The first wave of Assembly Row development is rolling out over the next couple of months, and lots of restaurants are in the works. (One Assembly Row restaurant, Burger Dive, actually opened way back in late 2012. It's under the same ownership as Papagayo, which is also slated to open there.) Here are updates on the food options coming to the massive Somerville living-and-eating-and-shopping center, which is supposed to become a "city within a city," according to the people behind it.
Burger Dive: It's already been open for over a year, serving burgers, hot dogs, and the like.
Earls Kitchen and Bar: This casual Canadian chain could open in early September. Think pizzas, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, and other comfort food.
Fuji: A sibling of Fuji in Kendall Square as well as a handful of Asian restaurants in Quincy, the Assembly Row Fuji will serve Chinese stir-fry and sushi, Boston Restaurant Talk reports. It will open this summer.
Ernesto's: This popular North End pizza shop will likely open its Assembly Row expansion in mid-to-late May. During Pizza Week, owner Anthony Radzikowski filled Eater in on all the details. Expect it to be much the same as the original location, but with gluten-free options and small kids' slices. (The regular sizing is that one slice is a quarter of a pizza, so keep that in mind when ordering for yourself.)
J.P. Licks: The local ice cream chain just opened up its Assembly Row location yesterday.
Legal on the Mystic: The Boston Globe is reporting that this new Legal Sea Foods concept will open this summer at Assembly Row. It's unclear whether this is instead of the previously reported Legal C Bar, although it seems likely that it is. Lately, Legal has been delving into some one-off concepts, like Legal Crossing at Downtown Crossing and the upcoming Legal Oysteria in Charlestown. (The latter was also originally reported as a Legal C Bar.)
Papagayo: The Legendary Restaurant Group has been replacing their Max & Dylan's locations with their Mexican-inspired brand, Papagayo. Now there are three locations — Summer Street and West Street in Boston, plus one in Charlestown. No word on when the reported Assembly Row outpost will open.
PAUL: The French bakery-café chain is opening up a massive Boston flagship in Downtown Crossing this summer, but an Assembly Row location is also in the works.
Starbucks: Did you really think there wouldn't be a Starbucks here?
Tony C's Sports Bar: This casual restaurant comes from the same group that gifted Boston with establishments like The Whiskey Priest, Boston Restaurant Talk reports. It'll also open in Burlington. CORRECTION: Tony C's is not in any way related to Jerry Remy's, as previously reported.