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Meatball Subs, Hellish Pasta, and More Updates to Start the Day

Mini news bites as we near the end of the week

Pasta From Hell at East Coast Grill, circa 2010
Pasta From Hell at East Coast Grill, circa 2010
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Hillbilly Hell Night

The East Coast Grill Hell Night legacy will live on at The Automatic (50 Hampshire St., Cambridge), which is co-owned by ECG founder Chris Schlesinger. The inaugural event, dubbed Hell Yeah! Night, takes place on May 1 and promises a “hillbilly” spin courtesy of co-owner and “resident Hillbilly” Dave Cagle. On the menu: the Automatic Flat Patty with Inner Beauty hot sauce “on steroids” and spicy pepper aioli; Shrimp and Hot Shit Grits (habanero grits, grilled shrimp, jalapeno jam); WMDs (Wings of mASS Destruction); and an Asian-inspired version of Hell Night’s signature Pasta From Hell with a ghost pepper-inspired sausage, jalapeno, lo mein noodles, and pine nuts. Email reservations@theautomaticbar.com to make a reservation.

Rachel Klein Heads to Providence

While remaining owner of the Needham restaurant that bears her initials, RFK Kitchen, Rachel Klein is making her return to Rhode Island as executive chef of the Red Stripe restaurants in Providence and East Greenwich, reports Providence Journal. 15 years ago, Klein worked her first Rhode Island restaurant job as chef de cuisine at XO Cafe, but in recent years, she’s been in the Boston area (OM, Mandarin Oriental, Liquid Art House) and opened RFK Kitchen in late 2016. Top Chef alum Stacy Cogswell serves as executive chef there.

Get Knighted Quickly

Are you somehow connected to Boston University? If so, hurry up and get knighted at the BU Pub; it’s about to close for renovations and won’t reopen until September 2018, reports Boston Magazine. You’ve got a lot of beer to drink. (Plus, you can donate to a crowdfunding campaign organized by the school, which is trying to raise $10,000 towards the renovations.)

The Middle Gray Moves Into the Digital Ether

Shortly after shutting down the coffee shop portion of its Brookline space, art gallery/performance space The Middle Gray has entirely closed that location. “Now we're in the search of a new space to better fit our concept, so we can focus on exhibitions, shows and workshops,” the team wrote on Facebook. “Meanwhile we will be operating digitally by promoting artists on our social media channels and web presence through call for entries to blog features, digital group shows, Instagram group shows, artist residencies, and more!”

One Thing You Should Eat Today

A meatball sub from P & K Deli (244 Beacon St., Somerville). If you’ve ever been on Somerville’s Beacon Street, you’ve probably passed this place plenty of times and paid no attention to it. Venture inside the tiny convenience store and head to the sub counter in the back. Others will tell you to order the Italian sub, with its deli meats sliced to order by the friendly owner. But it’s the hearty meatball sub — saucy but not soggy, thanks to the soft-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside roll — that feels right today as the fog clears and the temperatures tentatively climb into the low sixties.

A meatball sub and an Italian sub on white deli paper
Meatball sub and Italian sub at P & K Deli in Somerville
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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P & K Delicatessen

244 Beacon Street, , MA 02143 (617) 868-0772 Visit Website

The Automatic

50 Hampshire Street, , MA 02139 (617) 714-5226 Visit Website

The Middle Gray

6 Station St, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 608-3480 Visit Website

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