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Gogo Ya Is Living Inside O Ya for Now
As the pandemic continues on, some intimate fine-dining restaurants are at a distinct disadvantage with spaces too small to make distanced indoor dining worthwhile and menus that don’t lend themselves well to takeout and delivery. As such, high-end Boston sushi destination O Ya (9 East St., Leather District, Boston) has remained closed during the pandemic, but now it’s lending its space to sibling Gogo Ya, pairing Gogo Ya’s fast-casual crispy nori sushi tacos with O Ya’s fancy collection of sake, wine, and Japanese beer. (To-go cocktails are also available.)
Gogo Ya debuted as a stall at Time Out Market Boston in summer 2019; it remains closed there for now. At O Ya, the temporary Gogo Ya menu is available Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with sushi tacos in crispy nori shells; mini rice bowls topped with torched sashimi; maki rolls; tea-brined fried pork ribs; and a few other items.
Gogo Ya at O Ya opens for takeout and delivery today, September 30; order online.
In Other News...
- Gov. Charlie Baker has announced that “low-risk communities” in Massachusetts — those that have not landed in the red zone in three Department of Public Health weekly reports in a row — can enter step two of phase three of the state’s reopening plan on October 5, paving the way for indoor performance spaces, among other businesses, to open at 50% capacity.
- Newbury Street’s Parisian bistro-inspired restaurant Grand Tour — which debuted early this year — has been offering takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining in recent months but will go into hibernation starting today, September 30, except for private chef’s tastings for parties of six. The current circumstances don’t mesh with the restaurant’s intended intimate bistro feel, per a rep. But sibling spot Select Oyster Bar remains in operation, offering two patios, and new sibling Atlántico will open soon in the South End in an expansive, high-ceilinged space.
- Here’s what the new iteration of the HEROES Act would mean for restaurants.
- Remember fast-food buffets?
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