Over the weekend, Southie’s Boston Beer Garden said its final goodbyes. T.W. Food had its last day of service this weekend as well, but owners Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann plan to open a new restaurant in its place this spring. And Troquet’s original location was also slated to close over the weekend, but its last night will now be February 25, per the restaurant’s website. The new location (107 South St., Leather District, Boston) will open in early March.
Another shutter: The Swellesley Report reports that 5 Bites Cupcakes has closed. The nut-free bakery had been open at 141 Linden St., Wellesley for almost a decade. Owner Beth Finnegan still has a commercial kitchen in Natick and accepts orders via email.
Want to keep an eye on restaurants that have announced they’ll close but haven’t yet closed? We track those in our Last Call storystream: Bookmark it and schedule your farewell meals.
Spring Is Here-ish
Castle Island classic hot dog joint Sullivan’s reopens its doors for the season this Saturday, February 25 with half-priced hot dogs (95 cents each). It’s the 66th season for the popular Southie spot.
Massachusetts is getting its first location of Muscle Maker Grill, a fast-casual chain that has been around since 1995 with the goal of serving “healthier versions of mainstream-favorite dishes” — burgers on whole wheat buns; various items with fat-free sauces, reduced-fat cheeses, and low-carb dressings; “skinny” flatbreads; lean proteins; and the like. It’ll open at 358 Broadway in Saugus (the Shops at Saugus Plaza) early this year.
What Did You Say?
The Boston Globe delves into the growing problem of restaurants that are way too loud; it’s the top complaint from Boston diners these days. New England Soundproofing’s Steven Drago tells the Globe that 70% of his restaurant work is at places that have already opened, not realizing the noise problem until the negative reviews began to come in.
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