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NOCA Provisions Debuts Today (and More Updates)

Dorm room sushi, a burger chain called Mooyah, and other news bites

Spiced mango galette at NOCA Provisions
Spiced mango galette at NOCA Provisions
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

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

Opening Alert

Reminder: NOCA Provisions opens today at 156 Rindge Ave. in North Cambridge. The new cafe is under the same ownership as The Table at Season to Taste and Season to Taste catering, both located nearby. Here’s a peek inside NOCA, open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Bonus: There’s a parking lot.

Dorm Room Sushi

The Globe profiles “pop-up omakase restaurant” The 803, run by two Boston University students out of their dorm room. The room is big enough to allow dinner seatings of just four guests, and the students, Jarrett Deutsch and Ethan Cole, transform it “to look like an actual restaurant” with color-changing lights and draped sheets. As for seating, guests sit on the dorm beds.

Burger News

Texas-based burger chain Mooyah signed a lease for a Jamaica Plain space way back in December 2015 at 225 Centre St. 11 months later, a location had opened in Northborough, and JP was still in the works, along with Berlin and Billerica locations. Now, another seven months later, things are finally moving along; the company will go before the JP Neighborhood Council’s Public Service Committee tomorrow, according to Jamaica Plain News, to get approval for a common victualler license. The Berlin and Billerica locations are both still in the works, according to the chain’s website. Mooyah serves burgers, fries, milkshakes, and more.

Covfefe Alert

At Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream in Inman Square:

Today we debut Ice Cream COVFEFE. It is amazing folks , just amazing . It will make us millions and millions of $$$'...

Posted by Christina's Homemade Ice Cream on Saturday, June 3, 2017

One Thing You Should Eat Today

Fast-casual Mediterranean is on the rise in Boston, and that’s a good thing. Now with two locations, Saloniki (Fenway, Central Square) is a vital part of the scene. From the team behind Trade, Saloniki serves up pitas, salads, and plates topped with items such as braised honey-garlic pork shoulder, zucchini-feta fritters, loukaniko (pork sausage), and more. Get the spicy lamb meatball plate (aka “George”) with spicy whipped feta or tzatziki. And absolutely do not forget the secret sauce, a preserved lemon-based ray of sunshine.

Overhead view of a rice bowl with meatballs, tomatoes, red onion, and pita.
Spicy lamb meatball plate at Saloniki
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Saloniki (Central Square)

181 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 Visit Website

Christina's Homemade Ice Cream

1255 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 492-7021

NOCA Provisions

156 Rindge Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140 Visit Website


4 Kilmarnock St, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 266-0001 Visit Website