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The 36-year old Indian stalwart, Passage to India, has moved from its Porter Square location to Cambridge Crossing (3 Glassworks Avenue, Cambridge), where it has taken over a space that formerly housed two separate eateries, reports Cambridge Day. With the move, Passage to India gains a full bar as Boston marks its return to indoor dining. The first day of service in the new digs was Wednesday, April 20.
Hopefully, Passage to India’s former space (1900 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston) won’t remain empty for long. Owner Narinder Guhania’s cousin may open Jo’s Indian Cuisine in Passage’s former space in about a month and a half. Passage to India is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Meanwhile, Cambridge’s Season to Taste restaurant (2447 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston) wants a bigger location with more seating, according to a story in Cambridge Day. The catering outfit/eatery is hoping to take over the space that currently houses Mix-It restaurant (1678 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston), an eight-year old Asian fusion spot that will close in that location if the move is approved.
Nashville hot chicken burritos aim for Allston
New Jersey-based Bubbakoo’s burritos is planting a flag in Boston, with its first Massachusetts outpost slated to open in Allston, notes Boston Restaurants. No opening date has been released. The chain specializes in offbeat burrito and taco fillings like Nashville hot chicken and General Tso’s chicken. Bubbakoo debuted in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, in 2008. It now has eateries open or slated to open across 17 states. (89 Brighton Avenue, Allston)
Eating out: Precinct’s business lunch returns
Precinct kitchen and bar is bringing back its “express business lunch” with soups like New England clam chowder, salads like spring beet, and sandwiches stuffed with grilled chicken and pesto. Diners can choose one from each of two categories to create a combo for between $15 and $17. Other lunch items include burgers and fish tacos. (154 Berkeley Street, Boston)
Meanwhile, Horse Thieves Tavern is also adding lunch to its line-up starting Wednesday, April 27. Options include dishes include a grilled chicken quinoa bowl, a Korean fried chicken sandwich, and burgers (vegan burger also available). Lunch runs Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. Weekend lunch and brunch will continue as well. View the lunch menu here. (585 High Street, Dedham)
Eating in: Clover Labs re-introduces a Star Wars-themed food box
Local vegetarian chain Clover Food Lab is bringing back its May the Fourth Be With You box, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and a dessert. The box is $120 for two to three people, or $200 for four-five people. The boxes include items like green Baby Yoda pancakes, pita pizza planets, and more. Boxes are available for pick-up and delivery May 2, but orders must be placed by April 30. View the full menu and order here.
Mark your calendars
The Boston Calling music festival, taking place at the Harvard Athletic Complex May 27 through May 29, releases its 2022 chef line-up, which includes Suasday, GreCo, and more while Metallica, The Strokes, Nine Inch Nails, Cheap Trick, and others handle the entertainment side of the show. For a full line-up and tickets (starting at $144.99), visit the Boston Calling website.
Fake meat; real legal battle
Silicon Valley fake meat manufacturer Impossible Foods Inc. is suing Boston start-up Motif FoodWorks Inc. over what it considers a very close resemblance between the two products, according to Boston Business Journal. At issue is Impossible’s patent on heme, an ingredient in both fake meat products. Motif punched back at Impossible with a a petition with the United States Patent and Trademark office, asking it to review the legitimacy of Impossible’s patent as heme existed in nature and food before Impossible claimed it with a patent.
Update 05/10/2022: This article has been corrected: Precinct does not serve alcohol during lunch.