There’s plenty more to Massachusetts dining than just restaurants in Boston proper. We’re keeping tabs on developments in the Greater Boston area and beyond, including openings, closures, and more. With a focus on Greater Boston suburbs but occasionally reaching out further around the state, this piece is updated weekly, with the most recent news appearing at the top. (Check out the winter 2019 archive here.)
June 19, 2019
GLOUCESTER — Popular Wakefield hot dog stand Fred’s Franks has reportedly added a setup in Gloucester, serving hot dogs from a pontoon boat at Wingaersheek Beach. This addition operates on weekends only.
LEXINGTON — Lexx Restaurant (1666 Massachusetts Ave.) will close for good on June 29 after 25 years in business. Run by Chris Bateman and Don Rosenberg, the restaurant is known for classic dishes like osso bucco, Moroccan stew, burgers, and macaroni and cheese. The owners have sold the restaurant to Sorabh and Anuradha Kapoor, who will open an Indian-fusion restaurant called Clay Oven in its place, possibly in early August.
MEDFORD — Baity (84 Spring St.) has closed in Medford after about a year in business. The restaurant served Egyptian cuisine, including pita pockets and wraps, shawarma, koshary, burgers, and stuffed doughs like hawawashi and fateer. It was one of the only Egyptian restaurants in the area
NATICK — Dave & Buster’s opens Monday, June 24, at the Natick Mall. This is the third location in Massachusetts, and it spans a whopping 43,000 square feet of space, filled with arcade games and seating for dining. Dave & Busters has joined the ranks of restaurants serving the Impossible Burger, and there are also dishes like nachos, burgers, pastas, and more on the menu.
QUINCY — An East Boston waterfront restaurant will soon gain a counterpart in Quincy. ReelHouse opens its second location on Marina Bay, at 552 Victory Rd., at some point this week (an exact date hasn’t been announced yet.) ReelHouse is part of the Navy Yard Hospitality Group, which also operates Pier 6 in Charlestown and Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar at Faneuil Hall. Marina Bay’s ReelHouse spans close to 6,000 square feet, with 300 seats and a patio. There will be complimentary water shuttles to and from South Boston, giving customers easier access to the restaurant’s raw bar and seafood towers, crudo tacos, roasted bass, and tuna poke. ReelHouse will serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
WEYMOUTH — Union Brewhouse is temporarily closed. The 550 Washington St. operation faced a “perfect storm of equipment failure,” according to a post on Facebook, and the crew is working to get the pub up and running again. “We’re taking time to repair and renovate (and relax).” Stay tuned for updates on a reopening.
June 12, 2019
GLOUCESTER — Andover’s Yella Grill will open a new location in Gloucester this month, operating seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The menu consists of Mediterranean dishes, including pita flatbreads, stuffed grape leaves, lamb chops, shakshuka, and some pasta dishes, as well as grilled eggplant.
MEDFORD — FiorItaly Trattoria (417 Salem St.) is now open in Medford, serving a range of Italian dishes, including salads, pasta, panini, and more. Chef Gabriele Ascione, originally from the island Ischia near Naples, previously worked in the North End before opening this venture with his uncle, Andrea DiiOrio.
MILLIS — Budabing’s 50’s Cafe (1060 Main St.) was destroyed in a fire, and the building has been torn down. The restaurant had operated for more than 20 years serving diner fare. The future of the restaurant is unknown.
PLYMOUTH — A self-serve wine bar is now open south of Boston. Uva Wine Bar (46 Main St.) grandly opened on June 11, allowing customers to dispense several sizes of pours of its selection of 48 wines via the WineStation system. The food leans in a self-serve direction as well — customers fill out a form to build the cheese and charcuterie board of their choosing. There are a few desserts available as well.
June 5, 2019
BURLINGTON — Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (75 Middlesex Tpke.) opens in Burlington (Massachusetts) on Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m. This is the 11th restaurant in the chain and the second in Massachusetts; the first local outpost opened in Chestnut Hill in late 2015, and Watertown’s up next. The original Pepe’s opened in New Haven, Connecticut, back in 1925 — one of New Haven’s “apizza” mainstays — and the restaurant is especially well-known for its clam pizza.
CHESTNUT HILL — Chef Ronsky’s Trattoria debuted over the weekend in Chestnut Hill. What began as a cafe with aperitivo hour and the occasional Sunday supper back in 2016 is now a full restaurant that offers regular dinner service as well as lunch. The menu features Italian cuisine, with dishes like asparagus panna cotta with lump crab salad, arancini, spaghetti, and more.
MALDEN — Spicy World, a restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, will expand to Malden, opening at 157 Pleasant St. in the former Oppa’s Kitchen and Bar space. The restaurant will serve skewer pots, a version of hot pot where diners cook skewered meats and vegetables in broth.
May 29, 2019
LYNNFIELD — Anoush’ella is now open at MarketStreet Lynnfield. With an older location in Boston’s South End neighborhood, Anoush’ella specializes in Eastern Mediterranean fare, serving assorted wraps, meze, and more. The restaurant will also have a location in Boston’s forthcoming Time Out Market.
WALTHAM — The Backroom at Moody’s (468 Moody St.) is back in business after a brief hiatus coinciding with a management change. Operating Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., the restaurant serves dinner and takes reservations. The new operators were able to acquire the necessary licensing to reopen after founder Joshua Smith departed the operation. The third arm of the business, El Rincon de Moody’s, may reopen next month or in July.
May 22, 2019
AMESBURY — Fortune Bar (12 Friend St.) is now open in Amesbury, with beer-and-a-shot options, plus an assortment of food, beverages, and games. It aims to bring back some dive bar nostalgia, and so far (based on its Facebook posts), it is proving to be a good spot for watching sports and drinking beer.
BROOKLINE — A Chinese hot pot and skewer chain has opened a location in Brookline. Six Po Hot Pot (1353 Beacon St.) is now operating near Coolidge Corner, open from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Diners choose a soup base and assorted skewers, and there are self-serve seasonings. There are also milk teas and soft drinks.
EVERETT — Kim and Tim Ferrante, the owners of Carol’s Cafe (388 Main St.), closed down their restaurant to make way for a change in ownership of the space, but Carol’s will eventually live on in Wakefield. The Everett restaurant will become Mama Santos’s Café, still serving the Carol’s breakfast menu, with an evening menu of Mexican dishes. The Ferrantes will reportedly open Carol’s in Wakefield in August.
FOXBOROUGH — Six String Grill & Stage (275 Patriot Pl.) is now open at Patriot Place under the auspices of Boston’s Briar Group hospitality company, with music and entertainment run by promotion group DFTR (which includes Dan Millen of Thunder Road in Somerville and other industry vets). The food menu consists of items like fish tacos, burgers, sandwiches, ribs, and gumbo, and eventually Six String will serve brunch. There’s beer, wine, and cocktails, and the venue will have live music starting May 23, plus line dancing. The decor includes a portrait of Dolly Parton by Blind Fox Art made entirely of guitar picks.
MALDEN — Heather Schmidt, a co-founder of Union Square Donuts, has landed a location for her forthcoming cafe. Landsmith will open at the J Malden Center, a mixed-use development near the Malden Center T stop. Look for the cafe arriving in late fall 2019.
MELROSE — Kennedy’s Ice Cream Bar (888 Main St.) will open in June in the former Honey Dew Donuts space, where it will serve ice cream from Blake’s in Manchester, New Hampshire. Expect soft serve and chocolate dipping stations, plus toppings.
NATICK — Framingham’s Nzuko Restaurant just unveiled a new location within the Natick Mall. Nzuko’s menu focuses on health-conscious global dishes, including touches of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean cuisine. Dishes make accommodations for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dining, with options like quinoa with veggies, curry and jerk tofu, chicken and lamb kebab plates, flatbread wraps and pita pockets, and falafel. The Natick location reportedly has some new additions to the menu as well.
NEWTON CENTRE — Terry O’Reilly’s Pub (45 Union St.) has closed, but a replacement is already open in the space. Baramor describes itself as “a warm and cozy American pub serving gastro cuisine,” and chef Tim Moss cooks up a menu of poutine, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, potato gnocchi, burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and more.
QUINCY — Cheers Cut (19 Billings Rd.) is now open in Quincy, joining a counterpart in Allston. The restaurant serves fried chicken and beef, as well as grilled items, and it’s overlapping with the adjacent OneZo bubble tea shop.
SUDBURY — A changing of the guard in Sudbury resulted in the opening of 29 Rustic Mediterranean, which took over for 29 Sudbury. Located at 29 Hudson Rd., the restaurant serves a selection of mezze starters like marinated vegetables, pita, and olives; appetizers like patatas bravas, burrata, and and salads; plus pizzas, pasta dishes, and grilled meat and seafood entrees. There’s also a light bar menu (available at tables as well), and cocktails, draft beer, and wine.
WATERTOWN — The Arsenal Yards development (485 Arsenal St.) will be home to plenty of restaurants, including the first U.S. location of Tori Jiro, a Japan-based yakitori chain with more than 60 locations across Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Italy. The restaurant serves char-broiled skewers, fried chicken, meatballs, and more.
May 15, 2019
BELMONT — Thai Noodle Cafe is now open at 289 Belmont St., offering dine-in, takeout, and delivery services. The menu consists of items like spring rolls, gyoza, and scallion pancakes, along with salads, soups, stir-fry noodle dishes and noodle soups, fried rice, curry dishes, and more.
BEVERLY — After closing his acclaimed L’Espalier last year, chef Frank McClelland has a new empire in the works. He will open a restaurant and specialty grocery store in Beverly this September, and he has just announced its name and branding. Frank will occupy space in the Holmes Beverly apartment building at 110 Rantoul St., and it will consist of a restaurant, bar, and grocery store. McClelland reportedly envisions his Frank brand growing to include more restaurants, plus prepared foods and packaged goods.
In other Beverly news, a restaurant specializing in fried chicken sandwiches opened recently. Flip the Bird (407 Cabot St.) has been open since early April, with owners Anthony Marino and Victoria Farnsworth (who also run Marino’s Cafe) serving up chicken sandwiches with assorted toppings, plus ribs, biscuits, and more. The restaurant operates daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with in-house seating and a seasonal patio.
BROOKLINE — A new Japanese restaurant called Migaku is now open in the former Yokohama space in Brookline Village (238 Washington St.), featuring several types of ramen and a few rice bowls and snacks.
CHESTNUT HILL — Ronsky’s, the popular Italian cafe at the Street in Chestnut Hill (55 Boylston St.), will undergo a rebranding and will become a full-service dining establishment called Chef Ronsky’s Trattoria. Run by chef Ron Suhanosky, who won a James Beard award for his cookbook Pasta Sfoglia, previously operated Sfoglia restaurants in New York and Nantucket. Chef Ronsky’s Trattoria will open the first week of June, serving as a wine bar with antipasti from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and dinner thereafter. Dishes will include arancini, gnocchi made in-house and served with fennel and artichokes, assorted desserts, like Italian cookies and zeppole, and plenty more.
LYNNFIELD — Anoush’ella in Boston’s South End will expand north, opening at the MarketStreet development in Lynnfield. The restaurant specializes in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, including wraps, salads, soups, and a labneh bar, which pairs a strained yogurt with assorted toppings like fruit, granola, tomatoes and olives, and za’atar. Anoush’ella is also expanding to the forthcoming Time Out Market in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.
QUINCY — Coffee Break Cafe will add a new location in Quincy, opening soon at 102 Franklin St. in the former Purefections space. With two other locations in Quincy, one in Milton, and another in Hyde Park, this will be the fifth Coffee Break Cafe in the area. Keep tabs on the business’s Facebook page for updates on the Franklin Street cafe.
REVERE — 4 Season Boba Tea (196 Shirley Ave.) is now open in Revere with a selection of smoothies, bubble teas, and fruit desserts.
WALTHAM — Moody’s Delicatessen (468 Moody St.) in Waltham has reopened after a brief closure following the departure of founder Joshua Smith. The business was permitted to reopen after the new management secured a license transfer. The adjacent restaurant, the Backroom, has not reopened yet.
May 8, 2019
BELMONT — Dee and Jim Chaplin have opened a storefront for their business Tick Tock Chocolates (111 Trapelo Rd.), where they’re selling a variety of truffles, bars, bark, and pretzels. The shop operates Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
BROOKLINE — Mojo Ramen (477 Harvard St.) is now open in Brookline with a variety of ramen and rice dishes, including vegetarian options, along with gyoza, spring rolls, and drinks like milk and bubble teas, coffee, and soft drinks.
DUXBURY — The Raw Bar (401 Washington St.) at Island Creek Oyster Farm reopened for the season on May 3. There, customers can find oysters, beer, wine, tinned fish, caviar, and shrimp cocktails, plus lawn games and a fire pit. Additions to the food menu this year include clam dip, smoked trout plates, crab toast, and platters full of hummus, cheese, and nuts. The Raw Bar will also host dinners and pop-up events this summer, operating Tuesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. until twilight.
FOXBOROUGH — An Alice in Wonderland-themed cafe opened mid-April at Patriot Place, complete with “Eat Me!” and “Drink Me!” menus and a full high tea service. Alice in the Village (266 Patriot Pl.), which also has a location in Old Mystic Village, Connecticut, serves macarons, cake pops, scones, salads, and soups, among other items, and it has a selection of more than 150 loose-leaf teas from Harney & Sons. The cafe takes reservations for its tea services, and the space is decorated in a Queen of Hearts theme.
WEST MEDFORD — Local juice bar Nourish Your Soul has closed its location in West Medford, though locations in Boston and Winchester remain open. The store specialized in cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, egg dishes, and more health-focused foods.
WORCESTER — A vacant theater in Worcester will get new life under new owners. Flynn and Jennifer Wright have agreed to purchase the Olympia Theater, which they plan to renovate and return to functionality as not just a live entertainment venue but also one that can host events like yoga and business meetings and can serve as a bar and restaurant.
May 1, 2019
ANDOVER — Crack’d Kitchen (319 Lowell St.) opened in March with a menu of egg sandwiches, egg and potato bowls, avocado toast, grain bowls, banh mi, chicken wraps, mac and cheese, and more.
MARLBOROUGH — Up to Me Thai Kitchen (547 Boston Post Rd.) is now in business in Marlborough, serving a selection of Thai dishes. The menu consists of dumplings, soups, larb, stir-fried noodles, curry, and more.
NATICK — South Florida’s Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza (219 N Main St.) is now open in Natick with an open kitchen and a menu of, well, coal-fired pizzas. In addition to pizza, the restaurant serves chicken wings, salads, meatballs, and more. Anthony’s operates seven days a week for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
NEWBURYPORT — Mamadukes (228 Merrimack St.) has opened in Newburyport, serving assorted breakfast and lunch fare, including toast, sandwiches, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and other items.
PEABODY — Lava Sushi & Cocktails is headed for Peabody’s Northshore Mall. The restaurant has a fledgling Instagram account but has yet to share much information, aside from the fact that it will presumably serve sushi and cocktails.
RANDOLPH — New York Fried Chicken (1179 Main St.) has opened in Randolph, serving an array of fried chicken, plus steak subs, chicken gyros, wraps, and more. There are also sides, salads, and jumbo shrimp with fries.
WALTHAM — The Boston area has a new but familiar source for Korean fried chicken. Bonchon (329 Moody St.) is finally open in Waltham, joining other local outposts in Allston, Cambridge, Lowell, and Salem. (This location has been in the works since late 2016.) The international chain serves fried chicken wings, drumsticks, and strips, along with bibimbap, various salads and soups, bulgogi, pork buns, and more.
April 24, 2019
CHELSEA — The Winnisimmet Lounge (73 Winnisimmet St.) officially opens today, April 24 — bar service begins at 4 p.m., with dinner starting an hour later. The new small plates restaurant, cocktail bar, and event space (it has already hosted a wedding) comes from Edson Coimbra and Marvin Posada, the owners of popular Chelsea pizzeria Ciao (and its sister spot, Ciao Market, an espresso, beer, and wine bar with small plates and meat and cheese boards).
LEXINGTON — An Austin, Texas pasta shop that made plans in 2017 to relocate to the Boston area has secured a storefront in Lexington. La Dolda will open at 1736 Massachusetts Ave. in the former Great Harvest Bread Co. space. The shop will offer a selection of pastas, including ravioli, tortellini, and gnocchi, plus sauce and other retail items. The business will initially focus on wholesale and retail, but at the time of its relocation plans, the owner considered adding a small pasta bar down the line, so stay tuned for updates on that front.
QUINCY — KKatie’s Burger Bar in Quincy Center has closed. The restaurant first opened at 1440 Hancock St. in December 2016, joining other locations in Plymouth, Marshfield, and Hyannis, which remain open. KKatie’s served a wide selection of burgers, plus salads, appetizers, and more.
WALTHAM — Moody’s Delicatessen (468 Moody St.) in Waltham is reportedly closed for now, with signs indicating that it is undergoing renovations. Its sibling and neighbor restaurant, the Backroom at Moody’s, announced on Facebook today that it is also closed for renovations, and its other sibling and neighbor, El Rincon de Moody’s, closed for the holidays this winter and has yet to reopen. The Back Bay deli location remains open, operating normal hours. Moody’s founder Joshua Smith recently departed the business.
April 17, 2019
BURLINGTON — The Treasury is slated to take over the former Bonefish Grill space within Wayside Commons (4 Wayside Rd.), serving a mix of Indian dishes. There will also be wine and liquor. The restaurant could open this spring.
LYNN — Chef Rachel Miller’s longtime pop-up Nightshade has secured a permanent home in Lynn and could open in late summer 2019. Nightshade Noodle Bar will operate on Exchange Street, serving lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Menu items will include banh mi, noodle bowls, and a rotating selection of smaller dishes. Miller will also pursue a full liquor license for the restaurant.
MEDFORD — Fiore Italy received approval from the city council to open in Medford, serving dinner service to start and lunch to follow. It could potentially take over the Lantana Cafe space at 417 Salem St., broadly serving Italian dishes.
NEEDHAM — Hungry Coyote (1185 Highland Ave.) could open in the former Orange Leaf space. From the same team behind Hungry Coyote in Whitman, the restaurant will have both counter service and full-service dining, with alcohol, operating all day. Look out for Hungry Coyote opening sometime in July.
QUINCY — OneZo will open in Quincy at 19 Billings Rd., serving bubble teas and milk teas. This will be the fifth location of the tea shop, which also operates in New York and California.
In other Quincy news, downtown Boston’s Crush Pizza will expand to Quincy with a new location at 1250 Hancock St. The restaurant specializes in fast-cooked wood-fired pizzas and is slated to open later in April.
ROWLEY — Grove at Briar Barn Inn opens Friday, April 19, within a barn. Bramble Hospitality Executive Chef Ben Lightbody created the restaurant’s menu, which emphasizes locally sourced produce and includes dishes like burgers, fried oyster po’ boys, monkfish, roasted pork chops, and lemon ricotta agnolotti. Grove will operate all day, with brunch on weekends.
WELLESLEY — White’s Bakery is now open in Wellesley at 380 Washington St. The bakery sells a selection of pastries and cakes, including muffins, croissants, breads, whoopie pies, brownies, tortes, and cheesecakes.
WESTBOROUGH — Rocco’s Doughnut Company just expanded from Millbury to Westborough, opening at 3 Colonial Dr. and selling 10,000 doughnuts in the first four days. Flavors rotate and include Dunkaroo, cinnamon roll, strawberry lemonade, glazed, and more.
April 3, 2019
ABINGTON — Sarcastic Swine BBQ Restaurant and Catering (988 Bedford St.) has opened in Abington and serves brisket, ribs, pulled pork and chicken, hush puppies, burritos, and more. The restaurant was founded by longtime friends and barbecue enthusiasts Erik Dutcher and Michael Crooks.
BROCKTON AND WOBURN — Southern chicken chain Chick-Fil-A could open two more locations in Massachusetts, in Brockton and Woburn. The chain — which faces strong opposition from those against the company’s continuing donations to anti-LGBTQ causes by its charitable arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation — has long been circling the Boston area and has a potential Boston proper location in the works as well, in Back Bay, for which it has received city approval. In 2012, Boston’s mayor Thomas Menino famously spoke against the chain’s hope to open a location on Boston’s Freedom Trail, and that location never came to pass. “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population,” Menino said at the time, in response to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s anti-gay comments. “We’re an open city; we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”
CANTON — C.F. McCarthy’s will open April 8 at 4 p.m. in Canton, occupying the former Pete’s Place space at 614 Washington St. The Irish pub will serve 20 draft beers along with a mix of American and Irish pub fare. The pub will be run by Steve Carey and Gilmar Cassiano, who previously worked at Southie’s Boston Beer Garden and elected to name their bar after a friend and coworker, Christopher Frederick McCarthy, who passed away in 2014.
DEDHAM — Horse Thieves Tavern is now open at 585 High St. The restaurant proclaims itself to be a New England tavern and currently serves drinks and dinner, with lunch coming soon. Dishes include oven-roasted cod, meatloaf sandwiches, veggie burgers, chicken tagine, and grilled sausage, plus appetizers, soups, and sides.
NEWTON — Buttonwood (51 Lincoln St.) is back in business in Newton after a 10-month hiatus prompted by an electrical fire that struck just five months after the restaurant debuted. In its short first incarnation, Buttonwood — a sibling of two other popular Newton destinations, Sycamore and Little Big Diner — had already received quite a favorable Boston Globe review and was quickly building a loyal fanbase. Now that it’s open again, Buttonwood is serving dinner seven nights a week, featuring dishes like crispy pork ribs, moules frites, pork schnitzel, a cheeseburger, and whole grilled branzino.
SALEM — A South End restaurant serving massive lobster rolls has expanded to Salem. Lobstah on a Roll has officially opened at 135 Lafayette St., bringing its menu of seafood and more to the North Shore.
Also in Salem, the Derby Restaurant has replaced Tavern in the Square in Salem (189 Washington St.); it’s a rebranding from the same ownership team, who intend for the new place to have more of a local feel. It also has a new menu that includes fried chicken biscuits, po’ boy tacos, steak tips, chicken and waffles, and more.
March 27, 2019
ARLINGTON — Usushi Cafe is now open in Arlington (474 Massachusetts Ave.), serving rice bowls, sushi rolls, bubble tea, and more.
BROOKLINE — Migaku will take over the former Yokohama space at 238 Washington St. in Brookline Village. The restaurant will reportedly serve Japanese noodles and rice bowls.
Elsewhere in Brookline, more Japanese noodles appear to be on the way. Multiple tipsters suggest that a restaurant called Mojo Ramen will take the place of the closed Wings Over Brookline at 477 Harvard St. A February agenda for the Brookline Select Board indicates that the new restaurant will seat 14 and could be open for lunch and dinner daily. Also per the agenda, Apisit Limlomwongse is behind Mojo Ramen; Limlomwongse is also behind Basil Rice, a restaurant right next door that serves Thai, Korean, and Japanese food.
CANTON — The team behind “East Coast revival” restaurant Loyal Nine in Cambridge will open a new family-friendly restaurant down in Canton, Northern Spy, at a historic copper rolling mill at the Paul Revere Heritage Site; it could open in fall 2019. The team describes Northern Spy as a “classic New England restaurant” that will offer “the soul of New England comfort food,” including chowder, prime rib, mac and cheese, and hot buttered crab on Parker House rolls. The restaurant will have a garden patio, private dining rooms, and an open kitchen (featuring a wood-fired hearth), while the second floor of the mill — available for private restaurant events — will be an exhibition space for the Paul Revere Museum of Innovation and Discovery.
CHELSEA — A few more details on the forthcoming Chelsea project from Taranta’s Jose Duarte: It will be called Tambo 22, and it may feature herbs unique to Peru thanks to aquaponics. The menu will be Peruvian-inspired bar food, and there could be natural and biodynamic wines and Peruvian beers.
LINCOLN — A restaurant called Real is now open in the former Lincoln Kitchen and Aka Bistro space (145 Lincoln Rd.). Co-owner and chef Tom Fosnot spent most of the past decade as executive chef at Groton’s acclaimed Gibbet Hill. At Real, he’s serving dishes such as einkorn cavatelli with tomatoes, red peas, and basil; a Brooklyn Meat Hook hot dog with beet mustard, frizzled onions, and aioli; and roast chicken with roasted root vegetables and Benton’s Country Ham vinaigrette.
WATERTOWN — Avenue Deli is now open in the longtime Strip-T’s space (93 School St.), serving a long list of classic deli sandwiches, as well as soups, salads, and a few comfort food entrees, such as boneless Buffalo wings with fries; baked macaroni and cheese; and fish and chips.
WELLESLEY — The newest location of Fiorella’s Express, a casual Italian restaurant, is now open at 575 Washington St. in Wellesley, the former Susu Bakery space.
Meanwhile, another small local chain, White’s Bakery, will make its Wellesley debut on April 3 at 380 Washington St.
March 20, 2019
AMESBURY — Fortune Bar (12 Friend St.) will open soon in Amesbury with an assortment of food, beverages, and games. The restaurant has posted some teasers on its Facebook page, advertising shot and beer pairings, chicken wings, and a jukebox.
BEDFORD — The Alpine Restaurant Group — which runs Posto, Rosebud, the Painted Burro, and more — will take over the former Comella’s space in Bedford. The group has not yet announced whether it will be a new location for one of its existing restaurants or whether there will be a new addition to the lineup.
BRAINTREE — Pho Paris (906 Washington St.) has taken over Pho Vietnam in Braintree and opened last week. It’s still in the process of changing the name but serves a similar menu of noodle soups, bun, rice dishes, seafood entrees, and more.
FOXBOROUGH — Six String Grill and Stage will open at 275 Patriot Pl., courtesy of Boston’s Briar Group (Green Briar, MJ O’Connor’s, the Harp, and more) in collaboration with DFTR, whose partners include Dan Millen of Somerville’s Thunder Road, Mike Mushok of the band Staind, and music promotion scene veteran Dennis Callaghan. The restaurant will double as a concert venue, hosting bands and serving a selection of Southern-style dishes as well as beer, wine, and cocktails.
QUINCY — East Ocean Restaurant (27 Billings Rd.) is open in Quincy and serving dim sum and Cantonese seafood. Dishes include steamed crab with garlic, fried chicken, stir-fried yam and lotus roots, and more.
Also in Quincy, Taiwanese chicken chain Cheers Cut will open at 19 Billings Rd., serving crispy fried chicken, among other items. It has locations in New York and beyond, including one other in Massachusetts (in Allston).
PEABODY — In the Game (535 Lowell St.) is now open with a restaurant and bar and assorted games like laser tag, ropes courses, and bowling. The restaurant serves items like burgers, wraps, pizza, salad, and nachos, and there are cocktails and beer.