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Fried chicken from Bucktown, coming to Mission Hill in 2020
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15 Exciting Boston-Area Restaurants and Bars Opening in Spring 2020

So much pizza, so much chicken, so much booze

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Fried chicken from Bucktown, coming to Mission Hill in 2020
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Sullivan’s has reopened for the season. Boston’s seen a couple of days over 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Crocuses are peeking out of the soil. The signs point to spring’s arrival (officially March 19), and it’s going to be full of new restaurants.

This map zeroes in on 15 of the most exciting spring 2020 restaurant and bar openings in and around Boston, and there’s an awful lot of pizza, chicken, and booze on the horizon, not to mention jamón ibérico, whole grilled fish, and ramen.

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means — especially with the expected opening of two food halls, Boston’s getting a lot of new restaurants over the next few months — but is meant to provide an overview of some of the season’s probable highlights. Looking for more? You can always find the full 2020 anticipated openings rundown here, updated periodically throughout the year with pertinent new details and additions. Plus, keep an eye on the weekly updated coming attractions roundup for more news.

Without further ado, here are 15 restaurants to watch in spring 2020.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Faces Brewing Co.

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50 Pleasant St
Malden, MA 02148

For craft beer and gastropub grub

Malden is getting a roomy brewpub. Faces, which has ties to the now-defunct Lanes and Games (its closure will always be devastating), will open in April, serving its own beer — which will be brewed onsite and will include IPAs, stouts, sours, and more — as well as wine, liquor, and beer from other producers. The brewpub will also serve American-style gastropub fare.

Faces is the brainchild of Bob Martignetti, his three brothers, and childhood friend Eddie Ducharme, who will serve as head brewer. The brewpub is named after a Cambridge nightclub the Martignettis’ father and uncles operated from the 1970s until 1990. The new Faces is situated inside an old bank, which was the site of the first armed bank robbery in the history of the United States. In a kitschy but fun move, the bank vaults will serve as private dining rooms.

Mid-April 2020

A silver fermentation tank displays the name of Faces Brewing Company, a forthcoming Malden brewery
Faces Brewing Co.
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2. Hen Chicken Rice

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24 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143

For Thailand’s take on Hainanese chicken rice

One of two Hainanese chicken rice spots set to open this spring (and one of a surprisingly large number of chicken-focused restaurants on deck), Hen Chicken Rice will be a tiny, casual Union Square restaurant showcasing khao man gai, the Thai take on Southeast Asia’s classic poached chicken and rice dish.

Hen Chicken Rice will serve several versions of the dish, with options such as boiled chicken thigh or crispy fried chicken, white or brown rice, and Hainan chile or sweet soy sauce, among a few other possibilities. Chef Pong Kansab is an alum of Blue Ginger, Grill 23, and the Smoke Shop.

April 2020

3. The Lexington

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100 First St
Cambridge, MA 02141

For daytime pastries, rooftop cocktails, and a taste of Italy

Possibly sneaking in at the very end of spring, with the full rollout continuing into early summer, is the trio of connected new projects from Will Gilson and his Puritan & Co. team, collectively known as the Lexington and including a rooftop cocktail bar, private event space, an Italian restaurant called Geppetto, and a cafe called Café Beatrice, all located in a building called the Shed at Cambridge Crossing. (A distillery and brewery from Cambridge’s Lamplighter Brewing team will also open at the Shed later in the year.) The overall project is meant to feel like “a hotel with no rooms,” Gilson told Eater — the type of place someone could meet all their needs for the day, from morning coffee, pastries, and wifi to after-work cocktails to a full dinner.

The rooftop bar and Café Beatrice are expected to open in mid-June, making that spring cutoff, with Geppetto arriving shortly after July 4. The bar — which will eventually serve lunch and dinner daily but might start with just dinner — will serve food like “a really great burger, steak frites, big salads, great chicken wings — you know, fun bar food,” as Gilson previously told Eater. The cafe will showcase sweet and savory treats by acclaimed pastry chef Brian Mercury; the all-day, casual space will also have wifi, a patio, and drinks.

Mid-June 2020 (partial opening, with everything expected to be open in July)

Overhead view of a pile of cinnamon buns
Laminated cinnamon rolls by pastry chef Brian Mercury, an example of a potential Café Beatrice treat
The Lexington [Official Photo]

4. Apizza

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80 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114

For New Haven-style pizza (“ah-beetz”) and Roman-style pizza

Chef Douglass Williams, Seth Gerber, and their team from South End Italian gem Mida are on the verge of opening a dual-concept pizzeria, Apizza, in the forthcoming Hub Hall food hall, part of the TD Garden-adjacent Hub on Causeway development, where they’ll serve both New Haven-style and Roman-style pizzas.

New Haven is rightly known as one of the best pizza cities in the United States (the world?) — think Frank Pepe’s, Sally’s, Modern, and relative newcomer Bar — and soon Bostonians and commuters will be able to snack on Williams’ take on the stuff. Unlike at most of the famous New Haven pizzerias, Williams won’t be cooking his pizzas in a coal-fired oven (doing so is technically possible but also quite tricky in Boston). Williams isn’t worried, though — his oven, which is similar to the ones used at Bonci in Rome, is capable of reaching 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. 

“People will be able to get a whole pie almost as quickly as they can get a slice,” Williams previously told Eater. “And at that temperature, they get that typical New Haven-style char.” Apizza (pronounced “ah-beetz” by true New Haven folks) will also serve Roman-style pizza. Here’s a peek at the menu, which includes a Frank Pepe homage, the Uncle Pepe, with clams, roasted garlic, oregano, and pecorino. (Pepe’s is famous in part for its clam pizza.)  

Early April 2020

Portrait of a chef in a restaurant kitchen
Douglass Williams
Mida [Official Photo]

5. Momosan Ramen Boston

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80 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114

For ramen and more from an Iron Chef

Like Apizza (see above), Momosan Ramen Boston will open at the Hub on Causeway’s food hall, Hub Hall, this spring. Unlike Apizza and the rest of the Hub Hall vendors, Momosan will be a full-service, standalone restaurant. The restaurant comes from restaurateur Masaharu Morimoto, who is best known from Iron Chef on television, and it has sister locations in New York, Seattle, and Waikiki. Along with ramen, Momosan will also serve a variety of Japanese bar snacks, grilled dishes, sushi, sake, and more.

Early April 2020

Overhead view of a table full of Japanese dishes, including ramen and lots more
A spread of dishes from Momosan Ramen
Momosan Ramen [Official Photo]

6. Servia

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126 State St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 936-3396
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For modern Eastern Mediterranean fare — casual by day, more formal by night

Ozcan Ozan of the now-closed Sultan’s Kitchen — a former downtown Boston staple for Turkish lunch — is opening Servia in Boston’s historic Cunard Building this spring, with executive chef Claudio Cavalleri onboard. The Servia team is describing the restaurant as “modern Eastern Mediterranean,” and its daytime and nighttime personalities will be a bit different.

By day, past Sultan’s Kitchen fans will be pleased to find that Servia is a casual, takeout-friendly spot. By night, it’ll be more of a formal sit-down experience, and there will also be a meze-focused bar with wine and cocktails.

Spring 2020

7. Daiquiris & Daisies

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100 High St
Boston, MA 02110

For expert cocktails inside a downtown food hall

Dynamic duo Daren Swisher and Joseph Cammarata — who used to work together as co-managers of the Hojoko bar — are opening their own bar, Daiquiris & Daisies, at the forthcoming High Street Place food hall. Details are scarce, but drinkers will find a mix of “creative and classic cocktails with seasonal twists,” including a pineapple daiquiri and an amaro-based daisy. Those who have sat in front of Swisher or Cammarata at Hojoko or elsewhere know that Boston’s in for a treat.

Spring 2020

8. Chic Chick

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164 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134

For Hainanese chicken rice in Allston (as opposed to Somerville, because that’s also happening this spring)

Singaporean food is coming to Allston, courtesy of Chic Chick, which is set to open on Brighton Avenue in the space currently occupied by Iron Kitchen ( the two are under the same ownership, but Chic Chick will have new management.) The new restaurant will specialize in Hainanese chicken rice, which is typical of Singaporean street markets; it’s also found in other parts of Southeast Asia, but the Chic Chick team is positioning the restaurant as Singaporean.

The chicken is poached with various spices and accoutrements, and the rice is cooked in the poaching liquid. It all comes served with various dipping sauces. Chic Chick will also feature various teas, including tea lattes.

Late March 2020

Overhead view of Hainanese chicken rice with a variety of sauces and ingredients next to the plate.
Chic Chick’s Hainanese chicken rice
Chic Chick/Instagram

9. Da LaPosta

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12 Farnsworth St
Boston, MA 02210

For wood-fired pizza that’s not technically Neapolitan

Pastoral’s been holding down the wood-fired pizza fort in Fort Point for nearly six years, but soon it’ll be joined by another wood-fired pizzeria: Da LaPosta will open this spring, bringing Neapolitan-adjacent pizzas to 12 Farnsworth St., the space formerly occupied by Bee’s Knees Supply Co. The pizzeria comes from Mario LaPosta, the former pizzaiolo of now-closed Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca.

LaPosta, whose family is from Naples, will cook his pizzas between 800 and 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is typical of pizzerias in Naples. LaPosta doesn’t consider his pizzas to be Neapolitan, though; it’s a designation that comes with some very strict requirements, including sourcing of specific Italian ingredients. “I prefer the term pizza artigianale [artisanal], especially with our commitment to local, sustainable ingredients,” he previously told Eater.

Spring 2020

A Neapolitan pizza topped with artichokes, prosciutto, and mozzarella
Pizza testing for Da LaPosta
Da LaPosta [Official Photo]

10. Unnamed Project From Shōjō Team

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7 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

For something mysterious from a solid team

Brian Moy (who owns popular Chinatown restaurants Shōjō and Ruckus, as well as a Logan Airport offshoot of Shōjō) is opening a new restaurant underneath Ruckus this spring; like the rest of the restaurants, it’ll be overseen by Toro and Tiger Mama alum Mike Stark, who has been the group’s executive chef for nearly three years.

The group hasn’t shared a name or details about the new restaurant yet, but Shōjō and Ruckus have always been a big hit with diners, so whatever the team tries is worth checking out. Their existing restaurants serve modern Asian cuisine, with Shōjō featuring funky small plates and cocktails and Ruckus centering around casual noodle bowls. Stay tuned for more information.

May/June 2020

11. Atlántico

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600 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

For pintxos, fancy ham, and other Iberian treats

Select Oyster Bar’s Michael Serpa just opened his second restaurant, Grand Tour, but that’s not stopping him from diving right into restaurant number three. He’ll open Atlántico in the former Southern Proper space in the South End this spring — quite an expansive space compared to his more intimate Back Bay restaurants.

Atlántico’s all about the Iberian Peninsula, showcasing Spanish and Portuguese dishes with a major seafood focus. Expect paella, pintxos, tinned seafood, jamón ibérico, sherry, and more. Plus, the restaurant will operate as a cafe on weekday mornings, serving coffee from Ipswich-based Little Wolf Coffee Roasters, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, pastries, and more.

Spring 2020

Portrait of a chef wearing glasses, a black apron, a white shirt, and a black baseball cap. He sits in front of a brick wall, arms crossed, looking off to the side and smiling.
Michael Serpa
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12. Ivory Pearl

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1704 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445

For top-notch cocktails and all the seafood

Led by Ran Duan, the talented Baldwin Bar and Blossom Bar team is opening a new seafood-focused venue in Washington Square, which Duan has said will feature a cocktail program totally different from the acclaimed offerings at Baldwin and Blossom or anywhere in town. It’s a “style of cocktail that doesn’t exist in Boston,” he previously told Eater.

As for the seafood, Bar Mezzana and Eventide Fenway alum Ian Maschal will lead the kitchen, serving plenty of crudo, whole grilled fish, and more, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

Late spring/early summer 2020

A man stands against a white marble bar, looking at the camera. There are tropical plants to his right and a mint green wall behind him.
Ran Duan
Blossom Bar [Official Photo]

13. Bucktown Chicken & Fish

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1522 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120

For fried chicken and fish

Since summer 2018, a fried chicken and fish restaurant — a Providence import called Bucktown — has been in the works for Mission Hill. When it finally opens later this year, possibly in late spring, diners can expect items like fried chicken, fried fish sandwiches, fried bologna sandwiches, burgers, fried shrimp, fried oysters, collard greens, potato salad, mac and cheese, and more. The Boston location will be larger than the Providence location, so it may have an expanded menu. Stay tuned for more details.

Late spring/early summer 2020

A bucket of fried chicken from Bucktown Chicken & Fish sits on the ground, which is covered with fallen leaves. There are also waffle fries and other sides.
Fried chicken, waffle fries, and more from Bucktown
Bucktown Chicken & Fish [Official Photo]

14. Bianca

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47 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

For wood-fired everything (including Roman-style pizza)

Probably debuting in the very early days of spring 2020 or even at the end of winter, Bianca is the newest addition to Nancy and Tim Cushman’s growing restaurant group, which includes O Ya, Hojoko, Gogo Ya, and Ms. Cluck’s Deluxe Chicken & Dumplings locally as well as additional restaurants in New York and Mexico City.

While the name Bianca comes from the Italian word for “white,” it’s meant to refer to a clean plate, and the restaurant is more of an open-ended American spot with a focus on wood-fired cooking (on a smoker, grills, ovens, and rotisserie). Bianca will be a family-friendly restaurant meant to tailor to locals, and it will include Mr. Roni Cups, a Roman-style pizzeria with slices and whole pizzas available.

Late winter/early spring 2020

A portrait of a woman and a man, Nancy and Tim Cushman, against a wall of wooden slats
Nancy and Tim Cushman
Jessica Nash

15. Northern Spy

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96 Revere St
Canton, MA 02021

For classic, family-friendly New England fare at a historic site

This one’s quite a bit outside of the city, but Boston-area diners will be familiar with the folks behind it: Cambridge’s Loyal Nine team is getting ready to open Northern Spy at an old copper mill at the Paul Revere Heritage Site in Canton. It’s going to be a spacious location; in addition to a large dining room, there’ll be a garden patio and private event rooms. An open kitchen with a wood-fired hearth will be a focal point.

The team has described the restaurant as offering “the soul of New England comfort food”; think prime rib, hot buttered crab on Parker House rolls, mac and cheese, and chowder, all showing off the bounty of the Southern New England coast. There’ll be plenty of kid-friendly options, too.

Late spring 2020

Overhead view of a plate of greens, included charred broccoli, over burrata.
Recipe testing for Northern Spy: wood-roasted broccoli over local burrata
Northern Spy/Instagram

1. Faces Brewing Co.

50 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
A silver fermentation tank displays the name of Faces Brewing Company, a forthcoming Malden brewery
Faces Brewing Co.
Faces Brewing Company/Facebook

For craft beer and gastropub grub

Malden is getting a roomy brewpub. Faces, which has ties to the now-defunct Lanes and Games (its closure will always be devastating), will open in April, serving its own beer — which will be brewed onsite and will include IPAs, stouts, sours, and more — as well as wine, liquor, and beer from other producers. The brewpub will also serve American-style gastropub fare.

Faces is the brainchild of Bob Martignetti, his three brothers, and childhood friend Eddie Ducharme, who will serve as head brewer. The brewpub is named after a Cambridge nightclub the Martignettis’ father and uncles operated from the 1970s until 1990. The new Faces is situated inside an old bank, which was the site of the first armed bank robbery in the history of the United States. In a kitschy but fun move, the bank vaults will serve as private dining rooms.

Mid-April 2020

50 Pleasant St
Malden, MA 02148

2. Hen Chicken Rice

24 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143

For Thailand’s take on Hainanese chicken rice

One of two Hainanese chicken rice spots set to open this spring (and one of a surprisingly large number of chicken-focused restaurants on deck), Hen Chicken Rice will be a tiny, casual Union Square restaurant showcasing khao man gai, the Thai take on Southeast Asia’s classic poached chicken and rice dish.

Hen Chicken Rice will serve several versions of the dish, with options such as boiled chicken thigh or crispy fried chicken, white or brown rice, and Hainan chile or sweet soy sauce, among a few other possibilities. Chef Pong Kansab is an alum of Blue Ginger, Grill 23, and the Smoke Shop.

April 2020

24 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143

3. The Lexington

100 First St, Cambridge, MA 02141
Overhead view of a pile of cinnamon buns
Laminated cinnamon rolls by pastry chef Brian Mercury, an example of a potential Café Beatrice treat
The Lexington [Official Photo]

For daytime pastries, rooftop cocktails, and a taste of Italy

Possibly sneaking in at the very end of spring, with the full rollout continuing into early summer, is the trio of connected new projects from Will Gilson and his Puritan & Co. team, collectively known as the Lexington and including a rooftop cocktail bar, private event space, an Italian restaurant called Geppetto, and a cafe called Café Beatrice, all located in a building called the Shed at Cambridge Crossing. (A distillery and brewery from Cambridge’s Lamplighter Brewing team will also open at the Shed later in the year.) The overall project is meant to feel like “a hotel with no rooms,” Gilson told Eater — the type of place someone could meet all their needs for the day, from morning coffee, pastries, and wifi to after-work cocktails to a full dinner.

The rooftop bar and Café Beatrice are expected to open in mid-June, making that spring cutoff, with Geppetto arriving shortly after July 4. The bar — which will eventually serve lunch and dinner daily but might start with just dinner — will serve food like “a really great burger, steak frites, big salads, great chicken wings — you know, fun bar food,” as Gilson previously told Eater. The cafe will showcase sweet and savory treats by acclaimed pastry chef Brian Mercury; the all-day, casual space will also have wifi, a patio, and drinks.

Mid-June 2020 (partial opening, with everything expected to be open in July)

100 First St
Cambridge, MA 02141

4. Apizza

80 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114
Portrait of a chef in a restaurant kitchen
Douglass Williams
Mida [Official Photo]

For New Haven-style pizza (“ah-beetz”) and Roman-style pizza

Chef Douglass Williams, Seth Gerber, and their team from South End Italian gem Mida are on the verge of opening a dual-concept pizzeria, Apizza, in the forthcoming Hub Hall food hall, part of the TD Garden-adjacent Hub on Causeway development, where they’ll serve both New Haven-style and Roman-style pizzas.

New Haven is rightly known as one of the best pizza cities in the United States (the world?) — think Frank Pepe’s, Sally’s, Modern, and relative newcomer Bar — and soon Bostonians and commuters will be able to snack on Williams’ take on the stuff. Unlike at most of the famous New Haven pizzerias, Williams won’t be cooking his pizzas in a coal-fired oven (doing so is technically possible but also quite tricky in Boston). Williams isn’t worried, though — his oven, which is similar to the ones used at Bonci in Rome, is capable of reaching 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. 

“People will be able to get a whole pie almost as quickly as they can get a slice,” Williams previously told Eater. “And at that temperature, they get that typical New Haven-style char.” Apizza (pronounced “ah-beetz” by true New Haven folks) will also serve Roman-style pizza. Here’s a peek at the menu, which includes a Frank Pepe homage, the Uncle Pepe, with clams, roasted garlic, oregano, and pecorino. (Pepe’s is famous in part for its clam pizza.)  

Early April 2020

80 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114

5. Momosan Ramen Boston

80 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114
Overhead view of a table full of Japanese dishes, including ramen and lots more
A spread of dishes from Momosan Ramen
Momosan Ramen [Official Photo]

For ramen and more from an Iron Chef

Like Apizza (see above), Momosan Ramen Boston will open at the Hub on Causeway’s food hall, Hub Hall, this spring. Unlike Apizza and the rest of the Hub Hall vendors, Momosan will be a full-service, standalone restaurant. The restaurant comes from restaurateur Masaharu Morimoto, who is best known from Iron Chef on television, and it has sister locations in New York, Seattle, and Waikiki. Along with ramen, Momosan will also serve a variety of Japanese bar snacks, grilled dishes, sushi, sake, and more.

Early April 2020

80 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114

6. Servia

126 State St, Boston, MA 02109

For modern Eastern Mediterranean fare — casual by day, more formal by night

Ozcan Ozan of the now-closed Sultan’s Kitchen — a former downtown Boston staple for Turkish lunch — is opening Servia in Boston’s historic Cunard Building this spring, with executive chef Claudio Cavalleri onboard. The Servia team is describing the restaurant as “modern Eastern Mediterranean,” and its daytime and nighttime personalities will be a bit different.

By day, past Sultan’s Kitchen fans will be pleased to find that Servia is a casual, takeout-friendly spot. By night, it’ll be more of a formal sit-down experience, and there will also be a meze-focused bar with wine and cocktails.

Spring 2020

126 State St
Boston, MA 02109

7. Daiquiris & Daisies

100 High St, Boston, MA 02110

For expert cocktails inside a downtown food hall

Dynamic duo Daren Swisher and Joseph Cammarata — who used to work together as co-managers of the Hojoko bar — are opening their own bar, Daiquiris & Daisies, at the forthcoming High Street Place food hall. Details are scarce, but drinkers will find a mix of “creative and classic cocktails with seasonal twists,” including a pineapple daiquiri and an amaro-based daisy. Those who have sat in front of Swisher or Cammarata at Hojoko or elsewhere know that Boston’s in for a treat.

Spring 2020

100 High St
Boston, MA 02110

8. Chic Chick

164 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134
Overhead view of Hainanese chicken rice with a variety of sauces and ingredients next to the plate.
Chic Chick’s Hainanese chicken rice
Chic Chick/Instagram

For Hainanese chicken rice in Allston (as opposed to Somerville, because that’s also happening this spring)

Singaporean food is coming to Allston, courtesy of Chic Chick, which is set to open on Brighton Avenue in the space currently occupied by Iron Kitchen ( the two are under the same ownership, but Chic Chick will have new management.) The new restaurant will specialize in Hainanese chicken rice, which is typical of Singaporean street markets; it’s also found in other parts of Southeast Asia, but the Chic Chick team is positioning the restaurant as Singaporean.

The chicken is poached with various spices and accoutrements, and the rice is cooked in the poaching liquid. It all comes served with various dipping sauces. Chic Chick will also feature various teas, including tea lattes.

Late March 2020

164 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134

9. Da LaPosta

12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02210
A Neapolitan pizza topped with artichokes, prosciutto, and mozzarella
Pizza testing for Da LaPosta
Da LaPosta [Official Photo]

For wood-fired pizza that’s not technically Neapolitan

Pastoral’s been holding down the wood-fired pizza fort in Fort Point for nearly six years, but soon it’ll be joined by another wood-fired pizzeria: Da LaPosta will open this spring, bringing Neapolitan-adjacent pizzas to 12 Farnsworth St., the space formerly occupied by Bee’s Knees Supply Co. The pizzeria comes from Mario LaPosta, the former pizzaiolo of now-closed Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca.

LaPosta, whose family is from Naples, will cook his pizzas between 800 and 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is typical of pizzerias in Naples. LaPosta doesn’t consider his pizzas to be Neapolitan, though; it’s a designation that comes with some very strict requirements, including sourcing of specific Italian ingredients. “I prefer the term pizza artigianale [artisanal], especially with our commitment to local, sustainable ingredients,” he previously told Eater.

Spring 2020

12 Farnsworth St
Boston, MA 02210

10. Unnamed Project From Shōjō Team

7 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

For something mysterious from a solid team

Brian Moy (who owns popular Chinatown restaurants Shōjō and Ruckus, as well as a Logan Airport offshoot of Shōjō) is opening a new restaurant underneath Ruckus this spring; like the rest of the restaurants, it’ll be overseen by Toro and Tiger Mama alum Mike Stark, who has been the group’s executive chef for nearly three years.

The group hasn’t shared a name or details about the new restaurant yet, but Shōjō and Ruckus have always been a big hit with diners, so whatever the team tries is worth checking out. Their existing restaurants serve modern Asian cuisine, with Shōjō featuring funky small plates and cocktails and Ruckus centering around casual noodle bowls. Stay tuned for more information.

May/June 2020

7 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

11. Atlántico

600 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Portrait of a chef wearing glasses, a black apron, a white shirt, and a black baseball cap. He sits in front of a brick wall, arms crossed, looking off to the side and smiling.
Michael Serpa
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

For pintxos, fancy ham, and other Iberian treats

Select Oyster Bar’s Michael Serpa just opened his second restaurant, Grand Tour, but that’s not stopping him from diving right into restaurant number three. He’ll open Atlántico in the former Southern Proper space in the South End this spring — quite an expansive space compared to his more intimate Back Bay restaurants.

Atlántico’s all about the Iberian Peninsula, showcasing Spanish and Portuguese dishes with a major seafood focus. Expect paella, pintxos, tinned seafood, jamón ibérico, sherry, and more. Plus, the restaurant will operate as a cafe on weekday mornings, serving coffee from Ipswich-based Little Wolf Coffee Roasters, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, pastries, and more.

Spring 2020

600 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

12. Ivory Pearl

1704 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445
A man stands against a white marble bar, looking at the camera. There are tropical plants to his right and a mint green wall behind him.
Ran Duan
Blossom Bar [Official Photo]

For top-notch cocktails and all the seafood

Led by Ran Duan, the talented Baldwin Bar and Blossom Bar team is opening a new seafood-focused venue in Washington Square, which Duan has said will feature a cocktail program totally different from the acclaimed offerings at Baldwin and Blossom or anywhere in town. It’s a “style of cocktail that doesn’t exist in Boston,” he previously told Eater.

As for the seafood, Bar Mezzana and Eventide Fenway alum Ian Maschal will lead the kitchen, serving plenty of crudo, whole grilled fish, and more, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

Late spring/early summer 2020

1704 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445

13. Bucktown Chicken & Fish

1522 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120
A bucket of fried chicken from Bucktown Chicken & Fish sits on the ground, which is covered with fallen leaves. There are also waffle fries and other sides.
Fried chicken, waffle fries, and more from Bucktown
Bucktown Chicken & Fish [Official Photo]

For fried chicken and fish

Since summer 2018, a fried chicken and fish restaurant — a Providence import called Bucktown — has been in the works for Mission Hill. When it finally opens later this year, possibly in late spring, diners can expect items like fried chicken, fried fish sandwiches, fried bologna sandwiches, burgers, fried shrimp, fried oysters, collard greens, potato salad, mac and cheese, and more. The Boston location will be larger than the Providence location, so it may have an expanded menu. Stay tuned for more details.

Late spring/early summer 2020

1522 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120

14. Bianca

47 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
A portrait of a woman and a man, Nancy and Tim Cushman, against a wall of wooden slats
Nancy and Tim Cushman
Jessica Nash

For wood-fired everything (including Roman-style pizza)

Probably debuting in the very early days of spring 2020 or even at the end of winter, Bianca is the newest addition to Nancy and Tim Cushman’s growing restaurant group, which includes O Ya, Hojoko, Gogo Ya, and Ms. Cluck’s Deluxe Chicken & Dumplings locally as well as additional restaurants in New York and Mexico City.

While the name Bianca comes from the Italian word for “white,” it’s meant to refer to a clean plate, and the restaurant is more of an open-ended American spot with a focus on wood-fired cooking (on a smoker, grills, ovens, and rotisserie). Bianca will be a family-friendly restaurant meant to tailor to locals, and it will include Mr. Roni Cups, a Roman-style pizzeria with slices and whole pizzas available.

Late winter/early spring 2020

47 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

15. Northern Spy

96 Revere St, Canton, MA 02021
Overhead view of a plate of greens, included charred broccoli, over burrata.
Recipe testing for Northern Spy: wood-roasted broccoli over local burrata
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For classic, family-friendly New England fare at a historic site

This one’s quite a bit outside of the city, but Boston-area diners will be familiar with the folks behind it: Cambridge’s Loyal Nine team is getting ready to open Northern Spy at an old copper mill at the Paul Revere Heritage Site in Canton. It’s going to be a spacious location; in addition to a large dining room, there’ll be a garden patio and private event rooms. An open kitchen with a wood-fired hearth will be a focal point.

The team has described the restaurant as offering “the soul of New England comfort food”; think prime rib, hot buttered crab on Parker House rolls, mac and cheese, and chowder, all showing off the bounty of the Southern New England coast. There’ll be plenty of kid-friendly options, too.

Late spring 2020

96 Revere St
Canton, MA 02021

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