<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News - [NBC Boston]Boston Buzz]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcboston.com/news/localen-usSun, 18 Nov 2018 12:29:10 -0500Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:29:10 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[20+ Great Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:39:53 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-719519832.jpg

Now that you’ve shoveled out from the first snow of the season, it’s time to plan some weekend fun. From a Polar Express train ride to the seasonal opening of the Enchanted Village, or check out Wine Riot 2018 or the Redbrook Food Truck festival, here are our picks for some weekend fun:

Friday, Nov. 16

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train Ride

Take a ride on America’s longest-running Polar Express train ride. Enjoy a 90-minute real-life train ride, filled with a reading of the classic children’s story, sing-alongs, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and more. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Historic Blackstone Valley Train Depot, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 5-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

Wine Riot 2018

Experience hundreds of new wines at Wine Riot 2018 this weeked. Travel the world of wine under one roof. Tickets are $65. 7:30-10 p.m., The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Jamaica Pond Parkrun

Head over to Jamaica Pond this morning and take part in a free, timed 5K run, jog or walk. This is weekly event. 9-10:30 a.m., Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton. 

Enchanted Village Opens

The Enchanted Village opens for another holiday season today. Enjoy ice skating on the enchanted ice, the Polar Express 4-D Experience, Laser LITE Show, photos with Santa and the Enchanted Village. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Drive, Avon.

“Star Wars” Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. 

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

Allagash Brewing Pop Up at Boston Public Market

The festivities have gone indoors. Head to the Boston Public Market every Saturday in November from Noon to 6 p.m. and enjoy a beer while you shop around the market. Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, ME) is popping up in the Hub to pour some of their famous Belgian-inspired brews.

Holiday Grand Wine Tasting

Taste new wines and learn about local Massachusetts wineries at the Holiday Grand Wine Tasting where you can sample more than 50 award-winning wines and meads from wineries across the state, meet the winemakers and bring home some of your new favorites. Tickets are $15. There are two sessions today: Noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train Ride

Take a ride on America’s longest-running Polar Express train ride. Enjoy a 90-minute real-life train ride, filled with a reading of the classic children’s story, sing-alongs, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and more. 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Historic Blackstone Valley Train Depot, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI.

Wine Riot 2018

Experience hundreds of new wines at Wine Riot 2018 this weeked. Travel the world of wine under one roof. Tickets are $65. Two sessions today: 2:30-5 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m.., The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston.

Sunday, Nov. 18

Redbrook Food Truck Festival

Head down to Plymouth today for the Redbrook Food Truck Festival featuring more than 25 of the area's top food trucks, Notch Biergarten, warm spirits and more than 30 local artisans and designers. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Village Green in Redbrook, Plymouth. 

Harpoon Brunch

Enjoy brunch at the Harpoon Beer Hall featuring their new Brunch Pretzels. Made to order, and on a first-come first-served basis, $10 gets you one Brunch Pretzel and two dipping sauces. Meat and meatless options will be available. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

The Enchanted Village

The Enchanted Village opens for another holiday season today. Enjoy ice skating on the enchanted ice, the Polar Express 4-D Experience, Laser LITE Show, photos with Santa and the Enchanted Village. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Drive, Avon.

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

“Star Wars” Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. 

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train Ride

Take a ride on America’s longest-running Polar Express train ride. Enjoy a 90-minute real-life train ride, filled with a reading of the classic children’s story, sing-alongs, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and more. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Historic Blackstone Valley Train Depot, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI.

Holiday Stroll

MarketStreet Lynnfield kicks off the holiday season today with special offers, samples, entertainment, activities and more, along with a visit from Santa to light the tree in Market Square. 3-6 p.m., MarketStreet Lynnfield, 600 Market St., Lynnfield.

Harpoon Friendsgiving 2018

Enjoy not your average Thanksgiving tonight at Harpoon’s Friendsgiving to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. Tickets are $70 each and include: a Harpoon spin on Thanksgiving dinner, three beer tickets, one raffle ticket, a take-home gift and a donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank. 6-8:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival continues. Tonight features “Almost Famous.” 6:15 p.m., West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., West Newton.



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<![CDATA[Concert Hall, Mexican Restaurant Coming to Causeway Area]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:07:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Enchilada+1115.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A few years ago, we reported that a project bringing new development to the old Boston Garden space would include a number of businesses, with a subsequent update mentioning a venue for live concerts along with a restaurant being part of the plans. Now we have learned a bit more about both.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Big Night Entertainment and Live Nation are looking to open a concert venue called Big Night Live within the Hub on Causeway project, with the $25 million music hall having views of Boston Harbor and the Zakim Bridge and being able to fit 1,500 people for live concerts and 2,000 overall. The post also says that a 200-seat Mexican restaurant will be attached to it, though no name has been given yet for the dining spot. If all goes as planned, the concert hall and restaurant could be opening in the fall of 2019.

As mentioned earlier, Hub on Causeway is also expected to have a movie theater and a market, and it looks like retail stores and more restaurants will be included as well. (A sports bar and a bowling alley had initially been part of the plans as well, but it is not known if this is still the case.)

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<![CDATA[Naked Fish in Waltham Is Closing]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:58:52 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/218*120/Naked+11151.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

What was once a local chain of seafood restaurants will officially disappear from the landscape next month.

According to a source, Naked Fish in Waltham is closing, with a Facebook post from The Waltham Channel confirming this, indicating that the Totten Pond Road eatery will shut down for good on December 22. The note says that one reason for its closure is the "changing restaurant business" and that other dining spots have shown interest in the space, though no names have been given as of yet.

At its peak, Naked Fish had a number of locations in and around the Greater Boston area, including in Billerica, Boston, Framingham, Hingham, Lynnfield, Quincy, Waltham, Watertown, and Westborough; the Waltham location has been in business for 19 years.

The address for the soon-to-close location of Naked Fish in Waltham is 455 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA, 02451.

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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[SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster in Peabody Have Closed]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:11:16 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/seagrilz+1115.PNG

A seafood spot and fish market that replaced a longtime Route 1 restaurant have both shuttered, and it appears that the space is being sold.

According to multiple sources (including @CappyinBoston as well as a post on the Boston's Wicked North Shore Facebook page and North Shore Eats), SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster in Peabody are no longer in operation, while a listing on the bizbuysell.com site indicates that the owner is planning to retired and is looking to sell the business. A couple of the sources say that the restaurant and fish market that was previously in the space--Seawitch--may be moving back into the space, though specific details are not known at this time.

SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster opened in November of 2017, replacing Seawitch, which had been in the space for at least a half century.

The address for the now-closed SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster is 203 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960.

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<![CDATA[Welcome to the Neighborhood: Neponset Cafe]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:15:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/176*120/Neponsit+1115.PNG

If you like ramen, you’ll love this news.  Neponset Cafe has opened its doors at 400 Neponset Ave and is serving up some asian dishes in a casual and comfortable restaurant.  According to Eater Boston, the cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features a menu of items like omelettes, miso soup, pork belly buns, spring rolls, chicken wings, rice bowls and ramen!  Yum!

Also on the menu, specialty coffee drinks like matcha frappuccino, pumpkin patch latte, and cold brew iced coffee!

Neponset Cafe is open 7 days a week from 6:30am to 8pm. 

Image via Neponset Cafe Facebook

The post Welcome to the Neighborhood: Neponset Cafe appeared first on Caught In Dot.

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<![CDATA[Meet Alfred, The Robot Trained To Be a Sous-Chef]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:19:34 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/194*120/robot+1113.PNG

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[BOND Restaurant and Lounge in Boston to Close]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:47:10 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/194*120/Bond+1113.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale restaurant and bar in downtown Boston is getting ready to close, as the hotel in which it resides is going to be renovated--and it is not known what might become of the spot.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting (via the Boston Real Estate Times) that BOND Restaurant and Lounge on Franklin Street is shutting down December 1, as part of a planned renovation of the Langham Hotel where the hotel itself will close next April and reopen in 2020 after extensive changes. There is no word on what might happen to BOND right now, though the Boston Real Estate Times article mentions that "New guest rooms and suites, updated event and function spaces, and innovative food and beverage concepts will all be introduced" once the hotel opens back up.

BOND Restaurant and Lounge, which first opened in early 2009, is known in part for its New American fare and cocktails.

the address for BOND (and the Langham Hotel) is 250 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110. The web page for the restaurant and lounge can be found at http://www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/boston/dining/bond-restaurant/

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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[Boloco: No Plans to Vacate Back Bay Space Chick-fil-A Wants]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:19:01 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chick-fil-a-lagenerics.PNG

Days after Chick-fil-A said it planned to pursue opening the company's first Boston location, the current tenant of the proposed space says they don't plan to move out.

Boston-based Boloco tweeted on Thursday there was no agreement for them to vacate the location at 569 Boylston St., the space Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A told the Boston Globe they plan to pursue.

"We have a lease thru 2020 and a decade of options after. We are working with landlord to find a solution based on what we’ve read," read a tweet from Boloco.

Chick-fil-A already has 11 locations in Massachusetts, including Attleboro, Chicopee, Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Hyannis, Marlborough, Peabody, Seekonk, Westborough and Worcester.

Another location is slated to open later this month in Methuen.

Chick-fil-A tried expanding in Boston several years ago, but due to CEO Dan Cathy's 2012 comments in opposition to gay marriage, the late Mayor Tom Menino wrote an open letter saying he would block the franchise.



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<![CDATA[Trillium Brewing Restaurant: Open for Business]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:47:09 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/trilliumbos.jpg

The wildly popular Fort Point-based brewery has expanded into the restaurant biz!  The 18,000 square foot restaurant has officially opened!  the new Trillium Fort Point has a fun and casual vibe features three floors and has a seating capacity of 450 people. The ground level showcases a new retail space and taproom overlooking views of the 10-barrel brewhouse, alongside a 23-seat bar and high-top tables. The second level includes the main dining room with large picture window to the kitchen.  The second floor also offers a private dining room accommodating up to 85 guests. The third floor is a seasonal roof deck with a bar and additional seating.

Executive Chef Michael Morway has created a menu that includes a variety of cold snacks, warm snacks, bowls, trays, entrees, sandwiches and desserts which include gluten free, wheat free and vegetarian options. The restaurant & brewery also features 24 tap lines and bottles from the Trillium Brewing cellar!   You can check out the menu here! 

Trillium Fort Point Restaurant & Brewery is located at 50 Thomson Place in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood and is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.trilliumbrewing.com or call 857.449.0078. Follow along on Instagram  or twitter for the latest updates.

The post Trillium Brewing Restaurant: Open for Business appeared first on Caught In Southie.



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<![CDATA[Jack's Abby to Open Track Zero Taproom at North Station]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:42:13 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Jacks+Abby+1113.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new taproom is on its way to Boston's North Station/TD Garden area, and a familiar name is behind it.

According to a press release, Jack's Abby Craft Lagers is opening Track Zero Taproom, which will take over the train bar (also known as the North Station Bar) on the platform at North Station, with the space including 10 tap lines offering beers from both Jack's Abby and Springdale (which is affiliated with Jack's Abby and is located in the same Framingham facility). The release mentions that the new drinking spot will gradually take over the space and is expected to debut this winter.

Jack's Abby was also in the news last week, as a bakery may be coming to its facility, supplying the restaurant there while also possibly being open to the public as a retail outlet at some point.

The website for Jack's Abby can be found at https://jacksabby.com/

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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[Sushi Momento to Open in Cleveland Circle]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:55:11 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/sushi+noz2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new sushi spot is on its way, and it looks like it will be opening within a new complex on the Boston/Brookline border.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Sushi Momento is planning to open in Brookline, with the restaurant being described in the listing as a "contemporary eatery serving inventive sushi and cocktails." The address given indicates that the upcoming dining spot will be located at The Circle, a mixed-used development located at the former site of the Circle Cinema and Applebee's in Cleveland Circle, and based on a page from Phase Zero Design, it may be opening inside the AC Marriott hotel there, which straddles the Brighton/Brookline line (the restaurant has a Brookline address).

If all goes as planned, Sushi Momento could be opening sometime this fall.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Cleveland Circle is: Sushi Momento, 399 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brookline, MA, 02445. Its website will be at https://www.sushimomento.com/

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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[Poke Garden to Open in Former Clover Space in Brookline Village]]>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:21:45 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/Poke+1112.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new dining pot is coming to Brookline, and it will offer a food dish that is getting more and more popular.

Eater Boston is reporting (via the Patch) that Poke Garden is opening in Brookline Village, taking over the space on Harvard Street where a location of Clover had been until closing in April. Both articles mention that the new eatery will offer poke bowls (a Hawaiian dish featuring raw fish) along with sushi, though no menu is available as of yet--and an opening date is not known at this point in time.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Brookline Village is: Poke Garden, 10 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

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Clover Food Lab in Brookline Village Is Closing

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<![CDATA[These Are Boston’s Most In-Demand Tech Skills]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:24:03 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tech+1113.PNG

As the saying goes, you better spend your time acquiring tech skills, because that’s what the job market requires.

The suggestion to build a technical background as one of the safest ways to secure a job is valid in Boston, too. Data from the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development shows that in less than 10 years, demand for software developers and web developers will grow by more than 26% and 11%, respectively. Software development, in particular, is one of the fastest growing occupations in the state.

This poses a new question—What are the tech skills needed for these jobs that are in demand. The answer is among data obtained by BostInno and based on analysis conducted by Indeed, the employment-related search engine.

The company identified skills that were most in demand by employers in the Boston-Cambridge metro area and ranked them based on the percentage of job postings in the tech software category. The data was gathered on job postings published from October 2017 to October 2018.

Here are the top ten of tech skills that are most in demand among Boston and Cambridge employers (data provided by Indeed):

  1. Java (21.38%)
  2. JavaScript (18.61%)
  3. Python (16.06%)
  4. SQL (13.79%)
  5. Amazon Web Service (12.59%)
  6. HTML (12.18%)
  7. .NET (11.59%)
  8. CSS (10.29%)
  9. C/C++ (9.17%)
  10. Rest (8.39%)

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<![CDATA[Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Jamaica Plain Has Closed]]>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:29:26 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/MOOYAH+FLICKR.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A small Texas-based burger chain that starting expanding into the region last year has closed its first Boston-area location.

A tweet from yesterday hinted that Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes in Jamaica Plain may have closed, with Universal Hub seeming to confirm that the Centre Street eatery is indeed no longer in business, as the outlet has been removed from the chain's website. It appears that other locations in downtown Boston, Billerica, Hudson, and Northborough remain in operation, and a new outlet is planning to open in Sudbury later this month as well.

Mooyah first opened in the Jackson Square section of JP in June of 2017, with the eatery offering burgers made with "never-frozen beef" along with hand-cut fries, salads, and milkshakes.

The address for this now-closed burger spot in Jamaica Plain was: Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes, 225 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.mooyah.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Brothers Kouzina in Peabody to Remain Open]]>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:36:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Kouzina.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A few months ago, we reported that a popular Greek restaurant was planning to close around the end of the year to make way for a dispensary. Now we have learned that this apparently will not be the case after all.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Brothers Kouzina will not be leaving its space on Route 1 in Peabody, with the note thanking people for their support. No details have been given on why plans for a medical marijuana dispensary to replace it fell through; we had first learned about that proposal in July, and at that time it looked like the restaurant might close at the end of the month and that the owners were looking to open in another space.

Brothers Kouzina first opened in 2006, offering customers mostly a mix of Greek and American dishes including souvlaki, stuffed grape leaves, grilled octopus, spinach pie, gyros, broiled scallops, burgers, and more.

The address for Brothers Kouzina is 25 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960.

Thanks to multiple sources for bringing this to our attention.

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Brothers Kouzina in Peabody Plans to Close at the End of the Year

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<![CDATA[Lord Hobo Brewing Beer Hall Opens in Woburn]]>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:35:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/199*120/Lord+Hobo+1192.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A beer hall that has been a long time in the making has opened within a brewery north of Boston.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Lord Hobo Brewing Company has soft-opened the "Humble Castle," a new beer hall inside its facility in Woburn. As mentioned earlier, the 3,500-square-foot space has room for approximately 150 people, while a total of 40 tap lines are set up there (which is more than what was earlier thought), and in addition to its own beers, Lord Hobo will also offer "guest" beers as well. Food at the beer hall will include shareable plates along with salads and pizza, and drink options in addition to beer will include wine on tap, cold-brewed coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Hours for the Humble Castle will be 11:00 AM to midnight daily, with food being served starting at 3:00 PM.

The address for Lord Hobo Brewing Company (and the new Humble Castle beer hall) is 5 Draper Street, Woburn, MA, 01801. Its website can be found at https://lordhobobrewing.com/

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company in Woburn to Open Beer Hall

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<![CDATA[35+ Family-Friendly Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston ]]>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 19:51:18 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Winter+Skate+2018.JPG

Another week is here and holiday events are starting to pop up all over the calendar. We’ve gathered dozens of our picks for the week from ice skating, to holiday open houses, wine tastings, Polar Express train rides, the opening of the Enchanted Village and a whole lot more. Take your pick and make your plans for a week of fun!

Monday, Nov. 12 

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Today, in honor of Veterans Day, all active duty military, veterans and their families skate free (including skate rental). Also today, meet Wally of the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox from 1-2:30 p.m. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians take the stage tonight at the Berklee Performance Center as part of their U.S. tour. 8 p.m. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival continues. Tonight features “93Queen.” 6:30 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

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. 

Tuesday, Nov. 13 

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 4-9 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

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.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival continues. Tonight features “The Accountant of Auschwitz.” 7 p.m., West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., West Newton.

Harpoon X Night November

Test out the pilot beer of the night at Harpoon X Night tonight and learn about it from the brewer who brewed it. Tickets are $20. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Wednesday, Nov. 14

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

Mahoney’s Ladies Night Out Holiday Open House

Mahoney’s Winchester opens its doors for its annual Ladies Night Out Open House. Visit the Christmas shop for decorating ideas, unique ornaments and more. Enjoy wine, food sampling and pre-season holiday shopping from local merchants, shops, food trucks and more. Admission is free. 2-9 p.m., Mahoney’s Garden Center, 242 Cambridge St., Winchester.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 4-9 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

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, Nov. 15

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 4-6 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey comes to UMass Lowell tonight as a guest of the college’s Chancellor’s Speaker Series. 7 p.m., Tsongas Center, UMass Lowell.

Friday, Nov. 16

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train Ride

Take a ride on America’s longest-running Polar Express train ride. Enjoy a 90-minute real-life train ride, filled with a reading of the classic children’s story, sing-alongs, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and more. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Historic Blackstone Valley Train Depot, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 5-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

Wine Riot 2018

Experience hundreds of new wines at Wine Riot 2018 this weeked. Travel the world of wine under one roof. Tickets are $65. 7:30-10 p.m., The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston.

Saturday, Nov. 17 

Jamaica Pond Parkrun

Head over to Jamaica Pond this morning and take part in a free, timed 5K run, jog or walk. This is weekly event. 9-10:30 a.m., Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton. 

Enchanted Village Opens

The Enchanted Village opens for another holiday season today. Enjoy ice skating on the enchanted ice, the Polar Express 4-D Experience, Laser LITE Show, photos with Santa and the Enchanted Village. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Drive, Avon.

“Star Wars” Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Allagash Brewing Pop Up at Boston Public Market

The festivities have gone indoors. Head to the Boston Public Market every Saturday in November from Noon to 6 p.m. and enjoy a beer while you shop around the market. Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, ME) is popping up in the Hub to pour some of their famous Belgian-inspired brews.

Holiday Grand Wine Tasting

Taste new wines and learn about local Massachusetts wineries at the Holiday Grand Wine Tasting where you can sample more than 50 award-winning wines and meads from wineries across the state, meet the winemakers and bring home some of your new favorites. Tickets are $15. There are two sessions today: Noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train Ride

Take a ride on America’s longest-running Polar Express train ride. Enjoy a 90-minute real-life train ride, filled with a reading of the classic children’s story, sing-alongs, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and more. 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Historic Blackstone Valley Train Depot, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI. 

Wine Riot 2018

Experience hundreds of new wines at Wine Riot 2018 this weeked. Travel the world of wine under one roof. Tickets are $65. Two sessions today: 2:30-5 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m.., The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston.

Sunday, Nov. 18

Redbrook Food Truck Festival

Head down to Plymouth today for the Redbrook Food Truck Festival featuring more than 25 of the area's top food trucks, Notch Biergarten, warm spirits and more than 30 local artisans and designers. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Village Green in Redbrook, Plymouth.

Harpoon Brunch

Enjoy brunch at the Harpoon Beer Hall featuring their new Brunch Pretzels. Made to order, and on a first-come first-served basis, $10 gets you one Brunch Pretzel and two dipping sauces. Meat and meatless options will be available. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

The Enchanted Village

The Enchanted Village opens for another holiday season today. Enjoy ice skating on the enchanted ice, the Polar Express 4-D Experience, Laser LITE Show, photos with Santa and the Enchanted Village. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Drive, Avon. 

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

“Star Wars” Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. 

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

Blackstone Valley Polar Express Train Ride

Take a ride on America’s longest-running Polar Express train ride. Enjoy a 90-minute real-life train ride, filled with a reading of the classic children’s story, sing-alongs, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and more. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Historic Blackstone Valley Train Depot, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI.

Holiday Stroll

MarketStreet Lynnfield kicks off the holiday season today with special offers, samples, entertainment, activities and more, along with a visit from Santa to light the tree in Market Square. 3-6 p.m., MarketStreet Lynnfield, 600 Market St., Lynnfield.

Harpoon Friendsgiving 2018

Enjoy not your average Thanksgiving tonight at Harpoon’s Friendsgiving to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. Tickets are $70 each and include: a Harpoon spin on Thanksgiving dinner, three beer tickets, one raffle ticket, a take-home gift and a donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank. 6-8:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival continues. Tonight features “Almost Famous.” 6:15 p.m., West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., West Newton. 



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<![CDATA[25+ Fun Things to Do with the Family This Weekend]]>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:39:29 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Harvest+Fest+NPV.jpg

The weekend is finally here. What’s your plan for some family fun? How about the Wilson Farm Harvest Festival, or a fall storywalk in Blue Hills. Maybe you’re thinking about an addition to the family? Then head on over to the MSPCA’s Fee-Waived Adoptathon for Small Animals. Check out our picks for the weekend to help you plan some family fun!

Friday, Nov. 9 

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival continues tonight and runs through Nov. 19. Find out what’s screening today and get you tickets here >>>

Jack O’Lantern Journey

It's your last chance to celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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 $59. Performances today at 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Saturday, Nov. 10

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton. 

Jamaica Pond Parkrun

Head over to Jamaica Pond this morning and take part in a free, timed 5K run, jog or walk. This is weekly event. 9-10:30 a.m., Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.

“Star Wars” Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Kids in the Kitchen: Oodles of Zoodles

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today they’ll learn how to create veggie sushi from scratch with guest chef Molly. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival continues tonight and runs through Nov. 19. Find out what’s screening today and get you tickets here >>>

Rise and Ruble Donut Throwdown

If you love donuts, you don’t want to miss the 5th Annual Rise & Rumble Donut Throwdown. Dig into donuts from the city’s favorite pastry chef and then vote for your favorite. Tickets also include a brunch buffet, and coffee and espresso bar. Tickets are $35. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Post 390, 406 Stuart St., Boston.

Wilson Farm Harvest Festival

Wilson Farm hosts its second annual Harvest Festival today celebrating some of their favorite vendors, awesome activities and fall-themed recipes. Free and open to the public. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Quincy Market History Tour

Come here this Boston story at a free one-hour, historical tour of the architecture, politics and geography of Quincy’s Market. Meet your guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant. 11 a.m. to Noon, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market 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. 11:20 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 $49. Performances today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Allagash Brewing Pop Up at Boston Public Market

The festivities have gone indoors. Head to the Boston Public Market every Saturday in November from Noon to 6 p.m. and enjoy a beer while you shop around the market. Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, ME) is popping up in the Hub to pour some of their famous Belgian-inspired brews.

Fee-Waived Adoptathon for Small Animals

Fall in love with a small animal and pay no adoption fees during the MSPCA’s Fee-Waived Adoptathon for Small Animals. Noon to 4 p.m., MSPCA Boston Adoption Center, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road,

Dinner & Show with Elton John Tribute

Tonight the Hard Rock presents Supperclub with Elton John Tribute. General admission tickets are $20, three-course dinner and show tickets are $49. Doors open at 7 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe Boston, 22-24 Clinton 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Sunday, Nov. 11 

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

“Star Wars” Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Wilson Farm Harvest Festival

Wilson Farm hosts its second annual Harvest Festival today celebrating some of their favorite vendors, awesome activities and fall-themed recipes. Free and open to the public. Plus today, at Harvest Fest meet Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery+Cafe & Myers+Chang and Christopher Kimball of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street from 1-2;30 p.m. Harvest Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

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. 

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival continues tonight and runs through Nov. 19. Find out what’s screening today and get you tickets here >>>

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 $49. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

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<![CDATA[Sakana Sushi Opens in Cambridge]]>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:38:26 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/199*120/Sakana+119.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new sushi spot has come to Cambridge, taking over the space where a cafe had been until being seized several months ago.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Sakana Sushi is now open on Mass. Ave. in the former Cafe Anthony space, which is between Harvard Square and Central Square. A Yelp page for the place includes a note from the business saying that it offers "a reinvention of traditional sushi! discover the cozy sushi bar and experience traditional sushi with an intriguing twist." No menu has been posted as of yet, and the restaurant does not appear to have a website, so keep checking back for updates on what exactly will be offered at the place.

Cafe Anthony was shut down in June, with a sign out front indicating that it was seized by the Middlesex Sheriff's Department Enforcement Unit. A Facebook post from the spot stated that it hoped to reopen but it apparently never did.

The address for the new Sakana Sushi (and the former Cafe Anthony) is 983 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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<![CDATA[Veterans Day Deals in Southie]]>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:50:54 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/201*120/kings+119.PNG

It’s Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11th!   Originally known as Armistice Day to honor the living veterans of World War 1, Veterans Day has transformed into a holiday that celebrates all those who served their country.  Make sure to thank a veteran!

Mix and Mingle. On Saturday, November 10th there will be a South Boston Veterans Day Social at Sixth Gear from 6pm-9pm. This will be a celebration of Boston’s Veterans and those who support them. Stop by!

Ready, set, go! The DAV 5K to honor veterans is a run, walk, roll and motorcycle ride that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. The race takes place at Castle Island on Saturday, November 10th at 9 am. $25 for adults, $15 for youth 6-15. To register visit here! Free for veterans!

Honor and Remember. Thomas J. Fitzgerald Post (715 East Fourth Street) – will celebrate Veteran’s Day on Sunday at 9:45 a.m with a parade march to St. Brigid’s Church and a memorial Mass at 10:30 am.

100 years later.  WWI Armistice centennial will take place Saturday, November 10th at 2 PM at South Boston High School, AWVC Commander Dave Falvey will be the MC, Boston Fire Acapella will be there in addition to Congressman Stephen Lynch and Gold Star families.

Support! The CIA (Castle Island Association) is hosting a special Veterans Day Weekend “Support the Troops” toiletry drive! Volunteers will be setting up a spot in front of Sullivan’s Saturday-Monday 10am-12pm! After you’re done doing your good deed, order yourself a half-price hot dog at Sully’s!

Veterans Day Deals for Vets:

Brunch for Vets! The Bowery Bar is offering 25% off their Sunday Brunch on Veteran’s Day for those who have served or who currently serve with proof of military ID. And can check out their brunch menu here!

Troops bowl free every day of the Veteran’s Day weekend and Monday, November 12th at Kings Dining and Entertainment. All veterans, active, and reserve military members will receive one free game and shoe rental. All military members must show proof of service.

Boston Tea Party Museum & Ships – Free admission for all Veterans, active duty military personnel, and police officers on November 11 – must show current ID for active duty or DD214 (proof of release from the military) at the door.  More information about admission – 1-855-832-1773

Franklin Park Zoo – Free admission to Veterans on November 10 -12 2018, 10 am – 3:30 pm (closes at 4 pm)

Dunkin’ Donuts – Free donut for all veterans and active duty military on Nov 11

Applebee’s is honoring America’s veterans and active-duty military by offering them a free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu.  Military ID requires

There are many more chains and businesses offer special discounts for veterans too! You can check them out here!

What’s opened/closed:

• Municipal Offices: Closed (including City Hall, banks, public schools, and community centers) on Monday

• Parking Meters: FREE, time limit NOT in effect. All other parking rules remain in effect.

• MBTA: Running on a Holiday schedule on Monday.

• Liquor stores: Open

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<![CDATA[The Federal to Open in Waltham]]>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:45:35 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/226*120/Federal+119.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier this year, we reported that a chophouse west of Boston was closing down and being sold. Now we know a bit more about what will be going into the space.

According to a post from Eater Boston, The Federal is opening in the former Flank space in Waltham, with a check on the website for the spot indicating that it could be opening at the 1265 Main development as early as this month. As mentioned earlier, David Alphonse and Richard Brackett of AB Hospitality Group are behind The Federal (Richard Bracket comes from The Bancroft in Burlington and Peabody), while Diego Mota (also from The Bancroft) will set up the menu for the place, which will apparently be a steakhouse.

Radio personality Greg Hill and his Whole House Group sold both Flank and 29 Sudbury this spring, with the Battle Road Brewery and Brew House in Maynard remaining part of the group.

The website for AB Hospitality Group and The Federal will be at https://abhospitalitygroup.com/

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<![CDATA[ 'Kitchen Nightmares' Restaurant in Boston Closes]]>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:35:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/204*120/rr+thumb.JPG

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes the closing of La Galleria 33, an organic pizzeria shutting down and a new concept coming for a closed restaurant.]]>
<![CDATA[How Red Sox Fans Can Get a Free LA Taco at Faneuil Hall]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:19:55 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tacos2.png

Boston Red Sox fans are continuing to celebrate their team’s World Series win, and this time, they can do so with free tacos straight from Los Angeles.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace made a World Series wager with L.A. food hall Grand Central Market. Because the Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, fans can enjoy authentic carne asada tacos on Friday from Grand Central Market's restaurant, Tacos Tumbras à Tomas.

The restaurant’s owner and chef, Tomas Martinez, will be flown to Boston with his crew for the occasion.

In addition to the tacos, both food halls upheld their promise to donate to local charities.

Because the Red Sox hit eight home runs during the World Series, Faneuil Hall will donate $8,000 to Pitching In for Kids. Grand Central Market will donate $6,000 to Team Rubicon since the Dodgers hit six home runs.

The free tacos will be available to fans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at MIJA Cantina & Tequila Bar while supplies last. Those interested in claiming a taco are asked to wear Red Sox gear.



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<![CDATA[Pokeworks to Open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 21:08:36 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/201*120/Poke+118.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of dining spots featuring a couple of increasingly-trendy food items will be opening a third Boston-area location.

According to a press release, Pokeworks is planning to open at the upcoming Arsenal Yards complex in Watertown, joining existing locations in Somerville's Davis Square and Cambridge's Harvard Square. Expect to see poke (a Hawaiian raw fish salad) as well as "pokirritos" (a type of sushi burrito) at the upcoming eatery, which is headquartered in Irvine, CA, and currently has nearly 20 locations across the United States.

Arsenal Yards will be a mixed-use development located at the site of the old Arsenal Mall, with the complex including retail, office, and residential space. As reported earlier, a location of Shake Shack will also be moving into the development.

The website for Pokeworks can be found at http://www.pokeworks.com/

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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie's Weekend Picks]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 21:14:45 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/207*120/sixth+Gear+118.PNG

Eat:
Fat Baby has a new menu you should try this weekend! Featuring new items like Mushroom Dumplings, Chicken Karaage aka Japanese Style fried chicken tenders, new maki and shareable cocktails like Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner made with dark and light rum, triple sec, orgeat, lime and angostura!  Speaking of Fat Baby, have you read our profile on Culinary Director Nick Dickson yet?

Drink:
We jammin’! Order up a tropical cocktail and unwind into the weekend with Conscious Reggae at Backyard Betty’s on Friday night at 10 pm!

See:
Baby it’s cold outside! Back for the third year, The Envoy Hotel is heating things up with the installation of igloos (YES, igloos) on its ever-popular Lookout Roofdeck & Bar. The 7-foot-tall, 12-foot-wide weatherproof igloos are heated, of course, and are perfect for sipping cocktails while enjoying those skyline and harbor views. The igloos are available on a first come, first served basis on Wednesdays-Saturdays from 4-11pm. You’ll see some gorgeous views of the city!

Do:
Honor and remember. On Saturday, November 10th there will be a South Boston Veterans Day Social at Sixth Gear from 6pm-9pm. This will be a celebration of Boston’s Veterans and those who support them. Stop by!

Shop:
Head to Capo on Saturday, November 10th from 11:30am-2:30 pm for a local pop up! Shop Habit, Wear+Wares and Camden Hydes then stick around and treat yourself to some brunch before or after!

Run:
Ready, set, go! The DAV 5K to honor veterans is a run, walk, roll and motorcycle ride that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. The race takes place at Castle Island on Saturday, November 10th at 9 am. $25 for adults, $15 for youth 6-15. To register visit here! Free for veterans!

Remember:
Thomas J. Fitzgerald Post (715 East Fourth Street) – will celebrate Veteran’s Day on Sunday at 9:45 a.m with a parade march to St. Brigid’s Church and a memorial Mass at 10:30 am.

Support:
The CIA (Castle Island Association) is hosting a special Veterans Day Weekend “Support the Troops” toiletry drive! Volunteers will be setting up a spot in front of Sullivan’s Saturday-Monday 10am-12pm! After you’re done doing your good deed, order yourself a half-price hot dog at Sully’s!

Bowl:
Troops bowl free every day of the Veteran’s Day weekend and Monday, November 12th at Kings Dining and Entertainment. All veterans, active, and reserve military members will receive one free game and shoe rental. All military members must show proof of service.

Unwind:
East Side Yoga and Fitness is hosting a Restorative Relaxation Yoga Workshop with Audrey Tesserot on Saturday, November 10th from 4pm-6pm. Learn how to sanction rejuvenation postures softer your nervous system, restore body and find inner peace as you prepare for the holiday season. Sounds like heaven. You can register here!

Register:
Put on your Santa hat, lace up those sneakers and get ready to run for a great local school – South Boston Catholic Academy. On Saturday, December 1st at 9 am join your friends and neighbors and run a 5K race along the South Boston beaches. Start and finish is at South Boston Catholic Academy at 866 East Broadway. Stick around for a post-race party with prizes, raffles, food and fun! There is also fun for the kids on deck too with two youth races. At 9:00 am – 100 Meter Dash for kids (9 and under) and at 9:30 a 1/2 mile run (14 and under). If you preregister by November 30th, it’s $30. Post-registration is $35. Youth preregistration is $15 and post-registration is $20. To register visit here!

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<![CDATA[Culinary Director Aims to Make Southie a Food Destinanation]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 21:20:17 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/loco+118.PNG

If you’ve eaten at Capo, Fat Baby, Loco, or Lincoln, chances are you’ve eaten Nick Dixon’s food. The local chef, who just became the first culinary director at all four South Boston restaurants in July, is aiming to make #Southie a food destination.

Currently, Dixon’s spending the majority of his time at the group’s latest venture, Fat Baby, developing new dishes for the fall and winter. He’s also starting to revamp Loco’s menu. Dixon designed the original menu, so “I want a second swing at it,” he laughs. He’s also continuing to develop a new pastry program: the same team that makes the bao dumplings at Fat Baby, the pies at Capo, the pints of gelato for sale at Loco, Lincoln, and Capo along with custom cakes at all four restaurants for any occasion.

“We’re hoping our four restaurants between West Broadway and Dorchester Street can be a food destination all on its own for the people who live in South Boston. Residents shouldn’t have to go to the South End or North End to get good Italian or to get an awesome sushi experience, he says.

Lincoln and Loco have already gotten attention for being some of the best restaurants in Boston, and Fat Baby is generating buzz as a new addition to the Asian fusion scene. Dixon hopes to push all four restaurants’ reputations further.

“Generally I like to take food we’re all familiar with and think of a creative way to make it new again. I’m very passionate about our food. If we’re putting a burger on the menu, it should be the best burger in the city.”

It’s a vision that he’s had since 2012: Dixon was opening executive chef for Lincoln and developed its first menu. His concepts, including the brunch test kitchen, helped make it an upscale comfort food destination. “It’s a really hard thing to create a totally new menu in such a short time frame, especially because Lincoln is so busy, but it’s really rewarding when it works,” he says.

Dixon is invested in the growth of his culinary teams, hoping to pay it forward for all the food mentors he’s had in his career. His father was the chef at Boston Red Coach Bar and Grill, ensuring that the family grew up around good food. Other mentors included Sven Mede at Nobhill in MGM Grand and Michael Mina’s culinary director Anthony Carron, now owner of 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen.

But it was in Boston where Dixon got the chance to run his first kitchen at Lucky’s Lounge under the guidance of Eric Aulenback, now partner at Broadway Restaurant Group. “Chef Dixon and I have worked together in 10 restaurants over a 15 year period. He has been instrumental in our growth here in South Boston, and we are thrilled to have him lead the culinary programs for our restaurant group,” says Aulenback.

As culinary director for four restaurants, Dixon had the opportunity to promote talented sous chefs into chef de cuisines (CDC) to lead their culinary teams at each restaurant. He says, “We have a great team of first time CDCs who have really stepped up in their leadership roles. It’s been gratifying to guide this dedicated team of chefs on both the creative and operational sides of running a kitchen.”

But Dixon says his work is far from over. “I enjoy collaborating with the different chefs; with four restaurants, we can get creative and bounce ideas off of one another. I’m excited to help develop new concepts on our block, and continue cooking in Southie—Boston’s best neighborhood.”

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<![CDATA[Aaron's Taco Cart'el Plans to Open in Stoneham]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 21:05:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/202*120/Aaron+118.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like the person behind a mobile taco stand will be opening a permanent shop in the northern suburbs of Boston.

According to a photo posted on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Aaron's Taco Cart'el is planning to open in Stoneham, apparently moving into the space on Central Street where The Mystical Cafe had been. The taco cart has been found at various spots in the Boston area and beyond, including farmers markets, festivals, and food truck sites, and catering is offered as well.

The address for this upcoming eatery in Stoneham is: Aaron's Taco Cart'el, 8 Central Street, Stoneham, MA, 02180. The website for the business can be found at https://www.aaronstacocartel.com/

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<![CDATA[BearMoose Brewing to Open in Everett]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 21:00:16 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/bearmoose.PNG

Yet another new brewery is opening just north of Boston, and this one plans to focus on selling beer out of its taproom.

Eater Boston is reporting (via the Everett Independent) that BearMoose Brewing is looking to open on the Revere Beach Parkway in Everett, a short distance away from the "Fermentation District" that includes such spots as Night Shift Brewing, Short Path Distillery, and Bone Up Brewing. The upcoming place will have a taproom with a capacity of 120 and a 10-barrel brewing system, and it does not have plans for distribution at this time, instead doing taproom sales only. If all goes as planned, BearMoose may be opening in March of 2019.

The address for this upcoming brewery in Everett is: BearMoose Brewing, 1934 Revere Beach Parkway, Everett, MA, 02149. Its website will be at https://www.bearmoosebrewing.com/

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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A to Open First Boston Location]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:42:03 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chick-fil-a-lagenerics.PNG

Chick-fil-A will soon be opening its first Boston location.

The Atlanta-based fast-food franchise will open at 569 Boylston St. in Copley Square, according to the Boston Business JournalThe real estate site Bisnow was first to report the news.

The chain already has 11 locations in Massachusetts, including Attleboro, Chicopee, Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Hyannis, Marlborough, Peabody, Seekonk, Westborough and Worcester.

Another location is slated to open later this month in Methuen.

Chick-fil-A tried expanding in Boston several years ago, but due to CEO Dan Cathy's 2012 comments in opposition to gay marriage, the late Mayor Tom Menino wrote an open letter saying he would block the franchise.

The exact date of the Boston opening is not yet known.



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<![CDATA[Popular Igloo Bar Returns to the Envoy Hotel in Boston]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:48:45 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/261*120/igloo31.jpg

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<![CDATA[Zwu's Asian Cuisine Opens in Peabody]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:58:04 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Yo+Sushi.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Asian fusion restaurant has come to the North Shore.

According to a message from @CappyinBoston, Zwu's Asian Cuisine is now open in Peabody, taking over the space on Central Street where Mike and Lill's Black Sheep Pub & Grill had been. The Facebook page and website for the dining spot indicates that it features Chinese and Japanese fare, including fusion dishes with influences from both countries, with the menu showing such options as noodle dishes and fried rice, raw bar items, teppanyaki, sushi, Polynesian dishes, and more.

The address for this new restaurant in Peabody it: Zwu's Asian Cuisine, 5 Central Street, Peabody, MA, 01960. Its website can be found at https://www.zwusrestaurant.com/

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<![CDATA[Back Bay Beats (B3) at Berklee Is Closing]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:58:42 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/B3+117.PNG

A restaurant and music spot that opened early last year within a college campus building is shutting down.

Eater Boston is reporting that Back Bay Beats, which better-known as B3, is closing tomorrow (Thursday, November 8) after approximately a year and a half in business, and it is not yet known what might move into its space which is on the ground floor of a tower on Mass. Ave. that is part of the Berklee College of Music. B3 has been known in part for its Southern-influenced dishes along with its live music nightly and its music-themed decor.

The address for B3 is 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

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<![CDATA[Jack's Abby Brewing in Framingham May Open a Bakery]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:42:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Jack%27s+Abby.png

by Marc Hurwitz

A brewery west of Boston that moved to a much larger space a few years ago and has since expanded within its space could be adding something new to the facility.

The Framingham TAB is reporting that Jack's Abby in Framingham is planning to make renovations to a warehouse area within its Clinton Street building, with the section including office and retail space a bakery being considered among its plans. The proposal, which is expected to be looked at by the Planning Board this Thursday, would apparently be used for the making of pizza and pretzels and while the bakery area would mainly be used for offerings at the restaurant on the premises, they are looking into having it be open to the public as its own business at some point.

In addition to its brewery and restaurant/beer hall area, the Jack's Abby space also includes the Springdale Barrel Room, which focuses on barrel-aged beers.

The address for Jack's Abby and the Springdale Barrel Room is 100-102 Clinton Street, Framingham, MA, 01702. The website for Jack's Abby can be found at https://jacksabby.com/ while the website for the Springdale Barrel Room is at https://springdalebeer.com/

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<![CDATA[GreCo Expanding to Boston's Seaport District]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:40:07 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/greco.png

by Marc Hurwitz

A Greek dining spot in Boston's Back Bay is planning to expand to the city's waterfront area.

According to an article from Eater Boston, GreCo on Newbury Street is opening a new location in the Seaport District, moving into the Pier 4 development that is also home to a location of Tatte along with a planned new restaurant from the owner of Woods Hill Table and Adelita in West Concord. Based on the menu at the Back Bay location, the new outlet could offer such items as gyros, loukoumades (Greek doughnuts), feta fries, and more, and it is also expected to serve Greek beers and wine, unlike the original location.

GreCo first opened on Newbury Street in February of 2017, taking over the old Scissors & Pie/Bostone Pizza space. The restaurant has a connection to Committee, a more upscale Greek and Mediterranean spot in the Seaport District.

The website for GreCo can be found at https://grecoboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Skillet Opens in Old Mad Hatter Cafe Space in Weymouth]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:36:58 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/skillet.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new breakfast and lunch spot has come to the South Shore, and it has moved into the space where another breakfast and lunch spot had been until moving out and heading to a new location.

A check on the place over the weekend indicates that Skillet is now open in Weymouth in the old Mad Hatter Cafe space on Main Street, confirming what a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page had mentioned earlier. The new eatery does not appear to have a website as of yet, though it does have a Facebook page that mentioned late last month that the spot had indeed opened.

The Mad Hatter Cafe left its original home approximately a month ago and plans to reopen in the former Hajjar's space on Washington Street this week.

The address for Skillet is 119 Main Street, Weymouth, MA, 02188. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Skillet-Cafe-2001089219951517/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Mad Hatter Cafe in Weymouth to Move into Hajjar's Space

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<![CDATA[New Chinese Restaurant Opens in Brighton]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:34:19 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chinese+food+generic.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new Chinese restaurant has come to Brighton, moving into the space where another Chinese eatery had been.

According to an article from Eater Boston Our Zone is now open on Commonwealth Avenue in the former Chang's House space, with the new spot focusing at least in part on Sichuan fare. The menu at the restaurant offers such items as handmade dumplings, stir-fried chicken and vegetable dishes, shredded pork with garlic sauce, Chinese sausage fried rice, fish fillet with pickled cabbage and chili, and more. Our Zone is open from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM daily--at least for now--with takeout and delivery offered.

The address for this new Chinese restaurant in Brighton is: Our Zone, 1583 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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<![CDATA[Tavern in the Square in Salem Has Closed]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:30:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tavern3.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Another location of a local group of dining and drinking spots has closed.

According to an article from the Patch, Tavern in the Square in Salem is no longer in business with the company behind the Washington Street restaurant and bar planning to debut a new concept in the space sometime next year. Two other locations of Tavern in the Square closed in Cambridge last year as well, while its Allston location was recently renovated and reconcepted; it appears that other outlets at Boston's North Station and South Station, Burlington, Littleton, Lowell, Northborough, Shrewsbury, and Cranston, RI, remain in operation.

The Salem location of Tavern in the Square first opened in 2009.

The address for Tavern in the Square in Cambridge was 189 Washington Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

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<![CDATA[35+ Great Events for the Entire Family Happening All Week Long]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 07:31:22 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Produce_Pete__Northeast_Apples.jpg

Another week is here, and we’ve gathered dozens of great things to do with the family all week long. There’s a family storywalk at Blue Hills, an election night movie watch party and Allandale Farm’s Cider in the city event; plus, the 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks off this week, and a whole lot more. Check out our picks for the week ahead:

Monday, Nov. 5

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

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.

Lucinda Williams at the Paradise

Lucinda Williams and her band BUICK 6 take the stage tonight at the Paradise Rock Club for one of two 18+ shows. General admission tickets are $42. 7 p.m., Paradise Rock Club, 967-969 Commonwealth 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. 8 p.m.. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

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 Movie Screening: “Election”

It’s Election Day so what better way to wait out the results than at a free movie screening of the movie “Election” at City Winery Boston. Doors open at 6 p.m., movie starts at 7 p.m. (free with RSVP). City Winery Boston, 80 Beverly St., Boston.

Lucinda Williams at the Paradise

Lucinda Williams and her band BUICK 6 take the stage tonight at the Paradise Rock Club for the second of two 18+ shows. General admission tickets are $42. 7 p.m., Paradise Rock Club, 967-969 Commonwealth 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

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.

Allandale Farm’s Cider in the City

Head to Allandale Farm tonight and celebrate all things apples with hot cider, hard cider, apple pastries, music, local cheese paired with heirloom apple varieties to sample, along with favorite vendors showcasing their labors of love. This is a free community event. 6-8 p.m., Allandale Farm, 259 Allandale Road, Chestnut Hill.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through Nov. 19. Find out what’s screening today and get you tickets here >>> 

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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Thursday, Nov. 8 

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

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.

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.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through Nov. 19. Find out what’s screening today and get you tickets here >>>

Trivia in the Tap Room

It’s trivia night in the Harpoon Tap Room. Free to enter and open to the public, enjoy beer, pretzels and win prizes. 7-9 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 $49. Performances today at 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Friday, Nov. 9

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through Nov. 19. Find out what’s screening today and get you tickets here >>> 

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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 $59. Performances today at 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Saturday, Nov. 10

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton. 

Jamaica Pond Parkrun

Head over to Jamaica Pond this morning and take part in a free, timed 5K run, jog or walk. This is weekly event. 9-10:30 a.m., Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.

“Star Wars” Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Kids in the Kitchen: Oodles of Zoodles

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today they’ll learn how to create veggie sushi from scratch with guest chef Molly. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston. 

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through Nov. 19. Find out what’s screening today and get you tickets here >>> 

Wilson Farm Harvest Festival

Wilson Farm hosts its second annual Harvest Festival today celebrating some of their favorite vendors, awesome activities and fall-themed recipes. Free and open to the public. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Quincy Market History Tour

Come here this Boston story at a free one-hour, historical tour of the architecture, politics and geography of Quincy’s Market. Meet your guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant. 11 a.m. to Noon, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market 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. 11:20 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 $49. Performances today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Allagash Brewing Pop Up at Boston Public Market

The festivities have gone indoors. Head to the Boston Public Market every Saturday in November from Noon to 6 p.m. and enjoy a beer while you shop around the market. Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, ME) is popping up in the Hub to pour some of their famous Belgian-inspired brews.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road,

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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 

Sunday, Nov. 11

"It's Fall" Family StoryWalk

Grab the kiddos and head to the Blue Hills Reservation for a story walk featuring the autumn tale “It’s Fall,” by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. This self-guided visit runs through the month of November. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside St., Milton.

“Star Wars” Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Wilson Farm Harvest Festival

Wilson Farm hosts its second annual Harvest Festival today celebrating some of their favorite vendors, awesome activities and fall-themed recipes. Free and open to the public. Plus today, at Harvest Fest meet Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery+Cafe & Myers+Chang and Christopher Kimball of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street from 1-2;30 p.m. Harvest Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington. 

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.

30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through Nov. 19. Find out what’s screening today and get you tickets here >>>

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 $49. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

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<![CDATA[Mark Wahlberg Back in Southie]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:42:54 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18179732666438.jpg

Looks like Dorchester native and movie star Mark Wahlberg was back in Southie – this time to film an interview for Sunday Today with Willie Geist. They filmed it at Grand Ten Distillery in South Boston.  Topics of discussion include his start with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, stardom,  fatherhood, his Catholic faith, his insane schedule to his new movie “Instant Family.” You can check out the interview here!

One call out. Why can’t people from outside of Boston get their head around the fact that Dorchester and South Boston are two separate neighborhoods? In the opening of the interview, Geist describes Wahlberg as growing up in the Dorchester section of South Boston.

If you haven’t checked out Grand Ten Distilling yet you should! Check out their website here! They have lots of fun events, tours, a cocktail bar, and plenty booze made right here in Southie!

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<![CDATA[Wings Over Brookline Has Closed]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:40:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/alitas+nueva+york+002.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A small chain of wing places that got its start in Massachusetts has closed one of its Boston-area locations.

According to a Facebook post from Boston-based editor and DJ Michael Marotta, Wings Over Brookline is no longer in operation, with the place saying that the closure was "due to circumstances outside of our control." The chain refers customers to its Boston and Somerville locations, while other outlets in the region include shops in Framingham, Lowell, and Worcester.

Wings Over, which first started out in Amherst in 1999, features regular and boneless wings with a variety of sauce options.

The address for the now-closed Wings Over Brookline was 477 Harvard Sreet, Brookline, MA 02446. The website for the chain can be found at http://wingsover.com/

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<![CDATA[Ecco Pizzeria in Allston Has Closed]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:45:53 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/pizza34.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A pizza spot in Allston that focused on the use of organic ingredients has shut down.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Ecco Pizzeria on Commonwealth Avenue is no longer in business, with a check on the restaurant's website confirming this, saying that it has been purchased and thanking patrons for their business. It is not yet known what will be going into the Ecco space, so keep checking back for updates.

Ecco Pizzeria, which first opened in late 2011, offered a variety of pizzas along with soups, salads, pasta, sandwiches, desserts, and more. The eatery considered itself an environmentally-friendly spot that focused on using all-natural ingredients, being energy-efficient, and recycling.

The address for this now-closed pizza spot in Allston was: Ecco Pizzeria, 1147 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

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<![CDATA[New Karaoke Bar May Be Coming to Allston]]>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:42:03 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Yo+Sushi.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new spot featuring karaoke could be opening in Allston, and it would be taking over the space where a Mexican restaurant had been.

Universal Hub is reporting that the person behind Limelight Stage + Studios by Boston Common is planning to open a similar karaoke bar in the former Patron's space on Brighton Avenue in Allston Village. The article says that the proposed place, which does not yet have a name, has the support of the mayor's office, a local city counselor, and the Allston Civic Association, but while they did receive approval for a variance from the zoning board for karaoke, they still need approval of licenses for food and alcohol from the licensing board. Owner Henry Wong mentions through his attorney that a stage would need to be added to the space, with this being the main change to the space.

Patron's and the Sunset Grill & Tap downstairs both closed toward the end of last year, several months after their parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The address for this proposed karaoke bar would be 138 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston Has Closed

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<![CDATA[Snappy Sushi in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:47:35 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/snappysushi.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Japanese restaurant and sushi spot in the Back Bay of Boston has shut down.

According to a source, Snappy Sushi on Newbury Street is closed, with a note out front referring customers to Snappy Kitchen in Somerville's Davis Square, while a phone call placed to Snappy Kitchen confirms that Snappy Sushi has indeed shuttered. No specific reason has been given for the restaurant's closure, nor is it known what might be moving into the space, so stay tuned for updates.

Snappy Sushi first opened on Newbury Street approximately 15 years ago, moving to a new space on the same street in 2010; a location of Snappy Sushi had also been in Davis Square, but it also moved and reopened late last year as Snappy Kitchen.

The address for the now-closed Snappy Sushi in the Back Bay was 108 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The Facebook page for Snappy Kitchen in Somerville can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Snappy-Kitchen-1405949796301539/

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<![CDATA[#NationalDonutDay: 15 Donut Shops You Need to Try Right Now ]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 12:29:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/annas_handcut_gal.jpgIn honor of National Doughnut Day, here are 15 must-visit doughnut shops in the Boston area. ]]><![CDATA[Free Cookies, Free Beer, Free Fries? Election Day Perks]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:24:48 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/election+polls+vote+2.jpg

We realize that voting is important and that everyone should do it tomorrow. (Yes, it’s an election day on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.) But here’s so more incentive to get you to the polls!

Make sure to get one of those “I Voted” stickers and take advantage of it around Boston on Election Day:

The Cranberry Cafe is giving out free cookies when you show your sticker! Who doesn’t want a cookie?

Dorchester Brewing is offering $5 gift cards with purchase if you show your sticker!

Best Dressed is offering 30 percent off your purchase on Tuesday, November 6th when you show your sticker. Want to shop online instead? Just DM Best Dressed and show a photo of your sticker and you can enjoy 30% off your online purchase.

Get yourself some free fries with any purchase at Shake Shack by adding Crinkle Cuts to your order + using code “ivoted” on the Shack App or by showing your “I Voted” sticker to a Team Member at the Shack.

Lyft is offering rides to the polls at 50 percent off. You can get your discount code here!

Blue Bikes is offering a free ride to the polls! Just enter the code “BIKETOVOTE” on the Blue Bikes app to unlock a free 24-hour pass on the service.

You’ll get two free oysters for your sticker at Row 34.

So get out there and vote! Wonder where you vote? Visit here! And you can review the ballot questions here!

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Events Happening This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:16:19 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-461733886.jpg

Halloween is behind us and the holiday season is about to begin. For now, enjoy what’s left of the fall and have some seasonal fun. From the 32nd Annual Boston Christmas Festival to the 2018 Massachusetts Cheese Festival, a free screening of “Christopher Robin” at the Museum of Fine Arts and a whole lot more, we gathered some great things to do all weekend long!

Friday, Nov. 2 

32nd Annual Boston Christmas Festival

Get a jump on your holiday shopping with the annual Boston Christmas Festival featuring 350 pop-up boutiques by American Artisans. While you’re there sample and buy from the huge selection in the Farmers Market and check out gingerbread masterpieces by top chefs. Tickets are $14 (children under 14 are free). Noon to 7 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 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.

SoWa First Fridays

Meet artists, view exhibits and shop as more than 200 artists, galleries, shops and showrooms open their doors to the public tonight for an evening of art, culture and inspiration. 5-9 p.m., 450-460 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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. 

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. 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

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 $49. Performances today at 1:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Jamaica Pond Parkrun

Head over to Jamaica Pond this morning and take part in a free, timed 5K run, jog or walk. This is weekly event. 9-10:30 a.m., Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.

“Star Wars” Day at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

32nd Annual Boston Christmas Festival

Get a jump on your holiday shopping with the annual Boston Christmas Festival featuring 350 pop-up boutiques by American Artisans. While you’re there sample and buy from the huge selection in the Farmers Market and check out gingerbread masterpieces by top chefs. Tickets are $14 (children under 14 are free). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, Boston.

Wild Cat Day at the Stone Zoo

Visit the Stone Zoo today for Wild Cat Day with a spotlight on the zoo’s cougar and snow leopards. Hear from specialists Ken Miller of The Cougar Network and Jennifer Snell-Rullman of The Snow Leopard Trust. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

2018 Massachusetts Cheese Festival

Celebrate the power of cheese today at the 6th Annual Massachusetts Cheese Festival. Enjoy samples from award-winning artisan cheesemakers, enjoy workshops and demonstrations and even bring home some special treats. Two sessions happening today at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.

MFA Free Screening: “Christopher Robin”

Join the Museum of Fine Arts for a complimentary screening of Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” screening in celebration of the museum’s exhibit Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Huntington Avenue entrance. Seating is limited. 10 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Celebrate National Stout Day with Sam Adams

Celebrate National Stout Day at the Sam Adams Brewery where they’ll be pouring three very different, very exclusive stouts in their Barrel Room where one of our guides will walk you through the history and a tasting of each one. Sessions will run every hour starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10. Sam Adams Brewery, 30 Germania 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. 11:20 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 $49. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Comics Come Home

Comics Come Home returns to Boston tonight with an all-star comedian lineup including: Co-Host Denis Leary, Jim Breuer, Lenny Clarke, Pete Correale, Billy Gardell, Christine Hurley, Robert Kelly, Jessica Kirson, Brian Regan and many more. Comics Come Home benefits the Cam Neely Cancer Foundation. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way.

Sunday, Nov. 4

32nd Annual Boston Christmas Festival

Get a jump on your holiday shopping with the annual Boston Christmas Festival featuring 350 pop-up boutiques by American Artisans. While you’re there sample and buy from the huge selection in the Farmers Market and check out gingerbread masterpieces by top chefs. Tickets are $14 (children under 14 are free). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, Boston.

“Star Wars” Day at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for some “Star Wars” fun! Enjoy “Star Wars” build activities for all ages, a LEGO® “Star Wars”themed mosaic build in the Master Builder Academy, a MINILAND® takeover with LEGO® “Star Wars” characters, a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ build, giveaways and more. You can even dress as your favorite character. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Zoo & Brew

Celebrate fall in the city at Zoo & Brew on Sea Green. Enjoy local craft beer, a traveling petting zoo, puppet shows, music and more at this free event. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sea Green Playground, 21 Stillings 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. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 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 $49. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.



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<![CDATA[La Galleria 33 in Boston's North End Has Closed]]>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:05:52 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Yo+Sushi.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A North End restaurant that was once featured on a reality TV series has shut down, and it is not yet know what might become of the space.

According to a tweet from @ConciergeBoston, La Galleria 33 on Salem Street is closed, though no note has been posted out front and there is no apparent  indication as to its exact status on its website or across social media. The restaurant had been shown on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in the fall of 2012, with the show's focus being on helping revive troubled restaurants across the country, including La Galleria 33. (Ramsay had also visited the now-closed Davide on nearby Commercial Street in 2010, with that episode being shown in early 2011.)

As soon as we find out exactly why La Galleria 33 closed, we will post an update here.

The address for La Galleria 33 is 125 Salem Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

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<![CDATA[Bakery Known for Its Amazing Donuts Won't Be Reopening]]>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:08:10 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Yo+Sushi.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A century-old bakery that was hit by a fire a couple of years ago has decided to call it a day.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Ohlin's Bakery will not be opening back up, with the note saying that they are now in the process of refunding the money of those who donated to a GoFundMe page that had been set up for the business. The bakery, which first opened in 1915 and was known in part for its donuts, was forced to close its Belmont shop in early 2016 after an oven explosion damaged the place. The people behind Ohlin's had been looking at new locations in communities such as Belmont, Arlington, Cambridge, and Watertown, but many of the spaces they found were too small for what they needed.

The address for Ohlin's Bakery was 456 Common Street, Belmont, MA, 02478.

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Explosion Damages Ohlin's Bakery in Belmont
Ohlin's Bakery in Belmont Loses Its Home; New Location Needed

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<![CDATA[Weekend Picks – November 2nd]]>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:12:35 -0500

Eat:
Need a little TLC in the form of comfort food?  Well, look no further than this new menu item at the Ashmont Grill!  New England ‘fried chicken’ roulade with cranberry-pecan stuffing & house made sausage, potato gratin, and braised kale!  Put it on your weekend “to do” list!

Drink:
The Industry makes some of the best craft cocktails in the neighborhood! Try a new fall addition the Mr. Davis made with Deep Eddy Organic Peach vodka, house made cinnamon orange simple syrup, bitters, topped with Angry Orchard Cider! Cheers!

See:
This Saturday at the Second Annual Blue Hills Great Estate Fall Foliage Weekend at Eustis Estate in Milton there will a special local guest. The Choco-leles, a group of ukulele players based in Historic Lower Mills, will lead ukulele groups all over the Northeast to serenade guests touring the latest addition to the Blue Hills Reservation.  Make a plan to go and check them out!

Do:
Smashing pumpkins! Head to the Mattapan Evocation Center with your Halloween pumpkins on Saturday, November 3rd for a Pumpkin Smash Bash! You can smash your pumpkins and compost the remains! Great way to release stress too! There will be snacks and coffee provided. This event takes place at Park at Boston Nature Center at 500 Walk Hill Street.

Listen:
Lower Mills Tavern has live music every Saturday night beginning at 10:30pm. No cover and a late night menu is available!

Participate:
Its’t eh Annual Dorchester Storywalk & Author Visit! On Saturday, November 3rd the fun starts at the Fields Corner Public Library at 12pm with actives and snacks! At 12:45pm the storywalk begins then at 1:20pm the author visits featuring featuring The Great Thanksgiving Food Fight author Michael Lewis!

Celebrate:
Yellow Door is celebrating “Dia de los Muertos”on Friday with another epic fiesta at the Taqueria. On this holiday, it is believed that the spirits of the dead visit their families to celebrate life and death so in honor of remembering those who have departed, please feel welcome to bring photos to add to our altar we are building behind the bar! Not only will we be celebrating with music, good company, and themed decor! They are also creating specialty cocktails for the night! Stop by!

Donate:
After suffering some major vandalism last week, the Dorchester Vietnam Memorial Committee has organized a fundraising effort to help with damages that include 20 shredded shrubs, the memorial statue defaced, and the flag of the United States cut down.You can help by making a donation here! Anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to reach out to the State Police at 617-740-7710. If you would like to mail a check: Dorchester Vietnam Memorial and can be mailed to Dorchester Vietnam Memorial c/o Joesph Zinck, 10 Whitridge Street, Dorchester, MA 02124.

Refresh:
Revitalize your skin with a retexturing treatment or chemical peel at SkinRx Boston. Head to their website for more information or to make an appointment!  SkinRX is Boston’s only exclusive non surgical facial rejuvenation boutique located in Port Norfolk. Specializing in BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, KYBELLA®, Chemical Peels, and Clinical Skin Care.

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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie: Weekend Picks]]>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:17:45 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Hot-Dog-Generic.jpg

Eat:
In celebration of customer appreciation month, enjoy half-priced hot dogs for just $1.05 + tax at Sully’s until they close November 25th! Might as well get two right? We’ll take ours “all around!” Other menu standouts we’ll miss on Sully’s hiatus? Fried clams, Lime Rickeys, lobster roll and of course french fries! Sully’s will be closing at 4:30pm for the duration of the season!

Drink:
Head to Coppersmith on Friday November 2nd for a Day of the Dead Celebration! There will be prize giveaways for the top 3 costumes, so dress to impress! No costume? No problem. They’ll have an on-site make-up artist doing complimentary sugar skull designs! And lastly, it isn’t a party without the drinks & music- Coppersmith will be serving specialty sangrias and jamming to DJ Frixx all night!

Shop:
Shop Local!  Shop Southie!  All our local shops have fresh new fall items in perfect for updating your wardrobe!  From sweaters to denim to statement earrings, go on a little shopping expedition this weekend!  Check out our guide here! 

See:
Go see the animals at Zoo + Brew + You! Looking for some family friendly fun? Look no further than the Seaport District for the Zoo+Brew+You event features a petting zoo and Cisco sips on Saturday, November 3rd from 11am – 3pm on Sea Green!

Do:
Local artists open their doors for you to experience their original work.  It’s a great opportunity to engage with artists and perhaps make something your own!  Many works are affordable and all are made by local talent.  Family friendly event!  It’s South Boston Open Studios!  Stop by 516 East Second Street on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-6pm.

Watch:
The Pats face the Packers on Sunday, November 4th at 8:20pm! Wondering where to watch? Here are 10 spots in Southie!

Support:
A special gathering to show support to the Tynan Elementary School students has been organized on Friday from 7:30am-9am! Neighbors are encouraged to bring special treats like healthy snacks to give out to the students. The Tynan School custodial staff discovered racist graffiti on doors of the building on Wednesday morning. So come on out to show that our neighborhood will not stand for this and that we are a welcoming, hate-free community!

Sweat & Sip:
What’s better than a sweaty workout followed by drinks with your closest friends?! Southie’s newest fitness studio is teaming up with The Playwright to bring you a Sweat and Sip on Saturday November 3rd at 11am. Sweat Fixx is a row and sculpt studio located inside the Golds Gym building (Free parking- no Golds membership required!) Start there for a 45 minute high intensity low impact strength and row workout that is open to all levels- no prior row experience needed. Once you are done head down the street to The Playwright for a post class adult beverage. Tickets are $25 and include the workout & your first post-class beverage at The Playwright. This class will fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot early. Email Michelle@SweatFixx.com with any questions.

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<![CDATA[The Daily Catch in Boston's Seaport Closed for Renovations]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:29:05 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/dailycatch.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A seafood restaurant on the Boston waterfront is locked up and dark, though it looks like it could be reopening early next year.

According to several sources, The Daily Catch at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in the city's Seaport District is closed, and while a note posted by the business approximately 10 days ago indicated that it could be reopening after a week or so, a new note on its website now says that it is closed for renovations and that it will reopen after the new year. No explanation has been given as to what renovations might be taking place, and a message sent to them a week ago has not been answered as of yet, so stay tuned for any updates as they come in.

The Daily Catch,which is known in part for its Sicilian-style seafood dishes, has three other locations, including in Boston's North End, Brookline's Coolidge Corner, and Woodstock, Vermont.

The address for the Seaport District location of The Daily Catch is 2 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for all locations can be found at http://thedailycatch.com/

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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[Yo! Sushi in Seaport Closes Down]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:18:52 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Yo+Sushi.jpg

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes the closing of a sushi destination, the opening of a new pizza joint and a new healthy spot.]]>
<![CDATA[Insider Dos and Don'ts for Trick or Treating in Boston]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 14:21:26 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/Trick+or+treat+thumb+final.png

It is that time of the year again to celebrate everything spooky and make sure your kids get all the best candy.

Maureen Dahill and Heather Foley from Caught in Southie have some useful “dos and don’ts” for kids and parents trick-or-treating in South Boston and the rest of the city for Halloween. These insiders have some hilarious advice from finding the best neighborhood to scavenge for treats to costume choice.

Caught in Southie also has a list of their “spookiest picks” for fun Halloween events in the city including a magical haunted castle for kids, a parade for kids/pets and local parties.

Boston Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat (Wednesday, Oct. 31)

Back Bay:

Marlborough Street from Berkeley Street to Fairfield Street in the Back Bay from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beacon Hill roads along Charles Street for beautiful decorations and a festive crowd.

Charlestown

Monument Square in Charlestown from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dorchester

Butler Street from Richmond St. to Branchfield Street in Dorchester from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ocean Street from Welles Avenue to Ashmont Street in Dorchester from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

East Boston

St. Andrew Road from Bayswater Street to Annavoy Street in East Boston from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fenway

Morville House (100 Norway Street) in the Fenway from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hyde Park

Colchester Street from Neponset Valley Parkway to Millstone Road in Hyde Park from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jamaica Plain

Centre Street from Green Street to Eliot Street in Jamaica Plain from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Connolly Library (433 Centre Street) in Jamaica Plain will be hosting a Halloween Parade to Hyde Square starting at 3:30 p.m.

Mission Hill

Tobin Community Center (1481 Tremont Street) in Mission Hill from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Roxbury

Hawthorne Street at Cedar Street in Roxbury from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

South End

Pembroke Street from Tremont Street to Columbus Avenue in the South End from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

West Roxbury

Corey Street LaGrange Street in West Roxbury from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Meet the Boston-Based 'Amazon for Social Good']]>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:29:37 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/donegood.jpg

Feeling good about how much Americans donate to charity is easy—until you put the numbers in context.

Numbers look good at first glance. Last year, Americans gave $390 billion to U.S. charities, up 2.7 percent from 2015. What’s more? Giving USA Foundation reported that donations grew across all recipient categories, meaning that donors are supporting organizations in a wide spectrum of religion, educational, cultural, international and environmental affairs.

Cullen Schwarz, a former communication professional in Washington, D.C., realized that Americans spend a lot on charity, but spend a whole lot more buying things—about $130 trillion, or 333 times more than how much they donate. That friction triggered the idea for a startup where consumers could keep buying things as well as channel their expenses towards social good.

Enter DoneGood, a Boston-based online shopping platform that raised over $460,000 in an equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedInvest—bringing the company’s total funding to date to over $1 million. Launched in late August, the campaign will run until Oct. 12.

“We work to make it easier for people to know they can feel good about every purchase they make.”

“We work to make it easier for people to know they can feel good about every purchase they make,” Schwarz said. “We’ve seen an explosion in the number of folks who want to buy ethically-made, sustainably-made, organic, non-toxic products.”

As its nickname suggests, ‘the Amazon for social good’ features products from clothing to home goods, from food to beauty, from 300 brands. It also provides a free browser plug-in that suggests DoneGood-approved providers when consumers shop online on other platforms.

The difference with its monster competitor is that every brand allowed on the DoneGood marketplace makes the world better with day-to-day practices, Schwarz said, including fair pay for workers, no child labor and eco-friendly practices.

The process to verify a company starts with aggregating data from independent organizations certifying different types of business, Schwarz said. It moves forward thanks to internal research and info request to companies.

DoneGood makes money by earning a commission – around 10% – on sales when users make a purchase from one of its partner brands.

Currently in-between office spaces after being incubated at Harvard Innovation Labs, the company will use the crowdfunded seed round to add people with e-commerce experience to its team of five.



Photo Credit: DoneGood]]>
<![CDATA[Gabriella's Italian Pizza Opens in Melrose]]>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:24:56 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/202*120/Gabriella+1031.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new pizzeria has opened in Melrose, and it has a connection to another pizzeria in Medford.

According to several sources, Gabriella's Italian Pizza is now open on Main Street in the former Gerry's Pizza space, while an article from the Melrose Free Press indicates that owners Joe and Rose Canestaro are also behind Joe Pizza on Route 60 in West Medford, with the two places having nearly identical menus which include pizza, calzones, subs, pasta dishes, and more. The post mentions that Rose will be running the new eatery, and that it is named after their daughter Gabriella.

The address for this new pizzeria in Melrose is: Gabriella's Italian Pizza, 517 Main Street, Melrose, MA, 02176. The website for the place can be found at https://www.gabriellapizza.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Watertown Diner Has Apparently Closed]]>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:48:48 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Watertown+Diner+1031.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An old-fashioned diner that changed its name approximately five years ago has closed, and it is not known what might become of the space.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, the Watertown Diner on N Beacon Street is no longer in business, with several Yelp posters mentioning this as well, including one who says that a "real estate poster" was apparently up a few weeks back. (A call placed to the restaurant today indicates that its phone is out of service.) No specifics have been given on why the diner may have closed, nor is it known what might take over the space, so keep checking back for updates.

The Watertown Diner, which had been called Victor's Diner until early 2013, was a retro spot that offered a variety of breakfast and lunch items including pancakes, eggs benedict, sandwiches, steak tips, souvlaki, and more.

The address for this now-closed eatery in Watertown was: Watertown Diner, 212 N Beacon Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

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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[Playa Bowls to Open by Boston College in Brighton]]>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 20:38:59 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/202*120/Playa+1030.PNG

A New Jersey-based chain of spots featuring bowls, smoothies, and more will be expanding to Boston, and its upcoming location should be popular with students.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Playa Bowls is planning to open a shop on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton by Boston College, with the place possibly offering such items as banana bowls, green bowls, acai bowls, chia pudding bowls, coconut bowls, oatmeal bowls, booster smoothies, green smoothies, orange power smoothies, and a variety of fresh juices, based on the offerings at its other locations. If all goes as planned, the new spot could be opening in early 2019.

Playa Bowls first started out as a cart in Belmar, NJ, and now has more than 60 brick-and-mortar shops along the East Coast.

The address for this upcoming spot in Brighton is: Playa Bowls, 2199 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135. The website for the chain can be found at http://playabowls.com/

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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[Yo! Sushi in Boston's Seaport District Has Closed]]>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 20:33:43 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/Yo+1030.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another Seaport District restaurant has shut its doors.

According to a tweet from @FortPointer, Yo! Sushi at the Watermark Seaport tower in Seaport Square has closed after being in business for two years, with another Twitter post and a post sent to the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page both showing a photo of a note out front saying "It is with regret that we are announcing that due to some recent changes, Yo! Sushi has had to close." It is not yet known what the changes leading to its closure were, so check back for any updates that we might receive.

Yo! Sushi is a London-based group of conveyor-belt sushi places that has approximately 100 locations around the world, including one other in the United States--in Woodbury, NY. The Boston location is one of several restaurants and bars to shutter in the Seaport District recently, including Salvatore's, The Whiskey Priest, 75 on Courthouse Square, and La Casa de Pedro.

The address for this now-closed sushi spot in the Seaport District was: Yo! Sushi, 79 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.yosushiusa.com/

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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[35+ Fun Things to Do in and Around Boston This Weekend]]>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 08:57:27 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Pops_Kicks_Off_2018_Spring_Season.jpg

Halloween week is here, and by week’s end it’s a brand new month. So kick off the week with some more spooky fun, before starting off November with First Friday events, the Massachusetts Cheese Festival, the Boston Christmas Festival and a whole lot more!

Monday, Oct. 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.

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 $49. Performances today at 1:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

The Boston Pops Presents: “Psycho” with Orchestra

Head to Symphony Hall tonight and enjoy a showing of “Psycho” with the Boston Pops performing the original score in sync with the film on the big screen for a symphonic night at the movies. Tickets are $47-$55. 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts 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. 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

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.

Movies Under the Dome: “Alien”

Catch the classic 1979 sci-fi film “Alien” in the Museum of Science Planetarium. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of event. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Science, 1 Science 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., 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

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.

Halloween Harpoon Night

Grab your tickets and celebrate Halloween in the Harpoon Beer Hall. there’s a costume contest, caramel apple bar, Halloween-themed trivia and more. Tickets are $25 for this 21+ event. 8-10 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

The Boston Pops Presents: “Psycho” with Orchestra

Head to Symphony Hall tonight and enjoy a showing of “Psycho” with the Boston Pops performing the original score in sync with the film on the big screen for a symphonic night at the movies. Tickets are $47-$55. 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., 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. 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 

Thursday, Nov. 1

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.

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. 

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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 $49. Performances today at 1:30 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. 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 

Friday, Nov. 2

32nd Annual Boston Christmas Festival

Get a jump on your holiday shopping with the annual Boston Christmas Festival featuring 350 pop-up boutiques by American Artisans. While you’re there sample and buy from the huge selection in the Farmers Market and check out gingerbread masterpieces by top chefs. Tickets are $14 (children under 14 are free). Noon to 7 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 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. 

SoWa First Fridays

Meet artists, view exhibits and shop as more than 200 artists, galleries, shops and showrooms open their doors to the public tonight for an evening of art, culture and inspiration. 5-9 p.m., 450-460 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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.

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. 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 

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 $49. Performances today at 1:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Saturday, Nov. 3 

32nd Annual Boston Christmas Festival

Get a jump on your holiday shopping with the annual Boston Christmas Festival featuring 350 pop-up boutiques by American Artisans. While you’re there sample and buy from the huge selection in the Farmers Market and check out gingerbread masterpieces by top chefs. Tickets are $14 (children under 14 are free). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. 

Wild Cat Day at the Stone Zoo

Visit the Stone Zoo today for Wild Cat Day with a spotlight on the zoo’s cougar and snow leopards. Hear from specialists Ken Miller of The Cougar Network and Jennifer Snell-Rullman of The Snow Leopard Trust. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

2018 Massachusetts Cheese Festival

Celebrate the power of cheese today at the 6th Annual Massachusetts Cheese Festival. Enjoy samples from award-winning artisan cheesemakers, enjoy workshops and demonstrations and even bring home some special treats. Two sessions happening today at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.

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.

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 $49. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Sunday, Nov. 4

32nd Annual Boston Christmas Festival

Get a jump on your holiday shopping with the annual Boston Christmas Festival featuring 350 pop-up boutiques by American Artisans. While you’re there sample and buy from the huge selection in the Farmers Market and check out gingerbread masterpieces by top chefs. Tickets are $14 (children under 14 are free). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 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.

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 $49. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

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<![CDATA[From Moon Meteorites to Einstein’s Photos]]>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 18:03:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/moonAP_18283649402961.jpg

Boston-based auction house RR Auction recently sold an extremely rare lunar meteorite for $612,500 to the Tam Chuc Pagoda Complex, located in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam. According to the auction house, the 12-pound space rock was discovered in the deserts of Mauritania, a country in Northwest Africa, last year. 

Nicknamed the ‘The Moon Puzzle,’ the meteorite is comprised of six fragments and a fusion crust — a dark, glassy coating that occurs when a meteorite burns through the atmosphere — on one side.

RR Auction public relations director Bobby Livingston said the auction house consigned the space rock with a meteorite hunting company — yes, people who make a living searching for pieces of space to sell.

RR Auction works with consignors ranging from historians, collectors, and everyday people with historical items to sell. “Our business model is to over-achieve for our consignors so we can get more consignors,” Livingston said.

The auction house was founded in 1976 out of a basement in Newton. Today, the company works with about 250 different consignors and sells around 1,500 items each month.

With the global market for antiques and collectibles making $2 billion in revenue each year, RR Auction’s market, unlike it’s wares, is not dusty.

In the past 40 years, RR Auction, which stands for rare and remarkable, has hosted a slew of unique items ranging from a fully functioning Apple-1 computer for $375,000 to an autographed photo of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out for $125,000.

Livingston said the Einstein photo, on which the famous physicist had scribbled an inflammatory note, is one of his favorite auction items to date.

“This job requires me and everyone here to learn something new every day,” Livington said.

The long-time employee said the authentication process for the photo involved learning about the McCarthy era during which the photo was taken.

 

Photo courtesy of RR Auction.

 

“This gesture you will like, Because it is aimed at all of humanity. A civilian can afford to do what no diplomat would dare,” Einstein wrote.

The auction house takes about a 22 percent commission from each sale. Currently, the house employs 23 full-time employees including three handwriting experts. Livingston said the company sources to a network of around 30 third-party experts and authenticators for items they can’t verify in-house.

“A huge part of our process is verifying authenticity,” Livingston said.

RR Auction also hosts its own history podcast that is available on iTunes. Livingston, who has always had a love for history, said the show gives him more space to delve into nostalgic stories. The show has featured guests ranging from Prince’s former personal assistant to the daughter of astronaut Alan Bean.

The Space Exploration Auction began on October 11th and concluded on October 18th. Previous auctions have included sports, military, pop culture, aviation and WWII artifacts. 

Here are other notable items sold at the space auction:

  • Astronaut David Scott’s lunar landmark maps book, which he carried to the moon during the Apollo 15 mission, sold for $74,182.
  • A ruminative letter penned by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin before the launch of Apollo 11 sold for $30,318.
  • A lunar meteorite slice found in Northwest Africa sold for $45,987.
  • A digital computer memory module from the Saturn Launch Vehicle sold for $26,271.
  • A crew-signed photograph of astronauts standing in front of the Lunar Module from the Apollo 11 mission sold for $8,892.

 

Left, a crew-signed photograph of astronauts in front of the Lunar Module. Right, a letter written by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Photos courtesy of RR Auction.

 

 

“There’s an intense interest in NASA and the space program,” Livingston noted. “These are images that inspired an entire generation.” 

He also said that the company acquired many space artifacts directly from former NASA officials.

The company expects the value of space-related historical artifacts to continue to rise in the next 20 years, as the generations that grew up watching the ‘Space Race’ comes into disposable income.

Livingston, a long-time employee of the auction house said vintage Hollywood items from the 1930’s are going down in value as the generation that grew up watching stars like Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow passes on.  

“There is no vibrant market for Shirley Temple anymore,” Livingston said. 



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<![CDATA[Boston Provider Cuts Phone Bill Costs]]>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 18:07:20 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cell_phone_1200x675_1199125571778.jpg

Every month, the big U.S. cell phone carriers – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – claim a chunk of Americans’ checking accounts. Amongst these four Goliaths, there is a plethora of less-known cell phone service providers trying to build a customer base across the country. Their weapon is as simple and as powerful as David’s sling: lower prices.

Boston startup Community Phone is among the first examples of Massachusetts-based startups providing an alternative to big carriers. With plans starting at $25 per month, the company launched by James Graham and John LaGue piled up almost 200 customers across 12 states, half of them in Mass.

Since late 2017, the company has been relying on two things: Sprint towers to offer nationwide service and a $100,000 Thiel fellowship won by Graham.

Community Phone keeps costs down by not having an office or retail locations. Instead, the team of three full-time and two part-time employees meet in person with their local customers. From Sprint, the company also purchases and resell gigabytes at a profitable rate per unit.

“We want to focus on cheaper, simpler plans,” Graham, a network engineer and former AT&T customer, said.

The $25 monthly plan technically costs customers $30.30 because of the state telecommunications tax and sales tax. Still, the total is less expensive than other alternatives on the market, which linger around $40 a month. The catch is the lack of unlimited data: the plan offers only unlimited texts and talking time, as well as one gigabyte every month. That’s it, plus the option to buying additional 10% of one gigabyte at $1.

“It’s just a quarter milk, you don’t need the whole cup,” Graham said referring to the additional 10%.

Better not underestimate one gigabyte, though. One gigabyte equals to 445 pages of surfing, or 17 hours of Google Maps usage, or 51 hours of Facebook or 1 episode on Netflix, according to U.S. Mobile—another prepaid carrier that promotes low-cost plans with limited data offering.

“Unlimited plans are the problem: they’re like a health insurance plan when you’re the only person not smoking.”

“One gig goes a long way,” Graham pointed out. “Unlimited plans are the problem: they’re like a health insurance plan when you’re the only person not smoking.”

Graham explained that people purchase “orders of magnitude” more than they actually use each month. That’s what he discovered talking with big provider customers—and that’s what he decided to change.

“We just find all the people who are using their phones for utility purposes, not entertainment purposes, and they save a hell of a lot of money,” Graham said. “All we do is just wretch them down to a properly-sized plan.”

Of course, if you’re constantly watching videos while outside (without hopping on the nearest Wi-Fi), Community Phone may not be the right choice for you. But the average customers don’t snapchat: they’re in their late 40s, have been with one of the big carriers for decades and are now fed up with them.

“We got the old CEO of KFC on our network,” Graham said. “He lives in Cambridge, hates Verizon and now writes World War II history books.”

The 94-year-old Community Phone customer is not the only American who resents big carriers. One reason is, obviously, pricing.

In fact, the U.S. ranks among the highest in the world when it comes to cost of phone data plans. In a recent report, the International Telecommunication Union – the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies – found out that the average prepaid phone plan cost $54.44 in the U.S., compared to $23.26 in France and $12.58 in the U.K.

“Eighteen months from now, we believe we’ll be at about 5,000 subscribers,” Graham said. “We’d really like to figure out how, in a long way, we’ll be able to bring the price of a cellphone bill down to zero.”

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<![CDATA[Boston Common Coffee Co. Has Closed Its Washington Street Location in Downtown Crossing]]>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 18:15:59 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/201*120/Boston+Common+Coffee+1029.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of independent coffee roasters and retailers has closed another one of its locations, leaving the company with two shops remaining.

According to a tweet from @FortPointer and another Twitter post from @I3Moore, Boston Common Coffee Co. on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing is no longer in business, with a note out front indicating that the place closed on Friday and that "We apologize for such short notice as we continued exploring every option available to us right up to the last moment." The note refers customers to its locations on High Street in the Financial District and Canal Street in the North Station/West End area. (Another shop had been located on Salem Street in the North End, but it closed in the fall of 2016.)

The Washington Street location of Boston Common Coffee Co. had been in business for 10 years.

The address for this now-closed coffee shop in Downtown Crossing was: Boston Common Coffee Co., 515 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02111. The website for the company can be found at http://bostoncommoncoffee.com/

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<![CDATA[Balani Opens in Waltham]]>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 20:16:00 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Erbaluce+thumb.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot has quietly opened on Waltham's "Restaurant Row," and the person who runs two other suburban eateries is behind it.

Eater Boston is reporting that Balani is now open in the former Raffaele's Ristorante space on Moody Street, with Dave Becker of Juniper in Wellesley and Sweet Basil in Needham looking to have it be a flexible and experimental restaurant with a variety of small plates and main dishes, including poutine, burgers, scallop paella, adobo chicken, smoked pork ribs, chicken liver manti, pizza, pulled short rib, smoked monkfish kofta, and more. Balani is currently open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

Raffaele's closed in April after less than two years in business; the space had previously been home to Nonna's Italian Bar and Grill had been and Erawan of Siam as well.

The address for Balani is 469 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/balani_restaurant/

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<![CDATA[UBurger by the BU West Campus in Boston Is Closing]]>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 20:09:30 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Erbaluce+thumb.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of burger spots is getting ready to close one of its locations.

A message from the business mentions that UBurger by the BU West campus in Boston is closing at the end of the month, as its lease is expiring and they have made the decision not to renew it. This more or less confirms what a Twitter poster put up today, showing a "For Lease" sign in the window of the Commonwealth Avenue space. UBurger does tell us that their locations in Kenmore Square, Northeastern University, and Andover remain in operation.

The address for this soon-to-close burger spot by BU West is: UBurger, 1022 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for all locations can be found at https://uburger.com/

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<![CDATA[Madera 83 in Charlestown Changes Back to Tangierino]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:31:43 -0500

by Marc Hurwitz

A French and Moroccan restaurant is back, having replacing the Spanish tapas bar that had replaced it last year.

Eater Boston confirms what we had heard a few weeks ago, that Tangierino is open once again in Charlestown, taking over its former space--and where Madera 83 had been since last October. The post mentions that owner Samad Naamad actually decided earlier this year to bring the upscale eatery back to its Main Street location, telling Eater that "It's back and it's better." (A hookah lounge is located in the basement of the space as well.)

Matthew Leddy, who had previously worked at Townsman in downtown Boston, had been in charge of the reconcepting of the space into Madera 83 last year; he is now working with Bar Harbor Catering Company in Maine.

The address for Tangierino (and the former Madera 83) is 83 Main Street, Charlestown, MA, 02129. Its website can be found at http://tangierino.com/

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Madera 83 Tapas Bar and Kitchen to Replace Tangierino in Charlestown

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<![CDATA[Monica's Pasta Shop Has Opened in Boston's North End]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:37:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Erbaluce+thumb.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new retail shop featuring pasta and more has come to the North End of Boston.

According to an article from northendwaterfront.com, Monica's Pasta Shop is now open on Richmond Street, with the store being next to Vinoteca di Monica between Hanover Street and North Street. The post mentions that the new shop offers fresh pasta along with meats, cheeses, breads, prepared foods, and various Italian products.

The family behind Monica's Pasta Shop and Vinoteca di Monica also runs Trattoria di Monica on Prince Street and Monica's Mercato & Salumeria on Salem Street.

The address for this new shop in the North End is: Monica's Pasta Shop, 141 Richmond Street, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for Vinoteca di Monica (with info also being added soon for the shop) is at https://monicasboston.com/

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<![CDATA[KO Pies in East Boston May Close Down Or Be Sold]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:34:39 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Erbaluce+thumb.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like the future of a beloved East Boston restaurant is up in the air.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, KO Pies at the Shipyard in East Boston could be shutting down or end up being sold to a new owner next year, as owner Sam Jackson is planning to leave Boston. The post mentions that three possible scenarios could take place--the business could be sold to a new owner who could then open a different restaurant in its space; the dining spot stays open until its lease runs out at the end of 2019, at which point its beer and wine license is sold; or a new owner buys the place and continues to run it as KO Pies. This news comes on the heels of the original KO Catering & Pies in South Boston closing down, as its building on A Street was sold.

KO Pies at the Shipyard first opened in East Boston in 2012, taking over the space where Scup's in the Harbour had been. The restaurant is known in part for its Australian meat pies.

The address for KO Pies at the Shipyard is 256 Marginal Street (Building 16), East Boston, MA, 02128. Its website can be found at http://www.kocateringandpies.com/

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<![CDATA[110 Grill Plans to Open in Dorchester]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:44:28 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Erbaluce+thumb.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing local group of casual upscale restaurants is expanding once again, as it is now planning to open its first location within the Boston city limits.

According to a site plan page within the eden.com site, 110 Grill is looking to open within the South Bay Town Center in Dorchester, with the dining and drinking spot having 6,000 square feet of space and being two doors down from an upcoming location of Wahlburgers. Once it opens, the new outlet of 110 Grill--which focuses mostly on New American fare--will join others in Athol, Berlin, Braintree, Chelmsford, Fall River, Haverhill, Hopkinton, Leominster, Marlboro, Wayland, and Worcester, along with others in Manchester, Nashua, Rochester, and Stratham, NH, and Albany, NY. (A number of other new locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York are also on the way.)

South Bay Town Center can be found by the old South Bay mall/shopping center just off the Southeast Expressway.

The website for 110 Grill is at https://www.110grill.com/

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<![CDATA[American Fresh Beer Garden in Assembly Row Has Closed]]>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 19:22:21 -0500

by Marc Hurwitz

A Somerville beer garden that closed for good last fall only to reopen this spring has shut down once again, and it may indeed be a permanent closure this time around.

According to a Facebook post from the place, American Fresh Beer Garden at Assembly Row in Somerville is now shuttered, with co-owner Caitlin Jewell saying "Goodbye #beergarden Thank you @assemblyrow for the encore season. Thank you to hundreds of staff over four years and the 100,000+ guests we served." Jewell mentions in the comment within the thread that this is a "permanent" closure, but follows up by saying "we'd like to do another someday."

The beer garden, which debuted in the fall of 2014, was part of a trio of spots that includes Somerville Brewing Company/American Fresh Brewhouse Brewery and Taproom on Ward Street and American Fresh Brewhouse at Assembly Row. The website for the business can be found at http://www.slumbrew.com/

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<![CDATA[Shake Shack to Open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown]]>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 19:28:25 -0500

by Marc Hurwitz

A New York-based group of burger and shake spots is expanding further into the Boston area, with one now being planned for a new development just west of the city.

Eater Boston is reporting that Shake Shack is going to be opening a new outlet in Watertown, moving into the upcoming Arsenal Yards complex along Arsenal Street near the Charles River. Once it opens, the new location will 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.

Arsenal Yards will be a mixed-use development located at the site of the old Arsenal Mall, with the complex including retail, office, and residential space; it looks like much or all of the project will be finished by 2020, which is when Shake Shack would presumably open.

The website for Shake Shack can be found at http://www.shakeshack.com/

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<![CDATA[15+ Can't-Miss Halloween Events Happening in the Boston Area]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:34:30 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/101118+trick+or+treating.jpg

Halloween is two weeks away and there’s no shortage of spooky fun to be had.

Whether you’re looking for a great scare, or something not-so-scary, we’ve pulled together a list of more than a dozen can’t-miss Halloween happenings to help you make the most of this spooktacular season!

Barrett's Haunted Mansion

Barrett's Haunted Mansion has consistently been named one of the top haunted attractions in New England. This year's attractions include the Black Hinge Maximum Security Penitentiary and the Sanctuary, or experience the extreme with Darkness Unleashed for one night only. Open through Nov. 3. 1235 Bedford St. (Route 18), Abington.

Salem’s Haunted Happenings

Salem is all about Halloween throughout the month of October with its Haunted Happenings events happening daily throughout the month of October. There are a ton of them, with something fun and spooky happening each day of the week. Check them all out here >>>

Boo at the Zoo

Trick or treat among the animals at the Stone Zoo. Other haunted happenings include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, and a haunted maze. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Children's Halloween Costume Party at Winnekenni Castle

Gather the kiddos for a children’s Halloween Costume Party at Winnekenni’s Castle. Enjoy games and treats, a hayride by Kimball Farm and more. Sunday, Oct. 21, noon, Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill. 

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. Friday Oct. 19 and Friday Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Gore Mansion, 52 Gore Place, Waltham.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. Oct. 5 to Nov. 4, Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Woburn Host Lions Club's Annual Halloween Parade

If you’ve never been, you don’t want to Miss Woburn’s Annual Halloween Parade. More than 80,000 come out for this annual event in the true spirit of Halloween. Parade is rain or shine. 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, Main Street, Woburn.

Disney Store's Haunted Halloween Party

Disney fans will love heading to the Disney Store for their special Haunted Halloween Party happening every Saturday in Oct. Dress up as your favorite Disney character and enjoy the most magically spooky party around, full of tricks, treats and even a few surprises. Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required.

Nocturnal Animal Pumpkin Trail

Visit the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a Pumpkin Trail magical treat featuring more pumpkins on display than you can imagine! Enjoy this self-guided, non-scary event for children of all ages that combines fun and education in a unique way. Storytimes in the orchard will be held every 30 minutes. Costumes are encouraged. Oct. 27 and 28 at 5 p.m., The Stevens Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover.

Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo

Trick or treat among the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. While you’re there enjoy other haunted happenings including: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, a haunted maze and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Six Flags New England’s Fright Fest

Six Flags Fright Fest returns as zombies and ghouls take over the theme park and it all starts after the sun goes down. Get your scare on at a wide variety of locations throughout the park including several haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets start at $42.59. Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. Rte. 159, 1623 Main St., Agawam.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEMFEST for Halloween themed live shows, games and rides. Tickets start at $35. Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. 85 N Policy St., Salem, NH.

End of Season Party: Pumpkin Palooza at The Lawn on D

Head on over to The Lawn on D for its last special family event of the season – the annual Pumpkin Palooza. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carvings, train rides and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, Noon, The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farms

Join a fairy as she completes a quest to earn her full fairy powers and solve riddles with a mermaid, unicorn, dragon and a more on this fun adventure. Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farm depart from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Costumes are encouraged. Smolak Farms, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover.

SoWa Spooktacular

The final SoWa Open Market of the season closes with Boston’s biggest Halloween Party on Sunday Oct. 28. Enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, magic shows, spooky cupcake decorating and the SoWa costume contest (complete with prizes in several categories) and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

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. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. 5 Pine St., Carver.

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. Tours run nightly at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under 16.

Spooky World Presents: Nightmare New England

Venture onto the twisted trails of terror for a night in New Hampshire you won’t forget as Spooky World presents: Nightmare New England. Enjoy five separate haunted attractions, along with the Monster Midway, zombie paintball, go-karts, mini golf, batting cages, tarot card readers and more. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. Tickets start at $34.99. 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.



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<![CDATA[Cocktails and Duck Boats: Ducktini]]>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 13:33:06 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ducktini.jpg

Dotini returns to Dot Ave on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.! “Ducktini” will celebrate the shops, stores and organizations in and around Fields Corner with the help from the Boston Duck Tours. Enjoy specialty martinis, take selfies with an on-site Duck Boat and come dressed in your best nautical casual themed outfits!

Advance tickets are $50 for a standard ticket or $75 for a VIP ticket which comes with a future trip on a Fields Corner VIP Duck Boat Tour of Boston and a small gift. Tickets at the door are $60 for a standard ticket or $85 for VIP.

You can purchase your tickets here!

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<![CDATA[Tawakal Is Reopening in East Boston]]>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 20:32:52 -0500

by Marc Hurwitz

A beloved Somali restaurant in East Boston that closed seven years ago is getting ready to return, albeit it in a new space and with a slightly different name.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tawakal Halal Cafe is opening on Maverick Street in the Jeffries Point area, which is more or less on the other side of Eastie from its old home on Bennington Street in Orient Heights. The post says that the dining spot--which was formerly called Tawakal Halal Cuisine--will soft open on October 28, with an official opening taking place on October 29. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner daily, with the plan being to have a "small" menu at the outset.

Tawakal Halal Cuisine debuted in 2010 but closed approximately a year later, transitioning itself at the time into more of a caterer for various events; the eatery had been a favorite among locals and food writers alike, with restaurant critic MC Slim JB praising its "beguiling" cuisine in a Boston Phoenix review, saying it was "food-nerd nirvana."

The address for Tawakal Halal Cafe is 389 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA, 02128. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/TawakalHalalCafe/>

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<![CDATA[40+ Great Events Happening This Weekend]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:01:54 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Dog_Halloween_Trends_2018_Fixed_Audio_1280x720_1347266627988.jpg

It’s the weekend before Halloween and there’s no shortage of spooky fun to be had! From Edaville Family Theme Park’s Not So Spooky Halloween to a Jack O’Lantern Journey at Franklin Park Zoo, a Halloween pet parade and costume contest at Faneuil Hall and The Lawn On D’s Pumpkin Palooza, and a whole lot more, there are dozens of great events happening all weekend long. Check out our picks:

Friday, Oct. 26

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. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month. 5 Pine St., Carver.

Market Test KITCHEN: Demo + Tasting: Beantown Pastrami

Try something new on your lunch hour with the Market Test KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market. Today Beantown Pastrami will be demoing their new warming soups for fall and winter. Noon to 1 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover 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. 

Pumpkin Painting for Kids with Jennifer Lee

Grab the kiddos and join Jennifer Lee in raising food allergy awareness and trick-or-treating inclusion with a free, teal pumpkin painting event for kids in support of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Find her at the Market Table, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:45 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEMFEST for Halloween themed live shows, games and rides. Tickets start at $35. 6-11 p.m., Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem, NH.

Haunted Woods

Located at the Harnden Tavern in Wilmington, roam the historic building and grounds now knowing what’s lurking and waiting for you around every corner. Friends Productions promises this year there are more gruesome actors and surprises than ever before. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Harnden Tavern, 430 Salem St., Wilmington.

Witch’s Woods

Witch’s Woods boasts seven haunted attractions at its haunted hayride and Halloween screampark. Thursday through Sunday nights in October and Halloween night. Tickets are $38. 6:30-10:30 p.m., 79 Powers Road, Westford.

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.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH. 

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.

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. 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 

Saturday, Oct. 27 

Jamaica Pond Parkrun

Head over to Jamaica Pond this morning and take part in a free, timed 5K run, jog or walk. This is weekly event. 9-10:30 a.m., Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.

Kids in the Kitchen: Sweet Apple Recipe

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Emily from Red Apple Farm will teach them all about our favorite fall fruit and then they’ll bake a sweet apple recipe. $9-$15, 10-11 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

LEGOLAND Brick or Treat

Celebrate Halloween LEGO style at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat event featuring a pumpkin patch photo opp, a Halloween build off challenge, and LEGO trick or treating where you can collect pieces at different locations throughout the center, along with a costume contest and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farms

Join a fairy as she completes a quest to earn her full fairy powers and solve riddles with a mermaid, unicorn, dragon and a more on this fun adventure. Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farm depart from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Costumes are encouraged. Smolak Farms, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover.

Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo

Trick or treat among the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. While you’re there enjoy other haunted happenings including: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, a haunted maze and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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.

Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest

Grab your four-legged friend and head to Faneuil Hall for the annual Halloween Pet Parade and Costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Owner and Pet Combo, Most Creative, Spookiest, Best Group and Best Local Representation. The parade starts promptly at Noon and continues right into the costume contest. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston.

Disney Store's Haunted Halloween Party

Disney fans will love heading to the Disney Store for their special Haunted Halloween Party happening every Saturday in Oct. Dress up as your favorite Disney character and enjoy the most magically spooky party around, full of tricks, treats and even a few surprises. Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required.

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. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month. 5 Pine St., Carver.

End of Season Party: Pumpkin Palooza at The Lawn on D

Head on over to The Lawn on D for its last special family event of the season – the annual Pumpkin Palooza. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carvings, train rides and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, Noon, 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 $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Nocturnal Animal Pumpkin Trail

Visit the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a Pumpkin Trail magical treat featuring more pumpkins on display than you can imagine! Enjoy this self-guided, non-scary event for children of all ages that combines fun and education in a unique way. Storytimes in the orchard will be held every 30 minutes. Costumes are encouraged. Oct. 27 and 28 at 5 p.m., The Stevens Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:45 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEMFEST for Halloween themed live shows, games and rides. Tickets start at $35. 6-11 p.m., Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem, NH.

Haunted Woods

Located at the Harnden Tavern in Wilmington, roam the historic building and grounds now knowing what’s lurking and waiting for you around every corner. Friends Productions promises this year there are more gruesome actors and surprises than ever before. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Harnden Tavern, 430 Salem St., Wilmington.

Witch’s Woods

Witch’s Woods boasts seven haunted attractions at its haunted hayride and Halloween screampark. Thursday through Sunday nights in October and Halloween night. Tickets are $38. 6:30-10:30 p.m., 79 Powers Road, Westford.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

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. 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Sunday, Oct. 28

SoWa Spooktacular

The final SoWa Open Market of the season closes with Boston’s biggest Halloween Party on Sunday Oct. 28. Enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, magic shows, spooky cupcake decorating and the SoWa costume contest (complete with prizes in several categories) and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

LEGOLAND Brick or Treat

Celebrate Halloween LEGO style at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat event featuring a pumpkin patch photo opp, a Halloween build off challenge, and LEGO trick or treating where you can collect pieces at different locations throughout the center, along with a costume contest and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farms

Join a fairy as she completes a quest to earn her full fairy powers and solve riddles with a mermaid, unicorn, dragon and a more on this fun adventure. Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farm depart from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Costumes are encouraged. Smolak Farms, 315 S. 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. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month. 5 Pine St., Carver.

Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo

Trick or treat among the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. While you’re there enjoy other haunted happenings including: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, a haunted maze and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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.

End of Season Party: Pumpkin Palooza at The Lawn on D

Head on over to The Lawn on D for its last special family event of the season – the annual Pumpkin Palooza. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carvings, train rides and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, Noon, The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Nocturnal Animal Pumpkin Trail

Visit the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a Pumpkin Trail magical treat featuring more pumpkins on display than you can imagine! Enjoy this self-guided, non-scary event for children of all ages that combines fun and education in a unique way. Storytimes in the orchard will be held every 30 minutes. Costumes are encouraged. Oct. 27 and 28 at 5 p.m., The Stevens Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover. 

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. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEMFEST for Halloween themed live shows, games and rides. Tickets start at $35. 6-11 p.m., Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem, NH. 

Witch’s Woods

Witch’s Woods boasts seven haunted attractions at its haunted hayride and Halloween screampark. Thursday through Sunday nights in October and Halloween night. Tickets are $38. 6:30-10:30 p.m., 79 Powers Road, Westford.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-10 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

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.

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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16. 

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<![CDATA[Weekend Picks – October 26th]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:52:25 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Erbaluce+thumb.PNG

Eat:
Having a Halloween party or people over to watch the game? Bred Gourmet in Lower Mills is offering 15% off all catering over $100! Valid until Wednesday, October 21st. For orders contact catering@bredgourmet.com or

Drink:
Yellow Door Taqueria has a new line up of fall cocktails perfect for drinking this weekend!These new beverages are infused with a variety of fruits, spices and florals (and they’re 100% instagrammable). And if it’s not on instagram, it didn’t happen! Cheers to the weekend!

Sip:
The Boston Winery is hosting their Halloween party on Friday, October 26th from 7pm-11pm. Tickets include appetizers with games and music by DJ Steve Clark. Plenty of wine to go around! $40 per person.

Dance:
On Saturday, October 27th, the Polish American Citizens Club is hosting their annual Halloween Bash in the Polish Triangle.  Party starts at 8pm and tickets are $10 (if purchased online) or $15 at the door. Music provided by DJ Kaz and prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Purchase tickets at www.picatic.com/pchalloween18. The Polish American Citizens Club is a social club and community organization, located at 82 Boston Street, located in the heart of Dorchester’s Polish Triangle.

Dance Again:
Saturday, October 27th: Magnum Saturdays at dbar presents Halloweenie! Promising a rowdy, fun night out on the town every week, dbar’s Magnum Saturday takes on a special “Halloweenie” theme on October 27th. DJ Jay Ine will be spinning tunes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for costume-clad 21+ guests. There is no cover.

See:
Last call for the For Sculptures! Take a trip to Franklin Park and check out Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace. This new installation is made up of “fog sculptures” and will be on display in five parks including Back Bay Fens, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, the Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park. For more information visit here!

Do:
On Saturday, October 27th, The Bowery Bar is opening their indoor and outdoor bars and the boos will be flowing, along with nibbles and a costume contest. Sponsored by Nurture Salon. No tickets required.

Participate:
Put on a costumer and head to Dorset Hall! Dorset Hall will be hosting a Halloween party on Saturday, October 27th at 8pm . DJ Artie will start spinning at 8pm with a cash prize for the best costume. With more giveaways and promotions a show stopper ice sculptured double ice luge. Sponsored by Bacardi Rum.

Win:
The Blarney Stone will be hosting their annual Halloween Ball on Saturday, October 27th. $10 admission. Be prepared for cash prizes award to the best costume, complimentary bites and a DJ from 9pm-1am.

Watch:
The Red Sox face the Dodgers for game 3 and 4 in the World Series this weekend. Games on Friday and Saturday start at 8:09pm. If needed (fingers crossed we don’t!) Game 5 will take place Sunday night at 8:15pm! Kick it old school and head to the Eire Pub!  Featuring hot dogs for a $1  all day, every day,   you can get them grilled or steamed with all the fixings!  If that doesn’t sound like the best already – how about two hot dogs and a pint of Bud, Bud Light or Coors Light for just $5.25.

Vote:
It’s important to vote! So why not do it early! This year’s Early Voting period begins Monday, October 22, and runs through Friday, November 2. During that time, voters registered in Boston will be able to cast their ballots in person before the state election on Tuesday, November 6. City Hall will be open for early voting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday during the two-week period, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can vote Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th 10am-6pm – PERKINS COMMUNITY CENTER – 155 TALBOT and ST JOHN PAUL ACADEMY – 239 NEPONSET AVENUE

Sing:
Pop Rocks Karaoke presents Scream Queens Karaoke at dbar on Friday, the 26th! VJ Ryan Grow will be hosting the evening of ghoulish sing-a-longs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. There is no cover for the 21+ event.

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<![CDATA[Halloween Roundup! What’s Spooky in the Neighborhod!]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:59:53 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Blarney+1022.PNG

Our Halloween roundup! Grab your spookiest costumes and celebrate Halloween at one of your favorite neighborhood haunts!

ASHMONT GRILL  – 555 Talbot Ave.
Ashmont is hosting their annual Halloween party on October 19th. No Cover!
DJ (TBA) will start the spooky tunes around 10pm-11pm.

DORSET HALL – 
367 Neponset Ave.
Dorset Hall will be hosting a Halloween party on Saturday, October 27th at 8 pm. DJ Artie will start spinning at 8 pm with a cash prize for the best costume. With more giveaways and promotions a show stopper ice sculptured double ice luge. Sponsored by Bacardi Rum.

THE BLARNEY STONE – 1505 Dorchester Ave.
The Blarney Stone will be hosting their annual Halloween Ball on Saturday, October 27th. $10 admission. Be prepared for cash prizes award to the best costume, complimentary bites and a DJ from 9pm-1am.

dbar – 
1236 Dorchester Ave.
Is hosting a whole line -up of Halloween themed events this year!

Friday, October 26th: Scream Queens Karaoke
Pop Rocks Karaoke presents Scream Queens Karaoke at dbar on Friday, the 26th! VJ Ryan Grow will be hosting the evening of ghoulish sing-a-longs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.  There is no cover for the 21+ event.

Saturday, October 27th: Magnum Saturdays presents Halloweenie
Promising a rowdy, fun night out on the town every week, dbar’s Magnum Saturday takes on a special “Halloweenie” theme on October 27th. DJ Jay Ine will be spinning tunes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for costume-clad 21+ guests. There is no cover.

Tuesday, October 30th: Spooky Tune Tuesday
Showtunes Tuesday is dbar’s popular, weekly video musical extravaganza with resident dbar VJ, Ryan Grow, playing the best videos clips from all show tunes, musicals, and Broadway performances throughout the night. dbar’s Spooky Tune Tuesday edition will begin at 10 p.m. and feature spooky, scary shows, artists, and music videos. There is no cover for the 21+ event.

LUCY’S AMERICAN TAVERN -
13 Granite Ave.
Not quite as spooky, but if you want to get your pink drink on, head to Lucy’s! Drink Pink Spiked Seltzer – $2 of each drink will go to the Ellie Fund for the whole month of October.  Their Halloween party will be on Saturday, October 27th.

THE BOWERY BAR
 – 2261 Dorchester Ave.
On Saturday, October 27th, The Bowery Bar is opening their indoor and outdoor bars and the boos will be flowing, along with nibbles and a costume contest. Sponsored by Nurture Salon. No tickets required.

But that’s not all! On Monday, October 29th they’re hosting a “Howl-O-Ween” for all of our #DOTdogs! With prizes for best costume, drink specials, and doggie swag (space will be limited). Treats provided by the Pooped Pooch.

THE BANSHEE
 – 934 Dorchester Ave
The Banshee will be hosting their Halloween party will be on Wednesday, October 31st in conjunction with their weekly pub quiz – team prizes – individual prizes – Costumes encouraged!

THE BOSTON WINERY – 26 Ericsson St.
The Boston Winery is hosting their Halloween party on Friday, October 26th from 7pm-11pm. Tickets include appetizers with games and music by DJ Steve Clark. Plenty of wine to go around! $40 per person.

POLISH AMERICAN CITIZENS CLUB – 82 Boston Street
This party, hosted on October 27th will feature music by DJ Kaz with a costume contest. Tickets $10

DORCHESTER BREWING COMPANY – 
1250 Massachusetts Ave.
Is hosting a Halloween Game Night on October 22, 2018, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Bring your board games and your ghouls for a night of games, pizza and candy! Costumes encouraged. No Cover.

In addition, they will be hosting a Halloween Yappy-Hour on Monday, October 29th with the Pooped Pooch. BYO-DOG (with a costume preferably!) No tickets required, event runs from 5pm-9pm and will support Last Hope K9 Rescue.

Did we miss your event?  Send us an email at maureendahill@gmail.com

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<![CDATA[Usushi Cafe Plans to Open in Arlington Center]]>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 20:38:53 -0500

by Marc Hurwitz

A new sushi spot is planning to open in Arlington, and it looks to move into the space of a long-closed frozen yogurt shop.

According to an article from Your Arlington, Usushi Cafe is hoping to open on Mass. Ave. in the center of town in the former Yummys Frozen Yogurt space, with the post saying that it is receiving a food license and now has a menu up along with hours of operation. The person behind the upcoming sushi place is Ping Zheng, who has a Quincy address, though little other information has been given about her, including what other restaurants (if any) she might be involved with.

Yummys closed its doors in the summer of 2015 after being open for approximately two years.

The address for this upcoming sushi spot in Arlington Center is: Usushi Cafe, 474 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474.

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<![CDATA[The Circle Plans to Open in Brighton]]>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 20:45:21 -0500

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot may be on its way to Brighton, and it looks like it might take over at least part of the space that had been home to a troubled watering hole and pizza spot.

According to a licensing board page within the City of Boston website, The Circle is planning to open on Chestnut Hill Avenue, with the address indicating that it could be moving into the space where Agoro's Pizza Bar and Grill had been until it closed in February. The notice mentions Davis Square Pizza, Inc. as being the parent company, which indicates that there could be at least an indirect connection to Davis Square Pizza on Highland Avenue in Somerville, though this has not been confirmed as of yet.

Agoro's had faced disciplinary hearings from both the city of Boston and the commonwealth during its relatively brief existence that stemmed from underage drinking, according to a post from Universal Hub.

The address for The Circle is listed as 356B Chestnut Hill Avenue while the address for Agoro's was 356 Chestnut Hill Avenue.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Agoro's in Brighton Is Closing

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<![CDATA[Halloween 2018: Our Spookiest Picks]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:54:03 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/pumpkins-halloween-generic-oct17343.jpg

Halloween’s creeping up, and celebrations are starting soon! Carve your pumpkin, get your costume ready, and head to these local spots for plenty of tricks and treats.

Room 13 2018 Haunted House at Excel High School
On Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th Room 13 at Excel High School will be transformed into a house of horrors! Tickets are $5 and $3 for students.

Southie Spooktacular Halloween Parade
Get ready for the Southie Spooktacular on Sunday, October 28th at M Street Park! There will be a costume parade for kids and dogs, candy, prizes, photo ops and more! All welcome!

Get Spooky at The Supper Club at Capo
Tickets are NOW on sale for this year’s Halloween Bash! The spooky fun takes place on Wednesday, October 31st for Halloween with Legends of Summer Band! Tickets are limited so act quickly! Doors open at 8 pm. Live music by LEGENDS of SUMMER starts at 9 pm and DJ Silent Partner at midnight! For more information visit here! 

Southie Shore at Loco
Spray tan✔ Ed Hardy✔ Hair gel✔ Cabs✔ Pickles✔���� Saturday, October 27th at Loco from 8-1am we’re throwin’ a Southie Shore Halloween party!! Get your fist pump ready because @djryanbrown will be here all night with the jams. Costume contest, photo booth, giveaways and more! NO COVER! It’s TEE SHIRT TIME! Let’s go!

Halloween Costume Bash at Stats
Stats in Southie will be hosting a good old-fashioned Halloween bash on Saturday, October 27th beginning at 8 pm. Dress up in your favorite Halloween Costume and you might just win a prize! Cash prize for the best costumer. DJ Artie V will be spinning the tunes!

Haunted Garden Brunch at Publico
Join Publico for a family friendly Monster Mash of trick-or-treating, brunch specials for your little ghoul! There will be a balloon artist, costume contest and more in our Haunted Garden! The event is free, brunch reservations are highly recommended!

Halloween at The Broadway
The Broadway is hosting a Halloween Party and Costume Contest on Saturday, October 27th starting at 10 pm. $250 cash prize for best-dressed female and male!

Dusk till Down Halloween at Lolita
Lolita is getting in on the Halloween spirit with a Dusk Till Dawn party on Saturday, October 27th from 8pm-2am. There will be passed food, live entertainment, snake charmer and vampires! Tickets are $50

Pumpkin Palooza
On Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th from12pm-10pm., bring the family to the Lawn on D. There will be to pumpkins to carve, lit-up pumpkin tunnels, costume parade, trackless train, fire performer, LED performer, roving artists, and more! You can check out the full schedule here!

The Playwright Halloween Party
The Playwright is celebrating Halloween with a party and costume party on Saturday, October 27th at 10 pm. $250 Cash Prize for best costume for male and female!

Celebrate at the Children’s Magical Halloween Castle at Fort Independence 
Our own Fort Independence will transform into a spooky, but kid-friendly, magical haunted castle. Stop by on Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th from 12pm-4pm for drinks, snacks, storytellers, and tour the magic castle in your best costume.

Trick or Treating on Broadway
Beware of little ghosts and goblins (and their parents) roaming the streets in search for Halloween candy. East and West Broadway will be filled with trick or treaters on Wednesday, October 31st from 4pm-6pm picking up candy from local businesses and residences. So be warned! This event is free and is hosted by the members of the South Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Coppersmith Day of the Dead Celebration
On Friday, November 2nd at 8 pm head to Coppersmith for a Day of the Dead Celebration complete with sugar skull make-up artist, prizes for best costume and specialty sangrias.

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<![CDATA[Welcome to the Neighborhood: Fuku]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:18:18 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/201*120/Foku.PNG

If you like fried chicken, you’ll love this news!

Fuku will be bringing its signature chicken sandwiches to the Seaport District beginning on Saturday, October 20th! From the team behind David Chang’s world-renowned Momofuku restaurants, Fuku is on a mission to change the way people think about fast food. Fuku’s menu features a variety of all-natural and free-range chicken sandwiches, salads, sides, slushies, and more. And in celebration of its arrival to the neighborhood, Fuku will debut two Boston exclusive menu items, the BOS and B.F.C.

BOS – spicy fried chicken sandwich with crispy squash rings, ranch, extremely spicy glaze

B.F.C. (dine-in only) – one half of a whole habanero fried chicken, sweet & spicy fingers, five-spice wings, mac salad, fries, sauces, two potato rolls, two house drinks

Fuku is located at One Seaport in Boston’s Seaport District at 43 Northern Avenue.
 
In addition to offering indoor seating, Fuku in the Seaport plans to accommodate guests on an outdoor patio.

In addition to Boston, there are currently two Fuku storefront locations open in New York in addition to a number of Fuku concessions locations at various sports venues and arenas.
 
Fuku will be open seven days a week, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Sunday.  For more information, visit Fuku at www.eatfuku.com

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<![CDATA[Noodles King Has Opened at the Longwood Galleria in Boston]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:28:58 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Erbaluce+thumb.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A collection of shops and eateries in Boston's Longwood medical area is now home to a new dining spot, and this one focuses on a food item that is becoming increasingly popular in the local area.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Noodles King is now open at the food court within the Longwood Galleria, with the place serving hand-pulled noodles along with some other Chinese dishes. The post mentions that the new eatery is run by the same people behind Dragon Bowl, a Chinese and Japanese spot that is also located in the food court.

Hand-pulled noodles have become hot in the Greater Boston area over the past several years, with such places as Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Boston and Woburn, Chili Squared in Quincy, Home Taste in Watertown and Arlington, and others offering the dish.

The Longwood Galleria food court can be found at the intersection of Longwood Avenue and Brookline Avenue.

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<![CDATA[Erbaluce Closing After New Year's Eve]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:25:37 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Erbaluce+thumb.PNG

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes the closing of a popular Italian restaurant, a new dumpling destination and a "superfood cafe."]]>
<![CDATA[35+ Great Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston! ]]>Sun, 21 Oct 2018 18:54:00 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Lawn+on+D+Pumpkin+Palooza.jpg

It’s the week before Halloween, and there’s no shortage of spooky (and not so spooky) fun! Plus, there’s more great events like women in astronomy at the Museum of Science, The Lawn on D’s end of the season party – Pumpkin Palooza, Boston Public Market's Third Annual Harvest Party and a whole lot more. Check out this week’s picks:

Monday, Oct. 22

Pumpkin Carvin' Party at Loretta's Last Call

Get crafty at Loretta’s annual Pumpkin Carvin’ Party. Tickets are $15 and include: a pumpkin, a pumpkin carving kit, one pumpkin beer, toasted pumpkin seeds and snacks. There will also be prizes for best pumpkin, live music and giveaways. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Loretta’s Last Call, 1 Lansdowne 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.

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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Halloween Toddler Tuesday

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is celebrating Halloween during Toddler Tuesday. Learn to build a DUPLO pumpkin and other fun builds for the holiday. Tickets are $16 each. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Women in Astronomy

Join Boston Museum of Science Planetarium educators as they explore the universe through the discoveries and contributions of women in astronomy and NASA at this free program. 7-8:30 p.m., Museum of Science Charles Hayden Planetarium, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Garbage at House of Blues

Garbage returns to Boston’s House of Blues tonight for an all-ages show. Tickets start at $42. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne 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.

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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, 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. 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Boston Public Market's Third Annual Harvest Party

Enjoy an evening showcasing the best of New England with 30 BPM vendor food samples, 10 New England brewery & cidery pop-ups, live music and dancing, a $500 shopping spree for two lucky winners, auction prizes, swag bags, and photos with BPM’s annual giant “Pumpking.” Tickets are $50. 7-10 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Witch’s Woods

Witch’s Woods boasts seven haunted attractions at its haunted hayride and Halloween screampark. Thursday through Sunday nights in October and Halloween night. Tickets are $38. 6:30-10:30 p.m., 79 Powers Road, Westford.

Boston Grown-Ups Museum: A Nightmare at the Museum

Face your childhood fears in the haunted maze and go trick-or-treating inside the Boston Children’s Museum for this adults-only night. Be creative, scary, or totally kooky and you might win their costume contest and bring home an amazing prize. Tickets are $30. 7-11 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress 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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Friday, Oct. 26

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. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month. 5 Pine St., Carver.

Market Test KITCHEN: Demo + Tasting: Beantown Pastrami

Try something new on your lunch hour with the Market Test KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market. Today Beantown Pastrami will be demoing their new warming soups for fall and winter. Noon to 1 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Pumpkin Painting for Kids with Jennifer Lee

Grab the kiddos and join Jennifer Lee in raising food allergy awareness and trick-or-treating inclusion with a free, teal pumpkin painting event for kids in support of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Find her at the Market Table, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:45 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Haunted Woods

Located at the Harnden Tavern in Wilmington, roam the historic building and grounds now knowing what’s lurking and waiting for you around every corner. Friends Productions promises this year there are more gruesome actors and surprises than ever before. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Harnden Tavern, 430 Salem St., Wilmington.

Witch’s Woods

Witch’s Woods boasts seven haunted attractions at its haunted hayride and Halloween screampark. Thursday through Sunday nights in October and Halloween night. Tickets are $38. 6:30-10:30 p.m., 79 Powers Road, Westford. 

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.

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. 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Saturday, Oct. 27 

Kids in the Kitchen: Sweet Apple Recipe

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Emily from Red Apple Farm will teach them all about our favorite fall fruit and then they’ll bake a sweet apple recipe. $9-$15, 10-11 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston. 

Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farms

Join a fairy as she completes a quest to earn her full fairy powers and solve riddles with a mermaid, unicorn, dragon and a more on this fun adventure. Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farm depart from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Costumes are encouraged. Smolak Farms, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover.

Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo

Trick or treat among the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. While you’re there enjoy other haunted happenings including: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, a haunted maze and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest

Grab your four-legged friend and head to Faneuil Hall for the annual Halloween Pet Parade and Costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Owner and Pet Combo, Most Creative, Spookiest, Best Group and Best Local Representation. The parade starts promptly at Noon and continues right into the costume contest. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston.

Disney Store's Haunted Halloween Party

Disney fans will love heading to the Disney Store for their special Haunted Halloween Party happening every Saturday in Oct. Dress up as your favorite Disney character and enjoy the most magically spooky party around, full of tricks, treats and even a few surprises. Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required.

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. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month. 5 Pine St., Carver.

End of Season Party: Pumpkin Palooza at The Lawn on D

Head on over to The Lawn on D for its last special family event of the season – the annual Pumpkin Palooza. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carvings, train rides and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, Noon, The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Nocturnal Animal Pumpkin Trail

Visit the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a Pumpkin Trail magical treat featuring more pumpkins on display than you can imagine! Enjoy this self-guided, non-scary event for children of all ages that combines fun and education in a unique way. Storytimes in the orchard will be held every 30 minutes. Costumes are encouraged. Oct. 27 and 28 at 5 p.m., The Stevens Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:45 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Haunted Woods

Located at the Harnden Tavern in Wilmington, roam the historic building and grounds now knowing what’s lurking and waiting for you around every corner. Friends Productions promises this year there are more gruesome actors and surprises than ever before. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Harnden Tavern, 430 Salem St., Wilmington.

Witch’s Woods

Witch’s Woods boasts seven haunted attractions at its haunted hayride and Halloween screampark. Thursday through Sunday nights in October and Halloween night. Tickets are $38. 6:30-10:30 p.m., 79 Powers Road, Westford.

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. 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Sunday, Oct. 28

SoWa Spooktacular

The final SoWa Open Market of the season closes with Boston’s biggest Halloween Party on Sunday Oct. 28. Enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, magic shows, spooky cupcake decorating and the SoWa costume contest (complete with prizes in several categories) and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farms

Join a fairy as she completes a quest to earn her full fairy powers and solve riddles with a mermaid, unicorn, dragon and a more on this fun adventure. Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farm depart from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Costumes are encouraged. Smolak Farms, 315 S. 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. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month. 5 Pine St., Carver. 

Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo

Trick or treat among the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. While you’re there enjoy other haunted happenings including: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, a haunted maze and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

End of Season Party: Pumpkin Palooza at The Lawn on D

Head on over to The Lawn on D for its last special family event of the season – the annual Pumpkin Palooza. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carvings, train rides and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, Noon, The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Nocturnal Animal Pumpkin Trail

Visit the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a Pumpkin Trail magical treat featuring more pumpkins on display than you can imagine! Enjoy this self-guided, non-scary event for children of all ages that combines fun and education in a unique way. Storytimes in the orchard will be held every 30 minutes. Costumes are encouraged. Oct. 27 and 28 at 5 p.m., The Stevens Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Witch’s Woods

Witch’s Woods boasts seven haunted attractions at its haunted hayride and Halloween screampark. Thursday through Sunday nights in October and Halloween night. Tickets are $38. 6:30-10:30 p.m., 79 Powers Road, Westford.

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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

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<![CDATA[Santa Fe Burrito Grill to Open Second Location in Weymouth]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:10:39 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Trillium.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Mexican restaurant in Franklin will be expanding to a second location, and this one will be much closer to Boston.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Santa Fe Burrito Grill is opening a location in Weymouth, with the eatery moving into the former Friendly's space on Washington Street, while the website for the business has confirmed that a second location is indeed on its way. Based on the menu at the Franklin restaurant, expect to see burritos, tacos, tortas, bowls, nachos, and more at the new spot.

Santa Fe Burrito Grill debuted on W Central Street in Franklin this spring.

It looks like the address for the new location of Santa Fe Burrito Grill in Weymouth will be 415 Washington Street (Route 53), Weymouth, MA, 02188. The website for the original location in Franklin can be found at https://santafeburritogrill.com/

October 24 update: A Facebook post indicates that the new Santa Fe Burrito Grill in Weymouth is now open.

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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[A Lowell Startup Paves The Way for Animal MedTech]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:15:32 -0500

From telehealth services to advanced tools for clinical trials, the impact of technology on medicine offers countless examples. Instead, the role played by tech in medicine’s close sibling, veterinary science, is often overlooked.

Innovation in animal health is a growing sector, not limited to its most obvious segments. Recently, the animal health market has moved beyond straight pharmaceuticals and vaccines, with investors pouring $154 million across 46 pet tech deals in 2016, according to CB Insights. Also, a recent report by the World Veterinary Association pointed out that there are diverse opportunities for the veterinary health sector to adopt new technologies, even mimicking the ones applied in medicine, from big data analytics tools to real-time communication between vets and owners.

Caring for the animals themselves, however, will always be part of any innovation effort— especially those that are an investment for owners, like horses.

Mouli Ramani, CEO of Horsepower Technology. Photo provided.

Lowell-based startup, Horsepower Technologies, exemplifies local innovation where engineering intersects with veterinary science. Its team of nine people is developing and selling a $2,000 medical device that can help fight one of the most common soft-tissue injuries on the horses’ lower limbs: equine lameness—basically, the breakdown of tendons and ligaments in a horse’s lower limbs, which carry hundreds of pounds. The medical condition accounts for the greatest losses in the $50 billion horse industry: hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

“There’s an old saying in the horse world: it’s not if your horse is going to go lame, it’s when,” Mouli Ramani, CEO and president of Horsepower Technologies, said. “It’s basically the same thing that marathon runners may have.”

In the U.S., half of the country’s 9.2 million horses are used for sport purposes, including rodeo, racing, polo and dressage. When competition heats up, horses are at risk.

“Horses don’t naturally become lame,” Ramani pointed out. “These horses became lame because they work so hard… We overtrain them because we want them to win.”

The Fast Track device. Photo provided.

Called Fast Track, the rehabilitative product that Horsepower launched on the market in July this year is something in between an artificial limb and a high-tech boot for horses. Made of aircraft-grade aluminum, it provides a structure that takes the weight off tendons and ligaments. Internally, the device molds into the horse’s leg and heats up to relieve the area. Moreover, a dial on the side of the device allows owners to change the degree of restriction of motion: horses that recently injured themselves can only walk, horses on the way to recovery can also, say, trot.

The company sells the product to vets, because using it requires a little bit of individual training.

Started as a nonprofit, Horsepower changed its status as a for-profit company at the beginning of 2017, after Ramani came on board as CEO to help organize the business. After raising a $5 million Series A last year, the company is getting ready to raise a Series B round to grow its team and invest in new product development, Ramani said.

The fact that the company was born in Massachusetts may be considered a curiosity, as the Commonwealth is not usually considered a hub of for the equine industry. National ‘horse capitals,’ Ramani said, are Lexington, Ky and Wellington, Fla.

“Paradoxically, the fact that I wasn’t a horse person allowed me see this as engineering problem,” Ramani said.

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<![CDATA[Thai Bar Shi to Open in Weymouth]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:09:22 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Trillium.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Asian restaurant is on its way to the South Shore, and it will be taking over the space where a Thai and Bangladeshi eatery had been.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Thai Bar Shi is planning to open in Weymouth, moving into the old Chile Mango & Lime space on Washington Street. The Facebook page for the upcoming spot mentions that it will offer Thai food and Japanese fare (including sushi) and that it will be soft opening soon, possibly sometime this month.

Chile Mango & Lime closed in the spring of 2017 after being in business for less than a year; the business had started out as a food truck before being joined by its brick-and-mortar restaurant.

The address for this new Asian eatery in Weymouth is: Thai Bar Shi, 336 Washington Street (Route 53), Weymouth, MA, 02188. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ThaiBarShi/

October 30 update: An Instagram post indicates that Thai Bar Shi now is open, with the place soft-opening over the past weekend.

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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[Trillium Opens New Brewery and Restaurant in Boston]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:36:15 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Trillium.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of years ago, we reported that a Boston brewery was going to be moving to a newer and much larger space. Now we have learned that it has opened in the space, though the grand opening will be taking place later this month.

According to an article from Eater, Trillium Brewing Company opens today on Thomson Place in the city's Fort Point neighborhood, which is within walking distance of its old space on Congress Street. Unlike the original space which simply sold beer to go, the new multi-level space includes a brewery, taproom, restaurant, and retail area, while a roofdeck will be coming once it gets warmer. For now, a preview menu is set up for those dining at the restaurant, while a grand opening will be held on October 29.

A second location of Trillium can also be found on Shawmut Road in Canton, with that space including a taproom.

The address for the new location of Trillum is 50 Thomson Place, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the company is at http://www.trilliumbrewing.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Trillium Brewing Company to Relocate in Boston's Fort Point

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<![CDATA[30+ Fun, Fall Events for the Entire Family Happening This Weekend]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:32:34 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Head_of_the_Charles_what_to_know.jpg

What a weekend of fun we have in store for you! There’s plenty of fall and Halloween fun for the entire family from the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta to a Jack O’Lantern Journey at Franklin Park to haunted ghost tours and a whole lot more. Check out our picks for this weekend:

Friday, Oct. 19

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party

Kick off the Halloween season with Edaville Family Theme Park's first annual "Not So Spooky Halloween." Wear your favorite costume and enjoy a full day of family fun including parent approved trick or treating at every ride. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

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.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. Starts at dusk. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEMFEST for Halloween themed live shows, games and rides. Tickets start at $35. 6-11 p.m., Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem, NH. 

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.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

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.

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. 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under 16. 

Saturday, Oct. 20

Head of the Charles Regatta

The world’s best crew teams will descend on the banks of the Charles River this weekend for the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta. The world’s largest two-day rowing competition attracts more than 11,000 athletes and draws crowds of tens of thousands of spectators annually for this premiere event. 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jamaica Pond Parkrun

Head over to Jamaica Pond this morning and take part in a free, timed 5K run, jog or walk. This is weekly event. 9-10:30 a.m., Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.

LEGOLAND Brick or Treat

Celebrate Halloween LEGO style at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat event featuring a pumpkin patch photo opp, a Halloween build off challenge, and LEGO trick or treating where you can collect pieces at different locations throughout the center, along with a costume contest and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Trick-or-Treat Hayrides

Don your costume and head to Marini Farm for its Halloween Hayride complete with children’s costume characters handing out treats. After head over to the farm’s Maze and Maze Park for a full day of fun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marini Farm, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich.

Smolak Fall Festival and Trick-or-Treat Hayrides

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 Party

Kick off the Halloween season with Edaville Family Theme Park's first annual "Not So Spooky Halloween." Wear your favorite costume and enjoy a full day of family fun including parent approved trick or treating at every ride. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

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. 21. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Boo at the Zoo

Trick or treat among the animals at the Stone Zoo. Other haunted happenings include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, and a haunted maze. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland 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. 11:20 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Disney Store's Haunted Halloween Party

Disney fans will love heading to the Disney Store for their special Haunted Halloween Party happening every Saturday in Oct. Dress up as your favorite Disney character and enjoy the most magically spooky party around, full of tricks, treats and even a few surprises. Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required.

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.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. Starts at dusk. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEMFEST for Halloween themed live shows, games and rides. Tickets start at $35. 6-11 p.m., Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem, NH.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

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. 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under 16.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Head of the Charles Regatta

The world’s best crew teams will descend on the banks of the Charles River this weekend for the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta. The world’s largest two-day rowing competition attracts more than 11,000 athletes and draws crowds of tens of thousands of spectators annually for this premiere event. 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

SoWa Open Market

Head over to this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Trick-or-Treat Hayrides

Don your costume and head to Marini Farm for its Halloween Hayride complete with children’s costume characters handing out treats. After head over to the farm’s Maze and Maze Park for a full day of fun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marini Farm, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich.

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party

Kick off the Halloween season with Edaville Family Theme Park's first annual "Not So Spooky Halloween." Wear your favorite costume and enjoy a full day of family fun including parent approved trick or treating at every ride. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

Smolak Fall Festival and Trick-or-Treat Hayrides

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.

LEGOLAND Brick or Treat

Celebrate Halloween LEGO style at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat event featuring a pumpkin patch photo opp, a Halloween build off challenge, and LEGO trick or treating where you can collect pieces at different locations throughout the center, along with a costume contest and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

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. 21 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Boo at the Zoo

Trick or treat among the animals at the Stone Zoo. Other haunted happenings include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, and a haunted maze. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Children's Halloween Costume Party at Winnekenni Castle

Gather the kiddos for a children’s Halloween Costume Party at Winnekenni’s Castle. Enjoy games and treats, a hayride by Kimball Farm and more. Sunday, Oct. 21, noon, Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. Starts at dusk. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEMFEST for Halloween themed live shows, games and rides. Tickets start at $35. 6-9 p.m., Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem, NH.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

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. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under 16.

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<![CDATA[Double-Decker Buses for Southie? Could Be!]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:24:27 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Double+Decker+1018.PNG

Be on the lookout for double-decker buses in Southie on Thursday. 

Yankee Line will be testing the use of double-decker buses (similar to the one in the photo tested in Quincy on Wednesday) to help move the droves of commuters from Southie trying to make it downtown.  Could these new buses be potentially used for the #7 and #9 routes?  We shall see.

Testing begins at 10 am.  So if you’re waiting at the bus stop and see one pull up, get on board and let us know what you think!

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<![CDATA[Dumpling Galaxy May Be Expanding to the Boston Area]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:28:49 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Trillium.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A highly-regarded restaurant in New York that features an array of dumplings may be headed to the local area.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Dumpling Galaxy in the Arcadia Mall in the Flushing section of Queens is planning to expand to Boston and other urban areas such as Chicago and Los Angeles, as it is working on a franchise plan that could get going sometime in 2019. The post mentions that owner Helen You and Steven Gardner of QSR Franchise Development Group may be looking at such spots as Faneuil Hall, the Financial District, Chinatown, South Station, Kenmore Square, Commonwealth Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, Brookline, and Cambridge's Harvard Square, though it is not yet known how many locations of Dumpling Galaxy might be coming at this point in time. The original Dumpling Galaxy features 100 types of dumplings, while its first expansion within Flushing's Super HK Supermarket will serve 10 to 12 dumplings, which is apparently what the franchised locations in the Boston area and elsewhere will likely offer.

Dumpling Galaxy was included among Eater's 38 essential restaurants in the United States last year, while in 2014, Pete Wells wrote the following about the place in a review for the New York Times: "I've eaten entire meals that delivered less flavor than a single one of Ms. You's dumplings stuffed with terrific little meatballs of duck and shiitakes."

The website for Dumpling Galaxy can be found at http://dumplinggalaxy.com/

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<![CDATA[It’s Electric: Dockless Scooters on the Horizon!]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:40:51 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/Scooter+1018.PNG

Looks like another mode of transportation could be on the horizon for the neighborhood!  

Electric dockless scooters could be added to the list, along with Blue Bikes and the MBTA to get you to where you need to go!

The City Council held a hearing Monday about bringing dockless electric scooters to our neighborhoods!  Despite the Bird debacle of last summer, City Council Matt O’Malley from West Roxbury has proposed a pilot program for the scooters for the spring.  Boston along with Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville will be working with the state senate to help with revising state laws that remove these electric scooters from the gas-powered scooter and Vespa category. 

O’Malley believes the electric scooters will help get cars off of the road and be better for the environment too. 

What do you think? 

Image via Bird Instagram

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<![CDATA[Blake's to Open Within Hotel Indigo Near North Station]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:21:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Trillium.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new restaurant is coming to an increasingly hot section of Boston, and it will be located inside a hotel.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Blake's is planning to open on Friend Street near North Station and TD Garden, with the listing mentioning that it will be a 50-seat dining spot that offers New England cuisine and classic cocktails. The exact address indicates that the restaurant will reside in the Hotel Indigo, which is confirmed by the hotel's website, showing a "coming soon" page for the eatery. It is not yet known when Blake's might open, nor has a menu been posted, so stay tuned for updates.

The address for Blake's (and the Hotel Indigo) is 280 Friend Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for the hotel can be found at https://www.indigoboston.com/

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<![CDATA[It’s National Pizza Month: Celebrate in Southie!]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 07:55:06 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Lando+1017.PNG

Pizza, pizza! Southie’s got some of the best pizza around! In honor of National Pizza Month we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots!

Land of Pizza aka Lando’s has been a neighborhood favorite for over 40 years! Their Greek style pizza does not disappoint. Order it up old school Southie style by requesting it be cooked “well-done!”

Lincoln serves up wood fire pizza like classic margarita and pepperoni to buffalo chicken and butternut squash! Get the appetite going by order up their spicy wings to start! Pairs well with their house sangria!

Cafe Porto Bello offers up traditional Italian style pizza from traditional cheese to the more exotic shrimp scampi pizza! Eat in or takeout!

Share a pizza by the fire at Capo! Capo has wood fire pizza like Fig with gorgonzola, proscuitto, caramelized onions, balsamic or Steak with shaved ribeye, potato purée, caramelized onions, black truffle, arugula, shaved parmesan. They also have the classic margherita and pepperoni! Pair with a carafe of red wine. Talk about romantic!

Seapoint has one of the best bar pizzas in Southie! Known for its famous steak tips, Seapoint’s pizza pairs perfectly with beer and their pool table!

The Broadway is home to one of Southie’s newest wood fire pizza! Order up classic cheese or something a little more daring like their BBQ Pizza with smoked chicken, bacon, barbecue sauce, caramelized onions, roasted corn, jalapeño or Buffalo Cauliflower made with parmesan cream, hearth roasted corn, blue cheese.

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

Image via Capo Instagram

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<![CDATA[Smokey Bones BBQ in Peabody Has Closed]]>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 13:53:27 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/smokeybones.png

by Marc Hurwitz

A Boston-area location of a small chain of BBQ spots has shut down after three years in operation.

According to a message from @CappyinBoston, Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill at the Northshore Mall in Peabody is no longer in business, with an email from the place referring customers to their locations in Tyngsboro and Stoughton. No reason has been given for the closure of the restaurant (which first opened in the spring of 2015), and it is not known what might go into its space, so stay tuned for updates.

Florida-based Smokey Bones features mostly barbecue and classic American fare, with its locations being mainly along the Eastern Seaboard. Currently, a total of four outlets can be found in New England, including the two mentioned above along with others in Taunton and Warwick, RI.

The website for Smokey Bones is at http://smokeybones.com/

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<![CDATA[Meatland in Jamaica Plain Has Closed]]>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:34:25 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Trillium.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A butcher shop that has been in business for more than 60 years has shut down.

According to an article from the Jamaica Plain News, Meatland in Jamaica Plain is no longer in business, with a tweet from @HydeJacksonSq asking if any "creative and aspiring butchers" might be interested in taking over the Centre Street shop. The article mentions that the lease on the store was expiring and that the store owner had been looking to sell the business, with any new store owner then needing to negotiate a lease with the building's owner.

Meatland, which first opened in 1957, offered an array of beef, chicken, pork, and seafood items.

The address for this now-closed butcher shop in Jamaica Plain was: Meatland, 306 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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<![CDATA[Building Housing Allston Nightclub Could Be Torn Down]]>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:38:27 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/garage4.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A building in Allston that is currently home to a nightclub could be demolished and replaced by apartments and condos, though plans are in their very early stages for now.

Universal Hub is reporting that the owner of the Linden Street building (Partners Properties) where The Garage resides is seeking to tear down the structure and put up a three-building residential complex that would also include a shop or a cafe. The article mentions that in addition to The Garage's home being torn down, an office building on Linden Street and five houses on Pratt Street would also be demolished, while one of the three new buildings would be 14 stories high. UH does say that Partners has not filed a formal application with the Boston Planning & Development Agency and that there are concerns among nearby residents and the Brighton Allston Improvement Association as to the project itself, including traffic issues and the character of the neighborhood possibly being changed.

The Garage, which first opened in the spring of 2014, is a luxury nightclub that features DJs and special events while also having space for functions and private parties.

The address for The Garage is 20 Linden Street, Allston, MA, 02134. Its website can be found at http://www.garageboston.club/

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<![CDATA[Snow and Signs of Hollywood in Boston]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:18:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/boston14.jpg

Hollywood is back in Boston. Dorchester native and movie superstar Mark Wahlberg has been filming his new movie Wonderland – based on the Spencer for Hire novels. In fact, there have been Wahlberg sightings all over from West Broadway in Southie to Jones Hill in Dot.

On Friday, “snow” appeared on Pleasant Street for the film! So be on the lookout for signs of Hollywood in the neighborhood!

Special thank you to Dorchester North on Twitter for sharing this photo with us!

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<![CDATA[SoBol to Open Location in Beverly]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:13:05 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/SoBol+1015.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Long Island-based chain that features acai bowls and more will be expanding to the local area, with its first Massachusetts location being on the North Shore.

According to an email, SoBol is opening in Beverly, with the Commodore Plaza spot being a vegetarian-friendly place that offers such items as acai bowls, soups, salad bowls, coffee, and smoothies. Once it opens--possibly in October--the new outlet will join a number of locations in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

SoBol, which is headquartered in Patchogue, started out in Sayville (also on Long Island) in the fall of 2014, according to a page from the company.

The address for this upcoming eatery in Beverly is: SoBol, 43-47 Enon Street (Route 1A), Beverly, MA, 01915. The website for the company can be found at https://mysobol.com/

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<![CDATA[Neponset Cafe Has Opened by Neponset Circle in Dorchester]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:06:44 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Trillium.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot has opened just off the Southeast Expressway, and it features a variety of Asian items along with some cafe fare.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Neponset Cafe is now open near Neponset Circle in Dorchester, with a menu from the Neponset Avenue eatery showing such items as bagels, toasted Vietnamese baguettes, miso soup, pork belly buns, wings, calamari, gyoza, tempura, pho, ramen, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and more. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

The address for this new cafe in Dorchester is: Neponset Cafe, 400 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02122.

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<![CDATA[Rangla Punjab Plans to Replace Singh Saab in Arlington ]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:25:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Punjab+1015.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new Indian restaurant is replacing a short-lived Indian spot in Arlington Center, but not without a minor controversy surrounding its name.

The Arlington Advocate is reporting that Rangla Punjab is looking to open on Mass. Ave., taking over the space where Singh Saab resides. The article mentions that original name for the place had been Mini Punjab, but there was concern at a town meeting last month over the similarity of the name to that of Punjab--a dining spot that is basically across the street--so the owners made a slight change to the name which was mentioned in another meeting this week, and the Select Board ended up unanimously approving the restaurant's common victualler and all alcohol licenses.

Singh Saab first opened in Arlington Center in the summer of 2017, replacing another restaurant with "Punjab" in its name--Punjabi Tadka.

The address for Singh Saab (and the upcoming Rangla Punjab) is 444 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474.

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<![CDATA[The Remedy Exchange Opens in Wakefield]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:18:13 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/Remedy+1015.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new spot featuring healthy fare has moved into the space where a Southern-style restaurant had been until closing a few months ago in anticipation of a move.

According to a source, The Remedy Exchange is now open in Wakefield, taking over the space on Tuttle Street where The Porch was. A check on the website and Facebook page for the new eatery indicates that it calls itself a "superfood cafe," focusing on dishes using locally-sourced and responsibly raised ingredients. A few of the menu items for The Remedy Exchange include salads, chia seed pudding, acai bowls, sea-salted almonds, and toast topped with such spreads as sweet potato and cashew cream cheese, along with smoothies, juices, and iced tea.

The Porch is in the process of moving into a larger space at the River's Edge development in Medford.

The address for this new restaurant in Wakefield is: The Remedy Exchange, 41 Tuttle Street, Wakefield MA, 01880. Its website can be found at https://theremedy.exchange/

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<![CDATA[Sushi Restaurant, Nightclub Planned for Encore Boston Harbor]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:11:38 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Fire_Breaks_Out_at_Encore_Boston_Harbor_in_Everett.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The group behind a number of local restaurants, bars, and clubs will be opening two more spots in the area, with these two being within the upcoming casino complex in Everett.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG) is planning to open Mystique and Mémoire at Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino along the Mystic River, with the former being an Asian restaurant with sushi and shareable plates and the latter being a glamorous nightclub. Expect the two spots to debut anytime from the summer of 2019 on, which is when the Encore complex is due to open.

BNEG is known for such places as CBS Sporting Club, Empire, Explorateur, The Grand, Red Lantern, and Scorpion Bar, and it also just opened a new restaurant and arcade bar in downtown Boston called Versus.

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<![CDATA[The Regal Beagle in Brookline's Coolidge Corner Is Closing]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:20:09 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/Regal+1011.PNG

A neighborhood bistro in Brookline that is known in part for its comfort food and cocktails is calling it a day after nearly 10 years in business.

According to Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting, The Regal Beagle in Coolidge Corner is shutting down, with a call placed to the Harvard Street spot confirming that it is indeed closing at the end of business hours tonight. It is not yet known why the dining and drinking spot is closing, nor is it known what might go into its space, so keep checking back for updates.

The Regal Beagle, which first opened in the fall of 2009, offered such items as wings, tater tots, shrimp cakes, burgers, pork tenderloin, macaroni and cheese, ribeye, and sea scallops along with beer, wine, and a mix of classic and modern cocktails.

The address for The Regal Beagle is 308 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

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<![CDATA[Pho #1 Plans to Replace Chilli Thai Bistro in Brighton]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 19:54:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/202*120/Pho+1011.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Vietnamese and Thai restaurant with a connection to two other Boston-area eateries may be replacing a Thai spot in Brighton.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Pho #1 is looking to open in the Commonwealth Avenue space where Chilli Thai Bistro resides, with the listing stating that the parent company is Tawan Shine, Inc. and the manager would be Chanathip Tangmunkong. Both the company name and the manager are connected with Pho #1 in Woburn, according to a page on opencorporates.com, while an earlier blog entry from The Daily Lunch mentions that both the Woburn and Waltham locations of Pho #1 are connected.

The hearing is slated to take place on Wednesday, October 17, so more may be known on the opening of Pho #1 in the Chilli Thai Bistro space later next week.

The address for Chilli Thai Bistro (and the proposed Pho #1) is 1799 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02135.

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<![CDATA[Jonquil's Cafe and Bakery Plans to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:14:16 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Steam+1011.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new dining spot is on its way to the Back Bay of Boston, and it may be focusing on steamed items.

According to a Facebook page from the place, Jonquil's Cafe and Bakery is planning to open on Newbury Street, with an earlier article from The Boston Sun saying that the eatery was planning to have both indoor and outdoor seating and healthy food items that would mostly be cooked by steaming. A menu has not been seen yet for the restaurant, and it is not known when it might open, so keep checking back for updates.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in the Back Bay is: Jonquil's Cafe and Bakery, 125 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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<![CDATA[Erbaluce in Boston's Bay Village Is Planning to Close]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:10:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/Erbulance+1010.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a beloved Boston restaurant that features Italian food could be closing at the end of the year.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Erbaluce in Bay Village is making plans to shut down after dinner service on New Year's Eve, as the building in which it resides is being slated for redevelopment with condos coming to the space. The article mentions that it had initially looked like the restaurant could possibly move back in after a few months as construction finished on the ground floor and moved onto the floors above, but with the plans now looking like it likely would not be able to reopen for at least a year, chef-owner Charles Draghi has decided against staying in the space while also saying that "we're looking for maybe another space to operate and all that. But the rents are just ridiculous, and there's no way we can afford half a million bucks for a new liquor license." Draghi refers to the fact that he and his partner Joan Johnson would need a new license because their restricted beer and wine license is owned by the city and is not transferable to a new space. The article says that Draghi might eventually look into opening a new restaurant in another community or possibly a cafe in the block where Erbaluce currently resides, but he says that "Right now, the way it looks is we're going to have to close, and figure it out from there."

Erbaluce first opened in 2008, taking over the space where another restaurant called Dedo used to be; the restaurant is known for its seasonal Northern Italian fare.

The address for Erbaluce is 69 Church Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the dining spot can be found at http://www.erbaluce-boston.com/

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<![CDATA[25+ Fun Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 12:47:18 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/San_Mateo_Hosts_International_Chocolate_Festival.jpg

Making plans for the weekend? There’s no shortage of fun with plenty of great events happening all weekend long. Don’t miss the last weekend at the Topsfield Fair, the New England Chocolate Festival, the Central Square Food Truck Festival, the annual Great Pumpkin Dash Revere Beach Fall Festival and 5K, plus a whole lot more.

Friday, Oct. 12

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party

Kick off the Halloween season with Edaville Family Theme Park's first annual "Not So Spooky Halloween." Wear your favorite costume and enjoy a full day of family fun including parent approved trick or treating at every ride. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

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.

Wine and Wishes 2018

Grab your ticket for a night out to benefit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island with their 6th Annual Wine and Wishes Event at City Winery. Sip fine wine, whisky/bourbon, craft beer and cider tastings from local and national wine partners and distilleries, along with food pairings, a live auction, live music and more. 6-8:30 p.m., City Winery, 80 Beverly St., Boston.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

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.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Jamaica Pond Parkrun

Head over to Jamaica Pond this morning and take part in a free, timed 5K run, jog or walk. This is weekly event. 9-10:30 a.m., Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.

New England Chocolate Festival

If you are a chocolate lover you do not want to miss the New England Chocolate Festival happening today at the Boston Center for Adult Education. Sixteen New England chocolate companies will be on hand for you to taste, learn and interact. The festival includes a chocolate pavilion featuring chocolate makers, chocolatiers, cacao producers and related vendors, plus a whole lot more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE), located at 122 Arlington St., Boston.

Wellfleet Oysterfest

Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest (happening rain or shine). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet.

LEGOLAND Brick or Treat

Celebrate Halloween LEGO style at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat event featuring a pumpkin patch photo opp, a Halloween build off challenge, and LEGO trick or treating where you can collect pieces at different locations throughout the center, along with a costume contest and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

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 Party

Kick off the Halloween season with Edaville Family Theme Park's first annual "Not So Spooky Halloween." Wear your favorite costume and enjoy a full day of family fun including parent approved trick or treating at every ride. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

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 Columbus Day. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland 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. 11:20 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 $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Fall Festival & Great Pumpkin Dash 5K 

The Annual Great Pumpkin Dash Revere Beach Fall Festival and 5K is fun for the entire family. There’s a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, followed by the 5K. After the race stick around for their fall market and pumpkin festival. All the fun starts at 8:30 a.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

Autism Speaks Greater Boston Walk

Walk alone or with a team in the annual Autism Speaks Greater Boston Walk this morning to help raise money to enhance the lives of those living with autism. Registration is at 9 a.m., opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:15 a.m. Boston Common.

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

SoWa Open Market

Head over to this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Wellfleet Oysterfest

Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest (happening rain or shine). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet.

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party

Kick off the Halloween season with Edaville Family Theme Park's first annual "Not So Spooky Halloween." Wear your favorite costume and enjoy a full day of family fun including parent approved trick or treating at every ride. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

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.

LEGOLAND Brick or Treat

Celebrate Halloween LEGO style at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat event featuring a pumpkin patch photo opp, a Halloween build off challenge, and LEGO trick or treating where you can collect pieces at different locations throughout the center, along with a costume contest and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. 

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 Columbus Day. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Central Square Food Truck Festival

Head to Cambridge today and bring your appetite for the Central Square Food Truck Festival featuring more than 30 of the area’s top food trucks and Lamplighter Beer Garden. The festival will be held at the Central Flea in Central Square, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., University Park, 91 Sidney St., Cambridge.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

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<![CDATA[Popular Halloween Attraction Closed This Weekend After Fire]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:51:48 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Ghost_Ship_Harbor_in_Quincy.jpg

A popular Halloween attraction in Massachusetts will be closed this weekend as crews repair damage from a fire earlier this week.

Ghost Ship Harbor said on its website that the fire broke out early Wednesday morning aboard the USS Salem, which serves as the attraction's home during the month of October at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy.

The fire was extinguished by staff members before Quincy firefighters arrived, according to officials.

No one was injured.

"Damage from the fire was minimal and largely restricted to the exterior facade to one of our haunt attractions," Ghost Ship Harbor said.

Because of the fire, however, the attraction will be closed this weekend as city inspectors check out the damage and repairs are made.

Tickets for this weekend will be honored for any other operating date.

Ghost Ship Harbor bills itself as the only haunted house attraction on the East Coast that takes place on a Navy ship. It consists of three haunted houses plus a paranormal experience.

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<![CDATA[12 Great Spots to Pick Your Own Pumpkin ]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 11:40:30 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Mountain+Valley+Ranch+Pumpkin+Patch+1.jpg

It’s October, do you have your pumpkin yet? If not, no worries, there are plenty of amazing pumpkin patches in and around Boston to pick the perfect pumpkin or two for Halloween carving and fall decorating. Plus, many pumpkin patches are offering fall festival fun, hayrides and more.

Check out our list of a dozen great spots where you are sure to find your perfect pumpkin:

 

  • Belkin Family Lookout Farm, Natick Head to Belkin Family Lookout Farm to find your pumpkin this season. You can also tide the train to the Children’s Play Area, visit their farm animals and enjoy other fun fall activities. 89 Pleasant St., South Natick.
  • Smolak Farms, North Andover – Smolak Farms has loads of pumpkins in it’s patch for you to choose from. 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. 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover.
  • Wilson Farm, Lexington – Wilson Farm is a great place to stop and grab your pumpkin this season. While you’re there enjoy some fall treats or take a walk through their corn maze. 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.
  • Parlee Farms, Tyngsboro – Parlee Farms’ pumpkin patch is bursting with pumpkins this season. While you’re there check out Annie’s Animal Barns, Farmer Mark’s Tractor Training Course and the hay play area. 95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro.
  • Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon – Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon grows more than 30 acres of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and this season is no exception. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for among their 100,000 pumpkins they grow annually. 614 South Main St., Sharon.
  • Brooksby Farm, Peabody – Take a trip to the pumpkin yard at Brooksby Farm in Peabody to find your perfect pumpkin. Check the farm’s website for other fun, fall activities for the kiddos happening all season long. 54 Felton St., Peabody.
  • Krochmal Farms, Tewksbury – Head to Krochmal Farms for its annual Pumpkin Festival with plenty to choose from. While you’re there enjoy their farm animals, corn maze, pony rides and more. 31 Jennie’s Way, Tewksbury.
  • Boston Hill Farm, North Andover – Boston Hill Farm’s pumpkin field is open for you to pick your own pumpkin. Grab a wagon to pull out to the field and pick your favorite. 1370 Turnpike St., North Andover.
  • Connors Farm, Danvers – There’s so much to do if you head to Connors Farm to pick your pumpkin this season. With so many activities for the kiddos each day of the week, you’ll need to check their website for all the happenings. 30 Valley Road, Rte. 35, Danvers.
  • Shelburne Farm, Stow – Just 20 miles from Boston, Shelburne Farm in Stowe is open seven days a week to pick your own pumpkin. While you’re there check out all the fun, family activities happening this season, too. 106 West Acton Road, Stow.
  • Tougas Family Farm, Northborough – Visit the pumpkin patch at Tougas Family Farm and you’re sure to find your perfect pumpkin. While you’re there be sure to visit their barnyard animals and more. 234 Ball St., Northborough.
  • Cider Hill Farm – Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury offers hayrides and pumpkin picking throughout October. The children will love it too visiting the farm animals and other fun happenings. 45 Fern Ave., Amesbury.

 

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[Dorchester Short Film Festival!]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:15:03 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Dorchester+Film+1010.PNG

Commemorating 100 years of Dorchester’s original movie palace, The Strand (1918 – 2018) it’s the Dorchester Short Film Festival on October 25th from 7:30pm-9: 30 pm. Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience a fast-paced line-up of comedy, drama, action, and animation.

Films are presented in two acts with an intermission, showcasing an eclectic combination of Oscar nominees, Sundance winners, Aspen Shorts winners, US Film Festival “Best of Show” winners/runner-ups, and International honorees.
Suitable for ages 16 and up.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here!

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<![CDATA[Fort Point Open Studios]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:48:29 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/Art+1010.PNG

Explore art this weekend! A fall open studios weekend at Boston’s first live/work artists cooperative: explore studios, meet artists, and see new works, all under one roof on Friday, October 12, 4pm-7pm  |  Saturday, October 13, 12pm-6pm  |  Sunday, October 14, 12pm-6pm! 

FPAC’s Fall and Spring Open Studios events feature the work of member artists, craftspeople, and designers on view in artists’ studios, in galleries, on the streets and in the water around Fort Point. Learn about our established community of makers and its unique place in Boston’s history while enjoying the diverse collection of the community’s creations: painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, textiles, fashion, graphics and industrial design, plus music and performance.

In addition to meeting artists in their live-work studios, visitors to Fort Point can enjoy a weekend of music, performances, demonstrations, children’s art-making activities and public art installations, including our one-of-a-kind floating public art program. Explore the historic warehouse buildings, meet our artists and enjoy the creativity of our community.

This event is free to the public.
FREE VALIDATED PARKING across the street in the Channelside Parking Lot, thanks to P&G/Gillette and Channelside Parking.

Visit here for a list of participating artists!

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<![CDATA[Just Desserts: Sullivan’s as a Cake!]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:44:30 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/172*120/Sullivans+1010.PNG

Talk about impressive! Cake maker Kakes by Kath – created a delicious and realistic rendition of the iconic Castle Island hot dog stand made out of cake! “I made it for a family friend for a bridal shower. That’s where they met and their journey started,” said Kathleen Quigg.

We spotted the cake on instagram on Sunday posted by Taste of Massachusetts so we’d thought we’d share!

 

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<![CDATA[A New Chef at Lower Mills Tavern]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:41:55 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/Lower+Mills+1010.PNG

Last month, Lower Mills Tavern welcomed award-winning new executive chef Cara Nance. One of Boston’s best restaurants, according to The Boston Globe and Boston Magazine, Lower Mills specializes in a farm-to-table, seasonal, comfort-food-with-a-twist aesthetic. Nance’s addition is designed to appeal to new demographics: she has expertise in using simple, high-quality ingredients in surprising ways and effectively managing dietary restrictions.

“I want to create an environment where everyone feels safe—like Cheers, but for people who can’t eat anywhere else,” she says.

Their new menu rolls out on October 11. Even better, there’ll be a sneak peek on October 17 at sister restaurant Lion’s Tail. In the meantime, she gave us the scoop of what to expect and why everyone will find something to love.

Nance says, “I’m interested in pushing Lower Mills in a direction it hasn’t gone before: being food conscious about its choices, having fresh dishes every day, making connections with local farmers—even local CSAs. I want to help make it a place for good comfort food with food purity, without straying too much from its identity as a bar. We’re taking refined food and slowing it down.”

She says she’s deliberately going against the classic Boston fare: the dime-a-dozen tavern and bar food that eaters can get anywhere. Nance says she loves taking items that people are comfortable with and juxtaposing items they might not normally associate, to enhance and complement the eating experience.

What will that actually look like? Nance gives some hints: “To compare with a tavern’s chicken wings, we have a frenched chicken lollipop with a sweet and sour agrodolce. There’s also a plant-based ravioli in house from scratch with vegan pasta dough. We’re trying to show everyone a little love: if you’re a plant-based eater, great, if not, it’s just house-made ravioli that you can add meat to if you want. No one’s missing out on anything.”

“Anyone can walk in and order something as-is. That’s my favorite thing about the menu.”

Nance is a food purist—some of her dishes only have six or seven ingredients, prepared for maximum efficacy. She’s also a plant-based eater herself, so she knows dietary restrictions well.

I ask her what she would make me, given my long list of inconvenient allergies. It’s a testament to her skills that she doesn’t run screaming in horror; on the contrary, she gets excited. “We’re specializing in a gluten-free pizza dough!” she tells me. “We have an autumn veggie pizza that you can do right off the menu: fig jam with baby arugula, brussels sprouts, parsnips, leeks, and rosemary oil.”

Nance most recently spent almost three years as executive chef at the Bluewater Bar + Grill in Barrington, Rhode Island. Before that, she served as corporate executive chef at Lola’s Cantina and The Whiskey Republic in Providence, Rhode Island, under the same ownership as Lower Mills.

Now, Nance is taking over for opening chef Colton Coburn-Wood, who’s devoting all his time to sister restaurant Yellow Door Taqueria. “The menu and chef at Lower Mills are already incredible: it’s an amazing food profile of flavor that challenges people. For me, it’s about appreciating two artists with two specialties,” says Nance.

“Now, we’re just trying to welcome more eaters.”

 

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<![CDATA[Southie Safe Streets:Trick Or Treating on Broadway]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:26:26 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-155081794.png

Be on the lookout for the Southie Safe Street Ambassadors out and about on Tuesday delivering a very important letter to the Southie business community! You’ll probably notice them by their bright yellow “Drive Slow” t-shirt they’ll be sporting! Give a honk or a thumbs up to show your support!

Here’s the letter the businesses will be receiving:

To our beloved business owners on East Broadway,

We are trying to come up with the safest and most efficient way to celebrate Halloween on Broadway. We cannot express to you how grateful we are for what you do for the families of our great town. Which is why we want to be sure that you are fully involved and informed in what we are trying to plan. There have been several ideas proposed, the one that we feel would be the least logistical nightmare for BPD and the MBTA and still safe and smart for the trick or treating families would be one that sees parked cars cleared from east broadway between I St & L St. We are asking for permits to have no parking from 2pm-7pm on this stretch of east broadway which would allow for the sidewalks to expand out into the parking lane. We would ask BPD to provide barriers along this route. We are reaching out to you, the business owners who make trick or treating on Broadway a possibility, to get feedback on this proposal. The last thing we want is for this to negatively affect your business during this time.

Please send any and all feedback, concerns and comments to
k.donovan824@gmail.com
Thanks so much,
Katie Donovan
Safe Streets

Trick or Treating on Broadway takes place East and West Broadway on Wednesday, October 31st from 4pm-6pm.

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<![CDATA[Legacy Wants To Rebalance Family Planning]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:33:23 -0500

Call it ‘Uber for sperm,’ but Boston startup Legacy thinks this is a bigger fight towards reversing the reproduction apocalypse.

In 2017, a metastudy released by researchers at the Hebrew University found that sperm count among men from the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand has fallen by more than 50 percent over the past four decades, pointing towards the growing trend of male infertility. If you’re looking for specific numbers: Sperm count went from 99 million sperm per milliliter of semen in 1973 to 47 million per milliliter in 2011, and the decline has been accelerating.

For Legacy, a Harvard iLab startup offering human sperm cryobanking, the statistic above corroborates its founding principle. But the idea came to founder, Khaled Kteily, when a friend of his was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 30 and was advised by doctors to freeze his sperm should he want to have kids.

Kteily, 25 at the time, decided to freeze his sperm too, but recounted the experience as one of the most awkward things he’s had to do in life. “I was very happy I had done but, you have to do everything on site and that got me thinking if there is a way this can be done at home.” And thus, Legacy was born to be (according to its website) “the Swiss private bank for your most valuable assets.”

The startup provides an easy and convenient way to deposit, freeze and store sperm. It works like this: Once enrolled as a client, Legacy will send a discreet package with instructions on how to make a deposit. The company then arranges for overnight shipping to a clinic where sperm is tested and analyzed for viability, and then shipped off to a cryostorage facility.

Kteily mentioned that the process is time-sensitive as fresh sperm is not viable for too long with a temperature-controlled environment. Interestingly enough, Kteily recognized that this is a viable option after speaking to a manufacturer of horse-semen kits. As soon as he found out that these kits can keep the specimen fresh for up to 48 hours, he knew he had a market. “I had compelling statistics to show that this had a market and I could make it happen.”

He claims that prior to Legacy, the reasons for men to freeze their semen was mostly reactive based on multiple reasons like chemotherapy, vasectomy or gender transition. But Kteily wants men to think about it proactively for a number of reasons. For one, it’s been established that the biological clock is ticking for men too. And risk factors like stress, smoking, and even heat, don’t help.

And one of the biggest factors to consider here are the costs. Money Magazine published an article in June that estimated the cost of freezing a single egg at $5,000 to $8,000. This is excluding storage costs, prescription hormones and doctor visits. Compare that to Legacy’s basic package starting at $1,000, which includes storage for two years and is renewable for $15 a month (The prices indicated are meant for comparison, not to indicate Legacy’s pricing).

“There needs to be a rebalance of responsibilities in family planning and sperm freezing creates that option value,” Kteily said. 

Legacy is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices in Cambridge, Mass., London, Toronto and Dubai. The company consists of a remote team of five and plans to expand further in Europe and Middle East.

What’s next? Vitamins and minerals-rich organic juice for boosting sperm quality. The company plans to run trials next year.

Khaled Kteily, founder and CEO of Legacy, is a BostInno’s 50 on Fire 2018 finalist.

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<![CDATA[Is Mary Ann's in Brighton Being Replaced by a Dispensary?]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:54:21 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/maryanns.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like one of Boston's best-known dive bars could be replaced by another business, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

According to a tweet from @thompspicks, an agenda notice indicates that Mary Ann's in the Cleveland Circle section of Brighton might be changing over to a dispensary, with a Facebook post from the Brighton Allston Improvement Association seeming to confirm this, stating that "1937 Beacon St- seeks to change use from Bar to a cannabis dispensary." This is indeed the address for Mary Ann's, though no other information has been given; the meeting is slated to take place tomorrow (Wednesday, October 10), so more may be known by Thursday.

Mary Ann's is one of three bars in Boston that has been taken over by the Greater Boston Bar Co., with the other two spots being The Tam in the Theatre District and the Beacon Hill Pub; the latter closed suddenly late last month, with the company stating that it will reopen once a license transfer takes place, which could be as early as this month.

As soon as we get more information on the exact status of Mary Ann's, we will post an update here.

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<![CDATA[New Kids on the Block 'Mixtape Tour' to Come to TD Garden]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 18:17:26 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/New+Kids+on+the+Block+Mixtape+tour.jpg

Boston's own New Kids on the Block are going back out on tour and this time they will be touring with Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature.

This is the first time these bands that all had big hits in the 1980s and 1990s will tour together on the 53–city “Mixtape Tour 2019” across North America next summer.

The groups will play two shows at TD Garden in Boston on June 28 and June 29. They will also play a show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on July 3.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Fan club members got early access to tickets.

The tour will also make several other stops in the Northeast including Buffalo, Philadelphia, Uniondale, New York, and Atlantic City. See the full tour list.

The groups have also released a new song, “80s Baby” and you can hear it here.



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<![CDATA[Here's What's Happening in Southie This Week]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 15:30:39 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Auction+108.PNG

Let’s go shopping! Fall in Love with Southie – a celebration of the neighborhood is a night of sales, drinks and giveaways on Wednesday, October 10th from 6pm-8: 30 pm. Plan on sipping and shopping your way around Southie and support our local business community!

Think pink!Roza Lyons is selling a limited edition t-shirt will all proceeds going to the Ellie Fund!  Fat Baby has created a speciality cocktail to help support the Ellie Fund’s Do Good Campaign! Enjoy a Rosita Mamacita – made with tequila, apparel, luxardo, lemon and orange bitters.  Pairs well with Fat Baby sushi and dumplings! Lincoln is also “Doing Good” and offering Save Second Base made with Ketel One, Muddled Strawberries, Lemon, Cinnamon! Available seven days a week until October 31st!  Fat Baby and Lincoln will donate $1 for every one purchased to the Ellie Fund!  So you might as well order 2 right?

Free workout! Enjoy a free workout at Ink Underground on Saturday, October 13th from 10:30am-11: 5 pm with Barre 3! Southie’s own The Juice Box will also be on hand! There will be prizes and surprises too! You can register for the class here! 

Bring your treasures! It’s the Hidden Treasures Skinner Event at the Laboure Have you ever wondered about the value of that family heirloom or yard sale find? Enjoy a professional Skinner appraisal on Saturday, October 13th from 10am-3pm. Schedule an appointment to bring one item for a verbal appraisal and evaluation.* This event takes place at Catholic Charities Labouré Center – 275 West Broadway.
Proceeds directly support Catholic Charities Labouré Center programs which focus on workforce development, youth, elders & health services and family stabilization programs. $20 PER OBJECT Price includes free general admission. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit here or call (617) 464-8500.

Be informed. Get involved. L Street Station will host another public meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 7 pm at the Tynan School Cafeteria at 650 East Fourth Street

Bonus:
Get your dancing shoes ready! Do you like to dance? Well, then you’ll love this event! On Sunday, October 21st from 11am-3pm head to the Curley Recreation Center aka the L for a Dance-a-thon for the Jimmy Fund! There will be raffles, food & drink available for purchase, and plenty of dancing! All proceeds will go to the Jimmy Fund for the Chavarria Family!

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<![CDATA[Pho Hoa in Chinatown Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:46:36 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Pho+105.PNG

One of the bigger names among Vietnamese restaurants in Boston has closed, and it is not known for sure what will be happening with the space.

According to a Twitter post from @JCCraves, Pho Hoa in Chinatown is "gutted," with work currently being done on the Beach Street space. A call placed to the restaurant indicated that its phone was no longer working while a call to the Quincy location wasn't going through, either--and a call to the Dorchester location indicated that the two restaurants did not have a connection so they weren't sure what the status of the Chinatown eatery was.

As soon as we find out more about what might become of the Pho Hoa space in Chinatown, we will post an update here.

The update for Pho Hoa in Chinatown is 17 Beach Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

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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[Taza Chocolate Bar Is Leaving Boston Public Market]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:50:53 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/Taza+105.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A shop in the heart of Boston that features hot chocolate, chocolate bars, and more is saying farewell.

According to a source (Stephanie Wong), Taza Chocolate Bar is leaving Boston Public Market, with the website for the business saying that "...with lots of exciting new plans on our horizon, the time has come for us to focus our activities at our main location in Somerville, which means we will be transitioning out of the Boston Public Market location on 10/13." The note goes on to say that George Howell Coffee will be taking over its stall, though George Howell already has a location across from Taza at Boston Public Market so it is not known if this will be a move or whether they will reside in both spaces (stay tuned for updates).

Taza Chocolate Bar first opened at Boston Public Market in the fall of 2015; the headquarters for the company is located on Windsor Street in Somerville.

The website for Taza can be found at https://www.tazachocolate.com/

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<![CDATA[Startup Brings Uber-Like Payment to Restaurants]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:57:36 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/231*120/paer.PNG

The problem of “splitting bills” has generated tons of solutions. Many people use the app Venmo to remind friends to pay them back, or the app Splitwise to keep a running total of who owes whom what. Since 2013, even Uber added a “split fare” feature helping passengers split the ride price with a simple tap.

Paerpay, a new local app in this year’s MassChallenge Boston cohort, is tackling the challenge of helping customers split the bill at the restaurant—by skipping a crucial step of the process: the bill itself.

 

Derek Canton, CEO and founder of Paerpay. (Photo provided)

 

Derek Canton, CEO and founder of Paerpay, was so eager to start working on the company that he left his daily job and moved to Boston even before being accepted into the accelerator program.

“You probably had [this problem before]: you had a great dining experience, you’re ready to go and you’re stuck waiting for the check,” Canton said.

The first important thing to understand is that Paerpay is a service that restaurants offer customers to get the check in their hands faster, so to speed up the turnover of tables for restaurant owners.

From customers’ perspective, it works as follows: customers, who need to download the free Paerpay app, walk in and scan a code they find on their table. The Paerpay system creates a bill that integrates directly with the restaurant POS. When the moment of leaving arrives, customers tap on the app and see their check; they can pay the whole bill, or select the items they’re paying, split the check evenly, or even invite a remote Paerpay user to join the bill.

“So yes, I could ask my dad to pay for my meal,” Canton joked.

Canton pointed out that the Paerpay experience is similar to the Uber experience in the sense that customers don’t have to deal with any frustration, cash, math or wait time. In the Paerpay app, they can enter their payment methods (credit card or Apple Pay) ahead of time. The result is that the whole chain of actions required to pay a restaurant bill – ask for the bill, provide the credit card, sign the bill and potentially do the math to split the bill – boils down to a few clicks.

Launched in July 2017, the Paerpay app is not publicly available yet, but it’s running a pilot with Worcester, Mass.-based Niche Hospitality, a network of eight taverns and wine bars, until the end of the year. Meantime, it’s also talking with “a handful” of Boston restaurants (Canton won’t reveal names at this stage), with the goal of launching in Boston early next year.

Canton founded the company by himself, with Worcester, Mass.-based ten24 Digital Solutions handling the technical part. The e-commerce solution provider is also one of the investors of Paerpay, which has a total funding to date of $100,000.

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<![CDATA[Local Parking App Hopes to Find Its Spot Among Competitors]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 19:05:48 -0500

Best Parking, Parker, SpotHero, ParkMe, Parking Mate, Parking Panda… The list goes on.

At a time when startups like Lyft would offer everything – including money – to convince customers to rely on ride-hailing services, a large pool of companies is eager to solve one of the main problems of customers who would never ditch their cars: parking.

The idea of connecting those with parking spots to those seeking space through an app, letting owners rent their space and pocketing a fee for each transaction is not new—and Hasty Parking, a new local parking app launched at the end of August, follows the same playbook. The seven-people team even bills itself as “the Airbnb for parking,” to remark how their business model is similar to the community of home hosts and guests.

What’s different about Hasty Parking is how it helps space seekers locate their pre-booked spots.

While waiting for their daughters in the school courtyard, Hasty Parking co-founders Hope Beckman and Rebecca Comjean, two Concord, Mass. residents, started thinking about why parking apps weren’t as popular as they could be. The answer they came up with is that many users couldn’t actually find the space they were looking for.

To complement their app, Beckman and Comjean developed a numbered space marker that serves as a physical locator for the parking spot. Space owners place the markers (Hasty Parking provides these to owners for free when they create a listing) on the front-west corner of their parking spot. About 48 inches hight, the marker also works as an ID for the parking space; by spotting the marker, parking space seekers also find their spot.

“It doesn’t matter if you place it in a grass field,” Beckman said. “You always know where the car is supposed to be.” Text messages, also, confirm bookings and remind users when a reservation is 15 minutes away from activating and expiring.

Using Hasty Parking, seekers can rent a space monthly, weekly, daily or hourly, depending on the agreement they have with the spot owner. The system is meant to encourage flexibility: if an owner needs the space back, all he or she needs to do is remove its listing from the app. Especially in highly-crowded urban environments, even short-term listings can make sense.

“If you live in Back Bay, Boston behind Newbury Street and you’re leaving for the weekend, you could actually list your space while you’re away,” Beckman said.

Since its launch in August, the app was downloaded 200 times, Beckman said, adding that the company is not currently looking for funding (and declining to disclose their investors). With offices in Boston and Concord, Hasty Parking hopes to increase its headcount in marketing and sales.

“Our No. 1 mission right now is to get the word out and let people know that we’re on a mission to create an equilibrium of parking,” Beckman said.

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<![CDATA[Spotted in Southie: Mark Wahlberg]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 09:35:13 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-623052964.jpg

Photographer Ella Farrell was shooting a wedding at Gate of Heaven Church in Southie on Saturday afternoon, when she happened upon Dorchester’s own Mark Wahlberg! He posed for a few photos  – one with the groom and of course, one with the photographer.

According to a post on Instagram, Wahlberg was at the Boston Golf Club for a round of golf.

You can check out Ella’s work here!

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<![CDATA[Caught in Dot: The Brunch Roundup]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:38:21 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Joanne+Wan_eggs+benedict_flickr.jpg

Tired of the usual brunch routine? Try switching it up at one of these local favorites. From savory meals to sweet surprises, (and much-needed hair(s) of the dog), there’s something for everyone!

Lucy’s American Tavern
13 Granite Ave
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., hungry weekenders can snack on a waffle a la mode or sip on an executive mimosa. Named after one of Dorchester’s most influential residents from the 1800s, Lucy’s is a spot for locals and newcomers alike.

Dbar
1236 Dorchester Ave
Love brioche French toast? How about huevos rancheros caliente? Then the creative Sunday brunch menu at Dbar is calling your name.  The fun starts at 11 and the bar is open all day.

Dorset Hall
367 Neponset Ave
Head down to Dorset for its weekend brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Try the full Irish breakfast for a taste of home!

Lower Mills Tavern
2269 Dot. Ave
How does fresh baked cheddar biscuits, breakfast pizza, and Maine blueberry pancakes. What’s brunch without a cocktail? Order up THE IRISH made with Irish whiskey, maple liqueur, cinnamon simple, hot coffee; topped with chocolate whipped cream & dash of salt!

Savin Bar + Kitchen
112 Savin Hill Ave
Let’s do brunch at SB + K! Join them every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. for favorites like the smoked salmon benedict and a good ole’ fashioned three egg omelet.

The Industry
750 Adams St.
Another welcomed addition to Adams Village, The Industry offers the vibe of a trendy downtown restaurant in a friendly neighborhood setting. Join them for brunch on Sundays with live music, bloody mary’s, and some seriously good food.

Ashmont Grill
555 Talbot Ave
If you’ve hit the town hard the night before, the Ashmont Grill is there to welcome you with open arms. Opt for the trainwreck omelette and a big bucket of bubbles, and you’ll be back to life in no time.

McKenna’s Café
109 Savin Hill Ave 
This laidback spot is a local favorite. Serving up pancakes all day, and classics for breakfast and lunch, it’s a must-see Dorchester spot.

Sweet Life Bakery and Cafe
2243 Dorchester Avenue
Featuring omelets and pancakes, to delicious sandwiches and salads, Sweet Life serves brunch Friday-Sunday!  Save room for one of their bakery treats too!

Image via Lucy’s Instagram 

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<![CDATA[Southie Weekend Preview]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 11:21:42 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Fat+Baby+104.PNG

Eat:
Purchase a ticket to Brunch Battle at District Hall! Participate in some good old-fashioned eating and drinking as local brunch hot spots duke it out for the coveted title of Brunch Champion on Saturday, October 6th at 12noon! Grab mimosa, and 9 brunch hot spots will be sampling some of their best brunch items and you get to eat them and then vote for your favorite! Proceeds from this battle will benefit Community Servings, a local nonprofit that provides meals to individuals & families who are homebound with an acute life-threatening illness. So not only is it delicious but it’s good for our community too! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here!

Drink:
Drink Pink! Fat Baby has created a specialty cocktail for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Enjoy a Rosita Mamacita – made with tequila, apparel, luxardo, lemon and orange bitters. Fat Baby will donate $1 for everyone purchased to the Ellie Fund! So you might as well order 2 right? Pairs well with Fat Baby sushi and dumplings!

Indulge:
Enjoy apple Cider Donuts at Capo! Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-1pm enjoy fresh baked donuts in coffee for dine-in or takeout in the cafe!

Last Call:
Head to the Seaport District and enjoy for the last time the pop-up beer garden featuring Cisco Brewers award-winning craft beer and wine, paired with raw bar and tacos from Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar. Add it to your weekend to-do list!

Shop:
Hunt & Gather! This week we celebrated National Consignment Day! Southie has some of the best consignment and vintage shops around including Boston Magazine Best of Winners Recollective, Dew Luxe, Covet and Go Garbaj! Make a plan to hunt and gather and find some designers hidden in the racks and shelves like Prada, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs! Here are some tips to help you navigate second-hand shopping like a boss!

Pick:
How’d ya like them apples? It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school. The air is just crisp enough to put on your favorite sweater and the urge to head out to the country and pick apples is overwhelming. So venture out of Southie this weekend and pick yourself a bushel and peck of farm fresh apples. Here are some spots that we like!

Shuck:
Guinness Oysterfest takes place on Saturday, October 6th from 12pm-9pm at the Lawn on D! Enjoy oyster shucking stations, a Guinness draft truck, lectures from a Guinness Brew Master, Get Your “IRISH” on bus (corned beef food truck), live Irish bands, Irish step dancing, games (including traditional Irish games), and more.This event is free to attend and open to all ages. Featured performers include The Silver Spears, Those Guys, and Southie’s own The Woods School of Irish Dance!

Shuck Again:
Bivalves and booze…two of our favorite things! The 1st annual Boston Oyster Bash is this Sunday, 2-6pm at the Innovation Design Center Building. Fueled by more than 4,000 oysters from the best oyster farms throughout New England, and beverages from spirit and wine producers from across the globe, it’s gonna be one helluva good time. Tickets start at $60. You can purchase them here!

Watch:
It’s a sports lover weekend! Thursday night at 8:20 pm the Pats face the Colts. On Friday the Red Sox will play their arch rival the Yankees on Friday at 7:32p, Saturday at 8:15 pm and Monday TBD. The Bruins face-off against the Senators on Monday at 1 pm. Wondering where to watch? We’ve got some suggestions right here! 

Register:
Register for the DAV 5K on November 10th at Castle Island for the 3rd annual DAV 5K. The DAV 5K is an event that thanks and honors those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. You can register here!

Support:
Show your support! On Thursday, October 4th a special fundraising event will take place at the Lawn on D for the South Boston Leadership Initiative Boston to Belfast Kickoff from 6pm-10pm! Tickets are $30 and all proceeds will benefit the South Boston youth participating in the Boston to Belfast Youth Empowerment Program. There will be food, refreshments, live music and the Pats will be playing on all TV’s! You can purchase tickets here!

Open House:
19 Hallam Street, Unit 2 – DorchesterOpen House Saturday 1-2: 30 pm – Contact amy.carlisle@compass.com for more information!

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<![CDATA[Using AI to Monitor Online Conversations About Mental Health]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:43:00 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Sunrise+104.PNG

By his age, Shrenik Jain, a Boston native by birth, experienced firsthand what many people don’t witness over an entire lifetime. Working as a first responder since sixteen, he saw patients dying for overdose and suicide—and the effects of such experiences on fellow responders.

In fact, the idea for his startup Sunrise Health came to Jain after observing one of his colleagues, who developed PTSD after they responded to “a very traumatic call,” Jain said.

Sunrise Health is a mobile platform for text-based group therapy and peer support that uses AI to detect clinically relevant content in peer messages. Most importantly, what makes Sunrise different from other mental health platforms is its natural language processing-based monitoring system, which acts like a moderator that prevents potentially dangerous interactions in real time.

“Trolls go ahead and tell people to go kill themselves on these support forums,” Jain said, referring to some of the online support groups that his colleague joined.

Jain and co-founder Ravi Shah founded Sunrise Health in 2016. The company licenses to existing healthcare system for a price ranging from $25,000 going up to six figures, depending on the size of the provider, Jain said. Clinicians who offer the service to their patients are immediately notified, should unapproved interactions happen on the platform.

In its first year of business, Sunrise ended up working on a pilot with Johns Hopkins – where Jain went to college – and received the award “Most Disruptive Startup in Psychiatry” from the American Psychiatric Association.

With offices in Boston, Baltimore, and Houston, the company has a staff of five full-time employees. It was drawn to the city by MassChallenge Boston, where Sunrise graduated in 2017.

Sunrise Health, which is currently raising its pre-seed round, has received about $200,000 in early funding from the Maryland Technology Development Corp., Johns Hopkins, National Institutes of Health, Rough Draft Ventures and Dorm Room Fund.

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<![CDATA[This New Boston Startup Gives Your Voice a Makeover]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:28:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/217*120/modulate+104.PNG

For your hair, there are wigs and hairstylists; for your skin, there are permanent and removable tattoos; for your eyes, there are contact lenses that disguise the shape of your pupils. In short, there’s a plethora of tools people can use if they want to give themselves a makeover—except for one of their signature features: their voice.

Sure a Darth Vader voice changing mask would do something about it, but for people who want to sound like a celebrity or a person of the opposite sex, look no further than Boston-based startup Modulate.

Founded in August 2017 by two MIT grads, this self-funded startup is using machine learning to change your voice as you speak. This could be a celebrity’s voice (like Barack Obama’s), the voice of a game character or even a totally custom voice. With potential applications in the gaming and movie industries, Modulate is launching on Wednesday with a free online demo that allows users to play with the service.

The cool thing about Modulate is that the software doesn’t simply disguise your voice, but it does something far more radical: it converts a person’s speech into somebody’s else vocal chords, changing the very I.D. of someone’s speech but keeping intact cadence and word choice. As a result, you sound like you, but have in fact someone’s else voice.

“You can imagine using this in Hollywood for things like dialog replacement, if you just miss a line, or even, eventually, for characters in animated films,” Mike Pappas, CEO of Modulate, said in an interview.

Pappas, an early employee of Paul English’s travel startup Lola, left his job in May to focus on Modulate together with his longtime MIT friend Carter Huffman, who started exploring the problem of “style transfer on speech” in his free time three years ago.

To start, Modulate narrowed its target market to the gaming industry, where players may be willing to pay top dollars for customizing their digital characters with a unique “voice skin,” as the company defines its product.

At its core, the software is a real-time filter that virtually swaps your vocal chords—but it leaves users a large room for creativity and performance. When imitating someone, people have to make their own impression of their model.

“Speech is really complicated,” Huffman, Modulate’s CTO, explained. “There’s your word choice, there’s your accent, there’s your cadence, and then there’s your vocal chords, and they all play together to assemble your vocal identity: we’re giving you control over that vocal identity to expand your range.”

At the same time, Modulate is conscious of the moral and ethical implications of the software. Currently, the company could help potential customers to sound like a celebrity like Barack Obama, for example; but before letting this happen, they verify the goals of customers and always include a watermark on all the voice clips they produce.

Celebrity’s imitations are not, in the end, what makes Pappas and Huffman most excited about their startup.

“Until now, your vocal chords have defined exactly what you can sound like: you can learn to speak with an accent, or learn to imitate a particular speech pattern, but there’s very little you can do about the vocal chords you were born with,” Pappas said. “This technology strips that limitation away, so anyone can really explore the whole creative potential of the human voice.”

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<![CDATA[Walmart Is Testing Grocery-Picking Robots]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:48:21 -0500

As the e-commerce market rapidly becomes more digital and decentralized, it makes sense for retail and tech companies to dive into robotics to streamline tasks like assembling orders. Amazon did it since 2003, establishing right in our neck of the woods (North Reading, Mass.) its divisionAmazon Robotics—now the company’s largest east coast research and development organization.

To keep up with Amazon’s robotic army, in the last couple of years Walmarthas begun using robots for shelf-scanning and inventory tracking. Its first pilot programs were conducted with Bossa Nova, a robotics company with offices in San Francisco and Pittsburgh; but in August, it was a local robotics company to land a deal with Bentonville.

Formed in 2013 as Alert Corporation, North Billerica, Mass.-basedAlert Innovation is working with Walmart to test a new, custom-designed robotic system that picks customers’ grocery orders. The system will start fulfill orders at Walmart’s supercenter in Salem, New Hampshire by the end of the year. If all goes well, the company will start commercializing in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The name of the new technology is Alphabot, and here’s what it looks like.

“It’s an automated storage and retrieval system in which mobile robots are the only moving parts,” said John Lert, founder and CEO of Alert Innovation. “They can operate linearly, within the aisle… on a floor, on a deck, and they can climb vertically, they can turn themselves into a lift.”

Alphabot gets into action when customers place an order online. Randomly accessing storage locations, they move in three dimensions to pick the required items; then, they bring them to workstations, where human pickers transfer items from product containers to order containers.

The system may sound similar to the robots that Amazon uses in its fulfillment centers, but Lert said that there’s a major difference in terms of efficient utilization of the space.

“A huge constraint in putting these automation systems is how much space they require,” Lert pointed out. “We use the whole volume of a given space… so we have much higher space efficiency than any other competing system.”

Alert Innovation, which now has around 70 employees, started talking with Walmart about a partnership in 2016. Around the same time, the company secured an undisclosed round of funding.

“Getting the strategic partnership with Walmart was a key element in being able to get the company funded,” Lert said.

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<![CDATA[Happenings in Dorchester This Weekend]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:25:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Brits+1041.jpg

Eat:
If you like ramen, you’ll love this news.  Neponset Cafe has opened its doors at 400 Neponset Ave and is serving up some asian dishes in a casual and comfortable restaurant.  According to Eater Boston, the cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features a menu of items like omelettes, miso soup, pork belly buns, spring rolls, chicken wings, rice bowls and ramen!  Yum!Also on the menu, specialty coffee drinks like matcha frappuccino, pumpkin patch latte, and cold brew iced coffee! Neponset Cafe is open 7 days a week from 6:30am to 8pm. 

Drink:
Raise your glass! It’s the 12th Annual Boston Winery Pig Roast! This festival features food, wine, music and more! There will be fresh pasta, salad, artisanal breads, and of course Chef Gianni Caruso’s porquetta, as well as a complimentary drink ticket! DJ Steve Clark will be spinning the tunes! This deliciously fun event take place on Sunday, October 7th from 12pm-4pm. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here!

Watch:
Saturday night’s alright for a fight!Head to Yellow Door on Saturday night and watch most anticipated UFC bout of the year between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov!  The Pay-per-view event starts are 10pm. Enjoy late night bites, fights, and drinks ’til 2am! No cover!

Shop:
On Saturday, October 6th at 9am (no early birds) – plan on hitting a yard sale! And not just any yard sale but a mega yard sale made up of 14+ homes in the Adams Ashmont neighborhood! Just think of all the cool stuff you’ll find that you didn’t realize you can’t live without! Yard sale will go on until 2pm and organized by the Adams Ashmont Neighborhood Association!Stop by 319 Ashmont Street and 30 Beaumont Street for a map!Let us know what you find!

Support:
Cook for a cause! It’s the 21st Annual men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health presented by Codman Square Health Center on Thursday, October 4th from 6pm-9pm. This fundraising event helps raise fund and awareness to improve women’s health in our community! Each year more than 800 supporters gather under the Gala Tent at 637 Washington St. to enjoy tasty bites from Boston restaurants, served by local celebrity male chefs from Boston’s business, political, entertainment, sports and hospitality worlds!For more information visit here! 

See:
Calling all history buffs! The Red Coats are coming! The Red Coats are coming….again! It’s the 250 Anniversary Reenactment of the British Troops in Boston! Takes place on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th. You can check out the full schedule of events here! 

Do:
Root for the home team! It’s a sports lover weekend! Thursday night at 8:20pm the Pats face the Colts. On Friday the Red Sox will play their arch rival the Yankess on Friday at 7:32p, Saturday at 8:15pm and Monday TBD. The Bruins face-off against the Senators on Monday at 1pm. Literally sit in the middle of all the action. Harp & Bard has over 10 HD TVs so there isn’t a chance that you’ll miss a single play! Great game time snacks to share too!

Sing:
Head to dbar for dinner and stay for karaoke! Every Friday night beginning at 10pm, karaoke unlike no other, kicks off the weekend!

Pick:
How’d ya like them apples? It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school. The air is just crisp enough to put on your favorite sweater and the urge to head out to the country and pick apples is overwhelming. So venture out of Southie this weekend and pick yourself a bushel and peck of farm fresh apples. Here are some spots that we like!

Listen:
Singer Thomas Knight will be entertaining the crowds at the Ashmont Farmers Market in Peabody Square on Friday at 4pm-6:30pm.

Shuck:
Bivalves and booze…two of our favorite things! The 1st annual Boston Oyster Bash is this Sunday, 2-6pm at the Innovation Design Center Building. Fueled by more than 4,000 oysters from the best oyster farms throughout New England, and beverages from spirit and wine producers from across the globe, it’s gonna be one helluva good time. Tickets start at $60.You can purchase them here!

Open House:
19 Hallam Street, Unit 2 – DorchesterOpen House Saturday 1-2:30pm – Contact amy.carlisle@compass.com for more information!

Register:
Register for the DAV 5K on November 10th at Castle Island for the 3rd annual DAV 5K. The DAV 5K is an event that thanks and honors those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. You can register here!

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<![CDATA[Violette Gluten Free Bakery in Cambridge Is Moving]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 19:57:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Violette+104.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Cambridge bakery is moving to a new location, and it apparently stems from a rent issue.

According to a source, Violette Gluten Free Bakery has left its home on Concord Avenue in the Fresh Pond/Huron Village area and is reopening in the former Coccinelle space on Mass. Ave. just south of Porter Square. An article from the Cambridge Chronicle/TAB confirms this, saying that the bakery was apparently facing an initial rent increase of 300 percent before being offered a 100-percent increase through a two-year lease instead. Owner  Leesteffy Jenkins stated that she wished to have at least a five-year lease for the bakery instead, and in late August, she said that she received an eviction notice. The post mentions that Jenkins was able to sign a ten-year lease for the new space, which is smaller than she had hoped for and will not have any seating.

A blog post from Violette indicates that the plan is to open in the new space Mass. Ave. October 26.

The old address for Violette is 407 Concord Avenue while the new address is 1786 Massachusetts Avenue; its website can be found at http://violettegf.com/

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Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Items from Bakeries and Pastry Shops in the Boston Area and Beyond

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<![CDATA[Kakawa Chocolate House to Open in Salem]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:30:02 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/Kakawa+103.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular chocolate shop and cafe in New Mexico is expanding to the Greater Boston area.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Kakawa Chocolate House in Santa Fe, NM will be joined by a new location in Salem next to the Peabody Essex Museum on Essex Street, while also having a kiosk in the museum as well. The post says that new spot will offer chocolate drinks (also known as "elixirs") and such items as brownies with chile powder, blueberry-basil truffles, white chocolate macaroons with lemon and pistachio, rose-flavored caramels, and ice cream could also be offered. If all goes as planned, Kakawa Chocolate House may be opening later this fall.

The Salem Chamber of Commerce states that the address for this upcoming chocolate shop and cafe will be 173 Essex Street, Salem, MA, 01970. The website for the business can be found at https://kakawachocolates.com/

Thanks to Eater Boston for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Chocolate-Based Items from Places in the Boston Area and Beyond

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<![CDATA[Women Share 'The Dark Side' of Being Women—Anonymously]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 09:27:44 -0500

Thankfully, we live in a time when women drive the public conversation about women’s issues around the world. The recent #MeToo movement has become a worldwide phenomenon, spreading virally on social media and growing into a crucial force behind high-profile scandals including those of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby. The sense of community created by #MeToo empowered many women to come forward and be vocal, sometimes even under the media spotlight, about being sexually harassed or assaulted.

Beyond sexual harassment, there are plenty of personal experiences that women may feel not comfortable sharing out loud. Not yet, perhaps; admitting mixed feelings about motherhood, dealing with a crippling eating disorder, or accepting the consequences of a miscarriage—it all boils down to the most delicate, intimate path, where only women know what’s best for them.

Photo courtesy of findSisterhood.

To encourage unfiltered sharing, Ana Pompa Alarcón Rawls, a mother of two, decided to create an anonymous social network where women could feel protected enough to be 100% sincere. Launched in Boston three weeks ago as a free mobile app, findSisterhood uses one-way cryptography to grant anonymity to self-verified female users, who chat freely about motherhood, fertility, sexuality and self-worth.

Pompa Alarcón Rawls came up with the idea four years ago, after giving birth to her first child in New York City. At a time when she couldn’t rely on any support network, she quickly realized that for her, motherhood was not the experience pictures on social media depicted. In fact, she dealt with postpartum depression.

“I [didn’t] feel like taking selfies of my postpartum body… or taking the perfect food pictures of the home-cooked baby meals,” she said. “I was actually really struggling.”

Still, something good came out of social media. Pompa Alarcón Rawls started connecting with women on Facebook, posting on different groups, and ended up talking with more than 400 women who agreed: motherhood “is not all fun, but we feel the social pressure and we put it on ourselves,” she said.

Feeling not alone, she listened to the feedback from her online friends and refined the idea of findSisterhood as “a safe space,” where women are sure to connect with other women but are also positive they can’t be tracked down. Initially designed with a gender-verification tool connected to Facebook, the app now allow users to self-verify their gender. In addition, one-way cryptography makes all posts 100% untraceable, including for the findSisterhood team of six.

As a member of the latest MassChallenge Boston cohort, findSisterhood will stay in Boston until mid-October; Pompa Alarcón Rawls admitted that the company has no formal roots, but its main investors and mentors are in the city. Currently, the company raised $100,000 from angel investors (including Joe Caruso), “with more commitments to be announced as part of a seed round,” Pompa Alarcón Rawls said.

The week after Sept. 10, its first day of launch, findSisterhood was downloaded 1,500 times, gathering around 5,000 stories (Pompa Alarcón Rawls declined to disclose more recent statistics). Conversation topics are gathered around 20 clusters, from “Friends with Benefits” to “Toxic Relationships,” including “Positive Mindset,” “Pelvic Floor Issues” and “Cannabis and Sex.” The sill basic features of the social media platform allows users to “love,” follow or comment posts; the app is available on both Apple Store and Google Play.

Self-acceptance is not an easy, or quick, process—especially when it involves the deepest shades of our personalities, shaped in memories from years ago and buried away. It starts with baby steps: sometimes, even telling a stranger how we really feel is a huge step in the right direction.

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<![CDATA[25+ Fun, Fall Things to Do in and Around Boston This Weekend]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 07:17:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Oktoberfest-Group-Photo-4.jpg

Fall is in the air and this weekend brings so many great fairs and festivals, making it the perfect weekend to hit the road for some outdoor fun. Grab the family and head to Edaville Family Theme Park for its first Not So Spooky Halloween Party or a “Brick or Treat” event at LEGOLAND Discovery Center, or, if you’re more of a thrill seeker, head north to Spooky World. The Topsfield Fair also continues this weekend, along with the Boston Mini Maker Faire, lots of fall festivals, first Friday events and dozens of other great things to add to your weekend plans.

Friday, Oct. 5

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party

Kick off the Halloween season with Edaville Family Theme Park's first annual "Not So Spooky Halloween." Wear your favorite costume and enjoy a full day of family fun including parent approved trick or treating at every ride. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

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.

SoWa First Fridays

Meet artists, view exhibits and shop as more than 200 artists, galleries, shops and showrooms open their doors to the public tonight for an evening of art, culture and inspiration. 5-9 p.m., 450-460 Harrison Ave., Boston.

ICA First Friday: Center Stage

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight performance and fashion take the floor this month at First Fridays. Dress to impress and enjoy an evening of art, cocktails and music by DJ Nighthawk. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-10 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.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

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.

Saturday, Oct. 6

LEGOLAND Brick or Treat

Celebrate Halloween LEGO style at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat event featuring a pumpkin patch photo opp, a Halloween build off challenge, and LEGO trick or treating where you can collect pieces at different locations throughout the center, along with a costume contest and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

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 Party

Kick off the Halloween season with Edaville Family Theme Park's first annual "Not So Spooky Halloween." Wear your favorite costume and enjoy a full day of family fun including parent approved trick or treating at every ride. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

Boston Mini Maker Faire

You don’t want to miss the Boston Mini Maker Faire today and tomorrow at Boston Children’s Museum. The second annual Maker Faire features more than 100 makers, performers and exhibitors for this action-packed day of learning, fun and discovery. 10 am. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Guinness Oyster Fest

Head to The Lawn on D today for the Guinness Oysterfest featuring oyster shucking stations, a Guinness draft truck, brew master lectures, food, live Irish bands, traditional Irish games and more. Noon to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., 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. Open weekends through Columbus Day. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver. 

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland 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. 11:20 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 $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

Sunday, Oct. 7 

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

SoWa Open Market

Head over to this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Boston Mini Maker Faire

You don’t want to miss the Boston Mini Maker Faire today and tomorrow at Boston Children’s Museum. The second annual Maker Faire features more than 100 makers, performers and exhibitors for this action-packed day of learning, fun and discovery. 10 am. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party

Kick off the Halloween season with Edaville Family Theme Park's first annual "Not So Spooky Halloween." Wear your favorite costume and enjoy a full day of family fun including parent approved trick or treating at every ride. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St., Carver.

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.

LEGOLAND Brick or Treat

Celebrate Halloween LEGO style at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat event featuring a pumpkin patch photo opp, a Halloween build off challenge, and LEGO trick or treating where you can collect pieces at different locations throughout the center, along with a costume contest and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

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 Columbus Day. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Oktoberfest at SoWa

Celebrate Oktoberfest today at the SoWa Beer Barn. Enjoy a special lineup for favorite fall and German style beers, along with a variety of Oktoberfests. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Beer Farm, 540 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland 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. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 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 $66. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Spooky World

Spooky World is open for the season. Enjoy thrills, chills, sreams and fun at Nightmare in New England at the Haunted Hayride at New England’s largest haunted attraction. 7-11 p.m., 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.



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<![CDATA[Fastachi Opens at the Prudential Center]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:42:38 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/Fastachi+103.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of Boston-area shops featuring a variety of roasted nuts has been joined by a fourth--and its second location in the city of Boston itself.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a Facebook post from the business) that Fastachi is now open at the Prudential Center in the Back Bay, with the company saying this is a permanent shop that is located in the center court of the shopping area. As is the case with the other locations in Beacon Hill, Watertown, and Wellesley, the new store offers such items as roasted nuts, dried fruits, and handmade chocolates.

Fastachi started out in 1990 in Belmont, with the business moving to Watertown in 2003.

The website for Fastachi can be found at http://www.fastachi.com/

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<![CDATA[Harvest Co-op Markets in 2 Locations to Close]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:18:59 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Market+103.PNG

A few months ago, we reported that the future of a pair of community-owned markets may be in question. Now we have learned that the two stores will indeed be shutting down.

According to an article from the Jamaica Plain News, Harvest Co-op in Cambridge's Central Square and Jamaica Plain will both be closing within the next 7 to 14 days, as the possibility of the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) purchasing the assets of the two markets did not come to fruition. An email from the Harvest Co-op Markets Board of Directors was sent out this afternoon, saying the following:

We learned a few days ago that NCG determined that they would not be submitting a proposal for us to consider....In light of this fact, and the reality that we have no other viable options to rescue the Co-op, the Board has determined that the most responsible act is to close the stores in order to get the most value out of our assets to address as much of our financial obligations as possible."


The article says that the shops will have a going-out-of-business sale over the coming days, which will help pay off their creditors.

The Cambridge location of Harvest Co-op Market is located at 580 Massachusetts Avenue while the Jamaica Plain location can be found at 3815 Washington Street. (The website for both stores is at http://harvest.coop/)

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Harvest Co-op Markets in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain in Danger of Closing

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<![CDATA[Trillium Brewing Opening a Restaurant!]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 16:42:03 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Trillium.PNG

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<![CDATA[Meet the Harvard-Born “Fitbit for Carbon Emissions”]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:50:06 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/Joro+103.PNG

We live in a golden age where apps can turn our phones into fake devices like electric razors, fan coolers and underwear color detectors (yes, your read that right). Thankfully for all of us, there are also apps with more idealistic goals, and definitely a deep awareness of the world outside phone screens—and Harvard-born Joro is among the latter.

Incubated at HBS’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Joro is a mobile app that helps users track their carbon emissions linked to travel, purchases and daily lifestyle, with the final goal of reducing users’ negative impact on the environment.

Carbon emissions, or the carbon dioxide that planes, cars, factories and human beings produce, have been on a steady ascending curve since 1900; since 1970, CO2 emissions have increased by about 90%, with U.S. and China as top carbon dioxide emitters.

Not fully aware of this scenario at the beginning of her entrepreneurial journey, Joro CEO and co-founder Sanchali Pal realized she wanted to do something about sustainability after watching the documentary Food, Inc.

“Sustainability is a very vague word, but carbon emission is a very precise metric.”

“Sustainability is a very vague word, but carbon emission is a very precise metric,” Pal, now a recent graduate from Harvard Business School, said. “If everyone [tracked his or her emissions], the world would be better.”

But how to convince people to change their habits and opt for a more environmental-friendly lifestyle? Pal, who got advice from Boston-based community apps like Runkeeper and Lose It!, realized that people are more likely to stick with habits if friends help them, and they like to discover things from friends; which is why Joro is not only a tracker, but a community. Not a wearable device, though.

Joro dubbed itself as “the Fitbit for carbon emissions” meaning that its software is similar to Fitbit’s, which tracks fitness metrics thanks to its signature device.

Currently, Joro is a mobile and a web app. Here, users can input data about what they eat, how they travel, what they purchase. Then, the system calculates their “carbon score” and provides advice (through visual alerts) on how to reduce carbon footprints. Also, users can create or join public or private communities of friends or co-workers; the goal is comparing scores and incentivizing competition.

Joro raised a total of $35,000 in non-diluted funding and it’s now raising a pre-seed round.

The list of startup competitions it won goes on and on: first place in the Improved Energy Efficiency track at the MIT Clean Energy Competition, recipient of the Dow Sustainability award at the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and one of four 2017 regional winners at Cleantech Open Northeast. Based at the Harvard ilab, the company has a team of two co-founders and one software lead.

In case you’re wondering: in Norwegian, Joro means “Mother Earth,” the primary beneficiary of the efforts of Joro users.

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<![CDATA[Babson Startup: Students Are the Best Admission Counselors]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 19:06:13 -0500

Applying to college is stressful. And it’s even more overwhelming when you’re facing the task alone, with no money to afford private tutoring sessions, SAT camps or college admission consultants.

Within the $6 billion college admissions market, new local startup IgnitED is trying to level the admissions playing field thanks to a simple premise: students who did succeed in their own college admission process can be a valuable resource for others with the same pursuit.

So, why not build a platform to connect their expertise with college applicants? Looks like a triple win-win: college students are paid for their time, applicants get affordable counseling and IgnitED takes home a fee.

As co-founder Mara Steiu pointed out, college admission counseling in the U.S. is very expensive. The average price for a private 1-hour tutoring session is $120. As for public schools, they do offer free college counseling services, but the demand for the average school counselor is overwhelming: he or she sees hundreds of students.

With the idea of offering personalized and affordable service, the company is building a network of college student mentors who are “the best students from the best schools in the United States,” Steiu said. “Mostly Ivy League, but also very selective schools.”

The three co-founders have a record of academic success themselves. Originally from Romania, Steiu was accepted into 11 international universities (including Bocconi University, University of Warwick and University of Richmond) with scholarships before enrolling to Babson. Fellow co-founders Larissa Moreira and Georgia Gabriela are on a full ride, respectively, at Babson and Stanford.

The company was freshly incubated in the latest summer batch of the Babson Summer Venture Program, the 10-week long program that accelerates the development of student ventures from Babson, Olin and Wellesley. The trio started developing the idea in March 2018.

Ideally, they hope to finance the company by charging students who need tutoring. During the summer, they tested the platform with six college students as mentors and 50 students as mentees, free of charge. This month, they started offering three pricing packages starting with a $60 hourly fee; mentors are paid $20 for each 1-hour session.

During their sessions, mentors and mentees mostly focus on writing and editing essays for admissions, from brainstorming ideas to coming up with evidence for their thesis.

“We’re also talking to a few school districts to see their availability to bring [our platform] to whole school systems,” Moreira said.

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<![CDATA[Tupelo in Cambridge's Inman Square Is Closing]]>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:06:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/Tupelo+102.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular Cambridge restaurant that features comfort food with Southern influences is shutting down.

A message sent to us this afternoon indicates that Tupelo in Inman Square is closing, with a Facebook post from the Cambridge Street spot stating that "With deep regret, Tupelo will be closing its doors after brunch October 7th for good." The Facebook thread indicates that its closure is due at least in part to difficulties in finding staff, an issue that has been echoed by a number of other Boston-area restaurants and bars over recent times.

Tupelo first opened in 2009, with owners Renee McLeod (who also runs Petsi Pies) and Mike Walker offering food items with Southern leanings as well as New England influences. The menu includes such items as gumbo, fried oysters, blackened catfish, fried chicken, brisket, red beans and rice, grits, and collard greens.

The address for Tupelo is 1193 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at http://tupelo02139.com/

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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[Maria's Pizza in Beverly Is Closing]]>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:13:17 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/207*120/Maria+102.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A North Shore pizzeria that has been around for a long time is closing its doors.

According to an article from the Patch, Maria's Pizza in Beverly is shutting down on October 13, with a note on the door of the Cabot Street spot announcing the closure and saying "We thank you all for your patronage and friendship these past 39 years. It has been our pleasure to serve you and you will be missed." No reason has been given for the closing of Maria's as of yet, and it is not known what might be going into the space, so stay tuned for any updates that might come in.

Maria's, which first opened in 1979, offers pizza, calzones, subs, sandwiches, and a variety of dinner items.

The address for Maria's Pizza is 273 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, 01915. Its website can be found at https://mariaspizzabeverly.weebly.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Beacon Hill Pub in Boston Has Closed, But Will It Be Back?]]>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 09:20:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/beaconhillpub.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

One of the last remaining dive bars in or near the downtown area of Boston has closed, and it is not known exactly what will open in its space.

According to multiple posters on social media as well as a couple of sources--both of whom have connections to the local restaurant industry--the Beacon Hill Pub on Charles Street shut down last night, and while we are told that a new bar may be opening in the space, no specific information has been given as of yet. Universal Hub had reported in July that the Greater Boston Bar Co., which purchased the building housing the bar, did not plan to make any changes to the place other than apparently hiring a new manager while also saying the same for The Tam in the Theatre District and Mary Ann's in Cleveland Circle, which they also took over. As soon as we get more information on what might replace the Beacon Hill Pub, we will post an update here.

The Beacon Hill Pub which had been in business since at least the 1980s, was considered one of the few dives left in the heart of the city, with others including Biddy Early's in the Financial District, the Corner Cafe in the North End, the Sidebar and the Hub Pub in Downtown Crossing, and J J Donovan's in Faneuil Hall.

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

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<![CDATA[The Brook Kitchen and Tap in Maynard Has Closed]]>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 20:04:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Brook+101.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of restaurants and bars connected to a local group of dining and drinking spots is down to just one, as its newer location has shut down.

A Twitter post from @maynardbrewer stated that it appeared the Maynard location of The Brook Kitchen and Tap was closing, with a phone call to the Main Street spot confirming that yesterday was indeed its last day in business. (It appears that the original location of The Brook in Holbrook remains in operation.) Both locations of The Brook were new concepts from The Halfway Cafe team, which continues to operate restaurants in Dedham, Marlborough, and Watertown.

The Brook first opened in Maynard in January of 2017, replacing a location of The Halfway Cafe.

The address for the now-closed location of The Brook Kitchen and Tap in Maynard was 51 Main Street, Maynard, MA, 01754. The website for the Holbrook location can be found at http://www.brookkitchenandtap.com/

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<![CDATA[Burgerim to Open at the Burlington Mall]]>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:09:25 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/Burgerim+102.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A burger chain with roots overseas is opening its first location in Massachusetts, and it will reside in a northern suburb of Boston.

According to an article in the Patch, Burgerim is planning to open a shop at the Burlington Mall, with the eatery offering "miniburgers" that are a bit larger than the typical slider and can be ordered in packs of two or three, or a party pack of 16. (Burger options include beef, turkey, chicken, salmon, lamb, veggie, and more.) Currently, the only location of Burgerim in New England is in Brookfield, CT, though three other locations are slated to open in Connecticut as well as two in New Hampshire.

The Patch says that Donna Tuchner initially established the Burgerim chain in Israel, though she has since sold the chain to an investor and its headquarters are now in California.

The website for Burgerim can be found at https://www.burgerim.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Bedford Farms in Burlington Has Closed]]>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 19:56:44 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/Bedford+101.PNG

A trio of ice cream shops whose name dates back to the 1800s is back down to two locations.

According to a Facebook post from the business, Bedford Farms at 3rd Ave in Burlington has closed, with the note saying that "We are heading back to our roots and look forward to serving and supporting the community for many years to come at our Bedford and Concord shops." The Burlington outlet first opened its doors in 2015.

Bedford Farms got its start as a dairy business in the 19th century, with the company starting to make ice cream in the late 1940s and 1950s, according to its website.

The address for the now-closed Bedford Farms in Burlington was 19 3rd Ave, Burlington, MA, 01803. The website for the business can be found at https://www.bedfordfarmsicecream.com/

Thanks to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for initially bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[Trillium Brewing Is Opening a Restaurant in Fort Point!]]>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 09:20:15 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/trillium1.jpg

We’ve all seen the lines at Trillium Brewing, right? Well, the wildly popular brewery on Congress will be opening a restaurant across the way on Thomson Place! So now you can grab a bite to eat, while you wait fo the line to subside!

According to The Improper Bostonian, The 490-spot, 18,000-square-foot restaurant will feature a New England farm to table menu and 24 tap lines – of course! There will also be custom wood-fired grill and a seasonal roof deck.

The new restaurant is slated to open by end of the month! 

The post Trillium Brewing is adding a restaurant in Fort Point! appeared first on Caught In Southie.



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<![CDATA[Pints for a Purpose: Cisco Brewing]]>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 20:07:15 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/cisco+101.PNG

Great news!  Cisco Brewers extends its pop-up in Seaport for Pints for a Purpose to benefit the Boston Police Activities League (PAL). 

Cisco will be offering a full-service bar, for the first time, to include Cisco’s award-winning craft beer and wine featuring Bluehaired Ladies – Blueberry Lemonades and Triple 8-2-0s.

This event takes place on Tuesday, October 2nd from 4pm-11pm.

The pop up is located at 65 Northern Ave.

Live music by Aldous Collins!

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<![CDATA[Flour Bakery Seaport Now Open!]]>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:47:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/Flour+928.PNG

Great news!  Flour Bakery – owned and operated by James Beard recipient and author Joanne Chang’s – opens its 8th location at 1 Design Center Place off of Drydock Ave. in South Boston! The newest location opened bright and early on Monday morning.

According to Eater Boston, Flour will operate until 2 p.m. every day and Flour Seaport will be the first to have a smoothie bar. 

Eventually, Flour Seaport’s hours will extend Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Boston Pops in Dorchester This Weekend]]>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 20:02:25 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/NECN_Boston_Pops.jpg

The Boston Pops will perform a special free concert in Franklin Park on Sunday, September 30 at 3 p.m.

After the concert, enjoy a community arts festival with family-friendly activities presented by many of local institutions and arts organizations. There will be an interactive mural, instrument playground, crafts, photo booth, live animal demonstrations, and more!

The outdoor concert marks the second year in a row for this free outdoor concert at The Playstead at Franklin Park, 25 Pierpont Road. The festival also includes local food vendors.  So plan to spend the day!

The post Boston Pops in Dot! appeared first on Caught In Dot.

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<![CDATA[Life Alive to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 19:13:52 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Life+Alive+928.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of cafes featuring healthy, organic food will be opening another new location, with this one being in a busy section of Boston.

According to an email (and as posted by Eater Boston), Life Alive is planning to open in the Back Bay, moving into the space on Boylston Street where a location of Au Bon Pain had been. Once it opens (possibly in the spring of 2019), the new eatery will join other locations in Brookline, Cambridge, Lowell, and Salem, and based on the menus at those locations, expect to see vegetarian dishes that use organic ingredients, including soups, salads, grain bowls, wraps, smoothies, coffee, tea, and more.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in the Back Bay is: Life Alive, 431 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.lifealive.com/

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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[Changsho in Cambridge May Be Changing Name to Lotus Parc]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 19:17:20 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/178*120/Changsho+928.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a longtime Cambridge restaurant could be changing its name.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page, Changsho on Mass. Ave. has applied for a change of name to Lotus Parc, which would be closer in name to two other restaurants run by the same group--Lotus Blossom in Sudbury and Lotus Flower in Framingham. The hearing is slated to take place on October 3, so stay tuned for possible updates later next week or the week after.

Changsho is a popular neighborhood spot that was originally known as Wong Foon in the late 1970s, according to the restaurant's website; the place features a mix of Chinese-American and more traditional Chinese fare, and is known in part for its lunch buffet.

The address for Changsho is 1712 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138. Its website can be found at http://changshorestaurant.com/

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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[Cava Plans to Open in Cambridge's Kendall Square]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 19:24:02 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/209*120/cava+928.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Washington, D.C.-based group of fast-casual Mediterranean spots is planning to expand further into the Boston area, with a new one possibly on its way to Cambridge.

According to a license commission hearing page, Cava is looking to open in Kendall Square, with the proposed Ames Street eatery including seating for 38 inside and an outdoor patio with additional seating for 20. If approved, the new restaurant would join existing locations in Boston's Fenway and Back Bay along with outlets in Dedham and Hingham.

Cava, which started out in 2011, features customizable items that begin with a salad/grain/soup/pita base and with items such as hummus, falafel, feta, braised lamb, olives, and grilled chicken added.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Kendall Square is: Cava, 82 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. The website for all of the locations can be found at http://cava.com/

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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[Twisted Tree Cafe Is Opening in Lincoln]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 19:27:28 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/Twisted+928.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new cafe and coffee shop is on its way to a Boston suburb that has very few dining options.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, the Twisted Tree Cafe is opening in Lincoln, moving into the space on Lincoln Road where a location of Trail's End Cafe had been. An earlier article from The Lincoln Squirrel confirms this, saying that the place will be serving breakfast and lunch, while the website for the eatery indicates that it could be very close to opening, stating that it plans to open late this month (it isn't known for sure whether this is still the case).

Trail's End Cafe first opened in Lincoln in late 2016, taking over the space where the Whistle Stop Cafe had been; the people behind that restaurant also run another location of Trail's End in Concord along with the newly-opened Concord Market and Lincoln Kitchen, the latter of which is next to the former Trail's End in Lincoln (and upcoming Twisted Tree Cafe).

The address for this new dining spot in Lincoln is: Twisted Tree Cafe, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA, 01773. Its website can be found at https://www.thetwistedtreecafe.com/

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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[This Boston Neighborhood Named One of World's Coolest]]>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:52:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Fade_AP_110723161334.jpg

Heading to Boston this week or weekend? You might want to check out the neighborhood that recently made the cut for the list of the world's top 50 coolest neighborhoods.

TimeOut.com's list had the South End ranked at number 48 and noted the neighborhood had become Boston's "artistic hub, with dozens of galleries and design shops that wouldn’t be out of place in any of the world’s culture capitals."

Embajadores, Madrid topped the list, with United States neighborhoods in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Miami also making the list.

The coolest neighborhoods list was compiled by the TimeOut editors and writers across the world, as well as a survey encompassing 15,000 people.



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<![CDATA[Happening in Southie This Weekend]]>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 19:42:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/Burke+927.PNG

Eat:
Brunch anyone? Have you tried brunch at Publico yet? The Hangover Hoagie is filled with grilled Spanish chorizo, three scrambled eggs, and fontina cheese! Pair it with a Pear Mimosa and you’ll feel as good as new! Check out Publico’s full menu here!

Drink:
Raise your glass! It’s Oktoberfest happening at the Cisco Brewing Pop Up in the Seaport District! Enjoy pints of Pumple Drumkin, bobbing for apples, stein hoisting competitions, and Swartze Loch – aka corn hole! This event will take place September 27th and 28th from 4p-11pm and on September 29th

Shop:
Hunt & Gather! This coming Monday is National Consignment Day! Southie has some of the best consignment and vintage shops around including Boston Magazine Best of Winners Recollective, Dew Luxe, Covet and Go Garbaj! Make a plan to hunt and gather and find some designers hidden in the racks and shelves like Prada, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs! Here are some tips to help you navigate second-hand shopping like a boss!

Watch:
Are you ready for some football? The Pats face the Dolphins on Sunday at 1 pm. Wondering where to watch? We’ve got some suggestions right here! 

Do:
Adventure awaits! On Sunday, September 30 from 8am-11am head to the Lawn on D
for the BKBX Obstacle Course: Adventure Training! Come see what you’re made of on BKBX’s obstacle course, where you’ll get a preview of how you can train for a lifetime of powerful, adventurous challenges. The BKBX obstacle course provides a dynamic, high-energy workout based on the fundamental elements of adventure training, which are strategically designed to push your limits and enhance fitness performance through feats of cardio, power, and agility. Show up and be prepared to sprint, leap, crawl, and climb your way to the finish line—all while responding to sensory and cognitive stimuli. Sounds like fun to us! You can learn more here! 

Play:
Discover Moakley! Mayor Martin J. Walsh invites residents and visitors of all ages to “Discover Moakley” with a family festival on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by an outdoor movie at 7 p.m. along with more activities highlighting this popular park located along the waterfront in South Boston. “Discover Moakley” will be a full day of fun with food, beach games, skateboarding, a screening of “The Goonies,” and more. This event is free to the public and family friendly. Explore new recreational activities, learn about resilient landscapes, and discover the potential for Moakley Park. Learn about what is being done to make Moakley Park accessible to all of Boston, while enjoying the festivities at the same time. The event is hosted by the Boston’s Parks and Recreation and Greenovate Boston, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Boston Harbor Now, The Trust for Public Land, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Walk:
Lace up your sneakers and walk around Castle Island to raise money for the Michael Burke Foundation – an organization which helps families in and around the Boston area battling cancer. Post-walk enjoy a pig roast, burgers, hot dogs and more while you watch the Pats take on the Dolphins at 1 pm. The walk starts at 10:30 am at the Boston Harbor Yacht Club (1805 Columbia Road) and post-walk celebration is back at the BHYC. Tickets are $30. You can purchase them here! Cant’ make the event? You can still make a donation here!  This event takes place on Sunday, September 30th.

Pamper:
Get ready to bat those lashes! Southie now has a new lash extension studio – Boston Lash! This quaint but chic studio has opened its doors at 509 East First Street and is here to help you enhance your natural beauty one lash at a time! Lengthen your lashes with a full set of classic lashes for $245 a complimentary $25 aftercare kit is included. Plan on getting a refill application from 10-20 days for a standard refill for $85. Anything more than 20 days can run you $110-$140. You can also get a special occasion refill (1-9 days) for $60. And just for you CIS readers, enjoy $50 off a classic set of lashes as an introductory offer through September!

Row:
Row, row, row, your boat! Try something new and head to Boston Rowing Center on Saturdays at 10 am and enjoy a row in Fort Point. The Boston Rowing Center is located behind the Barking Crab! For more information visit here! 

Knit:
Hang out with Third Piece every Friday night and knit in the shop! Social Knit Nights are a fun, social time for knitters of all levels to hang out with other knitters in the area. We can coordinate some drinks and snacks from time to time, and have a great time knitting and chatting!

Shred:
Shred it! Forget it! Mass Bay Credit Union is hosting their wildly popular shredding event! Members and residents who live in the community are invited to bring any documents that contain sensitive information and have them shredded safely and for free! There is a five-box maximum. This event will take place on Saturday, September 29th from 9am-11: 30 am at their Southie branch!

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<![CDATA[Prepare Yourself For Sushi Doughnuts and Pizza]]>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 11:41:53 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/poke+doughnut.PNG

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Fall Things to Do with the Family This Weekend]]>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 18:46:04 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Topsfield+Fair+Carousel.jpg

Fall is in the air and this weekend brings so many great fairs and festivals, making it the perfect weekend to hit the road for some outdoor fun. From the Topsfield Fair to the Salem Food Truck Festival and everything in between (including Harpoon's Dogtoberfest), we’ve gathered two dozen fun things to add to your weekend plans.

Friday, Sept. 28 

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End or a walking group at 10 a.m. at Moakley Park in South Boston.

Deerfield Fair

New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 142nd year of agricultural family fun. Tickets are $10 each for ages 13 and over. Children under 12 are free. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH.

Opening Day at the Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year when it opens its gates from today until early October. 1-11 p.m., 207 Boston St., Topsfield. 

Harpoon Octoberfest

Hoist a pint with your friends at Harpoon Brewery’s biggest festival of the year. Tickets are $25 and include a souvenir pint cup and one beer ticket. 5:30-11 p.m. (doors close at 9:30 p.m.), Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhold 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. 

Saturday, Sept. 29

Deerfield Fair

New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 142nd year of agricultural family fun. Tickets are $10 each for ages 13 and over. Children under 12 are free. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 207 Boston St., Topsfield. 

Breakheart Fall Festival

Enjoy pumpkin decorating, take-home crafts, scarecrow stuffing, touch-a truck, lawn games and a whole lot more at the annual, free Breakheart Fall Festival. Breakheart Reservation, Saugus.

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. Open weekends through Columbus Day. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Salem Food Truck Festival

The Salem Food Truck Festival returns with 45 of the areas top food trucks. From grilled cheese to whoopie pies, there’s something for everyone. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Salem Common, Salem, MA.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival 2018

Enjoy world-class music on three stages, food and drink, arts, crafts and more at Boston’s biggest, free annual block party and public contest. Noon to 6 p.m., Columbus Avenue, west of Massachusetts Avenue, for six blocks to Burke Street.

Bites + Brews with Remnant Brewing

Out and about today? Stop by the Remnant Brewing pop-up on the plaza alongside rotating BPM food vendors at the Boston Public Market. Noon to 8 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Harpoon Octoberfest

Hoist a pint with your friends at Harpoon Brewery’s biggest festival of the year. Tickets are $25 and include a souvenir pint cup and one beer ticket. 1-7 p.m. (doors close at 5:30 p.m.), Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Sunday, Sept. 30

Deerfield Fair

New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 142nd year of agricultural family fun. Tickets are $10 each for ages 13 and over. Children under 12 are free. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH.

Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 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.

Harpoon Dogtoberfest

Dog lovers, grab your furry friend and head to Harpoon’s Dogtoberfest for a fun-run/walk, costume contest, food trucks, Harpoon and UFO beers, and more. Tickets are $15-$30. 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. Open weekends through Columbus Day. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Salem Food Truck Festival

The Salem Food Truck Festival returns with 45 of the areas top food trucks. From grilled cheese to whoopie pies, there’s something for everyone. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Salem Common, Salem, MA.

Allston Village Street Fair

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

Bites + Brews with Remnant Brewing

Out and about today? Stop by the Remnant Brewing pop-up on the plaza alongside rotating BPM food vendors at the Boston Public Market. Noon to 8 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Happening in Dorchester This Weekend]]>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 19:34:29 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/186*120/polish+club+1927.PNG

Eat:
Back by popular demand at Ashmont Grill! Pork Ramen made with smoked pork shoulder, poor is broth, sweet corn, house kimchi, 6-minute egg, and egg noodles! Perfect

Drink:
Order up a Harvey Wallbanger or a Tom Collins! Blend is going back to the 70’s with a Saturday Night Fever Saturday on Saturday, September 29th! It’s Luis’ Disco Birthday Bash with DJ Stevie Psyclone! All disco and retro videos all night! No cover! 10pm-2pm. Tito’s Prize Giveaway to first 50 people!

Shop:
The Cue is hosting a special trunk show featuring local jewelry designer Sara Marie Jewelry on Saturday, September 29th 2-4pm. Stop by and shop local!

Dance:
80s Night is 9/29 8 pm. DJ Kaz will be at the Polish American Club‘s downstairs bar spinning all the best hits from the 80s. Bring your friends and enjoy a fun night out…without breaking the bank. Admission is free and drinks are always affordable…it’s the PC, after all!

Make:
Get crafty! Learn how to use that sewing machine collecting dust in your basement or knit that sweater you’ve been dreaming about. The Stitch House is not only a fully stocked yarn shop, but it also offers classes for all the fiber arts including crochet, sewing, and quilting. The Stitch House staff of expert instructors are not only talented but they are patient and hands on. For a full list of classes including weekly socials visit here!

Watch:
The Patriots face the Dolphins on Sunday at 1 pm. Head to Lucy’s American Tavern for brunch and feast on a stack of funfetti pancakes or eggs benny then stick around for the game. Don’t forget about the adult iced coffees!

Listen:
Listen to the music! The Boston Pops will perform a special free concert in Franklin Park on Sunday, September 30 at 3 p.m. After the concert enjoy a community arts festival with family-friendly activities presented by many local institutions and arts organizations. There will be an interactive mural, instrument playground, crafts, photo booth, live animal demonstrations, and more! The outdoor concert marks the second year in a row for this free outdoor concert at The Playstead at Franklin Park, 25 Pierpont Road.  The festival also includes local food vendors.

Play:
Discover Moakley! Mayor Martin J. Walsh invites residents and visitors of all ages to “Discover Moakley” with a family festival on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by an outdoor movie at 7 p.m. along with more activities highlighting this popular park located along the beaches in South Boston. “Discover Moakley” will be a full day of fun with food, beach games, skateboarding, a screening of “The Goonies,” and more. This event is free to the public and family friendly. Explore new recreational activities, learn about resilient landscapes, and discover the potential for Moakley Park. Learn about what is being done to make Moakley Park accessible to all of Boston, while enjoying the festivities at the same time. The event is hosted by the Boston’s Parks and Recreation and Greenovate Boston, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Boston Harbor Now, The Trust for Public Land, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.

See:
Take in the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, September 29th. Meet a few of your favorite princesses and join Jack and the Pirates of the Rogues’ Armada as they invade the Zoo on between 11am-3pm. Meet and pose for photos with the princesses and learn how you can be a pirate under the instruction of Captain Jack and his crew. There will also be crafts, special animal encounters, and an education station. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite fairy tale outfit! Free with admission to the zoo! For more details visit here! 

Do:
How’d ya like them apples? It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school. The air is just crisp enough to put on your favorite sweater and the urge to head out to the country and pick apples is overwhelming. So venture out of Dorchester this weekend and pick yourself a bushel and peck of farm fresh apples. Here are some spots that we like!

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<![CDATA[Crave - Mad for Chicken Plans to Open in Allston]]>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 19:24:15 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Crave+927.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Chinatown restaurant that features Korean fried chicken may be expanding to another part of Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page, Crave - Mad for Chicken on Kneeland Street is apparently planning to open in Allston, with the proposed Brighton Avenue eatery looking to get its liquor license from the now-closed Market Lounge in downtown Boston. While the hearing notice only mentions the word "Crave," the manager listed is Susan Cheng, and an online search does show that Cheng is indeed behind the Chinatown location of Crave - Mad for Chicken. It appears that the new spot would have a dining area and a bar, with the space being a total of 5,300 square feet.

Crave - Mad for Chicken first opened in Chinatown in the summer of 2014, offering such items as fried chicken, sushi, salads, dumplings, and more.

The address for this proposed dining spot in Allston is: Crave - Mad for Chicken, 128 Brighton Avenue Allston, MA, 02134. The website for the Chinatown location can be found at http://cravemadforchicken.com/

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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[Where Are the Millennials? We’ll Tell You Where!]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 20:07:00 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/211*120/North+End+925.PNG

Wondering where the millennials are living in the city of Boston? 

Well, RentCafe – a nationwide apartment search website, has gathered data from U.S. Census Bureau ACS 5-year population estimates for 2011 and 2016 and rounded up the top neighborhoods where they’re living. RentCafe has defined millennials as people born between 1977-1996.  

Here’s what they discovered:

The highest percentage of millennials nationwide reside in nine out of the top 20 zip codes with the largest millennial population in New York, but none in Manhattan.  The NYC neighborhoods with big numbers of millennials are mostly in Brooklyn and Queens. Zip code 11211 in Williamsburg is home to almost 44,000 millennials, the largest of any other zip code in the U.S. 

Locally, Southie surprisingly is not #1 in Massachusetts for millennial residents, it’s#3.  The North End with zip code 02109  has 31.7% and holds the top spot.  East Boston holds the 8th spot with 5.7%.  Dorchester doesn’t break the Top 10 for millennial residents but we have feeling Dot will see an influx soon enough. 

Here’s the date below:

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<![CDATA['Top Chef' Host Heading to MIT as Visiting Scholar]]>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:29:18 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/GettyImages-1006951110.jpg

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi is heading to MIT -- this time as a visiting scholar.

The celebrity host starts her appointment on Friday to discuss women's health and gynecology diseases at the university's Open Endoscopy Forum, MIT announced.

Lakshmi has been outspoken in the past about women's health, including how her own struggle with endometriosis has affected her life.

"I believe advocating for targeted research, education, and increased awareness around women's health issues is critical," the Emmy-nominated host said in a statement.

In addition to working with the Center for Gynepathology Research, Lakshmi will tour MIT's Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics and discuss food and nutrition with students studying the human body's gut microbiome.



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<![CDATA[10 Great Places to Pick Your Own Apples ]]>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:15:03 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Apple_Picking_at_Shelburne_Orchards.jpg

Apple picking season is here, making it the perfect time of year to grab the family for a day of picking fun, and while you’re at it, visit some farm animals, take a hayride and more.

From Honey Crisp to Cortlands, MacIntosh, Macoun, Golden Delicious and more, pick-your-own apple farms in Massachusetts are open for the season. And remember, it’s not just about the picking, it’s a family fun day for sure with many farms offering hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins and other fall festivities, plus treats like apple cider donuts, to really get you into the season. 

Here’s a look at 10 great places in the area to pick your own apples:

Parlee Farms – 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. 95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro

Belkin Family Lookout Farm –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. 89 Pleasant St., Natick 

Brooksby Farm – 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. 54 Felton St., Peabody 

Smolak Farms –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. 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover. 

Honey Pot Hill Orchards – 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. 16 Boon Road, Stowe

Russell Orchards – 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. 143 Argilla Road, Ispwich.   

ConnorsFarm – 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. 30 Valley Road (Rte. 35), Danvers.

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. 133 Exeter Road (Rte. 88), Hampton Falls, NH

Carlson Orchards – 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. 115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard 

Shelburne Farm – Just 20 miles from Boston, Shelburne Farm in Stowe 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. 106 W. Acton Road, Stowe

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

Happy picking!

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<![CDATA[PZA Gourmet Pizza Is Opening in Salem]]>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:38:04 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/pza+926.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new pizza spot is coming to a new mixed-use development on the North Shore.

According to a source, PZA Gourmet Pizza is opening in Salem, moving into a recently-constructed building on Lafayette Street that includes office and retail space. The person behind PZA is George Tsatsis, who has been involved with such places as The Berry Tavern in Danvers and the Lynnfield House of Pizza and who says on a Facebook post that the opening is slated for tomorrow (Thursday, September 27).

It appears that PZA Gourmet Pizza is not connected with PZA, a small group of pizza spots that are found in airports and service plazas.

The address for this new pizzeria in Salem is: PZA Gourmet Pizza, 331 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Its website is at http://pzasalem.com/

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<![CDATA[Boom Crispy Chicken Opens in Boston's Chinatown]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:23:16 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boom+925.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new option for fried chicken has come to downtown Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Boom Crispy Chicken is now open in Chinatown, moving into the space on Kneeland Street where The Little Kitchen had been. The post says that the new eatery focuses on takeout, with fried chicken options being front and center (including wings, popcorn chicken, and chicken strips) while also offering such items as hot dog skewers, fish ball skewers, takoyaki (stuffed dough balls), braised pork rice, and more. Boom Crispy Chicken is open for lunch and dinner daily, and it plans to set up online ordering soon.

The address for this new dining spot in Chinatown is: Boom Crispy Chicken, 22 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA, 02111. Its website can be found at http://www.boomcrispychicken.com/

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<![CDATA[Gong Cha Plans to Open at the Burlington Mall]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:37:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/Gong+925.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Taiwan-based chain that claims to be "one of the most recognized bubble tea brands around the world" is planning to open a third Boston-area location, with this one being its first outlet in the suburbs.

According to a post from Burlington Cable Access Television, Gong Cha is looking to open a shop at the Burlington Mall, joining other locations in Boston's Chinatown and in Allston. If approved, the new outlet would offer a variety of bubble tea options, including milk foam, brewed tea, latte, yogurt, milk tea, creative mixes, and coffee-based drinks.

Gong Cha started out in 2006 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and currently has more than 1,500 locations around the world. Its website can be found at http://www.gongchausa.com/

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<![CDATA[Dunkin' Launches 'Shot in the Dark' Espresso in a Can]]>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:41:04 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Shot+in+the+Dark+Lifestyle+Image.jpg

Dunkin' Donuts is once again offering customers another beverage choice — this time a ready-to-drink coffee in a can.

The "Shot in the Dark" coffee espresso blend will be Dunkin' Donuts' first-ever coffee beverage served in a can. The 8.1-ounce can is available in three flavors: caramel, mocha, and vanilla.

The company successfully launched bottled iced coffee beverages two years ago.

"Our fans have loved our ready to drink iced coffees as a great way to power through their day with Dunkin’ anytime and anywhere," according to Brian Gilbert, Dunkin’ Donuts Vice President, Retail Business Development. "Now, for the coffee-loving consumers who want something a little bolder than a traditional cup of coffee, but not as strong as a shot of espresso, our Shot in the Dark creates an exciting and energizing new option when on-the-go."

The "Shot in the Dark" drink is already available in select retail locations. Dunkin' plans to expand its availability through 2019 at convenience and grocery stores across the United States.



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<![CDATA[Sapa to Open at Hingham Shipyard]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:49:48 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Japanese+food+925.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Asian restaurant is on its way to a waterfront development on the South Shore, and it will be replacing a now-closed Asian fusion spot.

According to a source, Sapa is planning to open in the former Zendo Asian Bistro & Lounge space at The Launch at Hingham Shipyard, with the minutes from a Board of Selectmen meeting confirming that the dining spot is indeed looking to open in that space. Our source indicates that a sign out front says Sapa will feature "modern Asian Japanese cuisine" while also having a lounge, though specific details have not been given as of yet. The board approved of Sapa's plans, with upcoming steps toward opening including approval from all town boards and departments along with the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

Zendo closed this spring after being in business for approximately seven years.

The address for this proposed Asian restaurant at the Hingham Launch is: Sapa, 25 Shipyard Drive, Unit 18, Hingham, MA, 02043.

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<![CDATA[Cafe by Salon to Open in Boston's Beacon Hill Neighborhood]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:54:53 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/011+cafe+GettyImages-848020331.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new cafe is on its way to the Beacon Hill section of Boston, though very little is known about the place at this point in time.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Cafe by Salon is planning to open somewhere around the corner of Charles Street and Revere Street, with the business currently looking for a General Manager to run its "coffee shop operations." No other information has been given on the spot as of yet, including an exact address, when it might open, and what it might offer other than coffee, so keep checking back for updates as they come in.

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<![CDATA[Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar in Financial District Is Closing]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:59:50 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Vandy+925.PNG

A restaurant and bar in downtown Boston that came under new ownership last year is shutting down for good in next week.

According to a source, Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar in the city's Financial District is officially closing October 1, with a check on the website for the Water Street spot confirming this, referring customers to Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale on Temple Place in Downtown Crossing. The owners and operators of Stoddard's took over Vanderbilt in May of 2017, reopening the place a month later with the concept being similar to Stoddard's, with classic and New American dishes offered along with local craft beers, vintage cocktails, and more.

Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar resides in a former bank building and had been called The Vault until changing its name in 2015.

The address for Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar is 105 Water Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

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<![CDATA[Wow Barbecue in Malden Has Closed]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:08:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/General+Tso+925+.jpg

A trio of restaurants featuring Chinese BBQ is now down to just two, as one of its Boston-area locations has shut down.

According to poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Wow Barbecue in Malden has shut down, with a message from the place confirming that the Salem Street eatery has indeed closed, referring customers to its location on Washington Street in Brookline Village. (Another outlet can be found in Providence as well.)

Wow Barbecue started out as a food truck that had been set up mainly in the Chinatown section of Boston. The brick-and-mortar restaurants are known for their meat skewers and tapas dishes, including such items as lamb, chicken skin, pork belly, pepper frog, and spicy stir-fry clams.

The address for this now-closed Chinese BBQ spot in Malden was: Wow Barbecue, 184 Salem Street, Malden, MA, 02148. The website for the remaining two locations can be found at https://wowbarbecue.com/

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<![CDATA[Tim and Nancy Cushman to Open New Spot in Chestnut Hill]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:30:25 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Cushman+921.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The husband and wife team behind two of Boston's best-known restaurants will apparently be opening a new spot a bit west of the city.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tim and Nancy Cushman are planning to open a restaurant at The Street in Chestnut Hill, with a rep for the development saying that "The Street in Chestnut Hill is excited to confirm that Chef Tim and Nancy are opening a new restaurant concept at The Street in 2019. There are no further details to share as the concept is still in development." The Cushmans are behind o ya, an award-winning sushi spot in the Leather District, and Hojoko, an eclectic izakaya within the Verb Hotel in the Fenway.

As soon as we get more details about the upcoming restaurant from Tim and Nancy Cushman, we will post an update here.

The Street in Chestnut Hill is currently home to a handful of dining spots, including Aquitaine, Shake Shack, Bernard's, Legal Sea Foods, Ronsky's, Davio's, and more.

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<![CDATA[Sufra to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:13:35 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Sufra.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot is on its way to the Fenway section of Boston, and the people behind a food truck that focuses on Mediterranean food will be opening the place.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page, Sufra is planning to open on Queensbury Street, moving into the space where Blackjack Pasta Bar had been. The website for the business confirms that the restaurant is indeed coming soon to the space, and based on a menu shown within the site, the new dining spot will be serving such items as falafel, chicken shawarma, lamb kababs, tabouleh, kibbie balls, steak sandwiches, and more.

The Sufra food truck can be found at several sites in Boston, including at BU East, the Seaport District, and the Back Bay.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean dining spot in the Fenway is: Sufra, 52 Queensberry Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for the business can be found at https://www.sufraofboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Enjoy National Lobster Day at Sullivan’s Castle Island]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:23:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/243*120/lobster+roll2.jpg

In celebration of the official end of summer and National Lobster Day – we say head out and celebrate!

Classic! Sully’s has a delicious lobster roll and it won’t break the bank! The lobster roll is packed with fresh lobster meat and served on a grilled roll for just $14.95.  While you’re there, you might as well add some handmade onion rings to your order too.  You’ll thank us later!

Insider’s Tip: It’s overcast and a little chilly – so no lines! 

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<![CDATA[Poke Burri Is Coming to Boston]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:21:36 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/poke+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An Atlanta-based dining spot that features an eclectic mix of sushi and poke items appears to be on its way to Boston.

Eater Boston is reporting that Poke Burri is planning to expand to the local area, possibly offering such items as sushi pizza, sushi corn dogs, sushi doughnuts, sushi burritos, and poke bowls based on the menu items at its Atlanta location along with a second location in Raleigh, NC. The article mentions that the sushi pizza includes a filled roll "crust" and a triangular bed of rice while the sushi corn dogs are made with deep fried rice and crab salad along with three sauces, and the sushi doughnuts include rice made into a circular shape and topped with tuna, salmon, or crab salad and sauce.

It is not yet known exactly where (or when) Poke Burri may open in the local area; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The website for Poke Burri can be found at https://www.pokeburri.com/ while the Instagram page for the upcoming Boston location is at https://www.instagram.com/pokeburriboston/

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<![CDATA[Black Jack Pasta Kitchen, Union Park Pizza to Open ]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:17:52 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/21+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A landmark fish market and a longtime pizzeria in the South End that both closed this spring will be replaced by a pasta spot and another pizzeria.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Black Jack Pasta Kitchen and Union Park Pizza are moving into the former Morse Fish Company and Harry O's spaces on Washington Street, respectively, with both businesses possibly debuting as soon as early October. Black Jack Pasta Kitchen is connected to Black Jack Pasta Bar, which closed its Fenway restaurant earlier this year, and the new spot will have more room than the Queensbury Street eatery had. Little is known about Union Park Pizza other than the fact that it will serve flatbreads, so stay tuned for updates on that place.

Morse Fish Company closed in late May after being in business since 1903; Harry O's closed on the same day as Morse after being open for more than 30 years.

The address for the upcoming Black Jack Pasta Kitchen is 1401 Washington Street while the address for Union Park Pizza is 1405 Washington Street.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Morse Fish Company in Boston's South End Is Up for Lease
Harry O's in Boston's South End Is Closing

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<![CDATA[Cafe Jaffa in Boston's Back Bay Is on the Selling Block]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:30:50 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/178*120/Jaffa+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime favorite for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food is being sold.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Cafe Jaffa in the Back Bay is up for sale, as the owner has decided to retire after running the Gloucester Street restaurant for 27 years. The post mentions that the dining spot will remain open while the place is on the market, serving lunch and dinner daily.

Cafe Jaffa first opened in 1991, serving such items as falafel, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, shish kabob, chicken schnitzel, lamb chops, stuffed peppers, and schwarma.

The address for Cafe Jaffa is 48 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA, 02115. Its website can be found at http://www.cafejaffa.net/

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<![CDATA[Table by Jen Royle to Open in Boston's North End]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:18:21 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Royale+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A family-style Italian dining spot is on its way to the North End of Boston, and the person behind it is a familiar name in both the sports and food worlds.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Table by Jen Royale is opening on Hanover Street in a former nail salon space, with the restaurant being open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on Sundays, while the setup of the place includes a large table for 22 people and several other smaller tables. The fixed-price dinner menu at Table will include bread, two salads, three appetizers, and two main courses along with side dishes, while brunch will include such items as fried dough, chicken and waffles, buttermilk biscuits, and breakfast flatbreads. If all goes as planned, Table could be opening sometime in November.

Jen Royale comes from the world of sports reporting and writing, and she is also a chef who has been on Beat Bobby Flay and The Taste.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in the North End is: Table by Jen Royale, 445 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for the place is at https://tableboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Cugini's Market to Open in Watertown]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:36:51 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/176*120/Cugini+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like the people behind an Italian restaurant and deli in Newton are going to be opening a brand new spot.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Cugini's Market is getting ready to open in Watertown, with the post mentioning that "Depasquales at night caps corner is adding on another deli to the family! This one...will be opening up in the next week." A check on superpages.com shows that the new Italian market and deli will apparently be opening on Waltham Street in a space located just east of the Waltham line. It is not known exactly what will be available at Cugini's Market, but the job posting hints that breakfast items could be offered as well as sandwiches.

DePasquale's At Night Caps Corner, which is located on River Street in Newton between Auburndale and the Waltham line, is a place that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured as an under-the-radar spot for Italian dishes, with the review being found at this link:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/DePasquales.html

It appears that the address for Cugini's Market will be 129 Waltham Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

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 Fall Events Happening This Weekend in the Boston Area]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:30:44 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/costume-rental-min.jpg

This weekend marks the official start of fall and it’s a good thing, too, because there’s lots of fall fun to go around. Enjoy a kid’s cooking event, Oktoberfest, the Lantern Festival and a whole lot more!

Friday, Sept. 21

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End or a walking group at 10 a.m. at Moakley Park in South 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.

Dispatch at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Dispatch, one of America’s most successful independent bands, takes the stage at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion for the second two shows with special guest Nahko and Medicine for the People. Tickets start at $42. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “The Karate Kid”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “The Karate Kid” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Boston Common Frog Pond.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

Kids in the Kitchen: Apple Bread Pudding

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Emily from Red Apple Farm will teach them her famous Apple Bread Pudding recipe and all about the different apple varieties that grow on the farm. $9-$15, 10-11 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Smolak Farm's Annual Fall Children's 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. Open weekends through Columbus Day. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

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.

Lantern Festival

The 5th Annual Lantern Festival takes place today in Boston’s Chinatown. Enjoy a day of fun including games and mooncake sampling to kick off the celebrations for this traditional autumn festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park, John F Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston. 

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Phantom Gourmet Food Festival

Head down to the Fenway area and sample a hundred of the Phantom’s favorite foods at the Phantom Gourmet Food Festival. Tickets are limited and are $40 in advance and $50 if available at the event. Noon to 4 p.m., Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets next to Fenway Park.

Bites + Brews with Remnant Brewing

Out and about today? Stop by the Remnant Brewing pop-up on the plaza alongside rotating BPM food vendors at the Boston Public Market. Noon to 8 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Disney Jr. Dance Party on Tour

If your child is a fan of Disney Jr., don’t miss the Disney Jr. Dance Party on Tour with all their favorite characters when it comes to the Boch Center for two performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets start at $39. Boch Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston.

Fluff Festival

Celebrate the invention of Fluff at the 13th annual Fluff Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22 (rain date is Sept. 23). 3-7 p.m., Union Square, Somerville. 

Sunday, Sept. 23

Enchanted Forest Day

Head to The Stevens-Coolidge Place for Enchanted Forest Day to say farewell to their garden season and celebrate the flower fairies and elves that keep the gardens in bloom. Build homes for them to nest over winter, enjoy storytimes and more. $9 for trustees member child, $15 for non-member child and adults are free. 10 a.m. to noon, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Smolak Farm's Annual Fall Children's Festival

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. Open weekends through Columbus Day. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 235 Main St., Carver.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today enjoy Kids Yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or Yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.

Dumpling Festival at the Central Flea

In honor of Joyce Chen, 15 local restaurants and food trucks will be serving up their dumpling variations at the Dumpling Festival at the Central Flea. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., University Park, 91 Sidney St., Cambridge.

Bites + Brews with Remnant Brewing

Out and about today? Stop by the Remnant Brewing pop-up on the plaza alongside rotating BPM food vendors at the Boston Public Market. Noon to 6 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta (formerly Nella Pasta Workshop). This hands-on pasta making workshop is led by the famous Chef Avery, the founder/owner of Law of Pasta in The Boston Public Market. Tickets are $52 for Trustee members and $65 for non-trustee members. Noon to 2 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Portugal The Man & Lucius at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Portugal The Man brings it s2018 tour to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion tonight and brings Lucius with them. Tickets start at $42. 7:30 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Chilacates Plans to Open in Roslindale]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:49:39 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/199*120/Chilcates+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing local group of Mexican spots is expanding further into the Boston area, with a new location now being planned for the space where a restaurant and a market had been.

Universal Hub is reporting (via Roslindale Village Main Street) that Chilacates is planning to open in Roslindale, moving into the space on Washington Street where Redd's in Rozzie and Tony's Market were. The new eatery will join existing locations on Centre Street and Amory Street in Jamaica Plain along with upcoming shops in the South End, Mission Hill, and Chestnut Hill, and Chilacates owner Socrates Abreu is also in the process of reopening Grass Fed in JP as well.

Redd's in Rozzie closed its doors this summer while Tony's Market moved to a new location on Washington Street a couple of years ago.

The address for the upcoming location of Chilacates in Roslindale will be 4253-4257 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA, 02131. The website for Chilacates can be found at http://chilacates.mx/

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<![CDATA[Aceituna Grill Planning to Open in Financial District]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:31:39 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Aceituna+919.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of restaurants featuring Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine may be joined by a new location in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a licensing commission hearing page within the city's website, Aceituna Grill is looking to open in the Financial District, with the description indicating that the Federal Street eatery may be looking to focus at least in part on takeout, as it will have a kitchen in the back and a "serving line" in the front. If the city approves of its plans, the new location of Aceituna would join others in  Cambridge's Kendall Square and Boston's Seaport District, possibly offering such items as Greek salads, hummus, baba ganoush, shawarma, falafel, moussaka, and baklava, based on the menus at the other locations.

The address for the proposed location of Aceituna Grill in downtown Boston would be 100 Federal Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the two existing locations can be found at http://aceitunagrill.com/

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<![CDATA[Totto Ramen Plans to Open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:24:25 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/194*120/tot+ramen+919.PNG

A pair of Boston-area ramen shops that are connected to three other locations in New York could be joined by a third location in a new mixed-used development just off the Southeast Expressway.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Totto Ramen is looking to open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester, with the space slated to have a dining room and bar with seating for 40, along with a seasonal outdoor patio. If it gets approved, the new location of Totto would join others in Allston and Assembly Row in Somerville, along with Midtown West, Midtown East, and Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan. (Two others can be found in Taiwan.)

South Bay Town Center is an expansion of the old South Bay Shopping Center, with the new development being home to J.P. Licks and soon, a location of Wahlburgers.and a few other dining spots.

The website for Totto Ramen is at http://tottoramen.com/

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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[Pho Viet's II Plans to Replace No. 1 Noodle House in Newton ]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:36:35 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Pho+919.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Chinese restaurant in Newton has very quietly closed, and it looks like a second location of a highly-rated Vietnamese eatery in Allston will be moving into its space.

According to a post within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, a sign is up at the site of No. 1 Noodle House in Newton Centre showing that Pho Viet's II is coming soon, with another sign at the Langley Road space saying "closed for renovations." It is not known exactly when (or why) No. 1 Noodle House shut down, though another post on the page indicates that it may have closed over the past week or so.

The sign shown for Pho Viet's II has the same logo as that of Pho Viet's within the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 food court in Packard Corner, so this appears to be a second location of that restaurant. The original Pho Viet's has received much praise from media outlets over the years, and our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured it as an under-the-radar spot to go to for Vietnamese food. The review can be found at the link below:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/PhoViets.html

The address for the now-closed No. 1 Noodle House (and the upcoming Pho Viet's II) is 51 Langley Road, Newton, MA, 02459.

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<![CDATA[Giacomo's Ristorante to Open in Wayland]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:41:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Giacomo+918.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Boston is expanding once again.

According to a web page, Giacomo's Ristorante is planning to open in Wayland, with the page simply saying "coming soon" and mentioning an Elissa Avenue address within Wayland Town Center. Once it opens, the new spot will join the original Giacomo's in Boston's North End along with another location in the South End and a suburban outlet in Melrose.

The North End location of Giacomo's is known in part for its long lines out the door, as it is particularly popular with tourists and other visitors to Boston.

The address for this upcoming Italian restaurant in Wayland is: Giacomo's Ristorante, 14 Elissa Avenue, Wayland, MA, 01778.

Thanks to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[KO Catering & Pies in South Boston Is Closing; Building Has Been Sold]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:02:26 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/Catering+KO+918.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

The original location of a pair of Australian pie spots is saying farewell.

According to a Facebook post from the business, KO Catering & Pies in South Boston is closing, with the note saying that "it is somewhat bittersweet to announce that we have sold our building on A street and will not be returning to our original home." The post indicates that the newer location at the shipyard in East Boston remains open and that catering is still available as well.

The South Boston location of KO Catering & Pies first opened in 2010, taking over the space where St. Alphonzo's Kitchen had been; the East Boston location opened its doors in 2012.

The address for KO Catering & Pies in Southie was 87 A Street, South Boston, MA, 02127. The website for the East Boston location can be found at http://www.kocateringandpies.com/

Thanks to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[Dorchester's Bike & Brew This Weekend]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:08:12 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Dorchester+Brew+918.jpg

Hop on your bike and head to Peabody Square on Sunday, September 23rd at 5 pm for the  2018 Dorchester’s Bike & Brew!  This fun, family-friend festival will showcase Dot’s cycling community, a beer garden featuring Dorchester Brewing Company, in addition to local food trucks!  Artifact Cider Project will also be on hand with plenty of hard cider and Boston Water and Sewer Commission‘s water truck will be on site with free Greater Ashmont Main Street water bottles for everyone to keep you hydrated! 

The Food Truck lineup includes Jamaica Mi HungrySheherazad TruckDaddy’s Bonetown Burgers, and Tacos Don Beto

Beyond food and drink, there will be several bike advocacy and social groups, a bike rodeo for youth and adults hosted by MassBikeBalloons Extraordinaire on-site twisting inflatable wonders along with other kids-of-all-ages activities, lawn games, and more! 

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<![CDATA[Eat, Drink and Be Merry at the Taste of South Boston Sunday]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:36:09 -0500

If you survive Black Friday and still have some shopping left in you, then head out to the streets of Southie on Saturday.   Saturday, November 24th is national “Small Business Saturday.” This campaign was designed by American Express to generate business to small independent merchants – and we know how important it is to shop locally!

So get out and there and shop!  And spread the word too!  Encourage your friends and family to shop locally! Not only are you getting a jump on your Christmas shopping, you are helping our local economy!  Really, it’s a win/win situation.   The City of Boston is also offering free metered spots on Small Business Saturday too!

Also – Mark Your Calendars – It’s the Annual South Boston Christmas Stroll and Tree Lighting – another opportunity to support local small business!

 

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<![CDATA[It’s National Lobster Day: Celebrate in Southie]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:20:22 -0500

In celebration of the end of summer and National Lobster Day – we say kick off the weekend and head out and celebrate!

Classic!  Sully’s  has a delicious lobster roll and it won’t break the bank! The lobster roll is packed with fresh lobster meat and served on a grilled roll for just $14.95.  While you’re there, you might as well add some handmade onion rings to your order too.  You’ll thank us later!

2-ways!Row 34 in Fort Point offers two version of the lobster roll!  Ethel’s creamy lobster roll with mayo and the warm butter version.  Both available for lunch and dinner!

Splurge!  No one does seafood like Legal Seafoods.  Head to the waterfront for lunch or dinner and indulge in a lobster bake complete with chowder, steamers, mussels, chorizo, corn and a 1-1.25lb. lobster!

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<![CDATA[Angry Ham's in Framingham Is Now Beacon Street Bar & Grill]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:56:16 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/Ham+917.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A troubled restaurant and bar that once included a former Boston Bruins player among its partners has changed its name--and it is looking to clean up its image as well.

The Framingham TAB is reporting that Angry Ham's on Beacon Street in Framingham is now called the Beacon Street Bar & Grill, with owner Mahesh Sharma telling the Board of License Commissioners that it is going to become a more family-friendly spot, saying that "I never liked the name...but we didn't have a chance to change that." The article says that Sharma purchased the business in 2016 and that the dining and drinking spot originally had three investors behind it, including Lyndon Byers. A number of incidents have occurred at the place resulting in suspensions of its liquor license, including a fight in the parking lot that was never reported to the police, another fight where a doorman was hit in the head by a rock, and two underage customers drinking at the spot.

Angry Ham's first opened in 2010, taking over the space where a Chinese restaurant called Green Tea II had once been.

The address for Angry Ham's/Beacon Street Bar & Grill is 2 Beacon Street, Framingham, MA, 01701.

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<![CDATA[Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes to Open in Sudbury]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:59:34 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Moyah+917.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A small but growing Texas-based burger chain is planning to open another location in the Greater Boston area, with this one being in the western suburbs.

According to a source, Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes is opening in Sudbury, with the locations section within the company's website confirming this, showing that it will be opening within the Meadow Walk complex on Route 20. Once it opens, the new location of Mooyah will join others in downtown Boston, Jamaica Plain, Billerica, Hudson, and Northborough.

Mooyah, which was established in 2006, offers "never-frozen beef" as well as salads, hand-cut fries, and ice cream milkshakes

The address for this upcoming location of Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes is 526C Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776. Its website can be found at http://www.mooyah.com/

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<![CDATA[Oktoberfest at Dorchester Brewing Co.]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:37:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/222*120/Dot+Brew+917.PNG

It’s that time of year – cooler temperatures, leaves changing color and Oktoberfest! Dorchester Brewing is celebrating the official Oktoberfest Kick-Off Saturday, Sept. 22 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 and to keep things going, they also got a DJ to end the night!

Doors open at 11:30 am and the first 300 people to purchase an Oktoberfest beer will receive a FREE branded Oktoberfest mugs*, so get here early and stay all day. So, get your German beer drinking gear on and get ready to party!

Here’s the lineup:

  • 11:30 am: Doors open!! FREE branded DBco Oktoberfest mug for the first 300 people that enter and purchase an Oktoberfest beer!*
  • 12pm-4pm: Treats for purchase from Caked Boston
  • 2pm-5:30 pm: Live German Music from The Double Eagle Oktoberfest Band
  • 1pm-8pm: Food for purchase from The Burgundians with options like:
    Savory: “Liege Of Nations” – sliced sausage, dijon bechemel, gouda, and housemade sauerkraut
    Sweet: “German Chocolate Brownie” – Chocolate stuffed, Coconut pecan frosting, brownie, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle
  • 4pm-8pm: Jaju Pierogi- Pop-Up
  • 7:30-10:30: Spinning beats from DJ Sprino

*One per person

Tickets: Free

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<![CDATA[5 Napkin Burger at Boston's Prudential Center Has Closed]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:43:50 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/207*120/Napkin+914.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A New York-based group of burger spots has closed its sole Boston location.

According to a source, 5 Napkin Burger at the Prudential Center is no longer in business, with its website confirming this, saying that "It has been our pleasure to serve you for the last 7 years. We have enjoyed every minute of our time in Boston. Unfortunately, our run has come to an end and we are now closed. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes." No reason has been given for its closure and it is not known exactly when the place closed, though a check on the spot last week indicated that it appeared to be open at the time.

5 Napkin Burger first opened at the Pru in the spring of 2011, offering a variety of burgers along with clam chowder, wings, tuna poke, chicken and waffles, and more. It currently has four other locations, all of which are in New York City.

The website for 5 Napkin Burger can be found at: http://www.5napkinburger.com/

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<![CDATA[Certified Meatball Company in South Boston Has Closed]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:49:07 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/Meatball+914.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A restaurant that focused on a popular food item has shut down, and it appears that a new concept from the group behind the spot will be replacing it.

According to several sources over the past couple of days, Certified Meatball Company in South Boston has closed, and we were able to confirm this today, being told that a new dining spot will apparently move into the W Broadway space, possibly in approximately ten weeks or so. The dining spot, which first opened last August, offered a variety of meatballs and sauce options along with soups, salads, and side dishes.

The company behind Certified Meatball Company is Boston Nightlife Ventures, which runs Griddler's, Southern Kin Cookhouse, and Wink & Nod.

The address for the now-closed Certified Meatball Company (and upcoming new restaurant) is 429 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127.

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<![CDATA[15+ Fall Festivals: Apples, Fluff, Beer and a Whole Lot More!]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:41:51 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Fair+weather+fall+festival+3.jpg

It’s the season of apple picking, pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes and more. And with it comes plenty of fun to have throughout the state. We gathered more than 15 fall festivals and events to help you plan your fun, fall, family outings all season long!

Sept. 15: 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.

Weekends Through Oct. 21: 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 Columbus Day. 235 Main St., Carver.

Weekends Through Oct. 28: 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. 22: Fluff Festival

Celebrate the invention of Fluff at the 13th annual Fluff Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22 (rain date is Sept. 23). 3-7 p.m., Union Square, Somerville.

Sept. 22: 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. 27-30: Deerfield Fair

New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 142nd year of agricultural family fun.

Sept. 28 to Oct. 8: Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year when it opens its gates from late September to early October. 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

Sept. 28-29: 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.

Sept. 30: Allston Village Street Fair

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

Sept. 30: 5th Annual Tewksbury Fall Harvest Festival

Enjoy vendors, food, rides, games and more at Tewksbury’s 5th Annual Fall Harvest Festival. Livingston Street Complex, Tewksbury.

Oct. 5-7: HONK! Festival

Somerville opens its doors and businesses for the 13th annual HONK! Festival. With performances from street musicians from across the country and the globe, parades and a whole lot more.

Oct. 6: Nantucket Cranberry Festival

Join the Nantucket Conservation Foundation for its 15th Annual Cranberry Festival. Learn about cranberry farming, participate in family activities, sample cranberry treats and other New England classics and enjoy the music. Milestone Cranberry Bog, Nantucket.

Oct. 6: Cranberry Harvest Festival

Columbus Day weekend head to A.D. Makepeace Co and celebrate the New England tradition of the cranberry harvest during their old-fashioned family festival. Oct. 6 and 7, 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham.

Oct. 13-14: Wellfleet Oysterfest

Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest. Oct. 13 and 14, Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet.

Oct. 14: Lowell Oktoberfest

Lowell’s Oktoberfest has everything from local food partners serving up German inspired food to a beer garden with exclusive German beers, music and outdoor games for all ages. Lowell.

Oct. 14: Fall Festival & Great Pumpkin Dash 5K

The Annual Great Pumpkin Dash Revere Beach Fall Festival and 5K is fun for the entire family. There’s a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, followed by the 5K. After the race stick around for their fall market and pumpkin festival. Revere Beach, Revere.

Oct. 20-21: Trick-or-Treat Hayrides

Don your costume and head to Marini Farm for its Halloween Hayride complete with children’s costume characters handing out treats. After head over to the farm’s Maze and Maze Park for a full day of fun. Marini Farm, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. 

Oct. 27: Pumpkin Palooza

You don’t want to miss this annual event on The Lawn on D. Fun for the entire family with Halloween-themed activities, live music and more. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

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<![CDATA[A New Dining Spot Is Going Into Arlington Heights ]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:54:03 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/gyro+2.0.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new eatery is on its way to Arlington Heights, taking over the space where a pizzeria had been for a quarter century.

According to several sources, work is being done on the old Capri Pizza & Subs space in Arlington Heights, with a check on the Mass. Ave. storefront showing a sign out front that says "Closed Due to the New Opening." We hear from a few sources that the upcoming dining spot could be featuring gyros and that it will not be called Capri, though nothing has been completely confirmed as of yet.

Capri shut down twice over the past few years, including in early March of 2016 (briefly) and then again in March of 2017; it had previously been home to Charlie's Pizza.

The address for the former Capri Pizza & Subs (and upcoming eatery) 1323 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.

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<![CDATA[The Paris Creperie to Expand to Seaport District]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:03:10 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/205*120/Crepe+914.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A creperie in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline is looking to expand to the Boston waterfront.

According to an article from Eater Boston, The Paris Creperie in Coolidge Corner is planning to open a new location in the Seaport District, with the new outlet being in the same Seaport Boulevard building that houses Tuscan Kitchen and the Grand. The article says that the waterfront dining spot would be different from the cafe-style Brookline location, instead being a "crepe and cocktail bar," and that famed bartender/mixologist Brother Cleve will be setting up the cocktail list for the place.

If all goes as planned, the new location of The Paris Creperie could open late this fall.

The address for this upcoming creperie in the Seaport District is: The Paris Creperie, 60 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the original location in Brookline is at http://pariscreperie.com/

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<![CDATA[Brasserie Jo in Boston Is Closing]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:07:52 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/Jo+914.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A French restaurant in Boston that has been in business for 20 years is shutting its doors next month.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Brasserie Jo on Huntington Avenue is closing down on October 7, as The Colonnade Hotel--which is where it is located--will be going through a "reimagining" and opening back up early next year. The dining spot, which first opened in 1998, is run by Jean Joho, a James Beard award winner who also heads up restaurants in Chicago and Las Vegas.

The address for Brasserie Jo is 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116.

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<![CDATA[Versus to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 19:31:42 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/arcade+game1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant and arcade bar is coming to the heart of Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Versus is opening on Province Street in the city's Downtown Crossing area, and it will be taking over the space where Gem Restaurant and Lounge had been. The post says that Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG), which was behind Gem, is also behind the new place, which will serve pub food along with beer, wine, and cocktails, while also having "retro-modern" arcade games inside the space. If all goes as planned, Versus will be opening sometime this fall.

Gem first opened on Province Street in the spring of 2012, taking over the old Kennedy's Midtown space; other restaurants and bars run by BNEG include CBS Sporting Club, Empire, Explorateur, The Grand, Red Lantern, and Scorpion Bar.

The address for the upcoming Versus is 42 Province Street, Boston, MA, 02108. Its website is at http://www.versusboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Chris Parsons to Open Lily P's in Kendall Square]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 19:53:14 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/oysters+half+shell+shutter+stock.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new place for fried chicken, oysters, and more is on its way to Cambridge, and a familiar name is behind it.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Chris Parsons is planning to open Lily P's on the outer edge of Kendall Square, with the Binney Street restaurant being a casual spot that focuses on comfort food. The eatery, which is named after Parsons' daughter, will feature pressure-fried chicken, while also offering such items as biscuits, pickled snacks, East Coast and West Coast oysters, and a variety of craft beers and ciders, while the space will include a raw bar, an open kitchen, and a patio. If all goes as planned, Lily P's will open sometime in the winter or spring of 2019.

Chris Parsons is known for such places as the now-closed Parsons Table and Catch in Winchester and Steel & Rye in Milton, the latter of which he left last year.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Cambridge is: Lily P's, 50 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142.

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<![CDATA[Avi Shemtov to Open Simcha in Sharon]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 19:17:22 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/simcha+912.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a well-known local chef is going to be opening a new restaurant that focuses on Israeli food.

According to City of Quincy consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, Avi Shemtov is planning to open Simcha in Sharon later this year, with Boston Magazine stating that the South Main Street dining spot will have a wood-fired oven and feature globally-inspired contemporary Israeli fare, possibly including such items as pita, shakshuka, sous vide duck breast, pumpkin baba, crispy phyllo "cigars," kibbe nayah, and Yemenite fried chicken, while Byrne also indicates that hummus, roasted cauliflower, and red snapper crudo could be a few other dishes offered, based on Shemtov's Simcha pop-up menus from last year.

Shemtov is known for his Chubby Chickpea food truck and catering business along with the Tapped beer truck, which can currently be found at the Braintree beer garden on Saturdays.

The address for this upcoming Israeli restaurant in Sharon is: Simcha, 370 South Main St., Sharon, MA, 02067.

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<![CDATA[Endicott Grille to Open in Danvers]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:37:37 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/Meatloaf_marketplace.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant is on its way to the North Shore, opening where a dining spot with a big name behind it had once been.

According to a source, Endicott Grille is planning to open in Danvers, moving into the former Tap N Vine space on Endicott Street. An earlier page showing the minutes of a Board of Selectmen meeting confirms this, though very little is known about the eatery at this point in time.

Anthony Buccieri of Pizzeria Regina opened Tap N Vine in the fall of 2016, with the place focusing mostly on American comfort food along with beer, wine, and cocktails. The restaurant closed for renovations in 2017, and it apparently never reopened.

The address for the upcoming Endicott Grille in Danvers is 194 Endicott Street, Danvers, MA, 01923.

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