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Restaurant Opening Guide, Summer 2016: Boston Proper

Cream puffs, crepe cakes, ramen, and more

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So many summer openings in Boston proper were new locations of existing brands. We saw the openings of two more Sweetgreens, two more Clovers, and two satellite pop-up locations of FoMu, as well as the first Massachusetts arrivals of out-of-town brands Dig Inn and Lady M. Beard Papa's got a new location, as did Santouka Ramen, Pressed, and Emma's Pizza. A new Wahlburgers opened at Logan Airport, and Downeast Cider House expanded from Charlestown to East Boston. We also saw some familiar teams embark on new projects, such as the opening of Porto by the Trade team, Il Molo by the Frattarolis (Lucia), Doña Habana by the team behind Vejigantes and Merengue, and Dumpling Kingdom from the Dumpling Cafe and Dumpling Palace team.

Plus, Haley.Henry Wine Bar brought tinned seafood to Downtown Crossing, Lucy's American Tavern took over an old Hollywood Video space in Dorchester, Hi B3ar introduced Allston to Thai-style rolled ice cream, and lots more.

Below, find the rundown of everything that opened in Boston proper in summer 2016. Want to see what opened elsewhere in the Boston area? Head right this way. Interested in what's coming this fall? Check out the fall guide here.

Originally published on June 21, 2016. Date of most recent update appears above.

Table Of Contents (all h2's added automatically)


Beard Papa's

Beard Papa's rendering
This Japan-based bakery chain already had a local outpost in Chinatown, and it expanded to Allston this summer. It's the first store to open following a rebranding of the chain, so the interior looks different from existing shops. The specialty is cream puffs and other cream-filled pastries in a variety of flavors.

Address: 145 Brighton Ave.
Opening Date: Early July 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Rendering/Provided

Dumpling Kingdom

Dumpling Kingdom
It's a dumpling trio: Dumpling Cafe (Chinatown) and Dumpling Palace (Cambridge) have a new sibling in Allston. In addition to a variety of dumplings, Dumpling Kingdom serves a wide-ranging selection of Chinese food.

Address: 137 Harvard Ave.
Opening Date: Mid-July 2016
Online: No web presence yet

Image credit: Provided

Hi B3ar

This is Boston's first Thai-style rolled ice cream shop, serving up ice cream that is flattened on a cold plate and scraped into pretty rolls and covered with a variety of toppings.

Address: 147 Brighton Ave.
Opening Date: Mid-August 2016
Online: Website

Image credit: Yelp/Bryan M.

Iron Kitchen

164 Brighton Ave.
This Asian fusion restaurant swiftly replaced Wabora Prime, which had only been open for about six months. Iron Kitchen serves dishes like beef, chicken, or pork with black pepper or teriyaki sauce; unagi rice; milk tea; and more.

Address: 164 Brighton Ave.
Opening Date: Late June 2016
Online: No web presence yet

Image credit: Google Maps

Back Bay

Dig Inn

Dig Inn Boston Provided
A "farm-to-counter" chain based in New York, Dig Inn highlights local and seasonable ingredients in dishes called "marketplates," green- or grain-based combinations with various proteins and vegetables. This location is its largest yet and the first to serve breakfast items, such as parfaits, quinoa waffles, and frittatas. The restaurant has communal tables, an open kitchen, and seasonal outdoor seating. Dig Inn's Boston location serves Counter Culture coffee and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Next up, it'll expand nearby to the Prudential Center as well as Downtown Crossing.

Address: 557 Boylston St.
Opening Date: July 13, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Provided


FoMu South End signage
With three permanent locations, dairy-free ice cream shop FoMu has also been popping up like crazy with temporary satellite locations. This one will be open through October 2, operating from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Address: 144 Newbury St.
Opening Date: Mid-August 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: FoMu in the South End/Facebook

Lady M Cake Boutique

Lady M Cake Boutique
With locations in Asia, Canada, and the United States, Lady M has built up a following for its baked goods, especially its signature crepe cakes. There are also cheesecakes, fruit tarts, and other sweets. Prior to the Boston opening, the company popped up at Chatime in Chinatown, where customers could order cakes. The Boston space is currently takeout only; there is no seating. Cakes are available whole and by the slice.

Address: 304 Newbury St.
Opening Date: June 24, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: A Lady M location/Official Site


Porto team
A high-end Mediterranean restaurant from the Trade team (Jody Adams, Eric Papachristos, Sean Griffing). Look for dishes like seafood stew, fried smelts, a lobster roll, and more. There's also a patio with a full bar. Jon Sanchez, an alum of Ames Street Deli and Study, is onboard as chef de cuisine, and Trade's Elissa Rae is general manager and overseeing the wine list.

Address: 780 Boylston St.
Opening Date: July 11, 2016
Online: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: From left: Papachristos, Adams, Griffing/Provided

Santouka Ramen

Santouka Back Bay
About a year after opening its first Massachusetts location in Harvard Square, Japan-based Santouka announced an expansion to Back Bay. The space used to be home to Mentei. With seating for 16, it's smaller than the Harvard location, and as such, diners won't find a lot of non-ramen appetizers and entrees. The ramen offerings, however, will be more varied at the Back Bay location than at the larger Cambridge spot. A Seaport District location might be in the works next.

Address: 66 Hereford St.
Opening Date: June 26, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Image credit: Rendering of Back Bay storefront/Provided

Beacon Hill

Florina Pizzeria and Paninoteca

This casual pizza spot took over the former Derne Street Deli space. It sells pizza by the slice and by the pie; hot and cold panini; various starters, such as spinach squares and meatballs; salads; and pastas.

Address: 16 Derne St.
Opening Date: August 29, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Image credit: Facebook


Bao Bao Bakery

Bao Bao Bakery
Shuttered for a couple of years, Bao Bao Bakery has moved across the street and reopened, courtesy of the Double Chin team. The shop sells barbecue pork turnovers, scallion buns, and lots more.

Address: 84 Harrison Ave.
Opening Date: July 16, 2016
Online: Facebook / Instagram

Image credit: Instagram

Sakura Sunakku

Sakura Sunakku
This "Japanese snackery" serves ice cream-filled crepes (as well as savory crepes), shave ice, milk tea, and more.

Address: 42 Beach St.
Opening Date: August 6, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook

Image credit: Facebook


Dorchester Brewing Company

Dorchester Brewing Company
What was once the M.A. Peacard Co. sheet metal building is now a giant brewing space (25,000 square feet) with a "pretty sweet tasting room," complete with cornhole, backgammon, and other games. Co-founded by Todd Charbonneau, Matt Molloy, Travis Lee, and Holly Irgens, Dorchester Brewing Company provides a collaborative environment for contract brewers.

Address: 1250 Massachusetts Ave.
Opening Date: July 21, 2016. Brewing began in late June.
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Facebook

Lucy's American Tavern

Lucy's American Tavern Facebook
Now open in a former Hollywood Video space in Adams Village, Lucy's American Tavern — named for Lucy Stone, a Dorchester resident, suffragette, abolitionist, and the first Massachusetts woman to earn a college degree — serves a gastropub-style menu at an "affordable" price point. There are small snacks like pickled vegetables and mini corn dogs; starters like smoked wings and Mexican-style street nachos; burgers and sandwiches; and lots more. It serves lunch and dinner to start, with brunch launching at a later date.

Address: 11 Granite Ave.
Opening Date: August 17, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Image credit: Rendering/Facebook

Unchained Pizza

Unchained Pizza
A February 2015 roof collapse in the building housing Unchained Pizza in Quincy shuttered the pizzeria, but the plaza is being rebuilt, and the restaurant could open by the end of 2016. Meanwhile, a new location opened this summer in Dorchester. Unchained offers a variety of pizza options, including gluten-free, as well as calzones, subs, wraps, and more.

Address: 960 William T. Morrissey Blvd. (The Marketplace on Morrissey)
Opening Date: September 13, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Image credit: Facebook

Downtown Boston


CloverFIN construction
Clover expanded with two Boston proper locations this summer. This one, an 88-seat space in the Financial District, is located inside Boston's first high-rise building, once a shoe factory. It serves as the flagship Boston location and has some special features that other Clovers don't have, like a pop-up space inside (a raised area that has its own door and overlooks the restaurant). This location hosts CSA pick-ups four days a week from a number of farms.

Address: 160 Federal St.
Opening Date: July 1, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: CloverFIN under construction/Official Site

Levend Bagelry at the Boston Public Market

Levend Bagelry
A familiar local brand that has been popping up at farmers markets around the area now has a stall at the Public Market. Owner Alex Jong serves sourdough bagels plain, in sandwich form, and as pizza bagels. One Levend bagel variety is called The Birdfeeder, a whole wheat sourdough bagel with hemp, flax, sunflower seeds, and oats.

Address: 100 Hanover St.
Opening Date: July 8, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Image credit: Facebook

Top Catch at Joe's Waterfront

Joe's American Bar & Grill has added a new seafood-focused concept on the second floor of its waterfront space. Open daily and with space for private events, Top Catch has raw bar options, chowder and bisque, fish & chips, and more.

Address: 100 Atlantic Ave.
Opening Date: June 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Image credit: Facebook

Downtown Crossing


haley henry logo
A "small, neighborhood wine bar" from Sportello alum Haley Fortier, Haley.Henry features imported tinned fish, "ceviche-style small plates," charcuterie, and cheese.

Image credit: Facebook

East Boston

Downeast Cider House

Downeast East Boston construction
Downeast expanded from Charlestown to East Boston's Boston Harbor Shipyard this summer, a move that will ultimately expand production by as much as a factor of ten. The old Charlestown facility lives on; the plan is to use it for events, tours, and small-batch production, such as a barrel-aging program.

Address: 256 Marginal St.
Opening Date: September 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Downeast's new facility, under construction/Facebook


Wahlburgers Hingham
Owned by the notorious Wahlberg family, Wahlburgers has quickly grown from a single Hingham restaurant to a worldwide chain, with the first Boston proper location sprouting up near Fenway in fall 2015. The next local outpost to open — within many more on the way — was at Logan Airport early this summer.

Address: 1 Harborside Dr.
Opening Date: Late June 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Wahlburgers' original Hingham location/Facebook



FoMu South End signage
Specializing in dairy-free, coconut milk-based ice cream, this growing local company is popping up next to the Regal Cinemas at Landmark Center from early July through at least September 30 (but possibly through the end of 2016). The tiny takeout kiosk features "simple scoops of some of the most popular flavors." There are full locations in Allston, Jamaica Plain, and the South End, and there's another temporary pop-up like this one located in Inman Square through the end of July.

Address: 201 Brookline Ave.
Opening Date: July 6, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: FoMu in the South End/Facebook


Sweetgreen Fort Point Katie Chudy for Eater
The DC-based, fast-casual salad chain keeps expanding its leafy green imprint on the Boston area. This summer, it opened in Fenway and the South End, and Downtown Crossing and Harvard Square are next.

Address: 132 Brookline Ave.
Opening Date: July 2, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Sweetgreen in Fort Point/Katie Chudy for Eater

Fort Point

Craft Beer Cellar

This is the 11th Massachusetts location (and the 26th location overall) for the craft beer retail shop, which is based in Belmont.

Address: 34 Farnsworth St.
Opening Date: August 17, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Facebook

Squeeze Juice Company

The local juice company continues to expand with a location inside the Everybody Fights gym, formerly home to a Nourish Your Soul juice bar. Squeeze serves juice and smoothies, a range of coffee and espresso beverages, snacks, and kombucha on tap.

Address: 15 Channel Center St.
Opening Date: Mid-September 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Squeeze at 53 Exchange Pl./Facebook

Jamaica Plain

Pink Samurai

This fast-casual dumpling spot also serves bao, crab rangoon, and more, and on the beverage side, there are fresh juices, sake, and beer. (Note: On the final day of summer 2016, word came out that it might have closed already. Stay tuned for confirmation.)

Address: 658 Centre St.
Opening Date: Early September 2016
Online: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Facebook

Longwood Medical Area


Clover LMA
Clover continued to expand with two Boston proper locations this summer. This one has a 20-seat seasonal patio.

Address: 360 Longwood Ave.
Opening Date: July 21, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Screenshot from a CloverLMA construction video/YouTube

North End

Il Molo

Il Molo logo
Il Molo, "the dock" in Italian, opened in the former Davide space this summer. Donato Fratarolli (Lucia Ristorante) and his son Donato Jr. are behind the "serious seafood" spot, with Pino Maffeo (Sage, Lucia Winchester) as culinary director. The restaurant's Facebook page promises "New England-focused seafood with Italian/Mediterranean influences."

Address: 326 Commercial St.
Opening Date: Late July 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Image credit: Facebook


Doña Habana

Cuban food from the owners of Vejigantes and Merengue. It's located inside of the Hampton Inn in Newmarket Square.

Address: 811 Massachusetts Ave.
Opening Date: September 1, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook

Image credit: Facebook

Seaport District

Shake Shack

Exterior of Shake Shack in Boston’s Seaport District Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater
Way ahead of its previously estimated 2017 opening, Shake Shack Seaport arrived this summer. The growing fast-casual chain features burgers, milkshakes, and more, and other nearby locations include Chestnut Hill, Harvard Square, and Newbury Street. This is Shake Shack's 100th location.

Address: 77 Seaport Blvd.
Opening Date: August 16, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Shake Shack Seaport/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

South Boston

GrandTen Bar

GrandTen Distilling
GrandTen Distilling has opened a "still-to-glass" cocktail bar within its Southie distillery, where every drink contains items produced there. The lineup includes a mix of cocktails inspired by classics as well as original recipes. Bar manager Steve Schnelwar is an alum of Tavern Road and 80 Thoreau. The bar has small snacks, and food trucks are onsite on weekends and for special events. Moving forward, stay tuned for more additions to the space, including games, expanded seating, movie and trivia nights, and more.

Address: 383 Dorchester Ave.
Opening Date: July 8, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: GrandTen Distilling, before renovations/Facebook

South End


Aquitaine Boston NEW
After almost two decades, Aquitaine's South End location closed in late February for a few months of major renovations. This summer, it reopened with a refreshed look and menu.

Address: 569 Tremont St.
Reopening Date: July 13, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Aquitaine, post-renovation/Official Site

Emma's Pizza

Emma's Pizza South End
Emma's Pizza in Cambridge, known for its ultra-thin-crust pizzas, got a new sibling in the former Mangia space in Boston's South End. The new location serves slices and whole pizzas, and the focus is on takeout and delivery, although there is some counter seating and a seasonal patio. Emma's has been around since 1962 in various locations and under different owners, but the current Cambridge location (40 Hampshire St. in Kendall Square) opened in 2000 and has been under the same ownership since 2004.

Address: 537 Columbus Ave.
Opening Date: August 2, 2016
Online: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Emma's in the South End/Instagram

Fuji at Ink Block

The newest addition to the JP Fuji Group is another location of its Fuji concept, which is also open in Quincy, Cambridge's Kendall Square, and Somerville's Assembly Row. (The group also has a number of other concepts in Quincy and beyond.) Fuji serves up a large menu of sushi as well as Japanese and Chinese-inspired entrees, rice and noodle dishes, and more.

Address: 352B Harrison Ave.
Opening Date: August 1, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Facebook

Gita at Wink & Nod

Wink & Nod Katie Chudy for Eater
Since opening in early 2014, Wink & Nod has functioned as a culinary incubator, bringing in different concepts for residencies lasting around six months. Gita is this summer's new arrival, featuring contemporary Nepalese cuisine from chef Gita Kantrow. She has interned at Trade, Rialto, and Journeyman. Her menu also draws inspiration from Indian, Tibetan, and Western influences.

Address: 3 Appleton St.
Opening Date: August 1, 2016
Online: Website

Image credit: Wink & Nod/Katie Chudy for Eater


Interior of the South End location of Pressed Courtesy of Courtney Perkins
This Beacon Hill juice-bar-and-more has expanded to the South End, and the new location has an expanded superfood bowl menu, special seasonal juices, and more salads and other "healthy lunch options." That's in addition to Pressed's core menu of cold-pressed juices, paletas (popsicles), "superfood shakes," and other plant-based foods.

Address: 643 Tremont St.
Opening Date: September 12, 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Courtesy of Courtney Perkins


Ahead of its estimated fall opening, the Ink Block location of DC-based, fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen opened its doors this summer.

Address: 354 Harrison Ave.
Opening date: Mid-September 2016
Online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Image credit: Sweetgreen in Chestnut Hill/Chris Coe for Eater

Main Image: Shutterstock/Marcio Jose Bastos Silva


655 Tremont Street, , MA 02118 (617) 982-7955 Visit Website

Craft Beer Cellar

2801 Magazine Street, , LA 70115 (504) 962-7870 Visit Website

Il Molo

326 Commercial Street, , MA 02109 (857) 277-1895 Visit Website

Hi B3ar Ice Cream Roll

147 Brighton Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02134 (617) 208-8216

Clover Food Lab

1075 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 798-7335 Visit Website

Wink & Nod

3 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116 617-482-0117 Visit Website

Wahlburgers (Hingham)

19 Shipyard Dr, Hingham, MA 02043 (781) 749-2110 Visit Website

GrandTen Distilling

383 Dorchester Avenue, , MA 02127 (617) 269-0497 Visit Website

Dig Inn (Copley Square)

557 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 Visit Website

Lady M Cake Boutique

36 West 40th Street, Manhattan, NY 10018 (212) 452-2222 Visit Website

Emma's Pizza (Cambridge)

40 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 864-8534 Visit Website

Dorchester Brewing Company

1250 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02125 (617) 514-0900 Visit Website

Unchained Pizza (Dorchester)

960 William T. Morrissey Blvd. , Dorchester, MA 02122 Visit Website

Boston Public Market

100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 (617) 820-7070 Visit Website

Santouka Ramen (Back Bay)

66 Hereford St., Boston, MA 02115 Visit Website

Pressed (South End)

643 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02118 Visit Website


569 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 (617) 424-8577 Visit Website

Oak + Rowan

321 A Street, , MA 02210 (857) 284-7742 Visit Website


45 Province Street, , MA 02108 (617) 208-6000 Visit Website

Beard Papa's (Allston)

145 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 02134 Visit Website

Pressed (Beacon Hill)

120 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 Visit Website

Pink Samurai

658 Centre St., Boston, MA

Emma's Pizza (South End)

537A Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02118 617-606-3841 Visit Website

Dumpling Kingdom

137 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA 02134 (617) 562-8888 Visit Website

Dona Habana

, Boston, MA (617) 708-0796


Ring Road, , MA 02199 (617) 536-1234 Visit Website

Downeast Cider House

256 Marginal Street, , MA 02128 (857) 301-8881 Visit Website

Shake Shack (Chestnut Hill)

49 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-651-3406 Visit Website

Sweetgreen (Back Bay)

659 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 617-936-3464
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