Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
A Chez Henri Reunion, Full of Cuban Sandwiches
Have you been missing Chez Henri and its Cuban sandwiches? The French-meets-Cuban Cambridge restaurant closed back in 2013, although perhaps you’ve seen owner Paul O’Connell popping up around town now and then to serve those sandwiches again. On August 12 (sold out) and 19 (tickets still available), O’Connell will reunite with opening bartender Joe McGuirk for sandwiches, rum cocktails, and jazz at Somerville event space Warehouse XI in Union Square; it’s a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the restaurant’s opening. Brooklyn-based saxophonist Noah Preminger will perform. Attendees must purchase a ticket ahead of time; $60 includes a Cuban sandwich (pork or vegetarian) and two drinks, with additional items available for purchase at the event.
Speaking of Favorite Local Chefs of Now-Closed Restaurants Popping up...
Another one for the event calendar: Chef Charles Draghi, of the late beloved Erbaluce, is popping up at the South End Buttery on August 18 for a five-course dinner featuring rosé pairings. Courses include stuffed razor clams, roasted wild striped bass, and more. The Buttery’s pastry chef Chris Goluszka will be serving dessert. Tickets are $125, available online.
In Other News...
- On August 15 or September 5, get your COVID-19 vaccine at Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen — and a free bratwurst.
- Facing weeks of construction on the Green Line’s E branch, Mission Hill restaurants are worried about a decrease in business. Now’s a good time to visit your favorites or try something new, such as Penguin Pizza, Solid Ground Cafe, Il Mondo Pizzeria, Flames, and more.
- Allium Market — a Brookline cafe, market, and cheese shop that opened in late 2017 — is seeking new ownership and/or serious investors to help bring it into its next chapter, or it will close on October 3 if the right arrangement can’t be found. Meanwhile, it will operate normally through August and September.
- Itching to travel and/or hungry for meat? Live vicariously through Eater LA’s week of barbecue stories, maps, and guides — an “exploration of Southern California’s emergence as one of America’s best barbecue regions.”
- Watch how mozzarella is made at one of Italy’s largest cheese factories.
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