Friday, August 30, 2019

Carolicious Opens within Aeronaut Brewing Company Space in Somerville

A new dining option has come to a brewery in Somerville, and its focus will be on Venezuelan fare.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Carolicious is now open within Aeronaut Brewing Company on Tyler Street, with the eatery joining Tasting Counter and Somerville Chocolate in the Foods Hub area of the facility. Eater mentions that the people behind Carolicious are Carolina Garcia and Carolina Salinas, who have been involved with pop-ups including ones at the brewery as well as various events and farmers markets. The new dining spot will offer such items as arepas, bowls, and pastelitos andinos (empanadas filled with meat or veggies).

The address for Carolicious (and Aeronaut) is 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143. The Instagram page for Carolicious can be found at https://www.instagram.com/carolicious424/

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]

Beacons Restaurant to Open in Walpole

A new restaurant is opening in the southwestern suburbs of Boston, and its name appears to be a familiar name in the local area.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Beacons Restaurant is planning to open in Walpole, with the address indicating that it may be taking over the former British Beer Company space on Route 1. The listing mentions that it will be a new concept, though other posts on social media hint that his could be a rebirth of sorts of the long-closed Beacon Restaurant in Norwood, including one poster saying "We welcome the Beacon back!!!" If all goes as planned, Beacons Restaurant (which is also showing up in places as "Beacon's Restaurant") could be opening in September.

The Walpole location of British Beer Company closed toward the end of 2017.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Walpole is: Beacons Restaurant, 85 Providence Highway (Route 1), Walpole, MA, 02032. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Beacons-Restaurant-106486040695744/

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 29, 2019

Kin Tap Room Plans to Open in Everett

It looks like Everett's Fermentation District could soon become home to a family-friendly "indoor backyard and tap room" if all goes as planned.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Kin Tap Room is looking to open on Norman Street in a facility that is currently home to Revolution Axe Throwing and Sky Zone Trampoline Park (behind Night Shift Brewing). The website for the business and the Eater article indicate that it would be a space for both adults and children, with offerings including lawn games, a bar area with beer, wine, and cider as well as coffee, space for children's activities, and possibly space for events and classes. It does not appear that food would be served at Kin Tap Room, but patrons would be able to bring their own, and it would be an indoor facility that would be open year round. If all goes well, the new spot could be open within the first half of 2020, according to Eater.

The Fermentation District includes alcohol-related businesses such as Night Shift, Bone Up Brewing Co., Down the Road Beer Co., and Short Path Distillery, while a dining and drinking spot called Village Bar & Grill also resides in the heart of the area.

The website for Kin Tap Room is at https://www.kintapandrec.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]

Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Billerica Is Reopening

A couple of months ago, it was reported that a local outlet of a small Texas-based burger chain had closed down. Now we have learned that the place will soon be opening back up again.

According to an email, Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Billerica is getting ready to reopen, with the plan being to open its doors on September 16. The Boston Road eatery shuttered in the late spring, which followed the closing of its first Boston-area location in Jamaica Plain last fall; locations of the chain remain in operation in downtown Boston, Hudson, Mansfield, Northborough, and Sudbury.

Mooyah, which is headquartered in Plano, features burgers made with "never-frozen beef" as well as salads, handcut fries, and shakes.

The address for Mooyah in Billerica is 199 Boston Road, North Billerica, MA, 01862. The website for the chain is at https://www.mooyah.com/

[September 16 update: Based on various social media posts, Mooyah is now open once again in Billerica.]

[Earlier Article]
Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Billerica 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]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ebisuya Noodle House Opens in Malden

The people behind a Japanese market in Medford have opened a restaurant nearby that features a very popular noodle dish.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Ebisuya Noodle House is now open in Malden, with the dining spot taking over the space on Summer Street that had formerly been home to Cafe de Lulu's. The post says that the eatery is under the same ownership as Ebisuya Market on Riverside Street in Medford Square and that it offers ramen, though it is not yet known if it also offers the soba and udon dishes available at the market. Ebisuya Noodle House is cash-only and is open from 5:00 PM to 8:00 for dinner.

The address for this new dining spot in Malden is: Ebisuya Noodle House, 64 Summer Street, Malden, MA, 02148. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/p/B1jPvq0g9Xz/

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]

Comfort Kitchen May Open in Uphams Corner, As Plans for Sip & Spoke Fall Through

A new restaurant may be on its way to a section of Boston that has few dining options, and it would be taking over an historic space that a proposed bike cafe had been interested in awhile back.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, a dining spot tentatively called Comfort Kitchen is looking to open in the Uphams Corner section of Dorchester, moving into a former comfort station that had been around since the early 1900s. Over the past couple of years, it appeared that a combination bike shop/coffee shop called Sip & Spoke was coming to the Columbia Road site, but those plans have been scrapped, paving the way for what is being described as a "daytime cafe and pop-up dinner experience featuring local food entrepreneurs." The post mentions that the people behind the proposed eatery are Nyacko Perry and Biplaw Rai, with the latter being behind Shanti in Dorchester, Roslindale, and Cambridge along with Dudley Cafe in Roxbury.

If all goes as planned, Comfort Kitchen could be opening in May of 2020.

The address for the proposed Comfort Kitchen is 611 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA, 02125.

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 27, 2019

Boutique Hotel Near Cambridge's Central Square to Include The Dial, The Blue Owl, Praline, Toscanini’s

A few years ago, it was learned that an historic structure on the edge of Cambridge's Central Square that was home to two restaurants and an ice cream shop would become a boutique hotel and that the three businesses might return to the space. It now appears that only one of the three will return, but three new food spots will also be on the way.

According to an article from Cambridge Day, 907 Main will include The Dial restaurant and bar, which will have an enclosed courtyard on the ground floor; The Blue Owl, which will be a rooftop dining and drinking spot; and Praline, which will be a French bakery. In addition, Toscanini's Ice Cream will come back to the space, though it appears that Patty Chen's Dumpling Room will likely not return, while Cinderella's Restaurant has moved to a space in Inman Square.

Cambridge Day says that the 907 Main hotel, which will have five floors and 67 rooms, plans to open in the first quarter of 2020, so the food spots could also open around that time.

[Earlier Article]
Building Housing Cinderella's, Patty Chen's, Toscanini's in Cambridge May Become Boutique Hotel

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


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

Hen to Open in Former Red House Space in Somerville's Union Square

A new dining spot that will feature a Thai version of chicken and rice is on its way to Somerville, taking over the space where a Chinese restaurant had been.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Hen is planning to open in Union Square in the former Red House space, with a photograph indicating that the eatery will feature khao man gai, which is a style of Hainanese chicken rice typically found as a street-food dish in Thailand. It is not yet known when Hen might open--nor is it known what else might be on its menu--so stay tuned for updates.

Red House, which closed down in June, was known mainly for its Chinese-American fare.

The address for the upcoming Hen is 24 Union Square, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its Instagram page is at https://www.instagram.com/hen_boston/

[Earlier Article]
Red House in Somerville's Union Square Has Closed

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, August 26, 2019

Tropical Smoothie Cafe to Open in Swampscott

A Georgia-based chain of restaurants featuring salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and more is planning to expand to the Greater Boston area, with one outlet on its way to the North Shore.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is looking to open in Swampscott, with the address shown indicating that it would come to the Swampscott Mall in the Vinnin Square area. Based on other locations of the chain, which started out in Florida in 1997 and is now headquartered in Atlanta, expect to see such items as salads, wraps, flatbreads, pressed sandwiches, bowls, quesadillas, breakfast dishes, and smoothies at the upcoming outlet.

Currently, the only locations of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Massachusetts can be found on the South Coast and Cape Cod, including Fairhaven, Hyannis, New Bedford, North Dartmouth, and Seekonk.

The address for the new location of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Swampscott will be 450 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA, 01907. The website for the chain is at https://www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.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]

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Common Ground in Allston Is Closing

A popular restaurant and bar in Allston is saying farewell.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Common Ground is shutting down at the end of business hours tonight, with the Harvard Avenue spot saying that "Tonight at 2am we will be closing our doors for good so come celebrate with us Mr. Piercy C K Ryan will be on the bar." A couple of sources tell us that its location in Arlington Center will remain in operation, however, so this just affects the original restaurant.

Common Ground, which first opened in 1995, has been known in part for its comfort food, craft beer list, and craft cocktails.

The address for Common Ground in Allston is 83 Harvard Avenue, Boston, MA, 02134. The website for the existing location in Arlington--which is at 319 Broadway--is http://commongroundarlington.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 23, 2019

La Taqueria Taco Bar and Grill in Roslindale Plans to Open New Location in Dedham

It looks like a Mexican restaurant located in a Boston neighborhood may be expanding to the suburbs.

According to a post from Universal Hub, La Taqueria Taco Bar and Grill is Roslindale is planning to open a second location in Dedham, with the upcoming outlet coming to Washington Street by the Providence Highway rotary. The original location of La Taqueria opened a couple of years ago on Hyde Park Avenue and features such items as tacos, nachos, street corn, tortas, quesadillas, burritos, and more.

The website for the original location of La Taqueria Taco Bar and Grill can be found at https://www.lataqueriaboston.com/

[September 19 update: A Patch article indicates that the new location of La Taqueria Taco Bar and Grill could be opening in Dedham in late October or early November.]

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]

Sethji's and Dugu Open in Medfield

A couple of to-go spots have opened in the same space in the southwest suburbs of Boston, and they both feature cuisines from far away.

According to a source, Sethji's and Dugu are now open in Medfield, with the former featuring South Indian fare and the latter featuring West African fusion cuisine. The two Park Street businesses offer food items that can be ordered online to pick up, and Dugu also offers delivery service to Medfield and some of the nearby communities.

The address for Sethji's and Dugu is 26 Park Street, Medfield, MA, 02052. The website for Sethji's is at https://sethjis.com/ while the website for Dugu is at https://www.mydugu.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]

Night Shift Eats Food Truck Is Up and Running

The people behind a local brewery have expanded into the food truck business.

According to a tweet, Night Shift Brewing has debuted a truck called Night Shift Eats, which has a soft launch today outside its taproom in Everett. A web page for the food truck shows that it will also be coming to the Owl’s Nest beer garden at the Esplanade in Boston, and a note hints that the truck will be popping up elsewhere, saying that "This is just the beginning, who knows where we might pop-up next!"

The menu for Night Shift Eats includes such items as poutine, chorizo, shrimp tacos, burgers, tostones, wings, and more.

In addition to its brewery and taproom in Everett and its beer garden at the Esplanade, Night Shift also has a facility at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston and another Owl's Nest beer garden along the Charles River in Allston. The website for the business can be found at https://nightshiftfamily.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]

Pearl & Lime to Open in Quincy Center

A new restaurant and bar is on its way to a rapidly-developing downtown area just south of Boston, and it will move into the space where a location of a burger spot had been.

According to City of Quincy consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, Pearl & Lime is planning to open in Quincy Center in the former KKatie's Burger Bar space within the West Of Chestnut development on Hancock Street. We are told that the upcoming spot will be a "cocktail-forward" concept that is run by the team behind The Townshend, a nearby restaurant and bar that is also on Hancock Street, and that more details will be coming soon on the place, so stay tuned for updates.

KKaties' closed in April after being in business for a bit more than two years; its other locations in Marshfield, Plymouth, and Hyannis remain in operation.

The address for the upcoming Pearl & Lime is 1440 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

[September 10 update: Wicked Local states that the menu at Pearl & Lime will have Latin influences including Mexican and Caribbean foods, while drinks such as Daiquiris and Margaritas will likely be offered. If all goes well, the new restaurant could be opening in December.]

[Earlier Article]
KKatie's Burger Bar in Quincy 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]

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.

[September 6 update: Sea Salt is one step closer to opening, as The Marblehead Reporter states that the Board of Selectmen have approved of a beer, wine, and cordials license for the place (it now needs to be approved by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission).]

[October 17 update: Based on a job post within the Craigslist site, it appears that Sea Salt will open in early November.]

[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 Closed; Crossroads Pub to 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." [Ed note: It does not appear that there is any connection between this place and Crossroads Irish Pub in Boston, which closed a couple of years ago.]

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.

[August 27 update: A Facebook post confirms that Jamie's Grill 63 will be replaced by Crossroads Pub, with the post saying that Crossroads is coming to the Jamie's space "soon."]

[September 17 update: A new Facebook post from the place states that Crossroads Pub plans to open around the first week of October.]

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.]

[September 16 update: Eater Boston states that three familiar names are among the first ones announced for Hub Hall, as locations of Sullivan's at Castle Island in South Boston and Monica's Mercato and Mike's Pastry in the North End will be coming to the space.]

[September 20 update: Boston Magazine gives three more names coming to Hub Hall, including two familiar ones in the immediate Boston area--Cusser's, a casual roast beef and seafood shop in downtown Boston that is affiliated with the more upscale Mooncusser Fish House, and The Smoke Shop BBQ, a trio of restaurants operated by Andy Husbands. In addition, Sauce in Andover will be expanding to the food hall as well, though unlike the original which focuses on ribs and wings, the new location will focus on burgers.]

[September 30 update: According to a press release, three more dining spots have been announced for Hub Hall, including GreCo, a Greek restaurant in the Back Bay, the Seaport District, and (soon) Downtown Crossing; Boston Soup Company, a soup place run by Chef Marc Orfaly of Navy Yard Hospitality Group (Pier 6, ReelHouse, Mija Cantina); and Juicygreens, a juice bar and cafe in Jamaica Plain that features salads, bowls, toasts, cold-pressed juices, and smoothies.]

[October 10 update: An article from Eater Boston mentions that three more names have been announced for Hub Hall, including a retail outlet of Medford-based Bianco & Sons Sausage, a location of New York-based Taco Dumbo, and an outlet of Caffe Nero.]

[October 21 update: A press release mentions that three more places have been announced for Hub Hall, including ReelHouse Oyster Bar, which is an offshoot of ReelHouse in East Boston and Quincy; Now Pouring Wine Bar, which is a new concept from Patina Restaurant Group (the group behind Hub Hall); and The Draft by Banners, a beer bar that is an offshoot of Banners Kitchen & Tap, a new restaurant and sports bar adjacent to Hub Hall.]

[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 planning to close 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.

[August 26 update: According to a source, Maria's Pastry Shop plans to stay open beyond September 15, though they will not be restocking the place after that date, so it could close soon afterwards.]

[September 15 update: A tweet from @NorthEndBoston confirms that Maria's Pastry Shop closed today, though another post mentions that they will indeed be wrapping up orders over the next few days and using the last of their remaining stock.]

[September 23 update: A Twitter post from @stevebikes indicates that Maria's is actually still open, and plans to be so possibly until next Monday.]

[September 25 update: A message from Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting indicates that Maria's will remain open through this Saturday, and if there is any product left, it will open back up again on Sunday. (It now appears that Monday will be spent cleaning out the shop.)]

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 to Be Replaced by Roxanne's

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.]

[September 10 update: A message sent indicates that Roxanne's opens on Thursday, September 12.]

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]

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

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/

[September 5 update: An article from boston.com indicates that Richards plans to open on September 27, and that it will feature New American fare along with beer and wine, with the plan being to open for dinner only at first, though its hours could eventually be extended.]

[September 27 update: A Facebook post from the place indicates that Richards will not be opening tonight after all, as the opening date has been pushed back to Wednesday, October 2.]

[October 2 update: Eater Boston states that Richards indeed opens this evening, though it will be more of a soft opening with a limited menu. (The post says that the restaurant will have more of a grand opening tomorrow.)]

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 Is Opening 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 new 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/

[September 27 update: The Facebook page for the place indicates that Bonez Brothers BBQ has soft-opened, with the restaurant only open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for what appears to be the foreseeable future. A message from Kerry Byrne indicates that its menu includes such items as alligator sausage, alligator fritters, alligator jambalaya, pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket poutine, ribs, cracklings, macaroni and cheese, and wings.]

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/

[October 17 update: Otto Pizza could be one step closer to opening in South Boston by next week, as a licensing board hearing page indicates that its request for a common victualler license is slated to be looked at on Wednesday, October 23.]

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.

[September 5 update: ReelHouse Oyster Bar has not yet opened, though it could be closer to debuting by next week, as a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website indicates that its request for a common victualler license is slated to be looked at on Wednesday, September 11.]

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.]

[September 9 update: A sign out front at the South Shore Plaza says that Johnny Rockets is open once again.]

[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 Is Opening in the 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.

[August 26 update: Our source tells us (via the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page) that Yoi Sushi & Chinese Restaurant has soft-opened.]

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 Is Opening 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/

[September 17 update: A Facebook post from the place indicates that Harbor Sweets is now open at the Burlington Mall.]

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)


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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)


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Craft Beer Cellar in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood Is Becoming Fenway Beer Shop

It looks like a local group of specialty beer shops is 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/

[August 28 update: It appears that Craft Beer Cellar is in the process of transition over to Fenway Beer Shop, based on the new Facebook page for the place.]

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


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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)


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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)


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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)


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