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All the Boston Food News That Mattered in May 2019: From Rice Burgers to Ramen

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

Rice burgers from Riceburg
Rice burgers from Riceburg
Riceburg/Official Site

As June gets underway, along with the final weeks of spring, here’s a look back at Boston’s restaurant news from the last month, from news of Guy Fieri’s first Boston restaurant to a new restaurant and music venue that sets cycling classes to music from live bands. There were ups and downs — the Boston area lost a couple more longtime pubs, for example — but it certainly wasn’t a boring month.

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



Guy Fieri Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Guy Fieri
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
  1. Suburban Boston Dining News, Updated Weekly: A round-up of restaurant openings, closings, and other news outside of the immediate Boston vicinity.
  2. Beer News From Boston and Beyond, Updated Weekly: Brewery openings, beer gardens, and more, with some cider, wine, and liquor news thrown in for good measure.
  3. New England Dining News Beyond Massachusetts, Updated Weekly: Restaurant openings, closings, and other news in Portsmouth, Portland, Providence, and beyond.
  4. Guy Fieri Is Bringing Flavortown to Boston, and There Will Be Tequila: Guy Fieri is opening his first Boston restaurant in the city’s West End.
  5. London-Based Japanese Restaurant Chain Lands in Back Bay Next Week: Here’s a sneak peek inside Zuma, bringing its sushi and vast sake selection to Boston in late May 2019.
  6. Mario Batali Faces Criminal Charges for Alleged 2017 Sexual Assault in Boston: The celebrity chef was scheduled for arraignment in Boston on May 24.
  7. Anonymous Diners Bestow Culinary Wisdom Upon Local Chef in Suggestion Letter: The customers want to see fewer Brussels sprouts, more “big stuffed clams.”
  8. Japan-Based Yakitori Chain to Open First U.S. Location Near Boston: Tori Jiro joins the list of forthcoming restaurants at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards development.
  9. Puritan & Co. Team Plans New Restaurant With Rooftop Terrace Cocktail Bar: Will Gilson’s new venue will feature a cafe, a full-service restaurant, a cocktail bar, and outdoor space.
  10. Tracking the Changes to Harvard Square’s Dining Landscape: It’s a turbulent time for the Cambridge neighborhood.

Three doughnuts with different glazes and toppings sit in a row on a narrow wooden plank at Chickadee in Boston’s Seaport District.
Doughnuts at Chickadee, one of Boston’s hot new brunch options
Brian Samuels
  1. The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now: Boston’s best new hotspots, updated monthly.
  2. The Hottest New Brunches in Boston Right Now: Tired of your usual brunching routine?
  3. Where to Eat at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): The best meal of your life probably wasn’t in an airport, but if that’s where you need to be, here’s where to eat.
  4. Boston’s Best Food and Drink Events: The local events you’ll actually want to attend, updated weekly.
  5. 26 Iconic Dishes Around Boston: Get to know the city and surrounding area with these essential eats.
  6. Summer Fridays: Food-Filled Day Trips Outside of Boston: Updated on Fridays throughout the spring and summer, this guide includes maps and stories about where to eat and drink on the Cape, in Portland, and elsewhere in New England.
  7. The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now: Hot new cocktail destinations to try this month.
  8. Where to Have a Drink While Working Remotely in and Around Boston: These local cafes, bars, and restaurants have Wi-Fi, alcohol, and the perfect ambiance for productivity.
  9. 25 Boston-Area Tacos to Try: Hint: Taco Bell is not on the map.
  10. 15 Essential Boston-Area Coffee Shops: Start your caffeine adventure here.

Mustard-glazed salmon from Eddie V’s
Mustard-glazed salmon from Eddie V’s
Eddie V’s [Official Photo]
  • 29 Rustic Mediterranean (29 Hudson Rd., Sudbury): Mediterranean comfort food in the former 29 Sudbury space.
  • 4 Season Boba Tea (196 Shirley Ave., Revere): Smoothies, bubble teas, and fruit desserts.
  • Anoush’ella (MarketStreet Lynnfield, 1205 Market St., Lynnfield): This is the second location for the fast-casual Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, which will also expand to Fenway’s forthcoming Time Out Market.
  • Baramor (45 Union St., Newton Centre): This American pub quickly replaced Irish pub Terry O’Reilly’s, which closed earlier in the month.
  • Cheers Cut (19 Billings Rd., Quincy): The fried chicken (and more) chain also has a location in Allston. The Quincy location features an attached bubble tea shop, OneZo.
  • Down at the Rink (DCR Murphy Memorial Rink, 1880 William J. Day Blvd., South Boston): This seasonal snack shack is improved for its 2019 season, with wagyu hot dogs, pizza, slushies, and more.
  • Eddie V’s (122 Belvidere St., Back Bay, Boston): Located in the Prudential Center, this upscale chain focuses on seafood and steak.
  • Fortune Bar (12 Friend St., Amesbury): Dive bar nostalgia, beer-and-shot combos, games, and more.
  • The Joint (605 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, Boston): A bit of a revamp (and new name) for the burger shop formerly known as Grass Fed. Now it’s owned by Socrates Abreu of the Chilacates chain.
  • The Jungle (6 Sanborn Ct., Union Square, Somerville): A music venue, restaurant, and bar — with cycling classes that feature live bands.
  • Migaku (238 Washington St., Brookline Village): A new Japanese restaurant — with a focus on ramen and rice bowls — in the former Yokohama space.
  • Mojo Ramen (477 Harvard St., Brookline): And another new ramen restaurant for Brookline.
  • Moody’s Delicatessen and the Backroom at Moody’s (468 Moody St., Waltham): After a brief hiatus and under new management, this popular Waltham deli and its full-service attached restaurant (which serves meaty entrees, flatbreads, pastas, and more) are back in business.
  • Moon & Flower House (110 Brighton Ave., Allston, Boston): This New York-based restaurant serves dishes such as burgers served on buns made of rice or ramen, as well as fried chicken sandwiches, wings, and more.
  • Nachlo (1443 Tremont St., Mission Hill, Boston): Pakistani food and Mexican food, from biryani to burritos.
  • Nzuko (Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester St., Natick): Framingham’s global restaurant Nzuko has expanded to the Natick Mall, complete with some menu additions.
  • The Raw Bar at Island Creek Oyster Farm (401 Washington St. Duxbury): This seasonal outdoor spot serves oysters, caviar, tinned fish, shrimp cocktails, beer, wine, and more, and there are lawn games and a fire pit, too.
  • Riceburg (552 Washington St., Wellesley): One of two rice burger restaurants to open this month (see Moon & Flower House above.) This Wellesley restaurant is the first permanent location for the Riceburg food truck.
  • Six Po Hot Pot (1353 Beacon St., Brookline): This large international chain serves Chinese hot pot and skewers.
  • Six String Grill & Stage (275 Patriot Pl., Foxborough): Patriot Place has a new restaurant and live music venue, complete with a giant Dolly Parton portrait made entirely of guitar picks. The venue is connected to Boston’s Briar Group hospitality company, which is behind a lot of sports bars and other spots.
  • Slopoke (Whole Foods Charles River Plaza, 181 Cambridge St., West End, Boston): James Beard award winner Karen Akunowicz (who is behind Italian restaurant Fox & the Knife in South Boston) is behind this poke kiosk at Whole Foods.
  • Sweet Rice (697 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, Boston): A Thai food and sushi restaurant with another location in Charlestown.
  • Tbaar (32 Kneeland St., Chinatown, Boston): This is the third Boston-area location for the New York-based bubble tea chain.
  • Tex Mex Eats (1193 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge): Located in the former Tupelo space, this long-term pop-up features tamales, jalapeno poppers, tostadas, and more.
  • Thai Noodle Cafe (289 Belmont St., Belmont): A new Thai restaurant with a large menu of noodles, curries, rice dishes, and more.
  • Tick Tock Chocolates (111 Trapelo Rd., Belmont): This shop sells chocolate of all kinds — truffles, bars, bark, and more.
  • Zuma (Four Seasons Hotel, 1 Dalton St., Back Bay, Boston): This high-end Japanese chain is based in London and serves sushi, an extensive range of sake, and lots more.

Sweet cupcakes
Sweet cupcakes
Sweet Bakery/Official Site
  • Carol’s Cafe (388 Main St., Everett): The restaurant will live on in Wakefield (opening this summer), while the Everett space will become Mama Santos’s Cafe, which will continue serving the Carol’s breakfast menu and add Mexican food at night.
  • Green Briar Irish Pub (304 Washington St., Brighton, Boston): Open since 1989, this Irish pub was part of the Briar Group (M.J. O’Connor’s, Ned Devine’s, etc.)
  • John Harvard’s (33 Dunster St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): This brewpub was open for nearly 30 years (and brewing its own beer for most of that timespan).
  • Nourish Your Soul (17 Playstead Rd., West Medford): The juice bar’s locations in Boston and Winchester remain open.
  • Sweet Bakery (11 School St., Downtown Boston; 210 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill): The small local cupcake chain has closed its last remaining storefronts — although owner Katia Pekar aims to eventually reopen the downtown location. Meanwhile, catering operations continue.
  • Terry O’Reilly’s Pub (45 Union St., Newton Centre): This Irish pub had been around since 2012. A new American pub quickly opened in its place.

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