Welcome back to Morning Briefing, an almost-daily round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
Hot Dog Crawl
Mark your calendar for a multi-day Camberville hot dog crawl that kicks off on July 24 and runs through July 30, organized by Roxy’s Grilled Cheese. Eat a hot dog at A4cade (292 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge), Trina’s Starlite Lounge (3 Beacon St., Inman Square, Somerville), the Automatic (50 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge), and Lone Star Taco Bar (635 Cambridge St., East Cambridge) at some point that week, get a hot dog crawl card stamped at each location, and enter a raffle “to win stuff.” (Prizes haven’t been announced yet.) Plus, there are events: The week will start with a Trina’s hot dog brunch on July 24 and end with a wiener roast at the Automatic on July 30. Keep an eye on the event page on Facebook for updates.
A New Cafe Algiers?
Harvard Magazine reflects on the closure of longtime Harvard Square staple Café Algiers, which will be replaced by a new project from chef Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow, Waypoint) called Longfellow Bar (no relation to Longfellows, the resident cafe inside of Lamplighter Brewing Co. at 284 Broadway). According to Harvard, Algiers owner Leo Diodato is considering relocating the cafe to Central Square — the neighborhood that is home to Algiers’ sister spot, Andala Coffee House — if he can secure a location. Diodato and Sami Herbawi took over Algiers this past fall after original owner Emile Durzi fell ill, but the landlord reportedly decided against renewing the lease, paving the way for Scelfo’s new project to move into the space.
Rhode Island Diners
The Boston Globe discusses the history of diners in Rhode Island and highlights two that are still standing: Modern Diner in Pawtucket and Jigger’s Diner in East Greenwich. (The article also mentions Elmwood Diner in Providence, but don’t try to go there; it actually closed in April.) “Rhode Island remains a stronghold for retro food done right, and some diners are even innovating and making cuisine relevant to the 21st century foodie,” writes Jon Mael.
Meanwhile, in Maine
Planning to snag a summer weekend up north? A couple new developments to keep in mind: Little Giant opens Thursday, July 20 at 5 p.m. at 211 Danforth St. in Portland, Maine. As previously reported, this restaurant (and its already-opened sibling shop around the corner) is the work of Briana and Andrew Volk, who are also behind essential Portland cocktail spot Hunt and Alpine Club. Expect “classic Continental cuisine with a bar program focused on accessible, forward-thinking drinks,” per the restaurant’s Facebook page. Boston ex-pat Rian Wyllie (Lone Star, Deep Ellum) is in the kitchen, as Boston Magazine reported.
In other Maine news, Portland power players Duckfat and Oxbow Brewing are collaborating on a summer beer garden, reports Portland Food Map. The Duckfat Beer Garden is located outside the Oxbow tasting room on Washington Avenue in Portland, and it’s open Wednesday through Sunday during the summer, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). Expect dishes such as lobster hot dogs with summer corn and chorizo; barbecue pork belly with bean salad and cornbread; and pickled Maine mussels with potato salad; per Instagram.
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