Thursday, October 31, 2019

SouthSide Tavern in Quincy May Be Replaced by New Residential Development

A neighborhood watering hole in Quincy that is known in part for its wings and bar pizza could be making way for new development.

According to an article from Wicked Local, the owner of the property housing SouthSide Tavern on Liberty Street has proposed tearing down the building and replacing it with a six-story residential structure. A meeting on the proposal is slated for November 6 at the Cyril P. Morrisette Post 294 on Liberty Street, and Ward 4 City Councilor Brian Palmucci says that "It is a dense, ambitious project that I anticipate will be met with a lot of opposition from nearby residents."

Another location of SouthSide Tavern can be found on Washington Street in South Braintree Square.

The address for the Quincy location of SouthSide Tavern is 73 Liberty Street, Quincy, MA, 02169. Its website can be found at https://www.sstavernquincy.com

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


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Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe to Open in Former Il Mondo Space in Boston's Back Bay/Fenway

A bubble tea chain with roots overseas is apparently planning to open a third Boston-area location, with this one taking over a location of a now-closed pizzeria.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe is planning to open on Mass. Ave. near where the Back Bay and the Fenway meet, with the address indicating that it will move into the former Il Mondo Pizzeria space. (Il Mondo's shop in the Brigham Circle area of Boston remains in operation.) Once it opens, the new location of Vivi will join others in North Quincy and Brighton, and based on those outlets, expect to see such options as Korean chicken wings, Taiwanese BBQ sausages, and popcorn chicken in addition to a variety of bubble teas.

Vivi, which started out in Taiwan, opened its first shop in New York in 2007.

The address for the upcoming location of Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe in the Back Bay/Fenway area 182 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the chain can be found at https://vivibubbletea.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]

Cafe Beatrice in Allston Closes Today; Will Reopen in Cambridge Crossing

An "all-day cafe" pop-up that debuted in May--and which has a well-known chef and restaurateur behind it--is closing, though it will be returning in a new location.

Boston Magazine is reporting (via an Instagram post) that Cafe Beatrice in Lower Allston shutters at the end of business hours today, though owner Will Gilson says in the Instagram post that it will be reborn at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge in 2020. As reported here earlier, Gilson has a full-service restaurant, an all-day cafe, and a cocktail bar in the works at Cambridge Crossing, so the all-day cafe that had been previously mentioned could indeed be Cafe Beatrice.

Will Gilson is also behind Puritan & Co., a restaurant in Cambridge that offers New American and regional fare, and he has been involved with a series of pop-ups in the past.

The current address for Cafe Beatrice is 182 Western Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

[Earlier Article]
Will Gilson to Open New Restaurant at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge

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]

Pie Me Over Is Opening in Wilmington

A new pie shop is coming to the northern suburbs of Boston, and this place will focus more on savory pies.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Pie Me Over is planning to open in Wilmington on November 7, with the Main Street shop's website indicating that it will be offering such options as chicken pot pie, top sirloin pie, chicken curry pie, and veggie pie, and more. Owners Marje Hammond and Feliciano Savilengo opened a pie shop in Las Vegas in 2014, with this essentially being a relocation of that shop from Nevada to Massachusetts. The website for Pie Me Over claims that this is the "first retail pie shop of its kind in Massachusetts and across the country selling unbaked fresh & frozen pies with a variety of crusts."

The address for this new pie shop in Wilmington is: Pie Me Over, 217 Main Street, Wilmington, MA, 01887. Its website can be found at https://www.piemeover.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]

Sombrero Chiquito to Open in Former Mass Ave Pita Space in Boston's Back Bay/Fenway

It looks like a brand new Mexican restaurant is on its way to a busy section of Boston, and it will apparently take over the space where a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern spot had been.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), Sombrero Chiquito is getting ready to open on Mass. Ave. near where the Back Bay and the Fenway meet, with the address indicating that it will take over the former Mass Ave Pita space. A photo of the storefront shows that the new eatery will offer such items as salads, nachos, bowls, tacos, and burritos--and falafel is mentioned as well. It is not yet known when Sombrero Chiquito might open, so check back for updates as they come in.

The address for the upcoming Sombrero Chiquito is 197A Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

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 Scoop N Scootery in East Arlington to Expand to Allston

The people behind an Arlington ice cream shop and an ice cream delivery service will be expanding to a second location.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, The Scoop N Scootery has applied for a common victualler license to operate in Allston, with a message sent from the business saying that the Linden Street space plans to be a retail shop, a commercial space for making ice cream, and a delivery outlet. If approved by the city, the new store will join its Mass. Ave. location in East Arlington which opened in March of 2016.

The Scoop N Scootery had been a Somerville-based mobile ice cream delivery and catering business before opening its brick-and-mortar store in Arlington.

The address for the proposed location of The Scoop N Scootery in Allston is 77 Linden Street, Allston, MA, 02134. The website for the business can be found at https://www.thescoopnscootery.com/

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


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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill Plans to Open in Roxbury

A chain of Jamaican restaurants may be opening a second Boston location--and what will likely be the third outlet in the local area.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill is looking to open in Roxbury, with the address indicating that it would be coming to a space on Warren Street in the Dudley Square area. If it gets approval to open, the new location of the chain would join an outlet in Mattapan, and another location that has been in the works for awhile may finally open in Brockton early next year.

The New York-based Golden Krust is known in part for its Jamaican beef patties, along with such items as stewed chicken, braised oxtail, curried goat, and whole fish.

The address for the proposed location of  Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill in Roxbury is 41 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.goldenkrust.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]

Lola Burger to Replace 111 East Restaurant in Boston's Seaport District

It looks like a popular burger spot is expanding to the Boston waterfront, replacing a short-lived restaurant under the same ownership.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, the people behind 111 East at Fan Pier in the city's Seaport District are petitioning to replace it with Lola Burger, which would join the original Lola Burger on Nantucket along with other spots from Marco Coelho and his team, including the nearby Lola 42 as well as Lola 41 on Nantucket. 111 East first opened its doors this summer, offering mostly Asian street food and hot pot options; a Google search indicates that the restaurant may have already closed, though this has not yet been confirmed.

The address for the new location of Lola Burger would be 11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the Nantucket location of the restaurant can be found at https://www.lolaburger.com/

[November 5 update: Eater Boston states that the Boston location of Lola Burger plans to open on November 14.]

[Earlier Article]
111 East Restaurant Is Opening in Boston's Seaport District

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


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Shawarma Club Is Opening in Weymouth

A South Shore eatery that focuses on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare is expanding to a second location.

According to its website, Shawarma Club is opening in Weymouth, with the address indicating that it could be taking over the former Purple Eggplant space on Washington Street. Once it opens, the new spot will join another Shawarma Club which is located within the food court of the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, and based on the menu of that outlet, the Weymouth location could be offering such items as chicken and beef shawarma, lamb kebabs, moussaka, pastichio, hummus, baba ganoush, falafel, and more.

If all goes as planned, Shawarma Club may be opening in Weymouth in November.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean and Middle Eastern in Weymouth is: Shawarma Club, 850 Washington Street (Route 53), Weymouth, MA, 02189. The website for the business can be found at https://shawarma-club.com/

[November 7 update: According to its Facebook page, Shawarma Club is now open in Weymouth.]

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, October 29, 2019

Olga's Kafe to Open in South Boston

A new coffee shop is on its way to a particularly hot part of the city, and this is actually a reopening of a now-closed spot.

According to a source, Olga's Kafe is opening in South Boston, with an earlier article from Caught in Southie stating that the place will indeed be coming to the ground floor of a new apartment building on West Broadway. This is the same Olga's Cafe that had been located on Summer Street in downtown Boston, with the website for the eatery confirming this, saying that "We have a new home."

The site for Olga's indicates that if all goes well, it could be opening in either December or January.

The address for this upcoming coffee shop in South Boston is: Olga's Kafe, 206 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. The website for the place can be found at https://olgaskafe.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]

Swissbakers Closes Boston Public Market Location; Nashua Street, Others Remain in Operation

A small local group of bakery-cafes has closed one of its locations in downtown Boston, though a nearby outlet--and its other three shops--continue to be open for business.

According to a message from The Passionate Foodie, Swissbakers at the Boston Public Market has shuttered, with a message from the business confirming that it indeed decided not to renew its lease there, instead focusing on its new location at 1 Nashua Street by North Station and TD Garden. Swissbakers--which offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods with Swiss influences--has outlets in Reading, Allston, and Cambridge's Harvard Square as well as the new North Station location, and they can also be found at various farmers markets in the region.

The website for Swissbakers is at https://swissbakers.com/

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


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

Monday, October 28, 2019

Nourish Your Soul Is Opening Inside Lululemon Athletica in Boston's Back Bay

A few months ago, a trio of shops featuring fresh-pressed juices and more closed its original location but said it was also planning to open a new outlet. Now we have learned where that shop will be.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that Nourish Your Soul is going to be opening within the upcoming Lululemon Athletica in the Back Bay, with the 30-seat dining spot offering bowls, salads, smoothies and juices at the Newbury Street location. Once it opens, the new shop will join outlets in Beacon Hill and Winchester, which remain in operation while others in West Medford (the original location), the Healthworks gym in the Back Bay, and The Club by George Foreman III at the Channel Center in South Boston are no longer in operation.

If all goes as planned, the new location of Nourish Your Soul plans to open in November, with Eater Boston saying that the shop will open on November 1 (the Nourish Your Soul website also says November 1).

The address for Nourish Your Soul (and Lululemon Athletica) is 208 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the business can be found at https://nourishyoursoul.com/

[November 12 update: According to several social media posts from the place, Nourish Your Soul is now open within Lululemon Athletica 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]

Tropical Diner in Belmont Closed Until Further Notice After Overnight Fire

A suburban diner that opened its doors earlier this year is closed for the foreseeable future after sustaining serious damage in a fire.

According to a couple of sources within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Tropical Diner in Belmont was hit by a blaze late last night that the Belmontonian says caused extensive water, heat, and smoke damage. A Facebook post from the Trapelo Street eatery indicates that the place is shuttered for at least the time being, saying that "We are working with authorities to find out what happened. We will be closed until further notice."

Tropical Diner first opened in March, replacing the Phinix Grill; the space had also been home to Sweet Peach Diner as well, and before that, Andros Diner, which had been in business for more than 30 years.

The address for Tropical Diner is 628 Trapelo Road (Route 60), Belmont, MA, 02478.

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


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

The Daily Catch May Be Opening a New Restaurant in Boston's North End

It looks like a North End mainstay for seafood could be expanding to another location nearby.

The North End Waterfront site is reporting (via a meeting agenda notice from the North End/Waterfront Residents Association) that The Daily Catch is seeking to transfer its beer and wine license from the now-closed Seaport District outlet of the restaurant to the space on Atlantic Avenue in the North End that has been home to the Golden Goose Cafe and Kolbeh Mediterranean Cafe. The article indicates that the menu at the new place would be similar to that of the original Daily Catch on Hanover Street.

The Daily Catch, which first opened in the North End in 1973, currently has other locations in Brookline's Coolidge Corner as well as Woodstock, VT. At the time of its closure in the Seaport District last fall, the website for the business mentioned that they were going to be looking for a new home for that dining spot.

The address for The Daily Catch's proposed new restaurant in the North End is 65 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for all locations can be found at http://thedailycatch.com/

[November 8 update: The North End Waterfront site confirms that a new location of The Daily Catch is indeed planning to open in the Golden Goose Cafe/Kolbeh Mediterranean Cafe space, and it would include a bar along with an outdoor patio.]

[Earlier Article]
The Daily Catch in Boston's Seaport District 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]

La Tate Mexican Restaurant in West Newton Has Closed

A suburban Mexican restaurant has very quietly shut down after only a bit more than a year in business.

According to a source, La Tate Mexican Restaurant in West Newton has closed, with a "For Rent" sign now shown out front at the Washington Street space. Our source says that it appears the dining spot actually closed about a month ago, and it is not known for sure why the place shuttered.

La Tate first opened in the summer of 2018, taking over the space where Shing Yee had been for approximately 15 years.

The address for the now-closed La Tate Mexican Restaurant is 1255 Washington Street, West Newton, MA, 02465.

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]

Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen Opens in Brighton

A brand new brewery and brewpub that has been in the works for awhile has finally opened its doors.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen is now open in Brighton, moving into a space on North Beacon Street just across from the Boston Landing development. As mentioned earlier, the new place includes a restaurant/taproom area, offering such options as house-made sausage, grilled cheese sandwiches, pickles, and more. The brewhouse is still being worked on, as Eater mentions that they are currently waiting on gas hookups, but beer will be available in the meantime thanks to their being able to do contract brewing at local breweries.

The address for Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen is 190 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA, 02135. The website for the business can be found at https://www.bratobk.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]

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain Has Closed

One of Boston's best-known dining and drinking spots has closed its doors for good.

According to a post from CBS Boston, Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain has shut down, with @stevegarfield confirming that yesterday was its last day in business. As stated earlier, the Washington Street restaurant and bar sold its liquor license to an upcoming location of Davio's in Boston's Seaport District, though it is still not known what might happen to the space itself.

Doyle's Cafe first opened in 1882.

The address for Doyle's was 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

[November 6 update: According to a Facebook events page, an auction is taking place today for some of Doyle's memorabilia and restaurant equipment, with the post saying that the Boston Public Library is going to help preserve the history of the place by digitizing any of the items sold at the auction, then setting up a gallery of the items at DigitalCommonwealth.org.]

[Earlier Article]
Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain Is Closing

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


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

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Papa Razzi in Boston's Back Bay Is Closing

A Back Bay location of an Italian restaurant that has been around for a long time is closing its doors.

According to a source, Papa Razzi on Newbury Street is shutting down, with a message from Newport Restaurant Group (which operates the place) confirming this, saying that it will be closing at 8:00 PM on Sunday, November 3, while also stating that the decision to close was based on the "changing landscape and increasing rent structure" in the area. (We have been told that locations in Concord and Wellesley will remain open.)

Papa Razzi has been in the Back Bay for three decades, though it moved from the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth Streets to its present location approximately 10 years ago.

The address for Papa Razzi in the Back Bay is 159 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at  https://www.paparazzitrattoria.com/

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


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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Farmacy Cafe in Boston's Seaport District Opens New Location in Newton

A dining spot in Boston's Seaport District that focuses on healthy offerings has expanded to a second location in the western suburbs.

Eater Boston is reporting (via an Instagram post from the place) that The Farmacy Cafe is now open in Newton, joining its original location within the Innovation and Design Building on Drydock Avenue. Based on the offerings at the Seaport District shop, expect to find such options as salads, grain bowls, toast, baked goods, smoothies, and more at the new location.

In addition to its new location in Newton, The Farmacy Cafe also plans to open at the upcoming High Street Place food hall in downtown Boston as well.

The address for this new dining spot in Newton is: The Farmacy Cafe, 880 Walnut Street, Newton, MA, 02459. The website for the business can be found at https://farmacyboston.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]

Prime 131 Grill in Wayland Is Closing

A suburban steakhouse that is affiliated with several popular dining spots in the region is closing its doors.

According to a tweet from @jeffreysbaron, Prime 131 Grill in Wayland is shutting down this weekend, with a note on the website for the dining spot confirming this, saying that it will be closing at the end of business hours on Saturday while referring customers to its other restaurants where gift certificates for the steakhouse will be honored. (Its affiliated restaurants include Grassfields in Andover and Waltham, Jimmy's Steer House in Arlington and Saugus, Mario's in Lexington, and Jimmy's Tavern and Grill in Shrewsbury.) Prime 131 Grill first opened in 2010 as Primebar Grill, replacing a location of Luigi's Italian Grille which was under the same ownership (another location of Luigi's in Bedford closed in 2015).

The address for the now-closed Prime 131 Grill was 131 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA, 01778.

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]

Battle Road Brew House in Maynard Has Closed

It looks like yet another local brewery has taken a hit, as its brewpub has shut down while the status of its brewery is currently unknown.

According to a source, Battle Road Brew House is no longer in operation, with posters on social media mentioning that the doors of the Sudbury Street spot are closed while phone calls indicate that its voicemail box is full. In addition, a comment within an events page from local rock band The Haymakers says "Sad News Y'all! Battle Road has Closed [its] doors so our show on Wednesday, November 27th has been cancelled." It is not known why Battle Road Brew House has shuttered, nor is it known whether the Battle Road Brewery itself is affected as well; we attempted to reach out to them yesterday and are still waiting to hear back, so stay tuned for updates.

Local radio personality Greg Hill and his Whole House Group partnered with the founders of Battle Road Brewery in the opening of Battle Road Brew House in early 2017. Hill's group had also operated Flank in Waltham and 29 Sudbury, but both were sold last year with Flank being replaced by The Federal and 29 Sudbury being replaced by 29 Rustic Mediterranean.

The address for Battle Road Brew House is 20 Sudbury Street, Maynard, MA, 01754.

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


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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Building Housing L'Aroma Cafe & Bakery in West Newton Is Up for Sale

The future of a bakery-cafe in the western suburbs is in question, as its building is on the market.

According to a source, the property in West Newton in which L'Aroma Cafe & Bakery resides is up for sale, with a listing within the Boston Commercial Properties site showing that the Spencer Street structure includes an "established restaurant/cafe business" that has "upside potential with new zoning." It is not yet known if/when L'Aroma Cafe & Bakery might close, and based on the listing, it is not known what--if any--business might take over the space, so stay tuned for updates.

Another location of L'Aroma Cafe was once open on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay, but it closed down in the fall of 2013.

The address for L'Aroma Cafe & Bakery in West Newton is 15 Spencer Street, West Newton, MA, 02465.

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]

Sound Advice Plans to Open Near North Station in Boston

A new craft cocktail bar is on its way to one of the hottest parts of Boston, and it has a connection to an award-winning bar in New York City.

According to a job post within the Poached site, Sound Advice is planning to open in Boston, with the address indicating that it will be coming to a space by North Station and TD Garden. The post says that AAMP Studio and Proprietors LLC are involved with opening the place, with the latter being behind Death & Co, an East Village spot that was awarded best American cocktail bar in the United States by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. (Proprietors LLC is also behind another location of Death and Co in Denver along with Nitecap and Lost Hours, both of which are in New York.)

If all goes as planned, Sound Advice will be opening in mid-November.

The address for Sound Advice will be 135 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for Proprietors LLC can be found at http://proprietorsllc.com/

[October 25 update: Eater Boston states that Sound Advice will open on the third floor of the upcoming Hub on Causeway development where the old Boston Garden had been.]

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, October 21, 2019

Weltkuche Bistro Plans to Open at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge

A couple of years ago, it was reported that  a new complex in East Cambridge could include multiple restaurants, and one of the proposed dining spots was subsequently announced a few months ago. Now we have learned of another restaurant that plans to open within the space.

According to a licensing commission hearing page within the City of Cambridge website, Weltkuche Bistro is looking to open at Cambridge Crossing (formerly NorthPoint by the Somerville and Charlestown lines), with the proposed eatery possibly including seating for 65 inside and another 30 on a seasonal outdoor patio, and it also hopes to get an entertainment license in order to offer karaoke and music via a DJ. The manager listed for the dining spot is Narinder Guhania, who is presumably the same person who runs Passage to India in Porter Square, though we are still trying to confirm this.

In May, we learned that Will Gilson (Puritan & Co., Cafe Beatrice) was planning to open a new restaurant, cafe, and cocktail bar at Cambridge Crossing as well.

The address for the Weltkuche Bistro is 5 Glassworks Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02141.

[Earlier Articles]
Will Gilson to Open New Restaurant at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge
Plans for Cambridge Crossing (Formerly NorthPoint) Include Open-Air Plaza with Restaurants

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


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

Kika Tapas in Cambridge's Kendall Square Has Closed

A Kendall Square restaurant has shut down after being in business for approximately eight years.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the City of Cambridge website, Kika Tapas has notified the commission that the Third Street dining spot has closed its doors and that it will surrender its license. It is not known what might be going into its space, nor is it known why the restaurant closed, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Kika Tapas, which first opened in late 2011, was known in part for its Spanish small plates as well as its wine and cocktail options.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Kendall Square was: Kika Tapas, 350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142.

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]

Distraction Brewing Company Opens in Roslindale

A brewery and taproom that has been a long time in the making has finally come to the city.

According to a message from Universal Hub, Distraction Brewing Company is now open in Roslindale Village, moving into the former Select Cafe/Emack & Bolio's space on Belgrade Avenue. This has been confirmed by the brewery's Facebook page, posting yesterday that "Beer's cold, doors are officially open!....(Regular hours TBD - check back here for updates!)" Distraction is the first actual brewery to come to Roslindale, as while Turtle Swamp has a beer hall in the neighborhood as well, its beers come from its Jamaica Plain brewery.

The address for Distraction Brewing Company is 2 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA, 02131. Its website can be found at https://www.distractionbrewingco.com/

[Earlier Article]
Distraction Brewing Company Could Be Opening in Roslindale Village

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]

Noah’s Kitchen Plans to Open in Brookline Village

It looks like a new Chinese restaurant is on its way to Brookline, and it will apparently be a fusion spot of sorts.

According to an article from the Brookline TAB/Wicked Local, Noah’s Kitchen is planning to open on Harvard Street in Brookline Village, with the address indicating that it would be taking over the space where a real estate office had been. The post mentions that the upcoming eatery would "break from traditional Chinese cookery," instead focusing on food items that are popular in "today's urban China," with such items as steamed dandelion dumplings, heritage Tibet beef, miso-cured bass, and short rib stew being offered, along with beer, wine, sake, and tea.

Noah's Kitchen does not have an opening date as of yet, but the article does say that the Brookline Select Board approved of its request for a license last week.

The address for Noah's Kitchen will be 18 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

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]

Boloco in Copley Square Has Closed; Chick-fil-A to Open in Space

Last fall, it was reported that a chain of chicken places was planning to open in Copley Place, and it looked like it would be replacing a location of a local group of burrito spots. Now we have learned that the burrito place has shut down.

Universal Hub is reporting (via Ron Newman) that Boloco on Boylston Street is now closed, making way for what will apparently be the first location of Chick-fil-A within the Boston city limits. The sign out front refers Boloco customers to two other locations on Boylston Street--one by Boston Common and another near Berklee College. (Five other outlets can be found in and around Boston as well.)

Chick-fil-A currently has a handful of locations in the Greater Boston area, including in Brockton, Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Peabody, and Woburn.

The address for the now-closed Boloco in Copley Square (and upcoming Chick-fil-A) is 569 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Article]
Chick-fil-A Plans to Open in Boston's Copley Square

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


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Globe Bar & Cafe in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

A restaurant and bar that was located in a space with one of the best-known roofdecks in Boston has shut down.

According to consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, the Globe Bar & Cafe in the Back Bay is now closed, with Byrne and several other sources (including @mrovelli) indicating that it was an abrupt closure that took place over the weekend. This has since been confirmed by @HeyRatty, who showed us a note from the Boylston Street spot saying that its closure was "due to unseen circumstances."

The Globe Bar & Cafe first opened a bit less than 15 years ago on a section of Boylston Street in the Copley Square area, moving from there to the former Rattlesnake Bar & Grill space a short distance east in early 2018. The place was known in part for its New American and classic American fare along with its cocktails--and its aforementioned roofdeck.

The address for the Globe Bar & Cafe was 384 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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


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

Friday, October 18, 2019

Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar to Open within the Revolution Hotel in Boston's South End

A brand new Mexican taqueria is on its way to Boston's South End, and it will reside within a relatively new hotel.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar will be opening inside the Revolution Hotel on Berkeley Street, with the dining spot focusing on "inventive Mexican street food" and being run by the team behind the Beehive in the South End and Beat Brew Hall in Cambridge's Harvard Square. The menu will include such items as chorizo-queso jalapeno poppers with chipotle crema, tamale Colorado with red chili-braised pork and charred verde, cochinita pibil, or braised pork in a banana leaf, and duck carnitas tacos with mole verde, while the drinks program will feature "vacation cocktails" such as sangrias and "mezgaritas."

The address for Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar (and the Revolution Hotel) is 40 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[November 12 update: A Facebook post from the place indicates that Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar plans to open at the end of the month.]

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]

An Italian Steakhouse May Open in Former Victor's Italian Cuisine Space in Saugus

It looks like a new restaurant may be opening in Saugus where an Italian dining spot had been, and it will apparently have at least a loose ownership connection to a legendary restaurant nearby.

According to an article from the Saugus Advertiser, an as-of-yet unnamed Italian steakhouse is being planned for the former Victor's Italian Cuisine space on Route 1, with the list of partners including Stanley Wong, who is one of the owners of Kowloon, along with John Carlino, Joseph Bono, and Robert Wong, the last one whom may be one of the owners of Kowloon as well. (The family behind Kowloon includes Robert Wong, and the article does say that "the Wong family" is involved.) If all goes as planned, the new restaurant could be opening in the spring of 2020.

Victor's Italian Cuisine shut down this spring after being in business in this location for a couple of years; it had previously been in another space a short distance away on Route 1.

The address for the upcoming Italian steakhouse in Saugus is 1639 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus, MA, 01906.

[Earlier Article]
Victor's Italian Cuisine in Saugus Has Closed

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


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A Korean Food Hall Could Be Coming to Boston

The group behind an upcoming Korean food hall in Manhattan is looking at some expansion plans as well, and one of the places it is eyeing is Boston.

According to an article from Eater New York, Group KFF, which is the parent company of popular Korean barbecue spots Jongro BBQ and Dons Bogam and which is opening K-Food Gallery next summer in the Midtown section of Manhattan, is considering the opening of a food hall in Boston along with a number of other cities around the country. If it happens and it is based on the upcoming food hall in New York, the Boston location could feature a number of Korean eateries along with other Asian dining spots, though no specifics have been given as of yet.

Eater says that Manhattan's K-Food Gallery will include such places as Korean fried chicken spot BB.Q Chicken, Taiwanese boba shop Tiger Sugar, an egg sandwich shop called Eggdrop, Korean comfort food restaurant Marrizzang, and a location of the aforementioned Jongro BBQ.

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]

UpperWest in North Cambridge Is Moving

A North Cambridge wine bar that is located in a rather unique space is moving, as the building in which it resides is being sold.

According to an article from Cambridge Day, UpperWest held a moving and fundraising party this week, as the United American Veterans Post building in which it is housed (in the structure's basement) is on the market. It is not known where the dining and drinking spot might go, though co-owner Kim Courtney says that "our goal is to hopefully remain in walking distance to continue to serve our current guests."

UpperWest, which originally has been looking at a space between Harvard Square and Central Square before moving to its current home in North Cambridge three years ago, has been in ongoing disputes with the License Commission and other city officials, including an issue that centers around the use of tea lights within the dining area.

The current address for UpperWest is 1 Cedar Street, Cambridge, MA, 02140. Its website can be found at http://www.upperwestcambridge.com/

[November 6 update: According to its website, UpperWest is now closed as it makes plans to open in another location.]

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


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Update: Gourmet Dumpling House in Boston's Chinatown Reopens After Being Seized by the State

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

An award-winning restaurant in downtown Boston has reopened a day shortly after being seized by state.

According to a source, Gourmet Dumpling House in the city's Chinatown neighborhood was closed last night, with a sign out front saying that it has been seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in the possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Another source tells us this afternoon, however, that the sign is now gone and that the restaurant is open once again.

Gourmet Dumpling House is often mentioned as one of the top dumpling spots in the Boston area, with Travel and Leisure once picking it as one of the 25 best Chinese restaurants in the United States. (CNNGo also included it among the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the country several years back.)

The address for Gourmet Dumpling House is 52 Beach Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

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


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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Garbanzo to Open in Former Griddler's Space in Downtown Boston

A Colorado-based restaurant chain that focuses on Mediterranean food is expanding to New England, and its first will be located in the heart of Boston.

According to a source, Garbanzo is planning to open in the former Griddler's space on Boylston Street, with an article from The Berkeley Beacon mentioning that the upcoming dining spot will be geared at least in part to nearby Emerson students who may be looking to do some schoolwork while having a bite to eat. The article says that a lease as been signed for the place and if the permitting process goes as planned, Garbanzo--which offers salads, stuffed pitas, flatbreads, and more--could be opening before students return from winter break in January of 2020.

Griddler's, which closed down around the beginning of the year, was known in part for its burgers and hot dogs; another location on Beacon Hill closed in 2016.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Boston is: Garbanzo, 134 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations can be found at https://eatgarbanzo.com

[October 22 update: The franchising.com site indicates that several more locations of Garbanzo are being planned for the local area as well, with the Boylston Street outlet indeed being the first.]

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]

Asahi Is Moving from Brighton to Brookline

A Japanese restaurant in Brighton is moving to a new space in Brookline.

According to a tweet from @GospelOfIHM, Asahi on Market Street in Brighton Center is moving to Washington Street in Brookline's Washington Square area, with a sign out front at the old location indicating that the move may have taken place yesterday. The sign also mentions that the place might be expanding its menu, which currently includes sushi, sashimi, and maki along with soups, salads, and appetizers.

Based on the address given, it appears that Asahi is taking over the space where Kamiza and Matuya had been.

The address for the new location of Asahi is 696 Washington Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. Its website can be found at https://www.bostonasahi.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]

The Family Delicatessen to Open in Maynard

It looks like a brand new deli is on its way to the western suburbs of Boston.

According to a source, The Family Delicatessen is opening in Maynard, with an Instagram page from the place confirming that it will indeed be coming to a space on Main Street. Very little is known about the upcoming restaurant, though its Instagram page does hint that it will be a deli that will serve sandwiches. (As soon as we find out more about the place, we will post an update here.

The address for this upcoming deli in Maynard is: The Family Delicatessen, 129 Main Street, Maynard, MA, 01754. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/familydelicatessen/

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, October 16, 2019

Friendly's in Stoneham Is Closing

What was once a large regional chain of restaurants and ice cream shops is closing one of its last Boston-area locations.

According to a source, who posted on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page (and who called the dining spot to confirm), Friendly's in Stoneham is shutting down on November 10. Once the Main Street location closes, there will no longer be any standalone Friendly's restaurants inside Route 128, as the Logan Airport shop will be the only one remaining; a few others are still open a bit further out, including in Norwood, Peabody, and Weymouth.)

Friendly's, which is headquartered in Wilbraham, was established in Springfield back in 1935.

The address for this soon-to-close location of Friendly's in Stoneham is 611 Main Street (Route 28), Stoneham, MA, 02180. Its website can be found 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]

Falafel King at Boston Common Sharing Space with Taccos Arabas

A location of a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Boston will be sharing its space with another concept, and this one will apparently be a fusion spot of sorts.

According to a message sent from @CappyinBoston, Falafel King on Tremont Street has a sign out front saying that Taccos Arabas is coming soon, while the sign also shows Falafel King on the other side, indicating that both businesses will be located within the same space. Based on the name (and what we have been told by @CappyinBoston), the new concept will focus on Mexican food with Middle Eastern influences, including such offerings as shawarma tacos.

The Tremont Street location of Falafel King first opened its doors in March of this year; other locations of the eatery can be found on Washington Street and Summer Street in the downtown area. (The website for all three is at https://www.falafelkingboston.com/)

[October 18 update: Eater Boston states that Taccos Arabas is now up and running.]

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]

Curds & Co. Opening New Location at Boston Public Market

It looks like a specialty cheese shop in Brookline is expanding to downtown Boston.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), Curds & Co. is planning to open at Boston Public Market, with a sign displayed that says "Something cheesy is coming soon." Based on what we have been told, it appears that the new location of Curds & Co. will take over the space where Appleton Farms Cheese in Ipswich had a booth.

Curds & Co. first opened on Washington Street in Brookline Village in the summer of 2017, taking over the space where The UPS Store had been. The website for the business can be found at https://www.curdsandco.com

[October 30 update: Boston Magazine states that Curds & Co. is now open at Boston Public Market.]

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]

Piperi Mediterranean Grill in Downtown Boston Has Closed; Catering Operation Continues

A fast-casual restaurant in downtown Boston has called it a day, though the business is not completely shutting down.

According to several sources, (including @NikiBlaker, who sent a tweet about it), Piperi Mediterranean Grill on Beacon Street is shuttered, with a note on its website confirming the closure, saying that "We have closed the 1 Beacon Street restaurant. We will miss all of our friends." The note does mention something else that we have heard, that its catering operation will continue (the website includes a link to the catering menu).

Piperi first opened in the latter part of 2012, offering flatbread sandwiches and rice plates with a variety of meat and vegetarian options, toppings, and sauces, along with a few small plates/sides.

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, October 15, 2019

Plans in the Works to Move The Salem Diner to Rooftop of 10 Derby Square

A few months ago, a landmark North Shore diner closed down, with the hope being that a new owner might purchase it and move it to another space. Now we have learned that the diner could indeed get a new home--and it would be in a very unlikely spot.

According to a source, a group of partners plans to purchase The Salem Diner, and they are proposing to actually move it to the roof of 10 Derby Square in Salem, with an article in The Salem News confirming this. The article mentions that this would be an incubator of sorts, with developing restaurateurs running the diner every six months where they would get to hone their skills while presumably hoping to find a permanent space for a dining spot. The partners--who include Erik and Jennifer Sayce of the late-night cookie pop-up Goodnight Fatty--all have a business stake in 10 Derby Square, and while a long road lies ahead for getting approval of the proposal, if all goes well, the diner could be up and running in June of 2020.

The Salem Diner closed in May after nearly 80 years in operation, as Salem State University--which purchased the eatery in 2013--is consolidating its on-campus food options. (The diner, which first opened in 1941, is on the National Register of Historic Places.)

[Earlier Article]
The Salem Diner Closes Its Doors Today

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]

Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza in Quincy Has Closed

One of the relatively few options for coal-fired pizza in the Greater Boston area has shut down, and it is not yet known what might become of the space.

According to a couple of sources, Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza in Quincy has closed, with calls placed to the Hancock Street dining spot not being answered yesterday or today. No reason has been given for the closure, nor is it known whether it could open back up again--or if another restaurant might take over the space. (Stay tuned for updates as they come in.)

Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza first opened in the fall of 2014, taking over the space where Remick's had been, and before that, Finian's.

The address for this now-closed pizzeria in Quincy was: Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, 1657 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

[November 12 update: A Facebook post from the place confirms that Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza has closed for good, as it says that gift cards will be accepted at The Chantey in Marina Bay through November 30.]

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


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

Monday, October 14, 2019

Del Frisco's Grille in Burlington and Chestnut Hill Are Closing

It looks like a small national chain of upscale restaurants is closing two of its Boston-area locations.

According to a source, Del Frisco's Grille in Burlington is shutting down for good, with the last day in operation being October 20. An email sent out to a couple more sources have confirmed this--and we have been told by a worker at the Chestnut Hill location that it will be also closing at the end of business hours on October 20. The closing of the Burlington and Chestnut Hill locations come on the heels of the news that private equity firm L Catterton is selling both Del Frisco's Grille and the more high-end Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse to Landry's; Forbes mentions that the sale is expected to go through around the end of this month,

In addition to the Burlington and Chestnut Hill locations of Del Frisco's Grille, another outlet can be found in Westwood, while two Del Frisco's Grille Double Eagle Steakhouse locations can be found in Boston's Back Bay and Seaport District as well.

The website for Del Frisco's Grille is at https://delfriscosgrille.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, October 11, 2019

Menya Jiro May Be Opening in Cambridge's Harvard Square

An award-winning group of ramen spots based in Japan could be on its way to the local area.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Cambridge Day) that Menya Jiro is looking to open in Cambridge's Harvard Square, with the plan being to open in a space within the Crimson Galeria on JFK Street. If it gets approval to open, this would be the first Boston-area location of the eatery, and it would join three others in the United States, all of which are in New York City. (Menya Jiro could open in Harvard Square this winter or early in the spring.)

Menya Jiro, which has won a street ramen competition in New York twice, focuses on build-your-own ramen dishes, according to Eater.

The address for the proposed location of Menya Jiro at the Crimson Galeria is 57 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the group of restaurants can be found at https://www.menyajiro-ny.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]

Tonkatsu King to Open in Former Geido Sushi Space at Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 Food Court in Allston

A new dining spot is coming to a food court in Allston, replacing another eatery that closed awhile back.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Tonkatsu King is opening in the old Geido Sushi space within the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 food court in Allston, with the name indicating that the place could focus at least in part on breaded and deep-fried pork cutlets. No opening date has been given as of yet, but the photo posted indicates that it could be opening soon. (Stay tuned for updates.)

Geido Sushi first opened in the spring of 2015 within the food court.

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]

Dear Annie to Open in Cambridge's Porter Square Area

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to Cambridge, and it will focus at least in part on seafood and wine.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Dear Annie is planning to open on Mass. Ave. on the southern edge of Porter Square, taking over the space where Nomad had been until the boutique shop moved to a new space a short distance closer to the square. The post says that the people behind the watering hole are Lauren Friel (Rebel Rebel Wine Bar in Somerville) and Andrew Brady and Sara Markey (both from Field & Vine in Somerville), and that their plan is to have an ever-changing menu of small plates and bar snacks including tartines, cheese plates, veggie dishes, and seafood, while the bar program will focus on wines.

If all goes as planned, Dear Annie could be opening in the summer of 2020.

The address for this upcoming dining and drinking spot in Cambridge is: Dear Annie, 1741 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

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 Well Coffee House Plans to Open in East Boston

A pair of coffee places with a connection to a Christian ministry may be joined by a third, and this one wouldn't be very far away from its church.

According to an article from Universal Hub, the people behind Church @ The Well in East Boston's Jeffries Point neighborhood plan to open a new location of The Well Coffee House in the Central Square section of Eastie. If it gets approval to open--including the licenses needed to serve food and feature live entertainment--the shop would join others on State Street in downtown Boston and at South Station.

The address for this proposed coffee spot in East Boston would be: The Well Coffee House, 62 William C. Kelly Square, East Boston, MA, 02128. The website for The Well can be found at http://www.thewellcoffeehouse.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]

Craft Food Hall Project Is Opening at CityPoint in Waltham

Yet another food hall is on the verge of opening in the Greater Boston area, and this one will cater both to office workers and the general public.

According to a source, Craft Food Hall Project is opening at CityPoint in Waltham, with a Facebook comment from the place saying that it will be located in an office building but will also be open to the public as well. The post mentions that the food hall will have two restaurants called Project X Pizza and Sousviderie, and it will also have a "pour your own beer & wine wall." It looks like Craft Food Hall Project will open in Waltham on Monday, October 14, joining another location of the food hall at the Cross Point office complex in Lowell.

CityPoint is located near the Winter Street/Totten Pond Road exit off Route 128 (just east of the highway) and currently includes a couple of restaurants--Osteria Posto and The Local.

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, October 10, 2019

India Kitchen Is Opening in Watertown

A new restaurant is on its way to the western suburbs, moving into a space that has been home to a number of different dining spots.

According to a Twitter post from @HarmyG, India Kitchen is planning to open in Watertown, taking over the space at the corner of Lexington Street and Main Street where Baby Beef Grill had been, and before it, King Bibis, Steam Flavor, Power Cafe, Royal, and Acapulco. Very little is currently known about the upcoming eatery, though a sign out front indicates that it will be offering kababs, curries, and bowls.

The address for this new Indian spot in Watertown is: India Kitchen, 45 Lexington Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

[November 4 update: According to a couple of sources, India Kitchen is now open in Watertown.]

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, October 09, 2019

Servente Bakery & Cafe Opens in Needham

A brand new dining spot has come to the western suburbs of Boston, opening where another eatery had been.

According to an article in the Needham Times, Servente Bakery & Cafe opens on Great Plain Avenue in Needham Center today, taking over the former Acorns Bakery & Cafe space. The post mentions that the new spot will serve both breakfast and lunch, with such items as pastries and baked goods (including cookies, brownies, and carrot cake), soups, sandwiches, coffee, and more being offered.

The address for this new bakery-cafe is: Servente Bakery & Cafe, 1032 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA, 02492.

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]

Bullfinch Social Replaces Finch in The Boxer Hotel in Boston's West End

A hotel restaurant in the West End of Boston has morphed into a new spot with a brand new name and some changes made to its space and food/drink offerings.

According to an article from boston.com, Bullfinch Social is now open within The Boxer Hotel on Merrimac Street, replacing Finch. The post mentions that the new restaurant is a bit more "refined" and "grown-up" than the old spot, being a modern American brasserie that "pairs new American international style food with classic cooking" while also offering classic cocktails and seasonal drinks.

Finch (and The Boxer) first opened in 2013.

The address for Bullfinch Social is 107 Merrimac Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The web page for the restaurant can be found at https://www.theboxerboston.com/restaurant-near-td-garden/

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]

Pokeworks Plans to Open in Boston's Longwood Area

A group of dining spots featuring a couple of increasingly-trendy food items may be opening another Boston-area location, with this one coming to a section of the city known for its medical facilities.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Pokeworks is planning to open in the Longwood section of Boston, moving into a space on Brookline Avenue. Based on its other locations, the proposed eatery would likely feature poke (a Hawaiian raw fish salad) as well as sushi burritos, and it would join existing locations in Somerville's Davis Square and Cambridge's Harvard Square, along with an outlet that will be opening at Arsenal Yards in Watertown.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Boston's Longwood area is: Pokeworks, 425 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for Pokeworks can be found at https://www.pokeworks.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, October 08, 2019

Annie May's Sweet Cafe to Open Location in Newtonville

A bakery in Kentucky that focuses on goods made without common allergens will be expanding to New England, with a location on its way to the western suburbs of Boston.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Annie May's Sweet Cafe is opening a shop in the Newtonville section of Newton, with the post saying that the Madison Avenue outlet will be "their first New England location." The business, which is based on Louisville, KY (which is also home to its only shop), features items made in a facility that is allergen-free from a number of items, including peanuts, milk, eggs, gluten, shellfish, wheat, sesame, tree nuts (other than coconut), and soy.

An opening date has not yet been given for the Newtonville location of Annie May's Sweet Cafe, with the job post simply saying that it will debut sometime this fall.

The address for this upcoming bakery in Newtonville is: Annie May's Sweet Cafe, 108 Madison Ave, Newtonville, MA 02460. The website for the business can be found at https://www.anniemayssweetcafe.com

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


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

Monday, October 07, 2019

Four Winds in Boston's North End Has Closed

It looks like a North End bar that was around for a long time may have shut down for good.

NorthEndWaterfront.com is reporting what Adam Castiglioni of the Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog) told us last week, that Four Winds on Commercial Street is closed. Both Adam and another source told us that the bar appears to have been shuttered for at least a few weeks, and while its exact status is not known, NorthEndWaterfront.com says that the building is going to be sold, so the future of the place does seem to be in doubt.

Four Winds first opened in the late 1960s, according to its Facebook page; the place was a sports bar and restaurant that also had space for functions upstairs.

The address for Four Winds was 266 Commercial Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

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


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Friday, October 04, 2019

Sidell's Bagel Bar to Open in Boston's Back Bay

A brand new bagel spot is on its way to Boston, and a familiar name is behind it.

According to a press release, Sidell's Bagel Bar is opening in the Back Bay, with the "semi-permanent" eatery being located on the lower floor of the MET Back Bay Restaurant on Dartmouth Street. The new spot, which will also offer a variety of cream cheese mixes along with smoked fish towers, coffee, juices, cocktails, and more, is being run by Kathy Sidell, whose MET Restaurant Group operates the MET Back Bay, Saltie Girl, Stephanie's on Newbury, and the MET Natick.

Sidell's Bagel Bar debuts on Saturday, October 5, and it will be open on Saturdays and Sundays for the foreseeable future.

The address for Sidell's Bagel Bar (and the MET Back Bay) is 279 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the MET Back Bay can be found at http://www.metbackbay.com/

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


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Tous Les Jours Opens in Natick

A group of French-Asian bakeries and cafes based in South Korea has opened a new location in the Greater Boston area, joining two other local outlets.

According to a post from the Framingham Source, Tous Les Jours is now open at the Natick Mall, with its opening date being Tuesday, October 1. The bakery-cafe joins two others in Allston and Burlington, and this is actually its fourth location to come to the region, as another outlet had been in the Government Center area of downtown Boston but that location closed early in 2018.

Tous Les Jours offers an array of baked goods, pastries, and other items, including breads, cakes, pies, sandwiches, smoothies, coffee, and tea.

The website for Tous Les Jours can be found at https://www.tljus.com/

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


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Framingham Station to Open in Former Deluxe Depot Diner/Depot 417 Space in Framingham

A Brazilian restaurant is on its way to an historic building west of Boston, replacing a couple of diners that had been in the space over the past several years.

According to a post from the Framingham Source, Framingham Station is planning to open in the historic train station building on Waverly Street in Framingham, taking over the space where Deluxe Depot Diner and Depot 417 had been. The article says that the upcoming spot will be a Rodizio-style restaurant and steakhouse, though little other information seems to be available, and no opening date has been given as of yet.

The address for the upcoming Framingham Station is 417 Waverly Street, Framingham, MA, 01702.

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, October 03, 2019

Louie's Ice Cream in East Somerville Is Up for Sale

A beloved ice cream shop that has been around for a very long time is on the market.

According to a source, Louie's Ice Cream in East Somerville is up for sale, with a Facebook post from the Davis Square group page confirming this, showing a sign out front at the Broadway shop mentioning "mixed use and business for sale." The last Facebook post from the ice cream shop included a "That's All, Folks!" logo back in early September, with the message saying that "Louie's is officially closed for the season. Thanks again for another great season!!" but there was no sign of this being a permanent closure at the time.

Louie's, which has been in business for nearly 40 years, offered such items as ice cream, sherbet, sundaes, banana boats, slush, and more.

The address for Louie's Ice Cream is 193 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02145.

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


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MC Kitchen Leaves Time Out Market Boston; Greek Street Opening in Its Space

A vegan dining spot has said goodbye to a new food hall in Boston, and it looks like a Greek restaurant will move into its space.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, MC Kitchen at Time Out Market Boston in the Fenway has closed, with a sign indicating that Greek Street will be opening there on October 7. An article from Eater Boston mentions that MC Kitchen is now looking at potential sites for a permanent restaurant including the old Fiorella's Express space in North Cambridge, while it is also considering pop-up locations at a couple of upcoming food halls in the Boston area.

A second post from Eater says that Jody Adams and her partners at Saloniki in Boston and Cambridge (Eric Papachristos and Jon Mendez) are behind Greek Street, which will focus on street-food items found in Greece. The article says that citrus-marinated swordfish souvlaki, spanakopita, pork schnitzel, and Greek salads will be on the menu, while a press release sent to us this morning also mentions that cumin-spiced beef patties will be offered as well.

Time Out Market Boston can be found by the corner of Brookline Avenue and Park Drive in the Fenway.

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]