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Recommended Reading: Cursed Restaurant Locations, Olympic Diets, and More

Take a mid-week reading break with these recent food stories from Boston and beyond

Interior of a well-lit restaurant with minimalist decor and white and off-white walls
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater
  • The Boston Globe digs deeper into the mysticism surrounding "cursed" restaurant spaces. Certain spots can gain reputations if restaurant after restaurant fails to last there, and the repetition can drive away potential occupants. "That means the restaurateurs most likely to go into a space that has hosted multiple failures may be the very people most likely to fail no matter where they open: novices and those without strong financing," Beth Teitell writes.
  • Zagat calls out some local folks leading the charge in their field. These nine people, dubbed "Superheroes of the Boston dining scene," include chefs, bartenders, and other restaurant industry standouts are making their presence abundantly known in the Boston area, whether behind the bar, in the kitchen, or leading food-focused non-profits.
  • Looking ahead to the end of the week, Bon Appétit has the skinny on what the athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be eating, and where they will be eating. "Rio’s dining hall runs the length of four Olympic swimming pools and can accommodate 18,000 people and 460,000 pounds of food a day," Amanda Shapiro writes. Besides nearly 10 different choices of yogurt, there will be piles of pasta, pizza, porridge, fish, chicken, and so much more.
  • Bon Appétit also recently released its list of America’s 50 best new restaurants, and two Boston-area spots made the list. Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri’s new Somerville restaurant Juliet garnered recognition, as did Shepard in Cambridge. See the full list of restaurants recognized here.


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