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November 2017 in Review, From Dumplings to Doughnuts

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

Dumpling Palace Soup Dumplings
Dumpling Palace soup dumplings

November 2017 featured tons of openings, particularly in Boston’s Seaport District and West End. It was a month filled with pasta, pizza, and yes, more juice bars. Non-local chains Caffe Nero and Sweetgreen continued to expand around the Boston area with two new locations apiece, while Luke’s Lobster added a new location as well. And that wasn’t the only addition on the lobster roll front: Lobstah on a Roll opened in the South End, serving up five-foot-long lobster rolls.

Things were quieter on the closure side, but we lost Self Portrait (the recently revamped T.W. Food in Cambridge), the Newton expansion of Bottega Fiorentina, and a few other spots.

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

citrus & salt
A cocktail at Citrus & Salt, now open in Back Bay
Sarah Storrer/Eater
  1. Citrus & Salt Opens Soon, and There Will Be Dole Whips: The Back Bay Harry’s replacement is almost ready.
  2. The Broadway Opens in South Boston With Nitro Cold Brew Martinis and Wood-Fired Pizza: Boston Beer Garden has been reborn.
  3. Allston Gets a New Unlimited Sushi Restaurant: Sushi Factory opened two days ago in the former Redneck’s space.
  4. New South End Restaurant Serves Five-Foot-Long Lobster Rolls: Made with the meat of 80 lobsters.
  5. Stop Stealing Things From Restaurants (and More Updates): A Providence restaurant embraces its destination status, Eater can now receive encrypted tips, and other news bites.
  6. A Bar for Well-Intentioned Witty Battles Opens in Cambridge: Wit’s End debuted over the weekend in Inman Square.
  7. Tuscan Kitchen Opens Next Week in Seaport With Tableside Truffles and More Than 400 Wines: Look inside the sunny, sizable space.
  8. Flatbread Company Brighton Joins Boston’s Growing Bowling Scene With Pizza and Local Beers: Don’t forget to wear socks.
  9. City Winery Is Finally Open in Boston: There will be live music, wine, and so many events.
  10. The Smoke Shop Will Open in Fort Point Tomorrow: Andy Husbands’s second barbecue joint finds a home in the old Tavern Road space.

Food at Momi Nonmi
A dish from Momi Nonmi
Hien Nguyen/Momi Nonmi
  1. The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now, November 2017: The Eater Boston Heatmap is updated monthly, and the November update included the addition of Eventide Fenway, Better Bagels, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar (Fort Point), and Momi Nonmi.
  2. The Hottest Brunches in Boston Right Now, Fall 2017: Tired of your usual brunching routine?
  3. The Fall 2017 Restaurant Opening Guide: Boston Proper: It’s a delicious season.
  4. Boston’s Best Dive Bars: Drink cheaply at these fine establishments.
  5. Where to Eat Dumplings in and Around Boston: From mini juicy buns to Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, Greater Boston’s got the goods.
  6. Where to Eat at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): The best meal of your entire life: It probably wasn't in an airport. However, if that's where you need to be, here's where you should eat.
  7. Where to Eat Doughnuts in and Around Boston: Greater Boston’s perfect dozen.
  8. Where to Eat Spaghetti and Meatballs in Boston: Boston is full of red sauce joints. These are the must-tries.
  9. Drink Festive Cocktails at Miracle (and More Fall Food Events): All the local food and drink events you'll actually want to attend.
  10. It’s Cider Doughnut Season: Where to Eat Them Not Too Far From Boston: Go for the doughnuts, stay for the cider and pies.

Nonna’s Pie Zia Gianna
Nonna’s Pie at Zia Gianna, now open in Dorchester
Zia Gianna [Official Photo]
  • Bodega Canal (57 Canal St., West End, Boston): Mexican food from the team behind Ward 8 and North Square Oyster.
  • Boston Juicing (283 Main St., Charlestown, Boston): Juices, sandwiches, soups, and more.
  • The Broadway (732 E. Broadway, South Boston): Boston Beer Garden’s rebirth (under the same ownership) with nitro cold brew martinis on draft.
  • Caffe Nero (55 Northern Ave., Seaport District, Boston; 218 Legacy Pl., Dedham): This European-born cafe chain keeps expanding around Massachusetts. The two most recent openings are in Boston’s Seaport District and at Dedham’s Legacy Place development.
  • Chulo Cuisine & Bar (5 Spring St., Watertown): A Nepalese restaurant on the second floor of a Persian restaurant, Molana.
  • Citrus & Salt (142 Berkeley St., Back Bay, Boston): Jason Santos’s Mexico-inspired replacement for Back Bay Harry’s, with boozy Dole Whips and more.
  • City Winery (1 Canal St., West End, Boston): New York-based music venue, restaurant, and winery.
  • Cupola (1231 Centre St., Newton Centre): A casual pasta spot (replacing Bottega Fiorentina) with a focus on Florentine and Tuscan cuisine. There will be Neapolitan pizzas eventually as well.
  • Down the Road Beer Company (199 Ashland St., Everett): Formerly a contract brewer, Down the Road now has its own home, complete with a taproom full of pinball machines and plenty of beer on tap.
  • Fiorella’s (24 Walden St., Concord): This Newton-based Italian restaurant has expanded to the former Bondir Concord space.
  • Flatbread Company (76 Guest St., Boston Landing, Brighton, Boston): This local pizza chain has expanded to the new Boston Landing development in Brighton, and it’s one of several locations that features candlepin bowling.
  • Friendly’s (180 Boston Post Rd. W., Marlborough): A new prototype of an old chain, featuring drive-through windows.
  • Gong Cha (44 Harrison Ave., Chinatown, Boston): This Taiwan-based chain serves a wide variety of customizable bubble teas and more.
  • J&M Diner (50 Worcester Rd., Framingham): The diner burned down in March but relocated in November; it’s been welcoming back long lines of regulars since.
  • Jugos Supremo (502 Massachusetts Ave., South End, Boston): A juice-filled South End sibling to Jugos, a Back Bay juice bar.
  • Lee Han Sandwich (419 Hancock St., Quincy): Banh mi and bubble tea.
  • Lobstah on a Roll (537 Columbus Ave., South End, Boston): Replacing Emma’s Pizza, this new restaurant — which will soon have a sibling in Arlington — serves five-foot-long lobster rolls.
  • Luke’s Lobster (53 Northern Ave., Seaport District, Boston): This is Boston’s third location of the New York-born, Maine-inspired, fast-casual lobster roll restaurant.
  • North Shore Lobster and SeaGrilz (203 Newbury St., Peabody): Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar has reopened under new ownership as North Shore Lobster and SeaGrilz, a casual seafood market and restaurant.
  • Oath Pizza (1350 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston): The Nantucket-based chain formerly known has Oath Craft Pizza has expanded to Fenway with its avocado oil-infused crispy crusts.
  • Pollo Campero (25 State St., Lynn): The third Massachusetts location for a Guatemalan fast-casual chicken chain.
  • The Popover Lady at Boston Public Market (100 Hanover St., Downtown Boston): Popovers, scones, fruit pies, and other baked goods.
  • Pressed Juicery (180 Linden St., Suite 107, Wellesley): A California-based juice chain serving cold-pressed juices and more.
  • Rogue Lounge (222 Friend St., West End, Boston): Sushi pizza and mai tais on tap in the former North Star space.
  • Shan-A-Punjab (500 Harvard St., Brookline): Indian food in the former Rubin’s Delicatessen space. It’s a relocation from right across the street.
  • Singh Ching (184 Cambridge St., Burlington): Indochinese food and sister restaurant to the new Singh Saab in Arlington (which is a relocation/revamp of Waltham’s Santa Banta).
  • The Smoke Shop (343 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston): Andy Husbands’s Kendall Square barbecue joint now has a second location in the former Tavern Road space.
  • Somerville Bread Company (201 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville): A walk-up window with bread available Thursday through Sunday and bagels and biscuits on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Som Tum Modern Thai Cuisine (1894 Centre St., West Roxbury, Boston): One Thai replaced another (Sticky Rice).
  • Sushi Factory (140 Brighton Ave., Allston, Boston): An all-you-can-eat sushi spot from the owner of Hi B3ar Ice Cream Roll nearby.
  • Sweetgreen (47 Northern Ave., Seaport District, Boston; 60 State St., Downtown Boston): Two new Boston locations of the DC-based salad chain.
  • Top Mix Bar & Kitchen (257 Norfolk Ave., Roxbury, Boston): Top Mix focuses on cocktails — such as various martinis and a pineapple mojito — and also serves food, including sweet plantain ravioli, a maple bacon burger, and more.
  • Tora Japanese Restaurant (20B Tyler St., Chinatown, Boston): Kaisen don (rice bowls topped with sashimi), poke bowls, soups, and more.
  • Tuscan Kitchen (64 Seaport Blvd.): A giant, stately Italian restaurant with several sister spots in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
  • Wit’s End (1248 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge): The menu features “dueling” items — two versions of the same dish, such as a bacon and gouda mac and cheese versus a lobster and mushroom one.
  • Zia Gianna (1739 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, Boston): Sicilian sandwiches, baked goods, espresso, and more.
  • Zo Greek (355 Revolution Dr., Assembly Row, Somerville): With two locations in downtown Boston (and a food truck), Zo has expanded across the river with a location that features a full bar.

A dish at Self Portrait
A dish at Self Portrait
  • Bottega Fiorentina (1231 Centre St., Newton Centre): Coolidge Corner’s fast-casual Italian staple expanded to Newton in spring 2016, but the Newton location closed this month, quickly replaced by Cupola.
  • Emerald Lounge (200 Stuart St., Downtown Boston): This five-year-old Revere Hotel nightclub has closed to make way for a new restaurant slated to open in spring 2018.
  • Jamie’s Grille & Pub (360 Gannett Rd., North Scituate): A fire destroyed this 50-year-old pub, which has sister spots in Braintree and Whitman. The team hopes to rebuild the Scituate location.
  • Self Portrait (77 Walden St., Cambridge): T.W. Food was revamped into a French bistro called Self Portrait in April, but it closed in November.

Upcoming closures that have been announced but haven’t happened yet:

  • Cottage Tavern (1227 Hyde Park Ave., Hyde Park, Boston): This classic watering hole aims to transfer its liquor and food license to the Innovation and Design Building in the Seaport District.
  • 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.
  • Pikaichi (1 Brighton Ave., Allston, Boston): This Allston ramen destination will close on December 17 due to a rent hike but will try to relocate soon.