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October 18, 2019
Boston has a new sports bar: Banners Kitchen & Tap (82 Causeway St., West End) is now open at the Hub on Causeway development in the works next to TD Garden. It has a gigantic television, Topgolf Swing Suites, a cocktail list by acclaimed local bartender Jackson Cannon, and a special reservation-only dining area called Blades & Boards with a fancier menu than the rest.
Lobstah on a Roll, with locations in Boston’s South End and in Salem, has expanded to Back Bay (254 Newbury St.), serving gigantic lobster rolls and other seafood and/or sandwich options. It’s also carrying over the Hawaiian-style shave ice from its predecessor in the Newbury Street space, Wabora Asian Fusion Bistro.
While the anticipated rooftop portion of Six West at South Boston’s new Cambria Hotel (6 W. Broadway) isn’t open yet, the ground floor dining space is, serving dishes like wagyu potstickers, caviar panini, short rib tacos, and fried chicken bao.
Taiwanese-style, New York-based chain Vivi Bubble Tea now has a Brighton location (364 Washington St., Brighton Center), one of three in Massachusetts — there’s also one in Quincy and one in Amherst. Vivi serves bubble teas, of course, but also popcorn chicken, takoyaki, curly fries, and a few other snacks.
Maine and Massachusetts pizzeria chain Otto (stylized as OTTO) is now open at Logan Airport. Plus, the Harvard Square location has reopened after several months of closure due to a June fire; see Camberville section below for more information.
The Avery Bar at the Ritz-Carlton (10 Avery St., downtown Boston) has been redesigned, featuring a marble fireplace, sofas and other cozy seating, leather accents, and a new marble and brass bar to the right of the entrance, replacing the former horseshoe bar. A new menu of snacks includes dishes such as crispy enoki tempura with Sriracha aioli; sweet chile tiger shrimp with puffed rice noodles; and Buffalo fried oysters.
Popular Allston-Brighton izakaya Ittoku closed last month in order to make its planned move to Cambridge’s Porter Square, inside Porter Exchange (1815 Massachusetts Ave.). It is now open there (in the former longtime Blue Fin space that was more recently home to Wafu-ya), although with limited hours and menu for the first few days. It’s slated for more of a grand opening on October 21. The menu is mostly the same as when it was in Allston-Brighton, but with a few new additions, such as okonomiyaki. Plus, the new location has a full liquor license, not just beer and wine.
California-based vegan chain Veggie Grill opened its first East Coast location on October 13 at 57 John F. Kennedy St. in Harvard Square, Cambridge, inside the former Wagamama space. Veggie Grill serves dishes such as a vegan “cheesesteak” made of Beyond Burger, zucchini noodles, tofu-based dishes, and more.
The Harvard Square location of the casual pizzeria Otto (stylized as OTTO) (1432 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge) has reopened after a June 2019 fire caused it to temporarily close. In celebration, the Otto team is randomly passing out 1,000 cards redeemable for a free slice; they’ll be giving them out around the Harvard Square area over the next few weeks.
Caribbean restaurant Jamaica Jeff’s is now open in the former Kashish space in Belmont (61 Leonard St.), although it is BYOB until the liquor license gets approved, probably within the next couple of weeks. Once it does, there will be tropical cocktails available.
Craft Food Hall Project opened its second location on October 14, this time inside an office building at CityPoint in Waltham (200 5th Ave.), where it contains two restaurants (Project X Pizza and Sousviderie) and a serve-yourself beer and wine dispensing system. The first location is at Cross Point, an office complex in Lowell, and at least two more locations are in the works.
Brighton Japanese restaurant Asahi (418 Market St.) has relocated to Brookline (696 Washington St.), where it is now open under the name Kamiza Japanese Cuisine and serving mostly the same menu, with some new additions. Despite the name, Kamiza also has a few Chinese dishes on the menu.
Valsos Table & Bar is now open in Revere (139 Shirley Ave.), serving a menu that draws from Italian, Spanish, and Latin-American cuisine — think tapas, thin-crust pizzas, paella, seafood risotto, and more.
There’s a new brewery in Lawrence: Spicket River Brewery is now open at 56 Island St., featuring two outdoor spaces in addition to its taproom, a mug club for regulars, and beers like a Smashin Pumpkin Ale.
October 11, 2019
French brasserie Rochambeau (900 Boylston St., Back Bay), mentioned as partially open in last week’s update, is now fully open — the all-day cafe, dinner, and the bar.
The team behind Saloniki has opened a different fast-casual Greek spot, Greek Kitchen, inside Time Out Market Boston (401 Park Dr., Fenway), taking over the MC Kitchen space and serving items like spanakopita, citrus-marinated swordfish souvlaki, and pork schnitzel.
Finch has reopened as Bulfinch Social inside the Boxer hotel (107 Merrimac St., West End), “pair[ing] new American international style food with classic cooking” with dishes such as coq au vin wontons, Caribbean lettuce wraps, and wings in “tropical Buffalo sauce.”
Shameless taqueria chain Pink Taco is now open in Fort Point (374 Congress St.), a neighborhood already filled with taco joints with names that aren’t slang for female genitalia. The menu includes lobster enchiladas, chile poppers, barbacoa burritos, vegan taco bowls, and more.
Another new restaurant for the Northshore Mall in Peabody (210 Andover St.): Amigo’s Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar is open, serving guacamole prepared tableside, margarita flights, chimichangas, churros, and lots more. It joins several other restaurants at the mall, including Hop & Grind, which also recently opened (see September 27 update below.)
Chinese restaurant Big Fun Cafe is one of the newest additions to Quincy (18 Brook St.), serving clay pot rice, congee, pork rice rolls, and more.
Sandwich and pastry shop Mae’s is now open on the South Shore (563 Ocean St., Marshfield), with Sam Kauff and Eileen Price at the helm. Kauff is an alum of Ashmont Grill, 51 Lincoln, and 16C; Price is also an alum of 16C, as well as Formaggio Kitchen and Bagelsaurus. The breakfast and lunch spot is open every day except for Monday.
In other breakfast-and-lunch news, Servente Bakery & Cafe is now open in Needham (1032 Great Plain Ave.), serving baked goods, sandwiches, soups, and more.
Weymouth beer bar Union Brewhouse (550 Washington St. [Rt. 53]) has reopened after a several-month hiatus.
October 4, 2019
The team behind gorgeously designed restaurants Yvonne’s, Ruka, and Lolita has debuted another visual stunner, Mariel, a spacious and luxurious Cuban-inspired restaurant at 10 Post Office Sq. in downtown Boston. Mariel opened September 30 and features mojitos; Cuban street pizzas; a few big dishes meant to share (like an $80 one-pound cod loin); and more.
French brasserie Rochambeau is partially open at the Prudential Center (900 Boylston St., Back Bay), with the cafe portion already in operation and the restaurant and bar slated to debut at some point this weekend (October 4-5). Rochambeau takes over for Towne Stove & Spirits; the Lyons Group (Back Bay Social Club, Sonsie, etc.) is behind both. Expect croque-monsieurs, duck a l’orange, coq au vin, and more.
Ghost Pepper, a taqueria and tequila bar, is now open in Dorchester’s Savin Hill neighborhood (120 Savin Hill Ave.) next to its older sibling, Savin Bar and Kitchen. In addition to tacos, Ghost Pepper serves dishes like crispy pork belly with tamarind glaze, skirt steak with cilantro chimichurri, churros, and more, as well as plenty of tequila and cocktails.
New hotel Moxy Bar Downtown opened in the Theater District (240 Tremont St.) and includes a restaurant and bar called Bar Moxy that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night bites. There are also grab-and-go meals available 24 hours a day.
The team behind Pho House (1790 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge) has overhauled the restaurant and opened Chalawan in its place, serving modern Southeast Asian cuisine. (Pho House, which had a more casual vibe, focused on Vietnamese and Thai dishes.) Some early must-tries include the seared scallops, beef cheek rendang, and roti canai.
Inman Square has a new restaurant, Richards, located in the former Tupelo space at 1193 Cambridge St., Cambridge. The restaurant aims to fit a comfortable, affordable niche in the neighborhood, serving new American food, with dishes such as trofie pasta with fried pork belly and oven-roasted chicken with asparagus.
The dearly departed Manoa Poke Shop — which thankfully continued catering and doing pop-ups after closing its storefront at the beginning of 2019 — is back, sort of, operating its original storefront (300 Beacon St., Somerville, near Porter Square) on weekends only. The old favorites are back, including fried chicken, pineapple cake, and plenty of poke, with some new additions as well.
Umami, which bills itself as an omakase and sake bar, is now open in the former Hana Sushi space in North Cambridge (2372 Massachusetts Ave.). Uni alum Gary Lei is at the helm.
South Korea-based French-Asian bakery chain Tous Les Jours has a new Boston-area outpost in Natick, inside the Natick Mall. It opened October 1. There are also Massachusetts locations in Allston and Burlington.
Bagel Bin Deli is now open in the former Daybreak Cafe space in Topsfield (30 Main St.), taking its name from the Revere deli that is rebuilding following a fire this summer. There are family ties between the two Bagel Bin Delis.
East Arlington’s Arlington Bakery (187 Massachusetts Ave.) has reopened under new ownership with some renovations and some new menu items.
September 27, 2019
Another quiet week in Boston proper.
Nibble Kitchen is now open at Bow Market in Somerville (1 Bow Market Wy., Union Square), playing host to a rotating group of vendors from the Somerville Arts Council’s Nibble Entrepreneurship Program, which features culinary entrepreneurs from Somerville’s immigrant communities. The shop is open just a few days a week to start, serving Bolivian, Ethiopian, Venezuelan, Brazilian, and Bangladeshi foods at various times; keep an eye on the schedule and updates here.
Durham, New Hampshire-based burger and beer bar Hop & Grind has expanded to Peabody’s Northshore Mall (210 Andover St.), serving a wide-ranging menu of burgers (beef, pork, chicken, and veggie), loaded fries, mac and cheese bowls, ice cream malts, and more.
An alligator-focused barbecue joint called Bonez Brothers BBQ is now open in a former Papa John’s space in Quincy (657 Southern Artery). The company has been offering catering services and appearing at farmers markets over the last several years and now has its own takeout-oriented storefront. The alligator emphasis (fritters, smoky sausage, and more) comes from chef and owner Todd Noon’s history of wrangling alligators in Florida. There’s other food, too, such as beef brisket, pulled pork, and deep-fried key lime cheesecake. Hours are limited to start; check Facebook for updates before heading over.
Everett has a new Chinese restaurant, Bun’s House (338 Ferry St.), serving buns, yes, but also dumplings, noodles, and more.
In Newton, there’s a new Mexican restaurant called Pátzcuaro Taqueria & Bar, serving tacos, burritos, tortas, and the like, as well as margaritas.
Salem’s Chez Casa is open at 97 Bridge St. from chef Keenan Langlois (The Sinclair, Dragon Pizza), serving a rotating quick-service menu and prepared foods. Langlois is a longtime restaurant industry vet, but this is his first time owning.
Piato is now open in Woburn (478 Main St.), serving Italian, Mediterranean, and Peruvian cuisine with a focus on seafood. There’s live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights.
September 20, 2019
Quiet week! No new openings to report in or around Boston.
September 13, 2019
Beacon Hill bar 6B Lounge (6B Beacon St.) closed last month for a rebranding, reopening on September 12 as Roxanne’s (under the same ownership). The refreshed space has tropical vibes, complete with flamingo wallpaper and a focus on cocktails. Roxanne’s is continuing 6B’s tradition of theme nights, such as ’90s Fridays.
In Jamaica Plain, the Jamaica Mi Hungry food truck team opened a permanent storefront at 225 Centre St. on September 12, serving jerk chicken, ribs, coconut shrimp, and more.
Goldilox Bagels debuted on September 13 in Medford (186 Winthrop St.). The cozy bakery serves bagels (made in-house, aside from a gluten-free option that comes from Woburn’s Something Sweet Without Wheat gluten-free bakery), bagel sandwiches, cookies, coffee, chai, and more. Pizza bagels and catering services will begin in a month or so.
On the North Shore, the Amesbury Trina’s Starlite Lounge location (37 Main St.) changed ownership on September 6, although most of the staff remains the same at what is now called Sky Hi Kitchen + Bar. The sort-of new owners, Eric Anderson and J. Grimaldi, were silent partners in Trina’s. They’ve brought in Sean Toomey from Crave to run things, and the menu will change soon.