Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
A Local Bakery Expands to D.C.
Tatte Bakery & Cafe is on a roll: Founder Tzurit Or debuted locations nine and 10 (Northeastern and Seaport District) over the summer, with a downtown Boston location coming later this fall, and that’s not all. Or continues to work with Panera founder Ron Shaich — who is also instrumental in Life Alive’s burgeoning expansion — and they will ultimately double Tatte’s locations, including an expansion to Washington, D.C., next year. Pretty pastries and shakshuka for everyone.
A Local Bartender Spreads His Influence to NYC
Speaking of Bostonians going out of state, one of the city’s best bartenders is going to be splitting his time between here and New York: Tenzin Samdo, bar director and partner at Artscience in Cambridge, is going to be at the helm of the cocktail program at Gupshup, a forthcoming mansion-like Indian restaurant in Gramercy. It could open in November, and Samdo’s drinks will make use of Indian spices.
Two Local Chefs Compete in Kentucky
Set to premiere on December 6 on Bravo, the newest season of Top Chef, taking place in Kentucky, features two locals: Adrienne Wright, who is executive chef of Boston Urban Hospitality (Deuxave, Boston Chops South End and Downtown, Dbar), and Brian Young, chef de cuisine at Cultivar.
A Brookline Tea House Reinvents Itself
Open since February, Gen Sou En Tea House is temporarily closed for a bit of a revamp, shifting its focus away from casual cafe service (but not entirely away) and featuring full-service lunch and dinner, with reservations accepted. There will still be a little bit of seating for people who would rather get quick-service cafe fare. It’s expected to reopen in early November after some renovations.
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