<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News - [NBC Boston]Boston Buzz]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcboston.com/news/localen-usTue, 21 May 2019 01:27:19 -0400Tue, 21 May 2019 01:27:19 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Tori Jiro to Open 1st US Location at Arsenal Yards in Watertown]]>Mon, 20 May 2019 13:04:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/torijiro.png

An international group of yakitori restaurants will be opening its first outlet in the United States, and it will be located in a new complex just west of Boston.

According to a press release, Tori Jiro is planning to open at the Arsenal Yards in Watertown, with Yuki Watanabe being behind the place along with more than 60 restaurants in his native Japan along with Hong Kong, The Philippines, and Italy. The upcoming dining spot will feature char-broiled yakitori, which are bite-sized pieces of chicken on skewers; karaage, or Japanese fried chicken; and charcoal-grilled chicken meatballs with tare, which is a sweet soy-based sauce.

Tori Jiro is one of a number of restaurants and bars coming to Arsenal Yards, a mixed-use development that will be located at the site of the old Arsenal Mall in East Watertown. Some spots announced for the complex include Pepe's Pizza, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Tender Greens, Shake Shack, Pokeworks, and City Works Eatery and Pour House. (Some of the dining and drinking spots will be opening around late 2019.)

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

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




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<![CDATA[Madonna Announces Dates for 3 Boston Shows]]>Mon, 20 May 2019 14:26:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/MADONNA2019BROOKLYN.jpg

Pop icon Madonna announced on Monday that she will be bringing her "Madame X" tour to Boston for three shows later this year.

Madonna will be performing on Saturday, Nov, 30, Sunday, Dec. 1 and Monday, Dec. 2 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. All three shows will start at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $54, and are on sale now through Friday, May 24 at 12 p.m. at madonna.livenation.com.

Unlike with her previous tours, all of the venues on the 60-year-old singer's tour are theaters.

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<![CDATA[The Fresh Press to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Mon, 20 May 2019 13:00:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/freshpress.jpg

It looks like a juice bar and cafe with two locations up north will be expanding to the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, signs are currently going up on Devonshire Street for The Fresh Press, with one photo showing that it plans to open sometime this summer. Based on the social media handle shown in one of the pictures, the new shop is connected to Fresh Press outlets in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and York, Maine, with those stores offering smoothies, cold-pressed juices, energy/juice shots, and various bowls, including acai, oats, and more.

A specific address for the new location of The Fresh Press has not been given as of yet, so keep checking back for updates.

The website for The Fresh Press can be found at https://freshpressne.com/

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

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




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<![CDATA[Sweet Bakery in Chestnut Hill and Downtown Boston Are Closed]]>Mon, 20 May 2019 13:12:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/sweet21.jpg

A group of bakeries and pastry shops that closed one of its locations earlier this year has closed its other two locations, and it remains a mystery as to whether one of the two might open back up again.

According to several sources, Sweet Bakery in Chestnut Hill and downtown Boston are both closed, with one source on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page indicating that Chill Sugar Co. is replacing the Chestnut Hill location while a few sources say that a "space available" sign is apparently posted out front at the Boston location. Earlier reports from sources indicated that the Boston shop was only closed for renovations and a Yelp page mentions that it is "temporarily closed" and is scheduled to reopen on May 31. The website for all locations gives no indication that the Chestnut Hill or Boston outlets have closed, and it also shows that the shop in Cambridge's Harvard Square that shuttered earlier this year is considered to be "closed for renovation." We have reached out to Sweet Bakery to find out more information on all of this, so keep checking back for updates.(The online business for Sweet Bakery remains in operation, as does its catering.)

The aforementioned Chill Sugar Co. is slated to open in the former Sweet Bakery space in Chestnut Hill this weekend, according to its Instagram page.

The website for Sweet Bakery can be found at https://sweetcupcakes.com/

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Sweet Bakery in Cambridge's Harvard Square Has Closed

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



Photo Credit: Facebook/Sweet Bakery]]>
<![CDATA[29 Rustic Mediterranean Opens in Sudbury]]>Mon, 20 May 2019 13:07:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/29rustic.jpg

Last year, a suburban restaurant that had a local radio personality behind it had shut down, and earlier this year it was reported that the place would morph into a new spot under different ownership. Now we have learned that the new restaurant has opened.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, 29 Rustic Mediterranean is now open in Sudbury, taking over the space on Hudson Road where 29 Sudbury had been. The new dining spot features "mindfully crafted Mediterranean comfort food for the whole family," including such options as wood-roasted olives and almonds, Moroccan shrimp, crisp calamari, pizzettes, pasta dishes, ribeye steak, pork chops, swordfish steak, a French vegetable stew, burgers, and macaroni and cheese.

In April of 2018, Whole House Group, which was founded by Chris Stephans and WAAF radio host Greg Hill, sold both 29 Sudbury and Flank in Waltham, with the latter shutting down and being replaced by a steakhouse called The Federal.

The address for 29 Rustic Mediterranean is 29 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776. Its website can be found at https://www.rustic29.com/

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29 Sudbury to Reopen as 29 Rustic Mediterranean

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



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<![CDATA[The Nu Do Society to Open in Former River Gods Space in Cambridge]]>Mon, 20 May 2019 13:10:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/Noodles+221.JPG

It looks like a new restaurant may be coming to a space near Central Square in Cambridge, and it would apparently be taking over the space where a popular restaurant, bar, and music spot had been until closing a few years ago.

According to a license commission page within the city's website, The Nu Do Society is looking to open on River Street, with the address indicating that it would be moving into the former River Gods space. The notice says that the proposed eatery would be a full-service Asian noodle and food restaurant, with the manager being Wudthipong Guygaew; it appears that this is the same Wudthipong Guygaew who was behind the old Curry Thai on Cambridge Street, a restaurant that was replaced by the now-closed Pandan Leaf and may soon be home to a spot called 9 Zaab.

River Gods, which closed in the summer of 2016 after approximately 15 years in business, was known in part for its themed music nights from a variety of DJs. In addition, the place also offered pub grub (including vegetarian items) along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for The Nu Do Society is listed as 123 River Street, while the official address for the River Gods was 125 River Street.

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River Gods in Cambridge Has Closed

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

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<![CDATA[Emmy Squared May Expand to Boston]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 16:40:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/emmy+squared+roofiesony+instagram.jpg

A New York-based group of restaurants known in part for its Detroit-style pizza could be making its way to the local area.

According to an article from Eater New York, Emmy Squared is making plans to expand and it is eyeing Boston as well as Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Nashville, the last of which already has one location. The post says that founders Matt and Emily Hyland (along with Nashville-based partners Howard Greenstone and Ken Levitan) are also looking to expand further into New York City, with outlets possibly coming to Midtown Manhattan, the Upper East Side, or the Upper West Side. (Currently, locations of Emmy Squared can be found in the East Village as well as Williamsburg in Brooklyn.)

In addition to Detroit-style pizza--which is basically a thick and crispy rectangular pan pizza--Emmy Square also offers burgers, chicken sandwiches, Caesar salads, and more.

Currently, there are very few options for Detroit-style pizza in the Greater Boston area, with Volo Craft Pizza in Swampscott being one spot that features it.

The website for Emmy Squared can be found at https://www.emmysquared.com/

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

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


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<![CDATA[Waterfront and the Oyster Bar to Open at Encore Boston Harbor in Everett]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 16:39:00 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Encore+Boston.JPG

A couple more dining options have been announced for the casino complex in Everett, and the chef at one of Boston's best-known restaurants will be involved with both.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Waterfront and the Oyster Bar are opening next to each other at Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino, with both places focusing on seafood. The former will be a restaurant with "shareable, dressed-up pub food" including lobster rolls, fried oysters, and spiced pork rinks as well as craft beers, local spirits, and cocktails, while the latter will be a small space with a counter, offering a variety of shellfish along with chowders, ceviches, crudos, mini-lobster rolls, and beer and wine. The person heading up the kitchen at each place will be John Ross of Neptune Oyster, a North End restaurant that is famous for its lobster rolls.

If all goes as planned, Waterfront and the Oyster Bar could be opening late next month, as Encore Boston Harbor hopes to open on June 23.

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

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




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<![CDATA[Ronsky's at The Street in Chestnut Hill to Become Chef Ronsky's Trattoria]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 16:45:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/168*120/ronskys.jpg

An Italian cafe just west of Boston that had formerly been a popup spot--and which is run by a James Beard Award winner--is morphing into a full-service restaurant.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Ronsky's at The Street in Chestnut Hill is going to transform into Chef Ronsky's Trattoria, an Italian dining spot that will have a rotating menu that features such items as antipasti, house-made pastas and desserts, and Italian wines and beers. The person behind both the current cafe and the upcoming restaurant is Ron Suhanosky, who had been one of the founders of Sfoglia, a high-end Italian restaurant on Nantucket (now closed) and in New York's Upper West Side, and who also received a James Beard Award in 2010 for his cookbook Pasta Sfoglia.

Ronsky's was initially one of a number of rotating popups at The Street in Chestnut Hill, but in 2017, it became a permanent eatery there.

If all goes as planned, Chef Ronsky's Trattoria could be opening in early June. (Its website will be at https://www.chefronskys.com/)

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Ronsky's Pop-Up at The Street in Chestnut Hill Is Now Open Permanently

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<![CDATA[Ghost Pepper Taqueria Plans to Open in Dorchester]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 16:47:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Mexican-Food-Generic-Getty.jpg

It looks like a Mexican restaurant may be on its way to a space just above the Southeast Expressway.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the City of Boston website, Ghost Pepper Taqueria is planning to open in Dorchester, moving into a space within a condo complex on Savin Hill Avenue that is also home to Savin Bar & Kitchen. An earlier article mentioned that a new restaurant would be going into a formerly empty space facing the Expressway that locals called the "Savin Hill Hole," and it appears that this is indeed the dining spot that will be moving in there.

The notice also says that Savin Bar & Kitchen is petitioning to change its name slightly, to Savin Hill Bar & Kitchen.

The address given for Ghost Pepper Taqueria and Savin Bar & Kitchen is 112-120 Savin Hill Avenue.

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New Restaurant Planned for "Savin Hill Hole" in Dorchester

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



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<![CDATA[Caffe Nero to Open Within the Hotel 1868 in Cambridge's Porter Square]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 15:57:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Caffe+Nero+Facebook.jpg

A rapidly-growing chain of European coffee places is opening yet another shop in the local area, with this one coming to a brand new hotel in Cambridge.

According to a license commission page within the city's website, Caffe Nero is opening within the Hotel 1868 in Porter Square, while an earlier article from Cambridge Day mentioned that this will be the second location of the chain in the city, joining another outlet in Central Square. Hotel 1868, which debuted last fall, is the second new hotel to come to the Porter Square area, as the Porter Square Hotel opened on the other side of the square in 2016--and that hotel is now home to a new French restaurant called Colette which opened earlier this year.

The address for the upcoming Caffe Nero (and the Hotel 1868) is 1868 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140. The website for the chain can be found at https://caffenero.com/us/

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

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




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<![CDATA[Tatte Bakery and Cafe to Open in Boston's South End]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 16:37:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/169*120/tattebakery.JPG

A growing local group of bakeries and cafes will be opening yet another new location in Boston, with this one being its first in the city's South End neighborhood.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tatte Bakery & Cafe is planning to open on Harrison Avenue, joining a number of other locations in the region, including in downtown Boston (two), Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, the Fenway, the Seaport District, Northeastern University, Cambridge's Kendall Square (three), Harvard Square, and Brookline, along with an upcoming outlet at Berklee near where the Back Bay and the Fenway meet. If all goes as planned, the new location of Tatte could be debuting in the South End this fall.

The address for the upcoming location of Tatte Bakery & Cafe is 345 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118. The website for all locations can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

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

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




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<![CDATA[25+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 16 May 2019 14:54:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Happy+Place+Boston+2.jpg

We made it to another weekend and it’s going to be a great one. From outdoor fun on The Lawn on D to HarpoonFest 2019, the 2019 Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival and more, we’ve gathered our choices for a great weekend.

Friday, May 17 

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

City Winery on The Greenway

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

Boston Calling Block Parties on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

HarpoonFest 2019

Head to Harpoon Brewery for the festival of the summer as HarpoonFest returns. Enjoy local bands, food trucks and more. 6:30-11 p.m. (doors close at 9:30 p.m.), Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, May 18

Park Opening and Free Ferry Day

The ferry season to Georges or Spectacle Island begins today. Grab a free ferry ride today to celebrate the start of the 2019 ferry service to the islands. Long Wharf-North, Boston.

Kids in the Kitchen: Savory and Sweet Dips

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

Be a Super Hero for Endangered Species

Conservation heroes come meet MARVEL’s Black Panther and Spider-Man, and learn how you can be a Super Hero for endangered species during Franklin Park Zoo’s Party for the Planet. In honor of Endangered Species Day, come learn more about some fo the incredible animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and snap a photo with Black Panther and Spider-Man. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music on the lawn from Felix Brown at 6 p.m.., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

2019 Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival

The 8th Annual Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival is a family-friendly, community event celebrating both Japanese culture and spring. Enjoy music, dance, crafts, Japanese food and more. Noon to 4 p.m., Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St., Boston.

HarpoonFest 2019

Head to Harpoon Brewery for the festival of the summer as HarpoonFest returns. Enjoy local bands, food trucks and more. 1-7 p.m. (doors close at 5:30 p.m.), Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Sunday, May 19

Harpoon 5-Miler

Lace up those sneakers for the Harpoon 5-Miler presented by Reebok. This is Harpoon's annual road race to benefit The Angel Fund for ALS Research. After the race celebrate with a post-race party packed with fresh Harpoon beer, a post-race meal, race swag and the largest Sunday afternoon dance party around. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

5th Annual Revere Beach Kite Festival

Head down to Revere Beach today with the family for the 5th Annual Revere Beach Kite Festival. Kids can fly kites while enjoying live music, professional kite flyers, free kite decorating and more. Plus, the first 300 kiddos (12 and under) will receive a free kite. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere. 

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

2nd Annual BAKED Festival

Join New England Open Markets for their 2nd Annual BAKED Festival, a first-of-its-kind dessert extravaganza featuring decadent baked goods from 40 of the area’s top pastry chefs, bakers, food trucks and bakeries from throughout New England. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, 95 Prospect St., Cambridge.

City Winery on The Greenway

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

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music at 6 p.m with Wolfpack. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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



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<![CDATA[John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House in Harvard Square Is Closing]]>Tue, 14 May 2019 14:59:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/John+Harvards+Brew+House.jpg

It looks like another longtime Harvard Square spot is shutting its doors for good.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House on Dunster Street is closing on May 30 after more than 25 years in business and a bit more than three years after announcing that it was ending its onsite beermaking. No specific reason has been given for the closure as of yet, but its ending of the beermaking operations in 2016 stemmed from what was described as maintenance expenses at the time. The post says that the closure does not affect the other  outlets of John Harvard's in Framingham or at two ski mountains west of the local area--Jiminy Peak in western Massachusetts and Holiday Valley in New York--nor does it affect Union Station Brewery in Providence, which is affiliated with John Harvard's.

John Harvard's first opened in 1992 in The Garage, a building in the heart of the square that is home to a number of businesses, including a few other dining spots.

the website for John Harvard's can be found at https://www.johnharvards.com/

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Cambridge Ends Brewing Operations

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



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<![CDATA[15 Boston-Area Burgers That Are So Worth the Calories]]>Wed, 15 May 2019 13:54:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Ghost+Pepper+Burger_Cagneys_Quincy.jpgHere are 15 of our favorite burgers in the Boston area.

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<![CDATA[Break Rock Brewing Plans to Open in Quincy]]>Tue, 14 May 2019 11:43:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Craft-Beer-Generic-Getty-Jan2018.jpg

A new brewery and taproom may be coming to a city that currently has no breweries.

According to a post within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Kerry Byrne of KJB Trending Hospitality states that Break Rock Brewing is planning to open in Quincy, with a check on the website for the business saying that they are currently finalizing a location somewhere in the city and that it would "combine the best of the modern taproom with everything you love about your favorite neighborhood pub – a fun and inviting atmosphere, a sense of community, and great beer." If all goes as planned, Break Rock Brewing could be opening sometime in 2020.

The website for Break Rock Brewing says that Quincy is the largest city in New England that does not currently have a brewery.

The website for Break Rock Brewing can be found at https://www.breakrockbrewing.com/

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

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




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<![CDATA[Sweet Rice Opens in Jamaica Plain]]>Tue, 14 May 2019 11:45:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/170*120/sweetrice.jpg

Last summer it was reported that a longtime favorite for Cambodian and Thai food was closing and that an Asian restaurant with one other location in Boston would be taking over its space. Now we have learned that the new spot is now up and running.

According to a message from the place, Sweet Rice opens today in the former Wonder Spice Cafe space in Jamaica Plain, joining its original location in Charlestown. Based on the menu at that location, it appears that the Centre Street outlet will feature Thai fare and sushi, and an earlier article had mentioned that the food offerings at the JP location would indeed be similar to that of the Charlestown restaurant.

Wonder Spice Cafe, which closed in March of this year, offered a variety of Southeast Asian dishes including Pad Thai, Khmer soup, mango fried rice, and shrimp satay.

The address for the new location of Sweet Rice is 697 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The website for the original location in Charlestown can be found at https://www.sweetriceboston.com/

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Sweet Rice to Replace Wonder Spice Cafe in Jamaica Plain

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



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<![CDATA[Nachlo Opens in Boston's Mission Hill Neighborhood]]>Tue, 14 May 2019 11:47:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/quesadilla2.jpg

A new dining spot has come to the Mission Hill section of Boston, and it features an interesting mix of foods.

Eater Boston confirms what a couple of sources had told us earlier, that Nachlo is now open on Tremont Street near the Roxbury Crossing T station, and as the sources mentioned, the restaurant offers a mix of Pakistani and Mexican fare. The menu for the new spot includes such items as naan, kebabs, lamb kofta, chicken biryani, nachos, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, guacamole, and more, and it is open for lunch and dinner daily.

The address for this new Pakistani and Mexican and Mexican restaurant in Mission Hill is: Nachlo, 1443 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02120.

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

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


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<![CDATA[Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain to Become The Joint]]>Tue, 14 May 2019 11:50:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/grassfed.jpg

Early last year it was learned that the person behind a growing group of Mexican restaurants was taking over a burger spot, and now that it is close to opening, a new name has been given to the place.

According to an Instagram post, Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain is becoming The Joint, and based on earlier information it appears that the Centre Street restaurant will still focus on burgers. As mentioned before, Socrates Abreu of Chilacates is behind the new eatery, with that restaurant having locations in Jamaica Plain (two), Mission Hill, Chestnut Hill, and an upcoming outlet in Roslindale. (There is no opening date as of yet for The Joint so keep checking back for updates.)

Grass Fed closed for renovations last summer after being in business for approximately six years; another location of the restaurant had been in nearby Forest Hills but that one is no longer in operation.

The address for The Joint is 605 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Chilacates Owner Taking Over Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain

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



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<![CDATA[Markos Taverna to Open in Former Finz Space in Salem]]>Tue, 14 May 2019 11:53:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/markos.jpg

A Mediterranean restaurant is on its way to a waterside location on the North Shore, and one of the people behind it runs a Greek eatery a few miles to the south.

According to an article from The Daily Item, George Markos of Brother's Deli in Lynn and three partners--Larry Dunn and Paul Broderick, and Caroline Broderick--plan to open Markos Taverna in Salem, moving into the space on Pickering Wharf where Finz Seafood & Grill had been until it moved to the old Victoria Station space on the wharf last September. The post says that the upcoming restaurant will be a Mediterranean steakhouse with two bars, seating for 270 in its dining area, a patio, and eventually, an upstairs lounge. If all goes well, Markos Taverna could be opening on June 15.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean dining spot in Salem is: Markos Taverna, 76 Wharf Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

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



Photo Credit: Facebook/Markos Taverna]]>
<![CDATA[Coffee Break Cafe to Open in Quincy]]>Tue, 14 May 2019 11:55:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/coffeebreak1.jpg

A cafe with four locations south of downtown Boston will be opening a fifth shop in the same general area, and this one will take over the space where a chocolate shop had been until it moved to a new location.

According to a Facebook post from the business, Coffee Break Cafe is planning to open in the space on Franklin Street in Quincy where Purefections Chocolate had been until it moved to Hancock Street in Quincy Center over the past winter, with the note saying that "We are so grateful to Purefections chocolate for taking such good care of our new home." No opening date has been given for the new location of Coffee Break Cafe, though the post does say that it will open soon; as soon as an opening date is given, we will post an update here.

Other locations of Coffee Break Cafe can be found on Old Colony Avenue in Quincy's Wollaston neighborhood and Parkingway in Quincy Center, along with one on Central Avenue in Milton and another on Truman Parkway in Hyde Park.

The address for this upcoming coffee shop in Quincy is: Coffee Break Cafe, 102 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA, 02169. The website for all of its locations is at http://www.coffeebreakcafe.net/



Photo Credit: Facebook/Coffee Break Cafe]]>
<![CDATA[Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions in Waltham Is Open Once Again]]>Mon, 13 May 2019 11:09:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/moodys1.jpg

An award-winning deli that abruptly shut down last month has reopened.

According to a Facebook post from the business, Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions in Waltham is open for business, with the note saying that "We're so thankful for the support and patience as we worked hard to reopen our doors....We can't wait to welcome you back. Stop by this weekend to check out the updates we've made and order one of our delicious sandwiches!" The post also mentions that they are now working on getting The Backroom (their adjacent restaurant and wine bar) up and running as well.

In late April, Moody's quietly shuttered with a "closed for renovations" sign out front, and it was later learned that both the deli and The Backroom were shut down by the city because Moody's founder Joshua Smith was the licensee named on the food and liquor licenses but because he was no longer involved, both the deli and the bistro had been operating illegally and could not serve food or drink. The current operators were told by the city that they would need to apply for a license transfer and then get approval to receive the common victualler licenses so they could at least serve food while working out the liquor license issue.

Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions can be found at 468 Moody Street in Waltham. Its website is at https://www.moodyswaltham.com/

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



Photo Credit: Facebook/Moody's Deli]]>
<![CDATA[40 Great Ways to Have Fun in and Around Boston This Week]]>Mon, 13 May 2019 09:52:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/10326568701906646536349101697561n.jpg

It’s mid-May and the summer fun is starting to heat up in and around the city. This week brings you everything from HarpoonFest to the opening of the Boston Harbor islands ferry, the 5th Annual Revere Beach Kite Festival and a whole lot more. Check out our picks for the week ahead:

Monday, May 13

Preschool Movies

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

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring John Campenelli

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

Tuesday, May 14

Spring Crafts in the Kids' Nook

Bring the kiddos to the Boston Public Market to celebrate spring with spring crafts in the Kids’ Nook. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (while supplies last), Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

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

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. Performances today at 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Wednesday, May 15

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Thursday, May 16

2019 Annual Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill

Stroll the streets of this historic Beacon HIll neighborhood and visit 10 spectacular private gardens with the Beacon HilL Garden Club’s 2019 Annual Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill. Tickets are $50-$60. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 70 Charles Street - Information & Ticket Booth, corner of Charles and Mt. Vernon Streets, Beacon Hill, 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 a.m. to 11 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

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

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 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Moby at the Brattle Theatre

MOBY comes to the Brattle Theatre tonight to discuss the second volume of his memoir “Then It Fell Apart,” along with Washington Post National Arts REporter Geoff Edgers. You’ll also be treated to a some acoustic selections from Moby’s repertoire. 6 p.m., The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

Friday, May 17

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right at 6 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

City Winery on The Greenway

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

Boston Calling Block Parties on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

HarpoonFest 2019

Head to Harpoon Brewery for the festival of the summer as HarpoonFest returns. Enjoy local bands, food trucks and more. 6:30-11 p.m. (doors close at 9:30 p.m.), Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, May 18

Park Opening and Free Ferry Day

The ferry season to Georges or Spectacle Island begins today. Grab a free ferry ride today to celebrate the start of the 2019 ferry service to the islands. Long Wharf-North, Boston.

Kids in the Kitchen: Savory and Sweet Dips

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

Be a Super Hero for Endangered Species

Conservation heroes come meet MARVEL’s Black Panther and Spider-Man, and learn how you can be a Super Hero for endangered species during Franklin Park Zoo’s Party for the Planet. In honor of Endangered Species Day, come learn more about some fo the incredible animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and snap a photo with Black Panther and Spider-Man. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston. 

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston. 

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music on the lawn from Felix Brown at 6 p.m.., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

2019 Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival

The 8th Annual Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival is a family-friendly, community event celebrating both Japanese culture and spring. Enjoy music, dance, crafts, Japanese food and more. Noon to 4 p.m., Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St., Boston.

HarpoonFest 2019

Head to Harpoon Brewery for the festival of the summer as HarpoonFest returns. Enjoy local bands, food trucks and more. 1-7 p.m. (doors close at 5:30 p.m.), Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Sunday, May 19

Harpoon 5-Miler

Lace up those sneakers for the Harpoon 5-Miler presented by Reebok. This is Harpoon's annual road race to benefit The Angel Fund for ALS Research. After the race celebrate with a post-race party packed with fresh Harpoon beer, a post-race meal, race swag and the largest Sunday afternoon dance party around. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 

5th Annual Revere Beach Kite Festival

Head down to Revere Beach today with the family for the 5th Annual Revere Beach Kite Festival. Kids can fly kites while enjoying live music, professional kite flyers, free kite decorating and more. Plus, the first 300 kiddos (12 and under) will receive a free kite. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere.

HAPPY PLACE Boston

Head to HAPPY PLACE and experience larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Tickets are $20-$30. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 500 Boylston St., Boston. 

2nd Annual BAKED Festival

Join New England Open Markets for their 2nd Annual BAKED Festival, a first-of-its-kind dessert extravaganza featuring decadent baked goods from 40 of the area’s top pastry chefs, bakers, food trucks and bakeries from throughout New England. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, 95 Prospect St., Cambridge.

City Winery on The Greenway

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

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. Noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music at 6 p.m with Wolfpack. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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



Photo Credit: arlekina/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Eddie V's Prime Seafood Opens at Prudential Center]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 09:49:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/Eddie+V%27s+11282+.jpg

A couple of years ago, it was reported that a group of high-end seafood and steak restaurants was planning to expand to Boston's Back Bay. Now we have learned that the new dining spot has finally opened its doors.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Eddie V's Prime Seafood is now open in the old P.F. Chang's space at the Prudential Center, with the restaurant offering such items as oysters, lobster tails, jumbo shrimp, Alaskan halibut, ribye, filet mignon, and more along with an extensive list of wines. This is the first location of the chain in the Boston area, though another outlet is due to open in Burlington this summer in the former Macaroni Grill space.

Eddie V's first started out in Austin in 2000 and is now headquartered in Orlando. Its website can be found at https://www.eddiev.com/home

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

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<![CDATA[20+ Great Ways to Have Fun in and Around Boston This Weekend]]>Thu, 09 May 2019 10:44:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Lawn+on+D+72+.jpg

The weekend is almost here and there’s plenty going on. From Duckling Day 2019 to the annual Bubble Festival, the return of the Boston Night Market and more, we’ve gathered our picks for a fun weekend ahead. Check them out:

Friday, May 10

TGIF at The Lawn on D

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $35. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is still here! Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all weekend long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

Cambridge Art Association Spring Party

Join the Cambridge Art Association in celebrating the Cambridge art community and their 2019 Cambridge Art Champion Nick Capasso at this special event. 6-9 p.m., Cambridge Art Association, 25 Lowell St., Cambridge.

MFA Late Nites

Enjoy a late night evening at the Museum of Fine Arts which includes late-night programming from local organizations, artists and more. Plus there’s something for everyone from dancing and DJs to pop-up performances, intriguing bites and much more. Tickets are $20. 8 p.m., to 2 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Kinky Boots

Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit Kinky Boots comes to Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tickets start at $59.50. 8 p.m., Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Saturday, May 11

Celebrate Azize’s Fourth Birthday at the Franklin Park Zoo

Celebrate Azize’s fourth birthday today at the Franklin Park Zoo. Azize is the youngest of the western lowland gorilla troop. Watch Azize and the rest of the gorillas enjoy special enrichment treats, learn about the animals during zookeeper encounters and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Boston Bubble Festival 2019

The Boston Bubble Festival returns to the Parkman Bandstand. Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. as bubbles fill the air over Boston Common. Enjoy giant floating bubble demonstrations from various bubble performers, a DJ, live entertainment, giveaways and more.11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is still here! Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all weekend long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music on the lawn from Jason Cardinal from 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Kinky Boots

Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit Kinky Boots comes to Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tickets start at $59.50. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 

Boston Night Market

The Boston Night Market returns to Boston’s City Hall Plaza tonight with an evening of lights, food, games, entertainment, performances, raffles and so much more. 4-11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Sunday, May 12

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston

Duckling Day 2019

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the annual Duckling Day event. This more than 30 year old tradition celebrates the classic “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. Join other families in the children’s parade as they dress like characters from the beloved story. Registration is $35 per family in advance and $40 the day of the event. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos

All mother’s get free admission at both the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos on Mother’s Day making it a great way to spend the day. And be sure to say hello to all the animal moms at the zoo while you’re there. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston and Stone Zoo, 140 Pond St., Stoneham.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is still here! Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all weekend long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Kinky Boots

Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit Kinky Boots comes to Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tickets start at $59.50. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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

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<![CDATA[Uncommon Feasts Cafe Opens in Lynn]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 09:33:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/uncommonfeasts.jpg

A new dining spot has come to the North Shore, and it resides in an historic structure that dates back to the 1800s.

According to a source (Florence Strecker), Uncommon Feasts Cafe is now open inside the Lydia Pinkham Building, a structure that was built in 1886 and has space for artists and craftspeople along with light industrial use, according to the lydia-pinkham.com site. The cafe offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinners to go, with an ever-changing menu that includes food items made using local fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products.

Uncommon Feasts Cafe is actually an offshoot of a catering company by the same name.

The address for this new dining spot in Lynn is: Uncommon Feasts Cafe, 271 Western Avenue, Lynn, MA, 01904. The website for the cafe and catering company can be found at https://www.uncommonfeasts.com/

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

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




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<![CDATA[Sally's Sandwiches to Open in Boston's South End]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 09:47:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Slow_Roast_Corned_Beef_Sandwich.jpg

A new sandwich shop is on its way to the South End of Boston, and the group behind it also operates three other concepts in the local area.

According to a post within the jobs section of bostonchefs.com, Sally's Sandwiches is opening on Tremont Street, with the listing saying that it will be a takeout shop that will be alongside the original location of Blackbird Doughnuts. Once it opens, the new eatery will join three Gallows Group spots including Blackbird (which also has locations in the Fenway, Allston-Brighton, and Cambridge's Harvard Square), The Gallows, and Banyan Bar + Refuge, with the latter two also being in the South End as well.

If all goes as planned, Sally's Sandwiches could be opening in late June, according to the job post.

It is not yet known what the exact address for Sally's Sandwiches will be at this point in time; the address for the adjacent Blackbird Doughnuts is 492 Tremont Street.

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

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




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<![CDATA[TBaar Opens in Boston's Chinatown Neighborhood]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 09:51:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/tbaar.jpg

A New York-based group of shops featuring bubble tea, smoothies, and juices has opened its third Boston-area location--and its first within the city itself.

According to a Twitter post from @ConciergeBoston, TBaar is now open in Chinatown, moving into a space on Kneeland Street that had been home to Beantown Juice and Tea. The new outlet joins locations in Quincy Center and Brookline (near the Boston line), and while another outlet had also been planned for Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, those plans apparently never materialized.

The website for the business says that TBaar was established in 2006, opening its first shop in Brooklyn that year; it now has more than 20 locations mostly along the East Coast, though shops can also be found in California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, and Texas.

The address for the new location of TBaar in Chinatown is 32 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA, 02111. The website for TBaar can be found at https://tbaar.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Post Road Tavern in Waltham Is Closing]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 09:52:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/postroad.jpg

A neighborhood bar that features burgers, beer, bourbon, and more is shutting down.

According to an article from the Waltham News Tribune, Post Road Tavern in the downtown section of Waltham is closing tomorrow (Friday, May 10), with an Instagram post from the Main Street spot indicating that the people behind the place are putting their focus into opening a second Shoppers Cafe in Manchester, NH, which would join its original location on Moody Street in Waltham.

Post Road Tavern first opened in 2017, taking over the space where The Pub had been; the dining and drinking place has been known in part for its extensive bourbon list, while also offering an array of other whiskeys (including rye and scotch) along with bar food.

The address for Post Road Tavern is 619 Main Street, Waltham, MA, 02452.

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

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




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<![CDATA[Mojo Ramen Opens in Former Wings Over Space in Brookline]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 09:54:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/172*120/ganko1.jpg

A new restaurant featuring ramen and more has opened in Brookline, taking over the space where a dining spot that focused on chicken had been.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Mojo Ramen is now open on Harvard Street, with the address indicating that it has moved into the former Wings Over Brookline space. The article states that the new eatery offers ramen along with rice bowls, spring rolls, gyoza, bubble tea, and coffee, and the menu shows that vegetarian options for both the ramen and rice bowls are available.

Wings Over Brookline closed last fall, with the spot saying that the closure was "due to circumstances outside of our control."

The address for Mojo Ramen in Brookline is 477 Harvard Sreet, Brookline, MA 02446. The website for the restaurant can be found at https://www.mojoramen.com/

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<![CDATA[Flip The Bird Opens in Beverly]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 09:56:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/bird8.jpg

A new restaurant featuring fried chicken sandwiches has come to the North Shore.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Flip The Bird is now open in Beverly, moving into a space in the Cabot Plaza on Route 1A. The post says that owners Anthony Marino and Victoria Farnsworth, who also run Marino's Cafe in the nearby Cummings Center, offer a variety of chicken sandwiches along with ribs, with the menu showing such sandwich options as The "OG" (a fried chicken sandwich on a potato roll with buttermilk ranch and half sour pickles) and The Nashville (Nashville-dipped fried chicken on a potato roll with lettuce, a pickled relish called chow-chow, and Bayou sauce).

The address for this new dining spot in Beverly is: Flip The Bird, 407 Cabot Street (Route 1A), Beverly, MA, 01915. The website for the restaurant will be at https://flipthebirdfriedchicken.com/

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

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




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<![CDATA[Davio's Looking to Open New Location in Boston's Seaport District]]>Thu, 09 May 2019 13:33:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/davios.png

It looks like a local group of upscale Italian steakhouses may be expanding to the Boston waterfront.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, a new restaurant whose parent company is 51 Liberty Drive, LLC is planning to open in the Seaport District, and Steve DiFillippo of  Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse is listed as the manager. A Google search shows a PressReader.com entry from the Boston Herald that seems to confirm that this would indeed be a new location of Davio's. The hearing is expected to take place on May 15, so more information should be known by later next week.

Davio's traces its roots back to 1985, when DiFillippo purchased a restaurant with that name on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. Today, the group of dining spots is known for its steaks, seafood, pasta dishes, and more, with locations being found in Park Square, Braintree, Chestnut Hill, Foxboro, and Lynnfield, along with Manhattan, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, PA, Atlanta, and Irvine, CA.

The website for Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse can be found at http://davios.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza Opens in Natick]]>Wed, 08 May 2019 13:57:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/161*120/anthonys.jpg

A Florida-based chain of pizza spots that first arrived in the Greater Boston area in 2015 has opened its fifth location in the region, as another one has come to the western suburbs of the city.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is now open in Natick, offering such items as pizza, soups, salads, sandwiches, calzones, wings, meatballs, sausages, and more. The new location of the chain joins others in Littleton, Newton, Reading, and Westwood, with the Westwood outlet being its first in the local area.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza started out in Fort Lauderdale in 2002 and now has locations in a number of states mainly along the East Coast.

The address for this new restaurant in Natick is: Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 219 N Main Street, Natick, MA, 01760. The website for the chain can be found at https://acfp.com/

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

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




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<![CDATA[Vegan Restaurant, Beer Hall Planning to Reopen in Cambridge]]>Wed, 08 May 2019 13:59:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Rewild+110.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier this year, a beer hall and cafe that may be the first of its kind in the United States announced that it was leaving its temporary space and would be looking for a more long-term site in which to move. Now we have learned where it might be heading.

Cambridge Day reports (via a Kickstarter page) that Rewild is looking for a location somewhere in Cambridge's Central Square, with the business saying that it would be a 4,700-square-foot space with an outdoor beer garden and that it would also be a place for local musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs. Rewild opened in Quincy Center last October only to shut down in January, as the original plan had been to reside in more of a long-term space in Quincy, but they decided to focus on a short-term space because they wanted to open as quickly as possible while also considering a long-term space in the future. At the time of its closure, the owners started looking at other spaces in Quincy along with elsewhere on the South Shore and in Boston.

Rewild is considered to be the first 100% vegan restaurant, cafe, and beer hall in the entire country.

The website for Rewild can be found at https://eatrewild.com/

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<![CDATA[The Jungle Community Music Club Opens in Somerville's Union Square May 10]]>Wed, 08 May 2019 14:06:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/jungle1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new music club and multi-purpose venue in Somerville that has been a long time in the making is finally about ready to open.

According to a Facebook events page, The Jungle Community Music Club plans to open in Union Square on May 10, echoing what a job post within the Craigslist site had recently said. It appears that the new spot will feature more than just music based on an earlier Vanyaland article, as the Sanborn Court venue could offer yoga, music lessons, open mic nights, and more along with live music, and it will also include a restaurant within its space. Expect to see mostly local music acts at The Jungle, which looks to have a capacity of 85.

Plans for The Jungle date all the way back to the spring of 2017, when it was first announced that a "community music club" was planning to open somewhere in Somerville.

The address for this new spot in Union Square is: The Jungle Community Music Club, 6 Sanborn Court, Somerville, MA, 02143.

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<![CDATA[Thai Restaurant in Boston's Fenway Gets New Name]]>Wed, 08 May 2019 13:54:29 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Rod+Dee+45.JPG

Last month, it was learned that a local group of Thai restaurants was closing two of its locations and that a third may be going through a name change. Now it appears that the name change has indeed taken place.

According to a source, Rod Dee in the Fenway section of Boston has a new sign out front that says "Rod Thai," confirming what the owner of Rod Dee in Brookline's Coolidge Corner had told us shortly after its locations in Brookline's Washington Square and Cambridge's Porter Square shut down. It appears that Rod Thai has a family connection to Rod Dee, though it is not yet known what changes--if any--have been made to the menu.

The address for Rod Thai (and the former Rod Dee) in the Fenway is 94 Peterborough Street, Boston, MA 02215.

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Rod Dee in Brookline's Washington Square and Cambridge's Porter Square Have Closed

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<![CDATA[Nourish Your Soul in West Medford Has Closed]]>Wed, 08 May 2019 14:03:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/nourish.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of shops featuring fresh-pressed juices and more has dropped back down to two, as its original location has shut down.

A message sent from the business confirms what a source had said earlier, that Nourish Your Soul in West Medford has closed, though locations in Winchester and Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood remain in operation. The Playstead Road location first opened in June of 2012, offering cold-pressed juices, smoothies, milks, superfood shots, and coffee along with soups, salads, baked goods, bowls, and more.

A couple of other outlets of Nourish Your Soul had been inside Healthworks gym in the Back Bay and The Club by George Foreman III at the Channel Center in South Boston but those have since closed.

The address for this now-closed juice shop in West Medford was: Nourish Your Soul, 17 Playstead Road, West Medford, MA, 02155. The website for the other locations can be found at https://nourishyoursoul.com/

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<![CDATA[Boston Chef Among 2019 James Beard Foundation Award Winners]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 11:59:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/messina.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The winners of the 2019 James Beard Foundation awards have been announced, and regional winners include the chef and partner of a popular hotel restaurant in Boston.

According to a post from Eater, Tony Messina of Uni in the Back Bay won the Best Chef: Northeast category, which included such finalists as Cassie Piuma of Sarma in Somerville and Tiffani Faison of Tiger Mama in the Fenway. Messina was the only winner in the Greater Boston area last night, though an earlier Eater post mentions that Christopher Kimball won the general book category for "Milk Street: Tuesday Nights" in late April. (Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, ME, also won a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer.)

To see the complete list of the 2019 James Beard Award winners from the James Beard Foundation website, please go to the link below:

THE 2019 JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNERS

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<![CDATA[Goodnow Farms Chocolate to Open Retail Shop at Boston Public Market]]>Mon, 06 May 2019 15:56:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/goodnow.jpg

An award-winning chocolate maker that is based in the western suburbs of Boston will be opening a retail shop in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Goodnow Farms Chocolate is planning to open a retail counter at Boston Public Market, moving into a space across from Inna's Kitchen. The post says that the storefront will offer a variety of chocolate bars as well as hot cocoa, yogurt-granola bowls with cocoa nibs, and herbal-tea infusions, and that three of the chocolate bars sold recently won Specialty Food Association's Sofi awards (the company actually won six Sofi awards in total for 2019).

If all goes as planned, the Sudbury-based Goodnow Farms Chocolate will open its retail counter by June 1.

The website for Goodnow Farms Chocolate can be found at https://goodnowfarms.com/

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<![CDATA[35+ Great Ways to Have Fun in and Around Boston This Week ]]>Mon, 06 May 2019 06:36:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/Make-Way-for-Ducklings-1.jpg

Monday, May 6

Preschool Movies

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

Cat & Nat: #MOMTRUTHS Live

Every mom’s favorite online moms Cat and Nat are live tonight to share their ultra real dispatches from the mom trenches following the release of their newest book. Join them for this event any mom you know won’t want to miss. Tickets start at $25. 7 p.m., Lynn Memorial Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn.

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. 

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Chanel Ali (MTV’s Girl Code)

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

Tuesday, May 7

Spring Crafts in the Kids' Nook

Bring the kiddos to the Boston Public Market to celebrate spring with spring crafts in the Kids’ Nook. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (while supplies last), Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Kinky Boots

Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit Kinky Boots comes to Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tickets start at $59.50. 7 p.m., Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $35. Performances today at 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Wednesday, May 8 

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $35. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Kinky Boots

Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit Kinky Boots comes to Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tickets start at $59.50. 7:30 p.m., Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston.

Thursday, May 9

ICA Free Thursday Night

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

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $35. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Kinky Boots

Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit Kinky Boots comes to Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tickets start at $59.50. 7:30 p.m., Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston.

Friday, May 10

TGIF at The Lawn on D

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $35. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Cambridge Art Association Spring Party

Join the Cambridge Art Association in celebrating the Cambridge art community and their 2019 Cambridge Art Champion Nick Capasso at this special event. 6-9 p.m., Cambridge Art Association, 25 Lowell St., Cambridge.

MFA Late Nites

Enjoy a late night evening at the Museum of Fine Arts which includes late-night programming from local organizations, artists and more. Plus there’s something for everyone from dancing and DJs to pop-up performances, intriguing bites and much more. Tickets are $20. 8 p.m., to 2 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Kinky Boots

Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit Kinky Boots comes to Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tickets start at $59.50. 8 p.m., Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Saturday, May 11 

Boston Bubble Festival 2019

The Boston Bubble Festival returns to the Parkman Bandstand. Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept. as bubbles fill the air over Boston Common. Enjoy giant floating bubble demonstrations from various bubble performers, a DJ, live entertainment, giveaways and more.11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market opens for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Southie Saturday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music on the lawn from Jason Cardinal from 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Kinky Boots

Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit Kinky Boots comes to Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tickets start at $59.50. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston.

Boston Night Market

The Boston Night Market returns to Boston’s City Hall Plaza tonight with an evening of lights, food, games, entertainment, performances, raffles and so much more. 4-11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Sunday, May 12

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston

Duckling Day 2019

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the annual Duckling Day event. This more than 30 year old tradition celebrates the classic “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. Join other families in the children’s parade as they dress like characters from the beloved story. Registration is $35 per family in advance and $40 the day of the event. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. 

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Kinky Boots

Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit Kinky Boots comes to Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tickets start at $59.50. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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

 

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<![CDATA[Cafe Beatrice Is Opening in Allston on Tuesday]]>Mon, 06 May 2019 15:58:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/beatrice1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A long-term pop-up restaurant is opening in an increasingly-hot section of Boston, and a well-known chef and restaurateur is behind the place.

According to a press release, Will Gilson is opening Cafe Beatrice in Lower Allston in the former Rabottini's Pizza space on Tuesday, May 7, with the Western Avenue eatery being an "all-day" cafe that will remain open for the next six months. The dining spot, which includes an outdoor patio along with communal tables inside the space, will offer breakfast options in the morning, grab-and-go sandwiches around lunchtime, and snacks in the afternoon, with breakfast sandwiches, granola and yogurt parfaits, coffee, toasted sandwiches at lunch, salads, and grain and noodle bowls being a few items available. Cafe Beatrice plans to be open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Gilson is also behind Puritan & Co., a restaurant in Cambridge that offers New American and regional fare, and he has been involved with a series of pop-ups over the past ten years or so.

The address for Cafe Beatrice is 182 Western Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/cafebeatrice02134/

photo above provided via press release


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<![CDATA[Redd's in Rozzie Could Be Returning]]>Mon, 06 May 2019 09:19:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/redd2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A beloved neighborhood restaurant that closed last year could be returning, though no specific plans are in place as of yet.

Universal Hub reports (via a blog post) that Charlie Redd is hoping to reopen Redd's in Rozzie at some point, saying that "The people of Rozzie have let me know we are missed more than I ever expected. Antonio and I miss the cooking. The body is dead, but the soul is still very much alive....It will be resurrected, but not now." The post indicates that Redd's will apparently not return this year, and it is not known where the restaurant might reopen--and it definitely won't be coming back to its old space on Washington Street because a new location of Chilacates will be opening there. Once more concrete plans are in place for Redd's in Rozzie, we will post an update here.

Redd's in Rozzie closed down in July of 2018 after being in business for seven years; after its closure, Charlie Redd turned his focus to a new eatery called Dragon Pizza, which opened in the old Christo's Pizzeria space in Somerville's Davis Square in September.

The old location of Redd's in Rozzie was at 4257 Washington Street in Roslindale Village.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Redd's in Rozzie Is Closing
Cristo's Pizzeria in Somerville's Davis Square Has Closed; Dragon Pizza Moving In

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<![CDATA[Pandan Leaf in Cambridge Has Closed; New Thai Spot May Be Moving In]]>Mon, 06 May 2019 16:41:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/pandan.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Thai restaurant in Cambridge has closed down, though it looks like another Thai spot may be moving into its space.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Pandan Leaf in East Cambridge is no longer in business, with a sign out front saying that 9 Zaab is planning to open there, offering Thai street food according to the sign. It is not known when 9 Zaab could be opening or what will be on the menu ("Zaab" typically refers to extra spicy Thai food), so stay tuned for updates.

Pandan Leaf first opened in the spring of 2016, taking over the space where CurryThai Restaurant had been.

The address for the now-closed Pandan Leaf (and the upcoming 9 Zaab) is 569 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141.

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<![CDATA[Longcross Bar and Kitchen May Be Opening in Former Not Your Average Joe's Space in Medford]]>Mon, 06 May 2019 16:42:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/joes.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant and bar may be on its way to a space just north of Boston where a location of a local group of dining spots had been--and a familiar name may be behind it.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Longcross Bar and Kitchen is planning to open in Medford, with the address mentioned in the thread indicating that it could be moving into the former Not Your Average Joe's Space at Station Landing. A hearing notice post within mypublicnotices.com seems to confirm this address, while also stating that the manager of the dining and drinking spot appears to be Gregory Coughlin; an OpenCorporates page for Wellington Circle Restaurant, Inc.--which is the parent company of Longcross Bar and Kitchen, according to the hearing notice--gives the address for Olde Magoun's Saloon in Somerville, so it does looks like this is the same Gregory Coughlin who is behind that spot as well as Blackmoor in Charlestown and Copper House Tavern in Waltham.

The Medford location of Not Your Average Joe's closed in June of 2016 after being in business for approximately 10 years.

The address for the proposed Longcross Bar and Kitchen is 501 Fellsway, Medford, MA, 02155.

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<![CDATA[Kaki Lima Is Heading to New York City]]>Fri, 03 May 2019 17:41:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Kaki+Lima+53.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A beloved pop-up restaurant that features Indonesian food is saying farewell to Boston.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Kaki Lima is moving to New York City this summer, as co-owner Peter Gelling is returning to his career in journalism and has taken a job there. Gelling and chef Retno Pratiwi--who hails from Jakarta--started the business approximately five years ago, with the couple offering street food items at various pop-ups along with such longer-term gigs as KO Pies at the Shipyard in East Boston and Wink and Nod in the South End. Gelling and Pratiwi do promise to pop up again in Boston at some point and also plan to have one more dinner series in the city before heading to New York in June.

The website for Kaki Lima can be found at http://www.kakilimaboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Karen Akunowicz to Open SloPoke Within Whole Foods Market ]]>Thu, 02 May 2019 21:27:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/slopoke.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier this year, a James Beard Award Winner opened a new restaurant in South Boston that focuses mainly on Italian food. Now she is planning to open another spot, with this one being inside a grocery store near the downtown area of the city.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Karen Akunowicz is planning to open SloPoke within the Whole Foods Market in the Charles River Plaza near where the West End borders Beacon Hill. The new eatery from Akunowicz, who opened Fox and the Knife in Southie in February, will feature poke bowls that include pre-set, customizable, and pre-made grab-and-go, with tuna, salmon, and shrimp being seafood options while sweet potatoes and tofu will be a couple of non-seafood options.

Eater says that SloPoke plans to open on May 10.

The West End location of Whole Foods is at 181 Cambridge Street in Boston, while the Instagram page for SloPoke can be found at https://www.instagram.com/slopoke_bos/

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<![CDATA[20+ Great Ways to Celebrate Spring in and Around Boston This Weekend ]]>Thu, 02 May 2019 17:48:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Cookie+Monstah+8.JPG

Spring is officially here with the reopening and launch of some amazing outdoor events happening throughout Greater Boston. The Lawn on D is kicking off the season with some TGIF fun, a Swing into Spring Event and some Cinco de Mayo fun. And they’re not alone. The Rose Kennedy Greenway this weekend plays host to a spring food truck festival and open markets are open at both the Greenway and SoWa Boston. Plus there’s a whole lot more happening. Check out our picks for the weekend:

Friday, May 3 

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D opens for the season today. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

ICA First Friday: Spring Fling

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight dance away those winter blues and celebrate the start of spring with rosé wine spritzers, DJ Knife, flower crafts, ocean views, contemporary art and an insta-worthy floral installation by Maia Mattson. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-9 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.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, May 4 

Sci-Fi Food Weekend 2019

Head to the Boston Museum of Science this weekend for Sci-Fi Food Weekend This year’s theme is Grow Your Food IQ Weekend where you can discover connections between food and science, eet authors and experts in nutrition, food science and more. There will be something for the entire family. $25 for adults, $20 for children and $21 or seniors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Greenway Spring Food Truck Festival

Kick off spring on The Greenway with your favorite Greenway Food Trucks for the Spring Food Truck Festival presented by Citizens Bank. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rowes Wharf Plaza at Atlantic Avenue and High Street, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market opens for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

North Shore Princess Expo

More than a dozen princes and princesses will be on hand at the North Shore Princess Expo today for an enchanting adventure. Enjoy a candy bar and coloring station, adult swag bags, child goody bags, story times, photos, a princess & me fashion show and more. Tickets are $5-$35. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 177 Lynnfield St., Lynn.

Princess Day at the Stone Zoo

Ten princesses will be on hand at Princess Day today at the Stone Zoo. And while you’re there enjoy arts and crafts and learn more about the zoo’s amazing animals from their zookeepers. Free with the price of admission. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 140 Pond St., Stoneham.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Swing Into Spring at The Lawn on D

Swing Into Spring is The Lawn on D’s first family event of the season filled with entertainment for all ages, a live animal show, author readings, a magic show and more! Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Power Beer Fest

Mass Brewers Guild’s Power Beer Fest comes to the Castle at Park Plaza showcasing more than 60 local breweries under one roof. Tickets are $20-$60. There are two sessions to choose from 1-4:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston.

Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this annual bar crawl with stops at some of Boston’s most spirited watering holes. Tickets are $15. Register between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Ginger Man, 148 State St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Sunday, May 5

SoWa Open Market Kick-Off

The award-winning SoWa Open Market returns for its 16th season. Stop by and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

Cinco de Mayo at The Lawn on D

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Lawn On D with a taco bar and Southie Ritas, along with Mexican-themed entertainment, lawn games and special giveaways. Noon to 10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

The 36th Annual MayFair

Officially kick off spring with the Harvard Square Business Association’s 36th annual MayFair Festival. This year the festival celebrates the 60th anniversary of long-time member, Passim, by featuring performers representing some of the best in folk, Americana and roots music today. Noon to 6 p.m., Harvard Square

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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



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<![CDATA[Bonchon Is Now Open on Moody Street in Waltham]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 19:16:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Bon+Chon+52.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Back in 2016, we reported that a group of Korean fried chicken franchises was going to open a new location on a well-known "restaurant row," and now we have learned that the place is finally open.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Bonchon is now open in Waltham, joining other locations in Allston, Cambridge's Harvard Square, Salem, and Lowell. As with the other outlets, the new location offers fried wings, drumsticks, strips, and combos with sauce choices including hot sauce, soy sauce, and half-and-half, while also serving Korean items such as kimchi, bulgogi, and bi bim bap.

The address for this new dining spot in Waltham is: Bonchon, 329 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453. The website for Bonchon can be found at https://bonchon.com/

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<![CDATA[Cisco Brewers Pop Up Will Be Back for Another Season]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 19:32:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Cisco+Brewers+51.JPG

Cisco Brewers Pop Up is back by popular demand with a second season of its “Island Vibes”featuring more award-winning craft beer and wines, more live music and even more food trucks.

Bigger and better

The Seaport pop-up will be bigger and better this season with the addition of  two additional bars that will feature Cisco’s innovative beers and Nantucket Vineyard wine based cocktails inspired by Triple Eight Distillery. Guests will be able to pair the Cisco offerings with fresh seafood and tacos Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar!  More local food offering will be announced later this spring.

Innovative Beers

The second installment of the Seaport pop-up will offer new innovative beers like Getaway IPA and Crantucket Brut IPA, as well as new vintages of Rose and Sauvignon Blanc and small batch cider trials sent from the Nantucket Island operation. Cisco will also feature the classics from their Portsmouth mainland location showcasing flagship local favorites like Whales Tale, Grey Lady, Gripah and Shark Tracker on tap. Cisco Seaport is excited to debut “Non-Profit Tuesdays,” throughout the season local charities have an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for their cause. 

Hours

The Cisco pop-up is located at 65 Northern Avenue next to District Hall, open six days a week, 4-11pm on weekdays (Tuesday-Friday), 12-11pm on weekends and celebrating holidays too!  First official day is May 14th.

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<![CDATA[Turtle Swamp Brewing Hopes to Have Permanent Beer Hall]]>Thu, 02 May 2019 20:49:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Turtle+Swamp+52.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Late last fall, a local brewery opened a seasonal beer garden in an historic structure that had been home to another beer garden the year before. Now there is a plan to make the current beer hall a permanent one.

According to an article from Universal Hub, Turtle Swamp Brewing is seeking a zoning change in order to make its beer garden in the Roslindale Substation permanent, with a community meeting taking place on the issue on May 8. The post mentions that the brewery would need a variance for a brewery-related use, as the space is currently zoned for restaurant use; a restaurant called Third Rail was hoping to open there at one point but those plans never came to be.

Last winter, Trillium had a beer garden in the substation while also having an outdoor beer garden on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston during the warmer months (including this coming season).

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<![CDATA[New Restaurant to Open in South Boston]]>Thu, 02 May 2019 21:39:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/American+Provisions+52.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an artisanal "farm-to-table" grocery store in South Boston could soon be joined by an adjacent restaurant that focuses on locally-sourced food.

Universal Hub is reporting that The Zoning Board of Appeal has given its approval for the people behind American Provisions to open a sit-down bistro next to the East Broadway market, with an earlier post from Caught in Southie saying that it will include seating for 28 along with a kitchen. Both articles say that owners Andy Faddous and Matthew Thayer hope to acquire a beer and wine license, while their attorney says that "It's something decidedly different for South Boston....It will be a non-noisy, quiet restaurant for people like us."

A second location of American Provisions opened earlier this year in Dorchester, moving into the Treadmark building in the Ashmont/Peabody Square area. (The website for both stores can be found at https://www.americanprovisions.com/)

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<![CDATA[Needham Junction Ice Cream Returns After Shutting Down Last Year]]>Thu, 02 May 2019 21:31:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/Needham+52.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban ice cream spot that said farewell last summer after more than 20 years in business is open once again.

The Needham Times is reporting that Needham Junction Ice Cream has reopened, as no bids for the Junction Street space were submitted by the December 21 deadline, allowing them to be able to return to the space. The reasons for its initial closure are unspecified, though it appears that it had something to do with a lease-related issue.

An earlier post from the Patch posted a note from Needham Junction on Facebook that said, "Thanks to the wonderful people of Needham and your response to us having to close the window for good, we were able to come to an agreement that will allow us to reopen and continue to serve the Junction faithful."

The address for Needham Junction Ice Cream is 40 Junction Street, Needham, MA, 02492. Its website can be found at http://needhamjunctionicecream.letseat.at/

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<![CDATA[Blue Bottle Coffee May Be Opening on Newbury Street in the Back Bay]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 19:09:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/240*120/blue+bottle+.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a California-based coffee roaster could be opening another new cafe in the local area, and this one would be on one of Boston's busiest streets.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Blue Bottle Coffee is planning to open on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, moving into a space between Dartmouth Street and Exeter Street. If approved, the new cafe--which would have an outdoor patio--would join others in downtown Boston, at the Prudential Center, and in Cambridge's Harvard Square, along with an upcoming shop in the Kendall Square section of Cambridge.

The Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee is considered to be part of the "third-wave" of specialty coffee shops that focus on high-quality beans.

The address for this proposed location of Blue Bottle Coffee is 163 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the company is at https://bluebottlecoffee.com/

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<![CDATA[North Square Oyster in Boston's North End to Become Ciao Bella]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 19:25:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/North+Square+Oyster+51.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier this year, we reported that a seafood restaurant in Boston's North End of Boston had closed for renovations and that it could be reopening in the spring. Now we have learned that when it does reopen, the changes to the place could include a new name.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, the people behind North Shore Oyster are petitioning to change the name of the restaurant to Ciao Bella. The notice gives no other information on any changes coming to the space, and it is not yet known what the change in concept--if any--might be, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

North Square Oyster first opened in the spring of 2017, taking over the old Gennaro's Five North Square space; the dining spot--and presumably, the upcoming Ciao Bella--has a connection to a few nearby places, including Ward 8, Bodega Canal, and Tony & Elaine's.

It is not known if the upcoming Ciao Bella has any connection to the long-closed restaurant by the same name on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, though it appears at this point that it does not.

The address for North Square Oyster (and Ciao Bella) is 5 North Square, Boston, MA, 02113.

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<![CDATA[Stillwater Plans to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 19:17:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/190*120/Stillwater+51.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant is planning to open in the heart of Boston, taking over the space where an award-winning dining spot had been until closing last year.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Stillwater is looking to open on Kingston Street in the former Townsman space, with the listing mentioning that the restaurant would have two rooms along with an outdoor patio that would be used during the warmer months. The notice shows the manager of the place being Sarah Wade, which may be the same person who is the general manager and executive chef of Lulu's in Allston and who is known in part for her appearance on the Food Network's "Chopped" early last year. Very little is known on Stillwater at this point in time, so keep checking back for updates.

Townsman, which was a high-end restaurant featuring regional fare with global influences, closed last summer after being in business for approximately 3 1/2 years. The dining spot received much praise during its time in operation, including getting a "best of" from Boston Magazine in 2015 and being included in Food & Wine's restaurants of the year list for 2016.

The address for the proposed Stillwater is 120 Kingston Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

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<![CDATA[Moon & Flower House Planning to Open in Allston]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 19:28:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/Moon+and+Flour+51.JPG

It looks like a New York-based dining spot that features an array of comfort food items may be on its way to Boston.

According to a source (Geoff Wong), a sign out front at the former NextDoor Cafe space in Allston indicates that Moon & Flower House is opening in the Brighton Avenue space. A picture sent to us shows that images on the sign have similarities to that of Moon & Flower House in Brooklyn, while an OpenCorporates page for the upcoming Allston eatery and another OpenCorporates page for the Brooklyn restaurant both show the name Zhang Li as a director/officer.

The Brooklyn location of Moon & Flower House offers such options as burgers, chicken sandwiches, wings, ramen, fried rice, BBQ meat and seafood, ice cream, and more.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Allston is: Moon & Flower House, 110 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. The website for the Brooklyn location can be found at https://www.moonandflowerhouse.com/

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<![CDATA[City of Boston Parking Woes]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 19:39:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Releases_Parking_Meter_Pilot_Program_Results.jpg

Oh boy!  Here we go again!  The parking debate rears its ugly head once again.  It’s clear that there is a parking crisis in the City of Boston. With the population increasing and parking spaces disappearing, residents are left with too many cars and not enough on-street parking spots. So what’s a city to do? 

Well, on Wednesday, City Councilor at-Large Michelle Wu proposed some changes to our parking policies with the hope to alleviate our parking and traffic woes.  One of those changes would be a new $25 annual fee for resident parking sticker, with increased fees for each subsequent car per household ($50 for the second, $75 for the third etc.) 

At the City Council meeting many of the city councilors aired concerns and ideas about the fee ranging from suburbanites parking in front of MBTA stations to taxing ride share companies like Uber and Lyft to handicap placard abuse.

One councilor in particular is getting called out by local news sources and on social media.  City Councilor at-Large and South Boston resident Michael Flaherty is getting hammered for the fact his family has five cars and his belief that the city needs to take a look at the bus stop situation. 

So what’s the bus stop situation?  Well, in South Boston the bus stops are at every corner.  A few years back it was announced that the MBTA planned to consolidate and update bus stops as an attempt to speed up the nightmarish commute for riders.  It would also free up some much needed parking spots.  Nothing has been done since this was announced in 2016.  

Bus Situation

Let’s start with fixing the “bus situation” by doing what the MBTA initially proposed. Consolidating and updating the bus stops.  Then maybe we try a pilot program for dedicated bus lanes at certain “choke-points” such as L/Summer Street for the #7 and the West 4th Street bridge for the #9 during rush hours.  It was a huge success in Roslindale so why not try it? 

Enforcement

We also need to enforce violations in resident-only spaces. Presently, there are numerous overnight parkers without resident permits and even out of state plates. Without active enforcement, what’s going to stop parking scofflaws from doing it over and over again.  Let’s start there. 

Resident Parking Permit

So back to the $25 annual fee for resident parking.  Will $25 make people who own cars and don’t use them not want to pay for a sticker and get rid of their cars?  Is $25 a deal-breaker for people who own and rent million dollar condos?  I predict that they will still get the sticker and not use their cars.  And the goal should be for people who don’t use a car, not to have one at all in the city, right?  We have a long way to go here in the City of Boston, but at the very least, Wu’s proposal has started the conversation.   

What do you think? 

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<![CDATA[Building Volunteer Engagement Tools—for Progressives Only]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 19:57:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/_Hope_City__Volunteers_Help_Burned-Out_Communities_Rebu.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Bailey & Sage in Cambridge Closes, Catering Operation Will Continue]]>Tue, 30 Apr 2019 16:37:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/bailey+sage+430.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of Boston-area cafes is now down to just a pair, as its Cambridge location has closed--though its catering business will remain in place

According to a Facebook post, Bailey & Sage in Kendall Square shut down its cafe yesterday, saying that the closure is "in cooperation with the new development taking place" at the site while mentioning that "our Cambridge catering operations will remain open." It looks like their two cafe locations in downtown Boston (on Federal Street and Street) will remain in operation.

Bailey & Sage first opened at 5 Cambridge Center in Kendall Square in August of 2014, serving salads, sandwiches, quinoa bowls, and more. The website for the remaining two locations can be found at http://baileyandsage.com/

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<![CDATA[1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza in Boston Has Closed]]>Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:34:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/112216+pizza+generic.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A New Jersey-based group of Neapolitan pizza spots has closed its sole Boston location.

Earlier this month, we were told by a source (Geoff Wong) that 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza on Court Street was locked up and dark, with a message sent to us by the business at the time indicating that they were dealing with staffing issues and would announce when the shop might reopen. Today, however, we have been told by another source (Chris from Cool City Entertainment) that it has closed for good, with a photo of a sign out front showing that the pizzeria has closed "permanently."

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza first opened in August of 2017, offering thin-crust pies cooked for approximately two minutes in a 1,000-degree oven. The chain first started out in 2014, according to its website.

The address for this now-closed pizzeria in downtown Boston was: 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, 45 Court Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The website for the business can be found at https://www.1000degreespizza.com/

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<![CDATA[Craft Beer Cellar in Swampscott and Winchester to Close April 30]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:35:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/194*120/craft+beer+429.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of specialty beer shops continues to shrink, with two more locations in the Greater Boston area getting ready to shut down.

According to a Facebook post and a tweet, the locations of Craft Beer Cellar in Swampscott and Winchester are closing tomorrow (Tuesday, April 30), with this news coming on the heels of the Roslindale store closing earlier this month and the Fort Point outlet saying farewell this week.
A blog post from the business also mentions that at least eight other locations have recently closed--including one in Framingham--and three others (including Sudbury) are no longer Craft Beer Cellars.

The first Craft Beer Cellar shop opened in Belmont back in 2010.

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Craft Beer Cellar in Roslindale to Close
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<![CDATA[Sweet Waffles & Boba Opens in Boston's Chinatown Neighborhood]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:33:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/sweetwaffles.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot featuring waffles and bubble tea has come to Boston.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Sweet Waffles & Boba is now open in Chinatown, moving into the old Chatime space on Hudson Street. The post indicates that the shop offers Belgian-style Liege waffles on sticks that come with various options for toppings, and such teas as taro milk and green tea are available along with lemonade blends.

The address for Sweet Waffles & Boba is 18 Hudson Street, Boston, MA, 02111. The Instagram page for the shop can be found at https://www.instagram.com/sweetwafflesandboba/

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<![CDATA[30 Great Things Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 19:29:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Lawn+on+D+72+.jpg

It’s spring in Boston, despite the weather acting just a bit differently, but signs of the season are all over. The Lawn on D opens for the season this week, the annual Art in Bloom festival is happening at the MFA, plus there’s some wine tasting, first Friday fun and a whole lot more happening in the area. Check out our picks for the week:

Monday, April 29

Art in Bloom at the MFA

Celebrate the return of spring with the Museum of Fine Art’s annual Art in Bloom festival of arts and flowers. Enjoy art from across the MFA’s collection paired with magnificent floral interpretations. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Preschool Movies

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

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.

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring Evan Williams

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

Tuesday, April 30

The Drinkeasy at Harpoon Brewery

Did you know you can join the folks at Harpoon Brewery for a private, after-hours event in their tasting room to be the first to try a pilot beer? That happens tonight. ENjoy samples and pints available for purchase of the pilot beer, along with 11 taps of beer and cider available for sampling and for purchase. 7-9 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

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

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, May 1 

Pasta Making Workshop

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

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Thursday, May 2 

Opening Day at The Lawn on D

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D opens for the season today. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

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

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

Pinot in the City Boston

Enjoy some the world’s most exciting Pinot noirs with 60 wineries from Oregon’s Willamette Valley at the Pinot in the City tasting event hosted by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. at The Castle at Park Plaza. Sip Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Riesling, sparkling wines and more showcasing the best that Oregon has to offer. Tickets ate $90-$130 and must be purchased in advance. 6:30-9 p.m., The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Friday, May 3

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games at The Lawn on D opens for the season today. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

ICA First Friday: Spring Fling

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight dance away those winter blues and celebrate the start of spring with rosé wine spritzers, DJ Knife, flower crafts, ocean views, contemporary art and an insta-worthy floral installation by Maia Mattson. Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-9 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.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, May 4

Sci-Fi Food Weekend 2019

Head to the Boston Museum of Science this weekend for Sci-Fi Food Weekend This year’s theme is Grow Your Food IQ Weekend where you can discover connections between food and science, eet authors and experts in nutrition, food science and more. There will be something for the entire family. $25 for adults, $20 for children and $21 or seniors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

North Shore Princess Expo

More than a dozen princes and princesses will be on hand at the North Shore Princess Expo today for an enchanting adventure. Enjoy a candy bar and coloring station, adult swag bags, child goody bags, story times, photos, a princess & me fashion show and more. Tickets are $5-$35. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 177 Lynnfield St., Lynn.

Princess Day at the Stone Zoo

Ten princesses will be on hand at Princess Day today at the Stone Zoo. And while you’re there enjoy arts and crafts and learn more about the zoo’s amazing animals from their zookeepers. Free with the price of admission. Stone Zoo, 140 Pond St., Stoneham. 

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Power Beer Fest

Mass Brewers Guild’s Power Beer Fest comes to the Castle at Park Plaza showcasing more than 60 local breweries under one roof. Tickets are $20-$60. There are two sessions to choose from 1-4:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Sunday, May 5

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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

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<![CDATA[7 Days of Cinco at Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:42:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/marg1.jpg

Not just one day of Cinco de Mayo but seven days of celebration for Loco! 

Monday

Oyster Eating Contest, with $1 Oysters and Kiwi margaritas

How many dollar oysters can you eat?  Winner gets a Loco gift card. You do not need to sign up in advance.

Instagram giveaway with Caught in Southie!

Tuesday

Taco Shoesday!

Enjoy Mini Hard Taco w/ ground beef, nacho cheese, pico, sour cream (Chalupa)! Drink a Castle Island Sick Kicks – or a specialty frozen beer cocktail with SK (wheat ale w/ guava) & La Gritona Reposado tequila

Wear your best kicks to Loco and get featured on our instagram – insta poll to see who wins the Sickest Kicks on Taco Shoesday!

Wednesday

Burritos and buckets of Cisco beers! Also, it’s the Taco Eating Contest with Cisco – must sign up in advance. Kicks off at 6 p.m. Winner will get Cisco’s golden ticket to their Portsmouth brewery and other Cisco swag!

Thursday

Live music with Corona! Enjoy buckets of coronas, Fried Oaxaca, Mexican Pizza, Lobster Taco w/ bacon corn salsa, jalapeno crema!

Friday

Surprise! Loco is opening for lunch at 11:30 a.m.! Open for Lunch! Enjoy Altos margarita juice boxes, Grilled Salmon Taco w/ lemon crema, pico verde, radish. Fried Pork Torta w/ oaxaca queso, heirloom tomato, mustard aioli, grillos pickles! Enjoy beats by DJ Ryan Brown from 8 a.m. to noon.

Saturday

Live music from 1 to 4 p.m., specialty margaritas and giveaways!

Sunday

Loco will open its doors at 10 a.m., with pinatas, giveaways and more! Enjoy charred pineapple margaritas, Fried Oyster Taco, Lobster Taco, Banana Chicken Taco, Mexican Pizza! Order from Loco’s “Whoa Baby” tequila section to get a pinata!

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<![CDATA[Wolfgang's Steakhouse Plans to Open at One Boston Place in Downtown Boston]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:36:16 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a renowned New York-based group of steakhouses will be expanding to the heart of Boston.

A message from @CappyinBoston indicates that Wolfgang's Steakhouse is planning to open at One Boston Place on Washington Street (where it meets State Street and Court Street), with a reference to it on downtownboston.org and an earlier post from CBRE New England seeming to confirming this. Based on its other locations, the new outlet of Wolfgang's could feature a mix of steak, chops, and seafood options along with an extensive wine list.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse started out on Park Avenue in Manhattan in 2004 and now has six locations in New York and New Jersey and one each in Florida, California, and Hawaii as well as ten others overseas. The person behind the restaurants is Wolfgang Zwiener, who worked more than 40 years at the original Peter Luger Steak House is Brooklyn. The original location has garnered much praise over the years, with Frank Bruni saying in a New York Times review that the "rib-eye steak...was many wonderful things at once, or in rapid succession: crunchy, tender, smoky, earthy. It induced a kind of euphoria," while the porterhouse "demanded awe."

The website for Wolfgang's Steakhouse can be found at http://wolfgangssteakhouse.net/

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<![CDATA[Cosi Opens at CambridgeSide in East Cambridge]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:34:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cosiAP_16272750876511.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of dining spots that went through a rough stretch a few years ago has opened a new location in Cambridge.

According to a source, Cosi is now open at CambridgeSide (formerly the CambridgeSide Galleria), with the website for the business confirming that the eatery is indeed up and running. The website indicates that the new location offers such options as soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, coffee, and more, and it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In 2016, Cosi filed for bankruptcy and a few of its shops closed down, including ones in Cambridge's Kendall Square, Boston's Back Bay, and State Street in downtown Boston. Existing locations can be found on Federal Street, High Street, Milk Street, and South Station in the downtown area as well as the Seaport District, Logan Airport, and Charlestown, which is where the chain's headquarters are.

The website for Cosi is at https://www.getcosi.com/

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<![CDATA[Kowloon Opening New Tiki Bar Behind Route 1 Restaurant]]>Fri, 26 Apr 2019 13:41:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/kowloon.jpg

Route 1 landmark Kowloon is opening a new tiki bar just in time for summer.

According to Boston.com, the tiki bar will be located behind the existing Saugus, Massachusetts, location and will have room for about 100 people. A limited menu and tiki drinks will be served at the open-air location. The Kowloon food truck will also be parked nearby.

An opening date has not been announced yet, but the owner said he is shooting for in mid-May.

The Kowloon added outdoor seating last year under a tent, but it was only open until 11 p.m. The tiki bar has received approval to stay open until 1 a.m.

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

Kowloon is located at 948 Broadway (Route 1). Its website can be found at https://www.kowloonrestaurant.com/



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<![CDATA[In Bloom: Top Instagram Photos of the Week]]>Fri, 26 Apr 2019 14:07:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*131/following+april+26+4.JPGCheck out the top Instagram photos of the week.

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<![CDATA[20+ Great Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston ]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:37:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Taco-Fest4.jpg

We made it through another week! The weekend is here and lucky for us it’s filled with great things to do the entire family is sure to enjoy. From the Boston Public Market’s 2019 Agricultural Festival to a Mexican Food Street Festival, the Prince Experience at the Museum of Science and even a National Pretzel Day celebration, there’s a whole lot of fun happening. Check out our picks:

Friday, April 26 

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

National Pretzel Day Celebration

Celebrate National Pretzel Day with Harpoon Brewery where they’ll be giving away free pretzel tokens for the first 50 people in the door at 11 a.m. and then again starting at 5 p.m. They’ll also be offering a $10 pint and Pretzel Dog deal. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

26th Annual Taste of the North End

Don’t miss the 26th Annual "Taste of the North End" featuring food from 35 popular North End restaurants and bakeries, as well as libations from area wine vendors. This annual event benefits several local non-profits, schools and senior programs. 7 p.m., DCR’s Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Les Miserables

Les Miserables returns to Boston with a new production of the Tony Award-winning show. 7:30 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

The Prince Experience 

You don’t want to miss this musical experience – a sensory journey of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the Planetarium, The Prince Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of one of pop history's most beloved artists with stunning, inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, April 27 

Kids in the Kitchen: Caramel Apples

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 Farms will teach you how to make caramel apples from scratch and cover with treats from the market, like crushed Taza chocolate and Q's nuts (note: there will be nuts at this class) 10 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston. 

National Marionette Theatre’s Peter and the Wolf

Enjoy stunning scenery, handcrafted marionettes and enchanting music from Prokofiev’s orchestral score as Peter and his animal friends work together to capture the wolf in turn-of-the-century Russia with the National Marionette Theatre’s production of Peter and the Wolf. 10:30 a.m., John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

World Tai Chi Day at Millennium Park

Celebrate World Tai Chi Day today with a class at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. (in case of rain, it will be held in the Body Mind Systems Training Center, 1739 Centre St.). Noon to 1 p.m., Millennium Park, 300 Gardner St., West Roxbury.

Japan Festival Boston

The largest festival promoting Japanese culture in all of New England returns for it’s eighth year. Come celebrate Japan’s traditional and pop culture, business and industry and more. 1-4 p.m., Boston Common. 

Les Miserables

Les Miserables returns to Boston with a new production of the Tony Award-winning show. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

The Prince Experience

You don’t want to miss this musical experience – a sensory journey of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the Planetarium, The Prince Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of one of pop history's most beloved artists with stunning, inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Sunday, April 28

2019 Agricultural Festival

Head on over to the Boston Public Market today for the 2019 Agricultural Festival – a market-wide event celebrating Earth Day and the start of the spring growing season. Enjoy live demonstrations, pop-up vendors and activities for all ages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Mexican Street Food Festival

Join New England Open Markets in partnership with the Central Square Business Association for their first outdoor celebration of the season when they bring a piece of Mexico to the heart of Central Square. More than 20 local restaurants and food trucks will be on hand cooking up authentic Mexican street food. Plus the Notch Brewing Beer Garden, Naco Taco Margarita Bar, 90+ Cellars Roe Truck, plus more than 100 artists, makers and more. Admission is $5, children under 12 are free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 95 Prospect St., Cambridge.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables returns to Boston with a new production of the Tony Award-winning show. Performances today at 1 p.m and 6:30 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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

Cher: Here We Go Again Tour

Cher brings her 2019 Here We Go Again Tour to the TD Garden tonight. Tickets start at $64.95. 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.



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<![CDATA[On Deck Burger Bar to Open at Encore Boston in Everett]]>Fri, 26 Apr 2019 13:43:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Another spot has been announced for the casino complex in Everett, and this one will offer burgers, beers, cocktails, and more.

According to a press release, On Deck Burger Bar is opening at Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino, with the 3,800-square-foot place having seating for 154, a total of 33 large-screen TVs, and a large fireplace. Some of the offerings at the upcoming dining and drinking spot will include cheesesteak tater tots, a variety of gourmet burgers, a lobster roll, grilled sausage with peppers and onions, and milkshakes--and vegetarian dishes made with ingredients from Impossible Foods will also be available as well. Expect On Deck Burger Bar to open this summer, with its location being on the mezzanine balcony overlooking the casino's gaming floor.

Other restaurants and bars coming to the Encore include Rare Steakhouse, a Chinese spot called Red 8, two Italian restaurants called Sinatra and Fratelli, and an Asian-fusion place called Mystique.

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<![CDATA[The Green Briar in Brighton Is Closing]]>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:32:09 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

An Irish pub that has been around for nearly 30 years is shutting down.

According to a source, The Green Briar in Brighton is closing its doors for good, with a note on the pub's website stating that its last day of service will be Monday, May 6. The note says the following:

This was a difficult and sad decision to make. We want to recognize and express sincere appreciation for our staff - some have been with us since the very beginning. Their hard work and dedication to providing warm hospitality was what made the Green Briar so special. We have met with the team regarding the closing date and our priority is to help each employee transfer jobs. To our guests, thank you. We hope to see you and say good-bye before our last day of service.

The Green Briar is one of a number of restaurants and bars from The Briar Group, including such spots as Anthem, City Table, The Harp, Ned Devine's, O'Connor's, and Solas.

The address for The Green Briar is 304 Washington Street, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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<![CDATA[EgaliTea Organic Cafe to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:08:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/asian3.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new cafe is on its way to the Back Bay of Boston, and it will be a socially-conscious spot that focuses on healthy fare.

According to its website, EgaliTea Organic Cafe is planning to open on Newbury Street, with the upcoming place offering such items as tea, smoothies, bagels, soups, and ice cream, along with chia, acai, yogurt, and oatmeal bowls. The website for the business states that it is a "100% women-led company" whose focus is to "to serve foods and drinks that maximize the balance among people, social equity, and the environment," while ingredients used will be 100% organic and Kosher/fair trade when possible. If all goes as planned, EgaliTea Organic Cafe could be opening sometime this spring.

The address for EgaliTea Organic Cafe is 248 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at https://egalitea.business.site/

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<![CDATA[Winnisimmet Cocktail Lounge Opens in Chelsea]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:17:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/asian3.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of years ago, we reported that the people behind a highly-rated pizza and pasta spot were going to open a market and a lounge nearby. Now we have learned that the lounge has finally opened, joining both the pizza and pasta place and the now-open market.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, the Winnisimmet Cocktail Lounge is now open in Chelsea, taking over the space where Parrotta's Alpine Lodge had once been. As mentioned earlier, Edson Coimbra and Marvin Posada of Ciao! Pizza & Pasta and Ciao! Market are behind the new dining and drinking establishment, which features food items with Italian influences as well as beer, wine, and cocktails, and while it is only open for dinner right now (and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), a weekend brunch will be coming at some point.

Ciao! Pizza & Pasta first opened on Williams Street in the fall of 2015, offering wood-fired pizza, freshly-made pasta dishes, panini, salads, and desserts, while Ciao! Market opened on Broadway in the summer of 2017.

The address for this new restaurant and bar in Chelsea is: Winnisimmet Cocktail Lounge, 73 Winnisimmet Street, Chelsea, MA, 02150. Its website can be found at https://www.thewinnisimmet.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Owners of Ciao! Pizza & Pasta in Chelsea to Open Ciao! Market, Winnisimmet Lounge

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<![CDATA[Mul's Diner in South Boston Faces an Uncertain Future]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:21:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/asian3.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

The future of one of Boston's classic old-school diners appears to be up in the air.

According to an article from the Boston Herald, Mul's Diner in South Boston could be losing its home, as a developer is looking to purchase the West Broadway space and build a six-story mixed-use residential complex at the site. The post does indicate that Mul's may remain in business even if the plans go through, with the diner looking at the option to move its breakfast operations across the street to Amrheins which is under the same ownership, and it is possible that it could return to the ground floor of the new development once construction is complete, though developer Michael Moore and Mul's owner Stephen Mulrey are only in talks about this possibility for now.

If Mul's does move its operations to the Amrheins space, it is not sure how long it might stay there, because as we reported earlier (and as Caught in Southie states), the Amrheins site was on the market last year and as of earlier this year, it was apparently under agreement.

Mul's Diner first opened in 1955 while Amrheins has been around since 1890.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Amrheins Site in South Boston Is Under Agreement

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<![CDATA[Terry O'Reilly's Pub in Newton Centre Is Closing; Will Be Replaced by Baramor]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:25:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/asian3.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Another Irish pub in the Boston area is getting ready to close for good, and it will be replaced by a brand new restaurant and bar.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Terry O'Reilly's Pub in Newton Centre is shutting down, with a Facebook post from the Union Street spot saying that its final weekend in operation will be May 3-5 and that it will replaced by a "cozy American gastropub" called Baramor. A website and Facebook page have been created for Baramor, but little information on the place has been posted as of yet, so keep checking back for updates.

Terry O'Reilly's Pub first opened in September of 2012, taking over the space where Sabra had been for 35 years; it is one of two Irish pubs to announce closures this week, with the other being The Green Briar in Brighton, which is shutting down early next month as well.

The address for Terry O'Reilly's Pub (and the upcoming Baramor) is 45 Union Street, Newton, MA, 02459. The website for Baramor will be at https://www.baramornewton.com/

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<![CDATA[Moody's Deli in Waltham Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown]]>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:34:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Last week, we reported that the person behind an award-winning deli was no longer involved with the place, and now we have learned that the deli has closed, at least for the time being.

According to two sources within the restaurant industry, Moody's Deli in Waltham is shuttered, with one of our sources sending a photo showing a "closed for renovations" sign out front at the Moody Street spot. It is not yet known if The Backroom--which is next door--is also closed, and it is also not known whether the Moody's location in Boston's Back Bay or New England Charcuterie (which is connected to Moody's) is affected as well, nor is it known for sure why Moody's has closed, so keep checking back for updates.

As mentioned earlier, Joshua Smith recently said farewell to Moody's, The Backroom, and New England Charcuterie, and his other business--El Rincon de Moody's--remains closed after shutting down around the beginning of the year.

April 24 update: Eater Boston states that The Backroom is also closed for now, while both Eater and a source of ours say that the Back Bay location of Moody's is open for business. (Our source also says that New England Charcuterie remains in operation as well.)

April 25 update: A Facebook post from The Waltham Channel page mentions that Moody's and The Backroom were shut down by the city because Joshua Smith--and not the company officials who now run the places--is the licensee who is named on the food and liquor licenses but because Smith is no longer involved, the businesses have been operating illegally and cannot serve food or drink. A video sent to us by a source shows the meeting between the company officials and the city, with the video also showing that they have to remain closed until they apply for a license transfer and then get approval to receive the common victualler licenses so they can at least serve food while they are working out the liquor license issue which will take longer. (The owners will also need to change the legal names of the businesses.)

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Joshua Smith No Longer Involved with Moody's, The Backroom, New England Charcuterie

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<![CDATA[By Land and By Sea – Could Two Ferry Routes Help Solve Our Traffic Crisis?]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:27:42 -0400

Imagine skipping the traffic, the crowded buses, and hoping on a ferry to get to your destination!  Well, Boston Harbor Now has proposed two new ferry routes. One would expand the Charlestown-Long Wharf route to include East Boston and the Seaport through the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Fares would be either $3.50 or $6.50 a trip, with annual ridership estimated at 924,000 to 1.6 million.

The second ferry would be a Quincy-to-downtown boat that could also stop at the JFK Library. Trips would cost either $6.50 or $10, and the annual ridership projected is between 190,000 and 412,000.

Boston Harbor Now began a study back in 2017 to help unlock the possibilities of ferries for cities and towns with the goal of identifying routes for new or expanded service.

Back in March it was reported that The Seaport Leadership Group – funders of the Seaport to North Station ferry lowered the price for one-way fares for public riders to five dollars (including fees). It was from twelve dollars. visit www.seaportferry.com.

So maybe ferries will help alleviate our nightmarish traffic?

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<![CDATA[Goodbye Mul’s Diner? New 6-Story Development Proposed]]>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:33:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/mulsdiner.jpg

We knew it was only a matter of time. Once word got out that Amrheins was on the market, we quickly deduced that the development of Mul’s Diner – sister restaurant to Amrheins –  wouldn’t be far behind.

According to post by the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, a public hearing with the City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal will take place to discuss variances to build a new 6-story development in place of Mul’s Diner.

The meeting will take place on May 7 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, Room 801.

Whether you for this project or against it, let your voice be heard and attend the meeting.

Image via Hidden Boston 

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<![CDATA[The Bagel Table to Open at Boston Landing in Brighton]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:49:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A local pair of bagel shops will soon be joined by a third, with this one coming to a new development that has a few other dining spots.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, The Bagel Table is planning to open at Boston Landing in Brighton, joining other locations in Chestnut Hill and Ashland. Based on the offerings at those two shops, expect to see New York-style bagels from OMG! Bagels at the new location, along with cakes, pastries, cookies, English muffins, sandwiches, coffee, and more. If all goes well, The Bagel Table could be opening at Boston Landing late this summer.

Boston Landing, which is located along Guest Street just south of the Mass. Pike, is currently home to such spots as Rail Stop Restaurant and Bar, Kohi Coffee Company, Flatbread Company, and Mainely Burgers.

The website for The Bagel Table can be found at https://www.mybageltable.com/

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<![CDATA[Some Helpful Tips for Dealing With Turkeys]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:03:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Police_Collar__Ed__the_Wild_Turkey.jpg

We’re sure you’ve seen turkeys roaming the neighborhood streets lately. Sometimes it’s a turkey is alone. Other times it’s a rafter aka group of turkeys.  (Impress your friends with that vocab word.) You’ve sent us your videos of turkeys sleeping on top of cars or strutting down busy thoroughfares. Well, it’s breeding season, so it’s not uncommon to see them.  It also means you should take some precautions.

Turkey Precautions

According to the Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife released some helpful tips if you come face-to-face with these – sometimes mean and aggressive – birds. No one wants a beef with a turkey, right?

Because it’s breeding season, wild turkeys are out and about all across the state – including the city.

Turkeys can act aggressively by pecking, following, or exhibiting other intimidating behavior towards people. More often than not, it’s the male (eye roll) that attempt to attach or dominate by puffing out their feathers or gobbling loudly.

What to do if you come face-to-face with a pissed off turkey

If you are being threatened by a turkey, it’s advised that you use a broom or a hose to scare them off. We’re thinking that might provoke them, but okay give it a whirl. Don’t have a broom or hose handy?  Just act loud and big.   Turkeys tend to dominate people they find as subordinate.

If you have a problem with turkey street toughs hanging around your property, it’s recommended that you try balloons, pinwheels, or Wacky Wavy Inflatable Tube Man. Evidently turkeys hate a celebration and will steer clear.  Actually, it’s because they are afraid of things that are moving around.

Don’t feed the birds

And what every you do, never, ever feed the turkeys. The globe article reports that giving turkeys food can lead to aggressive and or bold behavior. “once that is established in the birds, “it can be very difficult to change.” You certainly don’t want turkeys waiting around on your stoop look to be feed and then when you don’t have any food a physical altercation occurs.  Just don’t feed them.  That goes for seagulls too. 

Bottom line, treat turkeys the same way we treat a pack a teenagers, just cross the street and avoid eye contact.

You can see the full list of helpful turkey tips here.

 

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<![CDATA[American Provisions is Expanding]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:50:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/americanprovisions1.jpg

Looks like American Provisions is about to get even better! 

The specialty food and wine shop has proposed a 28-seat wine bar and small kitchen as part of an expansion into the vacant space located right next door. 

Next week, owners Matt Thayer and Andy Fadous will appear before the City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeals to see if the use be changed from nail shop to restaurant.

American Provisions presented their plans to abutters last month and received neighborhood support. If all goes well, the wine bar will open in the fall.

American Provisions opened its second location in Dorchester earlier this year.

In other food news, Purple Shell is opening in the summer. 

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<![CDATA[Raise Your Glass! Thirst Boston Is Back!]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:48:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-686384308.jpg

From learning about rum to taking a walking cocktail tour with Brother Cleve, Thirst Boston is back for its 6th annual weekend extravaganza featuring all things cocktails! 

Get Schooled

You can learn about Irish Whiskey, or maybe a little history of the Rum Runners of the Prohibition Era (Hello Nucky Thompson).  Just two of the many classes Thirst Boston is offering.  You can check out the classes here.

Party time

There will also be two parties to participate in! State Lines will feature carnival games, prizes, live music, food and of course, plenty of drinks!  It will be held at the Innovation Design Center on Saturday on Saturday night.  Tickets are $35 with a portion of the proceeds going toward Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

On Sunday, the Intergalactic Blender Bender takes place at China Pearl at 8pm. The event will feature 12 bartending teams competing to create the ultimate blended drink,  Sounds delicious.  Costumes are highly encouraged.

Thirst Boston takes place on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28.  You can purchase individual tickets to classes or events or packages are available for those wanting to do it all!  Visit here for more information. 

Image via Thirst Boston instagram

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<![CDATA[These Are the Best Bars in the City, According to Boston Magazine]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:03:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/198*120/Tam2.jpg

Boston Magazine has released its annual list of the Best Bars in Boston, taking a look at the top 35 watering holes in the city.

The magazine sent seven people to a variety of bars to come up with their list, which includes dive bars like the Tam, legendary locations like Charlie's Kitchen, and some more upscale options like Drink and Yvonne's.

They even included Bleacher Bar on Landsdowne Street, mostly for its unique views of Fenway Park.

Click here to see Boston Magazine's full list.



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<![CDATA[G Pub Being Proposed for Brockton's Downtown Area]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 17:24:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It appears that a gastropub that would have a retro vibe and a rooftop area is being planned for a city south of Boston that is in the process of redeveloping its downtown area.

Wicked Local is reporting that Colin Geoffroy of G Hospitality is looking to open a location of G Pub in the Corcoran Building (which is being redeveloped into a mixed-use residential complex) in Brockton, joining the original location which can be found in Providence. The article says that the Montello Street spot would have 7,000 square feet of space and have a speakeasy feel to it while having a scratch kitchen, TVs at each of the booths, entertainment such as pool tables, arcade games, and shuffleboard, and a rooftop terrace that is open during the warmer months.

If all goes as planned, the new G Pub could open in the spring or summer of 2020, and it would possibly be a third location of the place, as G Hospitality is planning to open another outlet of the spot in Plymouth this fall. (The restaurant group also runs Rooftop at the ProvidenceG as well.)

The website for the original G Pub in Providence can be found at http://www.providencegpub.com/

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<![CDATA[25+ Fun Events Happening This Week in and Around Boston]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:10:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/235*120/Taste+of+the+North+End.jpg

There are a lot of great events happening this weekend in and around Boston including: the 11th Annual Taste of Dorchester, an special evening with Julianne Moore the 26th Annual Taste of the North End, the Boston Public Market’s 2019 Agricultural Festival and a whole lot more. Check out our picks for the week: 

Monday, April 22

Preschool Movies

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

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Tuesday, April 23

Spring Crafts in the Kids' Nook

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

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Les Miserables

Les Miserables returns to Boston with a new production of the Tony Award-winning show. 7:30 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston

Wednesday, April 24 

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

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

Les Miserables

Les Miserables returns to Boston with a new production of the Tony Award-winning show. 7:30 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Thursday, April 25

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

ICA Free Thursday Night

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

Purr, Wag and Wine Event

Boston Winery plays host to a wine tasting event benefiting the Quincy Animal Shelter. Enjoy a silent auction, raffle, hor d’oeuvres and more. Tickets are $60. 6-9 p.m., Boston Winery, 26 Ericsson St., Boston. 

11th Annual Taste of Dorchester

Join more than 20 local restaurants for the 11th Annual Taste of Dorchester benefiting the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance. Also enjoy live jazz by Sleeping Bee, a silent auction, raffles and prizes. 6-8 p.m., Local 103 IBEW, 256 Freeport St., Dorchester.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables returns to Boston with a new production of the Tony Award-winning show. 7:30 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

An Evening with Julianne Moore

Academy Award-Winning actress Julianne Moore, the next recipient of the Coolidge Award, will participate in an onstage discussion tonight at the Coolidge Theatre’s Art Deco Moviehouse. 8 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.

Friday, April 26

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

26th Annual Taste of the North End

Don’t miss the 26th Annual "Taste of the North End" featuring food from 35 popular North End restaurants and bakeries, as well as libations from area wine vendors. This annual event benefits several local non-profits, schools and senior programs. 7 p.m., DCR’s Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Les Miserables

Les Miserables returns to Boston with a new production of the Tony Award-winning show. 7:30 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston

Saturday, April 27

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables returns to Boston with a new production of the Tony Award-winning show. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Sunday, April 28 

2019 Agricultural Festival

Head on over to the Boston Public Market today for the 2019 Agricultural Festival – a market-wide event celebrating Earth Day and the start of the spring growing season. Enjoy live demonstrations, pop-up vendors and activities for all ages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Mexican Street Food Festival

Join New England Open Markets in partnership with the Central Square Business Association for their first outdoor celebration of the season when they bring a piece of Mexico to the heart of Central Square. More than 20 local restaurants and food trucks will be on hand cooking up authentic Mexican street food. Plus the Notch Brewing Beer Garden, Naco Taco Margarita Bar, 90+ Cellars Roe Truck, plus more than 100 artists, makers and more. Admission is $5, children under 12 are free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 95 Prospect St., Cambridge.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables returns to Boston with a new production of the Tony Award-winning show. Performances today at 1 p.m and 6:30 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Cher: Here We Go Again Tour

Cher brings her 2019 Here We Go Again Tour to the TD Garden tonight. Tickets start at $64.95. 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

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<![CDATA[KKatie's Burger Bar in Quincy Has Closed]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:16:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of burger bars on the South Shore has gotten a little smaller--for now, at least--as its closest location to Boston has shut down.

A source told us a week ago that KKatie's Burger Bar in Quincy Center was going to be closing, with a thread  from the Quincy Is Everything Facebook group confirming that it has indeed shuttered and that a sign out front at the Hancock Street spot refers customers to its locations in Marshfield, Plymouth, and Hyannis. The note also mentions that the restaurant plans to move "nearby," though it is not known whether it might reopen in Quincy or in another community in the immediate area.

The Quincy location of Kkatie's first opened in December of 2016, moving into a space within the West of Chestnut luxury apartment complex.

The address for the now-closed Kkatie's in Quincy Center was 1440 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169. The website for the existing locations can be found at http://www.kkaties.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Bruno's Bar + Burger to Become Bruno's Tequila Bar & Cocina]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:01:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A burger spot that temporarily closed a few years ago has apparently closed for good, and it looks like a Mexican restaurant with a somewhat similar name will replace it.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group along with a couple of sources, Bruno's Bar + Burger in Lynn is no longer in business, with this being confirmed within the North Shore Eats Facebook group. Another poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants thread mentions that a new spot called Bruno's Tequila Bar & Cocina is taking over the Western Avenue space, and a Facebook page for the place shows that it will indeed be opening there, classifying itself as a Mexican restaurant and saying that it will be "serving the freshest Mexican and Latin food with rumba and drink of all types!" The poster says that the new spot could be opening sometime next month, though no specific opening date has been given as of yet.

Bruno's Bar + Burger, which first opened in early 2015, closed its doors in August of 2016 but reopened--apparently under new ownership--a couple of months later.

The address for the upcoming Bruno's Tequila Bar & Cocina is 858 Western Avenue, Lynn, MA, 01905. Its Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/brunostequilabar/

April 25 update: A Facebook post from the place indicates that Bruno's Tequila Bar & Cocina could be opening as soon as the first week of May.

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<![CDATA[Taiyaki NYC Opening This Week in Boston's Seaport]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:20:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/219*120/12419+taiyaki+nyc+ice+cream.png

Ice cream lovers rejoice!  A super-cool and magical ice cream shop will be opening at 119 Seaport Blvd!  Taiyaki NYC – a wildly popular ice cream shop known for its Japanese-style cones that are shaped like fish, bright and happy toppings including unicorn horns and their famous unicorn float served in a…well….mini unicorn float will be opening on April 26th!  They’ll be celebrating the grand opening all weekend with a complimentary Unicorn floatie balloon (drink not included) until supplies last!  You just need to have an order over $15! 

 Other Locations

According to Eater Boston, Taiyaki NYC has two locations in  New York, and one in Miami and Toronto.  Next on the list is the South Boston Waterfront aka the Seaport!  Taiyaki will fill right at home located next to Fuku and By Chloe also NYC chains!

Make sure to follow them on instagram!

 

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<![CDATA[Sunset Cafe in Cambridge Plans to Reopen]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:14:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Portuguese restaurant in Cambridge that was destroyed in a fire earlier this year could be returning to the space.

According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, the Sunset Cafe plans to reopen once its building at the corner of Cambridge Street and Hunting Street is rebuilt. The building in which the restaurant resided was hit by a major fire on January 14 and it was subsequently torn down due to the extent of the damage to the structure. It is not yet known when construction could be completed, so keep checking back for updates as they come in.

The four-alarm blaze also displaced nearly 20 people and took out a second structure as well.

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Sunset Cafe in Cambridge Destroyed in Fire

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<![CDATA[Gantetsu-Ya to Open Across From Ganko Ittetsu Ramen in Brookline]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:22:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

The people behind a popular Brookline restaurant will be opening a new spot that focuses on a couple of Japanese snack items.

According to Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting, Gantetsu-Ya is planning to open across from Ganko Ittetsu Ramen in the Arcade Building on the northern edge of Coolidge Corner, with an Instagram post from the place saying that will be featuring takoyaki, or grilled octopus balls, and okonomiyaki, which are savory pancakes. No opening date has been given for the upcoming eatery, with the post simply saying that it will open soon.

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen, which first opened in the fall of 2015, is known for its three types of ramen options--miso, tan tan, and shoyu.

The Instagram page for Gantetsu-Ya is at https://www.instagram.com/gantetsuya3184/

April 24 update: Boston Magazine states that Gantetsu-Ya could be opening as early as late May.

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<![CDATA[Beer, Food, Baseball: Things to Do in Dorchester This Week]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:24:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Dorchester+Brewing+Company.jpg

Storytime

Chill on Park is hosting a Children’s Story Hour featuring spring stories read by Cindy from the Fields Corner Library.  The family fun takes place on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6pm.  Treat yourself to an ice cream cone before or after!

Food lovers rejoice!

It’s the 11th Annual Taste of Dorchester! For one night only, over 25 restaurants will come together for a night of food, fun and raising money for Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance.  Head to the Local 103 IBEW Hall on Thursday, April 25th from 6pm-8pm and let the eating begin! Tickets are $50 after and $60 at the door!  You can be purchased here!

Two events at Dorchester Brewing Co this week

Friday, April 26th 5-9:30pm  – National Pretzel Day

Dorchester Brewing Company, Wicked Twisted Pretzels and Mass Brew Bros are excited to announce their collaboration limited edition beer and event to celebrate National Pretzel Day, taking place on Friday, April 26th which will include a beer release, Revelry Food Truck and live music Muhammad Seven & the Spring from 7-9:30pm!!

Saturday, April 27th 11:30am-11pm – Spring Fling

DBC is celebrating the start of nice weather and the first official day of their our outdoor patio! There will be tables outside with cornhole games and giant jenga setup.  Enjoy live music and an awesome lineup of food! 2pm-8pm: Food from Buenas Brand and DJ’s European Market & Deli, 7pm-10pm: Live Music from Blue Light Bandits

Take me out to the ballgame!

If you love vintage baseball, then you’ll love this! Travel back in time to 1864 and watch some old time baseball! The Boston Union will face the Connecticut Bulldogs on Sunday, April 28t at 11am at Boston Common! *Interested in playing?  Visit here for details!  

Love Your Block – Earth Day Party in Codman Square

Enjoy a block party in the Codman Square Park on Sat., April 27 with free food and music, a park clean-up and children’s parade, and Nightingale Community Garden Tour. The event begins with a clean-up from 9 -11 a.m. with activities beginning at 10 a.m.Co-sponsors include Allinenergy, Dorchester Food Co-op, Greenovate Boston, Codman Square Neighborhood Council, Codman Square Health Center, Resonant Energy, Boston Affordable Energy Coalition, Love Your Block Boston, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC) Dorchester Art Project BRAIN Arts Organization.This event is funded in part by the Pat Cooke Fund, Resonant Energy and Codman Square Health Center. If your organization is interested in tabling or supporting this event please contact cody@resonant.energy at 413-992-7743.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 27th from 10am-2pm you can drop off any unused prescription medication to al Boston Police District Stations.  This is great way to ensure that unused medication doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. 

image via American Provision instagram

 

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<![CDATA[Hot Chix Plans to Open in the Boston Area]]>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:52:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A fast-casual restaurant that focuses on a Southern-style spicy fried chicken is on its way to the region.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Hot Chix is looking to open somewhere in the Boston area, with current possibilities being such spots as the Berklee area, Boston University, Inman Square in Cambridge, and Union Square in Somerville. The people behind the planned eatery include Alex Kim (general manager at Eventide Fenway), Will Yoo (owner of two Charleys Philly Steaks locations), and Alex Nystedt (former general manager of Sportello), with Nystedt saying that "Boston has a lot of great Korean fried chicken, but it's lacking in the Nashville hot style," which is typically made using a paste that includes cayenne pepper. If all goes well, Hot Chix could be opening sometime this summer--and until then, the business will be popping up at restaurants, bars, and event spaces around the local area.

The website for Hot Chix can be found at https://hotchixboston.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Night Market in Cambridge's Harvard Square Has Closed]]>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:41:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A basement-level Harvard Square restaurant known for its Asian street food has closed for good.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Night Market on Winthrop Street is no longer in operation, having shuttered at the end of business hours last night. An Instagram post from the place says that "We're saddened to be closing our doors....We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who has been a part of our story - our restaurant staff, our occasional visitors, and all of our wonderful regulars over the years. THANK YOU ALL" No specific reason seems to be given for the closure of Night Market, nor is it known what might go into the space, so keep checking back for updates.

Night Market first opened in late 2014 in the former Tamarind Bay space, offering a variety of Asian dishes along with such drink options as sake cocktails and sake slushies.

The address for the now-closed Night Market was 75 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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<![CDATA[Diner in the Park in Woburn Closes Today]]>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:02:31 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban breakfast and lunch spot that caters in part to office workers is shutting down after approximately eight years in business.

According to a source, Diner in the Park in Woburn is closing, saying that it shuts down at the end of this week, and a phone call to the Cummings Park eatery does confirm that today is indeed its last day in operation. The restaurant first opened in the summer of 2011, taking over the space that had once been home to Let's Go Burrito, and the owners had also been behind Grecian Yearning in Allston until a fire forced them to close that spot in 2008.

The address for Diner in the Park is 340 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA, 01801.

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<![CDATA[Pepe's Pizza to Open at Arsenal Yards in Watertown]]>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:05:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

One of the best-known pizzerias in the country is going to be expanding to a new complex just west of Boston.

According to a source, Pepe's Pizza is planning to open at the Arsenal Yards in Watertown, with an article in the Watertown News saying that a lease has been signed for the restaurant to open at the upcoming development. Once it opens, the new outlet of the New Haven-based pizzeria will join two other Boston-area locations--one at The Shops at Chestnut Hill and a new branch at the Burlington Mall which is expected to open later this month. Pepe's, which started out in 1925, has received numerous accolades over the years, including The Daily Meal awarding it best pizza in the United States in 2017.

Arsenal Yards will be located at the site of the old Arsenal Mall in East Watertown, with the mixed-use development having retail, office, and residential space. Some restaurants announced for the complex include Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Shake Shack, Pokeworks, and City Works Eatery and Pour House.

The website for Pepe's Pizza can be found at https://pepespizzeria.com/

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<![CDATA[The Lawn On D Returns to Boston for 6th Season]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:58:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Lawn+on+D+72+.jpg

The Lawn On D will return to Boston for a sixth season with annual events and plenty of new ones!

The event opens to the public on May 2 at The Signature Pavilion next to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, with its official 'Swing Into Spring' kickoff May 4 followed by the annual 'Cinco De Mayo celebration' May 5.

"As the stewards of Boston's most innovative and active public space, we are proud to again deliver a diverse mix of free, high-quality community programming for guests of all ages at The Lawn On D," said David Gibbons, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. "The Lawn's popularity continues to grow every season and we look forward to celebrating with our guests in an environment that is safe, fun, and educational."

The monthly Signature Event Series will resume as well with two popular family events: Summer Block Party and Pumpkin Palooza. Both have been extended by two days.

Other key events include:

June 16: Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Highlights include the famous Red Sox Showcase, a live Red Sox game shown on a jumbotron, photo ops, and a variety of fun activities.

July 6 and 7: Summer Block Party – Bubble soccer, mini golf, rock climbing, and a return of the Blue Man Group

Sept. 14 – TBA

Oct. 26 and 27 - Pumpkin Palooza – Halloween fun for all ages and thousands of free pumpkins

A new addition this year is the "Bar in a Box" which officials said debuted during The Lawn On D's winter pop-up Chillin’ On D. The full-service bar, created from a refurbished 20-foot shipping container, will be located near the Westin.

To stay up-to-date on the latest announcements and events, go to the Lawn on D's website.

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<![CDATA[Ruth's Chris Steak House to Open in Somerville]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:43:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/ruthschris+008.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of upscale steakhouses is opening its third Boston-area location, with this one coming to a growing development just north of the city.

An email sent to us today indicates that Ruth's Chris is going to be opening at Assembly Row in Somerville, moving into a space in the Partners Healthcare building (apparently the ground floor). The upcoming restaurant will have 8,100 square feet of space and seating for approximately 240 people, along with an outdoor patio that may have seating for as many as 50. It is not known when the new location of Ruth's Chris might open, so keep checking back for updates.

Currently, local outlets of Ruth's Chris can be found on School Street in downtown Boston and Totten Pond Road in Waltham; the only other location in New England is in Newington, CT, just south of Hartford.

The website for Ruth's Chris Steak House can be found at https://www.ruthschris.com/

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<![CDATA[La Dolda Pasta Shop to Open in Lexington]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:33:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/La+Dolda.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Back in 2017, we mentioned that a pasta shop in Texas had closed down and was planning to move to the Greater Boston area. Now we have learned where it will be opening.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, La Dolda is opening in Lexington Center, with a check on the website for the business indicating that it will be moving into the space on Mass. Ave. where Great Harvest Bread Co. had been until 2016, when the bakery moved to East Lexington. Based its website, La Dolda--which had been located in Austin--will offer a variety of gourmet pasta items along with salads.

The address for this upcoming pasta shop in Lexington Center is: La Dolda, 1736 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420. Its website can be found at https://www.ladolda.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
La Dolda Pasta Shop in Austin Plans to Move to Boston

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<![CDATA[Only One Jamaican Restaurant to Open in Former D'Angelo Space in Hyde Park]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:11:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/ice+cream8.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A third location of a Jamaican restaurant is on its way to the local area, and this one will be taking over the space where a location of a chain of sandwich shops had been.

Universal Hub is reporting that Only One Jamaican Restaurant is opening in Hyde Park, moving into the former D'Angelo space on Hyde Park Avenue. Once it opens, the new eatery will join others in Dorchester and Brockton, and based on those locations, it appears that this one will focus at least in part on takeout. An Eater Boston article mentions that the new outlet of Only One could open in June and that it will feature such items as curry goat, fried chicken, curry shrimp, beef patties, and oxtail.

The address for this upcoming Jamaican spot in Hyde Park is: Only One Jamaican Restaurant, 1345 Hyde Park Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.

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<![CDATA[BNBL Registration Is Now Open]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:48:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/basketball-generic-.jpg

50 seasons of Boston Neighborhood Basketball League

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has announced that registration is now open for the 50th annual season of Boston’s favorite summer basketball league, the Boston Neighborhood Basketball League, kicking off on Monday, July 8.

BNBL is the oldest municipal basketball league in the country serving young men and women in three divisions each for boys and girls: 13 and under; 15 and under; and 18 and under.

Register today

Encompassing recreation, sports, and community engagement, BNBL’s real value is in helping make Boston happier and safer in the summer months by providing a physical outlet for youngsters throughout the city.  Over 1,500 players on 150 teams will participate in this year’s league at 20 sites throughout the city.  BNBL is played at Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers and selected city parks. The 2019 BNBL season ends with the championship games played in mid-August.  To register online for BNBL visit here! 

BNBL also offers a free Pee Wee Developmental Program for boys and girls ages 6 to 11 offered at various locations across the city in Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale, South Boston, West Roxbury, and Roxbury. This program teaches young players the basics of basketball in a fun and non-competitive setting.  Registration for Pee Wee BNBL is done on-site at the Pee Wee locations. 

For more information, please email Charlie Conners at Charles.Conners@boston.gov or call (617) 961-3093.

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<![CDATA[Woods Hill at Pier 4 May Be Opening in Seaport District]]>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:22:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Woods+Hill+417.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Back in 2017, we reported that one of Boston's most iconic restaurant spaces would become home to a new dining spot and that the person behind a suburban farm-to-table restaurant would be opening the place. Now we have learned more about it as it gets closer to opening.

According to a post on her website, Kristin Canty of Woods Hill Table and Adelita in West Concord will be opening Woods Hill at Pier 4 on the Boston waterfront, with the restaurant being an "urbane take" on the original location and "honoring the Anthony's Pier 4 legacy by providing the Seaport a convivial atmosphere, warm hospitality and sustainably caught seafood." The Pier 4 site indicates that the residential development plans to open this spring, so the new location of Woods Hill could be opening sometime in the next month or two.

Woods Hill at Pier 4 will be located at the old site of Anthony's Pier 4, which closed for good in the summer of 2013 after being in business for approximately 50 years; the restaurant was once one of the most profitable dining spots in the United States and attracted a variety of celebrities.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
New Restaurant from Woods Hill Table Owner Coming to Former Anthony's Pier 4 Site on the Boston Waterfront

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<![CDATA[Borealis Yoga in Medford to Move, Include Cafe Within Space]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:40:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/Borealis+Yoga+418.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A yoga studio north of Boston is going to be moving, and its new space will include a place for food, coffee, and more.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Borealis Yoga in Medford is in the process of moving from its current home on Salem Street to a new spot on High Street, with a Facebook post from the business showing that a cafe will be located upstairs and including couches, tables, stools, and a counter, while offerings are expected to include rice bowls, baked goods, coffee, tea, and chai. A YouTube video attached to the post mentions that Borealis Yoga plans to open sometime this spring, though no specific opening date has been given as of yet.

The address for the original location of Borealis Yoga is 34 Salem Street, while the new address will be 28 High Street. The website for the business can be found at https://borealisyoga.com/

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<![CDATA[Parlour Restaurant + Bar to Open in Brookline]]>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:17:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/466130429.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining and drinking spot is on its way to Brookline, moving into the space where a neighborhood bistro had been.

According to Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting, Parlour Restaurant + Bar is opening in the old Regal Beagle space in the Coolidge Corner neighborhood, with a sign out front simply saying that the place will be coming soon to the Harvard Street space. A search on the new spot comes up with no information at this point in time, including what kinds of food/drink it might offer, who is behind it, and when exactly it will open; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The Regal Beagle closed down last October after being in business for approximately 10 years; the restaurant was known in part for its comfort food dishes and cocktails.

The address for the upcoming Parlour Restaurant + Bar is 308 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

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The Regal Beagle in Brookline's Coolidge Corner Is Closing

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<![CDATA[Purple Shell to Open in South Boston]]>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:29:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Purple+Shell+417.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Last June, we reported that a local group of upscale comfort food spots had closed one of its locations, and now we have learned what will be taking over the space.

According to a source, Purple Shell is opening this summer in the former Stephi's in Southie Space in South Boston, with a sign out front indicating that the West Broadway eatery will be an Asian fusion tapas spot. A search for more information on the place shows that Gan Quan Chen--who has a Braintree address--is behind the restaurant, and he also goes by the name Jerry Chen. It is not yet known if this is the same Jerry Chen who has been involved with such spots as ZC Boston in the South End, Gourmet Garden in Canton, and Sushi Joy in Plymouth; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Stephi's in Southie was one of what had been three Stephi's/Stephanie's locations, including the recently-closed Stephi's on Tremont as well as Stephanie's on Newbury, which remains in operation.

The address for the upcoming Purple Shell is 11 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127.

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<![CDATA[Donnie’s NKOTB Tour Ticket Giveaway]]>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:42:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NKOTB+417.jpg

Enter to Win New Kids on the Block Tickets at Select Wahlburgers

Calling all fans of NKOTB! Wahlburgers is hosting the ultimate sweepstakes for New Kids on the Block Mixtape Tour tickets!  See press release below!

Wahlburgers restaurants across the country are celebrating Donnie Wahlberg’s return to the stage by hosting the ultimate sweepstakes for New Kids On The Block fans. The popular casual dining burger concept founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Chef Paul Wahlberg, and subject of A&E Network’s Emmy-nominated reality show, will give fans the chance to show they have the Right Stuff and bust out their best dance moves. Winners will get a pair of tickets to bring a friend to the closest tour venue of each participating Wahlburgers restaurant.

Rules & Regulations

There is no purchase or payment of any kind necessary to enter or win a prize in the sweepstakes. Guests can learn more about and enter the sweepstakes at www.WahlWin.com.  The sweepstakes are void where prohibited and in New York, Rhode Island, and Florida. Available only at participating Wahlburgers restaurants. The Wahlburgers New Kids on the Block Ticket Sweepstakes is subject to the Official Rules available at participating Wahlburgers restaurants and at www.WahlWin.com

Donnie’s favorite

While guests are at Wahlburgers, enjoy Donnie’s favorite, the BBQ Bacon Burger, a beef burger described as a “spiced-up weekend barbecue on a bun,” topped with white cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, fresh jalapeños and barbecue sauce. 

Locations

Wahlburgers currently has 29 locations throughout North America with several more to come. To find your nearest Wahlburgers location to participate and learn more, visit Wahlburgers.comFor Wahlburgers New Kids on the Block Ticket Sweepstakes Official Rules Click HERE

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<![CDATA[20+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:26:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_100204127920-Sesame-Street-Generic.jpg

We’ve made it to another weekend and lucky for us it’s chock-full of great events the entire family will enjoy. From your chance to sit on the actual Throne from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” to catching the circus while it’s in town, or maybe you plan to head to the zoo for some family fun, we’ve gathered some ideas for you right here. Check out our weekend picks:

Friday, April 19

Anime Boston 2019

Anime Boston returns this weekend, April 19-21, with three days focussing on celebrating and promoting Japanese animation, comics and pop-culture. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston. 

Visit the "Game of Thrones" Iron Throne at Primark Boston

Want to sit on the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones?” Today you have your chance. Head to Primark’s Boston store Friday and Saturday, don your best garb so you can snap photos of yourself with the throne. 9 a.m., Primark, 10 Summer St., Boston. 

April School Vacation Week Fun at the Franklin Park Zoo

Enjoy a day exploring the Franklin Park Zoo and celebrate spring by learning about the importance of pollinators and how they help springtime flowers bloom. Throughout the week there will also be zookeeper chats, animal encounters and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Stories Come Alive at the Boston Children’s Museum

Stories come alive at the Boston Children’s Museum during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, along with special performances and programs. Today also catch Everywhere and Nowhere at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., as well as a performance by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras at 6:30 p.m. and Movement Storytime with Urbanity Dance at 7:45 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 1 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Sesame Street Live

Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird Grover and all their friends as they discover magical moments in everyday life in Sesame Street Live on stage. Tickets start at $25. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

The Prince Experience 

You don’t want to miss this musical experience – a sensory journey of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the Planetarium, The Prince Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of one of pop history's most beloved artists with stunning, inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, April 20

Anime Boston 2019

Anime Boston returns this weekend, April 19-21, with three days focussing on celebrating and promoting Japanese animation, comics and pop-culture. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.

Bunny Bonanzoo

Have some Easter fun today at the Stone Zoo with crafts, games, music and more. Plus a visit with the Easter Bunny himself. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Stories Come Alive at the Boston Children’s Museum

Stories come alive at the Boston Children’s Museum during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, along with special performances and programs. Today also catch Haitian Dance with Jean Appolon at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Sesame Street Live

Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird Grover and all their friends as they discover magical moments in everyday life in Sesame Street Live on stage. Tickets start at $25. Performances today at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

Visit the "Game of Thrones" Iron Throne at Primark Boston

Want to sit on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones? Today you have your chance. Head to Primark’s Boston store Friday and Saturday, don your best garb so you can snap photos of yourself with the throne. Noon to 4 p.m., Primark, 10 Summer St., Boston.

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 2 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston. 

The Prince Experience 

You don’t want to miss this musical experience – a sensory journey of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the Planetarium, The Prince Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of one of pop history's most beloved artists with stunning, inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Sunday, April 21

Anime Boston 2019

Anime Boston returns this weekend, April 19-21, with three days focussing on celebrating and promoting Japanese animation, comics and pop-culture. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.

Sesame Street Live

Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird Grover and all their friends as they discover magical moments in everyday life in Sesame Street Live on stage. Tickets start at $25. 2 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 2 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

April LEGO Night

Looking to get out tonight? Trident Booksellers is hosting a springtime themed LEGO night for adults. Tickets are $5 and can be used as a voucher toward food or drink during your build. 7-9 p.m., Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St., Boston.



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<![CDATA[Pursuing the Martin Richard Peace Stamp]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:11:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Runners_Honor_Marathon_Bombing_Victim_Martin_Richard.jpg

“No More hurting people.  Peace.”  Peace Stamp Petition

An online petition has been started to commemorate the message of peace captured in a poster created by Martin Richard – the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon Bombings.

“World leaders can’t seem to get us to a world free of war and hateful people can’t seem to find resolution or peace without deadly violence against innocent others, but maybe Martin’s simple message will help get us one step closer,” the petition reads.

Issues to hurdle

The petition also acknowledges there are two issues for the Martin Richard Memorial Peace Stamp to hurdle. The U.S. postage stamps are approved by the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee and under the stamp selection criteria the stamp will only “commemorates positive contributions to American life, history, culture and environment; therefore, negative occurrences and disasters will not be commemorated on U.S. postage stamps or stationery.”

There is also the issue of submitting artwork.  “Do not submit artwork or photographs for a stamp subject for consideration. Unsolicited stamp designs will not be reviewed or considered.”

Sign the petition

The petition asks the committee to make an exception because Richard’s artwork is “an essential part of his message that no other artist could possibly illustrate better.”

Organizers hope to reach 5000 signatures.  On Tuesday afternoon, over 3300 people have signed the petition including Bill Richard, father of Martin.

 

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<![CDATA[Joshua Smith No Longer Involved With Moody's and Others]]>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:29:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/Moodys+415.JPG

The person behind an award-winning deli, a restaurant and wine bar, and a meat-processing plant has said farewell to all of the businesses.

The Boston Globe confirms what a source had told us earlier this month, that Joshua Smith is no longer affiliated with Moody's Deli, The Backroom, or New England Charcuterie, all of which are located in Waltham (another Moody's is located in Boston's Back Bay). We had reached out to Smith when we first heard the news but never received a response, while the Globe quotes him as simply saying "I'm starting a new project and focusing on family." It is not known what the new project might be, nor is it known for sure why Smith left the businesses; if we find any further information, we will post an update here.

Another spot that Smith was involved in--El Rincon de Moody's--suddenly closed around the beginning of the year and remains shuttered; that restaurant, along with Moody's Deli and The Backroom are all located within the same block on Moody Street in Waltham.

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<![CDATA[Nightshade Noodle Bar to Open in Lynn]]>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:39:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/186*120/Nightshade+416.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind a pop-up restaurant that focuses in part on noodles is going to be opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, chef Rachel Miller is opening Nightshade Noodle Bar in Lynn, with the restaurant getting its name from her Nightshade pop-up which has done a number of dinners, events, and series over the past couple of years, including at some of the best-known restaurants in the Boston area. Expect to see Vietnamese-influenced dishes including noodles, shellfish, sandwiches, and more at the 26-seat restaurant, which will also include a bar area and will be open for both lunch and dinner. An exact address has not yet been given for Nightshade Noodle Bar, but it will be located somewhere on Exchange Street in the downtown section of Lynn.

If all goes as planned, Nightshade Noodle Bar could be opening later this summer.

The website for Nightshade can be found at https://www.nightshadens.com/

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<![CDATA[The Groove to Open at Hojoko in Boston]]>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:16:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Hojoko+415.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Tokyo-style record bar is on its way to the Fenway, opening within an eclectic hotel restaurant and bar that also focuses on music.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, The Groove at Hojoko is planning to debut this Friday (April 19) in Hojoko's heated front porch space that up until now has been used for dining/drinking and private events. The post says that the lounge will take its cue from vinyl bars found in Japan that offer snacks, drinks, and analog music, and it will include bring-your-own vinyl nights, DJs, live music, and more.

Tim and Nancy Cushman, who are behind both The Groove and Hojoko, also run the award-winning o ya in Boston's Leather District, and they are opening a new spot in Chestnut Hill along with two stalls at the upcoming Time Out Market in the Fenway.

The address for The Groove at Hojoko is 1271 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for Hojoko can be found at http://www.hojokoboston.com/

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<![CDATA[Hungry Coyote to Open in Needham]]>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:25:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/hungry+coyote+415.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like not one, but two Mexican restaurants will soon be opening in a western suburb of Boston.

According to an article from The Needham Times, Hungry Coyote is planning to open on Highland Avenue in the former Orange Leaf space, with the restaurant having a connection to Hungry Coyote in Whitman, as head chef Francisco Mendez manages that dining spot as well as Avocados Mexican Taqueria in Stoughton. The post says that Mendez, owner Matthew Saiia, and manager Leona Leon (who is the wife of Mendez) are looking to have a counter-service area by the entrance and a full-service restaurant in the back that includes alcohol, with the place being open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If all goes as planned, Hungry Coyote hopes to open sometime in July

As reported earlier, another Mexican restaurant called Pancho's Taqueria also plans to open on Highland Avenue as well; currently, a location of that dining spot can be found in Dedham.

The address for the upcoming Hungry Coyote in Needham is 1185 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA, 02492.

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<![CDATA[The Treasury to Open in the Former Bonefish Grill Space in Burlington]]>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:17:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Indian+food+415.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A gourmet Indian restaurant is coming to the northern suburbs of Boston, and it moving into the space where a location of a seafood chain had once been.

According to a post from the Burlington Cable Access Television website, The Treasury is planning to open at Wayside Commons in the former Bonefish Grill space, with the new dining spot including menu items that are made in a stone cooking pot, traditional clay ovens, an open barbecue, and a griddle while higher-end wine and liquor options will also be offered. If all goes as planned, The Treasury could be opening late this spring.

The Burlington location of Bonefish Grill closed down around the beginning of 2017, with the two remaining Boston-area outlets in Waltham and Westwood subsequently shuttering as well; the closest location of the chain is now in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The address for this upcoming Indian restaurant in Burlington is: The Treasury, 4 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA, 01803.

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<![CDATA[Easter Brunch in Dorchester]]>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:13:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Industry+415.JPG

Lower Mills Tavern

Lower Mills Tavern is serving up an Easter Brunch where you can feast on steak & eggs hash, tiramisu pancakes, and tomato & mozzarella pizza! Reservations suggested!

224 Boston

Enjoy Bloody Mary’s and delicious cheeseburgers for brunch.  Or maybe some banana crepes or huevos rancheros?  Don’t forget a bucket of bubbles!  You can check out 224’s full menu here! 

Lucy’s American Tavern

Head to Lucy’s for their Mexican Street Nachos, Lucy’s Eggs Benny or French Toast Sticks could will do the trick! Don’t forget an Adult Iced Coffee or Lucy’s Famous Bloody!

The Industry

The Industry will be celebrating the Easter with brunch! Enjoy breakfast classics like Eggs Benedict, Steak & Eggs, Chicken Club Sandwich or an Irish Breakfast. They’ll be serving up plenty of Mimosas and Bloody Marys to toast the new year!

The Bowery Bar

Enjoy coffee crusted steak and eggs or thick-cut french toast at The Bowery Bar! Specialty brunch cocktails include the Eye Opener made with coconut rum, cold brew iced coffee and chocolate whipped cream, the Bowery Bloody, and the Paloma Riff with tequila, pink grapefruit liqueur                                                   and ruby red grapefruit juice!

dbar

Love brioche French toast? How about huevos rancheros caliente? Then the creative Sunday brunch menu at dbar is calling your name.  The fun starts at 11 and the bar is open all day.

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<![CDATA[Easter Brunch in Southie]]>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:10:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Lincoln+415.JPG

Easter is a week away! Make a plan to share a meal with friends and family.

Capo – 443 West Broadway

With a special Easter Brunch menu and spring-inspired Easter dinner specials, there’s plenty to celebrate at Capo. Capo’s expansive dining room can accommodate parties of all sizes, so bring the whole family for a special Easter feast! In addition to the special Easter Brunch like Blueberry Bombolini with lemon cream cheese icing, Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast with vanilla anglaise and oat streusel crumb, Nonna’s Lamb Sugo with Madeira mushrooms and mafalde and Wood Fire Ham Steak, sunny-side up eggs and pistachio pesto hollandaise, Capo will be serving their full dinner menu and a la carte specials available starting at 2pm! Easter dinner specials include Nonna’s Lamb Sugo with Madeira mushrooms and mafalde, Wagyu Tomahawk Steaks with salsa verde, bearnaise, and three heirloom salts with a choice of two sides, Sea Bass with spring vegetable primavera and pistachio pesto, and Limoncello Meringue Tart!  Reservations for brunch and dinner are strongly encouraged. Reservations can be booked via OpenTable with this link or people can contact us directly. info@caposouthboston.com.  617-993-8080

Coppersmith – 40 West Third

Enjoy everything from the omelet of the day to chicken biscuits at this Southie favorite!  Treat yourself to their DIY Bloody Mary bar or order up a mimosa flight!  Be on the lookout for some special Easter additions to their menu.  You can learn more here! 

Lincoln – 425 West Broadway

South Boston’s go-to brunch destination, Lincoln Tavern & Restaurantwelcomes guests for a family-friendly Easter Brunch and Easter Dinner. With menu items fit for kiddos and adults, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to Lincoln menu, guests can enjoy Easter special additions too!

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar – 412 West Broadway

Have you tried brunch at Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar yet?  Put it on your Easter weekend list to do!  Enjoy fish tacos, huevos con carne, enchiladas and of course some of the best margaritas around!  For a full menu visit: their website!

Roza Lyons – 709 East Broadway

Roza Lyons is now serving brunch!  Stop by this weekend and enjoy delicious brunch items like their Breakfast Burrito, Eggs Benedict, or the Lyons Omelet!  Brunch is served from 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday! Don’t forget to order one of their amazing mimosas too!

Gather – 75 Northern Ave. 

Head to the Seaport District and enjoy brunch at Gather! Gather’s brunch menu features their legendary Chicken and Waffle Bites (life-changing), egg sandwiches, DIY Waffle Bar and a Roasted Turkey Club (we think the best around!)Gather will also have a few special additions just for mom like Spring Vegetable Risotto and Creme of Asparagus Soup! To make a reservation visit here!

The Playwright – 658 East Broadway

Enjoy the Mexican scramble, steak hash or french toast at the Playwright Brunch.  Don’t forget to order their buffalo chicken dip and a boozy iced coffee! You can check out the full menu here!

Backyard Betty’s –  170 West Broadway

This weekend, Backyard Betty’s will fire up the grill early as it officially rolls out Saturday & Sunday brunch service from 11 am – 3 pm. The refined retro restaurant known for cookout classics and regional, American comfort fare will serve up a creative spin on brunch, ranging from a modern take on breakfast favorites to their creative cookout-style cuisine. Behind the bar, the Betty’s team will be mixing up a special brunch treat in the form of Boozy Adult Cereal Shakes, inspired by favorite childhood cereals!

Fat Baby  – 118 Dorchester Street

Fat Baby’s brunch features items like donuts, ramen, Szechuan dumplings, Korean fried chicken and waffle, and brunch bao. Brunch cocktails include a Bucket of Bubbles, Sake Sangria, the classic Mai Tai, and the Frosé will be flowing like….well…wine! Talk about perfect!

Backyard Betty’s –  170 West Broadway

 Backyard Betty’s will fire up the grill early as it officially rolls out Sunday brunch service from 11 am – 3 pm. The refined retro restaurant known for cookout classics and regional, American comfort fare will serve up a creative spin on brunch, ranging from a modern take on breakfast favorites to their creative cookout-style cuisine. Behind the bar, the Betty’s team will be mixing up a special brunch treat in the form of Boozy Adult Cereal Shakes, inspired by favorite childhood cereals!

Publico – 11 Dorchester Street

Executive Chef Keenan Langlois’ brunch fare is served up every Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm in the restaurant’s rustic, mid-century dining room as well as outside in the 2,000 sq ft open-air atrium, garden space. The menu features Bag of Beignets (cinnamon sugar, mescal sabayon, $7,) Mahi Tacos (fried Mahi, avocado, picco de gallo, cilantro, $15,) and Chilaquiles (tortillas, grilled salsa, fried eggs, crème fraiche, cilantro, avocado, $13,) among other breakfast-centric selections.  Reservations are highly recommended!

Mastro’s Ocean Club – 25 Fan Pier Blvd.

Feeling like treating yourself? Mastro’s Ocean Club is offering their regular menu with items like Shrimp Cocktail, Twin Lobster Tails, Filet Mignon, and Alaska King Crab Black Truffle Gnocchi!  They also have special additions like Maine Lobster Eggs Benedict, Jumbo Lump Crabcake Omelette, NY Strip Steak & Eggs, Croque Madame and Smoke Salmon with Bagel.   Don’t forget to save room for their famous Butter Cake!

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<![CDATA[Love Art Poke to Open in Downtown Boston]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 20:39:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Love+Art+Poke+410.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

The people behind two Boston restaurants with similar names but different concepts will be opening a third spot downtown, and in keeping with the pattern, this one will also have a similar name but a different concept from the other two.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Love Art Poke is planning to open on Water Street in the Congress Square development, with the dining spot focusing on Hawaiian-style raw fish salad while also offering vegan options as well. Once it opens, the eatery will join Love Art Sushi near where the Back Bay and the Fenway meet and Love Art Udon by Boston University.

If all goes as planned, Love Art Poke could be opening sometime this summer.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in downtown Boston is: Love Art Poke, 40 Water Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

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<![CDATA[‘Tis the Season to Drink Outside in Boston – a Guide.]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 20:35:13 -0400

If you enjoying drinking beer, wine and cocktails al fresco, this is the season for you! Lots of news about beer and wine gardens popping up all over Boston!  Here’s a quick guide to drinking outside! 

It’s wine’s turn

Boston’s first and only outdoor wine garden, City Winery on The Greenway, is now open on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Dewey Square. City Winery will be serving their award-winning locally crafted wine on tap, including multiple varieties of reds, whites, and rosé. In addition to lots of delicious wine, City Winery has partnered with Harpoon to offer locally-made craft beer and cider. They will also feature a Mediterranean-inspired menu of charcuterie, cheeses, olives and nuts which will pair perfectly with wine! We can’t wait!

Beer by the ocean

The Boston Harbor Hotel announced that it is launching a new outdoor beer garden featuring local breweries called Brewer’s Alley.  It will be open seven days a week, weather permitting. The space boasts a 25-foot outdoor bar and communal-style seating with water views.

More pop-ups

Trillium Brewing will be back for another season on the Rose Kennedy Greenway this spring. On City Hall Plaza, the Patios will be back with beer garden, margaritas and more beginning May 2nd.

Locally in Dot

We can’t forget about the Dorchester Brewing Co. news either. They recently broke ground on Tuesday on a $3 million expansion – including a restaurant, roof deck, game room and greenhouse!

Cisco Brewers in the Seaport

Cisco Brewers Pop Up is back by popular demand with a second season of its “Island Vibes” featuring more award-winning craft beer and wines, more live music and even more food trucks. The Seaport pop-up will be bigger and better this season with the addition of  two additional bars that will feature Cisco’s innovative beers and Nantucket Vineyard wine based cocktails inspired by Triple Eight Distillery. Guests will be able to pair the Cisco offerings with fresh seafood and tacos Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar!  More local food offering will be announced later this spring.  Opening date is May 14th.  They will be open six days a week.  Check out their hours here! 

Beer Garden Regulations

This could be the last season before new regulations are put in place for beer garden one-day licenses.  You can read about that here.  But until then, cheers to drinking outside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Red White Japanese Vegan to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 18:12:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/201*120/Red+White+411.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new lunch spot is on its way to the Back Bay, and it will focus on healthy food options.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Red White Japanese Vegan is planning to open on Newbury Street, with the restaurant featuring customizable rice bowls that include a variety of toppings and sauces, while smoothies will be available as well. The post mentions that owner Toc Kobayashi has run a number of dining spots in Japan and that his hope is to open more locations of this quick-service/takeout concept if things go well.

Red White Japanese Vegan will debut this Saturday (April 13) at noon, according to Boston Magazine.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in the Back Bay is: Red White Japanese Vegan, 294 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02115. Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/RedWhiteVegan/

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<![CDATA[40+ Family Friendly Events Over April School Vacation Week ]]>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:54:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Big+Apple+Circus+Bart+Hanlon.jpg

The kiddos are out of school for April vacation and we know you’re going to want to keep everyone busy. So we pulled together this great list of fun things to do in and around Boston with a week’s worth of family-friendly events!

Before we break down events by the day, check out these events happening all week long; plus don’t miss all the Patriots’ Day events happening this weekend, too! 

Patriots’ Day 2019: The 244th Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord

Patriots’ Day 2019 celebrates the 244th Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The entire weekend will be celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies. From the Battle Road: “Parker’s Revenge” Battle Demonstration to Junior Ranger Day at Minute Man National Historical Park, you don’t want to miss any of these great events, all happening this weekend.

Boston’s Swan Boats Return

Celebrate spring with the return of the Swan Boats opening Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Head on down to the Boston Common for this annual tradition. The Swan Boats are open daily weather permitting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2.50 for children 2 to 15 (free for children under 2) and $3.50 for seniors. 

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody.

Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival returns for another year April 12-21 showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Making science accessible, interactive and fun, there are dozens of events happening all week long throughout the area.

Get Creative with Blue Man Group

If you’ve thought about taking the family to Blue Man Group, School Vacation Week is a great time to do it. With more than 18 shows between April 15 and April 21, families can also take advantage of a special 25% off a family four pack of tickets. Additionally, children and parents can get creative before the show with free, art-inspired activities like glow-in-the-dark face painting and mask painting.

Monday, April 15

Patriot’s Day Events in Lexington and Concord

It’s Patriot’s Day, grab the family and take part in some history with the 243rd Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord and other events. The Lexington Battle Reenactment take place on the Lexington Green at 5:30 a.m. where British and Colonial reenactors stage a reenactment of the early-morning battle. Not an early morning person, That’s OK, catch the “Shot heard round the world” with a battle demonstration at 8:45 a.m., followed by Concord’s Patriot’s Day Parade at 9:30 a.m.

Kids in the KITCHEN: Hands-on Cooking Classes for Kids

Bring the kiddos to the KITCHEN at Boston Public Market for hands-on activities to celebrate local, seasonal food and local farmers. Classes are held in collaboration with vendors in the Boston Public Market and taught by KITCHEN chefs who tell first-hand stories about where the ingredients are sourced and how they are grown/made. Today Bake Cupcakes with Chef Cleo for ages 4-7. $5. 10-11 a.m., KITCHEN at Boston Public Market

April School Vacation Week Fun at the Franklin Park Zoo

Enjoy a day exploring the Franklin Park Zoo and celebrate spring by learning about the importance of pollinators and how they help springtime flowers bloom. Throughout the week there will also be zookeeper chats, animal encounters and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Celebrate Right Whale Day

Celebrate Right Whale Day at the New Bedford Whaling Museum with hands-on marine-themed crafts and activities geared toward fostering a greater appreciation for the status and plight of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. 10-2 p.m., New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford.

Family Art Walk

Daily throughout school vacation week, take part in the Family Art Walk at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Join MFA guides and explore symbols and stories in art on these 30 minute tours that are fun for all ages. Free with the price of admission. 10:15 a.m. to Noon (tours run every 15 minutes). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. 

Kids in the KITCHEN: Hands-on Cooking Classes for Kids

Bring the kiddos to the KITCHEN at Boston Public Market for hands-on activities to celebrate local, seasonal food and local farmers. Classes are held in collaboration with vendors in the Boston Public Market and taught by KITCHEN chefs who tell first-hand stories about where the ingredients are sourced and how they are grown/made. Today Bake Cupcakes with Chef Cleo for ages 7-12. $5. Noon to 1 p.m., KITCHEN at Boston Public Market

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. 4:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Tuesday, April 16

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Stories Come Alive at the Boston Children’s Museum

Stories come alive at the Boston Children’s Museum during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, along with special performances and programs. Today also catch a performance from ImprovBoston at 11 a.m. and Noon. plus Movement Storytimes with Urbanity Dance at 2 p.m and 3 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

April School Vacation Week Fun at the Franklin Park Zoo

Enjoy a day exploring the Franklin Park Zoo and celebrate spring by learning about the importance of pollinators and how they help springtime flowers bloom. Throughout the week there will also be zookeeper chats, animal encounters and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 1 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Wednesday, April 17

Celebrate Earth Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

Celebrate Earth Day at the Franklin Park zoo with lots of fun and engaging activities to raise awareness for the planet and the role we play. Meet exhibitors, zookeepers, take part in animal enrichment programs, hands-on activities and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Stories Come Alive (and Pirate Tales) at the Boston Children’s Museum

Stories come alive at the Boston Children’s Museum during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, along with special performances and programs. Today also catch Pirate Tales at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 1 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Thursday, April 18

Kids in the KITCHEN: Hands-on Cooking Classes for Kids

Bring the kiddos to the KITCHEN at Boston Public Market for hands-on activities to celebrate local, seasonal food and local farmers. Classes are held in collaboration with vendors in the Boston Public Market and taught by KITCHEN chefs who tell first-hand stories about where the ingredients are sourced and how they are grown/made. Today make Veggie Pot Pies with Chef Cleo for ages 4-7. $5. 10-11 a.m., KITCHEN at Boston Public Market

April School Vacation Week Fun at the Franklin Park Zoo

Enjoy a day exploring the Franklin Park Zoo and celebrate spring by learning about the importance of pollinators and how they help springtime flowers bloom. Throughout the week there will also be zookeeper chats, animal encounters and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Kids in the KITCHEN: Hands-on Cooking Classes for Kids

Bring the kiddos to the KITCHEN at Boston Public Market for hands-on activities to celebrate local, seasonal food and local farmers. Classes are held in collaboration with vendors in the Boston Public Market and taught by KITCHEN chefs who tell first-hand stories about where the ingredients are sourced and how they are grown/made. Today make Veggie Pot Pies with Chef Cleo for ages 7-12. $5. Noon to 1 p.m., KITCHEN at Boston Public Market

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

NASA Space Day for Kids

The New Bedford Whaling Museum plays host to this exciting event today where children can travel to the far reaches of the solar system and beyond with students from the NASA Solar System Explorers at the Ford Middle School in Acushnet. Handle real moon rocks, look through a solar spotting scope, create space crafts and more. Free and open to the public. 1-3 p.m., New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. 

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 1 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston.

Stories Come Alive at the Boston Children’s Museum

Stories come alive at the Boston Children’s Museum during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, along with special performances and programs. Today also catch Kathak Dance at 1:30 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 

Earth Day Celebration at Patriot Place

Patriot’s Place is celebrating Earth Week with activities including exploring Waste Management’s Touch-a-Truck, creating your own planter and playing recycling games, along with learning fun ways to help save the Earth. Additionally, there will be pony rides and a petting zoo and more. The Children’s Museum in Easton will also be hosting participants to experiment with an Earth Day themed STEM program. Noon to 2 p.m. outdoors at Bass Pro Shops, on their lower level behind store. Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Friday, April 19

April School Vacation Week Fun at the Franklin Park Zoo

Enjoy a day exploring the Franklin Park Zoo and celebrate spring by learning about the importance of pollinators and how they help springtime flowers bloom. Throughout the week there will also be zookeeper chats, animal encounters and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 

Kids in the KITCHEN: Hands-on Cooking Classes for Kids

Bring the kiddos to the KITCHEN at Boston Public Market for hands-on activities to celebrate local, seasonal food and local farmers. Classes are held in collaboration with vendors in the Boston Public Market and taught by KITCHEN chefs who tell first-hand stories about where the ingredients are sourced and how they are grown/made. Today enjoy a Healthy Cooking Class with Project Bread for ages 4-7. $5. 10-11 a.m., KITCHEN at Boston Public Market

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Stories Come Alive at the Boston Children’s Museum

Stories come alive at the Boston Children’s Museum during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, along with special performances and programs. Today also catch Everywhere and Nowhere at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., as well as a performance by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras at 6:30 p.m. and Movement Storytime with Urbanity Dance at 7:45 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The Circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at Noon and 4 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Kids in the KITCHEN: Hands-on Cooking Classes for Kids

Bring the kiddos to the KITCHEN at Boston Public Market for hands-on activities to celebrate local, seasonal food and local farmers. Classes are held in collaboration with vendors in the Boston Public Market and taught by KITCHEN chefs who tell first-hand stories about where the ingredients are sourced and how they are grown/made. Today enjoy a Healthy Cooking Class with Project Bread for ages 7-12. $5. Noon to 1 p.m., KITCHEN at Boston Public Market

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 1 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Sesame Street Live

Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird Grover and all their friends as they discover magical moments in everyday life in Sesame Street Live on stage. Tickets start at $25. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

Saturday, April 20 

Bunny Bonanzoo

Have some Easter fun today at the Stone Zoo with crafts, games, music and more. Plus a visit with the Easter Bunny himself. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Stories Come Alive at the Boston Children’s Museum

Stories come alive at the Boston Children’s Museum during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, along with special performances and programs. Today also catch Haitian Dance with Jean Appolon at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Sesame Street Live

Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird Grover and all their friends as they discover magical moments in everyday life in Sesame Street Live on stage. Tickets start at $25. Performances today at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 

The Big Apple Circus

The circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

James and the Giant Peach

Catch this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach at the Wheelock Family Theatre. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. 2 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, 200 The Riverway, Boston.



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<![CDATA[La Pescheria to Open Within Eataly Boston]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 18:15:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Eataly+330.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant featuring Italian dishes and seafood is on its way to Boston, and it will be located in right the middle of a massive food emporium.

According to a press release, La Pescheria is opening on April 26 inside Eataly at the Prudential Center, taking over the space that has been home to the Il Tartufo e Il Vino popup truffle spot for the past several months, and before that, Il Pesce. The email mentions that La Pescheria will focus on three-course meals featuring modern Italian fare and seafood sourced by local businesses, and wine will be available along with a rotating list of cocktails. Some of the offerings will include oysters, Rhode Island calamari with cashew crema and lemon, fish stew with garlic toast and sambuca, and black bass crudo with radish and almonds.

The website for Eataly Boston can be found at https://www.eataly.com/us_en/stores/boston/

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<![CDATA[Marao's Burgers Opens in Framingham]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 18:23:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/marao%27s+411.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

An Everett dining spot that is known in part for its Brazilian burgers has expanded to the western suburbs of Boston.

According to a source, Marao's Burgers has opened in Framingham, with an article from the Framingham Source confirming that the Hollis Street eatery is now open. The new restaurant joins its original location on Broadway in Everett, and based on the menu at that location, expect to see burgers, hot dogs, wings, Brazilian pub food, and more at the new spot.

The address for this new restaurant in Framingham is: Marao's Burgers, 61 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA, 01702. The website for the original location in Everett can be found at https://www.maraosburger.com/

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<![CDATA[14 Boston-Area Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for Cheese Lovers]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 14:40:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Damn+Good+Grilled+Cheese+%28DGGC%29+Friendly+Toast.jpg

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<![CDATA[P.F. Chang's at CambridgeSide in East Cambridge Has Closed]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:36:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453174748.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of Chinese restaurants continues to disappear from the Boston-area landscape, with another location recently shutting down.

According to a Facebook post from Beckie Hunter, P.F. Chang's at CambridgeSide in East Cambridge is no longer in operation, with a message sent from the chain confirming that it has indeed closed for good. It appears that only three locations now remain open in the Greater Boston area, including at Boston's Park Plaza, Legacy Place in Dedham, and the Natick Mall in Natick; two other outlets have shuttered over the past couple of years, with ones at the Prudential Center and the Northshore Mall in Peabody both closing in the spring of 2017.

P.F. Chang's first started out approximately 25 years ago in Arizona and now has about 200 locations in the United States; the website for the chain can be found at https://www.pfchangs.com/

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<![CDATA[Da Vittorio May Be Opening in Somerville's Magoun Square]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:39:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/liquor+bottles+store+shutterstock_355582886.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant could be coming to the Magoun Square section of Somerville, though very little is known about the place as of yet.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, an application notice is in the window of a furniture store space on Broadway indicating that da Vittorio is seeking a liquor license transfer, with a licensing commission page within the city's website confirming this. The page mentions that the proposed restaurant is looking to acquire the license held by the former Johnny D's in Davis Square, but no specific information on the dining spot has been given.

The address for the proposed da Vittorio is 519 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02145.

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<![CDATA[Third Cliff Bakery to Open in Jamaica Plain]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 20:44:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/Third+Cliff+410.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A bakery business known in part for its mobile tricycle cart is going to be opening a brick-and-mortar shop.

According to an article in the Jamaica Plain News, Third Cliff Bakery is planning to open a permanent store in Jamaica Plain, moving into the upcoming VITA condo development on Washington Street. The business, which offers such items as shortbreads, muffins, rice krispie treats, hand pies, and more, currently makes its products out of CommonWealth Kitchen in Dorchester, and sells its goods via a trike as well as at farmers markets.

It looks like Third Cliff Bakery could be opening sometime in the fall, according to a Facebook post from the business.

The address for this upcoming shop in Jamaica Plain is: Third Cliff Bakery, 3525 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The website for the business can be found at http://www.thirdcliffbakery.com/

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<![CDATA[Ben and Jerry's Plans to Open at Faneuil Hall in Downtown Boston]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 20:47:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ben-and-jerrys-ice-cream.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Vermont-based ice cream company may be opening a shop in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Ben and Jerry's is looking to open at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the notice saying that the store would have 816 square feet of space on the first floor of the North Market building. If approved, the new shop would join a handful of others in and around Boston, including in the Back Bay (two), the Seaport District, Cambridge's Harvard Square, Braintree, and Natick, along with a kiosk by the New England Aquarium.

The address for the proposed Faneuil Hall location of Ben and Jerry's is 8 N Market Street (Suite 2182), Boston, MA, 02109. The website for the ice cream company can be found at http://www.benjerry.com/

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<![CDATA[Boston Harbor Hotel Welcomes a Beer Garden This Spring]]>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 17:24:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/Jacks+Abbey+2.jpg

Looks like another beer garden will be popping up in Boston!

The Boston Harbor Hotel announced that it is launching a new outdoor beer garden featuring local breweries called Brewer’s Alley.

Beer lovers will be able to enjoy craft brews from pop-ups up by Devil’s Purse Brewing Co., Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Nightshift Brewing, and Lord Hobo Brewing Co.  The pop-ups kick off on May 23, with Cape Cod-based Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. (May 23 – June 19), followed by Jack’s Abbey Craft Lagers (June 20 – July 17), Nightshift Brewing Company (July 18 – August 21), and Lord Hobo Brewing Co. (August 22 – September 25). The final pop up of the 2019 season will take place September 25 through October 26.  It will be Oktoberfest-themed grand finale featuring autumnal brews from eight different New England breweries.

Brewer’s Alley will be open seven days a week, weather permitting. The space boasts a 25-foot outdoor bar and communal-style seating with water views.

Hours

Tuesday – Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Trillium Brewing also announced it will be opening for another season on the Rose Kennedy Greenway this spring in addition to the new City Winery on The Greenway. On City Hall Plaza, the Patios will be back with beer garden, margaritas and more!

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<![CDATA[Building Housing Hei La Moon in Chinatown May Be Replaced by Office Tower]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:18:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Hei+La+Moon.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The future of a spacious Chinatown restaurant appears to be in question, as new development could be coming to the space.

Bisnow is reporting (via a letter posted on the bostonplans.org site) that the parking garage building at Lincoln Street and Beach Street that is home to Hei La Moon may be replaced by a 24-story office tower that would include restaurant and retail space on the ground floor along with indoor and outdoor public space. Oxford Properties, which is behind the proposal, sent the letter of intent to the Boston Planning & Development Agency last week, with the developer hoping to meet with the city to discuss the plans.(Bisnow says that Oxford purchased the garage a couple of years ago for $40 million.)

Hei La Moon is a sprawling dining spot that is known in part for its dim sum; the restaurant has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants, with a link to the review being here:

https://hiddenboston.com/HeiLaMoon.html

The address for Hei La Moon is 88 Beach Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

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<![CDATA[New Concept Coming to Waltham]]>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 20:13:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/167*120/FriedOreos.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind a popular breakfast spot in Waltham will be bringing a new concept to a space nearby.

Based on a job post within the indeed.com site, Big Dill Hospitality is opening a restaurant with a new "street food" concept that is inspired by "the world's best State Fairs, food trucks, and urban streets of the world," with food items mentioned in the post including hot Cheetos onion rings, thyme pretzel bites, street tacos and corn, and fried Oreos, Twinkies, and Snickers bars as examples of what chefs might be making there. Tim Burke of In a Pickle on Moody Street is behind the upcoming restaurant, which, based on an earlier Facebook post from The Waltham Channel, will be in the Playmakers Bar and Grill space, which is also on Moody Street. The post mentions that Burke bought the business last year and at the time, he planned to eventually change the name and make changes to the food offerings as well.

Playmakers Bar and Grill replaced Stadium Sports Bar and Grill in 2013; previously, the space had been home to Robert's Restaurant and Bar.

The address for the new concept from Big Dill Hospitality is 342 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453.

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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie's Guide to the Boston Marathon]]>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 12:22:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18106514548868.jpg

Boston Marathon weekend in the city is filled with energy and pride! There’s a lot happening all around town and this guide is filled with special deals, discounts, specialties, where to eat and drink, street closings and volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood! This guide will be updated daily – so make sure to check back!

Carbo-load

How does bottomless pasta sound? Capo is hosting an all you can eat pasta fest featuring rigatoni bolognese, pesto gemelli, and spaghetti & meatballs – available family style on Sunday, April 14!

Carb up at MJ O’Connors with pasta specials like Bucatini & Meatballs with parmesan and basil, Chicken Broccoli Pesto with diced chicken, cavatappi pasta, broccoli, and roasted red peppers in a garlic cream sauce, and Gnocchi with peas, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes in a spicy garlic oil – available Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14.

Patriots Day Brunch

The Playwright will open for Patriots Day brunch at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 15 – the perfect excuse to order up a stack of pancakes!

Celebrate Patriots Day with brunch at Loco on Monday, April 15! Enjoy special Mexican pizza and Sam Adams 26.2 beer on draft for $5

Raise your glass to Team MR8

The Bowery Bar and Lucy’s American Tavern are featuring the Heartbreak Hill for their April Charity cocktail.  Enjoy this concoction of Real McCoy rum, blue curaçao, lime, coconut puree and pineapple for $11. Two dollars goes directly to the Martin Richard Foundation

Pre/Post Marathon

Whether you’re headed to the race or the ball game, Kings Dining & Entertainment has you covered for all your post-Marathon Monday festivities! Right next to the action at the finish line and a quick walk from Fenway Park, Kings will feature bowling lane packages for groups, D&E specials like $6.99 Buffalo Chicken Pizzas and $10.99 32oz. mugs of Samuel Adams Seasonal beer, and Dine-Then-Bowl reservations to eat a delicious, scratch-cooked meal then jump to the top of the bowling list for some post-meal, post-race fun. Lane packages and reservations can be made at www.kings-de.com/boston and are highly encouraged.

Pop-Up Recovery Room

This innovative activewear brand is teaming up with adventure training studio BKBX for a pop-up recovery room in Outdoor Voices’ Seaport shop. The recovery room will be stocked with myopically release tools, including the Vyper vibrating foam roller, Hypersphere and Hypervolt massage guns, and Normatec leg compression sleeves. The BKBX team will be on hand to offer personalized tips on stretching, stamina, and recovery for the big day, Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  RSVP here. Additionally, shoppers will receive a complimentary Outdoor Voices Boston Marathon colored hat with all purchases made April 13 to 14.

Marathon Monday Flash Class, 5 Pack Sale, free class for Marathoners

Join Andrea at East Side Yoga for Yoga Sculpt on Monday, April 15 at 9 a.m. Fifteen dollars, cash only, pay in studio. Sign up here! While you’re there, save yourself some money with East Side’s One Day Only 5-pack sale for $80! Also, take advantage of a free class if you’re running the marathon. Bring in your bib for a free class April 16 to 21!

Choose Kindness – Pitch in!

This year’s Boston Marathon coincides with One Boston Day – a day established by the City to reflect on the spirit and resilience of the people of Boston and those around the world who responded with kindness to the loss and tragedy of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The Martin Richard Foundation asks us to remember and honor Martin, by choosing kindness.

Blessing of the Runners

Pray for us runners! Our Lady of Good Voyage/Seaport Shrine is hosting a special mass for all the participants of the Boston Marathon on Sunday, April 14 after all masses (9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.) with a special blessing for the runners!

Traffic/Parking

Wondering about traffic, where to park and what streets will be closed? The City of Boston has some handy information you can read here! 

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<![CDATA[City Winery Plans 'Pop-Up Wine Garden' on the Greenway]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:04:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/204*120/citywinery.jpg

Boston has plenty of beer gardens popping up this time of year! Well, now we can add a wine garden to the mix!

Boston’s first and only outdoor wine garden, City Winery on The Greenway, will be popping up this spring on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Dewey Square.

The wine garden, a partnership with the nonprofit Greenway Conservancy, will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City Winery on The Greenway will open its doors this May, with more details to be announced soon.

City Winery will be serving their award-winning locally crafted wine on tap, including multiple varieties of reds, whites, and rosé.

In addition to lots of delicious wine, City Winery has partnered with Harpoon to offer locally-made craft beer and cider.

They will also feature a Mediterranean-inspired menu of charcuterie, cheeses, olives and nuts which will pair perfectly with wine! We can’t wait!

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<![CDATA[Craft Beer Cellar in Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood Is Closing]]>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 19:23:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/173*120/Craft+Beer+48.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another location of a local group of specialty beer stores is closing.

According to a Twitter post from the place, Craft Beer Cellar in the Fort Point section of Boston is shutting down at the end of the month, with the tweet saying that "It's been fun and you've been great! PJ and I will miss you all! But for now, stop by, say goodbye and take advantage of our 25% off sale....Cheers!!" The pending closure of the Farnsworth Street shop comes on the heels of the closing of the CBC store within the historic substation in Roslindale, with that shop being on the verge of shutting down for good once its remaining supplies run out.

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

The address for this soon-to-closed beer shop in Fort Point is: Craft Beer Cellar, 34 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA, 02210; the website for all the shops is at https://craftbeercellar.com/

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<![CDATA[Thwaites Market in Methuen to Set Up a Food Truck]]>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 19:18:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/Thwaite+48.JPG

An iconic market north of Boston that has been offering pub pies and other English-style products for nearly 100 years will soon be hitting the road.

According to a source, Thwaites Market in Methuen is going to be debuting a food truck, with a Facebook post from the Railroad Street saying that "We are so excited to get this on the road and spread the love through out Massachusetts!!! We thank you guys so much for all the lovin' and we CAN'T WAIT to see you on the road!!!" If all goes as planned, the truck could be operating sometime around the middle of June.

Thwaites Market offers a variety of English pies including pub pies and family-style pies, with a few options being pork, bratwurst, franks and beans, barbecue chicken, steak and kidney, and cheese and onion. Other items found at the market include pigs in a blanket, scotch eggs, savory duck, and meatloaf.

The website for Thwaites Market can be found at http://www.thwaitesmarket.com/index.php

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<![CDATA[25+ Great Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 07:36:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/23_1000.jpg

It’s Patriots’ Day weekend here in Boston and there’s plenty of fun happening in and around the city. Patriots’ Day 2019 celebrates the 244th Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord with an entire weekend filled with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies. Plus, there’s Boston Marathon fun, the opening of the Swan Boats and a whole lot more. Check out our weekend picks: 

Friday, April 12

2019 Boston Marathon Expo

It’s Marathon Weekend, and whether you’re a runner or a spectator, you’re sure to enjoy the 2019 Boston Marathon Expo. With more than 200 exhibitors, the Boston Marathon Expo is recognized as the running industry’s premier expo for new products and services. Free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., John B. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances at 11 a.m. (an autism friendly performance) and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Revere Spring Carnival

The Revere Spring Carnival returns through April 14, featuring rides, games and food. 6-10 p.m., Showcase Cinemas, Rte. 60, Revere.

The Prince Experience

You don’t want to miss this musical experience – a sensory journey of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the Planetarium, The Prince Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of one of pop history's most beloved artists with stunning, inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston.

“A Bronx Tale”

Broadway in Boston brings the streetwise “A Bronx Tale” to the stage at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $ 40. 8 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, April 13

2019 Boston Marathon Expo

It’s Marathon Weekend, and whether you’re a runner or a spectator, you’re sure to enjoy the 2019 Boston Marathon Expo. With more than 200 exhibitors, the Boston Marathon Expo is recognized as the running industry’s premier expo for new products and services. Free. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., John B. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.

Easter Egg Festival

Head to Milton’s Cunningham park for the 20th Annual Easter Egg Festival. Enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, egg decorating and an egg hunt (weather permitting). For ages 2-6. $5 per child or $10 per family. 9-11 a.m. Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton.

Patriots’ Day 2019: Junior Ranger Day at Minute Man National Historical Park

Earn your Junior Ranger badge today at Junior Ranger Day at Minute Man National Historical Park. Pick up your very own Junior Ranger Booklet. This is a fun way to learn and explore Minute Man National Historical Park while completing the pages in the booklet. When you are finished, show your work to a Ranger to earn your new badge. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Receive your badge and take your oath at 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Minute Man Visitor Center, Rte. 2A, Lexington.

Boston’s Swan Boats Return

Celebrate spring with the return of the Swan Boats opening today at 10 a.m. Head on down to the Boston Common for this annual tradition. The Swan Boats are open daily weather permitting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2.50 for children 2 to 15 (free for children under 2) and $3.50 for seniors.

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

The Big Apple Circus

The circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances today at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

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.

Patriots’ Day 2019: Battle Road: “Parker’s Revenge” Battle Demonstration

Watch as a procession of civilian evacuees fleeing their homes before the fighting begins, followed immediately by a battle demonstration as hundreds of British and colonial reenactors engage in a tactical weapons’ demonstration with musket firing and fast-paced battle action along a stretch of the actual Battle Road of 1775. Park staff will be on hand to direct you to parking and viewing areas. 12:45 p.m., Battle Road Trail behind Minute Man Visitor Center, Lexington.

Revere Spring Carnival

The Revere Spring Carnival returns through April 14, featuring rides, games and food. 1-10 p.m., Showcase Cinemas, Rte. 60, Revere.

“A Bronx Tale”

Broadway in Boston brings the streetwise “A Bronx Tale” to the stage at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $ 40. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House 539 Washington St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

The Prince Experience

You don’t want to miss this musical experience – a sensory journey of innovation, artistry and imagination set to the soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the Planetarium, The Prince Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of one of pop history's most beloved artists with stunning, inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. For ages 18+. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Sunday, April 14 

2019 Boston Marathon Expo

It’s Marathon Weekend, and whether you’re a runner or a spectator, you’re sure to enjoy the 2019 Boston Marathon Expo. With more than 200 exhibitors, the Boston Marathon Expo is recognized as the running industry’s premier expo for new products and services. Free. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., John B. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.

Harpoon Brunch

Enjoy brunch at the Harpoon Beer Hall featuring their new brunch pretzels. Made to order andon a first-come, first-served basis, $10 gets you one brunch pretzel with two dipping sauces. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

The Big Apple Circus

The circus is in town all through School Vacation Week. Catch the Big Apple Circus with performances all week long at the North Shore Mall in Peabody. Tickets start at $35. Performances today at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody.

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Spring on the Lawn: Annual Egg Hunt and Spring Celebration

Celebrate spring and have some fun at this Annual Egg Hunt and Spring Celebration in Jamaica Plain. Enjoy some ice cream, activities, snacks and a photo with the Easter Bunny before joining your group for the egg hung and be sure to swing by Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts at 10:30 for their egg decorating event. 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Loring Greenough House, 12 South St., Boston.

Patriots’ Day 2019: "Warlike Preparations" and the Search of the Barrett Property

This Patriots’ Day weekend, visit the home of Colonel James Barrett and his family to learn about the intense military preparations that took place in and around the home in the weeks leading up to the outbreak of war (April 19, 1775). Help make cartridges for the minute men. Keep watch for British soldiers and help hide the military supplies before they arrive. 1-4 p.m. (British soldiers arrive at approximately 3 p.m.) Colonel James Barrett House, 448 Barrett's Mill Road,Concord.

“A Bronx Tale”

Broadway in Boston brings the streetwise “A Bronx Tale” to the stage at the Boston Opera House. Tickets start at $ 40. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Citizens Bank Opera House 539 Washington St., Boston.

Revere Spring Carnival

The Revere Spring Carnival returns through April 14, featuring rides, games and food. 1-10 p.m., Showcase Cinemas, Rte. 60, Revere.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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

The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[B.good in Boston's Back Bay Has Apparently Closed]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 13:46:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/203*120/b.+Good.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a local chain of restaurants known in part for its burgers has closed one of its Boston locations.

According to a source, b.good on Mass. Ave in the Back Bay is no longer in business, with a note out front referring customers to its location by Northeastern University. A check on the website for the company seems to confirm this, as the page for the Mass. Ave. location has been removed. No reason has been given for the closure, nor is it known what might happen to the space, so stay tuned for any updates as they come in.

A number of locations of b.good can be found in Boston, including outlets on both Boylston Street and Dartmouth Street in the Back Bay, Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, Summer Street in the Financial District, Northern Avenue in the Seaport District, and Longwood Avenue in the Longwood medical area.

The address for this now-closed location of b.good in the Back Bay was 137 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.bgood.com/

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<![CDATA[Fiore Italy to Open in Medford]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 16:33:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/227*120/italian+food1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new Italian restaurant is on its way to a city that is known in part for its Italian dining spots.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Fiore Italy is planning to open in Medford, with the Salem Street eatery getting approval from the City Council earlier this week. The post mentions that the place will be a "non-traditional" Italian restaurant, and that owner Andrea Dilorio plans to have it open for dinner service only at first, with lunch service being added at a later date. If all goes well, Fiore Italy could be opening up in the next two to three weeks.

Based on the address given, it appears that Fiore Italy will be moving into the Lantana Cafe space, though this still needs to be confirmed.

The address for Fiore Italy will be 417 Salem Street, Medford, MA, 02155.

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<![CDATA[UBC May Be Opening in the Alewife Section of Cambridge]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 17:55:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/GettyImages-3012398.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant may be on its way to a part of Cambridge that is starting to heat up.

According to a licensing commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, a dining spot tentatively called UBC is planning to open in the Alewife area, with the listing saying that the Cambridgepark Drive place would have seating for 160 inside, another 92 on an outdoor patio, and a total outside occupancy of 500 (the total occupancy inside would be 225). Based on the hours shown, it appears that the restaurant might be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, though more will likely be known about the hours--and the restaurant itself--when the meeting takes place on April 10.

The address indicates that UBC would be located across the street from the Alewife T station in a building that includes offices and research space.

The address for the proposed UBC would be 35 Cambridgepark Drive, Cambridge, MA, 02140

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<![CDATA[Rod Dee in Brookline's Washington Square and Cambridge's Porter Square Have Closed]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 18:03:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Rod+Dee+45.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a local group of Thai restaurant has closed at least two of its locations.

According to several sources, including posters on the Brookline Town Discussion Facebook group page, locations of Rod Dee in the Washington Square section of Brookline and the Porter Square section of Cambridge are now closed, and we received late confirmation that the Cambridge location has definitely shut down. The location in Brookline's Coolidge Corner remains in operation, and we are trying to find out if their Fenway outlet is still open as well.

The Washington Square location of Rod Dee was located at 1671 Beacon Street while their Porter Square location was located at 1906 Mass. Ave.

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<![CDATA[Spotted in Dorchester: David Ortiz]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 13:10:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/david_ortiz.jpg

Look who got Caught in Dot – David Ortiz and Wally the Green Monster

David Ortiz aka Big Papi surprised the students of the Sarah Greenwood School on Thursday with Red Sox hats and Wally the Green Monster.  As part of the club’s “Calling All Kids” effort to connect baseball to the next generation of fans, the Red Sox and JetBlue today distributed over 46,000 Red Sox baseball hats to Boston Public Schools students and staff in 104 schools throughout the City of Boston.

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<![CDATA[The Patios Return to City Hall Plaza on May 2]]>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:30:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/FullRes-0512+%281%29.jpg

The Patios returns!

Back again for another season, The Patios located on City Hall Plaza will have some new additions this go around! Old favorites like beer, puppies, min-golf and ice cream will be back but this year, there will be Sunday Grilling and margaritas! Yes!

Grilling Sundays

Four electric grills will be available to use on a first-come, first-served basis for free – so you can have a cookout on the the plaza. You can also purchase hot dogs and hamburgers on site from a local vendor too if grilling is not your thing. Scratch Cocktails Margarita will be serving up margaritas this patio season.

Beer and puppies

Wachusett Brewing Company will be back again for another season offering plenty of beer on tap. Wag Wednesday will be back too – so you can get your puppy fix on Wednesdays from 12pm-2pm.

Food Trucks

In addition to beer and puppies, there will be plenty of food trucks too. Available daily 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday,you can feast on food from Maria’s Taqueria, Mediterranean Home Cooking, Trolley Dogs, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Clyde’s Cupcakes, and Tacos Don Beto.

Farm fresh

There will also be a new farmers market — Boston Public Market at City Hall — on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from May 21 through Nov. 19.

The Patios is a partnership between city officials and Boston Garden Development Corp., presented by Berkshire Bank. The fun kicks off on May 2!

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<![CDATA[Ping Pong Social Club Plans to Open in Boston]]>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:28:57 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/spin2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new entertainment complex may be on its way to Boston, and this one would feature a popular parlor game.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, SPIN is looking to open in Fort Point, moving into what appears to be a two-floor space on Melcher Street, with the manager listed--Gustavo Zylberberg--being director of operations for the New York-based chain, according to an online search. The "ping pong social club," which is also known as SPIN: United by Ping Pong, could have 12,750 square feet of space on the ground floor and another 1,800 square feet of space in the basement, and based on its other locations, it will likely feature ping pong (including leagues), food and drink, and possibly space for parties and events.

Currently, locations of SPIN can be found in New York, Austin, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC, and Toronto.

The address for this proposed restaurant, bar, and ping pong club is 30 Melcher Street, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the chain can be found at https://wearespin.com/

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<![CDATA[Dorchester Brewing Company Plans to Add a Restaurant and More]]>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 21:13:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/Forchester+Brewing+43.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a brewery just south of downtown Boston has some big plans in the works.

According to an article from WBUR, Dorchester Brewing Company is looking to add a restaurant to its space, with a rooftop greenhouse and a roofdeck included in its plans along with a larger tasting room. The post mentions that the restaurant will be run by a local food truck and that it will focus on barbecue, while the greenhouse will be surrounded by the roofdeck and will have a fireplace and a beer bar. If all goes as planned, the new expansion should be up and running by October.

Dorchester Brewing Company, which first opened in the summer of 2016, was the first dedicated contract brewing facility to open in Boston--and the entire state of Massachusetts. The beers produced here come from both the people behind the brewery itself along with other brewers in the local area and beyond.

The address for Dorchester Brewing Company is 1250 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02125. Its website can be found at http://www.dorchesterbrewing.com/

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<![CDATA[NEREX 2019 Cask Beer and Cider Festival in Southie This Week]]>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 10:26:35 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Craft-Beer-Generic-Getty-Jan2018.jpg

If you love beer, you’ll like this news! Right here in South Boston, at the Lithuanian Club, the NERAX 2019 Cask Beer and Cider Festival will take place beginning on Wednesday, April 3rd – Saturday, April 6th! Enjoy over 100 cask-conditioned beers and ciders from New England, the United Kingdom and beyond. There will be five sessions over four days and beer and food for purchase!

Important details:

Purchase tickets online $11-$16 (limited tickets at the door $10-$20). Attendees will pay as you go, choosing a quarter, half, or full pint of beer you’d like to try.

Session Times: 6:30-10 p.m. (Wednesday-Thursday), 6:30-10:30 p.m. (Friday), noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. (Saturday).

South Boston Lithuanian Club, 368 West Broadway – MBTA: Red Line to Broadway Station.

If you want to learn more about cask beer and the founders of the festival, visit here!

 

 

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<![CDATA[HUSH Is Replacing Ripasso in Boston's South End]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:55:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/194*120/winknad+nod+42.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new modern American dining spot is taking over the ever-rotating space where an Italian eatery had been for the past several months.

According to a press release, HUSH opens today within the Wink & Nod space on Appleton Street in the South End for the next six months or so, replacing Ripasso. Chef David Daniels of the MET Group and Aragosta is behind the new spot, which will focus on seasonal items with global influences, and the offerings at HUSH will apparently be pretty eclectic, with such items as foie popsicles, American caviar panini, a Maine crab carbonara, and ahi tuna flatbread being a few of the options available. A spring and summer cocktail list will also be offered, with drinks making use of Italian flavors and spirits.

Ripasso, which was run by Tony Susi of the long-closed Sage restaurant, was a number of pop-up concepts operated at Wink & Nod, with some of the others being Humaari, 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[Carrabba's Italian Grill in Peabody Has Closed]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:37:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Carrabbas+42.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Yet another restaurant chain has disappeared from the local landscape, with this one being known for its Italian-American fare.

According to a source, Carrabba's Italian Grill in Peabody appears to be closed, with a check on the website of the business seeming to confirm that the dining spot on Route 1 is indeed no longer in business, as it has been removed from the locations section. This was the sole location of the chain in the local area, with the only other outlets in New England being in West Springfield, Bedford, NH, and Warwick, RI--and it is one of several chains to leave the Boston area over the past several years, including Macaroni Grill, Noodles and Company, Rainforest Cafe, Saladworks, Denny's, Bugaboo Creek, Old Country Buffet, and Bonefish Grill.

Carrabba's offered such dishes as chicken marsala, shrimp parmesan, lasagna, lobster ravioli, pork chops, pizza, and spaghetti and meatballs.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Peabody was: Carrabba's Italian Grill, 1A Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.carrabbas.com/

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<![CDATA[Cafe Jaffa in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:39:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/201*120/Cafe+Jaffa+26.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

Over the past several months, we have been reporting that a longtime favorite in the Back Bay was being sold and it would be replaced by a new restaurant. Now we have learned that it has now served its last meal.

According to a source, Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester Street is shuttered with paper being in the windows, and a Facebook post from the place confirms that it indeed closed on March 30. As mentioned earlier, it looks like a new restaurant called Krasi will replace it, and Demetri Tsolakis of Committee in the Seaport District and Gre.Co in the Back Bay (and soon, in the Seaport District as well) is at least one of the people behind it.

Cafe Jaffa first opened in 1991, serving such items as falafel, stuffed grape leaves, shish kabob, chicken schnitzel, lamb chops, and schwarma. Based on earlier reports, it looks like the restaurant shut down because the owner was retiring.

The address for the now-closed Cafe Jaffa was 48 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

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Krasi Plans to Replace Cafe Jaffa in Boston's Back Bay
Cafe Jaffa in Boston's Back Bay Is on the Selling Block

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<![CDATA[Gong Cha Has Opened at CambridgeSide in East Cambridge]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 14:42:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/Gong+42.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Taiwan-based chain that claims to be "one of the most recognized bubble tea brands around the world" has opened a fourth Boston-area location.

According to a source, Gong Cha is now open at CambridgeSide in East Cambridge, joining other locations in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood, Allston, and Burlington. Based on the other locations, the new shop will likely be offering a variety of bubble tea options, including brewed tea, milk foam, latte, milk tea, yogurt, creative mixes, and coffee-based drinks.

Gong Cha started out in 2006 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and now has more than 1,500 outlets around the world. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.gongchausa.com/

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<![CDATA[Barrington Coffee Roasting Company in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:50:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Barrington+42.JPG

What was once a pair of coffee shops has disappeared from the local landscape retail-wise, as it other store is now closed.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Barrington Coffee Roasting Company in Boston's Back Bay has shut down, joining its Fort Point location which closed in January. With the closing of its Newbury Street shop, Barrington no longer has a retail presence in the city, though it does have a new spot in South Boston called the Boston Coffee Lab, which is more of a part of its wholesale business, being a training and educational place located at the G-TEK Labs coworking space on Damrell Street.

Eater mentions that a new owner is taking over the Barrington space on Newbury Street and opening a cafe there, though little other information has been given at this point in time.

Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, which first started out in 1993, is headquartered in the Berkshires (in Lee), with its wholesale business selling its coffee online and in a variety of Boston-area shops and cafes.

The address for the now-closed Back Bay location of Barrington Coffee was 303 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02115. The website for the business can be found at https://barringtoncoffee.com/

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Barrington Coffee Roasting Company in Boston's Fort Point Is Closing

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<![CDATA[The BEAT to Replace Former Boston Globe Headquarters]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:44:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/218*120/The+Beat+42.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a mixed-use development may replace an iconic space just off the Southeast Expressway, and it could including options for food and drink.

Caught in Dot is reporting (via bldup.com) that The Beat is planning to take over the old site of the Boston Globe headquarters in Dorchester, with the Morrissey Boulevard complex possibly including a restaurant, brewery, and beer garden along with a food hall. It appears that the development may also include office and industrial space for companies that focus on robotics, life sciences, and high-tech manufacturing, and a fitness center and retail space could also in the works as well. Both posts indicate that the food hall would be located in the atrium of the structure and that it would be open to the public during working hours. Curbed Boston mentioned last year that The BEAT would be coming to the former Globe headquarters, but there wasn't a lot of information on the plans for the space at the time other than a possible brewery and office space.

The Boston Globe moved its headquarters to Boston's Financial District in 2017, while its printing/production facility moved to Taunton at around the same time.

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

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

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

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

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

Meet Pillo. (Photo by Lucia Maffei / BostInno)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image credit: Jibo’s online press kit.

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[15+ Great Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 18:39:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/c91a9df1eb8e4a8b894a7a131a14b042.JPG.jpg

It finally feels like spring and this weekend’s events certainly have a seasonal feel to them! From the 4th Annual Greater Boston Egg Drop to the Revere carnival, breakfast with the Easter Bunny and everything in between, there is no shortage of fun things to do. Check out our picks for the weekend: 

Friday, April 5 

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

SoWa First Fridays

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

ICA First Friday: Friday Night Fever with Saucy Lady

Head on over to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s First Friday event. Tonight Saucy Lady takes over First Friday celebrating the release of her latest CD. Get your groove on with live sets from Saucy Lady’s 8-piece band and all-vinyl DJ sets by Tim Zawada and Shzz Mack. Sip galactic cocktails designed by Saucy Lady and kick back with contemporary art.Free for members, $15 for non-members, 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts First Fridays

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

Revere Spring Carnival

The Revere Spring Carnival returns through April 14, featuring rides, games and food. 6-10 p.m., Showcase Cinemas, Rte. 60, Revere.

Russell Peters at the Chevalier Theatre

Comedian Russell Peters takes the stage tonight at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre. Tickets are $49-$59. 7:30 p.m., Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Tavern Night at Boston Tea Party Ships

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

Saturday, April 6 

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Head to Maggiano’s for a special Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event featuring a breakfast buffet, crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 or children ages 3-11 and free for those under 3. 9-11:30 a.m., Maggiano's Little Italy, 4 Columbus Ave., Boston.

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Princess Tea at Concord's Colonial Inn

Your little ones will love dressing as their favorite princess for this Princess Tea event at Concord’s Colonial Inn with Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and a special guest. Tickets are $25-$47. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord.

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. 

4th Annual Greater Boston Egg Drop

Thousands of Easter eggs will fall from the sky today at the 4th Annual Greater Boston Egg Drop event in Dedham. There will be over 35,000 plastic eggs to collect, spread across four age-segmented egg hunts, as well as inflatables, a train ride, a rock wall, outdoor games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, a treasure hunt and more. 1-3 p.m., Barnes Memorial Park, 131 Eastern Ave., Dedham. 

Revere Spring Carnival

The Revere Spring Carnival returns through April 14, featuring rides, games and food. 1-10 p.m., Showcase Cinemas, Rte. 60, Revere.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 1-3 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees, The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

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, April 7 

17th Annual Taste of South Boston

Join the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corp. for the 17th Annual Taste of South Boston featuring unlimited sampling of culinary specialties from the area’s top restaurants, along with craft beer and signature wine sampling, entertainment and more. Tickets are $55. 6-9 p.m., Seaport Hotel - Plaza Ballroom, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Revere Spring Carnival

The Revere Spring Carnival returns through April 14, featuring rides, games and food. 1-10 p.m., Showcase Cinemas, Rte. 60, Revere.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Redevelopment of Old Boston Globe Site to Include Food Hall, Beer Garden]]>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 12:11:26 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-162214320.jpg

The BEAT, the 16.6-acre site of the former Boston Globe’s headquarters, has secured $252,747,880 in financing via Oaktree Capital. The project located at 135 Morrissey Boulevard will transform the existing three-story office building into a multi-tenant innovation park.

According to BLDUP.com, The BEAT will include 360,000 square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of flex/light industrial space, along with retail including a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, a 100-seat restaurant and a micro craft brewery with a food component, including an outdoor beer garden. There will be 868 parking spaces and over 200 bike storage spaces. 

Additionally, a new multi-story atrium will be constructed at The BEAT’s entrance, creating a central gathering area with a food hall and collaborative meeting/gathering spaces. The atrium will be open to the public during working hours.

Boy oh boy, is Dot changing! Lots of new development coming to this neighborhood!  Fingers crossed that improvements to Kosciuszko Circle are in the works! 

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<![CDATA[CLICK HERE: How to Make Flour Bakery's Signature Sticky Buns]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 16:36:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/sticky+bun+2.jpg

Recipe courtesy of Joanne Chang

Goo:

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks; 170 grams, 6 ounces) unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups (345 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup (110 grams) honey

1/3 cup (80 grams) heavy cream

1/3 cup (80 grams) water

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Basic Brioche Dough

1/4 cup (55 grams) light brown sugar

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup (100 grams) pecan halves, toasted and chopped

Brioche Dough:

2 1/2 cups (350 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more if needed

2 1/4 cups (340 grams) bread flour

1 1/2 packages (3 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast or 1-ounce (28 grams) fresh cake yeast

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (82 grams) sugar

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/2 cup cold water

6 eggs

Instructions

1. First, make the goo. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar and cook, stirring, to combine (it may look separated, that's ok).Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey, cream, water, and salt. Strain to remove any undissolved lumps of brown sugar. Let cool for about 30 minutes, or until cooled to room temperature. You should have about 3 cups. (The mixture can be made up to 2 weeks in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.)

2. Divide the dough in half. Use half for this recipe and reserve the other half for another use.

3. On a floured work surface, roll out the brioche into rectangle about 12 by 16 inches and 1/4-inch thick. It will have the consistency of cold, damp Play-Doh and should be fairly easy to roll. Position the rectangle so a short side is facing you.

4. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and half of the pecans. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Starting from the short side farthest from you and working your way down, roll up the rectangle like a jelly roll. Try to roll tightly, so you have a nice round spiral. Trim off about 1/4- inch from each end of the roll to make them even.

5. Use a bench scraper or a chef's knife to cut the roll into 8 equal pieces, each about 1 1/2-inches wide. (At this point, the unbaked buns can be tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to 1 week. When ready to bake, thaw them, still wrapped, in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours, then proceed as directed.)

6. Pour the goo into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish, covering the bottom evenly. Sprinkle the remaining pecans evenly over the surface. Arrange the buns, evenly spaced, in the baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and put in a warm spot to proof until the dough is puffy, pillowy, and soft and the buns are touching-almost tripled in size, about 2 hours.

7. Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat to 350 degrees F.

8. Bake until golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool in the dish on a wire rack for 20 to 30 minutes. One at a time, invert the buns onto a serving platter, and spoon any extra goo and pecans from the bottom of the dish over the top.

9. The buns are best served warm or within 4 hours of baking. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day, and then warmed in a 325 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes before serving.

10. Brioche Dough:1 3/8 cups (2 3/4 sticks; 310 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 10 to 12 pieces.

11. Using a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the all-purpose flour, bread flour, yeast, sugar, salt, water, and 5 of the eggs. Beat on low speed for 3 to 4 minutes, or until all the ingredients are combined. Stop the mixer, as needed, to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure all the flour is incorporated into the wet ingredients. Once the dough has come together, beat on low speed for another 3 to 4 minutes. The dough will be very stiff and seem quite dry.

12. With the mixer on low speed, add the butter, 1 piece at a time, mixing after each addition until it disappears into the dough. Continue mixing on low speed for about 10 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. It is important for all the butter to be thoroughly mixed into the dough. If necessary, stop the mixer occasionally and break up the dough with your hands to help mix in the butter.

13. Once the butter is completely incorporated, turn up the speed to medium and beat until the dough becomes sticky, soft, and somewhat shiny, another 15 minutes. It will take some time to come together. It will look shaggy and questionable at the start and then eventually it will turn smooth and silky. Turn the speed to medium-high and beat for about 1 minute. You should hear the dough make a slap-slap-slap sound as it hits the sides of the bowl. Test the dough by pulling at it; it should stretch a bit and have a little give. If it seems wet and loose and more like a batter than a dough, add a few tablespoons of flour and mix until it comes together. If it breaks off into pieces when you pull at it, continue to mix on medium speed for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until it develops more strength and stretches when you grab it. It is ready when you can gather it all together and pick it up in 1 piece.

14. Put the dough in a large bowl or plastic container and cover it with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly onto the surface of the dough. Let the dough proof (that is, grow and develop flavor) in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or up to overnight At this point you can freeze the dough in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

 

 

 

First, make the goo. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar and cook, stirring, to combine (it may look separated, that's ok). Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey, cream, water, and salt. Strain to remove any undissolved lumps of brown sugar. Let cool for about 30 minutes, or until cooled to room temperature. You should have about 3 cups. (The mixture can be made up to 2 weeks in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.)
Divide the dough in half. Use half for this recipe and reserve the other half for another use.
On a floured work surface, roll out the brioche into rectangle about 12 by 16 inches and 1/4-inch thick. It will have the consistency of cold, damp Play-Doh and should be fairly easy to roll. Position the rectangle so a short side is facing you.
In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and half of the pecans. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Starting from the short side farthest from you and working your way down, roll up the rectangle like a jelly roll. Try to roll tightly, so you have a nice round spiral. Trim off about 1/4- inch from each end of the roll to make them even.
Use a bench scraper or a chef's knife to cut the roll into 8 equal pieces, each about 1 1/2-inches wide. (At this point, the unbaked buns can be tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to 1 week. When ready to bake, thaw them, still wrapped, in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours, then proceed as directed.)
Pour the goo into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish, covering the bottom evenly. Sprinkle the remaining pecans evenly over the surface. Arrange the buns, evenly spaced, in the baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and put in a warm spot to proof until the dough is puffy, pillowy, and soft and the buns are touching-almost tripled in size, about 2 hours.
Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat to 350 degrees F.
Bake until golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool in the dish on a wire rack for 20 to 30 minutes. One at a time, invert the buns onto a serving platter, and spoon any extra goo and pecans from the bottom of the dish over the top.
The buns are best served warm or within 4 hours of baking. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day, and then warmed in a 325 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes before serving.
Brioche Dough:
1 3/8 cups (2 3/4 sticks; 310 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 10 to 12 pieces
Using a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the all-purpose flour, bread flour, yeast, sugar, salt, water, and 5 of the eggs. Beat on low speed for 3 to 4 minutes, or until all the ingredients are combined. Stop the mixer, as needed, to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure all the flour is incorporated into the wet ingredients. Once the dough has come together, beat on low speed for another 3 to 4 minutes. The dough will be very stiff and seem quite dry.
With the mixer on low speed, add the butter, 1 piece at a time, mixing after each addition until it disappears into the dough. Continue mixing on low speed for about 10 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. It is important for all the butter to be thoroughly mixed into the dough. If necessary, stop the mixer occasionally and break up the dough with your hands to help mix in the butter.
Once the butter is completely incorporated, turn up the speed to medium and beat until the dough becomes sticky, soft, and somewhat shiny, another 15 minutes. It will take some time to come together. It will look shaggy and questionable at the start and then eventually it will turn smooth and silky. Turn the speed to medium-high and beat for about 1 minute. You should hear the dough make a slap-slap-slap sound as it hits the sides of the bowl. Test the dough by pulling at it; it should stretch a bit and have a little give. If it seems wet and loose and more like a batter than a dough, add a few tablespoons of flour and mix until it comes together. If it breaks off into pieces when you pull at it, continue to mix on medium speed for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until it develops more strength and stretches when you grab it. It is ready when you can gather it all together and pick it up in 1 piece.
Put the dough in a large bowl or plastic container and cover it with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly onto the surface of the dough. Let the dough proof (that is, grow and develop flavor) in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or up to overnight At this point you can freeze the dough in an airtight container for up to 1 week.



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<![CDATA[Joanne Chang Bet On Her Passion. Now She's a Baking Star]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 16:57:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Head+shot2_+credit+Lottie+Hedley.jpg.jpg

For Joanne Chang, the owner of Flour Bakery + Cafe, the measure of success is simple.

“We’re really hoping that everyone who comes in, comes in and leaves happier,” Chang told NBC10 Boston at the bakery’s location at the Innovation and Design Building in Boston's Seaport. 

Flour has earned legions of fans with its gooey, melt-in-your-mouth sticky buns, delicately-poached egg sandwiches and addictive banana bread. Since the original location opened in the South End in 2000, Chang has opened seven more across the area. In 2016, she won the James Beard award for Outstanding Baker.

Despite the accolades, a career in the culinary arts wasn’t always a certainty.

Chang, who grew up in a traditional Taiwanese-American household, was encouraged to pursue a "stable" career path. Baking did not meet that criteria, despite her obsession with the craft.

After studying applied mathematics at Harvard University, she took a job as a management consultant -- a career path she quickly realized was not for her.

So she bet on her lifelong passion, quitting her job and finding work in a kitchen. After working her way up through restaurants and bakeries in Boston and New York, Chang was ready to open her own shop.

We spoke with Chang at Flour to discuss her career, the Boston food scene and bucking expectations.

Q. What kind of experience do you want people to have at Flour?

A. I know this sounds crazy, but I want it to be the best experience you’ve ever had. I want you to walk in and to be struck by the sounds, the smells, the visuals; I want you to be welcomed by the team members and wowed by all the pastries.

CLICK HERE: Recipe for Flour Bakery's Signature Sticky Buns

Q. How did you come up with the name for Flour?

A. Flour is a simple, iconic word, and we’re just trying to give people the simple pleasures that amazing food and service can bring. We didn’t want a fancy word, a word that people wouldn't be able to remember, we wanted something that was truly classic and that people would recognize.

Q. How did you come to enter the food industry?

A. The food industry was not something I had ever thought about growing up or even in college. I dabbled a little bit in college, baking chocolate chip cookies for the dormitory grill as a break from all the problem sets I had to do.

After two years of consulting all of my colleagues were going off to business school or moving up in the company and I didn’t want to do either of those.

I thought to myself, ‘I spend all of my time in the kitchen, playing around, reading cookbooks, going out to eat and thinking about food. Maybe I should spend the next year or so working at restaurant to see what that’s like.’ I fell in love.

Q. How challenging was it to buck the expectations of a stable career path?

A. There were a couple of times in my first cooking job where I thought, ‘Man, I made this crazy mistake and I need to go back into consulting or find something else to do.’ But I really loved being in the kitchen, and everyday I went into work even when it was super hard. I also felt kind of at home, and that’s what sustained me that first year.

After about a year or so, it became what felt comfortable to me, it really felt like what I was supposed to do, and because of that my parents saw that I was much happier than I had been, and that really helped in allowing them to accept that I had taken a different career path.

Q. Do you recommend building a career by getting in over your head?

A. I think if you’re interested in the food business, there’s no better way to find out if it’s meant for you than to actually do it. I think sometimes (people) think they can jump into owning a bakery, but there’s so much to learn before you get to that point. The lessons you learn working in restaurants and bakeries, if you’re meant to be in the food business, they will help you sustain yourself so you can stay in it.

Q. What’s your go-to comfort food spot in Boston?

A. Cafe Sushi in between Central and Harvard Square. We go there all the time and love it. The owner, Seiji, has been running it for 9 or ten years, but the restaurant has been around for like 30 years.

Q. What are the hurdles facing the food scene in Boston?

A. Rents are extremely high; it’s really hard for restaurants that operate on tiny margins to be able to survive paying really high rents.

Transportation is tough. For anyone working at night, if you can’t get out by the last T, then you're stuck taking an Uber or cab and that’s really expensive.

Then housing: it’s really hard for people to find reasonably affordable places to live, which makes it hard from an employer’s point of view to find staff to actually staff your restaurant.

Q. Can we look forward to a new book?

A. I am finishing up my next book Pastry Love, which comes out in November. I think of its as journal of all my favorite recipes, things I’ve done in past, things we’re doing now. I revisited some recipes from my other books, and I’ve updated them over the years and so I offer them up in Pastry Love.

Q. What is the ‘mom test?’

A. The mom test is actually based on my mom. When we opened the bakery, my mom moved in with me and worked at Flour for three or four months just to be a helping hand.

Everything I baked off, I would put on the pasty counter. She worked at the counter and she would sell it to the guests. I was really important to me that everything I made, she would be proud of to present to the guests.

As we’ve grown, we’ve taught everybody to put a mom test on everything, whether it is their mom or boyfriend or girlfriend or whoever’s really important to them. We teach everybody to… think, ‘If this were my mom, would I be proud of it?’

Q. Your social media accounts are filled with people telling you that your food improved the outlook of their day. What’s the most memorable compliment you’ve received?

A. Any time someone says, ‘I was in a crappy mood, I came in, I got a sticky bun; your team smiled at me; I had a really great sandwich and then I left and was super happy,’ I think for me that’s super memorable. Any time anyone tells me that, I feel like we’re doing the right thing and we’re on the right path.



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<![CDATA[Feeling Lucky? Verma Foundation to Host Casino Night]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 08:31:53 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/240*120/Verma+Foundation+Casino+Night+2.jpg

Feeling lucky?

The Verma Foundation is proud to be hosting Casino Night on Friday, April 5, at West End Johnnie's in Boston.

Hit the tables against celebrity dealers Duron Harmon, Troy Brown and Ken Casey. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Verma Foundation, a non-profit which makes and gives real hair cap wigs to women and children battling cancer - completely free of cost.

Purchase your tickets at VermaFoundation.org/casinonight.


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<![CDATA[2 Popular South Shore Spots Reopening This Spring]]>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 12:09:21 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/oldesalthouse.png

A couple of popular seaside spots on the South Shore will be returning later this spring.

According to an article in the Norwell Mariner, Atlantica and the Olde Salt House are coming back to Cohasset, both of which changed ownership over the past few months along with the Cohasset Harbor Inn. The post indicates that both Border Street spots are currently going through renovations, while the former Brisa space within the Cohasset Harbor Inn is now a new restaurant called The Cove. (The new owners also took over the Red Lion Inn on Main Street.)

Atlantica had once been home to Hugo's, an iconic restaurant whose name appeared to be coming back to the space back in 2016, though plans for the name change apparently fell through.

The address for the complex that includes Atlantica, the Olde Salt House, the Cohasset Harbor Inn, and The Cove, can be found at http://cohassetharborresort.com/

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<![CDATA[JW's in Winthrop Has Apparently Closed; Exact Status Unknown]]>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 12:10:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/jw.png

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a restaurant just north of Boston has shut down after approximately five years in business, though it is not known exactly what will become of the space.

According to two sources within the restaurant industry, JW's in Winthrop is closed, with at least one Facebook comment on its page indicating that the Putnam Street spot has indeed shut down; a check on its website shows that it seems to be down this morning, and phone calls go to voicemail with the message saying that the mailbox is full. We have not been able to find out exactly why the place has closed, nor do we know if it could reopen at some point, so stay tuned for updates.

JW's first opened in 2014 and changed ownership a couple of years later, and we've been told that it may have gone through another ownership change of late as well; the restaurant offered mostly a mix of New American and Italian fare.

The address for JW's is 10 Putnam Street, Winthrop, MA, 02152. Its website can be found at http://jwswinthrop.com/

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<![CDATA[Craft Table & Bar in East Boston Has Closed]]>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 11:58:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/craft1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a restaurant and bar in East Boston has closed after only a bit more than a year in business.

According to several sources, Craft Table & Bar on Porter Street is no longer in business, with a check on the website for the business confirming this, as the Eastie location is no longer shown, while a message sent from the restaurant also confirms this. The dining and drinking spot first opened in February of 2018, taking over the space where Ecco had been and offering a mix of New American and classic American fare in a casual upscale environment; another location opened in Worcester earlier this year, with that spot remaining in operation.

The address for this now-closed restaurant and bar in East Boston was: Craft Table & Bar, 107 Porter Street, East Boston, MA, 02128. The website for the Worcester location can be found at http://www.crafttableandbar.com/

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<![CDATA[Friendly's in Waltham Has Closed]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 16:34:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Friendly%27s+Ice+Cream+restaurant+file+2.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

What had once been a large regional chain of restaurants and ice cream shops continues to disappear from the local landscape, with one of its last remaining Boston-area locations closing.

According to a source, Friendly's in Waltham is no longer in business, with a Facebook post from The Waltham Channel saying that the Lexington Street shop has indeed shut its doors. With the closing of the Waltham location, there are now only three Friendly's outlets left inside Route 128--Logan Airport in East Boston, Saugus, and Stoneham. The chain used to have more than 400 locations but it filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and now has about half that amount.

The Wilbraham-based Friendly's, which first started out in Springfield in 1935, is known in part for its ice cream products, including sundaes, fribbles, and floats, with its restaurants also serving such items as burgers and seafood dishes. (Its website can be found at https://www.friendlys.com/)

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<![CDATA[Sarcastic Swine BBQ Restaurant and Catering Opens in Abington]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 18:47:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Sarcastic+Swine+329.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new barbecue spot has opened in the southern suburbs of Boston.

According to a source, Sarcastic Swine BBQ Restaurant and Catering is now open in Abington, with the Bedford Street dining spot offering such options as hush puppies, wings, macaroni and cheese, brisket, ribs, pulled pork, burritos, and pulled chicken. Based on its Facebook posts, it appears that Sarcastic Swine debuted to the public on March 16.

The address for this new barbecue spot in Abington is: Sarcastic Swine BBQ Restaurant and Catering, 988 Bedford Street, Abington, MA, 02351. Its website can be found at https://sarcasticswinebbq.com/

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<![CDATA[Red 8 to Open at Encore Boston in Everett]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 18:25:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Red+329.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an upscale Chinese restaurant is on its way to the casino complex in Everett, and this would be a fourth outlet of a group of dining spots with locations out west and overseas.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Red 8 is opening in June at Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino, with the restaurant offering Cantonese dishes along with food items having influences from such places as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sichuan, Singapore, and Malaysia. The dining spot will be located on the south gaming floor of the casino, and it will be joining a number of other restaurants and bars at the complex, including Rare Steakhouse, two Italian restaurants called Sinatra and Fratelli, and an Asian-fusion spot with sushi.

Currently, locations of Red 8 can be found in Las Vegas and Macau (two). The web page for the Las Vegas location can be found at https://www.wynnlasvegas.com/dining/casual-dining/red-8

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<![CDATA[Fruity to Open in Allston, Apparently Taking Over 89C Crepe & Ice Cream Space]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 18:28:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/187*120/Fruity+329.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

A tea shop on the South Shore is going to be joined by a new location in the city, and it looks like it may be replacing a cafe known in part for its Thai-style rolled ice cream.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Fruity is planning to open in Allston, and based on the address given by the business, it appears to be replacing 89C Crepe & Ice Cream on Harvard Street. The new shop will join an existing location at the South Shore Plaza, and based on the offerings there, the new Fruity could be featuring green tea infused with fruit along with smoothies.

If all goes as planned, the Allston location of Fruity may be opening in April.

The address for Fruity (and the apparently-closed 89C Crepe & Ice Cream) is 77 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/fruity_greentea/

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<![CDATA[Grainmaker in Boston May Be Expanding in Somerville's Davis ]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 18:36:07 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/grainmaker+329.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Southeast Asian street food spot in the heart of downtown Boston may be expanding to Somerville, taking over the space where another dining spot will be until this weekend when it shuts its doors.

According to a post from Ron Newman on the Davis Square Facebook group page, Grainmaker is looking to open in the Amsterdam Falafelshop space in Davis Square, with a notice in the window of the Elm Street storefront indicating that it is seeking a license to operate there. Based on the menu at its original location on Summer Street in Downtown Crossing (which opened in the fall of 2017), the new eatery could be offering such items as salads, rice bowls, street tacos, banh mi, and smoothies, depending on the season.

Amsterdam Falafelshop, which closes down tomorrow, first opened its doors in 2012.

The address for the proposed Grainmaker (and soon-to-close Amsterdam Falafelshop) is 248 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. The website for the original Grainmaker in Boston can be found at https://www.eatgrainmaker.com/

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<![CDATA[Lululemon Plans to Open Cafe in Back Bay]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 18:44:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/203*120/Lululemon+329.JPG

by Marc Hurwitz

An athletic apparel chain that is moving its Newbury Street shop to a new space could be including a place to eat within its new shop.

According to a post from Universal Hub, Lululemon is looking to open a cafe in its upcoming two-floor store at 210-214 Newbury Street and has received approval from the Zoning Board of Appeal for its plans. Currently, the shop--which focuses in part on yoga gear--is located at 337 Newbury Street, which is about three blocks west of its future location.

Lululemon first started out in 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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<![CDATA[Last Call at Tom English’s!]]>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 19:46:11 -0400

Stop by this weekend for last call at Tom English’s!

Written by Mike Neff

Stop by Tom English’s on Dot Avenue this week and grab a bucket of beers while you still can!

The beloved dive bar will close its doors this coming weekend after more than 40 years of providing cheap drinks and good times in the Dorchester neighborhood.

A local’s bar, it was frequently filled after 3pm with tradesmen taking a load off after a long day. Over the years, it has sponsored countless baseball, softball, rugby, dart, pool and bowling leagues.

History Lesson

The building which currently houses English’s was formerly Brisboys Bar. It was owned by Jack English in the 70’s and named after his father Thomas English Sr. It was one of many under the ownership of the English family which included locations in West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Quincy and South Boston. (The South Boston location on Emerson Street still remains open).

A fire forced a remodel in 1978. Regulars frequently recall the horseshoe bar which took up much of the space in the bar. The bar used to have a full service kitchen serving up Irish breakfast and some of the freshest fish & chips available in the area. At one point, it is believed the only draft beer was Milwaukee’s Best!

Tom English III purchased the bar from his uncle Jack in 2003 and years later would undertake renovations to transform the bar to its current state, with a custom designed counter top that was milled in the building, two pool tables and dart boards.

In 2017, English sold the bar and Dorchester Market to Adam Sarbaugh, a developer who has kept the bar as is. Dorchester native Leah Muise has managed the bar for the past year and half, continuing the tradition of providing a source of relief and fun for the Dorchester community.

Stop by this weekend for a “liquid”ation sale as we toast to the history, with hopes for the future of this space!

Mike grew up in South Boston and now lives in St. Ann’s Parish Dorchester. He bartends at both the Dorchester and Southie Tom English’s. He’s made a special “concoction” to celebrate this weekend’s closing!

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<![CDATA[Sassafras in Somerville's Ball Square Has Closed]]>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 19:56:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/NightShit+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A vegetarian restaurant in Somerville that had once been a comfort food spot has shut down, and it appears that construction on the Green Line extension is one of the reasons for its closure.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Sassafras in Ball Square is no longer in operation, with the website for the Broadway eatery saying that "...we have become a financially unsustainable business. The closure of the Broadway Bridge only adds to that issue. We have sadly decided to close our doors and are taking steps to evaluate our future." The bridge closure that the note refers to centers around a long-term project that will eventually bring the MBTA's Green Line through parts of Somerville and Medford, and it looks like the Broadway bridge could be closed for approximately a year.

Sassafras replaced Eat at Jumbo's last year, which was under the same ownership and which first started out in 2009. That place offered such items as pizza, sandwiches, chicken wings, and macaroni and cheese, while Sassafras sold such items as cookies, muffins, vegan sushi, seitan steak chimichurri, and the Impossible Burger.

The address for the now-closed Sassafras was 688 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144.

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<![CDATA[Quarterdeck Seafoods in Maynard Is Closing]]>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 20:06:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/NightShit+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban seafood spot is getting ready to shut down after nearly 40 years in business.

According to an article in Wicked Local, Quarterdeck Seafoods in Maynard is closing its doors on March 30, with owner Chris Basile continuing to do wholesale and events while also focusing on the Boston Fisheries Foundation--which he founded--and the Boston Seafood Festival, which he also helped start. Basile and his brothers opened the Quarterdeck in 1981, with the Main Street space eventually going from a seafood market and takeout spot to becoming both a full-service restaurant and a market; he took it over from his brothers in 1999 and sold off the restaurant section in 2008, at which point it went back to being a market.

The address for Quarterdeck Seafoods is 175 Main Street, Maynard, MA, 01754.

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<![CDATA[Horse Thieves Tavern Is Now Open in Dedham]]>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 19:51:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/NightShit+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban tavern that has been a long time in the making has opened its doors.

According to a source, Horse Thieves Tavern is now open in Dedham, with a Facebook post confirming that the High Street spot is now up and running. Its website says that the new restaurant and bar is a "modern interpretation on a traditional New England tavern" and that the Facebook post mentions that it has a fireplace and community table along with original wooden and steel beams from the 1920s-era structure in which it resides. The menu at Horse Thieves Tavern includes such items as grilled German sausage, oven-roasted cod, meatloaf sandwiches, chicken tagine, and more, as well as a selection of beers and wines.

Plans for Horse Thieves Tavern date all the way back to at least 2016, which is when we first reported on the place.

The address for this new dining and drinking spot in Dedham is: Horse Thieves Tavern, 585 High Street, Dedham, MA, 02026. Its website can be found at https://www.horsethievestavern.com/

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Horse Thieves Tavern to Open in Dedham

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<![CDATA[South Boston Traffic Advisory – PAX East]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 18:45:01 -0400

PAX East at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Expected to Impact Local Traffic – South Boston

From Thursday- Sunday, March 28-31, 2019, Reed Exhibitions – Penny Arcade Expo East 2019 (PAX East) will be taking place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). This event has a large number of local and regional attendees who are expected to impact traffic in downtown Boston, and especially around the South Boston Waterfront.

Attendees and employees of area businesses are encouraged to take public transit, with easy access from the Silver Line’s World Trade Center Station. If you cannot take public transportation, please plan to allow extra time for your commute, especially during the peak travel times listed below.

Attendees of PAX should note that parking at the BCEC is limited and the lot will fill quickly; once the lot fills attendees will be directed to various overflow parking locations throughout the South Boston Waterfront.

Again, attendees and employees of area businesses are strongly encouraged to take public transit.

PAX EAST Peak Travel Times

Date

Morning

Evening

Night

Thursday, March 28, 2019

6:00AM-11:00AM

5:00PM-8:00PM

10PM-12AM

Friday, March 29, 2019

6:00AM-11:00AM

5:00PM-8:00PM

10PM-12AM

Saturday, March 30, 2019

6:00AM-11:00AM

5:00PM-8:00PM

10PM-12AM

Sunday, March 31, 2019

6:00AM-11:00AM

5:00PM-8:00PM

N/A

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<![CDATA[Trillium Brewing Company to Open New Fenway Location]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 10:06:06 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/trillium11.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier this week, we reported that one of the most popular brewers in the region was bringing a beer hall to a space by Route 128. Now we have learned that they also have some big plans for Boston as well.

According to a post from the place, Trillium Brewing Company is planning to open Trillium Fenway by the upcoming Time Out Market near where Park Drive and Brookline Avenue meet. The post says that the new spot will be a combination outdoor beer garden and indoor taproom with a total of 1,500 square feet of space, while also having access to the food options at the adjacent food hall which will include stalls from the people behind such restaurants as Craigie on Main, Tico, O Ya, and Tasting Counter.

As mentioned earlier, Trillium is also going to be opening a new facility in the former Reebok space in Canton that will include a taproom; currently, the company has a facility on the other side of Canton while also having a brewery, brewpub/restaurant, and retail shop in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood.

Thanks to Boston Tweet for initially bringing this to our attention.

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<![CDATA[Fare Reductions & More Public Seating on Seaport/North Station Ferry]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 18:50:06 -0400

Some changes for the Seaport/North Station Ferry

Hopping on a ferry from the Seaport to North Station just got a little cheaper! The Seaport Leadership Group – funders of the ferry – announced on Tuesday that the one-way fare for public riders will now be five dollars (including fees).  It was  from twelve dollars.  The new fee begins on April 1st (no fooling).

Another bonus is the number of public seats guaranteed to be available will increase from five to fifteen depending on the time of the departure up to seventy seats will be made available for public reservations. Well, that should help commuters often stuck in traffic in this area. You just need to reserve your spot here! 

More ferries

Wouldn’t it be nice to have more ferries available for commuters? Well, according to the Boston Globe, Boston Harbor Now is hoping to get approval for two more ferry routes – one to expand the Charlestown-Long Wharf route to include East Boston and the Seaport. The second ferry would be a Quincy-to-downtown boat that could also stop at the JFK Library. Well, that’s good news! Boston Habor Now will pitch these new ferry’s at the state’s Water Transportation Advisory Council meeting on Thursday.

You can read more about this here!

For more information regarding the Seaport/North Station ferry service, or to book a ticket, please visit www.seaportferry.com.

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<![CDATA[Southern Kin Cookhouse to Open in Boston's South End]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:03:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/NightShit+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Last year, we reported that a Southern-style restaurant in Somerville was going to be joined by a second location, and now we have learned where it will be.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Southern Kin Cookhouse will be opening in the South End of Boston, taking over the space on Appleton Street where Merrill & Co. had been, and before that, 28 Degrees. The company behind Southern Kin is Boston Nightlife Ventures (BNV), which runs the original location of the restaurant at Assembly Row and which also operates Wink & Nod, a space in the South End next to the upcoming Southern Kin which features a line of rotating dining spots. (BNV also ran The Tap Trailhouse near Faneuil Hall, Griddler's Burgers & Dogs by Boston Common and in Beacon Hill, and Certified Meatball Company in South Boston, all of which have closed, though a new restaurant is apparently coming to the Certified Meatball space.)

Southern Kin first opened at Assembly Row in June of 2016.


The address for the upcoming location of Southern Kin Cookhouse in the South End is 1 Appleton Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the original Southern Kin in Somerville can be found at http://southernkincookhouse.com/

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<![CDATA[Jamaica Mi Hungry to Open in the Former Mooyah Space in Jamaica Plain]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:09:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/NightShit+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The people behind a food truck in Boston--and a restaurant in New Hampshire--will be opening a brick-and-mortar spot in Jamaica Plain, moving into the space where a location of a chain of burger places had been.

According to an article in the Jamaica Plain News, Jamaica Mi Hungry is opening on Centre Street in Jackson Square in the former Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes space. Based on the offerings from the food truck and its seasonal restaurant in Hampton Beach, the new spot could offer such items as jerk chicken, jerk pork, curry goat, oxtail, rice and beans, plantains, and more.

The Jamaica Plain location of the Texas-based Mooyah closed last fall after being in business for approximately a year and a half; other locations remain open in downtown Boston, Billerica, Hudson, Northborough, and Sudbury.

The address for the upcoming Jamaica Mi Hungry in Jamaica Plain is 225 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The website for the business can be found at https://www.jamaicamihungry.com/

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<![CDATA[Bruins Bar Opens at Terminal A at Logan Airport]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 18:55:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/NightShit+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new sports bar has opened at Logan Airport, and this one gives a nod to one of the local sports teams.

According to a press release, the Bruins Bar is now open at Terminal A, with the place displaying a variety of memorabilia and photos that focus on the history of the hockey team while offering pub grub and regional food along with beer, wine, and cocktails. This is one of a number of restaurants and bars being brought to the airport by MarketPlace Logan, developer and manager of the Boston Logan Concessions Program, including the now-open Lucca, Shojo, and Kelly's Roast Beef as well as such spots as Sullivan's, Santarpio's Pizza, Alta Strada, B.Good, Mija Cantina and Tequila Bar, Not Your Average Joe's, Saloniki Greek, Tico, Trade, Monument Restaurant & Tavern, Otto Pizza, Monica's Mercato, Tasty Burger, and Temazcal Tequila Cantina.

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<![CDATA[IHOP to Open in Former Ground Round Space in Braintree]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:06:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/NightShit+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of pancake spots is opening a new Boston-area location, and this one will take over a space south of the city where a location of a chain of family restaurants had been.

According to an article from the Braintree Forum, International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is planning to open in Braintree, moving into the former Ground Round space in the Granite Plaza on Granite Street. Once it opens, it will join approximately 10 other outlets in the Greater Boston area, including one in nearby Quincy.  (No opening date has been given as of yet.)

The space that IHOP is moving into had also been home to an Applebee's, which was open for a brief time after the Ground Round closed 15 years ago.

The address for the upcoming location of IHOP in Braintree is 755 Granite Street, Braintree, MA, 02184. The website for IHOP can be found at https://www.ihop.com/

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<![CDATA[15+ Great Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 11:08:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Greenway+Carousel.JPG

Friday, March 29

KinderCare Activities in the Kids' Nook

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

LEGO Movie Days

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston today and celebrate The LEGO Movie 2 with exclusive build activities, character experiences and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Road, Somerville. 

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Boston Beer and Cheese Fest

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Saturday, March 30

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

Boston Beer and Cheese Fest

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Veterans of SNL with Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows and Chris Kattan

“Saturday Night Live” veterans Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows and Chris Kattan take the stage tonight at the Chevalier Theatre. Tickets start at $27. 7 p.m., Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford.

Double Dare Live

Double Dare hits the road with its popular TV show to the stage of the Lynn Memorial Auditorium tonight for a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $38. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Lynn Memorial Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn.

Seth Meyers at the Wilbur

Emmy Award-winning writer and current host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” takes the stage tonight at the Wilbur Theatre. Tickets start at $39. 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston.

Sunday, March 31

Ride the Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel is open for the season. Grab the kiddos and head to the Greenway for a ride on this one-of-a-kind carousel outfitted with animals native to Boston. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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

Seth Meyers at the Wilbur

Emmy Award-winning writer and current host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” takes the stage tonight at the Wilbur Theatre. Tickets start at $39. 7 p.m., The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston.

An Evening With Fleetwood Mac

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

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<![CDATA[Numerous New England Restaurants Named James Beard Award Finalists]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 15:31:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tiger+mama.jpg

Finalists for the 2019 James Beard Awards have been announced and numerous New England chefs and restaurants made the cut.

The annual awards are presented for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and culinary education in the United States.

The 2019 Bay State nominees include:

Outstanding Baker

Maura Kilpatrick
Sofra Bakery and Café, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Outstanding Restaurateur

Ken Oringer
Little Donkey, Toro, Uni, and others, Boston

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer

Rob Tod
Allagash Brewing Company
Portland, Maine

Best Chef: Northeast

Tiffani Faison
Tiger Mama, Boston

James Mark
North Providence

Tony Messina
Uni, Boston

Cassie Piuma
Sarma, Somerville, Massachusetts

Benjamin Sukle
Oberlin, Providence

The full list of finalists can be found on the foundation's website.

The winners will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala May 6 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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

Skip breakfast in bed and treat mom to Mother’s Day brunch in Southie! We’ve got the scoop!

Lincoln – 425 West Broadway

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant knows how to make mom feel special! Indulge in Lincoln’s beloved brunch menu with signature items including Fruity Pebble Pancakes (stack of pancakes, cereal milk anglaise); Smoked Salmon Platter (house smoked salmon, whipped cream cheese, shaved red onion, tomato, cucumber, avocado, capers, sesame bagel); Eggs Benedict (Black Forest ham, wilted spinach, boursin cheese, poached eggs, roasted asparagus, hollandaise sauce, brunch potatoes) or dig into special Mother’s Day menu additions featuring favorite dishes from the momma’s of the Lincoln team.

Capo – 443 West Broadway

Mom will love Capo’s Italian spin on brunch!  How does breakfast pizza made with sausage, bacon, potato, avocado hollandaise, poached eggs or Capo’s crostada with prosciutto, soppressata, fontina cheese, bechamel, flaky pie crust, sunny-side up egg sound?  Save room for bombolinis – mini Italian doughnuts, raspberry prosecco jam, vanilla créme anglaise and an espresso martini!  Don’t forget that Capo also has Sinatra Sundays too!  Enjoy dinner and a show featuring Rich Dimare and the Ron Poster Trio.  Doors open at 5pm – show starts at 6pm.

Coppersmith – 40 West Third

This Mother’s Day, Coppersmith invites you to celebrate the special lady, lass or love of your life with a special brunch featuring delicious omelettes, sweet potato tater tots, french toast and more.  Enjoy Coppersmith’s show stopping DIY Bloody Mary Bar, which boasts an array of top shelf vodka choices paired with over 25 homemade garnishes ranging from pickled peppers, pearl onions and okra to scotch bonnet hot sauce.  In addition to Bloody Marys, Coppersmith will feature their Mom-osa Bar!  Guests will be provided a glass of champagne and can add different housemade purees and fun garnishes. For more information visit their website!   Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 617.658.3452 or online via OpenTable.

Local 149 – 149 P Street

Local 149 gives their spin on brunch with such dishes as Chicken n’ Waffles, Lobster MacMuffin and the Biltmore Burrito.  Try a House Mimosa or a Sunday Disco cocktail.

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar – 412 West Broadway

Celebrate mom with tacos and margaritas!  Enjoy fish tacos, juevos con carne, enchiladas and of course some of the best margaritas around!  For a full menu visit their website! 

Roza Lyons – 709 East Broadway

Enjoy brunch in this cozy hot spot! Treat mom to a Breakfast Burrito made with Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and Monterey Jack & cheddar cheese all wrapped in a flour tortilla. Home fries, salsa & sour cream or a Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg Panini with Scottish smoked salmon, scrambled eggs & sliced mozzarella pressed in herb focaccia bread. Home fries. Roza Lyons is now serving up Watermelon and Mint Frosé! Mom will love it!

Gather – 75 Northern Ave.

Head to the Seaport District and enjoy brunch at Gather! Gather’s brunch menu features their legendary Chicken and Waffle Bites (life-changing), Veggie & Hollandaise Omelette made with Spinach, Artichokes, Sautéed Garlic, Melted Leeks, Gouda Cheese, Paprika Hollandaise, and a Roasted Turkey Club (we think the best around!)Gather will also have a few special additions just for mom like Spring Vegetable Risotto and Creme of Asparagus Soup! To make a reservation visit here!

Publico – 11 Dorchester Street

Executive Chef Joel Howard’s brunch fare is served up every Sunday from 11am – 2pm in the restaurant’s rustic, mid-century dining room as well as outside in the 2,000 sq ft open-air atrium, garden space. The menu features Bag of Beignets (cinnamon sugar, mescal sabayon, $7,) Mahi Tacos (fried mahi, avocado, picco de gallo, cilantro, $15,) and Chilaquiles (tortillas, grilled salsa, fried eggs, crème fraiche, cilantro, avocado, $13,) among other breakfast-centric selections.  Reservations are highly recommended!

Mastro’s Ocean Club – 25 Fan Pier Blvd.

Mastro’s Ocean Club is offering their regular menu with items like Shrimp Cocktail, Twin Lobster Tails, Filet Mignon, and Alaska King Crab Black Truffle Gnocchi!  They also have special additions like Maine Lobster Eggs Benedict, Jumbo Lump Crabcake Omelette, NY Strip Steak & Eggs, Croque Madame and Smoke Salmon with Bagel.   Don’t forget to save room for their famous Butter Cake! Reservations can be made online here or by calling 617.530.1925.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harnek Gulati likes building things.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Minibar at the Copley Square Hotel in Boston Has Closed]]>Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:50:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/NightShit+2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A trendy drinking spot inside of a Boston hotel has shut down.

According to a source, minibar at the Copley Square Hotel in the city's Back Bay neighborhood is closed, with a message sent from the hotel confirming that the place has indeed shuttered. No reason has been given for its closure, nor it is known what might go into the space; we are waiting to find out more from the hotel, so stay tuned for updates.

minibar was a chic hotspot on the ground floor of the hotel that had a seasonal patio and appetizers and small plates to go with its beer, wine, spirits, and cocktail options.

The address for minibar was 51 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116.

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<![CDATA[Waxy O'Connor's in Woburn Has Closed]]>Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:55:37 -0400

by Marc Hurwitz

A group of Irish pubs continues to disappear from the local landscape, as yet another outlet has closed its doors.

According to multiple sources, Waxy O'Connor's in Woburn has shut down for good, with the closure apparently happening yesterday. The pub joins other locations of Waxy's in Brookline, Foxboro, and Kingston that have also shuttered (another was planned for Somerville's Assembly row but that fell through), with the sole remaining location in the Greater Boston area--and Massachusetts--being in Lexington. Waxy's does appear to remain in operation in Keene, NH, Plainville, CT, San Antonio, TX, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL (its first location).

The Woburn outlet of Waxy O'Connor's had been in business for approximately six years.

The address for the now-closed location of Waxy's in Woburn was 1 Rainin Road, Woburn, MA, 01801. The website for the other locations can be found at http://www.waxys.com/

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<![CDATA[Trillium Brewing Company May Open Beer Hall Off Route 128]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 10:02:34 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Fiorellas.png

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like one of the biggest local names in beermaking could be bringing a beer hall to a space right by Route 128.

According to a source, Trillium Brewing Company is planning to open what appears to be a restaurant and bar at the former Reebok headquarters in Canton, with a hearing notice sent to us showing that the Royall Street facility could include a brewery, a dining and drinking area, and a retail shop along with an outdoor patio. This seems to jibe with an earlier Banker & Tradesman article that said the brewery was indeed looking to open a beer hall at the site, and there are also posts within the New England Craft Beer Connection Facebook group page that mention the plans as well. It is not yet known if this would be a move (Trillium currently has a facility on Shawmut Road in Canton), and it is also not known when it could open in the old Reebok building; the hearing is scheduled to take place on April 11, so more should be known by next month.

Trillium, which first opened a retail shop on Congress Street in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood in 2013, opened a new facility on nearby Farnsworth Street last fall, which includes a brewery, brewpub, a retail shop, and function/event space. (The current Canton location opened in late 2015.)

The address for the proposed beer hall from Trillium is 100 Royall Street. Canton, MA, 02021. The website for Trillium can be found at https://www.trilliumbrewing.com/

March 29 update: According to a post from the business, this will be a move rather than a second location in Canton, though it sounds like Trillium will be making the move in stages and that it will be business as usual at its present location on Shawmut Road this summer. It also sounds like the move could take a little while to complete, as the post tells its readers to follow their progress "over the next couple years."

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<![CDATA[Craft Beer Cellar in Roslindale to Close]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:54:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Fiorellas.png

by Marc Hurwitz

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A to Open in Brockton, Woburn]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:52:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Fiorellas.png

by Marc Hurwitz

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Tick Tock Chocolates to Open in Belmont]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:29:25 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Fiorellas.png

by Marc Hurwitz

A small-batch chocolate shop is getting ready to open in the western suburbs of Boston.

According to an article in the Waltham News Tribune, Tick Tock Chocolates is opening in the Cushing Square section of Belmont, with the Trapelo Road store featuring such items as chocolate truffles, chocolate bars, pate de fruit, and chocolate-covered pretzels. Up until now, the business has been selling its products at farmers markets and various events, using a commercial kitchen in Somerville to make its chocolates.

If all goes as planned, Tick Tock Chocolates could be opening around April 1.

The address for this new chocolate shop in Cushing Square is: Tick Tock Chocolates, 111 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA, 02478. Its website can be found at https://www.ticktockchocolates.com/

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<![CDATA[Migaku to Replace Yokohama Japanese Restaurant in Brookline Village]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:28:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Fiorellas.png

by Marc Hurwitz

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Mooncusser Fish House in Boston May Be Replaced by a Dispensary; Could Move to Flash's Space]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:32:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Fiorellas.png

by Marc Hurwitz

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Northern Spy to Open at Paul Revere Heritage Site in Canton]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:26:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Fiorellas.png

by Marc Hurwitz

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[La Neta to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:30:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Fiorellas.png

by Marc Hurwitz

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Dunkin' Launches New Peeps-Flavored Coffee]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:11:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/peeps2.png

If you like your coffee sweet, Dunkin's latest offering is for you.

The New England-based coffee chain is teaming up with the iconic Easter treat for a new Peeps Marshmallow-flavored coffee, in both hot and iced. They'll also be offering Peeps doughnuts, decorated with sprinkles and topped with a mini yellow marshmallow chick.

The festive offerings will be available for a limited time beginning April 1.

Along with the Peeps items, Dunkin' announced several other new products, including Chocolate Cherry Cold Brew, Iced Tea Lemonade and Frozen Lemonade and a Sweet Sriracha Bacon Breakfast Sandwich.



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<![CDATA[Meet Hodor From 'Game of Thrones' in Boston Next Week]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 18:05:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/hodor.jpg

With the final season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" just weeks away, fans of the show will have a chance to meet one of its most iconic characters in Boston next week.

Kristian Nairn, who played the fan favorite Hodor for five seasons, will be in Boston on Tuesday, greeting fans at the AT&T Flagship Store at 699 Boylston St., which is being transformed into an immersive "Game of Thrones" experience, featuring virtual reality and altered reality experiences, as well as costumes and props from the show.

Fans arriving at noon will have a chance to meet Nairn and take photos with him. And yes, he'll be holding the door. They'll also be able to take pictures on the Iron Throne and in front of the "Hold the Door" activation.

Those in attendance will also be able to enter for a chance to attend the red carpet eighth-season premiere in New York City.



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<![CDATA[Rooftop Restaurant to Open in Southie]]>Tue, 26 Mar 2019 09:26:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/rooftop21.jpg

A new rooftop restaurant called Six West is opening in June atop the soon-to-open Cambria Hotel at 6 West Broadway in Southie. 

According to Boston Eater, Boston Nightlife Ventures — which operates Wink & Nod and Southern Kin Cookhouse will be running Six West. 

Boston Nightlife Ventures also operated recently closed Certified Meatball Company. There is still a plan to open something new in the space at 429 West Broadway next to Lincoln. 

Cambria Hotel will feature 159 guest rooms, a lobby bar, fitness club and a roof deck. The hotel is currently under construction and was designed by Rode Architects.

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

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

Monday, March 25

Preschool Movies

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

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Tuesday, March 26

Winter Crafts in the Kids' Nook

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

ONGOING: Pasta Making Workshop

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

Sip & Spell at Sam Adams Brewery

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

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

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

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

KISS: End of the Road World Tour

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

Wednesday, March 27

LEGO Movie Days

Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston today and celebrate The LEGO Movie 2 with exclusive build activities, character experiences and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Road, Somerville.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Thursday, March 28 

ICA Free Thursday Night

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

Faneuil Hall Dance Night Series

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

David Archuleta at City Winery Boston

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

Friday, March 29

KinderCare Activities in the Kids' Nook

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

Boston Beer and Cheese Fest

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Saturday, March 30

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

Boston Beer and Cheese Fest

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Sunday, March 31

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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

An Evening With Fleetwood Mac

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



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

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

Friday, March 22

Harpoon Brewery Tours

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

45th Annual World of Wheels

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

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

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

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

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

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire 2019

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

Tavern Night at Boston Tea Party Ships

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

Harry Potter Film Festival

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Saturday, March 23

Nowruz 2019: The Persian New Year Festival at MFA Boston

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

45th Annual World of Wheels

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

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

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

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire 2019

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

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

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

Harry Potter Film Festival

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

PEG + CAT Live

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

Norfolk County Beer Festival

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Walker Hayes at House of Blues

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

Sunday, March 24

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire 2019

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

45th Annual World of Wheels

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

Harry Potter Film Festival

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

21st Boston Underground Film Festival

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

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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

Boston History Tour Pub Crawl

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

Pasta Making Workshop

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

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

by Marc Hurwitz

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

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

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

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

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

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

New restaurants this year

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

Back again

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

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

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

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

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

You can see a full list of participants here! 

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

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

We can’t wait!  

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