More Hard Cider
Boston’s cider scene is growing. Prospect Ciderworks — formerly Harvard Cider Co., based in Harvard, Massachusetts — has moved to Roxbury’s Newmarket area, right across the street from Bully Boy Distillers. Eventually, the space will be home to a tasting room, but first, the owners are working on getting production up and running again after about half a year focusing on the move.
Nightclub vs. Luxury Apartments
Residents of the AVA Theater District apartment tower, which opened in 2015, are being tormented by the bass from Bijou nightclub next door — which was there first (it opened in 2011.) An inspection found 112-decibel readings on the dance floor, significantly higher than the 50-decibel nighttime limit, and the club is being given 60 days to take more action to mitigate noise and vibrations, even after they’ve raised speakers off the floor and added a manual volume override that managers control.
A New Era in Nantucket
A Nantucket classic, The Club Car, reopened over the weekend under new ownership, three folks with Boston restaurant roots. Partner and executive chef Mayumi Hattori worked at Craigie on Main precursor Craigie Street Bistro as well as Toro before heading to Nantucket’s Straight Wharf Restaurant, where she was chef de cuisine for nearly a decade; partner and general manager Tanya McDonough worked at Radius and Grill 23 before ending up at Straight Wharf and Ventuno on Nantucket; and partner and director of operations Ty Costa was managing partner of The Vault in Boston’s Financial District for nine years. He, too, worked at Straight Wharf, but 20 years ago. The trio has fully revamped The Club Car, but yes, the piano is still there. The new menu draws inspiration from California but features seasonal, local produce and seafood.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire is getting another new brewery and taproom. Loaded Question Brewing Company could open this fall at 459 Islington St., joining other newish breweries Liar’s Bench and Great Rhythm Brewing Company in the city’s West End.
A tiny bit farther north in Kittery, Maine, the former site of Cap’n Simeon’s Gallery and Frisbee’s Market will be resurrected as a restaurant called Bistro 1828, opening this fall; a two-story event space and catering operation called The View, opening mid-summer; an outdoor bar, grill, and lobster shack called Frisbee’s Wharf, opening mid-summer; and a convenience store called Provisions, also opening mid-summer. The five-person Pepperell Cove Group that is behind the multi-venue project includes chef Henry Ares, whose first job was working in the Cap’n Simeon’s kitchen at 16 years old.
One Thing You Should Eat Today
A soup for all seasons: Oak & Rowan’s outstanding clam chowder, with pork belly and fingerling potato chips, is truly suitable for any weather. It’s a surprisingly delicate chowder, light enough for a hot summer day, but the pork belly helps fortify it to warm up a chilly fall day or even a blizzard. Don’t miss this one. Available for both lunch and dinner.
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