<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News - [NBC Boston]Boston Buzz]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcboston.com/news/localen-usMon, 25 Mar 2019 13:01:46 -0400Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:01:46 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A to Open 2 New Greater Boston Locations]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:52:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/CHICK+FIL+A+GETTY1.jpg

A chain of chicken places that appeared to have no chance of opening in the city of Boston several years ago is now in rapid expansion mode in the area, with two shops coming to the suburbs in addition to at least two others on the way, including one within the Boston city limits.

According to an article in The Enterprise, Chick-fil-A is planning to open in Brockton, while several sources also tell us that another location is on its way to Woburn, with a Facebook pageconfirming this. The Brockton location, which will be at 544 Westgate Drive, hopes to open by the late summer, while the Woburn outlet, which will be at 375 Washington Street, does not have an opening date yet, but it looks like it is close to being up and running.

Earlier in the decade, the late Boston Mayor Thomas Menino voiced his opposition to the chain coming to the city based on the CEO's opposition to same-sex marriage, but now it looks like the city's first shop could be opening at 569 Boylston Street in the Back Bay, while another location may be coming to Walpole as well. (Other location can be found in various Boston suburbs, including Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Marlboro, and Peabody.)

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<![CDATA[Craft Beer Cellar in Roslindale to Close]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:54:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/craftbeer2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing group of specialty beer stores will soon see one of its shops close--and this one is located in an historic space that once looked like it could include a restaurant as well.

Universal Hub is reporting that Craft Beer Cellar in Roslindale is shutting down, with the store--which is located in the basement of a former substation--selling its products at 25% off starting tomorrow. No closing date has been given as of yet, but it sounds like it will likely shutter relatively soon. Craft Beer Cellar first opened in Roslindale in early 2017, and at the time, it looked like local restaurateur Chris Douglass (Ashmont Grill, Tavolo) might open a dining spot called Third Rail in the century-old structure as well, but those plans never came to be and the space has only been home to some temporary spots other than the beer shop, including winter beer halls over the past couple of years.

Craft Beer Cellar first started out in Belmont in 2010 and now has a number of stores in the local area and beyond.

Thanks to @JeremyKrantz for initially bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[20+ Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>Sun, 24 Mar 2019 19:47:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/19224301425326521051623977967389n.jpg

Happy Monday! This week brings with it lots of live shows and events you don’t want to miss. From KISS taking the stage at the TD Garden for their last live tour to an evening with Fleetwood Mac and everything in between, there’s a full week of fun ahead. Check out our picks for the week:

Monday, March 25

Preschool Movies

Enjoy movies with your preschooler at the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library. 10:30-11:30 a.m., 4246 Washington St., Roslindale. 

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

Mix hidden history, craft beer and good times during Boston Crawling’s guided History Tour Pub Crawl. Visit historic pubs in the Faneuil Hall area of the Freedom trail while guides share stories of Revolutionary Boston. Tours offered daily at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.99 and must be purchased in advance. Meet at the Samuel Adams statues in front of Faneuil Hall.

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, March 26

Winter Crafts in the Kids' Nook

Bring the kiddos to the Boston Public Market to escape the cold and enjoy winter crafts in the Kids’ Nook. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (while supplies last), Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

ONGOING: Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 6-8 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees, The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Sip & Spell at Sam Adams Brewery

If spelling’s your thing, don’t miss this monthly 21+ spelling bee in the tap room for a one-of-a-kind night of beers and competition where you can test your spelling skills as an individual or a team and win prizes. $5. 6-8 p.m., Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, 30 Germania St., Boston.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

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.

KISS: End of the Road World Tour

KISS brings its End of the Road World Tour to the TD Garden tonight as part of their final tour ever. Tickets start at $29.50. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Bostoh.

Wednesday, March 27

LEGO Movie Days

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston today and celebrate The LEGO Movie 2 with exclusive build activities, character experiences and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Road, 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. 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 $66. Performances today at 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Thursday, March 28 

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.

Faneuil Hall Dance Night Series

Dance the night away with this free, special winter dance series inside the historic Rotunda in Quincy Market. Enjoy lessons and music to build your skills to show them off on the dance floor. Tonight it’s swing. 6:15 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market 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 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

David Archuleta at City Winery Boston

“American Idol’s” David Archuleta performs tonight at City Winery Boston. Tickets start at $25. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. City Winery Boston, 80 Beverley St. at One Canal, Boston.

Friday, March 29

KinderCare Activities in the Kids' Nook

Bring the kiddos the Boston Public Market to enjoy weekly activities in the Kids’ Nook by KinderCare. Today's activity: If you can imagine it, you can build it! Fun with blocks for all ages. 10-11 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston. 

Boston Beer and Cheese Fest

The Boston Beer and Cheese Fest returns for its fifth year. Sample local craft beer, cider, cheese and charcuterie. Tickets are $60. 6-9:30 p.m. Cyclorama, 539 Tremont 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 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Saturday, March 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. 11:20 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Boston Beer and Cheese Fest

The Boston Beer and Cheese Fest returns for its fifth year. Sample local craft beer, cider, cheese and charcuterie. Tickets are $60. 1-4:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Sunday, March 31

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 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 4-6 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees, The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

An Evening With Fleetwood Mac

The legendary Fleetwood Mac takes the stage tonight at TD Garden as part of its North American tour. Tickets start at $69.50. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 



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<![CDATA[Migaku to Replace Yokohama Japanese Restaurant in Brookline Village]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:28:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/yak+322.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new Japanese restaurant is on its way to Brookline, and it will be replacing another Japanese eatery that closed last summer.

According to Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting, Migaku is opening in the former Yokohama space in Brookline Village, with a sign in the storefront of the Washington Street space saying that it will feature authentic Japanese noodles and rice bowls. It is not known exactly when Migaku might open, so stay tuned for updates.

Yokohama, which had been in business for nearly 20 years, offered sushi, bento box options, Japanese entrees, and more.

The address for Migaku will be 238 Washington Street, Brookline, MA, 02445.

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<![CDATA[Mooncusser Fish House in Boston May Be Replaced by a Dispensary; Could Move to Flash's Space]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:32:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/mooncusser+322.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a high-end seafood restaurant in Boston could be losing its home to a dispensary, though if it happens, it plans to move into a nearby space that had once been home to another dining and drinking spot.

According to an article in the Beacon Hill Times, plans have been unveiled for Patriot Care to open a facility in the Mooncusser Fish House space on Stuart Street, with an earlier Boston Sun article mentioning that if approved, the owner of the restaurant would end up moving the spot to the former Flash's Cocktails space next door with no apparent changes being made to it. If the dispensary gets the green light to open, it could be up and running in November or December, though it is not known when Mooncusser might have to close (keep checking back for updates as they come in).

Mooncusser first opened in July of 2017 and was joined by a more casual space called Moon Bar a month later; the two were joined by Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood last May.

The current address for Mooncusser is 304 Stuart Street, while the address for the Flash's space is 310 Stuart Street.

Thanks to Universal Hub for bringing this to our attention via a message.

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<![CDATA[Northern Spy to Open at Paul Revere Heritage Site in Canton]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:26:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chowder+321.jpg

A new restaurant is on its way to the southern suburbs of Boston, and it will be located at an historic riverside space.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that the group behind Loyal Nine in Cambridge will be opening Northern Spy in Canton, with the dining spot residing inside the copper rolling mill at the Paul Revere Heritage Site on Revere Street, just west of the center of town. The post says that the new restaurant will feature regional comfort food such as chowder, clam dip, crab on Parker House rolls, burgers cooked on a wood-fired hearth, and French fries that will be taken "very seriously," with lunch, dinner, and brunch being offered. If all goes as planned, Northern Spy could be opening sometime in September.

Paul Revere Heritage Site includes both the rolling mill and a barn, with an earlier Canton Citizen article mentioning that the complex may include a museum along with a park.

Loyal Nine, which first opened in the spring of 2015 on Cambridge Street, also features regional New England fare.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Canton is: Northern Spy, 96 Revere Street, Canton, MA, 02021.

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<![CDATA[La Neta to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:30:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/178*120/La+Neta+321.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Last summer, we reported that a brand new Mexican restaurant appeared to be in the works on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, and the person behind it was also behind several local dining spots. Now that we have learned that he will be opening another restaurant at a different location on the same street.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Allan Rodriguez of El Centro and La Catrina is planning to open La Neta at 221 Newbury Street, which is about a block east of where Rodriguez had been looking to open another spot called Taqueria Urban Kitchen. The post says that La Neta will be a fast-casual eatery that offers tacos, tortas, enchiladas, burritos, and more, with the plan being to open sometime later this spring or early in the summer.

Locations of El Centro can be found in the South End, Belmont, Brookline, and Dedham, while La Catrina can be found in Brighton; it appears that plans for Taqueria Urban Kitchen have fallen through because the address is so close to the upcoming La Neta, but if any new information comes, we will post an update here.

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<![CDATA[Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Taste of South Boston]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:10:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/Menton+322.JPG

Get your taste buds ready!  It’s the Taste of South Boston!

The 17th Annual Taste of South Boston takes place on Sunday, April 7th at 6 pm.  Featuring over 30 of Southie’s best restaurants, eateries, and specialty food shops, attendees will get to sample some amazing culinary delights.  Another bonus? The Taste of South Boston also offers wine tasting and beer sampling. 

New restaurants this year

This year’s event boasts an outstanding selection of restaurants from the traditional South Boston neighborhood, the South Boston Waterfront and the Fort Point areas. Joining us this year will be Backyard Betty’s, Gather, JP Licks, Temazcal Tequila Cantina, and Menton. 

Back again

Returning again this year are perennial favorites including: American Provisions, Café Porto Bello, Capo, Cranberry Café, Fat Baby, Legal Harborside, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, Local 149, Lola 42, Lucky’s Lounge, No Name Restaurant, Publico Street Bistro & Garden, Roza Lyons, Sweet Tooth Boston, TAMO Bistro & Bar, The Broadway, The Playwright, Tony C’s Seaport, The Smoke Shop BBQ and Worden Hall.

So get your tickets today! Another bonus?  You’re helping the community!

The Taste of South Boston is the annual fundraiser for the South Boston NDC, a non-profit developer of affordable housing in the community. This year, South Boston NDC will complete 16 units of workforce housing at 206 West Broadway. Additionally, construction has begun at O’Connor Way for 46 apartments for low-income seniors.

Proceeds from this evening’s event will support the South Boston NDC’s mission to provide affordable housing for working people, families, elderly, and veterans in the community. South Boston NDC also manages the South Boston Farmers MarketSouthie Trees, and several high profile community events, including the South Boston Street Festivalthe South Boston Christmas Stroll, and the South Boston Spring Stroll. Support of this event will help SBNDC to continue to provide affordable housing and economic opportunities in the neighborhood.

Tickets can be purchased online at: www.tasteofsouthboston.com or at the office of South Boston NDC located at 273 D Street, South Boston. For general inquiries, email SBNDC at: info@tasteofsouthboston.com.

You can see a full list of participants here! 

There will be live entertainment, a cash bar, raffles and a silent auction too. Don’t forget to wear your elastic waist pants!

Tickets are $55/$65 at door.  This event takes place the Seaport World Trade Center.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit here!

We can’t wait!  

You can follow them on twitter and Instagram! 

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<![CDATA[Six String Grill and Stage to Open at Patriot Place]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:53:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/221*120/sixstring.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant, bar, and music venue is on its way, replacing a popular spot for country music that closed earlier this year.

According to a press release, Six String Grill and Stage is opening at Patriot Place in Foxboro, moving into the old Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill space. The upcoming spot will feature Southern-style food and classic American fare along with beer, wine, and cocktails, and there will be live rock and country music from both local and national acts. Six String Grill and Stage is a collaboration between The Briar Group, which runs such spots as Anthem, City Table, The Harp, Ned Devine's, O'Connor's, and Solas, and DFTR, whose partners include Mike Mushok of the band Staind, radio and music veteran Dennis Callaghan, and Dan Millen of Thunder Road in Somerville.

Six String Grill and Stage will be located at 275 Patriot Place, while its website will be at https://sixstringfoxborough.com/

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<![CDATA[Night Shift Brewing Opens New Location Near TD Garden]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 15:47:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/nightshift1.jpg

A local Boston craft brewing company opened the doors of its second location near TD Garden Wednesday morning.

The third largest brewery in Massachusetts, Night Shift Brewing now has a new brewery and restaurant on Lovejoy Wharf. The new location boasts a 10-barrel brewhouse and promises to feature at least one new beer on tap each week.

In addition, the brewery has a scratch kitchen and new Night Shift coffee bar, called Night Shift Roasting, which will serve craft-brewed coffee.

The new location hopes to draw crowds to its 300-seat restaurant and 80-seat summer patio. 



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<![CDATA[Booze at Boston Public Library?]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:29:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston+Public+Library1.JPG

Boston Public Library is going beyond books and getting fancy! On Wednesday, The Boston Public Library at Copley will open the Map Room Tea Lounge and will be serving up high tea with the addition of tea-inspired cocktails. 

Enjoy a Tequila Mockingbird, made with blood orange hibiscus tea-infused tequila.  Or how about the Catcher in the Rye, made with apple berry tea-infused rye? Can you spot a theme here? All cocktails have literary inspired names. The Map Room will also serve cheese and charcuterie and other snacks that go perfect with cocktails. You can check out the menu here! 

The former Courtyard Restaurant has been rebranded as the Courtyard Tea Room and will continue with afternoon tea service with a whole new look and feel. Put it on your spring bucket list! Looking for other things to do around town?  Visit here!

Make sure to follow them on Instagram!

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<![CDATA[Bukhara Indian Bistro in Jamaica Plain Moving to New Space in Forest Hills]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:33:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Fiorellas.png

by Marc Hurwitz

An Indian restaurant in Jamaica Plain is moving to a new location nearby.

According to a Facebook post from Steve Garfield, Bukhara Indian Bistro on Centre Street is moving to Washington Street in Forest Hills on April 1, with Universal Hub stating that it will take over the space that had been home to Tonic until it closed in 2013 (a location of Grass Fed also took over the Tonic space but it shuttered in 2017). It does not yet know what might be going into the current location of Bukhara; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Universal Hub mentions that the space that Bukhara is moving to is two doors down from another Indian restaurant (Tikki Masala).

The address for Bukhara is currently 701 Centre Street, with its upcoming address being 3698 Washington Street.

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<![CDATA[Dig Inn May Be Coming to Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:35:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/173*120/Dig+Inn+1020.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a New York City-based group of  "farm-to-counter" restaurants could be opening a fourth location in Boston.

According to a Twitter post from @danpflock, Dig Inn is apparently looking to open in Fort Point, with the tweet showing an alteration permit that mentions the eatery is seeking to open in a vacant commercial space on Thomson Place. If it does get approval to open there, the new location of Dig Inn would join others at the Pru, on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing and on Boylston Street across from Copley Square.

Dig Inn, which first started out in 2011, offers locally-sourced healthy food options including "market bowls" that have a grain or salad base with items such as chicken, beef, and salmon.

An exact address is not yet known for the proposed location of Dig Inn at Fort Point, but the permit notice does show an address of 19-39 Thomson Place. (The website for Dig Inn is at https://www.diginn.com/)

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<![CDATA[Vaanga Opens in Former Curry House Space in Downtown Boston]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:37:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/vaanga.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant that describes itself in a rather unusual manner has come to downtown Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Vaanga is now open on Water Street, moving into the space that had been home to a location of Curry House. The logo for the new eatery says that it is a "Crazy Indian Joint" while the "about" section of its Facebook page says it is "The most unauthentic Indian fare in Downtown Boston serving the kickass styles of Indian food." The website for the restaurant is not up and running as of yet, but its Facebook page mentions such items as samosa burgers and dosas along with "DESI Tacos and BAERITTOS." (As soon as we see a full menu, we'll post an update here.)

Curry House first opened on Water Street in the summer of 2017, taking over the space where Beantown Hoagie had once been; the original location of Curry House remains in operation on Beacon Street in Brookline's Coolidge Corner.

The address for Vaanga is 102 Water Street, Boston, MA, 02109. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/BostonVaanga/

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<![CDATA[A Floating Restaurant May Be Coming to the Charlestown Navy Yard]]>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:41:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*128/uss+constitution+museum-tlmdni.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Boston may soon be getting a new restaurant that would literally be located on the water.

According to an article from boston.com, the Boston Planning & Development Agency and Mayor Marty Walsh have approved of plans to have a temporary floating restaurant set up within a tall ship at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The post mentions that the Navy Yard Hospitality Group would operate the dining spot, which would open this summer and be part of Imagine Boston 2030, a citywide initiative that, for Charlestown, would include free outdoor programming from the USS Constitution Museum, a temporary gathering space for the general public, and the floating restaurant.

The Navy Yard Hospitality Group is behind a few local restaurants, including Pier 6 in Charlestown, ReelHouse in East Boston (and a second location coming to Quincy),  and Mija at Faneuil Hall.

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<![CDATA[20 Knots: Daffodils for Boston, a New Public Art Installation]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:33:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/daffodils.jpg

Be on the lookout for 20 foot daffodils in the Seaport

A garden of modern art will soon sprout in Seaport next month. In a celebratory nod to the Boston Marathon, artist Daniele Frazier will create twenty larger than life daffodils. The installation’s 20-foot daffodils are a colorful array of orange, yellow and green, and made of rip-stop nylon. The hollow-volume forms will spin according to the wind’s direction and will be found in Seaport Common (85 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210) from April 8th through April 29th.

More about the exhibit

20 Knots: Daffodils for Boston elevates the symbolism behind the daffodil – a flower that not only serves as an expression of springtime, new beginnings, and hope, but one that has also become synonymous with the Boston Marathon and Boston Strong thanks to the ongoing work of Marathon Daffodils. Now in its seventh year, Marathon Daffodils, founded by Diane Valle in response to the tragic marathon bombing, mobilizes a network of nonprofits and horticulturists to place 130,000 daffodils along the 26.2 mile marathon route. Seaport has partnered with Marathon Daffodils for the second year in a row to place daffodils in businesses’ and restaurants’ windows across the District. This exhibit is just one of many public art installations that have been featured in this neighborhood!

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<![CDATA[Cheers Cut to Open in North Quincy]]>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:30:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cheerscut.png

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a small group of Taiwanese restaurants known in part for their crispy fried chicken will be opening a second location in the Boston area.

According to a Twitter post from @QuincyTweets, Cheers Cut is opening on Billings Road, with a tweet from @ahGwenYee saying that it is moving into a space that had been home to an insurance company. Based on the menu at the outlet in Allston that opened last summer, the new location could offer such items as crispy chicken, chicken nuggets, fried shrimp, sauteed calamari, fried diced beef, and more.

In addition to its Allston and upcoming North Quincy locations, Cheers Cut also has shops in New York and Florida.

The address for Cheers Cut in North Quincy will be 19 Billings Road, Quincy, MA, 02171.

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:57:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/201*120/banner-photo.jpg

It’s hard to believe but spring actually starts this week! How are you kicking of the season? There’s the 21st Annual Boston Underground Film Festival or how about the adult night at LEGOland? There are lots of great events happening this week for sure. Check out our picks:

Monday, March 18 

Preschool Movies

Enjoy movies with your preschooler at the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library. 10:30-11:30 a.m., 4246 Washington St., Roslindale.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

Mix hidden history, craft beer and good times during Boston Crawling’s guided History Tour Pub Crawl. Visit historic pubs in the Faneuil Hall area of the Freedom trail while guides share stories of Revolutionary Boston. Tours offered daily at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.99 and must be purchased in advance. Meet at the Samuel Adams statues in front of Faneuil Hall. 

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, March 19

Winter Crafts in the Kids' Nook

Bring the kiddos to the Boston Public Market to escape the cold and enjoy winter crafts in the Kids’ Nook. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (while supplies last), 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 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Drool Baby Expo

Boston’s best baby expo returns. Expectant or new parents, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to interact with more than 80 companies and local resources for new parents. Plus, there will be lot of great deals and promotions on hand. Tickets start at $15. 3-9 p.m., Westin Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer 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. 

Wednesday, March 20

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

Mix hidden history, craft beer and good times during Boston Crawling’s guided History Tour Pub Crawl. Visit historic pubs in the Faneuil Hall area of the Freedom trail while guides share stories of Revolutionary Boston. Tours offered daily at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.99 and must be purchased in advance. Meet at the Samuel Adams statues in front of Faneuil Hall.

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

The Boston Underground Film Festival returns for its 21st year once again bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking from all over the world to New England. The festival runs March 20-24 with multiple movie viewing daily. Check website for specific schedule. 5 p.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

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, March 21

Winter Crafts in the Kids' Nook

Bring the kiddos to the Boston Public Market to escape the cold and enjoy winter crafts in the Kids’ Nook. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (while supplies last), Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

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

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

The Boston Underground Film Festival returns for its 21st year once again bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking from all over the world to New England. The festival runs March 20-24 with multiple movie viewing daily. Check website for specific schedule. 5:30 p.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

Faneuil Hall Dance Night Series

Dance the night away with this free, special winter dance series inside the historic Rotunda in Quincy Market. Enjoy lessons and music to build your skills to show them off on the dance floor. Tonight it’s salsa. 6:15 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Trivia Night in the Tap Room

Head over to Harpoon Brewery for Trivia Night tonight. This event is free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

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.

The Indigo Girls

The Indigo Girls take the stage tonight at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre. Tickets start at $39. 8 p.m., 30 Forest St., Medford.

Friday, March 22

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

The Boston Underground Film Festival returns for its 21st year once again bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking from all over the world to New England. The festival runs March 20-24 with multiple movie viewing daily. Check website for specific schedule. 5:15 p.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire 2019

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire returns for another year of New England's best craftspeople, psychic readers and merchants, along with live music, classes, masquerade ball and more. Tickets are $10-$25. 7-10 p.m., Marriott Courtyard, 2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH.

 

Harry Potter Film Festival

Join the Luna Theatre for a magical weekend of Harry Potter films as part of its Harry Potter Film Festival happening all month long. Tonight it’s “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.” 7:35 p.m., The Luna Theatre, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell.

 

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, March 23

 

Nowruz 2019: The Persian New Year Festival at MFA Boston

Celebrate the Persian New Year, learn about Nowruz traditions, explore Persian works of art, enjoy dance performances with Iranian modern dancer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and more at the Museum of Fine Arts Nowruz 2019 Persian New Year Festival. Free with the price of admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

 

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

The Boston Underground Film Festival returns for its 21st year once again bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking from all over the world to New England. The festival runs March 20-24 with multiple movie viewing daily. Check website for specific schedule. 10 a.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

 

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire 2019

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire returns for another year of New England's best craftspeople, psychic readers and merchants, along with live music, classes, masquerade ball and more. Tickets are $10-$25. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Marriott Courtyard, 2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH.

Harry Potter Film Festival

Join the Luna Theatre for a magical weekend of Harry Potter films as part of its Harry Potter Film Festival happening all month long. Tonight it’s “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” at 11:05 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., as well as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One” at 5:25 p.m. and 8:35 p.m., The Luna Theatre, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell.

PEG + CAT Live

PEG + CAT take the stage at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre for their live show today. Tickets start at $27. 1 p.m., Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Sunday, March 24

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire 2019

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire returns for another year of New England's best craftspeople, psychic readers and merchants, along with live music, classes, masquerade ball and more. Tickets are $10-$25. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marriott Courtyard, 2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH.

Harry Potter Film Festival

Join the Luna Theatre for a magical weekend of Harry Potter films as part of its Harry Potter Film Festival happening all month long. Today it’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One” 11:05 a.m., as well as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two” at 2:05 p.m., 5:05 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. The Luna Theatre, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell.

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

The Boston Underground Film Festival returns for its 21st year once again bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking from all over the world to New England. The festival runs March 20-24 with multiple movie viewing daily. Check website for specific schedule. Noon, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

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 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

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<![CDATA[25 Great Events Happening This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 07:19:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/DqhL-zeUwAACNKR.jpg

The weekend is finally here! And while it may be a wet start, there are some great indoor events happening all weekend long the entire family will enjoy. From the 45th Annual World of Wheels to the Norfolk County Beer Festival, a pasta making workshop and a whole lot more, we’ve got you covered. Check out our weekend picks:

Friday, March 22

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

45th Annual World of Wheels

The World of Wheels returns for its 45th year featuring America’s finest hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles, along with special appearances. Tickets are $20. Children 6-12 are $7 (age 5 and under are free). 3-10 p.m., Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston. 

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

Mix hidden history, craft beer and good times during Boston Crawling’s guided History Tour Pub Crawl. Visit historic pubs in the Faneuil Hall area of the Freedom trail while guides share stories of Revolutionary Boston. Tours offered daily at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.99 and must be purchased in advance. Meet at the Samuel Adams statues in front of Faneuil Hall.

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

The Boston Underground Film Festival returns for its 21st year once again bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking from all over the world to New England. The festival runs March 20-24 with multiple movie viewing daily. Check website for specific schedule. 5:15 p.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire 2019

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire returns for another year of New England's best craftspeople, psychic readers and merchants, along with live music, classes, masquerade ball and more. Tickets are $10-$25. 7-10 p.m., Marriott Courtyard, 2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH.

Tavern Night at Boston Tea Party Ships

Enjoy a night of colonial merrymaking at Tavern Night at Boston Tea Party Ships. Join the Sons and Daughters of Library for some hospitality in 18th Century Boston. Grab a drink with prominent Bostonians of the day, while saving rustic fare, playing authentic games and more. Tickets are $49.50. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. performance starts at 8 p.m., Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, 306 Congress St., Boston.

Harry Potter Film Festival

Join the Luna Theatre for a magical weekend of Harry Potter films as part of its Harry Potter Film Festival happening all month long. Tonight it’s “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.” 7:35 p.m., The Luna Theatre, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell.

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, March 23

Nowruz 2019: The Persian New Year Festival at MFA Boston

Celebrate the Persian New Year, learn about Nowruz traditions, explore Persian works of art, enjoy dance performances with Iranian modern dancer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and more at the Museum of Fine Arts Nowruz 2019 Persian New Year Festival. Free with the price of admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

45th Annual World of Wheels

The World of Wheels returns for its 45th year featuring America’s finest hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles, along with special appearances. Tickets are $20. Children 6-12 are $7 (age 5 and under are free). 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

The Boston Underground Film Festival returns for its 21st year once again bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking from all over the world to New England. The festival runs March 20-24 with multiple movie viewing daily. Check website for specific schedule. 10 a.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire 2019

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire returns for another year of New England's best craftspeople, psychic readers and merchants, along with live music, classes, masquerade ball and more. Tickets are $10-$25. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Marriott Courtyard, 2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH.

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

Mix hidden history, craft beer and good times during Boston Crawling’s guided History Tour Pub Crawl. Visit historic pubs in the Faneuil Hall area of the Freedom trail while guides share stories of Revolutionary Boston. Tours offered daily at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.99 and must be purchased in advance. Meet at the Samuel Adams statues in front of Faneuil Hall.

Harry Potter Film Festival

Join the Luna Theatre for a magical weekend of Harry Potter films as part of its Harry Potter Film Festival happening all month long. Tonight it’s “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” at 11:05 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., as well as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One” at 5:25 p.m. and 8:35 p.m. The Luna Theatre, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell.

PEG + CAT Live

PEG + CAT take the stage at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre for their live show today. Tickets start at $27. 1 p.m., Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford 

Norfolk County Beer Festival

Experience your neighborhood's best beers all under one roof. The Norfolk County Beer Festival will celebrate beer made right in Norfolk County, along with live music, food pop-ups, local artisans, games and giveaways. Also during the event, the Norwood Space Center will be hosting an Open Studio featuring the more than 20 artists who work out of the space opening their creative studios to the public displaying both finished and unfinished pieces, which are all available for sale. General admission tickets are $40, VIP tickets are $80. 2-5 p.m., Norwood Space Center, 83 Morse St., Norwood.

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.

Walker Hayes at House of Blues

Country singer/songwriter Walker Hayes takes the stage tonight at House of Blues. Tickets start at $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Sunday, March 24

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire 2019

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire returns for another year of New England's best craftspeople, psychic readers and merchants, along with live music, classes, masquerade ball and more. Tickets are $10-$25. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marriott Courtyard, 2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH.

45th Annual World of Wheels

The World of Wheels returns for its 45th year featuring America’s finest hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles, along with special appearances. Tickets are $20. Children 6-12 are $7 (age 5 and under are free). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Harry Potter Film Festival

Join the Luna Theatre for a magical weekend of Harry Potter films as part of its Harry Potter Film Festival happening all month long. Today it’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One” 11:05 a.m., as well as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two” at 2:05 p.m., 5:05 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. The Luna Theatre, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell.

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

The Boston Underground Film Festival returns for its 21st year once again bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking from all over the world to New England. The festival runs March 20-24 with multiple movie viewing daily. Check website for specific schedule. Noon, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

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 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

Mix hidden history, craft beer and good times during Boston Crawling’s guided History Tour Pub Crawl. Visit historic pubs in the Faneuil Hall area of the Freedom trail while guides share stories of Revolutionary Boston. Tours offered daily at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.99 and must be purchased in advance. Meet at the Samuel Adams statues in front of Faneuil Hall.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 4-6 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees, The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[5 Things To Know in Dorchester This Week]]>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:10:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Spicy-Vegetarian-Crock-Pot-Chili1.jpg

Here are some things happening around the neighborhood

Try something new

The Stitch House hosts a variety of crafting classes like sewing and knitting.  Try their Crochet 101 class where you’l learn art of crocheting!  The class takes place on Wednesday from 6pm-8pm. To learn more visit here! 

Register to run!

It’s the 25th Anniversary – Charbo’s Run –   This 5 mile road race that starts at 11am from Florian Hall on Sunday, March 24th. Mark S. Charbonnier, Dorchester native and Massachusetts state trooper, was shot and killed in the line of duty on On September 2, 1994.  A road race was started in his memory back in 1995.  After a 15 year hiatus, the road race is back to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his death.  You can register here! 

Get schooled

SchoolFacts Boston is a new organization founded and run by Boston families committed to working together to improve education for all Boston families and helping to navigate the complicated and confusing system of BPS.  You can learn more about it here! 

The heat is on

It’s the 13th Annual Dorchester Chili Cook-Off.  On Sunday, March 24th head to the IBEW Hall and get ready to taste the heat!  More than 20 participants including restaurants, civic associations and local organization share their pots of chili and vie for the coveted Best Chili in Dorchester! In addition to delicious chili, enjoy live entertainment, games and prizes.  All proceeds benefit the Dorchester Day Parade! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here! 

Let’s Escape to the Tropics

Escape to the Tropics at Franklin Park Zoo! Put on your best luau gear as you dance and limbo your way through the Tropical Forest with friends! Watch the ring-tail lemurs as they discover tropical themed enrichment in their decorated exhibit, and don’t miss special opportunities to meet some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Join Zoo staff to learn more about the free-flight birds, including scarlet ibis, yellow-billed storks, hadada ibis and more! This is a 21+ event and includes one drink ticket, appetizers and a cash beer and wine bar. Western lowland gorillas, pygmy hippopotamus, and a Linne’s two-toed sloth are just a few of the animals that call the 72 degree Tropical Forest home.TICKETS: The Wild Things member price is $25. For non-members, $40

 

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<![CDATA[The Gallery Opens Underneath Yvonne's in Downtown Boston]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:21:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/177*120/Gallery+314.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A downtown Boston restaurant that resides in an iconic space has been joined by a hidden basement spot that offers a mix of art, culture, and dining.

According to a press release, the Gallery is now open below Yvonne's, a high-end "supper club" that took over the former Locke-Ober space on Winter Place in late 2015. The new space is accessed through Yvonne's Library Lounge by way of a hidden bookshelf door, with the downstairs space having rotating art exhibits and seven tables where diners can order from Yvonne's food and drinks menus.

The space in which the Gallery resides is the former Rebel Room, which had been used for private events and large groups; when Locke-Ober resided in the space, the downstairs room was actually called Yvonne's, a members-only club that inspired the name of the current restaurant.

Yvonne's (and the Gallery) can be found at 3 Winter Place in the Downtown Crossing section of Boston.

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<![CDATA[Rare Steakhouse to Open at Everett Casino]]>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:33:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/raresteakhouse.png

by Marc Hurwitz

Another new restaurant has been announced for the upcoming casino complex in Everett, and this one will feature a food item that can only be found in a handful of places around the country.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Rare Steakhouse is planning to open at Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino, with the dining spot offering certified authentic Kobe beef among other items such as Sanuki Olive Beef, rare Ideue beef, and American-raised beef products along with local seafood, premium and accessible wines, a variety of scotch options, and more. Rare Steakhouse--which has a connection to SW Steakhouse at the Wynn Las Vegas--is slated to open in June when the complex debuts.

As of 2016, only nine restaurants in the United States offered real Kobe, according to a Business Insider post.

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<![CDATA[Southie Happenings]]>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:15:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Wine-Generic-Getty.jpg

Here are some things happening around the neighborhood

4th Annual Perry Rocks

Support South Boston’s only waterfront public school at this fun event!  Dance, sing, laugh and drink on Saturday, March 23rd from 7pm-Midnight at the Social Register – 401 D Street! Live music by Southie’s favorite band – Thomas Park.  Funds raised will go to activities, art supplies, field trips and more!  You can purchase your tickets here. 

I said a hip, hop, the hippie

Regan’s Motivated Fitness is hosting a special 75 minute dance workshop on Sunday, March 31st at 2:30pm.  Sean Bjerke is one of Boston’s top dance instructors and he’ll be teaching a variation of Hip-Hop and House moves!  It’s a fun workout with limited spots.  $30 and you can register here!

Write a letter of support and thanks

Some local Southie kids came up with the idea to send messages of encouragement and thanks to our military troops!  Stop by The Cranberry Cafe, fill out a card, and they’ll make sure it gets mailed for you!  While your there, treat yourself to coffee, breakfast or lunch or maybe an ice cream!

Wine lovers rejoice

Raise your glass! Get your tickets for the #GrandTasting at Mayhew Wine! Sample over 20 wines for FREE on March 21st from 5-7PM for #FREE! Be sure to reserve your spot, space is limited! 

Be informed. Get involved. 

The Boston Parks Department his hosting another open house/public meeting on Thursday, March 21st regarding the Moakley Park Vision Plan.  The meeting will be held from 6pm-7:30pm at the Iron Workers Union Hall at 195 Old Colony Ave.  You can learn more here! 

Apartment for Rent

Looking for a new apartment?  Check out these brand new units available for rent!

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<![CDATA[What to Do St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Southie]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:28:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/St+314.jpg

Here are our picks for St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

Corned beef and cabbage just like Nana used to make. 

 The Seapoint  is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the 16th serving the traditional meal of Irish immigrants – corned beef and cabbage.  The nearly 40-year-old family run South Boston business will also be featuring live Irish music all day. The fun begins at 11 am!  They will be closed parade day!  https://www.facebook.com/seapoint367/

Full Day of Drinking Beer

Dorchester Brewing Company is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as the Irish intended – with a full day of drinking great beer on Saturday, March 16th from 11:30 am-11:00 pm! With an expanded capacity to fit everyone IN who wants IN, there will be plenty of room for all! With fresh beer, live music, traditional food and more!  Events include a Beer Release from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and live music from Blue Light Bandits, an independent groove rock band from Worcester.  Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen will be serving up their version of Irish food from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The menu includes Beer Brined Corned Beef with Stout Mustard, Fingerling Potatoes, Carrots, Braised Cabbage, Irish Pork Sausage with Garlic Mustard, Crispy Leeks, Irish Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Whiskey Glazed Onions on Rosemary Sourdough.  You can learn more here! For other St. Patrick’s Day events, visit here!

Get your dancing shoes on!

Coppersmith is feeling Irish! Enjoy their last and biggest St. Patricks Day Bash on Friday, March 15th starting at 2 pm! Complimentary appetizers, live entertainment, free swag & more!

Wearing’ O’ the Green!

Colin’s Joy Project is hosting some special pop-ups this week featuring Colin’s Joy Project t-shirts with a St. Patrick’s Day twist! They’ll be at Deirfiúr Home on Friday 4-6 pm and Saturday from 12-3 pm. Whether you are cheering on “Team Colin” at the Boston Marathon or supporting from a distance, wearing the Colin’s Joy Project gear helps spread the word on how we can build Colin’s legacy. This sale is a fundraiser for Colin’s Joy Project, the fund created by Colin McGrath’s family after his recent death. This fund will make grants to rebuild local play spaces and fund family-focused programming in their community, particularly for families in need.

Tour the USS Jason Dunham

Ship ahoy! USS Jason Dunham will be docking at the Flynn Cruiseport on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14th and public tours will be available on Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be a mass at Our Lady of Good Voyage on Saturday at 3 pm. The USS Jason Dunham sailors will be participating in the parade and will be included as part of the Evacuation Day Banquet on Friday, March 15th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Run Southie run!

St. Patrick’s Day Rad Road Race!   Established 1940.    Festive and healthy and spirited 5K Road Race starts and ends at Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club, corner of F and West Sixth Street.  All proceeds benefit South Boston Boys & Girls Club.  First 650 to register receive Official Race Shirt, designed by Dropkick Murphys!  Limited number of limited editions shirts on sale race weekend wicked cheap ($10!) March 17th – 11 AM Start.  Rad Youth Rock-Pop Band the Harmaniacs to perform before the start at 10:20. Register here!

Tune in for the Breakfast!

Senator Nick Collins will host the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast.  This holiday tradition will take place at the Raymond Flynn Cruise Terminal and feature a who’s who of elected officials and politicians.  The event starts at 10 am and will air on NECN.  Learn the history of the breakfast here! 

Know the parade route

If you’re wondering the best place to watch the parade, we’ve got some suggestions here!  The parade begins at 1 pm at Broadway Station. The route will take marchers from West Broadway to East Broadway and then back through Southie from East Fourth to East Fifth up around Thomas Park and end at Andrew Square.

 

Play Parade Day Bingo

 

Everyone knows the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in #Southie is some of the best people watching ever!  We’ve come up with Parade Day Bingo!  Make sure to tweet at us if you see or hear anything from Bingo and use #SouthieParadeBingo and tag us!  You can check it out here!

Add a workout to the weekend

Take a class at East Side Yoga and enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend Pop Up Shop with Peach Fashion and Green Juices from Juice Box! Also take advantage of East Side’s One Day Only 5 pack sale, $80,  available Saturday, March 16th. You can purchase online here!

View an Open House

35 Channel Center is a true classic loft building. This home offers 1353 square feet and soaring 12-foot ceilings, finished with incredible wood beams.  Sealed concrete floors, custom lighting, Honed Carrera Marble oversize waterfall island and completing the design, a Thermadore 5 burner gas stove. This condo is an open welcoming loft layout ideal for entertaining in style. Open House Saturday 11-12:30 – Listing Price:  $1.375,000  – Amy Carlisle is the Listing Agent!  For more details visit here!

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<![CDATA[How This Southie St. Patrick's Day Parade is Different]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:03:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-03-20-17h24m59s63.jpg

We are T-minus three days and counting until the St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade this Sunday, and everything that it entails. Big changes are happening this year, and it’s helpful to know what to expect.

Bryan Bishop, Director of Parade Operations, works in conjunction with the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council (SBAWVC—full disclosure, my husband’s the Treasurer) as well as the newly formed Executive Committee for the Parade. It’s an offshoot of the council with SBAWVC Commander Dave Falvey at the head, as well as participants with parade experience, firefighters, veterans, and even Southie residents so that everyone’s voice has been heard in the process. Bishop has all the details on the parade—the result of a year’s worth of work.

It’s the full parade route!

This is probably the most hotly debated aspect of the parade, and fortunately, the weather bodes well—which is the deciding factor for whether the parade ends at East Broadway or continues to Andrew Station, or, as Bishop calls it, “the intersection of Dot and Dot.” The full parade will be 3.6 miles long, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities around town to watch it go by. As usual, West Broadway will likely be the most crowded area.

There’s an opening ceremony.

This is a new televised feature this year, Bishop explains. The flatbed for the ceremony is actually a unit in the parade, and from there, new Mayor of Southie Haley Dillon will proclaim the day officially for the parade, the parade’s Chief Marshall, John Beatty, will to give a speech welcoming Walsh, Baker, and other officials to Southie, and the Irish and American national anthems will play. Bishop will also speak, then the parade will start at 1 p.m. SHARP. NO EXCEPTIONS.

There are 30 more units (participants) than last year.

Last year, there were 90 units marching/driving/riding on horseback/biking along. Now, “there are 122 units, from 4 countries, 6 states, and with every branch of the military represented,” says Bishop. But don’t worry, Bishop’s got a tight organizational structure in place (more on that in a sec) and will penalize units that slow the proceedings. If they mouth off to any of the volunteers or are abusive in any way, the punishment gets worse—a.k.a. they’ll be banned from the parade in perpetuity—so no one’s messing around.

And there’s new and exciting stuff to see.

The crew of the USS Jason Dunham, which docks at Black Falcon Terminal on 2 p.m. Thursday, will be marching in the parade. There’s also bagpipers from Spain, a pro rugby team from Ireland (marching with the New England Freejacks rugby team), and veterans from the Irish Defense Force. Actually, there’s a particularly strong connection to Ireland this year: a cabinet minister and the consulate general from the country are attending too.

The Woodland String Band from Philadelphia is returning to the parade. Bishop explains, “They haven’t been here for a bit, so it’s good to have them back.” A Revolutionary War-era British Military unit re-enactment is also marching. Bishop jokes, “King George is sending his representation, and we’ll be asking them to leave at the conclusion of the parade.” And the American Legion is celebrating its centennial. Of course, there’ll be plenty of the fun Irish/Irish American/local businesses/only-in-Southie characters you’ve seen before, too.

Stay tuned—more announcements are still to come!

There’s a new organizational structure.

“In honor of Evacuation Day, the lineup and staging are based on military proceedings,” says Bishop. The first division is the Royal Court, which incorporates the politicians, Mayor of Southie, bands, Chief Marshall, crew of the USS Jason Dunham, and special guests. The second, Veterans Division, includes the Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Francisco Urena as well as the American Legion. After that, divisions three through seven are named after each branch of armed forces—and the units are spread out between each one.

(My husband is one of the division chiefs, so I shall wave hello as he whizzes by in his golf cart, while I usher around family members/make sure no one passes out in our driveway.)

Per usual, open-container laws are still in effect.

Boston’s finest will be out and in full force this year, just like years past, so just obey the law and you’ll have no issues! (she says, remembering past years forlornly). To paraphrase my friend Heather Foley: children live here, so let’s make it a safe environment for everybody.

The core values haven’t changed.

“This is the only parade in world that not only honors St. Patrick’s Day but is also honoring service,” says Bishop. “It’s a mashup between green and red, white, and blue—all of that spirit is in there. There’s patriotism alongside that fun, fundamental frivolity of St. Patrick’s. We’re so blessed to do this in a way that brings honor and dignity to the U.S. Armed Forces with the celebration of Irish culture in Southie and Boston.”

“On Sunday, Southie is everybody’s hometown,” he adds.

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<![CDATA[PSA: St. Pat’s Road Race Traffic Delays!]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:37:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Walsh+Southie+314.jpg

From our Friends at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club

Date: March 17, 2019 Start Time: 11 AM

Expect Traffic Delays from 11 – 11:40 AM on Broadway: E Street to Farragut Statute

Cityside neighborhood in the vicinity of the Club will be affected 9:00 AM – 12 noon

W 6th Street from E to Dorchester St and F from Tudor to W 5th closed to traffic from 9-12.

Some Parking Restrictions Apply Next to the Club –

NO PARKING W 6th, F to Dorchester – both sides

NO PARKING F St from W 6th to Bowen (Club-side only)

Please Look for Fliers and BTD Signs

If you’re around Sunday morning, show our runners your Southie spirit and give them a warm and festive welcome.  For more information on Road Race visit here! 

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<![CDATA[Murphy’s Law – Southie’s Favorite Dive Bar]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:34:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Murphys+314.JPG

Written by Sara Von Remus and Tess Brockmeyer

The landscape of South Boston is constantly changing, it’s nice to find a place like Murphy’s Law.  Murphy’s is the perfect spot get to know your neighbors, learn some real Southie history, and maybe bump into a celebrity. 

Murphy’s Law is your local bar. It’s where new Southie and old Southie come meet and celebrate the fact South Boston is the best neighborhood around! Here are five reasons why we love Murphy’s Law!

Star struck

Celebrities walk through the doors all the time!  Ben and Casey Affleck came in to film an iconic shoot out right in the bar back in 2006. Murphy’s was also featured on the late great Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” in 2011. Murphy’s has also been the set of choice for several television pilots.

Where everybody knows your name

This bar is a true piece of South Boston history. It’s had a few different names – hello Power House Pub –  but Murphy’s has survived the neighborhood transformation. In 2000, Scott Pumphret and Peggy Kelly joined forces and made Murphy’s Law the local legend it is today. Looking around the bar it’s an eclectic mix of vintage action figures, paintings from local artists and dart boards and arcade games.  The friendly bartenders are ready with a smile, your drink of choice and are always up for some good conversation. 

Southie’s favorite Dive Bar

There is a homey, warm feeling in the cherry wood bar and the classic neon signs. It is a cash-only establishment (don’t worry, there is an ATM by the front door), and the drinks are cheap. You can buy a round and not feel like you have to take out a loan. Make sure to keep a few bucks out for the jukebox.  

Local heroes

Police, Fire, EMS, Bomb Squad, and branches of the military are honored in this place. Several former employees of Murphy’s have gone on to become first responders and many current employees are veterans of the military. The patches recognize these men and women from all over the nation and each has a story to tell. So as you may have guessed, Murphy’s is a first responder and military bar – and couldn’t be more proud if it.

St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal around here.

March 17th is a day that the residents of South Boston celebrate Irish heritage and Evacuation Day on the same day. This year, the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade actually falls on March 17th!  Murphy’s Law will be celebrating! There will be drinks, decorations, t-shirts for sale, and plenty of Irish music. Even if you aren’t Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is the holiday to pretend you are – and appreciate the wonderful history and tradition of the South Boston Irish community!

Murphy’s Law is located at 837 Summer Street in South Boston, open from 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM, 7 days a week. Follow Murphy’s on Instagram @murphys_law_southie and like on them on Facebook!

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<![CDATA[Last Call for Tom English’s in Dorchester]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 11:44:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Tom+English+426.jpg

We’re not joking! The last day for Tom English’s on Dot Ave will be April Fool’s Day. The iconic bar will be developed into a new mixed use building at 951-959A Dorchester Avenue.

The project will replace Tom English’s and the Dorchester Market with a 5-story building with 38 residential units (5 would be “affordable”), and potentially a restaurant and a market on the ground level.

There will also be 26 parking spots.

Dorchester Market will officially close on April 7. Make sure you stop by and say your good-byes.  

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<![CDATA[St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Dot!]]>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 20:20:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/175*120/Eire+313.JPG

You know what they say—if you’re lucky enough to be Irish you’re lucky enough! And how lucky are we that St. Paddy’s Day falls on a weekend? Dorchester has lots going on, get your green on and celebrate!

The Bowery Bar is celebrating with not one, not two but 5 Days of Celebrations! Enjoy lunch, dinner and drink specials from March 13th-March 17th. On Sunday, March 17th there will be live music on the patio – weather permitting with It’s An AJ Thing!

Lower Mills Tavern will be featuring live Irish sessions all day long! Make sure to stop by for lunch or dinner! Enjoy brunch specials like Guinness Beef Stew and Corn Beef Hash! We also highly recommend their craft cocktail The Irish made with Irish whiskey, maple liqueur, cinnamon simple, hot coffee; topped with chocolate whipped cream & dash of salt 11.

Bring on the beer!

Dorchester Brewing Company is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as the Irish intended – with a full day of drinking great beer on Saturday, March 16th from 11:30 am-11:00 pm! With an expanded capacity to fit everyone IN who wants IN, there will be plenty of room for all! With fresh beer, live music, traditional food and more! Events include a Beer Release from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and live music from Blue Light Bandits, an independent groove rock band from Worcester. Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen will be serving up their version of Irish food from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The menu includes Beer Brined Corned Beef with Stout Mustard, Fingerling Potatoes, Carrots, Braised Cabbage, Irish Pork Sausage with Garlic Mustard, Crispy Leeks, Irish Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Whiskey Glazed Onions on Rosemary Sourdough. You can learn more here! For other St. Patrick’s Day events, visit here!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s all weekend long at Dorset Hall with live music, food and drink specials, live Irish dance and more! Check out their Facebook page for the full lineup!

Listen to Live Music

Get lucky at Lucy’s American Tavern from March 13th-March 17th! Enjoy 5 days of celebrations including whiskey tastings, Irish food, and live music with The Emergency Broadcast System!

The Industry will be featuring live Irish music on Saturday, March 16th from 8 PM to 11 PM. Enjoy the songs and stories of Ireland brought to life by none other than Ireland’s own Paddy Mór – a Galway native who has performed in both Ireland and the United States!  On Sunday, March 17th, The Industry opens at 10 am with live music by DJ Bren!  Connolly Academy of Irish Dance will be stopping by too!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

A time-honored tradition! The Eire Pub will be serving up corned beef and cabbage all day long. Pairs perfectly with Guinness

Landmark Public House will have the Connolly Academy of Irish Dance at 12 pm followed by live music all day! They’ll be serving the good stuff (aka corned beef & cabbage) all day and weather permitting, they’ll have an outdoor patio and beer stations.

What did we miss? Send us your St. Paddy’s celebrations!

Thinking about heading to Southie for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Check out Caught in Southie’s Guide to the St. Patrick’s Day! 

 

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<![CDATA[Jose Duarte of Taranta Involved in Opening of Chelsea Spot]]>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:27:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Taranta+312.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant is opening just over the bridge from Boston, and a well-known chef and restaurateur is apparently involved with the place.

According to a Facebook post from Susan Holaday of Foodservice East, Jose Duarte of Taranta in Boston's North End is planning to open a dining spot in Chelsea, with an earlier meeting minutes page seeming to confirm this, saying that Duarte and Taylor Choquet (who is also from Taranta) being behind the place, which would be on Adams Street and whose parent company is called Oakwood Tavern, LLC. The minutes page had mentioned that the restaurant would be a Peruvian and Italian fusion spot with a capacity around or just under 20, though it is not known if this remains the case for both the concept and capacity. Duarte posts on Susan Holaday's page that details will be coming soon, so stay tuned for updates.

Taranta, which is located on Hanover Street, also offers Peruvian-Italian fusion fare.

The address for the planned restaurant in Chelsea from Jose Duarte and Taylor Choquet is 22 Adams Street, Chelsea, MA, 02150.

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<![CDATA[Jose's Torta Mexicana to Open in Arlington]]>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:32:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/Jose+312.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Last fall, we reported that a new bakery was taking over the space where a suburban bagel shop had been. Now we have learned that it won't be the only food spot coming to that space.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Jose's Torta Mexicana is opening in part of the former Bagels by Us space in Arlington, with an earlier post in Your Arlington confirming that it is indeed coming to half of that Mass. Ave. space while--as stated before--Butternut Bakehouse will move into the other half. Both the Your Arlington post and an Instagram page from the upcoming Jose's Torta Mexicana indicate that the person behind Jose's in Cambridge is also behind this spot, while the Instagram page shows that the restaurant will be offering Mexican tortas and more, though a menu has not been seen as of yet.

Bagels by Us closed last March after being in business for more than 20 years.

Based on the Instagram page for the place, it looks like the address for Jose's Torta Mexicana will be 793 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Butternut Bakehouse to Open in Former Bagels by Us Space in Arlington

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<![CDATA[New Restaurant Coming to Southie!]]>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:37:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/pizza+ginos.JPG

Could Southie be getting a new restaurant?

Back in June, we reported that after five years in business, Stephi’s in Southie had closed and it’s been vacant ever since. Well, it sounds like a new restaurant is hoping to open in that spot!  According to a West Broadway Neighborhood Association agenda for their monthly meeting, the owner of ZC Boston located on Mass. Ave. is hoping to relocate to 11 West Broadway.

ZC Restaurant features an Asian inspired menu with sushi, maki, lo mein noodles, dumplings, tempura and more!  They also have a fun cocktail menu loaded with tiki drinks, large format cocktails, beer and wine!

You can check out their full menu here! 

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<![CDATA[Supercomputing Startup Conduit Launches From Stealth]]>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:41:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/How_to_Pick_the_Right_Laptop_Computer.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Sorella's in Jamaica Plain Is Closing]]>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:16:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/breakfast+generic.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a beloved breakfast spot that has been around for a long time is getting ready to close for good.

According to an article in the Jamaica Plain News, Sorella's on Centre Street in JP is shutting down at the end of the month, confirming what a poster had said on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page. The article says that one of the two sisters behind the eatery--Ellie Bolys--passed away four years ago, leaving Antoinette Bolys to run both Sorella's and the Dedham Diner and that the former has been for sale for several months now.

Sorella's, which first opened in 1983, has received much praise among critics and patrons alike over the years, with its pancakes, crepes, and French toast being among the most popular items there.

The address for Sorelle's is 386 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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<![CDATA[25+ Fun Events for the Entire Family Happening This Week]]>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 08:00:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Heimlich-300x200.jpg

There may be snow on the ground, but the forecast is going to make it feel like spring and the events happening this week are going to help, too! From the Boston Flower & Garden Show, to the Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Tour coming to Boston and more, check out our picks for the week:

Monday, March 11

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Boston Common. 

Preschool Movies

Enjoy movies with your preschooler at the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library. 10:30-11:30 a.m., 4246 Washington St., Roslindale.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Tuesday, March 12

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

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. 

The Boston Flower & Garden Show Preview Party

The Boston Flower & Garden Show takes over the Seaport World Trade Center this week, but before it does, grab your tickets for the preview party tonight – an exclusive cocktail party among all the displays and visitors before the event opens to public. It also includes featured musical guest Lukas Graham. Tickets start at $95. 6-9 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Christopher Cross: Take Me As I Am 2019 Tour

Five-time Grammy Award winner Christopher Cross comes to City Winery tonight as part of his “Take Me As I Am” tour. Tickets start at $45. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. City Winery, 80 Beverly St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Wednesday, March 13

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Nothing says spring like the return of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 13-17 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Enjoy your first taste of spring with colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

Thursday, March 14

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Nothing says spring like the return of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 13-17 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Enjoy your first taste of spring with colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

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.

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. 

Dropkick Murphys 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day week in Boston without the Dropkick Murphys and lucky for us they are hitting the stage at the House of Blues tonight for the first of five shows as part of their 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour. Tickets start at $57. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Friday, March 15

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Nothing says spring like the return of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 13-17 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Enjoy your first taste of spring with colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza

The Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza returns this weekend. Enjoy cosplay, costume contests, video game free play and competitions, celebrity guests signing autographs, photo opportunities, panels, VIP experiences, vendors and more. Tickets are $10-$18. 3:30-8 p.m., Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough. 

Dropkick Murphys 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day week in Boston without the Dropkick Murphys and lucky for us they are hitting the stage at the House of Blues tonight for the first of five shows as part of their 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour. Tickets start at $57. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne 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. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Saturday, March 16

Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza

The Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza returns this weekend. Enjoy cosplay, costume contests, video game free play and competitions, celebrity guests signing autographs, photo opportunities, panels, VIP \experiences, vendors and more. Tickets are $18. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough. 

Kids in the Kitchen: Asian Lettuce Wraps

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Rebecca from Chestnut Farms will teach you how to make fresh Asian lettuce wraps with Chestnut Farm’s turkey and pork and seasonal veggies. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Nothing says spring like the return of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 13-17 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Enjoy your first taste of spring with colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

Dropkick Murphys 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day week in Boston without the Dropkick Murphys and lucky for us they are hitting the stage at the House of Blues tonight for the first of five shows as part of their 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour. Tickets start at $39.50. Doors open at Noon. Show starts at 1 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne 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.

Dropkick Murphys Boxing

The Dropkick Murphys’ St. Patrick’s Clash IV is bringing an amazing night of fights to Boston’s House of Blues tonight, along with a special Dropkick Murphys acoustic performance. Tickets start at $39.50. Doors open at 7. The event starts at 8 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Sunday, March 17

Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza

The Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza returns this weekend. Enjoy cosplay, costume contests, video game free play and competitions, celebrity guests signing autographs, photo opportunities, panels, VIP \experiences, vendors and more. Tickets are $10. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough. 

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Nothing says spring like the return of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 13-17 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Enjoy your first taste of spring with colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

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

Dropkick Murphys 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day week in Boston without the Dropkick Murphys and lucky for us they are hitting the stage at the House of Blues tonight for the first of five shows as part of their 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour. Tickets start at $39.50. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[15+ Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:11:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Dropkick+Murphys+GettyImages-845696298.jpg

The weekend is finally here and there’s lots of fun happening. From the Boston Flower & Garden Show, to St. Patrick’s Day weekend performances by Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys and of course South Boston’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, there’s plenty of great things to do all weekend long.  

Friday, March 15

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Nothing says spring like the return of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 13-17 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Enjoy your first taste of spring with colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., 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.

Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza

The Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza returns this weekend. Enjoy cosplay, costume contests, video game free play and competitions, celebrity guests signing autographs, photo opportunities, panels, VIP experiences, vendors and more. Tickets are $10-$18. 3:30-8 p.m., Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough.

Dropkick Murphys 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day week in Boston without the Dropkick Murphys and lucky for us they are hitting the stage at the House of Blues tonight for the first of five shows as part of their 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour. Tickets start at $57. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne 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. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Saturday, March 16 

St. Patrick’s Day for Kids

The Irish Cultural Center is having an event to help the little ones celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. Head on over for a morning of filled with music, dance, songs, crafts and more. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton.

Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza

The Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza returns this weekend. Enjoy cosplay, costume contests, video game free play and competitions, celebrity guests signing autographs, photo opportunities, panels, VIP experiences, vendors and more. Tickets are $18. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough.

Kids in the Kitchen: Asian Lettuce Wraps

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Rebecca from Chestnut Farms will teach you how to make fresh Asian lettuce wraps with Chestnut Farm’s turkey and pork and seasonal veggies. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Nothing says spring like the return of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 13-17 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Enjoy your first taste of spring with colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., 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.

Dropkick Murphys 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day week in Boston without the Dropkick Murphys and lucky for us they are hitting the stage at the House of Blues tonight for the first of five shows as part of their 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour. Tickets start at $39.50. Doors open at Noon. Show starts at 1 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne 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. 

Dropkick Murphys Boxing

The Dropkick Murphys’ St. Patrick’s Clash IV is bringing an amazing night of fights to Boston’s House of Blues tonight, along with a special Dropkick Murphys acoustic performance. Tickets start at $39.50. Doors open at 7. The event starts at 8 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Sunday, March 17 

Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza

The Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza returns this weekend. Enjoy cosplay, costume contests, video game free play and competitions, celebrity guests signing autographs, photo opportunities, panels, VIP experiences, vendors and more. Tickets are $10. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough. 

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Nothing says spring like the return of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 13-17 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Enjoy your first taste of spring with colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., 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.

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day in Boston without the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade runs from West Broadway to East Broadway, ending at Andrew Square. 1 p.m., South 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. 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Dropkick Murphys 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day week in Boston without the Dropkick Murphys and lucky for us they are hitting the stage at the House of Blues tonight for the first of five shows as part of their 2019 St. Patrick's Day Tour. Tickets start at $39.50. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[In The Game to Open in Peabody]]>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 21:31:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/In+the+Game+38.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A small group of entertainment centers that include food, drink, and games is expanding to the Greater Boston area, with an outlet coming to the North Shore.

A message sent from @CappyinBoston indicates that In The Game is opening in Peabody, with the website and Facebook page for the Lowell Street business indicating that it may be opening next weekend. The upcoming spot will feature more than a hundred games including virtual reality and high-tech simulators while also offering arcade games, mini bowling, a rock wall, laser tag, and a ropes course, with food and drink options including burgers, steaks, pizza, pasta, beer, and cocktails.

In The Game, which is headquartered in Illinois, currently has four locations, including one each in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Texas.

The address for this new entertainment center in Peabody is: In The Game, 535 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA, 01960. The website for the business can be found at https://inthegame.net/

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<![CDATA[Amsterdam Falafelshop in Somerville Is Closing]]>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 21:34:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/171*120/Amsterdam+38.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

What was once a growing group of falafel shops will soon be disappearing from the Boston-area landscape.

According to a Facebook post, Amsterdam Falafelshop in the Davis Square section of Somerville is shutting down on March 30, with the note saying that "It's with great sadness that we announce the closing of Amsterdam Falafelshop in Davis Square....Please take advantage of the last few weeks of service and come into the store early and often, order catering platters for your local events, and please tip our loyal staff a little extra as they transition to new ventures. We are off to new ventures with family and business and will never forget our time in Davis Square." The Somerville closure will mean that no more locations of the Washington, DC-based group of eateries will be in the region, as the Kenmore Square shop closed in early 2017 and other locations that were being planned never came to be. (At one point early on, it looked like four Boston-area locations in addition to the Somerville shop--which first opened in 2012--were being planned.)

Other locations of Amsterdam Falafelshop in Washington, DC (three) and South Miami (one) remain in operation.

The address for the soon-to-close Amsterdam Falafelshop in Davis Square is 248 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.falafelshop.com/

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<![CDATA[Coolgreens to Open in Quincy and Waltham]]>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 21:38:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/coolgreens+38.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

An Oklahoma-based chain of dining spots known for their healthy options will be expanding to the Greater Boston area, opening at least two outlets in the region.

According to an article in Wicked Local/The Patriot Ledger, Coolgreens is planning to open locations in Quincy and Waltham, while franchiser (and Weston native) Demy Martin is also looking to open a third somewhere in the region as well. Based on the other locations in Oklahoma, expect to see such items as soups, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, quinoa bowls, and more at the new dining spots.

The Quincy location--which could be opening this summer--will be located in the downtown area at 1250 Hancock Street, though it is not yet known where the Waltham location will be.

Coolgreens was founded in 2009 in Oklahoma City and now has a total of seven locations in Oklahoma, with two new outlets coming to Texas as well. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.coolgreens.com/

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<![CDATA[Aleppo Palace Opens in Cambridge's Central Square]]>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 21:47:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Aleppo+38.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Middle Eastern spot has come to Cambridge, opening in the space that had been home to another Middle Eastern eatery.

According to its Facebook page and website, Aleppo Palace is now open in the former Moody's Falafel Palace space at 25 Central Square, with the dining spot offering such items as lentil soup, falafel, shawarma, hummus, baba ghanouj, tabouli, stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie, meat pies, baklava, and Arabic coffee. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, with its website indicating that closing time is 3:00 AM daily.

Moody's Falafel Palace, which closed last fall, was known in part for its falafel and shawarma dishes.

The website for Aleppo Palace can be found at http://aleppopalace.com/

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<![CDATA[Fiorella's Express in North Cambridge Has Closed]]>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 21:42:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/Fiorellos+38.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of Italian eateries that focus on takeout has closed one of its locations.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Fiorella's Express in North Cambridge is no longer in business, with the Mass. Ave. spot saying that "As we closed our doors for the final time...we cannot express enough how thankful we are to have been a part of the Cambridge community for so long." The note refers customers to its other locations, which can be found in Belmont and Brighton (and soon, Wellesley), along with two full-service Fiorella's restaurants in Concord and Newton.

Fiorella's Express first opened in North Cambridge toward the end of 2014, taking over the space that had once been home to SingaBella Cafe.

The address for the now-closed Fiorella's Express in North Cambridge was 2401 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

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<![CDATA[Chef Behind L'Espalier Plans to Open New Restaurant, Market]]>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 13:52:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/What_s_Next_for_Chef_Frank_McClelland.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind a nationally-recognized Boston restaurant that closed a couple of months ago will be opening a new dining spot and grocery store on the North Shore.

According to an article in The Salem News, Frank McClelland of L'Espalier is looking to open a restaurant and specialty market in Beverly, with both places being located in the new Holmes Beverly luxury apartment building on Rantoul Street. The post says that the 148-seat dining spot will have an outdoor patio and will feature "New England heritage food, with a little bit of European food" while the grocery store will include a coffee shop and bakery with seating for 16 and will also offer to-go meals.

McClelland closed down L'Espalier at the end of 2018 after 30 years in business, saying that "The lease is up, and I don't really have the desire to continue to do this and renew." The restaurant was a high-end spot that featured French and regional cuisine and had served a number of celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Henry Kissinger, and Julia Child. (McClelland was also involved in the opening of Riversbend in Essex a few years ago, but The Salem News says he is no longer involved with it.)

The address for the upcoming restaurant and market from Frank McClelland is 110 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA, 01915.

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<![CDATA[The Future of The Salem Diner Is Up in the Air]]>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 13:54:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/salemdiner.png

by Marc Hurwitz

A North Shore diner that is also an historic landmark is now facing what appears to be an uncertain future.

According to an article in The Salem News, the future of The Salem Diner is now unclear, as Salem State University--which purchased the Loring Avenue eatery in 2013--is in the middle of consolidating its on-campus food options in order to make things more efficient for its students, and because the diner is one of the options, it is not known what might happen to the place. The article says that because the nearby Marsh Hall has a food service area, and the university also wants to redevelop the diner's space, it is now facing a possible closure, with university President John Keenan saying that "One of the things consultants had suggested is we may not want to continue to deliver dining options in the diner."

The Salem News mentions that it is possible that The Salem Diner--which has been in business for nearly 80 years and which is on the National Register of Historic Places--could conceivably be moved to another space and possibly reopen under new ownership, though this is all speculation at this point.

The address for The Salem Diner is 70 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA, 01970.

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<![CDATA[Pomodoro in Boston's North End May Be Moving Again]]>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:33:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/177*120/pomodoro+36.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a North End restaurant that moved to a new space a few years ago could be moving once again.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Pomodoro is seeking a change of location from its present home at 351 Hanover Street (not 204 Hanover Street as shown in the notice--see below) to 364 Hanover Street, which is where Maurizio's used to be until closing in late 2017. If approved, this would be the second move for Pomodoro, as it had been at 319 Hanover Street until losing its lease there, with the restaurant temporarily moving to 351 Hanover Street while planning to settle into a permanent space at 204 Hanover Street which never happened. (The hearing notice actually mentions the 204 Hanover Street address.)

The hearing on Pomodoro's planned move is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13.

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<![CDATA[15+ Great Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 20:39:29 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/shamrock-splash.jpg

The weekend is here and so is Harpoon’s St. Patrick’s Festival, a lion celebration at the Franklin Park Zoo, the Bourbon & Bacon Fest 2019 and more. Check out our picks for your weekend of fun:

Friday, March 8

Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival

Enjoy a weekend of fun, live music, beer and more at Harpoon’s St. Patrick’s Festival this weekend. Tickets are $25 and include your first beer and a souvenir cup. 6:30-11 p.m. (doors close at 9:30 p.m.) Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Kelly Clarkson: Meaning Of Life Tour

Kelly Clarkson takes the stage tonight at TD Garden as part of her Meaning Of Life Tour. Tickets start at $29.50. 7 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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.

Saturday, March 9

Sam Adams Brewery Run

Hit the road today with Sam Adams Brewery for a free fun run, followed by free brewery tours. Runners of all levels are invited to join. Sam Adams Brewery, 30 Germania St., Boston.

Lion Birthday Celebration

Help lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia turn 10 at their birthday celebration today. Enjoy a day full of special events all in their honor. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 

Wilson Farm Farmer’s Breakfast

Support Team Wilson Farm in the Pan Mass Challenge by joining them for their annual Farmer’s Breakfast. Enjoy breakfast items from Wilson farm and local vendors. All items are $1 each and tickets are available at the door. Cash only. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival

Enjoy a weekend of fun, live music, beer and more at Harpoon’s St. Patrick’s Festival this weekend. Tickets are $25 and include your first beer and a souvenir cup. 1-7 p.m. (doors close at 5:30 p.m.) Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Bourbon & Bacon Fest 2019

The Bourbon & Bacon Fest returns Saturday and Sunday with three sessions over two days. Enjoy an array of specialty bourbons and unique whiskeys, along with a variety of smoky, bacon-themed samples. Two sessions today 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus 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.

Sunday, March 10 

Wilson Farm Farmer’s Breakfast

Support Team Wilson Farm in the Pan Mass Challenge by joining them for their annual Farmer’s Breakfast. Enjoy breakfast items from Wilson farm and local vendors. All items are $1 each and tickets are available at the door. Cash only. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Harpoon Shamrock Splash

Register and do your part to help support local beaches with a plunge and a pledge (and a pint of Harpoon Beer) at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash. Plus, there will also be prizes. Check-in at 11 a.m., splash at Noon, BCYF Curley Community Center 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. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films at the ICA

Catch all the Oscar-nominated, live-action, animated and documentary shorts you wished you saw before Oscar night at the ICA. $5 for members and students, $10 for non-members. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Bourbon & Bacon Fest 2019

The Bourbon & Bacon Fest returns Saturday and Sunday with three sessions over two days. Enjoy an array of specialty bourbons and unique whiskeys, along with a variety of smoky, bacon-themed samples.2-4 p.m., The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Jongro BBQ May Be Replacing Ittoku in Brighton]]>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:37:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/Jongro.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant could be replacing a dining spot in Brighton that is known for its Japanese fare.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Jongro BBQ is looking to acquire the beer and wine license from Ittoku on Commonwealth Avenue, with the plan being to operate in that space. Based on the name, it appears that the proposed eatery would feature Korean cuisine, though it does not seem to be connected to a Korean restaurant in Manhattan with the exact same name.

The hearing is scheduled for March 13, so more may be known on the planned new restaurant (and the exact status of Ittoku) by later next week.

Ittoku first opened in late 2013, taking over the space where a location of Petit Robert Bistro had once been; the dining spot offers such items as sushi, yakitori, ramen, and more.

The address for Ittoku (and the proposed Jongro BBQ) is 1414 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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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[Haley Dillon: Mayor of Southie]]>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:15:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Haley+36.JPG

Watch out Marty Walsh, there’s a new mayor in town!

After raising a whopping $17,566 for the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Haley Dillion was named the official Mayor of Southie on Tuesday night at a very packed Roza Lyons.

Parade organizers, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced last year that the competition was back after several years’ absence. Four residents announced their candidacy and a total of $34,881 was raised for the parade.

We sat down with Dillon, 24, a life-long resident of South Boston, for a little Q&A about her experience.

What was the hardest thing about the race? 
Not knowing where you stand in the race. The whole time you don’t know if you’re $50 ahead or $1000 behind. This also made the competition a lot more fun! 

Which fundraising technique was the biggest money maker? 
Honestly getting involved with local businesses in our community made the biggest difference. We come from a town that is so generous.  I learned that all you have to do is ask for help and support and there will be people ready to help. So many businesses owners from City Point to the Seaport helped me. I remember the first day, when I was trying to get donations from a business that I wasn’t already friendly with, I got three “call back later” answers. My fourth call was to Tuscan Kitchen down in the Seaport. The hostess put me directly on the phone with Charlie the GM and I didn’t even get to finish asking for a donation and he was already saying, “Absolutely!” It honestly made gave me confidence to keep asking other businesses that I wasn’t too familiar with for help. 

How many events total did you have?
Sparkle Night at L Street Tavern Hosted by Susan Woods
Amrheins Night
Lazy Jack Paint Night at the Broadway. 
Bowling at Southie Bowl
Cornhole competition donated by the Perkins Post 
Kings Seaport Bowling event

What are you most excited about?
I’m so excited that I could help my community fund such an amazing event like the parade. My best friend Allison runs the Kick Off For Kids fundraiser every year and she encouraged me to run for mayor. I saw how much her fundraiser helped Southie’s youth and I was so ready to do my part to help our community.

Have you picked your mayoral court?
Yes! I picked my life long friends!  We’ve never missed a parade day!

Haley also asked that her mom – the amazingBetty Dillon -get a special shout out. “She was there for me at every event setting everything up perfectly and in place while I was rushing around before every event. She was the true backbone of this race and I couldn’t have done it without her!”

Look for Mayor Dillon at the beginning of the parade as part of the Royal Court. The parade begins at 1 pm on Sunday, March 17th.

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<![CDATA[Pho Vietnam in South Braintree Has Closed]]>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:33:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/170*120/Pho+35.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Vietnamese restaurant that opened less than a year ago is closed, and it is not yet known what the exact status of the place is.

According to several sources, Pho Vietnam in South Braintree has been locked up and dark for at least a week, and there is no sign of what may be happening with the space. The restaurant first opened last summer, taking over part of where Sintra used to be; Sintra was an upscale dining spot that featured New American and Mediterranean fare and had been open for a bit less than 15 years.

As soon as we find out the exact status of Pho Vietnam, we will post an update here.

The address for Pho Vietnam is 906 Washington Street, Braintree, MA, 02184.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Pho Vietnam Is Opening in the Former Sintra Space in South Braintree

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<![CDATA[Space Saving Catch 22 in Southie]]>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:28:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/239*120/space+35.JPG

This past Monday, Boston received over a foot of snow.  The City of Boston canceled school and closed libraries but a Snow Emergency or Parking Ban was not declared. 

So the question of whether to space save or not to space save was circulating on social media.  Judging by the space savers in the neighborhood post-storm – it’s clear that people are feeling territorial about their parking spots. 

Now before the anti-space saving crowd jump all over me about writing “their parking spots,” let me explain. 

Some residents spent hours shoveling on Monday. They took the time to dig out their cars and carefully cleared out a spot.  Granted, a snow emergency was not issued so, therefore – technically we are not supposed to use space savers according to Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston. 

But people are breaking the “rules” and using them anyway because they toiled (yes, toiled) shoveling out their car and they left the spot so clear of snow, you can see the asphalt.  Now, the jabroni with the big pick up truck who just plowed out of his spot without shoveling at all, ends up in the spot you shoveled out and you are left with his spot.  Now you have to shovel again – except the snow has hardened into an iceberg. 

If your neighbors are using space savers, your hands are tied. You’re screwed without one. If the mayor does not want you to use space savers because a snow emergency was not issued, then enforcement is key. If he states that during trash pick up, the space savers will be removed, then they need to be consistently removed. 

We are only human and it’s natural to be pissed if someone takes your spot but if the City of Boston has removed them, well, then you need to get over it.  You don’t want to be the only jerk on the block that has a spot saver out but you also don’t want to be the only jerk without one. 

Until we come up with a better system of snow removal involving cars, space saving is always going to be an issue.  With piles of snow at the corners of intersections and snow mounds between cars, it makes parking spots a hot commodity.  Luckily it’s March and spring is almost here.

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<![CDATA[Francis Food Mart in Watertown Has Closed]]>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:34:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/pizza+ginos.JPG

It looks like a neighborhood market has shut its doors after nearly 70 years in business.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Francis Food Mart in Watertown is no longer in business, with a call placed to the Belmont Street shop confirming that it has indeed closed. The grocery store, which dates back to 1950, offered produce, dairy products, meats and seafood, baked goods, everyday food items, and more, along with beer and wine.

The address for this now-closed market in Watertown was: Francis Food Mart, 1084 Belmont Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

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<![CDATA[Vigil for Jassy Correia Held on Thursday Night]]>Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:32:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Community_Gathers_for_Vigil_in_Memory_of_Jassy_Correia.jpg

A vigil was held Thursday night for Jassy Correia, the 23-year-old mother from Dorchester who was kidnapped after leaving a nightclub in Boston and later found dead in Delaware.

According to the Boston Globe, Katie Sofia Depina, cousin of Correia, posted info about the vigil to her Facebook page. 

The vigil began at 7:30 p.m. outside of  St. Peter’s Church on Bowdoin Street in Dorchester.

Louis Coleman, 32, of Providence, Rhode Island, is facing a federal charge of kidnapping, resulting in death. The charge carries a sentence of mandatory life and also makes Coleman eligible for the death penalty if convicted, according to federal prosecutors who announced the charges Sunday.

Authorities said Correia's body was discovered inside the trunk of Coleman's car in Delaware on Feb. 28.

A number of new details were revealed about the case this week, with prosecutors announcing that it appears preliminarily that Correia died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Lelling added that while only a preliminary medical examination has been done at this point, it does not appear Correia was sexually assaulted.

Authorities believe Correia put up a fight, saying there are "definitely indications that she did not go quietly."

Prosecutors cited several examples that suggest Correia put up a struggle, including the forward windshield of Coleman's red sedan being cracked in two locations on the passenger side, significant bruising on Correia's body, and a scratch on Coleman's face that he said was from Correia.

A timeline of the investigation was also provided by authorities on Sunday.

After learning of Correia's disappearance, Boston police reviewed surveillance tape from outside of Venu Nightclub, where Correia had last been seen. Police observed on the footage that Correia was on the sidewalk at 2:14 a.m. when she was approached by a man, later identified as Coleman. He could be seen interacting with her, and then leaving the area with her before the two get into his red sedan.

Authorities said it does not appear that Correia knew Coleman but there is still a lot left to learn.

 

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<![CDATA[La Casa De Pedro in Watertown Has Closed]]>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 10:47:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/Pedro+34.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

What was once a pair of Venezuelan restaurants has now apparently disappeared from the landscape, at least for now.

According to several sources, including posters within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, La Casa de Pedro in Watertown is no longer in operation, with the Watertown News confirming this while a post on the restaurant's Facebook page states that "Today, the doors close to create a new adventure, for you! Stay tuned, watch closely, for we want you to be our first to share our table once again, friends of La Casa de Pedro." It is not known what could be coming into the Arsenal Street space, nor is it known if the owners of the dining spot will be opening something in that space or are looking to open a restaurant elsewhere; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

La Casa de Pedro first opened in Watertown Square approximately 25 years ago, eventually moving to what was its current location in East Watertown; another location in Boston's Seaport District closed last summer and a company affiliated with the dining spot filed for bankruptcy.

The address for the now-closed La Casa de Pedro in Watertown was 343 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
La Casa de Pedro in Boston's Seaport District Has Temporarily Closed
La Casa de Pedro Could be Selling Seaport District Location in the Wake of Bankruptcy Filing

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<![CDATA[It’s Back: Dine Out Boston]]>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 14:37:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/Venezia+34.JPG

Eat up! Dine out Boston (aka Restaurant Week) is back March 3rd-8th and 10th-15th. Make a plan to enjoy lunch for $15, $20, and $25 and dinners for $28, $33 and $38. Perfect excuse to get out of the house and support local restaurants!

To view restaurants that are participating by neighborhood visit here!  Dorchester’s own dbar and Venezia are participating!

Take a picture!  If you snap a picture of you enjoying dinner and share over social media, you might just win a $100 gift card.  

Use #DineOutBoston and make sure to follow them on Instagram! Perfect excuse to get out of the house and support local restaurants!

Image via dbar instagram 

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<![CDATA[O2 Yoga and VO2 Vegan Cafe in Cambridge to Close]]>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 14:27:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/O2+34.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A combination yoga studio/cafe in Cambridge is going to be shutting down.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, O2 Yoga and VO2 Vegan Cafe on Mass. Ave. between Harvard Square and Central Square will be closing on April 30, with a Facebook  post from the place confirming this, indicating that the owners hope that someone might be able to take over the space--saying that "That may still be happening, and we will keep you posted." The note goes on to say that the location of O2 Yoga on Highland Avenue in Somerville will remain in operation.

VO2 Vegan Cafe offers breakfast and lunch items, with its menu including such items as bagels, soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee, and more.

The address for O2 Yoga and VO2 Vegan Cafe is 1001 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the business can be found at http://o2yoga.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[Medford Brewing Company Planning a Brewery and Taproom]]>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 17:30:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/Medford+31.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A contract brewery that started out a few years ago could be getting its very own brewery and taproom if all goes as planned.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Medford Brewing Company is currently crowdfunding to open a facility in Medford, with two options being a larger space in West Medford or a smaller space in Medford Square, depending on how much money can be raised. The post says that co-founders Nick Bolitho and Max Heinegg hope to have a brewery and taproom up and running by the start of next year if all goes well. Currently, Medford Brewing Company producing its beer at Down the Road Beer Company, which is located in Everett.

The website for Medford Brewing Company can be found at https://medfordbrewingcompany.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[BOND, The Reserve in the Langham Hotel to Be Replaced by New Restaurants; Ballroom to Take Over Cafe Fleuri's Space]]>Sat, 02 Mar 2019 02:00:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/205*120/Bond+31.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Last fall we reported that an upscale restaurant and bar within a downtown Boston hotel had closed as the hotel got ready to undergo renovations. Now we have learned that changes will be affecting other dining spaces within the hotel as well.

According to an article in boston.com, the Langham Hotel is shutting down on April 1 for what looks to be a year of upgrades, and when it reopens, the BOND space will be home to a new restaurant while The Reserve, which is a lobby lounge, will also be replaced by a new dining spot. The post also mentions that Cafe Fleuri's space will become a ballroom, though it is not known if the cafe will remain open somewhere in the hotel. (The chocolate bar and Sunday brunch will both return, though specifics on where they will be located have not been given as of yet, while afternoon tea will probably be offered in the old BOND space.)

The address for the Langham Hotel in downtown Boston is 250 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110. Its web page can be found at http://www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/boston/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
BOND Restaurant and Lounge in Boston's Financial District to Close December 1; Exact Status Unknown

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<![CDATA[Revolution Pie + Pint in Lynn Has Closed]]>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 17:36:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Revolution+Pie+31.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A pizza spot on the North Shore has closed after only a brief time in business.

According to a source, Revolution Pie + Pint in Lynn is no longer in business, with a Facebook post from Jaime Figueroa (who had been involved with the Central Avenue spot) confirming this, saying that Brew on the Grid, which is in the same space, will remain open. Both Revolution Pie + Pint and Brew on the Grid opened last August, and around the time of their opening, we had reported that another location of Revolution Pie + Pint was going to be opening in Worcester; that location actually debuted earlier this month. (Another location of Brew on the Grid can be found in Worcester as well.)

The Grid Hospitality Group, which runs both Revolution Pie + Pint and Brew on the Grid, is also behind Craft Table & Bar, which has a location in East Boston.

The address for the now-closed Revolution Pie + Pint (and Brew on the Grid) is 23 Central Avenue, Lynn, MA, 01901. The website for the Worcester location of Revolution Pie + Pint can be found at https://www.pienpint.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[Caffe Zia Gianna Just Got Even Better]]>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 18:53:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/Caffe+Giana+227.JPG

It was revealed via twitter that Caffe Zia Gianna- the popular Italian cafe on Dot. Ave has been issued a beer, wine, and cordials license.

Currently serving up breakfast, lunch and special dinner events, Caffe Zia Gianna can now serve up a mimosa with your breakfast sandwich or maybe a beer while you eat the Tramontana – a specialty sandwich made with Italian ham, Sicilian style roasted peppers, mozzarella! And a glass of red wine will pair perfectly with one the Zia Gianna’s special event dinners too!

In April, be on the lookout for Thursday night Cocktails and Tapas from 5pm-9pm. We can’t wait!

Special thanks to Greater Ashmont Main Street, Boston Main Streets and Dorchester’s Office of Neighborhood Services for supporting chef and owner Nino Barbalace through the process!

HOURS
Tuesday – Sunday – 7 am to 4 pm

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<![CDATA[20+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 19:53:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/D0gZLEYX4AEHXDG.jpg

It’s officially March and with the new month comes some great weekend events. From the National Golf Expo to a special winter event at The Lawn on D to a viewing of Oscar nominated short films and more, we’ve gathered our picks for a weekend of fun. Check them out:

Friday, March 1

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boston Common.

The National Golf Expo

The National Golf Expo comes to Boston this weekend. Enjoy golf-related exhibits, displays and interactive features, as well as the Northeast’s largest driving range and demonstration stage. Tickets are $10-$12. Noon to 7 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, 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. 

Special Winter Event! Chillin' On D

Head to the Lawn on D for their special winter pop-up event “Chillin’ On D” and enjoy everything you love about summer but with a winter twist. Enjoy cocktails, food trucks and hot beverages, along with live ice carving, ice cornhole, giant inflatable snow globe and more. Plus at 6 p.m. enjoy live music with Hit Play. 4-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

First Fridays: Pajama Party

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight it’s a pajama party - so be sure to don your PJs for a night of throwback music and slumber party fun. Enjoy music, dancing, contemporary art and harbor views. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays 

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

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, March 2

Kids in the Kitchen: Pasta Making

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Chef Jen M. will teach you how to hand roll pasta from scratch and make a brown butter sauce with seasonal veggies. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

The National Golf Expo

The National Golf Expo comes to Boston this weekend. Enjoy golf-related exhibits, displays and interactive features, as well as the Northeast’s largest driving range and demonstration stage. Tickets are $10-$12. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

“The Wizard of Oz” at the MFA

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen today at the Museum of Fine Arts. 3 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Special Winter Event! Chillin' On D

Head to the Lawn on D for their special winter pop-up event “Chillin’ On D” and enjoy everything you love about summer but with a winter twist. Enjoy cocktails, food trucks and hot beverages, along with live ice carving, ice cornhole, giant inflatable snow globe and more. Plus live music starting at 6 p.m.. Noon to 10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films at the ICA

Catch all the Oscar-nominated, live-action, animated and documentary shorts you wished you saw before Oscar night at the ICA. $5 for members and students, $10 for non-members. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Phantom Gourmet Wine & Food Phest

The Phantom Gourmet Wine & Food Phest returns! Sample 30 wines from all over the world, 10 of Phantom's favorite foods, plus tons of fun. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the event. This is a 21+ event. Two sessions today 3-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., Boston Center for the Arts (Cyclorama), 539 Tremont St., Boston. 

Sunday, March 3

The National Golf Expo

The National Golf Expo comes to Boston this weekend. Enjoy golf-related exhibits, displays and interactive features, as well as the Northeast’s largest driving range and demonstration stage. Tickets are $10-$12. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

Special Winter Event! Chillin' On D

Head to the Lawn on D for their special winter pop-up event “Chillin’ On D” and enjoy everything you love about summer but with a winter twist. Enjoy cocktails, food trucks and hot beverages, along with live ice carving, ice cornhole, giant inflatable snow globe and more. Plus live music starting at 6 p.m.. Noon to 10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films at the ICA

Catch all the Oscar-nominated, live-action, animated and documentary shorts you wished you saw before Oscar night at the ICA. $5 for members and students, $10 for non-members. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[La Perle Caribbean Restaurant in Everett Is Closing]]>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 17:41:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/La+Perle+31.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A dining spot in Everett is shutting down this month, and the owner says that work on the nearby casino is the reason for its closure.

According to an article in the Everett Independent, La Perle Caribbean Restaurant on Bow Street (by Broadway) is closing its doors on March 16, with owner Valery Joseph saying that construction and other issues related to the upcoming Encore Boston Harbor resort across the street is the reason. Joseph says that "I would have loved to stay," but "The customers try to come, but they can't get here. It's not easy for a group of people trying to come here and they're circling and circling to find a spot. They just give up. It's discouraging and they leave. We've been struggling the last year with this. If it weren't for take-out and catering, we would have already closed." In addition to parking issues, there have also been problems with traffic, dust, and street closures and rerouting of roadways, all of which led to Joseph's decision to shut down. She does say that the plan is to reopen La Perle in another space, though it is not known exactly where at this point in time.

La Perle first opened in 2011, offering Caribbean food including Haitian fare and French-influenced dishes.

The address for La Perle Caribbean Restaurant is 41 Bow Street, Everett, MA, 02149. Its website can be found at https://www.laperlerestaurantboston.com

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<![CDATA[Papa Gino's Closes Seven More Locations]]>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 07:29:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Papa_Gino_s_Closes_Most_Locations_in_Connecticut.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of pizzerias that shut down a number of shops last fall after declaring bankruptcy--and was subsequently sold--has closed seven more of its locations.

According to several sources, including an article in boston.com, Papa Gino's has shut down outlets in Brockton, Framingham (2), Melrose, Natick, Wilbraham, and Seabrook, NH, with the post indicating that no more closings are expected from the chain. Papa Gino's closed more than 50 locations in November and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and PGHC Holdings, which also owned D'Angelo's, sold both chains to Wynnchurch; both Papa Gino's and D'Angelo's now have a new parent company called New England Authentic Eats. The boston.com article says that changes are on the way to Papa Gino's, including new menu options, upgrades being made to the outlets, beer and wine being reintroduced, and new shops coming to higher traffic areas.

Papa Gino's started out in the 1960s in East Boston.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Papa Gino's Closes Dozens of Shops, Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy; Sale in the Works

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<![CDATA[Monumental Market to Open in Jamaica Plain]]>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 18:45:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/Monumental+227.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Last month, we reported that a cupcake shop was closing down and that a new spot would be coming to the space. Now we have learned a bit more about what will be opening there.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Monumental Market is planning to open in the Monumental Cupcakes space in Jamaica Plain, with David Lindsey and Gerly Adrien (Tipping Cow Ice Cream), Javier Amador-Peña (El Colombiano Coffee), and Kelsey Munger (Lavender Bee Baking Co.) being behind the South Street bakery-cafe. The article mentions that the shop will offer ice cream, coffee, cakes, tarts, and more in a nut-free environment and that a few seats will be set up within the space, though it will apparently be more of a grab-and-go type of spot than a place where people can do some work while having food and/or drink. If all goes well, Monumental Market could be opening in the spring.

Monumental Cupcakes closed its doors a few weeks ago after being in business for approximately 10 years; the shop offered cupcakes as well as donuts, birthday cakes, coffee, and tea.

The address for Monumental Market will be 36 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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<![CDATA[Sullivan’s Opens This Week!]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 18:42:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Sullys+Thumb.png

Hot diggity dog!

A welcomed sign of spring happens this weekend – Sullivan’s will be open for business! The legendary hot dog stand opens its doors on Friday, March 1st.

Enjoy half priced hot dogs and help celebrate Sully’s 68th season!

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<![CDATA[Taqueria El Barrio to Open in Space by the BU West Campus ]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 18:26:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/taco+oxido.jpg

It looks like a Mexican restaurant is on its way to Boston, and it will be moving into the space where a location of a group of burger spots had been.

According to a Twitter post from @sit4aspell, Taqueria El Barrio is opening in the former UBurger space by the BU West Campus, with the Commonwealth Avenue storefront showing a "coming soon" sign for the place. A Twitter page for the eatery is now up as well, though no tweets have been posted as of yet and a search online does not give any hints as to who might be behind the place. As soon as we get more information on Taqueria El Barrio, we will post an update here.

UBurger closed its outlet by BU West last October, as its lease expired and they decided not to renew it. (Locations in Kenmore Square, Northeastern University, and Andover remain in operation.)

The address for the upcoming Taqueria El Barrio is 1022 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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<![CDATA[Tatte Bakery & Cafe to Open at the Berklee College of Music in Boston's Back Bay]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 13:02:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/169*120/tattebakery.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing local group of bakeries and cafes will be opening yet another location in Boston, and this one should be popular with students.

According to a source within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Tatte Bakery & Cafe will be opening on the ground floor of a tower on Mass. Ave. that is part of the Berklee College of Music. A Facebook post from Roger Brown--who is the president of Berklee--confirms this, saying that the new outlet should open sometime this summer. It appears that Tatte will take over at least part of the Back Bay Beats (B3) space; B3 was a restaurant and music spot that closed last fall after being in business for approximately a year and a half.

Tatte, which has a number of locations in Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline, is also in the process of opening a new outlet at One Boston Place on Washington Street in downtown Boston.

The address for the upcoming location of Tatte at the Berklee College of Music is 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

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<![CDATA[The Greek Grille in Winchester Has Closed]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:10:55 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban spot that focused mainly on Greek takeout food has shut its doors.

According to a source, The Greek Grille in Winchester is no longer in business, with another source confirming that the Main Street eatery has indeed closed down while the restaurant itself put up a Facebook post indicating this as well. The dining spot, which first opened approximately 10 years ago, was mainly a to-go place offering such items as egg lemon soup, souvlaki, gyros, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, and Greek-style pizza.

The address for this now-closed Greek restaurant in Winchester was: The Greek Grille, 599 Main Street, Winchester, MA, 01890.

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<![CDATA[Cafe Du Pays in Cambridge Has a "Lounge/Salon/Living Room"]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 18:32:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000022310347_1200x675_1446378051946.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A French-Canadian restaurant in Cambridge that opened a couple of years ago has converted one of its rooms into a space that focuses more on drinks and lighter meals.

According to an email, the front room, or lower dining room at Cafe du Pays in Kendall Square is now a lounge, salon, and "living room," with the space being geared toward patrons who don't want the full "sit down dinner" experience, though the full menu is available along with some specific food items just for that space. We have been told that the people behind the restaurant have not yet decided on a name for the space, though they mainly call it Salon or the Lounge for now.

Cafe du Pays took over the former Hungry Mother space in July of 2017, with the team behind Hungry Mother and the nearby State Park, and Mamaleh's (minus owner Barry Maiden) being behind the place.

The address for Cafe du Pays is 233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02141. Its website can be found at http://cafedupays.com/

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<![CDATA[The Faraway Could Be Opening in Cambridge]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 18:35:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000022310347_1200x675_1446378051946.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Ed note: This article was updated on February 15 to reflect the fact that a specific location has not yet been given for the place.

It looks like a new restaurant and bar may be on its way to a section of Cambridge that is just outside of Central Square.

According to a tweet, The Faraway is planning to open in the Riverside/Cambridgeport area of the city, while a Kickstarter page indicates that two sisters are behind the proposed dining and drinking spot, with the fundraising page saying that it would be "a cozy neighborhood bar & restaurant serving New American, farmer's market-influenced small plates focused on great service with a jukebox & busy brunch....We aim to be an extension for the community, hosting pop-ups with chefs around the world, neighborhood-centered dinners and a place to gather regularly." The Kickstarter campaign appears to have already surpassed its goal of raising $18,000 (which has been set up to help pay for a variety of things, including tables, chairs, and flooring), and that the owners hope to open The Faraway sometime late in the summer if all goes well with the licensing and permitting process along with city inspections.

While the original tweet mentioned a specific location, we have been told that The Faraway does not actually have a confirmed location at this point in time.

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<![CDATA[Yoki Express May Open in Former Bruegger's Bagels Space in Cambridge's Porter Square]]>Mon, 25 Feb 2019 14:41:40 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a fast-casual spot by the Boston waterfront that features a couple of trendy food items could be expanding to Cambridge.

According to a source, Yoki Express is planning to open in the old Bruegger's Bagels space in Porter Square, with a public hearing notice posted in a window of the Mass. Ave. storefront indicating that the eatery seeks to "continue the operation of a fast order food restaurant" within the space. If approved by the city and it does open, the new Yoki Express may feature poke bowls and sushi burritos, based on the menu at the Seaport District location. (Yoki Express is also connected to Yoki, a Japanese restaurant and bar in Medford.)

Bruegger's Bagels closed its Porter Square location late last summer, shortly after a Kenmore Square location of the chain shut its doors.

The address for the proposed Yoki Express is 1876 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

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<![CDATA[25+ Ways to Have Fun in and Around Boston This Weekend]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:02:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/School_of_Rock_Musical_Lead_Talks_to_necn.jpg

School vacation week is wrapping up, but there’s still a ton of fun to have throughout the weekend. From your last chance to skate at Patriot Place for the season to “School of Rock” at the Opera House and even an Oscars viewing party on Sunday night, here are our picks for a weekend of fun for the entire family.

Friday, Feb. 22

Artful Animals Fun at the Museum of Fine Arts

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has family programming all week during school vacation. Enjoy artful animals during Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures. Be inspired by the furry, fluffy and feathered to create art. Hunt for animals on a family tour. Listen to animal-themed children’s stories and attend a performance. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. . Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Free Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy free ice skating on Frog Pond all week long during school vacation week. Free admission also includes skat rentals. There are six sessions daily and tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Boston Common Frog Pond.

February School Vacation Week Fun at the Franklin Park Zoo

Head to the Franklin Park Zoo any day during school vacation week and learn all about the incredible biodiversity of the natural world. From craft to zookeeper chats and more, you’ll have a great day at the Franklin Park Zoo with its vacation programming. Feb. 18-22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

National Engineers Week at the Boston Children’s Museum

Celebrate National Engineers Week at the Boston Children’s Museum. Enjoy activities that will challenge you to build, design, create and problem-solve, plus additional special programming. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

Head to Gillette Stadium for some ice skating at Patriot Place for this time-honored, outdoor skating tradition. 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.

Disney On Ice Presents Mickey's Search Party

Catch Mickey and friends as they return to the TD Garden for Disney On Ice’s “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Boston Public Market Children’s Scavenger Hunt

Head on over to the Boston Public Market and join the Highland Street Foundation Winter Camp for a scavenger hunt around the market featuring educational elements that help kids understand food and their local food system. 1-3 p.m. Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston:

Blue Man Group

Catch Blue Man Group during its expanded schedule this week. Tickets start at $39. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

American Girl Live at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre

This all-new musical takes place at a sleepover camp where iconic American Girl characters come to life in a tale of adventure, friendship and bravery. Tickets start at $35. 7 p.m., 265 Tremont St., Boston. 

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Grab the kiddos and take them to a show the whole family will enjoy while Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House all week long. Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Feb. 23

National Engineers Week at the Boston Children’s Museum

Celebrate National Engineers Week at the Boston Children’s Museum. Enjoy activities that will challenge you to build, design, create and problem-solve, plus additional special programming. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

Head to Gillette Stadium for some ice skating at Patriot Place for this time-honored, outdoor skating tradition. 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. 

Blue Man Group

Catch Blue Man Group during its expanded schedule this week. Tickets start at $39. Performances today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

American Girl Live at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre

This all-new musical takes place at a sleepover camp where iconic American Girl characters come to life in a tale of adventure, friendship and bravery. Tickets start at $35. Performances today at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., 265 Tremont 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 On Ice Presents Mickey's Search Party

Catch Mickey and friends as they return to the TD Garden for Disney On Ice’s “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. Performances today at 1 p.m. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Grab the kiddos and take them to a show the whole family will enjoy while Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Cheap Trick

Catch Cheap Trick tonight at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium. Tickets start at $47. 8 p.m., Lynn Memorial Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Kids in the Kitchen: Mini Egg Frittatas

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Chef Stephanie will teach you how to make mini egg frittatas with seasonal veggies. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

Today’s the last open outdoor skate of the season at Patriot Place. 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 8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

American Girl Live at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre

This all-new musical takes place at a sleepover camp where iconic American Girl characters come to life in a tale of adventure, friendship and bravery. Tickets start at $35. Performances today at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., 265 Tremont 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. 

Disney On Ice Presents Mickey's Search Party

Catch Mickey and friends as they return to the TD Garden for Disney On Ice’s “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. Performances today at Noon and 4 p.m. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Grab the kiddos and take them to a show the whole family will enjoy while Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Blue Man Group

Catch Blue Man Group during its expanded schedule this week. Tickets start at $39. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

91st Annual Oscar Viewing Party At The Lansdowne Pub

Dress to impress at the Lansdowne Pub’s Oscar viewing party tonight complete with a red carpet, special Oscar’s inspired cocktails and more. This is a 21+ event. 7 p.m. Lansdowne Pub, 9 Lansdowne St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>Sun, 24 Feb 2019 18:57:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Wine_Festival_Kicks_Off.jpg

Whether you’re a parent who survived February School vacation week, or just looking to head out for some fun with your friends or family, we have two dozen great events happening this week. Check out our picks for the week ahead:

Monday, Feb. 25

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Boston Common.

Preschool Movies

Enjoy movies with your preschooler at the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library. 10:30-11:30 a.m., 4246 Washington St., Roslindale.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Battle of the Bartenders - Round 4

Head to Wink & Nod tonight for the last round of Battel fo the Bartenders which is brining Jace Sheehan from Shore Leave versus Max Corace from Drink / Menton. They’ll come up with creative cocktails and you get to be the judge. Wink & Nod, 3 Appleton St., Boston.

Tuesday, Feb. 26 

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

Pizza with the Pros: Troy Brown vs. Ted Johnson

Join La Pizza, La Pasta and Eataly Boston for this special event combining Italian culinary traditions with New England’s love of sports. Former Patriots Troy Brown and Ted Johnson will put their pizza-making skills to the test tonight competing for the title of “Best Pizzaioli Pro.” And you get to taste and vote for your favorite, and grab a photo with these guest athletes. Tickets are $25. 6 p.m., Eataly Boston, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 

Thursday, Feb. 28

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

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 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

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

Faneuil Hall Dance Night Series

Dance the night away with this free, special winter dance series inside the historic Rotunda in Quincy Market. Enjoy lessons and music to build your skills to show them off on the dance floor. Tonight it’s salsa. 6:15 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Friday, March 1

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Saturday, March 2

Kids in the Kitchen: Pasta Making

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Chef Jen M. will teach you how to hand roll pasta from scratch and make a brown butter sauce with seasonal veggies. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films at the ICA

Catch all the Oscar-nominated, live-action, animated and documentary shorts you wished you saw before Oscar night at the ICA. $5 for members and students, $10 for non-members. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Phantom Gourmet Wine & Food Phest

The Phantom Gourmet Wine & Food Phest returns! Sample 30 wines from all over the world, 10 of Phantom's favorite foods, plus tons of fun. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the event. This is a 21+ event. Two sessions today 3-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., Boston Center for the Arts (Cyclorama), 539 Tremont St., Boston.

Sunday, March 3

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy ice skating today on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films at the ICA

Catch all the Oscar-nominated, live-action, animated and documentary shorts you wished you saw before Oscar night at the ICA. $5 for members and students, $10 for non-members. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $66. 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Jumbo Grill & Pizzeria Has Replaced Helen's Roast Beef & Pizzeria in Medford]]>Mon, 25 Feb 2019 14:35:14 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A pizzeria and sub shop that was popular with college students has closed, and it has been replaced by a new spot that hopes to attract the college crowd as well.

The Tufts Daily is reporting that Jumbo Grill & Pizzeria is now open in the former Helen's Roast Beef & Pizzeria space in Medford, with the new Boston Avenue eatery offering Italian-style pizza and some health-conscious items including the Impossible Burger and other vegetarian options. Like its predecessor, Jumbo Grill will cater to the late crowd, being open until 1:00 AM Sunday through Wednesday and until 3:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.

Helen's was known for such items as pizza, calzones, subs, grill options, and pasta dishes.

The address for Jumbo Grill & Pizzeria (and the former Helen's Roast Beef & Pizzeria) is 321 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155.

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<![CDATA[Noodle Bar by Iterum Foods May Be Opening in East Boston]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 22:33:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000022310347_1200x675_1446378051946.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a restaurant featuring all things noodles could be coming to East Boston.

According to an article in Eater Boston, the Noodle Bar by Iterum Foods is hoping to open in the Jeffries Point section of Eastie, with Matthew McPherson (Tiki Rock, Menton, Porto, Craigie on Main, Frogmore, Fairsted Kitchen) currently in lease negotiations for a space on Sumner Street that had once been home to 303 Cafe. Its website indicates that the proposed eatery would be a casual spot that focuses on sustainability and zero waste, featuring a variety of noodle-based dishes with Asian influences--and rice noodles and vegetable noodles would be a couple of options. The Noodle Bar by Iterum Foods plans to be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and would also have to-go items available.

The website for the Noodle Bar by Iterum Foods is at https://noodlesbyiterum.com/

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<![CDATA[Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe Plans to Open in Brighton]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 22:12:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000022310347_1200x675_1446378051946.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A bubble tea chain with roots overseas is planning to open a second Boston-area location.

According to an article in Eater Boston, Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe is looking to open a shop in Brighton, moving into a space on Washington Street in the heart of Brighton Center. The proposed new outlet would join another location in North Quincy along with a number of stores in the New York City area and some others elsewhere in the country. Based on the offerings at the North Quincy location, expect to see an array of bubble teas at the new place and possible some snacks such as popcorn chicken.

Vivi, which started out in Taiwan, opened its first shop in New York in 2007, according to its website.

The address for the proposed location of Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe in Brighton is 364 Washington Street, Brighton, MA, 02135. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.vivibubbletea.com/

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<![CDATA[Purefections Chocolate in Quincy Is Moving to a New Location]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 22:31:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000022310347_1200x675_1446378051946.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A gourmet chocolate shop is getting ready to move to a new space.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Purefections Chocolate is moving from Franklin Street in South Quincy to Hancock Street in Quincy Center, with the note saying that the Franklin Street location will shut down as of February 24. If all goes as planned, the shop will reopen in its new space by the first week of March, though no specific date has been given as of yet.

Purefections offers a variety of items using Belgian chocolate, with a few options including almond clusters, caramel cups, dipped sandwich cookies, sea salt discs, and tartarugas.

The address for the current location of Purefections Chocolate is 102 Franklin Street while the address for the new location will be 1348 Hancock Street. Its website can be found at https://purefectionschocolate.com/

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<![CDATA[Bourbon Coffee to Replace Boston Common Coffee Co. Location]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:55:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of coffee shops and cafes with roots in Central Africa will be opening a second Boston-area location, and this one will replace a location of another group of coffee shops.

According to a message from the Corbett Restaurant Group, Bourbon Coffee is planning to open in the Boston Common Coffee Co. space in the North Station/West End area of Boston, with the sale of the space apparently going through last week. A check on the Boston Common Coffee Co. website shows that the Canal Street outlet has been removed, so it is possible that the shop has already closed, though we will try to confirm this.

Bourbon Coffee, which started out in Rwanda in 2007, features Rwandan coffee along with pastries, baked goods, tea, and more; they currently have several locations, including one in Cambridge's Porter Square. (The sole remaining location of Boston Common Coffee Co. is on High Street in the Financial District of Boston.)

The address for the upcoming location of Bourbon Coffee is 103 Canal Street, Boston, MA, 02114. Its website can be found at https://bourboncoffeeusa.com/ while the website for Boston Common Coffee Co. is at https://www.bostoncommoncoffee.com/

February 20 update: Eater Boston states that Bourbon Coffee may be opening its new location on Canal Street within the next week or so.

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<![CDATA[Sushi Factory in Allston Is Closed for Renovations]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:52:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Ed note: This article was updated on February 19 to reflect the fact that another nearby spot under the same ownership is closed as well.

An all-you-can-eat sushi spot is closed at least for now, and it is not known if/when it could reopen.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), Sushi Factory in Allston is locked up and dark with a sign out front indicating that it is closed for renovations, though the Yelp page for the Brighton Avenue spot indicates that this is a permanent closure, while a poster on that page confirms the "closed for renovations" sign out front. There is no indication as to why the restaurant has closed, nor is it known what the future holds for the place, so keep checking back for updates.

Sushi Factory first opened in the fall of 2017, opening in the space where Kirin Teppanyaki & Wok had been, and before that, Redneck's Roast Beef.

The address for Sushi Factory is 140 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134.

February 19 update: Eater Boston states that Hi B3ar Ice Cream Roll, which is located across the street from Sushi Factory and is under the same ownership, also has a sign out front saying that it is closed for renovations.

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<![CDATA[Ice, Ice, Baby: Chillin’ On D]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:58:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-08-13-18h27m15s14.jpg

Get ready for two weekends of frosty fun and live music at the Lawn on D! Enjoy live ice carving demonstrations, challenge your friends to a game of ice cornhole, or grab a drink at the ice bar!

And why not give your Instagram a boost with a photo from inside our giant snow globe?

WHEN
February 21 – 24 & February 28 – March 3:
Thursday & Friday: 4 pm to 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday: noon to 10 pm

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<![CDATA[Namaste Nepali and Indian Cuisine Has Replaced Taj Indian Bistro in Stoneham]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:56:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new restaurant featuring Nepali and Indian fare has opened in the northern suburbs of Boston, replacing another dining spot that focused on Indian food.

According to both a message and a post from Richard Auffrey of The Passionate Foodie, Namaste has opened in the former Taj Indian Bistro space in Stoneham, with the Montvale Avenue eatery offering a lunch buffet seven days a week and focusing mostly on Indian cuisine while also serving a number of Nepali items on their regular menu. A few options at the new restaurant include naan, momos, pakoras, chicken tikka masala, chicken chili, saag paneer, potato and pea curry, and more, based on both Auffrey's post and an earlier blog post from The Daily Lunch.

In addition to Taj Indian Bistro, a couple of other restaurants had been in the Namaste space as well--Shabu Sai and Kyotoya, both of which offered Japanese and Chinese cuisine.

The address for Namaste is 58 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham, MA, 02180.

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<![CDATA[Trader Joe’s Coming to Fort Point?]]>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:05:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/joeGettyImages-1017467564.jpg

Could it be?

We first saw the rumors on twitter. 

Trader Joe’s might be opening in Fort Point.

Then it was called to our attending that the wildly popular supermarket chain was listed on a Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission meeting agenda on Thursday night.  Trader Joe’s wants permission to change from of the details of the brick building located at 44 Thomson Place.  

According to the Boston Globe, Trader Joe’s was granted permission to make the changes. Yeah, one step closer!

The Globe went on to report that Trader Joe’s was not ready to announce their plans yet. 

People in the know seem to think it’s going to happen!  So we shall see! 

Now if we can do something about the Southie Stop and Shop...

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<![CDATA[Italo Bakery in South Medford Appears to Have Closed for Good]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:51:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Last summer, we reported that an Italian bakery that was a longtime favorite for pizza had shut down for at least the time being. Now we have learned that this looks like a permanent closure.

According to a source, Italo in South Medford now has a "For Lease" sign out front, indicating that the Main Street shop will not be reopening. Back in July of 2018, the bakery shut down apparently because of a sick family member overseas, but there had also been chatter that it had closed for good. No updates have been given since last summer, but now with the sign being posted in one of its windows, it appears that Italo will indeed not be coming back.

Italo has been known in part for its bakery pizza, along with such items as Italian cookies and scali bread.

The address for Italo Bakery was 509 Main Street, Medford, MA, 02155.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Italo Bakery in South Medford Has Closed; Exact Future Uncertain

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<![CDATA[Stephi's on Tremont in Boston's South End Is Closing]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:51:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

What was once a trio of upscale comfort food spots will soon be back down to just one, as another location is getting ready to close.

According to a Twitter post from @TheBostonSun, Stephi's on Tremont in the South End is shutting down this spring after approximately 10 years in operation, which seems to jibe with what we had heard late last year--that the dining spot was going on the market. A Facebook post from Christopher B. Haynes of CBH Communications indicates that the space likely won't be vacant for long, as the group behind Bar Mezzana, Shore Leave, and No Relation will be opening a new restaurant there.

Last spring, Stephi's in Southie closed as well after being in business for five years; the original location--Stephanie's on Newbury--in the Back Bay will apparently remain in business.

The address for Stephi's on Tremont is 571 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02118.

Thanks to @michelejmartin for bringing this to our attention.

February 26 update: Eater Boston states that the restaurant replacing Stephi's on Tremont hopes to open sometime this summer.

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<![CDATA[Peregrine to Open Within the Whitney Hotel in Boston's Beacon Hill]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:59:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new hotel restaurant is on its way to an historic section of Boston, and the people behind an award-winning Somerville dining spot will be running the place.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Katrina Jazayeri and Josh Lewin of Juliet in Union Square will be opening Peregrine, which will be located inside the upcoming Whitney Hotel on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. The new restaurant will focus on coastal Mediterranean fare with influences coming from Italy and the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily, along with the Catalonia region of Spain and elsewhere in the region. The post mentions that wines offered will come from Italy and Spain as well, and French and other Mediterranean options will also be available--and craft cocktails will be included. If all goes as planned, Peregrine (and the hotel) will be opening sometime this spring.

Juliet, which first opened in 2016, is a European-style cafe that has received much praise including Bon Appetit nominating it for best new restaurant in America.

The address for Peregrine--and the Whitney Hotel--is 170 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

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<![CDATA[15+ Great Ways to Have Fun Locally February School Vacation Week]]>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:58:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/blueman.schoolvacation1.lowres.jpg

School Vacation Week is here. Wondering how to keep your children busy and have some fun while their out of school? Well, we pulled together our list of more than a dozen picks for family fun all week long. Check them out:

Disney On Ice Presents Mickey's Search Party

Catch Mickey and friends as they return to the TD Garden for Disney On Ice’s “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. Performances are happening all week long. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Bugs Bunny Film Festival 2019

The Brattle Theatre’s Bugs Bunny Film Festival is back. For more than 20 years, its been delighting audiences of children and adults alike. Feb. 15-21. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

MIT Museum Feb Fest

Join the folks over at the MIT Museum for their annual FEb Fest celebration during school vacation week featuring daily hands-on activities, tours, workshops and more. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

Head to Gillette Stadium for some ice skating at Patriot Place for this time-honored, outdoor skating tradition with extended hours for school vacation week. 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. all week long. Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. Plus, the Patriots mascot Pat Patriot will be at Winter Skate on Presidents Day from Noon to 2 p.m.

 

Movies at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace plays host to free “Movies at the Marketplace” Feb. 18-21. Enjoy four free movies this week starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Rotunda of the Quincy Market Building. Monday it’s “Incredibles 2,” Tuesday is “Hotel Transylvania 3,” Wednesday enjoy “Coco,” and Thursday it’s “Paddington 2.” 

Presidents’ Day Family Festival

Join the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Monday, Feb. 18 for a day of fun, hands-on activities for children as actors portraying Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison take you back in time to when the United States was just beginning. You can also try out hands-on history crafts, and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston.

February School Vacation Week Fun at the Franklin Park Zoo

Head to the Franklin Park Zoo any day during school vacation week and learn all about the incredible biodiversity of the natural world. From craft to zookeeper chats and more, you’ll have a great day at the Franklin Park Zoo with its vacation programming. Feb. 18-22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 

Celebrate National Engineers Week at the Boston Children’s Museum

Celebrate National Engineers Week at the Boston Children’s Museum. From Sunday, Feb. 17 through Saturday, Feb. 23, enjoy activities that will challenge you to build, design, create and problem-solve, plus additional special programming. Daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Grab the kiddos and take them to a show the whole family will enjoy while Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House all week long. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Artful Animals Family Fun Museum of Fine Arts

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has family programming all week during school vacation. Enjoy artful animals during Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures. Be inspired by the furry, fluffy and feathered to create art. Hunt for animals on a family tour. Listen to animal-themed children’s stories and attend a performance. Feb. 18-22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with special hours Wednesday 10 a.m to 8 p.m.). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 

Free Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Enjoy free ice skating on Frog Pond all week long during school vacation week. Free admission also includes skat rentals. There are six sessions daily and tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. Feb. 18-22, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Boston Common Frog Pond.

Children’s Events at the Boston Public Market

Head on over to the Boston Public Market for some fun events for the kiddos. All events take place at Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston:

Tuesday, Feb. 19: Enjoy story hour with Storyteller Doria Hughes, well known for her silly sound effects, wacky faces and encouraging audience participation. 10-11 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19: Bring the kiddos to escape the cold and enjoy winter crafts in the Kids’ Nook. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (while supplies last).

Thursday, Feb. 21: Join New England Conservatory for a fun-filled musical storytelling program featuring Cellist Alex Fowler who will introduce young listeners to his instrument through musical games and stories about monkeys. 10-11 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 22: Join the Highland Street Foundation Winter Camp for a scavenger hunt around the market featuring educational elements that help kids understand food and their local food system. 1-3 p.m.

Blue Man Group Gets Artsy for February Vacation

Blue Man Group is offering free art activities before shows Feb.18-24 and have an expanded schedule including weekday matinees at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $39. Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

American Girl Live at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Catch this all-new musical that takes place at a sleepover camp where iconic American Girl characters come to life in a tale of adventure, friendship and bravery. Performances run Feb. 22-24. Tickets start at $35. Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 



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<![CDATA[Sami's in Boston's Longwood Medical Area Has Closed Again]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:13:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A landmark food trailer that closed for a couple of years earlier in the decade has closed once again.

According to a source within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Sami's in Boston's Longwood medical area has closed, with a Facebook post from the place confirming this, saying "It pains me to say this which is why it's taken me so long to post... We are closed, indefinitely. Mom (Amy) and I are heartbroken about this. We feel terrible that we weren't able to give you all any notice either. I don't even know what to say here... We love you all like family and will miss you so much. Jou-jou" A note within the comments section of the post says that "there's a teeny bit of chance" of it being able to reopen, but it "requires lots of fundraising and orchestrating."

In 2012, the Sami's food cart had to close and was facing the possibility of losing its home because it apparently needed to abide by the same codes as brick-and-mortar structures since it did not have wheels. It returned, however, in 2014 and has been open ever since.

Sami's first opened in the Longwood area in 1979, featuring such items as falafel, hummus, lamb gyros, kebab wraps, and chicken shawarma.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Sami's May Lose Its Home in Boston's Longwood Medical Area
Sami's Has Reopened in Boston's Longwood Medical Area

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<![CDATA[Rochambeau to Replace Towne Stove and Spirits in Boston's Back Bay]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:27:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new French restaurant and cafe is opening in the Back Bay of Boston, replacing a dining and drinking spot that once had two of the region's best-known chefs behind it.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Rochambeau is replacing Towne Stove and Spirits at the Hynes Convention Center on Boylston Street, with Patrick Lyons and the Lyons Group being behind the place. The Lyons Group had also been behind Towne, which first opened in 2010 and had Lydia Shire and Jasper White initially overseeing the menu, and as hinted at early last month just after Towne's closure, Patrick Lyons wanted to debut a new concept in the space. The post mentions that Rochambeau will actually include two different concepts, with the main restaurant being a brasserie with such items as steak frites and coq au vin while the other section will be a cafe that offers breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks, with croissants and cafe au lait being two options. (An outdoor patio will also be set up along Boylston Street.)

If all goes as planned, Rochambeau could be opening sometime in May.

The address for Rochambeau will be 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Towne Stove and Spirits in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

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<![CDATA[New Music Venue to Open Above Hong Kong Restaurant in Cambridge's Harvard Square]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:52:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new place for live music is on its way to Cambridge, and it will be taking over the space where a comedy club had been until moving to Somerville a few months ago.

According to an article in Vanyaland, a new 21-plus music venue is opening above the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square, with the third-floor place simply being called "Hong Kong." The post mentions that the space will include a bar and that it will host live acts until 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights, at which point a DJ will play music until closing time. If all goes as planned, the new spot could be opening next month.

The space above the Hong Kong Restaurant was home to The Comedy Studio which had been there since the mid-1990s and now resides at Bow Market in Union Square; the restaurant itself has been in business for nearly 60 years, according to Vanyaland.

The address for the upcoming Hong Kong music club (and the Hong Kong Restaurant) is 1238 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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<![CDATA[Plans for Lobstah On a Roll/478 Mass. Ave. to Come to Arlington Have Fallen Through]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:57:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Red-Eyed+Pig.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

One day after announcing that a restaurant known for its enormous lobster rolls was expanding to the North Shore, we have learned that a planned dining spot in the northwest suburbs under the same ownership will not be happening after all.

According to a Twitter post from @dancallahan, the people behind Lobstah on a Roll in Boston will not be opening a new restaurant in Arlington that was either to be called Lobstah On a Roll or 478 Mass. Ave., with a message sent to us by the place confirming that plans have indeed fallen through. As reported yesterday, a location of Lobstah On a Roll will be coming to Salem, with that eatery possibly debuting sometime in March or April.

Plans for Lobstah On a Roll/478 Mass. Ave. to come to Arlington first came about in September of 2017, with the restaurant looking to open in the old Elton's Roast Beef & Pizza space in the center of town. It was never known for sure what the exact name would be (and it was once billing itself as "the biggest little restaurant in America"), as we heard reports of it being 478 Mass. Ave., then Lobstah On a Roll, then 478 Mass. Ave. once again. (A location of Lobstah On a Roll did open in Boston's South End in November of 2017, with that spot featuring soups, sandwiches, and three sizes of lobster rolls, including one that is nearly two feet long.)

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Lobstah On a Roll/478 Mass. Ave. Plans to Open in Former Elton's Roast Beef & Pizza Space in Arlington Center
Lobstah on a Roll Is Opening in Emma's Space in Boston's South End
Lobstah on a Roll Is Opening in Salem

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<![CDATA[Roadworthy in Dedham Is Closing]]>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:59:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/186*120/Roadworthy+213.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

An offbeat suburban restaurant that focuses on the types of street-food dishes you might find from food trucks is shutting down.

According to a source, Roadworthy in Dedham is getting ready to close, with a Facebook post from the Washington Street eatery confirming this, saying that "We will serve our last and best meals on Sunday, February 17th." The note also mentions that to those who are unable to come to the restaurant by this weekend, "we will do our best to refund your money," telling customers to message them on Facebook or on their website.

Roadworthy first opened in the spring of 2017, with the dining spot calling itself "the outlandish destination for fun and delicious foods....Inspired by today's wacky food trucks!" Some of its offerings include chili, biscuits, fried dough, pizza,  Italian beef sandwiches, porchetta sandwiches, schnitzel, fried ravioli, beef stroganoff, and more.

The address for Roadworthy is 125 Washington Street, Dedham, MA, 02026. Its website can be found at https://www.roadworthyfoods.com/

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<![CDATA[Boston Beer Gardens: End of an Era?]]>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:46:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/trillium5.jpg

Maybe it was too good to be true. Craft beer gardens popping up in the city on places like plazas, greenways and under expressways. Sunshine, craft beer, laughter, outdoors. Well, it could be coming to an end.

According to the Boston Globe, local restaurants don’t love the idea of these beer gardens and a new bill filed via Sens. Nick Collins and Ed Kennedy would put a cap of 14 on the number of one-day licenses for outdoor drinking events/pop ups per individual or business per year. Basically, the way the current law is written, you can get up to 30 one-day licenses, which allows the beer gardens to stay open for a month. When the month is up, another applicant can pick up a new round of 30 one-day licenses on the brewers' behalf. A loophole! Sneaky brewers!

Evidently local brick and mortar bar/restaurant owners don’t think this pop up business is fair –- especially since it’s cutting into their business, not to mention owning a liquor license in the City of Boston isn’t cheap. And neither is rent, so why should these beer gardens just be allowed to pop up easy breezy is the sentiment behind the restaurant owners’ thinking.

So could this be the end for pop up beer gardens? Looks like it, but we’ll have to wait and see.

You can read Jon Chesto’s full article in the Globe here! 

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<![CDATA[15+ Weekend Events Happening in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:21:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/harlem+globetrotters.jpg

How are you spending the long holiday weekend? From the New England Boat Show to the Harlem Globetrotters and Disney on Ice, we’ve gathered more than a dozen great things the entire family will enjoy!

Friday, Feb. 15

The New England Boat Show

The New England Boat Show returns for 2019. Bring the family and come see what’s in store for another season of boating. Tickets are $16 (ages 12 and younger are free). 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Bugs Bunny Film Festival 2019

The Brattle Theatre’s Bugs Bunny Film Festival is back. For more than 20 years, its been delighting audiences of children and adults alike. Performances today at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

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. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party

Mickey and friends return to the TD Garden as Disney On Ice presents “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. 7 p.m.., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Feb. 16

ONGOING: Kids in the Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Chef Cleo returns to teach you how to make Valentine’s' Day cupcakes - red velvet cake with fresh cream cheese frosting. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

The New England Boat Show

The New England Boat Show returns for 2019. Bring the family and come see what’s in store for another season of boating. Tickets are $16 (ages 12 and younger are free). 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party

Mickey and friends return to the TD Garden as Disney On Ice presents “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. Performances today at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

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.

Bugs Bunny Film Festival 2019

The Brattle Theatre’s Bugs Bunny Film Festival is back. For more than 20 years, its been delighting audiences of children and adults alike. Performances today at Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Sunday, Feb. 17 

2019 Lion Dance Parade

Catch Chinatown’s 2019 Lion Dance Parade in celebration of the Year of the Pig today. While you’re there, get out of the cold and check out the CCBA’s Culture Village from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 90 Tyler St. for Chinese calligraphy and music, as well as arts and crafts. 10 a.m., Phillips Square,1 Harrison Ave., Boston.

The New England Boat Show

The New England Boat Show returns for 2019. Bring the family and come see what’s in store for another season of boating. Tickets are $16 (ages 12 and younger are free). 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party

Mickey and friends return to the TD Garden as Disney On Ice presents “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. Performances today at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 

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.

Bugs Bunny Film Festival 2019

The Brattle Theatre’s Bugs Bunny Film Festival is back. For more than 20 years, its been delighting audiences of children and adults alike. Performances today at Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters bring their one-of-a-kind show to the Tsongas Center today. Grab the family for this showcase you don’t want to miss. 2 p.m., the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Way, Lowell.

Presidents' Day Family Winterfest

Celebrate Presidents’ Day in the Quincy, the City of Presidents honoring Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. This free festival includes interactive games, music, costumed characters,, theatrical street performers, live music, food trucks and more.Hancock Adams Common and neighboring City Hall and Church of the Presidents. 2-7 p.m., Hancock Adams Common, 1305 Hancock St., Quincy.



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<![CDATA[Xiang's Hunan Kitchen Replaces Gourmet Garden Near BU]]>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:11:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chinese+food+generic.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Chinese restaurant has replaced an Asian fusion spot near Boston University that lasted less than two years.

According to a source (Sarah Wu), Xiang's Hunan Kitchen is now open in the former Gourmet Garden space on Commonwealth Avenue, with the name of the place indicating that it focuses at least in part on hot and spicy dishes. The restaurant appears to have opened over the past few days or so, and very little specific information has been given on it; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Gourmet Garden opened in the spring of 2017, replacing Limoo Tea Bar, an eclectic spot that offered a mix of Asian and Middle Eastern fare.

The address for Xiang's Hunan Kitchen is 1032 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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<![CDATA[Lobstah on a Roll Is Opening in Salem]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:22:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Chick-fil-A+26.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Boston eatery that specializes in huge lobster rolls will be expanding to the North Shore.

According to a poster on The Arlington List Facebook group page, Lobstah on a Roll is planning to open in Salem, joining its original location on Columbus Avenue in the South End. No address has been given as of yet, and a Facebook post from the place only mentions when it may open--with the post stating both a March and an April opening date; as soon as we find out more about the place, we will post an update here.

Lobstah on a Roll opened in the old Emma's space in the South End in the fall of 2017, featuring soups, sandwiches, and three sizes of lobster rolls, including one that is nearly two feet long. Another restaurant under the same ownership--which will either be called Lobstah On a Roll or 478 Mass. Ave.--is supposed to be coming to Arlington as well, though those plans have been in the works for approximately a year and a half.

February 15 update: According to a source, the upcoming Salem location of Lobstah On a Roll will open at 135 Lafayette Street, which is the former Jimmy John's space.

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<![CDATA[1855 Bar a Vin Opens in Boston's Back Bay]]>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:10:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/holiday-wines.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new wine bar has come to the Back Bay of Boston, and it is connected to a French restaurant in the same building.

According to a Twitter post from @n1vux, 1855 Bar a Vin is now open on Newbury Street, with the place being directly above La Voile--and under the same ownership. The website for La Voile mentions that the name comes from the fact that 1855 was "the year of the first official classification of Bordeaux wines following the World's Fair in Paris," while also saying that the bar offers 250 French wines as well as French cuisine, with the focus being on small plates.

In addition to its Newbury Street location, La Voile also has a restaurant in the Washington Square section of Brookline.

The address for 1855 Bar a Vin is 259 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The web page for the wine bar can be found at http://www.lavoilerestaurants.com/1855-2/

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<![CDATA[Pho Common Has Replaced Pho Countryside in Boston's Kenmore Square]]>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:26:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/178*120/pho+common+212.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Kenmore Square restaurant has been replaced by a new spot with similar cuisine and a somewhat similar name.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Pho Common has taken over the Pho Countryside space (confirming what a source recently told us), with the new Commonwealth Avenue eatery opening last weekend. As was the case with its predecessor, Pho Common offers a variety of pho (soup) options, and it also offers stir-fried noodles, vermicelli bowls, fried rice, smoothies, and more.

Pho Countryside first opened around the beginning of 2017, taking over the space where Josephine had been, and before that, a location of Petit Robert Bistro. The original location of Pho Countryside remains open in Quincy.

The address for Pho Common is 468 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Pho-Common-254206832166791/

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<![CDATA[Red-Eyed Pig in West Roxbury Has Apparently Closed]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:33:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Red+eye+211.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It appears that a restaurant featuring BBQ and Southern-style food has shut down.

According to a Facebook post from WGBH news anchor/host, the Red-Eyed Pig in West Roxbury has shuttered, with a 'For Rent' sign in the window and the lights being off this past Saturday night. The Centre Street eatery, which first opened in late 2011, offered such items as hush puppies, wings, brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked pork belly, ribs, Cajun shrimp, macaroni and cheese, and Mississippi mud pie.

We had heard from a couple of sources a few months ago that the Red-Eyed Pig may have been on the verge of closing, but Santoro says that it was apparently open as late as last week.

The address for the now-closed Red-Eyed Pig was 1753 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132.

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<![CDATA[Cracking Crab in Framingham Has Closed]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:26:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cracked+Crab+211.JPG

It looks like one of the many Cajun seafood restaurants to come to the Greater Boston area of late has shut down.

According to a source, Cracking Crab in Framingham is no longer in business, with a phone call placed to the Route 9 eatery confirming this, as the phone is no longer in service--and an earlier Framingham Source article also reports that it has closed. Cracking Crab first opened last summer, offering such items as crab legs, crawfish, fried oysters, quail eggs, shrimp, po'boys, and more, with the seafood being served without any utensils.

The address for this now-closed Cajun seafood restaurant in Framingham was: 290 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham, MA, 01702.

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<![CDATA[Tatte Bakery & Cafe to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:43:29 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/186*120/Tatte+211.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing local group of bakeries and cafes will be opening a second location in downtown Boston, and this one may be moving into an office tower along the northern edge of the city's Financial District.

According to an Instagram post, Tatte Bakery & Cafe is planning to open at One Boston Place on Washington Street (where it meets State Street and Court Street), with that address indicating that it could be taking over the space where a location of Paul Bakery had been, and before that, an Irish pub called Four Green Fields. Once the new outlet of Tatte opens, it will join a nearby location on Summer Street along with shops in Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, the Fenway, the Seaport District, Northeastern University, Cambridge's Kendall Square (three), Harvard Square, and Brookline.

If all goes as planned, the new location of Tatte could be opening sometime in March.

The address for the upcoming location of Tatte at One Boston Place is 201 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The website for all locations can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

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<![CDATA[Maverick's Bar & Grill in Tewksbury Has Closed]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:29:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Mavericks+211.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime dining and drinking spot in the northern suburbs of Boston has shut its doors, and it appears that the closure is connected to an ongoing issue concerning late payments of taxes.

According to a source, Maverick's Bar & Grill in Tewksbury is no longer in business, with a post from Your Tewksbury Today and an article from The Lowell Sun both confirming this, saying that the owners of the Main Street spot have turned in their food and liquor licenses. The articles mention that the restaurant and bar has been late in tax payments for a number of years since it opened in 1997, while Your Tewksbury Today also mentions complaints from residents about noise and behavior of customers as well as late water and sewer payments. A sign out front shows that Maverick's Bar & Grill is "closed for renovations" but it appears that the place will not be reopening.

The address for Maverick's Bar & Grill was 2212 Main Street (Route 38), Tewksbury, MA, 01876.

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<![CDATA[Damnation Alley Distillery in Belmont Is Closing]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:51:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/Damnatin+Alley+211.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local small-batch distillery is closing down after being in business for a bit more than five years.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Damnation Alley Distillery in Belmont is shutting its doors on March 31, with the note saying that "we will be...taking a break and determining our next steps." The post also mentions that it will be open regular hours until its final day, with hours continuing to be 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Fridays, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturdays, and 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sundays.

Damnation Alley Distillery, which first opened on Brighton Street in the fall of 2013, has been known for its different whiskey offerings along with vodka and gin.

The address for Damnation Alley is 7 Brighton Street, Belmont, MA, 02478. Its website can be found at http://www.damnationalleydistillery.com/

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<![CDATA[Meju in Somerville's Davis Square Is Now Jae's Cafe]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:57:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/asian+fusion.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Somerville restaurant has morphed into a new dining spot--and with it, a once-familiar name has returned to the local area.

According to a post within the Davis Square Facebook group page, Meju Korean Kitchen & Bar in Davis Square is now Jae's Cafe, with an earlier post indicating that this is a rebranding, as the people behind the long-closed Jae's restaurants had apparently purchased Meju last year. Jae's Cafe disappeared from the local landscape in 2015 with the closing of its location in Boston's South End; the group of Asian fusion restaurants had also once included outlets in the Theatre District, Back Bay, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, and North Adams as well.

Meju first opened in early 2015, taking over the space where a location of McDonald's had once been.

The address for Jae's Cafe (and the former Meju) is 243 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

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<![CDATA[Valentine’s Day in Dot]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:01:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_valentines0208_1500x845.jpg

Sweets for your sweetie!At Lower Mills Tavern, they’ll be serving up a special chocolate covered strawberry shortcake dessert along with an extra special cocktail (stay tuned for the reveal!) Call to make your reservations (857) 267-4461.

Love is in the air!  dbar is offering a delicious pri-fixe Valentine’s Dinner with adorable names like Honey Bunny and Love Bird! Four courses include items like confit chicken, beef carpaccio, Atlantic cod, ribeye (love you) and espresso martini tiramisu. $69 per person for four courses. Pair it with wine it’s $99 per person. You can check out the menu here!

Kick it old school!  The Polish American Club is hosting a special Valentine’s Day Party on Saturday, February 16th at 8 pm. If you’re single, come and mingle. Got a mate, come and celebrate! Must be 21+ No cover. Music by the Polish Triangle’s own DJ Kaz.

Spice things up! Yellow Door Taqueria will be feeling the love this Valentine’s with specials all weekend long. We recommend some of their famous Coco Margaritas and guac and chips for sure!  Yellow Door is one of Dot’s hottest spots for dates too!

Be fancy!Savin Bar + Kitchen is pulling out all the stops this year with Oysters Rockefeller, filet mignon au poivre, maple roasted chicken and a homemade strawberry cheesecake. Call for reservations (617) 288-7500.

Love will keep us together! Cozy up with your love at The Industry – serving a three-course meal for $50pp. Including filet mignon, grilled salmon, tuna tartare, oreo cheesecake and hot fudge sundae. Call for reservations (617)
297-9010.

Isn’t it romantic at Tavolo Grab a cozy booth, order up some red wine and share some deliciousness like jars filled with roasted carrot hummus, garlic Tuscan bean, whipped ricotta, fig-goat cheese served with bread and spaghetti and meatballs – just like Lady and the Tramp!

I like turtles! Go classic Valentine’s with a box of turtles from Phillips Candy House! Spread the love with a heart-shaped box of Phillips legendary chocolate turtles!

Two straws, please! Split an ice cream float or frappe!  Head to Chill on Park and order up a sweet treat for two to share!  Whether it’s a hot fudge sundae, or a black and white frappe, share it with someone you love and it’s even sweeter!

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<![CDATA[A Very Southie Valentine’s Day: Where to Celebrate!]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:05:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/chickadee+211.JPG

Cozy by the fire! Eat some pasta Lady and the Tramp style, share a bottle of wine, sip an espresso martini on Valentine’s Day with someone special at Capo! Look for some special Valentine’s Day additions to the menu! Capo will be accepting reservations via email, info@caposouthboston.com. Enjoy

Show your little chickadee some love! Bring your love bird to Chickadee this Valentine’s Day! They will be offering our regular dinner menu along with some celebratory supplements to complement the evening. Reservations are highly recommended for this night. As always, parking is free

Pamper someone special (including yourself)!Indulge Day Spa is offering a special Valentine’s Package with a pa body exfoliating treatment & express facial for just $99.00.  A full body exfoliation with nutrient-rich hydration followed by express organic facial using food grade products to heal & purify your skin. Sounds like heaven! Book online at www.Indulgedayspaboston.com or text 617-307-6344.

#LincolnLoveStory Did you fall in love at Lincoln? Well, Lincoln wants to know about it and they’ll reward you will a special package for one lucky couple!  To enter, use the link here to complete the form and post a picture on instagram with the hashtag #LincolnLoveStory.  Submissions must be completed by Monday, February 11th at 12 pm. From there we will turn to IG to encourage people to VOTE on their favorite love story. Winner will be announced Wednesday, February 13th.

Romance is on the menu at Publico! Publico will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special prix-fixe dinner in addition to their regular menu! Prefix menu includes items like Prime New York Sirloin and Warm Chocolate Cake in a glass! Reservations are still available! 3-course, $55 pp. dinner. You can also add wine pairings with dinner for $90 pp.

No romance?Publico is also hosting a “Singles Awareness Day” party from 8-11pm on February 14th. The party will have a DJ and a complimentary chocolate fountain. We hear they’ll also be playing some romantic comedies in the garden on the projection screens. There are a few other surprises as well!

Love is in the air!  dbar is offering a delicious pri-fixe Valentine’s Dinner with adorable names like Honey Bunny and Love Bird!  Four courses include items like confit chicken, beef carpaccio, Atlantic cod, ribeye (love you) and espresso martini tiramisu.  $69 per person for four courses.  Pair it with wine it’s $99 per person.  You can check out the menu here! 

Kick it old school!  The Polish American Club is hosting a special Valentine’s Day Party on Saturday, February 16th at 8 pm.  If you’re single, come and mingle.  Got a mate, come and celebrate!  Must be 21+ No cover.  Music by the Polish Triangle’s own DJ Kaz.

Give some flowers! Sunny Florist can create gorgeous floral arrangements for you to give to someone special. From red roses to something more colorful and creative, Sunny’s has the perfect arrangement for you!

Spice things up! Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar will be feeling the love this Valentine’s with specials all weekend long. We recommend some of their famous Coco Margaritas and guac and chips for sure!  Loco is Southie’s hottest spots for dates too! The Steve Rondo Band will be playing from 6-9pm.

Secret lovers! Looking for something sexy to give this Valentine’s Day? Market Studio has Secret Garden Roses perfect for impressing someone special!

Shares sips! The way to someone special’s heart at Fat Baby is a specialty cocktail for two! Order up some, sushi and dumplings and the night’s complete!

Customer love!The Playwright is getting in on the Valentine’s spirit with a special “We love our customer’s $100 table giveaway” on Instagram! Don’t want to acknowledge Valentine’s Day? The Playwright encourages you to stop by for a drink and some appetizers!

Wine and chocolate! Impress your lover with a night of chocolate and wine! On February 13th head to Mayhew Wine for an evening of specially curated wines paired perfectly with gourmet chocolates. You’ll learn all about how to properly evaluate the wines and what makes each a perfect match! Space is limited and tickets are only $10. You can purchase them here! 

Stay in! Who says you have to go out on Valentine’s Day? Netflix and chill!
Loco Take out special: 
Take out for two! $40
Spend Valentine’s Day with your true love….tacos!
Choice of four tacos, street corn and guacamole with chips.
*Orders can be placed through Caviar or over the phone

FAT BABY $45
Take out for you and your soy mate!
Edamame, pork dumplings, choice of two rolls
*Orders can be placed through Caviar or over the phone

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<![CDATA[30+ Great Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:44:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Disney_on_Ice_vuelve_al_sur_de_la_Florida.jpg

It’s Monday again, but there are so many great things happening this week, it may not feel so bad. From the Beanpot finals to LEGOland fun for adults and Disney on Ice, along with concerts and shows all week long, we’ve gathered our picks for you for the week ahead.

Monday, Feb. 11 

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.

Boston Beanpot Consolation Round: Boston University vs. Harvard

Don’t miss Boston Beanpot hockey as Boston University takes on Harvard in the consolation round at TD Garden. Tickets start at $34.50. 4:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 

Boston Beanpot Final: Boston College vs. Northeastern

Don’t miss Boston Beanpot hockey as Boston College takes on Northeastern in the finals at TD Garden. Tickets start at $34.50. 47:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Winter Crafts in the Kids' Nook

Bring the kiddos to the Boston Public Market to escape the cold and enjoy winter crafts in the Kids’ Nook. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (while supplies last), Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

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. 4-7 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival’s “Wizards of Hollywood: A Work in Progress”

Enjoy an exclusive preview screening of the new documentary “Wizards of Hollywood” under the dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium. Tickets are $15. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston.

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Tot Time at the Nature Playscape

Enjoy some outdoor fun with your little ones (ages 1.5-6) where they can explore nature with rocks, stick, water, and more. Each month brings a new focus and new activities. 10 a.m., Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham.

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. 

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20. 7 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Thursday, Feb. 14 

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. 4-5:45 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

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.

Food Trivia in the HUB

Every Thursday in February, the Boston Public Market plays host to food trivia. Head on down for your shot at top prize. 6-8 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Banter at the Brewery: Valentine’s Day Edition

Enjoy beer and laughs with a night of comedy at the Harpoon Brewery. This 21+ event features three comedic acts introduced by host Alex Giampapa. Arrive early as the first 45 guests get seating, the rest is standing room only. Tickets are $20 and include the show and one drink ticket. Two shows tonight 6:30-8 p.m. and 8:30-10 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Boyz II Men: 25th Anniversary of II at the Orpheum

Boyz II Men reunite as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary by taking the stage tonight for an all-ages show the the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets start at $45. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre Boston, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston.

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Sevendust at House of Blues

Sevendust takes the stage tonight for an all-ages show. at House of Blues. Tickets start at $25. Doors open at 5 p.m. Show starts at 6 p.m. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Friday, Feb. 15 

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. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Disney On Ice Presents Mickey's Search Party

Mickey and friends return to the TD Garden as Disney On Ice presents “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. 7 p.m.., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston.

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Kids in the Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Chef Cleo returns to teach you how to make Valentine’s' Day cupcakes - red velvet cake with fresh cream cheese frosting. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Disney On Ice Presents Mickey's Search Party

Mickey and friends return to the TD Garden as Disney On Ice presents “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. Performances today at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

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.

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Disney On Ice Presents Mickey's Search Party

Mickey and friends return to the TD Garden as Disney On Ice presents “Mickey’s Search Party,” an all-new show promising to bring the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments taking place on the ice, in the air and in their seats. Tickets start at $15. Performances today at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

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. 

“School of Rock” at the Opera House

Broadway in Boston presents “School of Rock” at the Boston Opera House for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Tender Greens Opening Another Boston-Area Location]]>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:19:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/EaterSD-Tender-Greens-1211.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A California-based group of restaurants that includes a famous backer is opening another Boston-area location, with this one coming to a new complex just west of the city.

According to a press release, Tender Greens is planning to open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown, with the eatery joining two others at Copley Place in Boston's Back Bay and The Street in Chestnut Hill. Based on those two locations--and other outlets, most of which are on the West Coast--expect to see options as soups, salads, sandwiches, and meals with a small salad and a side of vegetables. One of the investors in the Tender Greens chain is Danny Meyer, whose New York-based Union Square Hospitality Group operates the Shake Shack restaurants (a location of Shake Shack is also coming to Arsenal Yards).

The new location of Tender Greens is one of several dining spots coming to Arsenal Yards, with places such as Shake Shack, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Pokeworks, and City Works Eatery and Pour House opening there as well. The mixed-use development will be located at the site of the old Arsenal Mall in East Watertown, and it appears that it could be complete by late 2019 or 2020.

The website for Tender Greens can be found at https://www.tendergreens.com/

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<![CDATA[The Landing - L'approdo - Pizza & Kitchen Opens in Newton]]>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:17:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/landing2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot has come to a section of Newton known in part for its Italian heritage, and it looks like its focus is on Neapolitan pizza.

According to an article from the Patch, The Landing - L'approdo - Pizza & Kitchen is now open in Nonantum, with owner Massimo Ottani coming from Latina (between Naples and Rome) and being certified in Neapolitan pizzamaking while also participating in the Pizza World Championship in 2014. The website for The Landing shows such items as pizza, calzones, focaccia, panzerotti, and salads, with pizza options including margherita, hot soppressata, four cheese, and anchovy and olives.

The address for this new restaurant in Nonantum is: The Landing - L'approdo - Pizza & Kitchen, 223 Adams Street, Newton, MA, 02458. Its website can be found at http://www.thelandingpizza.com/

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<![CDATA[Incontro Restaurant and Lounge in Franklin Has Closed]]>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:22:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Generic+Pasta+Generic.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an upscale Italian restaurant that was located in an historic mill building has abruptly closed.

According to a source, Incontro Restaurant and Lounge in Franklin has shuttered with little or no warning, with a Facebook post from Franklin Panthers Hockey and other social media posts seeming to confirm this. Our source tells us that the owners of the West Central Street spot also run Rock N' Coal Pizza in Bellingham but the latter won't be honoring gift cards from the former, and Facebook posts seem to confirm this as well, though we are still trying to get 100% confirmation of this (if this changes, we will post an update here).

Incontro was located in Brookdale Mill, which dates back to the 1800s.

The address for Incontro Restaurant and Lounge was 860 West Central Street, Franklin, MA, 02038.

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<![CDATA[The Rising Eagle Plans to Open in Melrose]]>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 19:45:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Rising+Eagle+26.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant with a colonial theme may be on its way to the northern suburbs of Boston.

Based on a tweet from @kenjimallon, The Rising Eagle is planning to open in the old Stearns & Hill's Bistro space in Melrose, with the picture within the Twitter post showing that it will be "an American Revolutionary Publick House." The Twitter thread also hints that the downstairs area could be a restaurant that is open to the public while the upstairs area may be a function room, though specific details have not been given as of yet--nor is there a specific menu for the place at this point in time. An earlier Patch article mentions that The Rising Eagle is connected to Turner's Seafood across the street, while also stating that the place is expected to offer a rotating list of seasonal items.

Stearns & Hill's Bistro, which was known in part for its steak and seafood dishes, closed last summer after nearly 20 years in business; the upstairs section was briefly home to a Japanese restaurant called Tsukiji Bistro, which opened in late 2017 but shut down last spring.

The address for the upcoming Rising Eagle is 505 Main Street, Melrose, MA, 02176. Its website will be at https://www.risingeaglepublickhouse.com/

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<![CDATA[Punter's Pub in Boston Has Closed]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 12:18:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/punterspub.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Another classic Boston dive has shut down, though in this case the writing had been on the wall for awhile.

According to a Facebook post from local film critic Tom Meek, Punter's Pub is now closed, with a check on social media indicating that the Huntington Avenue watering hole may have actually shuttered just before Christmas. Its closure comes as no surprise, as Northeastern University purchased its building in late 2016 and the plan had been for the bar to stay open for at least a couple more years.

Punter's Pub, which first opened approximately 50 years ago, was a popular hangout for Northeastern students, being known in part for its cheap pitchers of beer along with pool and darts.

The address for the now-closed Punter's Pub was 450 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.

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<![CDATA[Krasi Plans to Replace Cafe Jaffa in Boston's Back Bay]]>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 19:36:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/201*120/Cafe+Jaffa+26.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A few months ago, we reported that a longtime favorite in the Back Bay for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food was on the selling block, and now we have learned that it may be replaced by a new restaurant that has at least one well-known name behind it.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester Street is seeking to transfer its liquor license to Krasi, which would operate in the same location and whose manager would be Demetri Tsolakis of Committee in the Seaport District and Gre.Co in the Back Bay (and soon, in the Seaport District as well). The name "Krasi" is commonly found in Bulgaria while it is also a Greek word for wine, according to The Passionate Foodie, but it is not known exactly what kind of cuisine(s) might be featured here; Committee offers mostly Greek and Mediterranean food while Gre.Co focuses on Greek cuisine.

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. Last September it was reported that the restaurant went up for sale, as the owner made the decision to retire.

The address for Cafe Jaffa (and the proposed Krasi) is 48 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Cafe Jaffa in Boston's Back Bay Is on the Selling Block

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<![CDATA[Things to Do in Southie This Weekend]]>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:12:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Regalan_pizza_a_empleados_federales_durante_cierre.jpg

Eat:
Pizza, pizza! Southie’s got some of the best pizza around! In honor of National Pizza Day on Saturday, February 9th, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots! Check them out! 

Drink:
Sip champagne! All the single ladies! Head to Capo for a special Galentine’s brunch on Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th. They will be accepting large party reservations with special valentine’s themed brunch specials. Guests are welcomed to pre-order bottles of prosecco or chocolate covered strawberries for the table. To order, email adrienne@caposouthboston.com.

Brunch:
It’s the Abes & Babes Brunch at Lincoln! Gather up the gang and head to Lincoln on Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th and plan o mixing and mingle and meeting some new people!   Lincoln will be accepting large party reservations for these days.  Enjoy special brunch menu additions for both days!

See:
Check out some boats! We realize that it’s the middle of the winter, but we’ll bet you’re dreaming of the warm weather!  Go see The Progressive Insurance New England Boat show at the Boston Convention Center and spend the day looking at boats, yachts, schooners, and nautical displays galore and you’ll feel like it’s the middle of summer. Two seasons collide as the boat show represents all we love about warm weather. Long sunny days boating, fishing and sailing on the coastlines, rivers and lakes of New England. Ironically, it gets underway February 9th – 17th smack in the middle of winter. So set aside the shovels, skis and snowmobiles and sample what spring and summer of 2019 might look like at the boat show.  To learn more about contests and buy one get one tickets, visit here!

Do:
Indulge in a mega sundae!  When you order a Make a Wish Mega Sundae at Kings Dining & Entertainment, 20% off the proceeds purchased will go to the Make a Wish Foundation.  So really you have no choice!  You can check out this sundae here!  Yes!

Listen:
Keep the weekend going!  Head to the Playwright on Sunday for their legendary Country Sundays with Annie Brobst!  The fun takes place from 7pm-10pm.

Watch:
The Bruins are playing this weekend! They face the Kings on Saturday at 1pm and the Avalanche on Sunday at 3pm. Head to one of our favorite spots Roza Lyons to watch the games!  Here are some other spots in Southie to watch the game! 

Refresh:
From beauty drips to Botox, our neighborhood is morphing into a beauty epicenter!  We’ve rounded up some new services to try to help you put your best face forward!  Check them out here! 

Register:
Learn more about the history of St. Patrick’s Day!  How Ireland Becomes The World’s Most Celebrated Country for a Day is a free event where Mike Cronin, author & academic director of Boston College Ireland will speak about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and its celebration in the US.  There’ll be free hors d’oeuvres courtesy of a generous sponsor & a also cash bar. This event is free & open to the public. Register here! 

Bowl:
Lace up those bowling shoes! Show your support for Mayor of Southie candidate Jimmy Donnelly on Sunday, February 10th from 12-2 at South Boston Bowl.  $20 per family to bowl!

Celebrate:
The Museum of Fine Arts is offering a free Lunar New Year Celebration and the Year of the Pig on Saturday, February 9th with free admission all day and special events and activities.  To learn more visit here!

Open House:
15 Dixfield Street, Unit 2 – Saturday and Sunday 12pm-1pm

Listing Price:$755, 000

Listing Agent: Ethan Goodrich – 603.553.0444 or via email here! 

For more information visit here 

 

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<![CDATA[15+ Family Friendly Events Happening This Weekend]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 19:18:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/tom_brady_lombardi_trophy.jpg

The weekend is finally here! Looking to make plans? We have some ideas for you. Head to Patriot Place for a photo with the newest Vince Lombardi Trophy, or maybe you want to take in the Lunar New Year celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts or the chocolate fest at Wilson Farm. Check out our picks and make some memories this weekend.

Friday, Feb. 8

Photos with the Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy

Patriots fans are invited to the Patriots Hall of Fame this weekend for a unique opportunity to have their photo taken beside the team’s latest Vince Lombardi Trophy. Bring your own camera. Admission to the Hall is required to gain access to this photo opportunity and is subject to ticket availability. Tickets are $5 to $10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Patriots Hall of Fame, Patriots Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

"Beautiful" - The Carole King Musical

Catch a performance of “Beautiful” - The Carole King Musical today at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $40. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

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. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

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. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Lunar New Year Celebration at MFA Boston

Celebrate the Lunar New Year today at the Museum of Fine Arts at this free, all-day event. Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Photos with the Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy

Patriots fans are invited to the Patriots Hall of Fame this weekend for a unique opportunity to have their photo taken beside the team’s latest Vince Lombardi Trophy. Bring your own camera. Admission to the Hall is required to gain access to this photo opportunity and is subject to ticket availability. Tickets are $5 to $10. 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m, Patriots Hall of Fame, Patriots Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Tanglewood Marionettes: The Dragon King

The Tanglewood Marionettes bring to life fantastic sea creatures and a fearless grandmother in search of the Dragon King in this story of fantasy, courage and wonder. 10:30-11:30 a.m., John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. 

Wilson Farm Chocolate Fest

If you are a chocolate fan, you don’t want to miss the Chocolate Fest at Wilson Farm today and tomorrow. Sample a variety of chocolates from local artisan vendors, as well as creations from their own kitchen and factory. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

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.

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.

"Beautiful" - The Carole King Musical

Catch a performance of “Beautiful” - The Carole King Musical today at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $40. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Boston Farm & Fiber Festival

The Boston Farm & Fiber Festival plays host to more than two dozen fiber and craft vendors from throughout New England. Enjoy free programming all day including a weaving demonstration, live animals, kids activities and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Photos with the Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy

Patriots fans are invited to the Patriots Hall of Fame this weekend for a unique opportunity to have their photo taken beside the team’s latest Vince Lombardi Trophy. Bring your own camera. Admission to the Hall is required to gain access to this photo opportunity and is subject to ticket availability. Tickets are $5 to $10. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m, Patriots Hall of Fame, Patriots Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough. 

Wilson Farm Chocolate Fest

If you are a chocolate fan, you don’t want to miss the Chocolate Fest at Wilson Farm today and tomorrow. Sample a variety of chocolates from local artisan vendors, as well as creations from their own kitchen and factory. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington. 

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. 

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.

"Beautiful" - The Carole King Musical

Catch a performance of “Beautiful” - The Carole King Musical today at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $40. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Allora Ristorante in Marlborough Has Closed]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:54:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Allora+25.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale restaurant that was one of the relatively few lakeside dining spots inside Route 495 has closed down.

According to multiple sources, Allora Ristorante in Marlborough is no longer in business, with the website for the Lakeside Avenue spot confirming this, saying "With great sadness, Allora Ristorante has closed its doors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our guests for their support over the past 12 years, many who we are proud to call our friends." No reason was given for its closure, nor is it known for sure what might be going into its space; we have heard a rumor that a new restaurant may move in, but are still trying to find out more details before mentioning its name.

Allora was an Italian and Mediterranean spot that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) featured as a place to go in part for its sprawling patio with views of Lake Williams. A link to the review can be found below:

https://hiddenboston.com/AlloraRistorante.html

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Marlborough was: Allora Ristorante 139 Lakeside Avenue (Route 20), Marlborough, MA, 01752.

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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A Is Coming to Boston]]>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 10:09:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Chick-Fil-A_s_Future_in_Boston.jpg

It appears Chick-fil-A will be heading to Boston following a green light from the city officials on Tuesday, according to Universal Hub.

The national fried chicken restaurant chain got permission from the Boston's zoning board of appeals to begin work at the Boloco at 569 Boylston St., with plans for a mid-2020 opening.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino had vowed to keep Chick-fil-A out of the city due to the founder's opposition to same-sex marriage.

There are several Chick-fil-A restaurants currently in the Boston area.

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<![CDATA[Futago Udon Is Opening in Boston]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:44:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/Udon+25.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Japanese noodle spot is coming to a space near the Boston/Brookline border, and it will be replacing a now-closed location of a sandwich chain.

Eater Boston confirms what we had heard a few weeks ago, that Futago Udon is opening in the former Jimmy John's space in the Audubon Circle/Fenway section of Boston. At the time we heard about it, all that was known was that the Park Drive eatery would likely feature Japanese fare, but it was not known that it would focus on hot and cold udon noodle dishes. The Eater article indicates that Futago Udon has a connection to Sugidama, a dining spot in Somerville's Davis Square that focuses on soba, which is another type of Japanese noodle.

No opening date has been give as of yet for Futago, but Eater says that it looks like it is very close to being ready.

The address for this new Japanese restaurant in the Audubon Circle/Fenway area of Boston is: Futago Udon, 508-512 Park Drive, Boston, MA, 02215. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/futago_udon/

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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[Sushi-Teq at The Intercontinental Hotel Has Closed]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:39:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/TLMD-sushi-generica-shutterstock_598104170.jpg

A hotel restaurant on the Boston waterfront that appeared to have temporarily closed awhile back is officially closed for good.

A message sent to us indicates that Sushi-Teq at The Intercontinental Hotel is permanently closed, and it is not yet known what--if anything--might move into its space. Back in December, we first learned that the dining spot was shuttered, though it wasn't known at the time whether it might reopen at some point.

Sushi-Teq was an upscale sushi spot that was also known in part for its variety of cocktail offerings; it was one of a few dining and drinking options at the Intercontinental, including Miel, RumBa, and VodkaBa, all of which remain in operation.

The address for the now-closed Sushi-Teq (and The Intercontinental Hotel) is 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the hotel can be found at https://www.intercontinentalboston.com/



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<![CDATA[Panera Cares at Boston's Center Plaza Is Closing]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:48:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/panera-bread.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A nonprofit "pay-what-you-can" concept from a chain of bakery-cafes is closing its final location, which happens to be in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Panera Cares Community Cafe at Center Plaza is shutting down, with a Bloomberg article confirming this, saying that the eatery will close on February 15 because the business model was not sustainable. The Bloomberg post mentions that an email from Panera Bread says "Despite our commitment to this mission, it's become clear that continued operation of the Boston Panera Cares is no longer viable....We're working with the current bakery-cafe associates affected by the closure to identify alternate employment opportunities within Panera and Au Bon Pain."

Panera Cares, which opened its Boston location six years ago, looked to the concept as being a way to address hunger with customers giving a suggested donation for their food items--and those donations would presumably cover the operating costs of the shop while also allowing free food to people who could not afford to pay. Other Panera Cares locations in Chicago, Portland, OR, Dearborn, MI, and Clayton, MO have closed down, according to the article.

The address for Panera Cares is 3 Center Plaza, Boston, MA, 02108.

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<![CDATA[North Square Oyster in North End Has Closed for Renovations]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 10:35:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/170*120/North+Square+Oyster+24.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A seafood restaurant in the North End of Boston has closed for the time being, and it is not yet known what will become of the place.

According to a Twitter post from @Steve_O_McN, North Square Oyster is shuttered, with the tweet saying that it is"closed for renovations till the Spring," while Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality confirms this, telling us that a sign out front says exactly that, though no further information has been given. We have sent a message to the dining spot and are waiting to hear back, so stay tuned for any updates that may come in.

North Square Oyster first opened in the spring of 2017, taking over the space where Gennaro's Five North Square had been. The restaurant has a connection to Ward 8 and Bodega Canal, both of which are located where the North End and West End/North Station area meet, and it also has a connection to a brand new Italian restaurant across from Ward 8 called Tony & Elaine's

The address for North Square Oyster is 5 North Square, Boston, MA, 02113. Its website can be found at https://www.northsquareoyster.com/

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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A is on the Way to Boston]]>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:13:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Chick-fil-A+26.JPG

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<![CDATA[Pizzamore Flatbread Company in Woburn Has Apparently Closed]]>Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:55:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/pizzamore2.jpg

It appears that a suburban spot featuring flatbread pizza has shut its doors, and it is not known what might become of the space.

According to a message from The Daily Lunch, Pizzamore Flatbread Company in Woburn is closed, and has been for awhile now (apparently since before Christmas), and that there is no indication as to why it has shuttered or what may be happening with the space. Its closure confirms what we had heard from other sources, though several checks on the website for the Main Street eatery over the past few weeks show that it is still up while phone calls go unanswered.

Pizzamore, which first opened in the fall of 2015, offered flatbreads along with soups, salads, calzones, and sandwiches.

The address for Pizzamore Flatbread Company was 901 Main Street, Woburn, MA, 01801.



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<![CDATA[Milk Bar and &pizza Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square]]>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 22:30:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/178*120/milk+131.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of highly-anticipated spots have opened in one of the busiest parts of Cambridge, and both are located within the same space.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe reports that Milk Bar and &pizza are now open in Harvard Square, taking over the old Tory Row/Crimson Corner space by the corner of Mass. Ave. and Brattle Street (Crimson Corner has moved to a storefront nearby). As mentioned earlier, the New York-based Milk Bar has a two-time James Beard Award winner behind it in Christina Tosi, with the website for the place saying that Bon Appetit Magazine once called it "one of the most exciting bakeries in the country." Michael Lastoria is behind the Washington, D.C.-based &pizza, and as the Globe says, he is also a longtime friend of Tosi--and the pizzeria has a variety of options available, including gluten-free and vegan choices.

Plans for Milk Bar and &pizza to come to Harvard Square have been in the works since at least 2017, though the entire deal almost fell through in part because of issues with the Cambridge Historical Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeal.

The address for Milk Bar and &pizza is 1-3 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for Milk Bar is at https://milkbarstore.com/ while the website for &pizza can be found at https://andpizza.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Milk Bar and &pizza Teaming Up to Open Shop in Cambridge's Harvard Square
Plans for &pizza to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square Fall Through
&pizza Plans to Open in Tory Row, Crimson Corner Spaces in Cambridge's Harvard Square

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<![CDATA[Landsmith Cafe and Outdoor Adventure Clubhouse May Be Coming to Malden]]>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 21:05:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18180595093658.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A cafe that focuses on those who love the outdoors may be on its way to the local area, and the person behind it is also one of the founders of a popular donut shop.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Landsmith is looking to open somewhere in Malden and has started up a Kickstarter campaign that would help cover the buildout and design of the place. Heather Schmidt, who is one of the founders of Union Square Donuts, is looking at the cafe being a spot for coffee, breakfast and lunch, and grab-and-go items while also being a place for people with an interest in the outdoors to connect with others by way of weekly bike rides and runs along with in-store and local clinics that focus on outdoor activities.

If all goes well, Landsmith could be opening sometime this fall, though that could change depending on how the permitting process and buildout go.

The Facebook page for Landsmith will be at http://www.thelandsmithco.com/

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<![CDATA[Vivi's Kitchen Opens in Rockland]]>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 21:10:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/186*120/Vivi.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot that features Greek food has come to a section of the Greater Boston area that has few options for Greek cuisine.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Vivi's Kitchen is now open in Rockland, with owners Vivi Karastanatis and Christine Martino previously running the now-closed Cedar Cafe in Hanover. The new eatery, which is located in an industrial park, is open on weekdays for lunch and (an early) dinner, with the menu having both Greek items and American dishes, including lemon chicken soup, a Greek salad, gyros, falafel, hummus, burgers, Mediterranean rice bowls, a variety of wraps, and more. Hours for Vivi's Kitchen are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Currently, Greek options on the South Shore are very limited, with such places as the Olympian Diner and Maria's in Braintree being a couple of spots offering some Greek dishes.

The address for Vivi's Kitchen is 200 VFW Drive, Rockland, MA, 02370. Its website can be found at https://vvskitchen.com/

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<![CDATA[Real to Open in Lincoln]]>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 21:24:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/032818+beer+taps+shutterstock.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant is on its way to a Boston suburb that currently has very few dining options, and the people behind it come from a few of the best-known dining spots in the region.

An email sent to us indicates that Real is planning to open in Lincoln, moving into the space by Lincoln Station that had been home to both Lincoln Kitchen and AKA Bistro. The new spot, which will initially be open for dinner only but will eventually add a weekend brunch, will be a casual upscale restaurant featuring comfort food dishes and seasonal items, while a full bar will include 10 beer taps.

Both the email and a posting within the bostonchefs.com jobs section mention that the husband-and-wife team behind the place are Tom Fosnot and Ruth-Anne Adams, and that they are partnering with Lindsey Parker; Fosnot comes from The Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton and the now-closed Rocca Kitchen and Bar in Boston's South End and Rialto in Cambridge's Harvard Square while Adams comes from the now-closed Casablanca in Harvard Square--and the bostonchefs.com page also says that they have worked at Clio and Hamersley's Bistro (both of which are closed).

If all goes as planned, Real could be opening sometime in March.

The address for Real is 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA, 01773. Its website will be at www.keepitreallincoln.com

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<![CDATA[Nine Bar Espresso Plans to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:19:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/178*120/Nine+Bar+130.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a coffee shop in Somerville could soon be joined by a new location in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Nine Bar Espresso is planning to open in Downtown Crossing, with the address indicating that it could be moving into the Boston Brewin Coffee space on Bromfield Street. The hearing notice lists the manager as Erick Vlassidis, who has been involved with Nine Bar Espresso in Davis Square, so there is definitely a connection between the two places--and as reported here earlier, Nine Bar is also connected to Simon's Coffee Shop in Cambridge.

The address for this proposed coffee shop in Downtown Crossing is: Nine Bar Espresso, 45 Bromfield Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The website for the original location in Somerville is https://www.ninebarespresso.net/

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<![CDATA[Super Bowl Party Time in Dot]]>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 21:32:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Lucys+131.PNG

Are you ready for some football?  The Pats will face the Rams on Sunday, February 3rd at 6:30 pm in Atlanta.  Thinking about hosting a little (or big) Pats’ Super Bowl bash?  Here are some tips to host a super terrific party with a little help from Dot businesses!

Molinari’s – From wings to meatballs (and of course amazing pizza), check out Molinari’s catering menu for your Super Bowl Party! Small trays serve 8-10 people. Large trays serve 12-16. Catering orders require 48-hour notice. Check out their full menu here!

Pat’s Pizza and Catering – Serve up a tray of sandwiches to your football fans! From homemade chicken salad to roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, Pat’s offers sandwiches by the dozen (2 dozen minimum) as well as deli platters. Visit their website for more information! 

Guac on!Yellow Door Taqueria is making Super Bowl Sunday even better with TACO TAKEOUT. Featuring two Game Day packages to chow down while rooting for the Patriots! All orders must be placed online by Friday, February 1st at 5 PM and picked-up by kickoff on Sunday, February 3rd.

Lucy’s American Tavern has two different Superbowl packages available for takeout: “Do Your Job” feeds 8-12 people – 24 Dry Rub or House Hot Wings, 1 rack of Ribs, Mac N Cheese, and choice of Charred Artichoke & Jalapeno Dip or Buffalo Dip. – $80 and “We Ain’t Going Nowhere” feeds 15-20 people – 48 Dry Rub or House Hot Wings, 2 racks of Ribs, Large Mac N Cheese, Charred Artichoke Dip and Buffalo Dip – $150.  You can add one pulled pork, burnt ends or chili for $21 each.  Lucy’s is also doing wing orders as well with our Dry Rub or House Hot wings – 40 for $50 or 80 for $100.

Bred Gourmet is bringing its wing game for your party. Enjoy a half-tray of wings for $45, a full tray for $80. Pick from Buffalo, jerk BBQ, lemon pepper, cajun or house flavors. Place your order today!

Ashmont Grill has got you covered for the big game!  From mac & cheese to ribs! Place your order by 5:00 Friday afternoon. Pick up on Sunday. Go Pats! Mac & Cheese  – 1/2 pan, serves 10-15, $40, full pan, serves 25-30, $80. Honey Soy Chicken Wings  – 1/2 pan, serves 10-15, $60  – full pan, serves 25-30, $120 Applewood Smoked Baby Back Ribs with Chipotle Guava Glaze – 1/2 pan, serves 10-15, $70 – full pan, serves 25-30, $140

Spice things up!Check out Shanti for some authentic Indian dishes including Chicken Tikka and fresh baked Naan. Or order from Pho Hoa for a wide variety of Vietnamese specialties like their spring roll tasting platter!

Cake Pops Boston – Don’t forget about dessert! Cake Pops in Lower Mills has fun and delicious Patriots and Football cake pops for your guests to enjoy! Prices start at $30 per dozen and come in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, red velvet and more! Check out their website here!

Chill on Park – I scream! You scream! We all scream for Ice Cream! How about serving up a Make Your Own Super Bowl Sundae Bar to your guests! Chill on Park has all the fixings to make your party extra sweet and fun!

Dorset Hall –  Dorset Hall has a special Super Bowl House Party Catering Menu featuring game-watching snacks like chicken wings, sliders, rib & more! You can check out their menu here! All orders must be placed by Thursday, January 31st!!! Please contact Erica at info@dorsethall.com to place your orders ASAP, as only limited orders will be taken. Orders must be paid in advance and pickup time is required.

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<![CDATA[Sam Adams Releases New Tom Brady GOAT-Themed Beer]]>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 17:57:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/goatbeer.jpg

Just in time for Super Bowl LIII, Boston-based Sam Adams is releasing a special GOAT-themed beer in honor of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

"Too Old, Too Slow, Still Here," a 7.8 percent ABV double New England IPA "commemorating the greatest team of all time and the GOAT itself," will be sold in crowlers and on draft in the Sam Adams Boston Brewery in Jamaica Plain on Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until the kegs are kicked.

The first 199 people who show up (Brady was drafted 199th) will be able to purchase one crowler each. There will also be free wings, live entertainment and commemorative posters and stickers, as well as a sample of the beer for those in attendance.

Anyone who isn't one of the first 199 to show up will still be able to purchase the Brady beer on draft in the taproom until it's gone.

"We’re behind the New England Patriots 100 percent as they head to the big game," Jim Koch, Sam Adams' founder, said in a statement. "The best way we could think to honor the team was to brew a beer for fans that can’t make it to Atlanta and a New England style Double IPA with as much spirit as the players felt like the perfect beer. We haven’t doubted them all season and can’t wait to watch them on Sunday with a beer in hand that honors their hard work."

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<![CDATA[Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Foxboro Has Closed]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:51:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/tobykeith2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a restaurant and bar that is also a popular venue for country music has shuttered.

According to multiple sources, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Foxboro has abruptly closed, with country music singer Annie Brobst posting about this while country singer Shanna Jackman has also said that it has indeed shut down. While there has been chatter as to why the place has shuttered, we have not confirmed an exact reason for its closure, so keep checking back for updates.

"It is with our deepest regret that Toby Keith's doors will remain closed," a note on the door on Wednesday read. "To our many regular guests we are very grateful for the support you have given us over the past eight years. Through the years we have been h ome to many great shows, events, and celebrations, which have been as memorable for us as we hoep they have ben for you. From our staff to our management we thank you again, as always proceed to party!"

Toby Keith's, which first opened in Foxboro in May of 2011, has been known in part for its live music, mechanical bull, bar food, and drinks while also being a popular place for sports lovers, as it is located at Patriot Place by Gillette Stadium. There used to be a number of locations of the restaurant and bar around the country but it now appears that only four remain, including three in Oklahoma and one in Las Vegas.

A Patriot Place spokesperson said Wednesday that they were aware of the restaurant's closing but had no further details.

The website for Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill is at https://www.tobykeithusa.com/ while more information can be found at https://www.tobykeith.com/restaurants

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Things Happening This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 08:38:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*121/AP_02020303475.jpg

Friday, Feb. 1

Flow/Free Pre-Opening Class at Boston Yoga Union

Head on over to Boston’s newest yoga studio for a free pre-opening preview flow class. Pre-registration is appreciated. 9:30-10:45 a.m., Boston Yoga Union, 1112 Boylston St., Boston. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

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. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

Flow/Free Pre-Opening Class at Boston Yoga Union

Head on over to Boston’s newest yoga studio for a free pre-opening preview flow class. Pre-registration is appreciated. 4-5:15 p.m., Boston Yoga Union, 1112 Boylston St., 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.

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.

Restore with Singing Bowls/Free Pre-Opening Class

Head on over to Boston’s newest yoga studio for a free pre-opening preview restore with sound meditation class. Pre-registration is appreciated. 6-7:15 p.m., Boston Yoga Union, 1112 Boylston St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Eric Church at the Boston Garden

Country music singer/songwriter Eric Church takes the stage tonight at the TD Garden for the first of two shows this weekend. 8 p.m., 100 Legends Way, Boston.

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Catch a performance of “Beautiful” - The Carole King Musical today at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $40. 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Feb. 2 

Namaste Saturday with Tiffany Ely at MFA

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with morning yoga practice at the Museum of Fine Arts before it opens for the day with this special event with Tiffany Ely. Bring your mats and after, explore the museum. 9-10 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

ONGOING: Kids in the Kitchen: Quesadillas

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Chef Jen H. will teach you how to make her famous corn quesadillas with seasonal veggies and Appleton Farms cheese. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Franklin Park Zoo with a special performance and zookeeper exclusives including the Imperial Lion Dance Team performance and more. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Franklin Park Winter Festival

Join the Franklin Park Coalition and AMC's Outdoor's RX for a festival celebrating all that’s fun in winter. Take a trek outdoors, enjoy hot chocolate and more, there will also be art projects indoors. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Franklin Park Golf Course, 1 Circuit Drive, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

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. 

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.

For the Birds Weekend

Head over to Wilson Farm where all weekend Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm will be on hand featuring fascinating feathered friends. Learn all about them during this weekend-long event. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington. 

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Catch a performance of “Beautiful” - The Carole King Musical today at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $40. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 

Disney's “Beauty and the Beast”

Don’t miss the Greater Boston Stage Company’s performance of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by Students in grades seven through 12. Tickets are $15. 4 p.m., Greater Boston Stage Company, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Eric Church at the Boston Garden

Country music singer/songwriter Eric Church takes the stage tonight at the TD Garden for the second of two shows this weekend. 8 p.m., 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Sunday, Feb. 3 

Game Day Fun

Even the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo are getting ready for the big game today. Watch the gorilla troop enjoy a game day party with this special program. 10 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.

For the Birds Weekend

Head over to Wilson Farm where all weekend Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm will be on hand featuring fascinating feathered friends. Learn all about them during this weekend-long event. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington. 

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Catch a performance of “Beautiful” - The Carole King Musical today at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $40. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. 1 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Green Line Boston: Craft Cannabis Coming Our Way]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:45:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Some_Pushback_Against_Legalizing_Marijuana.jpg

According to Universal Hub, on Tuesday, the City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeals approved a proposal to grow “craft marijuana” in a 20,000 square foot, three-story building in the Newmarket Square area.  The pot grown will be used both recreationally and medicinally. 

If the Cannabis Control Commission approves the plan, Green Line Boston will be the first indoor-grow facility in Boston.  This new facility will be built on lot at 100-114 Hampden Street – owned by the Signore family of Brookline Coal and Ice fame. Mario Signore Jr., great grandson of the founder of Brookline Coal and Ice, is proposing the plan for locally grown cannabis business.

According to an article written back in August by Jon Chesto in the Boston Globe, Signore – wants to be the “Sam Adams of cannabis.” 

Craft beer, craft cocktails, now craft cannabis!  

 

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to Super Bowl Sunday in Southie]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:48:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Nachos+Supremos+El+Torito+rams.jpg

Surprising to no one, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl-bound, which means, unless you have a golden ticket to Atlanta, it’s time to decide where to watch the game. Whether you’re looking for a massive screen or the best drink deals in town, we’ve rounded up which Southie spots you should head to on Sunday.

Capo
Capo is now football central on game day! With the additional of two projector screens to the front dining room as well as two televisions over the back bar, the restaurant now has a total of 3 projector screens and 4 televisions, The front “Tavern Room” will be more football focused perfect for sharing pizza and meatballs while you watch the Pats, leaving the back room to be a more traditional dining room experience where you can still keep an eye on the game.

Stats Bar & Grille
With a whopping 24 TVs and built-in Sunday funday crowd of twenty-something (and often rowdy) regulars, owners expect a full house come Sunday. (Translation: Secure a seat by brunch, or expect to wait in a line.)

Lincoln
Six TVs, three projectors, and a DJ during commercial breaks ensures this West Broadway hotspot will be hopping come Sunday.  Don’t forget to order the goat cheese dip at Lincoln – because Brady is the GOAT – duh!

The Playwright
This new and improved hot spot on East Broadway is a great place to watch the game.  Featuring plenty of flatscreen TV, appetizers like spinach & artichoke dip, rattlers, wings & fingers and more! There’s also plenty of beer on tap and brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays!

Coppersmith
Gather up the gang and head out to watch at Coppersmith!  This place is perfect for large groups with two 12ft projection screens.  Coppersmith Executive Chef, Jason Heard will be offering some super sized specials perfect for watching the game including the return of their signature radio flyer wagons with a special football field sized pulled pork nacho platter ideal for groups of 8-10 people. There will also be the  “Title Town Tent” sponsored by Carlsberg Brewery. Tailgate on the patio featuring outdoor flat screen TV’s, a satellite bar serving Carlsberg and Bud Light brews and enjoy a special a la carte Tailgate menu with football-watching favorites. Plus DJ Frixx will be playing from 1PM-6PM in our heated tent. Opening at 11AM with VIP availability throughout the day, space is limited.
Tailgate Menu includes R I Style Calamari- Lemon Caper Aioli, Jumbo Nachos, Wings, Choice of Boneless or Bone-in, Brunch/Buffalo/BBQ/Spicy Scotch Bonnett

Seapoint Bar & Grille
A neighborhood staple since 1979, this old-school bar will be serving up their renowned steak tips in front of a comfortable amount of flat screen TVs airing the game. Maybe a game of pool come halftime!

The Broadway
The Broadway is a perfect spot to watch the game. This spacious restaurant offers plenty of beer on tap, signature cocktails, punch bowls to share, plus a menu filled with shareable appetizers like spicy wings, whipped feta, meatballs, tater skins and more! The Broadway also serves up hot and delicious wood fire pizza too! There are plenty of wide-screen TV’s to watch the game to make sure you don’t miss a play. The Broadway is located at 726 West Broadway.

Roza Lyons
Three large TVs, a slew of sharable plates, and inventive craft cocktails make this tiny gem the coziest place to take in the game on what’s sure to be a freezing-cold Sunday. Check out Roza Lyons! 

Shenannigans
This new and improved hot spot on West Broadway is a great place to watch the game.  Featuring plenty of flatscreen TV, appetizers like nachos, wings, and onion rings perfect for sharing!  Shenannigans also has a burger, flatbread pizza,  and a steak and cheese sandwich for those with a bigger appetite.  Order up a classic cosmo, a screwball martini and a harvest mule made with vodka, fresh lime and gingerbeer – are just a few of their featured cocktails!  There’s also plenty of beer on tap and bubbly for all!

The Lodge at Publico
The Lodge has a cozy apres ski vibe and plenty of screens projecting the game! Get cozy by the fire, order up some lodge apps, and when the Pats score, you can celebrate with a shot-ski!

The Junction
Nine TVs, Paddy behind the bar, and a menu of classic, low-priced bar fare will surely be the main attractions at this watering hole come Sunday.

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<![CDATA[La Cucina Italian Eatery Opens at Somerville's Assembly Row]]>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 18:46:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/La+Cucina+129.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A long-awaited Italian restaurant has come to Somerville, and as mentioned earlier, the person behind a now-closed North End spot is behind this place.

According to a post from Eater Boston, La Cucina Italian Eatery is now open at Assembly Row, with Jeff Malloy of Carmen running the restaurant which is currently just open for dinner (but will add lunch service in the next couple of weeks or so). Eater mentions that the new eatery honors the automotive history of the Assembly Row area, with pictures of the Ford Edsel displayed along with a vintage Ford logo on the wall, while the space itself has high ceilings, exposed brick, a fireplace, and both a dining area and a bar area along with a semi-open kitchen and a pizza oven. The dinner menu at La Cucina includes such items as roasted marinated olives, sausage soup with kale and potatoes, an antipasto, arancini with braised boar, linguine with clams, lasagna with seafood, rigatoni bolognese, spice-crusted tuna, grilled swordfish, and rack of lamb, while drinks include a variety of wines and cocktails.

Carmen resided at North Square in the North End for more than 15 years until closing in the summer of 2016.

The address for La Cucina Italian Eatery is 400 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA, 02145. Its website can be found at https://lacucinaassemblyrow.com/

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<![CDATA[Pancho's Taqueria in Dedham to Expand to Needham]]>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:29:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/panchos+129.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a suburban Mexican restaurant is going to be joined by a second location in the suburbs--though the government shutdown has delayed its opening.

According to an article in the Needham Times, the people behind Pancho's Taqueria in Dedham will be expanding to a new space in Needham, with the plan being to open sometime around the middle of April. Owners Carlos Chavira and Nohely Chavira-Williams had been hoping to open the Highland Avenue eatery in early March, but because the Small Business Administration was closed due to the shutdown, their loan application couldn't be processed. The owners of Pancho's are also concerned that another government shutdown could cause more issues for the opening of the Needham location, but they are hopeful that they can get the loan before a possible second shutdown while also hoping to get the necessary permits to open when they meet with the town planning board on February 5.

The original Pancho's Taqueria opened on High Street in Dedham in March of 2016, offering such items as tortilla soup, guacamole, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas, and tortas.

The address for the upcoming Needham location of Pancho's is 1450 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA, 02492. The website for the Dedham location can be found at https://www.panchostaqueria.com/

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<![CDATA[Five Spices House Opens in Former Shalimar of India Space in Cambridge's Central Square]]>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:33:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/bostonfive+129.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A bit more than a year ago, we had reported that a new restaurant was on its way to Cambridge, and it could have a connection to a dining spot in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood. Now we have learned that the restaurant has opened--and it appears to be a second location of that eatery.

According to a Twitter post from @hoover_dam, Five Spices House is now open in Central Square, taking over the space on Mass. Ave. where Shalimar of India had been. Shalimar closed down in March of 2016, and at the time, it was not known if this was a permanent closure but in October of 2017, it was learned that a new dining spot with an apparent connection to Five Spices House on Beach Street in Chinatown was coming to the space, with its parent company being called Five Spices Buffet. Based on the menu at the Chinatown location of Five Spices House, the new restaurant in Cambridge could have Szechuan-style Chinese fare, though we are still waiting to see a menu before confirming this.

The address for Five Spices House in Central Square is 546 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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New Restaurant May Open in Former Shalimar of India Space in Cambridge's Central Square
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<![CDATA[The Grateful Dedham Diner to Open in Dedham Square]]>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:40:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Grateful+Dedham.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new diner with an interesting name is on its way, moving into the space where a location of a sandwich chain had been.

According to a source, The Grateful Dedham Diner is planning to open in Dedham Square in the former D'Angelo's space on High Street, with a Facebook post from Dedham Square Circle confirming this, saying that "Progress is being made on Dedham's newest diner." It does not look like there is a specific opening date for the eatery, nor is there a menu as of yet (the restaurant's Facebook page simply says "We are a family diner that is grateful that we are able to cook home-cooked classics and serve them with love in Dedham Square"), so keep checking back for updates as they come in.

The address for The Grateful Dedham Diner is 573 High Street, Dedham, MA. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/gratefuldedham/

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<![CDATA[Lisa's Family Pizzeria to Open in Belmont]]>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:45:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/Lisa+Familt+Pizzaria+129.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of pizza spots will be opening its first location in the western suburbs of Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Lisa's Family Pizzeria is planning to open in Belmont, taking over the space on Trapelo Road where Thyago's Pizza  had been. Once it opens, the new pizza place will join others in Dracut, Medford, Melrose, Tewksbury, Wakefield, and Woburn, and based on those locations, expect to see such items as Italian thin-crust pizza along with soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, calzones, and grill items.

The address for this upcoming pizza spot in Belmont is: Lisa's Family Pizzeria, 368 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA, 02478. The website for all locations of Lisa's can be found at http://www.lisasfamilypizzeria.com/

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<![CDATA[Coppersmith in South Boston May Lose Its Home]]>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 22:38:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like yet another South Boston restaurant may be facing an uncertain future due to new development.

According to an article from Universal Hub, Coppersmith on West 3rd Street could see its warehouse building demolished to make way for a life sciences building that would house biotech companies, with the plan being to tear down other structures at the site. The post mentions that plans for the project will be submitted by late March, and that the proposal will include a six-story 210,000-square-foot building that is 95 feet high and possibly having ground-floor retail space.

Coppersmith, which first opened in September of 2015, includes a cafe and a dining area, a rooftop bar, indoor food trucks, and more in an old industrial warehouse.

The address for Coppersmith is 40 West 3rd street, South Boston, MA, 02127. Its website can be found at http://www.coppersmithboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Taiyaki NYC to Open Shop in Boston’s Seaport District]]>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 22:44:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An ice cream shop in New York City that is known in part for its unusual cones is expanding to the Boston waterfront.

Eater Boston is reporting that Taiyaki NYC is opening an outlet in the city's Seaport District, with the Seaport Boulevard shop joining two locations in New York along with a couple of others in Miami and Toronto. Based on its other stores, expect to see soft-serve ice cream in fish-shaped cones offered at the upcoming location, and toppings such as unicorn horns, stars, and hearts. (Drinks such as floats and slushes will also be available.)

If all goes as planned, the Boston location of Taiyaki could be opening this spring.

The address for this upcoming ice cream shop in the Seaport District is: Taiyaki, 121 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the business can be found at https://taiyakinyc.com/

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<![CDATA[Sweet Heart Opens in Belmont]]>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 22:28:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new spot for bubble tea and more has come to the western suburbs of Boston.

According to an article in the Belmont Citizen-Herald, Sweet Heart is now open on Trapelo Road, with the shop offering a variety of milk teas along with smoothies, milk foam, and classic brewed teas, and some snacks such as veggie chips and cake are available as well. Hours for Sweet Heart are 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday.

The address for this new bubble tea shop in Belmont is: Sweet Heart, 386 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA, 02478.

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<![CDATA[Barrington Coffee Roasting Company in Boston is Closing]]>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 22:49:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of coffee shops with roots west of Boston will soon be down to one location.

According to an article from Eater Boston, the Fort Point outlet of Barrington Coffee Roasting Company is shutting down at the end of business hours today, with one source for Eater saying that the Congress Street shop could be replaced by a bank. Once it shutters, the sole remaining location of Barrington will be on Newbury Street in the Back Bay.

Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, which first started out in 1993, is headquartered in Lee out in the Berkshires and is also a wholesaler whose coffee can be found in a variety of Boston-area shops and cafes, while also selling its coffee online as well.

The address for the Fort Point location of Barrington Coffee is 346 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 02210. Its website can be found at https://barringtoncoffee.com/

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<![CDATA[Pollo Campero in Chelsea Destroyed in Fire]]>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 22:53:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Boston-area location of a chain of chicken spots has been destroyed in a fire.

According to an article from NBC Boston, Pollo Campero in Chelsea was hit by a two-alarm blaze overnight that apparently started in the rear of the Park Street structure, with firefighters having to pull away from the fire because conditions went downhill too much to allow them to safely try to put it out. The post says that the building is a total loss, while The Boston Globe mentions that one firefighter sustained minor injuries in the blaze.

Pollo Campero first opened in Chelsea approximately 10 years ago and has since been joined by two others in East Boston and Lynn; the chain got its start nearly 40 years ago in Guatemala.

The address for the Chelsea location of Pollo Campero is 115 Park Street, Chelsea, MA, 02150. The website for the chain can be found at http://us.campero.com/

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<![CDATA[The Beacon Hill Pub in Boston Has Reopened]]>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 15:07:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A dive bar in the heart of Boston that closed down a few months ago is open once again.

tweet from @eclevine indicates that the Beacon Hill Pub on Charles Street opens back up today, with the pub itself confirming this within the thread. This more or less follows the trend of other bars that the Greater Boston Bar Co. took over by purchasing the buildings housing the watering holes, including both The Tam in the Theatre District and Sullivan's Tap near North Station, both of which shut down in early December and reopened at the end of the month. Another bar whose building was taken over by the company--Mary Ann's in Brighton's Cleveland Circle--continues to face an uncertain future, as its space may be taken over by a dispensary, though nothing is set in stone as of yet.

The Beacon Hill Pub, which has been in business since at least the 1980s, is considered one of the few dives left in or near Boston's downtown area, 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 at Faneuil Hall.

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

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Things to Do Super Bowl Week in and Around Boston]]>Sun, 27 Jan 2019 21:17:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Curling_Social_1200x675_1154023491617.jpg

Looking for some fun as we wait for the Patriots to take on the Rams in Super Bowl LIII, next Sunday? From ushering in the Lunar New Year, to first Friday fun, curling and more, we’ve gathered two dozen great events to keep everyone busy from now until the big game.

Monday, Jan. 28

Disney's “Beauty and the Beast”

Don’t miss the Greater Boston Stage Company’s performance of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by Students in grades seven through 12. Tickets are $15. 10 a.m., Greater Boston Stage Company, 395 Main St., Stoneham.

Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental and celebrate the Year of the Earth Pig. 1-6 p.m., Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston.

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. 

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.

Curling in the Yard

Outdoor curling comes to the Hub. Head over to the Liberty Hotel and find out why this cultural phenomenon is exploding in popularity. 4-8 p.m., Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles 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. 

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Winter Crafts in the Kids' Nook

Bring the kiddos to the Boston Public Market to escape the cold and enjoy winter crafts in the Kids’ Nook. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (while supplies last), Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental and celebrate the Year of the Earth Pig. 1-6 p.m., Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston.

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. 4-7 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Wednesday, Jan. 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.

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. 

Curling in the Yard

Outdoor curling comes to the Hub. Head over to the Liberty Hotel and find out why this cultural phenomenon is exploding in popularity. 4-8 p.m., Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Boston.

Thursday, Jan. 31

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. 4-5:45 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

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.

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. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Disney's “Beauty and the Beast”

Don’t miss the Greater Boston Stage Company’s performance of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by Students in grades seven through 12. Tickets are $15. 7:30 p.m., Greater Boston Stage Company, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 

Friday, Feb. 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.

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. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

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. 

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Namaste Saturday with Tiffany Ely at MFA

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with morning yoga practice at the Museum of Fine Arts before it opens for the day with this special event with Tiffany Ely. Bring your mats and after, explore the museum. 9-10 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Kids in the Kitchen: Quesadillas

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Chef Jen H. will teach you how to make her famous corn quesadillas with seasonal veggies and Appleton Farms cheese. 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Franklin Park Zoo with a special performance and zookeeper exclusives including the Imperial Lion Dance Team performance and more. 10:30 a.m. to 2 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 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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. 

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.

For the Birds Weekend

Head over to Wilson Farm where all weekend Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm will be on hand featuring fascinating feathered friends. Learn all about them during this weekend-long event. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Disney's “Beauty and the Beast”

Don’t miss the Greater Boston Stage Company’s performance of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by Students in grades seven through 12. Tickets are $15. 4 p.m., Greater Boston Stage Company, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 

Sunday, Feb. 3

Game Day Fun

Even the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo are getting ready for the big game today. Watch the gorilla troop enjoy a game day party with this special program. 10 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.

For the Birds Weekend

Head over to Wilson Farm where all weekend Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm will be on hand featuring fascinating feathered friends. Learn all about them during this weekend-long event. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

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

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<![CDATA[The Little Crepe Cafe May Be Opening in Cambridge]]>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 22:13:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new cafe may be on its way to a quiet part of Cambridge, moving into the space where another dining spot had been until closing a year and a half ago.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, The Little Crepe Cafe is planning to open on Oxford Street (a road parallel to Mass. Ave. basically between Harvard Square and Porter Square), with the exact address indicating that it would be taking over the old Oxford Spa space. The notice mentions that the place would be a counter service cafe/bistro and that it would have a "very simple kitchen" with no ventilation needed, including no heavy cooking, frying, or stoves. The proposed hours indicate that The Little Crepe Cafe would be open for breakfast, lunch, and an early dinner daily.

The Oxford Spa, which had been open for approximately 20 years until shutting down in the summer of 2017, offered breakfast and lunch items mainly to locals in the surrounding area as well as nearby students.

The address for the proposed Little Crepe Cafe is 102 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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<![CDATA[Darwin's May Open in Cambridge]]>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 14:09:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

Several years ago, we reported that a location of a pie shop/cafe in Cambridge could be closing to make way for a new location of a group of sandwich shops, but the plans ultimately appeared to fall through. Now it looks like this will be happening after all.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, Darwin's Ltd. is looking to open a new outlet at 31 Putnam Street, with the address indicating that it will be moving into the space where Petsi Pies cafe resides. Back in 2013, an article about Petsi opening in East Cambridge mentioned that it appeared these plans had been in the works with the Putnam Avenue location of Petsi closing at some point and Darwin's taking over the space, but Petsi never did end up closing.

Other locations of Darwin's can be found in Harvard Square, Central Square, and between Inman and Harvard Squares while another location of Petsi Pies can be found on Beacon Street in Somerville.

January 28 update: A message sent to us confirms that Darwin's will definitely be taking over the Petsi space on Putnam Avenue, with Petsi apparently closing this week. (We have also been told that the Beacon Street location of Petsi will remain in operation.)

January 30 update: A new message sent to us says that Petsi Pies will close its Putnam Avenue shop tomorrow (Thursday, January 31) and Darwin's plans to open in its space on Saturday, February 2.

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Petsi Pies Is Opening in East Cambridge
Petsi Pies Moving to New Location in East Cambridge

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<![CDATA[Shy Bird Plans to Open in Cambridge's Kendall Square]]>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 14:36:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant may be on its way to Cambridge, and it has a connection to at least two of the most popular dining spots in the Boston area.

According to a source (William Simpkins), Shy Bird is planning to open in Kendall Square, with our source indicating that the group behind Eastern Standard in Boston's Kenmore Square and Branch Line in Watertown will be behind this place as well. This news has been confirmed in a just-posted licensing commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, saying that the place would have seating for 89 inside, a total occupancy of 140 inside, and a seasonal patio, and the manager listed is Andrew Holden, who is indeed involved with both Eastern Standard and Branch Line. It is not known for sure if Garrett Harker is involved (Harker is behind both restaurants along with Row 34 in the Seaport District, Hawthorne in Kenmore Square, and Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square and Burlington), and it has not yet been confirmed that Shy Bird will have a direct or indirect connection to the restaurant group that oversees all of these places, so stay tuned for updates.

If approved, Shy Bird will be located by the corner of Third Street and Broadway, with the exact address being 390 Third Street.

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<![CDATA[Caffe Aromi in Jamaica Plain Is Closed Once Again]]>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 15:14:18 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A cafe in Jamaica Plain that reopened a couple of months ago after being closed for a long time is shuttered once again--and it is now on the market.

According to a poster on the Jamaica Plain Facebook group page, the Caffe Aromi space on Centre Street is for lease, with a Craigslist post showing a picture of the place and saying "Turn Key Coffee Shop Available for lease of JP!...Perfect for Coffee shop/ Sandwiches / Wraps Etc.." Earlier this month, posters on the same Facebook thread had mentioned that the cafe appeared to be closed once again, though no specifics on its exact status were known at the time.

Caffe Aromi first opened in 2012 and remained in operation until 2015, staying closed until late November of 2018.

The address for the now-closed Caffe Aromi was 403 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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Caffe Aromi in Jamaica Plain Has Reopened

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<![CDATA[Solid Ground Cafe Opens in Boston]]>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 15:21:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/cupcake+125.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new cafe that serves breakfast all day has come to an increasingly hot section of Boston.

Eater Boston is reporting that Solid Ground Cafe is in the middle of what appears to be a soft opening in the Mission Hill/Brigham Circle section of the city, with the 18-seat eatery offering breakfast from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM on weekdays and lunch (including salads and sandwiches) starting at 11:00 AM. The article says that a grand opening will take place on Monday, January 28, and that once it is fully open, the dining spot will include Saturday hours as well from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (If the weekday hours also change, we will post an update here.)

The address for this new dining spot in the Mission Hill/Brigham Circle area is: Solid Ground Cafe, 742 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. Its website can be found at https://www.solidgroundcafe.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[Taiyaki NYC Is Coming to the Seaport!]]>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:14:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/219*120/12419+taiyaki+nyc+ice+cream.png

Ice cream lovers rejoice!  A super-cool and magical ice cream shop will be opening at 121 Seaport Blvd!  Taiyaki NYC – a wildly popular ice cream shop known for its Japanese-style cones that are shaped like fish, bright and happy toppings including unicorn horns and their famous unicorn float served in a…well….mini unicorn float will be opening later this year! 

According to Eater Boston, Taiyaki NYC has two locations in  New York, and one in Miami and Toronto.  Next on the list is the South Boston Waterfront aka the Seaport!  Taiyaki will fill right at home located next to Fuku and By Chloe also NYC chains!

Taiyaki NYC is hoping to open its Seaport location in the spring 2019.

Make sure to follow them on instagram!

 

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<![CDATA[15+ Great Events for the Whole Family Happening This Weekend]]>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 19:11:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/CHOCOLATE-CUSTARD.jpg

The weekend is here and there are so many great events happening. From the David Bowie Experience at the Planetarium, Princess Day at the Franklin Park Zoo, the Phantom Gourmet Winter Phest and more, this is a great weekend to get out and have some fun. Check out our picks below.

Friday, Jan. 25

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress 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.

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. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

Scotty McCreery: Seasons Change Tour

Scotty McCreery brings his Seasons Change Tour to House of Blues tonight. Tickets start at $29.50. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne 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 $49. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Harvard Square Business Association 10th Annual Taste of Chocolate Festival

Sample chocolate from some of Harvard Square’s most loved restaurants at the Harvard Square Business Association’s annual Taste of Chocolate Festival. Arrive early to this free event. 1-2 p.m., Brattle Plaza (in front of Brattle Square Florist at 31 Brattle St.).

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Souper Bowl Sampling Weekend

It’s Soup-er Sampling Weekend at Wilson Farm. Warn up with a bowl of hearty soup from the farm’s favorite vendors on hand showcasing their soups, chilis, bisques and chowders at this free event. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Princess Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s Princess Day at the Franklin Park Zoo where you can meet your favorite princesses, enjoy arts and crafts, and meet with zookeepers to learn more about the animals who live at the zoo. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite fairy-tale inspired outfit. 11 a.m. to 3 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 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

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.

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.

Phantom Gourmet Winter Phest

Sample 30 of Phantom’s favorite foods at the Phantom Gourmet Winter Phest. There will be bars and heated tents, plus parties inside at all the restaurants and more. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the event. Noon to 3 p.m., Lansdowne Street Next to Fenway Park.

The David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show

Bowie fans, you don’t want to miss the David Bowie Experience Planetarium Show under the dome at Boston’s Museum of Science. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., The Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Sunday, Jan. 27 

Souper Bowl Sampling Weekend

It’s Soup-er Sampling Weekend at Wilson Farm. Warn up with a bowl of hearty soup from the farm’s favorite vendors on hand showcasing their soups, chilis, bisques and chowders at this free event. 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.

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 p.m. and 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

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<![CDATA[Monumental Cupcakes in Jamaica Plain Is Apparently Closing]]>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:07:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/226*120/game3.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a popular neighborhood cupcake shop is saying farewell.

According to a post within the Jamaica Plain Facebook group page, Monumental Cupcakes has a sign out front saying "It has been our great pleasure and honor to serve you! Monumental Cupcakes has been sold! But -- we look forward to something very Monumental opening here in the spring! We might host a farewell party, if so, we'd love to invite you." It is not known what might be replacing the South Street store, nor is it known why the place is closing; as soon as we get more information, we will post an update here.

Monumental Cupcakes, which has been in business for nearly 10 years, offers cupcakes as well as donuts, birthday cakes, coffee, tea, and more.

The address for this cupcake shop in Jamaica Plain is: Monumental Cupcakes, 36 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. Its website can be found at https://monumentalcupcakes.com/

Thanks to a source for initially bringing this to our attention.

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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[The Oyster Club Plans to Open in Park Square]]>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 20:24:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/226*120/game3.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant appears to be on its way to Boston's Park Square area, and it may be taking over the space where an upscale Greek spot had been--and it looks like a familiar name within the local restaurant scene could be behind it.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, The Oyster Club is looking to open at at 79 Park Plaza, which is the same address as that of the now-closed Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar. The hearing notice mentions that the proposed spot would have a main dining section, a bar area, a raw bar, and an outdoor patio during the warmer months, and the manager listed is Christopher Parsons, who is presumably the same person who had been behind the now-closed Parsons Table and Catch in Winchester along with Steel & Rye in Milton (which he left in 2017) and who is now planning to open Lily P's, a new place for fried chicken, oysters, and more in Cambridge's Kendall Square. The hearing for The Oyster Club is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 30, so more information should be out by later next week.

Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar closed last spring after approximately three years in business, with Michael Schlow (Tico, Alta Strada) being behind it; previously, the space had been home to Via Matta, which Schlow also ran.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Chris Parsons to Open Lily P's in Cambridge's Kendall Square Area
Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar in Boston's Park Square Has Closed

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<![CDATA[Servia Is Planning to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 20:29:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/226*120/game3.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant may be coming to the heart of downtown Boston, and a familiar name is involved with the place.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Servia is looking to open on State Street and is seeking the liquor license from the now-closed Vanderbilt, which was located on nearby Water Street. The manager listed is Ozcan Ozan, who is the person behind Sultan's Kitchen, an iconic Turkish eatery that was also on State Street until it closed around the beginning of 2018 after more than 35 years in business. The hearing notice mentions that Servia would include a dining room and bar on the ground floor of the building, with a total of 5,040 square feet of space--and with some of that used for an office area and restrooms. It is not yet known what food the proposed restaurant might offer, though Sultan's Kitchen served such items as lentil soup, kebabs, humus, tabbouleh, baba ganoush, stuffed grape leaves, musakka, and rice pilaf.

Vanderbilt closed in 2018 after being in business for a bit more than a year; the dining and drinking spot resided in a former bank building and had been called The Vault until changing its name in 2015.

The address for the proposed Servia is 126 State Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

January 31 update: The Tables section of The Boston Globe says that Servia will focus on Turkish fare (rotisserie lamb and mezze are mentioned), and that the restaurant hopes to open this spring.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Sultan's Kitchen in Downtown Boston Has Closed
Vanderbilt Kitchen & Bar in Boston's Financial District Is Closing

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<![CDATA[Brit Bakery Is Opening in Cambridge]]>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 20:42:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/226*120/game3.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A bakery business that has had popups in Arlington over the past year or so is opening a brick-and-mortar shop in Cambridge, moving into the space where another bakery had been before moving to a new storefront.

A message sent by Leah Klein of City Living Boston indicates that Brit Bakery is opening in the former Violette Gluten Free Bakery space on Concord Avenue, with a note on Brit's website stating that the store is slated to open on Thursday, January 24. The business, which has had pop-ups at The Local Fare on Lake Street in East Arlington, offers such items as cakes, cupcakes, scones, tarts, cookies, and breads, with its website being set up for customers to buy products online.

Violette Gluten Free Bakery moved from Concord Avenue to a space on Mass. Ave. near Porter Square last fall.

The address for Brit Bakery is 407 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138. Its website can be found at https://britbakery.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Violette Gluten Free Bakery in Cambridge Is Moving, Cites Increased Rent As Reason

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<![CDATA[Boston Calling Music Festival Announces Single-Day Line-Ups]]>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 19:21:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bostoncalling1.jpg

Boston Calling Music Festival announced their single-day line-up Tuesday.

Twenty-one Pilots is slotted to headline Friday, May 24. Other major artists that day include Great Van Fleet, Janelle Monae, Lord Huron, Christine and The Queens, Black Star, and Tank and the Bangas. 

Saturday's headliner will be Tame Impala. ODESZA, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Hozier, Big Red Machine, King Princess, and Mitski will also take the stage that day.

The festival will close on Sunday, May 26 with Travis Scott. Fans can also hear Logic, Brandi Carlile, Sheck Wes, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Marina, and Guster on the festival's final day. 

Single-day tickets will go on sale Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online.

Boston Calling initially announced their full line-up on Jan. 10. 

The festival will be celebrating its 10th iteration this year on Memorial Day weekend at the Harvard Athletic complex in Allston, Massachusetts.

Boston Calling will feature over 55 performances from artists from many different musical genres on four different stages.

The festival will also host a line-up of comedy stars on its arena stage, such as Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate, Michael Che, and local-favorite Lamont Price.



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<![CDATA[20+ Great Things Happening in and Around Boston This Week]]>Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:24:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Wine_Festival_Kicks_Off.jpg

It’s a cold start to the week, but lots of fun indoor activities are happening so you can get out, stay warm and enjoy. From the Winter Wine & Cheese Festival to the 2019 Taste of Eastie, Souper Bowl Sampling and more, we have lots of ways to have fun this week.

Monday, Jan. 21

MLK Day Open House at MFA Boston

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture and community with free admission all day long at the MFA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival

The Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival returns to Arlington’s Regent Theatre for its 16th year. The annual festival “Where Stories Come Alive” is nearly four days of some of the best films for both children and adults with each day revolving around a different theme. Today is devoted to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

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. 

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. 2 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

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. 4-7 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Wednesday, Jan. 23 

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

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.

Winter Wine & Cheese Fest

Enjoy an all-access pass to wander through all of Eataly and taste a variety of cheeses along with more than 20 premium wines at the Winter Wine & Cheese Festival. You’ll also learn characteristics and stories behind the cheeses and wines from experts on hand. Tickets are $60. 6-8 p.m., Eataly Boston, 800 Boylston St., Boston.

Thursday, Jan. 24 

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

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. 4-5:45 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

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.

Taste of Eastie 2019

East Boston’s largest dining charity event returns for its 23rd year. Enjoy nearly 30 local restaurants offering samples of their post popular foods, live entertainment, live auction, raffle and more. Tickets are $35. 6-9 p.m., Hilton Boston Logan Airport, 1 Hotel Drive, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Friday, Jan. 25 

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress 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.

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. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Scotty McCreery: Seasons Change Tour

Scotty McCreery brings his Seasons Change Tour to House of Blues tonight. Tickets start at $29.50. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne 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 $49. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Saturday, Jan. 26 

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Souper Bowl Sampling Weekend

It’s Soup-er Sampling Weekend at Wilson Farm. Warn up with a bowl of hearty soup from the farm’s favorite vendors on hand showcasing their soups, chilis, bisques and chowders at this free event. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Princess Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s Princess Day at the Franklin Park Zoo where you can meet your favorite princesses, enjoy arts and crafts, and meet with zookeepers to learn more about the animals who live at the zoo. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite fairy-tale inspired outfit. 11 a.m. to 3 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 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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.

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.

Sunday, Jan. 27 

Souper Bowl Sampling Weekend

It’s Soup-er Sampling Weekend at Wilson Farm. Warn up with a bowl of hearty soup from the farm’s favorite vendors on hand showcasing their soups, chilis, bisques and chowders at this free event. 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.

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 p.m. and 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Longfellow Bar Opens in Harvard Square January 19]]>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:50:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/226*120/game3.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Two years ago, we reported that a Cambridge institution was closing for good and that one of the region's best-known chefs and restaurateurs was going to open a new spot within the space. Now we have learned that the new place is just about ready to open.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Longfellow Bar opens in Harvard Square tomorrow (Saturday, January 19), taking over the former Cafe Algiers space on Brattle Street. The new dining and drinking spot from Michael Scelfo is located above Alden & Harlow, which is another restaurant from Scelfo, with the the Longfellow space having two floors including a seasonal roof deck. As mentioned earlier, Longfellow features finger foods along with a "geeky" cocktail program and some lesser-known varietal wines, with the menu including such items as warm rye pretzels, deviled eggs, fried chicken tortas, buttermilk-fried sweetbreads, burgers, and waffle fries. Initially, the place will be open for dinner only, but lunch service will be added over the coming weeks.

Cafe Algiers actually closed twice--briefly in the fall of 2016 and a permanent closure in the summer of 2017; the place was known for its Mediterranean fare along with coffee and tea.

The address for Longfellow Bar is 40 Brattle Street #3, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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<![CDATA[Manoa Poke Shop in Somerville Is Closing]]>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:44:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Manoa+Poke+118.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Somerville restaurant that focuses on a dish that has been trendy over the past few years is shutting down.

According to a source, Manoa Poke Shop on Beacon Street is closing, with an Instagram post from the eatery thanking customers for their support and saying that "It has been a crazy amazing journey for us all, and we wouldn't trade it for anything." No specific closing date has been given, but it looks like it may be shuttering over the next week or so.

Manoa first opened in January of 2017, offering poke (which is a Hawaiian raw fish salad) along with fried chicken, chili rice bowls, kalua pig (slow-cooked pork shoulder), and more. It is one of a number of poke shops that have opened in the Greater Boston area over recent times, including Pokeworks in Somerville's Davis Square, Poke City in Cambridge, Yoki Express in Boston's Seaport District, Love Art Sushi in the Back Bay/Fenway area, and Poke Garden in Brookline.

The address for this soon-to-close restaurant in Somerville is: Manoa Poke Shop, 300 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its website can be found at https://manoa.fish

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<![CDATA[Spice Delight Opens in Former Golden Garden Space in Belmont]]>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:47:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/224*120/indian+food.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new Indian restaurant has come to the western suburbs of Boston, and it takes over the space where a Chinese spot had once been.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Spice Delight is now open in Belmont, moving into the former Golden Garden space on Concord Avenue. A Belmont Citizen Herald article mentions that the new eatery features North Indian cuisine, including such items as naan, lentil soup, chicken tikka masala, goat biryani, lamb kababs, tandoori chicken, and fish curry.

Golden Garden closed in June of 2017 after being in business for approximately seven years, though another location remains in operation in Malden; both the now-closed Belmont location and the current Malden location have been known in part for their northeastern Chinese fare.

The address for this new restaurant in Belmont is: Spice Delight, 63 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA, 02478. Its website can be found at https://spicedelightma.com/

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<![CDATA[Posto May Be Opening in the Bedford Marketplace]]>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:46:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/posto+117.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind several Boston-area dining and drinking spots may be expanding one of his brands to another suburban space.

According to a Twitter post from @bedfordma, Posto is apparently looking to open in the space in Bedford where Comella's resides (in the Bedford Marketplace on Great Road), with a public hearing notice posted by @bedfordma showing that a public hearing was recently held to look into the proposed liquor license transfer from Comella's to Posto, with Joseph Cassinelli of the Alpine Restaurant Group being the manager listed. It is not known when Comella's might close if the plans are approved, and it also is not known if this location of Posto would be similar to the Somerville location of Posto--which is basically an Italian trattoria--or more like Osteria Posto in Waltham--which is more of an Italian steakhouse--so stay tuned as any updates come in.

In addition to the two locations of Posto, Cassinelli and his restaurant group also run Rosebud and the Painted Burro in Somerville as well as the Burro Bar in Boston and Brookline. (Comella's is a small chain of Italian eateries with a number of locations in the Greater Boston area.)

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<![CDATA[Peet's Coffee & Tea in Brookline's Coolidge Corner Is Closing]]>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:39:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Peets-Coffee-FB.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier today, we reported that a Boston location of a coffee chain was getting ready to close, and now we have learned that another location in the Boston area will be shutting down that day as well.

According to an article in the Patch, Peet's Coffee & Tea in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline is closing on January 25, with the Harvard Street spot having a similar sign to that of the Charles Street location in Beacon Hill, referring customers to Peet's at Capital One on Boylston Street in Boston and a location of Peet's in Cambridge's Harvard Square. (The sign at the Beacon Hill shop referred patrons to the Peet's within Capital One banks on both Boylston Street and Tremont Street in Boston.) It appears that other locations of the chain in Lexington, Sudbury, and Wellesley will remain in operation, though if this changes, we will post an update here.

The address for Peet's in Coolidge Corner is 285 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. The website for the chain is at http://www.peets.com/

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<![CDATA[25 Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston ]]>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:27:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/2019+New+England+International+Auto+Show.jpg

Winter may be here and we have some great events to keep the whole family entertained. We gathered more than two dozen great things happening this weekend from Dancing with the Stars Live in Boston, the Boston Globe’s Travel Show, the New England International Auto Show and a whole lot more. 

Friday, Jan. 18

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

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. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

The Boston Globe Travel Show

Find vacation deals, while also enjoying featured speakers, cultural performances and events for the entire family at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.Tickets are $10 online and $15 onsite. 5:30-8 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. Noon to 10 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston. 

Sam & a Snack (and Trivia): Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

John Sam Adams Brewery for a Winterfell celebration as they release their Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. Enjoy a pink, and a snack while playing “Game of Thrones”-themed trivia. Tickets are $15 and space is limited. This is a 21+ event. 5-8 p.m., Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, 30 Germania St., Boston.

Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion

Breweries from around New England andhe U.S. will be on hand so you can sample nearly 100 different beers from more than 40 different breweries at the Craft Beer pavilion at the Boston Globe Travel show. Tickets to each session are $35 in advance ($45 at the door) ad include Travel Show admission and unlimited brewery samples. 6-8:30 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Dancing with the Stars: Live!

Television’s biggest dance show returns to Boston with Dancing with the Stars: Live! At the Boch Center Wang Theatre. Tickets start at $53.75. 7:30 p.m., Boch Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston.

Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival

Enjoy opening night at Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival at Arlington’s Regent Theatre. The annual festival “Where Stories Come Alive” is nearly four days of some of the best films for both children and adults, plus a live concert tonight accompanying the silent films of George Méliès (the subject of Martin Scorcese’s “Hugo”). Tickets are $12. 7:30 p.m., Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington.

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. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Jan. 19

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

The Boston Globe Travel Show

Find vacation deals, while also enjoying featured speakers, cultural performances and events for the entire family at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.Tickets are $10 online and $15 onsite. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival

The Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival returns to Arlington’s Regent Theatre for its 16h year. The annual festival “Where Stories Come Alive” is nearly four days of some of the best films for both children and adults with each day revolving around a different theme. Saturday’s is devoted to nature. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington.

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress 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 $49. Performances today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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.

Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion

Breweries from around New England andhe U.S. will be on hand so you can sample nearly 100 different beers from more than 40 different breweries at the Craft Beer pavilion at the Boston Globe Travel show. Tickets to each session are $35 in advance ($45 at the door) ad include Travel Show admission and unlimited brewery samples. Two sessions today: Noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Sunday, Jan. 20 

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Harpoon Brunch

Enjoy brunch today at the Harpoon Beer Hall featuring new Brunch Pretzels. $10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until they run out). Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

The Boston Globe Travel Show

Find vacation deals, while also enjoying featured speakers, cultural performances and events for the entire family at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.Tickets are $10 online and $15 onsite. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

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. 

Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival

The Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival returns to Arlington’s Regent Theatre for its 16th year. The annual festival “Where Stories Come Alive” is nearly four days of some of the best films for both children and adults with each day revolving around a different theme. Sunday’s is devoted to children not limited by their disabilities. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 

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<![CDATA[Dough in East Boston Is Closing]]>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:28:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/dough1.jpg

A popular spot in East Boston for pizza and more is saying farewell.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Dough on Maverick Street is closing down tomorrow (Friday, January 18), with an Instagram post from the place saying that "We are taking the opportunity to explore new and exciting opportunities and to spend more time with our families, which is our highest priority." The dining spot, which opened 13 years ago, has been known in part for its pizza along with its subs and sandwiches, with the Phantom Gourmet pointing out its Cajun chicken cheesesteak and its Vermonter a number of years back while boston.com featured it as a cheap eats place that "takes its laid-back vibe seriously."

The address for Dough is 20 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA, 02128.



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<![CDATA[Peet's Coffee & Tea in Beacon Hill Is Closing]]>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:27:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Peets-Coffee-FB.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A coffee shop in Boston that was shut down for a few weeks last summer appears to be closing for good this time.

According to several sources, Peet's Coffee & Tea in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood is shutting down, with one source sending a picture showing a sign out front at the Charles Street spot saying it will be closing on January 25. The note also refers customers to locations of Peet's within Capital One banks on Tremont Street and Boylston Street, while other locations of Peet's remain in operation in Brookline, Cambridge, Lexington, Sudbury, and Wellesley.

The Beacon Hill location of Peet's temporarily shuttered in mid-July, with a sign out front at the time saying "Closed by order of Licensing Board for the City of Boston." The shop ended up reopening in early to mid-August.

The address for Peet's in Beacon Hill is 66 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for Peet's is at http://www.peets.com/

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<![CDATA[JazzUrbane Cafe to Open in Roxbury's Dudley Square]]>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:21:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/172625193-clarinet-generic.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

About a year ago, we reported that a new restaurant featuring live music could be coming to an increasingly-hot section of Roxbury. Now we have learned a bit more about the upcoming place.

According to an article from Universal Hub, musician and Berklee College of Music professor William Banfield is planning to open JazzUrbane Cafe within the historic Bolling Building in Dudley Square, with the place featuring food and live entertainment at night while being a space for arts organizations and community groups during the day. Banfield mentions in a statement that "I am excited for the opportunity to create a truly unique experience in Roxbury, to bring back jazz to Dudley Square, and build an establishment that will become a destination for all residents and visitors," while a Boston Magazine article says that Banfield also states the place will be "designed to bring neighbors together and celebrate through the shared love of food, art, and community in a warm and inviting venue." No opening date has been given for JazzUrbane Cafe, so stay tuned for updates.

The Bolling Building is currently home to Soleil restaurant and Dudley Cafe, though two other dining spots--Dudley Dough and Tasty Burger--no longer reside in the structure, which dates back to the 1880s.

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<![CDATA[FoMu to Open Brick-and-Mortar Shop in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood]]>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:23:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/211*120/Fomu+1116.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of vegan ice cream shops that has had a mix of brick-and-mortar and pop-up shops since starting out is going to be opening another brick-and-mortar location, with this one being near one of its former pop-ups.

According to an article from Eater Boston, FoMu is planning to open in the former Emack & Bolio's space in the Fenway, with the Brookline Avenue location being less than a block away from a long-term pop-up location that the company had. Once the new spot opens, it will join other brick-and-mortar locations in Allston, the South End, and Jamaica Plain, and will likely offer dairy-free ice cream along with baked goods, smoothies, ice cream cakes, and more. (FoMu has also had pop-ups in the Back Bay and Cambridge's Inman Square in addition to the Fenway.)

If all goes as planned, the new location of FoMu could be opening in March.

The address for this upcoming vegan ice cream shop in the Fenway is: FoMu, 140 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for all locations of FoMu can be found at http://www.fomuicecream.com/

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<![CDATA[Top Chefs, Restaurateurs Coming to New Food Hall in Boston]]>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:48:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/timeout.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of years ago, we reported that a food and cultural market was on its way to a complex in Boston's Fenway that is being redeveloped. Now we have learned that a few big local names will be opening places within the food hall.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Time Out Boston at the old Landmark Center on Park Drive will see such chefs and restaurateurs as Tony Maws (Craigie on Main, Kirkland Tap & Trotter), Michael Schlow (Tico), Tim and Nancy Cushman (Hojoko, O Ya), and Peter Ungar (Tasting Counter), with Maws focusing on his famous Craigie burger, Schlow offering Italian dishes, the Cushmans setting up two kitchens featuring sushi and other Asian fare, and Ungar offering what looks to be inventive, locally-sourced dishes. The article also mentions that outposts of Anoush'ella (a South End restaurant featuring Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare) and Union Square Donuts will set up shop at the food hall as well, with the place ultimately including fifteen restaurants, two bars, a retail shop, and a demo kitchen.

As mentioned earlier, the food hall coming to the Landmark Center will be a location of Lisbon's Time Out Market, which the Time Out media company first opened in Lisbon in 2014.

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<![CDATA[Nick & Andy's Opens in Danvers]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:30:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/blur-breakfast-close-up-376464+edited.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new breakfast and lunch spot has come to the North Shore, opening where a market had been for a very brief time.

According to a message sent to us from @CappyinBoston, Nick & Andy's is now open in Danvers, moving into the former Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli space on Route 1. The website for the new eatery indicates that it offers such items as omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits and gravy, salads, sandwiches, steak tips, fish and chips, turkey dinner, and more.

Gigi's first opened in March of last year, but only lasted a few months, closing its doors for good in August.

The address for Nick & Andy's is 110 Newbury Street (Route 1), Danvers, MA, 01923. Its website can be found at https://nickandandysbreakfast.com/

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<![CDATA[City Girl Cafe in Inman Square to Suspend Dinner Service]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:49:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/170*120/City+Girl.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An eclectic eatery in Cambridge that is known for its Italian dishes is going through some changes.

According to a Facebook post from the place, City Girl Cafe in Inman Square is suspending dinner service at the end of February, with the focus being more on corporate catering and private events--though the Hampshire Street spot will continue to be open for its weekend brunch. The restaurant, which started out approximately 20 years ago, offers such Italian comfort food options as bruschetta, panini, pizza, and pasta dishes, and it has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as an under-the-radar spot, with the review being found at this link:

https://hiddenboston.com/CityGirlCafe.html

The address for City Girl Cafe is 204 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at http://citygirlcafe.com/

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<![CDATA[2 Cambridge Restaurants Closed Following Fire]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:45:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/11419+cambridge+structure+fire+6.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Portuguese restaurant in Cambridge is closed for the foreseeable future after being hit by a major fire.

The Sunset Cafe at the corner of Cambridge Street and Hunting Street was destroyed in a four-alarm blaze yesterday morning that displaced nearly 20 people and took out two structures. A Facebook post from the dining spot mentions that "the restaurant will remain closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to those with reservations. We appreciate all the good wishes and we hope to be up and running soon" while it also posts a link where people can donate online to the Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund.

Kimchi Kitchen, a Korean restaurant on the same block, is also shuttered for the time being, with a Facebook post from the place saying that "We will be closed for a few days due to a massive fire in our neighborhood."

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<![CDATA[Xi'an Rougamo Opens in Boston's Downtown Crossing]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:09:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/Food+Court+1115.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot has come to downtown Boston, and it features a food item that is becoming increasingly popular in the local area.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Xi'an Rougamo is now open at the Corner Mall by the intersection of Washington Street and Winter Street, with the eatery offering hand-pulled noodles along with meat sandwiches (the word "Rougamo" refers to this food item), rice-based items, other noodle-based dishes, smoothies, and bubble tea. The restaurant joins a handful of other Boston-area places that offer hand-pulled noodles, including Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Boston and Woburn, Chili Squared in Quincy, Home Taste in Watertown and Arlington, and Noodles King in the Longwood medical area.

The menu for Xi'an Rougamo can be found at http://thecornermall.com/i/XiAn-Rougamo-Menu.jpg

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<![CDATA[The Living Room in Boston's North End Is Closing]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:02:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/livingroom7.jpg

Another well-known name within the Boston restaurant and bar scene is saying farewell.

According to an article in northendwaterfront.com, The Living Room on Atlantic Avenue is closing its doors on January 19, as its lease is up and it was not able to get a long-term lease from the owners of the Mercantile building, who bought it in 2015 and had been only offering short-term leases to them. (The post says that the people behind The Living Room wanted a long-term lease in order to be able to make renovations to the space.) It is not known what might become of the space at this point, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

The Living Room started out in 1998 as a seafood restaurant called Atlantic 101, eventually reconcepting into its present form in 2005 and becoming a popular place for comfort food and cocktails while also featuring DJs and dancing.

The address for The Living Room is 101 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02110. Its website can be found at https://northendwaterfront.com/2019/01/the-living-room-is-closing/

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<![CDATA[Cubist Circle to Open in Weymouth]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:21:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/asian+fusion.jpg

It looks like a new Asian restaurant is opening on the South Shore, replacing a dining spot that was known in part for its Chinese-American food and karaoke.

According to a source, Cubist Circle is opening in Weymouth, with the restaurant moving into the former Gourmet Oriental space on Washington Street. An earlier meeting minutes page within the website for Weymouth confirms this, indicating that Cubist Circle will be an Asian fusion spot whose manager (Zhongyuan Zang) comes from Fuji Steakhouse in Needham along with other dining spots. It appears that the new eatery could have seating for more than 350, with the place including a first-floor dining room, a first-floor lounge, and two function rooms, with one in the basement.

Gourmet Oriental shuttered toward the latter part of 2017.

The address for the upcoming Cubist Circle is 625 Washington Street, Weymouth, MA, 02188.

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<![CDATA[New Bar Opens in Former Boston Cream Pie Company Space]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:54:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*123/Boston+Cream+Pie+83.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new watering hole has opened in the southern suburbs of Boston, taking over the space where a shop that focused on a popular regional food item had been.

According to a source, a new bar is now open in Holbrook, moving into the former Boston Cream Pie Company space on S Franklin Street. It appears that the drinking spot debuted on Friday, though it does not appear to have a name (no sign is up for the place) and it is apparently not serving any food at this point in time.

Boston Cream Pie Company first opened in Holbrook in the summer of 2017 only to close a year later, with the business originally selling the Boston Cream Pies (along with other pies) from tricycles stationed in Boston.

The address for this new bar in Holbrook is 783 S Franklin Street, Holbrook, MA, 02343.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bottle Coffee Plans to Open in Kendall Square]]>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:46:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Blue-Bottle-Coffee-FB.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A California-based coffee roaster that has opened three locations in the Boston area over the past year or so is planning to open a fourth, with this one coming to a red-hot part of Cambridge.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, Blue Bottle Coffee is looking to open a new shop in Kendall Square, with the Ames Street outlet having seating for 20, a total capacity of 40, and the setup being an open space with seating in the front and a kitchen area in the back. If its plans are approved by the city and it does open in the space, the new location of Blue Bottle would join others in Harvard Square, downtown Boston, and the Prudential Center.

Blue Bottle Coffee, whose headquarters are in Oakland, is considered part of the "third-wave" of specialty coffee shops that focus on high-quality beans.

The address for the proposed location of Blue Bottle Coffee in Kendall Square is 88 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. The website for the company can be found at https://bluebottlecoffee.com/

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<![CDATA[35+ Great Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:39:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/2018-LA-Auto-Show-VW-Beetle-Final-Edition.jpg

Another week is here and this week is chock-full of some great events you won’t want to miss. From adult night at LEGOLAND to the return of the New England International Auto Show, Dancing with the Stars Live and a whole lot more, check out our picks for the week ahead.

Monday, Jan. 14

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

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.

Murder at the Mansion - Clue Live!

The Murder at the Mansion series returns to Dedham’s MIT Endicott House. This interactive Clue game will have you meet the characters and search the mansion all during a gourmet feast. 6:30-9 p.m., MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven St., Dedham.

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, Jan 15 

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

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. 4-7 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Wednesday, Jan 16

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

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. 

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. 4- 10 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

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. 4-5:45 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

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.

Third Thursdays: RISE - Caribbean Night

Enjoy a night of Caribbean music, dance and carnival costume-making at this special Third Thursday event from RISE music curators Shea Rose and Simone Scazzocchio.at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Tickets are $10-$15. 5:30-9 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston.

Dancing with the Stars: Live!

Television’s biggest dance show returns to Boston with Dancing with the Stars: Live! At the Boch Center Wang Theatre. Tickets start at $53.75. 7:30 p.m., Boch Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Friday, Jan. 18

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

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. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

The Boston Globe Travel Show

Find vacation deals, while also enjoying featured speakers, cultural performances and events for the entire family at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.Tickets are $10 online and $15 onsite. 5:30-8 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston. 

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. Noon to 10 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion

Breweries from around New England andhe U.S. will be on hand so you can sample nearly 100 different beers from more than 40 different breweries at the Craft Beer pavilion at the Boston Globe Travel show. Tickets to each session are $35 in advance ($45 at the door) ad include Travel Show admission and unlimited brewery samples. 6-8:30 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Dancing with the Stars: Live!

Television’s biggest dance show returns to Boston with Dancing with the Stars: Live! At the Boch Center Wang Theatre. Tickets start at $53.75. 7:30 p.m., Boch Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont 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 $49. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Jan. 19

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

The Boston Globe Travel Show

Find vacation deals, while also enjoying featured speakers, cultural performances and events for the entire family at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.Tickets are $10 online and $15 onsite. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress 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 $49. Performances today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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.

Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion

Breweries from around New England andhe U.S. will be on hand so you can sample nearly 100 different beers from more than 40 different breweries at the Craft Beer pavilion at the Boston Globe Travel show. Tickets to each session are $35 in advance ($45 at the door) ad include Travel Show admission and unlimited brewery samples. Two sessions today: Noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston. 

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Sunday, Jan. 20 

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Harpoon Brunch

Enjoy brunch today at the Harpoon Beer Hall featuring new Brunch Pretzels. $10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until they run out). Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

The Boston Globe Travel Show

Find vacation deals, while also enjoying featured speakers, cultural performances and events for the entire family at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.Tickets are $10 online and $15 onsite. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

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.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Durgin-Park Restaurant in Boston Closes Saturday]]>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:17:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Durgin_Park_Restaurant_Closes_Saturday.jpg

The nearly 200-year-old Boston restaurant will close at the end of the day on Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[Newman's Bakery in Swampscott Has Reopened]]>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:53:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/161*120/newmans_nbcboston.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A decades-old bakery on the North Shore is back in business after being shut down for nearly a year because of medical issues, a car accident, and more.

According to an article from the Swampscott Reporter, Newman's Bakery on Humphrey Street is open once again, with co-owners Jessica and Bernard Newman reopening the shop on January 9 after a stretch where both owners battled health issues while a car accident also damaged the storefront last February (the place had to deal with equipment issues as well). In the article, Bernard says that "The day we reopened, one woman entered and let out a big scream because she was so happy to see us back up and running. Another woman came in and did a dance....To find out how much people actually care about you. It means so much." The post also mentions that all five employees have returned to the shop.

Newman's Bakery has been in business since 1966.

The address for this reopened bakery is 252 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA, 01907.

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<![CDATA[Pescatore in Somerville Has Closed]]>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:54:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/pescatore1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime favorite for Italian food has called it a day.

According to a message from Christine Liu, Pescatore in the Ball Square section of Somerville closes today, with a Facebook post from the Boston Avenue restaurant confirming this, saying that "It is with a heavy heart that I co-owner Anna Buonopane announce the closure of Pescatore, effective January 11, 2019. The people of Somerville welcomed me, my husband, and my three daughters with open arms, and for that I will be forever grateful." The note hints that the space will not be empty for long, mentioning that "When one door closes, another one opens! Be on the lookout for a wonderful new restaurant and bar to open in the building soon! We hope you'll support and enjoy the new endeavor."

Pescatore, which first opened approximately 13 years ago, has been known in part for its Italian seafood dishes, with our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) featuring it as an under the radar spot. The review can be found at the link below:

https://hiddenboston.com/Pescatore.html

The address for Pescatore (and the upcoming new restaurant) is 158 Boston Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02144.

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<![CDATA[Tex Mex Eats to Open in Former Tupelo Space in Inman Square]]>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:49:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/161*120/texmex.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind a catering business, various pop-ups, and cooking classes in the local area is looking to open a new restaurant in Cambridge that combines the cuisines of a few different areas, replacing a dining spot that focused on foods with Southern influences.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, Tex Mex Eats is planning to open in the former Tupelo space on Cambridge Street in Inman Square, with the website for the business indicating that the new eatery may feature "'Texachusetts' flavors that combine Mexican dishes with local New England ingredients." The site states that Amanda Escamilla--who was part of the catering team at the now-closed East Coast Grill and who sells her foods at local farmers markets--is behind the restaurant, with her culinary influences coming from growing up on the Gulf Coast of South Texas. Based on the the menu within the Tex Mex Eats website (which encompasses what she currently offers through her business, including catering and cooking classes), the restaurant could feature such items as shrimp tamales, fish tacos, frito pie, cactus lima bean soup, arroz con pollo, enchiladas, brisket, pulled pork, ribs, cornbread, and a Latin-style whole roasted pig.

Tupelo closed in October after being in business for approximately ten years.

The address for the upcoming Tex Mex Eats is 1193 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at http://www.txmexeats.com/

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<![CDATA[Sandwich Schlepper to Open in Lower Allston]]>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:39:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866037720.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot featuring sandwiches and more appears to be on its way to Lower Allston.

According to an article from Universal Hub, Sandwich Schlepper is planning to open on North Harvard Street in an historic building that owner Brian Burke is in the process of fixing up. The post says that Burke, who will be running the eatery with his daughter, is restoring the original tin ceiling within the space along with the exposed brick, and that such items as sandwiches and soups will be sold there. The Boston Licensing Board has given approval for Sandwich Schlepper to open, though no opening date has been given as of yet.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Lower Allston is: Sandwich Schlepper, 253-261 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA, 02134.

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<![CDATA[Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury to Close; Hopes to Reopen]]>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:36:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/haleyhouse2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A nonprofit restaurant that first opened nearly 15 years ago is shutting down, though the hope is for it to eventually return.

According to a post from the Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog, Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury''s Dudley Square is closing, with a Facebook post from the place saying that "After careful consideration, Haley House has decided to engage in a re-visioning process to review and renew our business concept. Following Community Tables on Sat. Jan 12th, we will temporarily suspend restaurant operations going forward, with the goal of reopening later in the year." The note goes on to say that the catering and wholesale operations will continue along with its Take Back the Kitchen cooking and nutrition program, and their hosting of the 11th Annual Souper Bowl will still take place on February 10.

Haley House Bakery Cafe first opened in 2005, offering healthy foods in a community-oriented space while offering opportunities to those with limited employment options.

The address for Haley House Bakery Cafe is 12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119. Its website is at http://haleyhouse.org/haley-house-bakery-cafe/

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<![CDATA[20+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:38:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Charlie+and+the+Chocolate+Factory.jpg

The weekend is finally here. The weather is colder, the Patriots are in the playoffs and there’s lots to do so bundle up and have some fun with our weekend picks including a black bear birthday party at the Stone Zoo, Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at the Boston Opera House, Disney's "The Little Mermaid" live in concert and more!

Friday, Jan. 11

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

The season is open for Ice Skating on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boston Common.

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.

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. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Kids' Shows: Josh and the Jamtones

Josh and the Jamtones perform this morning at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for an interactive dance party show for children and parents alike. 10:30 a.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 

Animal Tracking Adventure

If you’ve ever wondered how wild animals survive in the winter, then head over to Blue Hills this morning to become a nature detective to learn about the signs wildlife leaves behind as clues of where they travel, as well as find food and shelter. Pre-registratoin is required. 10:30 a.m. to Noon, Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave., Milton. 

Black Bear Birthday Party

Head to the Stone Zoo today and help celebrate the 13th birthday of black bears Smoky and Bubba complete with lots of festivities the whole family will enjoy. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Winter Family Fun Day

Hale Reservation's Second Annual Family Fun Day and Open House is a great way to celebrate winter. This free fireside event features a magician, games activities, hot cocoa and more. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hale Reservation, 80 Carby St., Westwood.

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 

Family Fun Day

Grab the family and join the Center for Families for a morning filled with indoor games and crafts for your little ones. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Andrew Peabody Elementary School, 70 Rindge Ave., Cambridge. 

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

The season is open for Ice Skating on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boston Common.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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.

Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Boston Roller Derby Home Team Season Opener

Don’t miss Boston Roller Derby’s first home team games of the 2019 season today. General admission tickets are $12 in advance/$16 at the door for adults, $6 in advance/$8 at the door for children ages 6 to 17 and children under 6 are free. Doors open at 4 p.m., Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington.

Sunday, Jan. 13 

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

The season is open for Ice Skating on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Common.

Baystate Wedding & Bridal Expo

Planning a wedding? Then you don’t want to miss the 19th Annual Baystate Wedding & Bridal Expo at the Boston Marriott Newton. Find wedding and bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, flowers, cakes, invitations and more, all under one roof. Tickets are $10. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton.

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.

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 p.m. and 4 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Disney's "The Little Mermaid" Live in Concert

The entire family will enjoy the Create, Inspire, Change Theater Company’s Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Live in Concert. Enjoy a sing-along to your favorite Little Mermaid tunes before the show. Tickets are $19-$22. 2 p.m., the MainStage Theater at The Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown.

Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Tavern of Tales to Open in Mission Hill Neighborhood]]>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:19:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/204*120/Tavern+of+Tales+110.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new board game cafe may be on its way to Boston, and it looks like its offerings may include alcohol.

According to a licensing commission hearing page within the city's website, Tavern of Tales is planning to open in Mission Hill, with the Tremont Street spot applying for a malt, wine, and liqueur license, while the notice also says that the spot will have a total of eight rooms--though it appears that at least some of it will be used for office and storage space. The website for Tavern of Tales mentions that "we're a board game cafe focused on visitors experiencing board games in an entirely new way. With innovative use of audio and narration, we want our players to not just play the board games in our inventory, but experience them." Its games list includes Above and Below, Eight Minute Empire, Forbidden Island, and The Resistance.

If all goes as planned, Tavern of Tales could be opening in the spring, according to its Twitter page.

The address for this upcoming board game cafe in Mission Hill is: Tavern of Tales 1478 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02120. Its website can be found at https://www.tavernoftales.com/

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<![CDATA[Mercato Kitchen + Bar to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:04:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Charc+110.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to the heart of downtown Boston, and the people behind it are also involved with a few other restaurants and bars in the city.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe is reporting that Mercato Kitchen + Bar is planning to open within the upcoming Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall on Devonshire Street, with the post saying that it will "be inspired by the European food halls that owners Teodora Bakardzhieva and Jairo Dominguez love to visit," while the hotel's website indicates that the food will have both European and South American influences. The Globe mentions that such options as souvlaki, Spanish fried anchovies, mezze, and charcuterie will be available, with the hotel saying that global wines, beers, and craft cocktails will be served.

Bakardzhieva and Dominguez are also behind Publico Street Bistro and Backyard Betty's in South Boston along with Casa Cana in Allston-Brighton.

The address for the upcoming Mercato Kitchen + Bar in downtown Boston is 68 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for the Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall is at https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/massachusetts/hyatt-centric-faneuil-hall-boston/bosct

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<![CDATA[Boston Calling Announces 2019 Lineup]]>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:35:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bostoncalling1.jpg

The lineup for Boston Calling 2019 was released Thursday morning, featuring headliners Twenty One Pilots, Travis Scott and Tame Impala.

Other major acts include Odesza; Logic; Greta Van Fleet; Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals; Hozier; Janelle Monae; Brandi Carlile; Lord Huron; Sheck Wes; Rainbow Kitten Surprise; Christine and the Queens; Big Red Machine, an experimental collaboration between Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National; and Black Star, the hip-hop duo of Mos Def and Talib Kweli.

Boston Calling will be held over Memorial Day Weekend, from May 24 to 26, at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston. It will be the festival's third year in Allston after being held at City Hall Plaza in previous years.

Special "announce day pricing" will be available for 24 hours after the big reveal. For ticket info and more on the lineup, visit bostoncalling.com.

Last year's lineup was among the most star-studded in the event's history, with acts like Eminem, The Killers, Jack White, Khalid, Portugal. The Man and more.

In addition to the musical acts, this year's festival will include comedians like Michael Che, Jenny Slate and Fred Armisen. The Boston Ballet will also perform.

“Since 2013, we’ve had the privilege of bringing fans nine editions of Boston Calling, featuring hundreds of acts: from world-renowned superstars, to Grammy winners and nominees, to local artists on the rise," said Brian Appel, co-founder and chief executive officer of Boston Calling Events. "We love the artists that have been assembled for 2019, and look forward to welcoming back many of our favorites from past editions. With each Boston Calling, we aim to bring the festival to greater heights and this year is no exception."

Tickets will be available in a tiered pricing structure this year, with the lowest price tickets on sale beginning Thursday and gradually increasing as the festival draws closer.



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<![CDATA[Cultivar in Downtown Boston Is Closing]]>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 22:16:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/cultivar+19.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A downtown Boston restaurant that one of the region's best-known chefs opened a couple of years ago is closing.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Cultivar within the Ames Boston Hotel is shutting down, with the note from Chef/Owner Mary Dumont saying that "Due to a series of unforeseen events that have created the perfect storm, it is with a heavy heart we announce that today Cultivar will be closing its doors." The note goes on to say that "Emily Mary's wife and co-owner of Cultivar and I created a dream one day and began down the path that grew Cultivar. A place we love, filled with people we love, staffed by an incredible family of wonderful people," thanking their staff, the hotel, and their guests and "those who chose to make memories with us, and rest assured we are not finished making memories with you."

Mary and Emily French-Dumont opened Cultivar in the spring of 2017, with the place featuring dry-aged meats, sustainable seafood, ingredients found in the wild, and vegetables grown in a hydroponic garden. Dumont had formerly been the chef at Harvest in Cambridge's Harvard Square and she also appeared on the Food Network's Iron Chef America while Food and Wine magazine awarded her "best new chef" in 2006.

The address for Cultivar was 1 Court Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

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<![CDATA[La Chiva Restaurant Gains Approval to Be Open 24 Hours]]>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:13:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/Chiva+110.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A South American restaurant that focuses on takeout will now be one of the very few places in Boston to be open all night.

According to an article from Universal Hub, La Chiva Restaurant in East Boston has been given the green light by the Boston Licensing Board to be open 24 hours, with the Bennington Street eatery joining such spots as South Street Diner in the Leather District, Bova's in the North End, IHOP in Brighton, and Victoria's Diner on the Roxbury/Dorchester line as being able to stay open through the night. (Victoria's is only open 24 hours from Thursday into the weekend.) La Chiva, which offers Colombian fare such as papusas, tamales, and empanadas, is a counter-service spot that has limited seating, including some outdoor seating during the warmer months.

The address for La Chiva is 259 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA, 02128. Its website can be found at http://www.lachivarestaurant.com/

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<![CDATA[Rewild in Quincy Is Looking at New Locations]]>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:16:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Rewild+110.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A beer hall and cafe that may be the only one of its kind in the entire country is closing, and the people behind it are now scouting out new locations.

According to a source, Rewild Plant Food + Drink in Quincy is shutting down on Sunday, January 13, as its Hancock Street building is expected to be demolished over the coming weeks, leading them to look at sites in Quincy and other parts of the South Shore along with Boston. The plan had been for the place to reside in more of a long-term space in Quincy, but they decided to focus more on a short-term space in part because they wanted to concept to debut as quickly as possible while also realizing that a long-term space that would suit their needs did not appear to be available.

Rewild, which first opened in October of 2018, is considered to be the first 100-percent vegan restaurant, cafe, and beer hall in the United States.

The address for the soon-to-close location of Rewild is 1546 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169. Its website can be found at https://eatrewild.com

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<![CDATA[Grand Opening Thursday at New J.P. Licks in Southie]]>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:01:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/jp-licks-ice-cream.jpg

J.P. Licks has officially opened its doors on West Broadway and they’re throwing a special grand opening celebration on Thursday, January 10th with day-long promotions and givewaways! Enjoy “buy one ice cream, get the second one FREE” all day! Espresso and coffee drinks will be half-priced from opening to closing. From 1 to 7 p.m. you can get some free swag, and from 5 to 7 p.m. take pictures with Clementine the Cow!

Make sure to follow us on Instagram!  We are doing a special contest with J.P. Licks!

J.P. Licks is located at 397 West Broadway!

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<![CDATA[Boston Calling Lineup to Be Announced Thursday]]>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:17:58 -0400Boston Calling Music Festival, City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring performances from some of the biggest names in music, comedy, and art. It began in 2013 at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, and after seven successful and critically acclaimed installations, the festival is moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston in order to expand programming. It will be held over Memorial Day weekend, 2017. The festival is primarily an indie and pop rock festival; past performers have included Jack Johnson, Fun, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Pixies, Alabama Shakes, and Ben Harper.]]>Boston Calling Music Festival, City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring performances from some of the biggest names in music, comedy, and art. It began in 2013 at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, and after seven successful and critically acclaimed installations, the festival is moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston in order to expand programming. It will be held over Memorial Day weekend, 2017. The festival is primarily an indie and pop rock festival; past performers have included Jack Johnson, Fun, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Pixies, Alabama Shakes, and Ben Harper.]]>https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Boston+Calling+Crowd+.jpg

The lineup for Boston Calling 2019 will be released on Thursday, organizers have announced.

The music festival said on its Twitter account Wednesday that the lineup and tickets will drop at 10 a.m. Thursday. Special "announce day pricing" will be available for 24 hours after the big reveal.

Boston Calling will be held over Memorial Day Weekend, from May 24 to 26, at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston. It will be the festival's third year in Allston after being held previously at City Hall Plaza.

Last year's lineup was among the most star-studded in the event's history, with acts like Eminem, The Killers, Jack White, Khalid, Portugal. The Man and more.

For ticket info and more, visit bostoncalling.com.



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<![CDATA[Tiffani Faison to Open New Restaurant in Boston]]>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 09:58:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Faison+18.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like one of Boston's best-known chefs will be opening another restaurant in the Fenway.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Tiffani Faison is planning to open Orfano, which will be an Italian restaurant in the new Pierce Boston luxury condo/apartment tower by the corner of Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street. Few details have been given on the dining spot at this point in time, but it appears that the restaurant could open sometime this summer if all goes as planned.

Faison, who was nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast last year, is behind Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama, and Fool's Errand, all of which are located on Boylston Street in the Fenway.

It looks like the address for the upcoming Orfano will be 188 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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<![CDATA[Michael Serpa to Open Grand Tour in Back Bay]]>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 21:17:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Serpa+18.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A familiar name within the local restaurant scene is going to be opening a Parisian-style bistro in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Michael Serpa, his wife and operations director Lina Velez, and his business partners will be opening Grand Tour on Newbury Street, with the address indicating that it will be moving into the space by Hereford Street where Smoothie King had been. The new restaurant, which will be around the corner from Serpa's Select Oyster Bar on Gloucester Street, will be a 50-seat two-level spot with a private dining room in the upper part, a bar with an open kitchen on the main floor below, and a patio along the street during the warmer months. The menu at Grand Tour may include such items as roast duck, rabbit in mustard sauce, and steak frites along with seasonal vegetables, charcuterie, and cheeses, while American and French wines will be available. If all goes as planned, the new restaurant could be opening as early as this fall.

Before opening Select Oyster Bar in 2015, Michael Serpa worked at one of Boston's best-known restaurants--Neptune Oyster Bar in the North End.

The address for the upcoming Grand Tour is 314 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02115. Its website will be at https://www.grandtourboston.com/

Thanks to a source for initially bringing this to our attention.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harnek Gulati likes building things.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s the most wonderful time, of the year…Sullivan’s opening weekend!   There is no sign spring is on it’s way as powerful, as beautiful, and as fattening as these four simple words: 95-cent hot dogs.

That’s right, Sullivan’s is back.  And with all the jamokes who don’t know the Sully’s Rules (PS Hey, TLC! Sully’s Rules – about the goings ons in Sullivan’s is actually a show I’d watch)

Sure, there is no brighter light at the end of the winter tunnel. It truly warms my soul and then it drives me nuts at the same time.

We live in a civilized society, and as members of polite (or even polite-ish) society there are rules, both written and unwritten we agree to follow.  These rules extend to a trip to Sully’s; written rules like, I can’t punch you in the back of the neck if you order the last batch of onion rings, and unwritten rules like, you can’t order a cheeseburger medium rare with bacon and fried egg.   

Ok, now that I have explained what rules are (some of you needed the primer, I’ve seen the way you behave in public and it’s appalling).  Sullivan’s is a tiny place and we all have to share.  Whether you’re a lifelong neighborhood gal such as myself who has never missed an opening weekend (yes I’m proud of both of those facts and if you don’t like it you can take a flying leap off Fort Independence), or you’re some hipster foodie who heard about it on Chronicle, we’re all in this together…for better or worse.

That’s why I, your homegirl Heather, am here to help. You could call these my tips, but let’s just pretend they’re hard and fast rules. And since I’m not really your homegirl just assume I’m behind you in line ready to pounce.  Also, pretend I’m wicked tough and you would actually be intimidated if you saw me and my lumbering shoulders in a dark alley.

First things first: before you even step foot in the door, leave your gigantic stroller outside. It’s tight in there – barely enough room for people, never mind your double jogging stroller, or your bike, your kid’s scooter, your dog, your nephew on rollerblades, your cousin on their pogo-stick, the cooler full of fish you just caught at the Sugar Bowl, your easel and paints, or anything else common sense should tell you to leave outside. Thank you in advance for realizing you are not the only person on the planet.  It took you a while to get you there, but I’m proud of you.

Now that it’s just you, take that moment of to figure out what you’re going to order when you walk up to the register.  The lines this weekend will (hopefully) be shorter than they are in July, so you won’t have that 15 – 84 minutes to hem and haw about whether to get fries or onion rings (get them both,ya dummy). You are wasting everyone’s time and testing everyone’s patience, especially mine (remember, I’m behind you and I’m terrifying and I have a short fuse). Everything is very good in a very bad way; you really can’t go wrong, so just friggin’ pick something and move on.

Did I say move on? Yeah, I meant it, like literally. Get out of the way. It’s very simple: place your order, check your number on your receipt, then move all the way to left and back away from the counter. I hate when people order their food, take a couple steps to the left and camp out in front of the counter to wait for their food.  Do you think your food is going to magically appear? Like some little clam strip genie is going to fold her arms and blink her eyes* and BAM your food appears?  Sorry but that’s not how food works.  Unless you’re just getting a coffee you will have to wait a few minutes for your order, and if you are just getting a coffee may I suggest living a little?   If you go camp out at the counter immediately after you order that means everyone else has to maneuver around you when their number is called, and they hate you, they hate you so much…seriously my friend (who should have known better) did this once and a Russian lady yelled at her, it was great.  And while we’re at it, why do you think that your order will magically appear out of thin air while everyone else has to hang back and wait?  Head to the back and pretend to think about buying a membership to the Castle Island Historical Society, aka the CIA, while you’re really just trying to avoid talking to an annoying person you know from 100 years ago who also decided to have hot dogs for breakfast like all the normal people, please.

Are we good? Did you say hello to Chris Lane?  What’s that you say?  You don’t know Chris? (https://caughtinsouthie.com/people/characterofmonth/chris-lane) Well, you still have to say hi to him, it’s one of my rules.

Once you have your cardboard box of food, you’re faced with a pretty big decision: Where to eat?  Your choices are: outside around Fort Independence; in the car; or you can take it home.  Decisions, decisions. Personally I always eat in the car or take it home, but that’s partly because I don’t like people seeing me eat (issues) and partly because birds are effing disgusting.

I know Castle Island is beautiful and I’m very lucky to have such natural splendor in my backyard, but it’s tough to enjoy my cheeseburger while the jerk next to me is feeding the birds. You know what happens when you throw your last few fries and then take off?  The flea-infested pigeons and seagulls on steroids don’t leave (seriously, is there anything scarier than an urban seagull?). Instead, they multiply, hover just overhead, and dive bomb everyone in your vicinity.  And if your little special snowflake wants to feed the birds?  Well this is a great opportunity to teach him that there are other people in this world, other people that maybe don’t want to get Bubonic plague from the flying rats you call birdies.

Are you still overwhelmed about hitting Sully’s opening weekend?  Need a little more guidance? Okay, go with the cheeseburger with extra cheese, a hot dog (I’ll let you decide the toppings, if you can’t handle at least that I’m sorry we can’t be friends  – it’s not me, it’s you), French fries, and onion rings.

And here’s my final tip, the greatest insider tip of all: Order two Pepsis, so everyone thinks the food is for more than just you, you don’t need that kind of judgement in your life.

*Yes I said the clam strip genie is a she!  Women can be anything they want, even genies, you misogynist.

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<![CDATA[Hi-Rise Bread Company Opens at Boston Public Market]]>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 21:22:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/Rise+Bread+18.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of Cambridge bakeries and cafes has expanded to a space in downtown Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Hi-Rise Bread Company is now open inside the Boston Public Market near Haymarket Square, taking over the stall that George Howell Coffee used to reside in before it moved across the way to the former Taza Chocolate Bar space. The new location of the bakery-cafe offers a variety of breads, pastries, jams, and granola, and it will also be serving soups, salads, and sandwiches at some point in the future. The person behind all three Hi-Rise locations is Rene Becker, who also ran Shepard in Cambridge until it closed on New Year's Eve.

Other locations of Hi-Rise can be found on Concord Avenue in Huron Village and Mass. Ave. between Porter Square and Harvard Square.

The website for Hi-Rise Bread Company is at http://www.hi-risebread.com/

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<![CDATA[Hidyan Mediterranean Grill in Boston's Fenway Has Closed]]>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 21:27:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/Hidyan+18.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A dining spot in the Fenway that was known in part for its Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare has closed its doors.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Hidyan Mediterranean Grill on Kilmarnock Street is no longer in business, with a check on the place by Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting confirming this, as a sign out front says "permanently closed." No reason has been given for the closure of the eatery, nor is it known what might become of the space, so keep checking back for updates.

Hidyan Mediterranean Grill (which was also known as Hidyan Cafe) offered such items as lentil soup, falafel wraps, chicken kebabs, gyros, stuffed grape leaves, steak tip subs, pasta with meatballs, pizza, and wings.

The address for this now-closed dining spot in the Fenway was: Hidyan Mediterranean Grill, 80 Kilmarnock Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

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