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All the Boston Food News That Mattered in October 2019: From Fluffy Pancakes to Fieri

The month in openings, closings, top news, and more

Thick, fluffy pancakes and a pressed fish-shaped dough form plated with a green matcha sauce and white whipped cream
Souffle pancakes from Taiyaki
Taiyaki [Official Photo]

New England autumn is in full swing, and the Boston restaurant scene keeps churning out new openings. October’s arrivals include a Southeast Asian restaurant in Cambridge, French food in Back Bay, Vietnamese noodles on the North Shore, and more. But there were some closures as well, including a 137-year-old pub in Jamaica Plain, a popular Chelsea brewery, and a Back Bay restaurant with a rooftop bar.

Read on for a summary of October 2019, including the most-read news stories and maps, the openings, and the closings.



A pile of “trash can nachos” on a white plate on a wooden table in a restaurant
Trash can nachos from Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen and Bar are also on the menu at Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina, opening October 31, 2019, in Boston
Big Night [Official Photo]
  1. One of Chinatown’s Best Dumpling Spots Reopens After Being Seized for Not Paying Taxes: Chinatown institution Gourmet Dumpling House was seized by the state on October 17 — but quickly reopened the following day.
  2. Ready or Not, Guy Fieri’s Trash Can Nachos Are Coming for Boston This Halloween: Here’s a sneak peek at the menu for Guy Fieri’s first Boston restaurant, opening on October 31.
  3. Boston’s Late 2019 Restaurant Closings, Updated Weekly: A roundup of pertinent updates on Boston-area restaurant closings (and announced closings that will take place later).
  4. Boston’s Late 2019 Restaurant Openings, Updated Weekly: A roundup of pertinent updates on Boston-area restaurant openings.
  5. Del Frisco’s Grille Is Closing Two Massachusetts Locations Amid Sale of Chain: The chain’s Burlington and Chestnut Hill restaurants will shutter on October 20.
  6. Suburban Boston Dining News, Updated Weekly: A round-up of restaurant news outside of the immediate Boston vicinity.
  7. Unfortunately Named Pink Taco Opens Today in the Seaport: Pink Taco begins serving its brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night menus.
  8. Boston-Area Beer News, Updated Weekly: A round-up of brewery updates and other booze news in and around Boston.
  9. Jiggly, Fluffy Souffle Pancakes Are Coming Soon to the Seaport District: Taiyaki NYC adds the highly anticipated pancakes to its weekend menu at the Boston location in November.
  10. A Rooftop Dining Destination Is Almost Ready to Debut in South Boston: Six West is now open at the Cambria Hotel with snacks like caviar panini and fried chicken bao, but its rooftop portion isn’t quite open yet.

A swirled purple pastry made of taro and a small glossy mooncake sit on a white paper bag on a stone background
Taro pastry and mooncake from 101 Bakery, one of Chinatown’s best bakeries
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater
  1. The 38 Essential Restaurants in Boston, Fall 2019: Boston’s greatest restaurants for any occasion, updated seasonally.
  2. The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now, Updated Monthly: Boston’s best new hot spots.
  3. The Best Dishes the Eater Boston Team Ate This Week: We’re sharing some of our current favorite dishes with you every Friday.
  4. The Hottest New Brunches in Boston Right Now, Updated Monthly: Tired of your usual brunching routine?
  5. 24 Boston-Area Ramen Destinations to Visit in Any Weather: Whether it’s a frigid winter day, a drizzly summer night, or anything in between, a hearty bowl of ramen is always in season.
  6. Boston’s Best Food and Drink Events: The local events you’ll actually want to attend, updated weekly.
  7. 10 Great Bakeries in Boston’s Chinatown: Where to eat mooncakes, pineapple buns, egg tarts, and more.
  8. The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, October 2019: Hot new cocktail destinations to try this month.
  9. The Best Martinis in Boston Right Now: 16 martinis to sip in late 2019.
  10. The Ultimate Restaurant Guide for Dating in Boston: Where to eat for your first date or your 100th.

French onion soup sits in a white bowl on a white saucer. The cheese on top is browned in spots and is melted over the edges of the bowl.
French onion soup at Rochambeau
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

These monthly summaries no longer include a complete list of the month’s restaurant openings; instead, check this weekly updated roundup for details.

A few highlights from October:

  • Chalawan, near Porter Square in Cambridge, serving Southeast Asian cuisine that touches on Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and beyond
  • Ittoku, also in the Porter Square area after moving from its original Allston home, serving a wide menu of izakaya-style Japanese snacks, sushi, sake, and more
  • Nightshade Noodle Bar, a pop-up-turned-restaurant in Lynn, serving banh mi and cafe fare by day and Vietnamese-inspired noodle dishes and small plates by night
  • Rochambeau, located at the Pru in Back Bay, hitting the French brasserie notes in a vast two-story space

The bar at Doyle’s Cafe, with high chairs lined up in front of a wooden bar, sunlight streaming in, and a television, American flag, and other decor on the green wall
Doyle’s Cafe
Doyle’s Cafe/Official Site

These monthly summaries no longer include a complete list of the month’s restaurant closings; instead, check this weekly updated roundup for details.

A few sad farewells from October:

  • Doyle’s Cafe, a 137-year-old Jamaica Plain pub that attracted locals, politicians, celebrities, film crews, and more
  • Mystic Brewery, a popular Chelsea brewery that started out drawing inspiration from old Belgian brews before delving into a hoppier lineup
  • Del Frisco’s Grille in Chestnut Hill and Burlington (but the Westwood location remains open)

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