Monday, September 30, 2019

Charlie's Junction Deli in Lynn Is Closing

It looks like a classic old breakfast and lunch spot on the North Shore will soon be shutting down.

According to a Facebook post from Julie Kramer of indie617, Charlie's Junction Deli in Lynn is closing its doors, possibly in two weeks, though another poster within the thread says that it plans to close sometime in the next month or so. The dining spot is a family-owned breakfast and lunch place that features such items as French toast, pancakes, omelets, bagels, hot dogs, ham and cheese sandwiches, BLTs, and more.

Charlie's Junction Deli has been in business for more than 20 years.

The address for this soon-to-close eatery in Lynn is: Charlie's Junction Deli, 65 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA, 01901.

[October 10 update: An article from Fox 25 News mentions that Charlie's Junction Deli may be closing on or around Saturday, October 12, though it could stay open a bit longer if there are any delays on the sale of the building in which it resides.]

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]

Allston Property Containing Lulu's Is Up for Sale; Future of Restaurant Unknown

The future of a comfort food restaurant in Allston is up in the air, as the space in which it resides is on the market.

A brochure for "417-433 Cambridge Street" that was tweeted by @allstonratcity indicates that the property housing Lulu's is up for sale, with the executive summary within the brochure saying that it is "a premier redevelopment opportunity with strong in-place income...for sale or proposals for a joint-venture redevelopment of the property." The summary goes on to state that "While there is significant development value in 417-433 Cambridge Street, it is also advantageously leased to a diverse selection of retail tenants, providing investors with a return on their capital before and during the development process." At this point in time, it is not known exactly what will happen to the space where Lulu's resides, nor is it known when any redevelopment could happen, so for now, it appears that the restaurant will continue in operation.

Lulu's first opened in June of 2014 in the space where Cafe Brazil had been; the restaurant offers such items as salsa tots, warm pretzel rolls, deviled eggs, wild game chili, short rib mac and cheese, pork chops, grilled flank steak, pulled pork sandwiches, and more.

The address for Lulu's is 421 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA, 02134. Its website can be found at https://www.lulusallston.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 Beacon Hill Pub in Boston May Be Replaced by a Fine-Dining Restaurant

A dive bar in the heart of Boston that closed down last year only to reopen under new ownership may be making way for a higher-end spot.

According to an article in the Beacon Hill Times, the Beacon Hill Pub could be replaced by a fine-dining restaurant, as its new owner--the Greater Boston Bar Co.--is working with Babak Bina of BiNA Family Hospitality (jm Curley, Bogie's Place, Bin 26 Enoteca), who will help the group bring in a new owner/operator for the planned opening of an upscale dining spot. The post mentions that the proposal includes replacing the six apartment units above the bar with 16 high-end executive suites.

It appears that plans for the Beacon Hill Pub space and the apartments will be looked at by the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee this week, while the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will also need to approve the proposal as well. If approved, it may take 10 to 12 months to complete construction and rehabilitation of the property, according to the article.

The Beacon Hill Pub, which has been in business since at least the 1980s, is considered one of the few dives left in or near Boston's downtown area; the group that took over ownership of the place also took over The Tam in the Theatre District, Sullivan's Tap near North Station, and Mary Ann's in Brighton's Cleveland Circle.

The address for the Beacon Hill Pub is 149 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

[Earlier Articles]
The Beacon Hill Pub in Boston Has Reopened
Beacon Hill Pub in Boston Temporarily Closes, Plans to Reopen Soon

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]

Courtside in East Cambridge Is Closing

One of the few remaining dive bars in Cambridge is shutting down.

According to a source, Courtside on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge is planning to close, with a few social media thread mentioning this as well, including one poster saying what our source said, that it could be shuttering as early as today. The closure of the bar appears to be connected to an accessibility issue, though we are trying to confirm the exact details of this issue, so stay tuned for updates.

Courtside is a decades-old bar that is known in part for its weekend karaoke; the Manta site indicates that it dates all the way back to 1943.

 The address for Courtside is 291 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141.

[October 2 update: According to a source, it appears that Courtside has indeed closed for good, as the place was locked up and dark yesterday evening with a grate over the front.]

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]

Popeyes in Kenmore Square Has Apparently Closed

A Boston location of a chain of chicken spots appears to have shut down for good, and this isn't the first time the shop has closed down.

According to a Twitter post from @convivitude, Popeyes in Kenmore Square is shuttered, with a picture showing a "Closed" sign out front. A subsequent tweet from @ralvarez617 mentions that the Brookline Avenue storefront looks "completely cleaned out inside," though a check on the website for the chain shows that the Kenmore Square outlet remains listed. (We have reached out to Popeyes and are waiting to hear back from them about the exact status of this location.)

The Kenmore Square location of Popeyes, which was formerly on Beacon Street, closed early in 2010 only to reopen later that year; other outlets within the Boston city limits can be found on Huntington Avenue by Northeastern as well as in Roslindale and Roxbury, while other shops in the Greater Boston area are located in Brockton, Chelmsford, Everett, Lynn, and Randolph--and Universal Hub mentions that a new outlet will be opening in West Roxbury as well.

The address for the now-closed Popeyes in Kenmore Square was 21 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for the chain is at https://www.popeyes.com/

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


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

Somerville Brewing Company Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

A local brewing company that includes both a brewery/taproom and a brewhouse has declared bankruptcy and is now looking to reorganize.

According to a tweet from @_davidelman, Somerville Brewing Company has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, with a post within the courtlistener.com site indicating that the bankruptcy petition stems at least in part from the buildout of its restaurant and brewpub at Assembly Row, which has resulted in the company falling behind in rent payments for that space. The company is now looking to keep the brewhouse and the brewery/taproom in operation as it plans a reorganization.

Somerville Brewing company first opened its brewery and taproom on Ward Street in 2014, with its brewhouse at Assembly Row debuting in 2017; the company, which also operated a seasonal beer garden at Assembly Row, is known for its Slumbrew brand of beers.

The website for Somerville Brewing Company can be found at https://www.slumbrew.com

[October 3 update: Eater Boston states that a U.S. Bankruptcy judge has given approval of Somerville Brewing Company's motions to use its cash collateral and pay the workers' wages, allowing them to remain open at both locations through November 4, which is when a hearing will look into the future of the business.]

[November 6 update: A message sent to us indicates that both Somerville Brewing Company and American Fresh Brewhouse at Assembly Row have been awarded ongoing Chapter 11 protection, which means they will be able to keep operating as usual.]

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]

Friday, September 27, 2019

Mystic Brewery in Chelsea Is Closing Down

One of the first of the "new" batch of local breweries in the Greater Boston area is calling it a day.

According to a Facebook post from the business, Mystic Brewery in Chelsea is closing its doors, saying that it has "decided to discontinue brewing operations and intends to wind things down over the next few weeks" while saying that it will be "releasing some final batches, special beers, and selling off our beer archive as well as selling off all of our barrels to the public." The note ends by saying that "we are proud of what we accomplished and know in our hearts that the impact of Mystic will remain long after the doors are closed."

Mystic Brewery was established in 2011, with its taproom opening a couple of years later within its Williams Street space. In February of 2018, it appeared that the brewery may relocate to a new, larger facility on Charles Street in Malden, but those plans ultimately fell through.

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

[October 16 update: An Instagram post from the place indicates that Mystic Brewery will close its taproom after business hours on Saturday, October 19.]

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]

Patzcuaro Taqueria & Bar Opens in Former Sangria Space in Newton's Nonantum Neighborhood

A brand new Mexican restaurant has opened in Newton, and replacing a tapas bar that closed a few months ago.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants group page, Patzcuaro Taqueria & Bar is now open on Watertown Street in the city's Nonantum neighborhood, moving into the former Sangria space. Very little is known about the new spot at this point in time (a Yelp reviewer mentions tacos, chips and salsa, and margaritas), so check back for updates once we find out more about what is on its menu.

Sangria closed in late June after being in business for a bit more than four years; the space had previously been home to an Italian restaurant called Vecchia Roma.

The address for Patzcuaro Taqueria & Bar is 398 Watertown Street, Newton, MA, 02458.

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]

Pushcart Pizzeria in Boston's North End Has Closed

It looks like a North End pizzeria has closed its doors for good.

According to a tweet from @ConciergeBoston, Pushcart Pizzeria on Salem Street is no longer in business, with a "For Sale" sign being shown in one of its windows. It is not known why the dining spot closed or when its last day in business was; as soon as we get more information, we will post an update here.

Pushcart Pizzeria--which was also known as Pushcart Cafe--was known in part for its pizza, while also serving calzones, salads, and beer, wine, and cocktails as well.

The address for the now-closed Pushcart Pizzeria was 117 Salem Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

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]

Koshari Mama to Replace Perillas at Bow Market in Somerville's Union Square

A long-term pop-up at a new development in Somerville is leaving its space, while another long-term pop-up featuring a cuisine that is very tough to find in the region will be moving in.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Perillas, which is a Korean eatery that features bibimbap, says farewell to Bow Market in Union Square tomorrow (Saturday, September 28), as the owner looks for a permanent spot while continuing to do catering. In its place will be an Egyptian street-food place called Koshari Mama that will feature vegan items including koshari (a dish with rice, pasta, lentils, chickpeas, and fried onions) along with lentil soup, salads, eggplant rice bowls, a mushroom shawarma sandwich, and more. Eater mentions that Perillas was in the space for a year, and it looks like Koshari Mama will be there for a year as well.

Koshari Mama--which also has a stand at Mill No. 5 in Lowell--plans to have its grand opening at Bow Market on November 2. (Its website can be found at https://www.kosharimama.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, September 26, 2019

Nibble Kitchen Opens at Bow Market in Somerville's Union Square

A new dining spot that features a rotating list of cuisines has come to a development in one of the hottest sections of Somerville.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Nibble Kitchen opens today at Bow Market in Union Square, with the eatery featuring a changing lineup of chefs and cooks who offer the foods of such places as Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Venezuela. The article mentions that in addition to food offerings that change each day, the Nibble Kitchen space will also be used for dinner parties and cooking classes.

The website for the business says that Nibble is run by the Somerville Arts Council and is supported by the Mayors' Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development.

The website for Nibble can be found at https://nibblesomerville.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 Hungry I in Boston's Beacon Hill Has Closed

A few months ago, it was learned that a nationally-recognized Beacon Hill restaurant was up for sale, and now we have learned that it appears to have shut down.

Based on a check on the place this week--including phone calls no longer being answered during dinner service and reservations no longer being accepted online, it appeared that The Hungry I on Charles Street was no longer in operation, with a message from the Beacon Hill Civic Association confirming that it has indeed closed. Back in May, it was reported that the restaurant and its building went on the market with its price including its liquor license and entertainment license, but it is not known if it has actually been sold and/or what might become of the space.

The Hungry I, which had been run by Peter Ballarin since 1981, received both local and national recognition over the years, including from TimeOut Boston, USA Today, and Zagat.

The address for The Hungry I was 71 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

[Earlier Article]
The Hungry I in Boston's Beacon Hill Is for Sale

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]

Manoa Poke Shop in Somerville Is Reopening

A Somerville restaurant that shut down earlier this year is returning to its old space.

Eater Boston is reporting (via an Instagram page from the place) that Manoa Poke Shop on Beacon Street is opening back up, with the dining spot soft-opening this weekend and also being open next weekend, though it is not yet known when it might resume normal hours. The post mentions that the eatery will offer poke (a Hawaiian raw fish salad) once again, along with Polynesian specialties that include its popular fried chicken dish.

Manoa closed in January after being in operation for approximately two years, though the business has continued to do pop-ups at events since its closure, according to Eater.

The address for Manoa Poke Shop is 300 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA, 02143.

[Earlier Article]
Manoa Poke Shop in Somerville 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]

Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

A Boston-based group of deep-dish pizza spots has closed yet another one of its local outlets, and now there is only one location remaining within the city limits.

According to a source, Uno Pizzeria and Grill in the Back Bay is no longer in operation, with the Boylston Street place shutting down yesterday. With the closing of this location, the only Uno left in Boston is in Kenmore Square--which remains in business--with some other local outlets being in Braintree, Dedham, Framingham, Revere, and Swampscott.

A number of other locations of Uno have closed over the past decade or so, including restaurants in Boston's Symphony area, Allston, Cambridge's Harvard Square and Porter Square, Burlington, Newton Corner, Waltham, and Woburn.

The address for the now-closed location of Uno Pizzeria and Grill in the Back Bay was 731 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations of Uno can be found at https://www.unos.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]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Equal Exchange Cafe in Boston's North Station Area Is Closing

A coffee shop near North Station is closing its doors, though its business will remain in operation.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Equal Exchange Cafe on Causeway Street is shutting down, with a note out front saying that is will be closing on Monday, September 30. The note does say that the Equal Exchange cooperative will continue to work with cafes and food retailers, showing a list of a few places in the Boston area in which their products can be found.

Equal Exchange Cafe first opened in the North Station/West End area of the city 11 years ago.

The address for Equal Exchange Cafe is 226 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for the business can be found at https://equalexchange.coop

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


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

La Cucina Sul Mare to Open in Towneship Space in North Easton

An Italian restaurant on the Cape will be expanding to a spot closer to Boston, and it will replace an upscale eatery that is housed in an historic space.

According to an article in Wicked Local, La Cucina Sul Mare in Falmouth is planning to open in North Easton, taking over the space where Towneship currently resides. The post says that the new dining spot will feature "a lot of seafood" from Cape Cod while offering both Italian and Mediterranean fare. No opening date has been given for La Cucina Sul Mare as of yet, so keep checking back for updates as they come in.

The structure in which Towneship (and the upcoming La Cucina Sul Mare) resides is an old Swedish church that goes back 150 years.

The address for La Cucina Sul Mare will be 140 Main St, North Easton, MA 02356.

[October 10 update: Eater Boston states that Towneship is now 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]

Eric Papachristos (Saloniki, Trade, Porto) Taking Over The Venetian Restaurant in East Weymouth

A few months ago, it was learned that a South Shore institution was on the selling block and it was not known what might become of the place. Now we have learned that a well-known restaurateur within the Boston-area dining scene is taking it over.

According to a source, Eric Papachristos is taking ownership of The Venetian Restaurant in East Weymouth, with an article in the Patriot Ledger saying that the plan is to keep the name and its focus on Italian and Italian-American fare, while the space itself will go through renovations. The article indicates that The Broad Street dining spot will close around the beginning of the year for a short period of time for upgrades, including new fixtures and equipment. Papachristos, whose father owns the nearby Niko's Restaurant, is one of the people behind Saloniki, a trio of Greek restaurants located in Boston and Cambridge, as well as Trade on the Boston waterfront and Porto in the Back Bay.

The Venetian started out in Yarmouth in the 1920s, moving to North Weymouth then a couple of spaces in East Weymouth before settling into its current home in 1940.

The address for The Venetian Restaurant is 909 Broad Street, East Weymouth, MA, 02189.

[November 7 update: Wicked Local says that The Venetian Restaurant will actually close after business hours this Sunday as it gets ready for the ownership change.]

[Earlier Article]
The Venetian Restaurant in East Weymouth Is Being Sold

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


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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Windy City Pizza in Dorchester Is Moving to Former Unchained Pizza Space

A Dorchester pizzeria is moving to a new location within the neighborhood, taking over the space where another pizza spot had been.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, Windy City Pizza is in the process of moving from Gallivan Boulevard in Adams Village to Morrissey Boulevard just north of Neponset Circle, taking over the space where Unchained Pizza had been. The move appears to stem at least in part from "a small electrical incident" that took place at the former home of the pizzeria in July, with the owner deciding not to renew the lease there. (Power was fully restored to its former building earlier this month.) The new location of Windy City Pizza appears to be very close to opening pending final inspections, and a third location of the pizzeria could also be coming to Main Street in Weymouth by the end of the year as well, joining the Morrissey Boulevard outlet along with another shop on Newport Street in Quincy.

Unchained Pizza's other location on Adams Street in Quincy remains in operation.

The address for the new location of Windy City Pizza in Dorchester is 960 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA, 02122. The website for the business can be found at https://www.windypizza.com/

[November 7 update: According to its Facebook page, Windy City Pizza is now open at its new home on Morrissey Boulevard.]

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]

Poutinerie by Air Canada to Pop Up in Boston's Downtown Crossing

A pop-up is on its way to the heart of Boston, and it will feature a beloved food item that is particularly north of the border.

According to a press release, the Poutinerie by Air Canada pop-up is coming to 267 Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, debuting on Thursday, October 3 and running through Sunday, October 13. The poutine pop-up, which will be open from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily, will offer such options as a classic Montreal-style poutine (fries, cheese curds, and gravy), a Toronto version called "The North" (sharp cheddar cheese instead of curds and beer-braised pork added), and versions with international influences including Paris "'Tine de Triomphe" (fries, duck confit, creme de brie, black pepper), Sao Paulo "Sampa" (thick-cut fries, grilled hanger steak, chimichurri), Tokyo "The Shibu-yeah!" (thick-cut fries, ground pork, ponzu and sesame sauce, pickled daikon or shredded carrot, ginger), and others. Boston is the fourth city to host Poutinerie by Air Canada, with the pop-up previously coming to Washington, DC, London, and Denver.

Proceeds from the Poutinerie by Air Canada pop-up will benefit About Fresh, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps bring healthy food to those in need.

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]

Da LaPosta Pizzeria May Be Coming to Former Bee's Knees Space in Boston's Fort Point

A new pizza spot could be on its way to a red-hot section of Boston, and it would be opening where a gourmet market had been.

According to a source, Da LaPosta is planning to open in the city's Fort Point neighborhood, taking over a part of the old Bee's Knees space on Farnsworth Street. Our source indicates that a public meeting on the proposed pizzeria is slated for October 7 at the former Bee's Knees site and that the place is seeking a liquor license, though little other information has been given as of yet.

Bee's Knees shut down (and was seized by the state) around the beginning of 2017 and subsequently went up for auction; the market had also gone up for sale in late 2015 as well.

The address for the proposed Da LaPosta is 12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

[October 7 update: Eater Boston mentions that the person behind Da LaPosta is Mario LaPosta, who comes from the now-closed Babbo in the Seaport District and who has competed in the World Pizza Championship in Italy. The post says that the pizzeria, which will feature wood-fired pies, plans to open sometime in the spring of 2020.]

[Earlier Articles]
Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Seized by the State
Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Up for Auction

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]

Union Brewhouse in Weymouth Is Reopening

A few months ago, a popular beer bar that had been around for more than 20 years abruptly closed, and it ultimately appeared that it would not be returning. Now we have learned that it will indeed be opening back up again.

According to a source, Union Brewhouse in Weymouth is planning to reopen, with a Facebook post from the Washington Street spot showing a picture of the place with an "opening soon" sign out front, while the post itself says, "Brewhouse will be re-opening soon! Stay tuned!" Union Brewhouse closed out of the blue in mid-June, though a few days later its Facebook page indicated that the closure was due to "a perfect storm of equipment failure" and that it planned to eventually be up and running again. In July, however, its future appeared to be in doubt, as a "For Sale" sign was posted out front.

Union Brewhouse first opened its doors in 1996, offering an array of craft beers along with comfort food and pub grub.

The address for Union Brewhouse is 550 Washington Street (Route 53), Weymouth, MA, 02188.

[October 9 update: According to a source, Union Brewhouse may be reopening as early as today, while a poster on the Facebook page for the place mentions that it could be reopening tomorrow; we will try to find out exactly when it will be opening back up, so stay tuned for another update soon.]

[October 9 update #2: A Facebook post from the place indicates that Union Brewhouse is now open once again.]

[Earlier Article]
Union Brewhouse in Weymouth Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

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, September 23, 2019

The Tahiti in Dedham Has Been Sold; Closing Does Not Appear to Be Imminent

The future of yet another Polynesian restaurant now seems to be in question, though it does not appear that it would close right away.

According to an article from Universal Hub, the Tahiti in Dedham has been sold to a local builder, with the sale of the property--which includes approximately an acre of land--taking place last month. The post does say that the dining and drinking spot will apparently be able to stay open for at least two more years, though it is not known what might become of the space once it closes--if it does indeed close.

The Tahiti is one of the few remaining Polynesian places left in the Greater Boston area, as such spots as Bali Hai in Lynnfield, Makaha in Acton, the Royal Hawaiian in Burlington, Weylu's in Saugus, Aku Aku in Cambridge, Imperial Terrace in Quincy, Tiki Hideaway in Boston's Fenway neighborhood, and the South Pacific in Newton have closed for good over the years.

The address for the Tahiti is 22 Mah Way, Dedham, MA, 02026.

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]

Spyce Plans to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square

A restaurant in downtown Boston that features the use of robots may be expanding across the river.

Cambridge Day is reporting that Spyce is looking to open in Harvard Square, taking over the former Chipotle space at 1 Brattle Square. The concept,  which was created by MIT students in 2015, led to the opening of Spyce on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing in May of 2018, with the place featuring a robotic kitchen and a menu that includes a variety of bowls.

A license commission agenda page indicates that a meeting on the proposed Spyce in Harvard Square is slated for tomorrow (Tuesday, September 24).

The website for Spyce can be found at https://www.spyce.com/

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


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

Update: PURR Cat Cafe in Brighton Has Closed

[Ed note: This article was updated on October 9 to reflect the fact that the cafe appears to have closed for good.]

It looks like Boston's first (and only) cat cafe has closed for at least the time being.

Universal Hub is reporting (via a Twitter post from @MariannaFoos) that PURR Cat Cafe in Brighton has temporarily shuttered, with a note on its website saying "Please continue to check back with us for future updates. Thank you to each and every one of you that has supported PURR since opening. Thank you for your past business and support. We are very thankful and grateful in having you as our customer." The Chestnut Hill Avenue cafe, which debuted in 2017 after a long and rocky road to opening, was a place where people could hang out with adoptable shelter cats while bringing in food or beverages.

The address for PURR Cat Cafe is 167 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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

[October 1 update: An events page indicates that PURR Cat Cafe held a silent auction yesterday in order "raise funds to re-open." The post goes on to say that "If we are fortunate enough to open our doors again, we will have some exciting announcements to make."]

[October 9 update: Drew Starr has posted on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page that PURR Cat Cafe now has a sign up out front that says it is permanently 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]

Corazon de Frida Mexican Cantina Plans to Open in Ginger Exchange Space in Cambridge's Inman Square

A band new Mexican restaurant could be on its way to Cambridge, and it may be taking over the space where an Asian-fusion spot currently resides.

According to a license commission page within the city's website, Corazon de Frida Mexican Cantina is looking to open in Inman Square, with a liquor license transfer from Ginger Exchange being looked at this week. The proposed Mexican eatery, which would apparently be replacing Ginger Exchange, looks like it would have at least a loose connection to a few other dining spots in the region, as the proposed manager is Eric Brambila, who is behind Tequila's in Chelmsford and Wakefield along with Ixtapa Mexican Grill in Groton.

Ginger Exchange first opened in Inman Square in 2009; other locations of the restaurant can be found in the Symphony Hall area of Boston along with Boston's Mission Hill and Watertown.

The address for the proposed Corazon de Frida Mexican Cantina (and Ginger Exchange) is 1287 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139.

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]

Ames Boston Hotel Is Closing; Property to Be Sold to Suffolk University

A downtown Boston hotel that had been home to a restaurant owned by one of the region's best-known chefs is shutting down this week.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting that the Ames Boston Hotel on Court Street is closing tomorrow (Tuesday, September 24) as the property is being sold to Suffolk University. As mentioned in an earlier Boston Globe article, the plan is to convert the property into dorms, though Adam Castiglioni's blog post mentions that those plans apparently still need to be approved by the city.

The Ames Hotel is where Cultivar had been until closing early this year; the upscale restaurant opened in the spring of 2017, with Mary Dumont (formerly of Harvest in Cambridge) and her wife Emily being behind it.

[Earlier Article]
Cultivar in Downtown Boston 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]

Sabur Restaurant in Somerville's Teele Square Has Apparently Closed

A Somerville restaurant that featured a cuisine that isn't all that easy to find in the Greater Boston area has shuttered, and it appears to be a permanent closure.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Sabur in Teele Square appears to have closed for good, as the sign has been taken down and people are working on the space. A poster on the Davis Square Facebook group page seems to have confirmed this a few weeks ago, saying that the "closed for renovations" sign (which had been up since the late spring) had been taken down, and the poster was told that the Holland Street dining spot was indeed shutting down permanently. (A call placed to the restaurant indicates that the phone is out of service.)

Sabur first opened just under 20 years ago, offering Balkan fare along with Mediterranean food items; its menu including such options as grilled shrimp wrapped in vine leaves, slow roasted lamb, potato and celery root cakes, beet risotto, veggie tagine, maple polenta cakes, and a wild fig sundae.

The address for Sabur was 212 Holland Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

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


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

Friday, September 20, 2019

Dirty Water Dough in Boston's Back Bay Is Expanding to East Boston

A pizzeria in the Back Bay of Boston is planning to open another location within the city.

According to a source, Dirty Water Dough on Newbury Street is expanding to an as-of-yet undisclosed space in East Boston, with the website for the business showing a popup window confirming this while a Facebook post says this as well. Based on the menu at the Back Bay shop, the new location could feature pizza, salads, and sandwiches, but more should be known soon about its offerings along with an exact address and when it might open, so keep checking back for updates.

The address for the Back Bay location of Dirty Water Dough is 222 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at https://www.dirtywaterdough.com/

[October 8 update: According to a tweet from @pietrob10, Dirty Water Dough is opening in the former Dough space at 20 Maverick Street, with a page within the City of Boston website confirming this.]

[November 6 update: According to its Facebook page, the East Boston location of Dirty Water Dough is now open.]

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]

A Dispensary Is Looking at the Blue Dragon Space in Boston's Fort Point

It appears that a dispensary is interested in moving into a space in one of Boston's hottest neighborhoods, and the space just happens to be home to a restaurant that has a celebrity chef behind it.

According to a source, a meeting is taking place on September 30 to look at Keltic Green, a proposed retail cannabis shop that is looking to move into 324 A Street in the city's Fort Point neighborhood. This is the same address as Ming Tsai's Blue Dragon restaurant, and a meeting notice from the Fort Point Boston site includes the name Blue Dragon when mentioning the space that Keltic Green is looking at. We have since been told by the restaurant that Blue Dragon remains in operation and that any business potentially taking over the restaurant's space--be it Keltic Green or another--could take up to two years to happen, so the dining spot is probably not going anywhere soon.

Blue Dragon, which first opened in 2013, is an eclectic tapas-style restaurant with Asian influences. Its website can be found at https://www.bluedragonbos.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]

Green Mama May Be Opening in the House of Tibet Space in Somerville's Teele Square

It looks like a new vegetarian restaurant may be opening in Somerville, and it would be taking over the space where a Tibetan spot resides.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Green Mama is planning to open in Teele Square, moving into the House of Tibet space on Holland Street. The person behind the planned eatery is currently raising funds for the place and if all goes well, the restaurant would feature grain bowls and an array of avocado toast options, with gluten-free and vegan items available.

House of Tibet has been in the space that Green Mama is looking at for approximately 20 years.

The address for Green Mama (and House of Tibet) is 235 Holland Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

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


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

Valsos Table & Bar to Open in Revere

A new restaurant is opening just west of Revere Beach, and its menu will apparently be sampling from several different cuisines.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Valsos Table & Bar is opening on Shirley Avenue, with the dining spot offering both meals and tapas plates with Italian-American, Italian, Spanish, and Latin influences. The restaurant will also offer local beers, small-production wines "from both the old and new world," and craft cocktails.

The address for this new restaurant near Revere Beach is: Valsos Table & Bar, 139 Shirley Avenue, Revere, MA, 02151. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/valsostableandbar/

[October 12 update: A Facebook post from the place indicates that Valsos Table & Bar is now open.]

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


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

hop + grind Opens at Northshore Mall in Peabody

A burger and beer spot with roots up north has expanded to the Greater Boston area.

According to a Facebook post within the Wicked Bites Foodie Group, hop + grind is now open at Northshore Mall in Peabody, apparently beating its projected opening date by more than a week. (The mall's website had said earlier that it had hoped to open on September 30.) As mentioned earlier, the new dining and drinking spot is a second location of a burger and craft beer bar in Durham, NH, and it also has a connection to the award-winning Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery in Raymond, NH.

The website for hop + grind can be found at https://www.hopandgrind.com

[Earlier Article]
hop + grind, Amigo's Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar Coming to The Promenade at Northshore Mall in Peabody

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


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

Monument Restaurant & Tavern in Charlestown to Be Joined by Second Dining Spot

The people behind a Charlestown restaurant known in part for its wood-fired pizza will be opening another dining spot, though details are few right now.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Monument Restaurant & Tavern on Main Street is "adding a sister restaurant" and is looking for a Chef de Cuisine to work with the Executive Chef. No address, name, or concept has been given as of yet, and while there are rumors as to where the new dining spot may be opening, nothing has been confirmed. (We have reached out to Monument and are waiting to hear back from them.)

Monument Restaurant & Tavern first opened in early 2017 in the former Paolo's Trattoria space. Its menu includes such items as pizza, burgers, Cubanos, braised short ribs, paella, lobster gnocchi, and brick chicken.

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, September 19, 2019

Update: The Status of Jose's Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge Appears to Be Unclear

A Mexican restaurant in Cambridge that has been around for a long time could be shutting down, though it appears to be by no means written in stone as of yet.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Jose's on Sherman Street may be closing, with the note simply saying, "I wanted to share a news, well not so good news.... we are closing Jose's for good." The note has since been changed to "I wanted to share a news, well not so good news.... no parking lot starting November, and with out the parking lot, we may have to close Jose's," so it appears that this is not a definite closure. (Stay tuned for more updates as they come in.)

Jose's has been in business since the mid-1980s, with the present owner taking over the dining spot a bit more than 15 years ago. An Arlington restaurant called Jose's Torta Mexicana opened this spring and has a connection to the Cambridge location of Jose's, and they also have a food truck by MIT.

The address for Jose's Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge is 131 Sherman Street, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

[September 20 update: The Facebook thread that is linked to above gives more details on the closure of Jose's, saying that the restaurant is shutting down because the parking lot will apparently no longer be free to customers after October, so unless a solution can be worked out, Jose's plans to close once their lease runs out. (We are still trying to get an exact closing date.) The Arlington location of Jose's and the food truck at MIT will remain in operation, however.]

[October 8 update: A more recent Facebook post from the restaurant says that "We are not going anywhere, anytime soon!" though a poster on the thread indicates that it apparently still depends on the parking situation there, as the lot may be closing in 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]

Update: Notch Brewing in Salem to Open Brewery and Taproom in Brighton

[Ed note: This article was updated on October 17 to reflect a location given, plus more information on the facility.]

It looks like a North Shore brewing company will be expanding to a second location.

According to a Facebook post from Chris Lohring, Notch Brewing in Salem is planning to open a new brewery and taproom at an as-of-yet undisclosed location, with Lohring (who is the founder of Notch) saying that more news on the plans will be coming next week. Notch, which first opened along the South River on the outer edge of Salem's downtown area in the summer of 2016, is known in part for its session beers, while the space itself has an outdoor beer garden along the river.

The address for Notch Brewing is 283R Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Its website can be found at https://www.notchbrewing.com

[October 17 update: According to a press release, Notch will open a brewery, taproom/beer hall, and year-round outdoor biergarten at the old Charles River Speedway Headquarters site on Western Avenue in Brighton. In addition, the Speedway building may also become home to retail shops, a full-service restaurant, and food vendors, and while Notch will not have a kitchen, customers will be able to bring food in from the neighboring spots. If all goes as planned, the new location of Notch will open in the summer of 2020.]

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]

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bar 'Cino Plans to Open in Former Waxy O'Connor's Space in Brookline

It looks like a regional restaurant group will be bringing one of their dining spots to the Boston area, taking over the space where a location of a group of Irish pubs had been.

According to a source, Bar 'Cino is planning to open in the old Waxy O'Connor's space in Brookline, with an earlier meeting notice within the town's website seeming to confirm this, saying that the restaurant would indeed be moving into the Beacon Street space and that the "alternate manager" would be Bryan Parkin. An online search shows that Parkin is involved with Papa Razzi, a group of restaurants whose locations in Boston, Concord, and Wellesley are part of the Newport Restaurant Group; this group also runs an Italian place called Bar 'Cino in Newport, RI, so it looks like this will be a second location of that eatery.

Waxy O'Connor's, which closed its Brookline location in early 2018, is now down to just one outlet in the Greater Boston area--in Lexington--as its others in Foxboro, Kingston, and Woburn have also shuttered.

The address for the upcoming location of Bar 'Cino  in Brookline is 1032 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. The website for the Newport location can be found at https://www.barcinonewport.com

[November 4 update: According to Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting, the Brookline location of Bar 'Cino plans to open sometime in mid-December.]

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]

Au Bon Pain at the Prudential Center in Boston Has Closed

A Boston-based chain of bakery-cafes has closed one of its locations within the city.

According to several sources, Au Bon Pain at the Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay is no longer in business, with a tweet from @Celtkicks confirming that the shop shut down yesterday. A sign out front refers customers to a nearby outlet at Copley Place, while ten others in Boston (and three other locations in Massachusetts in Cambridge, Somerville, and Easton) remain in business.

Au Bon Pain, which was established in the mid-1970s and currently has approximately 200 locations in the United States and overseas, is headquartered in Boston's Seaport District, though the company is now owned by Panera. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.aubonpain.com/

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


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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lucie Drink & Dine Plans to Open in Former Brasserie Jo Space in Boston

A bit more than a year ago, it was reported that a French restaurant in Boston was closing, as the hotel in which it resided was planning to go through some changes. Now we have learned that a new restaurant is hoping to move into its space.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Lucie Drink & Dine is looking to open in the former Brasserie Jo space within The Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Avenue, with the notice saying that the corporate name will also be changing, from BRJO Management Corp. to Lu C. Management Corp. This proposed change is being looked at as The Colonnade Hotel is having renovations done to its lobby, based on a notice within the hotel's website, and it says that the upgrades will continue for the "next several weeks." It is not known what kind of concept the new dining spot would have, nor is it known what might be on its menu, so stay tuned for updates.

Brasserie Jo, which closed last October after being in business for 20 years, had been run by James Beard award winner Jean Joho.

The address for the proposed Lucie Drink & Dine (and The Colonnade Hotel) is 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the hotel can be found at https://www.colonnadehotel.com/

[Earlier Article]
Brasserie Jo in Boston 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]

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park Has Closed

A two-story restaurant that has been featured as an under-the-radar spot by our sister site has shut down.

According to a source, the Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park is no longer in business, with the place apparently closing yesterday. A check on the website and Facebook page for the Fairmount Avenue spot indicates that both have been taken down and a call placed to the restaurant goes to voicemail, while Hyde Park Main Streets says that it has indeed shuttered. No reason has been given for the closure of the Fairmount Grille, nor is it known what might go into its space, so stay tuned for updates.

Fairmount Grille, which first opened in 2013 in the former Townsends space, was featured on the Boston's Hidden Restaurant site as a place to go for classic American and New American fare. A link to the review can be found below:

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

The address for the Fairmount Grille was 81 Fairmount Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.

Thanks to Universal Hub for its help with this story.

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


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

Boston Common Coffee Co. Closes Its High Street Location in Boston; Online Business Remains in Operation

A local group of coffee shops has closed its last remaining retail outlet, though its online business will remain in operation.

According to a source, Boston Common Coffee Co. on High Street in Boston's Financial District is shuttered, with its closure following its three other shops that have closed down over the past few years, including on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, Canal Street in the North Station/West End area, and Salem Street in the North End. A Facebook post from the place confirms this while also saying that its coffee will continue to be available online and at other shops, restaurants, and bars.

The address for the Financial District location of Boston Common Coffee Co. was 10 High Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the business can be found at https://www.bostoncommoncoffee.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]

Firenze Trattoria in Salem Has Closed

A popular Italian restaurant on the North Shore has closed its doors.

According to its website and Facebook page, Firenze Trattoria in Salem is no longer in business, with a Facebook post saying that "We are touched and honored to be part of this fantastic community and lucky to have been surrounded by its warmth and love....the memories and great friends we made at Firenze will stay with us forever." Another Facebook post indicates that a new dining spot will soon be opening in its space and that Aaron Chambers (who is apparently the same Aaron Chambers who has worked at Not Your Average Joe's, Craigie on Main, and Bar Boulud) will be behind it.

Firenze Trattoria, which first opened in 2013, was known for its Tuscan fare, including such items as chickpea soup, rigatoni and sausage and truffle oil, gnocchi with gorgonzola and toasted walnuts, braised beef tripe, center cut pork chops, beef liver, and cacio e pepe.

The address for this now-closed Italian restaurant in Salem was: Firenze Trattoria, 2 Lynde Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

Thanks to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page 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]

Update: Ironside Grill in Charlestown Is Closed; Ironside Tavern Plans to Replace It

[Ed note: This article was updated on October 9 to reflect new information on the restaurant moving into the space.]

A popular neighborhood watering hole in Charlestown that has been in business for a long time has shuttered.

Based on a couple of checks on the spot over the weekend, Ironside Grill on Park Street is locked up and dark, with calls placed to the restaurant and bar going directly to voicemail and the message saying that the mailbox is full. Ironside Grill has been around for approximately 70 years, based on an old Patch article.

The address for Ironside Grill is 25 Park Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129.

[September 24 update: According to a business entity summary page within the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website, Eric Aulenback of Monument Restaurant & Tavern in Charlestown and several other local spots appears to have taken over the Ironside Grill space, and while the Ironside Grill name is shown on the page, it is not known if any new restaurant coming to the space would be called that or if it would get a different name--and it is not yet known what the concept might be.]

[October 9 update: A licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website indicates that the restaurant taking over the Ironside Grill space will be called Ironside Tavern, with Jon Sweeney being the manager; Sweeney comes from Monument Restaurant & Tavern, so based on that (and the fact that Eric Aulenback is involved as well), the upcoming place does seem to have at least an indirect connection to Monument.]

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]

Friday, September 13, 2019

Deep Cuts Deli and Brewery Plans to Open in Somerville's Winter Hill

A couple of months ago, a brand new brewery and deli parted ways shortly after the opening of the facility, and now we have learned that the deli itself will be morphing into a combination deli/brewery.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Deep Cuts Deli and Brewery is looking to open somewhere in the Winter Hill section of Somerville, and it has a new partner who happens to be one of the co-founders of BearMoose Brewing Company in Everett, which opened in early July with Deep Cuts Deli initially set up inside the facility. Deep Cuts left the space after only a few days, announcing at the time that "We're cookin' up our next new adventure and we can't wait to tell you what it is." A couple of sources recently told us that Deep Cuts indeed appeared to be planning to morph into a combination deli/brewery, but no specific plans had been given at the time.

As plans get going for the deli and brewery, Deep Cuts Deli will be popping up at other locations, offering sandwiches at such places as the Automatic Bar and Lamplighter Brewing Co., both of which are in Cambridge.

The website for Deep Cuts can be found at https://www.deepcutsdeli.com

[Earlier Articles]
BearMoose Brewing Company, Deep Cuts Deli Have Parted Ways
BearMoose Brewing Company, Deep Cuts Deli Are Opening in Everett

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]

Family Affair Restaurant and Catering Opens in Dorchester's Uphams Corner Neighborhood

A new restaurant has come to a section of Boston that has relatively few dining options, and it focuses on a mix of cuisines.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Family Affair Restaurant and Catering is now open in the Uphams Corner of Dorchester, with the Columbia Road dining spot offering both Caribbean fare and soul food. The menu at the place--which opened a couple of weeks ago--includes 52 different variations on chicken and waffles, while wings, oxtail, coconut shrimp, macaroni and cheese, curry chicken, fried porgies, candied yams, po' boys, fried dough, and more are also offered.

The address for this new restaurant in Uphams Corner is: Family Affair Restaurant and Catering, 554 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA, 02125. Its website can be found at https://famaffairboston.wixsite.com/mysite

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]

Dumpling Daughter Is Apparently Opening in Brookline's Coolidge Corner

A pair of Chinese restaurants known in part for their dumplings may be expanding to a third location in one of the busiest parts of Brookline.

According to a Twitter post from @terenwong, Dumpling Daughter appears to be coming to Coolidge Corner based on building permits that have been issued, with a job post on the Indeed site seeming to confirm this, saying that a General Manager is needed for a Coolidge Corner location of the dining spot. An exact address for the upcoming Dumpling Daughter, which currently has locations in Weston and Cambridge's Kendall Square, is not known as of yet, so stay tuned for updates.

Nadia Liu Spellman, who runs Dumpling Daughter, is the daughter of Sally Ling, who is known for her namesake restaurant that opened on the Boston waterfront in the mid-1980s.

The website for Dumpling Daughter can be found at https://www.dumplingdaughter.com/

[September 18, 2019 update: According to a source, it looks like Dumpling Daughter plans to move into the former 16 Handles frozen yogurt space at 1309 Beacon Street.]

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]

Nahant Fish & Lobster Opens in Nahant

A brand new seafood spot and market has opened in a town on the water that currently has very few dining options.

According to a source, Nahant Fish & Lobster is now open in Nahant, with the eatery being a takeout place that offers such items as clam chowder, steamers, lobster rolls, tuna burgers, salmon, swordfish, haddock, cod, and more. Our source indicates that the shop is actually going through what is more or less a soft opening as it settles into its space, and hours are currently 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday.

The address for this new dining spot and market in Nahant is: Nahant Fish & Lobster, 157 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA, 01908. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Nahant-Fish-Lobster-484732695613188/

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]

Grasshopper Cafe in Charlestown Plans to Close

A popular neighborhood spot that is known in part for its breakfast dishes may be shutting its doors, as the owners wish to move on to the next stage of their lives.

According to an article in the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge, the Grasshopper Cafe plans to close down with owners Kevin and Lynn Smith looking to retire, while also staying in the local area if possible. The owners have proposed getting rid of the commercial space at the site on Bunker Hill Street and tearing down the building, replacing it with a three-unit residential structure where they might actually live. A community meeting took place at the eatery earlier this week, with the next steps including scheduling a meeting with the Zoning Board of Appeals about the plans.

The Grasshopper Cafe, which opened approximately 10 years ago, is a breakfast and lunch place that does a mix of dine-in and takeout service, while also offering catering.

The address for the Grasshopper Cafe is 229 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129.

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]

Easy Pie in Braintree Has Closed; Revere Location to Remain Open

A quirky restaurant south of Boston that was known in part for its pizzas has shut down, though its location north of the city remains in operation.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Easy Pie in Braintree is now closed, with the note saying that "It is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make but one that is necessary for this brand to move forward and become what it deserves to be." The post does state that the Revere outlet of the eatery will stay open, saying "To Everyone that loves and supports Easy Pie please do not be strangers and come and visit us in our Revere Location!"

The Braintree location of Easy Pie first opened in 2011, offering a wide variety of pizzas, burgers, chicken and turkey sandwiches, and more, including some unusual pizza topping combos (both sweet and savory) along with a "monster" tater tot. The dining spot was featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants), with the review found below:

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

The address for the now-closed location of Easy Pie in Braintree was 1701 Washington Street, Braintree, MA, 02184. The website for the existing Revere location can be found at https://www.theeasypie.com/

[September 18 update: Eater Boston states (via a Facebook post) that Easy Pie plans to open a new location somewhere in Everett, though there are very few details right now.]

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]

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Omori Plans to Open in Former Best Burger Bar Space in Brookline Village

It looks like a Japanese restaurant may be on its way to Brookline, taking over the space where a burger spot had been.

According to an article in the Patch, Omori is planning to open in Brookline Village in the former Best Burger Bar space on Station Street. The proposed dining spot has a connection to three other restaurants in the Boston area--New Sushi in Allston and Boston and Nijiya Sushi in Medford--and it plans to have seating for 40 inside and an additional 18 outside. A hearing on Omori took place earlier this week; as soon as we find out the outcome of the hearing, as well as when the place might open and what might be on the menu, we will post an update here.

Best Burger Bar first opened in the summer of 2017, taking over the space where the Middle Gray had once been. The dining spot, which focused on burgers and cocktails, shut down toward the end of last year and while it had hoped to reopen at some point, those plans apparently fell through.

The address for the proposed Omori is 6 Station Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

Thanks to a couple of posters within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Best Burger Bar in Brookline Village 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]

Friendly's in Saugus Has Closed

A regional chain of restaurants and ice cream shops continues to disappear from the Boston-area landscape, with one of its last remaining outlets in the local area closing.

According to an article in the Patch, Friendly's in Saugus has shut down, with a check on the company's website showing that the Route 1 location has been removed. With the closing of the Saugus location, only two outlets now remain inside Route 128--one at Logan Airport and another in Stoneham--while a few others are still open a bit further out, including in Norwood, Peabody, and Weymouth.

The Wilbraham-based Friendly's, which was established in Springfield in 1935, offers a variety of ice cream products including sundaes, fribbles, and floats, while its restaurants serve such items as burgers and seafood dishes. Its website is at https://www.friendlys.com/

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


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

Nautilus Pier 4 to Open in Boston's Seaport District

It looks like a trendy hotspot on Nantucket is going to be expanding to Boston.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that Nautilus Pier 4 is planning to open in the city's Seaport District, with the restaurant joining the original location of The Nautilus on the island. (The owners of The Nautilus also run a music club on Nantucket called Gaslight.) Based on the offerings at its existing location, Nautilus Pier 4 will likely feature small plates with Asian and Latin influences along with cocktails.

If all goes as planned, Nautilus Pier 4 will open sometime in 2020.

The address for Nautilus Pier 4 will be 300 Pier Four Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210; the website for the Nantucket location of The Nautilus can be found at https://nautilusnantucket.com/

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


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Future of Thunder Road in Somerville Unclear; Development Proposed for Space

A music club on the edge of Somerville's Union Square faces an uncertain future, as its space could become the site of new development.

According to a Facebook post, a meeting will be taking place to discuss new development plans for the Thunder Road space on Somerville Avenue, with the notice saying that the developers will present their plans and discuss the proposal with neighbors on September 25 at the Somerville Police Station. One of the workers at Thunder Road had posted in the thread that the place remains open and that an end date has not been announced, though that post appears to have been taken down. Once the meeting has taken place and more information has come out, we will post an update here, so stay tuned.

Thunder Road opened in September of 2015, taking over the space where the Radio music club had been, and before that, a dance club called Club Choices.

The address for Thunder Road is 379 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its website can be found at https://thunderroadclub.com/

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


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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lobstah on a Roll Is Replacing Wabora Asian Fusion Bistro in Boston's Back Bay

A pair of Boston-area restaurants known for their huge lobster rolls is expanding to the Back Bay, and it could be taking over the space where a sushi spot currently resides.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Wabora Asian Fusion Bistro has petitioned to change over to Lobstah on a Roll, with the notice indicating that the latter would indeed be taking over the space of the former. The listing gives little other information, though it does mention that a beer and wine license is involved, so it appears that the liquor license would be going to Lobstah on a Roll. If approved, this would be the third location of the dining spot, with others being in Boston's South End and in Salem.

Wabora first opened in June of 2015, taking over the space where Ikura Sushi had been; the restaurant has a connection to another spot with the same name in Ontario.

The address for the new location of Lobstah on a Roll (and Wabora) is 254 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[October 18 update: Eater Boston states that Lobstah on a Roll is now open on Newbury Street.]

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]