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All the Boston Food News That Mattered in September 2019: From Chinatown Eats to Chicken and Waffles

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

A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
Lobster with ginger and scallion at Peach Farm in Boston’s Chinatown
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As summer turned to fall this month, restaurant openings picked up the pace, with places featuring bagels, chicken and waffles, takoyaki, and more bursting onto the local dining scene. There were unfortunately some closures, too, including a decades-old cannoli icon in the North End.

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

A tray of bagels, with everything bagels in the foreground
Bagels from Goldilox, now open in Medford
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  1. New Dorchester Restaurant Has a Roster of 52 Chicken and Waffle Variations: Family Affair Restaurant and Catering opened in Upham’s Corner last week.
  2. Boston-Area Beer News, Updated Weekly: A round-up of brewery updates and other booze news in and around Boston.
  3. A Sports Bar With Topgolf Suites Will Open by TD Garden: Banners Kitchen & Tap, located at the Hub on Causeway development, will also offer 60 beers on draft and a downright gigantic television.
  4. Suburban Boston Dining News, Updated Weekly: A round-up of restaurant news outside of the immediate Boston vicinity.
  5. 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).
  6. A Cozy Bagel Shop Comes to Medford: The highly anticipated Goldilox Bagels opens its doors.
  7. A Trio of Boston Restaurant Icons Joins Lineup for Forthcoming Food Hall: Monica’s Mercato, Sullivan’s Castle Island, and Mike’s Pastry will open within Hub Hall in Boston’s West End.
  8. A Jamaica Plain Bar Open for Over a Century Is Closing Soon: Doyle’s Cafe, an institution that has been open for 137 years, cannot afford to remain open in the neighborhood.
  9. Boston’s Late 2019 Restaurant Openings, Updated Weekly: A roundup of pertinent updates on Boston-area restaurant openings.
  10. Brookline Ramen Destination Gets a Sibling Filled With Octopus Dough Balls: Gantetsu-Ya is now serving part of its menu in Coolidge Corner.

Hands hold two banh mi over pavement
Banh mi from Banh Mi Ba Le, one of the Eater Boston team’s best things eaten this month
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  1. The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now, Updated Monthly: Boston’s best new hot spots.
  2. A Guide to the Most Anticipated Boston Restaurant Openings of Fall 2019: From a Latin American cocktail bar to a Parisian bistro — not to mention a ridiculous amount of chicken.
  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. 22 Ideas for Great Dinner Dates Around Boston: Good places to dine with a date, whether you’re looking for cozy conversation or lively fun.
  5. The Hottest New Brunches in Boston Right Now, Updated Monthly: Tired of your usual brunching routine?
  6. Where to Eat in Boston’s Chinatown: Go to these restaurants for dumplings and dim sum and noodles and sushi and so much more.
  7. 12 Boston-Area Restaurants for Unconventional, Messy First Dates: Break the ice while getting your hands dirty with these nontraditional first date options.
  8. Where to Eat Hand-Pulled Noodles in and Around Boston: The local hand-pulled noodle scene continues to grow.
  9. Boston’s Best Food and Drink Events: The local events you’ll actually want to attend, updated weekly.
  10. Where to Eat on a Cheap First Date in Boston: Boston is one of the most expensive cities in the country. Here’s where to go on a first date (or any date) without going bankrupt.

Close-up of quinoa balls topped with cream and chopped tomatoes
Quinoa fritters at Nibble Kitchen, now open in Somerville
Nibble Kitchen/Official Site

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

A few highlights from September:

  • Gantetsu-Ya in Brookline, a Japanese snack shop serving takoyaki and okonomiyaki, located across the hall from its sibling spot Ganko Ittetsu Ramen
  • Goldilox Bagels in Medford, a casual cafe serving bagels (obviously), coffee, chai, and cookies
  • Nibble Kitchen at Bow Market in Somerville, featuring a rotating schedule of vendors from the Somerville Arts Council’s Nibble Entrepreneurship Program, including Bolivian, Ethiopian, and Venezuelan cuisines — and more

A cannolo from Maria’s Pastry Shop in Boston’s North End, garnished with powdered sugar and stuffed with ricotta, sits on tissue paper on an outdoor table.
Maria’s Pastry
Katie Chudy/Eater

Starting this month, these monthly summaries will 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 September:

  • The Hungry I in Boston’s Beacon Hill, a decades-old French restaurant with a charming courtyard
  • Maria’s Pastry Shop in Boston’s North End, one of the city’s best cannoli purveyors, operated by Maria Merola since 1982 — but she worked there for a dozen years prior, when it was under the ownership of Modern Pastry
  • Seta’s Cafe in Belmont, a six-year-old neighborhood favorite serving Mediterranean cuisine