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The Spring 2018 Restaurant Opening Guide: South Shore, South Coast, and Southeastern Massachusetts

A couple popular spots get sequels this season

Fratelli’s Pastry Shop pastries
Pastries from Fratelli’s Pastry Shop, which is getting a dessert bar sibling in Quincy this spring
Fratelli’s Pastry Shop/Facebook

As spring gets underway, there aren’t too many restaurant openings on the horizon south of Boston, but Quincy’s got a lot to look forward to, from a dessert shop to a vegan beer hall; Easton will see the opening of a massive sequel to cult favorite spot Farmer’s Daughter; and Fall River’s getting a new brewery.

This guide tracks upcoming openings on the South Shore and South Coast of Massachusetts, as well as Southeastern Massachusetts suburbs. Note that restaurant opening timelines can and do change frequently, so don’t get your heart set on visiting a new restaurant on a specific date. This guide will be updated frequently throughout the season as new information becomes available; hit up the tipline with any forthcoming restaurants that should be on our radar.

This guide was originally published on April 2, 2018; the date of the most recent update appears above.

Note: The clickable table of contents below may not display properly (or at all) on certain mobile platforms. For best results, view on a tablet or desktop.



Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Abington. Know of something? Let us know.

Abington openings beyond spring 2018

The decade-old Great Chow (497 Bedford St. [Rt. 18]), a Japanese and Chinese restaurant with an older sibling in Quincy, closed in March 2018 (the Quincy location remains open) and will reportedly be replaced by an “Italian restaurant and sushi bar.”


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Braintree. Know of something? Let us know.

Braintree openings beyond spring 2018

On a yet-to-be-announced timeline, Tiki Palace (1177 Washington St.) is going to close after about two decades in business, slated to be replaced by Lychee Bistro and Lounge. Exterior and interior renovations will result in the creation of a new lounge area and a slightly decreased seating capacity. Expect “Asian fusion and traditional cuisine.”


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Canton. Know of something? Let us know.

Canton openings beyond spring 2018

Avi Shemtov (The Chubby Chickpea, Simcha) is in the process of turning the Canton Junction Sports Pub (399 Neponset St.) into Salt & Sickle, expecting to complete the takeover around mid-July 2018. It’ll include a casual bar, a quieter dining room, and space for functions. Keep an eye out for new versions of the pub’s classic bestsellers, such as bar pizza and wings, as well as everything from fresh pasta to duck Wellington. Follow along on Instagram as the transformation progresses.

In other Canton news, the Halfway Cafe space at Cobbs Corner (95 Washington St.) will reportedly become a Mexican restaurant from the owners of the recently shuttered Carriage House Pizzeria in Sharon.


Towneship seafood potage with chowder broth (poured tableside), surf clam, uni, scallop boudin, and salmon roe
Towneship seafood potage with chowder broth (poured tableside), surf clam, uni, scallop boudin, and salmon roe
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Towneship [NOW OPEN]

140 Main St., North Easton

Easton breakfast-brunch-lunch favorite the Farmer’s Daughter (which does serve limited dinners as well) at last has a dedicated dinner sibling, Towneship, a few doors down in a spacious old church. With a variety of seating options, including a bar, chef’s table, roomy dining room, and seasonal patio space, along with a strong dedication to local sourcing, Towneship is a long-awaited opening for this fairly quiet suburb.
Opened: April 17, 2018


Canned Heat Craft Beer artwork
Canned Heat Craft Beer artwork
Canned Heat Craft Beer/Facebook

Canned Heat Craft Beer Company

52 Ferry St., Fall River

This new brewery is on the verge of opening in Fall River, offering tasting hours at the space, along with some cold food options. There’ll also be a seasonal patio. Potential beers previewed on social media including a lime peel and vanilla bean milkshake IPA called Limesicle as well as a Portuguese-inspired pilsner.
Projected opening: May 2018

Fall River openings beyond spring 2018

In other Fall River beer news, a nanobrewery called Troy City Brewing is working to open a taproom this year.


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Foxborough. Know of something? Let us know.

Foxborough openings beyond spring 2018

In February 2018, the decade-old CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar at Patriot Place (200 Patriot Pl.) — a sizable sports bar with televisions everywhere and a menu of pub foodclosed down for some lengthy renovations and new management. Big Night Entertainment Group (Empire, Red Lantern, etc.) is coming in to run the show, and CBS Scene could reopen over the summer.


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Hingham. Know of something? Let us know.

Hingham openings beyond spring 2018

Cava, a quickly expanding DC-based fast-casual Mediterranean chain, will come to the Derby Street Shoppes (98 Derby St.) over the summer. It was preceded by openings in Fenway in January 2018 and Dedham in March 2018, and it’ll expand to Cambridge’s Kendall Square in fall 2018.


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Marshfield. Know of something? Let us know.

Marshfield openings beyond spring 2018

Microbrewery Stellwagen Beer Company is slated for a summer 2018 opening at 100 Enterprise Dr., where it will serve an “eclectic catalogue” of “hop-forward New England-style ales” and more.


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Plymouth. Know of something? Let us know.

Plymouth openings beyond spring 2018

Second Wind Brewing Company, which is already distributing kegs around the region, will open up its taproom soon at 7 Howland St. It could even happen this spring, but that’s not guaranteed. An April 1 update promised that “a couple longstanding hurdles” were “conquered” last week, and final inspections are coming up. Recent releases include a witbier called Howland at the Moon, full of tangelo zest, and Winds of Change #2, an IPA featuring Amarillo and Grüngeist hops.


Vegan tacos that could be served at Rewild, a vegan beer hall opening in Quincy
Vegan tacos that could be served at Rewild, a vegan beer hall opening in Quincy
Rewild/Facebook

Belfry Hall

35 Washington St., Quincy Center

In the works since mid-2016, this sibling to the Townshend, also in Quincy, will open soon in the former Home Ice Sports Bar space. It’ll be a “craft beer hall,” per its website, and owner Devin Adams plans to serve plenty of local beers, as well as classic pub food (burgers, wings, etc.) — but “high-quality versions,” as the Patriot Ledger puts it.
Projected opening: Spring 2018

Idle Hour

1464 Hancock St., Quincy Center

Mat Freid (JM Curley, the Beehive, Capo) is opening Idle Hour in the former Clash of the Ash space, where he’ll serve contemporary American food with some inspiration from different international cuisines, as he previously told Eater.
Projected opening: May 2018

Rewild

1495 Hancock St., Quincy Center

The first of its kind in the area, Rewild will be a fully vegan beer hall, featuring 20 taps of mostly local beers, as well as kombucha, seltzer, and coffee. (Speaking of coffee, the place will function as a cafe in the morning before turning into a beer hall in the afternoon.) The menu might include dishes like cauliflower Buffalo wings, tofu tacos, Impossible Burger sliders, and curry quinoa bowls, all vegan, and there’ll be grab-and-go cafe fare as well.
Projected opening: Late May/early June 2018

Sala by Fratelli’s

470 Southern Artery, Quincy

This sibling to Fratelli’s Pastry Shop (with locations in Quincy, Weymouth, and Taunton) will seat 60 and serve desserts, coffee, and more. It will also be available as a private event space.
Projected opening: May 2018

Quincy openings beyond spring 2018

By the end of the year, Dorchester’s Windy City Pizza will expand to 195 Newport Ave. in Quincy, serving pizza, subs, and the like. It could be open until 3 a.m. and will offer delivery.

Also at some point in 2018, Captain Fishbones in Marina Bay (332 Victory Rd.) will undergo renovations and reemerge as a new place called Victory Point, serving seafood and more. In late 2016, it came under the ownership of Donato Frattaroli and Donato Frattaroli, Jr., who also own Il Molo, Artu, and more.


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Raynham. Know of something? Let us know.

Raynham openings beyond spring 2018

In the works since 2015, Crue Brew Brewery will soon come to fruition. It’s headed for a summer 2018 opening at 95 Ryan Dr. #6. Per a late March update, “The brewhouse is here. The bar is framed and things are moving quickly.” The Crue Brew lineup includes an oatmeal stout, a French toast ale (brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, and bacon bits), a quadruple dry-hopped IPA, and more.


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Sharon. Know of something? Let us know.

Sharon openings beyond spring 2018

A gastropub called the Square Kitchen & Bar is set to open in summer 2018 in the longtime Pizzigando space right in the heart of Sharon, at 1 Pond St., with a full liquor license; Pizzigando closed at the end of March 2018 after more than 20 years in that space. Ian Gopin is part of the team behind the forthcoming restaurant and was also an owner of RFK Kitchen in Needham, which rebranded to L&K late last year (it’s unclear if he’s still involved post-rebranding.) The restaurant will serve “comforting and healthy cuisine and...classic cocktails, all with a modern twist,” per its Facebook page.

Another recent closure, the Carriage House Pizzeria at 21 South Main St., will be replaced by a restaurant called Todd’s Deli.


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Weymouth. Know of something? Let us know.

Weymouth openings beyond spring 2018

Two breweries are on the way to Weymouth: Article Fifteen Brewing, in the works at 835 Washington St., is a “veteran-owned nano-brewery” that will serve beer “inspired by a love of hops and a proud tradition of military, fire, and medical service”; Vitamin Sea Brewing could open near Barrel House Z by the end of the year with a 10-barrel brewing system, a taproom, and a patio with rotating food trucks.

Plus, Mad Hatter Cafe may move from its current home (119 Main St.) to the Hajjar’s space (969 Washington St.).


Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Wrentham. Know of something? Let us know.

Wrentham openings beyond spring 2018

In summer 2018, the rapidly expanding local chain 110 Grill is slated to open a Wrentham location. (Holyoke is also supposed to get a location in the summer, as well as Albany, New York.) The first location opened in Chelmsford in late 2014, and there are now more than a dozen around the northeast, most including outdoor seating, large bars, and private event space, as well as allergy-friendly menus.

Towneship

140 Main St., Easton, MA 02356 Visit Website

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