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ALLSTON — Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Super 88 food court standby Kantin has shut down. The restaurant, known for its sprawling menu of barbecued meats, congee, and soup noodles, has been emptied out, and it’s unclear whether the restaurant plans to reopen elsewhere.
BACK BAY — The Boston outpost of Cornish Pasty Co., an Arizona-based, British-style bakery that sold pasties — baked hand pies stuffed with veggies and meats — closed its doors in mid-June after nearly seven years in Back Bay. The owners announced the closure in a heartfelt goodbye post on Instagram.
BACK BAY — The lone Boston outpost of Georgetown Cupcakes has shut down after its owners chose not to renew the shop’s lease on Newbury Street. The popular Washington, D.C.-based cupcake chain first debuted on Newbury Street over a decade ago, according to Boston Business Journal.
CAMBRIDGE — The Kendall Square outpost of Dumpling Daughter is shutting down after five years, owner Nadia Liu Spellman confirmed with Eater. Simultaneously, Spellman is gearing up to open a new location in South Boston at the beginning of July. “Our landlord, the Broad Institute, gave us an opportunity five years ago and it’s been an incredible learning experience,” Spellman said in an email. “We look forward to exploring smaller footprints and a new and fresh menu at our South Boston location.”
CAMBRIDGE — Baraka, a beloved North African restaurant that was first located near Central Square for decades, and then relocated to nearby Porter Square in 2016, has shut down, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. The long-tenured restaurant, run by industry veteran and L’Espalier alum Alia Meddeb, was known for its fluffy couscous, aromatic lamb and chicken tagines, Tunisian merguez, or spiced sausage, and cherbet, a floral, fresh-squeezed lemonade.
CAMBRIDGE — An East Cambridge Portuguese mainstay, Portugalia Restaurant, has shut down after 40 years.
CAMBRIDGE — Innovative Central Square restaurant Cloud & Spirits, originally led by chef Katie Cheung and then by chef Ron Sh, has stopped its regular dinner service after a two-year run. The restaurant has since pivoted to a private events space, and the team plans to launch a rotating chef’s table-style dinner series soon, according to Sh.
NEWTON — Brewery and taproom Burke’s Alewerks, owned by Brian Burke, has closed down after less than a year in its West Newton space, Boston Restaurant Talk reports.
SOMERVILLE — Both T&B Pizza and Turenne Bagels, a pizzeria and bagel shop that operated out of the same space at Somerville’s Union Square, have shut down, according to Boston Restaurant Talk.
SOUTH BOSTON — Shenannigans, an Irish American restaurant and bar, called it quits at the end of May after an over 25-year run in South Boston, according to local blog Caught in Southie.
Update: June 26, 2023, 11:35 a.m.: This article was updated to include more information about the current version of Cloud & Spirits, plus future plans for the space.