<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News - [NBC Boston]Boston Buzz]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcboston.com/news/localen-usFri, 21 Sep 2018 12:40:07 -0400Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:40:07 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[25 Great Fall Events Happening This Weekend in the Boston Area]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:30:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/costume-rental-min.jpg

This weekend marks the official start of fall and it’s a good thing, too, because there’s lots of fall fun to go around. Enjoy a kid’s cooking event, Oktoberfest, the Lantern Festival and a whole lot more!

Friday, Sept. 21

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

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

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Dispatch at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Dispatch, one of America’s most successful independent bands, takes the stage at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion for the second two shows with special guest Nahko and Medicine for the People. Tickets start at $42. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “The Karate Kid”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “The Karate Kid” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Boston Common Frog Pond.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

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

Kids in the Kitchen: Apple Bread Pudding

Children ages 6-12 can explore and taste the food of the season at Boston Public Markets Kids in the Kitchen series. Today Emily from Red Apple Farm will teach them her famous Apple Bread Pudding recipe and all about the different apple varieties that grow on the farm. $9-$15, 10-11 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Smolak Farm's Annual Fall Children's Festival

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

King Richard’s Faire

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

Greenway Open Market

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

Night Shift Brewing Oktoberfest

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

Lantern Festival

The 5th Annual Lantern Festival takes place today in Boston’s Chinatown. Enjoy a day of fun including games and mooncake sampling to kick off the celebrations for this traditional autumn festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park, John F Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston. 

Greenway Open Market

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

Phantom Gourmet Food Festival

Head down to the Fenway area and sample a hundred of the Phantom’s favorite foods at the Phantom Gourmet Food Festival. Tickets are limited and are $40 in advance and $50 if available at the event. Noon to 4 p.m., Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets next to Fenway Park.

Bites + Brews with Remnant Brewing

Out and about today? Stop by the Remnant Brewing pop-up on the plaza alongside rotating BPM food vendors at the Boston Public Market. Noon to 8 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Disney Jr. Dance Party on Tour

If your child is a fan of Disney Jr., don’t miss the Disney Jr. Dance Party on Tour with all their favorite characters when it comes to the Boch Center for two performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets start at $39. Boch Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston.

Fluff Festival

Celebrate the invention of Fluff at the 13th annual Fluff Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22 (rain date is Sept. 23). 3-7 p.m., Union Square, Somerville. 

Sunday, Sept. 23

Enchanted Forest Day

Head to The Stevens-Coolidge Place for Enchanted Forest Day to say farewell to their garden season and celebrate the flower fairies and elves that keep the gardens in bloom. Build homes for them to nest over winter, enjoy storytimes and more. $9 for trustees member child, $15 for non-member child and adults are free. 10 a.m. to noon, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover.

SoWa Open Market

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

Smolak Farm's Annual Fall Children's Festival

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

King Richard’s Faire

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

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

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

Dumpling Festival at the Central Flea

In honor of Joyce Chen, 15 local restaurants and food trucks will be serving up their dumpling variations at the Dumpling Festival at the Central Flea. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., University Park, 91 Sidney St., Cambridge.

Bites + Brews with Remnant Brewing

Out and about today? Stop by the Remnant Brewing pop-up on the plaza alongside rotating BPM food vendors at the Boston Public Market. Noon to 6 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta (formerly Nella Pasta Workshop). This hands-on pasta making workshop is led by the famous Chef Avery, the founder/owner of Law of Pasta in The Boston Public Market. Tickets are $52 for Trustee members and $65 for non-trustee members. Noon to 2 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Portugal The Man & Lucius at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Portugal The Man brings it s2018 tour to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion tonight and brings Lucius with them. Tickets start at $42. 7:30 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Sufra to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:13:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Sufra.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot is on its way to the Fenway section of Boston, and the people behind a food truck that focuses on Mediterranean food will be opening the place.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page, Sufra is planning to open on Queensbury Street, moving into the space where Blackjack Pasta Bar had been. The website for the business confirms that the restaurant is indeed coming soon to the space, and based on a menu shown within the site, the new dining spot will be serving such items as falafel, chicken shawarma, lamb kababs, tabouleh, kibbie balls, steak sandwiches, and more.

The Sufra food truck can be found at several sites in Boston, including at BU East, the Seaport District, and the Back Bay.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean dining spot in the Fenway is: Sufra, 52 Queensberry Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for the business can be found at https://www.sufraofboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Table by Jen Royle to Open in Boston's North End]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:18:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Royale+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A family-style Italian dining spot is on its way to the North End of Boston, and the person behind it is a familiar name in both the sports and food worlds.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Table by Jen Royale is opening on Hanover Street in a former nail salon space, with the restaurant being open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on Sundays, while the setup of the place includes a large table for 22 people and several other smaller tables. The fixed-price dinner menu at Table will include bread, two salads, three appetizers, and two main courses along with side dishes, while brunch will include such items as fried dough, chicken and waffles, buttermilk biscuits, and breakfast flatbreads. If all goes as planned, Table could be opening sometime in November.

Jen Royale comes from the world of sports reporting and writing, and she is also a chef who has been on Beat Bobby Flay and The Taste.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in the North End is: Table by Jen Royale, 445 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for the place is at https://tableboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Poke Burri Is Coming to Boston]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:21:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/poke+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An Atlanta-based dining spot that features an eclectic mix of sushi and poke items appears to be on its way to Boston.

Eater Boston is reporting that Poke Burri is planning to expand to the local area, possibly offering such items as sushi pizza, sushi corn dogs, sushi doughnuts, sushi burritos, and poke bowls based on the menu items at its Atlanta location along with a second location in Raleigh, NC. The article mentions that the sushi pizza includes a filled roll "crust" and a triangular bed of rice while the sushi corn dogs are made with deep fried rice and crab salad along with three sauces, and the sushi doughnuts include rice made into a circular shape and topped with tuna, salmon, or crab salad and sauce.

It is not yet known exactly where (or when) Poke Burri may open in the local area; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The website for Poke Burri can be found at https://www.pokeburri.com/ while the Instagram page for the upcoming Boston location is at https://www.instagram.com/pokeburriboston/

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<![CDATA[Black Jack Pasta Kitchen, Union Park Pizza to Open ]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:17:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/21+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A landmark fish market and a longtime pizzeria in the South End that both closed this spring will be replaced by a pasta spot and another pizzeria.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Black Jack Pasta Kitchen and Union Park Pizza are moving into the former Morse Fish Company and Harry O's spaces on Washington Street, respectively, with both businesses possibly debuting as soon as early October. Black Jack Pasta Kitchen is connected to Black Jack Pasta Bar, which closed its Fenway restaurant earlier this year, and the new spot will have more room than the Queensbury Street eatery had. Little is known about Union Park Pizza other than the fact that it will serve flatbreads, so stay tuned for updates on that place.

Morse Fish Company closed in late May after being in business since 1903; Harry O's closed on the same day as Morse after being open for more than 30 years.

The address for the upcoming Black Jack Pasta Kitchen is 1401 Washington Street while the address for Union Park Pizza is 1405 Washington Street.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Morse Fish Company in Boston's South End Is Up for Lease
Harry O's in Boston's South End Is Closing

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<![CDATA[Cafe Jaffa in Boston's Back Bay Is on the Selling Block]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:30:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/178*120/Jaffa+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime favorite for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food is being sold.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Cafe Jaffa in the Back Bay is up for sale, as the owner has decided to retire after running the Gloucester Street restaurant for 27 years. The post mentions that the dining spot will remain open while the place is on the market, serving lunch and dinner daily.

Cafe Jaffa first opened in 1991, serving such items as falafel, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, shish kabob, chicken schnitzel, lamb chops, stuffed peppers, and schwarma.

The address for Cafe Jaffa is 48 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA, 02115. Its website can be found at http://www.cafejaffa.net/

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<![CDATA[Cugini's Market to Open in Watertown]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:36:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/176*120/Cugini+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like the people behind an Italian restaurant and deli in Newton are going to be opening a brand new spot.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Cugini's Market is getting ready to open in Watertown, with the post mentioning that "Depasquales at night caps corner is adding on another deli to the family! This one...will be opening up in the next week." A check on superpages.com shows that the new Italian market and deli will apparently be opening on Waltham Street in a space located just east of the Waltham line. It is not known exactly what will be available at Cugini's Market, but the job posting hints that breakfast items could be offered as well as sandwiches.

DePasquale's At Night Caps Corner, which is located on River Street in Newton between Auburndale and the Waltham line, is a place that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured as an under-the-radar spot for Italian dishes, with the review being found at this link:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/DePasquales.html

It appears that the address for Cugini's Market will be 129 Waltham Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.

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

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<![CDATA[Chilacates Plans to Open in Roslindale]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:49:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/199*120/Chilcates+920.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing local group of Mexican spots is expanding further into the Boston area, with a new location now being planned for the space where a restaurant and a market had been.

Universal Hub is reporting (via Roslindale Village Main Street) that Chilacates is planning to open in Roslindale, moving into the space on Washington Street where Redd's in Rozzie and Tony's Market were. The new eatery will join existing locations on Centre Street and Amory Street in Jamaica Plain along with upcoming shops in the South End, Mission Hill, and Chestnut Hill, and Chilacates owner Socrates Abreu is also in the process of reopening Grass Fed in JP as well.

Redd's in Rozzie closed its doors this summer while Tony's Market moved to a new location on Washington Street a couple of years ago.

The address for the upcoming location of Chilacates in Roslindale will be 4253-4257 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA, 02131. The website for Chilacates can be found at http://chilacates.mx/

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<![CDATA[Aceituna Grill Planning to Open in Financial District]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:31:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Aceituna+919.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of restaurants featuring Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine may be joined by a new location in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a licensing commission hearing page within the city's website, Aceituna Grill is looking to open in the Financial District, with the description indicating that the Federal Street eatery may be looking to focus at least in part on takeout, as it will have a kitchen in the back and a "serving line" in the front. If the city approves of its plans, the new location of Aceituna would join others in  Cambridge's Kendall Square and Boston's Seaport District, possibly offering such items as Greek salads, hummus, baba ganoush, shawarma, falafel, moussaka, and baklava, based on the menus at the other locations.

The address for the proposed location of Aceituna Grill in downtown Boston would be 100 Federal Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the two existing locations can be found at http://aceitunagrill.com/

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<![CDATA[Totto Ramen Plans to Open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:24:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/194*120/tot+ramen+919.PNG

A pair of Boston-area ramen shops that are connected to three other locations in New York could be joined by a third location in a new mixed-used development just off the Southeast Expressway.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Totto Ramen is looking to open at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester, with the space slated to have a dining room and bar with seating for 40, along with a seasonal outdoor patio. If it gets approved, the new location of Totto would join others in Allston and Assembly Row in Somerville, along with Midtown West, Midtown East, and Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan. (Two others can be found in Taiwan.)

South Bay Town Center is an expansion of the old South Bay Shopping Center, with the new development being home to J.P. Licks and soon, a location of Wahlburgers.and a few other dining spots.

The website for Totto Ramen is at http://tottoramen.com/

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<![CDATA[Pho Viet's II Plans to Replace No. 1 Noodle House in Newton ]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:36:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Pho+919.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Chinese restaurant in Newton has very quietly closed, and it looks like a second location of a highly-rated Vietnamese eatery in Allston will be moving into its space.

According to a post within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, a sign is up at the site of No. 1 Noodle House in Newton Centre showing that Pho Viet's II is coming soon, with another sign at the Langley Road space saying "closed for renovations." It is not known exactly when (or why) No. 1 Noodle House shut down, though another post on the page indicates that it may have closed over the past week or so.

The sign shown for Pho Viet's II has the same logo as that of Pho Viet's within the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 food court in Packard Corner, so this appears to be a second location of that restaurant. The original Pho Viet's has received much praise from media outlets over the years, and our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured it as an under-the-radar spot to go to for Vietnamese food. The review can be found at the link below:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/PhoViets.html

The address for the now-closed No. 1 Noodle House (and the upcoming Pho Viet's II) is 51 Langley Road, Newton, MA, 02459.

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<![CDATA[Giacomo's Ristorante to Open in Wayland]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:41:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Giacomo+918.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Boston is expanding once again.

According to a web page, Giacomo's Ristorante is planning to open in Wayland, with the page simply saying "coming soon" and mentioning an Elissa Avenue address within Wayland Town Center. Once it opens, the new spot will join the original Giacomo's in Boston's North End along with another location in the South End and a suburban outlet in Melrose.

The North End location of Giacomo's is known in part for its long lines out the door, as it is particularly popular with tourists and other visitors to Boston.

The address for this upcoming Italian restaurant in Wayland is: Giacomo's Ristorante, 14 Elissa Avenue, Wayland, MA, 01778.

Thanks to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[KO Catering & Pies in South Boston Is Closing; Building Has Been Sold]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:02:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/Catering+KO+918.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

The original location of a pair of Australian pie spots is saying farewell.

According to a Facebook post from the business, KO Catering & Pies in South Boston is closing, with the note saying that "it is somewhat bittersweet to announce that we have sold our building on A street and will not be returning to our original home." The post indicates that the newer location at the shipyard in East Boston remains open and that catering is still available as well.

The South Boston location of KO Catering & Pies first opened in 2010, taking over the space where St. Alphonzo's Kitchen had been; the East Boston location opened its doors in 2012.

The address for KO Catering & Pies in Southie was 87 A Street, South Boston, MA, 02127. The website for the East Boston location can be found at http://www.kocateringandpies.com/

Thanks to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[Dorchester's Bike & Brew This Weekend]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:08:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/Dorchester+Brew+918.jpg

Hop on your bike and head to Peabody Square on Sunday, September 23rd at 5 pm for the  2018 Dorchester’s Bike & Brew!  This fun, family-friend festival will showcase Dot’s cycling community, a beer garden featuring Dorchester Brewing Company, in addition to local food trucks!  Artifact Cider Project will also be on hand with plenty of hard cider and Boston Water and Sewer Commission‘s water truck will be on site with free Greater Ashmont Main Street water bottles for everyone to keep you hydrated! 

The Food Truck lineup includes Jamaica Mi HungrySheherazad TruckDaddy’s Bonetown Burgers, and Tacos Don Beto

Beyond food and drink, there will be several bike advocacy and social groups, a bike rodeo for youth and adults hosted by MassBikeBalloons Extraordinaire on-site twisting inflatable wonders along with other kids-of-all-ages activities, lawn games, and more! 

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<![CDATA[Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes to Open in Sudbury]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:59:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Moyah+917.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A small but growing Texas-based burger chain is planning to open another location in the Greater Boston area, with this one being in the western suburbs.

According to a source, Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes is opening in Sudbury, with the locations section within the company's website confirming this, showing that it will be opening within the Meadow Walk complex on Route 20. Once it opens, the new location of Mooyah will join others in downtown Boston, Jamaica Plain, Billerica, Hudson, and Northborough.

Mooyah, which was established in 2006, offers "never-frozen beef" as well as salads, hand-cut fries, and ice cream milkshakes

The address for this upcoming location of Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes is 526C Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776. Its website can be found at http://www.mooyah.com/

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<![CDATA[Angry Ham's in Framingham Is Now Beacon Street Bar & Grill]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:56:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/Ham+917.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A troubled restaurant and bar that once included a former Boston Bruins player among its partners has changed its name--and it is looking to clean up its image as well.

The Framingham TAB is reporting that Angry Ham's on Beacon Street in Framingham is now called the Beacon Street Bar & Grill, with owner Mahesh Sharma telling the Board of License Commissioners that it is going to become a more family-friendly spot, saying that "I never liked the name...but we didn't have a chance to change that." The article says that Sharma purchased the business in 2016 and that the dining and drinking spot originally had three investors behind it, including Lyndon Byers. A number of incidents have occurred at the place resulting in suspensions of its liquor license, including a fight in the parking lot that was never reported to the police, another fight where a doorman was hit in the head by a rock, and two underage customers drinking at the spot.

Angry Ham's first opened in 2010, taking over the space where a Chinese restaurant called Green Tea II had once been.

The address for Angry Ham's/Beacon Street Bar & Grill is 2 Beacon Street, Framingham, MA, 01701.

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<![CDATA[The Paris Creperie to Expand to Seaport District]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:03:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/205*120/Crepe+914.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A creperie in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline is looking to expand to the Boston waterfront.

According to an article from Eater Boston, The Paris Creperie in Coolidge Corner is planning to open a new location in the Seaport District, with the new outlet being in the same Seaport Boulevard building that houses Tuscan Kitchen and the Grand. The article says that the waterfront dining spot would be different from the cafe-style Brookline location, instead being a "crepe and cocktail bar," and that famed bartender/mixologist Brother Cleve will be setting up the cocktail list for the place.

If all goes as planned, the new location of The Paris Creperie could open late this fall.

The address for this upcoming creperie in the Seaport District is: The Paris Creperie, 60 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the original location in Brookline is at http://pariscreperie.com/

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<![CDATA[Oktoberfest at Dorchester Brewing Co.]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:37:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/222*120/Dot+Brew+917.PNG

It’s that time of year – cooler temperatures, leaves changing color and Oktoberfest! Dorchester Brewing is celebrating the official Oktoberfest Kick-Off Saturday, Sept. 22 with lots of fresh Oktoberfest beer served in traditional German liter steins. If you needed any excuse to wear that German lederhosen and dirndls hanging in your closet, then nows your chance!

This festive celebration with expanded capacity (plenty of room for all!) will make you feel like you’re in Munich including a live German band, traditional food and all things Oktoberfest and to keep things going, they also got a DJ to end the night!

Doors open at 11:30 am and the first 300 people to purchase an Oktoberfest beer will receive a FREE branded Oktoberfest mugs*, so get here early and stay all day. So, get your German beer drinking gear on and get ready to party!

Here’s the lineup:

  • 11:30 am: Doors open!! FREE branded DBco Oktoberfest mug for the first 300 people that enter and purchase an Oktoberfest beer!*
  • 12pm-4pm: Treats for purchase from Caked Boston
  • 2pm-5:30 pm: Live German Music from The Double Eagle Oktoberfest Band
  • 1pm-8pm: Food for purchase from The Burgundians with options like:
    Savory: “Liege Of Nations” – sliced sausage, dijon bechemel, gouda, and housemade sauerkraut
    Sweet: “German Chocolate Brownie” – Chocolate stuffed, Coconut pecan frosting, brownie, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle
  • 4pm-8pm: Jaju Pierogi- Pop-Up
  • 7:30-10:30: Spinning beats from DJ Sprino

*One per person

Tickets: Free

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<![CDATA[A New Dining Spot Is Going Into Arlington Heights ]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:54:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/gyro+2.0.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new eatery is on its way to Arlington Heights, taking over the space where a pizzeria had been for a quarter century.

According to several sources, work is being done on the old Capri Pizza & Subs space in Arlington Heights, with a check on the Mass. Ave. storefront showing a sign out front that says "Closed Due to the New Opening." We hear from a few sources that the upcoming dining spot could be featuring gyros and that it will not be called Capri, though nothing has been completely confirmed as of yet.

Capri shut down twice over the past few years, including in early March of 2016 (briefly) and then again in March of 2017; it had previously been home to Charlie's Pizza.

The address for the former Capri Pizza & Subs (and upcoming eatery) 1323 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.

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<![CDATA[15+ Fall Festivals: Apples, Fluff, Beer and a Whole Lot More!]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:41:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Fair+weather+fall+festival+3.jpg

It’s the season of apple picking, pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes and more. And with it comes plenty of fun to have throughout the state. We gathered more than 15 fall festivals and events to help you plan your fun, fall, family outings all season long!

Sept. 15: Boxford Apple Festival

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

Weekends Through Oct. 21: King Richard’s Faire

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

Weekends Through Oct. 28: Smolak Fall Festival Weekends

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

Sept. 22: Fluff Festival

Celebrate the invention of Fluff at the 13th annual Fluff Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22 (rain date is Sept. 23). 3-7 p.m., Union Square, Somerville.

Sept. 22: Night Shift Brewing Oktoberfest

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

Sept. 27-30: Deerfield Fair

New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 142nd year of agricultural family fun.

Sept. 28 to Oct. 8: Topsfield Fair

Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year when it opens its gates from late September to early October. 207 Boston St., Topsfield.

Sept. 28-29: Harpoon Oktoberfest

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

Sept. 30: Allston Village Street Fair

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

Sept. 30: 5th Annual Tewksbury Fall Harvest Festival

Enjoy vendors, food, rides, games and more at Tewksbury’s 5th Annual Fall Harvest Festival. Livingston Street Complex, Tewksbury.

Oct. 5-7: HONK! Festival

Somerville opens its doors and businesses for the 13th annual HONK! Festival. With performances from street musicians from across the country and the globe, parades and a whole lot more.

Oct. 6: Nantucket Cranberry Festival

Join the Nantucket Conservation Foundation for its 15th Annual Cranberry Festival. Learn about cranberry farming, participate in family activities, sample cranberry treats and other New England classics and enjoy the music. Milestone Cranberry Bog, Nantucket.

Oct. 6: Cranberry Harvest Festival

Columbus Day weekend head to A.D. Makepeace Co and celebrate the New England tradition of the cranberry harvest during their old-fashioned family festival. Oct. 6 and 7, 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham.

Oct. 13-14: Wellfleet Oysterfest

Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest. Oct. 13 and 14, Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet.

Oct. 14: Lowell Oktoberfest

Lowell’s Oktoberfest has everything from local food partners serving up German inspired food to a beer garden with exclusive German beers, music and outdoor games for all ages. Lowell.

Oct. 14: Fall Festival & Great Pumpkin Dash 5K

The Annual Great Pumpkin Dash Revere Beach Fall Festival and 5K is fun for the entire family. There’s a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, followed by the 5K. After the race stick around for their fall market and pumpkin festival. Revere Beach, Revere.

Oct. 20-21: Trick-or-Treat Hayrides

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

Oct. 27: Pumpkin Palooza

You don’t want to miss this annual event on The Lawn on D. Fun for the entire family with Halloween-themed activities, live music and more. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

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<![CDATA[5 Napkin Burger at Boston's Prudential Center Has Closed]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:43:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/207*120/Napkin+914.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A New York-based group of burger spots has closed its sole Boston location.

According to a source, 5 Napkin Burger at the Prudential Center is no longer in business, with its website confirming this, saying that "It has been our pleasure to serve you for the last 7 years. We have enjoyed every minute of our time in Boston. Unfortunately, our run has come to an end and we are now closed. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes." No reason has been given for its closure and it is not known exactly when the place closed, though a check on the spot last week indicated that it appeared to be open at the time.

5 Napkin Burger first opened at the Pru in the spring of 2011, offering a variety of burgers along with clam chowder, wings, tuna poke, chicken and waffles, and more. It currently has four other locations, all of which are in New York City.

The website for 5 Napkin Burger can be found at: http://www.5napkinburger.com/

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<![CDATA[Brasserie Jo in Boston Is Closing]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:07:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/Jo+914.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A French restaurant in Boston that has been in business for 20 years is shutting its doors next month.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Brasserie Jo on Huntington Avenue is closing down on October 7, as The Colonnade Hotel--which is where it is located--will be going through a "reimagining" and opening back up early next year. The dining spot, which first opened in 1998, is run by Jean Joho, a James Beard award winner who also heads up restaurants in Chicago and Las Vegas.

The address for Brasserie Jo is 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116.

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<![CDATA[Certified Meatball Company in South Boston Has Closed]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:49:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/Meatball+914.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A restaurant that focused on a popular food item has shut down, and it appears that a new concept from the group behind the spot will be replacing it.

According to several sources over the past couple of days, Certified Meatball Company in South Boston has closed, and we were able to confirm this today, being told that a new dining spot will apparently move into the W Broadway space, possibly in approximately ten weeks or so. The dining spot, which first opened last August, offered a variety of meatballs and sauce options along with soups, salads, and side dishes.

The company behind Certified Meatball Company is Boston Nightlife Ventures, which runs Griddler's, Southern Kin Cookhouse, and Wink & Nod.

The address for the now-closed Certified Meatball Company (and upcoming new restaurant) is 429 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127.

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<![CDATA[Avi Shemtov to Open Simcha in Sharon]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 20:17:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/simcha+912.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a well-known local chef is going to be opening a new restaurant that focuses on Israeli food.

According to City of Quincy consultant and publicist Kerry J. Byrne, Avi Shemtov is planning to open Simcha in Sharon later this year, with Boston Magazine stating that the South Main Street dining spot will have a wood-fired oven and feature globally-inspired contemporary Israeli fare, possibly including such items as pita, shakshuka, sous vide duck breast, pumpkin baba, crispy phyllo "cigars," kibbe nayah, and Yemenite fried chicken, while Byrne also indicates that hummus, roasted cauliflower, and red snapper crudo could be a few other dishes offered, based on Shemtov's Simcha pop-up menus from last year.

Shemtov is known for his Chubby Chickpea food truck and catering business along with the Tapped beer truck, which can currently be found at the Braintree beer garden on Saturdays.

The address for this upcoming Israeli restaurant in Sharon is: Simcha, 370 South Main St., Sharon, MA, 02067.

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<![CDATA[Chris Parsons to Open Lily P's in Kendall Square]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 20:53:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/oysters+half+shell+shutter+stock.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new place for fried chicken, oysters, and more is on its way to Cambridge, and a familiar name is behind it.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Chris Parsons is planning to open Lily P's on the outer edge of Kendall Square, with the Binney Street restaurant being a casual spot that focuses on comfort food. The eatery, which is named after Parsons' daughter, will feature pressure-fried chicken, while also offering such items as biscuits, pickled snacks, East Coast and West Coast oysters, and a variety of craft beers and ciders, while the space will include a raw bar, an open kitchen, and a patio. If all goes as planned, Lily P's will open sometime in the winter or spring of 2019.

Chris Parsons is known for such places as the now-closed Parsons Table and Catch in Winchester and Steel & Rye in Milton, the latter of which he left last year.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Cambridge is: Lily P's, 50 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142.

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<![CDATA[Versus to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 20:31:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/arcade+game1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant and arcade bar is coming to the heart of Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Versus is opening on Province Street in the city's Downtown Crossing area, and it will be taking over the space where Gem Restaurant and Lounge had been. The post says that Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG), which was behind Gem, is also behind the new place, which will serve pub food along with beer, wine, and cocktails, while also having "retro-modern" arcade games inside the space. If all goes as planned, Versus will be opening sometime this fall.

Gem first opened on Province Street in the spring of 2012, taking over the old Kennedy's Midtown space; other restaurants and bars run by BNEG include CBS Sporting Club, Empire, Explorateur, The Grand, Red Lantern, and Scorpion Bar.

The address for the upcoming Versus is 42 Province Street, Boston, MA, 02108. Its website is at http://www.versusboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Van Shabu in Dorchester Has Closed Its Doors]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:24:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/Van+Shabu+911.PNG

After eight years in business, the sushi and ramen spot, Van Shabu has closed its doors. 

 According to the Dorchester Reporter, the family-owned restaurant near located at on Dot Ave. near Savin Hill Avenue has decided to close to Van Shabu to pursue another business venture at the Burlington Mall.

As of now, the Van Shabu location will remain empty for now with no immediate plans to lease to a new restaurant.  

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<![CDATA[Endicott Grille to Open in Danvers]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:37:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/Meatloaf_marketplace.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant is on its way to the North Shore, opening where a dining spot with a big name behind it had once been.

According to a source, Endicott Grille is planning to open in Danvers, moving into the former Tap N Vine space on Endicott Street. An earlier page showing the minutes of a Board of Selectmen meeting confirms this, though very little is known about the eatery at this point in time.

Anthony Buccieri of Pizzeria Regina opened Tap N Vine in the fall of 2016, with the place focusing mostly on American comfort food along with beer, wine, and cocktails. The restaurant closed for renovations in 2017, and it apparently never reopened.

The address for the upcoming Endicott Grille in Danvers is 194 Endicott Street, Danvers, MA, 01923.

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<![CDATA[Aquitaine in Chestnut Hill Reopens]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:25:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Aquitaine+911.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

One of a trio of upscale French bistros has opened back up more than a year after it closed for upgrades.

According to a press release, Aquitaine at The Street Chestnut Hill opens its doors once again this evening with a brand new look that is the result of major renovations that began back in July of 2018. Some of the changes made include the addition of a handmade Parisian pewter bar as well as antique brass lighting, extra booths, a private event space, and more. The flagship location of Aquitaine in the South End had closed for similar reasons in 2016, with the Tremont Street restaurant adding a larger bar and a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. (A third location of Aquitaine can be found at Legacy Place in Dedham.)

In addition to the three Aquitaine locations, The Aquitaine Group also operates Cinquecento, Gaslight, and Metropolis Cafe in the South End, and a second location of Gaslight in Lynnfield.

The address for Aquitaine in Chestnut Hill is 11 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467. The website for The Aquitaine Group can be found at http://www.aquitainegroup.com/

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<![CDATA[Happening in Dorchester This Week]]>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:25:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Dot+Jazz+910.jpg

Get moving! The City of Boston is hosting a Boston Wellness Week September 10th-15th including the Big Quiet – a mass meditation event at Fenway Park on Monday and a free a free, day-long Boston Social Fitness Festival on Saturday. Tuesday through Thursday, you’ll be able to take a midday break at the Patios on City Hall Plaza with an “office recess,” complete with free games, snacks, and drinks. At the festival participate in classes like Day Breakers Dance Experience and BollyX Workout and CorePower Yoga. Other standouts include Superhero Workout – a Martial Arts and HIIT Bootcamp taught by a friend of CIS and CID Francis Huynh! To see full schedule visit here! 

Who’s hungry?The Bowery Bar is now serving lunch daily beginning at 11 am. The lunch menu features appetizers like nachos, wings, burrata and main dishes like Caesar Salad, Burgers, Lobster Roll and more! Stop by!

Listen to the music! The Dot Jazz Series kicks off this Thursday, September 13th at 7 pm with the Jason Palmer Quintet at the Parish of All Saints.  The Dot Jazz Series, a collaborative project of Mandorla Music and Greater Ashmont Main Street, brings live jazz to the neighborhood! You can purchase tickets here! 

Hunt & Gather! The Savin Hill and Jones Hill neighborhood yard sales will be on Saturday, September 15, from 9am-2pm. You never know what you’ll find! To get a copy of the map and/or to participate and get on the map, please send an email request to savinhill@outlook.com. rain date: Sunday September 16th.

Refresh! 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[Happenings in Southie This Week]]>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:40:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Brass+Quint+910.PNG

Never forget!Our Lady of Good Voyage/Seaport Shrine is hosting a special prayer service of remembrance on Tuesday, September 11th at 7 pm. In addition to the prayer service there will be a candlelit procession from the Shrine to the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial.

Get moving! The City of Boston is hosting a Boston Wellness Week September 10th-15th including the Big Quiet – a mass meditation event at Fenway Park on Monday and a free a free, day-long Boston Social Fitness Festival on Saturday. Tuesday through Thursday, you’ll be able to take a midday break at the Patios on City Hall Plaza with an “office recess,” complete with free games, snacks, and drinks. At the festival participate in classes like Day Breakers Dance Experience and BollyX Workout and CorePower Yoga. Other standouts include Superhero Workout – a Martial Arts and HIIT Bootcamp taught by friend of CIS and CID Francis Huynh! To see full schedule visit here! 

Plan for your future! Buying your first home can be scary! The good people of Mass Bay Credit Union wants to help ease your fears with a night filled with helpful information, tools, and guidance.  The First-Time Homebuyers Seminar takes place on Tuesday, September 11th  at 5:30 pm You’ll learn: how to qualify for a mortgage, the impact of your credit score, purchase & sale, benefits of a realtor and the closing process. If you attend, you’ll get $500 off closing costs on a Mass Bay mortgage! Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!  Call 617-269-2700.

Listen to the music! The Boston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform in Seaport Common next Thursday, September 13, 6:00-7: 30 pm. The performance will include a compelling blend of light classics, pop favorites and contemporary hits. Delicious bites and drinks from local businesses will be available. The event is free and open to the public but RSVP’s are encouraged via the event page. Note: Rain date is Wednesday, September 19th.

Be informed.  Get involved.  The DCR and MassDOT will host a meeting on Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm to discuss the Day Boulevard Targeted Safety Improvement Project.

Shop, sip, and dine! Get ready to browse and shop 100 local merchants, artists, and organizations along East Broadway from L to I streets featuring the Best of South Boston.  The South Boston Street Festival takes place on Saturday, September 15th from 11am-4pm! Bring your appetite too! There will be plenty of food featuring some of Southie’s favorite spots like Backyard Betty’s, Capo, Joseph’s Bakery, Sal’s, Shredded, The Sausage Guy, Sweet Tooth Bakery, and others. Alfresco dining will be available at, The Cranberry Café, Café Porto Bello, The Broadway, The Paramount, The Playwright, and Roza Lyons. Enjoy free children’s activities including face painting, balloon artist, street performances, a roaming band of pirates and lots of surprises.

Support Lori’s Teal Team! Stop by The Beauty Bar and purchase a t-shirt for $20! All proceeds benefit the Lori Miller Memorial Fund at South Boston Catholic Academy!

Save the Date! It’s the 3rd Annual Burkie’s Walk and Pig Roast! Lace up your sneakers and walk around Castle Island to raise money for the Michael Burke Foundation – which helps families in and around the Boston area battling cancer. Post-walk enjoy a Pig Roast, burgers, hot dogs and more while you watch the Pats take on the Dolphins at 1 pm. The walk starts at 10:30 am at the Boston Harbor Yacht Club (1805 Columbia Road) and post-walk celebration is back at the BHYC. Tickets are $30. You can purchase them here! Cant’ make the event? You can still make a donation here!

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<![CDATA[New City Microcreamery in Hudson to Expand to Cambridge]]>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 17:57:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/New+City+97.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular ice cream parlor and coffee shop west of Boston is going to be expanding eastward.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, New City Microcreamery in Hudson is planning to open in Cambridge, and while no address has been given as of yet, it appears that the shop will be located somewhere in Central Square. A rep for the place indicates that they are getting closer to opening the new location, but no specific opening date has been given, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

The original location of New City Microcreamery offers a variety of house-made liquid-nitrogen-frozen flavors of ice cream along with milkshakes, coffee, pastries, breakfast items, and more.

The website for New City Microcreamery can be found at https://newcitymicrocreamery.com/

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<![CDATA[Dosa Factory in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed]]>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:43:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/169*120/Dosa+97.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an Indian restaurant in the Back Bay has very quietly shut down.

According to an article in Eater Boston, Dosa Factory on Newbury Street is closed, with "For Lease" signs displayed in the windows of the space. It appears that the dining spot may actually have shuttered over the past few months, though it is not known exactly when its last day in operation was. The original location of Dosa Factory in Cambridge's Central Square remains open, while an outlet on Moody Street in Waltham that has been in the works for a number of years now is still not open--and there has been no news of late on that location.

The Newbury Street location of Dosa Factory first opened in early 2015, taking over the space where Steve's Greek Cuisine had been.

The address for this now-closed Indian restaurant in the Back Bay was: Dosa Factory, 316 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the Cambridge location can be found at http://www.dosa-factory.com/

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<![CDATA[Ripasso to Replace Humaari in Boston's South End]]>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 18:05:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Generic+Pasta+Generic.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Italian spot is moving into a temporary home in Boston's South End, taking over the space where a Mediterranean eatery had been for the past several months, and a big name within the local restaurant scene is behind the upcoming place.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Ripasso is opening within the Wink & Nod space on Appleton Street on September 18 for the next six months or so, replacing Humaari. The person behind the upcoming Italian eatery is Tony Susi, the owner of the long-closed Sage in the North End (and briefly, the South End) and he has also been involved with such places as Mamma Maria and the now-closed Davide in the North End. The article says that updated versions of some of the dishes from Sage will be offered at Ripasso, as well as other entrees, small plates, desserts, and wine and cocktail options.

Humaari (which is run by Louis DiBiccari of the former Tavern Road) and the upcoming Ripasso are a number of spots that have operated at Wink & Nod, with a few others being Pareja, Pelekasis, Gita, Akinto, and Little Owl Tavern. (The website for Wink & Nod can be found at http://winkandnod.com/)

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<![CDATA[The Old Timer Restaurant in Clinton Is Reopening]]>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 22:35:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Old+Timer+196.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An historic restaurant/bar west of Boston--and a longtime fave--that closed a couple of years ago after nearly a century in business is returning.

According to multiple posts on its Facebook page, The Old Timer Restaurant in Clinton is planning to reopen, with comments within the page indicating that it has been taken over by new owners while photos posted show that the space appears to be going through renovations and updates. It is not known when The Old Timer might reopen, nor is it known how similar the menu might be to that of the original restaurant; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The Old Timer, which had been open for approximately 87 years until closing down in early 2016, was a place that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) had featured as an under-the-radar spot to go to for American classics, comfort food, pub grub, and drinks. The review can be found at this link:

http://www.hiddenboston.com/OldTimer.html

The address for The Old Timer Restaurant is 155 Church Street, Clinton, MA, 01510.

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<![CDATA[Put on Your Dancing Shoes! Tavolo Is Turing 10!]]>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 22:05:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Tavalo+96.PNG

To celebrate a decade of “Dorchester Italian,” Tavolo is throwing a birthday bash on Friday, September 7th! Enjoy, snacks from the kitchen, cocktails, and plenty of dancing at a special Disco Dance Party!

Dust of your dance shoes, put on your party clothes and head to Tavolo! The fun begins at 10:00 pm.

Cash bar.  No cover!

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<![CDATA[Ward 4 to Open in Auburndale]]>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 22:09:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/Ward+4+96.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant and bar is planning to come to a section of Newton that currently has few full-service dining and drinking spots, and it appears that plans for the place have been in the works for awhile.

According to a source, Ward 4 is looking to open in Auburndale, moving into a space on Auburn Street a short distance south of Commonwealth Avenue and just north of the Mass. Pike. Our source says that the upcoming spot could be serving at least some BBQ items, though the Facebook page for the place only indicates that it will be an "American" restaurant. A post within the Auburndale Library Community site hints that discussions on Ward 4 go all the way back to at least 2015, though it appears that plans are now moving forward.

Auburndale currently has only a handful of dining options, including The Knotty Pine and Bocca Bella Cafe & Bistro.

The address for this upcoming restaurant and bar in Auburndale is: Ward 4, 277 Auburn Street, Newton, MA, 02466. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/ward4auburndale/

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<![CDATA[Bruegger's Bagels in Cambridge's Porter Square Has Closed]]>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 22:22:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/Brueggers+813.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of bagel spots that is headquartered in Vermont has closed another one of its Boston-area locations.

According to a post within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Bruegger's Bagels in Cambridge's Porter Square is no longer in operation, with phone calls placed to the Mass. Ave. location going unanswered while a check on the website for the company shows that the shop has been removed from the locations page. This is the second location to shut down in the local area of late, as its store in Boston's Kenmore Square closed last month.

Bruegger's Bagels, whose headquarters are in Burlington, VT, operates a number of other locations in the Boston area, including two in downtown Boston, one in the Longwood section of the city, and other shops in Brookline and a handful of suburbs in the region.

The address for this now-closed bagel shop in Porter Square was: Bruegger's Bagels, 1876 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.brueggers.com/

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<![CDATA[Beat Brew Hall to Replace Beat Brasserie in Cambridge]]>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 17:18:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/beer47.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new beer hall is on its way to Cambridge, and it is replacing a restaurant and bar that is under the same ownership.

According to a Facebook post, Beat Brew Hall is opening in Harvard Square, taking over the space on Brattle Street where Beat Brasserie had been until closing over the past weekend. The note indicates that the upcoming spot will have communal tables, billiards, shuffleboard, and live music along with 24+ beers on tap, "unique" cocktails, and food with "farm-to-table and American BBQ influences" including both meat and veggie dishes. If all goes as planned, Beat Brew Hall could be opening in the middle of this month.

The team behind Beat Brasserie--which first opened five years ago--and the upcoming Beat Brew Hall also run the Beehive on Tremont Street in Boston's South End.

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<![CDATA[Scollay Square in Boston's Beacon Hill to Become The Emory]]>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:59:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/259*120/scollay.jpg

A Beacon Hill restaurant known in part for its comfort food, extensive wine list, and cocktails is closing, and a new dining and drinking spot will be taking its place.

According to a licensing commission hearing page within the City of Boston website, Scollay Square on Beacon Street is looking to transfer its license to The Emory, which would open in its space. The manager listed is Emory Kilgore, who has worked at such places as No. 9 Park, Stoddard's, and The Merchant.

The Legendary Restaurant Group, which is behind Scollay Square, also runs Papagayo, Sip Wine Bar, and Burger Dive; Scollay Square was its first restaurant, opening approximately 14 years ago.

The address for Scollay Square (and the upcoming Emory) is 21 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The website for Scollay Square can be found at http://scollaysquare.com/

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

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<![CDATA[75 on Courthouse Square in Boston's Seaport District Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown]]>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 22:29:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A waterfront restaurant that opened earlier this year is closed for the time being, and it is not known what the future holds for the place.

Eater Boston confirms what a source told us a couple of weeks ago, that 75 on Courthouse Square in Boston's Seaport District is shuttered. We sent a message to the place at the time, checking to see its exact status but we never heard back, and while its website and Facebook page have been taken down, Mike Hughes, who is the general manager of the place, tells Eater that it is "closed for renovations at the moment....We do not have a timeline as to when we will re-open" and that it would remain closed "until further notice."

75 on Courthouse Square first opened in January, joining other restaurants from the Hampshire House group, including the nearby 75 on Liberty Wharf as well as 75 Chestnut and Cheers, both of which are in Beacon Hill, and another location of Cheers at Faneuil Hall.

The address for 75 on Courthouse Square is 60 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210.

August 28 update: An update from Eater Boston indicates that 75 on Courthouse Square will apparently not be reopening, as a PR rep for the place tells Eater that it is permanently closed.

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<![CDATA[20+ Events Happening This Weekend in the Boston Area]]>Sat, 08 Sep 2018 07:44:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/sunflowers+desktop+1.jpg

It’s starting to feel like fall out there, just in time for the weekend. We’ve gathered two dozen great events for the entire family from a Sunflower Festival to Riverfest 2018, First Friday fun and a whole lot more!

Friday, Sept. 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. 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.

ICA First Friday: “Summer Nights”

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight celebrate what’s left of summer with beachy beats, a sunset dance party and more. Free for members, $20 for non-members, 5-10 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

SoWa First Fridays

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

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

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

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “Black Panther”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “Black Panther” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Frog Pond, Boston Common. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Saturday, Sept. 8

Southie Saturday at The Lawn on D

Enjoy lawn games, food, drinks, entertainment and more at The Lawn on D all day long today. 7 a.m to 11 p.m. Live music from Crunchy Monkey from 3-6 p.m. and a DJ party from 7-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Kids in the Kitchen: Sushi

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

Boston 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.

Sunflower Festival

Grab the family and head to New Hampshire for Tendercrop Farm’s Second Annual Sunflower Festival. Enjoy live music, food vendors and more. $20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 123 Dover Point Road, Dover, NH. (Editor's Note: A preview version of this listing incorrectly identified the address of the event as being in Newbury, MA).

Greenway Open Market

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

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11:20 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Riverfest 2018

Head to Somerville’s Assembly Row and enjoy a day for free children’s activities, live music, local artists and annual fireworks over the Mystic River at sundown. Noon to 9 p.m., Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way, Somerville. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Sunday, Sept. 9

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.

Baked Dessert Festival

This first-of-its-kind dessert festival will feature more than 50 of the area's top pastry chefs, independent bakers and bakeries from around New England. The event is free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Flea, University Park, 91 Sidney St., Central Square, Cambridge. 

SoWa Open Market

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.

Sunflower Festival

Grab the family and head to Newbury for Tendercrop Farm’s Second Annual Sunflower Festival. Enjoy live music, food vendors and more. $20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 108 High Road, Newbury. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Jethro Tull at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Jethro Tull takes the stage tonight at the Blue Hills bank Pavilion. Tickets start at $34. 7:30 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Grecian Diner Tavern to Replace Kayla's Diner in Peabody]]>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 17:28:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/kayla+95.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Route 1 diner is being replaced by what appears to be another diner.

According to a source, Kayla's Diner in Peabody is going to become home to Grecian Diner Tavern, with a Facebook post on the "North Shore Eats Without Greg" Facebook group page indicating that Kayla's is now closed with a sign up for the new place. It isn't known what might be on the menu at Grecian Diner Tavern, nor is it known when it might open, so keep checking back for updates.

Kayla's Diner was a family-owned retro-style diner that first opened a bit more than three years ago; the eatery offered such dishes as pancakes, waffles, eggs Benedict, baked haddock, chicken pot pie, ribs, macaroni and cheese, and a yankee pot roast.

The address for the now-closed Kayla's Diner (and the upcoming Grecian Diner Tavern) is 136 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960. The Facebook page for Grecian Diner Tavern can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Grecian-DINER-Tavern-177623973098505/

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<![CDATA[White's Bakery and Cafe to Open in Wellesley]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:00:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of bakeries located south of Boston will be joined by a fourth, with this one opening west of the city.

The Wellesley Townsman is reporting what The Swellesley Report had mentioned earlier, that White's Bakery and Cafe is planning to open on Washington Street in Wellesley Hills, taking over the space in the Playhouse Square building where a location of TD Bank had been. Once it opens, the new spot will join other locations in Brockton, Hingham, and Mansfield, and based on the items offered at those locations, expect to find breakfast items, pies, cakes, breads, cookies, and more at the Wellesley shop.

If all goes as planned, the new location of White's Bakery and Cafe could be opening this fall.

The address for this upcoming bakery in Wellesley Hills is: White's Bakery and Cafe, 380 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA, 02481. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.whitesbakeryandcafe.com/

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<![CDATA[Welcome to Southie: Some Helpful Advice]]>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 22:27:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Generic+South+Boston+Generic.JPG

Merry Southie Christmas – my third least favorite time of year, right after parade day and Country Fest. Every September our quiet little seaside community gets an influx of new residents, and every September I do my best to extend a hearty welcome and share a few tips for a seamless Southie transition…and every September a few weasels pop into the comment section and spread their toxic negativity, but that’s neither here nor there.


How did the move go? Depending on what day you moved it was either a brisk early fall day or one million degrees, so either good for you or that sucked. I’d like to welcome you the greatest place in the world to live, South Boston (yes, I do think South Boston is the greatest place in the world to live, and I think everyone should feel that way about wherever they live). I’m Southie born and raised, and I like to fancy myself a bit of an expert, so let me help you acclimate to your new hood and make the most of living in God’s country.

Take a Walk
I know you just moved and you probably want to just plop on the couch and watch whatever hip young people watch (what do you watch by way, I’m almost done with my She Wrote re-watch and need something to binge) but trust me. Head out and walk a few blocks in every direction, take in everything your new neighborhood has to offer. You’ll learn where to grab a coffee, a sub, a slush, where to take your dry cleaning, what bus lines you’re near, and who knows what else. Oh, and while you’re out you’ll come across other humans, smile at them and say hi.

Days of the Week
Now that you live in South Boston your life will be ruled by two days every week, street cleaning and garbage day. Learn what days your street has street cleaning and garbage day and commit them to memory. There is nothing worse than walking to your car and finding out it was towed, I know because it has happened to me many, many times. Now for garbage day, whatever day of the week it is, you can put your garbage on the curb the night before, in actual barrels with lids that snap, these are non-negotiable. And please promise me you’ll do better with your trash going forward because I saw how some of ya’ll moved in and you’re gross.

Parking
I have no real tips here. Parking is a nightmare; may God grant you the serenity to accept the things you cannot change. And speaking of God, for her sake pull up to the bumper when you park.

Neighbors
There are good neighbors and there are bad neighbors, please don’t be a bad neighbor. Yeah, you’re excited to live in Southie and you want to invite everyone at Lincoln back to your place after last call for an afterparty on a Tuesday, but that’s not a good neighbor move. Some other bad neighbor behavior I’ve witnessed from new (and not so new) residents, peeing on the sidewalk, blocking a driveway, the aforementioned trash, having drunk screaming fights at 3 am public vomiting, and some other things I won’t mention because I’m too much of a lady.Be a good neighbor, don’t be an a-hole.

Odds and Ends
Get a library card. I know I sound like your nana, but do it. In addition to paper books, you’ll get access to audio and e-books, museum passes, ferry tickets, DCR parking passes, kayak rentals, AND MORE!
Our Stop and Shop is terrible, you’re going to want to get your produce almost anywhere else.

SLOW DOWN. The speed limit is 25mph, that doesn’t mean you can go 40 on East Broadway. And if you are speeding I reserve the right to throw eggs at your car.

East Third Street near the Post Office is an anxiety attack inducing nightmare.

You don’t have to wait in line at bars, you can walk a couple blocks in any direction and find a bar without a line.

Go to Sully’s on a rainy weekday, you’ll be in and out in minutes.

Go to K&8th for meat while you still can.

I’m sure I forgot a few things, I’m only human, and old but everything you’ll ever need to know about Southie can be found by reading Caught In Southie (which you’re already doing, so good job) and listening to our podcast, Caught Up, A Podcast From South Boston. I hope you love Southie and stick around for a long while, unless you’re a sucky neighbor, then I hope you’re gone before March.

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<![CDATA[Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Woburn Is Closing ]]>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 17:10:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/whiskey+priest2.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Boston-based group of deep-dish pizza spots is closing yet another one of its outlets, though it looks like this one could reopen within the next couple of years.

According to a source, Uno Pizzeria and Grill at the Woburn Mall is shutting down for construction, as the mall is apparently getting ready to be transformed into Woburn Village. We are told that the dining spot hopes to open back up at the site sometime in 2020, and while we have been given a closing date, we are waiting to hear back from the company to confirm it. An earlier article from the Daily Times Chronicle and another post from the Patch both indicate that the proposed Woburn Village would be an open-air mixed-used development with retail and residential space, with the development possibly being completed by November of 2019.

Uno currently has outlets in Boston's Back Bay and Kenmore Square, along with other Boston-area locations in Braintree, Dedham, Framingham, Revere, and Swampscott; a number of other locations have closed over the past decade or so, including restaurants in Boston's Symphony area, Allston, Cambridge's Harvard Square and Porter Square, Burlington, Newton Corner, and Waltham.

The website for all locations of Uno can be found at https://www.unos.com/

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<![CDATA[The Whiskey Priest in Seaport District Closes This Weekend]]>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 17:01:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/whiskey+priest2.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A waterfront restaurant and bar that resides at the site of a planned residential tower has announced a closing date.

According to a Facebook post from the place, The Whiskey Priest is closing at the end of business hours on Sunday, September 2, saying that they "had a great run and have had some unforgettable times. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patronage over the years and we hope you had as much fun as we did. To all the staff who have been part of the family over the years and helped make this place a home away from home, a true thank you and much Love." As reported earlier, the plan is to demolish the building housing both The Whiskey Priest and the now-closed Atlantic Beer Garden, replacing it with what could be a 22-story structure.

The Whiskey Priest opened approximately 10 years ago by what is now the corner of Seaport Boulevard and Pier Four Boulevard, taking over the former Seaport Bar and Grille space.

Thanks to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page for bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[20 Family-Friendly Events to Enjoy Over Labor Day Weekend]]>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:33:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/323*120/Schooner.jpg

Labor Day weekend is here. Whether you’re hitting the beach or a barbecue, there’s plenty to do in between during this last long weekend of summer. Whether you head north to the Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo or to Gloucester for the 34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival or Newburyport’s Riverfront Music Festival, there’s plenty of last-minute summer fun for the entire family!

Friday, August 31

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: Old Sturbridge Village, EcoTarium, Norman Rockwell Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, USS Constitution Museum, Cape Ann Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium.

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.

34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

This weekend grab the family and head to Gloucester for the 34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. Participating vessels will be arriving all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Gloucester

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 “Out of Africa ” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo

Head north this weekend for the Northeast Balloon Festival in Milford, NH. Experience a weekend full of hot air balloons, tethered rides and more, along with more than 30 of New England’s top food trucks, entertainment, a kids zone and more. Daily general admission tickets are $15. 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Hampshire Hills, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, NH.

Southie Saturday at The Lawn on D

Enjoy lawn games, food, drinks, entertainment and more at The Lawn on D all day long today. 7 a.m to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., 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. 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.

34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

This weekend grab the family and head to Gloucester for the 34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. Today enjoy the day-long Heritage Day celebration, along with a lobster bake and concert before ending the day with the Boat Parade of Lights and fireworks over the harbor. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown Gloucester.

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.

Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival

The 17th Annual Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival features Barenaked Ladies, along with Phillip Phillips, Anderson East and the Aldous Collins Band. This event is free and open to the public. Noon to 6 p.m., Waterfront Park, Newburyport.

Boat Parade of Lights

Head to Gloucester for the Annual Labor Day tradition of the Lighted Boat Parade of Lights during the Gloucester Schooner Festival. 7 p.m., Gloucester.

Sunday, Sept. 2

Northeast Food Festival & Balloon Rally Expo

Head north this weekend for the Northeast Balloon Festival in Milford, NH. Experience a weekend full of hot air balloons, tethered rides and more, along with more than 30 of New England’s top food trucks, entertainment, a kids zone and more. Daily general admission tickets are $15. 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Hampshire Hills, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, NH.

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.

34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

This weekend grab the family and head to Gloucester for the 34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. Today enjoy the Parade of Sail, followed by the mayor’s race, and then the reception and awards ceremony. 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Downtown Gloucester.

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 Play Session

Head on down to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and enjoy a day of fun with rangers from the National Park Service. Head over to the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion near The Greenway Carousel to play with their unique Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Spectacle Island Luau

Head to the tropics without leaving Boston Harbor at Boston Harbor Cruises’ weekly Luau on Spectacle Island. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to and from the island and a luau feast by renowned Chef Barbara Lynch. Tickets are $75 for ages 12 and over, $53 for ages 3-11 and free for children under 3. The boat boards at Long Wharf, Boston at 5:15 p.m. and departs at 5:30 p.m. sharp, returning from Spectacle Island at 8:30 p.m.

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.



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<![CDATA[Happenings in Southie Labor Day Weekend]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 21:04:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/184*120/capo+830.PNG

Eat/Drink:
Cisco Brewers is bringing a slice of Nantucket to the Seaport District! Beginning Wednesday, August 29th enjoy a new pop-up beer garden featuring Cisco Brewers award-winning craft beer and wine, paired with raw bar and tacos from Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar.  This pop up will be open weekly Wednesday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. through the fall. The outdoor beer garden will feature Cisco Brewers’ extensive portfolio of beers on tap, including New England favorites like Whale’s Tale Pale Ale, Grey Lady Wheat Ale, and its newest year-round beer, Gripah, a grapefruit session IPA, as well as Nantucket Vineyards Wines and Malus Malum Ciders. The official address is 85 Seaport Blvd.  A portion of the proceeds from the Seaport location will support the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund, a Boston-based nonprofit that developed and maintains a memorial in the Seaport honoring service members from across Massachusetts lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Watch:
Get ready to be dazzled by fireworks over Boston Harbor on Thursday, August 30th at 9 pm. It’s Illuminate the Harbor! Best viewing locations are East Boston’s Piers Park, Christopher Columbus Park, Long Wharf, and of course Southie’s Seaport District!

Listen:
It’s Sunday Funday at the Lawn on D from 6pm-10pm!  Thomas Park – Southie’s favorite band will be playing live! Enjoy food, drinks, lawn games, and live music by Thomas Park.

See:
Old Ironsides is making a turnaround on Friday, August 31st around 11 am at Castle Island. Head out around 11 am to watch the USS Constitution in all her glory! While you’re out there you might as well treat yourself to lunch at Sullivan’s right?

Bowl:
Celebrate the last few days of summer at Kings Dining and Entertainment! Kids are invited to come in and bowl on Labor Day week (August 27-Sept 3), leading up to the start of school, and bowl for the price of the grade that they are going in. This is available from open until 8p and if a child is going into second grade, they pay $2 a game. It is a great way to enjoy the last week of summer before kids start school again!

Ride:
Take advantage of The Handle Bar’s big sale this weekend! Enjoy 25% off *all* packages. No code necessary. 4 days only. Buy directly on their website or in-studio during Labor Day weekend! Woohoo!

Indulge:
The Capo Gelato Cart will be closing for the season this coming Monday, September 3rd at 10 pm. Capo will still be serving your favorite flavors during dinner service for dessert and pints will still be available for take out or Delivery. So get your Gelato Cart fix now, because the cart will be replaced with new tables in the cafe come Tuesday morning!

Check up:
Get your eyes checked! As we wind down National Eye Exam Month, now is the perfect time to get your eyes examined and maybe even treat yourself to a new pair of frames. Wink Eyecare is offering a special buy 1 get 1 50% off so it’s the perfect excuse to get those new frames you’ve been eyeing. (Pun intended.)

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<![CDATA[The Whiskey Priest Closes]]>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:57:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/whiskey+priest2.JPG

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes the closing of a Seaport bar, a new sandwich shop and a new BBQ spot from a food truck.]]>
<![CDATA[Happenings in Dorchester Labor Day Weekend]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 21:04:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/171*120/Boston+Bowl+830.PNG

Eat:
In celebration of National Eat Outside Day on August 31st, we put together a list of some of our favorite Dot restaurants with outdoor dining spaces. Grab a friend or two and spend the afternoon soaking up the sunshine.

Drink:
As summer draws to a close, 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?

Shop:
Converse is celebrating this new opening during the first two weekends of September with promotions and customization specials.  Kicking off over Labor Day Weekend, consumers will receive a free backpack with each purchase of $75 or more on a first come, first serve basis. The next weekend, from September 7- 9, Converse is hosting a Chuck Taylor customization event filled with giveaways, food, and music between 12:00 – 5:00 PM.

Bowl:
Bowling and School Supplies! Head to Boston Bowl on Labor Day weekend and the first 100 kid bowlers will get a “Back to School” kit with a paid game of bowling! September 1st, 2nd and 3rd!

See:
Feel like getting lost in some fog? Take a trip to Franklin Park and check out Called Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace. This new installation is made up of “fog sculptures” and will be on display in five parks including Back Bay Fens, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, the Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park. Responding to climate, these sculptures will release soft clouds of fog from dawn to dusk through October 31st and will change shapes based on wind patterns, humidity, temperature, and gravity! Cool!

Do:
It’s Prehistoric Dino Day at the Franklin Park Zoo! They’re going out with a big bang, as Destination Dino at Franklin Park Zoo comes to an end. Join us on Saturday, September 1, for dinosaur facts, crafts, and more as we celebrate all things prehistoric! Don’t miss your chance to hear from zookeepers, as they highlight a few of the Zoo’s animals that may even be related to our dino friends.

Volunteer:
The Martin Richard Foundation is looking for volunteers to help them with their MR8 Run for Gratitude on Monday – September 3, 2018, 9 am. For more information on volunteering or running the race, visit here!

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<![CDATA[Which Wich May Open on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 20:49:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/Which+Wich+830.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Texas-based chain of sandwich shops may be opening its third Boston-area location, with this one being its first within the city itself.

According to an article from Universal Hub, Which Wich is looking to open on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, with the address indicating that it would be located near the corner of Fairfield Street. The post mentions that the Board of Appeals has approved of the plans to open the new shop, though the Boston Licensing Board will still need to give its approval as well. If it gets the green light and does open, the new location of Which Wich would join others at Somerville's Assembly Row and University Station in Westwood.

The address for this proposed sandwich shop in the Back Bay is: Which Wich, 242 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the company can be found at https://www.whichwich.com/

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Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Sandwiches from Boston-Area Dining Spots

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<![CDATA[Bonapita to Open in West Roxbury]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 20:50:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A quick-service restaurant in downtown Boston is expanding to a second spot, taking over the space where a burger place had been.

Universal Hub is reporting that Bonapita is opening in West Roxbury, moving into the former BurgerFi space on Spring Street. Based on the menu at the original location on Franklin Street, the new eatery might offer salads, stuffed pita, and bowls, all of which could include such items as black bean and beet patties, meatballs, chicken, lentils, hummus, and more.

BurgerFi closed its West Roxbury location in 2016, while its outlet near Boston University had closed for renovations the previous year and never reopened; these were the only two locations of the Florida-based chain of burger spots in the region.

The original location of Bonapita in downtown Boston opened in 2014.

The address for the upcoming location of Bonapita in West Roxbury is 77 Spring Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132. The website for the original location can be found at http://bonapita.com/

August 24 update: Eater Boston states that Bonapita hopes to open its new outlet in West Roxbury in September.

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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[Reelhouse Plans to Open in Quincy]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 20:51:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A waterfront restaurant in East Boston that features seafood dishes with global influences is looking to open another location along the water, with this one being a few miles south of Boston.

According to an article from n-magazine.com, ReelHouse is planning to open at Marina Bay in Quincy, with the post saying that owner Charlie Larner is also thinking about bringing a restaurant to Nantucket while also preparing to open a new location of Mija Cantina at Logan Airport as well (the original location of Mija is in Boston's Faneuil Hall). Very little is known about the upcoming location of ReelHouse, including its exact location at Marina Bay and when it might open, so keep checking back for updates.

ReelHouse first opened at The Eddy apartment complex in East Boston in April of 2017, with Larner's Navy Yard Hospitality Group being behind it while its menu is led by Culinary Director Marc Orfaly (Pigalle, The Beehive). In addition to ReelHouse and Mija, Larner's restaurant group also runs Pier 6 in Charlestown.

The website for ReelHouse can be found at https://www.reelhouseboston.com/

August 24 update: Eater Boston states that ReelHouse will open at the Meriel Marina Bay luxury apartment complex and that Marc Orfaly will be the opening chef when it debuts, possibly in the spring of 2019.

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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[Da Bomb BBQ Opens in Revere]]>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 23:04:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Johnny+D+21.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind a Boston-area food truck that focuses on barbecue has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant a bit north of the city.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Da Bomb BBQ is now open in Revere, with the Broadway eatery joining a food truck with the same name. The menu for the new spot includes such items as chili, fried pickles, pulled pork sandwiches, a burger stuffed with pulled pork, ribs, brisket, baked macaroni and cheese, bacon-wrapped chicken, and corn bread.

The person behind Da Bomb BBQ is Meghan Fitzgerald, who used to work at Jacob Wirth, an iconic Boston restaurant that is currently closed and whose future remains up in the air.

The address for this new BBQ spot in Revere is: Da Bomb BBQ, 744 Broadway, Revere, MA, 02151. The website for the restaurant and the food truck can be found at https://www.dabombfood.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Oishii Sushi Bar in Chestnut Hill Is Closing]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:26:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/173*120/Oishi+830.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

One of the area's biggest names in sushi is going to be closing one of its locations.

According to a source, Oishii Sushi Bar in Chestnut Hill is shutting down, with Henry Santoro of WGBH confirming this for us this morning. The website for the dining spot gives further confirmation, saying that "On Sept. 23rd, After 20 years of operation at the Hammond Street, and with the end of our lease, we will hold our last dinner service at the 612 Hammond Street location. We would like to thank our Chestnut Hill Team who have made a significant contribution to its success over the years." The note goes on to say that many of the workers at the Chestnut Hill eatery will move to their other locations in Boston's South End and Sudbury.

The Chestnut Hill location of Oishii first opened in 1998, offering maki, sushi, and sashimi, along with a variety of appetizers and entrees.

The address for this soon-to-close sushi spot in Chestnut Hill is: Oishii Sushi Bar, 612 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467. The website for Oishii can be found at http://www.oishiiboston.com/

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

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<![CDATA[The Local Kitchen & Drinks to Open in Waltham]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 20:42:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/local+830.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A small local group of gastropubs will be opening a fifth location, taking over the space where the last Boston-area location of a chain of seafood restaurants had been.

Eater Boston is reporting that The Local Kitchen & Drinks is planning to open in Waltham in the former Bonefish Grill space on 3rd Avenue. Once it opens, the dining and drinking spot will join others in Wayland, Wellesley, West Newton, and Woburn, and based on the offerings at those locations, expect to see small plates, New American fare, and beer, wine, and cocktails. Eater says that the new location of The Local plans to open this fall, though a specific opening date has not yet been given.

The Florida-based Bonefish Grill chain once had locations in Burlington and Westwood as well as Waltham, but all three locations have shut down, including the Waltham outlet earlier this year; they also had locations in Connecticut and Rhode Island, but those are no longer in operation, either.

The address for the upcoming location of The Local in Waltham is 99 3rd Avenue, Waltham, MA, 02451. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.liveeatlocal.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Bonefish Grill in Waltham Has Closed

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<![CDATA[OpenTable's Picks for Most Scenic Restaurants in Boston]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:00:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

An online restaurant reservations provider has come out with its picks for the most scenic dining spots in the United States, and two Boston restaurants have been included on the list.

According to a post from USA Today, OpenTable has included Legal Harborside and Top of the Hub among the country's top 100 most scenic restaurants, with the former being located in the city's Seaport District and the latter being at the top of the Prudential Tower in the Back Bay. The list also includes several other dining spots in New England, including the Boat House in Tiverton, RI, The Mooring Restaurant in Newport, RI, The Ocean House Restaurant in Dennis Port, MA, and Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, VT.

The list is based on reviews of more than 28,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. collected between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

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A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Fifteen New England Restaurants and Bars in Scenic Locations

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<![CDATA[Fashion Show to Feature Cancer Patient Models, Pats Players]]>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:49:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/CAPWALK+Boston+Fashion+Show+edit.jpg

A fashion show featuring cancer patients and popular New England Patriots players hosted by NBC10 Boston's Natasha Verma is just weeks away, and tickets are still available.

On Sept. 10, the Verma Foundation, together with NBC10 Boston, will host CAPWALK Boston Fashion Show at Publico Boston.

The models will be women fighting cancer at Boston-area hospitals, and they'll be escorted by New England Patriots players Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Rob Ninkovich and Troy Brown, along with pro boxer Heather Hardy.

Besides fashion, the show will also offer food, drinks and a live auction and raffle with fabulous prizes.

All proceeds of the fashion show will go toward giving free, high-quality cap wigs to women and children battling cancer.

Verma was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma in August 2017 and is now in remission. Through her 501c3 non-profit, the Verma Foundation, she gives free cap wigs to women and children fighting cancer. Since the foundation's launch in February, 350 cap wigs have been given to cancer patients across the United States.



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<![CDATA[Meet The Cooks Behind St. Anthony's Feast]]>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:28:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017770279_1200x675_1307246659777.jpg

The North End should be everyone's food destination in August when Saint Anthony's Feast begins.]]>
<![CDATA[Petsi Pies in East Cambridge Has Closed]]>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 12:48:19 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of bakeries known in part for their pies is now down to just two, as one of their Cambridge locations is now closed.

According to a source, Petsi Pies in East Cambridge is no longer in operation, with a check on the Facebook page for the business confirming that the Cambridge Street shop shut down over the weekend. It appears that locations of the bakery on Putnam Street in Cambridge (which is a bakery-cafe) and Beacon Street in Somerville (which is a bakery and coffee bar) remain in operation.

The East Cambridge location of Petsi Pies had originally been a few blocks away from its most recent location, with both locations being on Cambridge Street.

The address for the now-closed location of Petsi Pies in East Cambridge was 594 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141. The website for the remaining two locations can be found at https://petsipies.com/

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Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Items from Bakeries and Pastry Shops in the Boston Area and Beyond

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<![CDATA[Your Allston Christmas Move-In Day Survival Guide]]>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:28:32 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Allston+Christmas+2017+7.JPG

It's that time of year again - move in day around Boston kicks off next week.

Fondly referred to as "Allston Christmas" by some due to the loads of furniture and household goods left on sidewalks, move-in day can be stressful for students and the suckers, ahem, family members who help them move.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

There will be many temporary traffic restrictions in place around Boston from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2; however, the Boston neighborhoods that will be the most affected by these restrictions are Allston/Brighton, Mission Hill, Fenway and Roxbury.

Click here for a full list of temporary traffic restrictions.

Also, if you have a moving truck, avoid Storrow Drive - you don't want to Storrow your truck.

If you're not moving but live in the area, consider moving your car anyway, because you don't want a U-Haul hitting your ride on Linden Street.

MOVING PERMITS

The City of Boston requires people moving in to post signs on the street at least two days before the big day; however, if you haven't gotten a sign by now, you're out of luck since you need to apply at least two weeks before you move.

If you arrive to the site of your moving permit reservation and see that someone has already taken that spot, don't panic. Instead, call Boston police at 617-343-4911.

If the city can't get a hold of the person who parked their car, they will tow the vehicle. 

No permit? It's not the end of the world, but you're risking a ticket and possibly a tow, plus a lot of driving around in circles finding a place to park, and there's no guarantee it will be near your new place.

Remember, if you're also moving in with a car and are planning to park on the street, make sure you have a Boston residential parking permit for your neighborhood.

Click here for more info on how to get a parking sticker.

GETTING RID OF STUFF

Moving out and looking to get rid of the old couch? Don't dump it on the sidewalk without looking up how to properly dispose of it by clicking here. Also, don't furnish your apartment from what has been left on the sidewalk during Allston Christmas - it could be filled with bacteria or bedbugs.

If your furniture still has some life to it, consider donating it to Goodwill, The Furniture Bank or The Salvation Army. If you'd like some cash for it, head to Craigslist or check out Reddit's r/bostonforsale or r/boston.

GETTING SETTLED

Now that you're all moved-in and you've fed everyone who helped you bring in all your furniture and boxes, it's time to start checking out your new rental.

Rental units in Boston must meet certain minimum requirements, including having heat, adequate exits and toilets. If your new place doesn't meet the full list of housing code requirements, such as if it isn't clean and sanitary, have landlord contact information or provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you need to reach out to the city's Inspectional Services.

Inspectional Services officials will have extra inspectors conducting on-the-spot inspections on Sept. 1 around various neighborhoods.

Click here for more info on Inspectional Services.

Finally, if you see an issue on your street but it's not an emergency, let the city know through Boston 311 by downloading the free app on iOS or Android, going online or tweeting to @BOS311. You can also call 3-1-1 or for phone numbers outside of Boston call 617-635-4500.



Photo Credit: Allston Christmas 2017
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<![CDATA[The Feast of All Feasts in North End: St. Anthony's Feast]]>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:46:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/227*120/St.+Anthony+street+and+people.PNGSt. Anthony's Feast starts this weekend from August 23- 26. ]]><![CDATA[Here Are BostInno’s 11 Coolest Companies Winners for 2018]]>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 12:53:18 -0400

If you were at BostonFest, you know that we had a blast. If you weren’t there, now you know: we had a blast—Sorry, beer is long gone.

Among the countless enjoyable things you may have missed at our summer pillar event, there’s the list of winners of our Coolest Companies Competition for 2018.

For our seventh annual company culture competition, we let readers pick five “Reader’s Choice” winners; our esteemed judging committee had the privilege to select the winners in five special categories (Best Perks, Coolest Social Influencer, Pet Friendly, Most Philanthropic and Best Workspace). This year, the list includes 11 winners: Athenahealth and Freight Farms won “Best Perks” ex aequo.

Below you’ll see the 11 winners of BostInno’s Coolest Companies 2018; they’re listed in alphabetical order, with a few bullets about their culture.

So, which companies walked out The Lawn on D on Thursday night with a shining crown?

Appcues (Pet Friendly)

  • The Boston-based developer of onboarding tools for software-as-a-service businesses welcomes dogs all the time in its West End office; several people often bring their furry friends in, sometimes together.
  • The company raised a $10 million Series A round led by Sierra Ventures earlier this month.
  • Fun fact: There’s a prevalence of Goldendoodles in the office. Apparently, if you work at Appcues and have a dog, it’s a Goldendoodle. Need proof? See below.

AppNeta (Reader’s Choice)

  • In late 2011, AppNeta moved to the Seaport as the first tenant of the building at 285 Summer Street; today, its 8,900-square-feet office is home to just over 50 employees.
  • The performance monitoring provider secured an undisclosed growth investment from Rubicon Technology Partners, a private equity firm specializing in enterprise software companies, at the beginning of the year.
  • Recently, the company partnered with Fuze and was ranked No. 3148 on Inc. Magazine’s 37th annual Inc. 5000.
  • AppNeta’s culture is also deeply pet friendly. There’s a designated space for pets in the office, where cats and dogs find toys, food and a soft cushion. Check out our recent Office Envy rundown of AppNeta’s space.

Athenahealth (Best Perks)

  • These are eventful times for the public healthcare service provider. Former CEO Jonathan Bush is out, as the company may consider a sale or a buyout or even the giant takeover offer for $160 a share from Elliott Management. Regardless of all this, our judging committee decided that athenahealth offers the best perks for its employees.
  • Ready for a few? The Women’s Leadership Forum, which supports the company in improving gender dynamics and business practices for all athenistas, recently launched an initiative called “LeanIn Circles,” a series of regular meetings where employees discuss development topics like “Age bias in the workplace” and “Finding your voice as an introvert.” Also, through athenaProud, the company connects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and allies to advocate for an LGBT-friendly company and advance athenahealth as a leader at the intersection of the LGBT community and healthcare.
  • Want more? Green campus with dogs, three months of paid maternity leave, bike-sharing galore and free shuttles from Harvard Square and Back Bay directly to its Watertown doors.
  • FYI: “athenistas” = a person who works at athenahealth.

Botkeeper (Reader’s Choice)

  • Someone knows clickbait strategies, yeah? Automated bookkeeping service Botkeeper won “Reader’s Choice” at Coolest Companies AND BostInno’s Tech Madness 2018 (Private Bracket). Keep those clicks coming!
  • Not only virtual support: in January, the company raised $4.5 million in a seed investment led by Ignition Partners. Former Microsoft CFO John Connors is among the backers.
  • Enrico Palmerino, botkeeper founder and CEO, is a serial entrepreneur and winner of the 2017 Babson Entrepreneurial Thought & Action Challenge.

Buildium (Most Philanthropic)

  • Man, where to start? The list of philanthropic initiatives at Buildium goes on and on.
  • The company was part of the pilot Guppy Tank program with Boston Public Schools, where a class of inner-city 6th graders came to the office for a day to learn how to conceptualize and build an app geared towards children’s health.
  • Also, Buildium supports STEM in higher education with two bi-annual, $2,500 scholarship programs for students; organizes a quarterly volunteer week where employees volunteer at local non-profits (Cradles to Crayons, Greater Boston Food Bank, Mass Audubon Society, and the Friends of Boston) during business hours; for the last seven years, it has sponsored a team of over 50 riders at the Bike MS Cape Cod Getaway, which supports the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

DataXu (Reader’s Choice)

  • For the second time in a row, the cloud-based software provider for marketing professional won “Reader’s Choice.” Keep that coolness coming, DataXu, we like it.
  • You may remember that DataXu CEO Mike Baker is a founding member of the Hack Diversity program, which is focused on solving the diversity problem that tech companies in Boston and across the country face.
  • Two recent appointments in the C-suite: Tiffany Mosher as Chief People Officer and Benjamin Katz as CIO and SVP of engineering.

Drift (Coolest Social Influencer)

  • Here’s one among the several, inevitable things that life throws at us: Every time you open your LinkedIn, somehow Drift is there.
  • Sure, close your LinkedIn feed and look for solace on Twitter: on a random day, Drift tweets and retweets around ten times. Also, around 14,200 people hit the ‘follow’ button on Instagram, voluntarily opting to get inspirational quotes about sales and Hypergrowth speaker alerts.
  • The fifth creature of serial entrepreneur David Cancel, Drift managed to raise $47 million in its first three years; in April, the company announced another $60 million led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from existing investors CRV and General Catalyst.

Formlabs (Best Workplace)

  • Detailed models of aliens and fantasy monsters welcome visitors at the entrance; need to say more? Obviously, the countless objects decorating the space are all created using 3D printers by Formlabs.
  • The new Somerville office, located in the Twin Cities Plaza, is 18,000 square feet, or about half the size of their headquarters on Medford Street. 125 employees and 40 interns work in the office, which features entire walls covered in dry erase boards, pool and ping pong tables, beer on tap.
  • Check out our Office Envy rundown of the new Somerville space of Formlabs.

Freight Farms (Best Perks)

  • Who wouldn’t like fresh produce as a workplace perk. Well, BostInno thinks that getting to work everyday in a freight container that’s also a farm itself is a great perk. If you ever happen to visit the company’s office in Southie, you can get some free seeds too.
  • The company manufactures vertical, hydroponic container farms that allow anyone to grow food anywhere.
  • In March, the company added former Tesla and current Nest executive Tom vonReichbauer as a new member of the Freight Farms Advisory Board. Plus, the company is collaborating with NASA to explore self-sustaining crop production.

Mabl (Reader’s Choice)

  • Not to be confused with Boston Men’s Baseball League (same acronym: Mabl), the company uses machine learning to simplify functional testing for developers. It came out of stealth mode in February, when it announced a $10 million Series A round from CRV and Amplify Partners.
  • Based in Downtown Crossing, the company offers free breakfast every Monday, team gatherings every Thursday, Summer Fridays and corn-hole games.
  • Check out the “Meet the team” page on its website; in addition to traditional headshots, it contains short, Twitter-like bios of the team members, including fun facts like “donkey whisperer,” “ultimate frisbee player” and “dessert fanatic.”

TripAdvisor (Reader’s Choice)

  • What’s often in the minds of TripAdvisor employees, for business and pleasure? Of course: travel!
  • Perks: dog-friendly HQ, a free gym, on site massages, free shuttle service from Boston and Cambridge.
  • This year’s public Tech Madness bracket runner-up has a recent acquisition to report: Iceland-based Bokun, a provider of business management technology for the tours, attractions and experiences industry.
  • Since 2010, the company’s employee-led philanthropy has resulted in donations of over $25 million from the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation to global nonprofits tackling community development, public health and disaster relief challenges.

Thank you to our BostonFest Sponsors!

Here are last year’s winners if you’re curious.

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<![CDATA[25 Great Events This Weekend the Whole Family Will Enjoy]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:47:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/207*120/faneuil-hall-tlmdni.jpg

With school starting next week for many throughout the state, make this weekend count! From a British Car Show to the St. Anthony’s Feast, Boston Jazz Fest, a Boston Public Market kids in the kitchen event and a whole lot more, we’ve gathered two dozen events the entire family will enjoy!

Friday, August 24

99th Annual St. Anthony’s Feast

Celebrate the St. Anthony’s Feast in the North End all weekend long. Sample Italian street foods from 100 push carts, shop for keepsakes, catch some entertainment and a whole lot more all day long. Then at 7 p.m, it’s the opening ceremonies of the St. Anthony Feast. Noon, Boston’s North End.

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: Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Mass MoCA, Heritage Museums & Gardens, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, The Old Manse, The Trustees, Emily Dickinson Museum, Hull Life Saving Museum and the Museum of African American History.

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.

Kenny Chesney at Gillette

Kenny Chesney brings his Trip Around the Sun Tour to Gillette Stadium for the second of two shows tonight. Tickets start at $76. 5 p.m., Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

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 “Dr. No” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Saturday, August 25

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.

11th Annual British Car Show at Faneuil Hall

Check out the 11th Annual British Car Show Series at Faneuil Hall today with the the Boston Area MG Club. 9 a.m. t o 3 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston.

Sweat & Sip: Keg Yard Yoga

Enjoy a yoga workout in the Harpoon Keg Yard with Meghan Rozanski to start off your Saturday. All levels welcome. After your workout, stay for some beers and pretzels in the keg yard. Tickets are $25 and include: yoga class taught by Meghan Rozanski Brundage and one beer token. 9:30-11:45 a.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Kids in the Kitchen: Sushi

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

Wilson Farm’s Tomato Festival

If you love tomatoes, you don’t want to miss Wilson Farm’s Annual Tomato Festival this weekend. Enjoy cooking samples from the farm’s resident chef, tasting stations, and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Kids vs Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

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 Jazz Fest

Don’t miss the Boston Jazz Fest today featuring the a musically diverse array of jazz artists performing all day long. Noon to 7 p.m., South Boston Maritime Park, Northern Avenue, Boston. 

99th Annual St. Anthony’s Feast

Celebrate the St. Anthony’s Feast in the North End all weekend long. Sample Italian street foods from 100 push carts, shop for keepsakes, catch some entertainment and a whole lot more all day long. Noon, Boston’s North End.

Kenny Chesney at Gillette

Kenny Chesney brings his Trip Around the Sun Tour to Gillette Stadium for the second of two shows tonight. Tickets start at $76. 5 p.m., Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough. 

Prince Night at the Drive-In

Tonight is Prince Night at the Mendon Twin Drive-In. Enjoy music by LoVeSeXy - Tribute to the Music of Prince for two hours prior to the screening of “Purple Rain” at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at at 5 p.m., Menton Twin Drive-In, 35 Milford St., Mendon. 

Movies on The Lawn “Sandlot”

Enjoy a free screening of the family childhood classic “Sandlot” tonight on The Lawn on D. Attend the movie and receive a raffle ticket for your chance to win Red Sox tickets. 6:30 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., 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. Dewey Square Plaza (Parcel 22).

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 “A Wrinkle in Time.” 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, August 26

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.

Wilson Farm’s Tomato Festival

If you love tomatoes, you don’t want to miss Wilson Farm’s Annual Tomato Festival this weekend. Enjoy cooking samples from the farm’s resident chef, tasting stations, and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Kids vs Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Greenway Play Session

Head on down to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and enjoy a day of fun with rangers from the National Park Service. Head over to the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion near The Greenway Carousel to play with their unique Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston. 

99th Annual St. Anthony’s Feast

Celebrate the St. Anthony’s Feast in the North End all weekend long. Sample Italian street foods from 100 push carts, shop for keepsakes, catch some entertainment and a whole lot more all day long. Noon, Boston’s North End.

Spectacle Island Luau

Head to the tropics without leaving Boston Harbor at Boston Harbor Cruises’ weekly Luau on Spectacle Island. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to and from the island and a luau feast by renowned Chef Barbara Lynch. Tickets are $75 for ages 12 and over, $53 for ages 3-11 and free for children under 3. The boat boards at Long Wharf, Boston at 5:15 p.m. and departs at 5:30 p.m. sharp, returning from Spectacle Island at 8:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Thelonious Monkfish in Cambridge's Central Square Is Now The Mad Monkfish]]>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 13:01:50 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

One of the most interesting restaurant names in the Boston area is no longer, though the restaurant itself remains in operation.

Eater Boston mentions that Thelonious Monkfish in Cambridge's Central Square is now The Mad Monkfish, with a Tumblr page from the Mass. Ave. spot stating that the change apparently did not come as a result of any controversy over the use of the name, saying "Please don't believe the rumor floating around that the Monk Estate's fancy lawyer threatened to sue us." A reason was then given for the name change, but as Eater says, the post is "jokey" and it really is not known exactly why the change took place--though its website does say that the name change came about "out of respect for the Monk Estate."

Thelonious Monkfish first opened in early 2011, offering a variety of Asian fare, including Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese dishes.

The address for The Mad Monkfish is 524 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at https://themadmonkfish.com/

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<![CDATA[These Boston-Area Comfort Foods Will Satisfy Your Soul]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:33:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/DarcysSalisbury.jpgThese comfort food dishes in the Boston area are as soothing as they are delicious.

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<![CDATA[This Heat Map Will Help You Navigate Boston Move-In Day]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:10:17 -0400

We’re quickly approaching one of the busiest times of the year for Boston.

Every year, between late August and early September, new and returning students move into dorms or apartments near the city’s universities. Known as ‘Move-In’ week, it’s a period that seasoned residents learn to dread, as it corresponds to increased traffic, blocked street and general chaos.

Luckily for everyone who’ll be around, apartment hunting site RentHop has (once again) collected a series of data—visualized in an interactive map—that can help people plan their transportation and commuting effectively.

Specifically, the site selected the number of moving truck permits to identify the busiest areas, focusing exclusively on the expiration dates of the moving truck permits (which RentHop said it generally coincides with the actual moving dates).

The following map takes a closer look at the daily number of issued moving truck permits for 2018.

Daily Heat Map of Boston ‘Move-In’ Period 2018

By looking more specifically at the individual dates, it emerges that Sept. 1 and Aug. 31 have higher spikes than others. This is due to permits ending on those dates; 747 permits are due to expire on Sept. 1 and 416 on Aug. 31.

While these dates are definitely the moments to avoid, the data shows a decrease in total issued permits when comparing August 2017 to August 2018. Last year there was a total of 3,257 issued permits. In August 2018 there were a total of 2,839 issued permits, a decrease of 12.83% from the previous year.

So, we know ‘when’ to steer clear of the city. What about ‘where’? To identify the areas to avoid, RentHop ranked the top ten busiest zip codes based on the number of issued permits, which you can check out below:

Top 10 Zip Codes with Highest Number of Issued Permit (Aug.-Sept. 2018)

  1. Back Bay (02116) – Permit Count: 444
  2. Brighton (02135) – Permit Count: 412
  3. South Boston (02127) – Permit Count: 406
  4. West End (02114) – Permit Count: 385
  5. North End (02113) – Permit Count: 358
  6. South End (02118) – Permit Count: 323
  7. Fenway / East Fens / Longwood (02115) – Permit Count: 248
  8. Allston (02134) – Permit Count: 246
  9. Fenway / Kenmore (02215) – Permit Count: 192
  10. Jamaica Plain (02130) – Permit Count: 191

For more info, check out the full report by RentHop.

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<![CDATA[Southie Weekend Preview]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:24:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Lawn+on+D+72+.jpg

Eat:
Back from the dead! It’s the resurrection of The Playwright! The legendary Southie bar will open its doors once again on Friday, August 24th at 4pm! The menu will feature favorites like Mac N’ Cheese, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Cowboy Steak Salad, the Playwright Burger and the Mexican Wrap!  We can’t wait!

Drink:
Welcome back Shenannigan’s! After a long hiatus, thanks to a burst pipe, Shennigan’s is back with a new look and a new menu! Stop by this weekend and raise your glass! Try the new Blush Sour made with Jameson, lemon juice, simple syrup and blackberries!

Shop:
Saturday is National Second Hand Wardrobe Day! Southie has some of the best consignment shops around including Boston Magazine Best of WinnersBest of Winners Recollective Dew Luxe, Covet  and Go Garbaj! Make a plan to hunt and gather and find some designers hidden in the racks and shelves like Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Marc Jacobs! Here are some tips to help you navigate consignment shops like a boss. 

Play:
The Lawn on D will be hosting some fun this weekend! On Friday enjoy some bubble soccer! Get together a team of 5 and win sweet prizes for the top performers! PLUS, get a custom koozie with the New Belgium logo of choice. On Saturday, see a free screening of everyone’s favorite childhood classic, The Sandlot! Anyone attending the movie will receive a raffle ticket to win Red Sox tickets (drawing at the end of the movie). Plus, Truly will be onsite with some really neat swag beginning at 6:30.

See:
Old Ironsides is making a turnaround on Friday, August 24th around 12pm at Castle Island. Head out an watch the USS Constitution in all her glory! While you’re out there you might as well treat yourself to lunch at Sullivan’s right?

Do:
Hop on a ferry and head to the ICA’s Water Shed in East Boston! It’s located at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston—right across from their Seaport location and connected by ferry. The installation will be open through October 8, but now’s an excellent time to visit if you’re hoping to do something that gets you out of the heat. Here’s everything you need to know! 

Listen:
Listen to the music.  Music at Marine, a live music event at the bandstand Marine Park on Farragut Road, takes place on Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30pm. A local favorite, Curragh’s Fancy will be performing!  Don’t forget your beach chair or blanket! On Saturday, August 25th enjoy a free concert at Dorchester Heights from 6pm-8pm with singer Anna Maria Villa. There will also be lawn games, face painting and make and take art!

Workout:
On Fridays enjoy a lunchtime yoga class with Jenna Hill in the Seaport District at 12pm at 5:30pm take Booty by Brabants! Both workouts are free and part of Seaport Sweats! Stick around after and explore this part of the neighborhood!

Visit:
Back to the Beach! Enjoy the Dorchester Beach Festival at Savin Hill/Malibu Beach on Saturday, August 25th from 3pm-8:30pm. Featuring Dot Art craft activities, face painting, games, and more! Boston Circus Guild will be performing from 3pm-5pm and live music will kick off at 5pm with Gimme 5 (R&B and Beatles Tribute Band. There will also be food trucks on site to make sure you don’t go hungry! It’s the perfect to end the summer season!

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<![CDATA[Massimo to Replace Met Bar & Grill at Legacy Place in Dedham]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:19:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Last week, we reported that an upscale suburban dining spot that was part of a local restaurant group was closing, and that it was going to be replaced by a new Italian restaurant. Now we have learned more about what will be moving in.

According to a press release, Massimo in Providence is expanding to Legacy Place in Dedham, and based on the address given, it will be taking over the former Met Bar & Grill space. The email says that the upcoming spot will feature a seasonal Italian menu, with the space including a "farmers table," a bar, a fireplace, and an outdoor patio. It appears that the new location of Massimo will be open for lunch and dinner daily along with a Sunday brunch.

Massimo has received much praise since opening a couple of years ago on Atwells Avenue in the Federal Hill section of Providence, including RI Monthly giving it a best "New Italian" in 2017 while Gail Ciampa of the Providence Journal said in a review that she "marveled at the food that was served in a short window of time" and "When a meal ends as strong as it starts, you know you've found a winning recipe for success."

The address for this upcoming Italian restaurant in Dedham is: Massimo, 400 Legacy Place, Dedham MA, 02026. The website for the original location in Providence can be found at http://massimori.com/

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<![CDATA[Cafe Piazza Dolce in Winchester Has Closed]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:12:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban Italian restaurant that started off as a cafe has closed its doors.

According to an article in the Winchester Star, Cafe Piazza Dolce has shut down, with a note on its website telling customers that "We will remember each and every kind work of support and appreciation along the way. With a heavy heart we bid you farewell for now, and wish you good health and happiness." The Star mentions that owner Alessandra Siniscalco Troisi closed the Main Street eatery for no other reason but "by choice," saying that she is now looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her family.

Cafe Piazza Dolce first opened in 2005, morphing from a cafe into a higher-end Italian restaurant, with the menu including such items as calamari, bruschetta, gnocchi, lobster ravioli, clam linguini, lamb chops, pizza, panini, cannoli, and gelato.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Winchester was: Cafe Piazza Dolce, 831 Main Street, Winchester, MA, 01890.

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<![CDATA[Everything to Know About Visiting the ICA Watershed]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:14:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/IMG_20180626_145609.jpg

Last month, the ICA Watershed opened its doors for the first time. It’s located at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston—right across from their Seaport location and connected by ferry. The installation will be open through October 8, but now’s an excellent time to visit if you’re hoping to do something that gets you out of the heat.

What it is:
The shipyard used to be second only to Ellis Island as the largest port for immigration to America; that legacy is still part of the makeup of East Boston. Formerly a condemned building that used to be a copper pipe factory, the 15,000-square-foot Watershed was just converted into a new civic and cultural asset.

The Watershed is a seasonal space, meaning it’ll be open from Memorial to Columbus Day every year. Anmahian Winton Architects (AW) designed the renovation and restoration, which cost $10 million. The ICA is leasing the space from Massachusetts Port Authority.

What you’ll see:
Every summer, ICA will use the space for a different modern installation. Their first exhibition is a series of installations by Diane Thayer (photos here). She creates interactive colored light and moving-image projections; her artwork Delphine is made up of projections of swimming dolphins on four walls, the floor, and ceiling, creating an immersive piece. As you travel through it, your shadows are reflected on the walls and you become part of the art.

Thater is also displaying sculptural video installations. A Runaway World and As Radical as Reality, which she produced in Kenya, shows endangered and dying species walking slowly past on tall glass screens, including the last male northern white rhinoceros and elephants. Via screens on the floor, dying monarch butterflies flit softly around as part of Thater’s Untitled Video Wall (Butterflies). In her Day for Night series, she documents the subtle movement of flowers and rain. The goal of these works is to connect the audience to the fragile, evolving natural world—it’s no accident that the installation is so close to the harbor and the aquatic life beyond.

There’s a shipyard gallery and short video that takes you through the history of East Boston and its development through today. The Harbor Room is currently showing an installation of the ICA’s digital photography program (all photos taken by participating teens) and opens to a plaza with a view of the harbor and skyline.  

How to take the ferry:
On the Seaport side, you can catch the ferry from the Fan Pier Dock next to the ICA. On the East Boston side, the ferry leaves from the Piers Park Dock, five minutes away from the Watershed. The ferry price is included in the regular museum admission and free for ICA members or visitors 17 and under. If you’re starting your trip from the ICA in the Seaport, especially if you’re going on the weekend, the ICA recommends you should reserve your boat ticket in advance on the ICA website. By year two, the ICA hopes that a public ferry will be in place.

How it helps Boston:
Colette Randall, director of marketing and communications at the ICA, says, “We have had an incredibly positive response to the Shipyard Gallery, which offers visitors historical information about the Boston Shipyard and Marina as well as the dynamic East Boston neighborhood in which the Watershed is located.”

In a New York Timesarticle, ICA director Jill Medvedow spoke about wanting to keep the original elements of the building and integrating the space with East Boston instead of fighting with it. The ICA has partnered with local companies and entities like Neighborhood Health Center, the East Boston Social Centers and Maverick Landing Community Services.

The Watershed is the capstone project for the ICA’s five-year strategic plan titled A Radical Welcome, which is designed to help intersect contemporary art and civic life in Boston. There’s lots more to come in the summers ahead, but for now it’s worth it just to check out the “new” space and see a rejuvenated part of Boston for the first time.

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<![CDATA[J.P. Licks May Be Returning to Newbury Street]]>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 10:58:25 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of ice cream cafes that shut down its Newbury Street location several years ago could be coming back, though to a new location a few blocks to the east.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, J.P. Licks is seeking a license to operate at 173 Newbury Street, which is between Dartmouth Street and Exeter Street. The ice cream spot used to reside in a space at 352 Newbury Street between Hereford Street and Mass. Ave., but that shop closed in March of 2012 because its lease had expired and the landlord was reportedly looking for a larger tenant. Plans for J.P. Licks to return to Newbury Street have apparently been in the works for awhile, as a Back Bay Architectural Commission Review page from last year shows blueprints, photos, and other information on the proposed shop.

Currently, locations of J.P. Licks can be found in a number of locations in and around Boston, including another in the Back Bay as well as other locations within the city in Beacon Hill, Dorchester, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury. The website for the business is at http://www.jplicks.com/

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<![CDATA[30 Under-the-Radar Dishes You Should Try Right Now]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:58:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/EvelynsChowMein.jpgThese 30 lesser-known foods from New England restaurants are delectable and adventurous.

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<![CDATA[Fiorella's Express to Open in Wellesley]]>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:53:22 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of Italian eateries that focus on takeout will be joined by a fourth later this year.

The Wellesley Townsman is reporting that Fiorella's Express is planning to open in Wellesley, with the address indicating that it will be moving into a space on Route 16 in Wellesley Square. Once it opens, the new outlet will join others in Belmont, Brighton, and Cambridge, along with full-service locations of Fiorella's in Concord and Newton, and expect to see such items as pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, sandwiches, and more at the new spot.

The address for this upcoming eatery in Wellesley Square is: Fiorella's Express, 575 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA, 02482. The website for the other locations can be found at https://www.fiorellasexpress.com/

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<![CDATA[Formaggio Kitchen to Open New Location in Cambridge's Kendall Square]]>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 11:06:48 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular gourmet food shop with two locations in the Boston area is going to be opening a third, as it also gets ready for a special anniversary.

According to an article in Cambridge Day, Formaggio Kitchen is planning to open a new outlet on the edge of Cambridge's Kendall Square (next to Lord Hobo), with the Hampshire Street spot having approximately 2,500 square feet of space, a small retail section, and a large kitchen. Once it opens, the new location of Formaggio will join others in Cambridge's Huron Village and Boston's South End, along with a small branch on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

If all goes well, Formaggio's will open in September, possibly in time for the 40th anniversary celebration at the original Huron Avenue location on September 23.

The address for this upcoming specialty food shop is: Formaggio Kitchen, 94 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.formaggiokitchen.com/

August 30 update: The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that the new location of Formaggio is now looking at an October opening.

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<![CDATA[Club Bohemia in Cambridge's Central Square to Close]]>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:47:20 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another iconic music club is shutting down.

Vanyaland is reporting that Club Bohemia, which is located in the basement of The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge's Central Square, is closing on September 2, with the website for the place stating that its final show is September 1--and also mentioning that The Cantab will remain in operation. No reason has been given for the closure of the club at this point in time, and a post on its Facebook page discusses starting an online petition to save the place, so stay tuned for any updates as they come in.

Club Bohemia has featured many local and regional acts over the years, while the Cantab itself was once known for being home to Little Joe & The Thrillers, an R&B group that played there countless times (Cook passed away in 2014).

The address for Club Bohemia (and The Cantab Lounge) is 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

August 30 update: Based on a blog post, it looks like the last night at Club Bohemia will be Saturday, September 1.

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<![CDATA[35+ Fun Things to Do This Week in and Around Boston]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:14:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/BHH+Movies+by+Moonlight.jpg

School starts next week for many students throughout the state, so make this week count when it comes to fun. From outdoor movie nights, to Wilson Farm’s Tomato Festival, the Friends of Harpoon Red Sox Night and more, we’ve gathered more than three dozen ideas to help you plan!

Monday, August 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 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.

Freedom Trail Pub Tour

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.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “Despicable Me 3”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “Despicable Me 3” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Hardiman Field, Allston- Brighton.

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, August 21 

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. Today try 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.

Friends of Harpoon Red Sox Night

Join Harpoon Brewery for a beer and pretzel before jumping on a trolley and heading to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox take on the Cleveland Indians. Tickets are $60 and include: one beer token, one pretzel token, a Harpoon Koozie, one Red Sox ticket and a trolley ride to Fenway Park. 4:30 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. Tonight enjoy the music of the World Premier Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “Cars 3”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “Cars 3” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Walker Park, Mattapan.

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, August 22

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. 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 Justin Beech for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Thursday, August 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. 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.

BostonFest 2018

Enjoy food truck favorites and local music for one huge party at BostonFest tonight. Tickets are $20-$25. 5:30-9 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., 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.

Summer Concerts at the ICA: One Drop: A Bob Marley Tribute

Celebrate summer with the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and Berklee for the10th year of HarborWalk Sounds on ICA Free Thursday Nights. Tonight features One Drop: A Bob Marley Tribute band. 6-8 p.m., The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, 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.

Trivia in the Tap Room

Head on over to Harpoon Brewery tonight for trivia, prizes and see what’s on tap in the tap room. 7-9 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “Coco”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “Coco” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Hynes Playground, West Roxbury.

Friday, August 24

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: Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Mass MoCA, Heritage Museums & Gardens, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, The Old Manse, The Trustees, Emily Dickinson Museum, Hull Life Saving Museum and the Museum of African American History.

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 “Dr. No” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Saturday, August 25

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.

Sweat & Sip: Keg Yard Yoga

Enjoy a yoga workout in the Harpoon Keg Yard with Meghan Rozanski to start off your Saturday. All levels welcome. After your workout, stay for some beers and pretzels in the keg yard. Tickets are $25 and include: yoga class taught by Meghan Rozanski Brundage and one beer token. 9:30-11:45 a.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Wilson Farm’s Tomato Festival

If you love tomatoes, you don’t want to miss Wilson Farm’s Annual Tomato Festival this weekend. Enjoy cooking samples from the farm’s resident chef, tasting stations, and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Kids vs Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

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.

Movies on The Lawn “Sandlot”

Enjoy a free screening of the family childhood classic “Sandlot” tonight on The Lawn on D. Attend the movie and receive a raffle ticket for your chance to win Red Sox tickets. 6:30 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., 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. Dewey Square Plaza (Parcel 22). 

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 “A Wrinkle in Time.” 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, August 26

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.

Wilson Farm’s Tomato Festival

If you love tomatoes, you don’t want to miss Wilson Farm’s Annual Tomato Festival this weekend. Enjoy cooking samples from the farm’s resident chef, tasting stations, and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington.

Kids vs Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Greenway Play Session

Head on down to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and enjoy a day of fun with rangers from the National Park Service. Head over to the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion near The Greenway Carousel to play with their unique Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston. 

Spectacle Island Luau

Head to the tropics without leaving Boston Harbor at Boston Harbor Cruises’ weekly Luau on Spectacle Island. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to and from the island and a luau feast by renowned Chef Barbara Lynch. Tickets are $75 for ages 12 and over, $53 for ages 3-11 and free for children under 3. The boat boards at Long Wharf, Boston at 5:15 p.m. and departs at 5:30 p.m. sharp, returning from Spectacle Island at 8:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[20+ Fun Events for the Whole Family Happening This Weekend]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:45:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/peaches-ewg.jpg

Catch the Fisherman’s Feast in the North End, Peach Festivals, American Car & Truck Day and a whole lot more happening this weekend in and around Boston! 

Another summer weekend of fun is here. Catch the Fisherman’s Feast in the North End, Peach Festivals, American Car & Truck Day and a whole lot more happening this weekend in and around Boston!

Friday, August 17

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 JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Commonwealth Museum, Lynn Museum, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Fort Devens Museum, Fruitlands Museum, Old State House, Berkshire Museum and the Museum of the First Corps of Cadets.

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.

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. 6:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield.

Harpoon UFO Luau

Join Harpoon to celebrate UFO’s newest year round with a luau on The Lawn on D. Win prizes for best luau attire, while enjoying luau-themed competitions like limbo, hula hoop and more. 7-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

The Fisherman’s Feast

Come celebrate the 108th anniversary of Boston’s oldest, continuous Italian festival with the Fisherman’s Feast this weekend in the North End. Enjoy live entertainment and special events all weekend long. Boston’s North End.

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 “Hook” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Saturday, August 18 

The Fisherman’s Feast

Come celebrate the 108th anniversary of Boston’s oldest, continuous Italian festival with the Fisherman’s Feast this weekend in the North End. Enjoy live entertainment and special events all weekend long. Boston’s North End.

Connors Farm Peach Festival

It’s peach season, and Connors Farm in Danvers is hosting its annual Peach Festival. Enjoy farm animals, hayrides, the cow train, duck races, pedal carts, free pony rides and more. General admission is $14.95 (children 2 and under are free). 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Connors Farm, 30 Valley Road, Danvers. 

Pick Your Own Bouquet from the Cutting Garden

Pick your own bouquet today from the cutting garden at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. The Cutting Garden is open every Saturday and Sunday to early October with its special garden of annuals they grow every year just for cutting. There is a fee to cut flowers and you can stop by the tent to grab your scissors, cup and water before starting your bouquet. Make a day out of it and play some outdoors games and explore the gardens with the entire family. $5 for Trustees members, $10 for non-members. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover.

Kids vs Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

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.

Brew at the Zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo is closing early today to allow you to visit and sample offerings from local breweries and restaurants at its Brew at the Zoo event. The entire zoo will be open during this event. Tickets are $60-$65. 3:30-7:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Family Film Festival “Tarzan”

Enjoy a family-friendly movie tonight on the Prudential Center’s South Garden at the MAGIC 106.7 Family Film Festival. Tonight it’s “Tarzan.” 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.

Movies in the Park “Beauty & the Beast”

Grab your blanket, lawn chair and picnic and head to Baxter Park for a free movie under the stars, tonight featuring “Beauty & the Beast.” The movie starts at dusk. Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way, Somerville.

REI Campout: Boston Harbor Islands Family Camp

Enjoy a night under the stars on Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor National Park at REI’s overnight camping trip to Peddocks Island – all you need to bring is your tent and sleeping gear. Trip price includes round-trip ferry from Boston Harbor, group campsite, catered dinner, breakfast, s'mores, kayaking, navigation, cooking, yoga and photography classes. 9 a.m. Saturday until Noon on Sunday.

Sunday, August 19

American Car & Truck Day at Larz Anderson

Celebrate American Car & Truck Day today at Larz Anderson with a patriotic-themed car show. Be sure to wear red, white and blue. Free for military members, and children under 6; adults are $10 and students, seniors and children 6-12 are $5. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline.

Smolak Farms Peach Festival

Celebrate all things peach at Smolak Farms annual Peach Festival today. Enjoy peach and plum picking, along with the children’s festival featuring hop-on hayrides, bounce house, inflatable slide, face paint, construction diggers, a summer-themed craft, rides on their cow train and more. Children’s festival tickets are $10 per child (under age 2 and adults are free). Hayride tickets are $5 per person over the age of 2. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.

The Fisherman’s Feast

Come celebrate the 108th anniversary of Boston’s oldest, continuous Italian festival with the Fisherman’s Feast this weekend in the North End. Enjoy live entertainment and special events all weekend long. Boston’s North End.

Greenway Play Session

Head on down to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and enjoy a day of fun with rangers from the National Park Service. Head over to the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion near The Greenway Carousel to play with their unique Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Kids vs Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Spectacle Island Luau

Head to the tropics without leaving Boston Harbor at Boston Harbor Cruises’ weekly Luau on Spectacle Island. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to and from the island and a luau feast by renowned Chef Barbara Lynch. Tickets are $75 for ages 12 and over, $53 for ages 3-11 and free for children under 3. The boat boards at Long Wharf, Boston at 5:15 p.m. and departs at 5:30 p.m. sharp, returning from Spectacle Island at 8:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Bon Me to Close Its Chestnut Hill Square Location]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:20:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of Vietnamese food trucks and brick-and-mortar spots will be getting a bit smaller this weekend, as one of its restaurants will be shutting down.

According to a source, Bon Me at Chestnut Hill Square is closing at the end of business hours on Sunday, August 26, with a Patch article confirming this, saying that the location was a "tricky" one. (Our source indicates that issues included the shop being further away from the base of operations for Bon Me and the place having difficulty finding workers.) It appears that all other brick-and-mortar locations will remain open, including Boston Public Market, Boston's Back Bay and Fort Point, and Cambridge's Fresh Pond and Kendall Square as well as East Cambridge, and that they still plan to expand to the Longwood area and Cambridge's Harvard Square as reported here earlier.

Bon Me first opened at Chestnut Hill Square around the end of 2015.

The address for this soon-to-close restaurant in Chestnut Hill is: 210 Boylston Street (Route 9), Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467. The website for the business can be found at http://www.bonmetruck.com/

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<![CDATA[Flat Black Coffee Closes Its Ashmont/Peabody Square Location in Dorchester]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:56:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of espresso bars has shut down one of its locations, citing lease and construction issues as a couple of reasons for its closure.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Flat Black Coffee has closed its shop in the Ashmont/Peabody Square section of Dorchester and is moving its operations to its other Dorchester location in nearby Lower Mills. The post mentions that in addition to the fact that its lease was up and it was dealing with ongoing construction issues, competition also played a factor in the decision.

Flat Black Coffee has three locations in downtown Boston as well as its original location in Lower Mills--and they also distribute coffee to a handful of local shops as well.

The address for this now-closed espresso bar in Ashmont/Peabody Square was: Flat Black Coffee, 1906 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02124. The website for the business can be found at http://flatblackcoffee.com/

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<![CDATA[Milano's Deli in East Boston Has Reopened]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:48:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017550589.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

An old-fashioned Italian deli that is known in part for its pizza is back more than a year after it suffered major damage in a fire.

The Eastie Times is reporting that Milano's Deli in the Orient Heights section of East Boston reopened on Tuesday, offering such favorites as pizza, arancini, subs, and other items until running out of food around mid-afternoon. The post says that for now, the shop will offer a limited menu until "all the kinks are worked out."

In June of 2017, a fire in the kitchen section of Milano's resulted in serious damage to the inside of the place, forcing them to close and rebuild.

The address for Milano's is 978 Saratoga Street, East Boston, MA, 02128.

Thanks for Eater Boston bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[Plans for Burlington Beer Works Have Fallen Through]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:53:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Johnny+D+21.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Three years ago, we reported that a local group of brewpubs was looking to expand to a space in the northern suburbs of Boston. Now we have learned that it will not be happening after all.

According to an article in the Patch, plans have fallen through for Burlington Beer Works to open in the former Outback Steakhouse space in the Burlington Crossroads shopping center on Cambridge Street. The post mentions that the departure of Roche Brothers, Busa Liquors, Bauer Hockey led to the decision, with an attorney for the company saying, "Burlington Crossroads is in construction disarray....If my client had been open in February, as intended, he would have been sandwiched between two large construction sites and I believe he would be out of business right now."

As reported earlier, town selectmen were not happy about the lack of progress in the opening of Burlington Beer Works around the beginning of this year, and they had been looking into revoking the unused liquor license at the time.

Existing locations of Beer Works can be found near Boston's North Station, in the Fenway, at Logan Airport, and in Framingham, Hingham, Lowell, and Salem. The website for the company is at http://www.beerworks.net/

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Burlington Beer Works Plans to Open in Former Outback Steakhouse Space

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<![CDATA[Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli in Danvers Has Closed]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:36:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Johnny+D+21.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A North Shore market with a connection to a top-rated restaurant in the Caribbean has shut down after a very brief time in business.

A message sent to us from @CappyinBoston indicates that Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli in Danvers is no longer in operation, with a Patch article also saying the Route 1 shop has shuttered while mentioning that its Facebook page states it "will not be reopening in the near future." The Patch says that Michael Fortino, who was the chef at ZoZo's on St. John in the Virgin Islands, helped open Gigi's after the restaurant (which was located at the Caneel Bay Resort on the island) was destroyed by the hurricanes that hit the Caribbean last September. (An earlier Salem News post also says that John Ferrigno, who owned ZoZo's, was behind Gigi's.)

Gigi's first opened in March, offering such items as salads, sandwiches, prepared meals, meats and cheeses, and freshly-made pastas.

The address for this now-closed market in Danvers was: Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli, 110 Newbury Street (Route 1), Danvers, MA, 01923.

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<![CDATA[Summer Shack Tops the List for Best Clam Chowder in Boston]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:40:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/Summer+Shack+815.PNG

With all the fabulous seafood restaurants in Boston, it's tough to pick the best spots for New England clam chowder, but Yankee Magazine's Annie Copps gave it a whirl following her appearance on the Today Show this week.

"That's an embarrassment of riches. It's almost impossible to choose five," Copps said. "There are literally thousands of places for great clam chowder in the Boston area.

Copps was asked to pick her top five places for clam chowder, and the acclaimed food writer and editor even managed to squeeze in an extra two.

Summer Shack with chef Jasper White was tops for Copps.

"You've got to start with Jasper White. He is the king of New England cookery. He is Neptune in a chef's coat," Copps said.

Here's the entire list.

Summer Shack

Saltie Girl

James Hook Lobster

B&G Oysters

Neptune Oyster 

Island Creek Oyster Bar 

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<![CDATA[From Fog to Clouds: Top Instagram Posts of the Week]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:52:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/170*120/IMG_20180816_165456_325.jpgViewers shared amazing photos on Instagram this week using the hashtag #FollowingNBC10Boston. Check out the most popular ones below. NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra want to see your photos of Boston! Follow us on Instagram and post your photos using the hashtag #FollowingNBC10Boston and you may see your photos online or on TV!

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<![CDATA[Wonder Spice Cafe in Jamaica Plain May Be Replaced ]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:23:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Wonder+816.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime favorite for Cambodian and Thai food may be going away, and it could be replaced by another restaurant that features Thai cuisine.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Wonder Spice Cafe in Jamaica Plain is looking to transfer its license to Sweet Rice, JP, which would go into the Centre Street space. It appears that the proposed eatery has a connection to a Charlestown spot that is also called Sweet Rice; the manager listed for the Jamaica Plain location is Tasanan Boranmool, who is indeed one of the people behind the two-year-old Main Street restaurant, according to an earlier article posted here. As noted before, the Charlestown restaurant features Thai food and sushi, though it is not yet known if the Jamaica Plain location of Sweet Rice would have a similar menu.

Wonder Spice Cafe has been featured by our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as a place to go for a variety of Southeast Asian dishes, with the review being found at this link:

https://hiddenboston.com/WonderSpice.html

The address for Wonder Spice Cafe (and the proposed Sweet Rice) is 697 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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<![CDATA[The Punk & Poet in Southie Is Going to Become The Playwright]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:30:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Playright+816.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A restaurant and bar that is inspired by punk rockers and writers is bringing its old name back--and it appears that the concept will be changing as well.

A few posts on its Facebook page indicate that The Punk & Poet in South Boston is looking to change its name back to The Playwright, with confirmation of this coming from @maureencaught this morning. It appears that other changes will be coming to the E Broadway spot as well, though it is not yet known whether its concept will be similar to that of the original Playwright, which shut down last summer to make way for the new place. (We have reached out to the spot, so if/when we get any updates, we will post them here.)

The original Playwright, which first opened in 2000, was known in part for its pub grub and comfort food along with draft beer, wine, and cocktails, while The Punk & Poet also offered classic American fare and pub food as well as a full bar, while also being (according to its website) "an energetic celebration of wordsmiths" that pays "tribute to words well said by the outspoken artists of our time."

The address for The Punk & Poet (and upcoming Playwright) is 658 E Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. The website for The Punk & Poet can be found at http://thepunkandpoet.com/

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The Playwright in South Boston Is Being Replaced by The Punk & Poet

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<![CDATA[Uno Pizzeria and Grill Has Closed Its Huntington Avenue Location in Boston]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:41:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Johnny+D+21.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Boston-based group of deep-dish pizza spots continues to get smaller, as one of its locations in the city has now closed.

According to a source, Uno Pizzeria and Grill near Symphony Hall is no longer in business, with a message sent from the company confirming that the Huntington Avenue eatery has indeed shut down. The message does mention that its other two Boston locations in the Back Bay and Kenmore Square remain open, and other locations in the region, including outlets in Braintree, Dedham, Framingham, Revere, Swampscott, and Woburn, remain in operation as well.

A number of locations of Uno's--whose headquarters are in West Roxbury--have closed over the past decade or so, including restaurants in Allston, Cambridge's Harvard Square and Porter Square, Burlington, Newton Corner, and Waltham.

The address for the now-closed Uno's by Symphony Hall was 280 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.unos.com/

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<![CDATA[Il Mondo Pizzeria in Back Bay/Fenway Area Has Closed]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:39:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/Il+Mondo+815.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of pizza and sandwich shops that have played a bit of musical chairs now has only one location once again, as its outlet near where Boston's Back Bay and Fenway meet has shut down.

Eater Boston is reporting that Il Mondo Pizzeria on Mass. Ave. is no longer in business, with its building by Berklee being slated for demolition, according to the restaurant's website. The outlet of Il Mondo on Huntington Avenue in the Brigham Circle/Mission Hill section of the city remains in operation.

Il Mondo first opened in a space on Huntington Avenue on the eastern edge of Brigham Circle in 2004, with the now-closed Mass. Ave. shop opening in 2012; the Huntington Avenue outlet closed last December and moved to its present location on the other side of Brigham Circle in March, opening in the space where Grub had been.

The address for the now-closed location of Il Mondo by Berklee was 182 Massachusetts Avenue; the website for the business can be found at http://www.ilmondopizza.com/index.php

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Il Mondo Pizzeria Is Opening in Former Grub Space in Brigham Circle

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<![CDATA[Met Bar & Grill at Dedham's Legacy Place Has Closed]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:34:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/MET+814.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale suburban dining spot that is part of a local restaurant group has closed its doors.

According to a source, Met Bar & Grill at Legacy Place in Dedham is no longer in business, with a check on its website confirming that it indeed shuttered last week. The note mentions that Met Natick is also closed--though this closure is due to renovations and that it plans to reopen at the end of the month--while Met Back Bay remains in operation. The Met Restaurant Group also includes Saltie Girl. which is located next to Met Back Bay, and Met on Main, which is located in the heart of Nantucket.

Our source tells us that an Italian restaurant is apparently moving into the space where Met Bar Dedham has been, but we have not yet been able to confirm the exact dining spot that might be going in there.

The website for the Met Restaurant Group can be found at https://www.metrestaurantgroup.com/

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<![CDATA[Reflections Opens Within Row Hotel at Assembly Row in Somerville]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:30:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/Row+Hotel+815.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new restaurant has opened within a growing development in Somerville, and this one is located in a new hotel.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Reflections is now open on Foley Street within the Row Hotel at Assembly Row, which also debuted this week. The article says that the dining spot offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with its menu including such items as crab dip, tuna crudo, gnocchi, a lobster roll, a sirloin burger, pan-flashed swordfish, hanger steak, carrot cake, and a variety of beer, wine and cocktail options.

Reflections is located off the lobby of the Row Hotel, which is part of the Autograph Collection brand from Marriott.

The address for Reflections (and the Row Hotel) is 360 Foley Street, Somerville, MA, 02145. The web page for the restaurant can be found at https://www.therowhotelboston.com/dining.html

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<![CDATA[Temazcal Tequila Cantina to Open in Framingham ]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:27:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/171*120/Temezcal+814.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a local group of Mexican restaurants will replace a location of a group of Italian dining spots--and this isn't the first time that this has happened.

According to an article in the MetroWest Daily News, Temazcal Tequila Cantina is expanding to Framingham, opening in the space on Route 9 where Papa Razzi had been. This more or less repeats what took place in Burlington last year, when Temazcal opened in the former Papa Razzi Metro space on Wall Street (Tony's Coal Fire Pizza also opened within that space as well). If all goes as planned, the new location of Temazcal may be opening over the Labor Day weekend.

Currently, locations of Temazcal can be found in Boston's Seaport District, Burlington, Lynnfield, and Dedham; locations of Papa Razzi can be found in Boston, Concord, and Wellesley.

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Framingham is: Temazcal Tequila Cantina, 155 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham, MA, 01701. The website for all locations is at https://temazcalcantina.com/

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<![CDATA[L Street Night Beach Party! ]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:44:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/L+Street+Polar+Plunge.JPG

Soak up the last moments of summer on Wednesday night at the L Street Night Beach Party at the Curley Community Center. 

This family-friendly event includes music by the Linehan Brothers, a cookout, face painting, ice cream and more! 

Don’t forget your beach chair!  The fun begins at 6 pm and goes until 9 pm.  M Street entrance. 

See you there!

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<![CDATA[Bruegger's Bagels in Kenmore Square Has Closed]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:46:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/Brueggers+813.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of bagel spots that is headquartered in Vermont has closed one of its Boston locations.

According to a Twitter post, Bruegger's Bagels in the Kenmore Square/Fenway section of the city is no longer in business, with a picture shown indicating that the windows of the Beacon Street outlet are papered over while a check on the website for the company shows that the shop has indeed been removed from the locations page. An earlier article from Universal Hub mentions that the block in which the bagel shop resided will apparently be the site of a new development that includes retail and office space.

Bruegger's Bagels, whose headquarters are in Burlington, VT, operates a number of other locations in the Greater Boston area, including two in downtown Boston, one in the Longwood section of the city, and other shops in Brookline, Cambridge, Belmont, Melrose, Chestnut Hill, Milton, and Winchester.

The address for this now-closed bagel shop in Kenmore Square was: Bruegger's Bagels, 644 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.brueggers.com/

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<![CDATA[Diving Into Nerd Culture at Fan Expo]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:50:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/mermaids.PNG

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<![CDATA[Boston’s Best Comic Will Noonan on Stand Up, Living in Southie, and His Second Chance]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:05:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/Noonan+813.PNG

Local #Southie resident Will Noonan was just named funniest comedian by the Improper Bostonian. For those of us who have seen him perform, either at Capo Supper Club’s Monday Night Comedy or elsewhere, that comes as no surprise. He’s like a millennial Bill Burr—curmudgeonly retiree combined with a manic 20- year-old. But not even that comparison does him justice.

Tall and lean, “every inch the affable Irish-Catholic boy with bed head” according to the Improper, Noonan looks like an overgrown altar boy right up until he opens his mouth. He specializes in whip-smart observational comedy: his own life and people he knows, hammered home with brutal honesty.

He jokes about dating, “a.k.a. how much I’m not crushing it on Tinder,” pot-smoking, being a recovering addict, his nieces, and everything else in his world. “That’s where my stand up’s been going the past couple years: making fun of real-life characters. Stand up, for me, is about saying the uncomfortable truths no one else will. It’s the reptilian brain at the wheel,” he laughs.

In a sense, he’s a bit of an anomaly. Boston has a small but strong comedy community, but it’s also known as a proving ground for some of the greats who left to pursue fame in New York or LA: Burr, Louis C.K., Mike Birbiglia, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler.

He says, “People ask me when I’m going to leave Boston and take my big shot. You’re seeing a guy on his second chance now. This is what success looks like for me. I was almost dead. I’m so happy here, and I’m building a cool new thing.”

Most weeks he’s driving around New England to do sets, recording his High Pathetically podcast in the car, doing local commercials, and filling in as a radio host for WAAF. He’s also building a global audience through travel, including a regular stint on The Anthony Cumia Show (formerly Artie and Anthony).

Noonan draws comedic energy from his surroundings. His family lives in Milton, and he’s lived in Southie for a few years—both regular sources of material. His jokes take place at the Dunkin’ Donuts or an ATM on East Broadway. One of his best recent bits is a homeless guy randomly heckling him, yelling, “There were no gays on the Mayflower!” Noonan responds, “Who do you think came up with the name ‘The Mayflower?’ It’s the gayest name for a boat I’ve ever heard!”

He’s constantly coming up with new material, both on social media and in real life. We joke about how, statistically speaking, there had to be gays on the Mayflower. “I bet some guys started that journey straight and ended up gay!” he cracks, then immediately writes it down on his phone for future use.

Noonan left Massachusetts for New York in the early 2000s, originally with dreams of becoming an actor. In retrospect, stand-up comedy was always at the fringes, waiting for him: initially in method acting and off-Broadway shows, then in his surprising and successful career as a karaoke DJ.

“I was trying to find stand up in other things,” he remembers. “If you take the traditional ‘path’ of a comedian, I’ve done the exact opposite.”

His friends saw it long before he did. He remembers visiting home and his late friend Dante Fugazzotto telling him, “Noonan, when are you just gonna do stand up?” He finally took the plunge just after New Year’s in 2007, crushing it in front of an audience of seven people and realizing in his bones that this was it.

“Stand-up wants you to get addicted to it,” he says. “It wants you to come back again and again, so it can beat you again and again.” Quickly, he got on MTV and NPR and became known as a rising star.

But it was a mixed success: Noonan was drinking hard and burning out fast. In part, he was immersed in the New York bar scene, but he was also self-medicating from a violent mugging. He realized that to get sober and stay that way, he had to move home with his support system close by. “Having an addiction is like being paralyzed. You have to relearn how to go to a restaurant and order coffee,” he says.

Next year will mark a decade of sobriety and of living back home in Boston. Noonan’s self-imposed exile from drinking helped him channel his energy into full-time stand-up. He’s immersed in the local comedy scene, and he says we’re starting to see it grow and flourish in ways it hasn’t before. He doesn’t have a favorite, but he says he’s particularly impressed by rising stars Mike Whitman, Dan Boulger, and Christine Hurley.

Arguably, Noonan’s presence is aiding this renaissance. “I would love to be one of the reasons why people come to Boston to see a comedy show,” he says. He’s committed to sticking around regardless, not just because of his support system but, he says, because living in his hometown keeps him grounded and grateful.

“For all the brushes with fame I have now, it doesn’t affect me as much,” he says. “I’m just lucky to be here.”

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<![CDATA[Founding Farmers Could Be Coming to the Boston Area]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:10:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Farmers+813.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A farmer-owned restaurant group that is based in the Washington, D.C., area may be expanding to the Boston area at some point.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Founding Farmers is looking at sites in Boston, with the post mentioning that the company is majority-owned by nearly 50,000 farmers. The group includes three concepts--Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers-- along with a distillery called Founding Spirits, with the Founding Farmers restaurants offering scratch-made classic American fare, including soups, salads, sandwiches, and freshly-made bread as well as chicken, steak, seafood, and pasta dishes.

Eater says that the company's search for real estate in the Boston area is in its early stages and that potential restaurants probably would not be coming for at least two years or so.

The website for Founding Farmers can be found at https://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/

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<![CDATA[Noon Mediterranean Closes Some Locations]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:12:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Noon+813.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of restaurants that started out in Austin, TX, has closed two of its three locations in Boston.

According to a source, Noon Mediterranean's shops on Boylston Street in the Back Bay and Washington Street in Downtown Crossing are shuttered, with a message sent from the company confirming that both locations are no longer in operation. The company does tell us that the Summer Street outlet in Boston's Financial District remains open and that they are referring customers to this shop, which is a few blocks away from the now-closed Washington Street outlet.

Noon Mediterranean, which was originally named Verts and has moved its main office to New York City, opened its Back Bay shop in March of 2017 and its outlet in Downtown Crossing last August.

The website for Noon can be found at http://www.eatnoon.com/

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<![CDATA[LongHorn Steakhouse Planning to Open in Saugus]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:38:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Longhorn+813.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a casual chain of steakhouses will eventually have an outlet inside Route 128 once again.

The Saugus Advertiser is reporting that LongHorn Steakhouse is planning to open at the Sears Auto Center center on Route 1, with the restaurant possibly having 6,405 square feet of space and seating for 192. If all goes as planned, the Saugus outlet of the dining spot could be opening toward the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020.

As reported here earlier, a location of LongHorn Steakhouse at the Landmark Center in Boston's Fenway closed in 2015; this was the only outlet inside Route 128, though a location in Reading is just on the other side of the highway. Other LongHorn restaurants can be found in Tewksbury, Pembroke, Mansfield, Franklin, Marlborough, along with others a bit further out.

The website for LongHorn Steakhouse is at https://www.longhornsteakhouse.com/

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<![CDATA[25 Fun Summer Events Happening All Week Long ]]>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:08:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Generic+Fenway+Park+Generic.JPG

It’s hard to believe summer is winding down. Before you know it the kiddos will be back to school and everyone will be back to their routine. But until then, embrace the days and nights ahead, including this week with movie nights, including one at Fenway Park, outdoor concerts, the Fisherman’s Feast in the North End and a whole lot more.

Monday, August 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 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.

Cake and Ben Folds at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Ben Folds and Cake take the stage tonight at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion as part of their co-headlining tour. Tickets start at $59. 7 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “Peter Rabbit”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “Peter Rabbit” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Medal of Honor Park, South Boston.

Tuesday, August 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 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 Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

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

Movie Night at Fenway Park

You don’t want to miss Fenway Movie Night tonight at America’s favorite ballpark. Catch the 1993 Steven Spielberg classic “Jurassic Park” on the park’s 40 by 100-foot videoboard. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 under. The event is free for season ticket holders. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m. Attendees will be invited to walk the warning track from 6:45-7:45 p.m. (weather and field work permitting). Fenway Park, Boston.

Wednesday, August 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 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.

Adult Night at LEGOLAND

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

Thursday, August 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 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.

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 Alex MacDougall for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, 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 Common Cents. 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 Racky Thomas Band for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

The Fisherman’s Feast

Come celebrate the 108th anniversary of Boston’s oldest, continuous Italian festival with the Fisherman’s Feast this weekend in the North End. Enjoy live entertainment and special events all weekend long. Boston’s North End.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “Sing!”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “Sing!” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Ramsay Park, 1917 Washington St., Roxbury.

Friday, August 17

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 JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Commonwealth Museum, Lynn Museum, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Fort Devens Museum, Fruitlands Museum, Old State House, Berkshire Museum and the Museum of the First Corps of Cadets.

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.

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. 6:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield.

Harpoon UFO Luau

Join Harpoon to celebrate UFO’s newest year round with a luau on The Lawn on D. Win prizes for best luau attire, while enjoying luau-themed competitions like limbo, hula hoop and more. 7-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

The Fisherman’s Feast

Come celebrate the 108th anniversary of Boston’s oldest, continuous Italian festival with the Fisherman’s Feast this weekend in the North End. Enjoy live entertainment and special events all weekend long. Boston’s North End.

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 “Hook” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Saturday, August 18 

The Fisherman’s Feast

Come celebrate the 108th anniversary of Boston’s oldest, continuous Italian festival with the Fisherman’s Feast this weekend in the North End. Enjoy live entertainment and special events all weekend long. Boston’s North End.

Kids vs Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

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.

Family Film Festival “Tarzan”

Enjoy a family-friendly movie tonight on the Prudential Center’s South Garden at the MAGIC 106.7 Family Film Festival. Tonight it’s “Tarzan.” 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.

Sunday, August 19 

The Fisherman’s Feast

Come celebrate the 108th anniversary of Boston’s oldest, continuous Italian festival with the Fisherman’s Feast this weekend in the North End. Enjoy live entertainment and special events all weekend long. Boston’s North End.

Greenway Play Session

Head on down to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and enjoy a day of fun with rangers from the National Park Service. Head over to the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion near The Greenway Carousel to play with their unique Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston.

Kids vs Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

Spectacle Island Luau

Head to the tropics without leaving Boston Harbor at Boston Harbor Cruises’ weekly Luau on Spectacle Island. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to and from the island and a luau feast by renowned Chef Barbara Lynch. Tickets are $75 for ages 12 and over, $53 for ages 3-11 and free for children under 3. The boat boards at Long Wharf, Boston at 5:15 p.m. and departs at 5:30 p.m. sharp, returning from Spectacle Island at 8:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Blackbird Doughnuts to Expand to Allston-Brighton]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:25:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Black+Bird+Doughnut.PNG

A gourmet donut shop is in expansion mode once again, as it plans to open a huge new outlet that will include room for production.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Blackbird Doughnuts is going to be opening in the Allston-Brighton area, with the Holton Street address indicating that it will move into a space just south of a section of Western Avenue where extensive new development is taking place. The post says that the new location will have 5,600 square feet of space and that it will include a retail shop along with a production kitchen, and this will indeed be an expansion--not a move--with current locations on Tremont Street in the South End and Kilmarnock Street in the Fenway remaining in operation. If all goes well, the new outlet of Blackbird Doughnuts could be opening by the end of the year.

In addition to its two existing locations and its upcoming Brighton space, Blackbird Doughnuts is also planning to open within Harvard University's Smith Campus Center in Cambridge as well.

The address for this upcoming doughnut place in Allston-Brighton is: Blackbird Doughnuts, 100 Holton Street, Brighton, MA, 02135. The website for the business can be found at https://www.blackbirddoughnuts.com/

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<![CDATA[Lester's Roadside BBQ in Burlington's Status Is Unknown]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:55:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Lesters+810.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban barbecue spot is shuttered, and it is not known when (or if) it might reopen.

According to several sources, Lester's Roadside BBQ in Burlington has been locked up and dark this week, with a check on the Cambridge Street restaurant indicating that there is one sign inside the door that says "Sorry, we are closed," while another sign says "Closed until further notice" while giving an email address below for more information. We sent an email out to the place yesterday and are waiting to hear back, but as of now, no further information on its closing has been given.

Lester's first opened in 2005, offering such items as ribs, pulled pork and chicken, brisket, chili, sausage, macaroni and cheese, and more.

The address for Lester's Roadside BBQ is 376 Cambridge Street (Route 3A), Burlington, MA, 01803. Its website can be found at http://www.lestersbbq.com/

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<![CDATA[25+ Fun, Family-Friendly Events Happening All Weekend Long]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:39:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/218*120/Greenway+3.JPG

The weekend is here and so are dozens of great things to do in and around Boston. From Truck and Tractor Day for the little ones (and the young at heart) to FAN EXPO Boston, a kids vs. grown-ups build off challenge and more, we’ve gathered a list of more than two dozens things great things happening all weekend long!

Friday, August 10 

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: Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Nicholas House Museum, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Wenham Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, The Greenway Carousel and the Freedom Trail Foundation.

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.

Truck & Tractor Day

It’s a free day of fun on the Greenway with Truck & Tractor Day! Check out and climb on board Greenway vehicles, a vintage fire truck, police cars and more. Noon to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

FAN EXPO Boston

FAN EXPO Boston is happening all weekend long for fans of all ages who love comics, sci-fi, gaming and more. Dress in your favorite cosplay, plus there will be photos and autographs with your favorite actors and more. There’s also an exhibit all with latest products on display from retailers and local vendors. Tickets start at $35. 4-9 p.m., Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer 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. 

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. 

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 Karate Kid” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Saturday, August 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. 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 vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

FAN EXPO Boston

FAN EXPO Boston is happening all weekend long for fans of all ages who love comics, sci-fi, gaming and more. Dress in your favorite cosplay, plus there will be photos and autographs with your favorite actors and more. There’s also an exhibit all with latest products on display from retailers and local vendors. Tickets start at $35. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Courageous Sailing’s Flip Flop Regatta

Get outside and catch Courageous Sailing’s Flip Flop Regatta. This event, happening annually since 2003, is a big boat pursuit race beginning in Broad Sound the heading out to around the Brewsters, back past Deer Island and typically finishing in the Inner Harbor just off the airport. After, enjoy the after party at Courageous’ Pier 4 in Charlestown. (After-party tickets are $60, and included with Regatta registration). 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Courageous Sailing Center, Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard.

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.

Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

Find out if creativity declines with age as LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. THe five-minute challenge theme will be to build things inspired by the new The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. Challenges today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

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.

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

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 “Mulan.” 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.

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.

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.

Sunday, August 12

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.

49th Chinatown August Moon Festival

Chinatown’s annual August Moon Festival is today featuring live performances of Chinese dance, music and martial arts, along with a street fair with food and merchandise vendors, sponsor tables, and arts and crafts booths. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Phillips Square, 1 Harrison Ave., 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.

FAN EXPO Boston

FAN EXPO Boston is happening all weekend long for fans of all ages who love comics, sci-fi, gaming and more. Dress in your favorite cosplay, plus there will be photos and autographs with your favorite actors and more. There’s also an exhibit all with latest products on display from retailers and local vendors. Tickets start at $35. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Greenway Play Session

Head on down to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and enjoy a day of fun with rangers from the National Park Service. Head over to the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion near The Greenway Carousel to play with their unique Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., 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.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Spectacle Island Luau

Head to the tropics without leaving Boston Harbor at Boston Harbor Cruises’ weekly Luau on Spectacle Island. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to and from the island and a luau feast by renowned Chef Barbara Lynch. Tickets are $75 for ages 12 and over, $53 for ages 3-11 and free for children under 3. The boat boards at Long Wharf, Boston at 5:15 p.m. and departs at 5:30 p.m. sharp, returning from Spectacle Island at 8:30 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[New Restaurant Eyeing Johhny D's Former Space]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:26:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Johnny+D+21.jpg

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes n exciting new restaurant, the closing of an upscale space and a new BBQ joint.]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend Happenings in Southie]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:52:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Jumbies.jpg

Do:
European Style! For the first time ever, come enjoy a European-style market at The Lawn On D featuring a farmers market, a cut flower stand, a mini car show, and roving street performers: jugglers, face painters, magicians, and aerialists! Plus, delicious food, drinks, lawn games, and live music throughout the day on Saturday, August 11th beginning at 12 pm. Visit LawnOnD.com for more details and full schedule.

See:
Stilt walkers and dancers from the Brooklyn Jumbies will lead the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Neighborhood Night Block Party, celebrating the cycles of the Earth and cosmos. Everyone is welcome to join in the evening of art and performance inside and in front of the Museum along Evans Way Park – which is free and open to the public on Thursday, August 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more details visit here!

Eat:
Bring the kids! Coppersmith offers free meals for kids on the weekends! Kids eat free on Saturday brunch and Sunday all day! Perfect excuse to head out for brunch and treat yourself to the DIY Bloody Mary Bar or a wagon filled with mimosas!

Drink:
Revisit your college years and have a few Jell-O shots! Moonshine 152 has a grown-up version with new flavors weekly! Stop by this week to find out what the flavor is this week!

Shop:
Sip, shop, save! On Thursday, August 9th from 6pm-8: 30 pm participate in the Summer Sidewalk Sale! Shop local at Habit, Covet, Wears + Wares, Pretty Reckless, Nurture, Best Dressed, Deirfiur, Neatly Nested, The Beauty Bar, Go Garbaj, Salon de Cheveux, Bringing Up Baby, Ku De Ta, Dew Luxe, Recollective!

Dance:
Flashback Friday Dinner & Dancing at the Punk & Poet! From 4pm-1am, enjoy food from menu dedicated to favorites from the past! There will also be plenty of dancing because legendary Southie DJ Dru Errico will be spinning hits from the 70’s and 80’s! Cost is $5 donation to go to the Colin McGrath Fund to support South Boston Catholic Academy!

Bowl:
It’s National Bowling Day on Saturday, August 11th! Why not spend it bowling a full strings! Head to the Seaport District for some big ball bowling at Kings Dining and Entertainment then stick around for some nachos and shareable drinks! If you’re more of a traditional New England there’s candlepin bowling at South Boston Bowl on East Broadway!

Save:
Get it While It’s Hot! Flash Sale at East Side Yoga! Enjoy 10 Classes for just $140! Sale is happening now through Sunday, August 12th!

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<![CDATA[Brew on the Grid, Revolution Pie + Pint Opening in Lynn]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:35:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Revolution+88.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new cafe and a pizza spot are both getting ready to debut within the same North Shore space, and a Worcester restaurant group is behind both places.

According to an article from itemlive.com, Brew on the Grid and Revolution Pie + Pint are opening in Lynn, with both spots coming to Central Street in the downtown area of the city. The post says that the cafe/coffee shop plans to open tomorrow (Thursday, August 9) while the pizza spot is looking to open on August 22. Both businesses are run by Grid Hospitality Group, which took over the reins from New England Craft Restaurant Concepts and currently operates Craft Table & Bar in East Boston as well as Stix Noodle Bar and a location of Brew on the Grid in Worcester--and which will be opening locations of Revolution Pie + Pint and Craft Table & Bar in Worcester this fall along with Brew Beer Garden.

The address for Brew on the Grid and Revolution Pie + Pint in Lynn is 23 Central Avenue, Lynn, MA, 01901. The website for Grid Hospitality Group can be found at http://www.gridhg.com/

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<![CDATA[New Restaurant Opening in Old Johnny D's Space in Somerville]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:04:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/johnnyd.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of years ago, we reported that a new restaurant could be coming to the space where a legendary Somerville music club had been, and now it appears that this may indeed be happening.

According to a post on the Davis Square Facebook group page, a dining spot tentatively called Waikiki is looking to open at the site of the old Johnny D's space on Holland Street. A blueprint for the proposed place indicates that it would apparently be a sushi, poke, and raw juice spot while a planning staff report gives a bit more information, saying that it would be a "fast-order food establishment" that would be on ground floor of a four-story mixed-use development that includes residential units above.

Johnny D's closed in March of 2016 after being in business for approximately 47 years; the club started out as a bar, then became a country music venue before transforming into a renowned music club and restaurant that featured a variety of local and national acts.

The opening of a restaurant here is likely a long way off from happening, as the structure hasn't even been built yet, so stay tuned for any updates as they come in.

The address for this proposed eatery in Davis Square is: Waikiki, 17 Holland Street, Somerville, MA, 02144.

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A Restaurant/Bar Could Move into the Former Johnny D's Space in Somerville's Davis Square

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<![CDATA[Amrheins in South Boston May Be Going Up for Sale]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:38:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/amhreins.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A South Boston institution that has been in business for nearly 130 years is apparently going on the market.

According to an article in The Real Reporter, the site on West Broadway where Amrheins resides is going up for sale, with Newmark Capital Markets Managing Director Thomas D. Greeley saying that "All of the other sites around there have been already pulled off the market via sales, and this is now one of the best available." Greeley, who calls the Amrheins property a "a marquee development site," notes that West Broadway and A Street are "two of Boston’s most dynamic corridors" and that the site will be positioned well for "multiple future development scenarios." The parcel, which would presumably include both the Amrheins building and the adjacent parking lot, could fetch close to $20 million, according to the post.

Amrheins, which first opened in 1890 in the Lower End of Southie, is known in part for its hand-carved bar which is the oldest such bar in the entire country; over the years, the restaurant has also known as a place frequented by local politicians. (Caught in Southie says in an article about the potential sale that it is the oldest restaurant and bar in all of South Boston.)

The address for Amrheins is 80 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. Its website can be found at http://amrheinsboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Application Submitted to Replace Bocelli's in South Medford ]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:43:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Bocelli%27s.jpg

It looks like the future of a longtime favorite for Italian food could be in question, as a developer is apparently considering replacing it with a residential development.


According to an article in the Medford Transcript, developer Rick Welch of Mesiti Group has submitted an application to the Historical Commission that would demolish a strip of businesses in South Medford that includes Bocelli's Ristorante and would replace it with a 12-unit apartment complex with retail space on the ground floor. The post says that the Historical Commission voted last month that the Main Street structure--which is nearly 100 years old--is historically significant and that a public hearing on the issue is expected to take place on August 20, with a vote favoring that the building should be preferably preserved potentially keeping it from being torn down for at least 18 months. Mesiti Group has not yet submitted a formal presentation on the proposal, and Bocelli's owner Nick Catricala indicates that there is no longer a deal between him and Rick Welch, saying that "The restaurant Bocelli's is going to stay here."

Bocelli's is an old-school Italian restaurant known in part for its cozy basement dining room, with the spot residing in the space where the iconic DePasquale's restaurant had once been; our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured it as an under-the-radar spot, with the review being found at this link:


The address for Bocelli's is 374 Main Street, Medford, MA, 02155. Its website can be found at http://www.bocellisrestaurant.com/



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<![CDATA[Genki Ya to Open in Former Diva Space in Davis Square]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:04:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GenkiYaSushi.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a local group of Japanese restaurants will be expanding to Somerville, opening where an Indian spot had been.

According to a post on the Davis Square Facebook group page, Genki Ya is planning to open in Davis Square in the former Diva Indian Bistro space on Elm Street. Once it opens, the new place--which features sushi and Japanese entrees made using organic ingredients--will join other locations in Boston's Theatre District as well as Brookline, Cambridge, and Dedham.

Diva closed its doors last December after approximately 20 years in business.

The address for the upcoming location of Genki Ya in Davis Square is 246 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.genkiyasushi.com/

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<![CDATA[District 45 in Lynn Has Closed; Bonefish Harry's to Open]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:05:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/district451.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A North Shore restaurant known in part for its New American fare has shut down after a bit more than a year in business, and it will turn into a "seafood saloon" that currently has another location on the North Shore.

According to an article from the Lynn Item, District 45 in Lynn is no longer in business, as the Lewis Street spot closed for good over the weekend. The post says that Bonefish Harry's in Beverly is opening a second location in the space, with a Facebook post from District 45 indicating that the seafood spot could be opening there in late August.

District 45 first opened in June of 2017, taking over the space where Mildred's Corner Cafe had once been; the Beverly location of Bonefish Harry's--which features "great New England seafood cooked with an international flair," according to its website--debuted in March of this year.

The address for the now-closed District 45 (and upcoming Bonefish Harry's) is 45 Lewis Street, Lynn, MA, 01902. The website for Bonefish Harry's can be found at https://www.bonefishharrys.com/

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<![CDATA[Yacht Rock Night at the Polish Club in Dorchester]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:51:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_591176838287.jpg

Put on your ascots and captain’s hats everyone! On Wednesday, August 15th, the Polish American Citizens Club is celebrating summer and hosting its first Yacht Rock Night.  Yacht Rock Night is inspired by acts like Yacht Rock Revue and celebrates the smoothest hits of the 70s and 80s.

Event starts at 7pm on the 1st floor of the club and is open to members and non-members, 21+. DJ Kaz will be playing all the greatest YR hits. Guests are highly encouraged to wear their nautical best!

To learn more about Yacht Rock, check out these links:
Yacht Rock on wikipedia

Yacht Rock comedy web series


Follow the Polish Club on Facebook (@PolishClubSB), Twitter (@polishclubbos) and Instagram (@polishclubbos) to learn more about this and other fun events.

Image via Yacht Rock Revue

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<![CDATA[Bali Hai in Lynnfield Could Be Replaced by Apartments]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:05:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/balihai.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The future of one of the region's last old-school Polynesian restaurants could be in doubt, though plans to replace it with a luxury apartment complex have been met with a bit of resistance.

According to an article in the Lynn Item, a meeting took place last night on a proposal to replace Bali Hai in Lynnfield with a 32-unit, three-story residential development. The post says that the Planning Board ultimately voted against the project, recommending to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) that they do not grant a special permit for it after listening to local residents share their concerns about the plans. (The ZBA is expected to vote on the proposal this evening.) Matthew and David Palumbo, who are behind the plans to build the complex at the Moulton Drive site, apparently have an agreement to purchase the property, which is located just off Route 128 near the Route 1 intersection.

Bali Hai has been in business for more than 50 years, offering mostly Chinese-American food along with Polynesian cocktails and tiki drinks. A couple of years ago, we had reported that the restaurant had been up for sale, though no further updates were given on the place.

The address for Bali Hai is 160 Moulton Drive, Lynnfield, MA, 01940. Its website can be found at http://www.balihailynnfield.com/

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<![CDATA[Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Block Party]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:55:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/gardner6.jpg

Stilt walkers and dancers from the Brooklyn Jumbies will lead the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Neighborhood Night Block Party, celebrating the cycles of the Earth and cosmos. Everyone is welcome to join in the evening of art and performance inside and in front of the Museum along Evans Way Park – which is free and open to the public on August 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Presented by Laura Anderson Barbata, Intervention: Ocean Blues will be performed by the Brooklyn Jumbies stilt dancers, along with Jamaica Plain-based Spontaneous Celebrations and Afro-Caribbean percussion group Tempo International Rhythm Section. Donning bioluminescent sculptural wearables designed by Barbata, performers will parade through Evans Way Park throughout the evening. This cross-disciplinary collaborative performance highlights the physical and emotional relationship maintained with the life of our ocean and the urgent need for collective transformation. Jellyfish puppets will set the scene for the procession, and a Mermaid Queen, designed by Meegan Williams, will accompany the Jumbies.

In 2007, Barbata began working with the Brooklyn Jumbies, who perform stilt dancing, considered one of the numerous cultural elements of the African and Caribbean diaspora. Jumby means “ghost” in Afro-Caribbean and also serves as a substitute for “stilt-walkers” who function like above ground roots connecting the undead with the rituals of the ancestral African world. Barbata and the Brooklyn Jumbies blend tradition with social contemporary culture, group participation, and protest.

Also outside the Museum, choreographer Marsha Parrilla will lead a Dances of Resistance workshop exploring the power of movement to challenge the status quo, create new paradigms, and uplift the spirit. Enjoy roller skaters Chez-Vouz Roller Rink, interactive demos from Xtreme Ninja Martial Arts, metalsmithing projects from Metalwerx, the Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle, lawn games, art-making, music, tabling from local organizations, the Jamaica Mi Hungry food truck and ice cream trucks for visitors to get a bite to eat.

Inside the Museum, join local artist Silvia López Chavez in the Bertucci Education Studio for hands-on art-making activities inspired by the Museum’s Life, Death, & Revelry exhibition. Songwriter and violinist Josh Knowles will celebrate the release of his upcoming album with performances in Calderwood Hall. David Baird of Metalwerx will lead a stone-carving demo in the Jordan Garden, and healer Luana Morales will conduct rune readings in the Tapestry room.

Over the past year, the Museum has experimented with new ways of animating the historic galleries from sound art to pop-up dance performers. The Evans Way Park Block Party is the third free event of the three-evening series, which is designed to draw neighbors from the Fenway, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, and Dorchester neighborhoods.  The Gardner Museum partners with local culture makers, neighborhood organizations, and artists to offer fun and interactive activities for individuals and families as part of Neighborhood Nights.

Admission is free but limited to Museum capacity. Check in at the Admissions Desk upon arrival.

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<![CDATA[Giardino's Italian Steak House and Sushi Opens in Abington]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:06:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/giardinos.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant with a rather eclectic menu has replaced a popular South Shore spot.

According to a source, Giardino's Italian Steak House and Sushi Bar is now open in Abington, taking over the space on Route 18 where Great Chow had been. The menu at the new eatery includes such items as soups, salads, subs and sandwiches, pasta dishes, pizza, risotto, steak and seafood options, and sushi (including all-you-can-eat sushi), and it looks like the place also has a full liquor license.

Great Chow closed down in March after being in business for approximately 10 years, with the restaurant offering mostly Chinese and Japanese fare. (Another location of Great Chow can be found in the Wollaston section of Quincy.)

The address for this new restaurant in Abington is: Giardino's Italian Steak House and Sushi Bar, 497 Bedford Street (Route 18), Abington, MA, 02351. Its website is at https://www.giardinosrestaurant.com/

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<![CDATA[James Beard Award Winner Opening New Restaurant in Southie]]>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 11:59:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chefkaren+.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of months ago, we reported that a local chef who was a recent James Beard award winner was planning to open her own restaurant. Now we have learned a bit more about the place.

According to a post from Food & Wine, Karen Akunowicz is opening Fox and the Knife in South Boston, with the place being an "Italian-inspired neighborhood enoteca" that the former Executive Chef/partner at Myers + Chang in Boston's South End says will be "just a warm, welcoming neighborhood joint." The article says that the 75-seat eatery could be opening in November and that it will be an affordable spot that will hopefully be "something for everyone." It is not yet known exactly where Fox and the Knife will open--the post says it will be located in an old building where another restaurant had been--so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Akunowicz, who also worked at such places as Ten Tables, the now-closed Via Matta, and Oleana won a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast in May.

Thanks to Caught in Southie for initially bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[FOR SALE: 3 Historic Newport Mansions Hit Real Estate Market]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:36:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tryptich3.jpgLove visiting the grand mansions in Newport, Rhode Island? How about owning one? Three mansions along Newport's famed Bellevue Avenue have hit the real estate market. Snug Harbor has the highest price tag out of the three as it's going for $5.95 million, while Rockry Hall and the Harold Brown Estate are selling for $5.75 million and $4.99 million, respectively. It's a dream for many, but you can still get a sneak peek inside these luxury estates.]]><![CDATA[This Week in Southie]]>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:09:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/coppersmith.jpg

Test your knowledge!  If you know the answers to questions like, which president had the most pets in the White House or which two actors won back to back Oscars then head to Barlow’s on Monday at 6pm for their Trivia Night!  1st and 2nd place win prizes! A perfect excuse to keep the weekend going right?

Be informed. Get involved.A special community meeting will be held on Thursday, August 9th at 6pm to discuss traffic safety in Southie. Come speak with Public Safety and Transportation Officials as well as the elected officials about traffic safety improvements in South Boston. The meeting will be held at the Tynan Elementary School, 650 E 4th St. Last week a call to action was issued by South Boston Families for Safe Streets and Sidewalks after the death of a toddler at the intersection of L and Sixth last week.

National Night Out!  Boston Police Department is hosting its Annual Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th from 5pm-8pm at Moakley Park.  Enjoy food, fun, kids activities and more! This event is FREE!

Barre by the ocean! Join C2 Body at the Boston Harbor Yacht Club on Thursday, August 9th at 6pm. Enjoy a 45 minutes class followed by drinks and snacks post workout! Register for class on their website!

Bring the kids!  Coppersmith offers free meals for kids on the weekends!  Kids eat free on Saturday brunch and Sunday all day! Perfect excuse to head out for brunch and treat yourself to the DIY Bloody Mary Bar or a wagon filled with mimosas! 

Sip, shop, save!  On Thursday, August 9th from 6pm-8:30pm participate in the Summer Sidewalk Sale!  Shop local at Habit, Covet, Wears + Wares, Pretty Reckless, Nurture, Best Dressed, Deirfiur, Neatly Nested, The Beauty Bar, Go Garbaj, Sale de Cheveux, Bringing Up Baby, Ku De Ta, Dew Luxe! 

Donate! A special fund has been started in memory of Colin McGrath, the little boy who died tragically after an accident at L and 6th in Southie last week.  This fund will help support South Boston Catholic Academy where Colin would have attended preschool in September.  Colin’s sister also a student at SBCA.   You can make a donation here!  

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<![CDATA[Things to Do This Week in Dorchester]]>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:08:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/235*120/jumanji.jpg

Yacht Rock! Put on your ascots and captain’s hats everyone! On Wednesday, August 15th, the Polish American Citizens Club is celebrating summer and hosting its first Yacht Rock Night. Yacht Rock Night is inspired by acts like Yacht Rock Revue and celebrates the smoothest hits of the 70s and 80s. Event starts at 7pm on the 1st floor of the club and is open to members and non-members, 21+. DJ Kaz will be playing all the greatest YR hits. Guests are highly encouraged to wear their nautical best!  To learn more, visit here! 

National Night Out! Boston Police Department is hosting its Annual Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th from 5pm-8pm at Town Field – 1564 Dot Ave. Enjoy food, fun, kids activities and more! This event is FREE!

Eat up! Codman Square NDC presents Codman Square Caribbean Jerk Chicken festival, on Thursday, August 9th from 5:30-8 p.m. at Second Church of Dorchester. $10 admission. Call 617-825-4224 or email charles@csndc.com for more info.

Let’s go to the movies! A free Thursday night movie series kicks off at Pope John Paul II Park in Neponset on Thursday August 9th with a screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at dusk. The movies continue on Aug. 16 (Coco), Aug. 23 (Beauty and the Beast), and Aug. 30 (Thor: Ragnarok.) Rain cancels. Don’t forget you chair or blanket!

Happy Birthday, Yellow Door! It’s been one year since Yellow Door Taqueria began serving up some the best margaritas and tacos around! We say stop by and celebrate by eating and drinking!

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<![CDATA[40 Great Things to Do In and Around Boston This Week]]>Sun, 05 Aug 2018 21:42:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/20180727+Billy+Joel.jpg

With so much happening this week, it’s hard to get everything into our weekly roundup for you. We’ve got concerts at Fenway to the 49th Annual Chinatown August Moon Festival, to Truck & Tractor day on the Greenway to free outdoor summer movies and a whole lot more. Check out our list to plan your week of family fun! 

Monday, August 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 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.

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.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

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.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “Leap!”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “Leap!” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Fallon Field, Roslindale.

Tuesday, August 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. 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 Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Wednesday, August 8

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.

Summer Flicks: “Toy Story”

Catch “Toy Story” at Patriot Place’s free outdoor summer movie series, Summer Flicks, tonight. Be sure to bring your chairs and blankets. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk. The movie will be shown on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place.

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

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

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.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “The LEGO Ninjago Movie”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Ronan Park, Dorchester

Thursday, August 9

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.

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

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Bruce Marshall 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.

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.

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.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: “Paddington 2”

Grab your chair or blanket and catch a free outdoor movie tonight with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.’s ParkARTS program which features popular films under the night sky in 12 of the city’s parks throughout August and September. Tonight catch “Paddington 2” at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. Doherty Playground, Charlestown.

Friday, August 10

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: Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Nicholes House Museum, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Wenham Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, The Greenway Carousel and the Freedom Trail Foundation.

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.

Truck & Tractor Day

It’s a free day of fun on the Greenway with Truck & Tractor Day! Check out and climb on board Greenway vehicles, a vintage fire truck, police cars and more. Noon to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 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.

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. 

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 Karate Kid” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Saturday, August 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. 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.

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.

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

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 “Mulan.” 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.

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.

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.

Sunday, August 12

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.

49th Chinatown August Moon Festival

Chinatown’s annual August Moon Festival is today featuring live performances of Chinese dance, music and martial arts, along with a street fair with food and merchandise vendors, sponsor tables, and arts and crafts booths. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Phillips Square, 1 Harrison Ave., 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

Head on down to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and enjoy a day of fun with rangers from the National Park Service. Head over to the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion near The Greenway Carousel to play with their unique Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., 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.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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



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<![CDATA[Blue Fez to Open in Salem]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 21:00:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/Kabash+83.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant is replacing a dining and drinking spot in Salem that closed abruptly last year, and the person behind it runs another eatery in Winthrop.

According to a Facebook post, Blue Fez is planning to open in the former Naumkeag Ordinary space on Washington Street, with the thread indicating that the restaurant is starting to go through the renovation and permitting process. The post also mentions that Nasser Belghiti, who is the chef-owner of the upcoming spot, owns and operates Kasbah Restaurant on Putnam Street in Winthrop Center; that restaurant focuses on Moroccan dishes, and the Facebook page for Blue Fez indicates that it could focus at least in part on Moroccan fare as well, though it is not known exactly what will be on the menu as of yet.

Naumkeag Ordinary closed last August with very little warning after a bit more than four years in business, with the restaurant featuring mostly seasonal New American fare.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Salem is: Blue Fez, 118 Washington Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

Thanks to @CappyinBoston for bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[Mighty Quinn's Barbeque May Be Expanding to Boston]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:53:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Quinns+83.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An award-winning group of BBQ spots based in New York may be coming to Boston.

According to a post from QSR, Mighty Quinn's is looking to franchise, with Boston being one of its targeted cities along with Washington D.C. and Philadelphia (New Jersey is also mentioned as well). Currently, a dozen locations can be found in New York City, Westchester County, and New Jersey, as well as three outlets overseas, with the original being found in the East Village of Manhattan.

Mighty Quinn's has received high praise since debuting in 2012, including New York Times food critic Pete Wells giving the East Village location a 2-star rating a few months after it opened, calling the pulled pork "staggeringly good."

The website for Mighty Quinn's can be found at https://www.mightyquinnsbbq.com/

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<![CDATA[The Parish Cafe in Boston's South End Is Being Sold]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:59:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/219*120/parish+82.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a pair of sandwich shops and cafes in Boston could soon be down to just one, as its newer location is changing ownership.

According to two sources, The Parish Cafe on Mass. Ave. is being sold, with one source saying that the dining spot is closing and being replaced by a new restaurant. A licensing hearing board page within the city's website seems to confirm that the place is indeed changing hands, as the restaurant was seeking to transfer its license to SIG Hospitality, LLC last month, which would operate a dining spot at that location. The manager listed for what is presumably a new restaurant is George Axiotis, who is one of the owners of Kava Neo-Taverna, a Greek spot in the South End; it is not known if any restaurant that comes to the space would be affiliated with Kava, nor is it known what the concept (and name) might be, so stay tuned for updates.

The South End outlet of The Parish Cafe first opened in early 2010, joining the original location which has been on Boylston Street in the Back Bay since 1992.

The address for the South End location of The Parish Cafe (and the restaurant that will apparently replace it) is 493 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118. The website for both locations can be found at https://parishcafe.com/

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<![CDATA[Summer in the City: Top Instagram Posts of the Week]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 11:28:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/insta1.5.jpgViewers shared amazing photos on Instagram this week using the hashtag #FollowingNBC10Boston. Check out the most popular ones below. NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra want to see your photos of Boston! Follow us on Instagram and post your photos using the hashtag #FollowingNBC10Boston and you may see your photos online or on TV!

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<![CDATA[30+ Events Happening This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 08:42:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/hotairballoons_1200x675.jpg

The first weekend of August is here and along with it, dozens of great things to do with the family all weekend long. From the 11th Annual Boston GreenFest to the Boston Seafood Festival or even catch a hot air balloon rally, or the 2018 Sunflower Festival. Whatever it is, make it count. Not sure where to head first? We gathered more than two dozen fun things to do right here to help get you started.

Friday, August 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 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.

11th Annual Boston GreenFest

Celebrate Boston GreenFest’s 11th anniversary with a free, three-day festival at Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Enjoy exhibits, a local food truck emporium, the wine and beer garden, plus children’s activities at the EcoKids Center which has many interactive exhibits, robots, games, pony rides and petting zoo, and more. Noon to 10 p.m., Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. 

37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally

Looking for something special to do this weekend? Hit the road check out the 37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally in Pittsfield, NH. Enjoy carnival rides, a K-9 demonstration, crafters, fireworks and of course hot air balloons at this annual event. 3-8:30 p.m., Drake Field, PMHS Athletic Complex, 7 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH.

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH.

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.

ICA First Friday: White Hot Vol. 5

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Wear those summer whites for a fun night of music, 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. 

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.

Aquatic Rodeo on The Lawn on D

Head down to The Lawn on D and ride Bruce, the mechanical shark, along with a Captain Quint look-alike contest and music from DJ Ryan Brown. 5-11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St. Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

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

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly 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 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

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.

Saturday, August 4 

37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally

Looking for something special to do this weekend? Hit the road check out the 37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally in Pittsfield, NH. Enjoy carnival rides, a K-9 demonstration, crafters, fireworks and of course hot air balloons at this annual event. 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Drake Field, PMHS Athletic Complex, 7 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

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

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH.

Quincy Market History Tour

See Boston’s history come to life with a free, one-hour historical tour of the architecture, politics and geography of Boston’s Quincy Market. 11 a.m., ,eet your guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant. Quincy Market, 4 S. Market St., Boston.

11th Annual Boston GreenFest

Celebrate Boston GreenFest’s 11th anniversary with a free, three-day festival at Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Enjoy exhibits, a local food truck emporium, the wine and beer garden, plus children’s activities at the EcoKids Center which has many interactive exhibits, robots, games, pony rides and petting zoo, and more. Noon to 10 p.m., Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall.

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.

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.

William Shakespeare’s “Richard III”

Enjoy a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” from the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on the Boston Common. Performances today at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.

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 Incredibles.” 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.

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.

Movies on the Lawn: “Patriots Day”

It’s movie night on The Lawn on D. Head down for a screening of “Patriots Day,” and while you’re there, enter a raffle for a Plymouth Road Race race bib and some Truly swag. Dusk, The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Sunday, August 5

37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally

Looking for something special to do this weekend? Hit the road check out the 37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally in Pittsfield, NH. Enjoy carnival rides, a K-9 demonstration, crafters, fireworks and of course hot air balloons at this annual event. 5:30-10 a.m., Drake Field, PMHS Athletic Complex, 7 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH.

7th Boston Seafood Festival

If you love seafood you don’t want to miss the 7th Annual Boston Seafood Festival on the historic Boston Fish Pier. Enjoy a day filled with seafood, clambakes, chef demonstrations, educational events, family fun and more. Tickets start at $15. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Boston Fish Pier, 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.

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH.

Greenway Play Session

Head on down to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and enjoy a day of fun with rangers from the National Park Service. Head over to the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion near The Greenway Carousel to play with their unique Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 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.

11th Annual Boston GreenFest

Celebrate Boston GreenFest’s 11th anniversary with a free, three-day festival at Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Enjoy exhibits, a local food truck emporium, the wine and beer garden, plus children’s activities at the EcoKids Center which has many interactive exhibits, robots, games, pony rides and petting zoo, and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall.

BSS Summer Cornhole Tournament

Buds of Boston and Boston Cornhole invite you to The Lawn on D for their third annual 64-team cornhole tournament. Enjoy the outdoor bar, play on the swings, enjoy some ping-pong, the bocce courts and more during the tournament. Register your team of two. Noon to 5 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Free Summer Concert at Longfellow House

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

William Shakespeare’s “Richard III”

Enjoy a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” from the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on the Boston Common. 7 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. 



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<![CDATA[Les Sablons in Cambridge's Harvard Square is Closed]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 01:10:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/Les+Sablons+82.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale Cambridge restaurant known for its French-influenced dishes and cocktails is saying farewell after a bit more than a year in business.

According to an article in The Boston Globe and a post from Eater Boston, Les Sablons in Harvard Square closes down today, with a note from the place saying the following:

"Partners Jeremy Sewall, Garrett Harker, Shore Gregory, and Skip Bennett will continue to move forward, focusing their efforts on what they do best: creating distinct moments of hospitality around the table and celebrating New England’s rich seafood traditions. They have profound gratitude for the entire Les Sablons team and the work they put into making every dining experience special. The team will continue to operate Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square and Burlington, in addition to Row 34 in Fort Point and Portsmouth, NH.


Les Sablons first opened in April of 2017 in the historic Conductor's Building between Mount Auburn Street and Bennett Street, with the space including a high-end dining area upstairs and a more casual oyster bar and cocktail lounge downstairs.

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<![CDATA[Paprika Grill Opens in Salem]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 21:35:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Paprika+82.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant has come to the North Shore.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Paprika Grill is now open in Salem, with the eatery actually starting out in Gloucester before moving to its new location on Liberty Street. The restaurant's Facebook page shows such items as red lentil soup, hummus, baba ganoush, grape leaves, falafel, chicken shish kebab, lamb adana, and baklava on its menu, with all items being under $10.

The address for this new Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dining spot in Salem is: Paprika Grill, 2 Liberty Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

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<![CDATA[Some Big Local Restaurant Names Are Coming to Logan Airport]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 21:06:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/SullivansLobsterRoll%5B1%5D.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like travelers to and from Boston will soon find some very familiar dining options available to them.

According to a couple of press releases, MarketPlace Logan has announced that a number of popular restaurants will be expanding to Logan Airport, including Kelly's Roast Beef, Sullivan's, Lucca Restaurant & Bar, Santarpio's Pizza, Alta Strada, B.Good, Mija Cantina and Tequila Bar, Not Your Average Joe's, Saloniki Greek, Tico, Trade, Monument Restaurant & Tavern, and more. The emails also mention that Boston Public Market will be opening a 6,000-square-foot outpost at Terminal C as well, and that it will feature several businesses that currently reside at the original market near Haymarket Square.

Expect to see Kelly's and Lucca by the end of the year, with the other dining options (including Boston Public Market) opening in 2019.

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<![CDATA[4 Local Eateries Named Among Top 50 New Restaurants in US]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:15:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bonappetit.jpg

A popular food magazine has posted its list of nominees for the best new restaurants in America, and two spots in Cambridge have been included among its picks.

According to the list from Bon Appetit, Pammy's between Harvard Square and Central Square and Yume Ga Arukara in Porter Square are two of its 50 nominees for best new dining spots in the United States for 2018, along with a couple of other New England spots - Drifters Wife and Rose Foods, both of which are located in Portland, Maine. The magazine will announce which restaurants have made the top 10 on Aug. 14.

Pammy's, which is a New American restaurant with Italian influences, debuted on Massachusetts Avenue last July, while Yume Ga Arukara, which focuses on udon, opened at the Porter Square Exchange food court last September.

For a complete list of the 50 nominees for 2018, please go to the link below:

The Top 50 Nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants 2018

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<![CDATA[Tony's Kitchen May Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 21:24:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/bomb+squad+response+newbury+st.jpg

A new dining spot could be opening in the Back Bay space where one of the city's best-known restaurants had been.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Tony's Kitchen is seeking to acquire the liquor license of the now-closed Tapeo, with the plan being for the new restaurant to open within that Newbury Street space. The notice mentions that Anthony Wine would be the manager of the eatery and that it would have a dining room on the main floor as well as two outdoor patio areas during the warmer months; little other information is known about Tony's Kitchen at this point in time, so keep checking back for updates.

Tapeo, which had been in business for 22 years until closing this past January, was known for its tapas, Spanish wines, and more.

The address for the proposed Tony's Kitchen is 266 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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<![CDATA[Taqueria Urban Kitchen Plans to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 21:17:12 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/La+Catrina81.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a brand new Mexican restaurant may be on its way to the Back Bay, and the person behind several local dining spots appears to be behind this place as well.

According to a licensing hearing board page within the City of Boston website, Taqueria Urban Kitchen is planning to open on Newbury Street and that it is looking to get its liquor license from La Catrina on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton. The manager listed in the notice is Allan Rodriguez, who is apparently the same person who runs La Catrina as well as El Centro, which has locations in the South End, Belmont, Brookline, and a soon-to-open outlet in Dedham. It is not known what the exact status of La Catrina is at this point in time, so stay tuned for updates.

The address for this proposed Mexican restaurant in the Back Bay is: Taqueria Urban Kitchen, 255 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

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<![CDATA[Paul Bakery in Natick Has Closed]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 21:30:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/177*120/Pauls+81.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of French bakery-cafes continues to disappear from the local landscape, with one of its two remaining shops closing its doors.

According to a source, Paul Bakery at the Natick Mall in Natick is no longer in business, with a message sent from the company confirming this, referring customers to its sole Boston-area location at Assembly Row in Somerville. Two other outlets of the bakery have closed over the past couple of years as well, including one in downtown Boston (which shut down this spring) and another in Burlington.

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 website for the chain can be found at http://www.paul-usa.com/en/

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<![CDATA[EHChocolatier to Open Shop in Cambridge's Huron Village]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:55:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/202*120/EHChoclatier+730.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A chocolate company that is hidden in an industrial building in Somerville is moving to a storefront in Cambridge.

According to an article from Eater Boston, EHChocolatier is planning to move from its current location on Windsor Street near the Cambridge border to a space on Huron Avenue in the Huron Village/Observatory Hill neighborhood of the city. As Eater says, this will be its first permanent public-facing brick-and-mortar location, as it has had pop-up shops while also being in its current home that, while open to the public, is inside a building in an industrial area and is very easy to miss. (Its building--which is located south of Union Square--is also home to Taza Chocolate.)

If all goes as planned, EHChocolatier will open in its new location in the late fall--and the space will also include its kitchen operations, according to EB.

The current address for EHChocolatier is 561 Windsor Street in Somerville, while the new address will be at 145 Huron Avenue in Cambridge; its website can be found at https://www.ehchocolatier.com/

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<![CDATA[Bucktown Chicken & Fish to Open in Boston's Mission Hill Neighborhood]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:55:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Bucktown+730.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant featuring an array of fried foods is on its way to Boston, and this spot has roots south of the city.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Bucktown Chicken & Fish is planning to open in the city's Mission Hill neighborhood, with the Tremont Street eatery joining a restaurant simply named "Bucktown" in the Federal Hill section of Providence. The article says that place will offer fried comfort food items such as fish sandwiches, hush puppies, oyster and shrimp po' boys, chicken and waffles, and more, and the owners are also seeking a full liquor license for the spot as well. It is not yet known when Bucktown Chicken & Fish might open, so stay tuned for updates.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Mission Hill is: Bucktown Chicken & Fish, 1522 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02120. The website for the original Bucktown in Providence can be found at http://www.bucktownpvd.com/

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<![CDATA[Scrumptious Bacon Dishes to Try Out in the Boston Area]]>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 16:12:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/MontesGarlicBread.jpgHere are 16 bacon dishes to try in the Boston area.

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<![CDATA[Bedford Farms Wins Best Boston-Area Ice Cream Shop Tourney ]]>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:55:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/199*120/ice-cream-shutterstock_642671101.jpg

We started with sixteen beloved ice cream shops in the Boston area. After four competitive rounds, Bedford Farms Ice Cream has emerged as the winner of our Best Boston-Area Ice Cream Shop Tournament. Congratulations to Bedford Farms, runner-up Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream, and all the other shops that participated!  

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<![CDATA[This Week's Happenings in Southie]]>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:42:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/ATK+730.PNG

Take care! There’s a full moon, lunar eclipse, and mercury in retrograde all in one week!  This is a good time to be gentle with yourself!  Take a restorative yoga class this week and give yourself a little TLC.  Radiant Yoga is offering a little extra with a Juice Box Pop-up Classes are currently our Radiant Express, 45-Minute Flow FormatClass Schedule: M & F – 6:30 am and T, W, TH – 6:30 pm.  To register visit here! 

Now hiring!  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers are hiring an intern to help them out with the 2019 parade.  Perfect for those interested in a career in event planning, marketing, non-profit management.  Interested parties should reach out here!  

Olliepalooza!   This fun-filled community event is perfect for all ages and takes place on Thursday, August 2nd  from 3pm-7pm at Moakley Park! Featuring family/team games, story circles, face painting & crafts, food & refreshments, music dancing and more! We can’t wait!

Test it out!  America’s Test Kitchen, which produces wildly popular cooking shows for public television, the magazine Cook’s Illustrated, in addition to numerous cookbooks, moved to the Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building on Dry Dock Ave last year and now you can get a taste! A new ATK food truck will be open for business Tuesday through Thursday serving up a different dish from a recipe from the show, magazine or cookbook right in front of their headquarters! Stop by 11:30am to 2:30pm.

Take a picture!  Dine out Boston (aka Restaurant Week) is back for week two this summer!  Beginning Sunday, August 5th through 10th and August 12th-17th you can enjoy lunch for $15, $20, and $25 and dinners for $28, $33 and $38.If you snap a picture of you enjoying dinner and share over social media, you might just win a $100 gift card.  Use #DineOutBoston and make sure to follow them on Instagram! Perfect excuse to get out of the house and support local restaurants!

Bonus:
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! L Street Diner is now serving up ice cream! Order up vanilla, chocolate or strawberry in a cup or a cone. You can also get a sundae, banana split or root beer float.

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<![CDATA[This Week's Happenings in Dorchester]]>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:37:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/peach+730.PNG

Be informed. Get involved. On Tuesday, July 31st  from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, the City of Boston BDPA PLAN – Glover’s Corner consultants invite the community to come to the Boys’ & Girls’ Club of Dorchester (1135 Dorchester Ave.) to explore the possibilities of how our neighborhood of Dorchester can develop its full potential as broad cross-section of Boston in all its diversity. Lots of important decisions are on the table. Make sure to stop by.

Peachy keen!The Georgia Peach Truck will be back in Dot on Wednesday, August 1st. Stop by Cedar Grove Gardens from 12pm-1:30 pm and pick yourself up a peck of peaches!

Sip, Shop, Sale!The Cue is hosting a special sip and shop on Sunday, August 5th from 12pm-4pm. Enjoy this one day only sale where you can pick up must-have style for less! Make sure to follow them on instagram as details will be released closer to the date!

Take care! There’s a full moon, lunar eclipse, and mercury in retrograde all in one week! This is a good time to be gentle with yourself! Take a yoga class this week and give yourself a little TLC. Open Doors Yoga in Dot is hosting a beginner’s workshop on Wednesday night at 7 pm. Perfect for those who are yoga-curious! Learn more here! 

Take a picture!  Dine out Boston (aka Restaurant Week) is back for week two this summer!  Beginning Sunday, August 5th through 10th and August 12th-17th you can enjoy lunch for $15, $20, and $25 and dinners for $28, $33 and $38.If you snap a picture of you enjoying dinner and share over social media, you might just win a $100 gift card.  Use #DineOutBoston and make sure to follow them on Instagram! Perfect excuse to get out of the house and support local restaurants!

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<![CDATA[30+ Events Happening This Week in and Around the Boston Area]]>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 18:56:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Colby_Sunflower_Farm_Tops_List_of_Fall_Activities.jpg

Monday, July 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. 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.

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH.

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots and Bush

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots and Bush take the stage at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion as part of their Revolution 3 tour tonight. Tickets start at $49.50. 6:30 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Tuesday, July 31 

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.

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH.

Jazz on the Greenway

Enjoy live music on the greenway thanks to the North End Music & Performing Arts Center and their Summer Concert Series. Tonight enjoy the Dirty Water Brass Band, performing a mix of of eclectic, second line, soul, R&B, Motown, rock, jazz.. (In case of rain performance will be moved to the Boston Public Market). 6-7:30 p.m., The Greenway, Hanover Street and Cross Street, Boston.

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

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

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.

Wednesday, August 1

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.

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH. 

Downeast Back Porch on The Greenway

The Downeast Back Porch pop up on The Greenway is a great way to spend your Wednesday night at a family-friendly space with food trucks, lawn games, live music and other events. 4-9 p.m., Downeast Back Porch on The Greenway, Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue, 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.

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.

Thursday, August 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 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. 

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH.

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.

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 the band AJNA combining the eclectic sounds of indie, electronic, and glitch music to create glimpses of physical reality through sound. 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 Fat City 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.

Free Summer Concert at Charlestown Navy Yard

Enjoy a free summer concert tonight at 6 p.m. tonight featuring singer-songwriter Victor Martin.. 6 p.m., Charlestown Navy Yard, 1 Constitution Road, Boston.

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.

Friday, August 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 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.

11th Annual Boston GreenFest

Celebrate Boston GreenFest’s 11th anniversary with a free, three-day festival at Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Enjoy exhibits, a local food truck emporium, the wine and beer garden, plus children’s activities at the EcoKids Center which has many interactive exhibits, robots, games, pony rides and petting zoo, and more. Noon to 10 p.m., Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall.

37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally

Looking for something special to do this weekend? Hit the road check out the 37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally in Pittsfield, NH. Enjoy carnival rides, a K-9 demonstration, crafters, fireworks and of course hot air balloons at this annual event. 3-8:30 p.m., Drake Field, PMHS Athletic Complex, 7 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH.

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH.

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.

ICA First Friday: White Hot Vol. 5

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Wear those summer whites for a fun night of music, 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.

SoWa First Fridays

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

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

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

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 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 

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.

Saturday, August 4 

37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally

Looking for something special to do this weekend? Hit the road check out the 37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally in Pittsfield, NH. Enjoy carnival rides, a K-9 demonstration, crafters, fireworks and of course hot air balloons at this annual event. 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Drake Field, PMHS Athletic Complex, 7 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

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

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH.

11th Annual Boston GreenFest

Celebrate Boston GreenFest’s 11th anniversary with a free, three-day festival at Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Enjoy exhibits, a local food truck emporium, the wine and beer garden, plus children’s activities at the EcoKids Center which has many interactive exhibits, robots, games, pony rides and petting zoo, and more. Noon to 10 p.m., Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall.

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. 

William Shakespeare’s “Richard III”

Enjoy a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” from the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on the Boston Common. Performances today at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.

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 Incredibles.” 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. 

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. Xfinity Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield.  

Sunday, August 5

37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally

Looking for something special to do this weekend? Hit the road check out the 37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally in Pittsfield, NH. Enjoy carnival rides, a K-9 demonstration, crafters, fireworks and of course hot air balloons at this annual event. 5:30-10 a.m., Drake Field, PMHS Athletic Complex, 7 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH.

7th Boston Seafood Festival

If you love seafood you don’t want to miss the 7th Annual Boston Seafood Festival on the historic Boston Fish Pier. Enjoy a day filled with seafood, clambakes, chef demonstrations, educational events, family fun and more. Tickets start at $15. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Boston Fish Pier, 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.

2018 Sunflower Festival

The 2018 Sunflower Festival is going on all week long at Coppal House Farm. Grab the family and head out to not miss this amazing display. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The sunflower field is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Coppal House Farm, ​118 North River Road (Rte. 155) Lee, NH.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. 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.

11th Annual Boston GreenFest

Celebrate Boston GreenFest’s 11th anniversary with a free, three-day festival at Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Enjoy exhibits, a local food truck emporium, the wine and beer garden, plus children’s activities at the EcoKids Center which has many interactive exhibits, robots, games, pony rides and petting zoo, and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall.

Free Summer Concert at Longfellow House

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

William Shakespeare’s “Richard III”

Enjoy a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” from the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on the Boston Common. 7 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.

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<![CDATA[Vegetarian? Vegan? Check Out These Greater Boston Spots]]>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:35:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/Wholeheart%28credit+Brian+Samuels%29.PNGVegetarian and vegan restaurants to try out in the Boston area and beyond for veggie lovers or vegans to try out.

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<![CDATA[New Mexican Restaurant Opening in Swampscott]]>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 10:21:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new Mexican restaurant is looking to open on the North Shore, and it could be part of a local group of dining spots--though this has not yet been confirmed.

According to a source, Mexicali Grill is planning to open in Swampscott, with the address indicating that it would be coming to the Vinnin Square Plaza. An earlier page within the town website mentions that the restaurant is indeed looking to open there and that the family behind it runs several dining spots in the region. Another restaurant called Mexicali Grill is looking to open in the former British Beer Company space in Danvers as well, but it is not known if the two places are connected, nor is it known if either (or both) are connected to Mexicali Mexican Grill, which has locations in Holden, Natick. Spencer, Ware, Webster, and South Windsor, CT. (As soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.)

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Swampscott is: Mexicali Grill, 435 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA, 01907.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
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<![CDATA[These Boston-Area Cocktails Are Dazzling and Delicious ]]>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 11:45:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/VidaMargarita%28Rail+Stop%292.5.jpgThese cocktails served at Boston-area spots are pleasing to the eye and taste buds.

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<![CDATA[Huge Food Hall Coming to Financial District]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:52:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/209*120/Mock+up.PNG

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes more dining options in one part of Boston, an adventurous new business and another location for a popular restaurant.]]>
<![CDATA[Lenny's Hideaway May Be Replacing Perch 143 in Cohasset]]>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:29:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a family-style Mexican restaurant could be coming to the South Shore, taking over the space where an upscale comfort food spot currently resides.

According to an article in the Cohasset Mariner, Lenny's Hideaway is looking to open in Cohasset, moving into the Perch 143 space on Stagecoach Way in the village center. The post says that owners Derek and Stephanie Burke come from San Francisco where they owned a number of dining spots, and that the plan is to make minor changes to the space and no changes to the exterior. If all goes well, Lenny's Hideaway could be opening in September.

Perch 143, which opened its doors last year, is a casual upscale restaurant that features a mix of New American and classic American fare, including such items as deviled eggs, pulled pork sliders, a beet salad, burgers, a short rib grilled cheese sandwich, grilled salmon, herb roasted chicken, and steak tips.

The address for Perch 143 (and the proposed Lenny's Hideaway) is 8 Stagecoach Way, Cohasset, MA, 02025.

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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[Blue Shirt Cafe in Somerville's Davis Square Is Closing]]>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:37:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular Somerville cafe that has been in business for more than 20 years is shutting down.

According to several sources, Blue Shirt Cafe in Davis Square is getting ready to close, with a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page and another poster on the Davis Square Facebook group page both mentioning this as well. A call placed to the Highland Avenue eatery confirms this, saying that its last day will be Sunday, July 29.

Blue Shirt Cafe first opened in 1997 (according to a page on the Manta site), with the dining spot being known in part for its breakfast dishes, sandwiches, smoothies, and fresh-squeezed juice options.

The address for this soon-to-close cafe in Davis Square is: Blue Shirt Cafe, 424 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02144. Its website can be found at http://www.blueshirtcafedavis.com/

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<![CDATA[Forcella May Be Opening in Boston's North End]]>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 21:04:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant may be on its way to the North End, and it would apparently be moving into the space where an upscale Italian spot had been until closing a couple of years ago.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, a dining spot tentatively called Forcella is planning to open at 33 North Square, which is where Carmen was until it shut down in July of 2016. The  notice mentions that the restaurant is seeking a beer, wine, and liqueurs license and that the parent company is Flagship Restaurant Group, LLC. Little other information is available on Forcella, so check back for updates as they come in.

Carmen had been open at North Square for approximately 16 years, offering such items as steamed clams, braised short rib ravioli, baked penne, roasted rack of pork, pan-seared duck breast, and crespelle.

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<![CDATA[Weekend Picks – July 27th]]>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:50:27 -0400

Eat:
Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Caffe Zia Gianna this weekend!  Caffe Zia Gianna serves up an authentic Italian breakfast and lunch. The coffee selection features items like espresso con panna, caffe mocha, and Espresso Affogato. For those of you less adventurous, there is also American coffee on the menu. For breakfast you can feast on delicious omelettes or breakfast sandwiches made on your choice of toasted prioscia or dinner roll.
Gianna’s lunch menu features sandwiches like the Tramontana made with Italian ham, Sicilian style roasted peppers, mozzarella or the Maestrale with mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto! There are also fresh salads like the Favignana with shaved fennel, orange segments, apple cider vinaigrette and the Lampedusa made with arugula, tomatoes, pickled red onions, balsamic vinaigrette.  Save room for dessert!

Drink:
You’re gonna need a bigger boat! Lower Mills Tavern is celebrating shark week with a nod to the classic shark thriller Jaws! Enjoy burger and a Naragansett for just $15! Crush it like Quint!

Workout:
Every Thursday night at 6:30pm, enjoy a free fitness class on the grass at District Ave at South Bay. This week’s workout is Kick It by Eliza! Giveaways and goodies for all attendees. For more information and to register, visit here! Space is limited!

See:
Check out Leftovers at the Strand Theatre! This pay as you wish performance runs through August 18th! Get the details here!

Do:
Play Musical Bingo on Thursday nights at The Industry! From 8-10 enjoy Bingo with music – if you have the song that’s playing you mark it off on your card! Sounds like fun to us! While you’re playing enjoy some Sangria and order up some apps!

Celebrate:
It was National Tequila Day this week – we say keep the celebration going all weekend! Check out our picks for where to celebrate in Dot!

Shop:
A bushel and a peck!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. Here’s a guide to the farmers markets in Dot!

Run:
Lace up those sneakers and enjoy an evening run and post run social hour at a local Dot establishment! Fun run starts at 7pm! Follow them on Facebook to find out the meet up spot! Thursday, July 26th spot is The Blarney Stone! It’s a great way to meet new people and stay in shape! You can run or walk!

Pamper:
Give your yourself some much needed self-care! From cuts and colors, to facials and botox, we’ve got the scoop on where to treat yourself right in Dot!

Listen:
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 BDE episode! Don’t know what BDE is? Well, then you need to listen! You can download it here!

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<![CDATA[Weekend Picks – July 27th]]>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:57:48 -0400

Eat:
Sunday is National Chicken Wing Day!  Southie has some of the best places to eat wings so it’s the perfect excuse to order a round or two and celebrate all weekend!  Lincoln Tavern has delicious spicy wings!  The Broadway has smoked chicken wings!  At Backyard Betty’s you can get them charred or fried, naked or tossed in buffalo sauce!  Local 149 has them either buffalo style or sweet and smokey!  Over at Stats, wings are served grilled with honey/garlic sauce!  Where’s your favorite spot for wings in Southie?

Drink:
Friday Night Flights! Each Friday evening, GrandTen Distillingwill open the distillery doors to those interested in a more in-depth understanding of handcrafted spirits. Offering a detailed tour, followed by a relaxed tasting of our full line of products (along with special, limited-run spirits not available anywhere else), you’ll keep a tasting glass as a souvenir. These tastings will include discussions on mixology, the history of Boston spirits, and the spirit world more generally. To keep these tastings intimate and conversation lively, seating will be initially limited to 20 reservations.  You can purchase tickets by visiting their website!  

Shop:
We love pop up shops! So when we heard the news that WS Development was launching The Current: a pop-up village right in the heart of the Seaport District, we were excited to say the least. This cluster of of modular, visually-compelling structures features a collection of retailers on a rotating basis, ranging from beloved local startups to first-to-Boston national brands – each connected by a common thread and theme that changes periodically.  Stop by and shop these 9 pop-ups with a “She-Village” theme!  Get the scoop here!

See:
See the master of the mix , DJ Helado Negro spinning a medley of hip-hop, Latin, and electronic music this Friday at the ICA.  This fun event is part of the ICA’s Summer Fridays from 6:30pm-10pm!  Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for ICA members.  For more information visit here! 

Do:
Grab your chair and hit the beach!  Join Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for a Youth Beach Bash and Splash at Carson Beach on July 27th from 10am-2pm.  This free event will feature aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, performing pirates and Songs and Stories of the Sea, Art on the Shore, beach games, refreshments, and more!  Sounds like fun to us!

Listen:
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 BDE episode! Don’t know what BDE is? Well, then you need to listen! You can download it here!

Indulge:
Did you miss the Gelato Social last week at Capo?  Well, don’t worry!  It’s Sundae Funday on Sundays!  Enjoy a DIY gelato sundae bar with all the fixins’ for $10!  Enjoy a seat in the cafe or take it to-go! 

Pamper:
Give your skin some much needed TLC at The Beauty Bar.  Book yourself a facial at The Beauty Bar!  From their signature facial, to anti-aging, enjoy cleansing, exfoliation, refreshing mask and some relaxation! The end result will be healthy, glowing skin!The Beauty Bar also offers amazing blowouts so you can look gorgeous all weekend!Book one today!

Experience:
Interested in learning more about the booming cannabis business?  Well, lucky you!  CannaCon, the nation’s premier cannabis business convention is in town July 27th and 28th at the Hynes Convention Center.  This expo will host more than 150 exhibitors, presenters, and celebrity influencers over the course of two days uniting buyers, vendors, and consumers of the medical and recreational cannabis industry. Highlights include two full days of educational seminars including presentations by High Times Senior Cultivation Editor Danny Danko, a panel of female entrepreneurs, a diversity panel, insurance risk analysts, hempologists, payroll and marketing experts, successful farmers, cannabis licensing application professionals, and more. To learn more visit here! 

Workout:
Summer’s the perfect time to ditch your gym membership and get your sweat on outside. From beach yoga to backyard bootcamp, no matter what kind of activity you’re into, we have an awesome outdoor class for you. Check out our roundup here! 

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<![CDATA[Brothers Kouzina in Peabody Plans to Close at End of Year]]>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:12:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular Greek restaurant is going to be closing to make way for a dispensary, though not as quickly as originally thought.

According to an article in the Patch, Brothers Kouzina in Peabody is looking to close at the end of the year, as a medical marijuana dispensary is being planned for the Route 1 space. The post says that the original plan was for the dining spot to close at the end of this month, but the people behind the spot are looking for a new space in which to move. (The Patch says that the person behind the dispensary is the nephew of the owners of Brothers Kouzina.)

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

The address for Brothers Kouzina is 25 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960. The website for the restaurant can be found at http://www.brotherskouzina.com/

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<![CDATA[Peggy O’Neil’s Will Official Transform Into Blend]]>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 20:59:12 -0400

Last month, we reported that legendary Dorchester bar Peggy O’Neil’s petitioned to change its name to Blend with the City of Boston.  Well, according to Boston Eater, Peggy O’Neil’s is currently closed to let the transformation/refresh happen.  It will re-open on Friday, July 27th but may close again in August to finish some of the interior renovations. 

Blend will continue to feature comfort foods like steak tips and burgers but add some items to the menu too!

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<![CDATA[High Street Place Food Hall Being Planned for Downtown Boston]]>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:49:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a massive new food hall is on its way to downtown Boston, and it will include a number of vendors offering food and drink.

According to an article from Eater Boston as well as the website for the project, High Street Place is being planned for 160 Federal Street and 100 High Street in the Financial District, with 22 food stalls and seating for 400 people currently in the works for the 18,471-square-foot space. Eater says that the development will have an "open-air" feeling and will connect to the lobbies of the office buildings on both Federal Street and High Street. If all goes as planned, High Street Place could be opening in the spring of 2019.

The website for High Street Place can be found at http://highstreetplace.com/

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<![CDATA[Adventure Pub to Open in East Arlington]]>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 19:32:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A "gastro gaming pub" is on its way to a space that had been home to a short-lived French restaurant.

According to a post within the Arlington List Facebook group page, Adventure Pub is planning to open on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington this fall where Bistro Duet had been. The Facebook page for the proposed spot mentions that it will offer a seasonal menu along with beer, wine, and cocktails, while also having a library of tabletop games and events featuring "larger group Immersive Game and Storytelling experiences...that blur the line between Interactive Theatre, Escape Rooms and Live Action Role Play." The Executive Chef at Adventure Pub will be Jason Smith, who comes from such places as B3 in Boston, Parsnip in Cambridge, La Brasa in Somerville, and the now-closed Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro in Foxboro.

Bistro Duet first opened around the beginning of 2017, moving into the space where Flora had been for 20 years; the French dining spot closed this past January after less than a year in business.

The address for the upcoming Adventure Pub is 190 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474.

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<![CDATA[Mass. Residents Say Hello to Bird, Bye Bye to Ofo]]>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 21:01:34 -0400

Two major announcements from Californian electric scooter startup Bird and Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo impacted Massachusetts this week.

A screenshot taken on Friday from the Bird app shows that Bird scooters are now available in Somerville and Cambridge, but not in Boston. Photo by BostInno.

Ofo abruptly decided to shut down all but a few of its U.S. operations, including its programs in Quincy, Revere and Worcester.

On Friday, Bird began offering its fleet of dockless, electric scooters in neighborhoods throughout the Cambridge and Somerville areas, as part of an under-the-radar launch that was spotted on Friday by local reporters.

Bird said it will adjust the number of scooters and areas they’re available based on rider demand. Currently, if you check the availability of Bird scooters on the app, Boston doesn’t offer any ride or park zones.

“The region recognizes the need for an accessible and reliable transit system. We are excited to bring our affordable, transportation option to the people and local communities,” a Bird spokesperson wrote in an email. “Birds are perfect for those ‘last mile’ trips that are too long to walk, but too short to drive.”

Riders can locate the most convenient Bird through the Bird smartphone app. Bird costs $1 to start each ride plus $0.15 cents per minute following.

Since launching in September of 2017, Bird riders have logged more than a million rides. Currently, Bird scooters are available in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Nashville, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and other U.S. cities.

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<![CDATA[Lala Rokh in Boston's Beacon Hill Is Closing]]>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:54:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Persian restaurant in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood that has been around for nearly a quarter century is closing for good.

According to a press release, Lala Rokh on Mount Vernon Street is shutting down at the end of dinner service on Saturday, August 11, with the note saying that "We are immensely grateful to our mother without whom we and Lala Rokh wouldn’t exist. Mama Bina (as she’s been called by the staff) painstakingly trained chefs who knew nothing about the nuances of Persian cuisine. She visited Iran year after year—as recently as a few months ago—to bring back herbs, spices and other ingredients so essential to our authentic dishes. This is a task that is now too arduous for her to continue....Although we will miss Lala Rokh immensely, we feel the time has come to spend more time with our families." It is not known what might move into the space at this point in time, so keep checking back for updates.

Lala Rokh, which first opened in 1993, is part of the BiNA Family Hospitality restaurant group, which includes Bin 26 Enoteca, jm Curley and Bogie's Place.

The address for Lala Rokh is 97 Mt Vernon Street, Boston, MA, 02108. Its website can be found at http://lalarokh.com/

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<![CDATA[These Boston Beer Gardens Are Paradise For Hops Lovers]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:46:12 -0400Aero Allston is a beer garden that features live music performances. The venue showcases up-and-coming musical acts, local food trucks, and beer from Aeronaut Brewing Company. It's open every Wednesday and Friday nights, up until September 28.]]>Aero Allston is a beer garden that features live music performances. The venue showcases up-and-coming musical acts, local food trucks, and beer from Aeronaut Brewing Company. It's open every Wednesday and Friday nights, up until September 28.]]>https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Aeronaut2.5.jpgThese Boston-area beer gardens are great places to sit back and relax with a beer in your hand.

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<![CDATA[Meet New Dir. for South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade]]>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 17:03:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Bryan+Bishop.jpg

On July 12, 2018, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council (SBAWVC) appointed Bryan Bishop as director of parade operations for the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade. Who’s this new director, and what does his appointment mean for #Southie? Here are the five most important facts to know.

1) Bishop’s lived in the area for 30 years.

The 20-year Air Force veteran originally hails from North Carolina, but he’s lived in New England since 1988. In the Air Force, he was director of operations for its official Band of Liberty as well as a principal singer and piano player. He also acted as technical producer, doing lighting, sound, and production design for hundreds of shows worldwide. After retiring in 2007, he joined the workforce and got a degree from U Mass Lowell. Now he lives in East Boston.

2) He supports veterans, on and off the clock.

In his day job, he manages veteran support for Somerville as commissioner of military affairs and veterans’ services, and previously served as chief of staff of veterans’ services for the City of Boston. Massachusetts has a law that explicitly supports veterans through financial resources and representation. “There’s not another state in the country that can say that,” he says.

Bishop manages the Somerville Veterans Memorial Parade. He’s also the founder and CEO of OUTVETS, a non-partisan organization of LGBTQ veterans. The idea for an organization came to him 25 years ago, when he was still serving and not yet openly gay. “I hoped that one day, hopefully in my lifetime, gays could serve openly. There are groups for women veterans, for veterans who served overseas. I wanted the same for our community.” OUTVETS began in 2014 as a social space and a place for resources. Former Southie parade director Brian Mahoney actually pitched and advocated for OUTVETS to join the parade in 2014, before ensuing controversy. “We weren’t trying to push an agenda—this organization is about helping veterans and saving their lives. We wanted to march in a veterans parade,” says Bishop.

3) His appointment is the result of a citywide search for the best candidate.

When the director position opened up in 2018, a new job description was developed and vetted through the council. After that, the council searched Boston-wide for individuals willing to devote time and expertise, including engaging with Southie community leaders for suggestions and meeting with prospective candidates.

SBAWVC commander Dave Falvey explains, “Bryan eventually emerged as the hands-down best candidate. He reviewed the position description and concurred with his role, and at a meeting between Bryan, Senior Vice Commander Colin Smith, and myself, we discussed the position in more detail and Bryan’s vision. That meeting validated that Bryan was on the same page with what the council was looking for, and I knew he would be a great fit for the role.”

4) Bishop and the SBAWVC are making changes slowly and thoughtfully.

For 2019’s parade, Bishop says he’s looking to learn about the unique ins and outs without making drastic shifts, although he says he’s hoping to streamline the process immediately. Among the proposed changes includes making the entire process digital: forms, instructions, payment, and donations. He also hopes to do dry runs and stage the parade in divisions to make the flow easier. Bishop has a very simple formula for parades, no matter their size: “Make a list. What do we need? Then we build a team to take care of the specific parts of the project. There’s an update every single day, even if there’s no change. That way, everything runs smoothly and problems present themselves quickly.”

Falvey says, “Though there’s a perception that the director unilaterally calls all the shots with regard to the parade, and it may have been that way in the past, that’s no longer how this council operates. As Commander, my focus is on the strategic objectives of the parade and the council, which will work hand-in-hand with Bryan to ensure he has the resources to be successful. It is very much a team effort, and we’re excited to have someone with such relevant experience in this role, particularly given his passion for advocating for veterans.”

5) Bishop says the parade’s focus will be on veterans and family.

“The parade should focus on family, St. Patrick’s Day, and our veterans. We want people to want to be in this parade. Participants should feel like we really care about them,” Bishop says. He also insists on transparency: “The community owns this. We want to share the process and what we did—I want to give Southie a parade they can be proud of.”

The 2019 parade will actually fall on St. Patrick’s Day and promises to be an event to watch. “If only we can get some help from Mother Nature this year with some decent weather,” says Falvey.

“I would love for this parade to eventually be on par with Macy’s, to make the entire world look at Boston,” says Bishop. “Nowhere else but Southie—not Chicago, not New York, not even Dublin. I’m excited and honored to be able to do this.”

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<![CDATA[40 Fantastic Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>Sun, 22 Jul 2018 19:18:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/BHH+Movies+by+Moonlight.jpg

What a week for happenings in and around the city. From the annual Puerto Rican Festival, to jazz on the Greenway, summer concerts, outdoor movies, Wizarding Weekend at the Boston Children’s Museum and more, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained while embracing the last week of July!

Monday, July 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. 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.

New England Aquarium Touch Tank

The New England Aquarium Touch Tank comes to the Children’s Museum in Easton for your chance to meet and gently touch some extraordinary sea creatures. Free with the price of admission. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., Easton. 

Quincy Market History Tour

See Boston’s history come to life with a free, one-hour historical tour of the architecture, politics and geography of Boston’s Quincy Market. 11 a.m., ,eet your guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant. Quincy Market, 4 S. Market St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Free Screening of “Animal House”

Join City Winery Boston to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Animal House” with a free screening tonight. 7-9 p.m., City Winery Boston, 80 Beverly St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Tuesday, July 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 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.

Jazz on the Greenway

Enjoy live music on the greenway thanks to the North End Music & Performing Arts Center and their Summer Concert Series. Tonight enjoy Receita de Samba as they bring their many flavors of Brazilian music to the Greenway. (In case of rain performance will be moved to the Boston Public Market). 6-7:30 p.m., The Greenway, Hanover Street and Cross Street, Boston.

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. Xfinity Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield.

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 Pulse of Boston for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Wednesday, July 25

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.

Downeast Back Porch on The Greenway

The Downeast Back Porch pop up on The Greenway is a great way to spend your Wednesday night at a family-friendly space with food trucks, lawn games, live music and other events. 4-9 p.m., Downeast Back Porch on The Greenway, Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue, 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 Justin Beech for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Thursday, July 26

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.

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 Madagascar singer-songwriter Niu Raza and Grammy winner Hugh Masekela. Also, dancer Avery Gerhardt will lead a choreographic dance with Boston Conservatory at Berklee students. 6-8 p.m. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, 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.

Free Summer Concert at Charlestown Navy Yard

Enjoy a free summer concert tonight featuring Guatemalan singer-songwriter Jose Pablo Soto. 6 p.m., Charlestown Navy Yard, 1 Constitution Road, Boston.

Friday, July 27

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.

51st Annual Puerto Rican Festival

The 51st Annual Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts takes place this weekend on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Enjoy great music, carnival rides, souvenir tents, Latin food and more. 5-11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Sam Salutes Beer Garden Cookout

Enjoy cold beers and great food tonight at Sam Salutes Beer Garden Cookout & Cornhole Tournament with Sam Adams Brewery and Tasty Burger. Tickets are $25 and include: two pints of Boston Brewery exclusive beer, dinner from Tasty Burger, the option to join the cornhole tournament, lawn games and music in the beer garden. 6-9 p.m., Sam Adams Boston Brewery, 30 Germania 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 “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Saturday, July 28

Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series

Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as they kick off the summer of 30 free outdoor fitness classes each week in and around the city. These free classes take place throughout Boston’s 18 neighborhoods and two dozen parks all summer long. 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. 

Wizarding Weekend at the Boston Children’s Museum

Head on over to the Boston Children’s Museum as they celebrate their favorite wizard’s birthday during Wizarding Weekend. Come dressed in your robes and bring your wand, or you can make one there. Other activities include: Quidditch practice, potion making, owls, a magic show and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Quincy Market History Tour

See Boston’s history come to life with a free, one-hour historical tour of the architecture, politics and geography of Boston’s Quincy Market. 11 a.m., ,eet your guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant. Quincy Market, 4 S. Market St., Boston.

51st Annual Puerto Rican Festival

The 51st Annual Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts takes place this weekend on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Enjoy great music, carnival rides, souvenir tents, Latin food and more. Noon to 11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 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.

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: "Wonder"

Enjoy a family-friendly movie tonight on the Prudential Center’s South Garden at the MAGIC 106.7 Family Film Festival. Tonight it’s “Wonder.” 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. Rowes Wharf Plaza, Boston.

Radiohead at TD Garden

Radiohead takes the stage tonight at the TD Garden as part of the band’s summer 2018 North American tour. Tickets start at $49.50. 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

Sunday, July 29

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.

Wizarding Weekend at the Boston Children’s Museum

Head on over to the Boston Children’s Museum as they celebrate their favorite wizard’s birthday during Wizarding Weekend. Come dressed in your robes and bring your wand, or you can make one there. Other activities include: Quidditch practice, potion making, owls, a magic show and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., 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.

51st Annual Puerto Rican Festival

The 51st Annual Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts takes place this weekend on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Enjoy great music, carnival rides, souvenir tents, Latin food and more. Noon to 11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, Boston.

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<![CDATA[Raise Your Glass! It’s National Tequila Day!]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:39:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Origen_de_la_Margarita.jpg

National Tequila Day is Tuesday, July 24th! We say celebrate in Dot! Bonus: This year National Tequila falls on a Tuesday – so Taco Tuesday – like you need another excuse!

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar:
Loco is the unofficial tequila headquarters in Southie! Stop by and order up one of their signature margaritas like the classic El Jefe, the spicy Little Devil or the sweet and delicious Coconut Margarita!

The Broadway:
Spice things up with the La Piña! This spicy cocktail cocktail is made with Southie’s own Ghost Tequila, pineapple, agave nectar, lime! Yes, please!

Lincoln Tavern:
Brighten up your day with a Dracarys made with Ghost tequila, dragon fruit, lime, agave! This pretty pink drink is made with fresh dragon fruit from The Juice Box on West Broadway!

Local 149:
Not only is it Taco Tuesday, it’s also Trivia Tuesday at Local 149. Celebrate National Tequila Day with a Southside Siesta made with blanco tequila, aperol, grapefruit, sugar, lime!

The Scorpion Bar:
The Scorpion Bar is home of the The Diablo! This little devil of a drink is a tiki twisted margarita made with Maestro Diamante, Lejay Black Currant Liqueur & Ginger Beer. (The Diablo is regularly priced at $13).

Temazcal:
Temazcal has a lineup of margarita all-stars.  From traditional to more creative like the Fresca made with Milagro Silver, St. Germain, strawberry, cucumber, blood orange and passion fruit, mint and fresh lime juice!

Lolita:
Head to Lolita in Fort Point!  This new hot spot serves up traditional Mexican good like carne asada and octopus ceviche.  They have an extensive tequila list – including flights of tequila – order up your favorite in the form of a delicious margarita!

Image via Loco 

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<![CDATA[L&K Lounge and Kitchen in Needham Has Closed]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:50:02 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban restaurant that changed its name late last year has closed its doors.

According to a source, L&K Lounge and Kitchen in Needham is no longer in operation, with a check on its Facebook page confirming this, saying that "Unfortunately, as of this week ed note--the post is from July 5, L&K is closing up indefinitely. We are extremely disappointed that things did not work out but we give a huge thanks to our supporters and the many many people that enjoyed an experience with us." The Great Plain Avenue restaurant had originally been known as RFK Kitchen, but it went through a name change and also made some other changes last December, including a new "Lounge bite program" along with a new cocktail menu.

RFK Kitchen first opened in the fall of 2016, with Rachel Klein (Liquid Art House, Asana, Aura, Tamo, OM) being behind the place. Klein is currently Executive Chef for Red Stripe, which has locations in Providence and East Greenwich, RI.

The address for the now-closed L&K was 948 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA, 02492.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
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<![CDATA[Italo Bakery in South Medford Has Closed]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:43:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An Italian bakery that has been a longtime favorite for pizza and more has shut down at least for now, and it is not known what the future holds for the place.

According to several sources, Italo in South Medford closed this weekend, with a poster on the Medford Square Facebook group saying that this could be a temporary closure that is due to a sick family member overseas, though other posters believe that it may be a permanent closure. Calls placed to the Main Street shop went unanswered yesterday, so as of now, there is no confirmation on the exact status of the place; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Italo has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as a place to go for bakery pizza, scali bread, Italian cookies, and more, with the review being found here:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/ItaloBakery.html

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

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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



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<![CDATA[These Boston-Area Breakfast Dishes Are Perfect Anytime ]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:24:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/VictoriasCinnabonFrenchToast.jpgThese 22 breakfast dishes from the Boston area are a great way to start the day.

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<![CDATA[Yard House Plans to Open in Burlington]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:46:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.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 awhile 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/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Chili's in Burlington Has Closed

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<![CDATA[Dot Beach Festival!]]>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 17:20:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Malibu+Beach++7242.png

Grab your chair and hit the beach!  

Head to the Dorchester Beach Festival at Malibu and Savin Hill beaches on Wednesday, July 25th from 3- 8:30 p.m. There will be a kids event from 3-6 with field games, face painting, giant bubble demo, circus acts, DotArt leads arts + crafts, NE Aquarium, Save the Harbor Save the Bay seaside walks and more.

Live music from 5-8:30 p.m. with more games and food trucks!  Sweet!

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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/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.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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La Casa de Pedro Could be Selling Seaport District Location in the Wake of Bankruptcy Filing

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<![CDATA[3 MIT Students Want to Turn Poop Into Energy]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:17:19 -0400

“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/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.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/213*120/Night+Shift+Brewing+2.jpg

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]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:15:45 -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/Frannies+Thumb.PNG

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/Frannies+Thumb.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

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.

July 31 update: The Tewksbury Town Crier states that Bobby & Jack's Memphis Barbecue plans to open in October and that the owner is Bob Ryan, who is behind Jon Ryan's Pubs in Tewksbury, Methuen, and North Billerica.

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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/Frannies+Thumb.PNG

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/Frannies+Thumb.PNG

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/

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

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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/Frannies+Thumb.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant 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. Its website is at https://jpizzlekitchen.com/

July 20 update: According to a few social media posts, J-Pizzle Kitchen is now open in Jamaica Plain, though it is still not known exactly what kinds of dishes the dining spot will be serving. (Its website does not seem to have a menu up yet.)

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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/Frannies+Thumb.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

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 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/Frannies+Thumb.PNG

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/Frannies+Thumb.PNG

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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Peet's Coffee & Tea in Boston's North End Is Closing
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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[Eat, Drink and Be Merry at the Taste of South Boston Sunday]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:36:09 -0400

Seapoint Bar & Grill
A neighborhood favorite since 1979, this family-owned bar and grill is surrounded by flat screen TVs so you can watch your favorite game with ample sound and quality.  Slice into Seapoint’s famous steak tips, or opt for some potato skin teasers and enjoy the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  Everyone loves a good Bloody Mary for brunch, and Seapoint is the place to get ’em!  Their mile-high Marys are a perfect addition to their tasty breakfast, which is served from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Sunday.  Not a big Boston sports buff?  Stick around when the game ends and enjoy Seapoint’s other forms of fun and entertainment, including live music and pool tables as well.  Don’t worry about parking, as there are plenty of spots to be filled right around the corner!  Seapoint’s Bar & Grill, 367 East Eighth Street, 617-268-1476.

Lincoln Tavern
One of Southie’s hottest spot, Lincoln  is always lively – especially during a game.  This spacious restaurant has gorgeous woodwork, high tin ceilings, big booths and plenty of flat screen TV’s.    Comfort food is king on Lincoln’s menu – spicy wings, kobe sliders, short ribs over truffled mac n’ cheese, burgers, fried chicken and wood-fired pizza.  The food will fill your belly without breaking the bank.  They’ve got plenty of beer on draught including Stella, Sam Adams and Blue Moon to name a few.
LincolnTavern, 425 West Broadway, Phone: (617) 765-8636 lincolnsouthboston.com

Capo
Capo is now football central on game day! With the additional of two projector screens to the front dining room as well as two televisions over the back bar, the restaurant now has a total of 3 projector screens and 4 televisions, The front “Tavern Room” will be more football focused perfect for sharing pizza and meatballs while you watch the Pats, leaving the back room to be a more traditional dining room experience where you can still keep an eye on the game. Reservations are excepted for football season! The Supper Club will open (regardless of the football schedule) at 5pm for the 6pm Sinatra Show featuring Rich DiMare and the Ron Poster Trio. Reservations for Sinatra Sunday can be made HERE and are strongly encouraged.

L Street Tavern
When it comes to watching sports, Boston fans can be pretty particular with tradition (and enthusiastic for that matter).  Some people have to wear their favorite jersey, even if it’s covered in filth.  Others have to get in every word of the pre-game report while sipping on their favorite beer.  If you’re one of those Boston sports buffs who likes to hear the crowds cheer, and the sound of the ball hitting the bat when Big Papi makes that homerun, L Street Tavern turns off the music and turns the TVs up anytime there’s a game on.  Home of the famous Boston flick, Good Will Hunting, L Street is full of Southie history and some of the biggest sports fans in the area. Head on down for a “Sunday Funday” for your favorite game, and enjoy cheap drinks, good friends and good times!  195 L Street, 617-268-4335.

Touchie’s Shamrock Pub
Shamrock Pub is another great, no-nonsense local bar with cheap drinks and diehard Patriots fans.  Grab a $4 cocktail or $2 Bud Light and catch the latest game with some of Southie’s best!  Just a block from the beach, Shamrock’s bartenders are friendly and welcoming, and serve up specialty drinks at your request.  If you’re hungry for a bite, Touchie’s has $7 burgers with fries and a fried haddock sandwich to boot.  If you’re looking for a great bar with flat-screen TVs and lots of local color, shimmy on down to Shamrock for the next game.  501 East Eighth Street, 617-268-0007.

The Broadway
Opening to rave reviews, The Broadway is an instant Southie favorite. This spacious restaurant offers plenty of beer on tap, signature cocktails, punch bowls to share, plus a menu filled with shareable appetizers like spicy wings, whipped feta, meatballs, tater skins and more! The Broadway also serves up hot and delicious wood fire pizza too! There are plenty of wide-screen TV’s to watch the game to make sure you don’t miss a play. The Broadway is located at 726 West Broadway.

Stats
Located in the heart of South Boston, Stats is THE place to be if you’re in your twenties/thirties. There are plenty of TV’s to watch the big game as well as plenty of great appetizers to share with friends. Featuring Buffalo Tenders, Sliders Steak Quesadillas and Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls, there are plenty of crowd pleasers. Stats also has great burgers, sandwiches and salads. They also have plenty of beer on tap, a full bar and drink special! Stats is located at 77 Dorchester Street.

Shenannigans
This new and improved hot spot on West Broadway is a great place to watch the game.  Featuring plenty of flatscreen TV, appetizers like nachos, wings, and onion rings perfect for sharing!  Shenannigans also has a burger, flatbread pizza,  and a steak and cheese sandwich for those with a bigger appetite.  Order up a classic cosmo, a screwball martini and a harvest mule made with vodka, fresh lime and gingerbeer – are just a few of their featured cocktails!  There’s also plenty of beer on tap and bubbly for all!

Coppersmith
We can’t think of a better place to “hang” this fall and watch the Pats than Coppersmith.  Complete with rooftop bar, patio, food trucks and fun and exciting events and specials, Coppersmith is THE place to be in Southie! As one of the newest rooftop bars in the city and the only in South Boston, Coppersmith’s Air Deck is a 3,000 sq ft coveted al fresco space outfitted with a vintage Airstream trailer-turned-full service bar, rustic chic picnic tables, flat screen TVs and stellar cityscape views.  Guests can sip cocktails by the glass or pitcher as they cheer on the Pats on the 12 ft projection screen located in the main dining room as well as via mounted TV’s around the main bar and  rooftop!

Roza Lyons:
This cozy hot spot might be the most intimate place to watch the Pats!  With 3 large tvs in the bar area, order ups some shareable plates like flatbread, crab cakes or lettuce wraps! Roza Lyons also features an excellent selection of craft beer, wine and craft cocktails,  will be serving up lunch and dinner 7 days a week!

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<![CDATA[The Dating App for Dog Lovers Is Coming to Boston]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:01:03 -0400

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[Northeastern Prof Thinks Phone Apps Spying on Us]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:42:10 -0400

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[An “Epic” Prime Day 2018 Arrives July 16 on Amazon]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:07:28 -0400

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[Ice Cream in Dot: 5 Places to Enjoy in the Neighborhood!]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:49:39 -0400

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 open 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 locate 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-10:30pm.

Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments below!

Image via Ice Creamsmith

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<![CDATA[These 9 Women Are Stirring the Pot in Massachusetts]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:04:37 -0400

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

Image Courtesy: Cannabis Control Commission

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

Image courtesy: Ellen Brown, Founder, Sinsemella Seminars

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

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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 Elmen, Head Chef, In Good Health

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For Emily Elmen, 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

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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

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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[Boston Startups and Tech Companies Hiring in July]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:59:31 -0400

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[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[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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