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Light blue, almost turquoise, standard hoodie with kangaroo pocket and white strings. It features a white logo for Lamplighter Brewing Co., including old-fashioned street lamp imagery.
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Prepare for Chilly Outdoor Dining With Restaurant-Branded Hoodies, Hats, and Blankets

Planning to dine on patios all winter? Show your support for Boston-area restaurants by snuggling up in their winter-friendly merch

In a recent email newsletter to customers, Back Bay sushi hotspot Uni wrote, “Our outdoor patio is equipped with heaters, but we strongly advise all guests to dress for the weather. Uni sweatshirts and blankets are available for purchase.”

It’s a brilliant idea: Plenty of local restaurants are already selling branded merch anyway, an especially important tool during the pandemic, when capacity caps and other restrictions keep restaurants from operating as they did before March 2020. Why not directly market winter-friendly merch to customers who are braving the patios this fall and beyond?

With Boston, Somerville, and other cities and towns extending patio season as long as possible and many diners not feeling comfortable eating indoors yet, locals are in for several chilly months of outdoor dining, even as restaurants scramble to add heat lamps, igloos, and other warming features.

Here are some of the best sweatshirts, flannel shirts, winter hats, and blankets that local restaurants and food brands are currently selling. Got a favorite not listed here? Hit up the tipline.

Sweatshirts

Mostly hoodies. Some have zippers. All are supremely cozy for a winter of repping your favorite local restaurants and brands.

Saltie Girl logo zip-up hoodie

  • $65

Prices taken at time of publishing.

In the Saltie Girl shop, you can stock up on hoodies, t-shirts, and hats, as well as all kinds of tinned seafood. The zip-up hoodie comes in white or navy blue, with Saltie Girl written in cursive on the front and a full logo design on the back. Shipping available.

Night Shift crewneck sweatshirt

  • $20
  • $40
  • 50% off

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Night Shift Brewing has a number of attractive sweatshirts available, and most are currently on sale. Not a fan of hoods and zippers? Perhaps this crewneck is the sweatshirt for you, featuring the It’s Not a Phase New England IPA label design. But yes, there are also zip-up hoodies in several colors. Prefer flannel? Night Shift’s got that, too — see below. Shipping available.

Gracie’s “ice cream weather” zip-up hoodie

  • $35

Prices taken at time of publishing.

All weather is ice cream weather, as far as Gracie’s Ice Cream is concerned. The Somerville ice cream shop — which has a brand new sibling in Cambridge, too — sells this navy zip-up hoodie, which features a design by artist Lauren May / Monster Tea Party on the back, a play on the band Jawbreaker’s version of the Morton Salt girl. In-store pickup.

James Hook & Co. logo hoodie

  • $40

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Show your love of lobster with this logo hoodie from waterfront classic James Hook & Co.; it’s available in red, black, white, or gray, as either a lightweight zip-up ($30) or heavyweight pullover ($40). The logo is small on the front and giant on the back. Shipping available.

Shōjō logo hoodie

  • $48

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Shōjō is selling these logo hoodies in partnership with Merch4Relief, which passes along 95% of the profits to the restaurant. (A few other Boston restaurants are represented on the site as well, although many of the items — mostly t-shirts — are already sold out.) Shipping available.

Eventide logo hoodie

  • $65

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Lobster roll favorite and Maine import Eventide has some merch available on its takeout and delivery menu, including an oyster knife, cookbook, onesies, baseball-style tees, and more. There are two logo hoodie options, a navy blue Carharrt zip-up (men’s sizing) for $75 and a turquoise zip-up (women’s sizing) for $65. Pickup and local delivery available.

Kowloon logo hoodie

  • $45

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Ah, Kowloon. A Saugus landmark. The online gift shop is full of interesting items, from tiki bowls to “got pupu?” t-shirts to stuffed animals wearing their own Kowloon sweatshirts. This (human-sized) black hoodie features the logo in bright red. Kowloon’s winter hat is also a keeper; see below. Shipping available.

Remnant Brewing Exquisite Corpse zip-up hoodie

  • $50

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Somerville’s Remnant Brewing offers a variety of nice glassware and apparel. Lovers of zip-up hoodies may be particularly interested in the gray zip-up, which features a small Remnant logo on the front and a large rendition of the Exquisite Corpse label design on the back. (The beer was brewed in celebration of Remnant’s first anniversary and was a collaboration with Dancing Gnome.) In-store pickup.

Lamplighter logo hoodie

  • $30
  • $38
  • 22% off

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Cambridge brewery Lamplighter Brewing Co. offers quite a bit of good-looking apparel; the “stupid seagulls” onesie is a must for any young ones in your life. The classic blue logo hoodie, screen-printed in Somerville, is a good pick for yourself for winter. In-store pickup and shipping available. As of publication time, it’s on sale, marked down to $30, so you might want to act fast before it runs out or goes back up in price.

Trillium Brewing Company logo hoodie

  • $40

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Trillium Brewing Company has quite a bit of merch, including several different styles of sweatshirts. This pale green option is perhaps the nicest — and something a little different among the local restaurant scene’s many navy blue sweatshirts. Those who feel claustrophobic in shirts with tight necklines will appreciate the open fit. In-store pickup.

Jack’s Abby House Lager hoodie

  • $60

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Jack’s Abby and sibling brand Springdale each have a variety of clothing and other merch options on the Jack’s Abby online store — see the flannel shirt below, for one — but this particular hoodie celebrates the brewery’s popular house lager and features a Bavarian flag-inspired lining. Shipping available.

Mr. Bartley’s shamrock hoodie

  • $30

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Harvard Square burger mainstay Mr. Bartley’s is for sale, although the plan is to find a buyer who will continue to run it as Bartley’s. Whatever happens, you’ll always have your Bartley’s merch (if you buy now), such as this navy hoodie featuring a green shamrock logo. Shipping available.

Veggie Galaxy crewneck hoodie

  • $35

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Support Central Square’s vegetarian diner and vegan bakery: The colorful Veggie Galaxy logo is emblazoned on this black crewneck sweatshirt. (The online shop also has some t-shirts, mugs, and other merch.) In-store pickup.

The Pheasant quarter-zip hoodie

  • $45

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Maybe you weren’t able to make it to Cape Cod this summer, but you can still feel those Cape vibes all winter long with a quarter-zip hoodie from the Pheasant, available in pale red or blue. (There’s also a blue crewneck option.) Shipping available.


Flannel

Who knew? At least a couple local breweries offer extensive collections of branded flannel. Dress like a lumberjack who just wants to enjoy a winter night on a restaurant patio without freezing.

Night Shift flannel shirt

  • $25
  • $50
  • 50% off

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Night Shift Brewing has several colors, styles, and fits of flannel shirts available, and they’re all on final sale, so there’s no telling how long they’ll last. Check out the rest of the large online store, too; the drinkware, in particular, is excellent. Shipping available.

Springdale flannel shirt

  • $50

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Framingham brewery Jack’s Abby and sibling brand Springdale both have flannel shirts available in Jack’s Abby’s online shop (along with tons of other apparel, drinkware, and accessories). The Springdale version is black and white, with an embossed faux-leather logo on the chest. Shipping available.

Island Creek Oysters flannel shirt

  • $72

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Duxbury-based Island Creek Oysters has quite the online store, with some cute graphic tees, toddler clothes, and more. (See the hoodie above.) The flannel shirt, designed by Levitate Surf Shop, comes in a color called “woodsman” — sea greens and sky blues — and is supposed to be “thick but not heavy, warm but not stifling.” There’s an Island Creek logo patch on the arm. Shipping available.


Winter Hats

Pompoms galore. And a few without, if that’s more your thing.

Gracie’s pompom hat

  • $14

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Somerville and Cambridge ice cream shop Gracie’s Ice Cream has lots of fun merch, including a hoodie (see above) and this patriotic and pompom-bedecked winter hat. Logo and lettering by Josh LaFayette. Shipping available. While perusing the merch store, you may also find the need to buy some lawn flamingos. Why not?

Kowloon pompom hat

  • $20

Prices taken at time of publishing.

As mentioned in the sweatshirt section above, Saugus landmark Kowloon has an extensive and charmingly weird online gift shop. The red, black, and white Kowloon logo winter hat is a good way to keep warm — perhaps while taking in a movie in the Kowloon parking lot, which has been turned into a drive-in theater. Shipping available.

“What the Fluff” Somerville beanie

  • $10

Prices taken at time of publishing.

For better or worse, sticky-sweet marshmallow Fluff was invented in Somerville, where it’s celebrated with an annual festival. Love the local brand? Nostalgic for the Fluffernutter sandwiches of your youth? Here’s a gray beanie that pays homage to Fluff and Somerville. Shipping available.

Polar pompom hat

  • $20

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Speaking of local brands, how about Worcester-based Polar Seltzer? It seems like Polar is missing an opportunity to cover some merch with its artsy, colorful “Impossibly Good” branding from its collection of “mythical” flavors, but this simple navy-and-white winter hat with subdued white pompom will probably match winter outfits more easily. Shipping available.

Not available online

  • Inman Square poultry shop Mayflower Poultry slaps its iconic “live poultry fresh killed” logo on a variety of items, including a black knit cap perfect for cool New England days. Order by phone — (617) 547-9191 (pay by Visa or Mastercard) — or in person at 621 Cambridge St., Cambridge.
  • With locations in Boston’s North End and Winchester, Lucia Ristorante is selling red and white striped winter hats with red and white pompoms and a white embroidered Lucia logo. They’re available for purchase onsite for $10.

Blankets

In these days of COVID, most restaurants are no longer handing out blankets to be borrowed for the length of your stay on the patio. Instead, bring your own — or buy one of these when you arrive.

Not available online

  • Uni, which is currently open for outdoor dining and takeout, is selling fleece blankets ($15) and thermal “space blankets” ($5) onsite.
  • Belmont restaurant the Wellington has expanded its patio and installed heaters, and it is offering blankets for sale onsite for $10. The restaurant describes them as “fluffy,” per a recent email newsletter.
  • Sibling spots JM Curley and Bin 26 Enoteca have installed heaters in their outdoor dining areas and will be selling custom blankets at cost onsite.
  • Lucia Ristorante, in Boston’s North End and Winchester, is selling a bright red blanket embroidered with the restaurant’s name in white cursive. It’s available for purchase onsite for $20.

Night Shift Brewing

87 Santilli Highway, , MA 02149 (617) 294-4233 Visit Website

jm Curley

21 Temple Place, , MA 02111 (617) 338-5333 Visit Website

Flour Bakery & Cafe

1595 Washington Street, , MA 02118 (617) 267-4300 Visit Website

Lamplighter Brewing Co.

284 Broadway, , MA 02139 (617) 945-0450 Visit Website

Mayflower Poultry Co

621 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 547-9191

Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 354-6559 Visit Website

Uni

370A Commonwealth Avenue, , MA 02215 (617) 536-7200 Visit Website

Gracie's Ice Cream

22 Union Square, , MA 02143 (617) 764-5294 Visit Website

Remnant Brewing

2 Bow Market Way, , MA 02143 (617) 764-0641 Visit Website

Kowloon

948 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906 (781) 233-0077 Visit Website

Woodman's

, , MA 01929

James Hook & Co

440 Atlantic Avenue, , MA 02210 (617) 423-5501 Visit Website

Cutty's

284 Washington Street, , MA 02445 (617) 505-1844 Visit Website

Eventide Fenway

1321 Boylston Street, , MA 02215 (617) 545-1060 Visit Website

Veggie Galaxy

450 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02139 (617) 497-1513 Visit Website

Bagelsaurus

1796 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02140 (857) 285-6103 Visit Website

Bin 26 Enoteca

26 Charles Street, , MA 02114 (617) 723-5939 Visit Website

Shojo

9 Tyler Street, , MA 02111 (617) 423-7888 Visit Website

Row 34

300 District Avenue, , MA 01803 (781) 761-6500 Visit Website

Trillium Brewing Company

50 Thomson Place, , MA 02210 (857) 449-0083 Visit Website

Saltie Girl

279 Dartmouth Street, , MA 02116 (617) 267-0691 Visit Website

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