The Legendary Restaurant Group appears to be gradually phasing out the Max & Dylans brand (American comfort food, particularly sliders and mac & cheese) and replacing it with Papagayo (Mexican food and tequila bar). First, the restaurants coexisted peacefully within the group, which also includes Sip Wine Bar + Kitchen, Avery Provision Co., Scollay Square, and Burger Dive. There were three Max & Dylans locations — Charlestown, Downtown Crossing, and Billerica — and just a single Papagayo in Fort Point. Then, a second planned Papagayo was announced for Somerville's Assembly Square (coming soon).
In April, the first switch happened. The Charlestown Max & Dylans abruptly closed for just over a week and reopened as a new Papagayo, completely renovated. Now, the Downtown Crossing Max & Dylans seems to be heading for the same fate: Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog reports that the restaurant goes before the licensing board next week to change the name of the West St. location to Papagayo.
The Papagayo menu features items like tequila snowcones, cerviche [sic], "hand hacked" table-side guacamole, and a non-sensical tilde over the second "a" in Papagayo, which (sans tilde) means "parrot" in Spanish. Also: enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, and a regular hamburger for that one person in your group who is afraid of pseudo-Mexican food.
· Papagayo could come to Downtown Crossing [BHaTIB]
· All coverage of Max & Dylans on Eater [~EBOS~]
· All coverage of Papagayo on Eater [~EBOS~]