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September 2017 in Review, From Choco Tacos to Niku Udon

The month in openings, closings, top news, and more

Niku udon at Yume Ga Arukara

September 2017 was a busy time for restaurant openings, particularly fast-casual spots, serving everything from gyros and tacos to Thai-style rolled ice cream and fancy French pastries.

Not too many restaurants closed, fortunately, but we did say farewell to the penultimate Stone Hearth Pizza Co. and a Caribbean restaurant in Somerville, along with a couple other spots.

Read on for a summary of September 2017, including the most-read news stories and maps, the openings, and the closings.

Halal Guys
Food from the Halal Guys, which opened its first Boston location in September
  1. Cannonball: A Caddyshack-Themed Bar Just Opened in Downtown Boston: “Gambling is illegal at Bushwood, sir.”
  2. A Christmas-Themed Bar Pops up in Boston This Fall: “Miracle on the Charles River” almost has the same ring to it, right?
  3. The Lincoln and Loco Family Will Get a Southie Sushi Sibling Soon: The forthcoming restaurant doesn’t have a name yet.
  4. Boston’s First “Impossible Burger” (That’s Not Made With Meat) Debuts at Clover: Tech and sustainability merge in this new partnership.
  5. New Southie Hotel Will Feature a Rooftop Bar: Arriving early in 2019.
  6. Prairie Fire Opens in Brookline: The Steel & Rye sibling’s menu centers around wood-fired dishes.
  7. Yume Wo Katare Dreams up an Udon Sibling: The iconic Cambridge ramen shop has spawned an udon shop nearby.
  8. DC-Based Mediterranean Restaurant Cava Will Open Four Locations in the Boston Area: Two in Boston proper, in Fenway and Back Bay.
  9. Arrival of the Halal Guys Makes Boston’s Dreams Come True Today: And more locations are coming.
  10. Jaju Pierogi Will Open a Shop in Somerville: Polish pierogi are coming to Union Square.

Close-up photo of a burger with lettuce and bacon visible, as well as some thick-cut fries on the edge of the plate
The iconic burger at Craigie on Main
Bill Addison/Eater
  1. The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now, September 2017: The Heatmap is updated monthly; the September update included the addition of Sumiao Hunan Kitchen, Mooncusser Fish House, Explorateur, Best Burger Bar, and Certified Meatball Company.
  2. All the New Boston-Area Restaurants to Check Out This Fall: It’s going to be a delicious season.
  3. Boston’s 26 Most Iconic Dishes: Get to know the city with these essential eats.
  4. 16 Outstanding Boston Sushi Restaurants: From simple perfection to mountains of gold flakes and truffles.
  5. 8 Allston-Brighton Hidden Gems to Discover: Explore two of Boston’s best neighborhoods for cheap eats and surprise treats.
  6. The Guide to Waterfront Dining in Boston: Where to eat while enjoying the view.
  7. The Eater Boston Events Guide: All the local food and drink events you'll actually want to attend.
  8. Where to Find Taco Tuesday Deals in Boston: And don’t forget Choco Taco Tuesday.
  9. Where to Eat Hong Kong-Style Egg Waffles in Boston: Egg puffs and puffle cones galore.
  10. Boston Beer News: A regularly updated round-up of news in the Boston-area brewery scene.

Anoush’ella Saj Kitchen
Food at Anoush’ella Saj Kitchen
  • Abide (Inside Middlesex Lounge at 315 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge): This pop-up — whose end date has not yet been determined — features a range of non-alcoholic drinks (mostly tea-based) and hospitable pineapple-themed branding.
  • Anoush’ella Saj Kitchen (35 W. Newton St., South End, Boston): The menu centers around a convex griddle called a saj, used to cook flatbreads; plus, there’s a labne bar.
  • Bambu Dessert & Drinks (287 Adams St., Dorchester): This California-based chain, which also has a location in Randolph, Massachusetts, features Vietnamese desserts, including ché.
  • BareWolf Brewing (12 Oakland St., Amesbury): One of two new breweries to open in Amesbury this month, featuring a Belgian-style ale, a brown ale, a double IPA, and more in its opening lineup.
  • Brewery Silvaticus (9 Water St., Amesbury): The other new Amesbury brewery features Belgian farmhouse ales and German-style lagers, some of which are made from hops from a Merrimacport farm owned by part of the Silvaticus team.
  • Bushwood Cocktail Club (131 Broad St., Financial District, Boston): The owners of Finn McCool’s Public House have turned the adjacent space (formerly Blue Inc. and then Broad Street Riot) into a Caddyshack-themed bar.
  • Caramel French Patisserie (233 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville): A Somerville sibling to a popular French pastry shop in Salem, specializing in macarons and other sweet treats.
  • Crazy Good Kitchen (906 Eastern Ave., Malden): Comfort food, Brazilian burgers, milkshakes, and more in a former diner car.
  • Crepe & Ice Cream 89C (77 Harvard Ave., Allston, Boston): More Thai-style rolled ice cream for Allston, plus ice cream-topped crepes, bubble tea, and more.
  • Da Bomb Food Truck (Mobile; location varies): The newest food truck to hit the Boston-area streets comes from a Jacob Wirth alum and serves food “bombs” (think burgers, but fully enclosed in pastry dough.)
  • Earls Kitchen + Bar (In the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston): This is the second Massachusetts location for this Canadian chain, and this one features a snazzy rooftop and a rotating “cocktail lab” with guest bartenders from some of Boston’s best bars.
  • Easy Pie (649 Squire Rd., Revere): A Braintree spot with over-the-top pizzas has expanded to the North Shore.
  • Field & Vine (9 Sanborn Ct., Union Square, Somerville): Journeyman’s replacement focuses on mindfully sourced, seasonal ingredients and also supplies snacks for the adjacent Backbar.
  • Fort Hill Bar & Grill (2807 Washington St., Roxbury, Boston): A revamped replacement for Norvia’s Place, serving a seafood-heavy menu of Caribbean food and more.
  • Gyro City (181 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton): A second location for a casual Fenway spot.
  • The Halal Guys (137 Stuart St., Theatre District, Boston): New York City’s popular gyro-and-more food cart and restaurant empire has opened its first of several Boston-area locations.
  • Mogogo Ethiopian Cuisine (1 Highland Ave., Malden): There are plenty of vegan and/or gluten-free options at Malden’s newest Ethiopian restaurant.
  • Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor (340 Washington St., Dorchester, Boston): Vegan stews, lots of lentils, and more in a casual Four Corners space.
  • Pareja at Wink & Nod (3 Appleton St., South End, Boston): The latest tenant in Wink & Nod’s culinary incubator program focuses on tapas and other larger Spanish dishes, such as paella.
  • Prairie Fire (242 Harvard St., Coolidge Corner, Brookline): The wood fire-focused Steel & Rye sequel, located in the longtime Lineage space.
  • The Punk & Poet (658 E. Broadway, South Boston): Under the same ownership, this is the renovated and revamped Playwright in Southie, serving Buffalo cauliflower, stuffed meatball casserole, and more.
  • Ritcey East (208 Waverly Ave., Watertown): Meant to be a feel-good, homey spot, this restaurant features comfort food, like “adult” hot pockets.
  • Sabroso Taqueria (475 Revolution Dr., Assembly Row, Somerville): This downtown fast-casual taco spot has added a location at Assembly Row; this one serves beer and wine and is open for lunch and dinner daily.
  • Volturno (1 Edgell Rd., Framingham): Worcester’s acclaimed Neapolitan-style pizzeria has expanded to Framingham.
  • Widowmaker Brewing (220 Wood Rd., Braintree): This new brewery has a 70-seat taproom, and its opening lineup includes a couple of stouts, a double IPA, a blonde ale, and more.
  • Yume Ga Arukara (Inside Porter Exchange at 1923 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge): An udon-focused sibling to Cambridge’s acclaimed ramen spot Yume Wo Katare.

Pizza at Stone Hearth Pizza Co.
Pizza at Stone Hearth Pizza Co.
  • Back Bay Harry’s (142 Berkeley St., Back Bay, Boston): Chef/co-owner Jason Santos and his crew closed Back Bay Harry’s to revamp it into Citrus & Salt, serving coastal Mexican dishes that are analogous to the New Orleans-style dishes at sibling spot Buttermilk & Bourbon.
  • Hops Test Kitchen & Raw Bar (1248 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge): This sibling to Brookline’s Hops N Scotch will be replaced by a bar called Witty Banter.
  • Some ‘Ting Nice Caribbean Restaurant (561 McGrath Hwy., East Somerville): The four-year-old restaurant featured colorful murals throughout the space and served a menu that showcased lots of different parts of the Caribbean.
  • Stone Hearth Pizza Co. (182 Western Ave., Allston, Boston): There’s only one location left of this small local pizza chain (the original in Belmont is still standing.)

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