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There’s a Cheesy New Brazilian Food Truck in Town

Plus, recent fires have temporarily shuttered several local restaurants, the fate of La Casa de Pedro in the Seaport is up in the air, and more news

A pork pão de queijo sandwich from Say Pão de Queijo
A pork pão de queijo sandwich from Say Pão de Queijo
Say Pão de Queijo/Instagram

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

A Cheesy New Food Truck

One of this season’s new food trucks, Say Pão de Queijo, is serving up a menu centered around, well, pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) in the form of sandwiches made on the bread. There’s a Buffalo chicken one with blue cheese sauce, for example, as well as a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and bacon sauce. For dessert? The Romeo & Juliet: guava jelly and mozzarella on pão de queijo. Find the truck by the Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St.) on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Maverick Square in East Boston on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and near 68 Seaport Blvd. in Boston’s Seaport District on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Temporary Shutters

Several local restaurants are temporarily closed following recent fires. Late last week, a fire damaged Tasty Burger’s South Boston takeout location (69 L St.), fortunately causing no injuries or damage to adjacent buildings. The restaurant is closed until further notice.

In Cambridge, the restaurants at the Porter Exchange food court in Porter Square remain closed, awaiting building inspections, due to a fire that started at Chocho’s a week ago. But Bourbon Coffee, which is also in the building but in a separate section from the food court, has reopened.

What’s Going on With La Casa de Pedro?

Late last month, the Boston Business Journal reported that the firm behind La Casa de Pedro in Boston’s Seaport District and Watertown has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will sell the newer Seaport location. Not so fast, said the Globe yesterday. It’s struggling, yes, but the owners are not ready to give up yet, despite complaints from residents in the building and mounting debts. Co-owner and the restaurant’s namesake Pedro Alarcón told the Globe that the bankruptcy filing was meant to protect the business and fight the landlord’s attempts to evict the restaurant. Stay tuned for updates on the restaurant’s fate.

Stop Wasting Food

Sisters Mei and Irene Li, two-thirds of the sibling team that owns Mei Mei, have launched a new website called Food Waste Feast aimed at helping people “cook more creatively” while cutting back on “throwing out perfectly good food.” Start here, or jump right to the recipes or to specific ingredients sections, such as heartier greens and grains. Each section also contains tips on how to store and when to toss (as a last resort).

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Bourbon Coffee

1815 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02140 (617) 868-6500 Visit Website

Mei Mei (Boston)

506 Park Dr., Boston, MA 02215 (857) 250-4959 Visit Website


1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 868-4246 Visit Website

Yume Ga Arukara

1815 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02140 Visit Website

La Casa De Pedro (Boston)

505 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210 Visit Website

Tasty Burger (South Boston)

69 L St., Boston, MA 02127 (617) 425-4444 Visit Website