Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
Eat Gelato Today
Just a reminder that today is opening day for Harvard Square gelato shop Amorino (50 JFK St., Cambridge), part of an international chain that has one other local outpost (Back Bay). The shop serves over 25 rotating gelato flavors, including seasonal specials, as well as blended gelato and sorbet drinks, gelato-stuffed macarons and crepes, gelato-topped waffles, coffee, tea, and 10 flavors of hot chocolate. The opening celebration continues at the new location this Friday, June 15, with a “happy hour” between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. — get a free cone or cup of gelato (one per person). Amorino Harvard is open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Long-simmering plans are now coming to fruition for longtime Myers + Chang chef and partner (and recent James Beard winner) Karen Akunowicz to depart the restaurant and open her own. Co-owners Joanne Chang and Christopher Myers have been “guiding, discussing, and helping” her with her forthcoming plans over the past year and are “immensely sad to see her go,” they wrote in an emailed statement, “but we support her 100% and are very happy for her in her next steps.” Her last day will be June 30.
In her place, former sous chef Ashley Lujares and chef de cuisine Veo Robert will become co-executive chefs.
As for Akunowicz, she’s not sharing any details regarding her forthcoming restaurant yet; stay tuned.
Wednesday Night Dinners
Excellent Medford coffee shop Tamper (340 Boston Ave.) — which typically closes at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m., depending on the day — is now serving dinner every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The menu changes each week; keep an eye on Instagram for announcements. This week: Mediterranean food, including couscous, tajine, and pita made in-house.
Another Pinkberry, the Prudential Center location, is gone. The froyo chain first landed in the Boston area eight years ago and opened everywhere, although most of the locations are now closed. All that remains in Massachusetts are locations at BU, Logan Airport, South Station, and the South Shore Plaza in Braintree.
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