This spring, the Boston area has lost a lovable, 25-year old neighborhood pizza dive; an art-centered lounge; one of the few Cuban cafes in the area; restaurants from hit chefs Nancy Batista-Caswell and Jason Santos; and more. Meanwhile, other restaurants, like Carrot Flower, have announced imminent closures.
Here’s a running roundup of reported closures:
JAMAICA PLAIN — Sunny vegan cafe Carrot Flower will pour its final green juice on May 23, 2022 when its lease concludes. After four years, the popular cafe announced that it was not able to become profitable. Until the last day of business, Carrot Flower plans to stay open five days a week while operating with minimal staff. Follow its Facebook page to monitor any schedule changes through May. (703 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain)
MALDEN — Yong Yong Chinese restaurant shuttered after eight years dishing Chinese-American and Cantonese food in Malden, according to BostonRestaurants. Brazilian Mineirao Steakhouse plans to take over the space. (108 Ferry Street, Malden)
SOMERVILLE — Another location of the 99 restaurant and pub chain called it quits, according to BostonRestaurants. The Somerville location shuttered just after the Route 1 Saugus location (181 Broadway, Saugus) closed its doors on April 16. Meanwhile, the restaurant group has a number of new Massachusetts locations in the works. Ninety-nine, headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, has over 100 restaurants across the Northeast.
DOWNTOWN BOSTON — Levend Bagelry closed up shop at Boston Public Market April 16 after six years serving cold-fermented sourdough bagels at the Haymarket facility. The bagel counter gained a following as a frequent presence at farmers’ markets before settling into its Boston Public Market stall in July 2016. The market won’t be without bagels for long though. The Bagel Guild rolls into Levend’s space today, April 20, with sourdough bagels, bagel sandwiches, and spreads like smoked beet hummus. Levend posted a goodbye on its website: “After weathering the pandemic over the past 2 years, and facing every other challenge that comes with owning a small business, it’s simply time for a new adventure and to pass the bagel torch on.” (100 Hanover Street, Boston)
MARBLEHEAD — Fast-casual seafood restaurant B & B Fish won’t reopen after winter hibernation. Boston restaurateur Jason Santos (Buttermilk & Bourbon, Citrus & Salt) opened the New England-meets-American-South seafood house in November 2020 with a menu of green apple soft serve, fried clams, and onion rings so puffy they resembled doughnuts. It closed for a winter hiatus after its 2021 season with plans to reopen this April, according to the restaurant’s website. Instead, the restaurant has permanently shuttered, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. (195 Pleasant Street, Marblehead)
FORT POINT — Nancy Batista-Caswell’s hit Fort Point restaurant, Oak and Rowan, has been sold. It shuttered on April 16, 2022. Read the story here. (321 A Street, Boston)
JAMAICA PLAIN — Old Havana, a lauded Cuban cafe with a vast menu in Jamaica Plain, called it quits this April. The restaurant offered traditional Cuban dishes like ham croquettes, guava cheesecake, and ropa vieja served in a friendly dining room that hummed with Cuban tunes. The owner said that the lease had not been renewed and that there was no plan to move to another location, according to the Jamaica Plain News. (349 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain)
ROXBURY — After three and half years topping New York-style pizzas with Portuguese pork sausage chouriço, burrata, and more, Mario’s shuttered in Roxbury on April 11. According to a Facebook post, the space will carry on as a pizza spot under a new name with new owners. (197 Humboldt Avenue, Roxbury)
SAUGUS — The Route 1 Saugus outpost (181 Broadway, Saugus) of local restaurant chain 99 restaurant and pub shuttered Saturday, April 16, according to some “local chatter” heard by Boston Restaurant Talk. Meanwhile, the family-friendly restaurant group is opening a new Saugus outpost nearby.
DEDHAM — Victory Grille served its last wing, reports the Boston Restaurant Talk blog. The sports bar, which opened in 2016, served standard bar options like wings, mac and cheese, and more.
CAMBRIDGE — After over half a century stoking the neighborhood’s affection for pizza and a pitcher, Porter Square mainstay Newtowne Grille made its exit on March 19, 2022. Before pandemic-era renovations, the lovable dive had largely remained the same since the 1960s. Building owner Eric Boyer cited Covid-related challenges for the closure, like repeated reports that it had already closed permanently. Read Eater Boston’s full story here. (838 Boston Road, Cambridge)
MALDEN — After 30 years, Dockside restaurant served its last meal on March 20, 2022. House of Smoke barbecue restaurant from the same restaurant group will take it place. The Wakefield Dockside location remains open. (229 Centre Street, Malden)
SOMERVILLE — Create gallery and cocktail lounge ended a three-year run at Bow Market in Union Square on March 22, 2022. Chef Louis DiBiccari’s art-centered lounge opened in 2019 as a permanent manifestation of his annual showcase of chefs, bartenders, artists, and musicians. According to a closing statement, Create “will undergo some brand restructuring & relocate soon.” (1 Bow Market Way, Somerville)
WALTHAM — Longstanding Lexington Street Greek eatery Demos (146 Lexington Street, Waltham) closed in March, according to WickedLocal.com. Turkish restauranter Osman Kiranoglu bought Demos, closed it, and rebranded as Boston Kebab House. The Watertown Demos remains opens at 64 Mount Auburn Street.