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The Week in Eater: Bar Boulud, Shawarma, 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 late-night aglio e olio 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.

Openings


· Savvor Restaurant and Lounge — A Leather District restaurant serving Caribbean and Southern-inspired food, like crawfish hushpuppies and cornmeal-fried quail
· The Shawarma Place — A shawarma place that has taken over the Wing Works space in Davis Square
· Tavern in the Square — A mini version of the bar chain, located right in the middle of South Station
· Tenoch — A Medford Mexican restaurant expanding to the North End on Monday, February 10th

Closings


· Precinct (TEMPORARY) — Closed throughout February for renovations
· Salts (TEMPORARY) — Temporarily closed due to a burst pipe; re-opening TBA

Coming Attractions


See also: Hold Your Breath for These January and February Openings.
· The Ames Street Deli is coming to Kendall Square, and it looks like the backbar team is behind it.
· Western Mass. favorite Antonio's Pizza is opening a location somewhere in Boston.
· Somerville's Union Square is getting a Bantam Cider tap room. It could open on March 1st.
· Daniel Boulud's Boston restaurant, which is taking over the Asana space at the Mandarin Oriental, will be a Bar Boulud.
· La Brasa could open in late March, and contrary to previous reports, it's not really going to be a Peruvian chicken place, although there will be some Peruvian influences.
· Donato & Gianni is apparently taking the place of the shuttered Davide in the North End, and Donato Frattarolli of Lucia is involved.
· Somerville's Diesel Cafe and Bloc 11 are getting a new sibling: Forge Baking Company. The 50-seat bakery and cafe will be located by the old Seabra space on Somerville Ave.
· H Mart probably won't open in Central Square until at least April.
· Mad for Chicken, possibly a Korean fried chicken restaurant, could be taking over the former Enso Sushi space on Kneeland St.

Listicles


· 8 Great Spicy Sauces to Try in Boston [Zagat]
· 16 Cozy Fireplaces at Boston-Area Restaurants and Bars [Boston.com]
· Attack That Hangover with Boston's Best Bloody Marys [Thrillist]

Photos Galore


· Here's a look inside Alden & Harlow, which has been open for just over a week in Harvard Square.

Maps Maps Maps


· Buffalo Sauced: 9 Ways to Keep the Football Flavors Going
· Updating the Eater Boston Heatmap, February 2014

Miscellany


· This week in reviews, Bondir's Concord location got two-and-a-half stars out of four in the Globe, Sportello looked like "Monk's Cafe from 'Seinfeld' as imagined by John Cheever," Alden & Harlow had "adventurous-sounding but eminently drinkable" drinks, and InBoston packed a punch with a spicy chicken taco.
· Matt Damon likes Legal Sea Foods.
· East by Northeast now serves ramen on Wednesday nights.
· In this week's Board Wrap, find out "what every slow cooked short rib dreamed of being when it grew up" and more.
· Big Daddy's Pizza's Twitter account is a strange and wonderful place.
· Strega Waterfront now has brunch on Sundays, and the menu includes Nutella-stuffed crepes.
· Nationally renowned chef David Burke has his eyes on Boston for a potential restaurant.
· Belly Wine Bar is now serving late-night spaghetti aglio e olio every night after 10pm.
· A "modernized non-kosher Jewish cuisine" pop-up, Fatboy Secrets, is coming to Tres Gatos on February 25th, featuring dishes like gefilte shrimp and helzel.
· In this week's Chef Faves column, Ana Sortun shared some of her current favorite dishes around town, ingredients to use, and more.
· Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson are back on the air with a new show, Dining Playbook with Billy & Jenny.

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.

· Will the Restaurant Week revamp succeed?
· Eater is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Guns, the purpose of which is to identify and honor the most promising up-and-comers in the restaurant and nightlife world. Fill out this form to make a nomination.

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