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A Roslindale Buffet With ‘Fried Things Aplenty’ (and More Updates)

A new chef for Haley.Henry, a classic dessert you should eat today, and more

Cocktails at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth
Cocktails at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, closing soon to move to Kittery

Welcome back to Morning Briefing, an almost-daily round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

Buffet Alert

Flaming Grill and Buffet opened Friday at 950 American Legion Highway in Roslindale (in the Stop & Shop mall), reports Universal Hub, and it’s full of Chinese, Japanese, and American food — with “fried things aplenty.” Diners will also find egg drop, hot and sour, and wonton soups; a lot of seafood (but no crab legs); dumplings; a sushi bar; a hibachi area; mac and cheese; and “flat round objects generously identified as pizza.” There’s also dessert, including fried dough.

Chef Shuffles

Barbara Lynch Gruppo alum David Cavilla (B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Stir, Sportello) is now executive chef at Haley.Henry Wine Bar (45 Province St., Downtown Crossing, Boston). Previously, chef de cuisine Carolina Curtin (Menton, Sycamore, Liquid Art House) was heading up the kitchen; she has moved over to Mary Dumont’s Cultivar (opening any day now in the Financial District) as executive sous chef. Haley.Henry serves up toasts, crudos, tinned seafood, and more from its tiny kitchen, alongside a funky wine list.

A New Wine Shop for Fort Point

Mayhew Wine Shop is on the verge of opening at 20 Melcher St. in Boston’s Fort Point, reports Boston Restaurant Talk, possibly as soon as tomorrow, according to an Instagram post from the shop. Mayhew will also sell beer, cheese, bread, chocolates, and a variety of other food items.

Northern News

Longtime Portsmouth, NH staple Blue Mermaid Island Grill is hopping just across the river to Kittery, ME, reports The 23-year-old Portsmouth location will close on June 6. Owners Scott and Karen Logan are reportedly close to finalizing a new location in Kittery with plans to open in late September. They hope the move will provide more parking as well as space to expand their catering business and do salsa production. During the buildout, they plan to open a food truck in the parking lot to sell some of their menu items. As for the Portsmouth space, they’re leasing it to Tom and Jenny Nelson, who plan to open a “mod-traditional” restaurant called Nibblesworth in mid-summer. It’ll feature a wood-fired grill.

Blue Mermaid swims across the river. After 23 years of operating the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, we are pleased to...

Posted by The Blue Mermaid Island Grill on Monday, May 29, 2017

In other Portsmouth news, music venue/restaurant The Press Room is closing on June 4 and reopening under new ownership (and the same management) in the fall. Various regulations have changed over the past several decades, and under the old ownership, the venue was grandfathered in, but the change of ownership means that some updates have to take place before operations resume.

Hello friends, neighbors, and loyal patrons. As you may or may not know, the future of the press room was in jeopardy...

Posted by The Press Room on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

One Thing You Should Eat Today

In a restaurant scene filled with flashy new openings, it’s easy to forget the places that have been around for a while, quietly serving up excellent food night after night. Tonight’s a good night to visit one of these older standbys, Oleana (134 Hampshire St., Cambridge), and enjoy — for the first time or the 100th time — its most classic dessert, the baked Alaska. Not that Oleana really flies under the radar — it’s still a fairly difficult reservation to book — but if it’s been a while since your last visit, or if you’ve never been, why not try to swing by tonight? There’s a chance you can grab a bar seat and enjoy a glass of wine and the towering baked Alaska, full of coconut ice cream and standing in a pool of perfect passion fruit caramel.

Toasted meringue with soft peaks atop a baked Alaska
The baked Alaska at Oleana
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