Friday, January 18, 2019

Longfellow Bar Opens in Former Cafe Algiers Space in Harvard Square January 19

by Marc Hurwitz

Two years ago, we reported that a Cambridge institution was closing for good and that one of the region's best-known chefs and restaurateurs was going to open a new spot within the space. Now we have learned that the new place is just about ready to open.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Longfellow Bar opens in Harvard Square tomorrow (Saturday, January 19), taking over the former Cafe Algiers space on Brattle Street. The new dining and drinking spot from Michael Scelfo is located above Alden & Harlow, which is another restaurant from Scelfo, with the the Longfellow space having two floors including a seasonal roof deck. As mentioned earlier, Longfellow features finger foods along with a "geeky" cocktail program and some lesser-known varietal wines, with the menu including such items as warm rye pretzels, deviled eggs, fried chicken tortas, buttermilk-fried sweetbreads, burgers, and waffle fries. Initially, the place will be open for dinner only, but lunch service will be added over the coming weeks.

Cafe Algiers actually closed twice--briefly in the fall of 2016 and a permanent closure in the summer of 2017; the place was known for its Mediterranean fare along with coffee and tea.

The address for Longfellow Bar is 40 Brattle Street #3, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

[Earlier Article]
Longfellow to Replace Cafe Algiers in Cambridge's Harvard Square

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Manoa Poke Shop in Somerville Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A Somerville restaurant that focuses on a dish that has been trendy over the past few years is shutting down.

According to a source, Manoa Poke Shop on Beacon Street is closing, with an Instagram post from the eatery thanking customers for their support and saying that "It has been a crazy amazing journey for us all, and we wouldn't trade it for anything." No specific closing date has been given, but it looks like it may be shuttering over the next week or so.

Manoa first opened in January of 2017, offering poke (which is a Hawaiian raw fish salad) along with fried chicken, chili rice bowls, kalua pig (slow-cooked pork shoulder), and more. It is one of a number of poke shops that have opened in the Greater Boston area over recent times, including Pokeworks in Somerville's Davis Square, Poke City in Cambridge, Yoki Express in Boston's Seaport District, Love Art Sushi in the Back Bay/Fenway area, and Poke Garden in Brookline.

The address for this soon-to-close restaurant in Somerville is: Manoa Poke Shop, 300 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its website can be found at https://manoa.fish

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Spice Delight Opens in Former Golden Garden Space in Belmont

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new Indian restaurant has come to the western suburbs of Boston, and it takes over the space where a Chinese spot had once been.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Spice Delight is now open in Belmont, moving into the former Golden Garden space on Concord Avenue. A Belmont Citizen Herald article mentions that the new eatery features North Indian cuisine, including such items as naan, lentil soup, chicken tikka masala, goat biryani, lamb kababs, tandoori chicken, and fish curry.

Golden Garden closed in June of 2017 after being in business for approximately seven years, though another location remains in operation in Malden; both the now-closed Belmont location and the current Malden location have been known in part for their northeastern Chinese fare.

The address for this new restaurant in Belmont is: Spice Delight, 63 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA, 02478. Its website can be found at https://spicedelightma.com/

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Peet's Coffee & Tea in Brookline's Coolidge Corner Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier today, we reported that a Boston location of a coffee chain was getting ready to close, and now we have learned that another location in the Boston area will be shutting down that day as well.

According to an article in the Patch, Peet's Coffee & Tea in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline is closing on January 25, with the Harvard Street spot having a similar sign to that of the Charles Street location in Beacon Hill, referring customers to Peet's at Capital One on Boylston Street in Boston and a location of Peet's in Cambridge's Harvard Square. (The sign at the Beacon Hill shop referred patrons to the Peet's within Capital One banks on both Boylston Street and Tremont Street in Boston.) It appears that other locations of the chain in Lexington, Sudbury, and Wellesley will remain in operation, though if this changes, we will post an update here.

The address for Peet's in Coolidge Corner is 285 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. The website for the chain is at http://www.peets.com/

[Earlier Article]
Peet's Coffee & Tea in Beacon Hill Is Closing

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Posto May Be Opening in Bedford, Possibly Taking Over the Comella's Space in the Bedford Marketplace

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind several Boston-area dining and drinking spots may be expanding one of his brands to another suburban space.

According to a Twitter post from @bedfordma, Posto is apparently looking to open in the space in Bedford where Comella's resides (in the Bedford Marketplace on Great Road), with a public hearing notice posted by @bedfordma showing that a public hearing was recently held to look into the proposed liquor license transfer from Comella's to Posto, with Joseph Cassinelli of the Alpine Restaurant Group being the manager listed. It is not known when Comella's might close if the plans are approved, and it also is not known if this location of Posto would be similar to the Somerville location of Posto--which is basically an Italian trattoria--or more like Osteria Posto in Waltham--which is more of an Italian steakhouse--so stay tuned as any updates come in.

In addition to the two locations of Posto, Cassinelli and his restaurant group also run Rosebud and the Painted Burro in Somerville as well as the Burro Bar in Boston and Brookline. (Comella's is a small chain of Italian eateries with a number of locations in the Greater Boston area.)

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Dough in East Boston Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular spot in East Boston for pizza and more is saying farewell.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Dough on Maverick Street is closing down tomorrow (Friday, January 18), with an Instagram post from the place saying that "We are taking the opportunity to explore new and exciting opportunities and to spend more time with our families, which is our highest priority." The dining spot, which opened 13 years ago, has been known in part for its pizza along with its subs and sandwiches, with the Phantom Gourmet pointing out its Cajun chicken cheesesteak and its Vermonter a number of years back while boston.com featured it as a cheap eats place that "takes its laid-back vibe seriously."

The address for Dough is 20 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA, 02128.

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Peet's Coffee & Tea in Beacon Hill Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A coffee shop in Boston that was shut down for a few weeks last summer appears to be closing for good this time.

According to several sources, Peet's Coffee & Tea in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood is shutting down, with one source sending a picture showing a sign out front at the Charles Street spot saying it will be closing on January 25. The note also refers customers to locations of Peet's within Capital One banks on Tremont Street and Boylston Street, while other locations of Peet's remain in operation in Brookline, Cambridge, Lexington, Sudbury, and Wellesley. [Ed note: A subsequent article indicates that the Brookline location of Peet's is closing on January 25 as well.]

The Beacon Hill location of Peet's temporarily shuttered in mid-July, with a sign out front at the time saying "Closed by order of Licensing Board for the City of Boston." The shop ended up reopening in early to mid-August.

The address for Peet's in Beacon Hill is 66 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for Peet's is at http://www.peets.com/

[Earlier Article]
Peet's Coffee & Tea in Beacon Hill Reopens After Being Closed by the City of Boston

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

JazzUrbane Cafe to Open in Roxbury's Dudley Square

by Marc Hurwitz

About a year ago, we reported that a new restaurant featuring live music could be coming to an increasingly-hot section of Roxbury. Now we have learned a bit more about the upcoming place.

According to an article from Universal Hub, musician and Berklee College of Music professor William Banfield is planning to open JazzUrbane Cafe within the historic Bolling Building in Dudley Square, with the place featuring food and live entertainment at night while being a space for arts organizations and community groups during the day. Banfield mentions in a statement that "I am excited for the opportunity to create a truly unique experience in Roxbury, to bring back jazz to Dudley Square, and build an establishment that will become a destination for all residents and visitors," while a Boston Magazine article says that Banfield also states the place will be "designed to bring neighbors together and celebrate through the shared love of food, art, and community in a warm and inviting venue." No opening date has been given for JazzUrbane Cafe, so stay tuned for updates.

The Bolling Building is currently home to Soleil restaurant and Dudley Cafe, though two other dining spots--Dudley Dough and Tasty Burger--no longer reside in the structure, which dates back to the 1880s.

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FoMu to Open Brick-and-Mortar Shop in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of vegan ice cream shops that has had a mix of brick-and-mortar and pop-up shops since starting out is going to be opening another brick-and-mortar location, with this one being near one of its former pop-ups.

According to an article from Eater Boston, FoMu is planning to open in the former Emack & Bolio's space in the Fenway, with the Brookline Avenue location being less than a block away from a long-term pop-up location that the company had. Once the new spot opens, it will join other brick-and-mortar locations in Allston, the South End, and Jamaica Plain, and will likely offer dairy-free ice cream along with baked goods, smoothies, ice cream cakes, and more. (FoMu has also had pop-ups in the Back Bay and Cambridge's Inman Square in addition to the Fenway.)

If all goes as planned, the new location of FoMu could be opening in March.

The address for this upcoming vegan ice cream shop in the Fenway is: FoMu, 140 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for all locations of FoMu can be found at http://www.fomuicecream.com/

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Several Well-Known Chefs and Restaurateurs Will Be Coming to Time Out Market in Boston's Fenway

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of years ago, we reported that a food and cultural market was on its way to a complex in Boston's Fenway that is being redeveloped. Now we have learned that a few big local names will be opening places within the food hall.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Time Out Boston at the old Landmark Center on Park Drive will see such chefs and restaurateurs as Tony Maws (Craigie on Main, Kirkland Tap & Trotter), Michael Schlow (Tico), Tim and Nancy Cushman (Hojoko, O Ya), and Peter Ungar (Tasting Counter), with Maws focusing on his famous Craigie burger, Schlow offering Italian dishes, the Cushmans setting up two kitchens featuring sushi and other Asian fare, and Ungar offering what looks to be inventive, locally-sourced dishes. The article also mentions that outposts of Anoush'ella (a South End restaurant featuring Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare) and Union Square Donuts will set up shop at the food hall as well, with the place ultimately including fifteen restaurants, two bars, a retail shop, and a demo kitchen.

As mentioned earlier, the food hall coming to the Landmark Center will be a location of Lisbon's Time Out Market, which the Time Out media company first opened in Lisbon in 2014.

[Earlier Article]
Food Hall Coming to Best Buy Space at Landmark Center in Boston's Fenway

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

City Girl Cafe in Cambridge's Inman Square to Suspend Dinner Service

by Marc Hurwitz

An eclectic eatery in Cambridge that is known for its Italian dishes is going through some changes.

According to a Facebook post from the place, City Girl Cafe in Inman Square is suspending dinner service at the end of February, with the focus being more on corporate catering and private events--though the Hampshire Street spot will continue to be open for its weekend brunch. The restaurant, which started out approximately 20 years ago, offers such Italian comfort food options as bruschetta, panini, pizza, and pasta dishes, and it has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as an under-the-radar spot, with the review being found at this link:

https://hiddenboston.com/CityGirlCafe.html

The address for City Girl Cafe is 204 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at http://citygirlcafe.com/

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Xi'an Rougamo Opens at the Corner Mall in Boston's Downtown Crossing

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot has come to downtown Boston, and it features a food item that is becoming increasingly popular in the local area.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Xi'an Rougamo is now open at the Corner Mall by the intersection of Washington Street and Winter Street, with the eatery offering hand-pulled noodles along with meat sandwiches (the word "Rougamo" refers to this food item), rice-based items, other noodle-based dishes, smoothies, and bubble tea. The restaurant joins a handful of other Boston-ara places that offer hand-pulled noodles, including Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Boston and Woburn, Chili Squared in Quincy, Home Taste in Watertown and Arlington, and Noodles King in the Longwood medical area.

The menu for Xi'an Rougamo can be found at http://thecornermall.com/i/XiAn-Rougamo-Menu.jpg

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Cubist Circle to Open in Former Gourmet Oriental Space in Weymouth

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new Asian restaurant is opening on the South Shore, replacing a dining spot that was known in part for its Chinese-American food and karaoke.

According to a source, Cubist Circle is opening in Weymouth, with the restaurant moving into the former Gourmet Oriental space on Washington Street. An earlier meeting minutes page within the website for Weymouth confirms this, indicating that Cubist Circle will be an Asian fusion spot whose manager (Zhongyuan Zang) comes from Fuji Steakhouse in Needham along with other dining spots. It appears that the new eatery could have seating for more than 350, with the place including a first-floor dining room, a first-floor lounge, and two function rooms, with one in the basement.

Gourmet Oriental shuttered toward the latter part of 2017.

The address for the upcoming Cubist Circle is 625 Washington Street, Weymouth, MA, 02188.

[Earlier Article]
Gourmet Oriental in Weymouth Has Closed

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Sunset Cafe in Cambridge Destroyed in Fire

by Marc Hurwitz

A Portuguese restaurant in Cambridge is closed for the foreseeable future after being hit by a major fire.

According to an article from Boston 25 News, the Sunset Cafe at the corner of Cambridge Street and Hunting Street was destroyed in a four-alarm blaze yesterday morning that displaced nearly 20 people and took out two structures. A Facebook post from the dining spot mentions that "the restaurant will remain closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to those with reservations. We appreciate all the good wishes and we hope to be up and running soon" while it also posts a link where people can donate online to the Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund.

Kimchi Kitchen, a Korean restaurant on the same block, is also shuttered for the time being, with a Facebook post from the place saying that "We will be closed for a few days due to a massive fire in our neighborhood."

Boston 25 News indicates that no one in the buildings was hurt, though some firefighters had minor injuries.

[January 17 update: According to a source, the building housing the Sunset Cafe is being demolished this week.]

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Nick & Andy's Opens in Former Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli Space in Danvers

by Marc Hurwitz

A new breakfast and lunch spot has come to the North Shore, opening where a market had been for a very brief time.

According to a message sent to us from @CappyinBoston, Nick & Andy's is now open in Danvers, moving into the former Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli space on Route 1. The website for the new eatery indicates that it offers such items as omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits and gravy, salads, sandwiches, steak tips, fish and chips, turkey dinner, and more.

Gigi's first opened in March of last year, but only lasted a few months, closing its doors for good in August.

The address for Nick & Andy's is 110 Newbury Street (Route 1), Danvers, MA, 01923. Its website can be found at https://nickandandysbreakfast.com/

[Earlier Article]
Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli in Danvers Has Closed

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Monday, January 14, 2019

The Living Room in Boston's North End Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

Another well-known name within the Boston restaurant/bar scene is saying farewell.

According to an article in northendwaterfront.com, The Living Room on Atlantic Avenue is closing its doors on January 19, as its lease is up and it was apparently not able to get a long-term lease from the owners of the Mercantile building, who bought it in 2015 and had been only offering short-term leases. (The post says that the people behind The Living Room wanted a long-term lease in order to be able to make renovations to the space.) It is not known what might become of the space at this point, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

The Living Room started out in 1998 as a seafood restaurant called Atlantic 101, eventually reconcepting into its present form in 2005 and becoming a popular place for comfort food and cocktails while also featuring DJs and dancing.

The address for The Living Room is 101 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02110. Its website can be found at http://www.thelivingroomboston.com/

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Update: 32 Counties Is Opening in the Former Boston Cream Pie Company Space in Holbrook

by Marc Hurwitz

[Ed note: This article was updated on January 15 to reflect new information given, including a name for the place and when it might officially open.]

A brand new watering hole is opening in the southern suburbs of Boston, taking over the space where a shop that focused on a popular regional food item had been.

According to a source, a new bar appears to have soft-opened in Holbrook, moving into the former Boston Cream Pie Company space on S Franklin Street. It looks like the drinking spot may have soft-opened on Friday, though it does not appear to have a name (no sign is up for the place) and it is apparently not serving any food at this point in time.

Boston Cream Pie Company first opened in Holbrook in the summer of 2017 only to close a year later, with the business originally selling the Boston Cream Pies (along with other pies) from tricycles stationed in Boston.

The address for this new bar in Holbrook is 783 S Franklin Street, Holbrook, MA, 02343.

[January 16 update: A message sent to us indicates that the new bar in Holbrook is called 32 Counties and that it plans to officially open over the next few weeks, as the opening last week was indeed just a private soft opening.]

[Earlier Article]
Boston Cream Pie Company in Holbrook Has Closed

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Newman's Bakery in Swampscott Has Reopened

by Marc Hurwitz

A decades-old bakery on the North Shore is back in business after being shut down for nearly a year because of medical issues, a car accident, and more.

According to an article from the Swampscott Reporter, Newman's Bakery on Humphrey Street is open once again, with co-owners Jessica and Bernard Newman reopening the shop on January 9 after a stretch where both owners battled health issues while a car accident also damaged the storefront last February (the place had to deal with equipment issues as well). In the article, Bernard says that "The day we reopened, one woman entered and let out a big scream because she was so happy to see us back up and running. Another woman came in and did a dance....To find out how much people actually care about you. It means so much." The post also mentions that all five employees have returned to the shop.

Newman's Bakery has been in business since 1966.

The address for this reopened bakery is 252 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA, 01907.

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Blue Bottle Coffee Plans to Open in Cambridge's Kendall Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A California-based coffee roaster that has opened three locations in the Boston area over the past year or so is planning to open a fourth, with this one coming to a red-hot part of Cambridge.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, Blue Bottle Coffee is looking to open a new shop in Kendall Square, with the Ames Street outlet having seating for 20, a total capacity of 40, and the setup being an open space with seating in the front and a kitchen area in the back. If its plans are approved by the city and it does open in the space, the new location of Blue Bottle would join others in Harvard Square, downtown Boston, and the Prudential Center.

Blue Bottle Coffee, whose headquarters are in Oakland, is considered part of the "third-wave" of specialty coffee shops that focus on high-quality beans.

The address for the proposed location of Blue Bottle Coffee in Kendall Square is 88 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. The website for the company can be found at https://bluebottlecoffee.com/

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Tex Mex Eats to Open in Former Tupelo Space in Cambridge's Inman Square

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind a catering business, various pop-ups, and cooking classes in the local area is looking to open a new restaurant in Cambridge that combines the cuisines of a few different areas, replacing a dining spot that focused on foods with Southern influences.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, Tex Mex Eats is planning to open in the former Tupelo space on Cambridge Street in Inman Square, with the website for the business indicating that the new eatery may feature "'Texachusetts' flavors that combine Mexican dishes with local New England ingredients." The site states that Amanda Escamilla--who was part of the catering team at the now-closed East Coast Grill and who sells her foods at local farmers markets--is behind the restaurant, with her culinary influences coming from growing up on the Gulf Coast of South Texas. Based on the the menu within the Tex Mex Eats website (which encompasses what she currently offers through her business, including catering and cooking classes), the restaurant could feature such items as shrimp tamales, fish tacos, frito pie, cactus lima bean soup, arroz con pollo, enchiladas, brisket, pulled pork, ribs, cornbread, and a Latin-style whole roasted pig.

Tupelo closed in October after being in business for approximately ten years.

The address for the upcoming Tex Mex Eats is 1193 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at http://www.txmexeats.com/

[Earlier Article]
Tupelo in Cambridge's Inman Square Is Closing

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Update: Pescatore in Somerville Has Closed; Avenue Kitchen and Bar to Open in Its Place

by Marc Hurwitz

[Ed note: This article was updated on January 15 to reflect new information given on the restaurant moving into the space.]

A longtime favorite for Italian food has called it a day.

According to a message from Christine Liu, Pescatore in the Ball Square section of Somerville closes today, with a Facebook post from the Boston Avenue restaurant confirming this, saying that "It is with a heavy heart that I [co-owner Anna Buonopane] announce the closure of Pescatore, effective January 11, 2019. The people of Somerville welcomed me, my husband, and my three daughters with open arms, and for that I will be forever grateful." The note hints that the space will not be empty for long, mentioning that "When one door closes, another one opens! Be on the lookout for a wonderful new restaurant and bar to open in the building soon! We hope you'll support and enjoy the new endeavor."

Pescatore, which first opened approximately 13 years ago, has been known in part for its Italian seafood dishes, with our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) featuring it as an under the radar spot. The review can be found at the link below:

https://hiddenboston.com/Pescatore.html

The address for Pescatore (and the upcoming new restaurant) is 158 Boston Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02144.

[January 15 update: Eater Boston mentions that a new gastropub called Avenue Kitchen and Bar is opening in the Pescatore space, with chef Kenny Schweizer (Nahita) and general manager Gino DeLuca (Florentine Cafe) planning to offer steak, seafood, and chicken dishes along with burgers and Detroit-style pizza, a thick-crust pan pizza that is only found in a few spots around the Boston area. If all goes well, the new dining and drinking spot could be opening in March.]

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Sandwich Schlepper to Open in Lower Allston

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot featuring sandwiches and more appears to be on its way to Lower Allston.

According to an article from Universal Hub, Sandwich Schlepper is planning to open on North Harvard Street in an historic building that owner Brian Burke is in the process of fixing up. The post says that Burke, who will be running the eatery with his daughter, is restoring the original tin ceiling within the space along with the exposed brick, and that such items as sandwiches and soups will be sold there. The Boston Licensing Board has given approval for Sandwich Schlepper to open, though no opening date has been given as of yet.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Lower Allston is: Sandwich Schlepper, 253-261 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA, 02134.

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Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury to Close; Hopes to Reopen Later This Year

by Marc Hurwitz

A non-profit restaurant that first opened nearly 15 years ago is shutting down, though the hope is for it to eventually return.

According to a post from the Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog, Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury''s Dudley Square is closing, with a Facebook post from the place saying that "After careful consideration, Haley House has decided to engage in a re-visioning process to review and renew our business concept. Following Community Tables on Sat. Jan 12th, we will temporarily suspend restaurant operations going forward, with the goal of reopening later in the year." The note goes on to say that the catering and wholesale operations will continue along with its Take Back the Kitchen cooking and nutrition program, and their hosting of the 11th Annual Souper Bowl will still take place on February 10.

Haley House Bakery Cafe first opened in 2005, offering healthy foods in a community-oriented space while offering opportunities to those with limited employment options.

The address for Haley House Bakery Cafe is 12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119. Its website is at http://haleyhouse.org/haley-house-bakery-cafe/

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mercato Kitchen + Bar to Open in Downtown Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to the heart of downtown Boston, and the people behind it are also involved with a few other restaurants and bars in the city.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe is reporting that Mercato Kitchen + Bar is planning to open within the upcoming Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall on Devonshire Street, with the post saying that it will "be inspired by the European food halls that owners Teodora Bakardzhieva and Jairo Dominguez love to visit," while the hotel's website indicates that the food will have both European and South American influences. The Globe mentions that such options as souvlaki, Spanish fried anchovies, mezze, and charcuterie will be available, with the hotel saying that global wines, beers, and craft cocktails will be served.

Bakardzhieva and Dominguez are also behind Publico Street Bistro and Backyard Betty's in South Boston along with Casa Cana in Allston-Brighton.

The address for the upcoming Mercato Kitchen + Bar in downtown Boston is 68 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for the Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall is at https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/massachusetts/hyatt-centric-faneuil-hall-boston/bosct

[January 16 update: Boston Magazine states that Mercato Kitchen + Bar plans to open in late January or early February and that it will have approximately 100 seats along with an L-shaped bar.]

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La Chiva Restaurant in East Boston Gains Approval to Be Open 24 Hours

by Marc Hurwitz

A South American restaurant that focuses on takeout will now be one of the very few places in Boston to be open all night.

According to an article from Universal Hub, La Chiva Restaurant in East Boston has been given the green light by the Boston Licensing Board to be open 24 hours, with the Bennington Street eatery joining such spots as South Street Diner in the Leather District, Bova's in the North End, IHOP in Brighton, and Victoria's Diner on the Roxbury/Dorchester line as being able to stay open through the night. (Victoria's is only open 24 hours from Thursday into the weekend.) La Chiva, which offers Colombian fare such as papusas, tamales, and empanadas, is a counter-service spot that has limited seating, including some outdoor seating during the warmer months.

The address for La Chiva is 259 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA, 02128. Its website can be found at http://www.lachivarestaurant.com/

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Rewild in Quincy Center Is Closing, Looking at New Locations

by Marc Hurwitz

A beer hall and cafe that may be the only one of its kind in the entire country is closing, and the people behind it are now scouting out new locations.

According to a source, Rewild Plant Food + Drink in Quincy is shutting down on Sunday, January 13, as its Hancock Street building is expected to be demolished over the coming weeks, leading them to look at sites in Quincy and other parts of the South Shore along with Boston. The original plan had been for the place to reside in more of a long-term space in Quincy, but they decided to focus more on a short-term space in part because they wanted the concept to debut as quickly as possible while also realizing that a long-term space that would suit their needs did not appear to be available at the time.

Rewild, which first opened in October of 2018, is considered to be the first 100-percent vegan restaurant, cafe, and beer hall in the United States.

The address for the soon-to-close location of Rewild is 1546 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169. Its website can be found at https://eatrewild.com

[Earlier Article]
Rewild to Open in Quincy Center

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Tavern of Tales to Open in Boston's Mission Hill Neighborhood

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new board game cafe may be on its way to Boston, and it looks like its offerings may include alcohol.

According to a licensing commission hearing page within the city's website, Tavern of Tales is planning to open in Mission Hill, with the Tremont Street spot applying for a malt, wine, and liqueur license, while the notice also says that the spot will have a total of eight rooms--though it appears that at least some of it will be used for office and storage space. The website for Tavern of Tales mentions that "we're a board game cafe focused on visitors experiencing board games in an entirely new way. With innovative use of audio and narration, we want our players to not just play the board games in our inventory, but experience them." Its games list includes Above and Below, Eight Minute Empire, Forbidden Island, and The Resistance.

If all goes as planned, Tavern of Tales could be opening in the spring, according to its Twitter page.

The address for this upcoming board game cafe in Mission Hill is: Tavern of Tales 1478 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02120. Its website can be found at https://www.tavernoftales.com/

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Cultivar in Downtown Boston Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A downtown Boston restaurant that one of the region's best-known chefs opened a couple of years ago is closing.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Cultivar within the Ames Boston Hotel is shutting down, with the note from Chef/Owner Mary Dumont saying that "Due to a series of unforeseen events that have created the perfect storm, it is with a heavy heart we announce that today Cultivar will be closing its doors." The note goes on to say that "Emily [Mary's wife and co-owner of Cultivar] and I created a dream one day and began down the path that grew Cultivar. A place we love, filled with people we love, staffed by an incredible family of wonderful people," thanking their staff, the hotel, and their guests and "those who chose to make memories with us, and rest assured we are not finished making memories with you."

Mary and Emily French-Dumont opened Cultivar in the spring of 2017, with the place featuring dry-aged meats, sustainable seafood, ingredients found in the wild, and vegetables grown in a hydroponic garden. Mary Dumont had formerly been the chef at Harvest in Cambridge's Harvard Square and she also appeared on the Food Network's Iron Chef America while Food and Wine magazine awarded her "best new chef" in 2006. (In addition, Cultivar's former Chef De Cuisine Brian Young has been in the spotlight of late, as he is on this season's "Top Chef.")

The address for Cultivar is 1 Court Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

Thanks to Michele Martin for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Michael Serpa to Open Grand Tour on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz

A familiar name within the local restaurant scene is going to be opening a Parisian-style bistro in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Michael Serpa, his wife and operations director Lina Velez, and his business partners will be opening Grand Tour on Newbury Street, with the address indicating that it will be moving into the space by Hereford Street where Smoothie King had been. The new restaurant, which will be around the corner from Serpa's Select Oyster Bar on Gloucester Street, will be a 50-seat two-level spot with a private dining room in the upper part, a bar with an open kitchen on the main floor below, and a patio along the street during the warmer months. The menu at Grand Tour may include such items as roast duck, rabbit in mustard sauce, and steak frites along with seasonal vegetables, charcuterie, and cheeses, while American and French wines will be available. If all goes as planned, the new restaurant could be opening as early as this fall.

Before opening Select Oyster Bar in 2015, Michael Serpa worked at one of Boston's best-known restaurants--Neptune Oyster Bar in the North End.

The address for the upcoming Grand Tour is 314 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02115. Its website will be at https://www.grandtourboston.com/

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

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Hi-Rise Bread Company Opens at Boston Public Market

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of Cambridge bakeries and cafes has expanded to a space in downtown Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Hi-Rise Bread Company is now open inside the Boston Public Market near Haymarket Square, taking over the stall that George Howell Coffee used to reside in before it moved across the way to the former Taza Chocolate Bar space. The new location of the bakery-cafe offers a variety of breads, pastries, jams, and granola, and it will also be serving soups, salads, and sandwiches at some point in the future. The person behind all three Hi-Rise locations is Rene Becker, who also ran Shepard in Cambridge until it closed on New Year's Eve.

Other locations of Hi-Rise can be found on Concord Avenue in Huron Village and Mass. Ave. between Porter Square and Harvard Square.

The website for Hi-Rise Bread Company is at http://www.hi-risebread.com/

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