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A Fire Temporarily Shutters Buttonwood in Newton

Plus, Yume Wo Katare is opening a co-working space downstairs, and more news

Faroe Island salmon with fingerling potato salad, sauce gribiche, and green goddess at Buttonwood
Faroe Islands salmon with fingerling potato salad, sauce gribiche, and green goddess at Buttonwood

Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

Temporary Shutter

An electrical fire hit Buttonwood (51 Lincoln St., Newton) yesterday morning, May 29, temporarily shuttering the place. From a Facebook post from the restaurant: “No one was hurt, but the building was damaged. We will keep you posted as we have more information and look forward to seeing you soon!” The Newton fire department shared photos of the scene in a Twitter thread, showing some damage to the kitchen, and Newton fire captain Eric Fricke told the Globe that the one-alarm fire occurred “in the framing of the roof above the kitchen,” causing “heavy smoke.” The fire department didn’t announce estimated damages or how long the restaurant might have to remain closed, but stay tuned to Buttonwood’s social media accounts for updates. In the meantime, check out its sister restaurants, Sycamore (755 Beacon St., Newton) and Little Big Diner (1247 Centre St., Newton).

Co-Working and...Ramen?

More information to come, but Yume Wo Katare (1923 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge) will apparently launch a crowdfunding campaign soon to help fund the opening of Yume Lab Boston, “Yume Wo Katare’s next step in dream fulfillment...a multi-functional/co-working space that is conveniently located below Yume Wo Katare.” More details to come, but the idea of capping off each day of work with a bowl of ramen right upstairs sounds both promising and dangerous.

Front-of-House Ballet

In the latest installment of Eater’s video series How to Make It, host Katie Pickens comes to town to learn how retired Boston Ballet ballerina Rachel Cossar — who has also been involved in Boston’s food blogging scene for years — is now running a business teaching restaurant staffers how to use the ideas of ballet to move with more poise, adding elegance to service and helping avoid injuries at work. Watch Cossar, Pickens, and some of the staff at Les Sablons (2 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge) in action:

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Les Sablons

2 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 268-6800 Visit Website


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Yume Wo Katare

1923 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02140