<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News - [NBC Boston]Food & Drink]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcboston.com/news/localen-usMon, 21 Oct 2019 14:42:13 -0400Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:42:13 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A to Open First Location Within Boston City Limits]]>563548102Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:13:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Buscan_ladron_de_un_Chik-fil-A_en_Charlotte.jpg

Last fall, it was reported that a chain of chicken places was planning to open in Copley Place, and it looked like it would be replacing a location of a local group of burrito spots. Now we have learned that the burrito place has shut down.

Universal Hub is reporting (via Ron Newman) that Boloco on Boylston Street is now closed, making way for what will apparently be the first location of Chick-fil-A within the Boston city limits. The sign out front refers Boloco customers to two other locations on Boylston Street--one by Boston Common and another near Berklee College. (Five other outlets can be found in and around Boston as well.)

Chick-fil-A currently has a handful of locations in the Greater Boston area, including in Brockton, Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Peabody, and Woburn.

The address for the now-closed Boloco in Copley Square (and upcoming Chick-fil-A) is 569 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Chick-fil-A Plans to Open in Boston's Copley Square

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[New Trader Joe’s in Boston Opens This Week]]>563461642Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:39:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/12+27+18+trader+joes.jpg

Big News, Southie! We’ve been waiting with bated breath for the opening of Trader Joe’s and now it’s happening! 

According to a media advisory, the Fort Point location will open on Friday, Oct. 25 with a grand opening celebration with music, tasting and giveaways!

See media release below:

 

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<![CDATA[Mystic Brewery in Chelsea Has Closed]]>561551112Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:32:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/237*120/mystic2.jpg

One of the first of the "new" batch of local breweries in the Greater Boston area is calling it a day.

According to a Facebook post last month, Mystic Brewery in Chelsea is closing its doors, saying that it has "decided to discontinue brewing operations and intends to wind things down over the next few weeks" while saying that it will be "releasing some final batches, special beers, and selling off our beer archive as well as selling off all of our barrels to the public." The note ends by saying that "we are proud of what we accomplished and know in our hearts that the impact of Mystic will remain long after the doors are closed."

In another Facebook post last week, the brewery said that Saturday, Oct. 19 would be their last day in operation. Ciao Pizza delivered complimentary pizzas throughout the afternoon as part of the farewell bash.

The brewery also expressed some optimism that it may someday return.

"On a bright note, in the outpouring of response to our closing we’ve had numerous overtures seeking to bring back or save the brand, recipes and beers. While our social media channels may go dark after this weekend, we will be sure to make an announcement if we have anything to share in terms of developments."

Mystic Brewery was established in 2011, with its taproom opening a couple of years later within its Williams Street space. In February of 2018, it appeared that the brewery may relocate to a new, larger facility on Charles Street in Malden, but those plans ultimately fell through.

The address for Mystic Brewery is 174 Williams Street, Chelsea, MA, 02150. Its website can be found at https://www.mystic-brewery.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Gourmet Dumpling House in Boston's Chinatown Seized by the State]]>563371142Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:09:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-640354996.jpg

An award-winning restaurant in downtown Boston has been seized by state.

According to a source, Gourmet Dumpling House in the city's Chinatown neighborhood is closed, with a sign out front saying that it has been seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in the possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is not known what might happen to the Beach Street eatery now, though restaurants often work with the state to set up a payment plan when it comes to back taxes so they can reopen; as soon as we find out more about the exact status of Gourmet Dumpling House, we will post an update here.

Gourmet Dumpling House is often mentioned as one of the top dumpling spots in the Boston area, with Travel and Leisure once picking it as one of the 25 best Chinese restaurants in the United States. (CNNGo also included it among the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the country several years back.)

The address for Gourmet Dumpling House is 52 Beach Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Let’s Celebrate: It’s National Pizza Month!]]>505499902Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:01:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Get_a_Piece_of_This%21_A_Pizza_Pop-Up_You_Don_t_Want_to_Miss%21.jpg

Pizza, pizza! October is National Pizza month! Why not celebrate! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots for pizza in the neighborhood!

Try Molinari’s in Adams Village! Try our favorite – the Bocca with Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Sopprasatta, Roasted Pepper, Garlic Confit, Fresh Oregano. Start with their Mussels Fra Diavalo Wild Mussels Simmered in Tomatoes with Garlic, Chili Flakes, Pinot Grigio Wine, Served with Wood Oven Ciabatta! Check out their full menu here! 

Lower Mills Tavern serves up woodstone pizzas perfect for sharing (or not)! Try the Autumn Vegetable made with fig jam, arugula, roasted brussels sprouts, confit garlic, braised leeks, parnsips, rosemary oil, plant-based ricotta or the Arrabiata Sausuage made with house-made fennel sausage, fontina, broccoli rabe, tarragon, arrabiatta sauce. They also be serving up a special pizza on Saturday –Truffle Mushroom White Pizza! Pairs well with one their delicious wines!

The Harp & Bard has one of the best under the radar good pizzas! Their pizza has crunchy crust, great sauce and the perfect amount of cheese. You can build your own pie or choose from their signature pizzas.

We’ve also rounded up some of our favorite spots in other neighborhoods for you to try!

Caught in Southie:
Lincoln serves up wood fire pizza like classic margarita and pepperoni to buffalo chicken, breakfast and butternut squash! Get the appetite going by order up their spicy wings to start! Pairs well with their house sangria! Check out our full list here!

Caught in Eastie:
Santarpio’s is legendary for its pizza! This hole in the wall spot is located on Chelsea in East Boston and open 7 days a week. Their menu is simple, pizza and bbq but it’s sooooo good! Check out their menu here! 

Did we miss your favorite spot?  Let us know in the comments below your go to pizza places!

Image via Caught in Dot Instagram!  Make sure to give us a follow!

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<![CDATA[Asahi Is Moving From Brighton to Brookline]]>563296472Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:17:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-691103589.jpg

A Japanese restaurant in Brighton is moving to a new space in Brookline.

According to a tweet from @GospelOfIHM, Asahi on Market Street in Brighton Center is moving to Washington Street in Brookline's Washington Square area, with a sign out front at the old location indicating that the move may have taken place yesterday. The sign also mentions that the place might be expanding its menu, which currently includes sushi, sashimi, and maki along with soups, salads, and appetizers.

Based on the address given, it appears that Asahi is taking over the space where Kamiza and Matuya had been.

The address for the new location of Asahi is 696 Washington Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. Its website can be found at https://www.bostonasahi.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[50 Great Ways to Have Fun in and Around Boston This Week]]>563514011Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:32:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Lawn+on+D+Pumpkin+Palooza.jpg

It’s the week before Halloween and it’s chock-full of some spooky (and not so spooky fun). Enjoy The Lawn on D’s last family event of the season – Pumpkin Palooza, Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween, Castle Island Association’s 37th Annual Halloween Celebration, World of Dance live on stage and a whole lot more! Check out this week’s picks:

Monday, Oct. 21

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets of Boston by lantern light where you’ll hear all the tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts who are rumored to haunt the city. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 8 p.m., Central Burying Ground Cemetery on Boylston Street, Boston. 

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday through Nov. 19. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston. 

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester. 

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets of Boston by lantern light where you’ll hear all the tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts who are rumored to haunt the city. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 8 p.m., Central Burying Ground Cemetery on Boylston Street, Boston.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Little Feat

Little Feat takes the stage tonight at the Orpheum Theatre with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Tickets start at $29. Orpheum Theatre Boston, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience

Washington Irving’s iconic 1820’s tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” comes to life for another Halloween season at Old Sturbridge Village in an immersive, outdoor theatrical experience. Be guided through Sturbridge Village’s countryside where you’ll encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and maybe even the Headless Horseman. Performances are rain or shine. Tickets are $35-$55 per person. 7:30 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge.

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets of Boston by lantern light where you’ll hear all the tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts who are rumored to haunt the city. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Central Burying Ground Cemetery on Boylston Street, Boston. 

Thursday, Oct. 24

The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway

Enjoy this outdoor farmers market on The Greenway offering farm fresh produce: meat, poultry, and eggs; milk and cheese; fish; bread and baked goods; flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods from more than 20 New England farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $50. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets of Boston by lantern light where you’ll hear all the tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts who are rumored to haunt the city. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Central Burying Ground Cemetery on Boylston Street, Boston.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience

Washington Irving’s iconic 1820’s tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” comes to life for another Halloween season at Old Sturbridge Village in an immersive, outdoor theatrical experience. Be guided through Sturbridge Village’s countryside where you’ll encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and maybe even the Headless Horseman. Performances are rain or shine. Tickets are $35-$55 per person. 7:30 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge.

Fear Town Haunted House

Located deep in the woods at Seekonk Speedway, Fear Town’s massive, outdoor haunted attraction takes you on a terrifying journey you don’t want to miss through a 45 minute long haunted house that’s been voted the scariest haunted house in Massachusetts. After, the carnival-themed midway offers food, fun, games and more. Tickets start at $20. 7-10 p.m., Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk.

World of Dance Live

The World of Dance Live Tour brings the world’s hottest dancers from the NBC series and celebrities to the stage tonight in Boston. Tickets start at $38. 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre Boston, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston.

Friday, Oct. 25

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween

Looking for something a little less spooky for the family? Check out Edaville Family Theme Park’s first-annual “Not So Spooky Halloween.” Wear your favorite costumes and trick-or-treat at every ride including Thomas Land and Dino Land. Tickets start at $34. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. Noon to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEEMFEST for five terrifying haunted houses, along with Halloween themed live shows, games, rides and more. Tickets start at $34. Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. 6-11 p.m., Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem, New Hampshire.

Steely Dan

Steely Dan comes to Boston tonight for the first of five shows with the Pat Bianchi Trio. Tickets start at $49.50. 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre Boston, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston. 

Frightful Fridays: Spooky Tales in the Gore Mansion

Enjoy an evening of spooky tales and haunted activities inside the centuries-old Gore Mansion in Waltham. Adult tickets are $15. Members and children 12 and under are $10. 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Gore Mansion, 52 Gore Place, Waltham.

Fear Town Haunted House

Located deep in the woods at Seekonk Speedway, Fear Town’s massive, outdoor haunted attraction takes you on a terrifying journey you don’t want to miss through a 45 minute long haunted house that’s been voted the scariest haunted house in Massachusetts. After, the carnival-themed midway offers food, fun, games and more. Tickets start at $20. 7 p.m. to midnight, Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk. 

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets of Boston by lantern light where you’ll hear all the tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts who are rumored to haunt the city. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 7-10:30 p.m., Central Burying Ground Cemetery on Boylston Street, Boston.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience

Washington Irving’s iconic 1820’s tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” comes to life for another Halloween season at Old Sturbridge Village in an immersive, outdoor theatrical experience. Be guided through Sturbridge Village’s countryside where you’ll encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and maybe even the Headless Horseman. Performances are rain or shine. Tickets are $35-$55 per person. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $50. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Saturday, Oct. 26

Smolak Fall Festival

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween

Looking for something a little less spooky for the family? Check out Edaville Family Theme Park’s first-annual “Not So Spooky Halloween.” Wear your favorite costumes and trick-or-treat at every ride including Thomas Land and Dino Land. Tickets start at $34. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

Pumpkin Palooza

Enjoy Halloween fun for all ages for The Lawn on D’s last special family event of the season. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carvings and more. Noon to 9 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Castle Island Association’s 37th Annual Halloween Celebration

Grab the family and head out to the Castle Island Association's 37th Annual Halloween Celebration. Enjoy storytellers, a magician, magical castle and mroe. Costumes encouraged. Noon to 4 p.m., Fort Independence, Boston.

City Winery on the Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEEMFEST for five terrifying haunted houses, along with Halloween themed live shows, games, rides and more. Tickets start at $34. Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. 1-11 p.m., Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem, New Hampshire. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $50. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Fear Town Haunted House

Located deep in the woods at Seekonk Speedway, Fear Town’s massive, outdoor haunted attraction takes you on a terrifying journey you don’t want to miss through a 45 minute long haunted house that’s been voted the scariest haunted house in Massachusetts. After, the carnival-themed midway offers food, fun, games and more. Tickets start at $20. 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk.

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets of Boston by lantern light where you’ll hear all the tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts who are rumored to haunt the city. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Central Burying Ground Cemetery on Boylston Street, Boston.

Steely Dan

Steely Dan comes to Boston tonight for the second of five shows with the Pat Bianchi Trio. Tickets start at $49.50. 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre Boston, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience

Washington Irving’s iconic 1820’s tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” comes to life for another Halloween season at Old Sturbridge Village in an immersive, outdoor theatrical experience. Be guided through Sturbridge Village’s countryside where you’ll encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and maybe even the Headless Horseman. Performances are rain or shine. Tickets are $35-$55 per person. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge.

Sunday, Oct. 27

SoWa Spooktacular

Don’t miss the last SoWa Open Market of the season – SoWa’s annual Halloween bash. Besides all the areas best makers, farmers, brewers, vendors and food trucks, take part in the SoWa costume contest for both humans and pets, pumpkin painting, face painting and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Smolak Fall Festival

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. 

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween

Looking for something a little less spooky for the family? Check out Edaville Family Theme Park’s first-annual “Not So Spooky Halloween.” Wear your favorite costumes and trick-or-treat at every ride including Thomas Land and Dino Land. Tickets start at $34. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

Pumpkin Palooza

Enjoy Halloween fun for all ages for The Lawn on D’s last special family event of the season. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carvings and more. Noon to 9 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEEMFEST for five terrifying haunted houses, along with Halloween themed live shows, games, rides and more. Tickets start at $34. Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. 1-8 p.m., Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem, New Hampshire.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $50. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Fear Town Haunted House

Located deep in the woods at Seekonk Speedway, Fear Town’s massive, outdoor haunted attraction takes you on a terrifying journey you don’t want to miss through a 45 minute long haunted house that’s been voted the scariest haunted house in Massachusetts. After, the carnival-themed midway offers food, fun, games and more. Tickets start at $20. 6:30-11:30 p.m., Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk. 

The Sleepy Hollow Experience

Washington Irving’s iconic 1820’s tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” comes to life for another Halloween season at Old Sturbridge Village in an immersive, outdoor theatrical experience. Be guided through Sturbridge Village’s countryside where you’ll encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and maybe even the Headless Horseman. Performances are rain or shine. Tickets are $35-$55 per person. 7:30 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge.

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets of Boston by lantern light where you’ll hear all the tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts who are rumored to haunt the city. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 8 p.m., Central Burying Ground Cemetery on Boylston Street, Boston.

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<![CDATA[Garbanzo to Open in Former Griddler's Space in Downtown Boston]]>563305992Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:12:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/garbanzo.jpg

A Colorado-based restaurant chain that focuses on Mediterranean food is expanding to New England, and it looks like its first will be located in the heart of Boston.

According to a source, Garbanzo is planning to open in the former Griddler's space on Boylston Street, with an article from The Berkeley Beacon mentioning that the upcoming dining spot will be geared at least in part to nearby Emerson students who may be looking to do some schoolwork while having a bite to eat. The article says that a lease as been signed for the place and if the permitting process goes as planned, Garbanzo--which offers salads, stuffed pitas, flatbreads, and more--could be opening before students return from winter break in January of 2020.

Griddler's, which closed down around the beginning of the year, was known in part for its burgers and hot dogs; another location on Beacon Hill closed in 2016.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Boston is: Garbanzo, 134 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations can be found at https://eatgarbanzo.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Friendly's Is Closing One of Its Last Boston-Area Locations]]>563230642Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:57:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/friendlys2.jpg

What was once a large regional chain of restaurants and ice cream shops is closing one of its last Boston-area locations.

According to a source, who posted on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page (and who called the dining spot to confirm), Friendly's in Stoneham is shutting down on November 10. Once the Main Street location closes, there will no longer be any standalone Friendly's restaurants inside Route 128, as the Logan Airport shop will be the only one remaining; a few others are still open a bit further out, including in Norwood, Peabody, and Weymouth.)

Friendly's, which is headquartered in Wilbraham, was established in Springfield back in 1935.

The address for this soon-to-close location of Friendly's in Stoneham is 611 Main Street (Route 28), Stoneham, MA, 02180. Its website can be found at https://www.friendlys.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Notch Brewing to Open Second Taproom and Brewery in Brighton]]>563226231Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:13:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/notch1.jpg

A Massachusetts brewing company will be opening its second taproom and brewery in Brighton.

Salem-based Notch Brewing will be the anchor tenant of the Charles River Speedway in the summer of 2020.

The new location will have seating for about 200 patrons indoors and double that amount outside, according to The Boston Globe.

Brewery founder Chris Lohring told the paper the company plans to feature many of the same beers as the Salem location like their tradition German and Czech brews. There will not be a kitchen, however, at the Brighton location.

The Charles River Speedway complex is a collaborative effort by the Architectural Heritage Foundation the Department of Conservation and Recreation to rehabilitate the old racetrack that once stood on Western Avenue.



Photo Credit: Facebook/Notch Brewing]]>
<![CDATA[Falafel King at Boston Common to Share Space With Taccos Arabas]]>563215622Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:04:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/falafel+King+12.PNG

A location of a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Boston will be sharing its space with another concept, and this one will apparently be a fusion spot of sorts.

According to a message sent from @CappyinBoston, Falafel King on Tremont Street has a sign out front saying that Taccos Arabas is coming soon, while the sign also shows Falafel King on the other side, indicating that both businesses will be located within the same space. Based on the name (and what we have been told by @CappyinBoston), the new concept will focus on Mexican food with Middle Eastern influences, including such offerings as shawarma tacos.

The Tremont Street location of Falafel King first opened its doors in March of this year; other locations of the eatery can be found on Washington Street and Summer Street in the downtown area. (The website for all three is at https://www.falafelkingboston.com/)

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Ways to Have Some Fall Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>563329192Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:01:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Head_of_the_Charles_Preview.jpg

It’s regatta weekend in Boston with the 55th Head of the Charles Regatta, and with it comes so much fall fun, it’s hard to know where to start. From the Regatta to fall festivals, Halloween events and everything in between, check out our picks for a great weekend of fun the whole family is sure to enjoy!

Friday, Oct. 18

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. Noon to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

6th Annual Pumpkin Float at Frog Pond

The Annual Pumpkin Float returns for its sixth year featuring floating pumpkins, luminaries and family fun activities all at a free event the entire family will enjoy. Be sure to bring your own carved 8-inch pumpkins to join in the float as vent organizers will illuminate you and float them fo you as you watch the pond fill with glowing pumpkins. 5-8 p.m., Frog Pond, Boston Common. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience. On clear nights the program will take place on the plaza next to the main entrance of the Museum. In the event of rain or threat of thunderstorms, no observing will take place but indoor activities will still be available. 8-10 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Movie on The Harbor: "Nightmare Before Christmas"

The Anchor Boston’s movies on the harbor Fridays continue through the end of the month. This week catch “Nightmare Before Christmas.” 8:15 p.m., The Anchor Boston,1 Shipyard Park, Charlestown.

Saturday, Oct. 19

The 55th Head of the Charles Regatta

The world’s best crew teams from 24 coutnries and more than 800 schools, universities and organizations will descent on the banks of the Charles River this weekend for the 55th Head of the Charles Regatta. The world’s largest two-day rowing competition is once again expected to draw crowds of tens of thousands of spectators for this premiere event. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cambridge. 

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Wellfleet Oysterfest

Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest. Oct. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet. 

Marini Farm’s Trick or Treat Hayrides

Enjoy hayrides around Marini Farm’s 8 acre corn maze this weekend with some special stops along with way where your favorite costumes await to hand out tricks and treats. Admision is $14.99 (children age 2 and under are free). Hayrides run continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marini Farms, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich.

South Shore Food Truck Festival

The South Shore Food Truck Festival is the area’s largest food truck festival featuring more than 40 food trucks, along with Notch Brewing Biergarten, 90+ Cellars Wine Garden, a local artisan market, live music and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kingston Collection, 101 Kingston Collection Way, Kingston.

Boo at the Zoo

Children are invited to trick or treat among the animals at the Stone Zoo while thrills and chills await, along with creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

The Duxbury Food & Wine Festival's Oktoberfest 2019

The 7th Annual Duxbury Oktoberfest, part of the Duxbury Food & Wine Festival, has a new location this year a, Crossroads‘ Camp Wing in West Duxbury. Enjoy beers from favorite, local craft brewers, plus German red and white wines and a dinner of hearty, traditional, Bavarian fare, followed by dancing and more. 4-8 p.m., Crossroads Camp Wing, West Duxbury. 

Sunday, Oct. 20 

The 55th Head of the Charles Regatta

The world’s best crew teams from 24 coutnries and more than 800 schools, universities and organizations will descent on the banks of the Charles River this weekend for the 55th Head of the Charles Regatta. The world’s largest two-day rowing competition is once again expected to draw crowds of tens of thousands of spectators for this premiere event. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cambridge. 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Marini Farm’s Trick or Treat Hayrides

Enjoy hayrides around Marini Farm’s 8 acre corn maze this weekend with some special stops along with way where your favorite costumes await to hand out tricks and treats. Admision is $14.99 (children age 2 and under are free). Hayrides run continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marini Farms, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. 

Wellfleet Oysterfest

Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest. Oct. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet.

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. 

Boo at the Zoo

Children are invited to trick or treat among the animals at the Stone Zoo while thrills and chills await, along with creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Sunday Funday on The Lawn on D

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 1o p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Curds & Co. to Open New Location at Boston Public Market]]>563212542Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:06:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/169*120/Curds77.JPG

It looks like a specialty cheese shop in Brookline is expanding to downtown Boston.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), Curds & Co. is planning to open at the Boston Public Market, with a sign displayed that says "Something cheesy is coming soon." Based on what we have been told, it appears that the new location of Curds & Co. will take over the space where Appleton Farms Cheese in Ipswich had a booth.

Curds & Co. first opened on Washington Street in Brookline Village in the summer of 2017, taking over the space where The UPS Store had been. The website for the business can be found at https://www.curdsandco.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza in Quincy Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown]]>563138702Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:08:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/112216+pizza+generic.jpg

One of the relatively few options for coal-fired pizza in the Greater Boston area has shut down, and it is not yet known what might become of the space.

According to a couple of sources, Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza in Quincy has closed, with calls placed to the Hancock Street dining spot not being answered yesterday or today. No reason has been given for the closure, nor is it known whether it could open back up again--or if another restaurant might take over the space. (Stay tuned for updates as they come in.)

Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza first opened in the fall of 2014, taking over the space where Remick's had been, and before that, Finian's.

The address for this now-closed pizzeria in Quincy was: Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, 1657 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Fifteen Pizzas to Try in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Del Frisco's Grille in Burlington and Chestnut Hill Are Closing]]>563103192Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:49:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/230*120/Del+Frisco%27s.jpg

It looks like a small national chain of upscale restaurants is closing two of its Boston-area locations.

According to a source, Del Frisco's Grille in Burlington is shutting down for good, with the last day in operation being October 20. An email sent out to a couple more sources have confirmed this--and we have been told by a worker at the Chestnut Hill location that it will be also closing at the end of business hours on October 20. The closing of the Burlington and Chestnut Hill locations come on the heels of the news that private equity firm L Catterton is selling both Del Frisco's Grille and the more high-end Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse to Landry's; Forbes mentions that the sale is expected to go through around the end of this month,

In addition to the Burlington and Chestnut Hill locations of Del Frisco's Grille, another outlet can be found in Westwood, while two Del Frisco's Grille Double Eagle Steakhouse locations can be found in Boston's Back Bay and Seaport District as well.

The website for Del Frisco's Grille is at https://delfriscosgrille.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Award-Winning Japanese Ramen Spot May be Opening in Harvard Square]]>562848642Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:11:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/menyajiro.jpg

An award-winning group of ramen spots based in Japan could be on its way to the local area.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Cambridge Day) that Menya Jiro is looking to open in Cambridge's Harvard Square, with the plan being to open in a space within the Crimson Galeria on JFK Street. If it gets approval to open, this would be the first Boston-area location of the eatery, and it would join three others in the United States, all of which are in New York City. (Menya Jiro could open in Harvard Square this winter or early in the spring.)

Menya Jiro, which has won a street ramen competition in New York twice, focuses on build-your-own ramen dishes, according to Eater.

The address for the proposed location of Menya Jiro at the Crimson Galeria is 57 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the group of restaurants can be found at https://www.menyajiro-ny.com/



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<![CDATA[Dear Annie to Open in Cambridge's Porter Square Area]]>562840422Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:15:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Wine-Generic-Getty.jpg

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to Cambridge, and it will focus at least in part on seafood and wine.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Dear Annie is planning to open on Massachusetts Avenue on the southern edge of Porter Square, taking over the space where Nomad had been until the boutique shop moved to a new space a short distance closer to the square.

The post says that the people behind the watering hole are Lauren Friel (Rebel Rebel Wine Bar in Somerville) and Andrew Brady and Sara Markey (both from Field & Vine in Somerville), and that their plan is to have an ever-changing menu of small plates and bar snacks including tartines, cheese plates, veggie dishes, and seafood, while the bar program will focus on wines.

If all goes as planned, Dear Annie could be opening in the summer of 2020.

The address for this upcoming dining and drinking spot in Cambridge is: Dear Annie, 1741 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Tonkatsu King to Open in Former Geido Sushi Space in Allston]]>562845152Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:18:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tonkatsu.jpg

A new dining spot is coming to a food court in Allston, replacing another eatery that closed a while back.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Tonkatsu King is opening in the old Geido Sushi space within the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 food court in Allston, with the name indicating that the place could focus at least in part on breaded and deep-fried pork cutlets. No opening date has been given as of yet, but the photo posted indicates that it could be opening soon. (Stay tuned for updates.)

Geido Sushi first opened in the spring of 2015 within the food court.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[The Well Coffee House Plans to Open in East Boston]]>562826152Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:51:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*137/thewell.jpg

A pair of coffee places with a connection to a Christian ministry may be joined by a third, and this one wouldn't be very far away from its church.

According to an article from Universal Hub, the people behind Church @ The Well in East Boston's Jeffries Point neighborhood plan to open a new location of The Well Coffee House in the Central Square section of Eastie. If it gets approval to open--including the licenses needed to serve food and feature live entertainment--the shop would join others on State Street in downtown Boston and at South Station.

The address for this proposed coffee spot in East Boston would be: The Well Coffee House, 62 William C. Kelly Square, East Boston, MA, 02128. The website for The Well can be found at http://www.thewellcoffeehouse.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Craft Food Hall Project Is Opening at CityPoint in Waltham]]>562822662Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:50:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/craftfoodhallproject.jpg

Yet another food hall is on the verge of opening in the Greater Boston area, and this one will cater both to office workers and the general public.

According to a source, Craft Food Hall Project is opening at CityPoint in Waltham, with a Facebook comment from the place saying that it will be located in an office building but will also be open to the public as well. The post mentions that the food hall will have two restaurants called Project X Pizza and Sousviderie, and it will also have a "pour your own beer & wine wall." It looks like Craft Food Hall Project will open in Waltham on Monday, October 14, joining another location of the food hall at the Cross Point office complex in Lowell.

CityPoint is located near the Winter Street/Totten Pond Road exit off Route 128 (just east of the highway) and currently includes one restaurant--Osteria Posto.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[40 Great Ways to Have Fun This Week in and Around Boston]]>563016251Sun, 13 Oct 2019 20:36:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Fair+weather+fall+festival+3.jpg

It’s mid-October already and a new week is here filled with loads of family fun from the 6th Annual Pumpkin Float at Frog Pond to a royal princess meet and greet, the South Shore Food Truck Festival and more. Check out our picks for your week of fun:

Monday, Oct. 14

Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival

Newburyport’s Fall Harvest Festival takes place the Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day weekend with food, live music and family fun,a long with its 18th Annual Scarecrow Contest, craft vendor booths and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Downtown Newburyport.

Royal Princess Meet & Greet

Meet the princesses at the Burlington Mall today. At this Royal Princess Meet and Greet event. Children can have their hair and nails done, plus meet and take a photo with their favorite JoJo Superfan (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and their favorite princesses including Cinderella and Sleeping Princess (1-2:30 p.m.), as well as the Ice Sisters from 3-4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston. 

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Geoffrey Asmus

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Geoffrey Asmus (Just For Laughs). There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday through Nov. 19. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Family Concert with Sagit Zilberman

Enjoy harvest songs from across the world at this fun and interactive global music workshop for families and children. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library, 419 Faneuil St., Brighton.

Adult Night at LEGOLAND

Once a month LEGOLAND Discovery Center opens its doors for a “no kids allowed” adult night. Tonight’s the night! Enjoy a themed-night, challenge the master model builder and compete in competitions for prizes. Tickets are $22.95 per person. 7-9 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Thursday, Oct. 17 

Free Rides at the Greenway Carousel

Join the fun as the Greenway Conservancy celebrates 10 years of management and care of The Greenway with free rides all day today on the Greenway Carousel - a one-of-a-kind carousel located at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove that features characters inspired by the drawings of Boston school children and fabricated by Newburyport artist Jeff Briggs. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, High Street at Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Pints, Pretzels & Pumpkins at Harpoon

Join Harpoon Brewery for a night of pumpkin carving, pretzels and pints. Tickets are $25 and include: one drink ticket, one pretzel ticket, pumpkin, carving utensils and templates, and Halloween treats. 5-8 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Friday, Oct. 18

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. Noon to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

6th Annual Pumpkin Float at Frog Pond

The Annual Pumpkin Float returns for its sixth year featuring floating pumpkins, luminaries and family fun activities all at a free event the entire family will enjoy. Be sure to bring your own carved 8-inch pumpkins to join in the float as vent organizers will illuminate you and float them fo you as you watch the pond fill with glowing pumpkins. 5-8 p.m., Frog Pond, Boston Common. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience. On clear nights the program will take place on the plaza next to the main entrance of the Museum. In the event of rain or threat of thunderstorms, no observing will take place but indoor activities will still be available. 8-10 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Wellfleet Oysterfest

Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest. Oct. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet. 

Marini Farm’s Trick or Treat Hayrides

Enjoy hayrides around Marini Farm’s 8 acre corn maze this weekend with some special stops along with way where your favorite costumes await to hand out tricks and treats. Admision is $14.99 (children age 2 and under are free). Hayrides run continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marini Farms, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich.

South Shore Food Truck Festival

The South Shore Food Truck Festival is the area’s largest food truck festival featuring more than 40 food trucks, along with Notch Brewing Biergarten, 90+ Cellars Wine Garden, a local artisan market, live music and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kingston Collection, 101 Kingston Collection Way, Kingston.

Boo at the Zoo

Children are invited to trick or treat among the animals at the Stone Zoo while thrills and chills await, along with creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

The Duxbury Food & Wine Festival's Oktoberfest 2019

The 7th Annual Duxbury Oktoberfest, part of the Duxbury Food & Wine Festival, has a new location this year a, Crossroads‘ Camp Wing in West Duxbury. Enjoy beers from favorite, local craft brewers, plus German red and white wines and a dinner of hearty, traditional, Bavarian fare, followed by dancing and more. 4-8 p.m., Crossroads Camp Wing, West Duxbury. 

Sunday, Oct. 20 

Marini Farm’s Trick or Treat Hayrides

Enjoy hayrides around Marini Farm’s 8 acre corn maze this weekend with some special stops along with way where your favorite costumes await to hand out tricks and treats. Admision is $14.99 (children age 2 and under are free). Hayrides run continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marini Farms, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. 

Wellfleet Oysterfest

Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest. Oct. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet.

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. 

Boo at the Zoo

Children are invited to trick or treat among the animals at the Stone Zoo while thrills and chills await, along with creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Sunday Funday on The Lawn on D

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 1o p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[The Bowery Bar Rolls Out New Fall Menu]]>562812292Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:54:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/218*120/bowery1.jpg

Fall brings cooler temps, colorful leaves, shorter days and new menus! The Bowery Bar has a new fall menu for lunch and dinner and features heartier dishes for you to feast on.  

For appetizers

Perfect for game watching or drinks with friends, The Bowery Bar now features their sheet nachos with buffalo fried chicken in three sizes! You, table, or everyone! 

For Lunch

Start with some crab rangoon dip served with fried wantons.  Next how about a pear and brie sandwich with grilled chicken, creamy brie, Bartlett pears, apple butter, red onion, arugula on ciabatta? Maybe some comfort food in the form of mac and cheese with four cheese blend, peas and herbed breadcrumbs.  

For Dinner

Enjoy dishes like nana used to make like chicken and dumplings with roasted chicken, honey glazed carrot, peas, dumplings and gravy or how about short rib shepherd’s pie with mashed potato peas, carrots and crispy onion strings.  

For more information visit here!

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<![CDATA[Pokeworks Plans to Open in Boston's Longwood Area]]>562629962Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:07:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/pokeworks+726.jpg

A group of dining spots featuring a couple of increasingly-trendy food items may be opening another Boston-area location, with this one coming to a section of the city known for its medical facilities.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Pokeworks is planning to open in the Longwood section of Boston, moving into a space on Brookline Avenue. Based on its other locations, the proposed eatery would likely feature poke (a Hawaiian raw fish salad) as well as sushi burritos, and it would join existing locations in Somerville's Davis Square and Cambridge's Harvard Square, along with an outlet that will be opening at Arsenal Yards in Watertown.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Boston's Longwood area is: Pokeworks, 425 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for Pokeworks can be found at https://www.pokeworks.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Patriots, Bruins & MLB Playoffs: 7 Places to Watch the Games in Boston]]>562713432Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:11:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tom_brady_4.jpg

There’s a trifecta of sports on Thursday night – playoff baseball, the Patriots and the Bruins. Itching for the weekend to start? Why not head out for a night of sports watching in Dorchester.

Lower Mills Tavern

Head to LMT.  Enjoy pork belly sliders, pumpkin Mac and Cheese or one of their woodstone pizzas!

Lucy’s American Tavern

There are plenty of TV’s to catch all the action at Lucy’s.  With over 50 beers on draft, an appetizer selection featuring snacks like Mexican Street Nachos, Crispy Calamari and Lucy’s Famous Wings, you can’t go wrong watching the game at this Adams Village hot spot!

Harp+Bard

This local favorite is a perfect spot to watch the Pats!  Delicious pizza, honey bbq wings and nachos are delicious additions to game watching.  The Harp + Bard also has Keno so bonus!

The Bowery Bar

The Bowery Bar will be game central tonight!  Enjoy The Bowery Bar’s tailgate menu and buckets of beers!   

The Polish American Club

The Polish American Club will have Game 7 on in the downstairs bar!  Cheap drinks and great company!

The Eire Pub

Kick it old school and head to this legendary pub in Adams Village.  This no-nonsense bar has been a fixture in Dorchester for over 50 years!  Enjoy classic apps like potato skins, chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks while you watch the game!

Savin Bar + Kitchen

From Mac & Cheese Fritters, to Flatbread to Burgers, Savin Bar + Kitchen  has plenty on the menu to satisfy all tastes!  Sip on a signature cocktail, or enjoy an ice cold beer as you cheer on the Pats!

Did we miss your favorite spot to watch a game? Let us know in the comments below!

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<![CDATA[Post Malone Was Spotted at This Seaport District Restaurant]]>562653741Thu, 10 Oct 2019 09:36:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-626737584.jpg

Just a week after pop superstar Rihanna was spotted at a Boston dive bar, multi-platinum rapper Post Malone stopped by a Seaport District restaurant for a bite to eat.

A spokesperson for Strega Waterfront said the musician stopped by the restaurant while in town for his two shows at the TD Garden Tuesday and Wednesday.

Strega owner Nick Varano reportedly brought out a replica Super Bowl trophy and joked with Post Malone, a huge Cowboys fan, about the Patriots' six championships.

Post Malone ate chicken parmigiana and was reportedly "incredibly kind" to all of the guests and staff.

Rihanna was spotted three times in two days last week at The Pour House Bar & Grill on Boylston Street. Restaurant management said she loved the wings so much that she kept coming back.



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<![CDATA[Sidell's Bagel Bar to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>562184152Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:39:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bagel2.jpg

A brand new bagel spot is on its way to Boston, and a familiar name is behind it.

According to a press release, Sidell's Bagel Bar is opening in the Back Bay, with the "semi-permanent" eatery being located on the lower floor of the MET Back Bay Restaurant on Dartmouth Street. The new spot, which will also offer a variety of cream cheese mixes along with smoked fish towers, coffee, juices, cocktails, and more, is being run by Kathy Sidell, whose MET Restaurant Group operates the MET Back Bay, Saltie Girl, Stephanie's on Newbury, and the MET Natick.

Sidell's Bagel Bar debuts on Saturday, October 5, and it will be open on Saturdays and Sundays for the foreseeable future.

The address for Sidell's Bagel Bar (and the MET Back Bay) is 279 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the MET Back Bay can be found at http://www.metbackbay.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Hilliard's Opens New Kitchen, Chocolate Room After Shout-Out From Oprah]]>562652321Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:03:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/hilliards3.jpg

A new kitchen, chocolate room, an expanded office, warehousing and shipping to make it all flawless, square wooden boxes all tied up with string — these are now Hilliard’s favorite things.

A year after being named on Oprah’s list of favorite things, Hilliard’s Chocolates has opened its expanded kitchen and warehouse space this summer, ahead of the holiday season. The progress will help ease the burdens the national recognition put on the business, and position the company for further growth.

"We’ve had almost more business than we can handle," Hilliard’s co-owner Judy Hilliard McCarthy said in an interview. "Now we can handle it and ease into it, then we’ll be a lot more aggressive, looking how to increase our business even more to maximize space in the building."

Read more on the Boston Business Journal.



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<![CDATA[MC Kitchen Leaves Time Out Market Boston; Greek Street Opening in Its Space]]>562094362Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:47:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/TimeOut+uncut.JPG

A vegan dining spot has said goodbye to a new food hall in Boston, and it looks like a Greek restaurant will move into its space.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, MC Kitchen at Time Out Market Boston in the Fenway has closed, with a sign indicating that Greek Street will be opening there on October 7. An article from Eater Boston mentions that MC Kitchen is now looking at potential sites for a permanent restaurant including the old Fiorella's Express space in North Cambridge, while it is also considering pop-up locations at a couple of upcoming food halls in the Boston area.

A second post from Eater says that Jody Adams and her partners at Saloniki in Boston and Cambridge (Eric Papachristos and Jon Mendez) are behind Greek Street, which will focus on street-food items found in Greece. The article says that citrus-marinated swordfish souvlaki, spanakopita, pork schnitzel, and Greek salads will be on the menu, while a press release sent to us this morning also mentions that cumin-spiced beef patties will be offered as well.

Time Out Market Boston can be found by the corner of Brookline Avenue and Park Drive in the Fenway.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Four Winds in Boston's North End Has Closed]]>562427122Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:44:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fourwinds.png

It looks like a North End bar that was around for a long time may have shut down for good.

NorthEndWaterfront.com is reporting what Adam Castiglioni of the Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog) told us last week, that Four Winds on Commercial Street is closed. Both Adam and another source told us that the bar appears to have been shuttered for at least a few weeks, and while its exact status is not known, NorthEndWaterfront.com says that the building is going to be sold, so the future of the place does seem to be in doubt.

Four Winds first opened in the late 1960s, according to its Facebook page; the place was a sports bar and restaurant that also had space for functions upstairs.

The address for Four Winds was 266 Commercial Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Annie May's Sweet Cafe to Open Location in Newtonville]]>562545272Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:42:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/pumpkin21.png

A bakery in Kentucky that focuses on goods made without common allergens will be expanding to New England, with a location on its way to the western suburbs of Boston.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Annie May's Sweet Cafe is opening a shop in the Newtonville section of Newton, with the post saying that the Madison Avenue outlet will be "their first New England location." The business, which is based on Louisville, KY (which is also home to its only shop), features items made in a facility that is allergen-free from a number of items, including peanuts, milk, eggs, gluten, shellfish, wheat, sesame, tree nuts (other than coconut), and soy.

An opening date has not yet been given for the Newtonville location of Annie May's Sweet Cafe, with the job post simply saying that it will debut sometime this fall.

The address for this upcoming bakery in Newtonville is: Annie May's Sweet Cafe, 108 Madison Ave, Newtonville, MA 02460. The website for the business can be found at https://www.anniemayssweetcafe.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Louie's Ice Cream in East Somerville Is Up for Sale]]>562098742Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:45:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*133/louiesicecream.jpg

A beloved ice cream shop that has been around for a very long time is on the market.

According to a source, Louie's Ice Cream in East Somerville is up for sale, with a Facebook post from the Davis Square group page confirming this, showing a sign out front at the Broadway shop mentioning "mixed use and business for sale." The last Facebook post from the ice cream shop included a "That's All, Folks!" logo back in early September, with the message saying that "Louie's is officially closed for the season. Thanks again for another great season!!" but there was no sign of this being a permanent closure at the time.

Louie's, which has been in business for nearly 40 years, offered such items as ice cream, sherbet, sundaes, banana boats, slush, and more.

The address for Louie's Ice Cream is 193 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02145.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Big News: Trader Joe’s to Open This Month in Boston! ]]>562524232Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:00:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/joeGettyImages-1017467564.jpg

We’ve been waiting with bated breath for the new Trader Joe’s to open at 44 Thomson Place. Well, great news!  It has been revealed via Twitter that the popular grocery chain hopes to open the weekend of Open Studios in Fort Point – Oct. 19. 

You’ll be able to check out some art and check out some groceries! 

This will be the  first grocery in the Fort Point/Seaport District neighborhood!  Thank God!

The post Big News: Trader Joe’s to open this month!  appeared first on Caught In Southie.



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<![CDATA[Smashburger May Be Opening a Location in Boston]]>562075452Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:24:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/smashburger1.png

It looks like a Colorado-based chain of quick-casual burger restaurants is opening its fourth location in the Greater Boston area, and this one may be somewhere in the city itself.

According to a number of job posts, including one within the Craigslist site, Smashburger is getting ready to open a new outlet, with the Craigslist post saying "New Restaurant Opening in Boston!" A search has not come up with an exact location for the upcoming dining spot, so we have reached out to the company for additional information and are waiting to hear back from them.

The Denver-based Smashburger chain was established in 2007, featuring meatball-shaped patties that are "smashed" on the grill, in order to help caramelize the beef and keep in the juices. Currently, Boston-area locations can be found in Medford, Natick, and Westwood, while two others a bit further out can be found in Attleboro and Plainville.

The website for Smashburger is at https://smashburger.com



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<![CDATA[Tatte Closes Its Broadway Location in Cambridge's Kendall Square]]>562070642Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:25:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/186*120/Tatte+211.JPG

A rapidly-growing local group of bakeries and cafes has closed one of its first locations.

According to a source, Tatte on Broadway in Cambridge's Kendall Square area is no longer in business, with a post on the company's site confirming this, saying the following:

Tatte Broadway was first born out of a need for a space to support our wholesale business, we simply needed 4 walls to pack and ship our products across the country....After only one season they asked us to convert it into a Tatte Cafe and to provide the neighborhood and office tenants a place to gather around great coffee and food and so we did with their full support. 7 years later, our lease is ending and we've made the difficult decision to not continue in this space."


Other locations of Tatte remain in operation, including two in Kendall Square along with a number of others in Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline.

The address for this now-closed location of Tatte was 205 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139. The website for the company can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Sweet Tomatoes Pizza to Open 5th Location in Greater Boston]]>561969842Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:28:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/sweettomatoes5.jpg

A local group of pizzerias will be opening a new outlet in the northwest suburbs of Boston.

According to a source, Sweet Tomatoes Pizza is planning to open in Acton, moving into a space in the Powder Mill Plaza that had been home to a location of Papa Gino's. A brochure within the LMS Commercial Real Estate confirms this, showing that the eatery will indeed be coming to the site which is located along Route 62 near the Concord line. Based on the other outlets of Sweet Tomatoes, expect to see such options as pizza, calzones, salads, and sandwiches at the new spot.

Other locations of Sweet Tomatoes can be found in West Newton, Newton Centre, Needham, and at Northeastern University in Boston.

The address for the upcoming outlet of Sweet Tomatoes in Acton is 82 Powder Mill Road, Acton, MA, 01720. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.sweettomatoespizza.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Fifteen Pizzas to Try in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[The Gallows to Open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown]]>561878302Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:34:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/gallows.png

A popular gastropub in Boston's South End is expanding to a second location, and this one will be coming to an upcoming complex just west of the city.

According to a press release, The Gallows is going to be opening at the Arsenal Yards in Watertown, with the place actually being a hybrid spot that includes doughnuts from Blackbird Doughnuts, which is under the same ownership. The release mentions that the restaurant and bar's new location will offer new food and drink concepts and that the space will include an outdoor patio that overlooks Arsenal Park on the Charles River. Expect to see such options as Scotch eggs, burgers, poutine, and a variety of cocktails at the new location of The Gallows at Arsenal Yards.

The Gallows is one of a number of restaurants and bars coming to Arsenal Yards, a mixed-use development located at the site of the old Arsenal Mall in East Watertown. Some food and drink  spots announced for the complex include Tori Jiro, Pepe's Pizza, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Tender Greens, Shake Shack, Pokeworks, and City Works Eatery and Pour House.

The group behind The Gallows and Blackbird Doughnuts (The Gallows Group) also operates Banyan Bar & Refuge and Sally's Sandwiches.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Len Sennn Noodle Design in Quincy Center Is Closing]]>562078982Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:31:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lensenn.png

A restaurant in Quincy Center that features Thai and Japanese food is shutting down, and it looks like it will be making way for ongoing development in the area.

According to a source, Len Sennn Noodle Design on Hancock Street is closing, with a Facebook post from the place saying that "Due to expropriation, We are sad to inform that our restaurant will be permanently closed by October 25, 2019." The expropriation that they mention may refer to what caused the neighboring S6 bar (which was two doors down) to close last month, as a new road that connects Burgin Parkway to a new parking garage is being constructed at the site.

Len Sennn Noodle Design first opened in 2016, offering such items as gyoza, tempura, sushi, shumai, chive cakes, curry puffs, and more.

The address for Len Sennn Noodle Design is 1554 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169. Its website can be found at https://www.lensennnnoodledesign.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Allston Property Containing Lulu's Is Up for Sale; Future of Restaurant Unknown]]>561794802Tue, 01 Oct 2019 16:22:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lulu.png

The future of a comfort food restaurant in Allston is up in the air, as the space in which it resides is on the market.

A brochure for "417-433 Cambridge Street" that was tweeted by @allstonratcity indicates that the property housing Lulu's is up for sale, with the executive summary within the brochure saying that it is "a premier redevelopment opportunity with strong in-place income...for sale or proposals for a joint-venture redevelopment of the property." The summary goes on to state that "While there is significant development value in 417-433 Cambridge Street, it is also advantageously leased to a diverse selection of retail tenants, providing investors with a return on their capital before and during the development process." At this point in time, it is not known exactly what will happen to the space where Lulu's resides, nor is it known when any redevelopment could happen, so for now, it appears that the restaurant will continue in operation.

Lulu's first opened in June of 2014 in the space where Cafe Brazil had been; the restaurant offers such items as salsa tots, warm pretzel rolls, deviled eggs, wild game chili, short rib mac and cheese, pork chops, grilled flank steak, pulled pork sandwiches, and more.

The address for Lulu's is 421 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA, 02134. Its website can be found at https://www.lulusallston.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Ways to Have Some Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>562115961Fri, 04 Oct 2019 05:30:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Dining+Car+10.JPG

It's certainly going to feel like fall this weekend, making it the perfect time to head out and have some fall fun with the family. Check out our picks for the weekend: 

Friday, Oct. 4

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. From 6-10 p.m., enjoy live music from Royal Furs. Noon to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 201st anniversary this year open this year Oct. 4 through Oct. 14. Opens today at 1 p.m., Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features draft beers by Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery Boston. Head down today from 2-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

SoWa First Friday

Join artists, galleries, shops and showrooms of SoWa Art+Design District for some First Friday fun as they open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture and inspiration. 5-9 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Harpoon Oktoberfest

Head to the Harpoon Brewery for its biggest festival of the year for their two-day Oktoberfest featuring beer, food, live music and more. 5:30-11 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience. On clear nights the program will take place on the plaza next to the main entrance of the Museum. In the event of rain or threat of thunderstorms, no observing will take place but indoor activities will still be available. 8-10 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, front plaza, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Little Shop of Horrors

The award-winning, sci-fi pulp musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening at the Lyric Stage this week. Tickets start at $25. 8 p.m., Lyric Stage, 140 Claredon St., Boston.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 201st anniversary this year open this year Oct. 4 through Oct. 14. Opens today at 10 a.m., Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Boston Food Truck Festival

More than 30 of the areas top food trucks are coming to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a festival you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy a beer garden, a local artisan market, live music, kids activities and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Avenue, Boston. 

Southie Saturday at The Lawn on D

Enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games on the Lawn on D. Plus, from 2-6 p.m., enjoy live music from the Thomas Park Band. Noon to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features draft beers by Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery Boston. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Little Shop of Horrors

The award-winning, sci-fi pulp musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening at the Lyric Stage this week. Tickets start at $25. Performances today at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lyric Stage, 140 Claredon St., Boston. 

ICA First Friday: Oktoberfest

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight celebrate Oktoberfest with seasonal artisan beers and specialty cocktails. At this autumn affair filed with crafty art making and contemporary art. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Harpoon Oktoberfest

Head to the Harpoon Brewery for its biggest festival of the year for their two-day Oktoberfest featuring beer, food, live music and more. 5:30-11 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

Join the folks at the Museum of Fine Arts tonight and kick off the weekend with fine art, music, signature cocktails, tapas and more. Tickets are $25, seniors and students are $23 and free for members. 6-9:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Sunday, Oct. 6

Stony Brook's 40th Annual Fall Fair

This great family event returns for its 40th year featuring crafters, music, children’s games, animal presentations, trail walks, the fourth annual duck derby and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mass Audubon Stony Brook, 108 North St, Norfolk.

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 201st anniversary this year open this year Oct. 4 through Oct. 14. Opens today at 10 a.m., Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield. 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Harpoon Dogtoberfest

Celebrate Octoberfest with your dog at the Harpoon Dogtoberfest presented by Wellness Natural Food for Pets! Enjoy a fun-run/walk, costume contests, dog-friendly samples, Harpoon beers for you and a special Harpoon Bow Wow Brew for your four legged friends, and a whole lot more. Proceeds benefit the Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver. 

Oktoberfest at SoWa

Celebrate Oktoberfest season today at SoWa with Schilling Beer. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features draft beers by Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery Boston. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Little Shop of Horrors

The award-winning, sci-fi pulp musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening at the Lyric Stage this week. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 p.m., Lyric Stage, 140 Claredon St., Boston. 



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<![CDATA[Somerville Brewing Company Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy]]>561770412Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:29:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/somerville2.png

A local brewing company that includes both a brewery/taproom and a brewhouse has declared bankruptcy and is now looking to reorganize.

According to a tweet from @_davidelman, Somerville Brewing Company has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, with a post within the courtlistener.com site indicating that the bankruptcy petition stems at least in part from the buildout of its restaurant and brewpub at Assembly Row, which has resulted in the company falling behind in rent payments for that space. The company is now looking to keep the brewhouse and the brewery/taproom in operation as it plans a reorganization.

Somerville Brewing company first opened its brewery and taproom on Ward Street in 2014, with its brewhouse at Assembly Row debuting in 2017; the company, which also operated a seasonal beer garden at Assembly Row, is known for its Slumbrew brand of beers.

The website for Somerville Brewing Company can be found at https://www.slumbrew.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[The Beacon Hill Pub in Boston May Be Replaced by a Fine-Dining Restaurant]]>561791372Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:30:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/beaconhillpub.jpg

A dive bar in the heart of Boston that closed down last year only to reopen under new ownership may be making way for a higher-end spot.

According to an article in the Beacon Hill Times, the Beacon Hill Pub could be replaced by a fine-dining restaurant, as its new owner--the Greater Boston Bar Co.--is working with Babak Bina of BiNA Family Hospitality (jm Curley, Bogie's Place, Bin 26 Enoteca), who will help the group bring in a new owner/operator for the planned opening of an upscale dining spot. The post mentions that the proposal includes replacing the six apartment units above the bar with 16 high-end executive suites.

It appears that plans for the Beacon Hill Pub space and the apartments will be looked at by the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee this week, while the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will also need to approve the proposal as well. If approved, it may take 10 to 12 months to complete construction and rehabilitation of the property, according to the article.

The Beacon Hill Pub, which has been in business since at least the 1980s, is considered one of the few dives left in or near Boston's downtown area; the group that took over ownership of the place also took over The Tam in the Theatre District, Sullivan's Tap near North Station, and Mary Ann's in Brighton's Cleveland Circle.

The address for the Beacon Hill Pub is 149 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
The Beacon Hill Pub in Boston Has Reopened
Beacon Hill Pub in Boston Temporarily Closes, Plans to Reopen Soon

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[One of Cambridge's Last Remaining Dive Bars is Closing]]>561780592Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:33:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/courtside.jpg

One of the few remaining dive bars in Cambridge may be shutting down.

According to a source, Courtside on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge is planning to close, with a few social media thread mentioning this as well, including one poster saying what our source said, that it could be shuttering as early as today. The closure of the bar appears to be connected to an accessibility issue, though we are trying to confirm the exact details of this issue, so stay tuned for updates.

Courtside is a decades-old bar that is known in part for its weekend karaoke; the Manta site indicates that it dates all the way back to 1943.

 The address for Courtside is 291 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Popeyes in Kenmore Square Has Apparently Closed]]>561775852Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:34:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-643471714.jpg

A Boston location of a chain of chicken spots appears to have shut down for good, and this isn't the first time that shop has closed down.

According to a Twitter post from @convivitude, Popeyes in Kenmore Square is shuttered, with a picture showing a "Closed" sign out front. A subsequent tweet from @ralvarez617 mentions that the Brookline Avenue storefront looks "completely cleaned out inside," though a check on the website for the chain shows that the Kenmore Square outlet remains listed. (We have reached out to Popeyes and are waiting to hear back from them about the exact status of this location.)

The Kenmore Square location of Popeyes closed early in 2010 only to reopen later that year; other outlets within the Boston city limits can be found on Huntington Avenue by Northeastern as well as in Roslindale and Roxbury, while other shops in the Greater Boston area are located in Brockton, Chelmsford, Everett, Lynn, and Randolph--and Universal Hub mentions that a new outlet will be opening in West Roxbury as well.

The address for the now-closed Popeyes in Kenmore Square was 21 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for the chain is at https://www.popeyes.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Fifteen Chicken Dishes from Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[40 Great Ways to Have Fun This Week in and Around Boston]]>561726271Thu, 03 Oct 2019 15:18:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Topsfield+Fair+Carousel.jpg

What a week ahead happening in and around Boston! From Harpoon’s Oktoberfest to the Boston Food Truck Festival, the Topsfield Fair and more, there’s so much happening it’s hard to figure out where to start. We’re here to help. Check out our picks for the week ahead:

Monday, Sept. 30 

Boston Pizza Tour

If you love pizza, then you don’t want to miss the Boston Pizza Tour featuring two plus hours of food, fun and history, along with slices from some of Boston’s best pizzerias. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Luke Touma

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Luke Touma (SiriusXM, The Tim Dillon Show). There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday through Nov. 19. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston. 

Oktoberfest at Cisco Brewers Seaport

Join The Greg Hill Foundation Next Gen for Oktoberfest at Cisco Brewers Seaport featuring live music, Cisco beer, networking, raffles, plus learn about Next Gen, and more at this 21+ event. General admission tickets are $25 and all proceeds benefit a future first responder beneficiary in need. 4-11 p.m., Cisco Brewers Seaport, 65 Northern Ave. Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston. 

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Ride the Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel

Grab the kiddos and have some fun with a Frog Pond favorite – the carousel featuring fun and zany characters. Tickets are $3 per ride or you can purchase a 10 ride card for $25. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features draft beers by Trillium Brewing Company and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Head down today from 2-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Fenway Pub Crawl

Learn about America’s oldest ballpark, the history of baseball in Boston, and enjoy local Boston brews at the Fenway Pub Crawl. Plus, find out all about the ballpark’s hidden history, along with baseball’s rich past. 7 p.m., Gate E outside of Fenway Park, 82 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Little Shop of Horrors

The award-winning, sci-fi pulp musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening at the Lyric Stage this month. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 p.m., Lyric Stage, 140 Claredon St., Boston. 

Thursday, Oct. 3

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday through Nov. 19. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features draft beers by Trillium Brewing Company and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Head down today from 2-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Little Shop of Horrors

The award-winning, sci-fi pulp musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening at the Lyric Stage this week. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 p.m., Lyric Stage, 140 Claredon St., Boston.

Friday, Oct. 4

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. From 6-10 p.m., enjoy live music from Royal Furs. Noon to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 201st anniversary this year open this year Oct. 4 through Oct. 14. Opens today at 1 p.m., Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features draft beers by Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery Boston. Head down today from 2-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

SoWa First Friday

Join artists, galleries, shops and showrooms of SoWa Art+Design District for some First Friday fun as they open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture and inspiration. 5-9 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Harpoon Oktoberfest

Head to the Harpoon Brewery for its biggest festival of the year for their two-day Oktoberfest featuring beer, food, live music and more. 5:30-11 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience. On clear nights the program will take place on the plaza next to the main entrance of the Museum. In the event of rain or threat of thunderstorms, no observing will take place but indoor activities will still be available. 8-10 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, front plaza, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Little Shop of Horrors

The award-winning, sci-fi pulp musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening at the Lyric Stage this week. Tickets start at $25. 8 p.m., Lyric Stage, 140 Claredon St., Boston.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 201st anniversary this year open this year Oct. 4 through Oct. 14. Opens today at 10 a.m., Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Boston Food Truck Festival

More than 30 of the areas top food trucks are coming to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a festival you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy a beer garden, a local artisan market, live music, kids activities and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Avenue, Boston. 

Southie Saturday at The Lawn on D

Enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games on the Lawn on D. Plus, from 2-6 p.m., enjoy live music from the Thomas Park Band. Noon to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features draft beers by Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery Boston. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Little Shop of Horrors

The award-winning, sci-fi pulp musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening at the Lyric Stage this week. Tickets start at $25. Performances today at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lyric Stage, 140 Claredon St., Boston. 

ICA First Friday: Oktoberfest

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight celebrate Oktoberfest with seasonal artisan beers and specialty cocktails. At this autumn affair filed with crafty art making and contemporary art. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Harpoon Oktoberfest

Head to the Harpoon Brewery for its biggest festival of the year for their two-day Oktoberfest featuring beer, food, live music and more. 5:30-11 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

Join the folks at the Museum of Fine Arts tonight and kick off the weekend with fine art, music, signature cocktails, tapas and more. Tickets are $25, seniors and students are $23 and free for members. 6-9:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Sunday, Oct. 6

Stony Brook's 40th Annual Fall Fair

This great family event returns for its 40th year featuring crafters, music, children’s games, animal presentations, trail walks, the fourth annual duck derby and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mass Audubon Stony Brook, 108 North St, Norfolk.

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 201st anniversary this year open this year Oct. 4 through Oct. 14. Opens today at 10 a.m., Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield. 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Harpoon Dogtoberfest

Celebrate Octoberfest with your dog at the Harpoon Dogtoberfest presented by Wellness Natural Food for Pets! Enjoy a fun-run/walk, costume contests, dog-friendly samples, Harpoon beers for you and a special Harpoon Bow Wow Brew for your four legged friends, and a whole lot more. Proceeds benefit the Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver. 

Oktoberfest at SoWa

Celebrate Oktoberfest season today at SoWa with Schilling Beer. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square every Wednesday through Sunday. This downtown open-air wine garden features draft beers by Harpoon Brewery and wine by City Winery Boston. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Little Shop of Horrors

The award-winning, sci-fi pulp musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening at the Lyric Stage this week. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 p.m., Lyric Stage, 140 Claredon St., Boston. 

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<![CDATA[Poutinerie by Air Canada to Pop Up in Boston's Downtown Crossing]]>561234692Fri, 27 Sep 2019 16:17:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/frozen+hoagie.JPG

A pop-up is on its way to the heart of Boston, and it will feature a beloved food item that is particularly north of the border.

According to a press release, the Poutinerie by Air Canada pop-up is coming to 267 Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, debuting on Thursday, October 3 and running through Sunday, October 13. The poutine pop-up, which will be open from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily, will offer such options as a classic Montreal-style poutine (fries, cheese curds, and gravy), a Toronto version called "The North" (sharp cheddar cheese instead of curds and beer-braised pork added), and versions with international influences including Paris "'Tine de Triomphe" (fries, duck confit, creme de brie, black pepper), Sao Paulo "Sampa" (thick-cut fries, grilled hanger steak, chimichurri), Tokyo "The Shibu-yeah!" (thick-cut fries, ground pork, ponzu and sesame sauce, pickled daikon or shredded carrot, ginger), and others. Boston is the fourth city to host Poutinerie by Air Canada, with the pop-up previously coming to Washington, DC, London, and Denver.

Proceeds from the Poutinerie by Air Canada pop-up will benefit About Fresh, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps bring healthy food to those in need.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[30+ Great Ways to Have Some Fall Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>561472611Thu, 26 Sep 2019 18:56:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Living_History_at_King_Richard_s_Faire.jpg

Celebrate the first weekend of fall with lots of great seasonal events you won’t want to miss. Whether you plan to head out to the Big E or take in one of the many festivals happening throughout the weekend, we’ve gathered our picks to help you decide. Check them out:

Friday, Sept. 27

The 143rd Deerfield Fair

New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 143nd year of agricultural family fun. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH. 

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Movies on the Harbor: “Forest Gump”

The weather is still warm for outdoor movies and this week's feature is “Forest Gump.” All the fun starts at sunset (7:30 p.m.). The Anchor Boston, 1 Shipyard Park, Charlestown.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience. On clear nights the program will take place on the plaza next to the main entrance of the Museum. In the event of rain or threat of thunderstorms, no observing will take place but indoor activities will still be available. 8-10 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Sept. 28

The 143rd Deerfield Fair

New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 143nd year of agricultural family fun. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. 

Smolak Fall Festival

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Arcadia Folk Festival 2019

The Second Annual Arcadia Folk Festival, sponsored by Signature Sounds and Mass Audubon will end the year-long celebration of 75 years of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary with dozens of performances you don’t want to miss. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mass Audubon's Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. 

Breakheart Reservation Fall Festival

Join DCR and the Friends of Breakheart for pumpkin decorating, big trucks, the DCR mounted unit and fire patrol, stuff-your-own-scarecrow, take-home crafts, and more at Breakheart Reservation's annual festival. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Breakheart Reservation, Saugus. 

21st Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

There is something for everyone at this family-friendly fall event celebrating North Quabbin residents whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts. With an emphasis on homegrown and high quality, the festival promises to be engaging, fun and educational. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Forster's Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange.

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Food Truck Festivals of America is coming to the Salem Common and is expected to feature some of the area’s most popular food truck along with dozens of regional and national craft breweries. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., N. Washington Square, Salem. 

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston. 

Wachusett Mountain Great New England BBQFest

If you’re a BBQ fan, you don’t want to miss the 10th Annual Wachusett Mountain Great New England BBQFest featuring some of the finest he finest area vendors, along with live music, a craft fair and farmers' market, contests, cooking demos and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton.

Southie Saturday at The Lawn on D

Enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games on the Lawn on D. Plus, from 2-9 p.m., enjoy live music from the Bearly Dead, New England’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band with Lagunitas Brewing Company featuring live beer, fresh music and giveaways. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Meadow Walk Fall Fest 2019

Enjoy children's activities, lawn games and more at the Meadow Walk Fall Festival. Noon to 4 p.m., 534 Boston Post Road, Sudbury.

Ipswich Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Ipswich Ale Brewery and its We're shutting down the street in front of our brewery and building an Oktoberfest-style beer garden complete with beer, food, live Oompah music, stein-hoisting and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Ipswich Ale Brewery, 2 Brewery Place, Ipswich.

Pirates and Princesses Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

Meet your favorite princesses, along with Jack and the Pirates of the Rogues’ Armada as they invade the Franklin Park Zoo today. Plus, learn how to to be a pirate, enjoy crafts, special animal encounters and more. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Sunday, Sept. 29

The 143rd Deerfield Fair

New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 143nd year of agricultural family fun. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH.

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. 

Grotonfest

Enjoy live music and entertainment, food and more than 150 vendors at Groton’s yearly celebration. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 75 Hollis St., Groton. 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

21st Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

There is something for everyone at this family-friendly fall event celebrating North Quabbin residents whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts. With an emphasis on homegrown and high quality, the festival promises to be engaging, fun and educational. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Forster's Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange.

Smolak Fall Festival

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Food Truck Festivals of America is coming to the Salem Common and is expected to feature some of the area’s most popular food truck along with dozens of regional and national craft breweries. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., N. Washington Square, Salem.

Wachusett Mountain Great New England BBQFest

If you’re a BBQ fan, you don’t want to miss the 10th Annual Wachusett Mountain Great New England BBQFest featuring some of the finest he finest area vendors, along with live music, a craft fair and farmers' market, contests, cooking demos and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Boston Women's Market

Shop more than 20 Boston Women’s Market makers, entrepreneurs, and artists while enjoying a glass of wine and harbor views. Noon to 6 p.m., The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park, Charlestown.

Allston Village Street Fair

Enjoy Boston’s this annual festival complete with live music, food court, amusement area and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Harvard Avenue, Allston.

Barktoberfest

Celebrate Barktoberfest with Sam Adams Brewery and their favorite four-legged friends. Meet adoptable dogs from Shultz’s Guest House and $1 from every pint sold will be donated to the shelter. Your dog is also welcome to join you. 2-4 p.m., Sam Adams Brewery, 30 Germania St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

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<![CDATA[Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed]]>561423012Fri, 27 Sep 2019 16:21:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/frozen+hoagie.JPG

A Boston-based group of deep-dish pizza spots has closed yet another one of its local outlets, and now there is only one location remaining within the city limits.

According to a source, Uno Pizzeria and Grill in the Back Bay is no longer in operation, with the Boylston Street place shutting down yesterday. With the closing of this location, the only Uno left in Boston is in Kenmore Square--which remains in business--with some other local outlets being in Braintree, Dedham, Framingham, Revere, and Swampscott.

A number of other locations of Uno have closed over the past decade or so, including restaurants in Boston's Symphony area, Allston, Cambridge's Harvard Square and Porter Square, Burlington, Newton Corner, Waltham, and Woburn.

The address for the now-closed location of Uno Pizzeria and Grill in the Back Bay was 731 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations of Uno can be found at https://www.unos.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Pizzas in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Lower Mills Tavern Launches New Fall Menu]]>561447772Fri, 27 Sep 2019 16:25:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lowermills.jpg

Cooler temps and shorter days always makes us crave heartier dishes this time of year. Well, great news! Lower Mills Tavern’s Executive Chef Cara Marie Nance created a fall menu and it’s filled with classic comfort food with a twist – think Pumpkin & Bacon Mac n Cheese, Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells, and Chicken Pot Pie. 

Enjoy the new woodstone pizza called The Fig made with fresh fig wedges, prosciutto, blue cheese crumbles, sweet onion jam, baby spinach, spiced pecan, thyme olive oil 14. Other standouts include the Toasted Steak & Cheese sandwich with creamy blue cheese, sliced figs, baby arugula, balsamic reduction on buttered baguette, an Autumn Cobb Salad and White Bean Chili.

You can check out the full menu here! 

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<![CDATA[PURR Cat Cafe in Brighton Has Temporarily Closed; Exact Status Unknown]]>561135882Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:34:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/frozen+hoagie.JPG

It looks like Boston's first (and only) cat cafe has closed for at least the time being.

Universal Hub is reporting (via a Twitter post from @MariannaFoos) that PURR Cat Cafe in Brighton has temporarily shuttered, with a note on its website saying "Please continue to check back with us for future updates. Thank you to each and every one of you that has supported PURR since opening. Thank you for your past business and support. We are very thankful and grateful in having you as our customer." The Chestnut Hill Avenue cafe, which debuted in 2017 after a long and rocky road to opening, was a place where people could hang out with adoptable shelter cats while bringing in food or beverages.

The address for PURR Cat Cafe is 167 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135.

Thanks to The Passionate Foodie for initially bringing this to our attention.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Union Brewhouse in Weymouth Is Reopening]]>561223312Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:37:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/frozen+hoagie.JPG

A few months ago, a popular beer bar that had been around for more than 20 years abruptly closed, and it ultimately appeared that it would not be returning. Now we have learned that it will indeed be opening back up again.

According to a source, Union Brewhouse in Weymouth is planning to reopen, with a Facebook post from the Washington Street spot showing a picture of the place with an "opening soon" sign out front, while the post itself says, "Brewhouse will be re-opening soon! Stay tuned!" Union Brewhouse closed out of the blue in mid-June, though a few days later its Facebook page indicated that the closure was due to "a perfect storm of equipment failure" and that it planned to eventually be up and running again. In July, however, its future appeared to be in doubt, as a "For Sale" sign was posted out front.

Union Brewhouse first opened its doors in 1996, offering an array of craft beers along with comfort food and pub grub.

The address for Union Brewhouse is 550 Washington Street (Route 53), Weymouth, MA, 02188.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Union Brewhouse in Weymouth Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Ames Boston Hotel Is Closing; Property to Be Sold to Suffolk University]]>561127462Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:40:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ames.jpg

A downtown Boston hotel that had been home to a restaurant owned by one of the region's best-known chefs is shutting down this week.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting that the Ames Boston Hotel on Court Street is closing tomorrow (Tuesday, September 24) as the property is being sold to Suffolk University. As mentioned in an earlier Boston Globe article, the plan is to convert the property into dorms, though Adam Castiglioni's blog post mentions that those plans apparently still need to be approved by the city.

The Ames Hotel is where Cultivar had been until closing early this year; the upscale restaurant opened in the spring of 2017, with Mary Dumont (formerly of Harvest in Cambridge) and her wife Emily being behind it.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Cultivar in Downtown Boston Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Da LaPosta Pizzeria May Be Coming to Former Bee's Knees Space in Boston's Fort Point]]>561228952Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:35:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/frozen+hoagie.JPG

A new pizza spot could be on its way to a red-hot section of Boston, and it would be opening where a gourmet market had been.

According to a source, Da LaPosta is planning to open in the city's Fort Point neighborhood, taking over a part of the old Bee's Knees space on Farnsworth Street. Our source indicates that a public meeting on the proposed pizzeria is slated for October 7 at the former Bee's Knees site and that the place is seeking a liquor license, though little other information has been given as of yet.

Bee's Knees shut down (and was seized by the state) around the beginning of 2017 and subsequently went up for auction; the market had also gone up for sale in late 2015 as well.

The address for the proposed Da LaPosta is 12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

September 30 update: Eater Boston mentions that the person behind Da LaPosta is Mario LaPosta, who comes from the now-closed Babbo in the Seaport District and who has competed in the World Pizza Championship in Italy. The post says that the pizzeria, which will feature wood-fired pies, plans to open sometime in the spring of 2020.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Seized by the State
Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Up for Auction

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Spyce Plans to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square]]>561147102Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:43:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/frozen+hoagie.JPG

A restaurant in downtown Boston that features the use of robots may be expanding across the river.

Cambridge Day is reporting that Spyce is looking to open in Harvard Square, taking over the former Chipotle space at 1 Brattle Square. The concept,  which was created by MIT students in 2015, led to the opening of Spyce on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing in May of 2018, with the place featuring a robotic kitchen and a menu that includes a variety of bowls.

A license commission agenda page indicates that a meeting on the proposed Spyce in Harvard Square is slated for tomorrow (Tuesday, September 24).

The website for Spyce can be found at https://www.spyce.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Celeb Chef-Backed Dispensary Eyes Space in Fort Point]]>560903202Fri, 20 Sep 2019 17:54:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Blue-Dragon-Fort-Point-Bosotn-163517393.jpg

It appears that a dispensary is interested in moving into a space in one of Boston's hottest neighborhoods, and the space just happens to be home to a restaurant that has a celebrity chef behind it.

According to a source, a meeting is taking place on September 30 to look at Keltic Green, a proposed retail cannabis shop that is looking to move into 324 A Street in the city's Fort Point neighborhood. This is the same address as Ming Tsai's Blue Dragon restaurant, and a meeting notice from the Fort Point Boston site includes the name Blue Dragon when mentioning the space that Keltic Green is looking at. We have since been told by the restaurant that Blue Dragon remains in operation and that any business potentially taking over the restaurant's space--be it Keltic Green or another--could take up to two years to happen, so the dining spot is probably not going anywhere soon.

Blue Dragon, which first opened in 2013, is an eclectic tapas-style restaurant with Asian influences. Its website can be found at https://www.bluedragonbos.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[15+ Great Places to Pick Your Own Apples ]]>561075501Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:26:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Apple-picking-shutterstock_401904943.jpg

Fall is officially here and so is one staple of this too-quick season – apple picking! From Cortlands to McIntosh, Gala and every variety in between, apple picking season is upon us and we wanted to make it easier for you with our list of more than a dozen great places to pick your own. So grab your family, make a plan and head out to pick some apples this week and enjoy

Here’s a look at 15 great places in the area to pick your own apples:

Applecrest Farm Orchards –Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls, NH is worth the trip. Pick your own apples seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in their 220 sprawling acres of orchards with more than 40 distinct varieties. Each weekend they also host Fall Festivals with free music, pie eating contests, make your own scarecrow, petting zoo, face painting and more.

Autumn Hills Orchard, Groton – Located in historic Groton, Mass., Autumn Hills Orchard offers more than two dozen varieties of apples for the picking 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Belkin Family Lookout Farm, Natick – Belkin Family Lookout Farm is in full swing right now. While you’re there also enjoy farm animals, live children’s entertainment and face painting, along with pony, camel and hayrides. To see what’s currently available check out the What’s Picking page on their website or call their U-Pick hotline at 508-653-0653.

Berlin Orchards, Berlin – Pick Jonagold, Honey Crisp, Golden Supreme, Cortland, Gala, Paula Red, Ginger Gold, Macs and more at Berlin Orchards, plus enjoy a hay wagon ride, pumpkins and more. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of October.

Boston Hill Farm, North Andover – Pick your own apples at Boston Hill Farm and while you’re there, enjoy their fall festivals happening every weekend through the end of October, where not only can you enjoy apple picking, but also pumpkin picking, our own homemade apple cider donuts, live music from Ronnie Chase and Russ Bennett, BBQ, petting zoo, ice cream and much more. Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Brooksby Farm, Peabody – Apple picking runs until Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brooksby Farm in Peabody. Check the farm’s website for other fun, fall activities for the kiddos, and be sure to take a trip to their pumpkin yard to find your perfect pumpkin.

Carlson Orchards, Harvard – Located in Harvard, Carlson Orchards boasts 140 acres and produces 60,000 bushels of apples annually. Pick your own from 14 different varieties seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury – Choose from several apple varieties for picking at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. Head over on a weekend and enjoy their Harvest Weekends which include: tractor rides, fresh popped kettle corn, a coffee and dessert bar, hard cider tasting and a food truck. Open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Connemara House Farm, Topsfield – Choose from a wide range of apple varieties for picking at Connemara House Farm in Topsfield. Weekends through Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Connors Farm, Danvers – Pick your own apples at Connors Farm in Danvers daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 31. While you’re there, check out their corn maze and so many other fun things including hayrides and a whole lot more.

Fairmount Fruit Farm, Franklin – Pick your own apples at Fairmount Fruit Farm in Franklin weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekdays from 1-5 p.m. Enjoy various varieties ready for picking different weeks throughout the season.

Highland Farm, Holliston – Enjoy weekend apple picking at Highland Farm in Holliston. Apple varieties include Honeycrisp, MacIntosh, Macoun, Gala and Golden Supreme. Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last entry into the orchard is at 4 p.m.).

Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Stow – Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Honey Pot Hill Orchards has more than a dozen different varieties of apples to pick. While you’re there visit their friendly farm animals and get lost in their hedge maze. Hayrides are also available on weekends during the fall picking season.

Parlee Farms, Tyngsborough –Parlee Farms’ apple orchards cover more than 15 acres and are open until Oct. 28 offering more than 20 varieties of apples for the picking. On weekend and fall holidays, your purchase of an apple bag includes a hayride to their apple orchard. While you’re there check out Annie’s Animal Barns, Farmer Mark’s Tractor Training Course and the hay play area.

Russell Orchards, Ipswich – Russell Orchards in Ipswich is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October offering While you’re there, be sure to visit their barnyard animals and for the adults, their winery.

Shelburne Farm, Stow – Just 20 miles from Boston, Shelburne Farm in Stow grows more than 80 different varieties of apples. The farm is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Smolak Farms, North Andover –Smolak Farms is open and welcoming you for its fall picking season. Head to Smolak each weekend through October for the Fall Children’s Festivals where children can enjoy wee wagons, cow trains, duck races, hay maze, face painting, bouncy house, super slide and spin art. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by their pumpkin patch, too.

You can find even more locations throughout the state by visiting MassGrown’s farm locator and selecting pick-your-own by crop.

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<![CDATA[Notch Brewing to Open Second Brewery and Taproom at Mystery Location]]>560777262Fri, 20 Sep 2019 06:50:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/notch1.jpg

It looks like a North Shore brewing company will be expanding to a second location.

According to a Facebook post from Chris Lohring, Notch Brewing in Salem is planning to open a new brewery and taproom at an as-of-yet undisclosed location, with Lohring (who is the founder of Notch) saying that more news on the plans will be coming next week. Notch, which first opened along the South River on the outer edge of Salem's downtown area in the summer of 2016, is known in part for its session beers, while the space itself has an outdoor beer garden along the river.

The address for Notch Brewing is 283R Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Its website can be found at https://www.notchbrewing.com

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Eat, Drink and Be Merry at the Taste of South Boston Sunday]]>478075633Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:44:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Space+Saver+Youtube+Thumb+Final.png

Yes, another road race.

On Sunday, September 29th the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will institute roadway restrictions to accommodate the East Boston Savings Bank Walk. These closures will be in effect from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 12:00 p.m.  from  William J. Day Boulevard, from Kosciuszko Circle to Farragut Road.

In addition, there will be NO PARKING on Day Boulevard, from I Street to Farragut Road.  The parking restriction will be in effect from Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 10:00 pm through Sunday, September 29th, at approximately 12:00 p.m.

Temporary Resident Parking will be available on Saturday night for those displaying a resident parking sticker at the angled parking spots from Shore Road to the entrance at Castle Island.

If you would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR announcements, or if you have questions or wish to report a concern, please contatct: mass.parks@state.ma.us

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<![CDATA[Supercomputing Startup Conduit Launches From Stealth]]>506983332Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:41:02 -0400

What if there was a way to utilize unused or excessive computing power from all computers and put it to use? What would happen? Well, if this startup gets it right, Amazon Web Services would be obsolete.

Cambridge-based Conduit claims that it is building the first collective computer that can supply computing power faster than Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services can. As it emerges out of stealth mode, the startup founded by MIT graduates will use the collective grid computing solution derived from different institutions across the country starting with its alma mater MIT. What does this mean? Simply put, it directs supply sources — unused or excess computing power from dormant computers and towards demand sources. If this sounds like an Airbnb for computing — it is.

This can be done with essentially any computer but the startup wants to harness the power of computer clusters at universities.

“At first, we had the idea to do this with anyone who has a computer on the conduit network but we are starting with universities,” said Taylor Caforio, chief business officer at Conduit. “Universities have supercomputing power that is just sitting there.”

For now, Conduit is bridging the demand-supply gap between excessive computing power in universities to pharma and biotech companies who need it for running drug discovery simulations through a process called parallelization.

It works like this: Parallelization means dividing up a computational task to such granularity that it can be done by multiple computers at the same time. “Think of it like cutting a sandwich in two and giving it to a friend so you eat the sandwich in half the time,” Caforio explained. “Drug design is an extraordinarily complex process, computationally speaking, and takes a long time.” Parallelization helps by providing a very secure platform as it makes data granular and parsed out.

Conduit is going after clients in pharma and biotech because when it comes to drug discovery, time is a crucial element. “Companies running drug discovery simulations spend twice as much time as they need to,” Caforio said. “For such processes, the earlier you fail, the better.”

The computing power that the Conduit network can provide is up to 100 petaflops. For scale, an iPhone operates around 1-10 gigaflops. So that makes 100 petaflops equal to 100 million iPhones. Time wise, computing power of that scale can turn a job that takes 10 hours in approximately less than 10 minutes.

To start, the two-year-old startup will use excess computing power from MIT’s Lincoln Lab and pay the university for it. Going forward, the startup’s business model will be to pay the people who supply computing power.

Founded in 2017 by MIT mechatronics and information theory graduate Ryan Robinson, Conduit wants to compete with behemoths like Amazon web services and Microsoft Azure. Currently, it has a staff of eight full-time employees.

The startup is currently working with mid-sized pharma companies in the Boston area but in the future plans to add clients in fintech, supply chain logistics and quantum computing.

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<![CDATA[Will This New Robot That Helps You Take Pills Have a Better Fate Than Jibo?]]>504867642Tue, 02 Apr 2019 14:30:02 -0400

“Pillo, tell me about yourself,” Emanuele Musini, CEO of Boston-based robotics startup Pillo Health, orders.

It’s a bright Monday afternoon, and the three of us—myself, serial entrepreneur Musini and, well, Pillo The Robot—are chatting in a meeting room at WeWork on Melcher Street. Musini and I are sitting around the only wooden table in the room; the topic of our conversation, the $499 healthcare device made by Musini’s startup, is joining us.

The screen of the social robot lights up on cue and Pillo introduces itself in a feminine voice. Its job is to store up to four weeks worth of medications, to alert patients when it’s time to take their pills, and to notify caregivers in case patients forget to comply with their prescriptions.

Like Amazon Echo, Pillo would quietly wait for instructions sitting on a kitchen counter, or somewhere in grandma’s living room. Like Alexa, Pillo can answer questions by pulling info from the web: I asked the robot, “OK Pillo, how’s the weather today?” and it dutifully informed me on the upcoming temperatures, unimpressed by a storm alert.

Meet Pillo. (Photo by Lucia Maffei / BostInno)

Unlike Alexa, Pillo releases pre-loaded pills from a circular dispenser that can store up to 28 doses to a small glass under its screen—only after confirming the patient’s identity thanks to facial recognition software. Making video-calls and having a ready database of 400 videos about healthy habits are also among Pillo’s skills.

Musini told me that he sees Pillo as a solution for medication non-adherence, an umbrella definition for all the reasons why patients don’t take their prescriptions— Approximately 30 to 50 percent of U.S. adults, leading to an estimated $100 billion in preventable costs annually. In 2015, Musini’s father was hit by a heart attack as a result of non-adherence; after, Musini couldn’t help but ask himself “What if someone was home with him?”

“Non-adherence kills people,” Musini said. “An alarm [on your phone] can’t be the solution; you need an extra touch.”

Enter Pillo, which constantly monitors the situation on behalf of adults who can’t be home to take care of loved ones all day. Peace of mind aside, Pillo’s alert system, which persistently reaches out to caregivers when necessary, is definitely a step ahead of easy-to-ignore push notifications on patients’ phones. In addition to consumers, Musini also sees a business-to-business use of Pillo, for providers and nursing homes.

“Pillo allows people with chronic conditions to live independently,” Musini said.

Whether or not Pillo is the one-stop solution to non-adherence is yet to be discovered. In some cases, patients don’t take medications for psychological or financial reasons that Pillo can’t address. Yet let’s assume that an Alexa-like pill dispenser significantly improves the problem; in that case, it would take Amazon only a few tweaks to invade the market with a similar device—and Amazon has a longtime interest in the pharmaceutical market, as proved by its acquisition of PillPack last year.

“Alexa now is a smart-speaker,” Musini said. “The market is gigantic. The consumerization of healthcare is nothing but positive… We’re a healthcare robot and want to stay away from what Alexa does.”

Image credit: Jibo’s online press kit.

Musini, who started Pillo Health in December 2015 in New York City but moved to Boston shortly after, is also well-aware of the story of another smart robot that oddly looks like Pillo and faced competition with Alexa—Jibo, the brainchild of Cynthia Breazeal.

The company validated its idea of a social robot for home with a $3.6 million crowdfunding campaign in 2014 and landed the cover of Time magazine in 2017; after, things didn’t go as planned. The $899 “adorable” and “pretty daft conversationalist” device began shipping with delays, among evidence of layoffs and empty office space, until the company closed its doors.

For Musini, the story of Jibo is a cautionary tale. He declined to discuss “what the company did wrong,” but he pointed out: “We’re playing in healthcare. Our solution dispenses meds; this value is still untapped.”

Pillo’s tag price ($499) is almost half than what Jibo used to cost ($899), but almost three times Amazon Echo ($180). On top of that, Pillo requires a $40 monthly subscription cost for maintenance, Musini said.

Pillo just entered the market. The company counts Stanley Black & Decker among its investors, with total funding around $9 million and, possibly, more coming. Currently, Pillo operates out of WeWork in Boston with a team of eight product and business development managers, plus a team of 25 engineers in Genoa, Italy.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks to Expand Delivery Service Via Uber Eats to Boston]]>504700922Wed, 23 Jan 2019 20:46:57 -0400

Starbucks is expanding its “Starbucks Delivers” pilot to six more cities across the U.S.—and one of them is Boston.

The food and beverage retailer is partnering with meal delivery service Uber Eats to bring its lattes, sandwiches and dark-roasted coffee cups directly to customers through the Uber Eats mobile app, available on iOS and Android devices.

In Boston, the service will begin operations in select stores “in the coming weeks,” with the final goal of being available in seven U.S. cities this spring. The expansion started on Tuesday in San Francisco, with Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. to follow. It all began after an initial test in Miami in fall of 2018.

Starbucks pointed out that approximately 95% of its core menu items will be available for delivery via Uber Eats, and customers will be able to customize their orders just as they would when ordering on Starbucks mobile apps. Delivery orders will come with an initial $2.49 booking fee.

“We’re building on key learnings from past delivery pilots and by integrating our ordering technology directly with Uber Eats, we’ve unlocked the ability to bring Starbucks to customers for those times when they’re not able to come to us,” Roz Brewer, group president and COO at Starbucks, said in a statement.

Later this month, “Starbucks Delivers” will also start as a pilot in London. The latest seasonal beverage to be included in the Starbucks menu is the Cinnamon Shortbread Latte for $4.95.

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<![CDATA[Lost Valuables at Airport? This Cambridge Startup Will Work With TSA To Recover Them]]>502370231Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:41:09 -0400

Rejjee, a Cambridge-based startup that provides a SaaS platform for lost and found items, is now officially working with the Transportation Security Administration to recover lost items at airports across the nation.

Founded in 2014, the startup has been working with the MBTA since 2015 to recover stolen bikes at T stops.

Rejjee works like this: Whenever someone loses an item, like a bike or a laptop, they can go to Rejjee’s website and file a missing report. As the startup works with a number of police departments in the area including Cambridge, Boston and Quincy, when the item is recovered by the police, the person will be notified. Users can also download the app and make a personal property registry that can be accessed in case of a lost or missing item.

The startup announced that it will work with over 700 TSA checkpoints across 50 airports including Portland International Jetport in Maine and the Boise Airport in Idaho. The company is in talks with Boston’s Logan Airport as well as Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

“This is the first time the TSA checkpoints are connected on a single platform from coast to coast,” said Ken Smith, Rejjee’s co-founder and head of product and operations.

Under the agreement, the TSA will publish a data feed of lost and recovered items on Rejjee’s website. The agreement also denotes a shift in Rejjee’s strategy to expand its reach beyond the Boston area.

“An area of particular focus for us is cybersecurity,” Smith said. “More than twelve-thousand laptops and electronics are lost at US airports each week. The data on these devices as well as the cloud platform login credentials represents one of the leading cyber security risks to personal identification and company data.”

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<![CDATA[Exclusive: MA Attorney General Probes Startup Institute]]>502196871Tue, 02 Apr 2019 14:12:43 -0400

Update: The earlier version of this article mentioned ThriveHive is a Startup Institute partner. It’s been redacted since. 

Startup Institute, a network of coding and development training intensives founded in Boston in 2012, is the latest for-profit educational institute that’s come under Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s scanner in her probe into for-profit colleges.

The attorney general’s office is conducting a fact-finding review of Startup Institute, usually done to seek more information on a company. Startup Institute confirmed that it’s co-operating with the AG’s office. 

As part of the review, the company said that the attorney general’s office has contacted former lending partners of the Startup Institute to issue refunds and forgiveness to students who took out loans for tuitions that ranged between $9,100 – $9,500. The company’s finance partners include Earnest (2013-2016), Climb Credit (2015-2017) and Skills Fund (2017-2018).

According to the Boston Globe, Healey joins an effort headed by Senator Elizabeth Warren to urge federal education officials to relieve students of debt from for-profit schools that are accused of “deceptive recruiting, enrollment, and lending practices.”

“The attorney general’s office has contacted our former lending partners and those lenders have sent refunds and forgiveness to students who took out loans. While we are happy for those students (less debt is never a bad thing!), we are also confident that we have done no wrong which is part of why we’re writing to you today,” Startup Insitute said in an email statement to BostInno.

Startup Institute was founded in 2012 by well-known names in the startup circle including MIT Engine CEO Katie Rae, former director of TechStars Aaron O’ Hearn, MIT Engine general partner Reed Sturtevant and NYC Innovation Collective founding board partner Shaun Johnson. Startup Institute was initially meant to be an offshoot of TechStars offshoot called Boston Startup School. It was set up with the aim of increasing the pool of employable tech talent in Boston by providing technical training to meet with the demands of the innovation economy.

The training included an 8-week immersive program with courses on coding, web design and digital marketing and the company also claimed to provide students with eight weeks of post-graduation career support.

Starting in June 2018, Startup Institute shifted its focus from offering flagship programs at its premises and instead, started partnering with colleges like New England College and Gillette to offer an online MBA in digital marketing. It now operates only in Boston, discontinuing its services in New York and other cities.

The company raised $3 million from Silicon Valley Bank in September 2014 to expand its training programs in smaller markets. The company named Rich DiTieri as its CEO in 2017 who took over the role from Diane Hessan who stepped down to work with the 2016 Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign. DiTieri served as the company’s CEO until April this year. Director of Admissions Sarah McLaughlin took over the reign as the current managing director of the company; Startup Institute doesn’t have a CEO. 

BostInno spoke to a former student of the Startup Institute who was hired right after the program as well as secured a refund from Skills Fund, the institute’s finance partner.

“I was skeptical at first when I got a letter from Skills Fund saying that I was eligible for a refund,” said Alexander Michaud, a native of New Hampshire who was part of the web development track in the Winter-Spring 2018 cohort. “Later, I got a letter from the Startup Institute stating something similar. I didn’t know who else had any knowledge about this and I didn’t want to wave my good fortune in front of anyone who might not have it.”

This probe is part of an extended investigation Healey has been conducting against for-profit colleges. In April 2018, Healey’s office secured $898,000 from a Florida-based credit union that made loans to more than 200 Massachusetts students who took courses at The College Network, Inc., a for-profit company that offered online study guides and educational services to students.

“The College Network treated their students like ATM machines,” said Maura Healey in a statement. “With this settlement, more than 200 students will receive discharges and refunds and we are sending a clear message to lenders.”

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<![CDATA[How a Harvard Startup Dreams of Building 3D Printing ‘Farms’]]>501440872Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:00:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/217*120/makerfleet.JPG

This story was written in partnership with NBC Boston, which produced the embedded video for this feature.

Harnek Gulati likes building things.

His latest creation, a startup based at the Harvard Innovation Labs called MakerFleet, combines the sharp focus of an engineer with the world domination ambition of an early-stage founder. The idea? Connecting the manufacturing world to the Internet through a worldwide network of 3D printing ‘farms.’

Gulati, a recent computer science graduate from Harvard, moved his first steps into the entrepreneurial world by building something very tangible: wood watches. The Kickstarter campaign he launched to fund his project raised over $75,000 in less than a month, and his watches had over a million views on Reddit.

With demand for watches quickly rising, Gulati noticed how hard manufacturing a product for hundreds of people was. Also, he had a dream.

“I’ve always had the dream of building a factory that was connected to the Internet,” Gulati, 23, said. “Didn’t know how to build it, but I was, like, ‘I can learn all this stuff.'”

After quitting his job at Greentown Labs-based startup Tagup, Gulati used the money he earned to start MakerFleet in May 2018.

The company presents itself as the missing link between prototyping and manufacturing: at the Harvard ilab, Gulati set up what he calls a ‘farm’ or ‘factory’ of 18 3D printers that users can rent. Pricing is $2, plus $3.5$/hour.

The whole process takes place mostly online. Users upload their models to the cloud and can watch their design come to life through a live stream. Then, customers can pick up the finished product directly at the factory; MakerFleet also allows people to have it shipped to them.

In that sense, the MarkerFleet model is similar to what Walgreens offers to print out photos; customers upload their images via the website and then select a location to pick them up. From a customer’s standpoint, MakerFleet may also be considered the “the Uber for 3D printing,” with the key difference that Gulati owns all his printers.

There are no boundaries to the things that MakerFleet customers can print, from mugs for the elderly (made by Jamber) to bones of all sizes for students and expositions (made by the Harvard School of Education). MakerFleet is ready to intervene in case of any glitch, which with 3D printing is a very common occurrence.

Helping companies accelerating product development is where MarkerFleet could find its market. According to a recent industry report, speedy product development is the highest priority companies are relying on 3D printing for, jumping from 29% in 2017 to 39% in 2018.

“The dream is to, actually, create modular factories, just like AWS has different data centers around the world,” Gulati said. “You have one in designated areas around the world, so when you print something, you print something that’s very local to you.”

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<![CDATA[Meet Alfred, The Robot Trained To Be a Sous-Chef]]>500377362Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:19:34 -0400

In keeping with the trend of humanizing robots, here’s another one you should meet — Alfred.

Alfred is a collaborative robot or ‘cobot’ trained as a sous-chef to assist in restaurant kitchens. And he can make salads, guac, bowls and serve ice cream.

Created by Greentown Labs member Dexai Robotics, Alfred is intended to increase assembly line productivity at quick-service restaurants (QSR). Dexai founders David Johnson and Anthony Tayoun want you to think of Alfred as another kitchen appliance rather than factory automation.

“Think of it as the next microwave,” said Anthony Tayoun, co-founder and CFO at Dexai. “There is no reason for humans to do mechanical tasks anymore, we are better off having them do more productive things.”

Alfred’s specialty is working with deformable materials, the ones that change form as you interact with them (Think ice cream, guacamole). This is is because the robot is trained to assemble food using utensils like ladles, tongs, spoons and dishes.

If you think this is easy for a robot to do, Tayoun begs to differ. “[Deformable materials] are notoriously hard to work with,” he said. “Every carrot is different, for example. Humans intuitively know how to handle it, but robots don’t.” Dexai Robotics builds the software that trains Alfred to be an efficient employee working under a human chef at a kitchen.

The company is in conversations with QSRs like salad bars and those serving bowls — basically any restaurant with a service line. If you are reading this and thinking about Spyce Kitchen, the only similarity is that they both have robots making your food. Spyce is a fully functional robotic kitchen with original recipes. Think of Alfred like a friendly robot working under the guidance of a chef. 

“Think of it as providing robots as a service,” said David Johnson, CEO of Dexai Robotics. Johnson started Dexai after working at Draper Labs for seven years. Johnson estimates that four Alfreds can assemble about 200 bowls in an hour.

The company is still toying with different business models but one that’s on the table is an output-based payment where Alfred will get paid for the number of bowls he makes. “It’s a competitive way to encourage restaurants to adopt automation – they pay for what they use,” Johnson said. “The model turns assembly cost into a variable cost.”

Tayoun, the company’s CFO argued that even with robotic precision and speed, under this business model, using Alfred would be about three times cheaper for 30-40 percent increased productivity since the restaurant can save on labor costs like hiring and training.

Would Alfred be displacing humans jobs? The Dexai team disagrees because most restaurants face a labor shortage. In an industry survey taken in August this year, 67 percent of restaurant owners cited labor shortage and worker competition as the biggest reason for rising costs. A typical fast-food employee used to be a teenager working a part-time or summer job, but that’s changing. A New York Times article explaining labor shortage at QSRs points to data suggesting that in 2000, about 45 percent of teenagers between 16 and 19 had a job, compared to 30 percent today.

John Piermarini, chef and owner of Fare Well, agrees. “In the fast-food business, there isn’t a lot of potential to move up,” Piermarini said. “This definitely results in a high attrition and turnover rate.” Fare Well is based in the Innovation and Design Center at the Seaport District and serves salad and grain bowls. Piermarini welcomes robotic automation in the kitchen.

“There are a lot of advantages to having a robot – it will show up on time, will be hygienic and can handle portioning with precision,” he said. But he also has some pertinent questions for robot makers like Dexai. “What happens when a human messes up? Will the robot mess up too? Will Alfred be able to move around in a tightly constricted space like humans do?”

Piermarini noted that the biggest challenge he foresees in adopting such technologies is that kitchens today may not be ready for them. “This might involve redesigning the whole kitchen space.”

Even with its challenges, industries like the food and beverages with have low levels of automation, are opening up to the idea of a robot making your food. Case in point: MIT-born Spyce that runs a robotic kitchen in downtown Boston raised $21 million in September to open new locations on the East coast and develop a culinary platform.

As for Dexai Robotics, the company received seed funding from Draper Labs and will fundraise more aggressively early next year. For now, here’s Alfred serving M&Ms.

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<![CDATA[Building Volunteer Engagement Tools—for Progressives Only]]>500373721Wed, 01 May 2019 19:57:13 -0400

With 62.6 million people who volunteered at least once, there’s no shortage of enthusiastic hands in the U.S. Unfortunately, that enthusiasm tends to vanish quickly, sometimes as soon as the first volunteering shift falls into a rainy day.

As the kind of volunteers who stick around, Allston residents Tony Arias and Annie Carlson became frustrated with no-shows of fellow campaigners—and decided to leverage their tech-savvy backgrounds to make their lives as community workers easier. In March 2018, OrganizeTogether, a civic tech startup providing engagement tools only to progressive campaigns and activists, was born.

Arias and Carlson said that the focus of their longtime interest in volunteering – in education fields for Arias, in justice for Carlson – shifted to politics right after the 2016 general election, when they coincidentally moved from Brookline to Allston/Brighton. Their search for local activist groups in the new neighborhood didn’t get off to a good start.

“One of the things we became really frustrated about… was that we started with 15 or 20 people in our group of young folks trying to get involved,” Arias and Carlson said. “By the time we started doing things, more than half of these 20 weren’t active anymore.”

On top of that, the two Brown University graduates realized that they were spending a consistent slice of their hard-earned volunteering time to do redundant work, like deciphering the handwriting in the applications of potential volunteers, or scheduling a time for the group to go knocking on doors. Not finding a pre-existent solution to their problem, they built one: a software that speeds up volunteering-related tasks.

As a platform, OrganizeTogether might look similar to the event management software Eventbrite. In addition to letting volunteers set up a calendar of availability, organizers can use OrganizeTogether to create events, invite volunteers and keep track of who showed up. What makes OrganizeTogether different from Eventbrite, Arias said, is the possibility to add a personal touch and engage more with people.

At state level, OrganizeTogether can count on a potential user base that’s already pretty active. In 2015, more than 1.3 million of Mass. residents volunteered their time to contribute to causes like tutoring youth, serving food or providing medical counseling. Almost one in four Bay State residents volunteer, according to a survey by The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service.

Currently, the company is working with around 20 organizations, which count for a little over 1,000 users, both in- and out- of state. The platform is free to use for small groups (up to 250 volunteer invitations), then it costs $15 a month for additional 250 messages. Customizing invitations is a paid feature.

Both Arias and Carlson, who work on their startup out of their apartment in Allston with two other employees, left their full-time jobs to focus on the venture. After bootstrapping OrganizeTogether with a $45,000 friends and family round, they said they’re not currently interested in raising a seed round.

“We came into the picture a little late to really be involved in this election cycle, but we have folks lining up to use us for the [Massachusetts] municipal race next year,” Arias said.

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<![CDATA[20+ Great Ways to Have Some Fall Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>560823681Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:30:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/199*120/Big+E+2018+1270.jpg

Another weekend is here and this one is filled with fall festivals and activities you don’t want to miss. From the Fluff Festival to apple picking, the Big E and a whole lot more, there is so much fun happening it’s hard to choose where to begin. How about starting with our picks for your weekend of fall fun?

Friday, Sept. 20

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience. On clear nights the program will take place on the plaza next to the main entrance of the Museum. In the event of rain or threat of thunderstorms, no observing will take place but indoor activities will still be available. 8-10 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Sept. 21

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Boxford Apple Festival

Since the 1960s, the Boxford Historical Society has been transforming the East Village for it’s annual Apple festival. Enjoy artisan vendors, local musicians, apple pie and more. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Boxford.

Smolak Fall Festival 

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Night Shift Brewing Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Night Shift Brewing’s fourth annual celebration. Featuring NSB’s German inspired beers, the event includes a beer garden, brass bands, food vendors, lawn games and more. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Night Shift Brewing, 87 Santilli Highway, Everett.

Berserk: A Viking Festival for All Ages

This unique, all-ages event promises a combination of culture and tremendous fun. Attendees can visit two rival Viking encampments to see them working traditional Viking-era crafts, Viking games and combat demonstrations – and don’t miss these rivals in the “fight to the death.” While you’re there browse Nordic vendors, play Kubb and Molkky and even take a traditional Finnish sauna. Children can enjoy a Rune Station, Weaving Station, Viking Interaction and food samples. A film screening and author talk top off the events. Tickets are $7-$20. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Scandinavian Cultural Center, 206 Waltham St., West Newton.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Lowell Irish Festival

The Lowell Irish Festival is one not to be missed featuring live Irish music from national and local acts, as well as food trucks, craft tents, family activities, Irish heritage events and more. Noon to 8 p.m. Lowell.

Southie Saturday at The Lawn on D

Enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games on the Lawn on D. Plus, from 2-9 p.m., enjoy live music from the Bearly Dead, New England’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band with Lagunitas Brewing Company featuring live beer, fresh music and giveaways. Noon t0 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Fluff Festival

Celebrate the invention of Fluff at the 14th annual Fluff Festival celebrating the102nd anniversary of the invention of Fluff on Saturday, Sept. 21 (rain date is Sept. 22). 3-7 p.m., Union Square, Somerville.

Sunday, Sept. 22 

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Smolak Fall Festival 

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[35 Great Ways to Have Fun in and Around Boston This Week]]>560428301Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:08:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Fluff+Festival+030917.JPG

Another week is here and this one is chock-full of great festivals and special events the whole family will enjoy. From the Big E to King Richard’s Faire, fall festivals and more, check out our picks for the week ahead.

Monday, Sept. 16 

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. 

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day At The Lansdowne Pub

St. Patrick’s Day is six months away and the Lansdowne Pub is celebrating with live music, giveaways, food specials and more. 8-11 p.m., Lansdowne Pub, 9 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Casey Balsham

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Casey Balsham! (Comedy Central, Not Another True Crime Podcast by Betches). There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton. 

Tuesday, Sept. 17

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester. 

Wednesday, Sept. 18

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Thursday, Sept. 19

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

Thrilling Thursdays at The Lawn on D

Come play at The Lawn on D and enjoy great food, drinks, and lawn games. Plus, enjoy live music from Other than Boston from 5-9 p.m. 3-10 p.m., the Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Friday, Sept. 20

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience. On clear nights the program will take place on the plaza next to the main entrance of the Museum. In the event of rain or threat of thunderstorms, no observing will take place but indoor activities will still be available. 8-10 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Sept. 21

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Boxford Apple Festival

Since the 1960s, the Boxford Historical Society has been transforming the East Village for it’s annual Apple festival. Enjoy artisan vendors, local musicians, apple pie and more. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Boxford.

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Night Shift Brewing Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Night Shift Brewing’s fourth annual celebration. Featuring NSB’s German inspired beers, the event includes a beer garden, brass bands, food vendors, lawn games and more. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Night Shift Brewing, 87 Santilli Highway, Everett.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Lowell Irish Festival

The Lowell Irish Festival is one not to be missed featuring live Irish music from national and local acts, as well as food trucks, craft tents, family activities, Irish heritage events and more. Noon to 8 p.m. Lowell.

Southie Saturday at The Lawn on D

Enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games on the Lawn on D. Plus, from 2-9 p.m., enjoy live music from the Bearly Dead, New England’s favorite Grateful Dead cover band with Lagunitas Brewing Company featuring live beer, fresh music and giveaways. Noon t0 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Fluff Festival

Celebrate the invention of Fluff at the 14th annual Fluff Festival celebrating the102nd anniversary of the invention of Fluff on Saturday, Sept. 21 (rain date is Sept. 22). 3-7 p.m., Union Square, Somerville.

Sunday, Sept. 22 

The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Friendly's on Route 1 Has Closed]]>560162512Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:11:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/friendlys1.jpg

A regional chain of restaurants and ice cream shops continues to disappear from the Boston-area landscape, with one of its last remaining outlets in the local area closing.

According to an article in the Patch, Friendly's in Saugus has shut down, with a check on the company's website showing that the Route 1 location has been removed. With the closing of the Saugus location, only two outlets now remain inside Route 128--one at Logan Airport and another in Stoneham--while a few others are still open a bit further out, including in Norwood, Peabody, and Weymouth.

The Wilbraham-based Friendly's, which was established in Springfield in 1935, offers a variety of ice cream products including sundaes, fribbles, and floats, while its restaurants serve such items as burgers and seafood dishes. Its website is at https://www.friendlys.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[30 Fall Festivals: Beer, Fluff, Pumpkins and a Whole Lot More!]]>560153251Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:28:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Fair+weather+fall+festival+3.jpg

Fall is here and we know it’s the best time of year for festivals galore. From Oktoberfests, to pumpkin fests, the Big E, King Richard’s Faire, the Fluff Festival and everything in betwen, check out these 30 great festivals happening this fall that you don’t want to miss!

Sept. 13-29: The Big E

The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield.

Weekends Through Oct. 20: King Richard’s Faire

New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. Open weekends through Oct. 20. 235 Main St., Carver. 

Weekends Through Oct. 27: Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Sept. 15: 2019 Boston Local Food Festival

The 10th Annual Boston Food Truck Festival brings a day of lively, free family fun to the city. Showcasing farmers, local restaurants, food trucks and more, the festival also features chef and DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, family fun zone and more. Boston.

Sept. 21: Boxford Apple Festival

Since the 1960s, the Boxford Historical Society has been transforming the East Village for it’s annual Apple festival. Enjoy artisan vendors, local musicians, apple pie and more. Boxford.

Sept. 21: Night Shift Brewing Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Night Shift Brewing’s fourth annual celebration. Featuring NSB’s German inspired beers, the event includes a beer garden, brass bands, food vendors, lawn games and more. Night Shift Brewing, 87 Santilli Highway, Everett. 

Sept. 21: Fluff Festival

Celebrate the invention of Fluff at the 14th annual Fluff Festival celebrating the102nd anniversary of the invention of Fluff on Saturday, Sept. 21 (rain date is Sept. 22). 3-7 p.m., Union Square, Somerville.

Sept. 21: Lowell Irish Festival

The Lowell Irish Festival is one not to be missed featuring live Irish music from national and local acts, as well as food trucks, craft tents, family activities, Irish heritage events and more. Lowell.

Sept. 26-29: Deerfield Fair

New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 143nd year of agricultural family fun. Deerfield.

Sept. 28 & 29: Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Food Truck Festivals of America is coming to the Salem Common and is expected to feature some of the area’s most popular food truck along with dozens of regional and national craft breweries. Salem.

Sept. 28: Arcadia Folk Festival 2019

The Second Annual Arcadia Folk Festival, sponsored by Signature Sounds and Mass Audubon will end the year-long celebration of 75 years of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary with dozens of performances you don’t want to miss. Easthampton.

Sept. 28: Breakheart Reservation Fall Festival

Join DCR and the Friends of Breakheart for pumpkin decorating, big trucks, the DCR mounted unit and fire patrol, stuff-your-own-scarecrow, take-home crafts, and more at Breakheart Reservation's annual festival. Saugus. 

Sept. 28: Meadow Walk Fall Fest 2019

Enjoy children's activities, lawn games and more at the Meadow Walk Fall Festival. Sudbury. 

Sept. 28: Ipswich Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Ipswich Ale Brewery and its We're shutting down the street in front of our brewery and building an Oktoberfest-style beer garden complete with beer, food, live Oompah music, stein-hoisting and more. Ipswich.

Sept. 28: Wachusett Mountain Great New England BBQFest

If you’re a BBQ fan, you don’t want to miss the 10th Annual Wachusett Mountain Great New England BBQFest featuring some of the finest he finest area vendors, along with live music, a craft fair and farmers' market, contests, cooking demos and more. Princeton.

Sept. 28: 21st Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

There is something for everyone at this family-friendly fall event celebrating North Quabbin residents whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts. With an emphasis on homegrown and high quality, the festival promises to be engaging, fun and educational. Orange.

Sept. 28: Grotonfest

Enjoy live music and entertainment, food and more than 150 vendors at Groton’s yearly celebration. Groton.

Sept. 28 and 29: Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks, this year’s event also features dozens of regional and national craft breweries all on Salem Common. Salem. 

Sept. 29: Allston Village Street Fair

Enjoy Boston’s this annual festival complete with live music, food court, amusement area and more. Harvard Avenue, Allston.

Oct 1: Stony Brook's 40th Annual Fall Fair

This great family event returns for its 40th year featuring crafters, music, children’s games, animal presentations, trail walks, the fourth annual duck derby and more. Norfolk.

Oct. 4-14: Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 201st anniversary this year when it opens its gates from in October. 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

Oct. 4 and 5: Harpoon Oktoberfest

Head to the Harpoon Brewery for its biggest festival of the year for their two-day Oktoberfest featuring beer, food, live music and more. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Oct. 5: Boston Food Truck Festival

More than 30 of the areas top food trucks are coming to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a festival you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy a beer garden, a local artisan market, live music, kids activities and more.

Oct. 6: Harpoon Dogtoberfest

Celebrate Octoberfest with your dog at the Harpoon Dogtoberfest presented by Wellness Natural Food for Pets! Enjoy a fun-run/walk, costume contests, dog-friendly samples, Harpoon beers for you and a special Harpoon Bow Wow Brew for your four legged friends, and a whole lot more. Proceeds benefit the Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Boston.

Oct. 12 New England Chocolate Festival

Discover some of the world's best chocolate and confections at this event sure to delight every chocolate lover. The whole family is sure to enjoy this all-day marketplace event. Boston.

Oct. 12: 16th Annual Cranberry Festival

The Nantucket Cranberry Festival transforms Milestone Cranberry Bog into festival grounds for an event you don’t want to miss. Learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket and enjoy family activities, food, music and more. Nantucket

Oct. 13: 41st Annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade

The Harvard Square Oktoberfest returns for its 41st year along with the 14th Annual HONK! Parade where musicians and spectators “reclaim the streets for horns, bikes and feet.” The event features crafts, vintage goods, five beer gardens, live music and more. Harvard Square, Cambridge.

Oct. 13 and 14: Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival

Newburyport’s Fall Harvest Festival takes place the Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day weekend with food, live music and family fun,a long with its 18th Annual Scarecrow Contest, craft vendor booths and more. Newburyport. 

Oct. 19 and 20: Wellfleet Oysterfest

Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest. Oct. 19 and 20, Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet.

Oct. 19: The Duxbury Food & Wine Festival's Oktoberfest 2019

The 7th Annual Duxbury Oktoberfest, part of the Duxbury Food & Wine Festival, has a new location this year a, Crossroads‘ Camp Wing in West Duxbury. Enjoy beers from favorite, local craft brewers, plus German red and white wines and a dinner of hearty, traditional, Bavarian fare, followed by dancing and more. Duxbury.

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<![CDATA[Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain Is Closing After Over 100 Years in Business]]>559958522Tue, 10 Sep 2019 23:42:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/doyle%27s.png

It looks like one of Boston's most iconic restaurants will soon be saying farewell.

According to a couple of sources, Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain is planning to close and sell its liquor license to an upcoming location of Davio's in Boston's Seaport District. This has been confirmed by a Boston Globe article, which quotes owner Gerry Burke Jr. as saying that "It's a terrible thing and I'm as sad as I can be. But the real estate in JP is as high as it's going to get and I can't afford to stay here any more."

It is not yet known when the last day for Doyle's might be, so keep checking back for updates.

Doyle's, which first opened in 1882, is a renowned dining and drinking spot that has attracted politicians and celebrities alike over the years.

The address for Doyle's is 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. Its website can be found at https://www.doylescafeboston.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Red Bird in Waltham Is Up for Sale; Currently Closed for Renovations]]>559832152Mon, 09 Sep 2019 12:00:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/redbird1.jpg

An upscale dining spot on "restaurant row" is on the market, and it also appears to be closed, at least for now.

According to a message sent from Peter Sward of The Daily Lunch, Red Bird in Waltham is for sale, as it looks like the owner of the Moody Street restaurant may be looking to relocate to a larger space. A call placed to the dining spot goes to a voicemail message saying that it is closed for renovations "for the month," while its website also says that it is shuttered for renovations.

Red Bird opened in the summer of 2014, taking over the space where Tuscan Grill had once been; the restaurant has been known for its seasonal New American fare along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for Red Bird is 361 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Roma's Bakery & Deli in Burlington Has Closed]]>559828092Mon, 09 Sep 2019 12:04:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/roma1.png

A local group of bakeries known in part for their pizza has closed one of their locations.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Roma's Bakery & Deli in Burlington is no longer in operation, with a message from the business confirming this, saying that the Woburn and Billerica locations remain open. No reason has been given for the closure of the shop, with the poster on the Facebook page indicating that a sign out front simply refers customers to the Woburn outlet.

Roma's in Burlington offered such items as baked goods, pastries, salads, sandwiches, and calzones, and it also served Sicilian-style squares of pizza as well; our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured the Woburn location in part for its Sicilian slices, with the review being found here:

https://hiddenboston.com/RomaWoburn.html

The address for the now-closed Burlington location of Roma's Bakery & Deli was 45 Winn Street, Burlington, MA, 01803.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Pizzas in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Bar Moxy to Open Within Moxy Hotel in Boston's Theater District]]>559580942Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:50:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/moxy.jpg

A new restaurant is coming to downtown Boston, and it will be joining the very few 24-hour dining spots in the city.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Bar Moxy is opening inside a new hotel called Moxy Boston Downtown, which will be located on Tremont Street in the city's Theater District. The post says that the restaurant will be open to the public and it will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as late-night food, and beer, wine, and cocktails will be available. (A rooftop bar and lounge will also be located at the hotel, but it will not be open to the public.) If all goes as planned, Bar Moxy could be opening sometime during the week of September 23.

Currently, there are only a handful of restaurants and food spots in Boston that are open 24 hours; the list includes South Street Diner in the Leather District, Bova's in the North End, IHOP in Brighton, and Victoria's Diner on the Roxbury/Dorchester line (Victoria's is only open 24 hours from Thursday into the weekend).

The address for the upcoming Bar Moxy (and the Moxy hotel) is 240 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The web page for the hotel can be found at http://moxy-hotels.marriott.com/en/hotels/boston-downtown

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[20+ Fun Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>559518741Thu, 05 Sep 2019 20:02:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Oktoberfest-Group-Photo-4.jpg

Fall is in the air this weekend and with it comes lots of outdoor fun perfect for this time of year. From an outdoor movie night, farm festival, an Oktoberfest celebration and more, we’ve gathered our picks for our weekend of fun.

Friday, Sept. 6

Sunflower Festival

Lanni Orchards’ 2019 Sunflower Festival comes to a close this weekend. Enjoy four acres of beautiful sunflowers in a variety of colors to pick and take photos in. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Rd, Rt. 13, Lunenburg. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Grease”

Head down to the Pier @ Residence Inn Boston Harbor for a free family fun eve featuring “Grease.” Seating will be available, but you can also bring your own chairs and blankets. There will be free popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. 8-11 p.m., Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, 34-44 Charles River Ave. Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. On clear nights during September and October 2019 the program will take place on the plaza next to the main entrance of the museum. In the event of rain or threat of thunderstorms, no observing will take place but indoor activities will still be available. 8-10 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Sept. 7 

Sunflower Festival

Lanni Orchards’ 2019 Sunflower Festival comes to a close this weekend. Enjoy four acres of beautiful sunflowers in a variety of colors to pick and take photos in. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Rd, Rt. 13, Lunenburg.

Chinatown Main Street lantern Festival

The Chinatown Main Street lantern Festival returns for its sixth year. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Verrill Farm’s Farm Day Festival

Enjoy a day of fun on the farm with hayrides, sunflower picking, farm equipment, petting zoo, live music and more. Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music on the lawn from Never in Vegas at 6 p.m.., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boylston Schul-Verein Oktoberfest 2019

Boylston Schul-Verein, one of New England's largest and most authentic Oktoberfest Celebrations, returns with German beer, food and music in a family friendly atmosphere featuring 16 different German beers on draught, food and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Boylston Schul-Verein, 8 County St., Walpole.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Spectacle Summer Nights featuring Trillium Brewing and L.L.Bean

Enjoy this after hour event on Spectacle Island for an evening of relaxation, fun and music supported by L.L. Bean. Sit on the porch and enjoy live music, set up a picnic dinner, roast marshmallows on the beach, hike with a ranger, try your hand at fly fishing, or relax in a hammock. The event also features a Trillium Beer Garden. 3-7 p.m., Spectacle Island, Boston.

Boston Night Market 2019: Fall Edition

The Boston Night Market returns, featuring many of Boston’s best vendors, artists and performers at City Hall Plaza. Inspired by traditional night markets in Asia, the third installation of the Boston Night Market will feature: lights, food, games and entertainment. 4-10 p.m., City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Sunday, Sept. 8

Sunflower Festival

Lanni Orchards’ 2019 Sunflower Festival comes to a close this weekend. Enjoy four acres of beautiful sunflowers in a variety of colors to pick and take photos in. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Rd, Rt. 13, Lunenburg.

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Somerville Dog Festival 2019

The Annual Somerville Dog Festival returns for its 10th year with its community-wide event to celebrate dogs and the families who love them. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 541 Broadway, Somerville. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Oktoberfest at Dorchester Brewing Co.]]>559490632Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:46:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Dorchester+Brewing+Company.jpg

It’s that time of year – cooler temperatures, leaves changing color and Oktoberfest! Dorchester Brewing is celebrating the official Oktoberfest Kick-Off with lots of fresh Oktoberfest beer served in traditional German liter steins. If you needed any excuse to wear that German lederhosen and dirndls hanging in your closet, then nows your chance!

This festive celebration with expanded capacity (plenty of room for all!) will make you feel like you’re in Munich including a live German band, traditional food and all things Oktoberfest! 

So, get your German beer drinking gear on and get ready to party! The fun happens on Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Here’s the schedule:

11:30 a.m.: Doors open. Complimentary DBco Oktoberfest mugs to first 300 people that enter through the doors

2 to 8 p.m.: Traditional German Food from DJ’s European Market

2 to 6 p.m.: Hofbrau Spieler Band

7:30 to 10 p.m.: Piano Sing Along and Requests from Klipper Music

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<![CDATA[Frozen Hoagies to Open 2nd Shop in Greater Boston]]>559477192Mon, 09 Sep 2019 11:21:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Frozen+Hoagies+14.JPG

It looks like the people behind an ice cream sandwich truck and a brick-and-mortar shop are going to be opening another store.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Frozen Hoagies is opening in Winchester Center, taking over the space on Main Street where Winchester Limited Jewelers had been. Once it opens, the new shop will join its other brick-and-mortar location by Powder House Circle in Somerville along with its food truck (which is set up at several locations in Boston), and based on the offerings at its store and truck, expect to see ice cream sandwiches made with a wide variety of cookies and ice cream flavors.

It is not yet known exactly when the new location of Frozen Hoagies will open, as the sign out front simply says "Coming Soon."

The address for this upcoming ice cream sandwich place in Winchester Center is: Frozen Hoagies, 534 Main Street, Winchester, MA, 01890. The website for the business can be found at https://www.frozenhoagies.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Foumami to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square]]>559467802Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:53:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/foumami1.jpg

It looks like an Asian sandwich bar in downtown Boston is expanding across the river.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Foumami is planning to open a second location in the Harvard Square section of Cambridge, with the note saying "Follow us for the latest news, developments & events leading up to our Grand Opening. Stay tuned!" The post shows a picture of Brattle Square, though an exact address for the new location of the eatery has not yet been given, so keep checking back for updates.

Foumami first opened in Boston in 2010 on Franklin Street in Boston's Financial District, offering sandwiches along with breakfast dishes, soups, salads, rice and noodle bowls, and more. Its website can be found at https://foumami.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[South Boston's Best Takeout & Delivery Spots]]>559384222Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:14:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cafeportobello.jpg

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking, right? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots to pick up a sandwich or have dinner delivered.

Sushi time!

Fat Baby on Dorchester St. offers an array of sushi rolls that are guaranteed to satisfy your craving.  They have an assortment of noodles and rice, traditional sushi rolls, and specialty sushi rolls. They even have an online ordering portal so you don’t even have to pick up the phone!
  Moko is another solid choice for sushi too!

Grab and go!

The soon to open, Deja Brew (formally the Cranberry Cafe) on East Broadway is a great option for an on the go breakfast or lunch.  They offer a variety of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, homemade sandwiches, soups and salads, perfect for busy people.  They are available on Grubhub and have an online ordering option so you can skip the line!

The Big Sandwich!

Stop by American Provisions located on East Broadway for a freshly prepared sandwich like Italian with salami, prosciutto, mortadella, provolone, arugula, tomatoes, pickles, onions, hots, olive oil and vinaigrette on a ciabatta. Or the Farm House with honey maple turkey, cheddar, tomatoes, cucumbers, sharp honey mustard and arugula on a ciabatta.

Mangia!

Cafe Portobello is a great local dinner option featuring large portions of traditional Italian food – think Chicken Parm as big as your head.  You can dine in, takeout or have it delivered!

Add a salad to the mix!

Call in to the Paramount and treat yourself to one of their big salads like their specialty BBQ Chicken Chopped Salads or a Traditional Greek Salad with grilled chicken. Online ordering is available for pick up and delivery!
  Insider’s Tip: Make sure you’re ordering from the South Boston location.  There’s another Paramount in Beacon Hill.

Southie Staples

Sal’s and Mirisola’s are two Southie classic, old school favorites that offer a variety of Italian dishes and hot subs for a big lunch or dinner. Sal’s even has breakfast subs!

Hangover Helper

For hangover help head to My Diner. From breakfast sandwiches to grilled cheese and fries, My Diner has a classic menu with plenty of choices. Pair with a Gatorade,a fountain soda and a nap and you’ll be as good as new! My Diner offers delivery and take out!

Spice up your life!

If you’re looking for something with a little spice, Cafe Mamtaz is a local, authentic, Indian restaurant located on L St. that offers delivery and takeout only.

Craving something sweet!

Have a frozen yogurt swirled with candy/cookie mix-ins delivered to your door from Broadway’s Best. It’s like a little bit of heaven.

Feeling Fancy

Maybe you’re having a date night in or just feel like treating yourself.  Caviar offers some of our favorite spots like Capo, Lincoln, Loco, the Broadway and more all delivered right to your door.  You just have to get up off the couch and answer it.

Did we miss your favorite spot?  Let us know in the comments below!

Image via Fat Baby Instagram

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<![CDATA[Banners Kitchen & Tap to Open Within The Hub on Causeway Development in Boston]]>559369382Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:19:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/hubhall1.jpg

Last month it was reported that a new restaurant and bar was on its way to an upcoming development coming to where the old Boston Garden had been. Now we have learned a bit more about the place.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Banners Kitchen & Tap is opening within The Hub on Causeway in a space that will overlook the Hub Hall food hall. The post says that the 25,000-square-foot dining and drinking spot will offer "upscale tavern cuisine and classic game-day menu offerings" as well as 60 beers on tap, and it will also include three Topgolf Swing Suites (virtual reality golf) and a virtual reality hockey game, while "playing dodgeball with zombies" will be another option. If all goes as planned, Banners Kitchen & Tap could be opening in October.

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Hub Hall to Open within The Hub on Causeway Development in Boston

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<![CDATA[Coffee Bar to Open Inside Modern Relik in Boston's South End]]>559365072Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:16:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/latte12.jpg

It looks like a new spot for coffee is on its way to the South End of Boston, and it will be set up inside an upcoming location of a furniture store.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Modern Relik has applied for a common victualler license to operate a coffee bar counter within its shop, which will be located on Harrison Avenue. A check on the website for the business indicates that the Waltham location of Modern Relik is currently closed as they are getting ready to open the South End store, though it is not clear whether this is a move or a second location.

The address for the upcoming Modern Relik--and its coffee bar--will be 485 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118. The website for the business can be found at https://www.modernrelik.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[The Bagel Place in Newton Has Apparently Closed]]>559257122Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:41:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bagelplace.jpg

It looks like a suburban bagel shop with roots up north has closed its doors.

According to a source, The Bagel Place in Newton is no longer in business, with a check on its website seeming to confirm this (it has been taken down), while a Yelp page for the place mentions that it has indeed shuttered. The Needham Street shop first opened in January of 2016, with the place having a connection to The Bagel Place in South Burlington, VT; that store remains in operation, based on a check on its Facebook page and website.

The address for this now-closed bagel shop in Newton was: The Bagel Place, 400 Needham Street, Newton, MA, 02464. The website for the original location is at http://www.thebagelplacevt.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Salvatore's in Downtown Boston Has Closed]]>559254102Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:35:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/salvatores1.jpg

A location of a group of Italian spots has shut down, as it makes way for what looks to be a Creole and Cajun restaurant.

According to a source, Salvatore's in downtown Boston closed last night, with a phone call placed to the Washington Street spot confirming this. As mentioned in an earlier article, the people behind both the Back Deck and Fajitas & 'Ritas on nearby West Street plan to open French Quarter in the space, though at the time of that article it was not known when Salvatore's might close. Locations of Salvatore's in Andover, Lawrence, and Medford remain in operation.

The downtown Boston location of Salvatore's first opened in 2011; another Boston location in the Seaport District had opened in 2009, but it closed its doors last year.

The address for the now-closed location of Salvatore's in downtown Boston (and the upcoming French Quarter) is 545 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
French Quarter May Be Opening in Salvatore's Space in Downtown Boston

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Night Shift Eats Food Truck Is Up and Running]]>557998642Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:14:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Bonez+Brothers+BBQ.jpg

The people behind a local brewery have expanded into the food truck business.

According to a tweet, Night Shift Brewing has debuted a truck called Night Shift Eats, which has a soft launch today outside its taproom in Everett. A web page for the food truck shows that it will also be coming to the Owl’s Nest beer garden at the Esplanade in Boston, and a note hints that the truck will be popping up elsewhere, saying that "This is just the beginning, who knows where we might pop-up next!"

The menu for Night Shift Eats includes such items as poutine, chorizo, shrimp tacos, burgers, tostones, wings, and more.

In addition to its brewery and taproom in Everett and its beer garden at the Esplanade, Night Shift also has a facility at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston and another Owl's Nest beer garden along the Charles River in Allston. The website for the business can be found at https://nightshiftfamily.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Pearl & Lime to Open in Quincy Center]]>557993712Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:24:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Bonez+Brothers+BBQ.jpg

A new restaurant and bar is on its way to a rapidly-developing downtown area just south of Boston, and it will move into the space where a location of a burger spot had been.

According to City of Quincy consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, Pearl & Lime is planning to open in Quincy Center in the former KKatie's Burger Bar space within the West Of Chestnut development on Hancock Street. We are told that the upcoming spot will be a "cocktail-forward" concept that is run by the team behind The Townshend, a nearby restaurant and bar that is also on Hancock Street, and that more details will be coming soon on the place, so stay tuned for updates.

KKaties' closed in April after being in business for a bit more than two years; its other locations in Marshfield, Plymouth, and Hyannis remain in operation.

The address for the upcoming Pearl & Lime is 1440 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
KKatie's Burger Bar in Quincy Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Cranberry Cafe in South Boston Has Closed; Will Become Deja Brew]]>557762612Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:26:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Bonez+Brothers+BBQ.jpg

A longtime dining spot in South Boston that was known for its breakfast and lunch items has shut down, though a new spot under the same ownership will open in its place.

According to a tweet from @chipsy231, Cranberry Cafe on E Broadway closed at the end of business hours yesterday, with a note out front saying that Deja Brew will open in its space in early September, and that it will be under the same management. Cranberry Cafe, which opened 23 years ago, offered such items as bagels, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, omelettes, French toast, muffins, soups, salads, smoothies, coffee, and more.

The address for the now-closed Cranberry Cafe (and upcoming Deja Brew) is 704 E Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Hub Hall to Open Within The Hub on Causeway Development in Boston]]>557750662Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:19:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/hubhall1.jpg

Last fall, it was confirmed that earlier plans for a new development had been given the green light for the old Boston Garden space near North Station. Now we have learned that the complex will include a food hall.

According to a Twitter post from @BostonTweet, Hub Hall is planning to open this winter within The Hub on Causeway, with the Patina Restaurant Group website indicating that there could be 18 dining and drinking options there while the Delaware North site says that there will be 19 options for food and drink. Earlier, we had reported that restaurants such as Apizza and Guy Fieri's Tequila Cocina were being planned for The Hub on Causeway, and a sign is also shown out front for a place called Banners Kitchen & Tap according to both Boston Tweet and a tweet from @ConciergeBoston, though it is not known if any of these will actually be located within Hub Hall.

The address for Hub Hall is 80 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

August 21 update: A message sent to us indicates that Apizza will indeed be within Hub Hall, though Guy Fieri's Tequila Cocina is not a part of it, and while Banners Kitchen & Tap is not located in the food hall, either, it will have a staircase that can be used to access it.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Sports Bar, Bowling Alley Part of Development Plans for Former Boston Garden Site
Concert Hall, Mexican/Latin Restaurant Coming to Hub on Causeway Development at Former Boston Garden Site
Guy Fieri's Tequila Cocina to Open at the Hub on Causeway Development
Apizza to Open at the Hub on Causeway Development in Boston

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Maria's Pastry Shop in Boston's North End Is Closing]]>557744212Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:37:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Holy_Cannoli.jpg

An award-winning pastry shop in the North End of Boston is shutting down.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Maria's Pastry Shop on Cross Street is planning to close on September 15, as owner Maria Merola says "I've been working for 50 years....I'm done....I love it, and I'm going to miss it, no question." The store, which Merola has owned since 1982 when she purchased the space from Modern Pastry, is known for its variety of Italian treats including its cannoli, which was once given a "best of" by Boston Magazine.

The address for Maria's Pastry Shop is 46 Cross Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

August 26 update: According to a source, Maria's Pastry Shop plans to stay open beyond September 15, though they will not be restocking the place after that date, so it could close soon afterwards.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Tapestry in Boston's Fenway Is Closing]]>556511352Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:06:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/roundup.PNG

A two-section restaurant and bar in Boston's Fenway neighborhood that is known in part for its pizza is shutting down this week, as it makes way for new development.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tapestry on Kilmarnock Street is closing after business hours on Friday, August 23, with its building (and others around it) being replaced by what looks to be a new mixed-use development that will include apartments along with restaurant/retail space. The dining and drinking spot, which took over the old Church spot in May of 2016, is split into a casual space called Expo Kitchen and a higher-end space called Club Room (which has been closed for the summer), with the former serving burgers, wings, and Neapolitan-style pizza--and the place has also served Detroit-style pizza in the past as well, being one of the few places in the Greater Boston area to do so. (Volo in Swampscott and Avenue in Somerville are a couple of others.)

The address for the soon-to-close Tapestry is 69 Kilmarnock Sreet, Boston, MA, 02215.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[The Pearl Seafood Grill and Raw Bar Plans to Open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester]]>554660032Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:07:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/roundup.PNG

It looks like a regional seafood restaurant may be on its way to a new development just off the Southeast Expressway.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, The Pearl Seafood Grill and Raw Bar is planning to open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester, with the place looking to offer "down-home New England comfort food" while also having an oyster bar along with an outdoor patio. The post indicates that the dining spot will focus on using locally-sourced ingredients as much as possible, and that it hopes to acquire a liquor license. If all goes well, The Pearl Seafood Grill and Raw Bar could be opening in December.

South Bay Town Center, which is connected to the South Bay mall/shopping center, is home to such spots as Gyu-Kaku, Wahlburgers, J.P. Licks, and Chipotle.

The address for The Pearl Seafood Grill and Raw Bar at South Bay Town Center would be 20B District Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02125.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Seafood Dishes from Boston-Area and New England Restaurants


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<![CDATA[Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown Closes This Week]]>554559722Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:07:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/roundup.PNG

Last fall, it was reported that one of the great restaurant spaces in Boston could eventually be without a restaurant. Now we have learned that the end is near, though it could reopen elsewhere--while a new dining spot may open in its space.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown will have its regular menu along with specials through this Thursday night, with the 6th Street eatery being closed on Friday for a wedding while two parties will be taking place on Saturday, and a family-style dinner will be held on Sunday which appears to be the final farewell for the place. A comment within the thread hints that this might not be it for the restaurant, as owner John Moore says that they are working on a new location. In addition, a story from this spring hinted that the people behind the Brewer's Fork on nearby Moulton Street may be expanding into the space and that it could be an American bistro, though specific details have not been given as of yet.

Navy Yard Bistro first opened approximately 15 years ago in an historic structure in the navy yard that includes an outdoor patio along a tree-shaded cobblestone walkway. The restaurant is known for its New American fare and array of wines.

The address for Navy Yard Bistro is 1 6th Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129. Its website can be found at https://www.navyyardbistro.com/

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Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown Is Losing Its Home
Brewer's Fork Team May Open New Restaurant in Navy Yard Bistro Space in Charlestown

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[6B Lounge in Boston's Beacon Hill Has Closed; New Concept Coming to Space]]>554257652Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:45:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/roundup.PNG

A restaurant and lounge in downtown Boston has shut down, and a new concept is on the way to the space.

According to a Facebook post from the place, 6B Lounge on the eastern edge of Beacon Hill is now closed, with the Beacon Street spot shuttering sometime last week, based on what we have been told. The post indicates that a new concept is on its way and that it will be under the same ownership, though updates on exactly what will be coming to the space have not yet been given.

The East Coast Tavern Group, which is behind both 6B Lounge and the upcoming new concept, is also behind the nearby Carrie Nation and Emmet's in Beacon Hill along with Emmet's in Norwood, Scholars in downtown Boston, Sunset Cantina near BU, and Magnolia Smokehouse and The Ellis Room in Brookline Village, while there is also an ownership connection to The Cottage in Weymouth.

The address for 6B Lounge (and the upcoming new concept from the East Coast Tavern Group) is 6 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

August 20 update: Eater Boston states that the new concept will be called Roxanne's, and it will focus more on modern and classic craft cocktails (6B was more known for its martinis and wines), while its food menu will include "bar staples with a touch of finesse." If all goes as planned, Roxanne's will open in early September.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[New Restaurant Opens at Aeronaut Brewing Company Space in Somerville]]>558843262Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:51:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/aeronaut.jpg

A new dining option has come to a brewery in Somerville, and its focus will be on Venezuelan fare.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Carolicious is now open within Aeronaut Brewing Company on Tyler Street, with the eatery joining Tasting Counter and Somerville Chocolate in the Foods Hub area of the facility. Eater mentions that the people behind Carolicious are Carolina Garcia and Carolina Salinas, who have been involved with pop-ups including ones at the brewery as well as various events and farmers markets. The new dining spot will offer such items as arepas, bowls, and pastelitos andinos (empanadas filled with meat or veggies).

The address for Carolicious (and Aeronaut) is 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143. The Instagram page for Carolicious can be found at https://www.instagram.com/carolicious424/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Beacons Restaurant to Open in Walpole]]>558840552Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:53:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/beacons.jpg

A new restaurant is opening in the southwestern suburbs of Boston, and its name appears to be a familiar name in the local area.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Beacons Restaurant is planning to open in Walpole, with the address indicating that it may be taking over the former British Beer Company space on Route 1. The listing mentions that it will be a new concept, though other posts on social media hint that his could be a rebirth of sorts of the long-closed Beacon Restaurant in Norwood, including one poster saying "We welcome the Beacon back!!!" If all goes as planned, Beacons Restaurant (which is also showing up in places as "Beacon's Restaurant") could be opening in September.

The Walpole location of British Beer Company closed toward the end of 2017.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Walpole is: Beacons Restaurant, 85 Providence Highway (Route 1), Walpole, MA, 02032. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Beacons-Restaurant-106486040695744/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Outdoor Dining Options for National Eat Outside Day]]>558816982Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:44:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ashmont1.jpg

In celebration of National Eat Outside Day on Aug. 31st, we put together a list of some of our favorite Dorchester restaurants with outdoor dining spaces. Grab a friend or two and spend the afternoon soaking up the sunshine.

Ashmont Grill
American dishes and drinks are served in this art-lined space with rustic patio seating.
555 Talbot Ave

dbar
This local hot spot showcases creative fare and craft cocktails in a dark-wood setting with a garden patio complete with string lights!
1236 Dorchester Ave

Lucy’s American Tavern
Rustic-chic hangout featuring elevated tavern grub from seasonal ingredients, all the draft beer options, unique cocktails with large garage style windows opening to the outside.
13 Granite Ave.

224 Boston
Quaint eatery serving New American cuisine, tucked back from the road with a cozy garden patio.
224 Boston St

The Bowery Bar
Wildly popular hot spot in Lower Mills, serving local beer and farm-inspired fair with a large capacity patio and outdoor bar.

The Blarney Stone
Comfortable modern bar and family restaurant serving seasonal American cuisine with comfortable booth seating, exposed brick walls and a beautiful mahogany bar with a welcoming, garden patio.
1505 Dorchester Ave.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram!  We’re giving away a $100 gift card to the Bowery Bar to celebrate National Eat Outside Day!

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<![CDATA[Labor Day Weekend Lobster Bake at City Tap House]]>558811862Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:48:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/citytap.png

City Tap House is saying goodbye to summer all weekend long! Enjoy live music, a DJ, Mary Jane-themed special like $5 Munchie Menu, and lawn games. On Monday, celebrate Labor Day with an old fashioned lobster and clam bake with all the fixings! We can’t think of a better way to end summer!

Cost for lobster bake is $45.

Image via City Tap House Instagram

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston ]]>558741081Thu, 29 Aug 2019 19:13:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/70312efe634d4edeb36a810bc3d1dffb.jpg

Labor Day weekend is here and summer is winding down. Are you staying in the area and looking for some local fun this weekend? From the 35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival to the Boston Jazz Fest, a sunflower festival, a kite festival and everything in between, check out our picks for a weekend of fun for the entire family.

Friday, Aug. 30

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: Old Sturbridge Village, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Capron Park Zoo, EcoTarium, Griffin Museum of Photography, Hull Lifesaving Museum, Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, MASS MoCA, Museum of the First Corps of Cadets and the Osterville Historical Museum.

35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

The Gloucester Schooner Festival returns for its 35th year Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. Today enjoy day-long arrivals of participating vessels, followed by the mayor’s reception from 5-7 p.m. and the Gloucester Block Party from 6-10 p.m. downtown on Main Street.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Boston Jazz Fest

The Boston Jazz Fest returns for its ninth year with its free, ground-breaking festival featuring the most musically diverse array of jazz artists performing at Boston’s Waterfront. 5:30-9:30 p.m., South Boston Maritime Park, Boston.

UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro & Shaggy 40th Anniversary Tour

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro & Shaggy 40th Anniversary Tour are coming to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion tonight. 6:30 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right from 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Captain America: The First Avenger”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Captain America: The First Avenger” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Aug. 31

Sunflower Festival

Labor Day weekend kicks off Lanni Orchards’ 2019 Sunflower Festival. This week-long event features Throughout this week long event, enjoy four acres of beautiful sunflowers in a variety of colors to pick and take photos in. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Rd, Rt. 13, Lunenburg.

5th Annual Onset Beach Kite Festival

Join the Onset Bay Association for its 5th Annual Onset Beach Kite Festival. Build-a-kite station for the kids just $5 per kite. Plus, feel free to bring your ow kites. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Onset Beach, Onset. 

Maritime Heritage Day

Celebrate Gloucester Schooner Festival's Maritime Heritage Day today. Enjoy traditional crafters, engaging community organizations, expert seafood demonstrations, foot stomping music, schooner sails, and fun-filled family activities on Harbor Loop, along with local fare at their food tents. Schooners will be docked at Maritime Gloucester's Webster Pier with others throughout the city. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester.

Boston Jazz Fest

The Boston Jazz Fest returns for its ninth year with its free, ground-breaking festival featuring the most musically diverse array of jazz artists performing at Boston’s Waterfront. Noon to 9:30 p.m., South Boston Maritime Park, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Zac Brown Band at Fenway

The Zac Brown Band returns to Fenway for their record 10th and 11th appearance as part of the Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series tonight. Tickets start at $67.50. 6:30 p.m., Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston.

35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks

The Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Boat Parade of Lights featurings boats traveling on the Annisquam River through the drawbridge and into Gloucester Harbor before ending in Smith’s Cove. is here. All the fun starts at dusk. Following the parade enjoy fireworks over Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester.

Sunday, Sept. 1

Sunflower Festival

Labor Day weekend kicks off Lanni Orchards’ 2019 Sunflower Festival. This week-long event features Throughout this week long event, enjoy four acres of beautiful sunflowers in a variety of colors to pick and take photos in. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Rd, Rt. 13, Lunenburg.

35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

The Gloucester Schooner Festival today features: the Parade of Sail from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the Mayor’s Race at 1 p.m., Gloucester.

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Zac Brown Band at Fenway

The Zac Brown Band returns to Fenway for their record 10th and 11th appearance as part of the Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series tonight. Tickets start at $67.50. 6:30 p.m., Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston.

Mary J. Blige & Nas

Mary J. Blige and Nas are coming to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight. Tickets start at $30. 8 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.



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<![CDATA['Indoor Backyard' and Tap Room Opening in Greater Boston]]>558716312Fri, 30 Aug 2019 17:00:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/beer-generic-August-2019.jpg

It looks like Everett's Fermentation District could soon become home to a family-friendly "indoor backyard and tap room" if all goes as planned.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Kin Tap Room is looking to open on Norman Street in a facility that is currently home to Revolution Axe Throwing and Sky Zone Trampoline Park (behind Night Shift Brewing). The website for the business and the Eater article indicate that it would be a space for both adults and children, with offerings including lawn games, a bar area with beer, wine, and cider as well as coffee, space for children's activities, and possibly space for events and classes. It does not appear that food would be served at Kin Tap Room, but patrons would be able to bring their own, and it would be an indoor facility that would be open year round. If all goes well, the new spot could be open within the first half of 2020, according to Eater.

The Fermentation District includes alcohol-related businesses such as Night Shift, Bone Up Brewing Co., Down the Road Beer Co., and Short Path Distillery, while a dining and drinking spot called Village Bar & Grill also resides in the heart of the area.

The website for Kin Tap Room is at https://www.kintapandrec.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Billerica Is Reopening]]>558692082Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:59:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/mooyah.jpg

A couple of months ago, it was reported that a local outlet of a small Texas-based burger chain had closed down. Now we have learned that the place will soon be opening back up again.

According to an email, Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Billerica is getting ready to reopen, with the plan being to open its doors on September 16. The Boston Road eatery shuttered in the late spring, which followed the closing of its first Boston-area location in Jamaica Plain last fall; locations of the chain remain in operation in downtown Boston, Hudson, Mansfield, Northborough, and Sudbury.

Mooyah, which is headquartered in Plano, features burgers made with "never-frozen beef" as well as salads, handcut fries, and shakes.

The address for the soon-to-reopen Mooyah in Billerica is 199 Boston Road, North Billerica, MA, 01862. The website for the chain is at https://www.mooyah.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Billerica Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Common Ground in Allston Closes]]>558325091Tue, 27 Aug 2019 09:31:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/common+ground+2.JPG

A popular restaurant and bar in Allston is saying farewell.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Common Ground is shutting down at the end of business hours tonight, with the Harvard Avenue spot saying that "Tonight at 2am we will be closing our doors for good so come celebrate with us Mr. Piercy C K Ryan will be on the bar." A couple of sources tell us that its location in Arlington Center will remain in operation, however, so this just affects the original restaurant.

Common Ground, which first opened in 1995, has been known in part for its comfort food, craft beer list, and craft cocktails.

The address for Common Ground in Allston is 83 Harvard Avenue, Boston, MA, 02134. The website for the existing location in Arlington--which is at 319 Broadway--is http://commongroundarlington.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[50+ Great Things to Do This Week in and Around Boston]]>558250171Sun, 25 Aug 2019 20:22:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/323*120/Schooner.jpg

It’s the unofficial last week of summer and we hope you are planning on having some fun. Whether the kiddos are back to school for part of the week, or if they don’t go back until next week, don’t waste anytime squeezing in some more summer fun. Lucky for you there’s a ton of great things happening. Check out our picks for your week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 26

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Salsa in the Park Mondays

Enjoy Salsa in the Park on Mondays today rain or shine, thanks to MetaMovements in collaboration with BCYF’s Blackstone Community Center. 6-9 p.m., Blackstone Community Center Courtyard/Park, 50 West Brookline St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston. 

Mayor Walsh Movie Night: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Enjoy a screening of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” as part of Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night Program. The movie starts at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.), 86 Boardman St., East Boston.

Tuesday, Aug. 27 

Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Head on over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tuesdays in July and August for storytelling as our favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are both kid-tested and parent-approved. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street outside Wagamama.

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston. 

Knotfest Roadshow

The Knotfest Roadshow featuring Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth is coming to the Xfinity Center tonight. Tickets start at $29.50. 5:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield. 

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Young Love & The Thrills for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

Collaborative Art

Head over to this all-ages event to contribute to a new group making activity each week. 1-2 p.m., Faneuil, Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market building, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Thursday, Aug. 29 

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston. 

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. 

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Sonya Rae Taylor for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals comes to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, joined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Jessy Wilson tonight. Tickets start at $29.50. 7 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

7th Annual Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration

Join Boston Harbor Now for its annual end of summer Boston Harbor Fireworks along Boston Harbor. Suggested viewing areas include: Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, Piers Park in East Boston and Fan Pier in the Seaport District. Before the fireworks, enjoy live music in Christopher Columbus Park by Berklee College of Music band Lick Neon, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Boston. 

Mayor Walsh Movie Night: “The LEGO Movie 2”

Enjoy a screening of “The LEGO Movie 2” as part of Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night Program. The movie starts at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.), 150 Readville St., Hyde Park.

Friday, Aug. 30

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: Old Sturbridge Village, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Capron Park Zoo, EcoTarium, Griffin Museum of Photography, Hull Lifesaving Museum, Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, MASS MoCA, Museum of the First Corps of Cadets and the Osterville Historical Museum.

35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

The Gloucester Schooner Festival returns for its 35th year Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. Today enjoy day-long arrivals of participating vessels, followed by the mayor’s reception from 5-7 p.m. and the Gloucester Block Party from 6-10 p.m. downtown on Main Street.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Boston Jazz Fest

The Boston Jazz Fest returns for its ninth year with its free, ground-breaking festival featuring the most musically diverse array of jazz artists performing at Boston’s Waterfront. 5:30-9:30 p.m., South Boston Maritime Park, Boston.

UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro & Shaggy 40th Anniversary Tour

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro & Shaggy 40th Anniversary Tour are coming to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion tonight. 6:30 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right from 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Captain America: The First Avenger”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Captain America: The First Avenger” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Aug. 31

Boston Jazz Fest

The Boston Jazz Fest returns for its ninth year with its free, ground-breaking festival featuring the most musically diverse array of jazz artists performing at Boston’s Waterfront. Noon to 9:30 p.m., South Boston Maritime Park, Boston.

Maritime Heritage Day

Celebrate Gloucester Schooner Festival's Maritime Heritage Day today. Enjoy traditional crafters, engaging community organizations, expert seafood demonstrations, foot stomping music, schooner sails, and fun-filled family activities on Harbor Loop, along with local fare at their food tents. Schooners will be docked at Maritime Gloucester's Webster Pier with others throughout the city. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester.

35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks

The Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Boat Parade of Lights featurings boats traveling on the Annisquam River through the drawbridge and into Gloucester Harbor before ending in Smith’s Cove. is here. All the fun starts at dusk. Following the parade enjoy fireworks over Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Zac Brown Band at Fenway

The Zac Brown Band returns to Fenway for their record 10th and 11th appearance as part of the Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series tonight. Tickets start at $67.50. 6:30 p.m., Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston.

Sunday, Sept. 1

35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

The Gloucester Schooner Festival today features: the Parade of Sail from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the Mayor’s Race at 1 p.m., Gloucester.

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Zac Brown Band at Fenway

The Zac Brown Band returns to Fenway for their record 10th and 11th appearance as part of the Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series tonight. Tickets start at $67.50. 6:30 p.m., Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston.

Mary J. Blige & Nas

Mary J. Blige and Nas are coming to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight. Tickets start at $30. 8 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.



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<![CDATA[Beloved Portland Pub to Close for Good]]>558009801Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:39:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/brian+boru.JPG

A beloved Portland, Maine bar is closing its doors for good.

The Brian Boru Public House, a fixture in the city’s Old Port area, announced early Friday morning on Facebook that it would permanently close at 1 a.m. Monday.

Daniel Steele, the owner of the establishment, thanked patrons and the city for their support over the years.

Founded in 1993, the pub was a popular place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 



Photo Credit: Brian Boru/ Facebook
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<![CDATA[25+ Fun Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>557919251Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:54:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/227*120/St.+Anthony+street+and+people.PNG

Summer is quickly wrapping up but before it does, be sure to get out and have some fun. From the Centennial Saint Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End to movies under the stars, Dine Out Boston and more, we’ve gathered our picks for some summer weekend fun the entire family will enjoy.

Friday, Aug. 23

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Berkshire Museum, Boston Athenaeum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Emily Dickinson Museum, the Fort Devens Museum, the Freedom Trail Foundation, Heritage Museums & Gardens, the Museum of African American History and the Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

The Centennial Saint Anthony's Feast

Celebrate 100 years of faith, family, community and tradition at the Centennial Saint Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End all Weekend long. Enjoy entertainment, culinary demonstrations, religious services and the Grand Procession featuring 10 marching bands and a few surprises. Noon to 10 p.m., Boston’s North End.

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right from 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.  

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Aug. 24

The Centennial Saint Anthony's Feast

Celebrate 100 years of faith, family, community and tradition at the Centennial Saint Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End all Weekend long. Enjoy entertainment, culinary demonstrations, religious services and the Grand Procession featuring 10 marching bands and a few surprises. 9 a.m. to 11p.m., Boston’s North End.

Teddy Bear Check-Up

Bring your favorite teddy bear for a day of fun at the Stone Zoo. Their trained staff will make sure your teddy bear is healthy for the start of a new school year with a proper physical. After, enjoy bear crafts and activities plus learn more about Bubba and Smoky, the two black bears who call Stone Zoo home. Free with the price of admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Movies in the Park: “Dumbo”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Dumbo.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville. 

Sunday, Aug. 25

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

The Centennial Saint Anthony's Feast

Celebrate 100 years of faith, family, community and tradition at the Centennial Saint Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End all Weekend long. Enjoy entertainment, culinary demonstrations, religious services and the Grand Procession featuring 10 marching bands and a few surprises. 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Boston’s North End.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

The Great Boston Rib Fest

If you like ribs you don’t want to miss the Great Boston Rib Cookoff in the Tap Room at Dorchester Brewing Company. Taste ribs from some of the best area restaurants. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Summer Cornhole Classic

Description: Start your Summer Sunday Funday right by joining Boston Ski + Sports Club along with Harpoon and Boston Cornhole at the Lawn on D for their 4th annual cornhole tournament. The tournament is geared toward social cornhole players so it’s fun for all. Plus check out raffle prizes including: Red Sox tickets, Harpoon Swag, free sports leagues and more! $55 registration covers your team of two. Noon to 5 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin, along with Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Dorothy and Diamante take the stage at the Xfinity Center. Tickets start at $29.50. 5:30 p.m., Tickets start at $25. Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

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<![CDATA[Changes Coming to South Boston Stop & Shop]]>557781832Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:17:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Manchester+Stop+and+shop+thumbnail.jpg

It’s been just about a month since we posted Peter Gailunas’ blog about the poor conditions of Stop & Shop and Walgreen and it looks like changes happening.

It began with residents complaining on social media about everything from dirty dumpsters and trash to rat skeletons and and expired meat.

 

Photo of Lake Stop & Shop via Eileen Murphy

After Peter’s blog, more neighbors began to voice their opinion on the two local national chains and how we deserve better.  One of those neighbors was Southie resident and City Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty. 

Flaherty reached out to decision making management at Stop & Shop and had a walk-thru of the East Broadway location. It was agreed by all that conditions of the store and the parking lot was not great.  

We are happy to report, that management will be making significant changes in the very near future – including repaving the parking lot.  As a matter of fact, a piece of paving equipment was just parked in the lot on Wednesday. 

Across the street at Walgreens, the dirty dumpster and trash compactor were removed – thanks to the help of Haley Dillon of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

So changes are happening – thanks to the people in our neighborhood!  Way to go everyone!

You can listen to the discussion about Stop & Shop and Walgreens on Caught Up with special guests Peter Gailunas and Tom Tinlin! 

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<![CDATA[Popular BBQ Joint to Open 4th Greater Boston Location]]>554029652Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:49:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/smokeshop.jpg

A popular trio of BBQ restaurants could be joined by a fourth, possibly opening where a short-lived Mediterranean dining spot in Cambridge had been.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, The Smoke Shop BBQ has applied for a license to open in Harvard Square, with the address indicating that it would open in the space on Holyoke Street where En Boca was until closing in June of 2017. The notice mentions that the new spot would have two levels of dining and it would also have a bar area, with seating for 137 and a total capacity of 162. If approved, the new location of The Smoke Shop--which is run by Andy Husbands, who had also been known for his now-closed Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel in Boston's South End--would join other locations in Cambridge's Kendall Square, Somerville's Assembly Row, and the Fort Point section of Boston.

The space where En Boca had resided had formerly been home to Sandrine's Bistro.

The address for the proposed location of The Smoke Shop BBQ in Harvard Square is 8 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the existing three locations can be found at https://thesmokeshopbbq.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[50+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Week in and Around Boston]]>552737661Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:26:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/169*120/GettyImages-694335012.jpg

Summer is winding down as some local students head back to school as early as next week, making this the perfect week to get out and have some fun. Check out our picks for the week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 19 

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Salsa in the Park Mondays

Enjoy Salsa in the Park on Mondays all summer long rain or shine, thanks to MetaMovements in collaboration with BCYF’s Blackstone Community Center. 6-9 p.m., Blackstone Community Center Courtyard/Park, 50 West Brookline St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston. 

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring a Secret Headliner from “Saturday Night Live”

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Secret Headliner from “Saturday Night Live.” There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.

Tuesday, Aug. 20 

Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Head on over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tuesdays in July and August for storytelling as our favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are both kid-tested and parent-approved. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street outside Wagamama.

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Mystique for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Santana: Supernatural Now Tour

Santana celebrates the 20th anniversary of the band’s blockbuster “Supernatural” album and the 50th anniversary of their Woodstock performance with the Supernatural Tour coming to Mansfield. Tickets start at $47. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St. 

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

Collaborative Art

Head over to this all-ages event to contribute to a new group making activity each week. 1-2 p.m., Faneuil, Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market building, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Patrick Tobin for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Beer Garden at Boston Landing

Two-Roads Brewing Company brings their craft beers to Boston Landing tonight for a pop-up beer garden at Athlete’s Park. Enjoy live music, tasty fare from Waltham Popcorn and more. 4-7 p.m., Athlete’s Park, Guest Street, Brighton.

Free Neighborhood Night at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Enjoy free admission during the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Neighborhood Night tonight featuring performances, hands-on art-making, food trucks, a cash bar and gallery games. Tonight it’s “Map This Block Party,” celebrating the culmination of the Map This community engagement project both inside the Museum and on the street. 5-9 p.m., 

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Bruce Marshall for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Trivia Night in the Tap Room

Head over to Harpoon Brewery for Trivia Night tonight. This event is free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Rascal Flatts: Summer Playlist Tour 2019

Rascal Flatts is joined by Jordan Davis and Morgan Evans for its Summer Playlist Tour 2019 coming to Mansfield. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

The Australian Pink Floyd Show: All That You Love World Tour 2019

The Australian Pink Floyd Show brings its All That You Love World Tour to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion. Tickets start at $35. 8 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Friday, Aug. 23

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Berkshire Museum, Boston Athenaeum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Emily Dickinson Museum, the Fort Devens Museum, the Freedom Trail Foundation, Heritage Museums & Gardens, the Museum of African American History and the Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right from 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.  

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Teddy Bear Check-Up

Bring your favorite teddy bear for a day of fun at the Stone Zoo. Their trained staff will make sure your teddy bear is healthy for the start of a new school year with a proper physical. After, enjoy bear crafts and activities plus learn more about Bubba and Smoky, the two black bears who call Stone Zoo home. Free with the price of admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Movies in the Park: “Dumbo”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Dumbo.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville. 

Sunday, Aug. 25

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin, along with Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Dorothy and Diamante take the stage at the Xfinity Center. Tickets start at $29.50. 5:30 p.m., Tickets start at $25. Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.



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<![CDATA[Bonez Brothers BBQ to Open in Quincy]]>547403232Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:06:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/bonezbrothers2.jpg

A new barbecue joint is on its way to the Boston area, and it will feature a type of meat that isn't all that easy to find in the region.

According to City of Quincy consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, Bonez Brothers BBQ is opening in Quincy, with Todd Noon of the Massachusetts-based catering company by the same name being behind the Southern Artery dining spot. Byrne tells us that the restaurant will feature such classics as pulled pork, brisket, and baby back ribs, and the menu will also include a number of alligator-based dishes, including alligator fritters, alligator sausage, and alligator tail. Bonez Brothers BBQ will feature a favorite among their catering/event options as well--Love in a Cup, which is a 16-ounce Solo cup with layers of pulled pork, barbecue sauce, collard greens, beans and cole slaw, all topped with a pickle and more sauce. If all goes as planned, Bonez Brothers BBQ could be opening in a couple of weeks.

Todd Noon is a longtime alligator hunter who took up competitive barbecuing in Florida and was involved with Michelbob's, an award-winning restaurant in Naples.

The address for this upcoming BBQ spot in Quincy is: Bonez Brothers BBQ, 657 Southern Artery, Quincy, MA, 02169. The Instagram page for the business can be found at https://www.instagram.com/bonezbrothersbbq/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Boba Me Opens in Boston's Mission Hill Neighborhood]]>547326312Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:08:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/bobame.jpg

A bubble tea spot has come to a part of Boston that is starting to see more and more dining options.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Boba Me is now open on Tremont Street in a section of Mission Hill between Brigham Circle and Roxbury Crossing, with the place offering such options as smoothies, milk teas, green teas, and classic teas. The post mentions that Boba Me will also offer "flaming hot cheese fries" at some point, with the menu for the spot saying that those will be coming soon.

The stretch of Tremont Street in which Boba Me resides has seen such recent openings as Nachlo and Milkweed, and a board game cafe called Tavern of Tales is in the works there as well.

The address for Boba Me is 1520 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02120. Its website can be found at https://www.bobameboston.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[30 Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>545621701Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:26:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Dining+Car+10.JPG

Another weekend is finally here and there is no shortage of fun ways to spend it! From the 152nd Marshfield Fair to a movie on Boston Harbor, the 109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast, the Cambridge Food Truck Festival and a whole lot more – check out our picks for your weekend of fun!

Friday, Aug. 16 

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, the Berkshire Theatre Group, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, Discovery Museums, Fruitlands Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, the Paragon Carousel, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the USS Constitution Museum.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast

The 109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast kicks off tonight with the procession of La Madonna Del Soccorso to the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park for the annual blessing of the fishing waters. The feast continues through the weekend and comes to a close with the famous Flight of the Angel. 9 Lewis St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right from 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Ghost”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Ghost” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Dierks Bentley: Burning Man 2019

Dierks Bentley is bringing his tour, Burning Man 2019, to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight. Joining him are Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights. Tickets start at $34. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield. 

Shawn Mendes at TD Garden

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes is bringing his world tour “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” to Boston along with special guest Alessia Cara. Tickets start at $29.50. 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Aug. 17 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

George Strait

George Strait is coming to Gillette Stadium for one night only with special guest Blake Shelton, along with Cody Johnson and Caitlyn Smith. 5 p.m., Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough.

109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast

The 109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast kicks off tonight with the procession of La Madonna Del Soccorso to the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park for the annual blessing of the fishing waters. The feast continues through the weekend and comes to a close with the famous Flight of the Angel. 9 Lewis St., Boston.

Movies in the Park: “Captain Marvel”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Captain Marvel.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Train and the Goo Goo Dolls

Catch Train, the Goo Goo Dolls and Allen Stone at the Xfinity Center tonight. Tickets start at $29.50. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Movie in the Park: “The Greatest Showman”

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a “The Greatest Showman” during this free outdoor movie night at Billings Field in West Roxbury. 8-10 p.m., Billings Field, Lagrange St., West Roxbury.

Sunday, Aug. 18

Peach Day at Brooksby Farm

Celebrate Peach Day at Brooksby Farm. Pick your own peaches, enjoy fare from the Vibe Food Truck and beverages from Essex County Brewing, along with peach ice cream, and other peach items for sampling, along with lawn games, hayrides, barn animals and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brooksby Farm, 54 Felton St., Peabody. 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Cambridge Food Truck Festival

Visit the second annual Cambridge Food Truck Festival today featuring more than 40 of the regin’s top food trucks, along with Notch Biergarten, 90 Plus Cellars Rose Truck and 60 local artists, designers and vintage dealers. Admission is $5 (children under 12 are free). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 95 Prospect St., Central Square, Cambridge. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Fort Point Festival

The Fort Point Festival returns this year featuring a beer garden, the Taste of Fort Point (15 restaurants offering samples of their food), our Artists Village, a children's activity garden, live outdoor music an more. Tickets are $5 for general entry and $10 day of event. Children under 10 and senior citizens are free. Noon to 5 p.m., 25 Channel Center St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Dumpling Festival

Head over to Backlash Beer Co. this afternoon for its all-you-can-eat Dumpling Festival. Be sure to grab your tickets in advance. 4-7 p.m. Backlash Beer Co., 152 Hampden St., Boston.

109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast

The 109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast kicks off tonight with the procession of La Madonna Del Soccorso to the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park for the annual blessing of the fishing waters. The feast continues through the weekend and comes to a close with the famous Flight of the Angel. 9 Lewis St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Bob Kraft Spotted at Dorchester Bar]]>545352092Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:53:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/173*120/kraft6.jpg

From politicians to movie stars, there have been many celebrity sightings at the legendary Dorchester bar – the Eire Pub. 

On Wednesday night, Bob Kraft – owner of the New England Patriots –  stopped by the pub for a pint. 

Photo via Eire Pub Twitter

The post Caught in Dot: Bob Kraft appeared first on Caught In Dot.



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<![CDATA[Playa Bowls Is Opening by Northeastern University in Boston]]>545020352Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:51:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/playabowls.jpg

A New Jersey-based chain of dining spots that opened its first franchised location in Boston earlier this year will soon be joined by a second outlet--and like the first, this one is geared at least in part to college students.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Playa Bowls is planning to open by Northeastern University, with the Huntington Avenue eatery offering a variety of bowls (including bases with acai, coconut, chia, and oatmeal), smoothies, and fresh juices. Once the new location opens (possibly this fall), it will join an outlet on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton by Boston College, which opened in February.

Playa Bowls started out as a cart in Belmar, NJ, and now has more than 65 brick-and-mortar shops mostly along the East Coast.

The address for the upcoming location of Playa Bowls by Northeastern is 277 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.playabowls.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Popular Boston Italian Eatery Opening 4th Location]]>544644912Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:01:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lucca2.jpg

A trio of upscale Italian restaurants will be opening a fourth location, and this one will be moving into a space where a decades-old South Shore dining spot had been.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Lucca is opening in the former Bella's Restaurant space in Rockland, confirming rumors over the past several weeks that this would indeed be taking place. The article says that the Hingham Street dining spot will likely have close to 300 seats and that it also plans to have a "chef's garden" on the premises where much of the restaurant's produce will be grown. If all goes well, the new location of Lucca--which has other locations in Boston's North End and Back Bay, along with Logan Airport--could be opening this fall.

Bella's closed at the end of May after being in Rockland for 33 years, with its roots actually dating back more than 50 years with the opening of Richardi's Sub Shop in Braintree followed by a number of sub shops in the region. The first Bella's restaurant opened in Braintree in 1974.

The address for the upcoming Lucca in Rockland is 933 Hingham Street, Rockland, MA, 02370. The website for all locations of Lucca can be found at https://www.luccaboston.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Bella's Restaurant in Rockland Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Otto Pizza May Be Opening in South Boston]]>544567962Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:57:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/otto4.jpg

A group of pizzerias specializing in gourmet thin-crust pies could be opening another Boston-area location, and this one would reside in a particularly hot part of the city.

According to a Twitter post from @mjvulch, Otto Pizza is looking at a space on W Broadway in South Boston by F Street, with an abutters meeting on the plan being slated for August 21. The notice shows that the space would need to be changed over from commercial retail to restaurant, and that Otto does not plan to serve alcohol at this location. If its plans are ultimately approved, the new location of Otto would join others in Brookline (Coolidge Corner and near BU), Cambridge's Harvard Square (which is temporarily closed due to a fire), Arlington, Lynnfield, and Newburyport, along with several in Maine, which is where the restaurant started out.

The address for the proposed location of Otto in South Boston is 416-418 W Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.ottoportland.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Pizzas in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Brew at the Zoo: This Weekend]]>542211552Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:04:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/beer-generic-August-2019.jpg

Who says you have to be a kid to enjoy the zoo?

Brew at the Zoo – a 21 plus event – is returning to the Franklin Park Zoo this Saturday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. Brew at the Zoo is a beer-tasting event that offers guests the opportunity to walk on the wild side as they sample offerings from local breweries and restaurants. Plenty of activities, among them the Wicked BIG Bugs exhibit —available this year only—, where visitors will encounter huge sized versions of very detailed tarantulas, ants and scorpions, among others.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here! 

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<![CDATA[The Bagel Bar Is Opening in Burlington]]>542187992Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:51:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bagelbar.jpg

A new spot for bagels and more is coming to a Boston suburb whose dining scene continues to heat up.

Eater Boston is reporting (via an earlier article in the Daily Times Chronicle) that The Bagel Bar is planning to open in Burlington, moving into the Cambridge Street plaza near the Billerica line. A check on the Facebook page for the dining spot--which will offer bagels, bagel sandwiches, and coffee--simply says that the place will be opening soon, with no specific opening date given as of yet.

The address for this upcoming spot in Burlington is: The Bagel Bar, 282 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA, 01803. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/The-Bagel-Bar-105630247457438/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[The Wok in Wellesley Has Closed for Renovations; Exact Status Unknown]]>542111612Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:54:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chinese+food+generic1.jpg

A suburban restaurant that has been featured as an under-the-radar spot to go to for Chinese food has closed for at least the time being, and it is not known what might be happening with the space.

According to a source, The Wok in Wellesley is currently shuttered, with a post in The Swellesley Report saying that the Route 9 eatery has a sign out front saying it is closed for renovations. The article mentions that there may be a change of ownership and that it could reopen with changes that might include a sushi bar; as soon as we find out the exact status of The Wok, we will post an update here.

The Wok has been featured by our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as an under-the-radar spot to go to for both Chinese-American and authentic Chinese fare. The review for the place can be found below:

http://www.hiddenboston.com/TheWok.html

The address for The Wok is 180 Worcester Street (Route 9), Wellesley, MA, 02481.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Ono Poke Bar Apparently Opening Below Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge's Porter Square]]>540286562Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:05:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ono2.jpg

It looks like a new restaurant featuring a trendy food item may be on its way to a space under an award-winning ramen spot in Cambridge.

According to a source, Ono Poke Bar has a "coming soon" sign below Yume Wo Katare in Porter Square, which seems to jibe with an earlier thread on Facebook that indicated the eatery would indeed be coming to the Mass. Ave. storefront. Very little is known about the upcoming spot--including whether it has a connection to Yume Wo Katare--but it is assumed that the place will include Hawaiian-style raw fish salad on its menu.

The people behind Yume Wo Katare, which has received rave reviews from both local and national media outlets since opening in 2012, have another restaurant on the other side of Porter Square--Yume Ga Arukara, a counter-service spot that focuses on dishes with udon noodles.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[END Bakery to Open Retail Shop in Medford]]>540135272Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:02:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/endbakery.png

The person behind a bakery business that is run out of a residential space in Somerville is going to be opening a brick-and-mortar store in Medford.

According to an article in the Somerville Journal and Wicked Local, END Bakery is planning to open in a retail space in West Medford, with the Playstead Road shop being run by Carla Barile, who started the business out of her home on Powder House Boulevard near Tufts University in Somerville. The post says that the business plans to keep operating out of the house in Somerville, while the store in West Medford will initially be open seven days a week, though it could end up being closed on Sundays and Mondays. Expect to see such items as cupcakes, cakes, pecan bars, cream puffs, mini cheesecakes, apple crostatas, baked fruit pies, and more at END Bakery's retail shop, which expects to open sometime in September.

The address for the upcoming END Bakery is 17 Playstead Road, Medford, MA, 02155. The Facebook page for the business can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Cupcake-Shop/END-Bakery-1607243352923946/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[ReelHouse Oyster Bar Opens on Boston's Waterfront]]>537810552Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:11:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/reelhouse1.jpg

The group behind a couple of upscale seafood restaurants on the water have opened a brand new spot that is also along the water, and this one replaces a cafe that debuted last year.

According to a source (Daphna Edgar), ReelHouse Oyster Bar is now open at Fan Pier in Boston's Seaport District, moving into the space under the pavilion where Frank Anthony's Marina Cafe had been. A Twitter post from @FanPierBoston mentions that the place is a pop-up cafe that offers raw bar/seafood items and that it apparently opened last week. The menu for ReelHouse Oyster Bar shows such options as oysters, lobster cocktail, smoked trout toast, tuna poke, BLT with lobster, clam chowder, scallop crudo, and more.

The group behind ReelHouse Oyster Bar--Navy Yard Hospitality--also runs ReelHouse in East Boston and Quincy's Marina Bay as well as Mija Cantina at Faneuil Hall and Pier 6 in Charlestown.

It appears that the address for ReelHouse Oyster Bar is 10 Waterside Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Johnny Rockets in Braintree Is Reopening]]>537385922Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:12:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/249*120/Johnny+Rockets+18.PNG

A chain of hamburger places that closed one of its Boston-area locations last year is apparently reopening the place.

According to a source, Johnny Rockets is returning to its space in the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, with a page within the simon.com site confirming that the restaurant is planning to open back up on August 16. The dining spot, which closed down in early January of 2018, will rejoin existing locations in the region in Acton and Burlington.

Johnny Rockets, which is based in California, is known in part for its burgers, fries, and shakes.

The website for the chain can be found at https://www.johnnyrockets.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Johnny Rockets in Braintree Has Closed

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<![CDATA[Burger Dive at Somerville's Assembly Row Is Closing]]>537258502Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:15:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/burgerdive.jpg

A burger spot in Somerville is closing after approximately seven years in business.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Burger Dive at Assembly Row is shutting down, with the restaurant thanking customers for their patronage and referring them to Papagayo nearby which is run by the same team (Legendary Restaurant Group), while also hinting that they may be looking at another location for the place. Burger Dive first opened in the fall of 2012, offering a variety of burgers along with "adult" milkshakes.

It is not known if Burger Dive already closed or whether it will be shutting down soon; we will post an update once we find out more.

The address for Burger Dive is 702 Grand Union Boulevard, Somerville, MA, 02145.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Burgers in the Boston Area and Beyond




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<![CDATA[60+ Fun Things to Do this Week in and Around Boston]]>535741411Sun, 11 Aug 2019 18:46:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/ferris-wheel_1_orig.jpg

August is in full swing and so is the fun happening throughout Greater Boston. From the 152nd annual Marshfield Fair to the 109th Fisherman's Feast, movie nights, festivals, concerts and more, there are a ton of great ways to have fun for the entire family. Check out our picks for your week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 12 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Salsa in the Park Mondays

Enjoy Salsa in the Park on Mondays all summer long rain or shine, thanks to MetaMovements in collaboration with BCYF’s Blackstone Community Center. 6-9 p.m., Blackstone Community Center Courtyard/Park, 50 West Brookline St., Boston

David Cook: Summer Sessions

American Idol’s seventh season winner David Cook takes the stage tonight with opener Dylan Rockoff at City Winery. Doors open at 6 p.m., Show starts at 7:30 p.m. City Winery Boston, 80 Beverly St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Doug Key

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Doug Key (MTV, VH1). There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton. 

Tuesday, Aug. 13 

Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Head on over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tuesdays in July and August for storytelling as our favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are both kid-tested and parent-approved. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street outside Wagamama.

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Sweetbeats for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Movie Night at Fenway: “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse”

Enjoy movie night at Fenway Park tonight featuring “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse.” Movie night guests are also invited to walk the warming track from 6:45-7:45 p.m. weather permitting. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. Fenway Park, Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

“Glory” Screening on Boston Common

Enjoy a special free screening of the Academy Award-winning film “Glory” on Boston Common under the starts tonight on the Parade Ground. 8-11 p.m., Boston Common, Boston. 

Wednesday, Aug. 14 

Collaborative Art

Head over to this all-ages event to contribute to a new group making activity each week. 1-2 p.m., Faneuil, Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market building, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Alex MacDougall for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

Backstreet Boys at TD Garden

The Backstreet Boys take the stage for one show only at the TD Garden for one show only tonight. Tickets start at $45. 8p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Thursday, Aug. 15 

Boston Public Market At City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. 

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Fat City Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Revere Beach Movie Night

Enjoy a movie on Revere Beach. Sponsored Xfinity, movie nights begin with music and entertainment at 6 p.m. Tonight it’s “Wreck-It-Ralph 2.” Sundown, Revere Beach, Boston.

Beck and Cage the Elephant: The Night Running Tour

Beck and Cage the Elephant bring The Night Running Tour to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center along with Spoon and Sunflower Bean. Tickets start at $29.50. 6 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast

The 109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast kicks off tonight with the procession of La Madonna Del Soccorso to the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park for the annual blessing of the fishing waters. The feast continues through the weekend and comes to a close with the famous Flight of the Angel. 6:30-10:30 p.m., 9 Lewis St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Shawn Mendes at TD Garden

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes is bringing his world tour “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” to Boston along with special guest Alessia Cara. Tickets start at $29.50. 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Friday, Aug. 16 

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, the Berkshire Theatre Group, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, Discovery Museums, Fruitlands Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, the Paragon Carousel, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the USS Constitution Museum.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast

The 109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast kicks off tonight with the procession of La Madonna Del Soccorso to the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park for the annual blessing of the fishing waters. The feast continues through the weekend and comes to a close with the famous Flight of the Angel. 9 Lewis St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right from 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Ghost”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Ghost” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Dierks Bentley: Burning Man 2019

Dierks Bentley is bringing his tour, Burning Man 2019, to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight. Joining him are Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights. Tickets start at $34. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield. 

Shawn Mendes at TD Garden

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes is bringing his world tour “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” to Boston along with special guest Alessia Cara. Tickets start at $29.50. 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Aug. 17 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

George Strait

George Strait is coming to Gillette Stadium for one night only with special guest Blake Shelton, along with Cody Johnson and Caitlyn Smith. 5 p.m., Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough.

109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast

The 109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast kicks off tonight with the procession of La Madonna Del Soccorso to the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park for the annual blessing of the fishing waters. The feast continues through the weekend and comes to a close with the famous Flight of the Angel. 9 Lewis St., Boston.

Movies in the Park: “Captain Marvel”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Captain Marvel.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Train and the Goo Goo Dolls

Catch Train, the Goo Goo Dolls and Allen Stone at the Xfinity Center tonight. Tickets start at $29.50. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Movie in the Park: “The Greatest Showman”

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a “The Greatest Showman” during this free outdoor movie night at Billings Field in West Roxbury. 8-10 p.m., Billings Field, Lagrange St., West Roxbury.

Sunday, Aug. 18

Peach Day at Brooksby Farm

Celebrate Peach Day at Brooksby Farm. Pick your own peaches, enjoy fare from the Vibe Food Truck and beverages from Essex County Brewing, along with peach ice cream, and other peach items for sampling, along with lawn games, hayrides, barn animals and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brooksby Farm, 54 Felton St., Peabody. 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Cambridge Food Truck Festival

Visit the second annual Cambridge Food Truck Festival today featuring more than 40 of the regin’s top food trucks, along with Notch Biergarten, 90 Plus Cellars Rose Truck and 60 local artists, designers and vintage dealers. Admission is $5 (children under 12 are free). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 95 Prospect St., Central Square, Cambridge. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Fort Point Festival

The Fort Point Festival returns this year featuring a beer garden, the Taste of Fort Point (15 restaurants offering samples of their food), our Artists Village, a children's activity garden, live outdoor music an more. Tickets are $5 for general entry and $10 day of event. Children under 10 and senior citizens are free. Noon to 5 p.m., 25 Channel Center St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Dumpling Festival

Head over to Backlash Beer Co. this afternoon for its all-you-can-eat Dumpling Festival. Be sure to grab your tickets in advance. 4-7 p.m. Backlash Beer Co., 152 Hampden St., Boston.

109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast

The 109th Anniversary of the Fisherman's Feast kicks off tonight with the procession of La Madonna Del Soccorso to the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park for the annual blessing of the fishing waters. The feast continues through the weekend and comes to a close with the famous Flight of the Angel. 9 Lewis St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Gyu-Kaku Plans to Open at The Village at Burlington Mall]]>530818072Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:16:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*121/Gyu-Kaku1.jpg

A chain of Japanese barbecue spots that just opened its third Boston-area location has now announced that it will open a fourth, and this one is coming to one of the hottest suburbs in the region for dining.

According to a press release, Gyu-Kaku is looking to open at The Village at Burlington Mall, a new outdoor "lifestyle center" in Burlington that is coming to the site of the former Sears automotive center. Once it opens, the new eatery will join others in Cambridge's Harvard Square and Brookline and a brand new one at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester along with more than 50 other outlets in the United States in Canada and many others overseas. Based on the offerings at the other locations, expect to see an array of charcoal-grilled meats available as well as soup, rice, and noodle dishes.

The Village at Burlington Mall will also be home to locations of Caffe Nero, Cava, and Uncle Julio's.

The website for Gyu-Kaku can be found at https://www.gyu-kaku.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Lotus Flower in Framingham Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown]]>526015472Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:46:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/186*120/lotus+flower+eggroll.JPG

A Chinese and Japanese restaurant in the western suburbs that has been around for many years has closed, and it is not known whether it will reopen again.

According to a source, Lotus Flower in Framingham is no longer in business, with a Framingham Forward article and a Framingham Source post confirming that the Cochituate Road eatery is indeed shuttered. The former hints that this may be a permanent closure while the latter mentions that it may just be a "summer break" based on a sign out front, but our source tells us that the restaurant has been removed from the lotuscuisine.com site which includes Lotus Blossom in Sudbury and Changsho in Cambridge.

As soon as we find out the exact status of Lotus Flower, we will post an update here.

The address for Lotus Flower is 341 Cochituate Road (Route 30), Framingham, MA, 01701.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[20+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>528726171Thu, 08 Aug 2019 19:33:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BHH+Movie.jpg

The weekend is finally here. Check out our picks for your weekend of fun:

Friday, Aug. 9

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Gore Place, Hancock Shaker Village, the JFK Hyannis Museum, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Old Colony History Museum, the Greenway Carousel and the Worcester Historical Museum.

Truck and Tractor Day

Head over to the Greenway today for the Greenway Conservancy’s fifth annual Truck and Tractor Day where you can experience, interact with and learn about a variety of trucks, tractors, machinery and more. Noon to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, High Street at Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

KoRn and Alice In Chains

WAAF Presents KoRn & Alice In Chains as they take the stage at the Xfinity Center, along with Underoath, on Friday, August 9. Tickets start at $35. 6:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Wolfpack from 7-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Aquaman”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Aquaman” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Saturday, Aug. 10

9th Annual Boston African Festival

The 9th Annual Boston African Festival returns featuring best of African arts, fashion, vendors, foods, musicians and talents promoting diversity/inclusion and community building through the arts. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston. 

World Lion Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

Celebrate World Lion Day at the Franklin Park Zoo by meeting 10-year-old lion brothers Dinari and Kamai ad the lion exhibit, then enjoy lion-themed crafts and activities, plus scheduled chats with the zoo’s educators and zookeepers. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 1-3 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees, The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Movies in the Park: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

It wouldn’t be summer if Jimmy Buffett didn’t come to town. Join Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Xfinity Center, 8 p.m., 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Sunday, Aug. 11

50th Annual Chinatown August Moon Festival

Don’t miss the 50th Chinatown August Moon Festival featuring two stages of live performances of Chinese dance, music and martial arts, along with food and merchandise vendors, sponsor tables, arts and crafts booths and more. 10 a.m.t o 5 p.m., Phillips Square, 1 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. From 6-7 p.m. enjoy live music from Thomas Park. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida

Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida are bringing their tour to the Boston area on Sunday, August 11. Tickets start at $25. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

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<![CDATA[Patisserie on Newbury in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed]]>525943021Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:18:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/patisserie.jpg

A French bakery in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood has shut down for good.

According to a source, Patisserie on Newbury is no longer in business, with a sign out front saying that it has closed permanently and thanking its customers for their business over the past several years. The shop, which first opened in the fall of 2013, was known in part for its breads, cheeses, pastries, and baked goods, and it also offered sandwiches while having a little grocery area within the space as well.

The address for the now-closed Patisserie on Newbury was 257 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Clover Food Lab to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>520922032Mon, 05 Aug 2019 13:28:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/173*120/clover_food_lab.JPG

A local group of vegetarian fast-food restaurants is going to be opening a location in one of the busiest parts of Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Clover Food Lab is planning to open in the Back Bay, moving into the space on Boylston Street that had been home to Globe Bar & Cafe before it moved to the former Rattlesnake Bar & Grill a short distance east on Boylston early last year. This will be the first brick-and-mortar location of Clover in the Back Bay, though as Eater says, they did have a food truck set up on Newbury Street until the summer of 2017.

If all goes as planned, the new location of Clover could be opening in the Back Bay this fall.

The address for the upcoming location of Clover Food Lab in the Back Bay is 565 Boylston Street Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.cloverfoodlab.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Globe Bar & Cafe Moving to Former Rattlesnake Bar & Grill Space in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[50+ Great Ways to Have Fun in and Around Boston This Week]]>519287101Sun, 04 Aug 2019 19:38:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/165*120/1028buff.jpg

There’s so much summer fun happening this week it was hard to gather all the great events in one place. From Jimmy Buffet to movie nights, festivals and more, check out our picks for the week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 5 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Fenway Historic Pub Crawl

Learn about America’s oldest ballpark and the history of baseball in Boston while enjoying local Boston brews during Boston Crawling’s Fenway Pub Crawl. Tickets start at $39.99. 3:30 p.m., 82 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Salsa in the Park Mondays

Enjoy Salsa in the Park on Mondays all summer long rain or shine, thanks to MetaMovements in collaboration with BCYF’s Blackstone Community Center. 6-9 p.m., Blackstone Community Center Courtyard/Park, 50 West Brookline St., Boston

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Giulia Rozzi

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Giulia Rozzi (Comedy Central, VH1). There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.

Tuesday, Aug. 6 

Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Head on over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tuesdays in July and August for storytelling as our favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are both kid-tested and parent-approved. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street outside Wagamama.

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the World Premier Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Birds of Prey with Boston Harbor Now

Join a Mass Audubon bird specialist for an up close look at live owls, falcons ad other birds who call New England home. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center, 191w Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Collaborative Art

Head over to this all-ages event to contribute to a new group making activity each week. 1-2 p.m., Faneuil, Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market building, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Steve Memmolo for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

Thursday, Aug. 8

Boston Public Market At City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston. 

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Jeff Pitchell Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Thrilling Thursdays, Trivia on The Lawn on D

Play at The Lawn on D while enjoying great food, drinks and lawn games. Plus trivia night is from 7-9 p.m.. 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Revere Beach Movie Night

Enjoy a movie on Revere Beach. Sponsored Xfinity, movie nights begin with music and entertainment at 6 p.m. Tonight it’s “Incredibles 2.” Sundown, Revere Beach, Boston. 

Friday, Aug. 9

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Gore Place, Hancock Shaker Village, the JFK Hyannis Museum, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Old Colony History Museum, the Greenway Carousel and the Worcester Historical Museum.

Truck and Tractor Day

Head over to the Greenway today for the Greenway Conservancy’s fifth annual Truck and Tractor Day where you can experience, interact with and learn about a variety of trucks, tractors, machinery and more. Noon to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, High Street at Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

KoRn and Alice In Chains

WAAF Presents KoRn & Alice In Chains as they take the stage at the Xfinity Center, along with Underoath, on Friday, August 9. Tickets start at $35. 6:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Wolfpack from 7-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Aquaman”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Aquaman” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Saturday, Aug. 10

9th Annual Boston African Festival

The 9th Annual Boston African Festival returns featuring best of African arts, fashion, vendors, foods, musicians and talents promoting diversity/inclusion and community building through the arts. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston. 

World Lion Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

Celebrate World Lion Day at the Franklin Park Zoo by meeting 10-year-old lion brothers Dinari and Kamai ad the lion exhibit, then enjoy lion-themed crafts and activities, plus scheduled chats with the zoo’s educators and zookeepers. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 1-3 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees, The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Movies in the Park: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

It wouldn’t be summer if Jimmy Buffett didn’t come to town. Join Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Xfinity Center, 8 p.m., 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Sunday, Aug. 11

50th Annual Chinatown August Moon Festival

Don’t miss the 50th Chinatown August Moon Festival featuring two stages of live performances of Chinese dance, music and martial arts, along with food and merchandise vendors, sponsor tables, arts and crafts booths and more. 10 a.m.t o 5 p.m., Phillips Square, 1 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. From 6-7 p.m. enjoy live music from Thomas Park. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida

Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida are bringing their tour to the Boston area on Sunday, August 11. Tickets start at $25. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.



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<![CDATA[Best Burger in America? Popular Burger Chain to Open 1st Boston-Area Location]]>514054842Fri, 02 Aug 2019 15:44:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/burger15.jpg

An award-winning California-based burger chain with no presence is New England is opening its first location in the region in the northern suburbs of Boston.

According to an article from the Wilmington Apple, The Habit Burger Grill is planning to open in Wilmington, moving into a space within a new shopping plaza by the corner of Ballardvale Street and Route 125. The post says that Adam Quinn of Heidi Burgers, LLC, is partnering with Habit to open the upcoming outlet and he also plans to open locations elsewhere in Middlesex and Essex Counties, though no specifics have been given as of yet. If all goes well, the Wilmington location of The Habit Burger Grill could be opening in the spring of 2020.

The Habit Burger Grill started out in Santa Barbara in 1969 and today has more than 250 locations, most of which are in California. The Wilmington Apple article mentions that their Charburger won best burger in America from Consumer Reports in 2014.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Burgers in the Boston Area and Beyond




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<![CDATA[Clay Oven to Replace Lexx in Lexington Center]]>513677372Fri, 02 Aug 2019 15:50:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/lexx.jpg

A couple of months ago, it was reported that an award-winning suburban restaurant was closing, and now we have learned that a new dining spot will be moving in--and retaining some of the former restaurant's menu items.

According to an article from Wicked Local and the Lexington Minuteman, Clay Oven is opening in Lexington Center, taking over the old Lexx space on Mass. Ave. The post mentions that the new eatery will be an Asian fusion spot that offers Indian fare along with "modern twists," and it will also offer dishes that had been served by Lexx, while a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com indicates that it will be a casual upscale restaurant. If all goes as planned, Clay Oven will open early this month.

Lexx first opened in 2004, receiving numerous accolades from the local media for its New American fare, wine, and craft cocktails.

The address for Clay Oven (and the now-closed Lexx) is 1666 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Lexx Restaurant in Lexington Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[25+ Great Ways to Have Some Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>513512581Thu, 01 Aug 2019 20:30:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fenway_park.jpg

Ring in the month of August with some great summer fun this weekend. From a picnic in the park on the field at Fenway to the Boston Seafood Festival, plus outdoor movies, concerts and a whole lot more – check our our picks for the weekend!

Friday, Aug. 2

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Franklin Park Zoo, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the Chatham Shark Center, the Children’s Museum at Holyoke, the Concord Museum, the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, the Lynn Museum, the Museum of Russian Icons, Naumkeag, The Trustees and the Old State House.

Newport Jazz Festival

Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, this event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island — a city famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. The Newport Jazz Festival was founded in 1954 as the first annual jazz festival in America and has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI.

105th Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the religious festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island and to commemorate their safe passage to these American shores, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic festival in New England. Enjoy continuous live Portuguese and American entertainment at five performance locations at this event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from around the world. Noon to 11:45 p.m., Madeira Field, New Bedford.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

ICA First Friday: White Hot Vol. 6

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight don your summer whites for another edition of their iconic sunset party on the waterfront. Enjoy seaside dancing, refreshing cocktails, pop-up sculptures from Dan Lam and free Steve’s Ice Cream samples plus of course some contemporary art. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

Join the folks at the Museum of Fine Arts tonight and kick off the weekend with fine art, music, signature cocktails, tapas and more. Tonight get inspired by abstraction on a massive scale in their new exhibition “Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse,” then make your mark in a collaborative artwork on canvas. Tickets are $25, seniors and students are $23 and free for members. 6-9:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Thomas Rhett: Very Hot Summer Tour 2019

Thomas Rhett brings his Very Hot Summer Tour 2019 to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight, along with special guests Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins. Tickets start at $80. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Sleepless in Seattle”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Boss Baby”

Head down to the Pier @ Residence Inn Boston Harbor for a free family fun eve featuring “Boss Baby” Seating will be available, but you can also bring your own chairs and blankets. There will be free popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. 8-11 p.m., Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, 34-44 Charles River Ave. Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Newport Jazz Festival

Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, this event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island — a city famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. The Newport Jazz Festival was founded in 1954 as the first annual jazz festival in America and has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI.

105th Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the religious festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island and to commemorate their safe passage to these American shores, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic festival in New England. Enjoy continuous live Portuguese and American entertainment at five performance locations at this event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from around the world. Noon to 11:45 p.m., Madeira Field, New Bedford.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Picnic in the Park at Fenway

The Red Sox Foundation’s annual Picnic in the Park is today! Enjoy a picnic on the outfield for a fun-filled day complete with live entertainment, family activities and complimentary gift bags, plus you can watch the Red Sox take on the Yankees on the jumbotron. The picnic also includes beverages and a BBQ dinner, along with your chance to meet and mingle with Red Sox alumni, including honorary chairman, Tim Wakefield. Tickets are $75 to $150. 2:30 p.m., Fenway Park, Boston.

Movies in the Park: “The LEGO Movie 2”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “The LEGO Movie 2.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Ben Folds and the Violent Femmes

Ben Folds and the Violent Femmes come to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion tonight. Tickets start at $29.50. 7 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Hootie & The Blowfish: Group Therapy Tour

Hootie & The Blowfish is coming to town with Barenaked Ladies as part of its Group Therapy Tour tonight. Tickets start at $66. 7:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Sunday, Aug. 4

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

8th Annual Boston Seafood Festival

If you’re a seafood lover, then you do not want to miss the 8th Annual Boston Seafood Festival. Enjoy a full day of events focused on celebrating Boston’s seafood heritage including: seafood vendors and food trucks (plus non-seafood items, too), celebrity chef demos, an oyster shucking contest, fish cutting demos, Harpoon Beer Garden, blessing of the fleet, kids activities, live entertainment and more. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Boston Fish Pier, 212 Northern Ave., Boston.

Newport Jazz Festival

Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, this event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island — a city famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. The Newport Jazz Festival was founded in 1954 as the first annual jazz festival in America and has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

105th Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the religious festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island and to commemorate their safe passage to these American shores, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic festival in New England. Enjoy continuous live Portuguese and American entertainment at five performance locations at this event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from around the world. Noon to 11:45 p.m., Madeira Field, New Bedford.

Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. From 6-7 p.m. enjoy live music from Thomas Park. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 4-6 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees, The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Queen + Adam Lambert: The Rhapsody Tour

Queen + Adam Lambert brings their The Rhapsody Tour to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight. 8 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.



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<![CDATA[The Fat Cat in Quincy Has Closed; Will Move to New Location]]>513508992Fri, 02 Aug 2019 15:35:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fatcat.jpg

A favorite spot for comfort food and beer has shut down for the time being, as it is leaving its home for a new space nearby.

According to a Facebook post from the place, The Fat Cat in Quincy shuttered last night and is now getting ready to move from its former home at 24 Chestnut Street to a new space at 1495 Hancock Street, which is where Iron Furnace had been until closing a couple of years ago. The note says that the restaurant hopes to reopen in mid-August and that it will "have all sorts of new tricks, drinks and menu items coming your way."

The Fat Cat has been featured by our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as an under-the-radar gastropub-type place with such dishes as fried pickles, macaroni and cheese, and burgers. The review can be found at the link below:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/FatCat.html

The website for The Fat Cat is at http://thefatcat.localsearch365.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




Photo Credit: Facebook/The Fat Cat]]>
<![CDATA[Shake Shack May Be Opening in Boston's Downtown Crossing]]>513491062Thu, 01 Aug 2019 13:32:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/shake+shack+fries1.jpg

It looks like a New York-based group of burger and shake spots may be expanding to the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Shake Shack is seeking a common victualler license to operate in a space on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, with the address indicating that it would be opening in the block where CVS, Bank of America, and McDonald's reside. If it gets the green light to open, the new location would join others in Boston's Seaport District and Back Bay along with outlets in Cambridge's Harvard Square, The Street Chestnut Hill, and Legacy Place in Dedham--and two upcoming spots at the Arsenal Yards in Watertown and the Burlington Mall.

The address listed for the planned location of Shake Shack is 315-333 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The website for Shake Shack can be found at https://www.shakeshack.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Burgers in the Boston Area and Beyond


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<![CDATA[It’s Official! Trader Joe’s Will Open in Fort Point]]>513452612Wed, 31 Jul 2019 16:42:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/joeGettyImages-1017467564.jpg

Come this fall, Trader Joe’s will be open at 44 Thomson Place. According to the Boston Business Journal, the construction company, MDM has been issued an $800,000 permit  to change the building use to include a Trader Joe’s supermarket. 

Trader Joe’s also made the announcement on their website with a "coming soon" to 44 Thomson Place. 

This will be the first grocery in the Fort Point/Seaport District neighborhood.

The post It’s official! Trader Joe’s will open in Fort Point appeared first on Caught In Southie.



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<![CDATA[The Fix Burger Bar to Open in Former Allora Ristorante Space in Marlborough]]>513438992Fri, 02 Aug 2019 15:52:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/fix.jpg

A Worcester spot that is known for its burgers, beers, spiked milkshakes, and cocktails will be expanding eastward, opening at a lakeside space that had been home to an upscale Mediterranean restaurant.

According to an article from Wicked Local, The Fix Burger Bar is planning to open in Marlborough, with the place taking over the former Allora Ristorante space on Route 20. The post says that Niche Hospitality Group, which is behind The Fix Burger Bar, also runs a number of other spots in Worcester, including Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, Mezcal Tequila Cantina, Nonna's Pizza + Pasta, Railers Sports Tavern, and Steam Energy Cafe, along with Rye & Thyme American Tavern in Leominster. If all goes as planned, the new location of The Fix Burger Bar could be opening by the end of the year.

Allora closed in February after being in business for approximately 12 years.

The address for the upcoming Fix Burger Bar in Marlborough is 139 Lakeside Avenue (Route 20), Marlborough, MA, 01752. The website for the original location in Worcester can be found at https://www.thefixburgerbar.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Allora Ristorante in Marlborough Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Developer Purchases Davis Square Properties That Include the Burren, McKinnon's, When Pigs Fly]]>513406402Wed, 31 Jul 2019 16:42:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/burren.png

A British developer has acquired a section of Somerville's Davis Square, and the properties include some well-known places for food and drink.

Banker & Tradesman is reporting that London-based Scape has signed long-term ground leases for three properties on Elm Street that are home to the Burren Pub, McKinnon's Meat Market, and When Pigs Fly, along with a parking lot in the back. The developer is focusing on dorm-style/co-living projects in the local region, and at this point in time, it is not known what might happen to the storefronts that are part of the purchase. (Stay tuned for updates.)

The purchase price for the three properties and parking lot was just under 10 million.

Thanks to Geoff Wong for initially bringing this to our attention.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




Photo Credit: Facebook/The Burren]]>
<![CDATA[Lord Hobo Brewing Company Plans to Open Restaurant, Taproom in Boston's Seaport District]]>513346172Mon, 29 Jul 2019 16:29:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/234*120/lordhobo.jpg

One of the bigger names within the Boston-area brewery scene is making plans to expand--and its expansion plans include a massive new space by the city's waterfront.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Brewbound) that Lord Hobo Brewing Company is looking at opening a restaurant and taproom in the Seaport District that would have a seating for 800 during the warmer months, with half of those being on an outdoor patio. The new spot, whose exact address has not been given as of yet, is only part of the company's future plans, as an expansion of its facility in Woburn is also in the works, while a taproom could be coming to New York City as well.

The person behind Lord Hobo Brewing Company is Daniel Lanigan, who also runs the original Lord Hobo beer bar between Kendall Square and Inman Square in Cambridge.

The website for Lord Hobo can be found at https://www.lordhobo.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[55+ Great Ways to Have Fun in and Around Boston This Week]]>513321391Sun, 28 Jul 2019 22:04:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/oysters+half+shell+shutter+stock.jpg

It’s the last week of July and it’s jam-packed with some amazing summer events! From concerts to First Friday fun to BostonFest 2019 the 8th Annual Boston Seafood Festival, the 105th Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament and everything in between, here are our picks for your week ahead:

Monday, July 29 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Salsa in the Park Mondays

Enjoy Salsa in the Park on Mondays all summer long rain or shine, thanks to MetaMovements in collaboration with BCYF’s Blackstone Community Center. 6-9 p.m., Blackstone Community Center Courtyard/Park, 50 West Brookline St., Boston

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Ramon Rivas

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Khalid Raahman (Conan). There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.

Tuesday, July 30 

Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Head on over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tuesdays in July and August for storytelling as our favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are both kid-tested and parent-approved. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street outside Wagamama. 

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston. 

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston. 

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Wednesday, July 31 

Collaborative Art

Head over to this all-ages event to contribute to a new group making activity each week. 1-2 p.m., Faneuil, Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market building, Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Thursday, Aug. 1

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston. 

BostonFest 2019

Celebrate all that is thriving in Beantown with this city-centric festival of local music, food and thriving companies that love Boston as much as you do. Enjoy local food trucks, live music and lawn games. Tickets are $15. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston. 

105th Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the religious festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island and to commemorate their safe passage to these American shores, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic festival in New England. Enjoy continuous live Portuguese and American entertainment at five performance locations at this event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from around the world. 6-11:45 p.m., Madeira Field, New Bedford.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Gracie Curran & The High Falutin Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Iron Maiden: The Legacy Of The Beast Tour 2019

Iron Maiden brings its The Legacy Of The Beast Tour to the Boston area for one night only - Thursday, August 1. Tickets start at $35. 7:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Friday, Aug. 2

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Franklin Park Zoo, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the Chatham Shark Center, the Children’s Museum at Holyoke, the Concord Museum, the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, the Lynn Museum, the Museum of Russian Icons, Naumkeag, The Trustees and the Old State House.

Newport Jazz Festival

Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, this event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island — a city famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. The Newport Jazz Festival was founded in 1954 as the first annual jazz festival in America and has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI.

105th Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the religious festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island and to commemorate their safe passage to these American shores, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic festival in New England. Enjoy continuous live Portuguese and American entertainment at five performance locations at this event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from around the world. Noon to 11:45 p.m., Madeira Field, New Bedford. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

ICA First Friday: White Hot Vol. 6

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight don your summer whites for another edition of their iconic sunset party on the waterfront. Enjoy seaside dancing, refreshing cocktails, pop-up sculptures from Dan Lam and free Steve’s Ice Cream samples plus of course some contemporary art. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

Join the folks at the Museum of Fine Arts tonight and kick off the weekend with fine art, music, signature cocktails, tapas and more. Tickets are $25, seniors and students are $23 and free for members. 6-9:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Thomas Rhett: Very Hot Summer Tour 2019

Thomas Rhett brings his Very Hot Summer Tour 2019 to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight, along with special guests Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins. Tickets start at $80. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Sleepless in Seattle”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Saturday, Aug. 3

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Newport Jazz Festival

Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, this event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island — a city famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. The Newport Jazz Festival was founded in 1954 as the first annual jazz festival in America and has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI. 

105th Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the religious festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island and to commemorate their safe passage to these American shores, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic festival in New England. Enjoy continuous live Portuguese and American entertainment at five performance locations at this event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from around the world. Noon to 11:45 p.m., Madeira Field, New Bedford.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Movies in the Park: “The LEGO Movie 2”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “The LEGO Movie 2.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Ben Folds and the Violent Femmes

Ben Folds and the Violent Femmes come to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion tonight. Tickets start at $29.50. 7 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Hootie & The Blowfish: Group Therapy Tour

Hootie & The Blowfish is coming to town with Barenaked Ladies as part of its Group Therapy Tour tonight. Tickets start at $66. 7:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Sunday, Aug. 4 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

8th Annual Boston Seafood Festival

If you’re a seafood lover, then you do not want to miss the 8th Annual Boston Seafood Festival. Enjoy a full day of events focused on celebrating Boston’s seafood heritage including: seafood vendors and food trucks (plus non-seafood items, too), celebrity chef demos, an oyster shucking contest, fish cutting demos, Harpoon Beer Garden, blessing of the fleet, kids activities, live entertainment and more. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Boston Fish Pier, 212 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Newport Jazz Festival

Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, this event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island — a city famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. The Newport Jazz Festival was founded in 1954 as the first annual jazz festival in America and has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

105th Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the religious festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island and to commemorate their safe passage to these American shores, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic festival in New England. Enjoy continuous live Portuguese and American entertainment at five performance locations at this event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from around the world. Noon to 11:45 p.m., Madeira Field, New Bedford.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. From 6-7 p.m. enjoy live music from Thomas Park. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 4-6 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees, The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Queen + Adam Lambert: The Rhapsody Tour

Queen + Adam Lambert brings their The Rhapsody Tour to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight. 8 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

 



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<![CDATA[Babbo Pizzeria in Boston's Seaport District Is Closing]]>513276872Tue, 30 Jul 2019 12:49:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/babbo.jpg

A spacious waterfront restaurant that is known in part for its pizza--and which used to have a celebrity chef behind it--is closing down.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca at Fan Pier in the city's Seaport District is shutting its doors by or before September 15, with the closure expected to be permanent. The restaurant first opened in the spring of 2015, with Mario Batali being the face behind the spot; Batali has since been in the spotlight over sexual assault charges and is no longer involved with Babbo or any of his other food spots, including Eataly at the Prudential Center.

Another location of Babbo can be found in New York City, with that location being run by Batali's former partner, Joe Bastianich, and the B&B Hospitality Group.

The address for Babbo Pizzeria is 11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Pizzas in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Davio's Steakhouse to Open at Logan Airport]]>513258452Fri, 26 Jul 2019 17:07:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/davios.png

A local group of upscale Italian steakhouses is expanding again, and this location will be geared for travelers.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse is going to be opening at Logan Airport, with the restaurant coming to Terminal C sometime in September. Once it debuts, the new location of the dining spot will join other local outlets in Boston's Park Square, Braintree, Chestnut Hill, Foxboro, and Lynnfield, and another new location is being planned for Fan Pier on the Boston waterfront as well.

Davio's dates back to 1985, when owner Steve DiFillippo bought a restaurant with that name on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay.

The website for Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse can be found at http://davios.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Jive Pizza Bar to Open in Abington]]>513246712Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:38:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/112216+pizza+generic.jpg

A new pizza spot appears to be on its way to the southern suburbs of Boston.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Jive Pizza Bar is planning to open in Abington and is currently looking to hire workers for the place. Little information has been given on the upcoming spot other than the post stating it will be a new restaurant concept that features a pizza bar menu, though a map at the bottom of the job post shows a waypoint for Timber Lanes Bowling, so it is possible that Jive could be opening within the Bedford Street space. (As soon as we confirm this, we will post an update here.)

If Jive Pizza Bar does open inside Timber Lanes Bowling, the address for the restaurant would be 460 Bedford Street (Route 18), Abington, MA, 02351.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Pizzas in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[This Restaurant-Arcade Mashup Is Expanding in the Boston Area]]>513207272Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:36:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/bit-salem.JPG

A North Shore restaurant and arcade that is located in an historic jail is expanding to a new location closer to Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Bit Bar in Salem will be joined by a new location in Malden, with the second outlet of the place opening at J Malden Center, an upcoming mixed-use development on Pleasant Street that will also be home to other dining and retail options. Based on the original location, which is housed in the old Salem Jail complex on St. Peter Street in Salem, the new outlet could have a number of arcade games and pinball tables along with a menu full of eclectic items (the Salem location offers elk burgers on doughnut buns and potatoes shaped like Tetris blocks).

The original location of Bit Bar opened in Salem in 2016, taking over the space where A&B Burgers had been; A&B moved to Beverly and now has another location near North Station in Boston.

The address for the upcoming Bit Bar in Malden will be 190 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA, 02148. The website for the original location can be found at https://bit.bar/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[25+ Great Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>513166511Thu, 25 Jul 2019 11:46:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Revere_Beach_Sand_Sculpting_Fest.jpg

Another weekend is here filled with tons of fun things to do. From the Lowell Folk Festival to the International Sand Sculpting Competition at Revere Beach, the Boston Donut Festival and everything in between, check out our picks for your weekend of fun!

Friday, July 26

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Commonwealth Museum, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Fitchburg Art Museum, Historic Deerfield, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the Gardens at Elm Bank (Mass Hort) and the Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum.

International Sand Sculpting Festival

It wouldn’t be summer without this festival featuring incredible designs by master sand sculptors from around the world in this international contest. The event also includes live-music, an interactive kids zone, fireworks, amusement rides and a food truck village. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from MB Padfield at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

33rd Annual Lowell Folk Festival

There’s so much to see, eat, hear, do and discover at the Annual Lowell Folk Festival! Celebrating its 33rd year, the festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities. 6-10 p.m., Lowell.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Sleepless in Seattle”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Sleepless in Seattle ” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, July 27

International Sand Sculpting Festival

It wouldn’t be summer without this festival featuring incredible designs by master sand sculptors from around the world in this international contest. The event also includes live-music, an interactive kids zone, fireworks, amusement rides and a food truck village. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

33rd Annual Lowell Folk Festival

There’s so much to see, eat, hear, do and discover at the Annual Lowell Folk Festival! Celebrating its 33rd year, the festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities. Noon to 10 p.m., Lowell.

Boston Water Lantern Festival

Witness the magic of the lanterns as they light up the water at the Boston Water Lantern Festival. Enjoy food trucks and music before the lantern launch. Tickets start at $25. 5-10 p.m., DCR Hatch Memorial Shell at 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston.

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Hit Play from 6-10 p.m.The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Movies in the Park

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Bumblebee.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Brad Paisley

Country 102.5 Presents: Brad Paisley along with special guests Chris Lane and Riley Green. Saturday, July 27. Tickets start at $30. 7:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Sunday, July 28

International Sand Sculpting Festival

It wouldn’t be summer without this festival featuring incredible designs by master sand sculptors from around the world in this international contest. The event also includes live-music, an interactive kids zone, fireworks, amusement rides and a food truck village. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

SoWa Scooptacular with INBOUND Studio

Head to SoWa Scooptacular today for free ice cream sandwiches from The Cookie Monstah. Plus, Plus, INBOUND will be giving out free community passes to their event while supplies last. 10 a.m. 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Boston Donut Festival

If you love donuts then you don’t want to miss the Boston Donut Festival. Enjoy treats from your favorite New England donut shops, along with iced coffee and cold beverages, food and ice cream trucks, DJ’s and live music, kids games and entertainment and more. Tickets are $15-$20. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Underground at Ink Block, 90 Traveler St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. From 6-7 p.m. enjoy live music from Thomas Park. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

33rd Annual Lowell Folk Festival

There’s so much to see, eat, hear, do and discover at the Annual Lowell Folk Festival! Celebrating its 33rd year, the festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities. Noon to 6 p.m., Lowell.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Earls Kitchen + Bar, Uncle Julio's Plan to Open at The Village at Burlington Mall]]>513193292Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:47:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/earls.jpg

A section of a suburban mall is in the process of being reinvented, and a couple more restaurants have been proposed for the space.

According to an article in the Patch, locations of Earls Kitchen + Bar and Uncle Julio's are planning to open at a new outdoor "lifestyle center" in Burlington called The Village at Burlington Mall, which is opening at the site of the former Sears automotive center and will also include locations of Caffe Nero and Cava. This would be the third Boston-area location of the Vancouver-based Earls, which focuses mainly on comfort food (other locations are at the Pru and Assembly Row), while Uncle Julio's, which is an upscale Mexican chain based in Texas, would be bringing its first outlet to the Boston area--and New England.

It appears that an outdoor beer garden is also being proposed for The Village at Burlington Mall, though few details have been given on that as of yet.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[PBR Is Testing 'Hard Coffee' in Maine, and It's a Hit]]>513191101Fri, 26 Jul 2019 06:12:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/pbr1.jpg

Pabst Blue Ribbon, best known for its beer, is testing a new "Hard Coffee" drink in Maine, and so far, the trial run has been a huge success.

The Portland Press Herald said the product, which consists of coffee, malt liquor and milk, is flying off shelves. Some stores say they're having trouble keeping it in stock.

"It's been the hottest item of the summer," Tony Olmstead, a general manager for Roopers Beverage and Redemption, a chain of local beverage stores, told the newspaper.

Pabst Blue Ribbon's website says the drink is "made with rich, creamy milk and vanilla flavor," and has an ABV of 5%. There's also a map that shows you where in the state you can buy it. There are at least 50 locations at present.

Editors at Food & Wine tried out the new beverage, and said it reminded them of Baileys or Kahlua. Others have likened it to Dunkin' or Starbucks coffee with alcohol added.

Maine is the only New England state where the new alcoholic beverage is being sold, and one of just five states in the entire country where it is being tested. The others are Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

There is no word yet on when sales might be expanded to other states. 



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<![CDATA[La Familia to Replace The Foundry in Easton]]>513152042Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:45:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/254*120/foundry.jpg

A pair of Italian restaurant south of Boston will be opening a new location just a bit closer to the city, and it will be replacing a dining spot known in part for its modern American fare.

Wicked Local is reporting that the people behind La Familia in Taunton and Cumberland, RI, plan to open a third location of the restaurant in the space in Easton currently occupied by The Foundry An American Table and Bar. The article mentions that the transfer of licenses has been approved by the town and that the sale could be finalized in the next three to six weeks.

The Foundry first opened in 2014, taking over the space where Loco Tapas had once been; the owner of The Foundry also runs Maguire's Bar and Grill, an Irish pub that is located a short distance east of the restaurant.

The address for the upcoming La Familia (and The Foundry) is 520 Foundry Street, South Easton, MA, 02375. The website for La Familia can be found at https://lafamiliarestaurants.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[Lulu Green to Open in South Boston]]>513143632Wed, 24 Jul 2019 13:37:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lulugreen.jpg

It looks like a dining spot focusing on healthy fare is on its way to South Boston, and it appears that it will take over the space where an eatery featuring salads and noodle bowls had been.

According to a Twitter post from @stevebikes, Lulu Green is opening on West Broadway, with the photo posted within the tweet indicating that it will move into the former Shredded space. (This has also been confirmed by a source.) The upcoming spot will apparently be focusing on vegan fare, as its Facebook page says "Plant-based cooking done remarkably well. Carnivores welcome" while a Yelp page indicates that it will be a cafe, bakery, and juice bar. The Yelp page says that Lulu Green plans to open sometime this fall.

Shredded closed last December after being in business for less than a year.

The address for Lulu Green will be 246 W Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. Its website will be at https://lulugreen.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Is Eugene O'Neill's Returning to Jamaica Plain?]]>513141632Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:40:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/oneills.png

It appears that an Irish pub that closed a couple of years ago could be coming back to its space, though details are few at this point in time.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Eugene O'Neill's has applied for a liquor license to operate at its former home on Washington Street in the Forest Hills section of JP. An earlier post from the Jamaica Plain Gazette also shows this, with both indicating that Melissa Hunt will be the manager; this is presumably the same person who is involved with Napper Tandy's, a group of Irish pubs with locations in Roslindale, Norwood, Millis, and Walpole, and which had been connected to the original Eugene O'Neill's. More information should be given in next week's hearing, so stay tuned for updates.

Eugene O'Neill's closed in the fall of 2017 after being in business for approximately five years.

The address for the Eugene O'Neill's space is 3700 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Eugene O'Neill's in Jamaica Plain Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Gyu-Kaku Opens at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester]]>513088902Wed, 24 Jul 2019 13:42:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*121/Gyu-Kaku1.jpg

Back in 2017, it was reported that a chain of Japanese barbecue spots with two locations in the Boston area was going to open a third in a new development just off the Southeast Expressway. Now we have learned that the place has debuted.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Gyu-Kaku is now open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester, with the website for the chain saying that it is apparently going through a soft opening. The new eatery joins other locations in Cambridge's Harvard Square and Brookline along with more than 50 other outlets in the United States in Canada and many more overseas. Based on the other locations, expect to see a variety of charcoal-grilled meats at the new restaurant along with soup, rice, and noodle dishes.

South Bay Town Center, which is connected to the old South Bay mall/shopping center, is also home to such spots as Wahlburgers, J.P. Licks, and Chipotle.

The address for the new location of Gyu-Kaku at South Bay Town Center is 23 District Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02125 The website for the chain can be found at https://www.gyu-kaku.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Wahlburgers, J.P. Licks, MidiCi, Gyu-Kaku Coming to South Bay Town Center in Dorchester

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Where to Celebrate National Tequila Day in Boston]]>513032742Mon, 22 Jul 2019 11:27:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Origen_de_la_Margarita.jpg

National Tequila Day is Wednesday, July 24! Here are some great places to celebrate in South Boston and Dorchester.

SOUTH BOSTON

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar: Loco is the unofficial tequila headquarters in Southie! Stop by and order up one of their signature margaritas like the classic El Jefe, the spicy Little Devil or the sweet and delicious Coconut Margarita!

The Broadway: Refresh yourself with a Lose My Rind! This refreshing cocktail is made with 1800 coconut infused tequila, fresh watermelon, agave nectar, lemon!

Lincoln Tavern: Spice things up with Lincoln’s Spicy Cucumber made with tequila, lime and cucumber.

Publico: Enjoy a Luchador – made with El Jimador Blanco Tequila, ginger, cucumber, mint and lime – in Publico’s gorgeous patio!

The Scorpion Bar: The Scorpion Bar is home of the The Diablo! This little devil of a drink is a tiki twisted margarita made with Maestro Diamante, Lejay Black Currant Liqueur & Ginger Beer. (The Diablo is regularly priced at $13).

Temazcal: Temazcal has a lineup of margarita all-stars. From traditional to more creative like the Fresca made with Milagro Silver, St. Germain, strawberry, cucumber, blood orange and passion fruit, mint and fresh lime juice!

Lolita: Head to Lolita in Fort Point! This new hot spot serves up traditional Mexican good like carne asada and octopus ceviche. They have an extensive tequila list – including flights of tequila – order up your favorite in the form of a delicious margarita!

DORCHESTER

Yellow Door: Spice up one of Yellow Door’s House Margaritas made with tequila, combier, agave, and fresh lime 11. Pick a flavor! Yellow Door also offers flavors like strawberry, coconut, pomegranate and more! Yellow Door will also be having drink specials all night including tequila tasting flights!

The Industry:The Industry offers Tres Agaves Organic Margarita On Draft for $12 or try the Engine Six made with Ghost Tequila, Strawberry Purée, Lime Juice, Agave, Salt Rim.

Lucy's American Tavern:Lucy’s American Tavern features the Coco Loco made with maestro dobel diamante tequila, cream of coconut, muddled thai chilis! Talk about hot stuff!

Lower Mills Tavern: Sip on a Broken Pinata at Lower Mills Tavern. Made with maestro dobel tequila, strawberry purée, grapefruit, chamomile-honey simple, prosecco float – it’s the perfect summer cocktail.

Ashmont Grill:Ashmont Grill is feeling hot, hot, hot! Order up a Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot Margarita made with Hot Habanero Infused Tequila, Blood Orange Juice, Organic Agave, Fresh Lime Juice. There will be drink and food specials too!

Here are some other things happening in the neighborhood this week.

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<![CDATA[50+ Ways to Have Some Summer Fun This Week in and Around Boston]]>513015301Sun, 21 Jul 2019 19:40:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Brad+Paisley+GettyImages-942824864.jpg

Another week is here, the heat wave will be behind us and that’s a good thing because there are so many great, outdoor ways to have fun this week in and around the city. From Revere Beach’s international sand sculpting festival to the Boston donut festival and everything in between, check out our picks for a week of summer fun!

Monday, July 22

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Salsa in the Park Mondays

Enjoy Salsa in the Park on Mondays all summer long rain or shine, thanks to MetaMovements in collaboration with BCYF’s Blackstone Community Center. 6-9 p.m., Blackstone Community Center Courtyard/Park, 50 West Brookline St., Boston

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Ramon Rivas

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Ramon Rivas! (Comedy Central, Broad City, HBO, Netflix). There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.

Tuesday, July 23

Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Head on over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tuesday in July and August for storytelling as our favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are both kid-tested and parent-approved. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street outside Wagamama.

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Ray Greene for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Blondie

Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Blondie take the stage Tuesday, July 23 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion. Tickets start $49. 7 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Wednesday, July 24

Collaborative Art

Head over to this all-ages event to contribute to a new group making activity each week. 1-2 p.m., Faneuil, Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market building, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Rich Dimare for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Thursday, July 25

Boston Public Market At City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Racky Thomas Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

The Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart

Classic rock meets classic country when the Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart come to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion Thursday, July 25. Tickets start at $35. 7 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Friday, July 26

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Commonwealth Museum, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Fitchburg Art Museum, Historic Deerfield, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the Gardens at Elm Bank (Mass Hort) and the Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum. 

International Sand Sculpting Festival

It wouldn’t be summer without this festival featuring incredible designs by master sand sculptors from around the world in this international contest. The event also includes live-music, an interactive kids zone, fireworks, amusement rides and a food truck village. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from MB Padfield at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

 

33rd Annual Lowell Folk Festival

There’s so much to see, eat, hear, do and discover at the Annual Lowell Folk Festival! Celebrating its 33rd year, the festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities. 6-10 p.m., Lowell.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Sleepless in Seattle”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Sleepless in Seattle ” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, July 27

International Sand Sculpting Festival

It wouldn’t be summer without this festival featuring incredible designs by master sand sculptors from around the world in this international contest. The event also includes live-music, an interactive kids zone, fireworks, amusement rides and a food truck village. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

33rd Annual Lowell Folk Festival

There’s so much to see, eat, hear, do and discover at the Annual Lowell Folk Festival! Celebrating its 33rd year, the festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities. Noon to 10 p.m., Lowell.

Boston Water Lantern Festival

Witness the magic of the lanterns as they light up the water at the Boston Water Lantern Festival. Enjoy food trucks and music before the lantern launch. Tickets start at $25. 5-10 p.m., DCR Hatch Memorial Shell at 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston.

 

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Hit Play from 6-10 p.m.The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Movies in the Park

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Bumblebee.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Brad Paisley

Country 102.5 Presents: Brad Paisley along with special guests Chris Lane and Riley Green. Saturday, July 27. Tickets start at $30. 7:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Sunday, July 28

International Sand Sculpting Festival

It wouldn’t be summer without this festival featuring incredible designs by master sand sculptors from around the world in this international contest. The event also includes live-music, an interactive kids zone, fireworks, amusement rides and a food truck village. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Boston Donut Festival

If you love donuts then you don’t want to miss the Boston Donut Festival. Enjoy treats from your favorite New England donut shops, along with iced coffee and cold beverages, food and ice cream trucks, DJ’s and live music, kids games and entertainment and more. Tickets are $15-$20. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Underground at Ink Block, 90 Traveler St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. From 6-7 p.m. enjoy live music from Thomas Park. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

33rd Annual Lowell Folk Festival

There’s so much to see, eat, hear, do and discover at the Annual Lowell Folk Festival! Celebrating its 33rd year, the festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities. Noon to 6 p.m., Lowell.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[25+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>512918291Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:13:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Blue_Man_Group.jpg

The weekend is here and it’s going to be a hot one! So we made sure to add some great indoor events to our weekend guide to help you stay cool while having fun all weekend long.

Friday, July 19

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Boston Children’s Museum, Arnold Aboretum, Battleship Cove, Cape Cod Children’s Association, Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, New England Historical Genealogical Society, Peabody Essex Museum, Sandwich Glass Museum, Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Game Day on the Greenway

Join the Yasso Game On! Foundation for its second annual Game Day on the Greenway featuring a bungee run, QB toss, basketball, jump rope and free Yasso. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rowes Wharf Plaza (between Atlantic and High Street).

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Wolfpack at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Jurassic Park”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Jurassic Park” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

Head down to the Pier @ Residence Inn Boston Harbor for a free family fun eve featuring the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Seating will be available, but you can also bring your own chairs and blankets. There will be free popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. 8-11 p.m., Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, 34-44 Charles River Ave. Boston. 

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, July 20

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival 2019

Celebrating it’s 26th anniversary, the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is the only Scottish Festival in Massachusetts, and the second largest in New England. Enjoy dancers, athletes, entertainment and more fun for the entire family. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Florene (Northampton). 

JFK Library Space Fest

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a day full of activities for all ages with special visitors including former NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers. Visitors can also build and launch their own rockets and other make and take space activities. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Hit Play from 6-10 p.m.The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Movies in the Park

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Spiderman into the Spider Verse.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Sunday, July 21

SoWa Open Market

The award-winning SoWa Open Market is back for its 16th season. Stop by and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

 "Weird Al” Yankovic The Strings Attached Tour 2019

"Weird Al” Yankovic brings his The Strings Attached Tour to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion Sunday, July 21. Tickets start at $30. 7:30 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

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<![CDATA[M & M BBQ to Open Inside Dorchester Brewing Company As Part of Brewery's Expansion]]>512800102Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:13:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bbq20.jpg

A few months ago, it was learned that a brewery just south of downtown Boston had some big plans in the works, including a rooftop greenhouse and roofdeck, and a restaurant being added to the space. Now we have learned that the restaurant coming to the facility will be run by the person behind a legendary food truck.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Geo Lambert is going to be opening M & M BBQ inside Dorchester Brewing Company, with the plan being to have a takeout window next to the taproom where customers can order their food and bring it to the taproom, upstairs to the rooftop beer garden/greenhouse, or anywhere else within the Mass. Ave. space. Lambert is part of the family that first opened the M & M Ribs food truck back in 1982, which originally offered smoked chicken and pork ribs at locations in Roxbury in Dorchester. The name eventually changed to M & M BBQ and has recently been known for its pop-up events (including pop-ups at the brewery), catering business, and food truck, the latter of which was recently taken off the streets so that they could focus on events and catering.

Boston Magazine says that once it opens (possibly in October), M & M BBQ will offer such items as chicken, ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, burgers, grilled sausages, soft pretzels, barbecue bowls, and "Dorchester Dumpster Fries" with smoked cheese sauce, BBQ sauce, scallions, and chicken or pulled pork.

The address for Dorchester Brewing Company (and the upcoming M & M BBQ) is 1250 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02125. The website for the brewery can be found at https://www.dorchesterbrewing.com/ while the website for the BBQ business is at https://mandmribs.com/

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Dorchester Brewing Company Plans to Add a Restaurant, Greenhouse, and Roofdeck to Space

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[50+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Week in and Around Boston]]>512711371Sun, 14 Jul 2019 19:37:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/BHH+Movies+by+Moonlight.jpg

We’re midway through summer and the fun is just ramping up. From concerts to outdoor movies, free Salsa dancing and more, check out our picks for the week ahead!

Monday, July 15

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Salsa in the Park Mondays

Enjoy Salsa in the Park on Mondays all summer long rain or shine, thanks to MetaMovements in collaboration with BCYF’s Blackstone Community Center. 6-9 p.m., Blackstone Community Center Courtyard/Park, 50 West Brookline St., Boston

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Xazmin Garza

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Xazmin Garza! (SiriusXM). There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.

Tuesday, July 16 

Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Head on over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tuesday in July and August for storytelling as our favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are both kid-tested and parent-approved. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street outside Wagamama.

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Soul City Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Jennifer Lopez: It’s My Party Tour

Jennifer Lopez is bringing the North American Leg of her It’s My Party Tour to the Boston area for one show only Tuesday, July 16. Tickets start at $37. 8 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Wednesday, July 17

Collaborative Art

Head over to this all-ages event to contribute to a new group making activity each week. 1-2 p.m., Faneuil, Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market building, Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Alex MacDougall for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Heart: Love Alive Tour

The Heart: Love Alive Tour brings Heart, Sheryl Crow and Elle King to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center, Wednesday, July 17. Tickets start at $35. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Billy Currington

Billy Currington takes the stage Wednesday, July 17 at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion. Tickets start at $29.50. 7:30 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Thursday, July 18

Boston Public Market At City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Dirty Heads & 311

Dirty Heads & 311, joined by The Interrupters, Dreamers and Bikini Trill, take the stage Thursday, July 18 at Mansfield’s Xfinity Center. Tickets start at $26. 5:45 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Eric Grant Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Rob Thomas: Chip Tooth Tour

Rob Thomas brings his Chip Tooth Tour to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion Thursday, July 18. Tickets start at $33. 7:30 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Friday, July 19

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Boston Children’s Museum, Arnold Aboretum, Battleship Cove, Cape Cod Children’s Association, Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, New England Historical Genealogical Society, Peabody Essex Museum, Sandwich Glass Museum, Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Game Day on the Greenway

Join the Yasso Game On! Foundation for its second annual Game Day on the Greenway featuring a bungee run, QB toss, basketball, jump rope and free Yasso. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rowes Wharf Plaza (between Atlantic and High Street).

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Wolfpack at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Jurassic Park”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Jurassic Park” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

Head down to the Pier @ Residence Inn Boston Harbor for a free family fun eve featuring the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Seating will be available, but you can also bring your own chairs and blankets. There will be free popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. 8-11 p.m., Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, 34-44 Charles River Ave. Boston. 

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, July 20

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival 2019

Celebrating it’s 26th anniversary, the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is the only Scottish Festival in Massachusetts, and the second largest in New England. Enjoy dancers, athletes, entertainment and more fun for the entire family. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Florene (Northampton). 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Hit Play from 6-10 p.m.The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Movies in the Park

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Spiderman into the Spider Verse.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Sunday, July 21

SoWa Open Market

The award-winning SoWa Open Market is back for its 16th season. Stop by and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

 "Weird Al” Yankovic The Strings Attached Tour 2019

"Weird Al” Yankovic brings his The Strings Attached Tour to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion Sunday, July 21. Tickets start at $30. 7:30 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

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<![CDATA[The Vintage Tea and Cake Company in Belmont Reopens Retail Shop]]>512638462Fri, 12 Jul 2019 17:07:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/vintage4.jpg

The person behind a wholesale and catering business that focuses on teas and baked goods has reopened her retail shop four years after it shut down.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe reports that The Vintage Tea and Cake Company in Belmont is open once again on Belmont Street, selling a variety of teas along with such items as scones, Irish brown bread, lemon squares, macarons, and coffee. The article mentions that owner Adel Donegan had shut down the retail shop in 2015 in order to put more focus into her catering and wholesale operations and spend more time with her growing family.

The Vintage Tea and Cake Company first started out in 2012.

The address for this reopened shop in Belmont is: The Vintage Tea and Cake Company, 129 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA, 02478. Its website can be found at http://www.vintageteaandcake.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[SunBar Opens for the Summer at the ICA in Boston's Seaport District]]>512636592Fri, 12 Jul 2019 16:56:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/sunbar.jpg

A new option for food and drink has come to the Seaport District of Boston for the summer, and it resides in an outdoor space at a waterfront museum.

According to a press release, SunBar is now open on the Putnam Investments Plaza at The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), with a page within the ICA website indicating that the pop-up spot will be open until September, offering such items cheese and charcuterie, salads, sandwiches, beer, wine, and more. Hours for SunBar are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, weather permitting.

The ICA (and SunBar) can be found at 25 Harbor Shore Drive between Fan Pier and Pier 4.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[30+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>512608101Thu, 11 Jul 2019 19:03:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/29749533_302669636926568_8485367147940393652_o.jpg

Another weekend is here and there are plenty of great ways for the entire family to get out and have some fun! From the Boston Pizza Festival to the Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo and everything in between, check out our picks for the weekend:

Friday, July 12 

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Charles River Watershed Association, Chesterwood, Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Gloucester Stage Company, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, the New England Quilt Museum, the Hall at Patriot Place, Smith College Museum of Art and Springfield Museums.

Game Day on the Greenway

Join the Yasso Game On! Foundation for its second annual Game Day on the Greenway featuring a bungee run, QB toss, basketball, jump rope and free Yasso. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rowes Wharf Plaza (between Atlantic and High Street). 

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo

Catch balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, and hot air balloon activities happening all weekend long with more than 15 balloons expected. Plus, don’t miss the Northeast Food Festival featuring more than 30 of New England’s top gourmet food trucks, the New England Bacon Eating Contest, top regional performers, amusement rides and games, petting zoo and more. Tickets start at $15. 3-10 p.m., Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Green River Festival

The Green River Festival is Western Massachusetts’ signature summer event. For one weekend every July, Greenfield Community College hosts an outrageous celebration of world class music, great local food, beer, and wine, a handmade craft fair, and lots of family games and activities. And it’s all topped off with four hot air balloon launches and a spectacular Saturday night balloon glow. 4-11 p.m., Greenfield Community College, Greenfield.

The Nantucket Comedy Festival

Founded in 2007, the Nantucket Comedy Festival is an annual summer event that brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket's children. The Nantucket Comedy Festival envisions Nantucket as a community connected by laughter. 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Nantucket.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Florida Georgia Line: Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour

Florida Georgia Line is bringing its Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour to Mansfield’s Xfinity center tonight, along with special guests Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen and Hardy. Tickets start at $86. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Moana”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Moana ” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Mission Hill Free Outdoor Movie Night: “The Incredibles 2”

Grab the family and catch a free outdoor movie night from King’s Hill Church featuring “The Incredibles 2.” 8-10 p.m., The Tobin Field, 40 Smith St., Boston.

Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

Head down to the Pier @ Residence Inn Boston Harbor for a free family fun eve featuring the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Seating will be available, but you can also bring your own chairs and blankets. There will be free popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. 8-11 p.m., Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, 34-44 Charles River Ave. Boston. 

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, July 13 

Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo

Catch balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, and hot air balloon activities happening all weekend long with more than 15 balloons expected. Plus, don’t miss the Northeast Food Festival featuring more than 30 of New England’s top gourmet food trucks, the New England Bacon Eating Contest, top regional performers, amusement rides and games, petting zoo and more. Tickets start at $15. 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton.

Dorchester Multicultural Day

Dorchester Multicultural Day features live entertainment, cultural music, dance and fashion, local vendors, food for sale, a community choir, arts area for kids, prizes and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Codman Park & Second Church in Dorchester Parking Lot, the corner of Washington Street and Talbot Avenue, Codman Square, Dorchester.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Jamaica Plain Porchfest

Featuring hundreds of performers of all kinds on more than 80 porches, this year’s porch fest is sure to delight. Enjoy storytellers, artists, dancers, theater performers, circus artists, bands and more through the city all day long. Noon to 6 p.m., Jamaica Plain.

Boston Pizza Festival

The Boston Pizza Festival returns for its third year, showcasing pizzerians from all over the world, including Boston’s finest. Enjoy live music, pizza acrobats, beer and wine, giveaways and more. Tickets start at $15. Noon to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Hit Play from 6-10 p.m.The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Green River Festival

The Green River Festival is Western Massachusetts’ signature summer event. For one weekend every July, Greenfield Community College hosts an outrageous celebration of world class music, great local food, beer, and wine, a handmade craft fair, and lots of family games and activities. And it’s all topped off with four hot air balloon launches and a spectacular Saturday night balloon glow. Noon to 11 p.m., Greenfield Community College, Greenfield.

Kite Fest with Karen K and the Jitterbugs

Enjoy a fun-filled, day of kite flying, music, games, crafts and more on Spectacle Island with Karen K and the Jitterbugs. 1-5 p.m., Spectacle Island, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019

Grab the kiddos because they won’t want to miss when KIDZ BOP Kids bring the KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019 to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight. Tickets start at $25. 6 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

The Nantucket Comedy Festival

Founded in 2007, the Nantucket Comedy Festival is an annual summer event that brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket's children. The Nantucket Comedy Festival envisions Nantucket as a community connected by laughter. 7 p.m., Nantucket.

Sunday, July 14

Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo

Catch balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, and hot air balloon activities happening all weekend long with more than 15 balloons expected. Plus, don’t miss the Northeast Food Festival featuring more than 30 of New England’s top gourmet food trucks, the New England Bacon Eating Contest, top regional performers, amusement rides and games, petting zoo and more. Tickets start at $15. 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton. 

SoWa Open Market

The award-winning SoWa Open Market is back for its 16th season. Stop by and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Pizza Festival

The Boston Pizza Festival returns for its third year, showcasing pizzerians from all over the world, including Boston’s finest. Enjoy live music, pizza acrobats, beer and wine, giveaways and more. Tickets start at $15. Noon to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Wiz Khalifa: The Decent Exposure Tour

Wiz Khalifa’s The Decent Exposure Tour makes a stop in Mansfield along with French Montana, Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods and DJ Drama. Ticket start at $25. 6 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.



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<![CDATA[Oasis Plans to Open in Dorchester]]>512589382Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:19:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/oasis.jpg

A new restaurant may be on its way to a section of Boston with relatively few dining options, and it appears to be connected to another spot with the same name.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Oasis is planning to open in Dorchester, with the eatery looking to move into a space on Hancock Street in the Upham's Corner/Jones Hill area. The name listed in the hearing notice is Chesterfield Coppin, who is behind Oasis Cafe in Roslindale; based on the offerings there, the proposed spot in Dorchester could be offering Caribbean food, though more will probably be known by next week (the hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17).

The address for Oasis Cafe in Roslindale is 630 Hyde Park Avenue, while the address for the proposed Oasis in Dorchester is 33 Hancock Street.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Apizza to Open at the Hub on Causeway Development in Boston]]>512539032Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:34:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Pizza+List+Modern+Apizza+-+Pizza.jpg

It looks like more New Haven-style pizza is on its way to Boston, and the owner of a South End restaurant is behind the place.

Eater Boston is reporting (via The Boston Globe) that Douglass Williams of Mida on Tremont Street is planning to open Apizza at the Hub on Causeway, which is currently being built at the site of the old Boston Garden by North Station. The upcoming eatery will offer New Haven-style thin-crust "apizza" by the slice or as a whole pie while also serving thicker Roman-style pizza by the slice or by the tray. Because of its location within a development that will include residential and office space along with restaurants and shops, the pies at Apizza will be cooked in an electric oven rather than the more traditional coal-fired oven, but the oven will be able to cook pizzas at temperatures of 1,000 degrees. If all goes as planned, Apizza could be opening sometime in the fall.

Currently, about the only options for New Haven-style pizza in the Greater Boston area are at locations of Pepe's in Chestnut Hill and Burlington; Roman-style pizza can be found at a few spots, including Eataly at the Pru, T&B Pizza in Somerville's Union Square, and Monti at Time Out Market Boston in the Fenway neighborhood.

Williams first opened Mida in the fall of 2016, with the restaurant featuring Italian fare including dishes found in various parts of Italy.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Pizzas in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Boston Market in the Back Bay/Fenway Area Has Closed]]>512525172Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:36:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/186*120/GettyImages-150557030.jpg

A struggling restaurant chain that got its start in the Boston area has closed its only remaining location within the city itself.

According to a Twitter post from @TheDrewStarr, Boston Market in the city's Back Bay/Fenway area is no longer in business, with a sign out front at the Mass. Ave. space referring customers to its Medford and Saugus locations. This appears to be one of the 45 locations of the chain (approximately 10% of all its shops) that have shut down over the past few weeks, as a Nation's Restaurant News article mentions the outlets were underperforming, while CEO Frances Allen says that "We must take steps to ensure our operational structure will support long-term sustainability." While this is the last location of Boston Market within the city limits (a Dorchester location also recently closed), four locations remain in operation inside Route 128 according to its website, including the aforementioned shops in Medford and Saugus along with two others in Waltham and Quincy.

Boston Market started out in Newton as Boston Chicken in the mid-1980s, moving its headquarters to Colorado in the 1990s and eventually changing over to its current Boston Market name. The chain is known in part for its rotisserie chicken options.

The address for this now-closed location of Boston Market was 245 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.bostonmarket.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Fifteen Chicken Dishes from Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[New Speakeasy-Style Spot to Open Below The Merchant in Boston]]>512470592Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:42:29 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/205*120/foreign1.jpg

A speakeasy-style spot with international influences is on its way to the heart of Boston, and it will be moving into a space below an upscale brasserie.

According to an article from Eater Boston, the Foreign Correspondents Club is opening in the downstairs level of The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks on Franklin Street, with the place (which will also apparently be known as the FCC) featuring small plates and cocktails that are inspired by places around the globe. The post mentions that customers will be able to access the lounge by getting a vintage postcard at the host stand inside the Merchant which will allow them into the basement space. If all goes as planned, the Foreign Correspondents Club will open later this month.

The Merchant first opened in 2014, offering mostly New American fare using locally-sourced ingredients along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for the upcoming Foreign Correspondents Club (and The Merchant) is 60 Franklin Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The Instagram page for the lounge can be found at https://www.instagram.com/fccdtx/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Caffe Nero Is Opening at Copley Place]]>512467992Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:43:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Caffe+Nero+Facebook.jpg

A rapidly-growing chain of European coffee places is opening yet another shop in the Boston area, and this one will be coming to a high-end shopping area in one of the busiest parts of the city.

According to a press release, Caffe Nero is opening at Copley Place in the Back Bay, moving into a space  next to Neiman Marcus on the main level. Since arriving in Boston in 2014 with a Downtown Crossing shop, the chain has opened a number of outlets in and around the city, with its latest coming to the Porter Square Hotel in Cambridge a couple of months ago.

If all goes as planned, the new location of Caffe Nero could open at Copley Place in September.

The website for Caffe Nero can be found at https://caffenero.com/us/



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<![CDATA['Innovation Campus' and Aerial Gondola Proposed for Boston's Seaport District]]>512437582Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:32:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Oakland_A_s__Gondola_Could_Work_at_Proposed_New_Ballpark.jpg

Boston Business Journal is reporting that Millennium Partners has formally notified the city of Boston via letter of its intent to develop a 900,000-square-foot “innovation campus” in the Flynn Marine Industrial Park.  The proposal includes the demo of a vacant warehouse and developing into “general office, research, parking and related retail, restaurant and other supporting uses.” This development includes Parcels T and T1 between Northern Ave and Harbor Street near Silver Line Way – across the way from Harpoon Brewery. 

A $100 million aerial gondola is also proposed as part of this development. You can read more about this here.

 

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<![CDATA[Shake Shack Plans to Open New Location in Greater Boston]]>512429692Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:36:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/shake+shack+fries1.jpg

A New York-based group of burger and shake spots appears to be expanding further into the Greater Boston area, with a new outlet being planned for a suburban mall that also became home to a location of a legendary pizza spot a few weeks ago.

According to a source (Craig Foster), Shake Shack is looking to open at the Burlington Mall, with an application within the burlington.org site indicating that it would be somewhere within the old Sears space, which is being redeveloped. If approved, the new location of Shake Shack in Burlington would join others in Boston's Seaport District and Back Bay along with outlets in Cambridge's Harvard Square, The Street Chestnut Hill, and Legacy Place in Dedham--and another new location is on its way to the Arsenal Yards complex in Watertown as well.

Last month, a location of Pepe's Pizza opened within the Burlington Mall, taking over the former Uno space.

The website for Shake Shack can be found at https://www.shakeshack.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Love Bacon? Then You'll Love This New Restaurant]]>512424322Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:51:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Bacon-Generic2.jpg

A new restaurant that will apparently feature a beloved food item is on its way to a suburban space that had previously been home to an offbeat street-food spot.

According to a Facebook post from Roadworthy, Small Batch Cafe is opening in Dedham, taking over the old Roadworthy space on Washington Street. The post mentions that the people behind the upcoming eatery are "bacon masters" and indicating that the place will be open for breakfast and lunch, while a Wicked Local article states that the owners began selling hand-cured bacon at the Dedham Farmers Market two years ago and offering sandwiches a year later. No opening date for Small Batch Cafe has been given as of yet, so keep checking back for updates.

Roadworthy closed in February after being in business for approximately two years; the restaurant called itself "the outlandish destination for fun and delicious foods....Inspired by today's wacky food trucks."

The address for this upcoming cafe in Dedham is: Small Batch Cafe, 125 Washington Street, Dedham, MA, 02026.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Roadworthy in Dedham Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint May Be Opening in Medford This Week]]>512416202Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:47:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/theporch.png

A Southern restaurant that closed last year in anticipation of a move to a much larger space appears to be on the verge of opening.

According to a Facebook thread from the place, The Porch Southern Fare & Juke Joint may be opening at the River's Edge development in Medford as soon as this week, more than a year after the original location of The Porch in Wakefield closed. Based on information from an earlier post here, expect the new location to include Southern-style fare such as brisket, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, BBQ pork, collard greens, and more, along with beer, spirits, and cocktails--and the space will include a bar, pool tables, and a stage for live music.

The original location of The Porch first opened in Wakefield Center in January of 2016; the announcement of its move came out in March of 2018, with the closure of the restaurant taking place three months later. Owner Jonathan Post also runs a grocery store and cafe at River's Edge called Freerange Market, which opened earlier this year.

The address for The Porch Southern Fare & Juke Joint is 175 Rivers Edge Drive, Medford, MA, 02155. Its website will be at https://www.theporchsouthern.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
The Porch in Wakefield to Move to Medford; Freerange Market to Open As Well

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Larry J's BBQ Cafe Opens in Revere]]>512414262Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:29:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bbqcafe.png

A barbecue spot that is located on the Boston waterfront has expanded to a second location a short distance north of the city.

According to a source, Larry J's BBQ Cafe is now open in Revere, with the N Shore Road eatery joining its current location on D Street in Boston's Seaport District. Based on the menu at the waterfront location, expect the new restaurant in Revere to offer such items as smoked and fried wings, southern fried pickles, chili cheese fries, brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, ribs, smoked turkey breast, fried catfish, and more.

Larry J's BBQ Cafe started out as Larry J's House of Q in Chelsea in 2012; the place moved to the Seaport District two years later.

The address for the new Larry J's BBQ Cafe in Revere is 1148 N Shore Road, Revere, MA, 02151. The website for both locations can be found at http://larryjsbbqcafe.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[60+ Great Summer Fun Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>512327041Sun, 07 Jul 2019 18:39:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Burnt-Ends-Pizza-%281%29.jpg

Summer is in full swing, so get out and enjoy these incredible summer events. From outdoor movie nights to summer concerts, the Boston Pizza Festival, the Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo and more we’ve gathered our picks for a great week of summer fun ahead. Check them out: 

Monday, July 8

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Third Eye Blind/Jimmy Eat World: Summer Gods Tour

Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World, along with Ra Ra Riot are coming to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion tonight for one show only. Tickets start at $95. 7 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Steve Castillo

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Saturday Night Live’s Steve Castillo. There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.

Tuesday, July 9

Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Head on over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tuesday in July and August for storytelling as our favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are both kid-tested and parent-approved. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street outside Wagamama.

Boston Public Market At City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Steve Memmolo & Classic Yellow Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St.

Peter Frampton FINALE: The Farewell Tour

Peter Frampton brings his FINALE: The Farewell Tour to Boston’s Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion tonight, along with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Tickets start at $66. 7:30 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Wednesday, July 10

Collaborative Art

Head over to this all-ages event to contribute to a new group making activity each week. 1-2 p.m., Faneuil, Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market building, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Patrick Tobin for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

blink-182 and Lil Wayne

blink-182 and Lil Wayne are bringing their 2019 North American Tour to Mansfield tonight. Tickets start at $37.50. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield. 

Better Than Ezra at Paradise Rock Club

Better Than Ezra takes the stage tonight with Brett Newski & the No Tomorrow at the Paradise Rock Club for an 18+ event. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28. Paradise Rock Club, 967-969 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Thursday, July 11

Boston Public Market At City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston. 

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Greg Burroughs for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

The Nantucket Comedy Festival

Founded in 2007, the Nantucket Comedy Festival is an annual summer event that brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket's children. The Nantucket Comedy Festival envisions Nantucket as a community connected by laughter. 7 p.m., Nantucket. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Friday, July 12 

Game Day on the Greenway

Join the Yasso Game On! Foundation for its second annual Game Day on the Greenway featuring a bungee run, QB toss, basketball, jump rope and free Yasso. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rowes Wharf Plaza (between Atlantic and High Street). 

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo

Catch balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, and hot air balloon activities happening all weekend long with more than 15 balloons expected. Plus, don’t miss the Northeast Food Festival featuring more than 30 of New England’s top gourmet food trucks, the New England Bacon Eating Contest, top regional performers, amusement rides and games, petting zoo and more. Tickets start at $15. 3-10 p.m., Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Green River Festival

The Green River Festival is Western Massachusetts’ signature summer event. For one weekend every July, Greenfield Community College hosts an outrageous celebration of world class music, great local food, beer, and wine, a handmade craft fair, and lots of family games and activities. And it’s all topped off with four hot air balloon launches and a spectacular Saturday night balloon glow. 4-11 p.m., Greenfield Community College, Greenfield.

The Nantucket Comedy Festival

Founded in 2007, the Nantucket Comedy Festival is an annual summer event that brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket's children. The Nantucket Comedy Festival envisions Nantucket as a community connected by laughter. 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Nantucket.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Florida Georgia Line: Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour

Florida Georgia Line is bringing its Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour to Mansfield’s Xfinity center tonight, along with special guests Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen and Hardy. Tickets start at $86. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Moana”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Moana ” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Mission Hill Free Outdoor Movie Night: “The Incredibles 2”

Grab the family and catch a free outdoor movie night from King’s Hill Church featuring “The Incredibles 2.” 8-10 p.m., The Tobin Field, 40 Smith St., Boston.

Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

Head down to the Pier @ Residence Inn Boston Harbor for a free family fun eve featuring the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Seating will be available, but you can also bring your own chairs and blankets. There will be free popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. 8-11 p.m., Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, 34-44 Charles River Ave. Boston. 

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, July 13 

Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo

Catch balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, and hot air balloon activities happening all weekend long with more than 15 balloons expected. Plus, don’t miss the Northeast Food Festival featuring more than 30 of New England’s top gourmet food trucks, the New England Bacon Eating Contest, top regional performers, amusement rides and games, petting zoo and more. Tickets start at $15. 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton.

Dorchester Multicultural Day

Dorchester Multicultural Day features live entertainment, cultural music, dance and fashion, local vendors, food for sale, a community choir, arts area for kids, prizes and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Codman Park & Second Church in Dorchester Parking Lot, the corner of Washington Street and Talbot Avenue, Codman Square, Dorchester.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Jamaica Plain Porchfest

Featuring hundreds of performers of all kinds on more than 80 porches, this year’s porch fest is sure to delight. Enjoy storytellers, artists, dancers, theater performers, circus artists, bands and more through the city all day long. Noon to 6 p.m., Jamaica Plain.

Boston Pizza Festival

The Boston Pizza Festival returns for its third year, showcasing pizzerians from all over the world, including Boston’s finest. Enjoy live music, pizza acrobats, beer and wine, giveaways and more. Tickets start at $15. Noon to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Hit Play from 6-10 p.m.The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Green River Festival

The Green River Festival is Western Massachusetts’ signature summer event. For one weekend every July, Greenfield Community College hosts an outrageous celebration of world class music, great local food, beer, and wine, a handmade craft fair, and lots of family games and activities. And it’s all topped off with four hot air balloon launches and a spectacular Saturday night balloon glow. Noon to 11 p.m., Greenfield Community College, Greenfield.

Kite Fest with Karen K and the Jitterbugs

Enjoy a fun-filled, day of kite flying, music, games, crafts and more on Spectacle Island with Karen K and the Jitterbugs. 1-5 p.m., Spectacle Island, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019

Grab the kiddos because they won’t want to miss when KIDZ BOP Kids bring the KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019 to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center tonight. Tickets start at $25. 6 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

The Nantucket Comedy Festival

Founded in 2007, the Nantucket Comedy Festival is an annual summer event that brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket's children. The Nantucket Comedy Festival envisions Nantucket as a community connected by laughter. 7 p.m., Nantucket.

Sunday, July 14

Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo

Catch balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, and hot air balloon activities happening all weekend long with more than 15 balloons expected. Plus, don’t miss the Northeast Food Festival featuring more than 30 of New England’s top gourmet food trucks, the New England Bacon Eating Contest, top regional performers, amusement rides and games, petting zoo and more. Tickets start at $15. 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton. 

SoWa Open Market

The award-winning SoWa Open Market is back for its 16th season. Stop by and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Pizza Festival

The Boston Pizza Festival returns for its third year, showcasing pizzerians from all over the world, including Boston’s finest. Enjoy live music, pizza acrobats, beer and wine, giveaways and more. Tickets start at $15. Noon to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Wiz Khalifa: The Decent Exposure Tour

Wiz Khalifa’s The Decent Exposure Tour makes a stop in Mansfield along with French Montana, Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods and DJ Drama. Ticket start at $25. 6 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

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<![CDATA[Tatte May Be Opening More Locations in Brookline, Cambridge, and Charlestown]]>512261552Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:30:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/186*120/Tatte+211.JPG

An growing local group of bakeries and cafes that recently announced plans for a massive new facility in South Boston apparently has even more plans in the works, including three new outlets in the Boston area.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Tzurit Or of Tatte is looking to open new locations in Brookline, Cambridge, and Charlestown, with the Brookline shop being in Coolidge Corner and the Cambridge and Charlestown outlets being in as-of-yet undisclosed locations. This announcement comes on the heels of news that Or will be opening a 30,000-square-foot production space that will also include a test kitchen and cafe in the former Cole Hersee building on Old Colony Avenue in Southie. (Locations of Tatte are also coming to both the Berklee area of the Back Bay/Fenway and the South End, with the former planning to open next week.)

The website for Tatte can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

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<![CDATA[Revival Cafe and Kitchen Plans to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>512257062Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:33:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/revival.png

It looks like a pair of cafes in Cambridge and Somerville may be joined by a third in one of the busiest parts of Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Revival Cafe & Kitchen is planning to open on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, with the notice saying that the eatery would have cafe seating indoors along with an outdoor patio during the warmer months, and that its proposed hours would be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The new location would join others in Cambridge's Alewife area and Somerville's Davis Square, and Steve "Nookie" Postal (Commonwealth in Kendall Square, former Executive Chef for the Boston Red Sox) and Liza Shirazi (formerly of Crema Cafe in Harvard Square) would both be behind it. More should be known by next week, as the hearing is slated for July 10, so stay tuned for updates.

The address for this planned cafe in the Back Bay is 103 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the two existing locations can be found at https://www.revivalcafeandkitchen.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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<![CDATA[7 Boston Dog Events to Enjoy With Your Furry Friends This Summer]]>512238072Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:35:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Golden-Retriever-GettyImages-522796697.jpg

#Southie is such a dog community, and summer is the perfect time to be a dog parent. Not only are canine-centric events a fun way to meet people all over the city, but (in many cases) it can also be a cool way to socialize at the same time, usually outside on a deck or patio. These are all dog-specific events, but there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels and restaurants that could also serve as casual meet-up spots. 

These are a few of the most fun opportunities to socialize with fellow Bostonian pooches, but there are tons more. I don’t have a dog myself, but I AM one of those weirdos who will stop to pet every dog I pass by on the sidewalk. So if you happen to spot the strange person with no dog at some of these, come up and say hi!

These aren’t in any particular order—some are happening in the next couple weeks, some are all the way out in September. Not all of these are kid-friendly, so check before you go. 

Yappier Hour

Every Monday and Wednesday

The Liberty Hotel, Boston

This isn’t just in the summer—it’s from May to October, culminating in a fun Halloween doggy costume contest (bawwwwww). The free events are weather-dependent, so check that it’s still happening before you go, but the Liberty is a gorgeous venue and draws in people from all over Boston. 

Canines and Cocktails

July 10, 2019

TAMO Bistro and Bar, Seaport

This one’s in support of a causeGreat Dog Rescue New England—with raffle prizes and literal doggy bags. It’s a cash bar, so a nice way to chill out after work. According to the website, “Kennedy Elsey of MIX 104.1 and her dog, Elvis, will be our special guests!”

Dog Days of Summer Cruise

July through early September

Rowes Wharf

It’s like a regular tour, but cooler: the cruise takes you around the fish pier, Logan, the Constitution, and other places around the city. The evening tours have a cash bar and snacks available to buy—yes, please. If your dog likes to hang out a car window (safely, of course), then they’ll love speeding along on the water. 

Yappy Hour at DBCO

First Wednesday of every month during the summer

Dorchester Brewing Company

This free event is a fun way to experience a brewery vibe with your beloved pup. Local brands The Pooped Pooch and Pawsitivity are on site to talk dog care, and the brewing facility has a cute little outdoor space for outside socializing. July 3rd and August 7th are the next Yappy Hour dates. 

PhotoWalks Dog Photography Class

July 20, 2019

Beacon Hill Bistro, Boston

Want to get creative? Learn how to take cute pics of your pooch (kind of essential these days, thanks to Instagram) in the very scenic Beacon Hill/Esplanade area. All you need is a smartphone or camera. Tickets aren’t cheap ($20 for a child, $40 for an adult), but it’ll be an interactive and fun time. 

B.A.R.K. in the Park

Tickets available in September

Boston Harbor Island Welcome Center, Seaport

Ok, so granted, tickets aren’t available for a while, but this is a morning event (unlike a lot of these) and it’s a scenic 1.5 mile walk along the Greenway and Boston Harborwalk with staff and national park rangers. Pups who do it get a “official badge during our B.A.R.K. Ranger swearing-in ceremony,” which sounds like the cutest thing ever. 

Somerville Dog Festival

September 8, 2019

Trum Field, Somerville

Again, this one’s late summer and a bit farther away, but it sounds amazing. There are free classes and games, demonstrations, pop-up vendors, and a good cause—raising money for the Somerville Pet Food Bank and to purchase K9 protective vests. It bills itself as the only event like this in the country, focused on making pets and their families healthy and happy. 

We don’t have details just yet, but the Southie Street Festival (which would also be in September) will also be a fabulous dog-centric activity in late summer/early fall. See you there!

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<![CDATA[30+ Great Ways to Have Fun in and Around Boston This Weekend]]>512236871Thu, 04 Jul 2019 19:34:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/ferris-wheel_1_orig.jpg

Keep the Fourth of July fun going well into the weekend with events you don’t want to miss. From Boston’s Harborfest to the Brockton Fair, First Friday fun, concerts and more, we’ve gathered our picks for a great weekend.

Friday, July 5 

Annual Boston Harborfest

With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston's best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country's largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, Duck Boat Tours, live entertainment and more.

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Cape Code Maritime Museum, Children’s Museum in Easton, the Edward Corey House, Falmouth Museums on the Green, Jacob’s Pillows, Museum of Printing, Pilgrim Hall Museum, The Old Mans. Trustees and the Telephone Museum. 

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Annie Brobst at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival

The Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival stops in Mansfield today featuring: The Used, THRICE, Circa Survive, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Juliet Simms and Hyro The Hero. Tickets start at $15. 1:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

The 2019 Brockton Fair

One of America's oldest fairs is back featuring rides, fireworks, a demolition derby, live music and more. 5 p.m. to midnight. 433 Forest Ave, Brockton.

ICA First Friday: Surfin’ USA

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight keep the Fourth of July celebrations going with a party that’s sure to be fun, fun fun. Enjoy an evening of art, music fun activities, specialty cocktails and dancing. fashion on display, DJ Mikey D, Riddim Symphony, live performances, sunny cocktails, dancing, contemporary art and harbor views. Free for members, $20 for non-members in advance and $25 at the door, 5-9:30 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

Join the folks at the Museum of Fine Arts tonight and kick off the weekend with fine art, music, signature cocktails, tapas and more. Tickets are $25, seniors and students are $23 and free for members. 6-9:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

7th Boston JerkFest and Wine & Brew Tasting: Caribbean Foodie Festival

The 7th Annual Boston JerkFest returns for two days of fun with this outdoor, family friendly festival featuring Jamaican jerk hot spiced BBQ food. This event supports several non-profits including Haley House, Sustainable Food and Culture, Cambridge Carnival International, and Teens Advocating for a Global Vision. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Haley House,12 Dade St., Roxbury. 

Phish at Fenway Park

Phish returns to Fenway Park for the first of two shows tonight. 6:30 p.m. Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “The Parent Trap” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, July 6

Annual Boston Harborfest

With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston's best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country's largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, Duck Boat Tours, live entertainment and more. 

New Bedford Folk Festival

The New Bedford Folk Festival brings together more than 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 plus juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford’s authentic historic district in July. The two-day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music on seven sound stages in and around the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ranging from the majestic 1,200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Theater to the intimacy of the National Park Garden Stage. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., New Bedford. 

7th Boston JerkFest and Wine & Brew Tasting: Caribbean Foodie Festival

The 7th Annual Boston JerkFest returns for two days of fun with this outdoor, family friendly festival featuring Jamaican jerk hot spiced BBQ food. This event supports several non-profits including Haley House, Sustainable Food and Culture, Cambridge Carnival International, and Teens Advocating for a Global Vision. Two sessions today: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Haley House,12 Dade St., Roxbury.

Signature Series: Block Party (Day 1)

This annual favorite returns to The Lawn on D featuring bubble soccer, nine-hole mini golf, rock climbing, face painting, lawn games, and more from 1-5 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

The 2019 Brockton Fair

One of America's oldest fairs is back featuring rides, fireworks, a demolition derby, live music and more. 2 p.m. to midnight. 433 Forest Ave, Brockton. 

Blue Man Group: 6th Annual Boston Drum-Off & Show

See the finalists in the Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off compete for more than $5,000 in prizes and a chance to perform with the Blue Man Group Boston. While you’re there, enjoy a special bonus live performance by the Blue Man Group. 5-6 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery.11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Boston Harbor Lighthouse Tour

Enjoy the history of the Boston Harbor lighthouses on a narrated, two-hour cruise This that sails past Long Island Light, Graves Light and Boston Light, America's oldest light station. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors/students/military and $25 for children. Toddlers are free. Tours today at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tours depart from the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (across from the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Phish at Fenway Park

Phish returns to Fenway Park for the first of two shows tonight. 6:30 p.m. Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston.

Movies in the Park

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Newburyport Blues Cruise

Newburyport Blues Cruises kick off on July 6 with their Tribute to the Statesman of the Blues, Mr. Shor’ty Billups hosted by James Montgomery. 7-10 p.m., Waterfront Park, Newburyport.

Sunday, July 7

Annual Boston Harborfest

With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston's best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country's largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, Duck Boat Tours, live entertainment and more. 

SoWa Open Market

The award-winning SoWa Open Market is back for its 16th season. Stop by and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston. 

New Bedford Folk Festival

The New Bedford Folk Festival brings together more than 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 plus juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford’s authentic historic district in July. The two-day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music on seven sound stages in and around the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ranging from the majestic 1,200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Theater to the intimacy of the National Park Garden Stage. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., New Bedford.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Signature Series: Block Party (Day 2)

This annual favorite returns to The Lawn on D for Day 2, featuring bubble soccer, nine-hole mini golf, rock climbing, face painting, lawn games, and more from 1-5 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

The 2019 Brockton Fair

One of America's oldest fairs is back featuring rides, fireworks, a demolition derby, live music and more. 2-10 p.m. 433 Forest Ave, Brockton.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 4-6 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees

The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $40. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[New Restaurant Opening at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston]]>512167062Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:26:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/tlmd_o_museum_of_fine_arts_boston_022214_780.jpg

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to one of Boston's best-known museums, and it is replacing another restaurant that closed last fall.

According to a press release, 465 Bar and Restaurant is opening at the Museum of Fine Arts on July 10, taking over the former Bravo space in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. The new spot will offer a seasonal menu that features both small plates and larger entrees using fresh, local ingredients, while beer, wine, cider, cocktails, and mocktails will be available as well. The release says that 465 Bar and Restaurant will have both a dining area and a lounge, and a terrace will be open (weather permitting) during the warmer months.

Bravo shut down in October after 15 years in business, according to an article from Boston Magazine.

The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[Applebee's in Danvers Has Closed]]>512120752Wed, 03 Jul 2019 10:41:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/applebee+generic.jpg

A national restaurant chain continues to disappear from the Boston-area landscape, with its latest closing being an outlet north of the city.

According to a source, Applebee's in Danvers is no longer in operation, with a check on the locations page for the chain confirming this, as the restaurant has been removed from the page. The closing of the Danvers location means that just four outlets remain inside or along Route 128, including ones in South Bay, Quincy, Saugus, and Woburn. (Locations that have closed over the years include locations in Boston's Back Bay, Braintree, Brighton, Dedham, Malden, and Newton.)

The address for the now-closed location of Applebee's in Danvers was 50 Independence Way, Danvers, MA, 01923. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.applebees.com/en



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<![CDATA[Wachusett Brewing Company to Open Brewpub in Harvard Square]]>512107412Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:01:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/221*120/wachusett2.jpg

A well-known brewery in Central Massachusetts is opening a brewpub in Cambridge, and it will be moving into the space where a longtime restaurant and beer bar had been until closing in May.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Wachusett Brewing Company is expanding to the former John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House within The Garage in Harvard Square, with the Dunster Street spot being a 15-barrel brewery and taproom that will feature flatbread pizza while focusing at least in part on sour beers. If all goes as planned, the new brewpub from Wachusett--which may also feature live entertainment--could be opening sometime in the fall.

Wachusett Brewing Company is headquartered a short distance from Route 2 in Westminster; their beers can also be found at a seasonal beer garden at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston.

The address for the upcoming brewpub from Wachusett Brewing Company is 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the company can be found at https://www.wachusettbrewingcompany.com/

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John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House in Cambridge's Harvard Square Is Closing

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<![CDATA[Coney Island Ice Cream Cafe in West Newton Has Closed]]>512075082Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:05:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ice-cream-stock-79772399.jpg

It looks like a suburban cafe known in part for its ice cream has closed its doors.

According to a source, Coney Island Ice Cream Cafe in West Newton has shut down, with a sign out front saying that its last day in operation was yesterday. A call placed to the Washington Street spot indicates that its phone is now out of service, while a post within the People Who Grew Up in West Newton Facebook group page confirms what our source said, that it closed over the weekend as its owners were retiring.

In addition to ice cream, Coney Island Ice Cream Cafe also served soups, salads, and sandwiches.

The address for this now-closed spot in West Newton was: Coney Island Ice Cream Cafe, 1284 Washington Street, West Newton, MA, 02465.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series on City Hall Plaza Returns]]>512066892Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:03:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston+City+Hall+Plaza.JPG

The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series returns from July 17 to Aug. 14 for another great season of outdoor music to entertain music fans of all ages on City Hall Plaza with a tribute to Chicago, the classic soul of Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, an evening of Motown funk, and the grand finale featuring the legendary Tavares. 

Now celebrating 47 years as Boston’s longest-running outdoor concert series, these performances feature exciting entertainment for music lovers of all ages.  The series is presented by Mayor Walsh in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.  The media sponsor is WROR 105.7 with sponsorship support from Capital One and Polar Beverages.  All shows begin at 7 p.m.

The series kicks off July 17 with Total Access, a tribute to the band Chicago.  City Hall Plaza favorites Charlie Thomas’ Drifters return on July 24 for a Rock and Roll Reunion Night with La La Brooks.  On Aug. 7, enjoy a journey through the greatest decades of Motown funk with the Hipshot Band.  The 2019 Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series closes Aug. 14 with Disco Night featuring the legendary Tavares performing hits including “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” and “More Than a Woman.”

For more information, please call (617) 635-4505 or visit the Parks Department online at boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation or facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment

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<![CDATA[Latina Kitchen and Bar to Open in Needham]]>512066302Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:13:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/194*120/latina3.jpg

A new restaurant may be on its way to a western suburb that is suddenly seeing a surge in new dining spots.

According to an article in the Needham Times and Wicked Local, Latina Kitchen and Bar is planning to open on Dedham Street in the former L&K Lounge and Kitchen space (which had originally been known as RFK Kitchen), with the upcoming place being an upscale spot that offers a mix of Latin American and Mediterranean fare. The post says that the restaurant will have seating for 100 (including 10 seats at a bar) and that it will be open for lunch and dinner six days a week, serving such items as empanadas, ceviche, grilled octopus, lobster tostones, and cachapas. If all goes well, Latina Kitchen and Bar could be opening in Needham in early August.

A few other new restaurants are planning to open in Needham as well, including Chef Mike's, Hungry Coyote, Pancho's Taqueria.

The address for the upcoming Latina Kitchen and Bar is 30 Dedham Avenue, Needham, MA, 02492.

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L&K Lounge and Kitchen in Needham Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[FuGaKyu at MarketStreet Lynnfield Has Closed]]>512058482Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:10:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/fugakyu2.jpg

A trio of Japanese restaurants is back down to just two, as one of its suburban locations has said farewell.

According to a message from The Daily Lunch, FuGaKyu at MarketStreet Lynnfield has closed, with a Facebook post from the place indicating that yesterday was its last day in operation. The thread does mention that its other two locations in Brookline and Sudbury remain open, though no reason has been given for the closure of the Lynnfield outlet nor is it known what might go into the space (keep checking back for updates).

The Lynnfield location of FuGaKyu first opened in the summer of 2014, offering sushi along with a variety of appetizers and entrees including shumai, gyoza, udon, ramen, teriyaki, katsu, and tempura.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[The Lower Depths in Boston's Kenmore Square Has Closed for Good]]>512037522Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:33:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lowerdepths1.jpg

A pub and beer bar that is popular with both Red Sox fans and college students has shut down.

According to a source, The Lower Depths in the Kenmore Square section of Boston closed at the end of business hours Sunday, with a Facebook post from the Commonwealth Avenue spot saying "And that's a wrap. We're moving on to some new adventures as of July 1st. Cheers to 15 amazing years and all of our awesome regulars!" It is not yet known what might happen to the space, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

The Lower Depths has been known as a place to go for hot dogs, tater tots, and tacos, along with an extensive list of regional, national, and international beers.

The address for The Lower Depths is 476 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[What to Know About Boston's Fourth of July Celebrations]]>512026592Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:49:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Hidden_Spots_to_Catch_Boston_Fireworks.jpg

Fourth of July is Thursday, but celebrations are happening all week! We’ve rounded up everything from fireworks to brunch just for you! Happy Birthday America!

Harborfest

Celebrate America’s Independence at Harborfest! From June 28 through July 4, enjoy family fun events like boat tours, scavenger hunts, walking tours food, fun and more. Over 200 events are happening in the city and on the harbor. Check out event updates on the Harborfest Facebook Page, on Twitter, or follow the conversation using #BostonHarborfest.

Rosé All Day

American Provisions is offering $120 Mix RoséCase – Stock up for the 4th of July or get two cases to last you until the 5th of July! Save 20% off shelf price.  They also have a pretty sweet Fourth of July catering menu you can check out here.  Orders must be placed by June 30th.

Turn it around

The USS Constitution will be making its annual turnaround on July 4th at noon! For ultimate viewing of Old Ironsides, Castle Island is the place to be between 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. While you’re out there you might as well get some lunch or an ice cream at Sullivan’s! The turnaround will commemorate the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Happy Birthday America!

Baby You're a Firework

On Tuesday, July 2, head to the Seaport District to see fireworks along the water. Enjoy the Parade of Lights, an elegant promenade of festively-lit boats of all shapes and sizes on Boston Harbor at 8:45 p.m. followed by Harborfest fireworks launching at approximately 9:30 p.m. Spots to watch – the Barking CrabEnvoy’s Outlook rooftop or Cisco Brewers Pop Up. For a romantic pick – head to Mastro’s Ocean Club. With 180 degree views of the Boston Harbor and 60 seats on the water-front patio, Mastro’s has a front seat to the festivities as they enjoy the famous steaks, two-foot-tall seafood tower, popular lobster mashed potatoes, and the rich melt-in-your-mouth Signature Warm Butter Cake. Reservations can be made online here or by calling 617.530.1925.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

At 8 p.m. on July 4, the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will take place along the Esplanade, with a concert performance at the Hatch Shell. Musical guests will feature Queen Latifah, Amanda Mena of America’s Got Talent, and The Texas Tenors. Fireworks display will start at 10:30 p.m. Heading to Esplanade?  Read this first! 

You can see the fireworks from the Rose Kennedy Greenway – well, there will be a live simulcast of the Hatch Shell festivities! But less people and traffic right? Get the details here! 

 

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<![CDATA[Heading to the Esplanade on July 4? Read This First!]]>512026582Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:49:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Pops_Fireworks_Spectacular.jpg

If you are one of those “adventurous” types that likes to wait for hours on a blanket until dusk to listen to the Boston Pops and sneak a peek at the fireworks, then you should probably be aware that security will be tight this year.

Enhanced security measures will be in place and additional police will be out in force.

Here are a list of items you shouldn’t take with you:

Prohibited Items

  • No coolers on wheels.
  • No backpacks.
  • No firearms, 2eapons, sharp objects or fireworks.
  • No glass containers.
  • No cans
  • No pre-mixed beverages
  • All liquids will be carried in sealed clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters in size
  • No alcohol
  • No grilling, propane tanks or open flames
  • No bikes
  • No drones
  • Pop up tents and canopies without sides cannot exceed 10X10
  • Blankets or tarps cannot be bigger than 10X12
  • Folding/beach chairs only
  • Small clutches or purses can be taken in following inspection with your clear bag
  • Coolers carried by shoulder strap or a single handle (no coolers on wheels)

Image via BostonUSA.com

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<![CDATA[Big Changes in Boston: Trash, the T, and Parking Meters]]>511998972Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:52:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Parking+meters1.jpg

Beginning July 1, the City of Boston is issuing some changes when it comes to trash, the MBTA and parking meters.

Trash & Recycling

The City of Boston has announced that beginning July 1, trash and recycling time will be moved up an hour earlier to 6 a.m.

MBTA Rates

Talk about insult to injury... beginning July 1, a single ride on the MBTA will be $2.40 (up from $2.15). A monthly LinkPass will cost you $90 (up from $84.50), and commuter rail fares are rising 15 cents to 75 cents per one way ride. Luckily for bus riders, prices will not change. Same for senior and student pass rates. Just something to think about as you wait, and wait, and wait fro the Red Line. Expect delays to continue this week and through the summer.

Parking Meters

Parking meter rates will increase across the City of Boston. The revised fees build off what the City learned over its two-year performance parking pilot program in the Back Bay and South Boston.

  • Back Bay: $3.75 per hour
  • Bulfinch Triangle: $2.50 per hour in the area bordered by Causeway Street, Lomasney Way, Staniford Street, Merrimac Street, New Chardon Street, and North Washington Street.
  • Fenway/Kenmore: $2.50 per hour
  • South Boston Waterfront: $3.75 per hour on all City-owned streets, with the exception of D Street, which will be priced at $2.50 per hour.
  • Motorcycle parking: $0.50 per hour at all parking stalls. These include those located on Milk Street, Pearl Street, High Street, Batterymarch Street, Newbury Street, Exeter Street, Gloucester Street, Boylston Street, and Fairfield Street.
  • Parking meter rates in all other metered areas of the City, including Beacon Hill, the Financial District, and the South End, will be set to $2 per hour.

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<![CDATA[New Brewery Opens in Greater Boston]]>511962772Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:37:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bearmoose1.png

Yet another new brewery comes to the Boston area this weekend, and this one includes a deli as well.

Boston Magazine is reporting that BearMoose Brewing Company will be softly opening this weekend within an old machine shop space in Everett, with the Revere Beach Parkway facility including a taproom and a separate business inside its space--Deep Cuts Deli, which will offer snacks, sandwiches, and coffee to customers. As mentioned in an earlier article here, BearMoose Brewing does not have plans for distribution at least for the time being, instead serving beers in its taproom, and over the coming weeks patrons will start being able to fill crowlers to take home with them.

BearMoose Brewing Company, which expects to be fully open as of July 4 and will be open Thursday through Sunday initially, is the fourth brewery to come to Everett, joining Night Shift Brewing, Down the Road Beer Co., and Bone Up Brewing.

The address for BearMoose Brewing Company and Deep Cuts Deli is 1934 Revere Beach Parkway, Everett, MA, 02149. The website for the brewery is at https://www.bearmoosebrewing.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
BearMoose Brewing to Open in Everett

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[The Paris Creperie Opens in Boston's Seaport District]]>511953422Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:40:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/pariscreperie1.jpg

A creperie in Brookline has been joined by a second location on the Boston waterfront, and this outlet also features alcoholic beverages.

As reported here earlier, The Paris Creperie is now open in the Seaport District, with the new spot being a creperie and a cocktail bar whose drinks list has been set up by legendary mixologist Brother Cleve. The new Seaport Boulevard eatery also offers salads, small plates, parfaits, omelets, and beer, wine, and hard cider, according to a press release for the place.

The original Paris Creperie can be found in Coolidge Corner, with that location being more of a cafe-style spot.

The address for this new creperie in the Seaport District is: The Paris Creperie, 60 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the business is at http://pariscreperie.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
The Paris Creperie in Brookline Is Expanding to Boston's Seaport District

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Tatte Bakery to Open Production Facility, Test Kitchen, Cafe in South Boston]]>511948692Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:34:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/169*120/tattebakery.JPG

A growing local group of bakeries and cafes will be opening a massive new multi-use facility in a new development that is coming to the city.

According to an article in the Boston Business Journal, Tatte Bakery and Cafe is planning to open a 30,000-square-foot production space in South Boston that will also include a test kitchen and cafe along with office space, with the expansion coming to the former Cole Hersee building on Old Colony Avenue about midway between West Broadway and Andrew Square. The post says that cooking and baking classes will be offered at the upcoming spot, and the size of the facility will allow Tatte to bring back its catering program which had to be stopped because of a lack of space. If all goes as planned, the facility could be ready to open by next year.

The Cole Hersee building is slated to have space for as many as 10 other retail shops and restaurants on the ground floor once renovations are done, while the second floor will be used for office space.

The address for Tatte's upcoming production facility, test kitchen, and cafe is 60-70 Old Colony Avenue, South Boston, MA, 02127. The website for Tatte can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[35+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>511914031Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:16:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Boston+Light.png

The weekend is finally here and there’s plenty of fun for the entire family from Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Friday admissions to a city dance party, Gloucester's St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival and everything in between. Check out our weekend picks:

Friday, June 28 

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Cape Ann Museum, Clark Art Institute, MIT Museum, Nichols House Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum, Plimoth Plantation, The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home, Wenham Museum and the Worcester Art Museum.

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival

St. Peter's Fiesta is a five-day festival (June 26-30) honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester. Events include a carnival, the Greasy Pole contest, Seine Boat races parades and ending with the Blessing of the Fleet Mass on Sunday. 4:45-11:30 p.m., Gloucester.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

City Dance Party

Join thousands of Cambridge residents and visitors in front of Cambridge City Hall for the city’s annual Dance Party, all free and open to the public. 7-11 p.m., Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Casablanca” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $35. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo

Cirque Du Soleil returns to Boston with Corteo. When the clown Mauro passes away, his spirit is still with us and instead of mourning the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance. Tickets start at $75. 7:30 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave. Boston.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 

New Kids on the Block at TD Garden

The New Kids on the Block are coming to Boston as part of its 2019 The MixTape Tour bringing with them special guests Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature. Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. Tickets start at $29.95. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, June 29

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music on the lawn from Rebels / Joshua Tree at 6 p.m.., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival

St. Peter's Fiesta is a five-day festival (June 26-30) honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester. Events include a carnival, the Greasy Pole contest, Seine Boat races parades and ending with the Blessing of the Fleet Mass on Sunday. 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Gloucester. 

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery.11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:20 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Boston Harbor Lighthouse Tour

Enjoy the history of the Boston Harbor lighthouses on a narrated, two-hour cruise This that sails past Long Island Light, Graves Light and Boston Light, America's oldest light station. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors/students/military and $25 for children. Toddlers are free. Tours today at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tours depart from the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (across from the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo

Cirque Du Soleil returns to Boston with Corteo. When the clown Mauro passes away, his spirit is still with us and instead of mourning the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance. Tickets start at $75. 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave. Boston.

Frank: The Man. The Music

Frank Sinatra tribute “Frank: The Man. The Music” is bringing his Las Vegas production and 32-piece orchestra to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion Saturday, June 29. Tickets start at $29.50. 8 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 

New Kids on the Block at TD Garden

The New Kids on the Block are coming to Boston as part of its 2019 The MixTape Tour bringing with them special guests Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature. Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. Tickets start at $29.95. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Sunday, June 30 

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

SoWa Open Market

The award-winning SoWa Open Market is back for its 16th season. Stop by and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival

St. Peter's Fiesta is a five-day festival (June 26-30) honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester. Events include a carnival, the Greasy Pole contest, Seine Boat races parades and ending with the Blessing of the Fleet Mass on Sunday. 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Gloucester.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo

Cirque Du Soleil returns to Boston with Corteo. When the clown Mauro passes away, his spirit is still with us and instead of mourning the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance. Tickets start at $75. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave. Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $40. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 



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<![CDATA[Time Out Market Boston Opens in the Fenway, Includes 15 Dining Spots]]>511905622Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:26:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/timeout1.jpg

After more than two years of planning and construction, the highly-anticipated Time Out Market Boston is now open in the city's Fenway neighborhood, and with it, 15 options for food and drink. The list includes the following, based on information from an earlier article here as well as a recent press release. (Time Out Market Boston is located by Brookline Avenue and Park Drive, with its website being at https://www.timeout.com/boston)

Ms. Clucks Deluxe -- a chicken and dumplings place from Tim and Nancy Cushman (Hojoko, O Ya)

gogo ya -- another spot from the Cushmans, with this one featuring inventive takes on sushi

Mamaleh's Delicatessen -- a second location of a modern deli that is located in the Kendall Square section of Cambridge

Saltie Girl -- a seafood restaurant whose original location is in the Back Bay

Union Square Donuts -- an outlet of a popular donut shop that was first established in Somerville

BISq -- a second location of an eclectic restaurant in Cambridge's Inman Square, with cheese and charcuterie boards offered along with sandwiches

anoush'ella -- an Eastern Mediterranean eatery that joins locations in Boston's South End and Lynnfield

George Howell Coffee -- a well-known name among coffee lovers that also offers a variety of pastries and baked goods as well

Revolution Health Kitchen -- a health-based spot that offers organic, plant-based foods, including soups, salads, bowls, smoothies, and juices

Gelato & Chill -- an artisanal gelato spot that also offers gluten-free and dairy-free options

Mobile Cooks -- a vegan place that uses locally-sourced ingredients and which will have different chefs creating daily or weekly specials

Monti Roman Pizzeria -- an eatery from Chef Michael Schlow that features wood-fired Roman-style pizza

Italian Kitchen -- another Michael Schlow spot, this one focusing on Italian dishes including ones created with house-made pasta

a burger spot from Chef Tony Maws -- this place from the owner of Craigie on Main focuses on the legendary Craigie Burger

a dining spot from Chef Peter Ungár -- this is an offshoot of the highly-regarded Tasting Counter in Somerville, with dishes that have global influences offered

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Second Cup Coffee Company Opens by North Station in Boston]]>511794062Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:48:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/secondcup.jpg

Early last year, it was learned that a Canadian coffee retailer was planning to open its first cafe in the region in the heart of Boston, and now we have learned that the shop has opened.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Second Cup Coffee Company is now open by North Station and TD Garden in the city's West End neighborhood, with the Causeway Street outlet offering coffee and espresso, tea, pastries, baked goods, parfaits, frappes, and more. As reported earlier, this is the fourth location of Second Cup Coffee Company in the United States and the first to come to New England; the company started out in 1975 and is based in Mississauga, Ontario.

The address for this new cafe by North Station and TD Garden is: Second Cup Coffee Company, 97 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114. Its website can be found at http://mysecondcup.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Second Cup Coffee Company Plans to Open First Location in New England By North Station in Boston

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



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<![CDATA[Ban Toi Restaurant Opens in Dorchester]]>511788932Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:54:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bantoi.png

A brand new Vietnamese dining spot has come to a section of Boston that has a number of options for Vietnamese food.

Eater Boston is reporting that Ban Toi Restaurant is now open in Dorchester, moving into a space on Dorchester Avenue on the northern edge of Savin Hill. The post says that the new eatery offers such items as a jackfruit salad, grilled squid, chicken with rice, and more---and the restaurant's Facebook page also shows grilled wild pig and pho, while one particular item posted on Facebook translates to "grilled brain fat onion" (it's assumed that this isn't an accurate translation).

The address for this new Vietnamese restaurant in Dorchester is 1035 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02125.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[New Encore Casino Includes These 15 Dining and Drinking Options]]>511781662Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:43:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Encore_Draws_Huge_Lines_on_First_Day.jpg

The highly-anticipated Encore Boston Harbor casino and resort complex is now open in Everett and it includes a total of 15 places to get food and drink. Based on earlier articles here along with press releases for the complex, the list of places includes the following:

Bru -- coffee shop and cafe that is open 24/7

The Buffet -- all-you-can-eat buffet spot that is open for lunch, dinner, and a weekend brunch

Center Bar -- drinking spot in the casino area that offers beer, wine, and cocktails

Dunkin's -- location of coffee and donut chain that is open 24/7

Fratelli -- Italian seafood restaurant that also offers pizza

Garden Cafe -- casual dining spot above the garden lobby that is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch

Garden Lounge -- higher-end drinking spot above the garden lobby

Memoire -- nightclub that features live entertainment and DJs

Mystique -- sprawling Asian restaurant that serves sushi and more

On Deck Burger Bar -- casual sports bar that focuses on burgers

The Oyster Bar -- small spot offering raw bar and other seafood items

Rare Steakhouse -- high-end restaurant that features such items as certified authentic Kobe beef

Red 8 -- upscale Chinese restaurant that also serves other Asian fare

Sinatra -- upscale restaurant that features classic Italian-American dishes

Waterfront -- casual dining spot that serves American classics, pub grub, and seafood

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area


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<![CDATA[East Regiment Beer Company Opens on North Shore]]>511777892Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:49:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/eastregiment.jpg

Nearly two years after it was first mentioned here (and after five years of planning), a new brewery has opened on the North Shore.

According to its website and social media pages, East Regiment Beer Company is now open in Salem, with the Church Street spot including a taproom and outdoor area, while food delivery is allowed and leashed dogs are welcome on the patio. The brewery itself is set up in the basement of the building and nine beers are currently offered, including a couple of brown ales, a saison, an American wheat, a few IPAs, and more.

Currently, East Regiment Beer Company is open Wednesday through Sunday, with hours being 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Wednesday and Thursday, 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday.

The address for East Regiment Brewing Company is 30 Church Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Its website can be found at https://eastregimentbeercompany.com/

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East Regiment Brewing Company Planning to Open in Salem

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



Photo Credit: Facebook/East Regiment Beer Company]]>
<![CDATA[Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury Is Reopening]]>511739722Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:36:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/haleyhouse.jpg

Earlier this year, it was learned that a beloved nonprofit restaurant was shutting down after nearly 15 years in business, though at the time it was hoped that the place could reopen at some point. Now we have learned that it will indeed be returning.

According to Facebook posts from the spot, Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury''s Dudley Square plans to reopen later this year and is now looking to hire a General Manager for the Dade Street eatery. The Facebook page also shows that the cafe wishes to know what the community needs and wants as it gets ready to relaunch, having a link to a survey within the page. A specific reopening date has not been given as of yet, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Haley House Bakery Cafe, which first opened in 2005, has been known over the years as a place to get healthy food items in a community-oriented space while offering opportunities to those who have limited employment options.

The address for Haley House Bakery Cafe is 12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119. The website for Haley House itself, which is a nonprofit community organization that has been around since 1966, can be found at http://haleyhouse.org/

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Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury to Close; Hopes to Reopen Later This Year

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



Photo Credit: Facebook/Haley House]]>
<![CDATA[50+ Fun Ways to Celebrate Summer This Week in and Around Boston]]>511708341Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:12:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Laid+Out.00_43_47_26.Still002.png

Summer is in full swing and so are the events throughout the area this week. From Boston Calling block parties on the Greenway to Gloucester’s St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival to Cornhole on The Lawn on D and more, we’ve got plenty of fun to choose from all week long.

Monday, June 24 

Preschool Movies

Enjoy movies with your preschooler at the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library. 10:30-11:30 a.m., 4246 Washington St., Roslindale.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30.11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston.

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Neel Nanda

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Neel Nanda! (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Adam Devine's House Party). There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Neel Nanda 

Tuesday, June 25

Boston Public Market At City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of World Premier Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Miss Saigon

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. 7:30 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $35. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Wednesday, June 26

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Steve Memmolo for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival

St. Peter's Fiesta is a five-day festival (June 26-30) honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester. Events include a carnival, the Greasy Pole contest, Seine Boat races parades and ending with the Blessing of the Fleet Mass on Sunday. 7-10 p.m., Gloucester.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House 

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. 7:30 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 

Thursday, June 27

Frog Pond Spray Pool Opening

Celebrate summer with the opening of the Frog Pond’s Spray Pool with giveaways, games, food, refreshments, face painting and more including Frog Pond Freddie, “Bubble Guy” Jim Ditcher and more. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

Boston Public Market At City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Beer Garden at Boston Landing

Night Shift Brewing brings their craft beers to Boston Landing tonight for a pop-up beer garden at Athlete’s Park. Enjoy live music, tasty fare and more. 4-7 p.m., Athlete’s Park, Guest Street, Brighton. 

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Summer in The City: Berklee School of Music Performance Series

Head down to the Rose Kennedy Greenway on the last Thursday of the month for a summer evening of music on the plaza. 5:15-6:45 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Sonya Rae Taylor for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

Boston Grown-Ups Museum: County Fair

The Boston Children’s Museum is open to grown-ups only tonight with County Fair - offering a wide variety of activities from face painting to ring toss, corn hole, spin art and more, plus a baby animal petting zoo and donut eating competition. Sample som beers from Jack’s Abby, buy something from the Melt Food Truck all while special guest DJ Kupah James keeps the music going. This is a 21+ event (valid ID required). 6:30-9:30 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival

St. Peter's Fiesta is a five-day festival (June 26-30) honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester. Events include a carnival, the Greasy Pole contest, Seine Boat races parades and ending with the Blessing of the Fleet Mass on Sunday. 6:30-11 p.m., Gloucester.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $35. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House 

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. 7:30 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Friday, June 28

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival

St. Peter's Fiesta is a five-day festival (June 26-30) honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester. Events include a carnival, the Greasy Pole contest, Seine Boat races parades and ending with the Blessing of the Fleet Mass on Sunday. 4:45-11:30 p.m., Gloucester.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Casablanca” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $35. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House 

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

New Kids on the Block at TD Garden

The New Kids on the Block are coming to Boston as part of its 2019 The MixTape Tour bringing with them special guests Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature. Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. Tickets start at $29.95. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, June 29

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music on the lawn from Rebels / Joshua Tree at 6 p.m.., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival

St. Peter's Fiesta is a five-day festival (June 26-30) honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester. Events include a carnival, the Greasy Pole contest, Seine Boat races parades and ending with the Blessing of the Fleet Mass on Sunday. 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Gloucester.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery.11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:20 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House 

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Frank: The Man. The Music

Frank Sinatra tribute “Frank: The Man. The Music” is bringing his Las Vegas production and 32-piece orchestra to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion Saturday, June 29. Tickets start at $29.50. 8 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

New Kids on the Block at TD Garden

The New Kids on the Block are coming to Boston as part of its 2019 The MixTape Tour bringing with them special guests Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature. Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. Tickets start at $29.95. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 

Sunday, June 30

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston. 

SoWa Open Market

The award-winning SoWa Open Market is back for its 16th season. Stop by and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival

St. Peter's Fiesta is a five-day festival (June 26-30) honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester. Events include a carnival, the Greasy Pole contest, Seine Boat races parades and ending with the Blessing of the Fleet Mass on Sunday. 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Gloucester.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House 

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $40. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

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<![CDATA[ReelHouse Opens at Marina Bay in Quincy]]>511628692Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:46:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/reelhouse.jpg

A new restaurant has come to the Quincy waterfront, and it happens to be a second location of an East Boston spot that is also on the water.

As reported here earlier, ReelHouse opens in Quincy's Marina Bay neighborhood this evening, with the place being located within the Meriel Marina Bay luxury apartment complex on Victory Road. The new place, which joins its original location at The Eddy apartment complex in Eastie, features seafood dishes with coastal influences while the space includes a dining area, bar, and lounge as well as a spacious patio with views of the water. The group behind both ReelHouse locations--Navy Yard Hospitality--also runs Mija Cantina at Boston's Faneuil Hall and Pier 6 in Charlestown.

The address for the new ReelHouse at Marina Bay is 542 Victory Road, Quincy, MA, 02171. Its website is at https://www.reelhousemarinabay.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
ReelHouse in East Boston Plans to Open Second Location at Marina Bay in Quincy

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)



Photo Credit: Facebook/ReelHouse Boston Waterfront]]>
<![CDATA[25+ Fun Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>511592611Fri, 21 Jun 2019 10:01:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Exploring_Hampton_Beach_in_New_Hampshire.jpg

The weekend is finally here. Have some fun with everything from concerts to a pickle fest, the 19th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic Broadway shows and a whole lot more, here are our picks for the weekend:

Friday, June 21

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Bruce Jaques at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

The 19th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic

The fun starts Thursday, June 20 when 200 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach, for this invitation-only competition, you don’t want to miss. Hampton Beach, Hampton, NH.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Luke Bryan Sunset Repeat Tour

Luke Bryan brings his Sunset Repeat Tour to Gillette Stadium with special guests multi-platinum Cole Swindell, Brett Young and Jon Langston. DJ Rock will also appear. 5 p.m., Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “City Slickers” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Dave Matthews Band

The Dave Matthews Band brings the North American leg of its world tour to Mansfield for one night only. Tickets start at $49. 8 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, June 22

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music on the lawn from the Timmy Brown Band at 6 p.m.., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

ONGOING: Kids in the Kitchen: Tacos

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Theresa from Chestnut farms will teach you how to make tacos with ground local meats. They’ll also discuss how the flavor and color changes when each veggie is cooked. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

World Giraffe Day

Celebrate World Giraffe Day at the Franklin Park Zoo with special activities and zookeeper encounters throughout the day, which are perfect opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the zoo’s Masai giraffes, Amari and Chad. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

The 19th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic

The fun starts Thursday, June 20 when 200 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach, for this invitation-only competition, you don’t want to miss. Hampton Beach, Hampton, NH. 

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

Boston Pickle Fair 2019

The Boston Pickle Fair returns for its third year in a row celebrating all your favorite fermented things. Enjoy pickle samples, access to the beer garden, an indoor pickle lounger, entertainment and more. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., The Innovation and Design Building, One Design Center Place, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:20 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Miss Saigon at the Opera House

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Sunday, June 23

SoWa Open Market

Stop by and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

The 19th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic

The fun starts Thursday, June 20 when 200 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach, for this invitation-only competition, you don’t want to miss. Hampton Beach, Hampton, NH. 

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from the Wolfpack from 6-10 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Miss Saigon at the Opera House

Catch at performance of the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon at the Boston Opera House tonight. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Citizen’s Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. 2 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[El Centro in Brookline Village Is Closing; Mahaniyum to Open in Space]]>511566722Fri, 21 Jun 2019 14:22:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/el+centro1.JPG

A local group of Mexican restaurants will soon be closing one of its locations, though another dining spot will be moving into its space.

According to an article in the Patch, El Centro in Brookline Village is getting ready to shut down, with chef/owner Allan Rodriguez indicating that he has outgrown the Washington Street space, saying that "restaurant sales have increased for the past three months....And we have a great landlord. It's more about finding a space so that we can have a bigger full experience with customers." The article says that the restaurant will probably close in about a month, and that a Thai eatery called Mahaniyum will be taking over the space. Locations of El Centro in Boston's South End, Belmont, and Dedham will remain in operation, as will La Neta in the Back Bay--and the article says that Rodriguez is apparently opening another restaurant in the suburbs as well, though no details have been given as of yet.

The Brookline location of El Centro first opened in 2013, two years after the first location in the South End debuted.

The address for the soon-to-close El Centro in Brookline Village is 236 Washington Street, Brookline, MA, 02445. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.elcentroinboston.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Wired Puppy in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed]]>511526542Fri, 21 Jun 2019 14:11:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/wired+puppy.JPG

A cafe on one of the busiest roads in Boston has closed, though it appears that its other location remains in operation.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Wired Puppy on Newbury Street in the Back Bay is shuttered, with a sign out front confirming this and thanking customers for their business. The cafe, which had been open in Boston for approximately 10 years and was part of the Alabama-based Revelator Coffee Company, was known for its baked goods, coffee, and tea; a second shop can be found in Provincetown and it appears to still be open.

The address for this now-closed cafe in the Back Bay was: Wired Puppy, 250 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for Revelator can be found at https://revelatorcoffee.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area




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<![CDATA[Somerville Ranked Top City in US to Open a Brewery ]]>511516592Wed, 19 Jun 2019 13:18:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/aeronaut.jpg

Somerville, Massachusetts has been ranked as the top city in the country to open a brewery. 

A new study by Bid-On-Equipment -- a company that buys and sells used beer equipment -- said Somerville topped the list because of its high 21+ population, low state excise tax on barrels of beer and one of the lowest brewery license fees in the country.

Boston came in 11th on the list, while Worcester was ranked 23rd.

Cities with a population of at least 50,000 people were considered for the list. The cities were then compared across two main categories: business environment and business costs.

Madison, Wisconsin and Royal Oak, Michigan rounded out the top 3.  

According to the Brewers Association, the number of craft breweries has increased rapidly in the U.S. over the past decade, spiking from under 1,500 in 2007 to over 7,000 as of July 2018.



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<![CDATA[12 Bar Pizzas Around Massachusetts You Need to Try]]>511464971Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:33:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/HamburgPizza_Lynwood+Cafe_Randolph.jpgThere is nothing quite like a nice slice of pizza. But for some pizza lovers, bar pizza is really where it's at. Check out our list of the best bar pizzas Massachusetts has to offer.

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<![CDATA[Changes in the Works for Old Tasty Burger Building in Southie?]]>511511922Thu, 20 Jun 2019 04:54:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lstreet.png

Last week, a community meeting was held at 69 L Street to discuss potential changes coming to the building. The owner of the old Tasty Burger building is proposing a change of occupancy from restaurant with takeout to restaurant with takeout and seating for 35 people, beer, wine, music and TV.

They are also proposing two residential condos by renovating existing structure to provide additional food service area and erect a vertical addition on top of existing structure for 2 residential units.  749-749A East Broadway: Combine parcels and become one lot.  Then subdivide into two lots.  Occupancy to remain the same.  

About 35 people were in attendance at the meeting to learn more about proposal and express suggestions, concerns,and more.  Concerns about the proposal ranged from traffic, double-parking, and noise. 

To address noise concerns, the owner of the building stated via email that he would ensure the windows would be closed by 9 p.m. every night.  

The proposal will be sent to the Zon