Friday, April 10, 2020

More and More Boston-Area Dining Spots Offering Groceries to the Public

Last week, it was reported that restaurants in Los Angeles were given approval to sell grocery items, and now we have learned that this rather novel concept has come to the local area as well.

According to multiple posts on social media including a tweet from @BOSFoodTours and a post within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, dining spots in and around Boston are now offering groceries, with some examples including Adventure Pub in Arlington selling eggs, milk, flour, meats, produce, and more; Mei Mei in the Fenway area of Boston offering grocery boxes; Forge Baking Company in Somerville having some groceries as well; Panera setting up something called "Panera Grocery" which includes dairy products and produce; and Hi-Rise Bread in Cambridge, which is apparently having "something in the works, too, including milk" according to @BOSFoodTours.

As reported earlier, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health decided to allow restaurants to sell grocery items in addition to the usual takeout, pickup, and delivery that so many restaurants are restricted to during the pandemic, with suggested guidelines including listing grocery items on menus and not allowing popup-style markets to be set up within dining rooms inside.

[Earlier Article]
News Elsewhere: Los Angeles Restaurants Given Approval to Sell Grocery Items

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]