Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
Never Ending Pasta Pass, Udon-style
Cambridge udon destination Yume Ga Arukara (1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square; inside Porter Exchange) has announced a 2020 udon pass program, with a limited amount of passes available for purchase beginning November 14 at the restaurant (cash or check). There are a few different options available for the annual pass, ranging from $600 to $900, with the most expensive one allowing the passholder (and one guest per service) to come in any day (or every day!) and eat unlimited noodles and up to triple beef per bowl. While these passholders can get multiple bowls per service, they have to rejoin the line between bowls.
With Yume Ga Arukara’s least expensive bowl ringing in at $13 (before the addition of extra beef), a passholder who brings a guest each time could get their money’s worth on the most expensive pass in about 35 visits — or fewer if they get more beef or extra bowls per visit.
In Other Porter Exchange News
Also at 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, just a reminder that former Allston-Brighton izakaya Ittoku officially reopens inside Porter Exchange today, October 21. (It held a few preview services over the weekend with a limited menu, but today’s the grand opening.) It’s located in the largest Porter Exchange space — the longtime home of Blue Fin, but more recently Wafu-Ya — and has traded up from a beer and wine license to full liquor. The food menu features plenty of old favorites but also some new additions, including okonomiyaki.
In Other News...
- If you caught the news late last week that Chinatown dumpling institution Gourmet Dumpling House (52 Beach St., Boston) had been seized by the state for nonpayment of taxes, rest assured that it quickly reopened on Friday afternoon and was still up and running over the weekend.
- Puritan & Co. (1166 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge) is now opening its bar at 5 p.m. on weeknights and serving an ever-changing selection of free bar bites with purchase of a drink until 5:30 p.m., when dinner service begins.
- Speaking of [Things] & Co., Brookline cheese chop Curds & Co. (288 Washington St.) is expanding to Boston proper, opening at Boston Public Market (100 Hanover St., downtown Boston). Keep an eye on Instagram for updates.
- There are now opening dates for two different grocery stores coming to neighborhoods with slim grocery options: Brothers Marketplace — part of the Roche Bros. brand — will open in Kendall Square, Cambridge, on November 12 (1 Broadway), featuring lots of prepared foods, including hot pretzels; a coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating; and lots of local brands. Meanwhile, in Boston’s Seaport District, Trader Joe’s is slated to open on October 25 at 44 Thomson Pl.
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