Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Fix Burger Bar to Open in Former Allora Ristorante Space in Marlborough

A Worcester spot that is known for its burgers, beers, spiked milkshakes, and cocktails will be expanding eastward, opening at a lakeside space that had been home to an upscale Mediterranean restaurant.

According to an article from Wicked Local, The Fix Burger Bar is planning to open in Marlborough, with the place taking over the former Allora Ristorante space on Route 20. The post says that Niche Hospitality Group, which is behind The Fix Burger Bar, also runs a number of other spots in Worcester, including Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, Mezcal Tequila Cantina, Nonna's Pizza + Pasta, Railers Sports Tavern, and Steam Energy Cafe, along with Rye & Thyme American Tavern in Leominster. If all goes as planned, the new location of The Fix Burger Bar could be opening by the end of the year.

Allora closed in February after being in business for approximately 12 years.

The address for the upcoming Fix Burger Bar in Marlborough is 139 Lakeside Avenue (Route 20), Marlborough, MA, 01752. The website for the original location in Worcester can be found at https://www.thefixburgerbar.com/

[Earlier Article]
Allora Ristorante in Marlborough Has Closed

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


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

Update: Lenox Sophia Plans to Open in Former KO Catering & Pies Space in South Boston

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 4 to reflect new information given on the proposed restaurant.]

A new restaurant could be coming to South Boston, and it would be taking over the space where a location of an Australian pie shop had been.

A tweet from @FortPointer that links to a post from @tom_ready indicate (via the West Broadway Neighborhood Association Facebook page) that what appears to be a "small casual fine dining" spot is seeking to open in the old KO Catering & Pies space on A Street, with the Facebook page saying that it would apparently be open for dinner only. Details are few at this point in time, but an abutters meeting took place last night at the site, so more may be known this week.

KO Catering & Pies closed last September after being in business for approximately eight years; its second location at the East Boston shipyard is planning to close later this year.

The address for the former KO Catering & Pies in Southie is 87 A Street, South Boston, MA, 02127.

[August 7 update: Caught in Southie reports that the new restaurant that plans to move into the former KO space would be called Lenox Sophia, with Shi Mei--whose resume includes a stint at The French Laundry in California's Napa Valley--being behind it. (The French Laundry is often mentioned among the best restaurants in the country, with the Michelin Guide giving it three stars.)]

[Earlier Article]
KO Catering & Pies in South Boston Is Closing; Building Has Been Sold

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


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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Developer Purchases Davis Square Properties That Include the Burren, McKinnon's, When Pigs Fly, Other Businesses

A British developer has acquired a section of Somerville's Davis Square, and the properties include some well-known places for food and drink.

Banker & Tradesman is reporting that London-based Scape has signed long-term ground leases for three properties on Elm Street that are home to the Burren Pub, McKinnon's Meat Market, and When Pigs Fly, along with a parking lot in the back. The developer is focusing on dorm-style/co-living projects in the local region, and at this point in time, it is not known what might happen to the storefronts that are part of the purchase. (Stay tuned for updates.)

The purchase price for the three properties and parking lot was just under 10 million.

Thanks to Geoff Wong for initially bringing this to our attention.

[July 31 update: Boston Magazine mentions (via the Boston Business Journal) that Scape apparently has an agreement that would keep the Burren open; the status of McKinnon's Meat Market and When Pigs Fly (and Jae's Cafe as well) remain unknown, however.]

[August 1 update: Eater Boston states that the future of the Sligo Pub is in question as well, with a Facebook post from the bar saying that "Though the future of the family business is indeed uncertain, we hope to make the best of time that we do have with all of you now." In addition, it is also not known what might become of Caramel French Patisserie, Kung Fu Tea, and Martsa on Elm.]

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]

Bagel Bin Deli in Revere Destroyed in Fire; Owner Plans to Rebuild

A popular restaurant and bagel shop for beachgoers and locals has been destroyed in a fire, though the hope is that the place will return.

According to a post from CBS Boston, a fire began at Bagel Bin Deli in Revere just before midnight on Monday night, with the blaze ultimately causing so much damage that it is believed to be a total loss. Owner George Valladsi does say that he will rebuild the shop, which has been in business for approximately 20 years.

CBS Boston says that the blaze remained under investigation as of early this afternoon.

The address for Bagel Bin Deli is 207 Shirley Avenue, Revere, MA, 02151.

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]

Panini Sante to Open in Boston's South End

It looks like a new sandwich shop is coming to the South End of Boston, and it appears to have roots north of the border.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Panini Sante is planning to open on Washington Street, with a sign for the eatery now shown above the storefront and a builders permit notice in the window. Based on the name, it seems that this restaurant has a connection to a spot with the same name in Montreal, though as Eater says, it is not known whether that place is still open. (Its website includes the term "Canadian food" at the bottom.) As soon as we find out more information about this place, we will post an update here.

The address for this upcoming sandwich shop in the South End is: Panini Sante, 1244 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02118. Its website will be at http://paninisante.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]

Artistry on the Green in Lexington Has Become Town Meeting

A suburban restaurant that is located within an inn has changed its name, though it is not yet known what other changes have come to the space.

According to a poster in the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Artistry on the Green in Lexington is now called Town Meeting, with a note on the website for the Inn at Hastings Park noting the change while indicating that it may be similar to the former restaurant, being a farm-to-table spot that ranges "from a romantic, fine dining experience to a spirited gathering of family and friends and everything in between." We have sent a message to the inn and restaurant and are waiting to hear back from them about any other changes that have come to the dining space, so stay tuned for updates.

Artistry on the Green first opened in the spring of 2014, a couple of months after the inn debuted.

The address for Town Meeting (and the former Artistry on the Green) is 2027 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02421. The web page for the restaurant can be found at https://www.innathastingspark.com/dining-en.html

[August 1 update: The Tables section of The Boston Globe mentions that Town Hall is a bistro-style spot whose prices are a bit lower than Artistry on the Green, though another new restaurant is also coming to the hotel this fall, and this one will be a fine-dining spot that will have a game-and-produce tasting menu along with wine pairings.]

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]

El Mexsal Opens in Malden

A new restaurant featuring Mexican and Central American food has opened in Malden.

According to a message sent from musician and radio host/consultant Michael Scott Stewart, El Mexsal is now open on Medford Street, with the address indicating that it has moved into the space where Sillari's Pizza had been until closing a bit more than a year ago. The Facebook page for the new eatery mentions that it offers Mexican and El Salvadorian fare, including guacamole, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, papusas, chicken stew, grilled shrimp, fried tilapia, flan, and more.

The address for this new restaurant in Malden is: El Mexsal, 97 Medford Street, Malden, MA, 02148.

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


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

Boston Tavern to Open in Former Outback Space in Norwood

A small local chain of family restaurants will be expanding to a new location, and this one will be its closest one to Boston--which is where it also happens to get its name from.

According to a Patch article, the Boston Tavern is planning to open in Norwood, moving into the space on Route 1 that had been home to a location of Outback Steakhouse until it closed early last year. Once it opens, the new dining and drinking spot will join other locations of Boston Tavern in West Bridgewater and Middleboro along with two other affiliated spots called the Medway Cafe and the Ashland Ale House--and the new restaurant will actually be modeled after the latter, with seating for approximately 190.

If all goes well, construction on the space should be done in about five months, with the plan being to open by the holiday season.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Norwood will be: Boston Tavern, 1212 Providence Highway (Route 1), Norwood, MA, 02062. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.thebostontavern.com/index.php

Thanks to a source for initially bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Outback Steakhouse in Norwood 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]

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Emory Opens in Boston's Beacon Hill

A brand new dining and drinking spot has come to downtown Boston, and it moves into a space where another restaurant and bar had been.

As mentioned in an earlier article here, The Emory is now open on Beacon Street, taking over the former Scollay Square space along the eastern edge of Beacon Hill. The new place is a "modern American neighborhood restaurant" that is run by Andy Kilgore (Broad Street Riot, The Merchant, No. 9 Park, Stoddard's) while Derek Robert of the now-closed Townsman is heading up the kitchen. A menu from The Emory shows such options as charcuterie, raw bar items, small plates such as foie gras tots and grilled oysters, entrees including double-cut pork chops and herbed tagliatelle, and "large format" items for four to six people including roasted pork shoulder and a New England lobster bake. (Beer, wine, and cocktails are also available.) The Emory will be open only for dinner initially, with lunch and brunch service following later this summer.

Scollay Square first opened in the Beacon Street space approximately 15 years ago, offering comfort food, wine, and cocktails.

The address for The Emory is 21 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02108. Its website can be found at https://www.theemoryboston.com/

[Earlier Article]
Scollay Square in Boston's Beacon Hill to Become The Emory

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 to Open in Melrose

A rapidly-growing chain of European coffee places is expanding yet again, with a new location coming to the northern suburbs of Boston.

According to an article from the Melrose Free Press and Wicked Local, Caffe Nero is going to be opening within an upcoming mixed-use development in Melrose, with the address indicating that it will open on Main Street where Moynihan Plaza had been. This is the second recent announcement of a new Caffe Nero coming to the Boston area, with another one being planned for Copley Place in the city's Back Bay area. A specific opening date has not yet been given for the new location of the coffee chain, though construction of the building is slated to be finished sometime this fall.

The address for the building in which the new Caffe Nero will reside is 530 Main Street, Melrose, MA, 02176. The website for the chain can be found at https://caffenero.com/us/

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


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

Lord Hobo Brewing Company Plans to Open Restaurant, Taproom in Boston's Seaport District

One of the bigger names within the Boston-area brewery scene is making plans to expand--and its expansion plans include a massive new space by the city's waterfront.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Brewbound) that Lord Hobo Brewing Company is looking at opening a restaurant and taproom in the Seaport District that would have a seating for 800 during the warmer months, with half of those being on an outdoor patio. The new spot, whose exact address has not been given as of yet, is only part of the company's future plans, as an expansion of its facility in Woburn is also in the works, while a taproom could be coming to New York City as well.

The person behind Lord Hobo Brewing Company is Daniel Lanigan, who also runs the original Lord Hobo beer bar between Kendall Square and Inman Square in Cambridge.

The website for Lord Hobo can be found at https://www.lordhobo.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]

Pizzing's Pizza & Wings to Open in Holbrook

It looks like a pair of South Shore spots featuring pizza and wings will be joined by a third location south of Boston.

According to a couple of sources, Pizzing's Pizza & Wings is planning to open in Holbrook, with the upcoming eatery moving into a space on S Franklin Street that had been home to Maria's Pizzeria. Based on its other two locations in Abington and Marshfield, expect to see pizza, calzones, wings, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more at the new spot.

The address for the Holbrook location of Pizzing's Pizza & Wings will be 134 S Franklin Street (Route 37), Holbrook, MA, 02343. The website for the locations in Abington and Marshfield can be found at http://www.pizzingspizza.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]

Noodles Hut Opens in Jin's Space in Waltham

A new Chinese restaurant has come to the western suburbs, replacing another dining spot that focused on Chinese food.

According to a tweet from @y2000k, Noodles Hut is now open in Waltham, taking over the space on Main Street where Jin's Sichuan House had been. Based on the website for the new spot, the menu includes dim sum items along with hot pot, lo mein, noodle soup, and a mix of Chinese-American and more traditional Chinese dishes. It also looks like Noodles Hut--which is spelled "Noodle Hut" on the website--may be under the same ownership as that of Jin's, as the website is a reworking of the Jin's site.

The address for Noodles Hut (and the now-closed Jin's) is 922 Main Street, Waltham, MA, 02451. Its website can be found at http://jinshousewaltham.com/

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


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

Conrad's May Open in the Former Waxy O'Connor's Space in Foxboro

The people behind a trio of restaurants known in part for their steak tips could be opening a fourth, with this one replacing a now-closed outlet of an Irish pub.

According to a Patch article, Conrad's is hoping to open in the former Waxy O'Connor's space in Foxboro, with owner Robert Conrad securing the lease for the Main Street storefront. If town selectmen approve of the license for the new location of the restaurant, it would join others in Norwood, Walpole, and Sudbury.

The Lexington location of Waxy O'Connor's is the only one remaining in the region, as outlets in Foxboro, Brookline, Kingston, and Woburn have all closed.

The address for the proposed location of Conrad's in Foxboro (and the now-closed Waxy OConnor's) is 121 Main Street, Foxboro, MA, 02035. The website for the three other locations of Conrad's can be found at http://www.conradsrestaurant.com/

Thanks to a source for initially bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Waxy O'Connor's in Foxboro 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]

Friday, July 26, 2019

Babbo Pizzeria in Boston's Seaport District Is Closing

A spacious waterfront restaurant that is known in part for its pizza--and which used to have a celebrity chef behind it--is closing down.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca at Fan Pier in the city's Seaport District is shutting its doors by or before September 15, with the closure expected to be permanent. The restaurant first opened in the spring of 2015, with Mario Batali being the face behind the spot; Batali has since been in the spotlight over sexual assault charges and is no longer involved with Babbo or any of his other food spots, including Eataly at the Prudential Center.

Another location of Babbo can be found in New York City, with that location being run by Batali's former partner, Joe Bastianich, and the B&B Hospitality Group.

The address for Babbo Pizzeria is 11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210.

[August 8 update: According to a source, Babbo closes at the end of business hours tonight. (This has also been confirmed by the Manhattan location.)]

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]

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse to Open at Logan Airport

A local group of upscale Italian steakhouses is expanding again, and this location will be geared for travelers.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse is going to be opening at Logan Airport, with the restaurant coming to Terminal C sometime in September. Once it debuts, the new location of the dining spot will join other local outlets in Boston's Park Square, Braintree, Chestnut Hill, Foxboro, and Lynnfield, and another new location is being planned for Fan Pier on the Boston waterfront as well.

Davio's dates back to 1985, when owner Steve DiFillippo bought a restaurant with that name on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay.

The website for Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse can be found at http://davios.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]

Jive Pizza Bar to Open in Abington

A new pizza spot appears to be on its way to the southern suburbs of Boston.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Jive Pizza Bar is planning to open in Abington and is currently looking to hire workers for the place. Little information has been given on the upcoming spot other than the post stating it will be a new restaurant concept that features a pizza bar menu, though a map at the bottom of the job post shows a waypoint for Timber Lanes Bowling, so it is possible that Jive could be opening within the Bedford Street space. (As soon as we confirm this, we will post an update here.)

If Jive Pizza Bar does open inside Timber Lanes Bowling, the address for the restaurant would be 460 Bedford Street (Route 18), Abington, MA, 02351.

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]

Karma Restaurant Plans to Open at the Burlington Mall

A new restaurant may be on its way to a suburban mall, taking over part of the space where a pizzeria had been--and it would be next to a new pizza spot that opened last month.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page, Karma Restaurant is planning to open at the Burlington Mall, with a letter within the burlington.org site indicating that it would be moving into part of the former Uno's space. (As reported earlier, the other part of that space has been taken over by Pepe's Pizza, a landmark New Haven-based spot that has joined another Boston-area location in Chestnut Hill.) The letter mentions that Karma would be an upscale casual restaurant featuring Asian fare, and that the space would include an outdoor area during the warmer months.

Little else is known about Karma at this point in time, so keep checking back for updates.

[Earlier Article]
Pepe's Pizza Opens in Burlington

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, July 25, 2019

Bit Bar in Salem Is Expanding to Malden

A North Shore restaurant and arcade that is located in an historic jail is expanding to a new location closer to Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Bit Bar in Salem will be joined by a new location in Malden, with the second outlet of the place opening at J Malden Center, an upcoming mixed-use development on Pleasant Street that will also be home to other dining and retail options. Based on the original location, which is housed in the old Salem Jail complex on St. Peter Street in Salem, the new outlet could have a number of arcade games and pinball tables along with a menu full of eclectic items (the Salem location offers elk burgers on doughnut buns and potatoes shaped like Tetris blocks).

The original location of Bit Bar opened in Salem in 2016, taking over the space where A&B Burgers had been; A&B moved to Beverly and now has another location near North Station in Boston.

The address for the upcoming Bit Bar in Malden will be 190 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA, 02148. The website for the original location can be found at https://bit.bar/

[August 6 update: A tweet from @MayorOfMalden indicates that Bit Bar plans to open its new location sometime this fall. (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]

Evviva Cucina in Beverly to Become REV Kitchen and Bar

An Italian restaurant on the North Shore that has been in business for three years is morphing into a new neighborhood spot that will focus on American classics with a regional focus.

According to a press release, Evviva Cucina in Beverly is being replaced by REV Kitchen and Bar, with the Enon Street space retaining the same ownership while changing the concept of the place. A couple of items that REV will offer include burgers (using beef from Creekstone Farms in Kansas) and fried pizza, while drinks will include craft beer and cocktails. The new restaurant and bar will also have a patio set up during the warmer months.

REV Kitchen and Bar is set to open on September 4 after a one-day renovation of the space.

The address for Evviva Cucina (and the upcoming REV Kitchen and Bar) is 45 Enon Street, Beverly, MA, 01915. The website for REV will be at revkitchenandbar.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]

Update: Uncle Julio's to Open at The Village at Burlington Mall; Earls Kitchen + Bar Will Not Be Opening There After All

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 7 to reflect the fact that Earl's will not be coming to The Village at Burlington Mall after all.]

A section of a suburban mall is in the process of being reinvented, and a another restaurant has been proposed for the space.

According to an article in the Patch, a location of Uncle Julio's is planning to open at a new outdoor "lifestyle center" in Burlington called The Village at Burlington Mall, which is opening at the site of the former Sears automotive center and will also include locations of Caffe Nero and Cava. Uncle Julio's, which is an upscale Mexican chain based in Texas, would be bringing its first outlet to the Boston area--and New England.

Earlier, it had been reported that a location of Earls Kitchen + Bar would also be opening at The Village at Burlington Mall, but we have been told that this will not be happening.

It appears that an outdoor beer garden is also being proposed for The Village at Burlington Mall, though few details have been given on that as of yet.

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


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

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

La Familia to Replace The Foundry in Easton

A pair of Italian restaurant south of Boston will be opening a new location just a bit closer to the city, and it will be replacing a dining spot known in part for its modern American fare.

Wicked Local is reporting that the people behind La Familia in Taunton and Cumberland, RI, plan to open a third location of the restaurant in the space in Easton currently occupied by The Foundry An American Table and Bar. The article mentions that the transfer of licenses has been approved by the town and that the sale could be finalized in the next three to six weeks.

The Foundry first opened in 2014, taking over the space where Loco Tapas had once been; the owner of The Foundry also runs Maguire's Bar and Grill, an Irish pub that is located a short distance east of the restaurant.

The address for the upcoming La Familia (and The Foundry) is 520 Foundry Street, South Easton, MA, 02375. The website for La Familia can be found at https://lafamiliarestaurants.com/

[August 20 update: Based on a Facebook post, it appears that The Foundry is now closed and that construction is taking place as La Familia gets ready to 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]

Lulu Green to Open in South Boston

It looks like a dining spot focusing on healthy fare is on its way to South Boston, and it appears that it will take over the space where an eatery featuring salads and noodle bowls had been.

According to a Twitter post from @stevebikes, Lulu Green is opening on W Broadway, with the photo posted within the tweet indicating that it will move into the former Shredded space. (This has also been confirmed by a source.) The upcoming spot will apparently be focusing on vegan fare, as its Facebook page says "Plant-based cooking done remarkably well. Carnivores welcome" while a Yelp page indicates that it will be a cafe, bakery, and juice bar. The Yelp page says that Lulu Green plans to open sometime this fall.

Shredded closed last December after being in business for less than a year.

The address for Lulu Green will be 246 W Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. Its website will be at https://lulugreen.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]

Confirmed: Eugene O'Neill's Plans to Return to Jamaica Plain

[Ed note: This article was updated on July 28 to reflect confirmation that the pub is seeking to reopen.]

It appears that an Irish pub that closed a couple of years ago could be coming back to its space, though details are few at this point in time.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Eugene O'Neill's has applied for a liquor license to operate at its former home on Washington Street in the Forest Hills section of JP. An earlier post from the Jamaica Plain Gazette also shows this, with both indicating that Melissa Hunt will be the manager; this is presumably the same person who is involved with Napper Tandy's, a group of Irish pubs with locations in Roslindale, Norwood, Millis, and Walpole, and which had been connected to the original Eugene O'Neill's. More information should be given in next week's hearing, so stay tuned for updates.

Eugene O'Neill's closed in the fall of 2017 after being in business for approximately five years.

The address for the Eugene O'Neill's space is 3700 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

[July 31 update: A new post from the Jamaica Plain Gazette confirms that Eugene O'Neill's is indeed seeking to return to its old space in Forest Hills. (Thanks to Universal Hub for bringing this to our attention.)]

[Earlier Article]
Eugene O'Neill's in Jamaica Plain Has Closed

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, July 23, 2019

Kingston Cuts Opens in Former Kingston Grille and Bar Space in Downtown Boston

A new restaurant that focuses in part on steaks and burgers has opened in downtown Boston, and it takes over another spot with a somewhat similar name.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe reports that Kingston Cuts is now open on Kingston Street, taking over the Kingston Grille and Bar space. The post mentions that the new spot offers steak frites and burger options, while its menu also shows such items as chili, sausage biscuits, wings and tenders, pasta primavera, macaroni and cheese, and grilled chicken breast.

The Kingston Cuts space had also been home to Kingston Station, which closed in 2015; Kingston Grille & Bar debuted the following year.

The address for Kingston Cuts is 25 Kingston Street, Boston, MA, 02111. Its website can be found at http://kgbboston.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]

Gyu-Kaku Opens at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester

Back in 2017, it was reported that a chain of Japanese barbecue spots with two locations in the Boston area was going to open a third in a new development just off the Southeast Expressway. Now we have learned that the place has debuted.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Gyu-Kaku is now open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester, with the website for the chain saying that it is apparently going through a soft opening. The new eatery joins other locations in Cambridge's Harvard Square and Brookline along with more than 50 other outlets in the United States in Canada and many more overseas. Based on the other locations, expect to see a variety of charcoal-grilled meats at the new restaurant along with soup, rice, and noodle dishes.

South Bay Town Center, which is connected to the old South Bay mall/shopping center, is also home to such spots as Wahlburgers, J.P. Licks, and Chipotle.

The address for the new location of Gyu-Kaku at South Bay Town Center is 23 District Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02125 The website for the chain can be found at https://www.gyu-kaku.com/

[Earlier Article]
Wahlburgers, J.P. Licks, MidiCi, Gyu-Kaku Coming to South Bay Town Center in Dorchester

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


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

Monday, July 22, 2019

Olivia's Juice & Acai Bar to Open in Medford

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

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

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

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

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


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BeanTowne Coffee House in Cambridge's Kendall Square Is Closing

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

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

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

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

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


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

Queen Anne's Restaurant & Catering in Canton Has Closed

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Fusion Andina in Beverly Has Closed

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

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

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

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

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


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

New Dong Khanh Restaurant in Boston's Chinatown Is Closing

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

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

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

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

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


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

Makaha in Acton Is Closing

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

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

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

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


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Friday, July 19, 2019

Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Is Opening a New Location in Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville Is Closing

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

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

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

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

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


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The TaVern at 156 Restaurant & Bar to Open in Danvers

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

[Earlier Article]
Love Art Poke to Open in Downtown Boston

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Mr. Chen Chinese Cuisine in Natick Has Closed

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

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

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

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

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


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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Levain Bakery May Be Coming to Boston

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

https://hiddenboston.com/Kashish.html

The address for the now-closed Kashish (and upcoming Jamaica Jeff's) is 61 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA, 02478.

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


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

Mulligans Near Haymarket Square in Boston Has Apparently Closed

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Monday, July 15, 2019

BearMoose Brewing Company, Deep Cuts Deli Have Parted Ways

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The address for Kim's Tofu is 160 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

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


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

Boutique Hotel, Restaurant Proposed for Arlington

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

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

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

[July 23 update: A meeting at Town Hall last night gave some additional information on the proposal, including the fact that the plan is indeed to open an upscale restaurant on the main floor of the hotel, though the plans are in their initial stages for both the hotel and the restaurant, so things could change as more meetings take place.]

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


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

Yaowarat Road Opens in Quincy's Wollaston Neighborhood

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

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

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

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

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


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

Gigi Gelateria in Boston's North End Is Now Dolce

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hana Sushi in North Cambridge Has Closed

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

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

Hana Sushi first opened more than 30 years ago.

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

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

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

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


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

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Vintage Tea and Cake Company in Belmont Reopens Retail Shop

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Oasis Plans to Open in Dorchester

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

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

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

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

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


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