Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
New Vegan Options
Local fast-casual chain Clover Food Lab is adding a mung bean-based egg substitute called Just Egg (stylized as JUST Egg, from a company called JUST) to its menu next week, showcasing it in a pita with seared bell peppers, caramelized onions, and optional provolone cheese. It’ll appear on the breakfast menu (and the 24-hour Central Square location’s midnight-to-11-a.m. menu) starting on August 23. This will increase the vegan options on Clover’s menu, which is already vegetarian. (And Clover already uses Just’s vegan-friendly mayo substitute, Just Mayo, too.) Per an announcement by Just, Clover will be the first New England restaurant to use Just Egg. Additionally, Clover will also serve Just Cookie Dough, an egg-free, dairy-free raw cookie dough that is ready to eat.
While other cities have taken to raw cookie dough a little faster (as a product, not just something you lick off the spoon in your kitchen), it’s only slowly starting to appear in the Boston area. Last year, it looked like New York-based cookie dough shop DŌ was eyeing expansion here — no developments on that front, although it did make an appearance at the 2018 Boston Calling music festival and in a limited-time promotion at By Chloe locations. And out in Needham, Treat Cupcake Bar added a “raw bar” — of raw cookie dough, not seafood — a few months back.
On the heels of numerous Bertucci’s closures, another pizza chain’s local footprint is shrinking a little bit. Uno Pizzeria, known for its deep-dish pizza, has shuttered near Symphony Hall (280 Huntington Ave., Boston). Its longtime Harvard Square location closed two years ago as well, but there are still over 20 locations in Massachusetts.
It’s No Gas Station Burrito Shop, But...
A Mediterranean-style Halal food truck is slated to open up at a Sunoco station in Fenway (1250 Boylston St.), operating from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Truck owner Jehad Hamed got approval from the Board of Appeals this week, telling them that he expected a lot of business from people from the Gulf region who are in the Longwood Medical Area for extended medical stays.
After over a year, Milano’s Deli in the Orient Heights section of East Boston (978 Saratoga St., Boston) has reopened. The Italian deli was heavily damaged in a fire in June 2017, and its highly anticipated reopening was attended by big crowds.
In other fire news, Asta in Back Bay (47 Massachusetts Ave., Boston) remains closed following a kitchen fire in late July. Keep an eye on the restaurant’s Instagram account for updates.
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