Waltham-based brewery Mighty Squirrel is making a gigantic move into Boston proper later this year. Boston Business Journal reports that the crowd-favorite brewery broke ground this month on construction for a 13,000-square-foot location in Fenway, at the shiny new residential development Bower, that is slated to open in October. The brewing company — known for its hazy, juicy New England-style IPAs like Cloud Candy — plans to use the space to experiment with new beers in smaller batches, and it’ll also include a kitchen run by a yet-to-be-named food partner. The brewery will also be neighboring the highly anticipated reboot of legendary Boston restaurant Eastern Standard, which is going into the same development.
Star chef Mark Ladner is out at Harvard Square’s Bar Enza
Eighteen months after chef Mark Ladner, an alum of now-closed NYC fine dining destination Del Posto, headed up the much-publicized launch of Italian restaurant Bar Enza at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, there’s been a change in command. Tony Susi, a Boston veteran who was the former chef and owner of acclaimed Italian bistro Sage, has taken over as executive chef at Bar Enza. That means that Ladner’s famous 100-layer lasagna has been nixed to make way for Susi’s revamp of the menu, which includes a sirloin carpaccio and campanelle nero, or squid ink pasta with crabmeat.
Ladner will remain with Bar Enza’s parent company the Lyons Group — which runs a ton of local restaurants including Newbury Street stalwart Sonsie and French spot Rochambeau in Back Bay — and will be overseeing all of their culinary operations through spring and into summer, according to a rep for the restaurant.
Try tacos from an acclaimed New Hampshire chef at a one-night-only pop-up next week
Chef Colton Coburn-Wood of swanky South End spot Cósmica is hosting chef David Vargas of Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Vida Cantina for a one-night-only pop-up on Tuesday, May 2, from 5 to 11 p.m. Vargas, who was named a James Beard semifinalist for outstanding chef this year, will be cooking baked haddock tacos, chicken drums with tamarind mole and a poblano relish, and a spring-y take on the Mexican corn salad esquites, which customers can order alongside Coburn-Wood’s spring menu for Cósmica.
An inside look at the viral success of Lakon Paris Patisserie
The Boston Globe checked out TikTok darling Lakon Paris Patisserie, the Newton bakery that just opened a second outpost in Brookline. Crowds are lining up for the bakery’s photogenic croissants — so much so that the team has had to double production to 2,000 croissants on each weekend day and start their bakes at 4 a.m.