Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
Free Pizza in Burlington Today
With four locations already open in Boston and Cambridge, Blaze Pizza — a California-based chain that counts basketball player LeBron James and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner among its investors — continued its Massachusetts expansion yesterday, opening in Burlington at 91 Middlesex Tpke., near Burlington Mall. To celebrate the opening, it’s free pizza day today, March 23, at the new location. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.; follow Blaze on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook; and claim your free build-your-own pizza, which’ll come out of the oven in three minutes. The restaurant also has a few salads and desserts, including s’more pie. A note to those with various dietary restrictions: Blaze has gluten-free dough, vegan cheese, and several other accommodations available.
Journée Péché Is Back
It’s that time of the year again: Tomorrow, March 24, marks the annual worldwide release of Canadian brewery Dieu du Ciel’s limited edition Imperial Coffee Stout, which comes in seven varieties and is only being distributed to 50 venues around the world for launch day, including just one in Boston, Row 34 (383 Congress St., Fort Point). (Out in the western part of the state? The Foundry in Northampton will have it too.) Look for 10- to 14-ounce pours of the beers throughout the day at Row 34, while supplies last. Varieties include one brewed with raspberries, a couple aged in bourbon barrels (a 2017 and a 2018), a milk stout, and more.
Moroccan Hospitality Restaurant Gets Even More Hospitable
Moroccan Hospitality Restaurant moved from Malden to Somerville in mid-2014, taking over the old Razzy’s space between Porter and Union squares. It’s a gem — try the cigars (phyllo dough baked around roasted vegetables and preserved lemon), lamb couscous, or chicken tajine — but it hasn’t served booze since opening. That’s changing now: The restaurant got its liquor license and has begun serving wine and beer, including local options like Jack’s Abby, Lord Hobo, and Down the Road Beer Co.
Bon Me is beginning to use its East Cambridge location (60 Binney St.), which recently got its malt beverages license, as a test kitchen, Scout Cambridge reports, playing around with new menu items (such as the “K-Town Throwdown,” sweet and spicy chicken with seasoned riced and kimchi) and adding electronic ordering kiosks. The kiosks, as Scout notes, aren’t replacing employees; those who previously took orders are joining the food line. While this location’s changes will officially launch during the first week of April, some have already started to roll out.
A Slight Relocation
Legal Sea Foods is moving its very old Chestnut Hill location at the Street from 43 Boylston St. to 55 Boylston St. This one opened back in 1975, the first expansion beyond the original in Cambridge’s Inman Square, and it’ll stay open until the new location is ready. Legal Sea Foods Chestnut Hill 2.0 will be a two-story space (a fish market downstairs and a restaurant upstairs), with plenty of windows and an outside deck from which to gaze at Hammond Pond. It’s expected to open in May 2018 and will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.
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