Thursday, August 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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, August 21, 2019

Azucar Tapas Bar Opens in Maynard

A new spot for small plates has come to the western suburbs of Boston, and the people behind it own a Mexican restaurant next door.

According to an article in Wicked Local, Azucar Tapas Bar is now open in Maynard, with the Main Street eatery being next to El Huipil which is under the same ownership. The restaurant offers Spanish-style small plates along with beer, wine, and cocktails, and it includes a VIP room, a main dining area, and a bar.

The people behind Azucar Tapas Bar also run a second location of El Huipil in Acton.

The address for Azucar Tapas Bar is 51 Main Street, Maynard, MA, 01754.

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]

Cranberry Cafe in South Boston Has Closed; Will Become Deja Brew

A longtime dining spot in South Boston that was known for its breakfast and lunch items has shut down, though a new spot under the same ownership will open in its place.

According to a tweet from @chipsy231, Cranberry Cafe on E Broadway closed at the end of business hours yesterday, with a note out front saying that Deja Brew will open in its space in early September, and that it will be under the same management. Cranberry Cafe, which opened 23 years ago, offered such items as bagels, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, omelettes, French toast, muffins, soups, salads, smoothies, coffee, and more.

The address for the now-closed Cranberry Cafe (and upcoming Deja Brew) is 704 E Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127.

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]

Hub Hall to Open within The Hub on Causeway Development in Boston

Last fall, it was confirmed that earlier plans for a new development had been given the green light for the old Boston Garden space near North Station. Now we have learned that the complex will include a food hall.

According to a Twitter post from @BostonTweet, Hub Hall is planning to open this winter within The Hub on Causeway, with the Patina Restaurant Group website indicating that there could be 18 dining and drinking options there while the Delaware North site says that there will be 19 options for food and drink. Earlier, we had reported that restaurants such as Apizza and Guy Fieri's Tequila Cocina were being planned for The Hub on Causeway, and a sign is also shown out front for a place called Banners Kitchen & Tap according to both Boston Tweet and a tweet from @ConciergeBoston, though it is not known if any of these will actually be located within Hub Hall.

The address for Hub Hall is 80 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

[August 21 update: A message sent to us indicates that Apizza will indeed be within Hub Hall, though Guy Fieri's Tequila Cocina is not a part of it, and while Banners Kitchen & Tap is not located in the food hall, either, it will have a staircase that can be used to access it.]

[Earlier Articles]
Sports Bar, Bowling Alley Part of Development Plans for Former Boston Garden Site
Concert Hall, Mexican/Latin Restaurant Coming to Hub on Causeway Development at Former Boston Garden Site
Guy Fieri's Tequila Cocina to Open at the Hub on Causeway Development
Apizza to Open at the Hub on Causeway Development in Boston

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


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

Maria's Pastry Shop in Boston's North End Is Closing

An award-winning pastry shop in the North End of Boston is shutting down.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Maria's Pastry Shop on Cross Street is closing on September 15, as owner Maria Merola says "I've been working for 50 years....I'm done....I love it, and I'm going to miss it, no question." The store, which Merola has owned since 1982 when she purchased the space from Modern Pastry, is known for its variety of Italian treats including its cannoli, which was once given a "best of" by Boston Magazine.

The address for Maria's Pastry Shop is 46 Cross 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]

Jerusalem Pita in Brookline's Coolidge Corner Has Closed

A Brookline restaurant that was known for its Kosher fare has shut down.

According to a couple of sources, Jerusalem Pita in the Coolidge Corner area of the community is no longer in business, with a post from the Facebook page of the Pleasant Street eatery showing that it shuttered last weekend and saying that "WE ARE CLOSING our doors after 11 great years. Thank you all for your support We will miss everyone" No reason has been given for the closure of Jerusalem Pita, nor is it known what might become of the space, so stay tuned for updates.

Jersualem Pita featured Israeli and Mediterranean dishes such as hummus, falafel, tabouleh, grilled eggplant, shawarma, shish kebab, schnitzel, and lamb chops.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Coolidge Corner is: Jerusalem Pita, 10 Pleasant Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

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


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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tapestry in Boston's Fenway Is Closing

A two-section restaurant and bar in Boston's Fenway neighborhood that is known in part for its pizza is shutting down this week, as it makes way for new development.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tapestry on Kilmarnock Street is closing after business hours on Friday, August 23, with its building (and others around it) being replaced by what looks to be a new mixed-use development that will include apartments along with restaurant/retail space. The dining and drinking spot, which took over the old Church spot in May of 2016, is split into a casual space called Expo Kitchen and a higher-end space called Club Room (which has been closed for the summer), with the former serving burgers, wings, and Neapolitan-style pizza--and the place has also served Detroit-style pizza in the past as well, being one of the few places in the Greater Boston area to do so. (Volo in Swampscott and Avenue in Somerville are a couple of others.)

The address for the soon-to-close Tapestry is 69 Kilmarnock Sreet, Boston, MA, 02215.

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, August 19, 2019

The Pearl Seafood Grill and Raw Bar Plans to Open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester

It looks like a regional seafood restaurant may be on its way to a new development just off the Southeast Expressway.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, The Pearl Seafood Grill and Raw Bar is planning to open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester, with the place looking to offer "down-home New England comfort food" while also having an oyster bar along with an outdoor patio. The post indicates that the dining spot will focus on using locally-sourced ingredients as much as possible, and that it hopes to acquire a liquor license. If all goes well, The Pearl Seafood Grill and Raw Bar could be opening in December.

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

The address for The Pearl Seafood Grill and Raw Bar at South Bay Town Center would be 20B District Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02125.

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]

Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown Closes This Week

Last fall, it was reported that one of the great restaurant spaces in Boston could eventually be without a restaurant. Now we have learned that the end is near, though it could reopen elsewhere--while a new dining spot may open in its space.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown will have its regular menu along with specials through this Thursday night, with the 6th Street eatery being closed on Friday for a wedding while two parties will be taking place on Saturday, and a family-style dinner will be held on Sunday which appears to be the final farewell for the place. A comment within the thread hints that this might not be it for the restaurant, as owner John Moore says that they are working on a new location. In addition, a story from this spring hinted that the people behind the Brewer's Fork on nearby Moulton Street may be expanding into the space and that it could be an American bistro, though specific details have not been given as of yet.

Navy Yard Bistro first opened approximately 15 years ago in an historic structure in the navy yard that includes an outdoor patio along a tree-shaded cobblestone walkway. The restaurant is known for its New American fare and array of wines.

The address for Navy Yard Bistro is 1 6th Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129. Its website can be found at https://www.navyyardbistro.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown Is Losing Its Home
Brewer's Fork Team May Open New Restaurant in Navy Yard Bistro Space in Charlestown

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]

6B Lounge in Boston's Beacon Hill Has Closed; New Concept Coming to Space

A restaurant and lounge in downtown Boston has shut down, and a new concept is on the way to the space.

According to a Facebook post from the place, 6B Lounge on the eastern edge of Beacon Hill is now closed, with the Beacon Street spot shuttering sometime last week, based on what we have been told. The post indicates that a new concept is on its way and that it will be under the same ownership, though updates on exactly what will be coming to the space have not yet been given.

The East Coast Tavern Group, which is behind both 6B Lounge and the upcoming new concept, is also behind the nearby Carrie Nation and Emmet's in Beacon Hill along with Emmet's in Norwood, Scholars in downtown Boston, Sunset Cantina near BU, and Magnolia Smokehouse and The Ellis Room in Brookline Village, while there is also an ownership connection to The Cottage in Weymouth.

The address for 6B Lounge (and the upcoming new concept from the East Coast Tavern Group) is 6 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

[August 20 update: Eater Boston states that the new concept will be called Roxanne's, and it will focus more on modern and classic craft cocktails (6B was more known for its martinis and wines), while its food menu will include "bar staples with a touch of finesse." If all goes as planned, Roxanne's will open in early September.]

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: Richards Is Opening in Former Tex Mex Eats/Tupelo Space in Cambridge's Inman Square

[Ed note: This article was updated to reflect new information given about the space.]

It looks like a new restaurant is on its way to Cambridge, taking over the space where a Tex-Mex pop-up and a few Southern restaurants had been.

According to a source, Richards going to be opening in Inman Square, though there had been some initial confusion as to whether a long-closed restaurant called Cajun Yankee may be returning to the Cambridge Street space. Another source sent us a picture showing that signs for that dining spot were up, though it now appears that these may be the old Cajun Yankee signs that were under the old Tupelo signs.

The website for Richards says that this is the first venture for Richard III and Sarah Graham, and that the menu will have a"variety of options to please everyone from the pickiest diner to the very adventurous," though a menu is not yet up for the place.

The space in which Richards is opening had been home to Tex Mex Eats, Tupelo, Magnolia's Southern Cuisine, and Cajun Yankee.

The address for the upcoming Richards is 1193 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at https://richards02139.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 Smoke Shop BBQ Plans to Open in Former En Boca Space in Cambridge's Harvard Square

A popular trio of BBQ restaurants could be joined by a fourth, possibly opening where a short-lived Mediterranean dining spot in Cambridge had been.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, The Smoke Shop BBQ has applied for a license to open in Harvard Square, with the address indicating that it would open in the space on Holyoke Street where En Boca was until closing in June of 2017. The notice mentions that the new spot would have two levels of dining and it would also have a bar area, with seating for 137 and a total capacity of 162. If approved, the new location of The Smoke Shop--which is run by Andy Husbands, who had also been known for his now-closed Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel in Boston's South End--would join other locations in Cambridge's Kendall Square, Somerville's Assembly Row, and the Fort Point section of Boston.

The space where En Boca had resided had formerly been home to Sandrine's Bistro.

The address for the proposed location of The Smoke Shop BBQ in Harvard Square is 8 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the existing three locations can be found at https://thesmokeshopbbq.com/

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


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

Friday, August 16, 2019

Bonez Brothers BBQ to Open in Quincy

A new barbecue joint is on its way to the Boston area, and it will feature a type of meat that isn't all that easy to find in the region.

According to City of Quincy consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, Bonez Brothers BBQ is opening in Quincy, with Todd Noon of the Massachusetts-based catering company by the same name being behind the Southern Artery dining spot. Byrne tells us that the restaurant will feature such classics as pulled pork, brisket, and baby back ribs, and the menu will also include a number of alligator-based dishes, including alligator fritters, alligator sausage, and alligator tail. Bonez Brothers BBQ will feature a favorite among their catering/event options as well--Love in a Cup, which is a 16-ounce Solo cup with layers of pulled pork, barbecue sauce, collard greens, beans and cole slaw, all topped with a pickle and more sauce. If all goes as planned, Bonez Brothers BBQ could be opening in a couple of weeks.

Todd Noon is a longtime alligator hunter who took up competitive barbecuing in Florida and was involved with Michelbob's, an award-winning restaurant in Naples.

The address for this upcoming BBQ spot in Quincy is: Bonez Brothers BBQ, 657 Southern Artery, Quincy, MA, 02169. The Instagram page for the business can be found at https://www.instagram.com/bonezbrothersbbq/

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]

Boba Me Opens in Boston's Mission Hill Neighborhood

A bubble tea spot has come to a part of Boston that is starting to see more and more dining options.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Boba Me is now open on Tremont Street in a section of Mission Hill between Brigham Circle and Roxbury Crossing, with the place offering such options as smoothies, milk teas, green teas, and classic teas. The post mentions that Boba Me will also offer "flaming hot cheese fries" at some point, with the menu for the spot saying that those will be coming soon.

The stretch of Tremont Street in which Boba Me resides has seen such recent openings as Nachlo and Milkweed, and a board game cafe called Tavern of Tales is in the works there as well.

The address for Boba Me is 1520 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02120. Its website can be found at https://www.bobameboston.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]

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Playa Bowls Is Opening by Northeastern University in Boston

A New Jersey-based chain of dining spots that opened its first franchised location in Boston earlier this year will soon be joined by a second outlet--and like the first, this one is geared at least in part to college students.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Playa Bowls is planning to open by Northeastern University, with the Huntington Avenue eatery offering a variety of bowls (including bases with acai, coconut, chia, and oatmeal), smoothies, and fresh juices. Once the new location opens (possibly this fall), it will join an outlet on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton by Boston College, which opened in February.

Playa Bowls started out as a cart in Belmar, NJ, and now has more than 65 brick-and-mortar shops mostly along the East Coast.

The address for the upcoming location of Playa Bowls by Northeastern is 277 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.playabowls.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]

Chick Chick Boom in Cambridgeport Is Now Pai Kin Kao

A relatively new Cambridge restaurant that featured chicken-based dishes has morphed into a dining spot that focuses on Thai food and Japanese ramen.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Chick Chick Boom in Cambridgeport has been replaced by Pai Kin Kao, with the ownership of the River Street eatery remaining the same. The post mentions that the change was made because, as owner Jamme Chantler says, "the most ordered dishes were ramen and Thai dishes....Chicken wings weren't as popular. So now we will concentrate on building our business around what customers want, instead of what we wanted to offer." As stated here in an earlier article, Chantler also runs an Asian restaurant called the Mad Monkfish (formerly Thelonious Monkfish) on Mass. Ave. in Central Square.

Chick Chick Boom first opened in December of 2017, taking over the space where Frozen Yogi had been.

The address for Pai Kin Kao (and the former Chick Chick Boom) is 80 River Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. The website for the new restaurant can be found at https://paikinkaorestaurant.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]

Lucca to Open in Former Bella's Space in Rockland

A trio of upscale Italian restaurants will be opening a fourth location, and this one will be moving into a space where a decades-old South Shore dining spot had been.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Lucca is opening in the former Bella's Restaurant space in Rockland, confirming rumors over the past several weeks that this would indeed be taking place. The article says that the Hingham Street dining spot will likely have close to 300 seats and that it also plans to have a "chef's garden" on the premises where much of the restaurant's produce will be grown. If all goes well, the new location of Lucca--which has other locations in Boston's North End and Back Bay, along with Logan Airport--could be opening this fall.

Bella's closed at the end of May after being in Rockland for 33 years, with its roots actually dating back more than 50 years with the opening of Richardi's Sub Shop in Braintree followed by a number of sub shops in the region. The first Bella's restaurant opened in Braintree in 1974.

The address for the upcoming Lucca in Rockland is 933 Hingham Street, Rockland, MA, 02370. The website for all locations of Lucca can be found at https://www.luccaboston.com/

[Earlier Article]
Bella's Restaurant in Rockland 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]

Otto Pizza May Be Opening in South Boston

A group of pizzerias specializing in gourmet thin-crust pies could be opening another Boston-area location, and this one would reside in a particularly hot part of the city.

According to a Twitter post from @mjvulch, Otto Pizza is looking at a space on W Broadway in South Boston by F Street, with an abutters meeting on the plan being slated for August 21. The notice shows that the space would need to be changed over from commercial retail to restaurant, and that Otto does not plan to serve alcohol at this location. If its plans are ultimately approved, the new location of Otto would join others in Brookline (Coolidge Corner and near BU), Cambridge's Harvard Square (which is temporarily closed due to a fire), Arlington, Lynnfield, and Newburyport, along with several in Maine, which is where the restaurant started out.

The address for the proposed location of Otto in South Boston is 416-418 W Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.ottoportland.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]

Loaves and Fishes Cafe Plans to Open in Downtown Boston

A new dining spot may be on its way to downtown Boston, and it looks like it could be featuring  sushi and other items.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Loaves and Fishes Cafe is seeking a common victualler license to operate in a storefront on Tremont Street, with the address indicating that it would be located just south of where Tremont Street, Court Street, and Cambridge Street meet by Government Center and City Hall Plaza. The hearing notice mentions that the place would offer both sushi and baked goods, and the manager would be Sheng Su while the parent company is Ya Lai Xi Corporation. A check on the Open Corporates site indicates that the Allston address of the parent company is the same address of a location of Tous Les Jours; a now-closed outlet of that Asian-French bakery chain had actually been located on the block in which Loaves and Fishes Cafe is planning to open, though it is not yet known if there is any connection between the two.

The address for the proposed Loaves and Fishes Cafe is 18 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

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, August 14, 2019

The Bagel Bar Is Opening in Burlington

A new spot for bagels and more is coming to a Boston suburb whose dining scene continues to heat up.

Eater Boston is reporting (via an earlier article in the Daily Times Chronicle) that The Bagel Bar is planning to open in Burlington, moving into the Cambridge Street plaza near the Billerica line. A check on the Facebook page for the dining spot--which will offer bagels, bagel sandwiches, and coffee--simply says that the place will be opening soon, with no specific opening date given as of yet.

The address for this upcoming spot in Burlington is: The Bagel Bar, 282 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA, 01803. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/The-Bagel-Bar-105630247457438/

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 Wok in Wellesley Has Closed for Renovations; Exact Status Unknown

A suburban restaurant that has been featured as an under-the-radar spot to go to for Chinese food has closed for at least the time being, and it is not known what might be happening with the space.

According to a source, The Wok in Wellesley is currently shuttered, with a post in The Swellesley Report saying that the Route 9 eatery has a sign out front saying it is closed for renovations. The article mentions that there may be a change of ownership and that it could reopen with changes that might include a sushi bar; as soon as we find out the exact status of The Wok, we will post an update here.

The Wok has been featured by our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as an under-the-radar spot to go to for both Chinese-American and authentic Chinese fare. The review for the place can be found below:

http://www.hiddenboston.com/TheWok.html

The address for The Wok is 180 Worcester Street (Route 9), Wellesley, MA, 02481.

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]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Ono Poke Bar Apparently Opening Below Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge's Porter Square

It looks like a new restaurant featuring a trendy food item may be on its way to a space under an award-winning ramen spot in Cambridge.

According to a source, Ono Poke Bar has a "coming soon" sign below Yume Wo Katare in Porter Square, which seems to jibe with an earlier thread on Facebook that indicated the eatery would indeed be coming to the Mass. Ave. storefront. Very little is known about the upcoming spot--including whether it has a connection to Yume Wo Katare--but it is assumed that the place will include Hawaiian-style raw fish salad on its menu.

The people behind Yume Wo Katare, which has received rave reviews from both local and national media outlets since opening in 2012, have another restaurant on the other side of Porter Square--Yume Ga Arukara, a counter-service spot that focuses on dishes with udon noodles.

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]

END Bakery to Open Retail Shop in Medford

The person behind a bakery business that is run out of a residential space in Somerville is going to be opening a brick-and-mortar store in Medford.

According to an article in the Somerville Journal and Wicked Local, END Bakery is planning to open in a retail space in West Medford, with the Playstead Road shop being run by Carla Barile, who started the business out of her home on Powder House Boulevard near Tufts University in Somerville. The post says that the business plans to keep operating out of the house in Somerville, while the store in West Medford will initially be open seven days a week, though it could end up being closed on Sundays and Mondays. Expect to see such items as cupcakes, cakes, pecan bars, cream puffs, mini cheesecakes, apple crostatas, baked fruit pies, and more at END Bakery's retail shop, which expects to open sometime in September.

The address for the upcoming END Bakery is 17 Playstead Road, Medford, MA, 02155. The Facebook page for the business can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Cupcake-Shop/END-Bakery-1607243352923946/

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]

Cornwall's in Boston's Kenmore Square Is Moving

A pub that is popular with both college students and sports fans is moving to a new space, though the space isn't very far away.

According to a Twitter post from @BostonTweet, Cornwall's has left its current location on Beacon Street in Boston's Kenmore Square as it gets ready to reopen next door. We have been told that the pub is moving because the building in which resides is being demolished, and it appears that it may open in its new home on Thursday.

Cornwall's first opened in 1973, being known as a laid-back British-style watering hole where customers can play pool and board games. This is actually the second move for the pub, as several sources mention that it used to be housed on nearby Commonwealth Avenue.

The old address for Cornwall's was 654 Beacon Street, and it looks like the new address will be 644 Beacon Street; the website for the pub can be found at http://www.cornwalls.com/

[August 16 update: @BostonTweet tells us that Cornwall's is now open in its new home.]

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


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

Monday, August 12, 2019

ReelHouse Oyster Bar Is Opening in Former Frank Anthony's Marina Cafe Space on the Boston Waterfront

[Ed note: This article was updated to reflect the fact that the place does not appear to be open yet.]

The group behind a couple of upscale seafood restaurants on the water is opening a new spot that is also along the water, and this one is replacing a cafe that debuted last year.

According to a source (Daphna Edgar), ReelHouse Oyster Bar is opening at Fan Pier in Boston's Seaport District, moving into the space under the pavilion where Frank Anthony's Marina Cafe had been. A Twitter post from @FanPierBoston mentions that the place is a pop-up cafe that offers raw bar/seafood items and that while it was apparently supposed to open last week, it looks like it is not open just yet. The menu for ReelHouse Oyster Bar shows such options as oysters, lobster cocktail, smoked trout toast, tuna poke, BLT with lobster, clam chowder, scallop crudo, and more.

The group behind ReelHouse Oyster Bar--Navy Yard Hospitality--also runs ReelHouse in East Boston and Quincy's Marina Bay as well as Mija Cantina at Faneuil Hall and Pier 6 in Charlestown.

It appears that the address for ReelHouse Oyster Bar is 10 Waterside Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210.

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


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

Johnny Rockets in Braintree Is Reopening

A chain of hamburger places that closed one of its Boston-area locations last year is apparently reopening the place.

According to a source, Johnny Rockets is returning to its space in the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, with a page within the simon.com site confirming that the restaurant is planning to open back up possibly on August 16. The dining spot, which closed down in early January of 2018, will rejoin existing locations in the region in Acton and Burlington.

Johnny Rockets, which is based in California, is known in part for its burgers, fries, and shakes.

The website for the chain can be found at https://www.johnnyrockets.com/

[August 20 update: A message sent to us today indicates that the Braintree location of Johnny Rockets has not yet reopened, and there isn't a specific opening date for the place as of now.]

[Earlier Article]
Johnny Rockets in Braintree 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]

Burger Dive at Somerville's Assembly Row Is Closing

A burger spot in Somerville is closing after approximately seven years in business.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Burger Dive at Assembly Row is shutting down, with the restaurant thanking customers for their patronage and referring them to Papagayo nearby which is run by the same team (Legendary Restaurant Group), while also hinting that they may be looking at another location for the place. Burger Dive first opened in the fall of 2012, offering a variety of burgers along with "adult" milkshakes.

It is not known if Burger Dive already closed or whether it will be shutting down soon; we will post an update once we find out more.

The address for Burger Dive is 702 Grand Union Boulevard, Somerville, MA, 02145.

[August 13 update: According to a source, a worker at Papagayo mentions that Burger Dive has already closed.]

[August 14 update: Eater Boston says that the space where Burger Dive had been will become home to a bank, and that the restaurant's catering business will continue as it looks for a new location, possibly in Boston's Seaport District or in the downtown area of the city.]

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]

Friday, August 09, 2019

Gyu-Kaku Plans to Open at The Village at Burlington Mall

A chain of Japanese barbecue spots that just opened its third Boston-area location has now announced that it will open a fourth, and this one is coming to one of the hottest suburbs in the region for dining.

According to a press release, Gyu-Kaku is looking to open at The Village at Burlington Mall, a new outdoor "lifestyle center" in Burlington that is coming to the site of the former Sears automotive center. Once it opens, the new eatery will join others in Cambridge's Harvard Square and Brookline and a brand new one at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester along with more than 50 other outlets in the United States in Canada and many others overseas. Based on the offerings at the other locations, expect to see an array of charcoal-grilled meats available as well as soup, rice, and noodle dishes.

The Village at Burlington Mall will also be home to locations of Caffe Nero, Cava, and Uncle Julio's.

The website for Gyu-Kaku can be found at https://www.gyu-kaku.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]

Tasty Mo:Mo: Moves to Larger Space in Somerville's Magoun Square

A tiny Somerville restaurant that has gotten high marks since opening a few years ago has gotten a little bigger, as the place has moved to a new location across the street.

A check on the restaurant this week indicates that Tasty Mo:Mo: is now housed in a bigger location in Magoun Square, with the new space having approximately double the capacity of the old, which had mainly been considered a takeout spot because of its small size. A check on the menu shows that it continues to offer such Nepali dishes as steamed and deep-fried momos, pan-fried dumplings, aloo dum, spicy fried chicken, chow mein, and fried rice.

Tasty Mo:Mo: first opened in the spring of 2015 and has been a fave of restaurant critics and locals alike, with Boston's Hidden Restaurants (which is connected to this site) featuring it as an under-the-radar dining spot. A link to the review can be found below:

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

The old address for Tasty Mo:Mo: was 503 Medford Street while the new address is 508 Medford Street. Its website can be found at https://www.tastymomo.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]

Zambrero in Cambridge's Harvard Square Has Closed

A Mexican restaurant in Cambridge with roots very far away has closed after a relatively brief time in business.

The Crimson is reporting that Zambrero in Harvard Square is no longer in business, with the Mount Auburn Street eatery shutting down last week. This is one of several Mexican-based dining spots to close in the square over recent times, including locations of Chipotle and Qdoba along with an outlet of Boloco, the last of which resided in the space that Zambrero took over in March of 2018. It is not known what might go into the space at this point in time, so stay tuned for updates.

Zambrero is a group of Mexican restaurants that started out in 2005 in Australia; the chain, which is known in part for its efforts to tackle world hunger, has two remaining outlets in the United States; one in Warwick, RI, and another in Raleigh, NC.

The address for the the now-closed Zambrero in Harvard Square was 71 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for Zambrero can be found at https://www.zambrero.com/

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

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


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

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Yoi Sushi & Chinese Restaurant to Open in Former Yuki Shabu Space in Somerville's Union Square

A Chinese restaurant in Somerville that was known in part for its hot pot options has closed, and a new dining spot that will apparently focus on both Chinese and Japanese fare is planning to replace it.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Yoi Sushi & Chinese Restaurant is looking to open in Union Square in the space on Bow Street where Yuki Shabu had been until recently, with a licensing commission page mentioning that the new eatery would be open for lunch and dinner daily and that it is seeking a liquor license for the space. An OpenCorporates page shows a Quincy address for the parent company of Yoi (Bow Street Charm Corp.) along with the names of four people involved, though very little additional information has been given on the upcoming place at this point in time.

Yuki Shabu first opened in March of 2016, moving into the space where Union Square Donuts had been until it moved a couple of storefronts away.

The address for Yoi Sushi & Chinese Restaurant (and the now-closed Yuki Shabu) is 16 Bow Street, Somerville, MA, 02143.

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]

Harbor Sweets to Open at the Burlington Mall

A company on the North Shore that is known for its chocolate treats is opening a third retail shop, and this one will also be north of Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page (Leah Klein of City Living Boston), Harbor Sweets is planning to open at the Burlington Mall, with the website for the business confirming this, saying that the new outlet is coming soon. Once it opens, the Burlington location will join others in Salem (where its factory resides) and at the Northshore Mall in Peabody, and based on the offerings at those locations, expect to see a wide variety of chocolates available.

Harbor Sweets was first established back in 1973.

The website for the company can be found at https://www.harborsweets.com/

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


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

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Lotus Flower in Framingham Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

A Chinese and Japanese restaurant in the western suburbs that has been around for many years has closed, and it is not known whether it will reopen again.

According to a source, Lotus Flower in Framingham is no longer in business, with a Framingham Forward article and a Framingham Source post confirming that the Cochituate Road eatery is indeed shuttered. The former hints that this may be a permanent closure while the latter mentions that it may just be a "summer break" based on a sign out front, but our source tells us that the restaurant has been removed from the lotuscuisine.com site which includes Lotus Blossom in Sudbury and Changsho in Cambridge.

As soon as we find out the exact status of Lotus Flower, we will post an update here.

The address for Lotus Flower is 341 Cochituate Road (Route 30), Framingham, MA, 01701.

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]

Patisserie on Newbury in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

A French bakery in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood has shut down for good.

According to a source, Patisserie on Newbury is no longer in business, with a sign out front saying that it has closed permanently and thanking its customers for their business over the past several years. The shop, which first opened in the fall of 2013, was known in part for its breads, cheeses, pastries, and baked goods, and it also offered sandwiches while having a little grocery area within the space as well.

The address for the now-closed Patisserie on Newbury was 257 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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


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

Craft Beer Cellar in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood May Become Fenway Beer Shop

It looks like a local group of specialty beer shops may be shrinking once again, with its sole remaining Boston location possibly getting a name change.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Craft Beer Cellar in the Fenway is petitioning to change its name to Fenway Beer Shop, with the hearing on the matter being scheduled for Wednesday, August 14. If approved, this would mean that there would be no more Craft Beer Cellar shops within the Boston city limits, as its Fort Point and Roslindale outlets shut down a few months ago. Other locations of Craft Beer Cellar have closed and/or changed over to new places over recent times as well, including locations in Framingham, Sudbury, Swampscott and Winchester.

The first Craft Beer Cellar shop opened in Belmont back in 2010.

The address for the Fenway location of Craft Beer Cellar (and the proposed Fenway Beer Shop) is 98 Van Ness Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for all locations of Craft Beer Cellar can be found at https://craftbeercellar.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]

Cosi Opens at the Burlington Mall

A local group of dining spots whose future appeared to be rather shaky a few years ago continues to make a comeback, with the company now opening a new location in the northern suburbs of Boston.

According to a press release, Cosi is now open at the Burlington Mall, moving into a space within the food court area. As with the other locations, the new outlet offers such items as soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, coffee, and more, and it is currently offering a summer menu that includes such options as a blueberry smash, a spinach salad, and a chicken bruschetta sandwich.

In 2016, Cosi filed for bankruptcy and a few of its outlets shuttered, including locations in Cambridge's Kendall Square, Boston's Back Bay, and State Street in downtown Boston. Currently, Cosi can be found on Federal Street, High Street, Milk Street, and South Station in downtown Boston as well as the Seaport District, Logan Airport, Charlestown, CambridgeSide in East Cambridge (which opened in April), Mansfield, and Wareham.

The website for Cosi is at https://www.getcosi.com/

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


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

Monday, August 05, 2019

Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge Opens at Bow Market in Somerville

A highly-anticipated new spot featuring cocktails, art, and music has come to a new development in one of the hottest sections of Somerville.

Eater Boston is reporting that Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge is now open at Bow Market in the Union Square section of Somerville, moving into a space on the second level of the complex which is located between Somerville Avenue and Bow Street. As mentioned before, the new place is run by Louis DiBiccari, who has also been involved with such spots as the now-closed Tavern Road in Boston's Fort Point and Eater says that parts of that place will "live on" at Create, which is a permanent version of his annual Create event geared toward chefs, bartenders, artists, and musicians. Food will apparently not be offered at Create, but patrons can bring food in from other places at Bow Market, while draft cocktails whose recipes come from local bartenders will be served at the place (a small selection of beer, wine, and cider will also be available as well). Eater says that art will be available for purchase as well, and music playlists will come from local DJs and others.

The Instagram page for Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge can be found at https://www.instagram.com/creategalleryandcocktail/

[Earlier Article]
Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge Plans to Open at Bow Market in Somerville's Union 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]

Update: Clover Food Lab to Open in Boston's Back Bay, Replacing Minigrow

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 6 to reflect the fact that the dining spot is replacing another eater.]

A local group of vegetarian fast-food restaurants is going to be opening a location in one of the busiest parts of Boston, moving into a space where a couple of other dining spots had been of late.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Clover Food Lab is planning to open in the Back Bay, moving into the space on Boylston Street that had been home to Globe Bar & Cafe before it moved to the former Rattlesnake Bar & Grill a short distance east on Boylston early last year. In addition, as @barebonesyoga says in a tweet, this is also the space where a location of Minigrow had been until it closed approximately a month ago after being in business for a bit more than a year. (The Summer Street location of Minigrow in downtown Boston remains in operation.)

This will be the first brick-and-mortar location of Clover in the Back Bay, though as Eater says, they did have a food truck set up on Newbury Street until the summer of 2017.

If all goes as planned, the new location of Clover could be opening in the Back Bay this fall.

The address for the upcoming location of Clover Food Lab (and the former Minigrow) in the Back Bay is 565 Boylston Street Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.cloverfoodlab.com/

[Earlier Article]
Globe Bar & Cafe Moving to Former Rattlesnake Bar & Grill Space in Boston's Back Bay

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: Shanghai Village in Arlington to Be Replaced by Taipei Tokyo

[Ed note: This article was updated to reflect the fact that Shanhai Village will not be reopening after all.]

For awhile, it looked like a suburban Chinese restaurant that closed last year after being hit by a fire was opening back up again, but now it appears that a new dining spot will be taking over its space instead.

According to an article from Wicked Local and the Arlington Advocate, Shanghai Village in Arlington Center had been planning to reopen, based on what they were told by Arlington Economic Development Coordinator Ali Carter, but a post within the Arlington List Facebook group page shows that a sign is now up for Taipei Tokyo. It is not known whether this has a connection to the now-closed restaurants by the same name in Somerville and Woburn; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Shanghai Village, which first opened nearly 40 years ago, sustained major damage in a fire in May of 2018, and there has been very little activity at the site over recent months.

The address for Shanghai Village (and the upcoming Taipei Tokyo) is 434 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474.

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]

The Dog House Bar & Grill Opens in Woburn

A new restaurant and bar has come to the northern suburbs of Boston, with the place featuring a variety of pub grub and American classics.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, The Dog House Bar & Grill is now open in Woburn, apparently opening early last month in a space on Main Street in the downtown area. Based on its Facebook page, it appears that the new spot offers such items as wings, steak tips, tacos, meat and seafood skewers, and more, along with beer, wine, and cocktails. A website does not appear to be up yet for The Dog House Bar & Grill, but it looks like they are currently working on setting one up.

The address for this new restaurant and bar in Woburn Center is: The Dog House Bar & Grill, 434 Main Street, Woburn, MA, 01801.

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


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

Friday, August 02, 2019

The Habit Burger Grill to Open in Wilmington

An award-winning California-based burger chain with no presence is New England is opening its first location in the region in the northern suburbs of Boston.

According to an article from the Wilmington Apple, The Habit Burger Grill is planning to open in Wilmington, moving into a space within a new shopping plaza by the corner of Ballardvale Street and Route 125. The post says that Adam Quinn of Heidi Burgers, LLC, is partnering with Habit to open the upcoming outlet and he also plans to open locations elsewhere in Middlesex and Essex Counties, though no specifics have been given as of yet. If all goes well, the Wilmington location of The Habit Burger Grill could be opening in the spring of 2020.

The Habit Burger Grill started out in Santa Barbara in 1969 and today has more than 250 locations, most of which are in California. The Wilmington Apple article mentions that their Charburger won best burger in America from Consumer Reports in 2014.

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]

Clay Oven to Replace Lexx in Lexington Center

A couple of months ago, it was reported that an award-winning suburban restaurant was closing, and now we have learned that a new dining spot will be moving in--and retaining some of the former restaurant's menu items.

According to an article from Wicked Local and the Lexington Minuteman, Clay Oven is opening in Lexington Center, taking over the old Lexx space on Mass. Ave. The post mentions that the new eatery will be an Asian fusion spot that offers Indian fare along with "modern twists," and it will also offer dishes that had been served by Lexx, while a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com indicates that it will be a casual upscale restaurant. If all goes as planned, Clay Oven will open early this month.

Lexx first opened in 2004, receiving numerous accolades from the local media for its New American fare, wine, and craft cocktails.

The address for Clay Oven (and the now-closed Lexx) is 1666 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420.

[Earlier Article]
Lexx Restaurant in Lexington Is Closing

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


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

Thursday, August 01, 2019

The Fat Cat in Quincy Has Closed; Will Move to New Location

A favorite spot for comfort food and beer has shut down for the time being, as it is leaving its home for a new space nearby.

According to a Facebook post from the place, The Fat Cat in Quincy shuttered last night and is now getting ready to move from its former home at 24 Chestnut Street to a new space at 1495 Hancock Street, which is where Iron Furnace had been until closing a couple of years ago. The note says that the restaurant hopes to reopen in mid-August and that it will "have all sorts of new tricks, drinks and menu items coming your way."

The Fat Cat has been featured by our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as an under-the-radar gastropub-type place with such dishes as fried pickles, macaroni and cheese, and burgers. The review can be found at the link below:

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

The website for The Fat Cat is at http://thefatcat.localsearch365.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]

Stanzy's Country Ranch to Open in Peabody

It looks like a Southern-influenced restaurant, bar, and music spot is on its way to the North Shore.

According to a message sent from @CappyinBoston, Stanzy's Country Ranch is planning to open in Peabody, with the Facebook page for the Main Street place indicating that it will offer "Southern grub," more than 100 whiskey options, and live country music. No opening date has been given as of yet, but one post on its Facebook page indicates that Stanzy's may be opening in the late fall.

The address for this upcoming restaurant, bar, and music venue in Peabody is: Stanzy's Country Ranch, 1 Main Street, Peabody, MA, 01960. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/StanzysRanch/

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]

Shake Shack May Be Opening in Boston's Downtown Crossing

It looks like a New York-based group of burger and shake spots may be expanding to the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Shake Shack is seeking a common victualler license to operate in a space on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, with the address indicating that it would be opening in the block where CVS, Bank of America, and McDonald's reside. If it gets the green light to open, the new location would join others in Boston's Seaport District and Back Bay along with outlets in Cambridge's Harvard Square, The Street Chestnut Hill, and Legacy Place in Dedham--and two upcoming spots at the Arsenal Yards in Watertown and the Burlington Mall.

The address listed for the planned location of Shake Shack is 315-333 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The website for Shake Shack can be found at https://www.shakeshack.com/

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]