A two-story restaurant, bar, and live music venue is shimmying its way into the newly renovated Copley Square Hotel in Back Bay this month. Hue, set to open sometime in December, includes three separate bars and an upstairs restaurant centered around what the team describes as “American comfort foods with Asian accents,” like chicken wings with a sweet chile sauce and slow-roasted pork ribs coated in a spicy tamarind glaze, according to a rep for the restaurant. There’s also ambitious plans for music in the space, including DJ sets nightly after 9 p.m. and an upcoming calendar of musicians booked to play at the hotel. There’s bottle service, too, but in order to get that allowance approved, it has promised the city’s licensing board that it is definitely, 100 percent not a nightclub, according to a Universal Hub report.
A team of four owners are behind the whole operation: George Aboujaoude, who opened Eva on Newbury Street earlier this year; Maurice Rodriguez, of Somerville’s La Brasa and Fat Hen; Robert Eugene, a longtime Hennessy rep and orchestrator behind Boston’s popular Silk R&B Party; and Nick Saber, a first-time restaurateur making the jump from the tech industry. Executive chef Barnett Harper previously oversaw the menu at storied French and Italian restaurant Marliave, which shut down during the pandemic.
Greek spot the Aegean makes a comeback in Waltham
The Aegean — which once had locations in Framingham and Watertown that are both now closed — is mounting a comeback in Waltham, the Boston Globe reports. Owners Chris Ntasios (whose parents ran the old locations) and Christa Bazarian are behind the reinvention, which now includes a mix of Greek favorites from the old menu plus new Armenian additions from Bazarian, who is Armenian. Look for the broiled shrimp with feta, lamb gyros, and losh kebabs, or seasoned ground beef served with pita.
A West Cambridge Italian spot reopens
Welcome back, Trattoria Pulcinella. The restaurant had been closed for renovations, a menu refresh, and staff trainings following the death of the restaurant’s chef and owner Giovanni Oliva, according to Cambridge Day. Prolific North End restaurateur Frank DePasquale helped out with the reopening.
The royals are wrapping up their Boston visit today
In other words, the traffic to Market Basket should be cleared up by this weekend.