Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
What Happened Last Week?
Catch up on last week’s top stories, including some good news for Medford — a tequila bar from the Tenoch team! A location of a popular Southern restaurant from Wakefield! — as well as maps of chicken parm sandwiches and Irish pubs, news of local James Beard nominees, and more.
And from our national big sister, Eater.com: Learn about all the “bougie desk lunch salad chains” sweeping the nation (Boston included). Find out if Anthony Bourdain’s new comic book series, Hungry Ghosts, is up your alley. Plan a trip to Dallas to eat this brisket-topped kimchi stew.
Monday Merguez and More at Moona
Here’s one way to start the week strong: Hit up Moona (243 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge) for a new selection of bar bites priced between $1 and $3. The Monday-only, bar-only weekly special begins tonight, March 19, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., with items such as merguez (Moroccan lamb sausage) with tzatziki for $3, feta and honey fritters for $1 each, falafel for $1 each, and more.
A few updates from the local crowdfunding world: An awesome-sounding Japanese izakaya headed for Provincetown hit its goal of $50,000 over the weekend; get ready for beach bento boxes, “matcha everything,” yakitori, Japanese whiskies, and a fat, lovable tanuki mascot — a raccoon dog typically depicted with gigantic testicles throughout Japanese folklore.
Meanwhile, Bartleby’s Seitan Stand — a forthcoming vegan food truck with a focus on seitan nuggets and sandwiches — is still in the midst of its Kickstarter campaign, with about three weeks left to raise about $9,500.
And Elmendorf Baking Company — a home baking equipment and supply shop that could open somewhere in Camberville this year — now has its campaign up and running as well, with a little over a month left to raise about $16,500.
The North End Apparently Has Enough Booze
North End grocery store Going Bananas encountered stiff opposition to a simple request to sell a little bit of beer and wine. The North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council opposed the license six to one after hearing from a representative from the nearby Wild Duck wine and liquor store, who argued that the public need is already being met, and from a community member, who questioned just how many liquor stores the neighborhood needs.
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