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Legal Sea Foods Plots a Comeback in Kendall Square

Plus, Starbucks employees unionize; Oath pizza has big expansion plans; and Puritan & Company rewinds to the 1990s

Eating lobster at Legal Sea Foods.
Legal Sea Foods will reopen in Kendall Square this spring.
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Legal Sea Foods will finally make its comeback in Kendall Square (355 Main Street, Boston) this May after a two-year hiatus marked by a massive facelift to the interior and patio, according to Boston Business Journal. Roger Berkowitz, whose family opened the iconic Boston seafood chain in 1968, sold the rights to the physical restaurants to Medford-based PPX Hospitality Group two years ago.

Oath has big expansion plans

A Nantucket-born pizzeria with headquarters in Boston’s City Hall Plaza is hoping to spur a Chipotle-style expansion with $27 million in funding in its pocket. Oath pizza, led by former Chipotle execs Stacie Colburn Hayes and Drew Kellogg, will open newly redesigned stores (both company-owned and franchised) )drenched in soothing earth tones in West Hartford, Connecticut and other locations. The Boston area already has locations in Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, and Somerville, Boston Business Journal reports. The pizza company is banking on quality ingredients (like crust seared in avocado oil) and a more upscale feel, which isn’t often seen in big chain pizza places.

Workers unite

Starbucks workers in Brookline and Allston became the first in Massachusetts to organize with more, likely, following their lead. Though Starbucks has said it is determined to work with its employees, Starbucks Workers United has alleged “union busting” and filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, reports

Be kind and rewind

Puritan and Company is proclaiming its infatuation with the 1990s with a themed wine dinner on April 28. The top Boston restaurant will open some choice bottles from the era to accompany the 90s-themed, four-course menu, with nostalgic stunners like General Tso’s sweetbreads, duck confit Napoleon, spinach farfalle with sun-dried tomato pesto, molten lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream, and more. Tickets, available here, are $250 per person. Dinner starts at 6 p.m.

Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 (617) 864-3400 Visit Website

Puritan & Company

1166 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 615-6195 Visit Website

Legal Sea Foods

704 7th Street Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 347-0007 Visit Website