Monday, May 10, 2021

Cal's Creamery to Open in Reading

It looks like a brand new ice cream shop is on its way to the northern suburbs.

According to a message from local hospitality writer Cheryl Fenton, Cal's Creamery is going to be opening in Reading, taking over the space on Route 28 where Camp To Castle Consignment had been (which is also where Calareso's farm stand and garden center was before they moved a few hundred feet down the road). No opening date has been given as of yet for Cal's, though a Facebook post from the place mentions that it could be debuting sometime this month.

The address for the upcoming Cal's Creamery in Reading is 122 Main Street (Route 28), Reading, MA, 01867. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/calscreamery/ while its Instagram page is at https://www.instagram.com/cals_creamery/

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


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Aeronaut's Beer Garden Is Returning to Allston This Summer

A popular beer garden that was unable to open last summer due to the pandemic is returning for the 2021 season.

According to its web page within the Zone 3 website, Aeronaut Allston is coming back this summer, with the note saying "Yes, things will look a bit different, but we're sure you can expect the same energy and community spirit as we continue our commitment to creating a special, welcoming, and safe place to gather." Last year, the beer garden had been hoping to open for its fifth season at Zone 3 (a Harvard-owned space along Western Avenue that includes retail popups, art installations, and public events), but the coronavirus outbreak led to their decision to remain closed for 2020.

Aeronaut Brewing Co. is based in Somerville, while another location--Aeronaut Cannery--is located in the old Down the Road Beer Co. space in Everett.

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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Santa Fe Burrito Grill Plans to Open in East Boston

A growing local group of fast-casual Mexican restaurants could be opening its first location within the Boston city limits.

According to a tweet from @cambridgegirl, Santa Fe Burrito Grill is planning to open in East Boston, with a post from the East Boston Times-Free Press indicating that the proposed eatery is looking at the space on Sumner Street in Jeffries Point that had once been home to 303 Cafe. If approved, the new location of Santa Fe would join others in Weymouth and Franklin along with a new outlet coming to Melrose.

The space that Santa Fe Burrito Grill is eyeing was also going to be home to a restaurant called The Retreat, but it appears that those plans ended up falling through.

The address for the proposed location of Santa Fe Burrito Grill in East Boston is 303 Sumner Street, East Boston, MA, 02128. The website for the other locations can be found at https://santafeburritogrill.com/

[Earlier Article]
Santa Fe Burrito Grill to Open in Melrose

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Mary Dumont to Open Plant Pub in Cambridge's Kendall Square

One of the best-known chefs in the Boston area is getting ready to open what looks to be a plant-based beer bar in Cambridge.

According to a source, Plant Pub is planning to open in Kendall Square, with Mary Dumont (Cultivar, Harvest) being behind the West Kendall Street spot. Based on its website and Instagram page, it looks like the upcoming place will initially be open for takeout and delivery, and that it will feature "plant-based versions of your favorite pub foods alongside the best local craft beers," according to its website.

Dumont had been the chef at Harvest in Harvard Square before venturing out to co-own the now-closed Cultivar in downtown Boston; she has also appeared on the Food Network's Iron Chef America while Food and Wine magazine awarded her "best new chef" in 2006.

The address for the upcoming Plant Pub is 675 West Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. Its website is at https://plantpub.com/ while its Instagram page is at https://www.instagram.com/plantpub/

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Update: Night Shift Brewing Reopens at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston After Being Closed Since January

[Ed note: This article was updated on May 6 to reflect the fact that the place has opened back up.]

A local brewery is closing its Boston location for the time being.

According to a source, Night Shift Brewing at Lovejoy Wharf is planning to temporarily shut down after business hours on January 23, with a Facebook post from the business confirming this. The post goes on to say that the reopening date is "TBD," and that they are "hopeful that it happens sooner than later" while also referring customers to their Everett location which will remain open.

The Lovejoy location of Night Shift is one of countless dining and drinking spots to temporarily close for some or all of the winter months as the pandemic continues.

The website for Night Shift Brewing can be found at https://nightshiftbrewing.com/

[May 6, 2021 update: According to an email, Night Shift reopens its Lovejoy Wharf location today, and it also plans to open the Owl's Nest Beer Garden on the Esplanade on Saturday, May 8 and The Owl's Nest Beer Garden at Herter Park in Allston in mid-May.]

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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Johnny Pomodoro to Open in the Former New Speedy Chen's Space in Charlestown

It looks like a brand new dining spot featuring Italian food is on its way to Charlestown.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Johnny Pomodoro is planning to open on Main Street, moving into the former New Speedy Chen's space a few blocks northwest of the Austin Street intersection. The poster and the restaurant's Instagram page both indicate that the place will feature red sauce dishes, with the website for the eatery mentioning salads, garlic knots, subs, and tray pies. The latter item appears to refer to "grandma-style pizza," based on an Instagram post; grandma pizza is popular on Long Island and has some similarities to Sicilian pizza.

The address for the upcoming Johnny Pomodoro is 297 Main Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129. Its website can be found at https://www.johnnypomodoro.com/ while its Instagram page is at https://www.instagram.com/johnnypomodoro/

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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

La Royal to Open in Cambridge's Huron Village Neighborhood

A new restaurant is on its way to a quiet part of Cambridge, and it will have a connection to a Somerville spot.

According to an article from Eater Boston, La Royal is planning to open in the city's Huron Village neighborhood, with Maria Rondeau and JuanMa Calderón of Celeste in Union Square being behind it. The upcoming eatery, which will be coming to an undisclosed location somewhere across from Royal Avenue, will feature a variety of dishes, including such items as conchitas a la parmesana (baked scallops with parmesan), anticuchos (grilled pinchos), jalea (breaded, deep-fried seafood platters), and . raw bar items.

Celeste, which opened in March of 2018, is known in part for its Peruvian dishes along with its variety of beer, wine, and cocktail options.

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Parm to Open at the Burlington Mall

Last week it was reported that a lobby bar and a rooftop restaurant that would soon be opening within a rebranded hotel in Boston were getting ready to open and that a New York-based restaurant group would be running the two spots. Now we have learned that that group will also be opening a location of a group of casual Italian-American restaurants in the northern suburbs.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Major Food Group is planning to open Parm within the Burlington Mall, with the eatery possibly offering such options as chicken parm subs, meatballs, fried calamari, freshly-cut mozzarella sticks, rigatoni fra diavola, spaghetti and meatballs, and more depending on how similar the menu is to those at their other five locations--four of which are in New York City and one of which is in Woodbury (which is north of the city). No opening date has been given for the new outlet at the Burlington Mall, so stay tuned for any updates as they come in.

Major Food Group plans to open Street Bar within The Newbury hotel in Boston on May 18, as well as Contessa, an Italian restaurant on the rooftop of the hotel, in the middle of June. (The Newbury is taking over the space at the corner of Newbury Street and Arlington Street that had been home to The Taj, and before that, the Ritz-Carlton.)

The website for Parm can be found at https://www.parmitalian.com/

[Earlier Article]
Street Bar, Contessa to Open within The Newbury Boston

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Monday, May 03, 2021

Flying Embers Plans to Open Brewery and Taproom in Roxbury

A California-based brewery that produces a "hard" version of a popular drink is expanding to Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website from September, Flying Embers is seeking a Farmer Brewery Pouring License for a brewery and taproom in Roxbury, with the facility being within a building on Hampden Street that had been home to Backlash Beer Co. until closing its taproom around the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. The hearing notice mentions that the space would include a brewing area, a ground-floor seating area and a taproom on a mezzanine along with that appears to be three separate patios. Based on the products made at its brewery in Ventura, the taproom will offer both hard kombucha and hard seltzer drinks.

We held off posting about this story last September while the people behind Flying Embers were working out details, but Eater Boston has now posted about their plans, which will also include beer in addition to hard kombucha and hard seltzer and will offer New American food in collaboration with Bon Me.

The address for the proposed location of Flying Embers is 152 Hampden Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119. The website for the company can be found at https://www.flyingembers.com/

[Earlier Article]
Backlash Beer Co. in Roxbury Has Closed Its Taproom for Good

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Stone Provisions Opens in Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood

 A brand new food store has come to hidden pocket of Boston.

According to a tweet from @FortPointer, Stone Provisions is now open in the city's Fort Point area, moving into a space on Wormwood Street within a residential building just north of the Channel Center development and just east of A Street. @FortPointer mentions that the new shop currently offers beer, wine, liquor, coffee, and snacks, with groceries, sandwiches, and charcuterie soon on the way as well.

The address for Stone Provisions is 21a Wormwood Street, Boston, MA 02210. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/stoneprovisions/

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Flip The Bird to Open in Danvers

A trio of dining spots on the North Shore that focus on fried chicken sandwiches will be opening a new location which will also be north of Boston.

According to Facebook post from the place (via a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page), Flip the Bird is planning to open in Danvers this summer, joining other locations at the Cabot Plaza in Beverly, Cummings Center in Beverly, and the Swampscott Mall in Swampscott. Based on those outlets, expect to see a variety of chicken sandwiches along with ribs, biscuits, salads, side dishes, and frappes.

The website for all locations of Flip the Bird can be found at https://flipthebirdfriedchicken.com/

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Moody Street in Waltham Is Closed to Traffic for a Second Season; Outdoor Patios Being Set Up Once Again

A "restaurant row" in the western suburbs has been shut down to vehicular traffic for another season in order to help dining spots out as the pandemic continues.

According to an article from NBC 10, Moody Street in Waltham is now closed to traffic from the Pine Street/Crescent Street intersection up to High Street as of Saturday, May 1, and it will remain shut down until October 31. As was the case last year, the closure of the road will allow restaurants to have expanded outdoor dining out front, while patrons will need to wear face masks except when seated and dining spots will need to supply customers with hand sanitizer and paper menus.

Last year the same stretch of Moody Street was shut down to vehicles from June 8 to November 1.

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Richards in Cambridge's Inman Square Has Closed

A Cambridge restaurant that debuted less than a half year before the pandemic took hold has shut down permanently.

According to a source (Alex Wang), Richards in Inman Square is no longer in business, with the website for the Cambridge Street eatery saying "Richards has closed! Thank you for allowing us to feed you!!! Stay safe, stay healthy and eat well!!!" The dining spot first opened in the space where Tex Mex Eats and Tupelo had been in October of 2019, offering classic and New American fare with its menu including such items as pickled and fried broccoli, macaroni and cheese, burgers, cauliflower steak, house-smoked pork belly, grilled chicken, and lasagna.

The address for the now-closed Richards in Inman Square was 1193 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website is at https://richards02139.com/

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Saturday, May 01, 2021

Update: Pier 6 in Charlestown, ReelHouse in East Boston and Quincy Reopen After Going into Hibernation November 1

[Ed note: This article was updated on May 1 to reflect the fact that all three places are now open once again.]

It looks like three more Boston-area restaurants are following the increasing trend of dining spots going into hibernation as the temperatures start to drop.

According to multiple sources, Pier 6 in Charlestown and ReelHouse in East Boston and Quincy's Marina Bay are soon shutting down for the winter, with the websites for all three restaurants saying that they will be going on "Winter Break" on November 1. No reopening dates for any of the restaurants have been given as of yet, nor is it known whether its other affiliated dining spot--Mija in Faneuil Hall--might be going into hibernation as well; as of now, the website for that restaurant does not show that it plans to close for the winter, but if we hear otherwise, we will post an update here. (All four restaurants are part of the Navy Yard Hospitality Group.)

At least four other local restaurants have gone into hibernation over the past few weeks, including Commonwealth in Cambridge's Kendall Square, The Emory in Beacon Hill, The Kenmore in Kenmore Square, and Grand Tour in the Back Bay, with the common thread appearing to be the colder weather affecting such things as outdoor dining and foot traffic around restaurants as the pandemic continues.

The website for Navy Yard Hospitality Group (which includes links to its restaurants) can be found at https://www.navyyardhospitality.com/properties

[May 1, 2021 update: Based on their websites, ReelHouse in East Boston and Quincy are open once again, while Pier 6 reopens today.]

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