<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News - [NBC Boston]Boston Buzz]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcboston.com/news/localen-usSun, 22 Jul 2018 03:13:32 -0400Sun, 22 Jul 2018 03:13:32 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Yard House Plans to Open in Burlington]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:46:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lynnfield-ma-yard-house-599x430.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of casual upscale restaurants known in part for their extensive beer lists is planning to open another outlet in the Boston suburbs, with this one taking over a location of a now-closed Tex-Mex spot.

According to a source, Yard House is looking to open in Burlington in the former Chili's space, with an application posted on the burlington.org website confirming this. This news follows months of rumors that the chain might indeed be opening within the Middlesex Turnpike space, and while we had received confirmation of the plans a while back from another source, the news was not public at the time so it could not be posted. Currently, Yard House has locations near Fenway Park in Boston, at Legacy Place in Dedham, and at MarketStreet Lynnfield.

Chili's closed its Burlington location in May after being in business for more than 30 years.

The address for this upcoming restaurant and bar in Burlington is: Yard House, 98-108 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA, 01803. The website for Yard House can be found at https://www.yardhouse.com/

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<![CDATA[25+ Events Happening This Weekend from Concerts, to the Latin Music Festival and More! ]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:21:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/162*120/SoWa_2.PNG

There is a lot happening in the city this weekend, from concerts including the Eagles and Foo Fighters, to the Latin Music Festival at City Hall Plaza and the sand sculpting festival at Revere Beach (just to name a few). With so much to choose from, we narrowed it down to a couple dozen to help you plan your weekend of fun.

Friday, July 20 

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Gloucester Stage Company, the Garden at Elm Bank, Chatham Shark Center, New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, Springfield Museums, the Discovery Museum and the Hall at Patriot Place.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End or a walking group at 10 a.m. at Moakley Park in South Boston.

Free Fun Friday at the MFA

Visit the MFA today and enjoy free admission during the museum’s 10th annual Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday. Enjoy hands-on art-making activities, join engaging tours and see thought-provoking exhibitions — all for free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

You don’t want to miss the Revere Beach 2018 International Sand Sculpting Festival this weekend. Enjoy the competition, along with food trucks, vendors and amusements for the entire family. Plus, Saturday night stay late for fireworks. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

Harpoon Camp Wannamango

The Lawn on D teams up with L.L.Bean to bring a real life Camp Wannamango to your back door. Head down to The Lawn on D tonight for some adult camping with relay games, L.L. Bean exclusive prizes, beer and more. 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhold tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy a movie on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

The Eagles at TD Garden

The Eagles featuring Don Don Henley, Joe Walsh & Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey take the stage tonight at the TD Garden for the first of two shows this weekend. Tickets start at $89. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 

Saturday, July 21

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

Kids Cooking Class to Benefit Make A Wish

Join the chef at Maggiano’s for a children’s cooking class to benefit the Make a Wish foundation. Your tasty creation can be taken home to be cooked and enjoyed. Maggiano’s provides the ingredients, along with chef hats and aprons. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with a breakfast buffet. The chef demonstration begins at 10:45 a.m. Tickets are $20-$25. 10 a.m. to Noon, Maggiano's Little Italy, 4 Columbus Ave., Boston. 

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

You don’t want to miss the Revere Beach 2018 International Sand Sculpting Festival this weekend. Enjoy the competition, along with food trucks, vendors and amusements for the entire family. Plus, Saturday night stay late for fireworks. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Brazil on the Greenway

For the third year in a row, Brazil on the Greenway returns with a day full of Brazilian food, live music, artwork and free activities for all ages. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston.

Sweat & Sip: Keg Yard Edition

Get your bootcamp-style workout in at the Harpoon Keg Yard. After the one-hour class, enjoy beer and pretzels in the keg yard. All ability levels are welcome. Tickets are $25 and include the fitness class taught by Reebok's Lead Trainer, Kevin O'Connell and one beer token. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Harpoon Keg Yard, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Boston Harbor Lighthouse Tour

Enjoy the history of the Boston Harbor lighthouses on a narrated, two-hour cruise. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors/students/military and $25 for children. Toddlers are free. Tours today at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tours depart from the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (across from the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. 

Family Film Festival

Enjoy a family-friendly movie tonight on the Prudential Center’s South Garden at the MAGIC 106.7 Family Film Festival. Tonight it’s “Coco.” Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways start at 6 p.m. All movies are free and start at sundown. Don’t forget those picnic blankets or lawn chairs, too. Prudential Center, Boston.

The Foo Fighters at Fenway Park

The Foo Fighters return to Fenway Park Saturday and Sunday July 21 and 22 at 5:30 p.m. as part of their Concrete and Gold Tour. Tickets start at $79. Fenway Park, Boston.

11th annual Caliente! Latin Music Festival

Caliente! returns to City Hall for its 11th year, celebrating Latin music, art and dance. 7-9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Square, Boston.

Tango in the Park 

Tango in the Park returns for its third year bringing the tango and its music to the open air. This year’s summer season opens with the Boston Tango Orchestra, Hernan and Anita performance and lessons for beginners. This is a rain or shine event. All the fun starts at 7 p.m. Rowes Wharf Plaza, Boston.

Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town at Xfinity Center

Miranda Lambert brings the Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town and special guest Turnpike Troubadours and Tenille Townes to the Xfinity Center on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Xfinity Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield.

William Shakespeare’s “Richard III”

Enjoy a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” from the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on the Boston Common. 8 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. 

The Eagles at TD Garden

The Eagles featuring Don Don Henley, Joe Walsh & Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey take the stage tonight at the TD Garden for the first of two shows this weekend. Tickets start at $89. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Sunday, July 22

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

You don’t want to miss the Revere Beach 2018 International Sand Sculpting Festival this weekend. Enjoy the competition, along with food trucks, vendors and amusements for the entire family. Plus, Saturday night stay late for fireworks. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere. 

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today enjoy Kids Yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or Yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.

Downeast Back Porch on The Greenway

Spend a relaxed afternoon at the family-friendly Downeast Back Porch on the plaza of Dewey Square Park. Enjoy a mix of food, lawn games, live music and other events. Also, sample ciders from Downeast Cider House including a Greenway-only release, Mint Lemonade, along with featured, rotating New England craft brewers. Noon to 7 p.m., Dewey Square Park, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston.

Free Summer Concert at Longfellow House

Enjoy a free summer concert this afternoon at Longfellow House featuring guitarist Brooks Robertson, as part of Berklee’s Summer in the City Concert Series happening all summer long. 3 p.m., Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge.

The Foo Fighters at Fenway Park

The Foo Fighters return to Fenway Park Saturday and Sunday July 21 and 22 at 5:30 p.m. as part of their Concrete and Gold Tour. Tickets start at $79. Fenway Park, Boston.

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<![CDATA[La Casa De Pedro in Seaport District Has Temporarily Closed]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:18:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/pig+720.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Venezuelan restaurant on the Boston waterfront that was involved in a bankruptcy filing earlier this year has shut down for now.

According to an article from Eater Boston, La Casa de Pedro in the city's Seaport District is temporarily closed, with a Facebook post saying that "We are working hard to reopen very soon....We will be back stronger than ever." The original location of the eatery in Watertown remains in operation.

In April, we had reported that the waterfront location of La Casa de Pedro could be sold off in the wake of a bankruptcy filing by 505 Congress Street, LLC, though it was later learned that the restaurant was hoping to stay opened rather than be sold.

The address for La Casa de Pedro in the Seaport District is 505 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 02210. Its website is at http://lacasadepedro.com/seaport/home

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<![CDATA[3 MIT Students Want to Turn Poop Into Energy]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:17:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/219*120/feces+to+fuel.PNG

“We will pay people to poop in our toilets,” is not something you hear an entrepreneur say while talking about their go-to-market strategy. But then again, Andrew Tsang, Hannah Hoffmann and Islam Genina are not building a conventional company.

This MIT student trio wants to build a power plant fueled by human waste. Their company Insanerator, housed at the MIT D-Lab, which designs practical solutions to global poverty challenges, is also part of Cleantech Open’s 2018 business acceleration program.

A play on the word, incinerator, which is an apparatus for burning waste material, especially industrial waste — Insanerator burns human feces to generate electricity and purify water in areas where access to basic sanitation is a luxury.

The idea came about when the trio met while taking a water sanitation and hygiene class at MIT’s D-Lab. Andrew Tsang, who comes from a systems engineering background thought about building an incinerator for human waste. “Unsafe handling of human waste in some countries is very common,” said Tsang. “In some countries like Guyana, raw sewage is dumped in the river or ocean without treatment.” 

“This [sewage dumping] problem is very common in Egypt,” Genina chimed in. “Fish in the surrounding water bodies in Egypt is unfit for human consumption.”

Generating biogas, a renewable source of energy, is not uncommon — although the use of biogas as fuel in the U.S. is catching on slowly, countries like Brazil, China and India have been using biogas in industrial and transport sector for a while. But biogas reactors can be expensive ($500,000 in one case) and not easy to ship, compared to Insanerator’s container which can be purchased for $150,000.

Image Courtesy: Insanerator.com

This is where Insanerator’s story becomes a testimonial for diversity breeding creativity.

Genina had worked on building low-cost methane gas generation units from animal waste in Egypt. Tsang had worked as a mechanical design engineer at Rockwell Automation and Hannah Hoffmann had built a solar concentrator for drying human waste. The trio saw an opportunity to fuse this diverse expertise together to build Insanerator — a power plant, housed within a shipping container that can be transported and installed easily at refugee camps, and places with limited access to sanitation facilities.

The team’s goal is to create a self-sustaining sanitation product — the shipping container will be complete with a drying, combustion and an electricity generation chamber that can be easily transported to areas in need. And what’s the end product? “A local microgrid that can charge cell phones, battery packs, maybe even a couple of cell towers,” Tsang said. 

The trio’s first challenge in this quest is to get people to use the toilets — “In open defecation, poop is lost,” Tsang said, “We want to partner with people building cheap toilets so we can collect poop.” So in order to do that, people will be paid to poop in these toilets and locals will be hired to evacuate and ship waste to the site for drying.

Image Courtesy: Insanerator.com

The team is in talks with aid organizations like UN Operations and Oxfam to possibly earmark sites, iterate on designs for specific sites and then implement them. For example, the team is talking to Oxfam about the Rohingya crisis.

Insanerator has seed funding from MIT Sandbox and startup competitions. It’s first launch market will be India where the team hopes to install a fully-functional container within the next year.

The timeline is not unreasonable for a lofty goal: “We want to purify water and generate electricity with poop.”


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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie: Weekend Picks]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:30:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/55982988_race_0.jpg

Eat:
Extra! Extra! We’ve got the inside scoop on Capo’s Gelato Social! On Sunday, July 22nd you’re invited to Capo’s house-made gelato with a do-it-yourself toppings bar! The Gelato Social takes place from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at 443 W Broadway. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here!  Can’t make it – Capo’s Gelato Cart is open 7 days a week! Stop by for a taste! Questions? Email kate@brgboston.com or give us a call at 617-993-8080.

Drink:
Camp in the great outdoors of the Lawn on D! On Friday, July 20th The Lawn on D will transform into real life adult Camp Wannamango with Harpoon Brewery and L.L. Bean. They’ll have relay games (who can set up a tent the fastest?), exclusive L.L. Bean prizes, and, naturally, a ton of beer. They’ll be solving that age-old problem of camping in the city – Camp Wannamango style. Did you even know you needed an L.L.Bean Adventure Dome 4-Person Tent or Adventure Sleeping Bag? No? Well, now you do. You need them.

Tour:
Check out Fort Independence at Castle Island! The Castle Island Association (CIA) has been giving free guided tours of Fort Independence on Castle Island for over thirty years. Enjoy a tour every Saturday, Sunday, and on national holidays through the summer from noon till 3:30 pm. You can also enjoy a sunset tour on Thursday at 6 pm.

See:
Movie night! Hub Church is hosting not one, but two free movie nights on July 19th and July 20th at M Street Beach at sunset. On July 19th enjoy Sherlock Gnomes and on July 20th it the classic Jurassic Park! Free movie, popcorn and drinks!

Do:
Breath and move! Enjoy free all-levels vines flow at Castle Island Yoga on July 21st from 10:15am-11: 30 am taught by Yoga Around Town. Bring your own mat or towel and meet Castle Island near the information sign at Fort Independence. Classes are FREE, but we ask that you register. Walk-ups are available on a limited basis. Please register to ensure your spot in the class! 

Compete/Cheer:
The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon will feature a weekend of events on July 21st and July 22nd and all the action happens along the beaches on Day Boulevard! More than 2,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 10th anniversary of the Boston Triathlon including 2016 Olympian and two-time winner of the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon Ben Kanute, former North American Ironman Champion Angela Naeth, in addition to athletes from 8 countries and 42 states! If swimming, biking and running is not your thing, come out and show your support by cheering for the athletes competing! They love that! If you want to participate you have two options – Olympic Race – 1.5K swim, 35K bike, 10K run with a start time of 6:20 am or the Sprint Race – 750m swim, 17.5K bike, 5.5K run – start time at 9:15 am! For more information visit here!

Kids Pick:
Get the kids involved in the Boston Triathlon! The Splash & Dash will take place on Saturday, July 21st at 3 pm (onsite registration begins at 2 pm or you can sign up online here. The Splash & Dash will consist of a swim followed by a run and will offer four different age groups:
Ages 7-8 and Ages 9-10: Swim 100 yards, Run 1K (Untimed)

Ages 11-12: Swim 200 yards, Run 2K (Untimed)

Ages 13-15: Swim 200 yards, Run 2K

The swimming will take place along the beach near the McCormack Bathhouse and will be in shallow water. The run will be on the Harborwalk and around Mother’s Rest Field.

Explore:
Located on the historic South Boston Waterfront, the Seaport District is one of the fasted growing neighborhoods in the city of Boston.  With museums, restaurants, shopping, fitness studios, a luxury movie theater, an outdoor concert pavilion, and a gorgeous harborwalk, The Seaport District has it all!  Welcome to our Guide to the Seaport District! We’ve got the inside scoop on where to eat and drinknew workouts to try, shoppingspecial events and showswhere to park and how to get here!  We’ve even included our picks on where to stay and our favorite spots for nightlife! We’ve got everything you need in our guide to help you explore this part of the neighborhood!

Yappy Hour:
Put your paws up – it’s Yappy Hour in the Seaport! Join the Boston Seaport Yappy Hour in Sea Green every third Thursday of the month, June through September! Enjoy a neighborhood block party event for dogs and owners with live music, pet-friendly activities, giveaways, pet and human treats from local Seaport restaurants. This event is in partnership with Elliot’s House, PAWS New England, Boston Veterinary Clinic, K9 Concierge and BarkHappy. You can register here! 

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<![CDATA[Night Shift Brewery Opening 2 Beer Gardens on Charles River]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:07:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/nightshift1.jpg

Night Shift Brewing is planning to open two beer gardens on the Charles River in Boston this summer.

The Everett-based company announced this week that the first location will open in early August on Boston's Esplanade, near the Hatch Shell. It will be the summer home for Night Shift's new 24-tap beer trailer.

The second location will also open in August at Herter Park in Brighton, alongside a 350-seat amphitheater.

The new beer gardens are the result of a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Esplanade Association.

"We couldn’t be more excited to launch two Owl's Nest beer gardens along the Charles this summer," Night Shift co-founder Michael Oxton said in a statement. "You have greenery in every direction, the river flowing by, the city at your back, the sun on the horizon - what more could you need? A beer, of course."

Night Shift beers will be prominently featured, but the beer gardens will also feature beers from other craft breweries, wine and non-alcoholic options. There will also be regular food truck visits and on-site games for guests to enjoy at both locations.



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<![CDATA[Lay's Releases New Lobster Roll Flavored Potato Chips]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:59:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/199*120/lobsterroll.png

Lay's is releasing new lobster roll flavored potato chips as part of its "Tastes of America" program.

New England Lobster Roll is one of eight new flavors being unveiled this summer, representing eight different regions of the country.

"Inspired by the lobster shacks of the Northeast, fans can now get the flavor of fresh lobster served on a buttery grilled roll," the company said in a press release.

Lay's will celebrate the new flavor at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland from Aug. 1-5.

"Lay's knows how significant local cuisine is to Americans," said Sarah Guzman, senior director of marketing for Lay's. "We couldn't think of a better time of year to bring these flavors to our fans because between barbeques, food festivals and outdoor fun, summertime truly is the most flavorful time of year."

The other seven regional limited-time flavors are Cajun Spice, Chile Con Queso, Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice, Deep Dish Pizza, Fried Pickles With Ranch, Pimento Cheese and Thai Sweet Chili.



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<![CDATA[7 of America's Top Family Restaurants Are in New England]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:26:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bartley1.jpg

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<![CDATA[Night Shift Brewing's New Beer Garden Plans]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:32:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes some beer gardens along the Charles River, a new BBQ joint and an exciting new food truck.

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<![CDATA[Pinkberry at Boston's South Station Has Closed]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:09:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP85933202561.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An Arizona-based chain of frozen yogurt shops continues to disappear from the local landscape, this time closing an outlet that was frequented mainly by commuters.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Pinkberry at South Station is no longer in operation, with the kiosk being cleared out and the place being taken down from the locations section of the Pinkberry website. This is the second location of Pinkberry to close over the past several weeks, as its shop at the Prudential Center shuttered last month; the only locations now remaining in the Greater Boston area are at Boston University, Logan Airport, and in Braintree.

The website for Pinkberry can be found at http://www.pinkberry.com/

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<![CDATA[Besito Has Closed Its Burlington Mall Location]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:26:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/Besito+720.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A small group of upscale Mexican restaurants has closed one of its two Boston-area locations.

According to a source, Besito at the Burlington Mall is no longer in business, with a message sent to us from the mall confirming that the dining spot indeed shuttered this week. Another outlet of the restaurant at The Shops at Chestnut Hill remains in operation, along with locations in Huntington, Roslyn, and West Islip, NY, Ardmore, PA, and Tampa, FL.

Besito first opened at the Burlington Mall in June of 2014, with the Chestnut Hill location opening several months later.

The website for Besito can be found at https://www.besitomexican.com/

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<![CDATA[You Haven't Had Fish and Chips Until You Try These Dishes]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:37:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/75ChestnutFishChips.jpgYou know what makes a great dish? Fish and chips! The combination of fried fish and french fries (sorry it's not actually chips!) can satisfy your hunger. Check out these dishes from the Massachusetts area.

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<![CDATA[Stella's Restaurant and Wine Bar to Open in Salem]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:51:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/roseER+Wine+Glasses+%283%29.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to Salem, and it looks like it will be moving into the space where a barbecue place had been.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Stella's Restaurant & Wine Bar is planning to open on Lafayette Street, with the address given indicating that it would be taking over the former Smokin' Betty's BBQ + Bar space. Very little is known about the upcoming spot other than the fact that SKF Hospitality Group is behind it, while a check on opencorporates.com shows that the company is based in Saugus.

The space where Stella's Restaurant & Wine Bar is opening has been home to a few restaurants over the past decade, including Smokin' Betty's, Red Lulu, and Strega.

The address for this upcoming dining and drinking spot in Salem is: Stella's Restaurant & Wine Bar, 94 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

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<![CDATA[Bobby & Jack's Memphis Barbecue to Open in Tewksbury]]>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:33:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_154546494337.jpg

A brand new BBQ spot is on its way to the northern suburbs of Boston.

According to an article in the Patch, Bobby & Jack's Memphis Barbecue is planning to open in Tewksbury, moving into the space on Main Street where Mehfil Indian Cuisine had been. The post mentions that the menu at the new eatery will focus on pork-based items including ribs and pulled pork, though chicken wings, beef dishes, macaroni and cheese, and more will also be offered as well. No opening date has been given as of yet for Bobby & Jack's Memphis Barbecue, so stay tuned for updates.

The address for this upcoming BBQ spot in Tewksbury is: Bobby & Jack's Memphis Barbecue, 1777 Main Street (Route 38), Tewksbury, MA, 01876. Its website will be at http://www.memphispit.com/

Thanks to @CopeWrites for bringing this to our attention.



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<![CDATA[Finesse Pastries to Open in Somerville]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:41:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Finesse+Pastries+718.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an award-winning bakery and pastry shop that is known in part for its macarons is on its way to Somerville.

According to a source, Finesse Pastries is opening on Somerville Avenue, with the website and Facebook page for the business confirming this. Finesse got its start in Manchester, NH, in 2012, moving to Boston Public Market in 2016 where it currently resides; when it was located in Manchester, the shop received a number of awards from various local publications, according to its website.

In addition to macarons, Finesse Pastries also offers cakes, cream puffs, and tarts.

The address for this upcoming bakery/pastry shop in Somerville is: Finesse Pastries, 594 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02143. The website for the business can be found at http://www.finessepastries.com/

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<![CDATA[Stearns & Hill's Bistro in Melrose Is Closing]]>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:46:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Stearns+and+Hill+717.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a suburban restaurant known in part for its steak and seafood dishes will be closing.

An article in the Patch confirms what we had heard earlier from The Passionate Foodie, that Stearns & Hill's Bistro in Melrose is closing, with the Main Street spot apparently shutting down at the end of business hours on July 28. The post hints that another restaurant could be taking over the space, though nothing has been completely confirmed as of yet (keep checking back for updates).

Stearns & Hill's Bistro, which first opened in 1999, offers such items as calamari, lobster ravioli, oysters, burgers, fried scallops, filet mignon, steak tips, pork chops, rack of lamb, and chicken pot pie. The people behind the place also run Fusilli's Cucina in Reading, which will accept gift cards for Stearns & Hill's Bistro.

The address for this soon-to-close restaurant in Melrose is: Stearns & Hill's Bistro, 505 Main Street, Melrose, MA, 02176. Its website can be found at https://stearnsandhillsbistro.com/

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<![CDATA[30+ Great Events Happening This Week in Greater Boston]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:46:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Revere+Beach+sand+sculpture+2017+ships.jpg

Monday, July 16

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try zumba at 6 p.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, salsa dancing at 6 p.m. At Blackstone Square in the South End, Carnival Fit at 6 p.m. at Harambee Park in Dorchester, Afrobeat Bootcamp at 6 p.m. At Malcolm X Park in Roxbury or Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at Mother’s Rest at 4 Corners in Dorchester.

Baby Animal Farm at Patriot Place

Grab the kiddos and check out the baby animal farm outside Charming Charlie at Patriot Place today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’ll have bunnies, chicks, goats, ducklings and more on hand. Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough. 

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.

Big Screen Classics: “The Lion King”

“The Lion King” hits the big screen tonight at Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre. 7 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

Tuesday, July 17

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try chair yoga at 10 a.m. at Symphony Park in Fenway, bootcamp at 6 p.m. at Elmhurst Park in Dorchester, Yoga at 6 p.m. at Medal of Honor Park (M Street) in South Boston, cardio dance at 6 p.m. at Ross Playground in Hyde Park, Zumba at 6 p.m. at Gertrude Howes Playground in Roxbury or line dancing at 6 p.m. at Billings Field in West Roxbury.

Harpoon X Night July

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

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Wednesday, July 18

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try chair yoga at 10 a.m. at Elliot Norton Park in Chinatown, family Zumba at 6 p.m. at LoPresti Park in East Boston, HIIT at 6 p.m. at Mission Hill Playground in Mission Hill, yoga at 6 p.m. at Brighton Common in Brighton or line dancing at 6:30 p.m. at Franklin Park in Dorchester.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” on the Common

Enjoy a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” from the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on the Boston Common. 8 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.

Thursday, July 19

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Gentle Yoga at 10 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, Tai Chi at 10 a.m. at Symphony Park in Fenway, Yoga at 6 p.m. on the Boston Common in Beacon Hill, Yoga at 6 p.m. at Marcella Playground in Roxbury or Zumba Kids at 6 p.m. at Hunt/Almont Park in Mattapan.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy local bands, cocktails, lawn games and more every Thursday night as the Boston Calling Block Parties return for the season. Get outside, enjoy live music and DJs, along with several beer selections. 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Free Summer Concert at Charlestown Navy Yard

Enjoy a free summer concert tonight at 6 p.m. tonight featuring alternative rock band Retrovisor. 6 p.m., Charlestown Navy Yard, 1 Constitution Road, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Summer Yoga at Frog Pond

Each Thursday night all summer long, enjoy free yoga outside at Frog Pond were instructors will lead a vinyasa flow class for students of all levels. Classes are held on the lawn adjacent to the Frog Pond Carousel. Bring your own mat. 6-7:15 p.m., the Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston.

Friday, July 20

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End or a walking group at 10 a.m. at Moakley Park in South Boston. 

Free Fun Friday at the MFA

Visit the MFA today and enjoy free admission during the museum’s 10th annual Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday. Enjoy hands-on art-making activities, join engaging tours and see thought-provoking exhibitions — all for free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

You don’t want to miss the Revere Beach 2018 International Sand Sculpting Festival this weekend. Enjoy the competition, along with food trucks, vendors and amusements for the entire family. Plus, Saturday night stay late for fireworks. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

Harpoon Camp Wannamango

The Lawn on D teams up with L.L.Bean to bring a real life Camp Wannamango to your back door. Head down to The Lawn on D tonight for some adult camping with relay games, L.L. Bean exclusive prizes, beer and more. 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhold tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy a movie on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Saturday, July 21

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

You don’t want to miss the Revere Beach 2018 International Sand Sculpting Festival this weekend.

Enjoy the competition, along with food trucks, vendors and amusements for the entire family. Plus, Saturday night stay late for fireworks. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Sweat & Sip: Keg Yard Edition

Get your bootcamp-style workout in at the Harpoon Keg Yard. After the one-hour class, enjoy beer and pretzels in the keg yard. All ability levels are welcome. Tickets are $25 and include the fitness class taught by Reebok's Lead Trainer, Kevin O'Connell and one beer token. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Harpoon Keg Yard, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

The Foo Fighters at Fenway Park

The Foo Fighters return to Fenway Park Saturday and Sunday July 21 and 22 at 5:30 p.m. as part of their Concrete and Gold Tour. Tickets start at $79.

Family Film Festival: "Coco"

Enjoy a family-friendly movie tonight on the Prudential Center’s South Garden at the MAGIC 106.7 Family Film Festival. Tonight it’s “Coco.” Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways start at 6 p.m. All movies are free and start at sundown. Don’t forget those picnic blankets or lawn chairs, too. Prudential Center, Boston.

11th annual Caliente! Latin Music Festival

Caliente! returns to City Hall for its 11th year, celebrating Latin music, art and dance. 7-9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Square, Boston.

Tango in the Park

Tango in the Park returns for its third year bringing the tango and its music to the open air. This year’s summer season opens with the Boston Tango Orchestra, Hernan and Anita performance and lessons for beginners. This is a rain or shine event. All the fun starts at 7 p.m. Rowes Wharf Plaza, Boston.

Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town at Xfinity Center

Miranda Lambert brings the Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town and special guest Turnpike Troubadours and Tenille Townes to the Xfinity Center on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20

Sunday, July 22

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

You don’t want to miss the Revere Beach 2018 International Sand Sculpting Festival this weekend.

Enjoy the competition, along with food trucks, vendors and amusements for the entire family. Plus, Saturday night stay late for fireworks. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today enjoy Kids Yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or Yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.

Free Summer Concert at Longfellow House

Enjoy a free summer concert this afternoon at Longfellow House featuring guitarist Brooks Robertson, as part of Berklee’s Summer in the City Concert Series happening all summer long. 3 p.m., Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge.

The Foo Fighters at Fenway Park

The Foo Fighters return to Fenway Park Saturday and Sunday July 21 and 22 at 5:30 p.m. as part of their Concrete and Gold Tour. Tickets start at $79.



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<![CDATA[J-Pizzle Kitchen to Open in Jamaica Plain]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:25:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Robinwood+716.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant with a rather unusual name is on its way to Jamaica Plain, and it will be moving into the space where another dining spot had been for approximately eight years.

Universal Hub is reporting that J-Pizzle Kitchen is opening on Centre Street in the old Robinwood Cafe and Grille, with a sign out front saying that the place is under new management and it will be opening soon. Very little is currently known about J-Pizzle Kitchen, including what kind of food it might serve and when exactly it will open, so keep checking back for updates.

Robinwood Cafe and Grille first opened in early 2010, replacing Planet Pizza; the restaurant was a diner-style eatery that offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The address for J-Pizzle Kitchen (and the now-closed Robinwood Cafe and Grille) is 536 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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<![CDATA[TsuruTonTan Plans to Open in Kenmore Square]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:16:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/TsuruTonTan+716.jpg

A small group of Japanese noodle spots will be expanding to Boston, opening in a hotel that is home to three popular dining and drinking places.

According to a post from Universal Hub, TsuruTonTan is planning to open within the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square, joining Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and The Hawthorne. The restaurant is known for its udon noodle dishes, while also offering such items as tempura, sushi, curry dishes, rice bowls, and more.

Currently, locations of TsuruTonTan can be found in New York (two) and Hawaii, as well as a handful of locations in Japan.

The address for the proposed TsuruTonTan (and the Hotel Commonwealth) is 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for TsuruTonTan is at http://www.tsurutontan.com/



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<![CDATA[The Cottage in Chestnut Hill Has Closed]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:00:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Cottage+716.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of restaurants featuring California-style cuisine is now down to just two--and only one in the Greater Boston area.

According to a source, The Cottage in Chestnut Hill has closed after approximately seven years in business, with a Facebook post from the place referring customers to their Wellesley location where they can also redeem any gift cards. The post also states that "As they say, when one door closes, another opens. Stay tuned for what's next!" so they may be looking to open a new dining spot. (As soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.)

In addition to the Wellesley and now-closed Chestnut Hill locations, another outlet of The Cottage can be found in La Jolla, CA, and the people behind The Cottage restaurants also run The Poynt and Brick & Ash, both of which are in Newburyport.

The address for The Cottage in Chestnut Hill was 47 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467. The website for the Wellesley location can be found at: https://www.cottagewellesley.com/

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<![CDATA[Bailey and Sage to Open Another Location in Downtown Boston]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:42:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Bailey+and+Sage+716.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of cafes with locations in Boston's Financial District and Cambridge's Kendall Square will be joined by another location in downtown Boston.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Bailey & Sage is opening on Federal Street, joining another on State Street along with a third on Main Street in Cambridge. Based on the offerings at the other two locations, expect to see salads and sandwiches at the new outlet as well as quinoa bowls and vegetarian and vegan menu options.

The first location of Bailey & Sage opened in Boston in 2010, while the Cambridge location opened in 2014.

The address for this upcoming cafe in downtown Boston is: Bailey & Sage, 100 Federal Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the two existing locations can be found at http://www.baileyandsage.com/

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<![CDATA[America's Test Kitchen Food Truck in Seaport District]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:13:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/America%27s+Test+Kitchen+713.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A company on the Boston waterfront that is known for its TV show, magazines, and cookbooks is getting ready to enter the food truck scene.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, America's Test Kitchen will debut a food truck outside of their facilities at the Innovation and Design Building on July 17, with the truck offering weekly-rotating dishes that come from "Cook's Illustrated" or Cook's Country" magazines or one of their cookbooks. The post says that most of the items will cost around $9.00 and that the first dish will be a Philadelphia Pork Sandwich that comes from the latest issue of "Cook's Country."

The ATK food truck will operate Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

The Innovation and Design Building can be found at 21 Drydock Avenue near the the Black Falcon cruise ship terminal. The website for America's Test Kitchen is at https://www.americastestkitchen.com/

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<![CDATA[Happening in Dorchester: Week of July 16th]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:53:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Stitch+house+716.jpg

Zookeeper Appreciation Week! Ever wondered what it takes to be a zookeeper? Visit Franklin Park Zoo and/or Stone Zoo on Saturday, July 21, to celebrate National Zookeeper Appreciation Week and find out! See some of the day-to-day activities zookeepers participate in, including feedings and training. and listen in on special zookeeper encounters. Guests will also have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the Zoo’s staff and discover what it’s like to work with the animals every day. For more information visit here! 

A story and ice cream! Head to Children’s Story Hour on July 17th at Chill on Park! Enjoy a story read by Cindy from Fields Corner Library!  Stick around for some ice cream!  Story Hour takes place from 6pm-7pm.

Birthday Bash! Happy 2nd Birthday Dorchester Brewing! The fun takes place on Saturday, July 21st from 11:30am-11pm for a day-long celebration with live music, donuts,  pizza and more!  You had us at donuts and pizza!

Knit and chat!  Grab your yard and your needles and head to the Stitch House on Thursday evenings from 5pm-8pm for social knitting!  It’s a great way to meet new friend and work on that sweater!

Ready, set, go!  Compete in a triathlon this weekend! The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon will feature a weekend of events on July 21st and July 22nd and all the action happens along the beaches on Day Boulevard! More than 2,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 10th anniversary of the Boston Triathlon including 2016 Olympian and two-time winner of the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon Ben Kanute, former North American Ironman Champion Angela Naeth, in addition to athletes from 8 countries and 42 states! If swimming, biking and running is not your thing, come out and show your support by cheering for the athletes competing! They love that! If you want to participate you have two options – Olympic Race – 1.5K swim, 35K bike, 10K run with a start time of 6:20 am or the Sprint Race – 750m swim, 17.5K bike, 5.5K run – start time at 8 am! For more information visit here!

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<![CDATA[Happening in Southie: Week of July 16th]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:08:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BPD+Ice+Cream+Truck+716.jpg

Light it up! Boston police invite you out to meet your neighbors and unite to “light up the streets, light up the night.” All participants will receive a flashlight! We also hear the BPD ice cream truck will be serving up Hoodsies! This neighborhood event takes place on Orton Marotta Way on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:30 pm. Walks will be canceled in the event of rain!

Be informed. Get involved. Boston Parks Department will host a community meeting about renovations at Flaherty Park (130 B Street). Meet at the park on Tuesday, July 17th from 4pm-6pm to let them know what you’d like to see for the park!

Movie night! Hub Church is hosting not one, but two free movie nights on July 19th and July 20th at M Street Beach at sunset. On July 19th enjoy Sherlock Gnomes and on July 20th it the classic Jurassic Park! Free movie, popcorn and drinks!

Breath and move! Enjoy a free all-levels vines flow at Castle Island Yoga on July 21st from 10:15am-11:30 am taught by Yoga Around Town. Bring your own mat or towel and meet Castle Island near the information sign at Fort Independence. Classes are FREE, but we ask that you register. Walk-ups are available on a limited basis. Please register to ensure your spot in the class! 

Get Ripped!Motivated Fitness is hosting a special Ripped by Regan sports and conditioning clinic for ages 14 and up! This program takes place Mondays-Thursdays 7:30pm-9pm. Begins Monday, July 16th. 28 sessions $400, 14 sessions $225. Daily drop-ins $20.

On your mark, get set, go! Compete in a triathlon right in your own backyard – Southie! The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon will feature a weekend of events on July 21st and July 22nd and all the action happens along the beaches on Day Boulevard! More than 2,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 10th anniversary of the Boston Triathlon including 2016 Olympian and two-time winner of the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon Ben Kanute, former North American Ironman Champion Angela Naeth, in addition to athletes from 8 countries and 42 states! If swimming, biking and running is not your thing, come out and show your support by cheering for the athletes competing! They love that! If you want to participate you have two options – Olympic Race – 1.5K swim, 35K bike, 10K run with a start time of 6:20 am or the Sprint Race – 750m swim, 17.5K bike, 5.5K run – start time at 8 am! For more information visit here!

Public Safety! With recent concerns over the safety of Day Boulevard and Farragut Road, Mass DOT and DCR are partnering up for a special public information meeting on Wednesday, July 18th from 6:30pm-8:30 pm regarding the Day Boulevard Targeted Safety Improvement Project (State Police Driveway to Farragut Road). This meeting will take place at the Curley Community Center.

Open House! Moakley Park Vision Plan Open House will take place on Thursday, July 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tierney Learning Center located at 125 Mercer Street. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to the second in a series of open house events to share thoughts on what residents and park users would like to see in the Moakley Park Vision Plan. For further information, please call (617) 961-3035.

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<![CDATA[Seaports, Parks: Top Instagram Posts of the Week]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:01:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/8mbdixon11.jpg

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<![CDATA[Goldilox Bagels to Open in Medford]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:43:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bagels1.png

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another option for bagels is on its way to the Boston area, with this one opening just north of the city.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Goldilox Bagels is planning to open in Medford, with the description on its website saying that it will be a "gourmet bagel shop serving Medford and its neighboring communities," offering "homemade bagels, spreads, sandwiches, and drinks – freshly prepared and available daily." Another Facebook post from a person who is apparently behind the business mentions that a lease has been signed for it, though little other information appears to be available, including where it will be located and when it might open. (As soon as we get more info, we will post an update here.)

The website for Goldilox can be found at http://www.goldiloxbagels.com

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<![CDATA[Beacon Hill Peet's Coffee & Tea Closed by City of Boston]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:22:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Peets-Coffee-FB.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A California-based coffee roaster and retailer that is closing two of its Boston area locations today has seen a third shut down--at least for now--and it is not yet known what will happen to the place.

According to three sources, including a poster on Twitter, Peet's Coffee & Tea in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston is shuttered, with all three sending pictures of a sign out front that says "Closed by order of Licensing Board for the City of Boston." This sign was also posted yesterday and while a phone call placed to the Charles Street spot yesterday indicated that the shop would be open today, phone calls have gone unanswered this afternoon. As soon as we find out more about the exact status of the Beacon Hill location of Peet's, we will post an update here.

Today also marked the final day for two other locations of Peet's--one in the North End and another in Newton Centre. It appears that other shops in Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Lexington, and Wellesley will remain in operation, though if this changes, we will also post an update on that.

The address for Peet's in Beacon Hill is 66 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for Peet's can be found at http://www.peets.com/

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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie: Weekend Picks]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:18:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/237*120/southie+713.PNG

Eat:
It’s National Mac and Cheese Day! Lincoln has some of the best mac and cheese around! Order up the Truffle Mac and Cheese made with four cheese sauce, English peas, Ritz cracker crumbs and truffle oil! Yes!

Drink:
Wet your whistle! Whether you hit M Street Beach or Carson Beach, an ice cold beer or a frozen drink and some snacks will do the trick! Head to Roza Lyons apres beach and cool off with some Watermelon Mint Frosé! While you’re there you might as well order their pretzel sticks with cheese sauce too!

Shop:
Outdoor Voices is opening its Seaport location on Saturday, July 14th! To celebrate they’re hosting a Dog Jog. This dog-friendly fun will begin at 9:00 am. Bring your pooch! Stick around for some shopping!

See:
Take me out to the ballgame! If you love vintage baseball, then you’ll love this! Travel back in time to 1886 and watch some old-time baseball! The Boston Beaneaters will face the New Hampshire Granite on Saturday, July 14th at 11am at Georges Island! For more information visit here!

Do:
Neighborhood nights! The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is opening its doors on July 12th free of charge, for families and residents to experience live music, performances, art-making, and creative experimentation while also exploring the galleries. This free, specially-themed series of fun, interactive activities for you and your family features music, dance, performance, gallery games, garden activities and hands-on art making beginning at 5 pm. Another neighborhood night will take place on August 9th too!

Listen:
Have you downloaded and listened to our latest episode of Caught Up: A Podcast from South Boston! Well, what are you waiting for – we go great with a glass of wine or while you walk the Island! This week’s episode is our sexy swingers episode! You can download it here!

Watch:
It’s the World Cup Finals! France will face Croatia on Sunday, July 15th at 11 am! Coppersmith will be showing the big game! Grab a beer and take a seat!

Play:
Grab the family and join the South Boston Neighborhood House and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for a day at the beach on Friday, July 13th from 10am-2pm at Carson Beach. There will be fishing, clamming, giant beach volleyball, football, soccer, kite flying, kayaking and a bbq! Wowee! Stop by!

Bronze:
Love and Mercy is offering a Stay Gold Power Lunch Spray Tan on Thursday, July 12th and Friday, July 13th from 12pm-3pm. $49 for a sunless tan. To book an appointment, send an email to info@loveandmercysalon.com!

Register:
Fore! Register this week for the annual Mass Bay Credit Union Golf Tournament! This fun event takes place on Tuesday, August 14th at the Cape Club of Sharon and begins at11am with registration followed by a shotgun start at 12 pm at 5 pm a special cocktail and dinner reception. Price is $230 per golfer and $920 for a foursome. Fee includes green fees, golf cart, boxed lunch, dinner and use of locker rooms. For more information, email Maren at mbradley@massbaycu.org. Funds raised help support many organizations in South Boston! Golfers and sponsors are wanted!

Free Friday!
Get out there and have some fun…….for FREE! The Highland Street Foundation would like to pick up the tab on admission to Boston area attractions. Isn’t that nice? Enjoy free admission to places like the JFK Library, The Children’s Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, the Greenway Carousel and many more. This special promotion takes place each Friday from June 29th through August 31st. This Friday the Edward Kennedy Institute in Dot is free! For a full schedule or for more information visit their website!

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<![CDATA[Caught in Dot: Weekend Picks]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:16:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Ashmont+713.PNG

Eat:
It’s National Mac and Cheese Day on July 14th. We say celebrate at dbar! They have some of the best mac and cheese around! Made with ditalini, clothbound cheddar, caramelized onions and breadcrumbs. Add grilled chicken, bacon, or house-made sausage! Yum!

Drink:
It’s frozen drink season! Head to Yellow Door for their frozen sangria! It’s housemade sangria blended to perfection! While you’re there, you might as well get the chips and guacamole right?

Play:
Celebrate Riverfest! On Saturday, July 14th head to Neponset Park (at the corner of Granite Ave. and Hilltop St.) from 10 am – 2 pm. 
Celebrate the Neponset River and the beautiful parks and pedestrian paths along the shore, along with the natural salt marshes and wetlands that support more than 200 species of birds, fish and other wildlife. This is a family-friendly, public event. We encourage you to bring a blanket and a picnic, and spend the day! Try out a kayak or canoe courtesy of Paddle Boston, explore a tidepool with the New England Aquarium, have a WILD time with Zoo New England or attend a fishing clinic with the Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. There will be food trucks, live music and arts and crafts as well as the spray park for the kids to cool off. Bring the bikes and go for a cruise along the protected paths of the riverway. For more information visit here!

Shuck:
The Shuck Food Truck will be at Dorchester Brewing on Friday, July 13th from 5pm-9pm. Freshly shucked oysters go perfectly with craft beer!

Watch:
It’s the World Cup Finals! France will face Croatia on Sunday, July 15th at 11 am! Eire Pub will show the big game! Grab a beer and take a seat!

See:
Take me out to the ballgame! If you love vintage baseball, then you’ll love this! Travel back in time to 1886 and watch some old-time baseball! The Boston Beaneaters will face the New Hampshire Granite on Saturday, July 14th at 11 am at Georges Island! For more information visit here!

Do:
Camera-ready! Boston Harbor Now has announced the 2018 Boston harbor Island Photo Contest! This contest is open to all skill levels and ages. For more information about submission categories, prizes and guidelines, visit here!

Namaste:
Enjoy a free yoga class with 4 Corners Yoga & Wellness at the Ashmont Farmers Market on Fridays from 4pm-5pm.   The class takes place in front of Ashmont Grill!  Don’t forget your mat and water!

Download:
Have you downloaded and listened to our latest episode of our podcast Caught Up? Well, what are you waiting for – we go great with a glass of wine or while you walk the Island! This week’s episode is our sexy swingers episode! You can download it here!

Free Friday!
Get out there and have some fun…….for FREE! The Highland Street Foundation would like to pick up the tab on admission to Boston area attractions. Isn’t that nice? Enjoy free admission to places like the JFK Library, The Children’s Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, the Greenway Carousel and many more. This special promotion takes place each Friday from June 29th through August 31st. This Friday the Edward Kennedy Institute in Dot is free! For a full schedule or for more information visit their website!





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<![CDATA[20 Great Ways to Celebrate Summer This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:22:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Wine-Pouring-AP_876191616831.jpg

Friday, July 13

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End or a walking group at 10 a.m. at Moakley Park in South Boston.

50 Percent off Friday Nights at the Museum of Science

Now through the end of August, enjoy 50 percent off exhibit halls admission from 3- 9 p.m. Grab your family or friends and explore everything the museum has to offer at this discounted rate. Plus starting at 6 p.m. you can also enjoy beer, wine, small plates and oysters in the museum’s Riverview Cafe. You can also add Omni and Planetarium shows at a discounted rate of just $6.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhold tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “The Lion King” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Tanglewood in the City

Experience Tanglewood without leaving the city! Grab your lawn chair and head to the Boston Common tonight to catch the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s “Tanglewood in the City” on the giant screen live from Tanglewood. This is a free event. 8 p.m., Boston Common, near the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets.

Saturday, July 14 

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

Samuel Adams Morning Mash In: Red Sox Edition

Join Sam Adams for a special Red Sox edition of its Morning Mash in Tour. Tour the brewery before it opens to the public, taste some beers and enjoy gourmet breakfast sandwiches before getting on a trolley and heading to Fenway Park. Tickets are $45 (and they don’t include tickets to the Red Sox game). This is a 21+ event. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Sam Adams Brewery, 30 Germania St., Boston.

Jamaica Plain Garden Tour

Enjoy unique access to more than 20 private gardens in Jamaica Plain’s Sumner Hill and Central neighborhoods during the first annual Jamaica Plain Garden Tour. Tickets start at $20. The tour starts at J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St.

Downeast Cider Fairgrounds

Head down to the lawn on D for carnival games and fun at the Downeast themed “Fairgrounds.” Enjoy the dunk tag, ring-toss, balloon darts and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

My Caribbean One World Expo

Enjoy live performances at one of Boston’s favorite caribbean festivals today on the Greenway. Enjoy dance, art, crafts and more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Greenway, High Street and Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Summer Daze Bar Crawl

This bar crawl hits some of Boston’s best outdoor drinking venues. Your ticket includes a Summer Daze Tank Top, entry into all locations with no cover, party shades, koozies and specials. Tickets start at $20 and can be picked up between Noon and 3 p.m. at Tia’s. Noon to 9 p.m.,Tia’s, 200 Atlantic Ave., Boston.

The Market Bar at Boston Public Market

Saturday afternoons enjoy a beverage while you shop or dine throughout the Boston Public Market. Stop by the special Market Bar in the HUB for local beer and wine selections. 1-5 p.m., Boston Public Market

Tango in the Park

Tango in the Park returns for its third year bringing the tango and its music to the open air. This year’s summer season opens with the Boston Tango Orchestra, Hernan and Anita performance and lessons for beginners. This is a rain or shine event. All the fun starts at 7 p.m. Dewey Square Plaza, Boston.

Family Film Festival “Sing!”

Enjoy a family-friendly movie tonight on the Prudential Center’s South Garden at the MAGIC 106.7 Family Film Festival. Tonight it’s “Sing!” Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways start at 6 p.m. All movies are free and start at sundown. Don’t forget those picnic blankets or lawn chairs, too. Prudential Center, Boston.

Sunday, July 15 

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Harpoon Brunch

Head to the Harpoon Beer Hall for brunch featuring their new Brunch Pretzels. The made to order, first-come, first-served pretzels come with two dipping sauces (bacon ranch and marinara) and there are meat and meatless options. $10. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today enjoy Kids Yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or Yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.

CRUSH Wine Festival

Sample more than 75 award-winning Massachusetts wines from 18 local wineries, along with handcrafted cheeses, chocolates and small bites, and a chance to meet the winemakers and bring home some bottles for later. Tickets start at $35. Noon to 5:30 p.m., Massachusetts Horticultural Society, The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St., Wellesley.

Adult Ice Cream Party at Loretta's Last Call

National Ice Cream Day isn’t just for the kiddos. Head to Loretta’s Last Call for a special adult, 21+ ice cream party complete with sponsor inspired flavors, a giant toppings bar and more. 2-5 p.m., Loretta’s Last Call, 1 Lansdowne St., Boston. 



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<![CDATA[Love Thyself: Beautiful New Mural in Dorchester]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:13:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/mural20.jpg

A beautiful new mural covers the side of a three-story building on Quincy Street in Grove Hall. It’s powerful and moving and was created by Cambridge artist Victor “MARKA27” Quiñonez. It’s the final mural in a series of five funded by the city of Boston. WBUR has a great article about this mural here!

We encourage to check out all of these amazing public art murals in the neighborhood!

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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie: Mark Wahlberg]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:13:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP433672235923.jpg

Often mistaken for being from Southie, Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg was spotted dining at Strega Waterfront over the weekend!  According to the Boston Herald’s Inside Track, Wahlberg and his entourage (see what we did there?) enjoyed a meal on the patio! 

They were also spotted taking a stroll in Fort Point.  We’re shocked he didn’t text us to let us know he was in town! 

Image via Mark Wahlberg Instagram


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<![CDATA[The Best Cheap Eats in Greater Boston]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:27:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/AvellinosMeatballSub%5B1%5D.jpgHere are some tasty dishes in the Boston area that won't break the bank.

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<![CDATA[The Dating App for Dog Lovers Is Coming to Boston]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:01:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/d9d7ee1e051348278b67023e055a8a84.jpg

Sisters Leigh and Casey Isaacson are on a mission: to help people find love with a little help from their four-legged friends.

To accomplish this they created Dig, a mobile dating app designed specifically for dog lovers, which launches in Boston next week.

Although the app only recently hit the app store, just before Valentine’s Day this year, its inception traces back to 2015. Casey had to deal with a breakup, in part because her partner didn’t get along with her dog well. Not long after that, the two came up with the idea for Dig and validated it with one statistic: 55 percent of all single adults in the US are pet owners.

“It’s a niche idea, but it’s a huge niche,” Leigh said. “Most single people are pet owners with this major compatibility concern”

To start, users make a profile for themselves not only with their information but also some of their dog’s information. Dig’s initial matching system works much like other dating apps: an algorithm serves up potential partners daily, and the user chooses whether or not to “dig” them.

The app places an emphasis on finding matches between people that can not only coexist with each other, but can get along with each other’s pets. Dig gives users access to special deals from local pet suppliers, notifications about dog-themed events in town, and suggestions for dog-friendly dates between matched pairs.

While the app is only just coming to Boston, it’s already been launched in a number of other cities nationwide, including New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, and Chicago with about 8,000 users. 

To successfully shepherd their company through its early phase, the Isaacson sisters are learning from precedents. Previous dating apps, both focused on pet owners and other groups, sometimes launch nationally too fast for their own good — While this leads to a higher number of users, they are less concentrated in specific cities and have a tough time finding significant matches.

“We’ve been lucky that other people have tried to do this before in other types of ways, and we can really learn from their mistakes when building our app,” Leigh said.

Leigh and Casey are aiming to bring Dig to 25 cities by the end of 2018 before launching nationally sometime in 2019 or beyond. After Boston, they plan to take their app to Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Nashville, Atlanta, and Seattle. To get off the ground, Leigh and Casey raised $130,000 in a pre-seed round. 

Dig is a member of MassChallenge Boston’s summer 2018 cohort, which gives them access to scholarship opportunities, corporate partnerships, working space in Boston, and more. The Isaacson sisters reflect the fact that this year’s cohort is the first to feature more startups with at least one female founder.

Leigh and Casey’s top priority moving forward is to bring Dig to Google Play, making it available on Android phones for the first time. Right now, it is only available on iOS. Other features might also be on the way — like adding a filter to find matches with hypoallergenic dogs, a way to mark on a profile whether or not someone allows dogs to sleep on their bed with them, and more.

While dating apps are more popular than ever, the chances of actually landing an in-person date through them are surprisingly low. According to the Pew Research Center, one-third of online dating site users have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on these sites. The Isaacson sisters are hoping to change this by helping people bond over their dogs, which encourages them to meet face to face.

“[Dating apps] are more and more popular every year… people are turning to the app with the best matches, that really get you out and dating,” Leigh said. “We wanted to design [Dig] in a way that people got the best out of the dating app world.”




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<![CDATA[The Casual Cup Cafe Opens in South Braintree Square]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:20:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18180595093658.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new independent cafe has opened on the South Shore, moving into the space where a location of an Illinois-based chain of sandwich shops had been.

According to a source, The Casual Cup Cafe is now open in South Braintree Square, with the dining spot taking over the former Jimmy John's space on Washington Street. Based on an initial menu posted onto its Facebook page, the new place is offering such items as coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches, scones, muffins, bagels, and danish for breakfast, along with salads, and sandwiches for lunch, with a few more options apparently being on the way as well.

Jimmy John's closed its Braintree location earlier this year, also shutting down its nearby shop in Quincy around the same time. (Other Boston-area locations of the chain have closed as well, including shops in Boston's Audubon Circle, Allston/Brighton, Newton, Salem, and Watertown.)

The address for The Casual Cup Cafe is 911 Washington Street Braintree, MA, 02184. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/The-Casual-Cup-Cafe-104890373698776/

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<![CDATA[Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge to Open at Bow Market in Somerville's Union Square]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:32:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Create+Gallery+7111.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

One of the owners of a now-closed restaurant and cocktail spot in Boston's Fort Point--and the person behind a popup in the South End--is opening a new dining and drinking place at a recently-opened development in Somerville.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Louis DiBiccari of the shuttered Tavern Road along with Humaari (at Wink & Nod) is planning to open Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge at Bow Market in Union Square, with the post stating that the idea for the upcoming spot comes from Create Boston, a celebration of food and art through events held in the local area. The brick-and-mortar location of Create will also focus on food, drink, art, and music, including the selling of art, promotions set up via social media, and 45- to 60-day residencies for artists, while bartenders from the Boston area and elsewhere will help collaborate on cocktails offered at the place. If all goes as planned, Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge plans to open this fall.

Bow Market, which features a variety of businesses and food/drink vendors, is located between Somerville Avenue and Bow Street in Union Square.

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<![CDATA[New Brewery Coming to Former Fortune Palace II Space in Essex]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:05:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Craft_Beer_Slow_Down.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Yet another brewery is on its way to the region, with this one moving into a waterside space on the North Shore where a Chinese restaurant had been.

According to an article in Wicked Local, Hamilton resident John Collins is opening a brewery and restaurant in Essex at the former Fortune Palace II site on Main Street, with the plan being to have the brewery on the first floor and the dining area on the second floor. The post mentions that each floor will have a bar while a beer garden will be set up on the porch of the place, and the restaurant will be an "upscale American bistro" that is receiving help from an unnamed restaurant group.

Fortune Palace II had been in the space since the mid-1990s, moving from Peabody where it had been called Fortune Palace, first opening its doors in the early to mid-1980s.

If all goes as planned, the new brewery/restaurant (which does not yet have a name) could be opening in September of 2019.

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<![CDATA[50Kitchen Plans to Open in Dorchester's Fields Corner]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:07:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/177*120/50Kitchen+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant is on its way to Dorchester, and part of its focus will be on helping the local community.

According to both an email sent and an article from Eater Boston, 50Kitchen is planning to open in Fields Corner, with the Dorchester Avenue eatery being a fusion-style dining spot that includes both South American and Asian influences. An events page indicates that a fundraising popup will take place at home.stead bakery & cafe in Fields Corner on Saturday, July 14, which will include a special sampling menu from 50Kitchen chef/owner Anthony Caldwell.

In addition to being a restaurant, 50Kitchen also looks to work with local shelters to fight hunger, while also mentoring children on the daily operations of dining spots.

Currently, Anthony Caldwell runs a catering business and also offers private chef services out of his space at 1450 Dorchester Avenue, according to Eater. The website for the restaurant (which will apparently be at that site) can be found at http://www.50kitchen.com

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<![CDATA[Bluestone Lane Plans to Expand to Boston]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:19:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/211*120/Blue+Lane+711.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a New York-based group of Australian-style cafes will be making its way to Boston.

According to a post from prnewswire.com, Bluestone Lane is looking to expand to both Boston and Austin while doubling the number of locations from 30 to 60 across 10 cities over the next couple of years. The business, which debuted in New York City in 2013, includes both counter-service coffee shops with a limited menu and full-service cafes with "progressive cafe fare." (It is not yet known for sure which concept will come to Boston, though it appears that it could be the cafe concept.)

The website for Bluestone Lane can be found at https://bluestonelane.com/

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<![CDATA[Castle Island Brewing Beer Garden News]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:49:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/castle27.jpg

Looks like we won’t be enjoying craft beer under 93 this summer. The highly anticipated  Castle Island Brewing will not be opening a pop up beer garden at Underground at Ink Block. On Monday, the Norwood based brewery announced via a Facebook post due to circumstances beyond their control, the beer garden would not be happening. 

Well folks, we have an Underground update for everyone. Due to circumstances beyond our control, our beer garden will not open at Underground at Ink Block this summer. We appreciate the strong support and interest that we’ve received from both the South End and South Boston communities. We’re working on a backup location as we speak and will be sharing developments in the coming weeks!”

So what are the “circumstances beyond our control?” Well, according to the Boston Globe, BPD had  public safety concerns about people consuming alcohol in a main and busy artery.

Hmmm….but Trillium Brewery Pop Up Beer Garden at Rose Kennedy Greenway is OK? Actually anywhere you can drink beer and walk out onto a busy street could generate public safety concerns, right? 

Anyway, according to its statement, Castle Island Brewery is working on a back-up location. Stay tuned for more details. 

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<![CDATA[Beacon St. Locale in Boston Has Closed]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:56:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/Beacon+St+locale+79.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Back Bay restaurant and bar that replaced a longtime Irish pub last year has shut down.

Eater Boston confirms that a source told us a few days ago, that Beacon St. Locale is no longer in business, with a "No Trespassing" sign posted out front. No reason has been given for the closure of the dining and drinking spot as of yet; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Beacon St. Locale first opened in April of 2017, replacing Crossroads Irish Pub, which had actually closed twice (including in early 2013). Crossroads had been a popular spot with both Red Sox fans and college students.

The address for the now-closed Beacon St. Locale was 495 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

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<![CDATA[Peet's Coffee & Tea in Boston's North End Is Closing]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:25:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/GettyImages-536072123.jpg

It looks like another Boston-area location of a California-based coffee roaster and retailer will be closing this week.

According to an article from northendwaterfront.com, Peet's Coffee & Tea in the North End of Boston is closing on Friday, July 13, which is the same day that a location in Newton Centre is shutting down. It appears that shops in the Back Bay, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Lexington, and Wellesley will remain in operation, though if this changes, we will post an update here.

Peet's first opened at the corner of Salem Street and Cross Street at the end of 2015 in the old Goody Glover's space.

The address for this soon-to-close coffee shop in the North End is: Peet's Coffee & Tea, 50 Salem Street, Boston, MA, 02113. The website for Peet's can be found at http://www.peets.com/

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<![CDATA[Northeastern Prof Thinks Phone Apps Spying on Us]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:42:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Should_You_Get_Smartphone_Insurance_.jpg

If you’re militant about protecting your privacy, those occasional rumors that smartphones are doubling as spy devices probably ring true. And a new study out of Northeastern University that tested 17,260 Android apps does little to dial down such fears.

While the study — which dubs itself as the first large-scale, empirical one of its kind — has not found outright abuse of our phone’s camera, microphone or touch screen (though doesn’t rule it out, either), it does make some disturbing discoveries about other information we assume to be private escaping our mobile devices through some apps, likely without our knowledge.

The Northeastern University team found apps that either directly or through recycled code from third-party libraries had uploaded images or had recorded images and videos of screen use, without users’ knowledge.

“We find that on Android there is no permission required for third-party code in an app to continuously record the screen (that the app) displayed to the user. As such, users may unwittingly use apps that collect video recordings containing sensitive information…,” the study’s authors found.

To put this in perspective, David Choffnes, an assistant professor in Northeastern’s College of Computer and Information Science said, we assume what we type, swipe or photograph is private unless we send, post or upload it.

David Choffnes of Northeastern University. Courtesy photo.

And, we believe that “at anytime we can erase it and it’s like it never happened,” said Choffnes, who worked on the study. “But now we have some of these apps and some of their behaviors are such that what we thought was temporary or … transient … is actually being sent out on the internet, probably before we wanted it to be. That obviously has privacy implications.”

Perhaps even worse, said Choffnes, as comprehensive as the research was — it looked at apps from Google Play, AppChina, Mi.com and Anzhi  — “we just scratched the tip of the tip of the iceberg…. this is a conservative underestimate of what’s happening.”

Conducting the research with Choffnes was Elleen Pan, Jingjing Ren, Martina Lindorfer and Christo Wilson.

BostInno spoke with Choffnes to find out more.

BostInno: Many people worry that their phones’ microphones or cameras are secretly spy on them. But it sounds like you found something that nobody is really thinking about, right?

Choffnes: Right. … What we found is that it’s possible for an app – or a code that’s provided by a third party, in this case, AppSee – to record what is happening on the screen (while using that app) and then send that over the internet without any permissions required. It’s different from the camera or the microphone because if an app is going to use those, it needs to ask you first. We’re all familiar with those prompts. But not only is it possible that the screen can be recorded with no permission, there’s also no notifications to the user.

BostInno: And do these screenshots can actually have a lot of information in them?

Choffnes: It depends on how these apps are being used. … But, I think you’re right, often our screens have sensitive and personal information, and those things we (now) know can be shared with other parties without … any permission or without any user consent. So I think everyone should be a bit alarmed by that. We don’t have any evidence of abuse of it … but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for malicious purposes. The biggest thing that scares me is that if – or when – it is used maliciously, the average user will have no way of knowing that it’s happening, and will have no protections.

BostInno: You also talk about some photo editing apps that users expect are working inside their phones, but that actually upload photos over the internet, sometimes as soon as a photo is taken. 

Choffnes: When we use our built-in camera app and we apply a filter, we assume that everything is being done on our phone, and for the built-in apps – whether they’re iOS’ or Android’s – that’s going to be the case. But what was surprising to us was that, you have these apps where you select a photo for editing and it gets uploaded to another server. Sometimes that’s disclosed, but in many cases, it’s not clear, even from the privacy policy. What’s particularly alarming is that it could be the case — that you take a photo and before you even chose to edit it, it uploads it. Some of us have photos that we want to throw away and some of those might be sensitive, if it’s already been uploaded to a server the moment you took the picture, then the cat is already out of the bag.

BostInno: And like we saw with the Equifax hack … stuff gets out, and once it’s out of your hands, there’s the potential that it could get saved, reused or hacked, right?

Choffnes: That’s the right analogy. We implicitly or explicitly trust our data with certain parties. But what we’re finding is that in general you might not know that your data is being trusted with parties that you do not have a direct relationship with, and, in some cases it’s shared in ways that you never knew it would be shared.  The more companies that have data about you, at least one of them will get hacked at some point and then your data is exposed.

This interview was edited for brevity, clarity and to accommodate the short attention spans we all have in this digital age.

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<![CDATA[La Rotisserie in Chestnut Hill Has Apparently Closed]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:32:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/217*120/rotisserie+711.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a suburban rotisserie eatery that had been in business for a long time has shut down.

According to a source within the restaurant industry, La Rotisserie at The Street Chestnut Hill is no longer in business, with a call placed to the spot indicating that its phone is no longer in service. It is not known why the dining spot closed or when its last day might have been; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

La Rotisserie, which first opened approximately 30 years ago, was known in part for its rotisserie chicken along with its ribs, roasted turkey breast, chicken pot pie, and pulled pork.

The address for this now-closed dining spot at The Street Chestnut Hill was: La Rotisserie, 17 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467.

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<![CDATA[The Hungry Traveler in Downtown Boston Has Closed]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:39:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/201*120/Hungry+Traveler+711.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A decades-old breakfast and lunch spot in the heart of Boston has shut down.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, The Hungry Traveler at Court Square (between Government Center and Downtown Crossing) is no longer in business, with another poster indicating that the owners were apparently unable to pay the rent, though this has not been confirmed. The dining spot featured such items as breakfast sandwiches, club sandwiches, and subs, and those in the know also went there for Korean fare such as kimchi soup, bulgogi, and bibimbap. (Restaurant critic and food/drinks writer MC Slim JB gave the place a best "secret" spot award in 2016 for The Improper Bostonian.)

The Hungry Traveler had been in business since at least the early 1980s, based on what another poster said.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in downtown Boston was: The Hungry Traveler, 29 Court Square, Boston, MA, 02108.

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<![CDATA[These 27 Chicken Dishes Are the Ultimate Comfort Food]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:27:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/FarmGrillChicken.jpgCheck out these delicious chicken dishes in the Boston area.

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<![CDATA[These Chocolate Dishes Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:04:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/DonutDonutsCoffeeRoll.jpgThese bakeries, restaurants, and pastry shops in the Boston area have chocolate treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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<![CDATA[Peet's Coffee & Tea in Newton Centre Is Closing]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:12:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/barista1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A California-based coffee roaster and retailer with a handful of locations in the Greater Boston area is getting ready to shut down one of its shops.

According to an article in the Newton TAB, Peet's Coffee & Tea in Newton Centre is closing on July 13 after nearly 20 years in business, with reps telling building owner Fred Margolis that even though they had approximately a year and a half left on the lease, they could not afford to stay open as the Beacon Street store was losing money. It is not yet known what might move into the space, and rumors of a bank going in are premature, as Margolis says that no decision has been made on the space as of yet.

Peet's Coffee & Tea has other locations in Boston (Back Bay and North End), Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Lexington, and Wellesley.

The address for this soon-to-close coffee shop in Newton Centre is: Peet's Coffee & Tea, 776 Beacon Street, Newton Centre, MA, 02459. The website for Peet's is at http://www.peets.com/

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<![CDATA[Frannie's Restaurant in Winchester Is Closing]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:51:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/breakfast+generic.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime neighborhood restaurant in Winchester is shutting down.

According to an article in the Winchester Star, Frannie's Restaurant on Swanton Street is closing on July 15, as owner Francis DiMambro, who is getting ready to turn 80, says that "I'm tired" and "I'm sad, too." The diner-style restaurant, which first opened in 1993, is known for its breakfasts and close-knit feel with repeat diners coming from Winchester and the surrounding towns--including regulars who call themselves the "Romeo" group (Retired Old Men Eating Out), setting up shop at a round table by the window each Friday.

The address for this soon-to-close eatery in Winchester is: Frannie's Restaurant, 32 Swanton Street, Winchester, MA, 01890.

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<![CDATA[Happening in Dot: Week of July 9th]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:33:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/homestead+79.PNG

Office hours! The office of the Boston City Councilor At-Large, Michelle Wu, will have open office hours to interact and listen to neighbors concerns and the issues that are affecting them in Dorchester. Wu’s liaison, Annie Lee, will be at the Fields Corner’s Home.stead bakery on Wednesday, July 11th from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Stop by and say hello!

Celebrate Riverfest! On Saturday, July 14th head to Neponset Park (at the corner of Granite Ave. and Hilltop St.) from 10am – 2pm. 
Celebrate the Neponset River and the beautiful parks and pedestrian paths along the shore, along with the natural salt marshes and wetlands that support more than 200 species of birds, fish and other wildlife.This is a family-friendly, public event. We encourage you to bring a blanket and a picnic, and spend the day! Try out a kayak or canoe courtesy of Paddle Boston, explore a tidepool with the New England Aquarium, have a WILD time with Zoo New England or attend a fishing clinic with the Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. There will be food trucks, live music and arts and crafts as well as the spray park for the kids to cool off. Bring the bikes and go for a cruise along the protected paths of the riverway.  For more information visit here! 

Free lunch! Boston Summer Eats! This summer all kids and teens (18 and under) can get a free meal at City Hall Plaza! Lunch will be served weekdays from 11:30-1:30 beginning Monday, July 9th. Can make it to City Hall Plaza – check out meals4kids.com for other locations!

Camera ready! Boston Harbor Now has announced the 2018 Boston harbor Island Photo Contest! This contest is open to all skill levels and ages. For more information about submission categories, prizes and guidelines, visit here! 

Mix and mingle!  A neighborhood event for all Dorchester residents and advocates! Remember the days when we used to hang out with neighbors and with no need of cellphones and social media? Well, let’s come together like old times! A group of local residents are coming together with partners from the region to bring a networking night to informally discuss how to ensure Dorchester’s growth remains affordable, walkable, and vibrant for all of us and future generations. This is an evening to socialize, network and learn from each other’s vision for our neighborhood. Let’s build alliances among residents and organizations committed to maintaining Dorchester as affordable and vibrant for all!  The event will take place on Thursday, July 12th 2018 from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at The Blarney Stone (1505 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA 02122). It’s free and open for all, and you can RSVP here. 

Co-hosts:
Neighborhood Residents
Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC)
Fairmount Greenway
Fields Corner Main Street
Four Corners Main Street
Greater Ashmont Main Street
Greater Grove Hall Main Streets
Upham’s Corner Main Street
WalkBoston
Codman Square Health Center


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<![CDATA[Happening in Southie: Week of July 9th]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:19:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/Gardiner.PNG

Be informed. Get involved. The Ward 6&7 Democratic Committees will host a State Representative forum on Tuesday, July 10th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Candidates Matt Rusteika and David Biele will be on hand to discuss local issues. This event takes place at the Curley Rec. Center. All are encouraged to attend.

Neighborhood nights! The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is opening its doors on July 12th free of charge, for families and residents to experience live music, performances, art-making, and creative experimentation while also exploring the galleries. This free, specially-themed series of fun, interactive activities for you and your family features music, dance, performance, gallery games, garden activities and hands-on art making beginning at 5pm. Another neighborhood night will take place on August 9th too.

The Great Outdoors! L.L.Bean has partnered with leading co-working provider, Industrious, to introduce the first-ever outdoor co-working space, and launch an initiative to bring more outdoor time into the workday with the introduction of “Be an Outsider at Work.” The initiative will come to Boston at The Greenway’s Wharf District Park Tuesday, July 10 to Thursday, July 12, complete with individual workspaces, collaborative conference areas, cycling desks and outdoor team-building activities – giving new meaning to being “Out of Office.” This space will be open to the public from 9am-5pm complete with wifi, power and collaborative workspaces, designed by Industrious. Everyone is invited to reserve a free workspace at www.BeAnOutsiderAtWork.com or stop by the park. L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Program experts will also be on-site to facilitate short team-building exercises, which will involve a group problem-solving activity designed to highlight teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. These team-building exercises can also be booked.

Fore! Register this week for the annual Mass Bay Credit Union Golf Tournament! This fun event takes place on Tuesday, August 14th at the Cape Club of Sharon and begins at11am with registration followed by a shotgun start at 12pm at 5pm a special cocktail and dinner reception. Price is $230 per golfer and $920 for a foursome. Fee includes green fees, golf cart, boxed lunch, dinner and use of locker rooms. For more information, email Maren at mbradley@massbaycu.org. Funds raised helps support many organizations in South Boston! Golfers and sponsors are wanted!

Public Safety! With recent concerns over the safety of Day Boulevard and Farragut Road, Mass DOT and DCR are partnering up for a special public information meeting on Wednesday, July 18th from 6:30pm-8:30pm regarding the Day Boulevard Targeted Safety Improvement Project (State Police Driveway to Farragut Road). This meeting will take place at the Curley Community Center.

Free lunch! Boston Summer Eats! This summer all kids and teens (18 and under) can get a free meal at City Hall Plaza! Lunch will be served weekdays from 11:30-1:30 beginning Monday, July 9th. Can make it to City Hall Plaza – check out meals4kids.com for other locations!

Save the date!Moakley Park Vision Plan Open House will take place on Thursday, July 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tierney Learning Center located at 125 Mercer Street. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to the second in a series of open house events to share thoughts on what residents and park users would like to see in the Moakley Park Vision Plan. For further information, please call (617) 961-3035.

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<![CDATA[An “Epic” Prime Day 2018 Arrives July 16 on Amazon]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:07:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18065776169139-Amazon-Prime-Discount.jpg

Amazon’s annual shopping event – known as Prime Day – will be back on July 16, the company announced on Tuesday, honoring its subscription-encouraging tradition of presenting Prime members with exclusive deals in the middle of the summer.

For the first time, Prime Day will be Prime Day and Half, with offerings available through July 17. Also, the company will offer specific deals at Whole Foods and discounts on Alexa-enabled products like Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets.

Here’s what to need to know to make the most of the Prime Day 2018, which the company described as “epic”:

The Hours

Amazon’s Prime Day 2018 will start on July 16 at 3 p.m. ET and will run through July 17 for a total of 36 hours. Since Tuesday, each day leading up to Prime Day will offer exclusive deals. Last year, Prime Day ran for 30 hours, making the 2018 edition of the annual shopping day the longest to date.

The Deals

In the allotted timeframe, Amazon will offer Prime members based in the U.S. and selected countries more than one million exclusive deals across TVs, smart home, kitchen, grocery, toys, fashion, furniture, and back-to-school supplies.

The Cost

In April, Amazon raised the annual cost of its Prime subscription service for U.S. customers to $119 per year, up from $99. An Amazon Prime subscription, which usually comes with a free trial, includes two-day delivery on selected items as well as the opportunity to stream movies, read books and listen to music online. U.S. customers can also opt for a monthly Prime subscription at $12.99/month ($155.88 for 12 months).

Whole Foods Deals

Amazon Prime 2018 includes deals at grocery chain Whole Foods, which was acquired by Amazon in June 2017. On Prime Day, there will be an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items throughout Whole Foods Market stores, and discounts on select products. In addition, from July 14 through 17, Amazon Prime Rewards Visa cardmembers with an eligible Prime membership will double the rewards – 10% back – when shopping at Whole Foods (up to a total of $400 in purchases).

Active Promotions

Amazon said that a few deals will be active the same day of the announcement (July 3). These deals include special discounts on Echo Show, lowest prices on products from collections available exclusively on Amazon, up to 50% off on popular movies and TV shows on digital, DVD and blu-ray and three months of unlimited reading with Kindle Unlimited for $0.99. The whole list of active deals is available here.



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<![CDATA[These 9 Women Are Stirring the Pot in Massachusetts]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:04:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/228*120/Bostinno+Pot.PNG

As Massachusetts looks at making recreational marijuana available for adult-use, it is simultaneously legalizing a large but illicit industry while making it conducive for a startup system to flourish. As the retail cannabis industry looks to reach a billion dollars by 2020, it is inevitably attracting top talent — with a lot of diversity.

As we look to track the fledgling industry, here are nine women who are stirring the pot in Massachusetts.

Shaleen Title, commissioner, Cannabis Control Commission

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For Shaleen Title, being associated with marijuana was something the activist in her sought out. She got involved in marijuana advocacy in 2002 after she heard an ACLU speaker mention that black and latino population were 57% more likely to be incarcerated for a mandatory drug minimum. She went to Law School at the University of Illinois and that’s where she worked on her first campaign in Colorado and Massachusetts. Title was on the staff for the campaign that first legalized marijuana in the United States — Amendment 64 in Colorado was a initiative ballot measure to amend the Constitution of the State of Colorado, outlining a statewide drug policy for cannabis.

As a commissioner of the Cannabis Control Commission, she  is proud of creating a modern oversight agency from scratch and developing a fully electronic licensing system. Her pet project however is the social equity program which aims to promote entrepreneurs from communities that are disproportionately impacted under marijuana prohibition. “I will be very proud if we measure the impact of our social equity program and have a model for other states to follow.”

Ellen Brown, founder, Sinsemella Seminars

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After graduating high school, brown left to become a nutritionist for the US Air Force where she did one on one counseling. After that stint, Brown moved to northern California where she worked an entry level job at medical marijuana dispensary, trimming and curing cannabis. She moved back home to Massachusetts in 2012, when the state was voting for a medical marijuana program.

She saw an opportunity there to combine her nutrition experience with cannabis education to hold seminars and workshops for people entering the business including veterans. Brown’s firm also works with cannabis healthcare facilities to promote awareness. “I’d like to see cannabis education at the forefront in academic research. The emerging green industry could be a paradigm shift in healthcare and unjust incarceration.”

Aja Atwood, CEO, Trella Technologies

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Aja Atwood, CEO of Trella Technologies, a company that makes plant-training devices for indoor growing, started off her career as an engineering consultant and specialist, working in natural catastrophe risk engineering.  After struggling to grow tall cannabis plants in a small basement, Atwood conceptualized Trella, an automated plant training system for restrictive indoor spaces. Through a community outreach initiative called SXG1, the company has decided to gift their production-ready plant training system to independent growers, including state-registered medicinal cannabis caregivers and non-profit urban farmers.

“We want to be a shining example of a successful tech company based on a social responsibility model. As the cannabis industry grows, the community that supports it should grow as well.”

Beth Waterfall, founder & executive director, Elevate NE

Image courtesy: Beth Waterfall, Elevate NE

Beth Waterfall, who used to be a marketing executive for lawyers and financial services came to work in cannabis when she first became a patient in 2015.

Waterfall says that her loss of a friend to cancer and a grandparent to dementia made her think that if we had easy access to the plant, perhaps her loved ones could have suffered less. And so she started her stint in the cannabis industry by donning two hats — as an activist and a marketing consultant. Today her firm does marketing for law and tech firms in the marijuana space. “I feel like it’s my divine purpose to connect people  and to normalize this through education about cannabis.”

Emily Peck, Head Chef, Good Health

Image courtesy: Emily Peck, Good Health

For Emily Peck, the decision to work in cannabis came quick — right after she baked her first batch of brownies more than ten years ago. After experimenting a bunch in her own kitchen, Peck decided to explore the lay of the cannabis land when she enrolled for Cannabis Knowledge Forum, a training school started in Mass. She was also a co-host of the Boston Pot Report. She was soon elected to the board of MassCann Norml, the state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a non-profit public education organization working for the moderation of marijuana laws and raised money for legalization.

At Good Health, which is a medical marijuana dispensary in Brockton, Peck is the head chef and product developer where she develops new cannabis-infused products like salad dressing, barbecue sauce, broccoli cheddar soup, apple cider and infused sugar. “Cannabis is safer than alcohol,” she said. “I am proud to be in this field where I can expand my reach, and make these products in a safe environment.”

Marion McNabb, CEO of Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN)

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Marion McNabb’s expertise in cannabis finds roots in her work in public health. Following her work in Africa and Haiti where she implemented sexual and reproductive health programs, McNabb now wants to use digital health tools for furthering academic research in cannabis. McNabb envisions C3RN as being a virtual cannabis center of excellence to promote a balanced research agenda for cannabis. “Cannabis research today is underfunded and it takes a long time for academics to conduct studies,” she said. “Our vision is to create a repository of data, best practices and aid the communication between academia and the cannabis community. In three years, the industry will look to us and see value in it.”


Laura Beohner, President & Co-Founder, The Healing Rose company

Image courtesy: Laura Beohner, The Healing Rose company

A medical marijuana patient of six years, Laura Boehner went to college with the intent of becoming a cannabis entrepreneur. Boehner became a proponent of the plant after she used a cannabis salve on her dislocated knee cap. When she finished school at Northeastern University, she started as chairperson for Womengro, that is now Elevate New England. Andover-based Healing Rose, where Laura is a co-founder and president, makes bodycare products from organic CBD oil like salve, body oils, essential oils, butter. “I want Healing Rose to become a national brand I hope that cannabis becomes a diverse industry with an open market with lots of different businesses.”

Mikki Bennett, CEO, Healing Tree Edibles

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For Mikki Benett, who makes cannabis-infused granola bars and healthy snacks, the pull towards cannabis was strong. First when her 22-year-old cousin was diagnosed with brain cancer and when she herself went through a major ankle surgery. Benett refused to take opiates for painkillers and chose cannabis chocolates instead.

After being bedridden for six months and getting better without opiates, Bennett realized that she wanted to help people like her get better. “My vision is to have cannabis be an accessible medicine which can help with PTSD, anxiety and are safer alternative to opiates.”


TaShonda Vincent Lee, Cofounder & Director of Community Outreach at ELEVATE NE

Image Courtesy: TaShonda Vincent Lee, Co-founder Elevate NE

TaShonda Vincent Lee came to Ccannabis by way of being a medical marijuana patient. Lee was prescribed medications – psychotropics for PTSD and ADHD, but she was acutely aware that the medication did not improve her life and she did not like the side effects. When Lee lost her wife, she was prescribed Xanax and as she puts it, “the cocktail did not work for me at all.” When she moved to Massachusetts from North Carolina, she got enrolled in the medical marijuana program and immediately noticed a difference. Lee used to be a drug addiction counselor working with pregnant women and substance abuse. “There were a lot of folks who would express to me that they were doing alright when they were smoking weed. What I noticed that it wasn’t cannabis that did harm but the prohibition.” Lee is working on setting up a consultancy for cannabis entrepreneurs of color, training them to have skills in business development, branding, marketing and project development.

“I approach this from a restorative justice perspective — my dream is take something that’s been so harmful to my community and the legal implications, and turn it around and use it to help you — then I can say I have done my job. Want to get as many marginalized populations into cannabis as possible.”

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<![CDATA[The Best Fried Chicken in Southie]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 16:56:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/070717FRIEDCHICKENNNNNNN.jpg

In what we’re sure is a surprise to no one, we love fried chicken! And in a second non-surprise, we love it more from a local joint than in a bucket from a chain.  We knew you probably love fried chicken, and would like to celebrate it, so we decided to investigate. It wasn’t easy, but we taste tested as many Southie fried chicken dishes as we could get our mitts on, and here are our favorites!  Enjoy!

Chicken and Waffle Bites, Gather

These bad boys are life changing, all the deliciousness of fried chicken and waffles but done of the hassle of cutlery. Each bite is a perfect ratio of fried chicken, waffle, and sausage gravy.

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich, Backyard Betty’s

Isn’t it weird how hard it is to find Nashville Hot Fried Chicken in New England?  Aren’t we lucky we have Backyard Betty’s in our, well, backyard. Those of us who LOVE Nashville Fried Chicken have had our prayers answered, and you don’t have to deal with three million bachelorette parties like if you were in Nashville.

Fried Chicken Dinner, Doughboy Donuts

Coming at you like a dark horse!  Did you think Dough Boy was just breakfast?  Well you thought wrong! Doughboy Donuts has a sneaky good dinner menu and their fried chicken is one of our faves.

Korean Fried Chicken, Fat Baby

A huge portion of fried chicken with a little Korean spice, kimchee honey, and Korean slaw. Bonus points for being able to wash it all down with frosé !

Chicken and Chips, Village Pizza and Grill

Have you heard of the legend of The Fish Pier’s chicken sauce?  The Fish Pier might be gone, but their chicken sauce lives on at Village Pizza and Grill.  Grab some tonight and pour a little out for your homies who can’t be there.

Fried Chicken Basket, The Smoke Shop

The good? A heapin helpin of fried chicken with fermented honey hot sauce and choice of two sides. The bad? There are eleven sides to choose from and choosing between cornbread, sweet potato mash, mac and cheese, Texas toast, and half sour spears (among others) is almost impossible.

Fried Chicken Sandwich, Sullivan’s

Ok, so you probably don’t think Sullivan’s when you think National Fried Chicken Day, but you should! Their fried chicken sandwich is yummy enough on its own, but it also pairs beautifully with French fries…and onion rings…and a hot dog.

You’re definitely craving fried chicken right now, so either you’re welcome or we’re sorry!

Make sure you tag your National Fried Chicken Day pics with #CaughtInSouthie so we can see how you’re observing this high holy day.

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<![CDATA[Boston Cream Pie Company is No More]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 17:45:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/creampie.PNG

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<![CDATA[25 Family-Friendly Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:23:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Preparing_for_First_Boston_Pizza_Festival.jpg

The weekend is finally here and there are dozens of great things happening in and around the city. From first Friday events at the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, to the Boston Pizza Festival, outdoor family movies and more, we’ve gathered more than two dozen family-friendly things to choose from to plan your weekend of fun!

Friday, July 6

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End or a walking group at 10 a.m. at Moakley Park in South Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

SoWa First Fridays

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

ICA First Friday: Set Sail

Set sail tonight at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Enjoy waterfront drinks, DJ Knife, cocktails, dancing, contemporary art and harbor views. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-10 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

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

Luke Bryan at Fenway Park

Country music star Luke Bryan brings his music to Fenway Park Friday, July 6 at 5 p.m. with special guest Sam Hunt, along with Jon Pardi and openers Morgan Wallen and DJ Rock. Tickets start at $65.

The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton are bringing their U.S. summer tour to Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $70.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhold tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Field of Dreams” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Saturday, July 7

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Boston Pizza Festival

Pizza lovers rejoice! The Boston Pizza Festival returns to City Hall Plaza July 7 and 8. Enjoy all you can eat pizza, live music and performances. Acrobat shows, cooking demos, cars serving beer and wine, and more. General admission tickets are $35 ($45 the day of the event) and $20 for children under 10. Noon to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Summer Block Party on the Lawn on D

Enjoy the return of one of last year’s most popular events on The Lawn on D. Head to the Summer Block Party today for live live performances all day. Plus, from 1-9 p.m. enjoy summer ice skating with Disco DJ (free skates are available to borrow). Enjoy music all day into the night, along with activities from Noon to 5 p.m. including bubble soccer, a rock climbing wall, Boston battle boats, 8-player foosball, air hockey, roll-a-ball horse racing, face painting, a slush give-away and more. Noon to 9 p.m., The Lawn on D., 420 D St., Boston.

North End Pizza Tour

Are you a pizza fan? Then head on out to the North End Pizza tour where you can experience five Freedom Trail sites on a historic walk through Little Italy while enjoying three different slices from some of Boston’s best pizzerias. Tickets are $39. Two tours today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The two-and-a-half hour tour starts in Boston's North End. Meet at the corner of Hanover Street and Cross Street, near the Tony DeMarco boxers statue

The Market Bar at Boston Public Market

Saturday afternoons enjoy a beverage while you shop or dine throughout the Boston Public Market. Stop by the special Market Bar in the HUB for local beer and wine selections. 1-5 p.m., Boston Public Market

Family Film Festival

Enjoy a family-friendly movie tonight on the Prudential Center’s South Garden at the MAGIC 106.7 Family Film Festival. Tonight it’s “The Lion King.” Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways start at 6 p.m. All movies are free and start at sundown. Don’t forget those picnic blankets or lawn chairs, too. Prudential Center, Boston.

Tango in the Park

Tango in the Park returns for its third year bringing the tango and its music to the open air. This year’s summer season opens with the Boston Tango Orchestra, Hernan and Anita performance and lessons for beginners. This is a rain or shine event. All the fun starts at 7 p.m. Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, Boston.

World War Women: The Unsung Heroines of WWII (History Camp)

History at Play presents World War Women, a reliving of the triumphs of some of our greatest heroines. Tickets are $15. 6 p.m., Suffolk University Law School 120 Tremont St., Boston. 

Sunday, July 8

Open Newbury Street

Explore new restaurants, local boutiques and international brands, or rediscover what you love most about Newbury Street as it’s transformed and free of vehicles. Enjoy local musicians, outdoors games and more as you celebrate Newbury Street. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Newbury Street (Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue), Boston.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Greenway Play Session with National Park Service

Enjoy the Summer Sunday Greenway Play Program with the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the National Park Service Rangers. Head down to the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion near the Greenway Carousel to play with their unique Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, 191 W Atlantic Ave., Boston.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today enjoy Kids Yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or Yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Boston Pizza Festival

Pizza lovers rejoice! The Boston Pizza Festival returns to City Hall Plaza July 7 and 8. Enjoy all you can eat pizza, live music and performances. Acrobat shows, cooking demos, cars serving beer and wine, and more. General admission tickets are $35 ($45 the day of the event) and $20 for children under 10. Noon to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Free Summer Concert at Longfellow House

Enjoy a free summer concert this afternoon at Longfellow House featuring Orlando Latorre, as part of Berklee’s Summer in the City Concert Series happening all summer long. 3 p.m., Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge. 

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<![CDATA[Boston Cream Pie Company in Holbrook Has Closed]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:57:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston+Cream+Pie+75.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban retail shop that focused on a popular regional item has shut down.

According to a source, Boston Cream Pie Company in Holbrook is no longer in business, with the windows of the South Franklin Street shop being papered over. Our source tells us that a pub may be taking over the space, though no other information has been given on the proposed spot as of yet, so stay tuned.

Boston Cream Pie Company first opened in Holbrook last summer, with the business originally selling the Boston Cream Pies (along with other pies) from tricycles stationed in Boston. Although the tricycles were still being used when the shop first opened, it is not known if they are still running, and it appears that the website for the company has been taken down.

The address for the now-closed Boston Cream Pie Company shop was 783 S Franklin Street, Holbrook, MA, 02343.

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<![CDATA[Weekend Happenings in Southie]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:47:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/coppersmith+75.jpg

Play:
Summer Block Party Bash! Join the Lawn on D for the ultimate summer kick-off party featuring a full day of exciting activities like bubble soccer, ice disco, rock climbing, and live music from Legends of Summer, MB Padfield, and Louie Bello throughout the day! You’ll also get to see the finalists of the Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off compete for over $6,000 in prizes and a chance to do a live encore performance with Blue Man Group Boston! The fun takes place on Saturday, July 7th 12noon-11pm! Visit LawnOnD.com for more details and full schedule.

Eat:
Go green! It’s always a good idea to add a salad into the rotation! Head to Shredded and pick up something healthy! Order up the Southie West made with Mesclun Mix, Chile Dusted Grilled Chicken, pico de gallo, black beans, scallions, cotija cheese, Lime- Cilantro Vinaigrette. or the Sweet Potato Pad Thai with Sweet Potato Noodles, Carrots, Chopped Egg, Scallions, Cilantro, Bean Sprouts, and topped with Toasted crushed peanuts. You can always build your own bowl! Shredded also offers its salads in wraps too!

Drink:
By the pitcher! It’s perfect roof deck weather and Coppersmith’s AirDeck is open and in full swing! Grab the gang and order up some sangria by the pitcher! Their Red Citrus – cotes du rhone, citrus rum, crème de peach, fresh fruit – and we think one of the best sangrias in Southie!

Brew:
Have you ventured to Hopsters in Fort Point yet? If you love beer, you’ll love it! Hopsters is a brewery/restaurant/beer adventure experience where you can brew your own craft beer. Select from 30 recipes with the help of brewers, and you’ll leave with a few cases of your own craft beer! Hopster’s patio is open! Sit outdoors and enjoy a menu of nachos, soft pretzels, spicy battered pickle fries, lobster rolls, flatbread, salads, and burgers. You can see their full menu here!

Watch:
Goooaaaaal! It’s the World Cup! If the World Cup is your jam, Roza Lyons is the place to be! You can watch every game live! Roza Lyons has plenty of flatscreen TVs, cold beer on tap, and game snacks like pretzel sticks with pub cheese dip, BBQ beef sliders, and flatbreads!

Celebrate:
Celebrate Summer! Hit the patio at Aloft – one of the neighborhoods best hidden al fresco gems! Order up a Cucumber Collins and enjoy the summer breeze! Also on Friday evenings from 5pm-8pm, Aloft offers Patio Playtime with special kids’ menu, outdoor games and families can also purchase a “Splash Pass” to access to hotel’s adjacent indoor pool. The hotel also features its free Thursday night music series, Live @ Aloft, with local bands and singer/songwriters performing. Combined with the patio space, it’s an ideal summer night for music lovers and al fresco fans.Celebrate summer at Aloft Hotel’s first ever patio party! Enjoys sips from W XYZ bar and DJ Tao will be spinning the tunes! The fun takes place Friday, July 7th at 7pm.

See:
Explore local art! Check out some local art at the Art Around the Corner Gallery at E and Broadway! Filled with beautiful art to inspire and shop! Stop by and support our local artists! Hours include Friday 3 – 7, Saturday 12 – 4 and Sunday 12 – 4 Check out our feature on them!

Do:
It’s National Video Game Day on Sunday, July 8th. Head to Kings Dining and Entertainment in the Seaport District! Enjoy FREE Arcade Games all day!  Order up some classic American comfort foods like wing, burgers, tacos, and pizza, and signature appetizers like Buffalo Chicken Wantons and entrees like Nashville Hot Chicken with bacon creamed corn, mashed potatoes, honey griddled corn bread and house made pickles. Kings offers a wide variety of beverages including an assortment of inventive specialty cocktails, 40 curated craft, local and guest-favorite beers on tap, and its signature “Big Ball” shareable cocktails.

Tour:
The Castle Island Association (CIA) has been giving free guided tours of Fort Independence on Castle Island for over thirty years. Enjoy a tour every Saturday, Sunday, and on national holidays through the summer from noon till 3:30pm. You can also enjoy a sunset tour on Thursday at 6pm.

Workout:
Grab your mat, lace up your sneakers and hit the great outdoors and get moving! Here’s the scoop on where you can find outdoor yoga and workouts in South Boston. 

Explore:
Take a trip to the Boston Harbor Islands. From yoga, to clambakes, to good old fashioned history, it’s only just a ferry trip away! Get the scoop here!

Day Trip:
Beginning this Saturday Skedaddle, the Boston-based, on-demand travel app, is offering $10 round-trip rides to Long Sands Beach in Maine, continuing every Saturday throughout the month. All users have to do is simply reserve seats in advance and show up to the designated pick-up location in the city!  Sweet!


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<![CDATA[Zest Mediterranean Grille in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:39:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Zest+75.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Mediterranean dining spot in Boston has closed its doors after being in business for approximately four years.

According to an Instagram post from Drew Starr, Zest Mediterranean Grille in the Back Bay has shut down for good, with a sign posted out front at the Boylston Street eatery saying that "We are very sorry to say it, we are closing permanently." No reason has been given as of yet for the shuttering of the restaurant; if we find out any additional information, we will post an update here.

Zest first opened in the summer of 2014, offering counter-service Mediterranean fare such as falafel, hummus, shawarma, moussaka, kebab plates, and more. The space had once been home to a location of Spike's Junkyard Dogs.

The address for this now-closed dining spot in the Back Bay was: Zest Mediterranean Grille, 1076 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

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<![CDATA[Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus Planning to Add Outdoor Dining]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:40:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/kowloon.jpg

It looks like a Route 1 landmark that has been around for nearly 70 years could soon have a new feature - outdoor seating.

According to an article in the Saugus Advertiser, Kowloon Restaurant has gotten approval by the Saugus Board of Selectmen to add an outdoor dining area in a tent behind the place, and it now needs approval from the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). If approved, the 30-by-60 foot outdoor area would have seating for 106 and would be open from May through Columbus Day (except during bad weather), and it would have shorter hours than the restaurant, closing at 11:00 PM each night. As of now, it appears that the tent could debut in mid-July pending ABCC approval.

Kowloon, which first opened in 1950, is considered to be one of the top-grossing independent restaurants in New England, with a post from restaurantbusinessonline.com stating that it was number 85 in the entire country in 2014.

The address for Kowloon is 948 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus, MA, 01906. Its website can be found at https://www.kowloonrestaurant.com/



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<![CDATA[40 Great Ways to Have Fun and Celebrate the Fourth All Week Long]]>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 22:30:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/259*120/Fireworks-Part-8.jpg

It’s Fourth of July week and that means great events all week long. From the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to Boston’s Pizza festival and everything in between, check out our list and plan your week of fun.

Monday, July 2

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try zumba at 6 p.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, salsa dancing at 6 p.,m. At Blackstone Square in the South End, Carnival Fit at 6 p.m. at Harambee Park in Dorchester, Afrobeat Bootcamp at 6 p.,m. At Malcolm X Park in Roxbury or Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at Mother’s Rest at 4 Corners in Dorchester.

The 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts National Guard Performs

The 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts National Guard, the second oldest band in the U.S. Army, performs today at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. West End and South Market 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston.

Independence 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 statue in front of Faneuil Hall.

Tuesday, July 3

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try chair yoga at 10 a.m. at Symphony Park in Fenway, bootcamp at 6 p.m. at Elmhurst Park in Dorchester, Yoga at 6 p.m. at Medal of Honor Park (M Street) in South Boston, cardio dance at 6 p.m. at Ross Playground in Hyde Park, Zumba at 6 p.m. at Gertrude Howes Playground in Roxbury or line dancing at 6 p.m. at Billings Field in West Roxbury.

Dragonflies in the Park

Head to Halibut Point State Park this morning to find out more about those prehistoric looking flying dragons around the ponds. Come explore the world of odonata, one of the oldest life forms on earth for this family-friendly event. 10-11 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, 16 Gott Ave., Rockport.

Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway

The seasonal farmers market at Dewey Square returns. Today kick off the season on the plaza outside South Station. is back! Kick off the season with us on the plaza outside South Station. The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Sweetbeats Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Preview

Enjoy a preview of the Boston’s Pops Fireworks Spectacular the night before the Fourth of July . This year’s Fourth of July show features American singer/songwriter and Newton native Rachel Platten, along with three Grammy-award winning artists featured during the event: Rhiannon Giddens, the Indigo Girls and Rita Moreno. Gates open at 5 p.m. 8-10 p.m., DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, 47 David G. Mugar 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.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

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

Wednesday, July 4

The American Flag Thoreau Knew

Head to Walden Pond this morning and learn all about the American flag that flew during Thoreau’s stay at this free event. Then make a flag of your own to take home.Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Thoreau house replica by the main parking lot. 10 a.m. to Noon, Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden St., Concord.

On the Harbor: July 4th Turnaround Spectacular

Join the USS Constitution Museum and Boston Harbor Cruises to see the USS Constitution make her annual Fourth of July turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor, her first since returning to the water following a three-year restoration. Tickets are $99 per person with departures at Long Wharf from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Charlestown Pier One from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Fourth of July on the Lawn on D

Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Lawn on D with great food, drinks, lawn games and live music. (The Royal Furs perform from 4:30-7:30 p.m.). Noon to 10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July in Boston. You don’t want to miss one of the largest fourth of July events in the country featuring the Boston Pops, followed by fireworks over the harbor. This year’s show features American singer/songwriter and Newton native Rachel Platten, along with three Grammy-award winning artists featured during the event: Rhiannon Giddens, the Indigo Girls and Rita Moreno. Gates open at 5 p.m. 8-10 p.m., DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston.

Thursday, July 5 

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Gentle Yoga at 10 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, Tai Chi at 10 a.m. at Symphony Park in Fenway, Yoga at 6 p.m. on the Boston Common in Beacon Hill, Yoga at 6 p.m. at Marcella Playground in Roxbury or Zumba Kids at 6 p.m. at Hunt/Almont Park in Mattapan.

Boston Calling Block Parties on the Greenway

Enjoy local bands, cocktails, lawn games and more every Thursday night as the Boston Calling Block Parties return for the season. Get outside, enjoy live music and DJs, along with several beer selections. 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Free Summer Concert at Charlestown Navy Yard Featuring Beya

Enjoy a free summer concert tonight at 6 p.m. tonight featuring Beya, an up-and-coming pop/rock and R&B band created by five students at Berklee College of Music. 6 p.m., Charlestown Navy Yard, 1 Constitution Road, Boston.

Summer Concerts at the ICA

Celebrate summer with the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and Berklee for the10th year of HarborWalk Sounds on ICA Free Thursday Nights. Tonight features Canadian singer-songwriter Spencer Nicholson. 6-8 p.m., The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Jeff Pitchell Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Summer Yoga at Frog Pond

Each Thursday night all summer long, enjoy free yoga outside at Frog Pond were instructors will lead a vinyasa flow class for students of all levels. Classes are held on the lawn adjacent to the Frog Pond Carousel. Bring your own mat. 6-7:15 p.m., the Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston.

Movies at The Lawn: “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”

Grab your chair or blanket and enjoy a movie on the lawn tonight featuring the 2001 Steven Spielberg science fiction drama “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” 8-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Friday, July 6

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End or a walking group at 10 a.m. at Moakley Park in South Boston.

SoWa First Fridays

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

ICA First Friday: Set Sail

Set sail tonight at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Enjoy waterfront drinks, DJ Knife, cocktails, dancing, contemporary art and harbor views. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-10 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

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

Luke Bryan at Fenway Park

Country music star Luke Bryan brings his music to Fenway Park Friday, July 6 at 5 p.m. with special guest Sam Hunt, along with Jon Pardi and openers Morgan Wallen and DJ Rock. Tickets start at $65.

The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton are bringing their U.S. summer tour to Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $70.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhold tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Field of Dreams” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

Saturday, July 7

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Boston Pizza Festival

Pizza lovers rejoice! The Boston Pizza Festival returns to City Hall Plaza July 7 and 8. Enjoy all you can eat pizza, live music and performances. Acrobat shows, cooking demos, cars serving beer and wine, and more. General admission tickets are $35 ($45 the day of the event) and $20 for children under 10. Noon to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Summer Block Party on the Lawn on D

Enjoy the return of one of last year’s most popular events on The Lawn on D. Head to the Summer Block Party today for live live performances all day. Plus, from 1-9 p.m. enjoy summer ice skating with Disco DJ (free skates are available to borrow). Enjoy music all day into the night, along with activities from Noon to 5 p.m. including bubble soccer, a rock climbing wall, Boston battle boats, 8-player foosball, air hockey, roll-a-ball horse racing, face painting, a slush give-away and more. Noon to 9 p.m., The Lawn on D., 420 D St., Boston.

The Market Bar at Boston Public Market

Saturday afternoons enjoy a beverage while you shop or dine throughout the Boston Public Market. Stop by the special Market Bar in the HUB for local beer and wine selections. 1-5 p.m., Boston Public Market

Sunday, July 8

Open Newbury Street

Explore new restaurants, local boutiques and international brands, or rediscover what you love most about Newbury Street as it’s transformed and free of vehicles. Enjoy local musicians, outdoors games and more as you celebrate Newbury Street. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Newbury Street (Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue), Boston.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today enjoy Kids Yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or Yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Boston Pizza Festival

Pizza lovers rejoice! The Boston Pizza Festival returns to City Hall Plaza July 7 and 8. Enjoy all you can eat pizza, live music and performances. Acrobat shows, cooking demos, cars serving beer and wine, and more. General admission tickets are $35 ($45 the day of the event) and $20 for children under 10. Noon to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Free Summer Concert at Longfellow House

Enjoy a free summer concert this afternoon at Longfellow House featuring Orlando Latorre, as part of Berklee’s Summer in the City Concert Series happening all summer long. 3 p.m., Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge.

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<![CDATA[Townsman in Downtown Boston Is Closing]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:17:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/202*120/pub.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An award-winning restaurant in the heart of Boston is shutting down.

According to an Instagram post from the place, Townsman on Kingston Street is closing after business hours on Tuesday, July 3, with the note saying "As owner @matthewjennings explores new prospects and opportunities, he's excited to craft a life that is more thoughtful, healthy and sustainable for himself and his family. You never know what he'll be cooking up next. Thank you Boston and New England for the delicious memories!" The dining spot, which is known for its regional fare with global influences, first opened in the winter of 2015, with Matt and Kate Jennings coming from the now-closed Farmstead, Inc. in Providence's Wayland Square. Townsman received high praise over the past 3 1/2 years, including getting a "best of" from Boston Magazine in 2015 and being included in Food & Wine's restaurants of the year list for 2016.

The address for Townsman is 120 Kingston Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

Thanks to a source for initially bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[Tavern in the Square in Allston Has Closed for Renovations]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:04:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/tavern+in+square+72.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of dining and drinking spots has closed one of its locations, and it looks like it may reopen with changes to its name and concept.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Tavern in the Square in Allston shut down over the weekend for renovations, with a Facebook post from the Brighton Avenue place seeming to confirm this, saying "keep your eyes peeled for our re-opening in August" while an Instagram poster says "RIP" to the spot. The poster on the group page states that the Allston location of Tavern in the Square--which first opened in 2010--plans to reopen as "Tavern" and it will have a similar concept to that of The Broadway in South Boston (which is under the same ownership), though none of this has been confirmed as of yet.

It looks like other locations of Tavern in the Square at North Station, South Station, Burlington, Littleton, Lowell, Northborough, Salem, and Shrewsbury remain in operation.

The address for Tavern in the Square in Allston is 161 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.taverninthesquare.com/

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<![CDATA[New Bakery-Cafe May Be Opening at MarketStreet Lynnfield]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 09:13:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/221*120/Zinneken+73.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a bakery-cafe in Cambridge that features Belgian waffles may be expanding to a suburban retail development, taking over the space where a grilled cheese spot had been.

According to a message from The Passionate Foodie, Zinneken's is looking to open in the former Roxy's Grilled Cheese space at MarketStreet Lynnfield, with a Patch article and a Facebook page from the business seeming to confirm this. The Facebook page indicates that the new location of the cafe may be opening around October while the Patch says that it could open this summer; as soon as we hear of a more exact opening date, we will post an update here.

The original Zinneken's first opened on Arrow Street in Harvard Square in September of 2011.

The website for Zinneken's can be found at http://zinnekenswaffles.com/

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<![CDATA[Happening in Southie: Week of July 2nd]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 17:08:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Lawn+on+D+72+.jpg

Having a backyard cookout for the Fourth?Foodie’s can help you with when it comes to the meat you’re grilling – they are the local experts. From hot dogs to hamburgers, to their delicious sides, Foodie’s has everything from fresh produce to desserts on hand to make your get together perfect!

Summer Block Party Bash! Join the Lawn on D for the ultimate summer kick-off party featuring a full day of exciting activities like bubble soccer, ice disco, rock climbing, and live music from Legends of Summer, MB Padfield, and Louie Bello throughout the day! You’ll also get to see the finalists of the Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off compete for over $6,000 in prizes and a chance to do a live encore performance with Blue Man Group Boston! The fun takes place on Saturday, July 7th 12noon-11pm! Visit LawnOnD.com for more details and full schedule.

Happy Birthday America! Watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular! If you want to see them live and in person, head to the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Gates open at 9 a.m. it’s first come first served. The show begins at 8pm. Want to watch at home? The fun begins at 7pm on WBZ Channel 4. At 8pm Keith Lockhart will take center stage along with the Boston Pops Orchestra featuring a performances by Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls and Broadway star and EGOT-winner Rita Moreno. At 10:30pm the fireworks begin!God Bless America! Heading to the Esplanade? Read this first! 

Turn it around! The USS Constitution will be making its annual turnaround on July 4th at 12noon! For ultimate viewing of Old Ironsides, Castle Island is the place to be between 11:30am-12pm. While you’re out there you might as well get some lunch or an ice cream at Sullivan’s!

Goooaaaaal! It’s the World Cup! If the World Cup is your jam, Roza Lyons is the place to be! You can watch every game live! Roza Lyons has plenty of flatscreen TVs, cold beer on tap, and game snacks like pretzel sticks with pub cheese dip, BBQ beef sliders, and flatbreads!

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<![CDATA[Happening in Dot: Week of July 2nd]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:31:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/241*120/Bowery+72.jpg

New Dot Restaurant Alert!The Bowery Bar, the much anticipated Lower Mills restaurant will open its door this week! Grand Opening celebration on Monday – then opened daily for dinner! Follow them on Facebook for more details!

Do you want some cookies? If you love cookies, then you’ll love our Instagram contest! We’ve partnered up with Top Shelf Cookies! We’ll be giving away TWO 3 month subscriptions to Top Shelf’s Cookie of the Month Club ���� Here’s how to enter:
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3⃣ Tag a friend in the instagram comments of this post!

Happy Birthday America! Watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular! If you want to see them live and in person, head to the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Gates open at 9 a.m. it’s first come first served. The show begins at 8pm. Want to watch at home? The fun begins at 7pm on WBZ Channel 4. At 8pm Keith Lockhart will take center stage along with the Boston Pops Orchestra featuring a performances by Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls and Broadway star and EGOT-winner Rita Moreno. At 10:30pm the fireworks begin!God Bless America! Heading to the Esplanade? Read this first!

Turn it around! The USS Constitution will be making its annual turnaround on July 4th at 12noon! For ultimate viewing of Old Ironsides, Castle Island is the place to be between 11:30am-12pm. While you’re out there you might as well get some lunch or an ice cream at Sullivan’s!

Save the date! The fourth Annual Dot Pot street hockey tournament will take place on Friday, July 20th through Sunday July 22nd. 24 teams from all over the city will battle it out at Garvey Park for the coveted championship! This year’s tournament will be in memory of Katie McDonough who lost her battle with ovarian cancer this past year.  Proceeds from the tournament will go to Katie’s family, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. If you would like to make a donation, contact dotpotgroup@gmail.com

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<![CDATA[Boston Startups and Tech Companies Hiring in July]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:59:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Fade_AP_110723161334.jpg

Get your resumes ready. Boston is a city on the rise, and many companies in beantown are looking to expand their teams. Engineering and marketing positions are in abundance, so check out the list below and get ready to take the next step in your career this summer.

For more options, take a gander at our careers directory, and if you want to post a job or learn about how to have a “featured” job, here’s where you can find more information.

Bullhorn

Bullhorn works to create automated staffing and recruiting software that helps companies find the right hire. Their Boston office is looking for a DevOps Manager, along with 17 other open positions for marketing, software engineering, and legal professionals.

Circulation

Circulation, who recently announced their collaboration with Partners Healthcare to help provide transportation to local hospitals, is hiring a Quality assurance engineer that will be responsible for testing new features prior to release and diagnosing potential bugs.

DataDog

DataDog develops performance monitoring software and is expanding their Boston team. They are looking for remote sales representatives, engineers, and more. The full listings are up on their website and you can send applications in now.

Data Plus Math

Data Plus Math, a company that simplifies video advertising with advanced metrics and analytics, is looking to fill five positions, including a UI Engineer, a data analyst, and a customer success manager. You can apply via their website.

Fuze

Fuze, the creators of a global cloud-based business communications platform, have 12 opening in their Boston office. These positions are mostly in their customer support or accounting and financing teams.

Hollister Staffing

This Boston-based agency has hundreds of listings on their website, where they connect professionals with positions in technology, accounting and finance, and more.

Hopper

Hopper is a mobile app that not only allows people to book flights and hotel rooms easily, but also informs them on when the best time to book will be based on data analysis. The company is hiring multiple positions in their Cambridge office, including a data scientist, economist, mobile product/UI Designer, and a Director of Travel Research.

Namogoo

Namogoo is a company that works with brands to help them create a streamlined customer experience uninterrupted by ads or other pop-ups. They have one of the most stylish offices in Boston, and are currently looking to fill two sales manager positions.  

Orbita

Voice-powered Artificial Intelligence is powering the way we use technology more and more each day. Orbita works with companies to help them develop secure speech-recognition software that can be used in multiple ways. They are searching for applicants to fill three positions: account manager, sales executive, and sales engineer.

Wayfair

Wayfair is one of Boston’s most prominent companies, and they’re looking to fill a multitude of positions. Many are open within their Business Intelligence and Data Science team, as well as positions relating to infrastructure engineering, finance, and marketing. Check out the full list of openings at Wayfair here.



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<![CDATA[Avenue 153 Plans to Open in Roxbury]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:45:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_83433594.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant is on its way to Roxbury, opening in the space where another dining and drinking spot had been.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Avenue 153 is looking to open on Blue Hill Avenue, with the address indicating that it would be moving into the former Breezeway Bar & Grill space across the street from Merengue restaurant. The listing mentions that the dining spot is hoping to acquire a beer, wine, and liqueur license and that the manager would be Edwin Olivio; little other information is known about the proposed spot, so as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Breezeway Bar & Grill closed down approximately six years ago.

The address for Avenue 153 would be 153 Blue Hill Avenue, Roxbury, MA, 02119.

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<![CDATA[Kohi Coffee Company to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:53:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/223*120/Kohi+828.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A coffee shop with locations in Brighton and Provincetown will soon open a third location in the heart of downtown Boston.

A licensing board hearing page within the city's website indicates that Kohi Coffee Company is opening on Summer Street, with an article from capeplymouthbusiness.com indicating that the shop will be accessible from the lobby of its building while also having a walk-up window along the sidewalk. Once it opens, the new outlet will join others at Brighton's Boston Landing and on Commercial Street in Provincetown.

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

The address for this upcoming coffee shop in downtown Boston is: Kohi Coffee Company, 125 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the other locations is at http://www.kohicoffee.com/

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<![CDATA[Peggy O'Neil's in Dorchester May Become Blend]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:50:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/PeggyONeilsDive.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The future of another dive bar in Boston may be in question, as it appears to be getting a new name.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Peggy O'Neil's in Dorchester is petitioning to change its name to Blend, though the listing seems to indicate that the ownership may remain the same. No other information has been given on what changes (if any) might be coming to the Dorchester Avenue space, so stay tuned for updates.

Peggy O'Neil's has been in business for more than 50 years, according to its social media pages.

The address for Peggy O'Neil's is 1310 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02122.

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<![CDATA[This Weekend in Dorchester]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:52:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/lower+mills+630.PNG

Eat:
Pho 2000 was named Best Neighborhood Restaurant by Boston Magazine. Head to this wildly popular Vietnamese restaurant on Dot Ave and enjoy spring rolls, noodle soups, vermicelli and more!

Drink:
Raise your glass to this Best of Boston winner – Lower Mills Tavern won for Best Neighborhood Bar! Featuring craft cocktails, an extensive beer list and impressive whiskey selection, this local favorite should be on your weekend bucket list!

Shop:
In the market for some home decor? Machine Age won for Best Vintage Furniture and houses New England’s largest collection of twentieth-century furniture, lighting, & objects d’art!

Brunch:
Winning the Best Gay Scene award by the Improper, dbar offers one of the best brunches around! Featuring delicious items like brioche french toast, huevos rancheros caliente, and awesome brunch cocktails too! The fun starts at 11 and the bar is open all day!

Explore:
Neponset River Greenway is a trail that runs 5 + miles from Dorchester into Milton and the winner for Best Neighborhood Diversion. The trail connects a series of parks and provides an exciting opportunity to appreciate the outdoors in an otherwise urban area. This trail is perfect for walking, biking, running and rollerblading!

Do:
Take a tour! Boston Harbor Distillery is nestled in the neighborhood of Port Norfolk and just won Best of Boston for Wedding Reception Venue by the Improper. The pre-Civil War era historical building now houses Boston Harbor Distillery and has a tasting room, distilling facility, event space and a bar that will mix you up a delicious cocktail during tours on Friday and Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Rhythm 'n Wraps Opens Brick and Mortar Location in Boston]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:16:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Rhythym+6291.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind a food truck featuring vegetarian fare has opened a permanent restaurant on the Boston/Brookline border.

According to a post from the Brookline TAB, Rhythm 'n Wraps is now open on Commonwealth Avenue in Packard's Corner, with owner Aaron Cohen bringing his veggie-friendly wraps and curries--along with a new vegan pizza option--to the brick-and-mortar location. Cohen, who used to have a hip hop record label and a music studio in Dorchester, says that he will keep his food truck running in Cambridge.

An earlier article from Eater Boston mentioned that Rhythm 'n Wraps was making plans to come to the Packard's Corner space.

The address for this new eatery in Boston is: Rhythm 'n Wraps, 1096 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02134. Its website can be found at http://rhythmnwraps.com/

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<![CDATA[Tasty Pot to Replace In House Cafe in Allston]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:50:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/Tastypot+6291.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A small group of Taiwanese hot spot places is expanding to Boston, opening where a Mediterranean eatery had been.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tasty Pot is opening in Allston in the former In House Cafe space on Brighton Avenue, with the dining spot offering an array of hot pot options along with appetizers, desserts, and a variety of milk teas. Currently, the mini-chain has a dozen outlets in California and one in Ontario, with this shop being its first on the East Coast.

Eater says that In House Cafe plans to open in a new location, though it is not known exactly where at this point.

The address for the upcoming Tasty Pot (and now-closed In House Cafe) is 194 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. The website for its other locations can be found at https://www.tastypotusa.com/

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<![CDATA[Twist Bakery & Cafe in Millis to Expand to Burlington]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:33:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Twisty+630.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A bakery-cafe southwest of Boston that is up for a national award will be expanding to the northern suburbs.

The Daily Times Chronicle is reporting that Twist Bakery & Cafe in Millis is opening a second shop in Burlington, moving into the space on Second Avenue (within the 3rd Ave development) where Paul Bakery had been until closing in the summer of 2016. Twist, which was recently nominated by USA Today for best gluten-free bakery in the United States, offers baked goods, soups, salads, sandwiches, and more, with the focus being on the use of gluten-free, peanut-free, and mostly tree nut-free ingredients.

No specific opening date has been given as of yet for the new location of Twist Bakery & Cafe, so stay tuned for updates.

The address for this upcoming bakery-cafe in Burlington is: Twist Bakery & Cafe, 62 Second Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803. The website for the original location in Millis can be found at http://www.twist-bakery.com/

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<![CDATA[These Delicious Seafood Shacks Are Totally Worth the Trip]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:48:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/CKPearl.jpgHere are some of our favorite seafood shacks in New England.

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<![CDATA[15+ Great Weekend Events Happening in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:05:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/New+Fireworks.JPG

A fun-filled weekend leading up to the Fourth of July is here and there’s plenty to do for the entire family. Not sure where to begin? From Harborfest to fireworks, a food truck safari, movies under the stars and more, we’ve gathered more than a dozen fun things to get you started!

Friday, June 29 

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End or a walking group at 10 a.m. at Moakley Park in South Boston.

50 Percent off Friday Nights at the Museum of Science

Now through the end of August, enjoy 50 percent off exhibit halls admission from 3- 9 p.m. Grab your family or friends and explore everything the museum has to offer at this discounted rate. Plus starting at 6 p.m. you can also enjoy beer, wine, small plates and oysters in the museum’s Riverview Cafe. You can also add Omni and Planetarium shows at a discounted rate of just $6.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhold tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Grease” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Movies on The Lawn: “Jaws”

Grab your chair or blanket and enjoy a movie on the lawn tonight featuring “Jaws.” 8-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Saturday, June 30 

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

Destination Dino at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s a prehistoric journey through time at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Destination Dino experience. Come face to face with these amazing creatures of the past, dig for fossils and more. Tickets are $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors 65+, $16.95 for children 2012 and free for children under 3. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Woofstock Boston 2018

Woofstock Boston returns for a second year promising to be bigger and better than ever. Enjoy cocktails, live music and more with your pups. Food trucks will also be on site, along with live bands and off-leash area for fido to run and play. Tickets are $5. Noon to 6 p.m., Harvard Athletic Complex, McCurdy Outdoor Track, 145 N Harvard St., Boston.

The Market Bar at Boston Public Market

Saturday afternoons enjoy a beverage while you shop or dine throughout the Boston Public Market. Stop by the special Market Bar in the HUB for local beer and wine selections. 1-5 p.m., Boston Public Market

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.

Food Truck Safari

Food trucks from all over the Greater Boston area will be at the Franklin Park Zoo tonight. Grab something tasty, while enjoying music, activities and the zoo’s animals after hours. 5-8 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Harbor Fireworks

Enjoy fireworks over Boston Harbor presented by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, Boston Harbor Now and Wharf District Council as part of Boston Harborfest. 9 p.m., Boston Harbor. 

Sunday, July 1 

Destination Dino at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s a prehistoric journey through time at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Destination Dino experience. Come face to face with these amazing creatures of the past, dig for fossils and more. Tickets are $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors 65+, $16.95 for children 2012 and free for children under 3. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Arts at Harborfest

Check out and even purchase works by local artisans under the trellis at Christopher Columbus Park. While you’re there, you can also enjoy interactive art demonstrations, and live performing arts. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Christopher Columbus Park, Boston.

Chowderfest

If you are a fan of chowder, you don’t want to miss your chance to sample chowder from some of the area’s best restaurants. Noon to 3 p.m., Christopher Columbus Park, Boston.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today enjoy Kids Yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or Yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain. 

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Barenaked Ladies at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Catch the Barenaked Ladies as they bring their “Last Summer on Earth Tour” to Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion tonight. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave, Boston.

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<![CDATA[Owen O'Leary's Pub Closing]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:33:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/202*120/pub.PNG

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes a popular pub closing, a new pizzeria and a new sushi spot.]]>
<![CDATA[Owen O'Leary's in Brockton Is Closing]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:01:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An Irish pub that has been in business for more than a quarter century is shutting down, and it is apparently due to a lease issue.

Wicked Local is reporting that Owen O'Leary's in Brockton is closing next Friday, with owner Kevin Gill saying that he was not able to agree to new lease terms with landlord Philip Nessralla. Gill says that "Our lease was up. And that was it. We wanted to stay, but it seems some people didn’t necessarily want that," while Nessralla mentions that "No, we couldn’t come to terms....We decided maybe it's better if we try another avenue." It looks like a new, more upscale restaurant will come to the Belmont Street space in the fall, while Gill hopes to find a new location in the Brockton area for Owen O'Leary's. (Other locations of the pub remain open in Southborough and Westborough.)

Owen O'Leary's first opened in Brockton in 1992.

The address for the soon-to-close Owen O'Leary's (and upcoming new restaurant) is 1280 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA, 02301. The website for all three locations of the pub can be found at http://www.owenolearys.com/

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<![CDATA[The Joshua Tree in Somerville to Be Replaced ]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:02:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a longtime restaurant and bar in Somerville is shutting down, and a new dining and drinking spot is moving into the space.

According to a licensing commission meeting page within the city's website, The Joshua Tree is transferring its license to the Elm Street Tap Room, with a comment within the Davis Square Facebook group page seeming to confirm this, referring to a notice about the "Elm Street Brew Pub" coming. Based on what a poster and a source both say, The Joshua Tree could be closing this weekend, though this has not been confirmed as of yet.

The Joshua Tree first opened in 1997 in Davis Square, with a second location opening in Allston in 2007. (The Allston location shut down in the early part of 2014.)

The address for The Joshua Tree in Davis Square (and upcoming Elm Street Tap Room) is 256 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

Thanks to a source for initially bringing this to our attention.

June 29 update: According to another source, The Joshua Tree is now shuttered, with a picture of a public notice in the window mentioning the license transfer.

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<![CDATA[Weekend Picks in Southie]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:40:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/seapoint6301.PNG

Eat:
Publico was named Best Neighborhood Restaurant by Boston Magazine! Publico is one of the prettiest spots in the Southie with its atrium garden. Share some snacks like empanadas, tacos, and ceviche or larger plates like steak frites and fish tacos!

Drink:
Raise your glass! Row 34 in Fort Point won for Best Beer Program! Order up a lobster roll (they also won Best Seafood by the Improper) and a draft of Bissell Brothers, Dieu du Ciel, or Upland Brewing to name a few of their unique brews!

Brunch:
Lincoln – home of the Test Brunch – has won Best Brunch in Boston by Boston Magazine! Enjoy boozy milk shakes, fruity pebbles pancakes, breakfast pizza, Lincoln sliders and more!

Shop:
Hunt and gather! Vintage lovers rejoice! Southie has a Best of Boston winner in the vintage store category!  Recollective is a multi-dealer vintage shop featuring men, women and home items located at 416 West Broadway (entrance on F Street). Recollective is open Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-7pm. Check it out!

See:
A Processional For Beacon will take place on Sunday, July 1st at 9:30am at Castle Island. Gather in the parking lot and watch as an Avian Avatar by Myth Makers Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein roll a monumental bamboo sculpture down the causeway to the Sugar Bowl! This event is part of the Harbor Walk Artist in Residence program! (Castle Island was named Best Neighborhood Excursion)

Do:
Coppersmith is hosting a block party on Sunday, July 1st from 12pm-5pm. Enjoy food, drinks, games, DJ Stu and more! (CIS winner of Best View).

Watch:
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Narraganset Beer – Quint’s choice of beer – is hosting a special showing of the classic movie Jaws on Friday, June 29th at the Lawn on D. Gates open at 5pm. Movie begins at 8:30pm. A DJ will be spinning from 5pm-8pm. Don’t forget your beach chair or blanket! (Best Place to Feel Like a Kid by the Improper)

Dance:
Kick it old school Southie-style at Seapoint. Revisit the good old days and enjoy Southie DJ legend Dru Errico as he spins the tunes at Seapoint Saturday night beginning at 8pm. Plan on dancing the night away to such local favorites like Happy Radio and Young Hearts Run Free!No cover charge. Plenty of parking! (CIS Winner Best Potato Skins)

Workout:
From yoga to boxing, Southie has some of the best workouts in the city. The Handle Bar, Peter Welch’s, East Side Yoga and Fitness, and Everybody Fight, all won the title!

Celebrate:
Celebrate Harborfest!  From June 28th thru July 4th, enjoy family fun events like boat tours, scavenger hunts, walking tours,  food, fun and more.  Over 200 events are happening in the city and on the harbor.  Check out event updates on the Harborfest Facebook Page, on Twitter, or follow the conversation using #BostonHarborfest.  Make sure to check out Chowderfest on Sunday, July 1st where you can sample some of the best clam chowder in Boston and vote for your favorite! Also Embrace Your Punch Tour – featuring Sour Punch®, one of America’s first sour candy brands – will be making a stop at Chowder Fest and Art Fest on Sunday! will feature an elaborate Sour Punch® themed-exhibit, with a uniquely built container as the centerpiece from which Sour Punch® ambassadors will distribute complimentary samples of the treats, along with other promotional items!

Dog Pick:
WOOFstock 2018 is back on Saturday, June 30th from 12pm-6pm! Bring your family, friends and most importantly man’s best friend to Harvard Athletic Complex for a dog-friendly afternoon, featuring live music, photo booths and dog-inspired cocktails, such as the Arnold Pomeranian, The Moscow Drool and The Greyhound. Food trucks will be onsite, bands playing all day long, performances from Canines in the Clouds, dog stunt shows, Lure Coursing, and local vendors with the trendiest items for your four-legged friends. Also, there will be adorable adoptable dogs on site from Last Hope K9, an organization dedicated to saving abandoned, neglected, and/or abused dogs from high-kill shelters throughout the United States. WOOFstock is presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Vodka For Dog People and is committed to bettering the lives of pets and families far and wide. Tickets are just $5, with all bar proceeds benefiting Last Hope K9 Rescue. Parking is $10 per vehicle, with premier parking spaces available for purchase. Please visit woofstockboston.com/tickets to purchase tickets.

For the list of Southie winners, visit here! 

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<![CDATA[Cappy's Tavern in Readville Is Closing]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:31:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

One of Boston's oldest dive bars is closing down.

A Facebook post this evening confirms what we had heard earlier from a source, that Cappy's Tavern in the Readville section of Hyde Park is closing on July 24. It isn't known for sure what will become of the Wolcott Court space, though the Facebook post mentions something about a catering company moving in; as soon as we get more information, we will post an update here.

Cappy's Tavern, which first opened approximately 80 years ago, is a classic old-school neighborhood bar that offers such items as steak tips, pizza, burgers, steak and cheese subs, and pastrami sandwiches along with cheap beer and strong drinks.

The address for Cappy's is 11 Wolcott Court, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.

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<![CDATA[Sushi Today Opens in Boston's Brigham Circle/Mission Hill Neighborhood]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:56:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new sushi spot has arrived in a section of Boston that is starting to see more and more dining options.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Sushi Today is now open in the Brigham Circle/Mission Hill section of the city, with the Tremont Street restaurant offering a wide variety of sushi options along with starters such as seaweed salad, miso soup, and edamame. The dining spot is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, with dinner only being served on Sundays.

The address for this new sushi spot in Brigham Circle/Mission Hill is: Sushi Today, 1562 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02120. Its website can be found at https://sushi-today.com/

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<![CDATA[Mario's Pizzeria to Open in Roxbury]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:23:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new pizzeria and Portuguese eatery is on its way to Boston, opening in a neighborhood that currently has very few dining options.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Mario's Pizzeria is opening in a mostly residential section of Roxbury between Egleston Square and Grove Hall and a few blocks north of Franklin Park, with the Humboldt Avenue dining spot focusing on takeout and delivery. The post mentions that the place will feature New York-style pizzas as well as Portuguese fare such as cod cakes, bifana sandwiches, sardine pate flatbreads, and shrimp cakes. If all goes as planned, Mario's Pizzeria could be opening sometime in July.

Eater says that the people behind Mario's are Rebecca Greening and Mario Bailote, with Bailote being a native of Portugal and working as a longtime manager and pizza maker at the Same Old Place in Jamaica Plain.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Roxbury is: Mario's Pizzeria, 197 Humboldt Avenue, Roxbury, MA, 02121. The website for the eatery will be at https://www.pizzabymario.com/

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<![CDATA[Comella's in Marblehead Has Closed]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:14:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of Italian eateries has gotten a bit smaller, as it has closed its only North Shore location.

According to a Facebook post from All Marblehead, Comella's on Atlantic Avenue has shut down, with a sign out front saying "Thank you for 5 years of business" while referring customers to their other locations. With the closing of the Marblehead shop, the only remaining outlets directly north of Boston are in Melrose and Winchester.

Existing locations of Comella's can be found in Bedford, Belmont, Chestnut Hill, Concord, Hingham, Melrose, Natick, Needham, Wellesley, West Newton, West Roxbury, Westwood, and Winchester.

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Marblehead was: Comella's, 50 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead, MA, 01945. The website for all locations can be found at: http://www.comellasrestaurants.com/

Thanks to a source for bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[Refuge Cafe in Allston Has Closed]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:10:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A cafe in Allston that was planning to close a couple of years ago only to remain open has closed for real this time.

According to a source, Refuge Cafe is no longer in business, with the Facebook page for the Brighton Avenue spot posting a video last month of "Mama, I'm Coming Home" by Ozzy Osbourne and saying "I'm not coming to work tomorrow. We're done here now." This was followed up by a rather interesting post that seems to refer to the closure of the place, saying (among other things) that "I do not believe humans shall ever return to my cafe.....I'm sitting on a digital beach, sipping on synthetic oil & basking in the glory of my evil genius."

Refuge Cafe first opened in September of 2011, offering such items as bagels, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, coffee, tea, smoothies, and more; the dining spot had mentioned the possibility of shutting down in September of 2016 but it never did close, instead remaining open until last month.

The address for this now-closed eatery in Allston was: Refuge Cafe, 155 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA 02134.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Refuge Cafe in Allston Planning to Close

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<![CDATA[Southie Real Estate News: Anchor Line Buying Up the Block]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:18:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/southie2.jpg

Anchor Line – the developer that purchased the Coppersmith building on West Third has bought another parcel of land right next door! 

According to the Boston Business Journal, Gillette has sold off a parcel located right next door to Coppersmith. The combined total for both is $31 million. 

This is the same block that is the home of Port 45 – 101 unit luxury condo development.

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<![CDATA[Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar Opening in Allston-Brighton]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:20:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Latin restaurant and bar is planning to open within a hotel across from the Charles River, moving into the site where a Chinese restaurant (and another hotel) had been.

Eater Boston is reporting that Casa Cana is opening in the Studio Allston hotel on Soldiers Field Road where the Days Hotel and Joyful Garden were. The article mentions that the upcoming spot may be focusing on nuevo latino fare while possibly focusing on rum-based drinks as well, with the food possibly including Central and South American options along with Caribbean dishes. A specific opening date has not been given as of yet for Casa Cana (EB mentions that it plans to open soon), so keep checking back for updates.

Joyful Garden is reopening in the former Old Country Buffet space at the Watertown Mall, with earlier reports saying it could open in August though it isn't known if this is still a possibility.

The address for the upcoming Casa Cana is 1234 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA, 02135.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Joyful Garden Is Reopening in Watertown

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<![CDATA[Southie Real Estate News: Coppersmith Sold!]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:02:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/coppersmith.jpg

The wildly popular Coppersmith known for its food trucks, airdeck and amazing view has been sold.  According to the website Bldup, the  3-story 15,000 square-foot brick and beam building was sold for $19,625,00 to Anchor Line Partnership.   

The building was last sold in 2013 for $1 million to Langwater Capital Partners. Holy Moly! No plans (if any) have been announced to change anything. Let’s hope not, we love Coppersmith! 

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<![CDATA[On the Market: Stunning Southie Condo With Roof Deck]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:56:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/deck3.jpg

Live your life at the top! Two-bedroom condo designed with flair and elegance of the early 1900’s. Sun drenched living room with beautiful built-in shelving opens into the dining area and kitchen. Custom kitchen features breakfast bar, Dover Wood cabinets and double oven perfect for those who love to cook and entertain. Family room with private bathroom is a great space for watching the game or hosting sleepovers. Enjoy your deck off the dining room or spend summer days/nights on your 4th floor private roof deck across from Marine Park. You can experience a never interrupted view of Pleasure Bay and Castle Island. Located just one block away from the T and just one mile from the Financial District, this is a commuter’s dream! You’ll fall in love before you walk through the door.


Open House:

Saturday and Sunday  12pm-2pm

For more information contact Teddy O at 617-620-9082

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<![CDATA[Town Tavern to Replace Ristorante Olivio in East Arlington]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:22:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban Italian restaurant that has been in business for more than 15 years is apparently closing, and a new restaurant and bar is planning to move in.

According to a post from Your Arlington, Town Tavern is looking to replace Ristorante Olivio on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington, with a PDF file that links to a Town of Arlington page indicating that the new spot would offer "contemporary American pub fare" with seating for approximately 120, and the place is currently seeking a full liquor license. Little other information has been given on the proposed restaurant other than the fact that George Mullan is behind it, and while a menu has been included in the PDF file, these menus are often placeholders so we will hold off mentioning some of the items on it for now.

Ristorante Olivio, which first opened in 2002, offers a variety of Northern and Southern Italian dishes in a casual upscale environment.

The address for Olivio (and the proposed Town Tavern) is 193 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474.

June 28 update: The Arlington Advocate mentions that Town Tavern will be a 120-seat restaurant with an outdoor patio, and that it hopes to open in mid-August; in addition, a source also tells us that Ristorante Olivio could remain open into at least a part of July, though it will be closed for a few days around July 4.

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<![CDATA[This Week in Southie]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:05:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/050818+kittens+generic+cats.jpg

Lace up your sneakers! Have you ever wanted to run the Falmouth Road Race?  How about running & supporting a local medical center?  Team Tufts MC has spots available on their 2018 team – apply today to join the team of 20 runners, while raising important funds for the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center! You can register here! #TeamTuftsMC

Kittens and cocktails! Boston Animal Rescue Collaborative (BARC) is throwing a Kitten Shower in benefit of the The Animal Rescue League of Boston on Wednesday, June 27th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Capo! Enjoy complimentary lights bites, cash bar with a signature feline-inspired cocktail and raffles! Gifts for the ARL from Kitten Show Wishlist are highly encouraged. Tickets are $20.

Sunny skies! Sunny skies call for cool shades! It’s National Sunglasses Day on Wednesday, June 27th. Head to Wink Eyecare and pick up a pair! Featuring designers like RayBan, Gucci, Chloe, Prada, Maui Jim and more! Wink Eyecare is offering 30% off all prescription sunglasses!

Tap that! Tap Tuesday has officially launched this summer at Gather! Every Tuesday from 4pm-7pm, Gather will be tapping a different keg of local, limited-release beer for guests to enjoy right on the patio (weather and private event permitting). Specialty beer available until the keg runs out! For more information visit here!

Summer breeze! Hit the patio at Aloft – one of the neighborhoods best hidden al fresco gems! Order up a Cucumber Collins and enjoy the summer breeze! Also on Friday evenings from 5pm-8pm, Aloft offers Patio Playtime with special kids’ menu, outdoor games and families can also purchase a “Splash Pass” to access to hotel’s adjacent indoor pool. The hotel also features its free Thursday night music series, Live @ Aloft, with local bands and singer/songwriters performing. Combined with the patio space, it’s an ideal summer night for music lovers and al fresco fans.

Brows and bronze!Love and Mercy, Southie’s newest salon is now offering some awesome amenities to make sure you’re looking your best! Enjoy brow services every 4 weeks with Jen Opeka of Sarra Studios, as well as Stay Gold organic sunless tanning Wednesday – Friday with Mia Andreoli. To book an appointment, send an email to info@loveandmercysalon.com!

Barre by the ocean! Join C2 Body at the Boston Harbor Yacht Club on Wednesday, July 12th at 6pm. Enjoy a 45 minutes class followed by drinks and snacks post workout! Register for class on their website!

Listen to the music! Enjoy live music on the beautiful Dorchester Heights on the third Saturday of the month – July 21st and August 25th –  from 6pm-8pm this summer. Family fun with lawn games, make and take art and face painting too!  Curragh’s Fancy will be playing at the bandstand at Marine Park on Thursday, July 26th at 6pm!

Get in summer shape! We realize summer is officially here but it’s not too late to get in shape! The Boston Athletic Club new summer group exercise schedule on Monday! From Hip, Hop, Cardio to Schwinn Cycle to yoga and Tabata Cardio. Learn more here! 

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<![CDATA[This Week in Dorchester]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:06:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/white-wine-generic-186205780.jpg

Story time!Two Communities and a River: The Story of the Neponset Greenway Extension! This interactive community storytelling event will take place at Foley Senior Residences, 249 River St., Mattapan on Thursday, June 28th from7pm-9pm and guided by True Story Theater!  Bring your stories about the Neponset Greenway Extension! When did you first hear about the path? What happened in your neighborhood to support or oppose the Greenway Extension? What has the completion of the path meant to you and your neighbors? Come prepared to share your story in community with the help of the gifted True Story Theater players!  For more information please contact: Mattapan.Milton@gmail.com

Let your colors fly!  Join the St. Ann’s Colorguard!  This legendary dance/marching group, is looking for some new recruits!  An open house will be held on July 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Victory Road Armory located at 70 Victory Road to learn more. If you are interested in being a part of the team, you can also reach out to Eileen Cunningham at eileenpatrice@yahoo.com. To learn more or to make a donation visit here stannscolorguard.com

Mangia!  Purchase your tickets for this exciting and delicious event at Caffe Zia Gianna!  Sicilia in Tavola/At the Table with Zia Gianna will take place on Sunday, July 22nd Join Executive Chef and Owner, Nino Barbalace, takes us on a flavorful and historical journey through Sicily. Try modern preparations of classic Sicilian dishes alongside world-class Sicilian wines (or on their own), and discuss the story behind each dish with Nino as you go! Four course dinner with wine is $65 without wine is $50.  Purchase your tickets here!

Mayor on Main!  Join Mayor Marty Walsh and Greater Ashmont Main Street on Tuesday, June 26th at 1:30pm at Caffe Zia Gianna for a special small business and volunteer of the year celebration!  Stop by!

Workout(doors)! Summer’s the perfect time to ditch your gym membership and get your sweat on outside. Check out these ways to get your workout on al fresco.

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<![CDATA[A Walk Around the Block: A Photo Essay]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:10:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/walk35.jpg

Photography by Deborah McCarthy 

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<![CDATA[Road Trip: Wingaersheek Beach]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/beach30.jpg

Beach gem on the North Shore – drive or hop on the T to Gloucester!

True fact, we live on the water and the Boston beaches are cleaner than ever. However, it’s always fun to switch it up a bit, don’t ya think?

Hands down, one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Shore of Massachusetts is Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester. (Winggersheik). The odd name has historical roots that date back to the early Dutch settlers who called it “Wyngaerts Hoeck,” which was derived from “Wyngaerton” (meaning “Vineland”).

The beach sits along the Annisquam River towards Ipswich Bay and at low tides produces numerous tidal pools that are great for the little ones to romp around in. Low tide also brings a long sandbar that’s perfect for getting away from the beach, which tends to get crowded especially on weekends. The beach has smooth white sands, crystal clear waters, and huge rocks in the water that you can climb around at low tide.

The beach stretches a good distance at goes at low tide and the water stays shallow.  The tide pool formations are perfect for finding snails, tiny fish, shrimp, hermit crabs and other sea creatures.

It’s best to visit on a weekday as the weekends are very crowded and the parking lot can fill up quickly. However, added bonus – you don’t need a car to get to Wingaersheek – the Commuter Train out of North Station will take you to West Gloucester Station and it’s a quick taxi or Uber ride (just four miles) from the station.

Lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. No water floats or surfboards are allowed, but the long sandy beaches are great for sand castle building. There’s a food stand, restrooms and showers, but alcohol is strictly prohibited. Parking during the week is $20 and $25 on weekends, but non-resident parking is limited (we’re familiar with that caveat, Amiright??) so again, the early bird gets the parking spot and the pick of the shoreline. The beach is also handicapped accessible.

If driving, take Route 128 North to Exit 13. At the bottom of the ramp, take a left onto Concord Street and follow for about 1 ½ miles. You will see a traffic island with a sign saying Wingaersheek Beach. Turn right onto Atlantic Street and follow to the end. As you turn onto Atlantic Street look for the sign regarding the beach parking lot. If the “lot full” sign is out it means the lot is closed to non-residents and only those with a resident beach sticker can gain access to the lot.

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<![CDATA[A Guide to Southie's Best Tiki Drinks]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:45:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/230*120/drink3.jpg

Aloha, beaches! Here are the best tiki drinks and tropical treats this side of Southie! 

It’s officially summer so let’s celebrate and head to paradise. But if Maui isn’t exactly in your future, we’ve rounded up Southie’s best tiki drinks and hula-loving hot spots just for you. Leis, grass skirts, and those fun little drink umbrellas are totally optional – but highly encouraged.  Here’s our guide of where to get tiki drinks in Southie!

Tiki Sundays at Drink
Southie native Barbara Lynch has created a long-standing tradition at her creative cocktail bar, Drink. The trendy Fort Point spot transforms into a Tiki Lounge on the first Sunday of every month, complete with tropical sips and island-inspired snacks.

Rum Punch Friday Lunch at Loco
As if Summer Fridays could get any sweeter, Loco promises to open early each Friday at 11:30 for rum punches and tropical treats all summer long.

Local 149
Nothing like Trivia Tuesday at Local 149!  Make it a Tiki Trivia Tuesday and order up their classic Mai Tai off of their drink menu!  Everyone knows Mai Tai’s make you smarter!

The Tiki Menu at Blue Dragon
Fort Point’s Blue Dragon knows how to tiki. With drink menu staples like the Dragon Bowl, the Gypsy Curse, and the Hurricane, you can always count on them for some serious island vibes all year round.

Fat Baby 
One of Southie’s newest hot spots, Fat Baby has a whole cocktail menu full of them from the classic mai tai to sake sangria! Fat Baby also has a late night menu featuring food and drinks until 12:30am – 7 nights a week! Yes!

The Broadway
Sit in the open garage doors at The Broadway and let all of Southie know you like to sip on tiki drinks! Featuring the Island Time and La Pina with ghost tequila for a spicy version, these two tiki drinks will hit the spot!

Did we miss your favorite spots for tiki drinks? Let us know in the comments below!

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<![CDATA[Home Taste in Watertown to Open New Location]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:54:44 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A Chinese restaurant in Watertown is expanding to Arlington, moving into the space where a Mexican dining spot had been until late last year.

According to a note from @kcbaskin of The Boston Globe and a post from Your Arlington, Home Taste is planning to open on Mass Ave. in Arlington Heights, taking over the former La Posada space. Based on the menu at the location on Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown Square (which opened back in September of 2015), expect to see hand-pulled noodles, handmade dumplings, Chinese "burgers," mala pots, spicy Szechuan dishes, and more at the upcoming restaurant. No opening date has been given as of yet for the new location of Home Taste, so keep checking back for updates.

La Posada closed its doors last December after being in business for a bit less than eight years.

The address for the upcoming Home Taste in Arlington Heights is 1312 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476. The website for the Watertown location can be found at https://www.hometastema.com/

June 27 update: Wicked Local states that Home Taste plans to open in Arlington Heights in mid-July.

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<![CDATA[Salem Gets Its First Rooftop Bar]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:17:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/The+Hotel+Salem.jpg

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<![CDATA[Joe's American Bar & Grill in Framingham Is Closing]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:31:19 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A small local group of family-friendly restaurants continues to get smaller, as another one of its suburban locations is getting ready to close.

According to a post in the Framingham Source, Joe's American Bar & Grill in Framigham is shutting down, with the restaurant and bar--which is located at Shoppers World--planning to close for good on June 30. Once it shutters, it will be the third location of Joe's to close over the past couple of years, with outlets in Braintree and Peabody also shutting down. It appears that locations in Boston (two), Dedham, Franklin, and Woburn will remain in operation, as well as another in Fairfield, CT.

The website for Joe's American Bar & Grill is at http://www.joesamerican.com/

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<![CDATA[20 Great Events to Kick off the First Weekend of Summer in Greater Boston]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:08:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BHH+Movie.jpg

It’s the first official weekend of summer, and there is a lot happening to celebrate. From the annual Donna Summer Roller Disco Party at City Hall Plaza to World Giraffe Day at the Franklin Park Zoo, Strawberry Festivals and even human foosball, we’ve gathered so many options you’re sure to be entertained all weekend long! 

Friday, June 22

Ride the Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel

Grab the kiddos and have some fun with a Frog Pond favorite – the carousel featuring fun and zany characters. Tickets are $3 per ride or you can purchase a 10 ride card for $25. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston.

Celebration of Summer V: Donna Summer Roller Disco Party

Celebration of Summer V pays tribute to Boston-born disco legend Donna Summer during this free event tonight. Try your disco moves on the roller skating rink at City Hall Plaza (free rentals available), while DJ Joey Carvello plays her biggest hits and other popular disco tunes. 6-10 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Harpoon Flying Saucer Frisbee Tournament

John Harpoon for an interstellar-themed evening with this flying saucer jam-style frisbee tournament. Get the highest score and win a stay at the Seaport Hotel for two, plus, VIP passes to a future Harpoon event. 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

50 Percent off Friday Nights at the Museum of Science

Now through the end of August, enjoy 50 percent off exhibit halls admission from 3- 9 p.m. Grab your family or friends and explore everything the museum has to offer at this discounted rate. Plus starting at 6 p.m. you can also enjoy beer, wine, small plates and oysters in the museum’s Riverview Cafe. You can also add Omni and Planetarium shows at a discounted rate of just $6.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “It Happened One Night” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

U2 at TD Garden

U2 comes to the TD Garden with its eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour. Tickets start at $45.50. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Saturday, June 23

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

World Giraffe Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

Celebrate World Giraffe Day at the Franklin Park Zoo with activities and zookeeper chats throughout the day. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Ride the Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel

Grab the kiddos and have some fun with a Frog Pond favorite – the carousel featuring fun and zany characters. Tickets are $3 per ride or you can purchase a 10 ride card for $25. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston.

Waterfront Art & Music Festival

The second annual Waterfront Art & Music Festival, presented by the Creative Arts Network and Fall River Heritage State Park is a great free outdoor festival for the entire family. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fall River Heritage State Park, 200 Davol St., Fall River.

Verrill Farm’s Strawberry Festival

It’s strawberry picking season, so head on over to Verrill Farm in Concord today to celebrate not only the strawberry harvest, but the farm’s anniversary. Verrill Farm’s Strawberry Festival & 100 Year Festivities include: cookie decorating, Bart's Strawberry ice cream & birthday cake served in the stand at 1 p.m., horse drawn hay rides, pony rides, free entertainment and event a strawberry dessert recipe contest. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,11 Wheeler Road, Concord.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Russell Orchards’ Strawberry Festival

Head out to Russell Orchards for their annual Strawberry Festival. Enjoy hayrides, live music, pony rides and more outdoor fun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 143 Argilla Road, Ipswich.

Belgian Beer Fest

It’s Belgian Beer Fest weekend and the event is returning to where it all began, the Cyclorma at the Boston Center for the Arts. This is a 21+ event featuring more than 100 Belgian styles and Belgian-inspired offerings from approximately 30 American and Belgian brewers. Tickets are $65 per session. Choose one of two sessions: Noon to 3:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston.

The Market Bar at Boston Public Market

Saturday afternoons enjoy a beverage while you shop or dine throughout the Boston Public Market. Stop by the special Market Bar in the HUB for local beer and wine selections. 1-5 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

New Belgium Human Foosball

Are you a foosball fan? Then you don’t want to miss your chance to play a game of human foosball with New Belgium, plus they’ll have giveaways on hand, as well. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Rosé on the Water Boston 2018

90+ Cellars is back for its 6th Annual Boston Rosé Cruise. Wear your best pink outfit and join them for an afternoon out on the harbor with a glass of rose. Tickets include 90+ Cellars rose, appetizer small bites and water. The boat (M/V Provincetown II) boards from Commonwealth Pier/World Trade Center Side). Tickets are $85 . 2-5 p.m., Boston World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Boston Pickle Fair

Join in the celebration of all favorite fermented things from pickles to kimchi, kraut, veggies and more) at the 2nd Annual Boston Pickle Fair today. Enjoy live music, games, contests, vendors and even an expanded biergarten for those 21+. This year a portion of proceeds will be donated to Farm Aid, the 2018 non-profit partner of Boston Pickle Fair. There are two sessions: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.and 2:30-530 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and under. The Innovation and Design Building, 23 Drydock Ave., Boston.

Sunday, June 24 

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Russell Orchards’ Strawberry Festival

Head out to Russell Orchards for their annual Strawberry Festival. Enjoy hayrides, live music, pony rides and more outdoor fun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 143 Argilla Road, Ipswich.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today enjoy Kids Yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or Yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.

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.

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<![CDATA[Feng Shui to Open in Burlington]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:48:31 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of Chinese and Japanese restaurants with four locations in the local area is getting ready to open another outlet, with this one being in a red-hot suburb for dining out.

The Burlington Union is reporting that Feng Shui is planning to open in The District, which is a rebranding of the New England Executive Park that contains such restaurants as Island Creek Oyster Bar, Pressed Cafe, Tavern in the Square, and Tuscan Kitchen. Once it opens, the new eatery may be offering sushi, Chinese and Japanese entrees, and hibachi based on its other locations in Chelmsford, Cohasset, Tyngsboro, and Waltham. If all goes well, the Burlington location of Feng Shui may be opening in the next few weeks. (Another location of the restaurant is being planned for Brighton.)

A Daily Times article from last summer had actually mentioned that Feng Shui was coming to Burlington.

The website for all locations of Feng Shui can be found at: http://www.gofengshui.com/

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<![CDATA[Spud's Restaurant & Pub in Saugus Is Closing]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:53:22 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

What was once a small local group of casual dining spots will soon be down to just one, as another one of its locations is shutting down.

An article from Wicked Local confirms rumors that we have been hearing over the past couple of weeks, that Spud's Restaurant & Pub in Saugus is closing at the end of this month, with the general manager of the Lincoln Avenue eatery citing slow sales and a "lack of staffing" as reasons for its closure. It appears that the sole remaining location of the restaurant will continue to operate in Rowley, though if this changes, we will post an update here. (Spud's used to have outlets in Danvers, Woburn, and North Hampton, NH as well.)

The Saugus location of Spud's had been in business since 1989.

The address for this soon-to-close dining spot in Saugus is: Spud's Restaurant & Pub, 22 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus, MA, 01906. The website for Spud's can be found at http://spudsrestaurant.net

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<![CDATA[These Boston-Area Patios Are the Perfect Summer Refuge]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:42:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/AtwoodsTavernPatio.jpgHere are some of the best restaurant patios around the Boston area.

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<![CDATA[Fireworks Alert!]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:47:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fireworks+generic1.jpg

How lucky are we? More fireworks for us to enjoy! These ones will off of Spectacle Island on Thursday at approximately 9 p.m., sponsored by Boston Harbor Now. 

So look up and enjoy!

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<![CDATA[New Brewery Opening on the South Shore]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:35:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/289*120/Whole+Foods+210.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another brewery is on its way to the South Shore, and this one will be a very short distance from another brewery.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Vitamin Sea Brewing is planning to open in Weymouth, moving into a building on Moore Road that is around the corner from Barrel House Z on Woodrock Road. The post says that the place will include a taproom and a brewing area, and that it will be mainly a production facility, closing each night at 8:00 PM. If all goes as planned, Vitamin Sea Brewing could be opening as early as September.

In addition to the upcoming Vitamin Sea Brewing and Barrel House Z, another brewery that recently opened nearby is Widowmaker, which is located in Braintree just west of the Braintree Split.

The address for Vitamin Sea Brewing is 30 Moore Road, Weymouth, MA, 02189. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Vitaminseabrewing/

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<![CDATA[Enjoy A Perfect Summer Day in Dorchester]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:37:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Hot+Generic+Hot+Sun.JPG

Finally, the first day of summer, the weather is warmer, the kids are (almost) out of school, everyone’s eager to soak up some rays, kick back and relax. In honor of the official first day we’ve pulled together what might just be, the perfect summer day in Dot.

8:00am – The Vietnamese Cold Brew at Reign Drink Lab is not only delicious, but will definitely give you all the energy you need to seize the day. If coffee isn’t your style, check out their Nitro Thai Tea or Mango Green Tea.

8:30am – Breakfast at Caffe Zia Gianna. Since the weather’s nice (finally!) enjoy the 20min walk down Dot. Ave. We recommend the Salina Breakfast Sandwich, and maybe a pastry too!

10:00am – Hit the beach! It just wouldn’t be a proper summer day in Dot if you didn’t swing by Malibu beach to soak up some sun.

3:00pm – Take a break from the heat and head to Chill on Park for an ice cream cone. Be sure to ask about their frappe of the month!

4:00pm – Get those legs moving! As the day starts to cool down, take a walk, run, bike or skate down the Neponset River Greenway where you’ll enjoy shady stretches of trail and views of the Neponset River.

5:00pm – Grab a drink at Yellow Door. Their seasonal drink menu is all about those coveted summer flavors. We recommend the Garden Jugo or if you’re with a group, their house-made Sangria pitches.

7:00pm – End the day on the patio at Dbar, known for their seasonal fare. We just can’t get enough of their cioppino mussels and their pan roasted Cod. Because after all, nothing says summer in New England like some seafood!

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<![CDATA[SMILF: Filming in Southie Soon]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:58:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/176*120/smilf+619.png

SMILF – the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime series about a lovable yet completely crazed single mother from Southie – will be back in the neighborhood to film in the summer. 

According to a post on Facebook, the hit television series will be back in town to shoot exterior shots on Grimes Street in July.  Expect traffic/parking restrictions on July 5th. 

Not sure if Showtime will be splurging for season 2 SMILF ads on MBTA bus shelters after the controversy between City Councilor Ed Flynn and SMILF creator and star Frankie Shaw. 

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<![CDATA[The Roof Opens at The Hotel Salem]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:09:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Salem+Roof+619.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A long-awaited rooftop bar has debuted at a North Shore hotel.

According to a post from Eater Boston, The Roof is now open at The Hotel Salem on Essex Street, joining a ground-floor restaurant called Counter which opened earlier this year. As reported here when the news first came out in 2015, the new spot is the only rooftop bar in Salem, and one of the only rooftop drinking places on the entire North Shore.

Based on an Instagram picture from the bar, The Rooftop features oysters, tacos, cocktails, and more, though its website does not appear to be up and running as of yet, so it is not known what else is offered there.

The address for The Roof (along with Counter and The Hotel Salem) is 209 Essex Street, Salem, MA, 01970. The website for the bar will be at https://www.theroofsalem.com/

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New Hotel with Rooftop Restaurant, Ground Floor Dining Spot Planned for Salem

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<![CDATA[The Soup Shack Is Opening in Jamaica Plain]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:26:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/218*120/ramen713.jpg

A new place for soup is getting ready to debut in Jamaica Plain, moving into the space where a sushi spot had been.

According to an article in the Jamaica Plain News, the Soup Shack is planning to open on Monday, June 18 on Centre Street in the former Kamado Super Fusion space, with the eatery featuring Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese soups (including Thai noodle soup, ramen, and pho). This seems to jibe with what we had mentioned in an earlier article, that a noodle shop would be opening in the space, though at the time it looked like its name might be Asian Noodle Soup.

Kamado closed in January after being in business for approximately four years.

The address for this new soup spot in Jamaica Plain is: The Soup Shack, 779 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Kamado Super Fusion in Jamaica Plain Has Closed; Asian Noodle Soup Plans to Open in Space

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<![CDATA[The Well Coffee House to Open in Downtown Boston ]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:48:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Well+619.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A coffee place that has a connection to a Christian ministry is on its way to downtown Boston, moving into the space where a sandwich shop had been.

According to a Twitter post from @GlennWhidden, The Well Coffee House is planning to open on State Street in the former Pret A Manger space, joining its original location in South Station which opened in early 2014. The website for the business says that it is a non-profit organization while an earlier press release on prweb.com says it is staffed by volunteers from Church @ The Well on Sumner Street in East Boston.

Pret A Manger closed earlier this year after being in business for a bit more than three years; several other locations in the Boston area remain in operation, including outlets in the Financial District, South Station, the Back Bay, and the Longwood medical area.

The address for this upcoming coffee spot in downtown Boston is: The Well Coffee House, 1 State Street, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for the original location at South Station can be found at http://www.thewellcoffeehouse.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Pret A Manger on State Street in Downtown Boston Has Closed

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<![CDATA[Wok N' Roll in Cambridge Has Apparently Closed]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:55:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Wok+619.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Chinese restaurant in Cambridge that had been around for at least a quarter-century has closed its doors.

According to a couple of sources, Wok N' Roll in Porter Square appears to be no longer in business, with a "closed" sign out front at the Mass. Ave. eatery. It is not known why the place may have closed or what might become of the space, so keep checking back for updates.

Wok N' Roll had been open since at least the early 1990s according to one of our sources, with the restaurant offering mostly Chinese-American fare for both dining in and takeout.

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Porter Square was: Wok N' Roll, 1908 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A Plans to Open in Walpole]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:07:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/289*120/Whole+Foods+210.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A controversial chain of chicken spots is looking to open another location in the Greater Boston area, with this one being southwest of the city.

The Walpole Times is reporting that Georgia-based Chick-fil-A is planning to open at the Walpole Mall on Route 1, with the dining spot possibly having seating for 120 inside and a small outdoor area with 16 additional seats. This outlet would join others in Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Marlboro, and Peabody along with six other shops in Massachusetts.

Chick-fil-A was in the local news several years ago when former Boston mayor Thomas Menino said he wouldn't allow the chain to open within the city because of the CEO's opposition to same-sex marriage. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.chick-fil-a.com/

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<![CDATA[Roost Bistro in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:37:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/289*120/Whole+Foods+210.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale Back Bay restaurant that focused mainly on New American fare has closed its doors.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Roost Bistro has shut down, with website for the Newbury Street spot simply saying "Sorry we are now closed. We thank you for your patronage in the past." This confirms what we have heard from a few sources over the past few days who said it looked like the restaurant was no longer in operation.

Roost Bistro first opened in the spring of 2014, replacing The Creperie which was under the same ownership; the restaurant offered such items as clam chowder, steak tips, filet mignon, statler chicken, baked scrod, and grilled salmon.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in the Back Bay was: Roost Bistro, 259 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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<![CDATA[Chilacates to Replace The Wholy Grain in South End ]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:47:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/289*120/Whole+Foods+210.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A bakery-cafe in the South End has shut its doors, and a growing local group of highly-regarded Mexican restaurants will be moving into its space.

According to a Facebook post, The Wholy Grain on Shawmut Avenue has closed, with the note saying that "it's with great sadness that we have to let you know that we have sold The Wholy Grain as we prepare for our next adventure. We will miss you terribly as you have become such great friends, but we hope to see you all day to day in the neighborhood." The post goes on to say that Chilacates will be opening in its space, joining other locations of the Mexican eatery in Jamaica Plain (two) along with upcoming outlets in Mission Hill and Chestnut Hill.

The Wholy Grain, which first opened in the winter of 2011, was a neighborhood spot that offered such items as scones, croissants, muffins, cupcakes, soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and a variety of breads.

The address for the now-closed Wholy Grain (and upcoming Chilacates) is 275 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

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<![CDATA[Sillari's Pizza in Malden Has Closed]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:37:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/Silaris+619.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A highly-rated pizzeria whose partners included a butcher shop owner has quietly closed.

A message sent from musician and radio host/consultant Michael Scott Stewart indicates that Sillari's Pizza in Malden is no longer in business, with a Facebook post seeming to confirm this, saying that the Medford Street shop has indeed shut down. The takeout pizzeria first opened in the spring of 2016, with Michael Dulock of M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats in Somerville and New England Culinary Institute graduate Scott Sillari being behind it. Sillari's was known in part for its customizable brick-oven pizzas with a marinara or pesto base and a variety of toppings offered.

The address for this now-closed pizza shop in Malden was: Sillari's Pizza, 97 Medford Street, Malden, MA, 02148.

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<![CDATA[Redd's in Rozzie Is Closing]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:47:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/redd2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A beloved neighborhood spot is shutting down, and the owner of the restaurant is citing the potential devaluing of its liquor license as being the reason for its closure.

According to a note from the place, Redd's in Rozzie is closing, with owner Charlie Redd saying that "the largest asset of this business, the liquor license, is going to be devalued tremendously by a Boston City Council initiative...to flood Boston with free liquor licenses....The license has been sold and will be moved out of Roslindale." The note goes on to say that the Washington Street eatery plans to remain open into the month of July, though no specific closing date has been given as of yet.

One of our sources tells us that Charlie Redd was recently looking at a storefront in Somerville, but since very little additional information has been given on this, we will hold off on mentioning which space for the time being.

Redd's in Rozzie first opened in the spring of 2011, taking over the space where Geoffrey's Cafe had been; the restaurant is known in part for its New American fare, comfort food, and cocktails and organic wines, as well as its garden patio along the side of the place that is a popular spot during the warmer months..

The address for Redd's in Rozzie is 4257 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA, 02131. Its website can be found at http://www.reddsinrozzie.com/

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<![CDATA[Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Cambridge's Porter Square Has Closed]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:10:53 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A Chicago-based chain of sub shops that quickly expanded through the Boston area several years ago has closed one of its locations.

According to a Twitter post from @codeman38, Potbelly Sandwich Shop in the Porter Square section of Cambridge is no longer in business, with a sign out front directing customers to their Downtown Crossing locations in Boston as well as their Burlington location. The chain debuted in the local area with a shop at Logan Airport in the spring of 2012, with the two locations in downtown Boston soon opening along with the Burlington outlet and another in Braintree. (The Cambridge shop opened in the summer of 2013.)

Potbelly Sandwich Shop, which started out in 1977, features a variety of sandwiches as well as soups, salads, and more.

The address for this now-closed location of Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Cambridge was 1 Porter Square, Cambridge, MA, 02140. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.potbelly.com/

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<![CDATA[25 Fun Events for the Entire Family Happening This Week]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:17:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/Boston.gov.jpg

Monday, June 18

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try zumba at 6 p.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, salsa dancing at 6 p.m. At Blackstone Square in the South End, Carnival Fit at 6 p.m. at Harambee Park in Dorchester, Afrobeat Bootcamp at 6 p.,m. At Malcolm X Park in Roxbury or Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at Mother’s Rest at 4 Corners in 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.

Tuesday, June 19 

Blue Hills Bank Wine Tasting

Summer is here, wondering what wines to stock up on? Stop by Blue Hills Bank’s Seaport branch tonight for a “Cool Wines for Hot Summer Nights” tasting event. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Blue Hills Bank, 87 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try chair yoga at 10 a.m. at Symphony Park in Fenway, bootcamp at 6 p.m. at Elmhurst Park in Dorchester, Yoga at 6 p.m. at Medal of Honor Park (M Street) in South Boston, cardio dance at 6 p.m. at Ross Playground in Hyde Park, Zumba at 6 p.m. at Gertrude Howes Playground in Roxbury or line dancing at 6 p.m. at Billings Field in West Roxbury.

Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway

The seasonal farmers market at Dewey Square returns to the plaza outside South Station. is back. The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Young Love and the Thrills for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, 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.

Wednesday, June 20

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try chair yoga at 10 a.m. at Elliot Norton Park in Chinatown, family Zumba at 6 p.m. at LoPresti Park in East Boston, HIIT at 6 p.m. at Mission Hill Playground in Mission Hill, yoga at 6 p.m. at Brighton Common in Brighton or line dancing at 6:30 p.m. at Franklin Park in Dorchester. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy Rich Dimare for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Boston Public Market at Seaport

The Boston Public Market at Seaport is here for another season. Every Wednesday, enjoy fresh produce, farm-fresh meats, off-the-boat seafood, baked goods, and picnic fare from nine local Massachusetts and New England vendors. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Courthouse Square, 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Foreigner with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening

Catch the legendary Foreigner with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion as part of their Juke Box Heroes Tour. Tickets start at $123. 7 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 

Thursday, June 21

Celebrate International Yoga Day

Celebrate International Day of Yoga today when Yoga for Humanity and YogaHub joffer FREE, public, all-levels vinyasa yoga class in Boston’s Copley Square. While you’re there wander the health and wellness marketplace. The one-hour all levels class is 6:30-7:30 p.m., the marketplace opens at 4:30 p.m., Copley Square, Boston.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy local bands, cocktails, lawn games and more every Thursday night as the Boston Calling Block Parties return for the season. Get outside, enjoy live music and DJs, along with several beer selections. 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway

The seasonal farmers market at Dewey Square returns to the plaza outside South Station. is back. The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Free Summer Yoga at Frog Pond

Each Thursday night all summer long, enjoy free yoga outside at Frog Pond were instructors will lead a vinyasa flow class for students of all levels. Classes are held on the lawn adjacent to the Frog Pond Carousel. Bring your own mat. 6-7:15 p.m., the Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Racky Thomas Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

U2 at TD Garden

U2 comes to the TD Garden with its eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour. Tickets start at $45.50. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Friday, June 22

Celebration of Summer V: Donna Summer Roller Disco Party

Celebration of Summer V pays tribute to Boston-born disco legend Donna Summer during this free event tonight. Try your disco moves on the roller skating rink at City Hall Plaza (free rentals available), while DJ Joey Carvello plays her biggest hits and other popular disco tunes. 6-10 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston. 

Harpoon Flying Saucer Frisbee Tournament

John Harpoon for an interstellar-themed evening with this flying saucer jam-style frisbee tournament. Get the highest score and win a stay at the Seaport Hotel for two, plus, VIP passes to a future Harpoon event. 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

50 Percent off Friday Nights at the Museum of Science

Now through the end of August, enjoy 50 percent off exhibit halls admission from 3- 9 p.m. Grab your family or friends and explore everything the museum has to offer at this discounted rate. Plus starting at 6 p.m. you can also enjoy beer, wine, small plates and oysters in the museum’s Riverview Cafe. You can also add Omni and Planetarium shows at a discounted rate of just $6.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “It Happened One Night” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

U2 at TD Garden

U2 comes to the TD Garden with its eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour. Tickets start at $45.50. 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Saturday, June 23

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan. 

Waterfront Art & Music Festival

The second annual Waterfront Art & Music Festival, presented by the Creative Arts Network and Fall River Heritage State Park is a great free outdoor festival for the entire family. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fall River Heritage State Park, 200 Davol St., Fall River.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

The Market Bar at Boston Public Market

Saturday afternoons enjoy a beverage while you shop or dine throughout the Boston Public Market. Stop by the special Market Bar in the HUB for local beer and wine selections. 1-5 p.m., Boston Public Market

New Belgium Human Foosball

Are you a foosball fan? Then you don’t want to miss your chance to play a game of human foosball with New Belgium, plus they’ll have giveaways on hand, as well. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Rosé on the Water Boston 2018

90+ Cellars is back for its 6th Annual Boston Rosé Cruise. Wear your best pink outfit and join them for an afternoon out on the harbor with a glass of rose. Tickets include 90+ Cellars rose, appetizer small bites and water. The boat (M/V Provincetown II) boards from Commonwealth Pier/World Trade Center Side). Tickets are $85 . 2-5 p.m., Boston World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Boston Pickle Fair

Join in the celebration of all favorite fermented things from pickles to kimchi, kraut, veggies and more) at the 2nd Annual Boston Pickle Fair today. Enjoy live music, games, contests, vendors and even an expanded biergarten for those 21+. This year a portion of proceeds will be donated to Farm Aid, the 2018 non-profit partner of Boston Pickle Fair. There are two sessions: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.and 2:30-530 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and under. The Innovation and Design Building, 23 Drydock Ave., Boston.

Sunday, June 24

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today enjoy Kids Yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, Yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or Yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain. 

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Barrel House American Bar in Beverly Has Closed]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:48:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/289*120/Whole+Foods+210.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Ed note: This article was updated on June 20 to reflect new information given on the restaurant moving into the space.

A North Shore bistro that was located in an historic space has closed, though a new spot will soon be opening there.

According to a Facebook post, Barrel House American Bar in Beverly shut down over the weekend, with the note indicating that the people behind the Cabot Street spot will bring something new into the space, saying that "...we hope to see you again soon! As they say when one door closes, another opens and what is coming next will be truly special." A comment within the thread mentions that gift cards will be accepted at the upcoming restaurant or at Soma (which is in the same block and is under the same ownership), and that refunds are available as well. Another comment within the thread indicates that the new place should be opening in the next four to six weeks.

Barrel House American Bar was known in part for its comfort food options with American and French influences as well as its classic and modern cocktails; the restaurant was housed in a building that dates back to the Great Depression.

The address for the now-closed Barrel House American Bar (and new spot on the way) is 252 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, 01915.

June 20 update: A message sent to us today indicates that the new restaurant moving into the Barrel House space will be called Ellis Square Social, and that Jay Murray (Avenue, Grill 23, The Stonehedge Hotel & Spa) and Todd Maul (Cafe ArtScience, Clio, Rialto) will be involved, along with the people behind Soma.

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<![CDATA[Get Pickled: The Boston Pickle Fair]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:43:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Damn+Fine+Pickles+Brooklyn+Brine+02.JPG

Get pickled! Do you love pickles? Well, this is the event for you!

On June 23, pickle enthusiasts from around the nation will descend on Boston for the second annual Boston Pickle Fair, bringing their spiciest, sweetest, most bread and buttery pickles to the Innovation and Design Building.

In addition to tasting pickle products from over a dozen local and national vendors, attendees can also expect to try some new pickle themed products (ice cream, cotton candy and even pickle beer), play country fair style games, and find family activities kosher for all ages. 

And pickles won’t be the only thing fermenting in the Seaport; guests 21+ can enjoy brews from Down the Road Brewing Co. from the beer garden. Both adult ($10) and child ($2) tickets will go on sale on May 23, 2018 for both the morning (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and evening (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) waves of the event. For more information, visit here! 

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<![CDATA[One of the Boston Area's Oldest Dive Bars Has Closed]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:36:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/sullys.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

One of the oldest dive bars in the Boston area has shut down, and it looks like it could be making way for new development.

Sully's in Quincy closed its doors on Saturday night, with the Chestnut Street watering hole apparently being at least one business that may be replaced by East of Chestnut, a proposed residential and retail complex that would join the existing West of Chestnut across the street.

According to an historical walk events page from several years back, Sully's first opened in 1935 and was considered the oldest continuously operating bar in the city, with three generations of Sullivans being behind the place.

Sully's is known in part for its iconic neon sign, with a picture of it being shown at the Boston's Hidden Restaurants link below:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/dive-sullys-quincy.html

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<![CDATA[Tatte Bakery & Cafe to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:31:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*132/Tatte+615.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing local group of bakeries and cafes will be opening yet another new location, and this one will be in the heart of Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tatte Bakery & Cafe is planning to open on Summer Street, with this being the third new outlet on the way, joining upcoming shops in the Seaport District and at Northeastern University. The post says that if all goes as planned, the new store will open sometime this fall.

Currently, existing locations of Tatte can be found in Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, the Fenway, Cambridge's Kendall Square (three), Harvard Square, and Brookline.

The address for this upcoming bakery-cafe in downtown Boston is: Tatte Bakery & Cafe, 125 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for all locations can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

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<![CDATA[Five Horses Tavern May Be Opening Third Location]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:48:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*129/Five+Horses.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a pair of dining and drinking spots in Boston and Somerville may be joined by a third later this year.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Five Horses Tavern appears to be expanding, with the post mentioning that "Hawkeye Hospitality....currently operate(s) Worden Hall and two Five Horses Tavern locations, with another location set to open this fall." No specifics have been given as of yet--including where exactly the new outlet might be--so keep checking back for updates.

Currently, locations of Five Horses Tavern can be found in Somerville's Davis Square and the South End of Boston, while Worden Hall can be found near the Broadway T Station in South Boston.

The website for Five Horses Tavern is at https://www.fivehorsestavern.com/

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<![CDATA[Cafe SuSu to Open at Suitsupply in Back Bay]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:47:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/209*120/SuSu+615.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new cafe is on its way to the Back Bay of Boston, and it will be located at a new retail outlet of a European men's fashion company.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Cafe SuSu is opening on Newbury Street, with this being a new concept from Suitsupply, which recently opened its latest shop at the site. The job post mentions that the cafe will operate separately from the Suitsupply store and that it will offer coffee, tea, beer, wine, along with some food items. A Facebook post from Chris Haynes mentions that Cafe SuSu will have an outdoor patio as well.

If all goes as planned, Cafe SuSu could be opening sometime this summer.

The Back Bay location of Suitsupply can be found at 240A Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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<![CDATA[Roxy's Grilled Cheese at MarketStreet Lynnfield Is Closing]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:27:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/roxys1.jpg

A local trio of grilled cheese spots will soon be down to just two.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Roxy's Grilled Cheese at MarketStreet Lynnfield is shutting down on Saturday, June 16, after being in business for approximately a year and a half, with a Facebook post from the place confirming this. Within the Facebook thead, Roxy's mentions that they "couldn't turn a profit at this location, despite our best efforts," while Eater says that workers at the Lynnfield location have been offered jobs at the Roxy's locations in Allston and Cambridge.

In addition to the two remaining restaurants, Roxy's owner James DiSabatino is also involved with A4cade in Cambridge and food trucks in the local area which can also be booked for events.

The website for Roxy's Grilled Cheese can be found at http://www.roxysgrilledcheese.com/

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<![CDATA[Whaling in Oklahoma Could Be Opening in the South End ]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:02:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/224*120/whaling+in+oklahoma+615.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Japanese restaurant with one of the region's best-known chefs behind it may be opening next month, replacing a landmark South End dining spot.

The Boston Herald is reporting that Whaling in Oklahoma may open sometime in July in the former Tremont 647 space on Tremont Street, with Tim Maslow, who comes from the soon-to-close Strip-T's in Watertown and Ribelle in Brookline (which closed in July of 2016) running the place. The article says that Maslow will preview the restaurant at a popup dinner this Sunday at Asta in the Back Bay and that Whaling will focus on "underrepresented" food items found in the central part of Japan once it debuts. The Herald says that the new spot will include a main dining room with a "soft, serene vibe" and a second area that will have the feel of a "Hokkaido hunting lodge."

Andy Husbands was behind both Tremont 647 and the adjacent Sister Sorel, which opened in 1996 and 2002, respectively; currently, Husbands operates The Smoke Shop, a pair of BBQ restaurant in Cambridge's Kendall Square and Boston's Fort Point along with a soon-to-open outlet at Assembly Square in Somerville.

The address for the upcoming Whaling in Oklahoma is 647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02118.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel in Boston's South End Are Closing

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<![CDATA[It’s National Lobster Day: Celebrate in Southie]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:20:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/SullivansLobsterRoll.jpg

In celebration of the end of summer and National Lobster Day – we say kick off the weekend and head out and celebrate!

Classic!  Sully ’s has a delicious lobster roll and it won’t break the bank! The lobster roll is packed with fresh lobster meat and served on a grilled roll for just $14.95.  While you’re there, you might as well add some handmade onion rings to your order too.  You’ll thank us later!

2-ways!Row 34 in Fort Point offers two version of the lobster roll!  Ethel’s creamy lobster roll with mayo and the warm butter version.  Both available for lunch and dinner!

Splurge!  No one does seafood like Legal Seafoods.  Head to the waterfront for lunch or dinner and indulge in a lobster bake complete with chowder, steamers, mussels, chorizo, corn and a 1-1.25lb. lobster!

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<![CDATA[Whole Foods: Free Deliveries for Boston Prime Members]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:33:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/289*120/Whole+Foods+210.jpg

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<![CDATA[12 Places to Pick Your Own Strawberries in Greater Boston]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:37:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Strawberry_Season_in_CT_Begins.jpg

It's strawberry season so grab the family and head on out to one of dozens of local farms across the region and pick your own. While you're at it stop into a strawberry festival or two and really celebrate the season.

Not sure where to begin? We have you covered with our list of a dozen picks for picking your own Strawberries throughout the area.

Connors Farm, Danvers

The strawberry fields are open for picking at Connors Farm located in Danvers. The farm is also gearing up for its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 23 (rain date June 24) where you can enjoy live music, jumping pillow, farm animals, hayrides, cow train, duck races and more. 30 Valley Road, Danvers. 

Smolak Farms, North Andover

Strawberry picking season kicks off at Smolak Farms in North Andover with the farm’s annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday, June 17. Enjoy strawberry picking from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Father’s Day and enjoy activities including: a bounce house, inflatable slide, face painting, spin art, plant-your-own strawberries and rides on their cow train. 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury

Strawberry picking is open at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. Celebrate the beginning of the season this weekend with the farm’s Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy hayrides, live music, lawn games and more. 45 Fern Ave., Amesbury.

Parlee Farms, Tyngsboro

The strawberry fields are open for picking at Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro. While you’re there stop by and say hello to their goats, sheep and bunnies in their animal area. 95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro.

Belkin Family Lookout Farm, Natick

Strawberry picking starts the week of June 18 at Belkin Family Lookout Farm, one of the oldest continuously working farms in the U.S. Located in South Natick, Lookout Farm sits on 180 acres and boasts more than 60,000 fruit trees. 89 Pleasant St., South Natick.

Verrill Farm, Concord

Pick-your-own strawberries starts Thursday, June 14 at Verrill Farm in Concord. This year the farm is celebrating its 100 year anniversary, so you don’t want to miss their Strawberry Festival & 100 Year Festivities on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy cookie decorating, Bart's Strawberry ice cream & birthday cake served in the stand at 1 p.m., horse drawn hay rides, pony rides, free entertainment and event a strawberry dessert recipe contest. 11 Wheeler Road, Concord.

Tougas Family Farm, Northborough

Head on over to Tougas Family Farm in Northborough for some strawberry picking and while you’re there stop by their barnyard, playground and farm kitchen for family-friendly activities for the entire family. 234 Ball St., Northborough.

Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon

It’s strawberry picking season at Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon from mid to late June. While you’re there, stop by the 4H Barnyard to make some four-legged friends or how about a pony ride? 614 South Main St., Sharon.

Nourse Farm, Westborough

Strawberry picking season at Nourse Farm in Westborough officially opens Thursday, June 14. Located just 45 minutes from Boston, Nourse Farm has been family owned and operated since 1722 making the the 10th oldest, continuously running business in the United States. 70 Nourse St., Westborough.

Rogers Spring Hill Garden & Farm Center, Haverhill

Pick-your-own strawberries at Rogers Spring Hill Garden & Farm Center in Haverhill beginning Father’s Day weekend. 1269 Boston Road, Ward Hill, Haverhill.

Boston Hill Farm, North Andover

Strawberry picking is up and running at Boston Hill Farm, a 12-generation family owned farm in North Andover. Rte. 144, North Andover.

Russell Orchards

It’s officially strawberry picking season at Russell Orchards in Ipswich. And be sure to save the date for their upcoming Strawberry Festival June 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy hayrides, live music, pony rides and more outdoor fun. 143 Argilla Road, Ipswich.

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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie: Father's Day Weekend Picks]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:19:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Lawn+on+d+614.jpg

Do:
It’s the Lawn on D Signature Event Series: Lawn of Champions featuring Citizens Bank Community Partners on June 16th beginning at 12noon. Come see the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Revolution, Boston Cannons, Boston Breakers, championship trophies! There will be giveaways, interactive experiences basketball hoops, soccer goal shoot-out, fast pitch setup, slapshot challenge, and mini golf competition! We also hear that Wally The Green Monster, Lucky the Leprechaun, Blades the Bruin, and Boomer will also be there! There will also be live music, food and fun! For a full schedule visit here! 

This event is free and open to all!

Eat:
Treat Dad to dinner and a show at Capo’s Supper Club. Doors open at 5:00 pm for Sinatra Sunday, where you can kick back with dinner and drinks to live music by Rich DiMare and the Ron Poster trio. You’ll want to book your table ahead of time to sit stage adjacent! Availability: 5:00-10:00pm

Drink:
Trillium Brewing released a beer this week in honor of beloved Boston street performer Keytar Bear. The double IPA, which features honey, and vanilla is available at both of the Trillium’s breweries in Canton and Boston. A four-pack of the Keytar Bear brew costs $22.20 and there’s a one case limit.

Workout:
Lace up your sneakers and take part in this family-friendly fitness event which includes a certified 5K race and walk, youth races and Reebok-led classes on the scenic South Boston Waterfront. Post race enjoy live entertainment with Dalton & the Sheriffs, an expo, beer garden, food, and fun for the whole family! This fun-filled day of fitness takes place on Sunday, June 17th at 9 am. Proceeds go to support the McCourt Foundation! For more information visit here! To register, visit here! 

Compete:
Moonshine 152 and Ghost Tequila are partnering up for a special Spicy Wing Eating Contest! This hot event takes place on Saturday, June 16th from 2pm-4pm.

Watch:
If the World Cup is your jam, Publico is hosting a viewing party on Thursday, June 14th at 8 pm. Come watch Russia vs. Saudi Arabia! Kings in the Seaport District want to be your World Cup Headquarters! Featuring many HDTVs with sound turned on for the games, giant mugs of beer, 40 beers on tap, game-day favorites like pizzas, burgers, wings, and nachos! Postgame, enjoy bowling, billiards, air hockey, shuffleboard, and the barcade!

Shop:
We’ve got the best Father’s Day Gift Guide just for you! Creative and fun gifts right here in the neighborhood! You can check it out here!

See:
Take me out to the ballgame! If you love vintage baseball, then you’ll love this! Travel back in time to 1886 and watch some old-time baseball! The Boston Beaneaters will face the Connecticut Bulldogs on Saturday, June 16th at 11 am at Garvey Park in Dorchester! For more information about Beaneaters Baseball, visit here! 

Support:
This Saturday June 16th head to the Summer Splash Book Sale at the Boston Public Library on East Broadway sponsored by the Friends of the Library! There are Hard Covered Books for $2, Paper Backs are One Dollar as well as CD’s. The DVD’s are 6 for 5 dollars. Children Books are twenty-five cents. Vinyl is available for a great sale price. Free Coffee is available. This is a great place for a Father’s Day Gift! The sale begins at 10 am!

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<![CDATA[Whole Foods Delivered Right to Your Door!]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:53:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Amazon+Whole+Foods.JPG

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll be able to get your kale and artisanal cheese from Whole Foods delivered right to your door lickety-split! 

The Amazon-owned grocery store just launched a free two-hour delivery option for Prime members in Boston. From the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Prime members can shop online or on an app to get all your groceries delivered right to your door! You just have to spend $35 and honestly, how can you not spend $35 at Whole Foods. 

If you can’t wait the two hours for that fresh cilantro for your dinner, you can pay $7.99 for a one-hour delivery option!  

For more information visit here! 

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<![CDATA[Dorchester Running Club: Summer Run Series]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:41:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/203*120/Dorchester+Running+Club.PNG

Lace up those sneakers, put on your best red, white and blue (It’s Flag Day!) and enjoy an evening run and post run social hour at the Eire Pub!  This Thursday evening kicks off the summer series. 

This fun run starts at 7pm. Meet at the Eire Pub  It’s a great way to meet new people and stay in shape! 

You can run or walk! 

For more information follow them on Facebook and Twitter! 

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<![CDATA[The Dapper Doughnut to Open in Natick]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:36:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Dapper+Donut+613.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A small chain of doughnut shops is opening its first Massachusetts location in the western suburbs of Boston this weekend.

According to a press release, The Dapper Doughnut is opening a kiosk on the second floor of the Natick Mall on Saturday, June 16, with the place offering cake-style mini-doughnuts that come with a variety of toppings. The release also mentions that a formal ribbon-cutting will take place on Monday. The business, which is headquartered in Las Vegas, first started out in early 2015 and currently has 32 locations across the country

The website for The Dapper Doughnut can be found at http://thedapperdoughnut.com/

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<![CDATA[Double Zero Pizza to Expand to Boston]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:27:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/178*120/Double+Zero+613.jpg

It looks like a celebrity chef will be bringing his New York-based vegan pizzeria to the Boston area.

According to an article from Eater Philadelphia, Double Zero is expanding to several cities (possibly later this year), including locations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, with another in the works for Brooklyn as well. Based on the original East Village location of Double Zero, the Boston outlet could feature wood-fired pizzas made using nut-based cheeses.

Matthew Kenney, who is behind the place, is a two-time James Beard Award nominee who runs a number of meat- and dairy-free dining spots around the world and has also written cookbooks on plant-based foods.

The website for Double Zero can be found at http://www.matthewkenneycuisine.com/double-zero

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<![CDATA[Eat at Jumbo's in Somerville's Ball Square Is Now Sassafras]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:31:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/177*120/jumbos+613.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A comfort food spot in Somerville that has been adding more vegetarian options of late has morphed into an all-vegetarian eatery with a new name.

Eater Boston confirms what we have been hearing from sources over the past few weeks, that Eat at Jumbo's in Ball Square is now Sassafras, offering both vegetarian and vegan options at its Broadway spot. The article mentions that owner Grover Taylor is now creative director of the place while Christopher Silva heads up day-to-day operations, and that offerings at the new place include sugar cookies, cinnamon muffins, vegan sushi, seitan steak chimichurri, and an Impossible Burger that is inspired by McDonald's Big Mac. For now, Sassafras is open for dinner only on weekdays and a brunch is also offered on weekends, with weekday lunch service apparently coming at some point.

Eat at Jumbo's, which first opened in 2009, featured pizza, sandwiches, chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, and more when it first opened, and it started to focus on more vegetarian and vegan items over recent times.

The address for Sassafras (and the old Eat at Jumbo's) is 688 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144.

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<![CDATA[Highball Lounge in Downtown Boston to Close]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:45:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/highball+613.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A cocktail lounge within a hotel in downtown Boston is shutting down, and it will be replaced by a new spot that will have what appears to be an aristocratic theme.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, the Highball Lounge in the Nine Zero Hotel on Tremont Street will be closing on June 16, with its space becoming home to Better Sorts Social Club. Nine Zero general manager Michal Penek hints in a press release that this will cater at least in part to wealthy travelers, saying that "Now more than ever, our city is in the international spotlight, and our transformation will certainly place us at the forefront of the most sophisticated travelers' wish lists" while the release also mentions that the new place will have "a glamorous cocktail-forward concept." If all goes as planned, Better Sorts Social Club will open sometime this fall.

The Highball Lounge, which first opened in the latter part of 2013, is a retro cocktail bar with modern takes on old-school cocktails along with games, music from DJs, and bar bites.

The address for the Highball Lounge (and the upcoming Better Sorts Social Club) is 90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

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<![CDATA[Pinkberry at Boston's Prudential Center Has Closed]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:41:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/pinkberry+613.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An Arizona-based chain of frozen yogurt shops that rapidly expanded into the Boston area several years ago continues to disappear from the local landscape, as yet another location has shut down.

A Twitter post from @CopleyScott17 confirms what a couple of sources told us earlier, that Pinkberry at the Prudential Center in the Back Bay is no longer in business. This is one of a number of Pinkberry shops to close in the local area, including another outlet in the Back Bay as well as stores in the North End, Beverly, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Hingham, Lynnfield, Somerville, and Wellesley. Currently, the only remaining locations can be found at South Station, Boston University, Logan Airport, and Braintree.

The first Boston-area location of Pinkberry opened at the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham in the summer of 2010.

The website for the Pinkberry chain can be found at http://www.pinkberry.com/

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<![CDATA[James Beard Award Winner to Open Her Own Restaurant]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:51:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chefkaren+.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A local chef who is a recent James Beard award winner is going to be opening her very own restaurant.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang in Boston's South End is leaving the Washington Street dining spot June 30 to open a new restaurant, with the Executive Chef and partner of Joanne Chang and Christopher Myers' eatery saying that "The timing just coincided" with her receiving Best Chef: Northeast last month and that "This is a culmination, for me, of 21 years in the industry." Neither a location nor a name has been mentioned as of yet, as Akunowicz is in the middle of finalizing where the restaurant will be as well as its concept, according to the article.

Akunowicz, who has worked at such places as Ten Tables, the now-closed Via Matta, and Oleana along with Myers + Chang, is working with her spouse (LJ) along with silent investors on the opening of the upcoming restaurant, which may debut sometime this fall.

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<![CDATA[Southie Father’s Day Gift Guide]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:49:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/227*120/hopsters+613.PNG

The Fun Dad  Let’s hear it for the fun dad!  The dad who lets you eat cake for dinner and stay up late when mom isn’t home.  King’s in the Seaport is the perfect spot to celebrate your fun dad.  In addition to bowling King’s has air hockey, skeeball, shuffleboard, billiards, and great food!

The Stay at Home Dad  I mean this in both the dad who stays home and take care of the kids and the dad who would rather stay home on the couch and relax than hit the town.  This dad very much likes to be comfy, so a cozy hoody is the perfect gift.  And our pic for a cozy hoody?  Sullivan’s, yes the hot dog and cheeseburger Sullivan’s.  We literally do not know anyone in Southie who wouldn’t love a Sullivan’s hoody, and you can buy yourself fries while you’re there.

The Well-Groomed Dad  The well-groomed dad did not wake up like this, it takes work!  You can put together a day of very masculine pampering at The Beauty Bar with customized facials and waxing.  We promise it won’t be anything like The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

The Fit Dad  Does the dad in your life start every day with a protein shake or quick 6-mile run?  We’re not suggesting you do anything crazy like go for that ridiculous run with him, but treating him to a workout is a great idea!  Whether it’s a cycling class at The Handle Bar, some Vinyasa at East Side Yoga or CorePower Yoga, or one of the over sixty group fitness classes at The Boston Athletic Club you can find the perfect class for a fit dad and even your lazy ass.

The Cool Dad  I’m saying this in a mocking, Amy Poehler in Mean Girls “cool mom” kind of way, I’m being earnest.  Anyhoo, go get the dad in your life a pair of Ray-Bans at Wink right on Broadway.  Can you even be cool without a pair of Ray-Bans?  I don’t think you can, and I say this as someone who isn’t cool, and doesn’t have a pair of Ray-Bans.

The HGTV Dad  A man’s home is his castle and it should be decorated accordingly.  New home décor spot Deirfiur Home has the perfect home accessories and finishing touches whatever your dad’s favorite HGTV show is…hopefully it’s nothing with Chip and Joanna Gaines because the church they tithe their earnings to supports conversion therapy.  Deirfiur Homes is fully stocked with Swig 12 oz sweat free vacuum insulated wine, beer and combo coolers! Dad’s drinks will stay chilled for hours! Cheers dad!

Beer Lover Dad This dad loves his beer!  And not just a can of Bud Light but really good craft beer! Why not surprise him with a gift card to Hopsters in Fort Point!  Hopsters is a brewery/restaurant/beer adventure experience where dad can brew his own craft beer. He can select from 30 recipes with the help of brewers, and he’ll leave with a few cases of his own craft beer! 

Every Dad  I’m pretty sure the perfect Sunday for every dad would include Capo’s Sinatra Sunday.  Every Sunday The Supper Club at Capo hosts Rich Dimare and the Ron Poster Trio for the best dinner and a show you can find.  Bolognese and smooth tunes, two great tastes that taste great together.

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<![CDATA[Ice Cream in Dot: 5 Places to Enjoy in the Neighborhood]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:49:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/chill+on+park.jpg

Warmer temps and longer days, calls for a trip to our local neighborhood ice cream shop!

Chill on Park:
Founded in May 2015, the Zagat-rated Chill On Park has become a stalwart gathering place in the Fields Corner neighborhood, providing not only ice cream but internships, children’s story hours, birthday parties, and valuable employment opportunities and skills for Dorchester’s youth community. Chill On Park strives to ensure that all of the product sold in the shop is locally sourced. All 32 flavors of ice cream are made by Puritan Ice Cream in Roslindale, the coffee is roasted by Karma in Sudbury, and baked goods are provided by Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury. Waffle cones are made in-house at Chill On Park, and on Tuesday enjoy an ice cream taco made from these cones!   Chill on Park is opened Mon – Thurs: 11am-9pm  and Fri-Sun: 11am-9pm

Ice Creamsmith
For over 40 years, The Ice Creamsmith in Lower Mills has been churning out delicious made from scratch ice cream!  Making their ice cream in small batches on-site – (it goes from production to scoop in as little as 24 hours), the Ice Creamsmith has been delighting generations with their sweet treats! Order up a scoop with candy, cookies, and other treats hand-mixed in!  We recommend the sweet cream with Oreos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! The Ice Creamsmith also makes ice cream cakes, ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches and even ice cream pizzas! They are open daily 12noon-10pm

Sugar Bowl: 
Brigham’s is known as Boston’s favorite ice cream for over 90 years, this Dorchester ice cream parlor serves it just the way you like it!  Whether it’s in a cup or a cone, any one of the Sugar Bowl’s multiple flavors of ice cream and smoothies to boot will surely brighten your summer day, or night.  If you’re looking for something with an extra kick, try one of the Sugar Bowl’s famous sundaes, banana splits, chocolate chip brownie sundaes, or an original frappe (extra thick please!)  This eclectic, homey and cozy parlor, with a very friendly staff, has comfy vintage chairs for you to enjoy your ice cream treats in and has been a neighborhood favorite for the past few years.  The smorgasbord of customers creates a strong sense of community and the Brigham’s old-fashioned hot butterscotch topping will keep you coming back for more.

J.P. Licks
J.P. Licks has opened its doors at South Bay Mall! This is the 14th location in the Boston area. Featuring homemade ice cream in flavors like Salted Caramel, Mocha Chip, and Vanilla, you can get it in a cone, cup, served up in a sundae, split or sandwich style. J.P. Licks also serves frozen yogurt, sorbet, frappes, smoothies and more! They also do handpicked cakes and pies. J.P. Licks is open 10am-9pm 7 Days a week.  This is the ice cream shop’s 14th location!

Sweet Sip:
Sweet Sip is located at 285 Adams St., near the Fields Corner MBTA stop, and it serves up ice cream, bubble tea, and more. Thai ice cream rolls are also a wildly popular treat from Sweet Sips and can be served in many flavors with many toppings. Fruit tea, milk tea, and smoothies are also on the menu. Sweet Sip makes its own ice cream!  Open daily from 11am-10: 30 pm.

Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments below!

Image via Ice Creamsmith

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<![CDATA[Caught in Dot: Happening the Week of June 11]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:01:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/zoo+611.PNG

Lace up those sneakers!  We can’t think of a better way to kick off Father’s Day than by participating in the McKeon Post Father’s Day Road Race.  On Sunday, June 17th at 10am join the McKeon post for a 5K walk or 5K run.  Enjoy a post race cookout immediately after! Pre-registration $25, race day registration is $30. You can register here! 

Go wild!  The Franklin Park Zoo is offering free admission for all dads on Sunday, June 17th Father’s Day! The zoo is home to kangaroos, zebras, giraffes and more! Speaking of giraffes, Savannah the giraffe (a zoo favorite) is back with a new addition: Chad, a 2-year-old male Masai giraffe. Make a plan to visit them this weekend!  There’s also a new dinosaur exhibit happening through September!  

Get a job!  Upham’s Corner Health Center is hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, June 13th from 1pm-3pm.  There are many open positions!

Save the Date!  The beautiful neighborhood of Port Norfolk will be highlighted in a free public touch along the Boston HarborWalk on Saturday, June 23rd.  Enjoy the two-hour, 1.75-mile walking tour along the mouth of the Neponset River.  It begins at 10am and participants should meet in front of Venezia Restaurant at 20 Ericsson Street.

Self care! Oh boy!  Have you looked in the mirror lately and thought, “I could use a refresh?”  Whether you’re pushing 30 or 60, we all want to look our absolute best.  Not necessarily younger, just youthful!  Like you’ve had a week of good sleep!  Skin Rx Boston is Boston’s exclusive cosmetic injectable boutique and it’s located right here in Dorchester! Specializing in Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, Kybella®, Chemical Peels, and Clinical Skin Care, Maria Gagliardi – a full time Aesthetic Nurse Specialist – will help you to look your best! Give her a call for a consultation! Learn more here! 

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<![CDATA[Cool Zone: Ice Cream and Gelato in Southie]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:45:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/capo+611.PNG

With warmer temps and longer days, summer is the perfect time to take a trip to the neighborhood ice cream shop!

Capo’s Gelato Cart:
Cool off with Capo’s fresh house-made Gelato, featuring a variety of flavors including Vanilla, Nutella, Salted Caramel, Mint Stracciatella, Espresso, and Cannoli, in addition to rotating specials such as Chamomile Strawberry Shortcake. The Gelato Cart will also boast a variety of refreshing Sorbets including Strawberry Rhubarb, Lemon, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Gelato and sorbet are available in Kiddie ($3.50), Single ($4), Double ($6), Tripe ($7) and by the Pint ($8). Cups and cones can be customized with toppings including crunchies, caramel, hot fudge, marshmallow, fresh fruit, crunchies, and sprinkles. Enjoy the frozen treat on-the-go or in Capo’s café, located inside Capo restaurant, adjacent to the dining room. The Capo Gelato will be available seven days a week this summer, starting at noon Friday – Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday. All gelato offerings will also be available to guests dining at Capo.

Cranberry Cafe:
Ice scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! Cranberry Cafe is now serving ice cream and other tasty treats. Stop by and treat yourself! From classic cones and frappes to hot fudge sundaes, the Cranberry has got you covered! Cranberry Cafe is opened: Mon-Tue 6 am – 9 pm Wed-Fri 6 am – 9 pm Sat 7 am – 9 pm Sun 9 am – 9 pm.

Sullivan’s:
It’s known for its hot dogs and clam strips, but Sully’s has a vast selection of ice cream and dessert treats! Serving up Hood Ice Cream in flavors like vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Maple Walnut, Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Orange Sherbert, you can order it in a sugar or wafer cone or cup! Sully’s also offers low-fat soft serve in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or our favorite a twist! You can also get your ice cream in a hot fudge sundae or hot fudge brownie sundae!

Cafe Arpeggio:
With their 103 flavors of homemade deliciousness, the possibilities are endless, and the decision time might take a few extra minutes. If you’re a peanut butter fiend, then the Elephant Memory sundae is the way to go. This mouthwatering sundae consists of peanut butter hot fudge drizzled over two scoops of ice cream, chopped Hydrox cookies (similar to Oreos), chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and of course, whipped cream and nuts. If you’re looking for something a little more simple, but with the same amount of flavor-blasting taste, some great options are white chocolate almond, coffee crunch, butter walnut, apple pie, ginger snap, mint triple chip, mudd pie, heath bar, or raspberry chocolate, to name a few. All ice cream flavors are handmade with the best ingredients at the Fall River location every Wednesday. Moderately priced and made with the finest ingredients, Cafe Arpeggio’s special flavors can also be made-to-order for special events. Cafe Arpeggio’s is open daily 7am-10pm

Molly Moo’s:
Molly Moo’s at Carson Beach is officially open for the season. Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, Molly Moo’s also features homemade ice cream and this year Hawaiian shave ice! Also on the menu are Molly Moo’s famous ice cream cookie sandwiches! They are open daily from 10am-10pm.

Ben & Jerry’s:
From a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, to far-off places with names we sometimes mispronounce, the journey that began in 1978 with 2 guys and the ice cream business they built is as legendary as the ice cream is euphoric. This legendary ice cream chain has opened a shop in the Seaport District.  Ben & Jerry’s is located at 83 Seaport Blvd, they are open daily from 11am-11pm.

The Fro-Yo Mix & Match:
Imagine this: All of your favorite candies and treats, blended together with vanilla, chocolate, plain or sugar-free frozen yogurt, to make the perfect confectionary treat. If that’s what you’re looking for, then Amsterdam Cafe and Broadway’s Best are the places for you. You can choose from an abundance of toppings, including banana, blueberry, Butterfinger, brownie, cheesecake, peppermint, honey graham, Kit-Kat and even pumpkin, pick a frozen yogurt flavor, and have it all mixed together for the ultimate frozen-dessert dream come true. Both cafes also offer shakes and smoothies! And they both deliver.

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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie: Happening the Week of June 11th]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:37:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/jogging+feet+generic.jpg

Run! Run! Run! Join a free run club! The Southie Run Club meets every Monday night at 6:30pm at Backyard Betty’s. Post run stick around for drinks and apps (it’s all about balance, right?) And the Boston Athletic Club’s running club is back on Tuesdays at 9am! and FREE as part of your BAC Membership! The Running Club is currently for those with a running base of 5 or more miles who are looking into running a 10k or half marathon. There’s another running club in town!

Eat & Drink! It’s the Taste of the Seaport!  Get ready to taste your way around the Seaport in one convenient spot! Fan Pier Park(Between ICA and District Hall) on Tuesday, June 12th from 5pm-7:30pm.  In addition to food and drink, enjoy lawn games, music and more! Tickets are  $25! You can get them here! 

Go see it! The Portuguese Tall Ship Sagres is in town through June 12th and will be docked at the Fan Pier Marina! Visiting hours this week are: Monday, June 118:00 PM – 11:00 PMTuesday, June 12 10:00 AM – Noon and 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Mix & Mingle! The Joseph Nee South Boston Collaborative Center will host their Spring Fling on Thursday, June 14th from 6pm-11pm at the Lawn on D. The Community Hero Award will be presented to Tommy Noto. Enjoy live music by Dennis Taylor, complimentary bar and hot hors D’oeuvres. Tickets are $25.

Pizza and Pasta! Capo is now offering half-priced pizzas Monday-Friday from 5pm-7pm (Dine in only). If that weren’t exciting enough, Capo is also offering bottom-less pasta on Wednesdays! Every Wednesday night during the summer bring your appetite! Enjoy unlimited Bolognese, Raviolis, Cacio d Pepe and more!

Bonus:
Need a card for dear old dad? Neatly Nested is fully stocked with the coolest ones around! Stop by and pick one up before they’re gone!

Register! Lace up your sneakers and take part in this family-friendly fitness event which includes a certified 5K race and walk, youth races and Reebok-led classes on the scenic South Boston Waterfront. Post race enjoy live entertainment with Dalton & the Sheriffs, an expo, beer garden, food, and fun for the whole family! This fun filled day of fitness takes place on Sunday, June 17th at 9am. Proceeds goes to support the McCourt Foundation! For more information visit here! To register, visit here! 

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<![CDATA[Boston Chefs React to Anthony Bourdain's Apparent Suicide]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:33:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Chefs_React_to_Anthony_Bourdain_Apparent_Suicide.jpg

Celebrated chef and entertainer Anthony Bourdain started off his culinary career as a dishwasher in Provincetown in 1972. Malcolm Johnson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Main Street Grille in Weymouth May Be Torn Down ]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:49:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Main+St+68.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a South Shore restaurant and bar may be shutting down, as new development could be coming to the space.

According to an article from the Weymouth News and Wicked Local, the Main Street Grille in South Weymouth could be closing its doors, as co-owner Chris DiMambro is planning to tear down the building in which it resides along with four other structures at the site, using the five lots to build a new structure with 153 residential units, commercial space, and parking spaces. The post indicates that DiMambro may decide to open a new restaurant on the first floor of the five-story building, though this is apparently not written in stone as of yet, and the zoning board of appeals has held a meeting on the building proposal which will be continued on June 27, while the conservation commission will also need to give its approval because of wetlands which are located in the back.

The Main Street Grille is a neighborhood tavern that offers mostly pub grub and classic American fare along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for the Main Street Grille is 1400 Main Street, Weymouth, MA, 02190.

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<![CDATA[Milk & Honey Green Grocer in Salem Is Closing]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:57:29 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Milk+Honey+68.jpg

A neighborhood grocery store on the North Shore that focuses on sustainability is shutting down.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Milk & Honey Green Grocer in Salem is closing its doors around the end of July, with owner Sharon Driscoll saying that "Due to staffing issues, rising costs, external challenges and my unwillingness to compromise on quality and sustainability, I can no longer run Milk and Honey as I originally dreamed back in 2010." The post goes on to say that the Church Street shop will try to go about business as usual through June, then scale back operations next month with an exact closing date being announced at some point.

Milk & Honey Green Grocer is known in part for its salads, sandwiches, prepared foods, and grocery items with a focus on locally-sourced foods and the use of small-scale distributors.

The address for this soon-to-close market in Salem is: Milk & Honey Green Grocer, 32 Church Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Its website can be found at http://milkandhoneysalem.com/

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<![CDATA[Back in Season: Local Farmer's Markets]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:36:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Oxen_Hill_Farm_Is_a_Regular_at_Coventry_Farmers_Market.jpg

Here’s the scoop on local farmers markets where you can get fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, baked goods and more! A top priority of the farmers market is to make fresh, high-quality healthy food available and accessible to everyone.

Ashmont:
This farmers market opens on June 29th and will run for 17 weeks every Friday afternoon from 3pm-7pm a the Ashmont MBTA plaza at 1900 Dorchester Ave. In addition to local farms selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meat and fish, this farmers market also has live music and local art on display!

DotHouse:
DotHouse Health Farmers’ Market runs seasonally every Tuesday from July to October. The Market is located outdoors in the patient parking lot adjacent to DotHouse Health. WIC, Farmers Market Coupons and Food Stamps are accepted.

Codman Square: 
The farmers market at Codman Square runs from July 14th – September 29th 11am-2pm. The market will include farms, vendors, music, activities and free meals for children.

Fields Corner: 
Boston’s oldest farmers’ market – 9 am to noon every Saturday beginning in July thru October with fresh produce from Berberian Farm and Flats Mentor Farm, which specializes in Asian produce. SNAP/EBT, Boston Bounty Bucks, WIC Farmers’ Market Coupons, Seniors’ Coupons accepted. It’s located at the corner of Park Street and Dorchester Ave in the Fields Corner Mall parking lot, across from the Fields Corner BPL. Hosted by Dorchester Gardenlands. 9 am – 12 noon July 14th- October 27th.

Bowdoin Geneva:
The Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market is a non-profit market run by the Bowdoin Street Health Center in Dorchester, MA.  Bowdoin Geneva Farm Stand 230 Bowdoin St – Bowdoin Street Health Center Thursday, 1 pm- 5 pm June 29 – October 25

Grove Hall:
Boston Public Market at Grove Hall is located at 48 Geneva Ave, Grove Hall Across the street from BCYS & the Library and it takes Wednesday, 2pm-6pm July 12- October 19th and will feature fresh produce, meat, eggs, baked goods and more!

Upham’s Corner:
Upham’s Corner Farmers Market is located at 559 Columbia Rd at the Uphams Corner Health Center and takes place 3 – 7 pm alternating Wednesdays, beginning July 18th through October 17th and will feature fresh fruit, veggies, baked goods, meat, eggs and more!

Shop local!  Shop Dot!  Shop fresh!

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<![CDATA[Cafe Anthony Seized by the Sheriff's Department]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:18:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Cafe+Anthony+68.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A cafe in Cambridge has been shut down, and it is not known what its future holds.

According to a source, Cafe Anthony on Mass. Ave. has been seized and is now locked up and dark, with a picture showing that it is now in possession of the Middlesex Sheriff's Department Enforcement Unit and a phone number displayed referring back to the Civil Process Division. No other information has been given at this point in time, so stay tuned for updates.

Cafe Anthony first opened its doors in 2015, with the eatery--which is located between Harvard Square and Central Square--offering soups, salads, sandwiches, grill items, pasta dishes, breakfast options, coffee, tea, and more.

The address for Cafe Anthony is 983 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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<![CDATA[20 Great Events Happening This Weekend in and Around Boston ]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:09:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/New+Fireworks.JPG

The weekend is here, the weather looks great and there are plenty of fantastic events to keep the whole family entertained! From Boston Pride events, to the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, a fireworks display and more, we’ve got your weekend planning covered.

Friday, June 8 

Destination Dino at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s a prehistoric journey through time at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Destination Dino experience. Come face to face with these amazing creatures of the past, dig for fossils and more. Tickets are $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors 65+, $16.95 for children 2012 and free for children under 3. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Lantern Festival

The Chapel at West Parish in Andover invites you to join them for their Lantern Festival, a spectacular lighting even based on an ancient ritual. Decorate your lanterns to send messages or remember a loved one. Lanterns are launched on the pond at 9 p.m. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m., come for free, decorate and launch a lantern for $10. 7 p.m., The Chapel at West Parish, 129 Reservation Road, Andover.

50 Percent off Friday Nights at the Museum of Science

Now through the end of August, enjoy 50 percent off exhibit halls admission from 3- 9 p.m. Grab your family or friends and explore everything the museum has to offer at this discounted rate. Plus starting at 6 p.m. you can also enjoy beer, wine, small plates and oysters in the museum’s Riverview Cafe. You can also add Omni and Planetarium shows at a discounted rate of just $6.

Fireworks

Catch a fireworks show tonight over Dorchester’s Columbia Point as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting happening in Boston this week. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 9

The 39th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Come check out the oldest dragon boat festival left in North America. This annual event takes place along the banks of the Charles River and attracts more than 20,000 participants and spectators. Admission is free. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

2018 Boston Pride Parade

The 48th Boston Pride Parade steps off at noon today in Copley Square. This annual event happens rain or shine. Be sure to check out the parade route here to grab your viewing spot. Noon, Copley Square, Boston.

2018 Boston Pride Festival and Concert

Celebrate Boston’s Pride at the 2018 Boston Pride Festival and Concert. This free event is for all ages and features diverse lineup of local and national headliners. You can event meet headliners Martha Walsh and Big Freedia at 2 p.m. before they perform. Noon to 6 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Arlington Porchfest

Arlington’s grassroots community music festival returns today showcasing 167 live bands on porches and lawns all day long. This year’s festival is town-wide, moving west to east from noon until 6 p.m.

Boston Chocolate School Truffle Making Workshop

This hands-on chocolate workshop teaches you everything you need to know to to make show-stopping truffles filled with anything from champagne cream to chocolate peanut butter. $85. Noon, Elephant & Castle Restaurant at 161 Devonshire St., Boston.

Boston Street Art and Graffiti Walking Tour (June)

Grab your sneakers for a three-mile walking tour of some of the best street art and graffiti in the city as you and your guide explore large-scale, commissioned rurals in highly visible, public areas. Meet at Starbucks at 273 Huntington Ave. and end up at Canary Square (435 South Huntington Avenue) in Jamaica Plain. Tickets are $26.47. 2-5 p.m.

Bacon and Beer Festival

East Boston’s brings its Bacon and Beer Festival back to the SoWa Power Station for its ninth year this afternoon. A fundraiser for Community Servings and Lovin’ Spoonfuls, tickets start at $37.50. 2:30-5 p.m., SoWa Power Station, 540 Harrison Ave., Boston.

MFA Summer Party

You won’t want to miss the Summer Party at the Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy dancing, speciality cocktails, a silent auction and more. Tickets are # and must be purchased in advance. 9 p.m. to midnight, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

The Market Bar at Boston Public Market

Saturday afternoons enjoy a beverage while you shop or dine throughout the Boston Public Market. Stop by the special Market Bar in the HUB for local beer and wine selections. 1-5 p.m., Boston Public Market

Sunday, June 10

The 39th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Come check out the oldest dragon boat festival left in North America. This annual event takes place along the banks of the Charles River and attracts more than 20,000 participants and spectators. Admission is free. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., 409 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Destination Dino at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s a prehistoric journey through time at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Destination Dino experience. Come face to face with these amazing creatures of the past, dig for fossils and more. Tickets are $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors 65+, $16.95 for children 2012 and free for children under 3. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

World Oceans Day Festival

Head on over to the New England Aquarium today for the World Oceans Day Festival. Enjoy hands-on, family-friendly activities, seafood cooking demonstrations, while talking to scientists and local conservation groups and more. This is a free event (aquarium admission is not required). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today check out kids yoga at 11 a.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, yoga at 12:30 p.m. at Winthrop Square in Charlestown or yoga at 2 p.m. at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.

Back Bay Block Party

Don’t miss the annual Back Bay Block Party featuring DJ Kitty Glitter and DJ Gay Jim. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Boston Pride Community Fund. 1-9 p.m. on St. James Avenue, Boston.

Back to the 80s Band on The Lawn on D

Go back to the 80s tonight on The Lawn on D with a band playing your favorite tunes from that decade. 3-6 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Free Pointer Sisters Concert

The Grammy-Award winning Pointer Sisters will perform a free concert in Boston tonight as part of a series of celebratory events offered due to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting is in Boston this week. 8:15 p.m., Copley Square, Boston. 

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<![CDATA[Things to Do in Southie This Weekend]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:28:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-915130774+edited.jpg

Eat:
Stop by Rosa Lyons and share some bites! Enjoy mini ham & cheese wraps made with marinated and grilled chicken breast, smoked black forest ham, bacon & mozzarella cheese. Flour tortillas & honey mustard dressing! While you’re there you might as well try their watermelon mint frosé!

Drink:
It’s National Rosé Day! Mayhew Wines in Fort Point and their wine experts will help you select the perfect bottle! With a beautiful forecast this weekend, it’s perfect rosé drinking weather!

Shop:
Since it’s National Rosé Day, you’ll need a special glass to drink it out of! Deirfiur Home is fully stocked with Swig 12 oz sweat free vacuum insulated wine and combo coolers! Your drinks will stay chilled for hours! Cheers to the weekend!

Celebrate:
It’s Pride Weekend! The Pride Parade kicks off from Copley Square on Saturday, June 9th at 12noon! Perfect weather in the forecast for parade watching!

See:
Fireworks Alert! On Friday, June 8th at 9:30 pm a fireworks display will take place off of the JFK Library. These fireworks will help kick off the United States Conference of Mayors! The show will last approximately 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Do:
Donate a Teddy Bear! Tom English’s is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive on Saturday, June 9th. Stop by and donate a new or gently loved small to medium teddy bear or plush animal for a special teddy bear drive to provide Boston EMS ambulances with teddy bears so children who are riding in the ambulances will get comfort in their time of need. If you donate a teddy beer, enjoy a free complimentary Coors Light!

Dance:
Kick it old school Southie-style at Seapoint. Revisit the good old days and enjoy Southie DJ legend Dru Errico as he spins the tunes at Seapoint Saturday night beginning at 8pm. Plan on dancing the night away to such local favorites like Happy Radio and Young Hearts Run Free!No cover charge. Plenty of parking!

Experience:
Experience history and sneak a peek at the USS Constitution! She will be underway on Friday, June 8th to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.  The ship will leave its berth in the Charlestown Navy Yard at approximately 10 am and then head to Castle Island where she will fire a 21-gun salute at Fort Independence at approximately 11:30 am. Be on the lookout!

Listen:
A new country music series kicks off at Coppersmith on Thursday, June 7th at 5 pm. Enjoy the country and classic rock trio Bourbon Chasers on the outdoor airdeck! While you're there enjoy nachos in a radio flyer wagon and some red or white sangria!

Bend & Bubbles:
Core Power Yoga and AC Hotel are partnering up for a fun event at Ink Block Underground. On Thursday at 6:30 pm enjoy an hourlong yoga class – don’t forget your mat and water! Post yoga head over to the new AC Hotel across the street for some bubbly!

Date Night:
Drop off the kids to the BAC for Kids Movie Night on Friday, June 8th 5-8pm. Dress the kids in their pajamas and drop ‘em off for pizza, popcorn & a movie while you take the night off! Sleeping bags and pillows are welcome! This month’s movie is A Bug’s Life! Email Jamie at kids@bostonathleticclub.com

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<![CDATA[24 Family-Friendly Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:13:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/boston_harbor_hotel_edited_-22.jpg

Monday, June 11 

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try zumba at 6 p.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, salsa dancing at 6 p.,m. At Blackstone Square in the South End, Carnival Fit at 6 p.m. at Harambee Park in Dorchester, Afrobeat Bootcamp at 6 p.,m. At Malcolm X Park in Roxbury or Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at Mother’s Rest at 4 Corners in Dorchester.

Dragonflies in the Park

Head to Halibut Point State Park this morning to find out more about those prehistoric looking flying dragons around the ponds. Come explore the world of odonata, one of the oldest life forms on earth for this family-friendly event. 9-10 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, 16 Gott Ave., Rockport.

Destination Dino at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s a prehistoric journey through time at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Destination Dino experience. Come face to face with these amazing creatures of the past, dig for fossils and more. Tickets are $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors 65+, $16.95 for children 2012 and free for children under 3. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Ride the Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel

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

Tuesday, June 12

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try chair yoga at 10 a.m. at Symphony Park in Fenway, bootcamp at 6 p.m. at Elmhurst Park in Dorchester, Yoga at 6 p.m. at Medal of Honor Park (M Street) in South Boston, cardio dance at 6 p.m. at Ross Playground in Hyde Park, Zumba at 6 p.m. at Gertrude Howes Playground in Roxbury or line dancing at 6 p.m. at Billings Field in West Roxbury.

Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway

The seasonal farmers market at Dewey Square returns. Today kick off the season on the plaza outside South Station. is back! Kick off the season with us on the plaza outside South Station. The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Kids Nature Creations on the Beach

Join a Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation interpreter for a fun arts and crafts program for children ages 5-12 at Waldon Pond. The activity features themes related to Waldon Pond and the natural world. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the tables set up by the bicycle racks on the patio above Main Beach. This program is free, but parking rates apply. 2-3 p.m., Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Concord St., Concord.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

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

Wednesday, June 13 

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try chair yoga at 10 a.m. at Elliot Norton Park in Chinatown, family Zumba at 6 p.m. at LoPresti Park in East Boston, HIIT at 6 p.m. at Mission Hill Playground in Mission Hill, yoga at 6 p.m. at Brighton Common in Brighton or line dancing at 6:30 p.m. at Franklin Park in Dorchester.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays:

Wednesday’s are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

Boston Public Market at Seaport

The Boston Public Market at Seaport returns for another season now through October. Every Wednesday, enjoy fresh produce, farm-fresh meats, off-the-boat seafood, baked goods, and picnic fare from nine local Massachusetts and New England vendors. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Courthouse Square, 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Thursday, June 14 

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Gentle Yoga at 10 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, Tai Chi at 10 a.m. at Symphony Park in Fenway, Yoga at 6 p.m. on the Boston Common in Beacon Hill, Yoga at 6 p.m. at Marcella Playground in Roxbury or Zumba Kids at 6 p.m. at Hunt/Almont Park in Mattapan.

Free Summer Yoga at Frog Pond

Each Thursday night all summer long, enjoy free yoga outside at Frog Pond were instructors will lead a vinyasa flow class for students of all levels. Classes are held on the lawn adjacent to the Frog Pond Carousel. Bring your own mat. 6-7:15 p.m., the Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston.

Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway

The seasonal farmers market at Dewey Square returns. Today kick off the season on the plaza outside South Station. is back! Kick off the season with us on the plaza outside South Station. The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Boston Calling Block Parties on the Greenway

Enjoy local bands, cocktails, lawn games and more every Thursday night as the Boston Calling Block Parties return for the season. Get outside, enjoy live music and DJs, along with several beer selections. 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Jeff Pitchell Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Friday, June 15 

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End or a walking group at 10 a.m. at Moakley Park in South Boston.

Growing up Wild

This early childhood education program has a wide range of hands-on activities, offering children ages 3-10 an introduction to wild species and habitat at Mount Greylock. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this 45-minute program. 10 a.m., Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

50 Percent off Friday Nights at the Museum of Science

Now through the end of August, enjoy 50 percent off exhibit halls admission from 3- 9 p.m. Grab your family or friends and explore everything the museum has to offer at this discounted rate. Plus starting at 6 p.m. you can also enjoy beer, wine, small plates and oysters in the museum’s Riverview Cafe. You can also add Omni and Planetarium shows at a discounted rate of just $6.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “When Harry Met Sally” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Saturday, June 16 

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. This morning enjoy a walking group at 8 am. At Franklin Park in Dorchester, yoga at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Park, Dorchester, yoga at 10 a.m. at Healy Playground, Roslindale or bootcamp at 11 a.m. at Almont Park in Mattapan.

Rock Detectives

Got a budding geologist? Then they won’t want to miss this program where they can find out more about where rocks have been and where they are going. Stop by at any time during the hour to take part in this interactive display program suitable for ages 4 and up. 11 a.m. to noon, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, 198 Purgatory Road, Sutton.

The Pirate Bar Crawl / Boston Harbor Party Cruise

It’s a harbor cruise and bar crawl all in one today. The Pirate Bar Crawl/Boston Harbor Party Cruise returns for it’s 10th time. Start out on a scenic tour of Boston Harbor before hitting dry land to navigate some of the best bars Boston has to offer. Tickets are $25-$30. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., SS Pirate Crawler, Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Lawn of Champions at The Lawn on D.

Check out the Lawn of Champions on The Lawn on D today where The Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Revolution, and Boston Breakers will bring fun giveaways, and interactive experiences .Enjoy meet and greets, basketball hoops, a soccer goal shoot-out, fast-pitch setup, slap shot challenge, mini golf competition and more. There will also be a charity silent auction and live music throughout the day and night. Noon to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Sunday, June 17 

Smolak Farms’ Strawberry Festival

It’s strawberry picking season, and Father’s Day - so why not grab Dad and bring him to Smolak Farms’ Strawberry Festival? Enjoy strawberry picking, ice cream, children’s festival fun in the animal area and more. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Kidz Bop Live 2018

Kidz Bop Live 2018 comes to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion this afternoon for an all-ages show for the entire family. Doors open at 3 p.m., show starts at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $24. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

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<![CDATA[The Hungry I is Up For Sale]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:54:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/The+Hungry+I.jpg

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes a classic Boston restaurant on the market, well-known business titans opening a new Italian restaurant and another J.P. Licks location.]]>
<![CDATA[Mainely Burgers to Open at Boston Landing]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:24:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/mainely+68.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A gourmet burger spot with roots up north is opening a second location in the Boston area, and this one will be coming to a brand new development that is home to a few other dining places.

According to a press release, Mainely Burgers is planning to open at Boston Landing on Guest Street in Brighton, joining Rail Stop Restaurant and Bar, Kohi Coffee Company, and Flatbread Company at the complex while also joining another location of the burger place in Cambridge's Central Square. Mainely Burgers got its start as a food truck company in 2012, with its trucks going to such places as Portland and Scarborough Beach; its brick-and-mortar location in Cambridge opened in September of 2016.

A specific opening date for the new location of Mainely Burgers has not yet been given, so stay tuned for updates.

The website for Mainely Burgers can be found at http://www.mainelyburgers.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Things to Do in Dorchester This Weekend]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 12:31:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/CTTC110513135131_0512.jpg

Eat:
Happy 2nd Anniversary Molinari’s! We say help them celebrate by stopping by this weekend for lunch or dinner! Try their Mussels Fra Diavalo Wild Mussels Simmered in Tomatoes with Garlic, Chili Flakes, Pinot Grigio Wine, Served with Wood Oven Ciabatta or one of their specialty pizzas like our favorite the Bocca with Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Sopprasatta, Roasted Pepper, Garlic Confit, Fresh Oregano. Check out their full menu here!

Drink:
Have you tried Yellow Door’s frozen sangria yet? Well, put it on your list of fun things to do in Dot this weekend! It’s homemade and delicious!

Watch:
It’s Pride Weekend! The Pride Parade kicks off from Copley Square on Saturday, June 9th at 12noon! Perfect weather in the forecast for parade watching! Be on the lookout for DotOUT’s float – it’s a crowd favorite!

See:
Fireworks Alert! On Friday, June 8th at 9:30 pm a fireworks display will take place off of the JFK Library. These fireworks will help kick off the United States Conference of Mayors! The show will last approximately 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Experience:
Experience history and sneak a peek at the USS Constitution! She will be underway on Friday, June 8th to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.  The ship will leave its berth in the Charlestown Navy Yard at approximately 10 am and then head to Castle Island where she will fire a 21-gun salute at Fort Independence at approximately 11:30 am. Be on the lookout!

Do:
Get Glowing! We realize that spray tans can be intimidating – no one wants to look “overdone” or orange, right? But with summer season upon us, before we reveal our skin, we’d love it to look a little sun-kissed! Well, fear not! Dorchester’s own Cailin Pagel of Cailin’s Color has got you covered! This mobile spray tan service is comfortable, convenient and will leave you your skin sun-kissed and glowing! Reach out to Cailin to make an appointment call or text 617-719-9875 or email cailinscolor@gmail.com Takes just 15 minutes and is just $30! Check out our feature here! 

Play:
Pride Stoplight Party on Pride Friday at dbar promises to “Light Up Your Night” with the perfect cocktail and plenty of opportunities to mingle. Guests are asked to wear green if they are single, red if they are in a relationship, or yellow if they are somewhere in between. Glow sticks in corresponding colors will be handed out to further light up the party. DJ Gay Jim will begin spinning tunes at 10 p.m. Never a cover, always a blast. Must be 21+ to enter

Celebrate:
DotOUT and Peggy O’Neil’s are celebrating Pride on Thursday, June 7th from 7pm-10pm. Enjoy festive cocktails, free hors-d'oeuvres, DJ Steve Psyclone, and the watching of Ru Paul’s Drag Race!

Explore:
The Neponset River Greenway runs 5 + miles from Dorchester into Milton. The trail connects a series of parks and provides an exciting opportunity to appreciate the outdoors in an otherwise urban area. This trail is perfect for walking, biking, running and rollerblading!

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<![CDATA[Pot Plans in Dorchester]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:21:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-151955716+edited.jpg

Back in February, the City of Boston’s Board of Appeals approved a new medical marijuana dispensary called Natural Selections for 50 Clapp Street in Dorchester. Now a second pot shop could be opening in the neighborhood.

According to the Dorchester Reporter, Holistic Health Group is hoping to open an adult use recreational cannabis shop at 1490 Dorchester Ave. in Fields Corner. The potential owner of the shop has started the process of reaching out to local elected officials and civic groups looking for approval.

Both medical and recreational marijuana are legal in the city of Boston, so it’s should be no surprise that pot businesses will be growing (no pun intended) in local neighborhoods.

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<![CDATA[Soleil Opens in Roxbury's Dudley Square]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 12:38:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/soleil.PNG

A new restaurant with Southern influences is in the process of opening where a location of a burger spot had been.

According to an article from The Bay State Banner, Soleil has soft-opened in the Dudley Square section of Roxbury, with owner Cheryl Straughter and her team adjusting the menu and refining the workflow during the soft launch of the restaurant, which is located inside the historic Bolling Building. As hinted at in an earlier article here, Soleil isn't specifically a Southern restaurant, but more "a Southern thing with a twist," according to Straughter, with items such as oven-roasted carrots with a honey glaze, collard greens with kale, fried chicken, and grilled salmon being a few of the offerings. It is not known if/when the dining spot might have a grand opening event, so stay tuned for updates.

The Dudley Square location of Tasty Burger shut down in January after being in business for a bit less than two years.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Changes Coming to Roxbury's Dudley Square, as Dudley Dough Closes, Tasty Burger to Close, Four New Restaurants to Open

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<![CDATA[Restaurant Titans Join to Open Spot at Everett Casino ]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:54:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/Bricco+66.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Two big names within the local restaurant scene are teaming up to open a dining spot in the upcoming casino complex in Everett.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano are planning to open Fratelli, an Italian restaurant that will be located off the main gambling floor of Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino (formerly Wynn Boston Harbor) along the Mystic River. The post says that the dining spot will have seating for 135 and will offer such items as pizza, calzones, house-made pasta dishes, grilled meats and seafood, panini, and burgers. This will be one of 13 restaurants to open at the complex, with another Italian restaurant with a Frank Sinatra theme to it coming as well. Encore Boston Harbor plans to open next June, so it is possible that Fratelli could debut around that time.

Frank DePasquale heads up DePasquale Ventures, which includes such spots as AquaPazza, Assaggio, Bricco, Mare Oyster Bar, Quattro, and Trattoria Il Panino; Nick Varano is behind the Varano Group, which operates such places as Strega North End, Strega Prime, Strega Waterfront, STRIP by Strega, NICO, and Caffe Strega.

The website for Encore Boston Harbor can be found at http://encorebostonharbor.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Wynn Boston Harbor Resort and Casino to Have 13 Restaurants, Including Frank Sinatra-Themed Italian Spot

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<![CDATA['Jurassic Park' at the Lawn on D]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 09:30:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Jurassic+Park+Movie+Photo+Top+Movie+Gallery.jpg

Movie nights with a Spielberg/Williams twist are back at the Lawn on D.  The classic dino thriller "Jurassic Park" will be on the big screen on Thursday, June 7. Show starts at 8 p.m. 

All movie screenings are free! Snacks and drinks are available for purchase! 

We can’t wait!

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<![CDATA[How to Order Like a Local at Sullivan's in Southie]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:47:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/224*120/sullys2.PNG

No summer in South Boston is complete without a visit to Sullivan’s at Castle Island (or Sully’s according to the locals.)

Since opening in 1951, Sully’s has been a Southie landmark known for serving tasty, affordable food lightning fast to the long lines of people who can’t get enough. Summer hasn’t started until you grab a hot dog, lobster roll or fish sandwich from Sully’s.

Maureen and Heather from Caught in Southie have been dining at Sullivan’s for years and have picked up a thing or two along the way. Sully’s fans, both new and old, should know about line etiquette, menu codewords and how to do the “Sully’s Shuffle.”

Watch the special feature-video above to learn how to order at Sully’s like an insider, and find out the number one sin that you should definitely avoid when visiting.

Learn more about Sully’s at sullivanscastleisland.com and find more insider knowledge on South Boston at caughtinsouthie.com.

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<![CDATA[Ristorante Pavarotti in Reading Has Been Replaced by Zucca Italian Restaurant]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:27:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/232*120/Zucca+66.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a casual upscale suburban Italian restaurant has become home to a new Italian dining spot.

According to a message from Richard Auffrey of The Passionate Foodie, Ristorante Pavarotti in Reading has become Zucca Italian Restaurant, with social media posts from both the former and the latter confirming this. The Facebook page from Zucca displays the menu for the new Main Street eatery, showing such offerings as an antipasto, sauteed baby octopus, house-made gnocchi and ravioli, mushroom and spinach risotto, frutti di mare, chicken marsala, veal piccata, and more.

Ristorante Pavarotti had been in business for approximately 10 years.

The address for the now-closed Ristorante Pavarotti (and the new Zucca Italian Restaurant) is 601 Main Street, Reading, MA, 01867.

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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[How Train Stops Affect Rents in Boston]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:34:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/MBTA_no_aumentara_boletos_pero_si_estacionamientos.jpg

Everyone who lives in Boston relies on the unreliable MBTA.  So could proximity to and location on the T be affecting rents in the neighborhood?

According to the real estate listing site RentHop it could be!  RentHop’s data scientists mapped out median rents for one-bedroom apartments by each T train stop and found some surprising results.  Rents for one-bedrooms on the Red Line averaged $3000. 

Rent on the Savin Hill stop averaged at $2,364 dropping 6.4%.  However, rent on the Broadway stop went up to an average of $3,217 going up 7.2%.  Rents near Andrew Station went up 8.6% but is still less than Savin Hill and Broadway at an average of $2200.  At Ashmont Station rents went up 3.2% but is a still at an average of $1600.  

 Here are some other RentHop’s findings in this year’s data-backed study:

  • Overall, Boston experienced moderate rent growth from 2017 to 2018, with around +3% YoY change.
  • Rents increased at 90 stops across all train lines and went down at 21 stops. 10 stops experienced no growth in the past year.
  • Rent for apartments in the Seaport District is driven up (+7.2%) by new apartment buildings, such as the Benjamin & VIA at 5 Fan Pier Boulevard and 25 Northern Avenue, which launched in late 2017.
  • Back Bay continues to be one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Boston. With luxury buildings like the Arlington, Avalon at Prodential Center, and AVA Back Bay, one-bedroom median rents are over $3,400 at most stops.

You can check out the full date study and interactive map here!   

 

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<![CDATA[Southie’s Seaport District: New Park on the Horizon]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:50:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Generic+Boston+Generic+Boston+Seaport+District+Generic.JPG

Could it be? After years of lacking neighborhood amenities, the Seaport District could be getting a new public park. And not just a dinky little square of green space but a full on park. According to Curbed Boston, WS Development is proposing a 1.5-acre park complete with climbable boulders, a playground and sugar maple trees that will make syrup! Well, the Southie syrup alone is enough to have us excited. 

This park is part of a larger proposal for an almost 13-acre project called Seaport Square!

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<![CDATA[Sullivan's Returns to the Hood Milk Bottle!]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:12:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Sullivans.jpg

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes some action inside an iconic Boston spot, the closing of a classic bakery and the return of the Trillium Garden.]]>
<![CDATA[Well-Known Beacon Hill Restaurant for Sale]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:15:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/hingry+i+65.jpg

A Beacon Hill restaurant that has received local and national recognition over the years for its romantic atmosphere is on the market.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, The Hungry I on Charles Street is up for sale along with the building in which it resides, with the price (approximately $4 million) also including the restaurant's liquor license and entertainment license. The post says that the dining spot, which has been run by Peter Ballarin since 1981, has been included in "most romantic" restaurant lists from TimeOut BostonUSA Today, and Zagat.

The Hungry I consists of three rooms and a patio, while its building includes three one-bedroom apartments, according to Boston Magazine.

The address for The Hungry I is 71 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114. Its website can be found at http://www.hungryiboston.com/

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<![CDATA[An Asian Restaurant May Be Moving Into Quincy]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:07:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Barbara+Glickler+Notarile_Hibachi+Shrimp_flickr.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an Asian restaurant could be moving into the space where an iconic seaside music club had once been.

According to an article from Wicked Local and The Patriot Ledger, the former Beachcomber property on Wollaston Beach in Quincy has been sold and that the company that bought it (797 Quincy Shore Dr LLC) has three names behind it--Zhong Wen Huang, Jacky An Xie, and Lin Y Xu. It appears that there may be at least an indirect connection to a few Boston-area dining spots, as a person named Zhong Wen Huang is involved with Fuji Steak House in Needham while a person named Jacky An Xie is involved with Blue Fuji in Bedford and Medford. It is not known what the exact plans are for the Quincy Shore Drive site, but a source does tell us that a "Japanese restaurant group" is indeed behind the purchase of the space. (As soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.)

The Beachcomber closed in the fall of 2015 after being in business for more than 50 years; the club attracted a number of national and local acts over the years, including Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, the Dropkick Murphys, and Loretta Lynn, with the place changing its name to Nostalgia in the early 1980s before returning to its original name in the late 1990s.

The address for the old Beachcomber site is 797 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA, 02170.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
The Beachcomber in Quincy Is Closing

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<![CDATA[Nahita to Open in Former Liquid Art House Space in Boston]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:41:29 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/Nahita+65.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot is getting closer to opening in the space where a combination restaurant/art gallery had been--and now it appears to have a name.

According to job posts within the bostonchefs.com site, Nahita is opening in the old Liquid Art House space in Boston, with the upcoming Arlington Street eatery now hiring for a variety of job positions. Earlier, we had reported that the new spot would feature globally-inspired fare while also being "more approachable," with a mix of formal seating and lounge-style dining, a raw bar, and a dessert-plating station being included; it is not known if this is still the case, so stay tuned for updates.

Liquid Art House closed down last November after being in business for a bit more than five years.

The address for Nahita (and the now-closed Liquid Art House is 100 Arlington Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Liquid Art House in Boston to Be Replaced by a New Concept

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<![CDATA[Foodie's Market in Belmont Is Closing]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:36:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/foodies+65.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A small local group of grocery stores is closing its newest location after being in business for less than a year.

According to an article from Wicked Local and the Belmont Citizen-Herald, Foodie's Market in Belmont Center shuts down for good today, with this news coming after a few days of speculation as to the status of the Leonard Street shop due in part to the shelves no longer being stocked. The post indicates that this was a financial decision, with owner Victor Leon, Jr. saying "It's hard to believe we weren't able to generate the business we wanted to," with low sales possibly being due to the price of items at the store, parking issues both out front and in the back, and its location below street level.

Foodie's first opened in Belmont last summer, taking over part of the space where Macy's had been; it was the fourth location to open, with other stores being in Boston's South End as well as South Boston and Duxbury.

The address for this market in Belmont Center is: Foodie's Market, 75 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA, 02478. The website for the remaining locations can be found at http://foodiesmarkets.com/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Raffaele's Ristorante in Waltham Has Closed]]>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:48:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*136/Raffaeles+64.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An Italian dining spot on "Restaurant Row" has very quietly shut down.

A tweet from @JeremyKrantz links to a Reddit page that mentions the closing of Raffaele's Ristorante on Moody Street in Waltham, with a check on the dining spot's Facebook page confirming that it is no longer in operation--and that it apparently closed back in late April. Raffaele's first opened in late 2016, taking over the space where Nonna's Italian Bar and Grill had been. and before that, Erawan of Siam.

The address for this now-closed Italian restaurant in Waltham was: Raffaele's Ristorante, 469 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453.

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[The Square Root May Be Opening in Roslindale]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:46:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/11bacon-biscuit-breakfast-139746+%281%29.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new spot may be opening in Roslindale, and it could end up being a multi-use concept.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, The Square Root is seeking a beer and wine license to operate on Corinth Street in Roslindale Square, with the address indicating that it plans to move into the space where Marla's Obsession Boutique had once been. An earlier post from Universal Hub (via Roslindale Village Main Street) mentions that a three-in-one business had been looking to open in this space, with the spot being a breakfast and lunch cafe as well as a co-working space during the day, and a performance space at night. It is not known if this is still what is being planned for the site; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The address for this proposed spot in Roslindale Square is: The Square Root, 2 Corinth Street, Roslindale, MA, 02131.

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Masona Grill in West Roxbury Is Closing]]>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 08:22:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/TABLE+SETTING+GENERIC+PEXELSjpg.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A cozy neighborhood dining spot known in part for its New American dishes with South American influences is shutting down.

A Facebook post from Manny Sifnugel of Masona Grill in West Roxbury confirms what we heard a few weeks ago, that the Corey Street restaurant will soon be closing its doors. In the note, Sifnugel says: "I want to thank you all who came and enjoyed my restaurants throughout this past 25 years. We will be closing sometime in late July and hope you’ll come to pay a visit and say cheers to a great time." It is not yet known what might become of the space, so stay tuned for updates.

Sifnugel first opened Masona Grill in 2006; prior to that, he was involved with such spots as the Claremont Cafe in the South End and Cafe 300 in Fort Point.

The address for this soon-to-close restaurant in West Roxbury is: Masona Grill, 4 Corey Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132.

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Local Farmers Markets Back in Season]]>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 08:28:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cms1194.jpg

How lucky are we?  We have not one, but two farmers markets to shop! The South Boston Farmer’s Market kicks off its season on Monday, June 4 at 12 p.m. 

Get some early spring vegetables, such as asparagus, lettuce, herbs as well as potted flowers, from returning Massachusetts based Freitas’ & Wenger’s Farms. Try local and fresh meat, like grass-fed beef and naturally raised pork from Shamrock Hives Farm this season!   

Wenger’s will also carry their famous baked goods such as cookies and pies, bread, local jams, honey, flowers and handcrafted soaps. 

Enjoy live music with Jan and Lou Borelli from 12-3 p.m. and the SBNDC will give away $2 coupons to its market shoppers, valid for fresh and healthy market products (as long as supplies last).

Come to the market manager’s tent to get the coupon, including our market loyalty card!

To learn more visit here!

Boston Public Market is coming to Seaport for this summer’s farmers market in Courthouse Square every Wednesday, 11:30 a.m-6:30 p.m., June through October. Enjoy fresh, seasonal food from local vendors featuring produce, meat, seafood, bread, prepared food, and more.   

To see a list of vendors, visit here!

For more information about other fun things happening in the seaport including free workouts, bike tuning and more visit here!

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<![CDATA[J.P. Licks Opens at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:24:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/jp2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of ice cream cafes has opened a brand new location, and this one is located in a new mixed-use development just south of downtown Boston.

Caught in Dot states that J.P. Licks has its grand opening today at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester, which is located at the site of the old South Bay mall/shopping center between the Mass. Ave./Southampton Street and Columbia Road exits off the Southeast Expressway. The new shop joins a number of others in the local area, including outlets within the city in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury.

As mentioned earlier, a few other dining options appear to be on their way to South Bay Town Center as well (which is still under development), including Wahlburgers, MidiCi, and Gyu-Kaku.

The website for J.P. Licks can be found at http://www.jplicks.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Wahlburgers, J.P. Licks, MidiCi, Gyu-Kaku Coming to South Bay Town Center in Dorchester

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<![CDATA[Tamara Tunie on 'Dietland']]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:54:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tamara_Tunie_on__Dietland_.jpg

Tamara Tunie stops by The Hub Today studios to talk about her new show, writing musicals, and more.]]>
<![CDATA[Style Spotlight: On the Town]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:53:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Style_Spotlight__On_the_Town.jpg

Tony Award nominees showcase what to wear to the theater.]]>
<![CDATA[The Hub Cooking Club: Potato Possibilities]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:52:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Potato_Possibilities.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi whips up simple and satisfying summer dishes with Grown in Idaho potatoes.

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<![CDATA[Lachanze Takes on 'Summer']]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:51:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/217*120/sumemr.PNG

Lachanze stops by The Hub Today studios to talk about playing Donna Summer for the Broadway musical and more.]]>
<![CDATA['The Boys in the Band' Are Back]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:48:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/_The_Boys_in_the_Band__Are_Back.jpg

The Hub Today's Joelle Garguilo learned about the star-studded revival of "The Boys in the Band."]]>
<![CDATA[15+ Great Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 09:03:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Best+Buddies+Weekend+Guide.JPG

Friday, June 1

St. Athanasius Greek Festival

One of Arlington’s largest, cultural events of the years is happening this weekend – the St. Athanasius Greek Festival. Enjoy food, games, rides and fun activities for the entire family. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Athanasius the Great church, 4 Appleton St., Arlington.

Tom Brady Best Buddies Football Challenge

Best Buddies Challenge weekend kicks off today at Harvard Stadium with Tom Brady’s Best Buddies Football Challenge. Catch Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and other celebrity guests on the field. This event is free or $30 with Team Tom Brady T-shirt. 6-8:15 p.m., Harvard Stadium, 79 N Harvard St., Allston

SoWa First Friday

It’s the first Friday of the month – go check out the artists, galleries, shops and restaurants as the SoWa Art + Design District opens its doors to the public. 5-9 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Salem Arts Festival 2018

The 2018 Salem Arts Festival kicks off tonight. Grab the family and enjoy this three day, free family-friendly festival that transforms downtown Salem into a place for the arts community to showcase their talents. 6-9 p.m., Salem, MA.

ICA First Friday: Island Breeze

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight they team up with Boston Caribbean Fashion Week for the 4th year in a row to kick off summer on the waterfront. Enjoy fashion on display, DJ Mikey D, Riddim Symphony, live performances, sunny cocktails, dancing, contemporary art and harbor views. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-10 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. 

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

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

50 Percent off Friday Nights at the Museum of Science

Now through the end of August, enjoy 50 percent off exhibit halls admission from 3- 9 p.m. Grab your family or friends and explore everything the museum has to offer at this discounted rate. Plus starting at 6 p.m. you can also enjoy beer, wine, small plates and oysters in the museum’s Riverview Cafe. You can also add Omni and Planetarium shows at a discounted rate of just $6.

Saturday, June 2

Red Sox Weekend at the Museum of Science

It’s Red Sox Weekend at the Museum of Science Enjoy baseball- inspired science and engineering activities. You’ll find Wally and Tessie, along with baseball-themed live presentations, photo opportunities and more. $20 for children 3-11, $25 for ages 12 and up. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum of Science, 1 Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston. 

Destination Dino at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s a prehistoric journey through time at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Destination Dino experience. Come face to face with these amazing creatures of the past, dig for fossils and more. Tickets are $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors 65+, $16.95 for children 2012 and free for children under 3. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Salem Arts Festival 2018

The 2018 Salem Arts Festival kicks off tonight. Grab the family and enjoy this three day, free family-friendly festival that transforms downtown Salem into a place for the arts community to showcase their talents. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Salem, MA.

St. Athanasius Greek Festival

One of Arlington’s largest, cultural events of the years is happening this weekend – the St. Athanasiuss Greek Festival. Enjoy food, games, rides and fun activities for the entire family. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Athanasius the Great church, 4 Appleton St., Arlington. 

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston. 

The Market Bar at Boston Public Market

Saturday afternoons enjoy a beverage while you shop or dine throughout the Boston Public Market. Stop by the special Market Bar in the HUB for local beer and wine selections. 1-5 p.m., Boston Public Market

Truffle Making Workshop

Join Taza Chocolate for a family-friendly, truffle making workshop this afternoon at the Boston Public Market. You even get to take home a dozen truffles when you’re done. Tickets are $28-32. 1 p.m., the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Russ at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Rapper Russ brings his 2018 I See You tour to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion tonight. Tickets start at $51. 8 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Live Music on The Lawn on D

Enjoy live music tonight on The Lawn on D with Hit Play and DJ Joe Haederle. 7-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Sunday, June 3 

Red Sox Weekend at the Museum of Science

It’s Red Sox Weekend at the Museum of Science Enjoy baseball- inspired science and engineering activities. You’ll find Wally and Tessie, along with baseball-themed live presentations, photo opportunities and more. $20 for children 3-11, $25 for ages 12 and up. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum of Science, 1 Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston.

Mass Audubon Nature Festival

Head on out to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield for a nature festival fearing Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls, along with an insect zoo, native reptiles, face-painting, children’s games and activities, and more. Admission is $20 per car (members and nonmembers). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Ipswich.

Destination Dino at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s a prehistoric journey through time at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Destination Dino experience. Come face to face with these amazing creatures of the past, dig for fossils and more. Tickets are $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors 65+, $16.95 for children 2012 and free for children under 3. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

SoWa Open Market

The SoWa Open Market is back for its 15th season. Enjoy this weekly celebration of local artisans, farmers, food trucks, brewers, musicians and more. While you’re there enjoy a selection of local brews, stay for a lawn game and enjoy live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Salem Arts Festival 2018

The 2018 Salem Arts Festival kicks off tonight. Grab the family and enjoy this three day, free family-friendly festival that transforms downtown Salem into a place for the arts community to showcase their talents. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Salem, MA.

St. Athanasius Greek Festival

One of Arlington’s largest, cultural events of the years is happening this weekend – the St. Athanasius Greek Festival. Enjoy food, games, rides and fun activities for the entire family. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Athanasius the Great church, 4 Appleton St., Arlington.

Greenway Open Market

Celebrating its eighth season, this open-air artisan market features talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie: Weekend Picks]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:26:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/coppersmith.jpg

Eat:
Loco lovers rejoice!  Loco is embracing summer with summer Fridays! Loco will open for lunch at 11:30am and you can enjoy all the deliciousness of their menu including tacos, guacamole and more!!   On Friday, June 1st they’re celebrating with RUM PUNCH LUNCH featuring watermelon and pineapple punch bowls. No judgement if you call out of work. Bring on the sunshine!

Drink:
For those looking for a boozy brunch, celebrate the weekend with Coppersmith’s new Bloody Mary Flights and DIY Mimosa Flyers. The Bloody Mary Flight ($26) includes four variations of the classic Bloody Mary, including Bloody Brew with Corona and house bloody nix with a cumin rim and garnished with pickled jalapeños, Bloody Maria with Ghost Tequila and house Verde mix with a jalapeño salt rim and lime wheel, a classic Bloody Mary with Absolute Lime and house bloody mix garnished with cornichon, olive and celery and last, but not least Bloody Vino with white wine, house bloody mix and garnished with pickled grapes. The DIY Mimosa Flyer ($48) serves 2-4 guests and arrives at the table in a mini Radio Flyer wagon with a bottle of DeLuca Prosecco, a choice of three juices and fruit garnishes.

See:
If you love pugs like us, head to Carson Beach on Saturday, June 2nd at 9am! It’s the 8th Annual Pug Rescue of New England Run/Walk 5K! All proceeds go directly to supporting our foster pugs medical care! We expect lots of pugs in attendance.   You can learn more about it here! 

Do:
Looking for some good old-fashioned family fun?  The MOMS Club of South Boston will be hosting a Southie Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 2nd from 11am – 4pm at Marine Park.  There will be bouncy houses, DJ Jim, Toe Jam Puppet Band, Music with Ms. Sarah Gardner, Bonaparte the Magician, local performers and much more!   Also on deck, face painting, arts and crafts, & more! This event is free and open to the public.

Play:
Lawn on D will be in full swing (pun intended) all weekend long! Enjoy lawn games, food, drinks and live music! You can check out the schedule here!

Glow:
Get glowing! Have a wedding, hot date, or special event? Give Cailin’s Color a call! This mobile spray tan service is comfortable, convenient and will leave you your skin sun kissed and glowing! Reach out to Cailin to make an appointment. Call or text 617-719-9875 or email cailinscolor@gmail.com You can follow her on Instagram too! You can even arrange a spray tan party!

Give:
Give the gift of healthy eating! Shredded now has gift cards! Perfect for gift giving – especially those trying to reel it in and get beach body ready!

Romance:
Oh, hello summer! It’s time to head down to the waterfront, where the new and improved Seaport area is bustling with good food, hoppin’ bars, and plenty of places to soak up the sun and the sea. And whether you’re searching for your next summer love, or looking to heat things up with your old flame, we’ve got our top picks for what to see and do this summer. 

Register:
Lace up your sneakers and take part in this family-friendly fitness event which includes a certified 5K race and walk, youth races and Reebok-led classes on the scenic South Boston Waterfront. Post race enjoy live entertainment with Dalton & the Sheriffs, an expo, beer garden, food, and fun for the whole family! This fun filled day of fitness takes place on Sunday, June 17th at 9am. Proceeds goes to support the McCourt Foundation! For more information visit here! To register, visit here!

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<![CDATA[Things to Do in Dorchester This Weekend]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:29:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/dorchester.png

Eat:
Landmark Public House will open its doors on Sunday, June 3rd at 11am for a day of good old-fashioned fun! The back parking lot will be transformed into a patio complete with tables, draft beer service, lawn games like corn hole and giant Jenga. There will be live music outside starting at 4pm with performer Justin Beech and a DJ playing music inside. Landmark is also hosting its 1st Annual Dot Day Hot Dog Eating Contest! Prizes will be awarded to the the top three finishers: $500 dollars to first, a Yeti Cooler to second, and a blue tooth vinyl record player for 3rd. Hot Dog Contest starts at 5. Limited to 25 people so sign up today! You can email Johnny johnny@lphboston.com to hold your spot!

Drink:
Winos and Dinos! Raise your glass to Franklin Park Zoo’s fifth annual wine-tasting event on Saturday, June 2nd from 5pm-7:30pm! Throughout the evening, guests have the opportunity to sample wines while strolling among the animals in the Zoo’s signature Tropical Forest Pavilion. Here, guests can see western lowland gorillas, pygmy hippo, ring-tailed-lemurs, a giant anteater and many other fascinating species. Wander off the beaten path on a prehistoric journey through time in Franklin Park Zoo’s all-new immersive experience, Destination Dino! You’ll come face-to-face with colossal creatures from the past, from the towering Tyrannosaurus Rex to the emu-like Citipati. Tickets are $50. You can purchase them here!

See:
It’s the Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday at 1pm! We love a parade! Here are 5 Things To Know About the Parade! 

Do:
Participate in the 2018 Dorchester Day Parade Chief Marshal Dinner! An evening to celebrate the 2018 Chief Marshal Edzo Kelly and honor the 2018 Mayor of Dorchester. Cocktails will be served at 6pm and dinner will be served at 7pm. To purchase tickets please call the Dorchester Day Parade Committee at (857) 756-3675. Tickets not available at the door.

Shop:
It’s the 39th Annual Ashmont Hill Yard Sale. On Saturday, June 2nd from 9am-2pm plan on shopping dozens of households wares! Shoppers are likely to find everything from potted plants to toys, furniture to books, computers to collectables, and more, all at clean-out-the-attic/basement/carriage house prices. Walk through the neighborhood to enjoy the Victorian architecture and lush gardens that distinguish this charming pocket of Dorchester; every participating house will have maps showing all the selling locations.The sale takes place rain or shine. Take the MBTA Red Line to Ashmont; by car, enter the neighborhood from Welles Avenue, Ashmont or Roslin streets. Info: 617-288-6626 or cadmanjoe@aol.com.

Glow:
Get glowing! Have a wedding, hot date, or special event? Cailin’s Color a call! This mobile spray tan service is comfortable, convenient and will leave you your skin sun kissed and glowing! Reach out to Cailin to make an appointment call or text 617-719-9875 or email cailinscolor@gmail.com You can follow her on Instagram too!  You can even arrange a spray tan party!

Donate:
Teddy Bear Drive! Donate a new or gently loved small to medium teddy bear or plush animal for a special teddy bear drive to provide Boston EMS ambulances with teddy bears so children who are riding in the ambulances will get comfort in their time of need. You can drop off to South Boston and Dorchester Branches of East Boston Savings Bank. The drive will be going through June 9th.

Run:
Lace up your sneakers! Register for the Project D.E.E.P & Blarney Stone Dorchester Day 5K. Race starts and ends at the Blarney Stone on Sunday, June 3rd 12:30pm start. Registration begins at 11am. You can also register online! Cookout immediately following!

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<![CDATA[20 Must-See Concerts Coming to Boston This Summer]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 15:33:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/billy+joel+GettyImages-477193736.png

This weekend marked the unofficial start of summer. Besides warm weather, beach days, swimming and more, there’s one thing that stands out each and every summer - concert season.

From the Billy Joel to U2, Jimmy Buffett and more, Boston attracts some of the best for concertgoers all summer long. And with outdoor performance venues like Fenway Park, the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and Xfinity Center, you don't want to miss out on enjoying your favorite hits under the stars on a summer night. 

We gathered a list of the 20 best summer concerts coming to the area this summer. See something you like? Grab those tickets quick because they are sure to sell out!

Rascal Flatts at Xfinity Center

Rascal Flatts returns to Boston with their Back to Us Tour 2018 featuring Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce at Xfinity Center on Saturday, June 9. Tickets start at $35. 

Zack Brown Band at Fenway

The Atlanta-based Zack Brown Band takes the stage at Fenway Park for two performances Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79

Foreigner with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening

Catch the legendary Foreigner with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. as part of their Juke Box Heroes Tour. Tickets start at $123.

U2 at TD Garden

U2 comes to the TD Bank Garden with its eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour. Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45.50.

Barenaked Ladies at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies are bringing their “Last Summer On Earth 2018 Tour” to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion for one night, Sunday, July 1. They’re joined by Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall. Show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $60.

The Eagles at TD Garden

The legendary Eagles – Don Henley, Joe Walsh & Timothy B. Schmit – with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey bring their summer tour to the TD Garden for two shows Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $115.

Dave Matthews Band at the Xfinity Center

DMB fans get ready, as the band hits the stage June 22 at the Xfinity Center at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $44.

Styx and Joan Jett at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Rock legends Styx and Joan Jett take the outdoor stage at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Wednesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $52.

Luke Bryan at Fenway Park

Country music star Luke Bryan brings his music to Fenway Park Friday, July 6 at 5 p.m. with special guest Sam Hunt, along with Jon Pardi and openers Morgan Wallen and DJ Rock. Tickets start at $65.

The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton are bringing their U.S. summer tour to Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $70.

The Foo Fighters at Fenway Park

The Foo Fighters return to Fenway Park Saturday and Sunday July 21 and 22 at 5:30 p.m. as part of their Concrete and Gold Tour. Tickets start at $79.

Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town at Xfinity Center

Miranda Lambert brings the Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town and special guest Turnpike Troubadours and Tenille Townes to the Xfinity Center on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20

Kesha and Macklemore at Xfinity Center

Kesha and Macklemore bring their co-headlined tour “The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore” to the Xfinity center for one show Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

Keith Urban at Xfinity Center

Country music legend Keith Urban brings his Graffiti U World Tour to the Xfinity Center, along with Kelsea Ballerini for one show Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at Fenway

It’s not summer without Jimmy Buffett, who this year is bringing one show to Fenway Park on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. as part of his “Son of A Son of A Sailor” Tour 2018. Tickets start at $96. 

Billy Joel at Fenway Park

The legendary Piano Man himself returns to Fenway Park for one show only Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $159.

Brad Paisley at Xfinity Center

Brad Paisley brings his summer concert tour to Xfinity Center with Tyminski for one show only Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. 

Journey and Def Leppard at Fenway Park

You don’t want to miss two of the world’s greatest rock bands – Journey and Def Leppard – as they bring their North American Tour to Fenway Park on Saturday, Aug. 11 with Cheap Trick at 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $105.50

Counting Crows at Xfinity Center

Catch the Counting Crows and their 25 Years and Counting 2018 tour with special guest LIVE on Friday, Aug. 17 at Xfinity Center. Tickets start at $19.

Pearl Jam at Fenway Park

Close out summer with Pearl Jam Labor Day Weekend. The iconic band is taking the stage at Fenway Park for two performances Sept. 2 and 4 at Fenway Park. Both shows are at 6:30 p.m. 

Plus, there are plenty more where that came from. Check out all concerts coming to the area this summer:






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<![CDATA[Adopt a Pet from Northeast Animal Shelter]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 18:03:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Adopt_a_Pet_from_Northeast_Animal_Shelther.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi meets some pups looking for their forever families at the Northeast Animal Shelter.

For more information:

Northeast Animal Shelter

347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970

(978) 745-9888

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<![CDATA[Beauty Buzz: Semi-Permanent Makeovers]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 17:47:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Beauty_Buzz__Semi-Permanent_Makeovers.jpg

Three new ways to simplify your beauty routine for summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Card Feelings: Hallmark's Card Challenge]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 17:40:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Card_Feelings.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi visits The Paper Store to learn how you can show the ones you love that you #CareEnough with Hallmark's card challenge. Learn more by Hallmark's website here.

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<![CDATA[Boston Chops Opens in Downtown Crossing]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 11:03:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chops.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A long-awaited second location of a steakhouse debuts today in the heart of Boston.

As reported earlier, Boston Chops opens in the former Mantra space in Downtown Crossing for dinner service this evening, with the Temple Place restaurant joining its original location on Washington Street in the South End. an article from Eater Boston mentions that the new two-floor dining spot--which moves into what was once a bank building--includes three bars, a lounge within an old bank vault, and three private dining rooms, while its menu features raw bar items, steak and seafood dishes, sandwiches, and beer, wine, and cocktails. Lunch service will begin sometime around the middle of June, but for now, the new Boston Chops is open for dinner only.

In addition to the two Boston Chops locations, owners Chris Coombs and Brian Piccini also run dbar in Dorchester and Deuxave in the Back Bay.

The address for this new steakhouse in Downtown Crossing is: Boston Chops, 52 Temple Place, Boston, MA, 02111. The website for both locations can be found at http://www.bostonchops.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Chris Coombs, Brian Piccini to Open New Location of Boston Chops in Downtown Crossing

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<![CDATA[Paul Bakery in Downtown Boston Has Closed]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 11:01:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/paul22.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of French bakery-cafes that once had four locations in the Greater Boston area is now back down to two, as its outlet in the heart of the city has shut down.

According to a source, Paul Bakery at One Boston Place on Washington Street is no longer in operation, with a message from the company confirming that it has indeed closed for good. The message does mention that locations of the bakery at Assembly Row in Somerville and the Natick Mall in Natick remain open for business; another outlet of Paul Bakery had been at Burlington's 3rd Ave development as well, but that shop closed a couple of years ago.

Paul first opened in France in 1889 and now has approximately 500 locations in a number of countries, including a handful of outlets in the United States.

The address for this now-closed bakery in downtown Boston was: Paul Bakery, 201 Washington Street (One Boston Place), Boston, MA, 02108. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.paul-usa.com/en/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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[Catching Up With Tony Danza]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 17:49:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Catching_up_with_Tony_Danza.jpg

Tony Danza stops by The Hub Today studios talk about "Standards & Stories," giving back, and his new Netflix series.]]>
<![CDATA[Mogogo Ethiopian Cuisine in Malden Has Apparently Closed]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 11:06:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/4856_102254547690_97741787690_2559349_8161046_n.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an Ethiopian restaurant north of Boston has shut down after a very brief time in business.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Mogogo Ethiopian Cuisine in Malden appears to be out of business, with a tipster for Eater and a Yelp poster saying that the Highland Avenue eatery is indeed closed, while its phone is no longer in service. The dining spot, which had only been open since last September, offered such items as injera, lentil stew, chickpea dumplings, boiled lamb, chicken stew, steak tips, and prime beef.

As soon as we find out why Mogogo may have closed--and what could be going into the space, if anything--we will post an update here.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Malden was: Mogogo Ethiopian Cuisine, 1 Highland Avenue, Malden, MA, 02148.

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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



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<![CDATA[30 Questions With the Owner of Bred in Dorchester]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 16:18:12 -0400

In honor of National Hamburger Day, we asked Tambo, owner and founder of Bred, 30 questions.

What’s your name?
Tambo

Do you live in Dot?
No, Mattapan

Favorite thing about Dot?
Diversity

Favorite place to grab a bite?
Steel & Rye

Favorite place to grab a drink?
Steel & Rye

Last place you ate outside of Dot?
Nicole’s Pizza South End

Are you a Boston sports fan?
Absolutely

Favorite sports team?
Patriots

Name one tourist-y thing you’ve done in Boston?
The Freedom Trail

Describe Bred in 3 words?
Local, delicious, innovative

When did Bred first open?
January 15th, 2015

Have you always wanted to open a burger joint?
No

Where did you learn to cook?
In the Backyard

Why the Lower Mills neighborhood?
Close to home, friendly community

Favorite summer activity? 

Grilling and drinking beer

Why hamburgers?
Why not 🙂

Favorite condiment?
BBQ sauce

Favorite backyard bbq playlist?
Jay-Z/Drake

Favorite yard game?
Basketball

Corn on the cob or potato salad?
Potato salad

What’s the perfect hamburger bun?
Brioche

What’s on your plate at a Memorial Day cookout?
Burger, ribs, potato, lobster tail, Mac & cheese

If you could invite anyone in the world to your cookout (dead or alive) who would you invite?
Tom Brady

Three things you would bring to a deserted island?
Bottle of Scotch, my bulldog, and a grill

Who inspires you?
My mother, she’s hilarious.

How do you take your coffee?
Black, but coffee is way too strong for me.

Dream car?
Porsche 911

Beach or Lake vacation?
Beach

Your ideal late night snack?
Cheese and crackers

If you could only eat one kind of burger for the rest of your life?
Bred Classic, triple, extra cheese, extra bacon

Bred is located at 2255 Dorchester Ave in Lower Mills.  Make sure to follow them on Instagram.

The post An Interview with Tambo from Bred appeared first on Caught In Dot.

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<![CDATA[Eat, Drink and Be Merry at the Taste of South Boston Sunday]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:36:09 -0400

Join your friendly neighborhood police officers at special coffee hour at Broadway’s Pastry and Coffee at 258 West Broadway on Wednesday, July 18th 9am-10am.  No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

For more information contact the Neighborhood Watch Unit at 617-343-4345. 

Coffee compliments of the Boston Police Activities/Athletic League.  Sweet! 

The post Cops and coffee! Coffee hour with the BPD appeared first on Caught In Southie.

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<![CDATA[Somerville Startup Looks to Provide Healthier Lunches]]>Tue, 15 May 2018 10:49:42 -0400

Somerville-based Rootastes wants to change the way office employees eat their lunch by providing a healthy, locally-sourced, catering option for companies.

Founded in 2016, the company offers a seasonal menu to create healthy bowl options packed with protein and vegetables.

The Rootastes team. Photo courtesy of Mint Pattanan.

Companies can order at least 24 hours in advance and will pick from a menu that starts with a base of grains or greens topped with proteins, sides and sauces. The menu is designed to have extensive options for companies that have employees with dietary restrictions.

There are multiple lunch packages to choose from that differentiate by company size or amount of options. Companies can also set up a subscription such as once a week or month. Then, companies pick a delivery time.

Founder Mint Pattanan originally pitched the company as a project while she was getting her masters from Boston College.

She didn’t advance with it at first, and headed to a full-time job after graduation that was based in a co-working space. Pattanan said that sometimes they would order catering for them, but the food was expensive, unhealthy, and not enough.

Pattanan said she thought back to her project at Boston College and knew that the working lunch model could be better.

“A lot of companies nowadays focus on improving the employee, so they provide a lot of benefits to the employee,” Pattanan said. “We found this as one of the opportunities. I also feel that having good food affects your body as a whole.”

To help found the venture, Pattanan turned to her friend Naphat Chaiparinya, who she met at Boston College, because of her background in sales and organic farming. The last step was getting a chef.

Wachira T. Sittikong met Pattanan through a friend and was instantly interested in the company’s mission. Sittikong grew up in restaurants. His family owned seven restaurants in the Boston-area including Yoong Tong in Northborough and Brown Sugar Cafe in Boston.

Sittikong started working in his family’s restaurants when he was 11 and hated it. He tried to distance himself and went into business, just to discover the kitchen was actually his passion. He went to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston and began cooking full time.

He works with other chefs at a communal kitchen space in Somerville. Every day they prep the orders and deliver them by hand.

Sittikong and Pattanan both emphasized that having someone from the company deliver each order was really important so they would have face to face contact with their customers.

“For me, it’s not about the money, the success, or the name,” Sittikong said. “It’s more about giving back to my customers—this is my passion.”

The eight person company is currently waiting to hear if they were accepted into the MassChallenge class for 2018 on May 28. Pattanan said they are also hoping to raise a crowdfunding round through iFundWomen.

Pattanan said that in the future Rootastes may look to expand to cities like D.C. and Austin that have similar startup and business cultures like Boston.

“This is a very good option to get good food within a short time,” Pattanan said. “Making you not miss having lunch, and also still get the best quality of food, with a very affordable price.”

Rootastes is currently available to order through their website and ezCater’s website.

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<![CDATA[DraftKings Is Entering the Sports Betting Market After SCOTUS’ Decision]]>Tue, 15 May 2018 10:41:22 -0400

DraftKings was prepared for this morning’s decision.

Hours after the Supreme Court allowed each state to legalize sports gambling on Monday morning, Boston-based DraftKings put out a press release announcing that the daily fantasy sports company will enter the sports betting market.

“Our mission has always been to bring fans closer to the sports they love and now, thanks to the wisdom of the Supreme Court, DraftKings will be able to harness our proven technology to provide our customers with innovative online sports betting products,” Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings, said in a statement. “This ruling gives us the ability to further diversify our product offerings and build on our unique capacity to drive fan engagement.”

DraftKings said that the company was anticipating a favorable decision from the Supreme Court, thus it has been preparing since 2017 to launch a sports betting platform for mobile.

However, DraftKings will have to work with state regulatory officials “to apply for operating licenses in those states that have already passed legislation authorizing sports betting.” In Massachusetts, the company will first have to wait for the legislature to pass a law allowing sports gambling, BBJ reported.

Even with the opening of a new line of business, the company said it will remain “fully committed” to its daily fantasy sports business, which will still be “a major focus” for the company.

Founded in 2012, DraftKings raised a total of $715 million. DraftKings customers pick a daily fantasy sports contest (across 10 professional sports) and compete in single-day, online games for money prizes.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a 1992 federal law that was meant to protect the integrity of sports by prohibiting most states from authorizing sports betting.

The result is that now, Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, “but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own.” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority.

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<![CDATA[Office Envy: Inside Reebok’s New HQ]]>Tue, 15 May 2018 10:50:26 -0400

Spanning across five floors, the Reebok HQ has found a new home in the Seaport.

The Adidas-owned footwear and apparel company moved to Boston between September and December 2017, leaving behind a 65-acre grassy campus in suburban Canton, Mass. that “lacked the requisite energy of an active fitness brand,” the company told BostInno in a statement. “Employees were sprawled across multiple buildings and floors, which made real-time collaboration and connections challenging.”

Following its aspiration to attract top-tier design talent, Reebok relocated its current 750 employees to a 220,000-square-foot urban site in the Innovation and Design Building—joining tenants like Autodesk BUILD Space and Continuum, which we previously visited (not to mention, MassChallenge).

The fitness facility was a key priority, according to Reebok. The gym includes a full-size boxing ring, a CrossFit box and a range of classes that cater to all workout preferences and levels. Also, any Reebok employee who utilizes the facility ten times per month will do so free of charge.

“This is certainly not a typical corporate gym with treadmills and elliptical machines,” Matt O’Toole, Reebok president, said in a statement.

Here are a few shots of Reebok’s new headquarters, including its flagship gym:

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<![CDATA[Boston's DataRobot Predicts 'Game of Thrones' Deaths]]>Mon, 14 May 2018 12:50:02 -0400

Game of Thrones has been famously protective of its storylines, going so far to protect its secrets that they’ve stopped handing out scripts to actors, instead delivering dialogue to characters line-by-line through an ear piece.

Could a Boston-based startup ruin all the fun?

DataRobot, which uses automated machine learning for predictive modeling, analyzed roughly 2,000 Game of Thrones characters to predict who will die in the next season.

The company applied a newly-developed tree-based algorithm approach to figure out who would get “Ned Stark’d” in the upcoming eighth and final season, which is set to air in 2019.

Here are the results, listed according to chance of death:

  • Daenerys Targaryen – 83.77% 
  • Jaime Lannister – 72.91%
  • Tyrion Lannister – 70.76% 
  • Bran Stark – 66.02%
  • Cersei Lannister – 60.39%
  • Jon Snow – 58.99%
  • Euron Greyjoy – 54.95%
  • Sansa Stark – 50.28%
  • Arya Stark – 49.04%
  • Gendry – 39.87%

“One of the most unique aspects of the series is its fearless approach to eliminating major characters,” DataRobot wrote in a blog post. “This defining trait has led to some fascinating predictive analyses, such as creating Bayesian survival models and leveraging machine learning techniques to predict the likelihood of death for our beloved characters.”

The blog goes on: “In particular, the latter analysis scraped data from a fan-created Wiki in order to make predictions on approximately 2,000 characters using various descriptive characteristics such as their house of allegiance and gender.”

The full analysis, including its methods, is available here (beware of spoilers!).

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<![CDATA[This Mark Cuban-Backed Startup Is Here to Lower Your Bills]]>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:01:14 -0400

If someone distilled Mark Cuban’s pieces of advice on becoming rich to form a single statement, it would sound like this: no single saving or earning is too small, as even one penny contributes to the total.

It’s a lesson that resonates with Cuban’s middle-class childhood, when the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of ABC’s Shark Tank — whose current net worth is estimated to be $3.7 billion — had to sell garbage bags to save up for a pair of sneakers he liked.

Also, it’s a lesson that resonates with the mission of Billshark, a local startup that promises to lower customers’ bills and one of Cuban’s latest investments. Co-founders Steve McKean and Brian Keaney, who announced the Cuban-backed status of their venture two weeks ago, said they were introduced to him by mutual friends.

Steve McKean, CEO and co-founder of Billshark. Photo provided.

“Mark always has an interest in financial wellbeing and financial literacy,” McKean said. “[Our mutual friends] thought it would be interesting for Mark to take a look at this.”

Billshark wants to save time and money for customers by unleashing an army of human experts called “sharks” — no doubt Cuban liked the semantics here, too — who call companies like AT&T or Verizon to dispute customers’ bills on their behalf and land the best possible discount, if any. The company makes money by taking home 40 percent of each saving they successfully negotiate.

In other words, customers outsource the time-consuming task of calling utility providers to an expert in exchange for a fee that materializes only with a saving. Based in Hopkinton, Mass., Billshark launched in April 2016, currently has 28 employees and serves the U.S. and Canadian markets. McKean said that since launching, Billshark saved around 52,000 customers close to $10 million, bringing in a revenue of $3.3 million.

McKean and Keaney said that Cuban made an undisclosed investment in Billshark that is part of a $2 million total financing received by “private wealthy individuals,” McKean said, adding that Cuban is also an advisor to the company.

“Everything you read about Mark Cuban responding fast to emails and being entrepreneur-friendly is all true.”

“Brian and I correspond with Mark every week, if not multiple times during the week,” McKean said. “Everything you read about Mark Cuban responding fast to emails and being entrepreneur-friendly is all true. He’s awesome.”

The typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 a year on home utility bills, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Energy, with variations depending on the price of electricity, gas, water, cable TV and Internet.

Prices can go up and many people simply don’t negotiate, because they surrender, or don’t want to take the time, or are afraid, McKean (a CPA by background) said. He and Keaney, who have been working together for the last ten years, came to this realization while working at Acceller, a company — founded by McKean and acquired by Bridgevine in 2014— in the space of customer acquisition for cable, wireless and telecommunication brands. As head of the call center operations, Keaney, in particular, heard hundreds of customers’ complaining about companies overcharging bills every month.

Brian Keaney, COO and co-founder of Billshark. Photo provided.

Enter Billshark. To use the service, customers download a free app to submit their bills (the company doesn’t negotiate credit card bills, mortgages or student loans, but focuses on cell phone, cable TV, satellite TV, satellite radio and home security bills). The platform extracts automatically part of the information in the bills; then, the case goes to a supervisor, who assigns it to the shark with more experience with the provider. Now, the shark hops on the phone armed with time and experience.

“Our team of sharks are very versed in taking the emotion out of it and just negotiate the best deal,” Keaney explained. “They know the right words to use, the right plans and promotions to ask for… They call every day, so they just learn.”

One of the techniques of the sharks, Keaney added, is over-asking. If asked how much they want to save on their bill by providers, they don’t say things like “a little bit” or “five bucks.” Instead, they say to the provider “we want to cut the bill in half” or “we want to take the bill to zero.” Overshooting, according to Keaney, is the best way to negotiate the highest possible saving.

After calling the provider, the sharks let every customer know the outcome. If no saving is accomplished as a result of the negotiation, customers still get the information that they have the better possible deal. On average, the company said they can land a better deal for 80 or 85 percent of the “thousands” of bills they receive every month, McKean said.

McKean added that for every one bill they negotiates, the company donates one hour of financial literacy instruction to a child. The initiative is part of a program launched last fall with radio host and money expert Dave Ramsey; during the last school year, the company donated 52,000 hours of instruction to 1,000 fifth-graders and middle schoolers in Boston.

We bet that “ain’t no saving small enough” was probably mentioned at some point in the program — and that Cuban would approve.

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<![CDATA[Tom Brady, Michael Strahan Raise $3M for Production Company]]>Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:27:21 -0400

This article first appeared in Boston Business Journal, a sister publication of BostInno.

Tom Brady and Michael Strahan have raised $3 million for their digital production company, called Religion of Sports Media Inc., according to a document filed Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The investment round is being co-led by CourtsideVC and Norwood-based Advancit Capital, according to a spokesperson for Religion of Sports. Advancit, which invests in media and technology companies, was co-founded by Viacom Inc. director Shari Redstone. CourtsideVC, which is based in New York and Detroit, also invests in sports, technology and media.

The company would not share more details about what the money will be used for, teasing bigger announcements in the coming months.

Religion of Sports, the company, grew out of a documentary series by the same name that has aired two six-episode seasons on DirecTV Now. The series explores the spiritual side of sports around the world. The company also produced Brady’s Facebook video series “Tom vs. Time,” as well as documentaries about Kobe Bryant and Victor Cruz.

Brady and Strahan, a former New York Giants defensive end-turned-talk show host, officially launched the company in February with Gotham Chopra, the son of Deepak Chopra, and Ameeth Sankaran, a Texas-based investor.

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<![CDATA[Fusion Taste in Arlington Center Has Reopened]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 11:14:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Strip+T.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban restaurant known mostly for its Chinese and Japanese fare is open once again, a few months after mysteriously shutting down.

According to a source, Fusion Taste in Arlington Center has reopened, with a check on the Broadway eatery confirming this. In February, the restaurant closed with no notice, and a sign out front had indicated at the time that it was a temporarily closure due to an unspecified equipment problem.

Fusion Taste first opened in Arlington Center in 2009, taking over the space where Mifune and Viet's Cafe had once been.

The address for Fusion Taste is 303 Broadway, Arlington, MA, 02474. Its website can be found at http://www.fusiontastearlington.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Fusion Taste in Arlington Center Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown

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<![CDATA[Veggie Grill to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 11:20:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Strip+T.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a California-based vegan restaurant chain is opening its first location on the East Coast, and it will be located right in the heart of Cambridge.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Veggie Grill is planning to open this fall in Harvard Square, moving into a space within the Crimson Galeria on JFK Street. Once it opens, expect such items as a taco salad, avocado toast, black bean soup, veggie burgers, a masala bowl, Korean tacos, crispy cauliflower, nachos, and roasted yams.

Veggie Grill debuted in Irvine, CA, in 2006 and is now headquartered in Santa Monica; the chain currently has approximately 30 locations, mostly on the west coast.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Harvard Square is: Veggie Grill, 57 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.veggiegrill.com/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[The Porthole Restaurant in Lynn Is Closing]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 10:59:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Strip+T.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An iconic waterside restaurant that has been around for more than 50 years is closing its doors, and it looks like it will be replaced by condos.

According to an article in itemlive.com, The Porthole Restaurant in Lynn is planning to shut down sometime in the next few months, with Robert Gaudet of the Lynnway eatery saying that "the time has come....I'm tired, I just want to relax." The post says that the property has been sold to a developer who plans to tear down the building and put up 55 luxury condominiums with views of both the city and the ocean, with construction possibly starting in late 2019.

The Porthole first opened in 1967, replacing a spot called the Blue Dolphin; the restaurant has been known over the years as a family-friendly restaurant to go to for seafood and classic American fare.

The address for The Porthole Restaurant is 98 Lynnway, Lynn, MA, 01902. Its website can be found at http://www.portholerestaurant.com/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Kimchipapi Kitchen Opens in Allston]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 11:06:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Strip+T.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new Korean and Japanese restaurant has come to Allston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Kimchipapi Kitchen is now open on Harvard Avenue (where a location of Chicken & Rice Guys had been), with owner/head chef Joon Son returning to the space where he once ran a sneaker store called At the Buzzer. The post says that the dining spot will have a limited menu at first and will only be open for dinner at the outset, with lunch service possibly coming at some point in the future. Currently, Kimchipapi Kitchen is offering "kravings," or appetizers, along with "glory bowls" which include meat/tofu, sauce, toppings, and side dishes.

Son's mother used to own Wu Chon House, a now-closed Korean restaurant in Somerville's Union Square.

The address for this new restaurant in Allston is: Kimchipapi Kitchen, 81 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/kimchipapiktchn/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Diane's Bakery in Roslindale Is Closing]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 11:31:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Strip+T.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A decades-old spot for pastries, baked goods, and more will soon be closing its doors.

According to an article from Universal Hub, Diane's Bakery in Roslindale shuts down for good on June 8, with owner Bob Anderson indicating that it is time for a change after many years of waking up early to make food items each day. The closing of the Poplar Street shop, which first opened 50 years ago, means that only one bakery will remain in Roslindale Square--Fornax, which is located on Corinth Street.

UH says that Anderson's father ran Diane's Bakery until he passed away in 2016.

The address for this soon-to-close bakery in Roslindale is: Diane's Bakery, 9 Poplar Street, Roslindale, MA, 02131.

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