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The Week in Eater: Ramen Burgers, Yelp Spats, and More

Didn't have time to read Eater this week? Here's your chance to catch up on everything you missed, from restaurant openings and closings to angry responses to Yelpers and more. Know about something we missed this week? Got intel for next week? Just want to say hello? Hit up the Eater Boston tipline or send an anonymous tip. You can also stay in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook, share photos on Flickr, and get the weekday newsletter.


· Alden & Harlow — Highly anticipated project from Michael Scelfo in the former Casablanca space in Harvard Square
· Cocobeet — Vegan juice, smoothie, and sandwich shop by City Hall
· Ki Bistro — A restaurant near BU serving "Asian inspired" food, including ramen burgers


· India Samraat — 13-year-old Indian restaurant in Back Bay. Its sister restaurant, Curry House in Brookline, remains open.

Coming Attractions

See also: Hold Your Breath for These January and February Openings.
· Internationally renowned chef Daniel Boulud is taking over Asana at the Mandarin Oriental in September, and he has already installed Aaron Chambers, former executive chef at Boulud Sud, in the kitchen. No word yet on whether Asana's name will change or if any other major changes are in store.
· El Centro Tres will open in Belmont in March with a full liquor license.
· Dumpling House is opening "soon" in the former tea room of the Greater Boston Buddhist Cultural Space between Central and Harvard Square, and it has a connection to the popular Gourmet Dumpling House in Chinatown.
· A restaurant called Homage Bistro will open in a mystery Cambridge location, and several pieces of evidence point to a link of some kind with Ten Tables.
· Merrill & Co., a South End restaurant from the group behind jm Curley, could open in March and is now hiring for many positions.
· MAST' Restaurant and Drinkery, serving "a modern take on authentic, Neapolitan street food," will open in the 45 Province condo development in Downtown Crossing this spring.
· The Harvard Square expansion of Mike's Pastry could happen in late May or early June.
· The Roxy's Grilled Cheese brick-and-mortar location will have a beer list including only canned beer, and there will be burgers on the menu.
· The Newbury St. Shake Shack — the first in Boston proper — could open in the early summer.
· Nick Varano will add to his empire of Strega restaurants (and a few other differently-named spots) with Strip by Strega, a steakhouse in the former Whiskey Park space in Back Bay.
· Todd English promises that news will be revealed in a few weeks about his next endeavor, which will be new, better but not better, exciting, and different, according to an interview he gave Zagat at the Mohegan Sun WineFest.
· Wink & Nod GM Curtis McMillan chatted with Eater about what the upcoming speakeasy will be like and what kind of training they're doing to ensure a high level of competency with vintage cocktails.
· An arcade bar is rumored to be coming to Central Square. A tipster notes that it is similar to the Brooklyn-based Barcade chain, which does want to expand to Boston, but this particular place is not a Barcade.


· America's Best Chicken Wings [Epicurious]
· Best Soup Dumplings Around Boston [Zagat]
· Cheap Eats [Boston Magazine]
· Gratifying Hangover Dishes in Greater Boston []
· These Are the 13 Best Places to Eat Classic Chicken and Waffles [Thrillist]
· Top 8 Joints Serving the Best Poutine in Town [BostInno]
· Where to Get Clam Chowder: 6 of Boston's Best Spots [Thrillist]
· World's Best Places for Beer by Sub-Region [RateBeer]
· You Can Eat These Things During the Super Bowl [~EBOS~]

Photos Galore

· Here's a look inside the colorful Beat Hotel, which opened in Harvard Square in September.
· Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern in New York City was guest chef at a dinner at Clio to promote the release of The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook.

Maps Maps Maps

· Beer Me: Nine Ways to Enjoy Beer in Your Food
· Mid-Day Meal Map: Where to Eat Weekday Lunch by North Station


· This week in reviews, it was two-and-a-half Globe stars out of four for Mei Mei, a Boston Magazine review recognizing the talents of Beacon Hill Bistro chef Josh Lewin but the failure of the kitchen to truly highlight what he can do, a positive "Man Food" review of Pennypacker's porchetta sandwich, a disappointing Globe "Cheap Eats" look at El Centro Dos, and a love letter to Fairsted Kitchen from MC Slim JB for The Improper Bostonian.

· In this week's Board Wrap, find out which restaurant in Boston is a "foodie petting zoo driven by a genius mad scientist chef" and more.

· Chez Henri is returning in a less permanent state with a pop-up event — possible the first of many — at Mariposa Bakery in Cambridge.
· A one-star review of Zebra's Bistro and Wine Bar in Medfield led to an angry Instagram response from the chef, calling out the customer for being a "mentally ill raging alcoholic" against whom the restaurant allegedly needed to take out a restraining order.
· Uni alum Chris Gould has moved up to Portland and is on the verge of opening up his own place there, Central Provisions. Meanwhile, a chef building up a great reputation in Maine, Shannon Bard, is considering Boston as a possible place to expand in the future.
· Sweet Cheeks has brought back Ramen Mondays. Get there between 9pm and 10pm for a bowl.
· Despite a scare last weekend thanks to an "RIP" sign in the window, the South End's Delux Cafe is not closing for good. It's just doing a little bit of cleaning before reopening under the ownership of a longtime employee.

Open Questions

Hit up the tipline to share your thoughts, or send an anonymous tip through this form.
· Share your Valentine's Day restaurant-related horror stories, whether you're a customer, server, manager, or chef. Give us your worst.
· What office-heavy neighborhoods would you like to see for future installments of the Mid-Day Meal Maps series? The idea is to highlight great weekday lunch options in an areas where many people work.

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