Welcome back to AM Intel, a Monday morning round-up of mini news bites to kick off the week.
East Boston Oysters Finds a Semi-Permanent Home
East Boston Oysters — an East Boston-based pop-up that’s been around for about five years, throwing notoriously over-the-top parties at secret locations — is putting down roots, just a little bit. Founder Alexis Cervasio has “zero desire” to actually open a permanent restaurant for the ephemeral event series, as Boston Magazine reports, but a partnership with a mysterious collaborator who owns a downtown Boston brownstone gives East Boston Oysters a new type of longevity with the ability to host a string of events in the house, filling every nook of the space with surprises.
East Boston Oysters is hosting a number of events in the final days of January in what Cervasio has dubbed the House of EBO, dripping with oysters and caviar and other treats. Beyond this planned string of events, Cervasio is reportedly optimistic that the partnership with the homeowner will continue.
For now, a smattering of tickets remain for several events at the undisclosed location, including a “poutine and caviar hour” (with bubbles and oysters, of course) and a pajama party with caviar-topped pizza. At these House of EBO gatherings, attendees are encouraged to wander the house, finding various performance art and installations throughout in addition to the main event.
Lovers of oysters, caviar, and secretive parties can get on the East Boston Oysters email list for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Middle East Is up for Sale, But That Doesn’t Mean Change Is Coming
The decades-old Middle East nightclub complex in Cambridge’s Central Square is officially up for sale, although co-owner Nabil Sater reportedly thinks that action on the listing is probably in the distant future — and ideally would allow the clubs to continue as is.
The Sater family opened the Middle East in 1969 and bought the complex in late 2014 for $7.1 million; it includes three stages at the Middle East; restaurant and bar space, including Zuzu; and Sonia, the nightclub around the corner that replaced longstanding T.T. the Bear’s a couple years back.
In a message posted to Facebook, the Sater family wrote:
To our valued community, the Sater family would like to inform you that they’re looking to develop the property; the Middle East restaurant and nightclub will remain running and open as usual. We will keep you updated as we go through this process. The Middle East business is here to stay and will be a part of any development at 472-480 Mass Ave. Thank you for your years of support and we look forward to a promising future together.
In Other News...
- Did you earn an A in school this past semester? A Cambridge ramen shop wants to give you a free bowl of tonkotsu ramen.
- The Boston area’s winter igloo dining scene keeps growing: Glass House in Kendall Square has jumped onboard.
- Looking to do some winter travel? Keep an eye on Eater Boston’s New England landing page for maps and guides about good food all around the region. (New to the collection: two delicious ways to break up the drive between Boston and Montreal.) Plus, here are 19 cities around the world where you may want to eat in 2020.
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