Friday, February 23, 2024

ToppSalad in Beverly Has Closed

A North Shore dining spot that focused on salads, bowls, and wraps has shut down.

According to a source, ToppSalad in Beverly has closed, with a Facebook post from the Rantoul Street place saying the following:

To our wonderful customers: We regret to inform you that ToppSalad's last day will be this Friday, February 23d [from 11-3]. We wish the best of luck to everyone we've had the pleasure to serve! Thank you so much for your patronage over the time we've been in Beverly.

ToppSalad first started out in Danvers in 2015, moving to its home in downtown Beverly in 2021.

The address for the now-closed ToppSalad was 211 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA, 01915.


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SJ's Plans to Open in Boston's Leather District; Sarah Hutson (Stillwater, Sloane's) Apparently Behind It

A new dining and drinking spot may be on its way to a space near South Station in Boston, and a well-known local chef and restaurateur appears to be involved.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, a restaurant tentatively called SJ's is looking to open on Atlantic Avenue, with the address indicating that it would be moving into a building in the Leather District. The notice says that the place would have various dining areas and a bar in one large room and it would also have a seasonal patio, and the manager listed is Sarah Hutson of Stillwater in downtown Boston and Sloane's in Allston. Little other information on the place has been given, but expect more to come out about the spot late next week once the meeting takes place.

The address for SJ's would be 745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02111.


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Thursday, February 22, 2024

H Mart in Quincy to Open a Food Hall

An Asian supermarket chain will be adding a new food hall to one of its Boston-area locations.

A check on the place indicates that H Mart in Quincy is going to be building a new section within its store that includes several options for dining/food, including Tous Les Jours, Oh K-Dog, Boon Mukshidonna, Paik's Noodle, bb.q Chicken, Umai Katsu, Hanchon, and Gong Cha. Currently, two other local outlets have food halls/food courts as well--Burlington and Cambridge--while another location of the market can be found in Brookline.

The address for H Mart in Quincy is 101 Falls Boulevard, Quincy, MA, 02169. The website for the company is at https://www.hmart.com/


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Canton Liyin Rice Roll Master Is Opening in the Former Hing Shing Pastry Space in Boston's Chinatown

A chain based in China that features a food item typically served as a snack or as a dim sum item is on its way to downtown Boston, moving into a space where a longtime bakery had been.

According to a poster (Geoff Wong) within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Canton Liyin Rice Roll Master is getting ready to open on Beach Street in Chinatown, taking over the former Hing Shing Pastry space. The upcoming location of the chain, which got its start in Guangzhou in 2019, will be featuring rice noodle rolls, a Cantonese item that is commonly stuffed with meat, seafood, and/or vegetables and then steamed.

Hing Shing Pastry, which closed in September of 2023, was known for such items as almond cookies, moon cakes, cream sponge cake, egg custard buns, sesame balls, and coconut snowballs.

The address for Canton Liyin Rice Roll Master in Chinatown is 67 Beach Street, Boston, MA, 02111. The website for the chain is at https://www.liyinusa.com/

[Earlier Article]
Hing Shing Pastry in Chinatown Is Closing


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Chris Coombs to Open Four Dining Spots at a New Pickleball Facility in Natick

A well-known local chef and restaurateur is planning to open multiple options for dining at an upcoming pickleball venue west of Boston.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Chris Coombs is partnering with former tennis pro D.J. Bosse, with Coombs looking to open four restaurants at Bosse, which will be located within the Natick Mall and will include 21 pickleball courts. Exact details on the dining options are still in the works, though the article mentions that Coombs appears to be opening "a restaurant focused on rustic Italian dishes; an all-day cafe with coffee, smoothies, and baked goods; a 'courtside culinary experience'; and a sports bar and lounge with New American fare." If all goes well, both Bosse and the dining spots will open this fall.

Chris Coombs is co-founder of Deuxave in the Back Bay and Boston Chops in the South End and Downtown Crossing, and he has also been involved with Dbar in Dorchester .


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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Hummus v'Hummus at The Street Chestnut Hill Has Closed

A fast-casual spot a few miles west of Boston that offered salad, rice, and hummus bowls has shut down, though the business itself will continue on.

According to a source, Hummus v'Hummus at The Street Chestnut is no longer in business, with an Instagram post from the place over the weekend saying that the "Chestnut Hill location...had its last service yesterday. Thank you so much for all the love Chestnut Hill and thank you for the opportunity and support." We have been told that Hummus v'Hummus will continue catering and will also do delivery, and while its Brighton and Sharon locations are no longer in operation, something will apparently be coming to the Sharon location.

Avi Shemtov, who is behind Hummus v'Hummus, is also behind Simcha restaurant in Sharon and The Chubby Chickpea, a food truck and catering operation that was established in Canton in 2010.


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