Thursday, February 14, 2019

Peregrine to Open within the Whitney Hotel in Boston's Beacon Hill

by Marc Hurwitz

A new hotel restaurant is on its way to an historic section of Boston, and the people behind an award-winning Somerville dining spot will be running the place.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Katrina Jazayeri and Josh Lewin of Juliet in Union Square will be opening Peregrine, which will be located inside the upcoming Whitney Hotel on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. The new restaurant will focus on coastal Mediterranean fare with influences coming from Italy and the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily, along with the Catalonia region of Spain and elsewhere in the region. The post mentions that wines offered will come from Italy and Spain as well, and French and other Mediterranean options will also be available--and craft cocktails will be included. If all goes as planned, Peregrine (and the hotel) will be opening sometime this spring.

Juliet, which first opened in 2016, is a European-style cafe that has received much praise including Bon Appetit nominating it for best new restaurant in America.

The address for Peregrine--and the Whitney Hotel--is 170 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

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Sami's in Boston's Longwood Medical Area Has Closed Again

by Marc Hurwitz

An landmark food trailer that closed for a couple of years earlier in the decade has closed once again.

According to a source within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Sami's in Boston's Longwood medical area has closed, with a Facebook post from the place confirming this, saying "It pains me to say this which is why it's taken me so long to post... We are closed, indefinitely. Mom (Amy) and I are heartbroken about this. We feel terrible that we weren't able to give you all any notice either. I don't even know what to say here... We love you all like family and will miss you so much. Jou-jou" A note within the comments section of the post says that "there's a teeny bit of chance" of it being able to reopen, but it "requires lots of fundraising and orchestrating."

In 2012, the Sami's food cart had to close and was facing the possibility of losing its home because it apparently needed to abide by the same codes as brick-and-mortar structures since it did not have wheels. It returned, however, in 2014 and has been open ever since.

Sami's first opened in the Longwood area in 1979, featuring such items as falafel, hummus, lamb gyros, kebab wraps, and chicken shawarma.

[Earlier Articles]
Sami's May Lose Its Home in Boston's Longwood Medical Area
Sami's Has Reopened in Boston's Longwood Medical Area

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Rochambeau to Replace Towne Stove and Spirits in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz

A new French restaurant and cafe is opening in the Back Bay of Boston, replacing a dining and drinking spot that once had two of the region's best-known chefs behind it.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Rochambeau is replacing Towne Stove and Spirits at the Hynes Convention Center on Boylston Street, with Patrick Lyons and the Lyons Group being behind the place. The Lyons Group had also been behind Towne, which first opened in 2010 and had Lydia Shire and Jasper White initially overseeing the menu, and as hinted at early last month just after Towne's closure, Patrick Lyons wanted to debut a new concept in the space. The post mentions that Rochambeau will actually include two different concepts, with the main restaurant being a brasserie with such items as steak frites and coq au vin while the other section will be a cafe that offers breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks, with croissants and cafe au lait being two options. (An outdoor patio will also be set up along Boylston Street.)

If all goes as planned, Rochambeau could be opening sometime in May.

The address for Rochambeau will be 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

[Earlier Article]
Towne Stove and Spirits in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

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New Music Venue to Open Above Hong Kong Restaurant in Cambridge's Harvard Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A new place for live music is on its way to Cambridge, and it will be taking over the space where a comedy club had been until moving to Somerville a few months ago.

According to an article in Vanyaland, a new 21-plus music venue is opening above the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square, with the third-floor place simply being called "Hong Kong." The post mentions that the space will include a bar and that it will host live acts until 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights, at which point a DJ will play music until closing time. If all goes as planned, the new spot could be opening next month.

The space above the Hong Kong Restaurant was home to The Comedy Studio which had been there since the mid-1990s and now resides at Bow Market in Union Square; the restaurant itself has been in business for nearly 60 years, according to Vanyaland.

The address for the upcoming Hong Kong music club (and the Hong Kong Restaurant) is 1238 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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Plans for Lobstah On a Roll/478 Mass. Ave. to Come to Arlington Have Fallen Through

by Marc Hurwitz

One day after announcing that a restaurant known for its enormous lobster rolls was expanding to the North Shore, we have learned that a planned dining spot in the northwest suburbs under the same ownership will not be happening after all.

According to a Twitter post from @dancallahan, the people behind Lobstah on a Roll in Boston will not be opening a new restaurant in Arlington that was either to be called Lobstah On a Roll or 478 Mass. Ave., with a message sent to us by the place confirming that plans have indeed fallen through. As reported yesterday, a location of Lobstah On a Roll will be coming to Salem, with that eatery possibly debuting sometime in March or April.

Plans for Lobstah On a Roll/478 Mass. Ave. to come to Arlington first came about in September of 2017, with the restaurant looking to open in the old Elton's Roast Beef & Pizza space in the center of town. It was never known for sure what the exact name would be (and it was once billing itself as "the biggest little restaurant in America"), as we heard reports of it being 478 Mass. Ave., then Lobstah On a Roll, then 478 Mass. Ave. once again. (A location of Lobstah On a Roll did open in Boston's South End in November of 2017, with that spot featuring soups, sandwiches, and three sizes of lobster rolls, including one that is nearly two feet long.)

[Earlier Articles]
Lobstah On a Roll/478 Mass. Ave. Plans to Open in Former Elton's Roast Beef & Pizza Space in Arlington Center
Lobstah on a Roll Is Opening in Emma's Space in Boston's South End
Lobstah on a Roll Is Opening in Salem

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lobstah on a Roll Is Opening in Salem

by Marc Hurwitz

A Boston eatery that specializes in huge lobster rolls will be expanding to the North Shore.

According to a poster on The Arlington List Facebook group page, Lobstah on a Roll is planning to open in Salem, joining its original location on Columbus Avenue in the South End. No address has been given as of yet, and a Facebook post from the place only mentions when it may open--with the post stating both a March and an April opening date; as soon as we find out more about the place, we will post an update here.

Lobstah on a Roll opened in the old Emma's space in the South End in the fall of 2017, featuring soups, sandwiches, and three sizes of lobster rolls, including one that is nearly two feet long. Another restaurant under the same ownership--which will either be called Lobstah On a Roll or 478 Mass. Ave.--is supposed to be coming to Arlington as well, though those plans have been in the works for approximately a year and a half.

[February 15 update: According to a source, the upcoming Salem location of Lobstah On a Roll will open at 135 Lafayette Street, which is the former Jimmy John's space.]

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Roadworthy in Dedham Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

An offbeat suburban restaurant that focuses on the types of street-food dishes you might find from food trucks is shutting down.

According to a source, Roadworthy in Dedham is getting ready to close, with a Facebook post from the Washington Street eatery confirming this, saying that "We will serve our last and best meals on Sunday, February 17th." The note also mentions that to those who are unable to come to the restaurant by this weekend, "we will do our best to refund your money," telling customers to message them on Facebook or on their website.

Roadworthy first opened in the spring of 2017, with the dining spot calling itself "the outlandish destination for fun and delicious foods....Inspired by today's wacky food trucks!" Some of its offerings include chili, biscuits, fried dough, pizza,  Italian beef sandwiches, porchetta sandwiches, schnitzel, fried ravioli, beef stroganoff, and more.

The address for Roadworthy is 125 Washington Street, Dedham, MA, 02026. Its website can be found at https://www.roadworthyfoods.com/

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Xiang's Hunan Kitchen Replaces Gourmet Garden Near Boston University

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Chinese restaurant has replaced an Asian fusion spot near Boston University that lasted less than two years.

According to a source (Sarah Wu), Xiang's Hunan Kitchen is now open in the former Gourmet Garden space on Commonwealth Avenue, with the name of the place indicating that it focuses at least in part on hot and spicy dishes. The restaurant appears to have opened over the past few days or so, and very little specific information has been given on it; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Gourmet Garden opened in the spring of 2017, replacing Limoo Tea Bar, an eclectic spot that offered a mix of Asian and Middle Eastern fare.

The address for Xiang's Hunan Kitchen is 1032 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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1855 Bar a Vin Opens Above La Voile in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new wine bar has come to the Back Bay of Boston, and it is connected to a French restaurant in the same building.

According to a Twitter post from @n1vux, 1855 Bar a Vin is now open on Newbury Street, with the place being directly above La Voile--and under the same ownership. The website for La Voile mentions that the name comes from the fact that 1855 was "the year of the first official classification of Bordeaux wines following the World's Fair in Paris," while also saying that the bar offers 250 French wines as well as French cuisine, with the focus being on small plates.

In addition to its Newbury Street location, La Voile also has a restaurant in the Washington Square section of Brookline.

The address for 1855 Bar a Vin is 259 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The web page for the wine bar can be found at http://www.lavoilerestaurants.com/1855-2/

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Pho Common Has Replaced Pho Countryside in Boston's Kenmore Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A Kenmore Square restaurant has been replaced by a new spot with similar cuisine and a somewhat similar name.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Pho Common has taken over the Pho Countryside space (confirming what a source recently told us), with the new Commonwealth Avenue eatery opening last weekend. As was the case with its predecessor, Pho Common offers a variety of pho (soup) options, and it also offers stir-fried noodles, vermicelli bowls, fried rice, smoothies, and more.

Pho Countryside first opened around the beginning of 2017, taking over the space where Josephine had been, and before that, a location of Petit Robert Bistro. The original location of Pho Countryside remains open in Quincy.

The address for Pho Common is 468 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Pho-Common-254206832166791/

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Cracking Crab in Framingham Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like one of the many Cajun seafood restaurants to come to the Greater Boston area of late has shut down.

According to a source, Cracking Crab in Framingham is no longer in business, with a phone call placed to the Route 9 eatery confirming this, as the phone is no longer in service--and an earlier Framingham Source article also reports that it has closed. Cracking Crab first opened last summer, offering such items as crab legs, crawfish, fried oysters, quail eggs, shrimp, po'boys, and more, with the seafood being served without any utensils.

The address for this now-closed Cajun seafood restaurant in Framingham was: Cracking Crab, 290 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham, MA, 01702.

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Maverick's Bar & Grill in Tewksbury Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime dining and drinking spot in the northern suburbs of Boston has shut its doors, and it appears that the closure is connected to an ongoing issue concerning late payments of taxes.

According to a source, Maverick's Bar & Grill in Tewksbury is no longer in business, with a post from Your Tewksbury Today and an article from The Lowell Sun both confirming this, saying that the owners of the Main Street spot have turned in their food and liquor licenses. The articles mention that the restaurant and bar has been late in tax payments for a number of years since it opened in 1997, while Your Tewksbury Today also mentions complaints from residents about noise and behavior of customers as well as late water and sewer payments. A sign out front shows that Maverick's Bar & Grill is "closed for renovations" but it appears that the place will not be reopening.

The address for Maverick's Bar & Grill was 2212 Main Street (Route 38), Tewksbury, MA, 01876.

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Red-Eyed Pig in West Roxbury Has Apparently Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

It appears that a restaurant featuring BBQ and Southern-style food has shut down.

According to a Facebook post from WGBH news anchor/host, the Red-Eyed Pig in West Roxbury has shuttered, with a 'For Rent' sign in the window and the lights being off this past Saturday night. The Centre Street eatery, which first opened in late 2011, offered such items as hush puppies, wings, brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked pork belly, ribs, Cajun shrimp, macaroni and cheese, and Mississippi mud pie.

We had heard from a couple of sources a few months ago that the Red-Eyed Pig may have been on the verge of closing, but Santoro says that it was apparently open as late as last week.

The address for the now-closed Red-Eyed Pig was 1753 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132.

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Tatte Bakery & Cafe to Open at One Boston Place in Downtown Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing local group of bakeries and cafes will be opening a second location in downtown Boston, and this one may be moving into an office tower along the northern edge of the city's Financial District.

According to an Instagram post, Tatte Bakery & Cafe is planning to open at One Boston Place on Washington Street (where it meets State Street and Court Street), with that address indicating that it could be taking over the space where a location of Paul Bakery had been, and before that, an Irish pub called Four Green Fields. Once the new outlet of Tatte opens, it will join a nearby location on Summer Street along with shops in Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, the Fenway, the Seaport District, Northeastern University, Cambridge's Kendall Square (three), Harvard Square, and Brookline.

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

The address for the upcoming location of Tatte at One Boston Place is 201 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The website for all locations can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

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Damnation Alley Distillery in Belmont Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A local small-batch distillery is closing down after being in business for a bit more than five years.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Damnation Alley Distillery in Belmont is shutting its doors on March 31, with the note saying that "we will be...taking a break and determining our next steps." The post also mentions that it will be open regular hours until its final day, with hours continuing to be 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Fridays, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturdays, and 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sundays.

Damnation Alley Distillery, which first opened on Brighton Street in the fall of 2013, has been known for its different whiskey offerings along with vodka and gin.

The address for Damnation Alley is 7 Brighton Street, Belmont, MA, 02478. Its website can be found at http://www.damnationalleydistillery.com/

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Meju in Somerville's Davis Square Is Now Jae's Cafe

by Marc Hurwitz

A Somerville restaurant has morphed into a new dining spot--and with it, a once-familiar name has returned to the local area.

According to a post within the Davis Square Facebook group page, Meju Korean Kitchen & Bar in Davis Square is now Jae's Cafe, with an earlier post indicating that this is a rebranding, as the people behind the long-closed Jae's restaurants had apparently purchased Meju last year. Jae's Cafe disappeared from the local landscape in 2015 with the closing of its location in Boston's South End; the group of Asian fusion restaurants had also once included outlets in the Theatre District, Back Bay, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, and North Adams as well.
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Meju first opened in early 2015, taking over the space where a location of McDonald's had once been.

The address for Jae's Cafe (and the former Meju) is 243 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

The Landing - L'approdo - Pizza & Kitchen Opens in the Nonantum Section of Newton

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot has come to a section of Newton known in part for its Italian heritage, and it looks like its focus is on Neapolitan pizza.

According to an article from the Patch, The Landing - L'approdo - Pizza & Kitchen is now open in Nonantum, with owner Massimo Ottani coming from Latina (between Naples and Rome) and being certified in Neapolitan pizzamaking while also participating in the Pizza World Championship in 2014. The website for The Landing shows such items as pizza, calzones, focaccia, panzerotti, and salads, with pizza options including margherita, hot soppressata, four cheese, and anchovy and olives.

The address for this new restaurant in Nonantum is: The Landing - L'approdo - Pizza & Kitchen, 223 Adams Street, Newton, MA, 02458. Its website can be found at http://www.thelandingpizza.com/

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Tender Greens to Open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown

by Marc Hurwitz

A California-based group of restaurants that includes a famous backer is opening another Boston-area location, with this one coming to a new complex just west of the city.

According to a press release, Tender Greens is planning to open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown, with the eatery joining two others at Copley Place in Boston's Back Bay and The Street in Chestnut Hill. Based on those two locations--and other outlets, most of which are on the West Coast--expect to see options as soups, salads, sandwiches, and meals with a small salad and a side of vegetables. One of the investors in the Tender Greens chain is Danny Meyer, whose New York-based Union Square Hospitality Group operates the Shake Shack restaurants (a location of Shake Shack is also coming to Arsenal Yards).

The new location of Tender Greens is one of several dining spots coming to Arsenal Yards, with places such as Shake Shack, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Pokeworks, and City Works Eatery and Pour House opening there as well. The mixed-use development will be located at the site of the old Arsenal Mall in East Watertown, and it appears that it could be complete by late 2019 or 2020.

The website for Tender Greens can be found at https://www.tendergreens.com/

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Futago Udon Is Opening in Boston's Audubon Circle/Fenway Area

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Japanese noodle spot is coming to a space near the Boston/Brookline border, and it will be replacing a now-closed location of a sandwich chain.

Eater Boston confirms what we had heard a few weeks ago, that Futago Udon is opening in the former Jimmy John's space in the Audubon Circle/Fenway section of Boston. At the time we heard about it, all that was known was that the Park Drive eatery would likely feature Japanese fare, but it was not known that it would focus on hot and cold udon noodle dishes. The Eater article indicates that Futago Udon has a connection to Sugidama, a dining spot in Somerville's Davis Square that focuses on soba, which is another type of Japanese noodle.

No opening date has been give as of yet for Futago, but Eater says that it looks like it is very close to being ready.

The address for this new Japanese restaurant in the Audubon Circle/Fenway area of Boston is: Futago Udon, 508-512 Park Drive, Boston, MA, 02215. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/futago_udon/

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Incontro Restaurant and Lounge in Franklin Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an upscale Italian restaurant that was located in an historic mill building has abruptly closed.

According to a source, Incontro Restaurant and Lounge in Franklin has shuttered with little or no warning, with a Facebook post from Franklin Panthers Hockey and other social media posts seeming to confirm this. Our source tells us that the owners of the West Central Street spot also run Rock N' Coal Pizza in Bellingham but the latter won't be honoring gift cards from the former, and Facebook posts seem to confirm this as well, though we are still trying to get 100% confirmation of this (if this changes, we will post an update here).

Incontro was located in Brookdale Mill, which dates back to the 1800s.

The address for Incontro Restaurant and Lounge was 860 West Central Street, Franklin, MA, 02038.

[February 8 update: According to an article from Wicked Local, Incontro owner Jim Clark says that the restaurant closed for "legal reasons" and that he has been advised by his lawyer that he should not comment any further on the issue. The post also mentions that the restaurant will not be returning to the space, though it is not known whether it could open in a new location.]

[February 12 update: Wicked Local says that a restaurant and distillery called GlenPharmer could be moving into the former Incontro space, with the distillery possibly offering whiskey, vodka, and gin. (A hearing on the proposed new spot is slated for February 25.)]

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Punter's Pub in Boston Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

Another classic Boston dive has shut down, though in this case the writing had been on the wall for awhile.

According to a Facebook post from local film critic Tom Meek, Punter's Pub is now closed, with a check on social media indicating that the Huntington Avenue watering hole may have actually shuttered just before Christmas. Its closure comes as no surprise, as Northeastern University purchased its building in late 2016 and the plan had been for the bar to stay open for at least a couple more years.

Punter's Pub, which first opened approximately 50 years ago, was a popular hangout for Northeastern students, being known in part for its cheap pitchers of beer along with pool and darts.

The address for the now-closed Punter's Pub was 450 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Krasi Plans to Replace Cafe Jaffa in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz

A few months ago, we reported that a longtime favorite in the Back Bay for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food was on the selling block, and now we have learned that it may be replaced by a new restaurant that has at least one well-known name behind it.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester Street is seeking to transfer its liquor license to Krasi, which would operate in the same location and whose manager would be Demetri Tsolakis of Committee in the Seaport District and Gre.Co in the Back Bay (and soon, in the Seaport District as well). The name "Krasi" is commonly found in Bulgaria while it is also a Greek word for wine, according to The Passionate Foodie, but it is not known exactly what kind of cuisine(s) might be featured here; Committee offers mostly Greek and Mediterranean food while Gre.Co focuses on Greek cuisine.

Cafe Jaffa first opened in 1991, serving such items as falafel, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, shish kabob, chicken schnitzel, lamb chops, stuffed peppers, and schwarma. Last September it was reported that the restaurant went up for sale, as the owner made the decision to retire.

The address for Cafe Jaffa (and the proposed Krasi) is 48 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

[Earlier Article]
Cafe Jaffa in Boston's Back Bay Is on the Selling Block

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The Rising Eagle Plans to Open in the Former Stearns & Hill's Bistro Space in Melrose

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant with a colonial theme may be on its way to the northern suburbs of Boston.

Based on a tweet from @kenjimallon, The Rising Eagle is planning to open in the old Stearns & Hill's Bistro space in Melrose, with the picture within the Twitter post showing that it will be "an American Revolutionary Publick House." The Twitter thread also hints that the downstairs area could be a restaurant that is open to the public while the upstairs area may be a function room, though specific details have not been given as of yet--nor is there a specific menu for the place at this point in time. An earlier Patch article mentions that The Rising Eagle is connected to Turner's Seafood across the street, while also stating that the place is expected to offer a rotating list of seasonal items.

Stearns & Hill's Bistro, which was known in part for its steak and seafood dishes, closed last summer after nearly 20 years in business; the upstairs section was briefly home to a Japanese restaurant called Tsukiji Bistro, which opened in late 2017 but shut down last spring.

The address for the upcoming Rising Eagle is 505 Main Street, Melrose, MA, 02176. Its website will be at https://www.risingeaglepublickhouse.com/

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Sushi-Teq at The Intercontinental Hotel in Boston Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

A hotel restaurant on the Boston waterfront that appeared to have temporarily closed awhile back is officially closed for good.

A message sent to us indicates that Sushi-Teq at The Intercontinental Hotel is permanently closed, and it is not yet known what--if anything--might move into its space. Back in December, we first learned that the dining spot was shuttered, though it wasn't known at the time whether it might reopen at some point.

Sushi-Teq was an upscale sushi spot that was also known in part for its variety of cocktail offerings; it was one of a few dining and drinking options at the Intercontinental, including Miel, RumBa, and VodkaBa, all of which remain in operation.

The address for the now-closed Sushi-Teq (and The Intercontinental Hotel) is 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the hotel can be found at https://www.intercontinentalboston.com/

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Panera Cares at Boston's Center Plaza Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A nonprofit "pay-what-you-can" concept from a chain of bakery-cafes is closing its final location, which happens to be in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Panera Cares Community Cafe at Center Plaza is shutting down, with a Bloomberg article confirming this, saying that the eatery will close on February 15 because the business model was not sustainable. The Bloomberg post mentions that an email from Panera Bread says "Despite our commitment to this mission, it's become clear that continued operation of the Boston Panera Cares is no longer viable....We're working with the current bakery-cafe associates affected by the closure to identify alternate employment opportunities within Panera and Au Bon Pain."

Panera Cares, which opened its Boston location six years ago, looked to the concept as being a way to address hunger with customers giving a suggested donation for their food items--and those donations would presumably cover the operating costs of the shop while also allowing free food to people who could not afford to pay. Other Panera Cares locations in Chicago, Portland, OR, Dearborn, MI, and Clayton, MO have closed down, according to the article.

The address for Panera Cares is 3 Center Plaza, Boston, MA, 02108.

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Allora Ristorante in Marlborough Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale restaurant that was one of the relatively few lakeside dining spots inside Route 495 has closed down.

According to multiple sources, Allora Ristorante in Marlborough is no longer in business, with the website for the Lakeside Avenue spot confirming this, saying "With great sadness, Allora Ristorante has closed its doors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our guests for their support over the past 12 years, many who we are proud to call our friends." No reason was given for its closure, nor is it known for sure what might be going into its space; we have heard a rumor that a new restaurant may move in, but are still trying to find out more details before mentioning its name.

Allora was an Italian and Mediterranean spot that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) featured as a place to go in part for its sprawling patio with views of Lake Williams. A link to the review can be found below:

https://hiddenboston.com/AlloraRistorante.html

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Marlborough was: Allora Ristorante 139 Lakeside Avenue (Route 20), Marlborough, MA, 01752.

[February 15 update: Wicked Local states that Allora was evicted from its space, as it owed more than $50,000 in back taxes and rent (the landlord is now in control of the property).]

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Monday, February 04, 2019

North Square Oyster in Boston's North End Has Closed for Renovations

by Marc Hurwitz

A seafood restaurant in the North End of Boston has closed for the time being.

According to a Twitter post from @Steve_O_McN, North Square Oyster is shuttered, with the tweet saying that it is"closed for renovations till the Spring," while Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality confirms this, telling us that a sign out front says exactly that, though no further information has been given. We have sent a message to the dining spot and are waiting to hear back, so stay tuned for any updates that may come in.

North Square Oyster first opened in the spring of 2017, taking over the space where Gennaro's Five North Square had been. The restaurant has a connection to Ward 8 and Bodega Canal, both of which are located where the North End and West End/North Station area meet, and it also has a connection to a brand new Italian restaurant across from Ward 8 called Tony & Elaine's

The address for North Square Oyster is 5 North Square, Boston, MA, 02113. Its website can be found at https://www.northsquareoyster.com/

[February 4 update: North Square Oyster says in a tweet that this is indeed just a renovation and that they will reopen in the spring as shown on the sign out front.]

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Pizzamore Flatbread Company in Woburn Has Apparently Closed

by Marc Hurwitz

It appears that a suburban spot featuring flatbread pizza has shut its doors, and it is not known what might become of the space.

According to a message from The Daily Lunch, Pizzamore Flatbread Company in Woburn is closed, and has been for awhile now (apparently since before Christmas), and that there is no indication as to why it has shuttered or what may be happening with the space. Its closure confirms what we had heard from other sources, though several checks on the website for the Main Street eatery over the past few weeks show that it is still up while phone calls go unanswered.

Pizzamore, which first opened in the fall of 2015, offered flatbreads along with soups, salads, calzones, and sandwiches.

The address for Pizzamore Flatbread Company was 901 Main Street, Woburn, MA, 01801.

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Friday, February 01, 2019

Landsmith Cafe and Outdoor Adventure Clubhouse May Be Coming to Malden

by Marc Hurwitz

A cafe that focuses on those who love the outdoors may be on its way to the local area, and the person behind it is also one of the founders of a popular donut shop.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Landsmith is looking to open somewhere in Malden and has started up a Kickstarter campaign that would help cover the buildout and design of the place. Heather Schmidt, who is one of the founders of Union Square Donuts, is looking at the cafe being a spot for coffee, breakfast and lunch, and grab-and-go items while also being a place for people with an interest in the outdoors to connect with others by way of weekly bike rides and runs along with in-store and local clinics that focus on outdoor activities.

If all goes well, Landsmith could be opening sometime this fall, though that could change depending on how the permitting process and buildout go.

The Facebook page for Landsmith will be at http://www.thelandsmithco.com/

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Vivi's Kitchen Opens in Rockland

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot that features Greek food has come to a section of the Greater Boston area that has few options for Greek cuisine.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Vivi's Kitchen is now open in Rockland, with owners Vivi Karastanatis and Christine Martino previously running the now-closed Cedar Cafe in Hanover. The new eatery, which is located in an industrial park, is open on weekdays for lunch and (an early) dinner, with the menu having both Greek items and American dishes, including lemon chicken soup, a Greek salad, gyros, falafel, hummus, burgers, Mediterranean rice bowls, a variety of wraps, and more. Hours for Vivi's Kitchen are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Currently, Greek options on the South Shore are very limited, with such places as the Olympian Diner and Maria's in Braintree being a couple of spots offering some Greek dishes.

The address for Vivi's Kitchen is 200 VFW Drive, Rockland, MA, 02370. Its website can be found at https://vvskitchen.com/

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