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The Week in Eater: Chef Shuffles, Big Expansions, 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 deep-fried Twinkie and ramen burgers 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.


· BurgerFi — The national burger chain opens Monday, February 24 by BU.
· Capital One 360 Cafe — A Back Bay bank/cafe hybrid, the first of several planned for the Boston area.
· Petsi Pies — The pie shop has opened a new location near Lechmere.
· Sullivan's — The seasonal Castle Island hot dog stand has reopened for the...spring?


· Mariposa Bakery [TEMPORARY] — Closed for renovations until February 23.

Coming Attractions

See also: The Colossal 2014 Restaurant Openings Guide.
· Coppersmith Hall, a 250-seat restaurant with a rooftop garden and built-in food trucks, could open in Southie this summer.
· Hops N Scotch is eyeing an expansion from Coolidge Corner to Inman Square, reportedly in the current Haveli space.
· Jimmy's Bar & Oven will close in Brookline in March, but it will eventually reopen downtown somewhere.
· A noodle and sushi restaurant called first called Spice & Noodle and then called YOI has been in the works for a Massachusetts Avenue space between Porter and Harvard for awhile now, but the name has changed yet again, this time to Mix-It.
· Niji Ya Japanese Restaurant is coming to Medford, possibly opening in April and under the same ownership as Hoshi Ya Japanese Restaurant in Brighton. It'll serve all-you-can-eat food and colorful sushi.
· Philly-based purveyor of absurd burgers PYT could eventually open a franchise in Boston.
· Smashburger, a large Denver-based chain with one Massachusetts location (in Natick), appears to be eyeing Cambridge's Central Square for a new location.
· The Stephanie's/Stephi's family will expand to Logan Airport.
· Wahlburgers now has another expansion on the way — Lynnfield — but still nothing announced for Boston.
· Wink & Nod, a speakeasy-style lounge in the South End, plans to open March 15.
· Wow Barbecue, a Chinese barbecued skewer truck often found in Chinatown and by Northeastern, plans to open a restaurant.
· Xi'an Famous Foods, a growing New York chain with a cult following, hopes to expand to Boston (and DC) within the next five years. The specialty is hand-pulled noodles. Boston currently has one restaurant that specializes in the same region of China — Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe.


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· Blowout or Budget: A High-Low Guide to Boston Dining [Zagat]
· Eat Your Way Around the World without Leaving Boston [Thrillist]
· Here Are the Local JBF Semifinalists for 2014 [~EBOS~]
· The Perfect Night Out: GQ's 25 Best Restaurants in America, 2014 [GQ]
· Restaurant Row Roundup! [BH]
· Sweet: 101 Amazing American Doughnut Shops with Serious Street Cred [GS]
· These Are the 22 Best Whiskey Bars in America [Thrillist]
· What the Pho?: Seven Standout Pho Dishes in the Boston Area [BM]

Photos Galore

· This is what you get when you cross a bank with a cafe. Boston's first Capital One 360 Cafe is now open, serving Peet's Coffee products.
· Pastoral is now aiming for a March 2 opening. Here's a sneak peek at the construction.
· Here's a look inside Savvor, now open in the Leather District.

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· Kristen Kish is leaving her post as chef de cuisine at Menton, and Scott Jones, currently chef de cuisine at No. 9 Park, will take her place. Kish chatted about her plans post-Menton.
· Stephanie Cmar's donut venture, Stacked Donuts, popped up for the first time this weekend at The Butcher Shop. There are two more weekends on the way, and then she'll be on the lookout for other locations.
· Joanne Chang chatted about her current favorite dishes around town, ingredients to use, and more.
· This week in reviews, Row 34 earned three Globe stars out of four, the "food-industry darling" Alden & Harlow grabbed an overview from Devra First and a positive review from barbecue blogger PigTrip (who focused on the burger), and Ki Bistro's ramen burger got some mixed reactions from the Boston Magazine staff.
· The inside of the shuttered Rosebud has reportedly been completely demolished.
· Clover could expand to DC.
· In this week's board wrap, find out which restaurant is like "sleeping with your spouse when you wish it were your lover" and more.
· Here's a video of Tony Maws' recent appearance on CBS' "The Dish," and here's Jason Santos on "The Talk."
· There's another roadblock for Doc's Long Wharf, a five-year-old proposal for a restaurant on the tip of Long Wharf.
· Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground parody band The Pizza Underground is playing at Church on April 19.
· Sycamore now serves ramen on Monday nights.

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