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Top Stories of the Week: Hot New Restaurants; Roxy’s Central Menu; More

Miss any important news? Catch up with this weekly archive of Eater Boston's most-read stories

Bar accents at Pagu, now open in Central Square.
The bar at Pagu
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater
  1. The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now, January 2017: The Heatmap got its monthly update this week; newcomers to the map include East Coast Grill, Ruka, Mida, and more.
  2. Roxy’s Central/A4cade Takes Over Cambridge This Month: Fried Chicken, Foosball, More: Here’s a first look at the menu for Roxy’s Central and some additional details on the amazing Roxy’s/Area Four collaboration hitting Central Square later in January.
  3. Look Inside Pagu, Now Officially Open in Cambridge: And right by the future home of Roxy’s Central/A4cade, Pagu has officially opened with cuisine that touches on Japan, Spain, and beyond. Here’s a look inside.
  4. East Coast Grill Makes Its Triumphant Return: It’s baaaaaack. Now under the ownership of the Highland Kitchen team. Rejoice.
  5. Bobby Flay’s Burlington Burger Restaurant Closes: The Burlington Mall location quietly shut down after almost four years in business.
  6. Monument Restaurant & Tavern Opens in Charlestown: It’s a reimagining of the Paolo’s Trattoria space and concept (from the same owner).
  7. Seasonal Shutters, Weekend Openings, and More Updates to Start the Week (and Year): We’ve recently begun kicking off each week with a round-up of mini news bites. This week’s round-up included news of Commune Kitchen’s new beer-and-wine license, a fundraising campaign by an Oleana alum opening her own place in Vermont, and more.
  8. Elephant Walk Ambles Out of Cambridge: The French-Cambodian restaurant has closed its longtime Porter Square location, but the newer South End one remains open.
  9. More Than 100 Restaurants Closed in 2016: With news of a few more late 2016 closures coming in the first days of 2017, we updated our archive of the year’s restaurant closures one more time. Here’s hoping for a lower number in 2017.
  10. Cleveland Circle Is Down Another Restaurant: The Real Deal is gone, but its West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain locations are still open.

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