cambridge's Harvard Square Is Closing

It looks like another longtime Harvard Square spot is shutting its doors for good.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House on Dunster Street is closing on May 30 after more than 25 years in business and a bit more than three years after announcing that it was ending its onsite beermaking. No specific reason has been given for the closure as of yet, but its ending of the beermaking operations in 2016 stemmed from what was described as maintenance expenses at the time. The post says that the closure does not affect the other outlets of John Harvard's in Framingham or at two ski mountains west of the local area--Jiminy Peak in western Massachusetts and Holiday Valley in New York--nor does it affect Union Station Brewery in Providence, which is affiliated with the John Harvard's brand.

John Harvard's first opened in 1992 in The Garage, a building in the heart of the square that is home to a number of businesses, including a few other dining spots.

A number of other well-known restaurants and cafes have closed in Harvard Square over the past several years, including Crema Cafe, Sandrine's Bistro, UpStairs on the Square, Leo's Place Diner, Cafe Algiers, Fire + Ice, and Tealuxe.

The website for John Harvard's can be found at https://www.johnharvards.com/

[Earlier Article]
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Cambridge Ends Brewing Operations

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]

Update: El Rincon de Moody's in Waltham to Become Pollo Club

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 1 to reflect the fact that a new concept is coming to the space.]

A taqueria and BBQ spot in Waltham that abruptly shut down around the beginning of the year--and which is affiliated with an award-winning deli--is apparently going to morph into a new restaurant.

According to an article in the Waltham News Tribune, the former El Rincon de Moody's space is planning to be home to a dining spot once again, with Alex Hage--who is the new manager of the Moody Street eatery--hinting that the restaurant will be going through changes, saying that "The concept is going to be finalized very soon and then the doors will be open." The dining spot closed with no warning around the new year, saying at the time that it would be shuttered for the winter season but it never did reopen; in addition, as mentioned in another article, both the adjacent Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions and The Backroom were forced to shut down last month because of a licensing issue, with Moody's reopening last week and The Backroom supposedly opening back up at some point. [Ed note--The Backroom is now open.]

The address for the El Rincon de Moody's space is 456 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453.

[August 1 update: Eater Boston states that the new concept coming to the El Rincon de Moody's space will be called Pollo Club, a restaurant that will feature fried chicken along with vegetarian dishes, and beer, wine, and cocktails will be available as well. If all goes as planned, the new spot will open in September.]

[Earlier Articles]
El Rincon de Moody's in Waltham Abruptly Closes; Will Apparently Be Closed for the Winter Season
Moody's Deli in Waltham Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown
Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions in Waltham Is Open Once Again

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]

Longfellows at Lamplighter Brewing in Cambridge Is Closing; Pepita Coffee Is Opening in Space

A coffee shop that is located inside a local brewery is closing down, though it will be replaced by another spot.

According to a source, Longfellows, which is inside the Lamplighter Brewing space in Cambridge, is shutting down at the end of business hours on June 2, with a note from the place saying that the people behind it are leaving the area this summer. The post says that a new cafe called Pepita Coffee will be moving into the space on June 10 and that "you'll notice some familiar Longfellows faces, too."

Both Longfellows and Lamplighter Brewing opened on Broadway in the fall of 2016, moving into a space between Central Square, Kendall Square, and Inman Square.

The address for the soon-to-close Longfellows (and the upcoming Pepita Coffee) is 284 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, 02139. The Instagram page for Pepita Coffee can be found at https://www.instagram.com/pepitacoffeeco/

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]

Break Rock Brewing Plans to Open in Quincy

A new brewery and taproom may be coming to a city that currently has no breweries.

According to a post within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Kerry Byrne of KJB Trending Hospitality states that Break Rock Brewing is planning to open in Quincy, with a check on the website for the business saying that they are currently finalizing a location somewhere in the city and that it would "combine the best of the modern taproom with everything you love about your favorite neighborhood pub – a fun and inviting atmosphere, a sense of community, and great beer." If all goes as planned, Break Rock Brewing could be opening sometime in 2020.

The website for Break Rock Brewing says that Quincy is the largest city in New England that does not currently have a brewery.

The website for Break Rock Brewing can be found at https://www.breakrockbrewing.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]