Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
Important Chocolate News
Somerville-based EHChocolatier (561 Windsor St.) is getting its own storefront on Cambridge’s Observatory Hill (145 Huron Ave.), right next to Trattoria Pulcinella, steps from Hi-Rise Bread Company and essential pizzeria Armando’s, and a short walk from Formaggio Kitchen. While the public can visit the award-winning chocolate company from Elaine Hsieh and Catharine Sweeney at its current Somerville location, it’s hidden deep inside an industrial building that is also home to Taza and a variety of other companies. If you don’t know it’s there, you’d never accidentally stumble on it. The new shop — a move from Somerville, not an expansion — is slated to open in late fall 2018, and it’ll house the company’s kitchen operations as well. While EHChocolatier has popped up in various places before (Central Square, Kendall Square), this will be the eight-year-old company’s first permanent, public-facing storefront.
“It’s been a dream of ours since the very beginning of EHChocolatier to have a sweet neighborhood retail shop where customers can watch how our chocolates are made and be able to enjoy our unique, delicious, and beautiful chocolates and confections,” Sweeney said, via an announcement from the company. “We’re sad to be leaving our Somerville home where it all began, but excited to be part of the West Cambridge community.”
Urban Hearth (2263 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge) has been open for nearly two years, functioning as a cafe by day and an intimate farm-to-table supper club by night. Now, the North Cambridge venue is making some changes: Cafe service ended yesterday, July 30; an expanded weekend brunch will begin on September 1; and the supper club will expand to Tuesday through Saturday, beginning on August 7. Plus, the supper club’s usual prix fixe menu options will be joined by some a la carte options. Here’s a peek at the new weekend brunch menu, including shakshuka, avocado tartine, breakfast tacos, and more.
Were you at the Fenway location of Tasty Burger (1301 Boylston St., Boston) on July 19 between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.? If so, you may have been exposed to measles, according to health officials. A person confirmed to have the virus visited the restaurant on the 19th and Logan Airport’s Terminal B the following day. Symptoms could show up between now and August 10 and may include a high fever, red eyes, runny nose, and a cough, followed by red spots on the face a few days later.
A Necco Lawsuit
Following the abrupt closure of the Necco plant in Revere — with workers, some of whom had been there for decades, leaving with little more than a week’s pay — two workers have filed a class action lawsuit against new owner Round Hill Investments, alleging that the company violated the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Known as the WARN Act, it requires employers to give at least 60 days’ notice of mass layoffs. Despite Necco’s recent financial troubles, things had been looking up, with new ownership in place (after a couple of false starts) and a lease for the Revere plant signed through November — so the sudden shutdown in late July came as a shock.
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