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October 2017 in Review, From Lobster Rolls to Cider Doughnuts

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

Parlee Farms Cider Doughnuts
Parlee Farms Cider Doughnuts

October 2017 featured a number of hotly anticipated openings, including Eventide Fenway (sibling to the acclaimed Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine) and the Fort Point location of Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar. It was also a big month for bagels, cafe, and nightlife venues.

On the closure side, we bid farewell to some old-timers, such as Cinderella’s in Central Square and Atlantic Beer Garden in the Seaport, both of which closed to make room for new developments.

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

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar Fort Point
Charred broccoli blue corn huarache at Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater
  1. Two Big Clubs Open in the Seaport Next Week, and There Will Be Scorpion Bowls: Big Night Entertainment Group’s Scorpion Bar and the Grand arrived in October.
  2. Yes, Fenway Is Getting a Food Hall: Lisbon’s Time Out Market will arrive in 2019.
  3. Lolita Debuts a Swanky Sequel in Fort Point: A Back Bay mainstay for tequila and tacos gets a sibling; here’s a peek inside.
  4. Eventide Fenway Brings the Best of Portland to Boston: Look inside one of 2017’s most anticipated openings, which debuted on October 7 with lobster rolls galore.
  5. Acclaimed Moody’s Delicatessen Expands to Boston Next Month, and That’s Not All: Also: Moody’s tacos, barbecue, and a raw bar in Waltham; a holiday pop-up on Newbury Street; and California expansion.
  6. Burlington Will Get a Little Friendlier and Toastier: A new Friendly Toast opened on October 23 with Pop Rocks-rimmed martinis and more.
  7. Medford’s Wegmans Will Have a Built-In Burger Restaurant: Milkshakes are also on the menu.
  8. Two Quincy Restaurants to Close Due to Eminent Domain: And other businesses are included.
  9. Atlantic Beer Garden Closes in Seaport Ahead of New Construction: Whiskey Priest will follow suit.
  10. Dorchester Is Getting a Sicilian Restaurant: Zia Gianna Caffe and Bakery will open this November in the old Dot2Dot Cafe space.

Roast beef sandwich and a side of fried clams on a picnic table. Another sandwich with onion rings is visible in the background.
Roast beef sandwich and a side of fried clams at Kelly’s
Katie Chudy/Eater
  1. The 38 Essential Restaurants in Boston, Fall 2017: The Eater 38 is updated quarterly; the fall update in October included the addition of Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge and Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant in Southie.
  2. The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now, October 2017: The Heatmap is updated monthly; the October update included the addition of Eventide Fenway, Better Bagels, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, and Momi Nonmi.
  3. The Fall 2017 Restaurant Opening Guide: Boston Proper: What has opened so far this season, and what’s still to come? All the details are here.
  4. Where to Eat Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Boston: The city has plenty of meat-free options.
  5. Where to Eat Lobster Rolls in Boston: The northeast is lousy with lobster rolls — here’s where to find a good one in the Hub.
  6. Head North of Boston for a Roast Beef Sandwich Road Trip: There are a few solid options in Boston proper, but the North Shore is the ultimate roast beef destination.
  7. Outstanding Breakfast Sandwiches in Boston: Behold, some of the Boston area's most mouth-watering all-in-one breakfasts: on croissants, on biscuits, on point.
  8. The Eater Boston Weekly Events Round-up: All the food and drink events you’ll actually want to attend.
  9. It’s Cider Doughnut Season: Where to Eat Them Not Too Far From Boston: Go for the doughnuts, stay for the cider and pies.
  10. Where to Eat Fried Clams in and Around Boston: The North Shore is home to some of the best clam flats in the world.

A slab of fried chicken sits on a hamburger bun, topped with iceberg and condiments. It’s served on a tray with paper that reads Eventide.
Fried chicken katsu sandwich at Eventide
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  • Barracuda on the Fly (55 Bromfield St., Downtown Crossing, Boston): A Key West-inspired little sibling to Barracuda Tavern.
  • Beantown Juice and Tea (32 Kneeland St.): Juices, smoothies, and bubble tea from the people behind the nearby Irashai Sushi.
  • Beta Burger (1437 Tremont St., Mission Hill, Boston): A permitting issue kept this Mission Hill burger spot out of commission for a few months, but it’s back.
  • Better Bagels (83 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston): A popular bagel pop-up gets its first brick-and-mortar location, featuring bagels and bagel sandwiches, as well as coffee and tea.
  • Bon Me (60 Binney St., East Cambridge): This new location is considered the flagship for the restaurant-and-food-truck group, which serves Vietnamese-inspired sandwiches, noodle bowls, and more.
  • Caffe Nero (375 Assembly Row, Assembly Row, Somerville): Yet another location for the London-based coffee shop chain.
  • Casalinga (151 Hanover St., Haymarket, Boston): Pasta with 30 choices of sauce, plus pizza, sandwiches, and more.
  • Chick-Fil-A (140 Providence Hwy., Dedham): This is the 11th Massachusetts location for the chicken chain.
  • Cook (109 Chapel St., Needham): This neighborhood spot has a Newton sibling.
  • Crying Thaiger (114 Ferry St., Malden): Thai food with a focus on the fiery crying tiger dish.
  • Davio’s (250 Granite St., Braintree): Located inside South Shore Plaza, this is the ninth location for the local Italian steakhouse chain.
  • Dig Inn (Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston): There’s another location of this New York-based fast-casual spot just a few blocks away, by Copley Square.
  • Eventide Fenway (1321 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston): Portland’s acclaimed Eventide Oyster Co. now has a fast-casual sibling in Boston, and yes, the brown butter lobster roll is on the menu.
  • The Friendly Toast (Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Tpke., Burlington): Another location for this Portsmouth-based eclectic diner.
  • Golden Goose Cafe (65 Atlantic Ave., North End, Boston): Breakfast fare from the owner of Golden Goose Market.
  • Grainmaker (91 Summer St., Downtown Boston): A fast-casual spot featuring Southeast Asia-inspired rice bowls, salads, and more.
  • The Independent (75 Union Sq., Union Square, Somerville): This Union Square staple closed for nearly two months of renovations, and now it’s back, better than ever.
  • Kings (60 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston): Bowling, arcade games, pool tables, plenty of televisions, and giant cocktails.
  • Kōhi Coffee Company (Boston Landing, 80 Guest St., Brighton, Boston): This Provincetown-based cafe has expanded to Brighton’s new Boston Landing development.
  • Local 338 Bagels & Coffee (1727 Centre St., West Roxbury, Boston): The bagels are made 90% in New York and then shipped to Boston frozen to be finished.
  • Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar (253 Summer St., Fort Point, Boston): With a location open for years in Back Bay, this sibling to Ruka and Yvonne’s is now in Fort Point as well, serving up Mexican cuisine and a hefty tequila list.
  • Matadora (Inside the Hilton Boston-Woburn, 2 Forbes Rd., Woburn): The group behind Ruka, Yvonne’s, and Lolita developed the menu for this hotel tapas bar.
  • Momi Nonmi (1128 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge): A modern Japanese izakaya (with plenty of sake) with a touch of Hawaii.
  • Poke Bento and Beard Papa’s (827 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston): Poke bowls and cream puffs in the former Samurai space.
  • Scorpion Bar and the Grand (58 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston): A massive Mexican restaurant and nightclub from the Big Night Entertainment Group.
  • Spiga (18 Highland Cir., Needham): After nearly a decade in business, Spiga closed over the summer for a revamp and reopened in October with a new chef/co-owner, Marisa Iocco, as well as a new menu and look.
  • Tatte Bakery & Cafe (1350 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston): Another location joins the growing chain of Tatte cafes; this one spans around 3,000 square feet.
  • Untold Brewing (6 Old Country Way, Scituate): A new brewery located in an old schoolhouse.
  • Wicked Bagel Bakery & Deli (171 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington): Bagels and bagel sandwiches, nitro cold brew coffee, and more.

Chicken & Rice Guys
Food from the Chicken & Rice Guys
  • Atlantic Beer Garden (146 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston): A new development is replacing this nearly decade-old bar.
  • BakerBaker (168 Spring St., West Roxbury, Boston): The four-year-old bakery was known for its pies.
  • Bistro Chi and Kama Lounge (37 Cottage Ave., Quincy): These members of the JP Fuji Group got swallowed up by development.
  • Chicken & Rice Guys (81 Harvard Ave., Allston, Boston): This relatively new brick-and-mortar location closed, but Chicken & Rice Guys is ramping up its food truck presence in Quincy, Waltham, Needham, and Somerville.
  • Cinderella’s (901 Main St., Central Square, Cambridge): The recently renovated Italian spot closed to make way for the construction of a boutique hotel.
  • Emack & Bolio’s (1663 Beacon St., Brookline): This was the last remaining Brookline location of the ice cream chain, which got its start in Brookline in the 1970s.
  • Felicia’s (423 Main St., Stoneham): This Italian restaurant had been open for over 50 years.
  • Grub (738 Huntington Ave., Mission Hill, Boston): This poutine-oriented spot may now be closed, but sister spot Penguin Pizza will carry some of Grub’s most popular menu items.
  • Nunzio’s Pizzeria (195 State St., Downtown Boston): A casual pizzeria near the waterfront.
  • Patty Chen’s Dumpling Room (907 Main St., Central Square, Cambridge): The same construction that shuttered Cinderella’s is closing Patty Chen’s for six to eight months, but when it returns, it’ll have a bigger space and a bar.
  • White Rose Coffeehouse (56 Central Sq., Lynn): This Lynn coffee shop couldn’t survive after the owner’s daughter, a manager at the cafe, made controversial comments about police officers on Facebook.

Upcoming closures that were announced in October but haven’t happened yet:

  • Country Kitchen (181 Sudbury Rd., Concord): Owner Trish Irons is getting ready to retire but is evaluating options for Country Kitchen (selling the business and staying on as a consultant, giving recipes to a nearby business, etc.), which will close in its current form on December 15.
  • Dudley Dough (2302 Washington St., Roxbury, Boston): The Haley House’s fair-wage pizzeria will close at the end of the year due to financial struggles.
  • Globe Bar & Cafe (565 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston): It’s not closing for good; it’s just relocating down the street to the former Rattlesnake space. Relocation dates haven’t been announced yet.

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