Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
Burgers and Beers
It’s that time of the year again: The Butcher Shop (552 Tremont St., South End, Boston) is bringing back its “Burgers and Beers” menu on Monday and Tuesday nights from Memorial Day through Labor Day, featuring several different burgers and suggested beer pairings, plus a Chicago-style hot dog (and an amended a la carte menu). Plus, last week, the restaurant began serving Friday lunch, starting at 11:30; it’ll continue through the spring and summer with a full menu as well as rotating sandwich specials.
A number of local restaurants and bars have been taking part in an initiative dubbed #RoseForResistance, raising money for Alabama’s Yellowhammer Fund, which provides funding for people seeking care at Alabama’s abortion clinics. The fund also aims to help with other barriers to access, such as travel and lodging. Somerville’s Rebel Rebel (1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville), a self-described “feminist wine bar,” has been donating 100% of rose sales and has already raised $17,000 and counting, with the initiative continuing into Memorial Day weekend. Plus, on Memorial Day, Rebel Rebel is playing host to a bake sale featuring some of Boston’s best bakers and pastry chefs, with funds being raised for Planned Parenthood.
The Unstoppable Caffe Nero
London-based, Italy-inspired cafe chain Caffe Nero continues its takeover of the Boston area with another Cambridge location in the works, slated for the ground floor of Hotel 1868 in Porter Square, which is located at 1868 Massachusetts Ave. (The hotel is across from the site of the longtime Bruegger’s Bagels location that closed late last year, but another cafe, Bourbon Coffee, remains in operation nearby at 1815 Massachusetts Ave.) This will be Cambridge’s second location of Caffe Nero; its first opened in Central Square in late 2016. Caffe Nero goes before Cambridge’s board of license commissioners today to get its food license, with proposed hours of 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and seating for 54.
In Other News...
- The three-year-old Sapore Ristorante & Bar, located at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel (606 Congress St., Seaport District, Boston), has closed. It replaced M.C. Spiedo in 2016.
- Boston’s wave of juice bars continues. The Fresh Press — with locations in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and York, Maine — is expanding to Boston’s Financial District.
- Eater Boston’s big sibling Eater.com is highlighting Eater Young Guns alumni in a new series. Among the first batch of stories is a look at the essential books that have shaped Katrina Jazayeri’s mission to bring social justice to the restaurant industry. Jazayeri is the co-owner of Juliet in Somerville and the forthcoming Peregrine on Beacon Hill.
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