<![CDATA[NBC Boston - Local News - [NBC Boston] The Hub Today]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcboston.com/news/localen-usWed, 13 Dec 2017 02:32:32 -0500Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:32:32 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Our Fathers Deli Opens in Allston Today]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:55:37 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/ourfathers.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new delicatessen and restaurant has come to Boston, and a local group is behind it.

As indicated in an earlier article, Our Fathers Deli opens today in Allston, moving into a space in the Continuum luxury apartment development on North Harvard Street. The new spot is run by the Franklin Restaurant Group (Franklin Cafe, Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar, Tasty Burger) and Boston Magazine states that owners Dave DuBois and Phil Audino have hired chef de cuisine Jameson Poll to head up the kitchen; Poll comes from such places as Tom Colicchio's Craft, The Breslin (which is a Michelin-starred spot owned by and Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield), and Michael Solmonov's Dizengoff, all of which are located in Manhattan. As reported earlier, the new place is a modern deli and restaurant featuring such items as matzo ball soup, charred eggplant, seared chicken liver, potato pancakes, falafel, challah-wrapped cod, and hand-cut corned beef and pastrami, while beer, wine, and cocktails are offered along with non-alcoholic options such as egg cream and shrub sodas.

Boston Magazine says that Our Fathers Deli has seating for 72 in its dining area plus another 20 at the bar and is open nightly from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM, while lunch and a weekend brunch will be coming at some point in the future. (The deli opens at 7:00 AM on weekdays and 9:00 AM on weekends.)

The address for Our Fathers Deli is 197 N Harvard Street, Allston, MA, 02134.

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Our Fathers Deli to Open in Allston

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<![CDATA[#HubHolidays: Share Your Traditions and Recipes]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:44:56 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/holidays2.jpg

'Tis the season for holiday traditions and heirloom family recipes.

The Hub Today wants to showcase yours during our month-long #HubHolidays festivities.


Just email a photo of your holiday tradition or recipe to hubtoday@nbcboston.com or share it with us on social media using the hashtag #hubholidays.

You could be selected to re-create it all on air with The Hub Today's Anna Rossi.

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<![CDATA[Happy Hanukkah: Celebrating with Latkes ]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:41:59 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Happy_Hanukkah.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to Zaftigs Delicatessen in Natick to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah with delicious latkes.

For more information:

Zaftigs Delicatessen

Brookline: 335 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

(617) 975-0075

Natick: 1298 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760

(508) 653-4442

www.zaftigs.com/]]>
<![CDATA[Shredded Is Opening in South Boston]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:52:00 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/cobb+salad.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another new dining spot is on its way to South Boston, though very little is currently known about the place.

According to a Twitter post from @stevebikes, Shredded is planning to open on West Broadway, with the address indicating that it will be opening in a space between C Street and D Street a couple of storefronts east of Foodie's Market. A photo of the sign out front shows that it is apparently going to be a salad bar, with the sign simply saying "coming soon" and a reference to a website that isn't working as of yet, though an Instagram page for it is up and running. (As soon as we find out more about the spot, we will post an update here.)

The address for this upcoming eatery in Southie is: Shredded, 246 W Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. The Instagram page for the place can be found at https://www.instagram.com/shreddedboston/

Thanks to a poster on the Southie Community Bulletin Board Facebook group page for some of the info on this.

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[Tsukiji Bistro Is Opening in Melrose]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:58:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*215/bistro2.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Asian restaurant is opening in the northern suburbs of Boston, and it is moving into the space above a steak and seafood spot.

According to a message from The Passionate Foodie, Tsukiji Bistro is in the middle of a soft opening in Melrose, with the restaurant being on the second floor of the Main Street building that houses Stearns & Hill's Bistro. The new eatery offers a mix of dishes with influences from Japan, Korea, Thailand, China, and Hawaii, and it includes such options as sushi, raw bar items, gyoza, shumai, fried chicken, salt and pepper shrimp, lo mein, hot pot, and rice bowls, along with beer, wine, sake, and Asian-inspired cocktails.

It appears that there is a connection between Tsukiji Bistro and Stearns & Hill's Bistro, as the new spot shows a logo for Stearns & Hill's Bistro on its website along with another restaurant--Fusilli's Cucina in Reading. (In addition, the space that Tsukiji Bistro resides in used to be a bar for Stearns & Hill's Bistro.)

The address for this new Asian restaurant in Melrose is: Tsukiji Bistro, 505 Main St, Melrose, MA, 02176. Its website can be found at http://tsukijibistro.com/

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



Photo Credit: Facebook/Tsukiji Bistro]]>
<![CDATA[Beer Lover's Guide to New England]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:03:06 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Beer+Map+Photo.jpg

New England has over 300 breweries pouring some of the finest craft beers in the nation.

Use our interactive map to find their information and locations in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, so you can plan a visit and a taste.

A full list of breweries by state can also be found in the table below.

If you know of a new brewery opening in New England or want to share your experiences and photos, please email us at web@necn.com


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<![CDATA[Food Truck Friday: The Best of Boston's Food Trucks]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:51:20 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Stoked+Pizza+Main.jpg

When it comes to delicious street food, Boston has it all. Locals and tourists alike have countless options for food trucks, serving up staples like pizza and tacos and meals that break the typical food truck mold, like porchetta and specialty dumplings.

Food Truck Friday will showcase the best of the Boston food trucks.

Every Friday at noon, just in time for your lunch break, NBCBoston.com will feature a new truck and what it brings to the table.

Below you can find all of the trucks we've covered so far, as well as links to photo galleries and additional content:

The crew at Fresh Food Generation has a mission to bring affordable food to Boston's underserved communities.

The food of Sheherazad comes straight from Baghdad. The owners pride themselves on using plenty of aromatic spices.

The Dining Car aims to feature food inspired by dishes around the world. The owners also helped start up the food truck program in Boston.

You might have seen Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese on the Food Network show, "The Great Food Truck Race." Their grilled cheese and truffle fries make for a perfect lunch.

Melissa Gale's family recipe has helped to create Cookie Monstah, where plenty of fresh cookies and ice cream flavors await.

You'll find some incredible jerk chicken at the Jamaica Mi Hungry truck.

Bon Me is one of the most famous trucks in Boston, with many trucks on the road and some restaurants.

North East of the Border focuses on authentic Mexican street food. You'll absolutely want to check out their tacos.

Want to try a new spin on a burger? Riceburg will cook up their feature dish, an Asian rice bowl in the form of a burger.

The crew of the Shuck Truck says they have the best lobster roll in New England. You be the judge.

Pennypackers has something you won't find on other trucks, porchetta, an Italian pork roast that takes three days to make.

The Roving Lunchbox cooks delicious meals into easy-to-eat pastries. Check out their website.

Chik Chak features Mediterranean food and claims to have some of the best falafel this side of the Atlantic.

With more than a dozen fresh cookie and ice cream options, Frozen Hoagies has thousands of possible combinations for your perfect ice cream sandwich.

You've probably tried a basic dumpling, but Moyzilla is anything but basic. Their unique flavors will change what you know about dumplings.

Stoked Wood Fired Pizza cooks some of the best food truck pizza in Boston with a wood stove on the truck. Click here to check out more.

Click here for more photos and details on Mei Mei Street Kitchen, which brings you Chinese food with an American twist.



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<![CDATA[Hub Picks: 20+ Fun Things to Do This Week in Boston]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:06:29 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/foliage818.jpg

Monday, Dec. 11

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

State House Menorah Lighting

Join Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Israeli Consul General Yaakov to participate in State House Menorah Lighting. 4 p.m., Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Chabad Boston’s Copley Square Menorah Lighting

Join Governor Charlie Baker and Consul General Yaakov for Chabad Boston’s Copley Square Menorah Lighting. 5:30 p.m., Copley Square, Boston. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the Musical

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the musical brings the television classic to the stage at Boston’s Shubert Theatre. The show runs Dec. 14-17 and tickets start at $38. 7 p.m. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Friday, Dec. 15

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the Musical

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the musical brings the television classic to the stage at Boston’s Shubert Theatre. The show runs Dec. 14-17 and tickets start at $38. Performances today at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Sip & Shop at Boston Public Market

Every Friday enjoy a beverage while shopping or dining throughout the Boston Public Market. Visit the market’s special BPM bar in the Market Hub for local beer and wine selections. 3-7 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Dec. 16

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the Musical

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the musical brings the television classic to the stage at Boston’s Shubert Theatre. The show runs Dec. 14-17 and tickets start at $38. Performances today at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Dorchester Brewing Company Brewery Tours

Enjoy a brewery tour and learn about the brewing process at Dorchester Brewery Company every Saturday. To join, sign up in the Tap Room before the tour. Tours are limited to the first 10 people to sign up. Free, but visitors are asked to give a $5 cash donation to a local charity (College Bound, Horizons for Homeless Children or the Dorchester Historical Society). 1-4 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Sunday, Dec. 17

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the Musical

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the musical brings the television classic to the stage at Boston’s Shubert Theatre. The show runs Dec. 14-17 and tickets start at $38. Performances today at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston.

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Monday, Dec. 18

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

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

Cityside Free Comedy Mondays

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar. CitySide Comedy Club brings you 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. There’s no cover charge and it is 21 plus. 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, Dec. 19

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market 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.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m.

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Thursday, Dec. 21

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Friday, Dec. 22

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Sip & Shop at Boston Public Market

Every Friday enjoy a beverage while shopping or dining throughout the Boston Public Market. Visit the market’s special BPM bar in the Market Hub for local beer and wine selections. 3-7 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Dec. 23

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Dorchester Brewing Company Brewery Tours

Enjoy a brewery tour and learn about the brewing process at Dorchester Brewery Company every Saturday. To join, sign up in the Tap Room before the tour. Tours are limited to the first 10 people to sign up. Free, but visitors are asked to give a $5 cash donation to a local charity (College Bound, Horizons for Homeless Children or the Dorchester Historical Society). 1-4 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Sunday, Dec. 24

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Performances today at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Monday, Dec. 25

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Thursday, Dec. 28

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-8 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Friday, Dec. 29

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Saturday, Dec. 30

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Ice Skating on Frog Pond

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

Patriot Place Winter Skate

Grab your skates and hit the ice for Winter Skate at Patriot Place. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Dorchester Brewing Company Brewery Tours

Enjoy a brewery tour and learn about the brewing process at Dorchester Brewery Company every Saturday. To join, sign up in the Tap Room before the tour. Tours are limited to the first 10 people to sign up. Free, but visitors are asked to give a $5 cash donation to a local charity (College Bound, Horizons for Homeless Children or the Dorchester Historical Society). 1-4 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Performances today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Boston Winter: Skating Path

Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Boston Winter: Holiday Market

Enjoy the Holiday Market at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza through Dec. 31. Enjoy unique attractions and more than 85 boutique-style chalets offering a wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season through Dec. 31. 7 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

Monday, Jan. 1

Christmas Festival of Lights

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5- 9 p.m. La Salette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro. 

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall 

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St., Boston.

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<![CDATA[Mario Batali Stepping Away From His Boston Businesses]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:10:30 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_17110204804129.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

One of the biggest names in the food world is leaving his restaurant empire for now after news of sexual misconduct has been released.

According to an article from Eater, Mario Batali says that he is "stepping away from the day-to-day operations of his businesses" for an unknown period of time following allegations of inappropriate behavior that reportedly go back at least two decades based on multiple interviews by Eater, while ABC's The Chew has asked him to step away from the show while they "review the allegations that have just recently come to their attention."

The businesses that Batali is stepping away from include two in Boston - Eataly in the Prudential Center and Babbo in the Seaport District, both of which are part of the Batali & Bastianich (B&B) Hospitality Group.

B&B said in a statement that it has had sexual harassment training and policies for 10-plus years, and is now bringing in an independent corporate investigations firm that will help any workers looking to make claims against owners of their restaurants.

"We take these allegations very seriously," the B&B statement said. "We pride ourselves on being a workplace for our employees where they can grow and deliver great service with equal opportunity and free from any discrimination. We have strong policies and practices in place that address sexual harassment. We train employees in these policies and we enforce them, up to and including termination."

Celebrity chef Barbara Lynch, a chief collaborator at Eataly Boston, called the allegations against Batali "horrifying, unacceptable and inexcusable." She commended the women for coming forward, saying "their brave voices will bring change to the restaurant industry." She also said she is glad to see that Batali has accepted responsibility for his actions.

Eataly USA also issued a statement, saying the allegations against Batali were "extremely troubling" and that they fully support his decision to step away from active involvement with the company. 

"Sexual harassment of any kind towards anyone in any form is unacceptable and Eataly cares deeply about creating a safe and comfortable environment for all our employees and customers, free of harassment, discrimination and retaliation," Eataly said.

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<![CDATA[Boston's Holiday Wish List]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:35:15 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_s_Holiday_Wish_List.jpg

The Hub Today's Colton Bradford hits the streets of Boston to find out what people want for Christmas this year.]]>
<![CDATA[Jingle Ball 2017 Red Carpet ]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:17:49 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Jingle_Ball_2017.jpg

The Hub Today's Romeo brings us with him to Jingle Ball's red carpet to catch up the stars like Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, and more!]]>
<![CDATA[Viewer #HubHolidays Recipes]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:04:56 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/223*120/HH+SABA.PNG]]><![CDATA[Hub Holidays: Carrot Souffle]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:01:19 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Hub_Holidays_Carrot_Souffle.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi cooks up a delicious carrot soufflé with Hub viewer Noelle as part of the #HubHolidays celebration.]]>
<![CDATA[NuTonomy Teases Future Expansion Plans]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:59:28 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/240*120/nutonomy.jpg

NuTonomy and its parent company Aptiv, which spun out of Delphi this week, are only getting started when it comes to their ambitions of bringing autonomous vehicles to the world.

Tuesday marked the beginning of NuTonomy’s self-driving pilot with Lyft, which nuTonomy President Karl Iagnemma said will run during regular business hours on weekdays for the foreseeable future. He told BostInno that Lyft and nuTonomy do not have any specific targets for miles logged or rides provided. Instead, the goal is to collect more data from riding activities and receive feedback from the general public about the passenger experience. People who ride a nuTonomy car can leave feedback in Lyft’s app.

NuTonomy was acquired by Delphi, an automotive supply manufacturer headquartered in Troy, Mich., in October for a deal worth up to $450 million. The company started its Lyft pilot after finishing an internal passenger test in early December.

Lyft’s self-driving pilot is only available in the Seaport, and users can try to hail a self-driving car by using Lyft’s app to request a regular ride. If the user is matched with a self-driving car, they will be prompted to accept the ride. Iagnemma said the pilot is using nuTonomy’s five cars in Boston, though not all of them will be available at the same time.

“It’s showing to the world we can get to the market in multiple ways depending on where we operate.”

For those who are skeptical about getting into a self-driving car, Iagnemma said their concerns are valid. “It’s a new technology and it’s an experience many people haven’t gone through yet,” he said. “I would encourage people to try to come down and catch a ride.”

Every nuTonomy car in the Lyft pilot has a safety driver, in case human intervention is ever needed, and an engineer who is monitoring the car’s systems on a laptop, Iagnemma said. When it comes to the car’s autonomous system, “in many instances, the system is able to react faster than the human driver would,” including at night, because of its multiple sensors.

However, Iagnemma added, there are still some situations in which nuTonomy’s cars have difficulty navigating. That includes construction zones, which can even be confusing and chaotic for human drivers. “Those are the challenges we use to improve our technology,” he said.

Optimus Ride Gets $18M to Commercialize Self-Driving Car Tech

Iagnemma said Aptiv, Delphi’s autonomous technology and electric vehicle business that spun out on Tuesday, will have more announcements to share over the next month. That will include information on the next cities where Aptiv will expand operations. Aptiv is currently testing vehicles in Boston and Singapore with nuTonomy, and in Pittsburgh with Ottomatika, another autonomous vehicle startup that company acquired a few years ago.

One of NuTonomy’s next big steps is to fully integrate within Aptiv and use the parent company’s resources to accelerate its progress. While nuTonomy is currently conducting pilots with Lyft and Grab, a ride-hailing company based in Southeast Asia, the company will also have opportunities to sell its technology to automotive manufacturers.

“It’s showing to the world we can get to the market in multiple ways depending on where we operate,” Iagnemma said.



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<![CDATA[Trillium Beer Garden Now Open in Roslindale]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:48:51 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/trillium1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Trillium Garden at the Substation in Roslindale opened Thursday at 4 p.m.

For more details, including the hours of operation, click here.

Over the summer, Trillium operated a popular beer garden in the heart of Boston that offered some of the highest-rated beers in Massachusetts. But it is now closed for the winter season.

Now it has popped up in a new location for the winter - and its home is an historic structure that dates back to the early 1900s.

Trillium has brought its beer garden to the former trolley substation on Washington Street, and it will be open five days a week through the winter season.

According to Universal Hub, the beer garden now occupies the space where Chris Douglass had hoped to open a restaurant called Third Rail, though those plans ultimately fell through. A location of Craft Beer Cellar can also be found in the substation.

Trillium's beer garden on the Rose Kennedy Greenway debuted in June, with the place also offering wines from Westport Rivers Vineyard. The current headquarters for the brewery can be found on Congress Street in Fort Point, though it will move to a new spot on Farnsworth Street, with that space including a brewery, taproom, full-service restaurant, patio, and rooftop terrace. Another location of Trillium is in Canton.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Trillium Beer Garden in Downtown Boston Has Closed for the Season
Plans to Open Third Rail in Former Roslindale Substation Have Fallen Through

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston



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<![CDATA[4 Boston-Area Restaurants Among Top 100 in the US]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:01:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/The+Table+Dish+Coppa+Egg.jpg

Four Boston-area restaurants have been recognized among the top 100 in the country in a list compiled from more than 12 million restaurant reviews.

OpenTable’s "100 Best Restaurants in America 2017" was generated from reviews they received between Nov. 1, 2016 and Oct. 31. 2017.

The list, which is in alphabetical order, includes Yvonne's in Downtown Crossing, "a modern reinterpretation of the supper club," according to its website. 

Also on the list is Coppa in the South End, which focuses on Italian small plates that change seasonally.

"We are humbled and honored by the inclusion, and psyched that our guests are such fans of our little enoteca in the South End," said Co-Chef/Owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. "As much as we love Italy, this little corner in Boston is one of our favorite places in the world."

Giulia in Cambridge is on the list and says they aim for “wonderful food and great service with true Italian vigor and charm” on their website. 

The Table at Season to Taste in Cambridge is the fourth Boston-area restaurant on the list, and they keep it small with only 20 seats and a four-course menu.

"We're thrilled to be recognized alongside some of our favorite Boston-area restaurants," said Chef Carl Dooley. "We're lucky to have an excellent team and such a loyal customer base, and we'll continue to strive for excellence in the coming year."

In addition, Arethusa al Tavolo in Bantam, Connecticut, which prides itself on using dairy from its farm, made the list. 

OpenTable says restaurants on the list had to have a select number of qualifying reviews and a minimum overall score. Restaurants were then sorted by the score in the "overall" category. 



Photo Credit: (Left) Ren Fuller http://renfuller.com/ (Right) Coppa]]>
<![CDATA[Victoria's Station in Salem Has Been Shut Down]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:11:58 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*130/Vics+126.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The last of what was once a chain of restaurants has been shut down and apparently forced to vacate its space, and it is not known for sure what the future holds for the space.

According to a source, Victoria's Station in Salem (and its affiliated bar, Vic's Boathouse) is locked up with a sign out front saying it has been vacated "by order of the court," with a Facebook post from Salem Food Digest showing a "Keep Out" sign with a Commonwealth of Massachusetts seal on it in the window/door of the Pickering Wharf spot. Rumors and chatter are taking place this afternoon about what might become of the space, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet so stay tuned for updates.

The Salem location of Victoria's Station is the last of approximately 100 locations of the former chain; other outlets had once been in Boston, Burlington, and Framingham, but all of those locations are long gone now.

The address for Victoria's Station (and Vic's Boathouse) is 86 Wharf Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

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[Clear the Shelters]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:42:41 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/257*120/colton+cts.PNG

The Hub Today's Colton Bradford meets two animals from the Animal Rescue League of Boston that are ready for their forever home.

For more information:

Animal Rescue League of Boston

10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116

(617) 426-9170

www.arlboston.org/]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Man Group]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:32:36 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Blue_Man_Group.jpg

Blue Man Group has been in Boston for 22 years and has added some seasonal content this December at the Charles Playhouse. The Hub Today's Erica Mansfield got up close and personal with them and learned what it takes to go blue.

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<![CDATA[Maurizio's in Boston's North End Is Closing]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:05:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/240*120/Maurizio+126.png

by Marc Hurwitz

An award-winning North End restaurant that has been in business for nearly 25 years is shutting down later this month.

According to a source from last week, Maurizio's on Hanover Street is looking to transfer its liquor license to Oath Craft Pizza on Boylston Street in the Fenway area, with a recent licensing board hearing page confirming this. An email sent this morning by a source confirms that the restaurant is indeed shuttering, with the note showing that it will be closing its doors on Christmas Eve.

Maurizio's, which first opened in 1993 (according to Manta), is known in part for its Mediterranean and Sardinian fare, including such items as calamari, rolled eggplant, bruschetta, spaghetti with smoked salmon, linguine with clams, grilled sea bass, chicken marsala, and veal limone. Its website mentions that the restaurant has been "top rated in the Zagat Guide" and a three-time winner of Boston Magazine's Best of Boston awards.

The address for this soon-to-close restaurant in the North End is: Maurizio's, 364 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02113. Its website can be found at http://www.mauriziosboston.com/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Flipside Crypto Aims to Make Investing Less Cryptic]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:02:28 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/320*120/crypto+126.jpeg

With the value of Bitcoin skyrocketing to more than $12,000 today from $996 at the beginning of the year, it’s easy to understand why more people are looking into cryptocurrency investing. If you want to buy some Bitcoin, it’s relatively simple: go to Coinbase, select a payment method and transfer your money. But if you want to invest in the hundreds of other cryptocurrencies on the market, it’s very convoluted.

Serial entrepreneur Dave Balter experienced this when he was trying to buy tokens for LBRY, a decentralized content-sharing platform developed by a local startup.

“It took me a few hours, and I asked my technical co-founder, ‘how do I buy it?'” Balter told BostInno. “That alone was a signal to me. The process to acquire and to ensure you have access to these coins is significant.”

That’s what led Balter to start Flipside Crypto, a cryptocurrency investment service that aims to provide wealthy individuals an easy way to buy digital tokens without the need for technical expertise. Balter, who previously founded Mylestone and Smarterer, and his co-founder Jim Meyers have built a software platform that uses algorithms to determine which cryptocurrencies have a high likelihood of a return over time.

Flipside has already deployed capital from individuals into its first two investment clubs — $1.42 million into the first and $1.35 million into the second — with the money being spread out across multiple cryptocurrencies. As of Tuesday morning, the first club’s total value was up 54 percent and the second club was up 32 percent — information that investors can find through Flipside’s online dashboard. As Flipside’s software uncovers opportunities with new cryptocurrencies, club members can vote to shift funds around.

“We see ourselves less as fund managers and more as service providers to the club.”

While cryptocurrency investing can bring big returns, Balter said he makes no promises to investors. Instead, he pitches Flipside as “the most effective way to be involved in the space and learn.” It’s also not a “get rich fast” scheme, with each club meant to hold funds over a long period. “We buy it and we hold it,” Balter said.

On Wednesday, Flipside announced the opening of its third investment club, which will be available to those with less capital to deploy. But it still won’t be cheap: the club requires investments of $15,000, $30,000 or $45,000. The upside is that unlike a traditional fund — which takes 2 percent of funds to cover expenses and 20 percent of profits — Flipside only charges a flat fee of $2,000 and then $500 for every six months after the club’s first year.

While Flipside acts as an investment service, it’s also pitching the data solutions it has developed for use by other organizations. One of the algorithms Flipside has developed tracks the performance of cryptocurrencies by analyzing their volatility while the other monitors applications that are being built on each currency’s blockchain, the decentralized ledger technology that makes these digital tokens work.

“We see ourselves less as fund managers and more as service providers to the club,” Balter said.

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<![CDATA[Hub Holidays: Butternut Squash Savory Bread Pudding & Eggnog]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:48:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Hub_Holidays.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi whips up a delicious butternut squash savory bread pudding and homemade eggnog with The Hub Today viewer Saba Wahid.

Butternut Squash Savory Bread Pudding

Ingredients:
1 Butternut Squash-peeled, seeded
4 Tbsp. Butter
2 tsp. Fresh Sage-chopped\
¾ Cup Fresh Parmesan-finely grated
½ Cup Prosciutto Ham-julienned finely
As Needed Water
To Taste Salt and Black Pepper

Directions:

Shred the butternut squash into about 2-3" long fine noodles using a mandoline.
Place in a wide saute pan.
Add enough water to come less than halfway up the height of the noodles.
Cover and steam over high heat for about 3 minutes or until barely tender.
If there is extra water, gently drain or continue to cook over high heat to evaporate the water.
Add the butter, sage, Parmesan and proscuitto, gently tossing so as to not to break up the "noodles".
Season to taste with salt and pepper if necessary.Enjoy!

serves 4

Gingerbread Spiced Egg Nog

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch of Kosher salt
6-8 egg yolks (more or less depending on how rich you would like it)
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tbl dark molasses
1 ½ oz Rum Chata (Optional)
½ oz Ginger Brandy (Optional)
Fresh made whipped cream (for Garnish)
Gingerbread cookies (for Garnish)

Directions:

Combine the milk, cream, and cinnamon stick into a saucepan and bring to just under a boil. W
hile that comes to temperature combine the egg yolks and sugar and whisk until you achieve a pale yellow color and the sugar has dissolved.
Once the milk/cream mixture heats up, add the spices, vanilla, salt, and molasses, mix through.
Now temper the eggs by slowly ladling the milk/cream mixture into the sugar/egg yolk mixture by whisking vigorously and pouring slowly (this step will prevent the eggs from scrambling)
Next transfer the mixture back into the saucepan, and bring the temperature up to 170 F whisking periodically through the process (a digital or candy thermometer comes in handy for this step)
Now remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl.
Chill and serve with fresh whipped cream and gingerbread cookies.

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<![CDATA[Boston Startups and Tech Companies Hiring in December]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:54:01 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tlmd_boston_skyline_shutterstock_197243264.jpg

The year may be winding down, but the amount of open positions at reputable tech and startup companies in Boston is only going up.

Here are just a few startups and tech companies in the Boston area looking to expand their teams. For all other jobs openings through the month, please check out our new and improved careers directory. 

CarGurus

The Cambridge-based automotive research and shopping site that went public on October 12 has job postings for various positions. Positions include senior software engineer (business-to-business and business-to-consumer), data engineer, senior UI engineer and more.

Circle

The peer-to-peer fund transferring app has listings for a new risk data analyst with 3+ years of experience in analytics, an android developer with 4+ years of experience, an IT systems administrator with 3+ years with deployment and 3+ years of Google Apps administration and more. More postings located on the company’s careers page.

Cybereason

The Boston-based cybersecurity service is now accepting applications for various positions in departments such as engineering, marketing, graphic design, sales. Check out more information on the specific roles on the company’s career page.

Datadog

The cloud-scale applications site is looking to fill various positions across their organization. Check out the openings located on their website to learn more.

Fitbit

The wearable, health-tracking, watch company has posted openings for their Boston office. Positions include principal audio test engineer, a feature software engineer, a device engineering manager, an android software engineer and more. You can check out their posting list on Glassdoor and more on their website.

ezCater

The Boston-based online business catering service is looking to fill mid-to-senior level positions such as senior data engineer, senior front-end engineer, customer success ninja (yes that’s correct), and a director of finance. More positions are located on the service’s career page.

Hollister Staffing

Hollister Staffing is looking to fill positions across all industries with the help of their platform. Get matched with the right organization for your career on their website.

Markforged

The 3D printing startup is hiring in departments such as business operations, marketing, research and development, and more for positions like business operations analyst, events manager, and software engineer, just in their Watertown office. Check out more job listings on the company’s careers page.

Rapid7

As the global cybersecurity company is preparing to move its new HQ right next to the TD Garden on Causeway Street, Rapid7 has job listings for one entry and several senior sales positions, events, operations and more.

Wayfair

With new developments in the augmented reality space, Wayfair is booming with job openings just in the Boston area. The company’s hundreds of career postings range entry level positions to senior level, and departments ranging from marketing to engineering.

Other open positions

  •  Bullhorn, the Boston-based customer relationship management software company has posted an opening for a sales engineer for their Boston HQ with a minimum requirement of 3 years in the software or related industries. More job listings are located on their careers portal.

Think something is missing? Send us an email at lmaffei@americaninno.com. Please note that this post gets updated every Tuesday and Thursday.



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<![CDATA[15 Events Worth Checking Out in December]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:58:07 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/20103yotel.jpg

If you’re reading BostInno, chances are you’re an intelligent, popular person with a lot of holiday parties on your December calendar. Because I respect you, the reader, here are 15 events that don’t suck and are worth leaving the cozy confines of home. Astute readers will notice that only two of the events are after December 15. The holidays are a marathon, not a sprint. Cheers to you and yours.


Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lightings

December 1 — 5:30 p.m. — various neighborhoods — For the 22nd year, the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the tradition of lighting holiday trees and bringing holiday spirit to children across the city. The 16 stops on Mayor Walsh’s festive tour of Boston will include visits with Santa, musical performances, the aforementioned tree lightings, and, presumably, holiday cheer. Free.


11th North End Holiday Stroll

December 1 — 6 p.m. — North End — As a five-year resident of a fifth-floor Salem St. walk-up, I can attest that this noisy neighborhood is positively beautiful during the holiday season. Start your weekend by exploring the North End’s decorated streets and stopping at its many shops and boutiques to sip, snack, and shop. Stay for a carb-focused dinner, obviously. Free.


Sowa Winter Festival

December 2 and 3 — 11 a.m. — 540 Harrison Ave. — Housed in the Power Station, the SoWa Winter Festival is the biggest winter shopping village in Boston and will feature more than 100 of the region’s best makers and specialty food vendors. Over on Thayer Street, a heated tent will feature live music and a flower crown station, plus mulled wine, hot chocolate, and cheese specialties from Gaslight Brasserie. Both locations will have plenty to eat and drink. Free.


Holiday Heroes Cornhole Tournament

December 3 — 2 p.m. — 9 Lansdowne St. — Join Youth Villages to raise funds young people across Massachusetts and New Hampshire can have winter essentials and holiday gifts. You can help by participating in the cornhole tournament, watching the Patriots game on Lansdown Pub’s projection screen, or bringing your family to enjoy kid-friendly activities. With your help, Youth Villages will fulfill holiday wishes for more than 350 children and young adults whose families may not be able to afford gifts. $40 for an individual, $75 for a team.


Row 34 Holiday Pop-Up Shops

December 3 through 17 — 4 p.m. — 383 Congress St. — Row 34 is getting festive with their annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop on the first three Sundays in December. Supporting local artist and makers rooted in the Fort Point artists community, these pop-ups will take place from inside Row 34’s Cooler Room. Guests can also enjoy small bites and beverages while finding gifts for everyone on their list. A full list of the participating artists on each date can be found at the link above. Free.


GrinchFest

December 4 — 6 p.m. — 100 Hanover St. — GrinchFest at Boston Public Market is the perfect place to celebrate — or lament — the holiday season. A who’s who (get it?) of local chefs will be cooking up a Seuss-inspired slate of dishes including “roast beast” crostinis, green deviled eggs, “Who-Hash” latkes, and more. Cocktails, beer, and wine will also be available for purchase, and Grinch and Who-inspired outfits are encouraged for the costume contest. $20.


Repeal Day at Lion’s Tail

December 5 — 6 p.m. — 354 Harrison Ave. — Lion’s Tail is celebrating one boozy year at Ink Block in style with a Repeal Day party where you can party like it’s 1933. Tickets include two drink tickets, complimentary passed appetizers, and the inimitable DJ Ryan Brown on the 1’s and 2’s. $15.


Repeal Day at Bully Boy

December 5 — 7 p.m. — 44 Cedric St. — DId you really think I was only going to share *one* Repeal Day event? The Bully Boy crew is teaming up with Pennypackers food truck to create a four-course dinner to properly celebrate the repeal of the 21st Amendment. The event ticket includes a complimentary cocktail, plus Bully Boy pairing recommendations for each course. A cocktail hour with live jazz kicks things off at 7. $55.


Curated Holiday Pop-Up Boutique

December 7 — 6 p.m. — 65 Seaport Blvd. — Yotel is celebrating its first holiday season in the Seaport with champagne and shopping — and you’re invited. The hotel that’s inspired by first-class air travel is hosting a curated holiday boutique that will feature wares from Third Piece, Forty Winks, Core Studio Apparel, KieraDearaDesigns, and Sunny Florists, plus dry hair styling by SalonCapri. Free.


Cambridge 5K – Yulefest

December 10 — 9 a.m. — 41 Church St., Cambridge — If you have a nagging guilt about getting in one last race in 2017, Yulefest is the play. The festive 5K starts and ends in front of Harvard Yard and is followed by a block party sponsored by Bantam Cider, Notch Brewing Co., and Slumbrew. $42.50


Grand Ten’s Sip & Shop Holiday Bazaar

December 10 and 17 — 1 p.m. — 383 Dorchester Ave. — After a successful first edition in 2016, Grand Ten is back with their second annual Sip & Shop Holiday Bazaar. Come for the local artisans and specialty food vendors, stay for the craft cocktails and live holiday music from Badger & Burgan. Free.


Charity Roller Event

December 12 — 6 p.m. — 446 Harvard Street, Brookline — The December installment of Anna’s Taqueria’s Charity Roller series features a very important celebrity “roller” — Santa Claus himself. Jolly old Saint Nick himself will roll burritos behind the line at Anna’s Harvard Street location, and all the proceeds will go directly to Christmas in the City. The non-profit organization works to bring holiday magic to thousands of children and families in the Boston area who have experienced the uncertainty of homelessness. Anna’s will also provide the food for Christmas in the City’s Annual Party on December 16. $10.


NogUp 10

December 13 — 6 p.m. — 350 Mass. Ave., Cambridge — Fact 1: I’ve always wanted to go to NogUp because I know a lot of the awesome people involved. Fact 2: I’ve somehow never been to NogUp! The lesson? Don’t be like me. Organized by man-about-town Jeff Cutler, the longest-running Boston-area tweetup offers the chance to network with some of the coolest people around in a stress-free environment. Pass the nog. Free.


Bootcamp and Brews

December 23 — 10:15 a.m. — 1250 Massachusetts Ave. — Certified personal Nate Witkowski is bringing his high-intensity, bootcamp-style workout to Dorchester Brewing Company. Join Nate for a 60-minute class that includes stretching, three circuits, an ab finisher, and a cooldown. Hang around after for DBC beer samples and board games. This might be your last workout of 2017 so make it count. $20.

First Night Boston

December 31 — Noon — various locations — Let’s face it, your New Year’s Eve plans probably suck. So as we close out this dumpster fire of a year, let’s take a second to salute First Night Boston, which has been helping Boston ring in the new year with music, art, and culture at nominal or free cost since 1975. While most of the action will center around Copley Square, main attractions include the People’s Procession at 6 p.m., Family Fireworks at 7 p.m., and a Copley Countdown pyrotechnics and light show at the stroke of midnight. Free.


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<![CDATA[Elf the Musical]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:17:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Elf_the_Musical.jpg

The Hub Today's Erica Mansfield catches up with Jovie (Veronic Kuehn) from Elf the Musical at the Wang Theater. The show is playing in Boston through December 10th.

For more details and ticket information, visit www.bochcenter.org/buy/show-listing/elf-2017.

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<![CDATA[These Ramen Dishes In the Boston Area Will Warm Your Soul]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:22:35 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/HellRamen-KakkoiiSushiandRamen.jpgHere are some of the best hidden ramen dishes in the Boston area.

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<![CDATA[Bistro 489 at Medford High School to Open to the Public in January]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:34:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Bistro+489+125.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant is on its way to Medford, and its location is a rather unusual one.

According to an article in the Medford Transcript, Bistro 489 is planning to open to the public in January within Medford High School, with most of the workers at the dining spot being from Medford Vocational Technical High School. The post says that the restaurant will have seating for 120 people and that the space can be rented out for community or corporate events while the conference room can be rented out for meetings with catering offered.

Most of the work on the Bistro 489 space was done by students (with the help of the staff at Medford Tech and local labor unions), including installation of kitchen equipment, electrical, heating and ventilation systems, and a fire suppression system.

Medford High School is located at 489 Winthrop Street, between Medford Square and the Winchester border.

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<![CDATA[Disney Dream Vacation with Tink's Magical Vacations]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:24:34 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/tinks+elf.PNG

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi learns how to plan a dream Disney vacation with help from Tink's Magical Vacations.

To plan your vacation, visit tinksmagicalvacations.com/index.html.

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<![CDATA[The Just Crust in Harvard Square Has Closed]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:40:18 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Just+Crust+125.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A pizza spot in Cambridge that has been closed for renovations for several months has officially called it a day--though it could reopen in a new location.

According to an article in Cambridge Day, The Just Crust on Brattle Street in Harvard Square is closed for good, with operations manager Becky Lopes-Filho saying that "The lease is up and the rents are high and going up higher," though she also says that "We are considering the possibility of other locations to reopen in the future." The Just Crust shut down for renovations back in mid-July, though little information was given on the exact status of the place.

A location of the Upper Crust had once resided in the Brattle Street space, but it closed after the chain declared bankruptcy and Shannon and Liss-Riordan and her husband Kevin opened The Just Crust there in April 2013.

The address for this now-closed pizzeria in Harvard Square was: The Just Crust, 49 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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

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<![CDATA[Cava Plans to Open at Legacy Place in Dedham]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:22:38 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/245*120/Cava+1115.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of months ago, we mentioned that a group of Mediterranean dining spots based in Washington, D.C. was looking to open several locations in the Boston area, including one in Dedham. Now we have a bit more information on that proposed outlet.

According to an article in the Dedham Patch, Cava is looking to open at Legacy Place possibly in March of April of 2018, with the restaurant getting approval from town selectmen last week. As mentioned earlier, other locations of Cava are being planned for the Back Bay of Boston, the Fenway, and the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham, though it is not yet known which will be the first to open in the region.

Cava, which started out in 2011, is a fast-casual chain that features customizable items that begin with a salad/grain/soup/pita base and with items such as hummus, falafel, feta, meatballs, braised lamb, olives, grilled chicken, and pickled banana peppers added. Its website can be found at http://cava.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Washington, D.C.-based Cava to Expand to Boston
Cava to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood
Cava Gets Approval to Open in Boston's Back Bay

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<![CDATA[Tokyo Restaurant Property to Be Replaced by a Car Dealership]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:33:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/sushi+124.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier this year, we reported that the site of a long-closed restaurant in Cambridge could be demolished to make way for affordable housing. Now we have learned that the structure will indeed be torn down, though plans for affordable housing are no longer in the works.

According to an article from Cambridge Day, a used-car dealership has received License Commission approval to open in the space on Fresh Pond Parkway where Tokyo Restaurant had once been, with the building coming down at some point and Fresh Pond Auto Sales moving in, and the plan being for its lot to have room for 20 to 25 cars (though his number could end up being lowered, based on discussions of the plans). Back in May, it appeared that affordable housing units might be built at the site, while Cambridge Day also says that the space was mentioned in the discussion of a rebuilding of the adjacent elementary school and Vassal Lane Upper School as well, but now it appears that the used-car dealership has indeed gotten the green light to move in instead.

The address for the Tokyo Restaurant property is 307 Fresh Pond Parkway.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Tokyo Restaurant Property in Cambridge May Be Torn Down to Make Way for Affordable Housing

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<![CDATA[Bates Bar and Grill to Open in Weymouth Landing]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:38:44 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Bates+Bar+and+Grill+124.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Last year, we reported that a new restaurant may move into the South Shore space where a bar and a pizza place had been until being demolished after a fire. Now we have learned a bit more about the place.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Bates Bar and Grill is planning to open on the Braintree side of Weymouth Landing, with the address given indicating that it will take over the Commercial Street space where The Landing Pub was, and based on the earlier article, possibly the Ultimate Pizza space as well. The post mentions that Bates Bar and Grill will be a casual neighborhood pub that will offer sandwiches, gourmet burgers, pub-style pizza, craft beer, wine, cocktails, and more, and while the earlier report had mentioned that the upcoming spot could have seating for 95 and an outdoor area, it is not known if this is still the case.

In March of 2015, both The Landing Pub and Ultimate Pizza were hit by a fire, with the structure subsequently being taken down; before the fire occurred, the Sarras family had mentioned that it actually had plans to demolish the building and open a restaurant in the space.

The address given for Bates Bar and Grill is 2 Commercial Street (which is where The Landing Pub was), while Ultimate Pizza had been at 6 Commercial Street.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
New Restaurant Coming to Weymouth Landing Where Ultimate Pizza and The Landing Pub Had Been

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<![CDATA[Wahlburgers, J.P. Licks, Beer Garden Coming to Dorchester?]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:35:25 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Wahlburger0512.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Last year, we reported that a burger place with local connections was being planned for a new mixed-use development in Dorchester, and now we have learned that a few other dining spots are on their way to the place as well.

According to an article in the Dorchester Reporter, South Bay Town Center is going to be home to Wahlburgers, J.P. Licks, MidiCi, and Gyu-Kaku, and that parts of the development will be debuting over the next couple of weeks, though no opening dates have been given for any of the dining spots as of yet. (It appears that some or all could be opening either later this year or early in 2018.) The article also mentions that a beer garden may be part of the plans as well, though no specifics have been given on that.

Wahlburgers, which is headed up by former Dorchester residents Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg, features burgers, while J.P. Licks offers ice cream, MidiCi focuses on pizza, and Gyu-Kaku is known in part for its Japanese BBQ.

South Bay Town Center is located by the old South Bay mall/shopping center between the Mass. Ave./Southampton Street and Columbia Road exits off the Southeast Expressway.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
South Bay Town Center Planned for Dorchester
Wahlburgers Planning to Open within South Bay Town Center in Dorchester

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<![CDATA[Decorate Like a First Lady]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:33:25 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Decorate_Like_a_First_Lady.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi gets holiday inspiration and decorating tips to celebrate like a First Lady from author and designer Coleen Christian Burke.

For your copy of "Christmas With the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition From Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama," visit https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-First-Ladies-Decorating-Jacqueline. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cottage Cafe in Hyde Park May Be Closing]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:13:45 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/CottageCafe.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like yet another dive bar in Boston could be shutting down, and its license may be going to a building in one of the hottest sections of the city.

According to an article from Universal Hub, the Cottage Cafe (which is also known as the Cottage Tavern) in Hyde Park is petitioning to sell its liquor license to the Innovation and Design Building in Boston's Seaport District, which may possibly open a restaurant and bar in the structure that is aimed at "makers, designers, architects, communicators, researchers, manufacturers, technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs." If approved and the place shutters, the Hyde Park Avenue bar would join a couple of other now-closed dives in the neighborhood (Dempsey's and the Hyde Park Pub), though a few other watering holes do remain in operation in Hyde Park, including Master McGrath, Cavan Cafe, and Cappy's, the last of which resides in Readville.

The address for the Cottage Cafe is 1227 Hyde Park Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.

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

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<![CDATA[Stacia's Place in Salem Shuts Down]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:39:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/200*120/Stacia%27s+121.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A North Shore eatery that has been a local favorite for a long time is shut down for good.

According to a Facebook post from Zachary Antczak of Notch Brewing, Stacia's Place in Salem was scheduled to close Dec. 1 after 35 years in business. Another Facebook post on the restaurant's page confirms this, saying that an open house may also be taking place at the Bridge Street spot on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Stacia's is known in part for its subs, including steak bombs, Italian bombs, turkey bombs, chicken parmigiana, Italian sausage, pepper and egg, and hot pastrami. The dining spot also offers soups, salads, wings, hot dogs, pizza rolls, and more.

The address for the soon-to-close Stacia's Place is 97 Bridge Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

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

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<![CDATA[Apple Cider Risotto]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:51:57 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Apple_Cider_Risotto.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi visits Terramia Ristorante in Boston's North End to try a classic dish with a New England twist.

For more information:

Terramia Ristorante

98 Salem St, Boston, Ma 02113

(617) 523 - 3112

http://www.terramiaristorante.com/]]>
<![CDATA[Backyard Betty's Plans to Open in South Boston]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:43:12 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Backyard+Betty%27s+1129.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant may be on its way to South Boston, and it looks like it may have at least an indirect connection to another dining spot in the neighborhood.

According to a source, Backyard Betty's is planning to open on W Broadway, with a licensing board hearing page confirming this, showing that the proposed eatery would have seating for approximately 137, both dining areas and bar areas, and about 5,165 square feet of space. The manager listed for Backyard Betty's is Theo Bougas, who is involved with Publico on Dorchester Street, and the parent company listed for the place is The Family Restaurant Partners LLC, whose principals are Dave Winick and Dave Matteo, according to a Bizapedia page. (A bostonplans.org page shows that Winick and Matteo were both involved in the development of 11 Dorchester Street, which is where Publico resides.) No other information seems to be available on Backyard Betty's at this point in time, so keep checking back for updates.

The address for this proposed restaurant in South Boston is: Backyard Betty's, 172-174 W Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127.

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

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<![CDATA[Iconic Bakery Among November’s Restaurant Closings]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:13:44 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/igloo7.jpgThe rooftop igloos are back at the Lookout bar at Boston’s Envoy Hotel! But there are some major closings in the Boston-area restaurant scene as well. ]]><![CDATA[Brothers Marketplace to Open in Waltham]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:28:55 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/230*120/Market+1129.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A local supermarket chain that is getting ready to close one of its locations is also going to be opening an outlet of its upscale neighborhood market concept.

According to a post in the Daily Times Chronicle on the upcoming closing of Roche Bros. in Burlington, the company is also planning to open a new location of Brothers Marketplace in Waltham. An earlier Boston Globe article confirms this, saying that the Wellesley-based chain will be opening Brothers in the Merc at Moody and Main apartment building in the downtown area sometime next spring. Once it opens, the new market will join other locations in Weston and Medfield.

The two Brothers Marketplaces are small grocery stores that focus on fresh foods and regional products; another shop had been planned for Somerville's Davis Square, but it ended up falling through and a location of bfresh (another small-market concept, with this one affiliated with Stop & Shop) opened in the Elm Street space earlier this year.

The website for Brothers Marketplace can be found at http://www.brothers-marketplace.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Holey Treats: Boston Donuts ]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:21:55 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Holey_Treats.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi hits the streets of Boston to try some of the best donut shops in town.



For more information:

Blackbird Doughnuts

492 Tremont St, Boston, Ma 02116

(617) 482 - 9000

www.blackbirddoughnuts.com/



Kane's Donuts

Two International Place

90 Oliver St, Boston, Ma 02110

(857) 317 - 2654

www.kanesdonuts.com/index.html



Harvest

44 Brattle St, Cambridge, Ma 02138

(617) 868 - 2255

harvestcambridge.com/



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<![CDATA[#HubHolidays with Dragone Cheese]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:15:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/_HubHolidays_with_Dragone_Cheese.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi cooks up some amazing recipes that are perfect for any type of gathering using Dragone Cheese. (sponsored)

For more information about these recipes visit:

Cheesy Pull Apart Stuffing

Pollenta and Ricotta Appetizers

Ricotta Pumpkin Roll

Cheesy Lasagna Roll Ups ]]>
<![CDATA[Diner Reopens, Eddie V's Heads to Prudential Center]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:40:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Eddie+V+2.jpg

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes a comeback story, healthy eating options and some ramen relocation

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<![CDATA[Tora Japanese Restaurant Has Opened in Boston's Chinatown]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:23:38 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/Tora+1129.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant has debuted in the Chinatown section of Boston, and it claims to be the first restaurant of its kind in the city.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tora Japanese Restaurant is now open on Tyler Street, with the Facebook page for the dining spot stating that it is "Boston's 1st Kaisen Don Restaurant." (Kaisen Don refers to a rice bowl that has sashimi, or raw fish/meat, placed on a bed of sushi rice.) In addition to Kaisen Don, Tora also offers poke bowls (raw fish salad), appetizers, hot entrees, and more.

EB mentions that Tora has both tables and counter seating, and that it is open for lunch and dinner daily.

The address for this new Japanese restaurant in Chinatown is: Tora, 20B Tyler Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

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

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<![CDATA[Game On At MindTrek]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:30:09 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Game_On_At_Mindtrek.jpg

The Hub Today's Romeo heads MindTrek VR, the first virtual reality arena in the United Sates.

For more information visit:

MindTrek VR

34 Cummings Park Dr, Woburn, MA 01801

(781) 787-2600

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<![CDATA[Top Mix Bar & Kitchen Opens in Roxbury]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:14:43 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Top+Mix+11293.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant and bar has come to a mostly residential and industrial section of Boston.

According to a post from Eater Boston, Top Mix Bar & Kitchen is now open in Roxbury, moving into the space on Norfolk Avenue just north of Upham's Corner (and just south of Newmarket Square and the South Bay Center) where Chin's Bar & Grill had been. The article mentions that the new dining and drinking spot focuses on cocktails while also serving such food items as wings, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, sweet plantain ravioli, and steak tips, and that beer and wine are also offered as well.

The area immediately surrounding Top Mix Bar & Kitchen has few options for food and cocktails, with one of the closest restaurants being Victoria's Diner several blocks to the northeast.

The address for this new restaurant and bar in Roxbury is: Top Mix Bar & Kitchen, 257 Norfolk Avenue, Roxbury, MA, 02119. The website for the place can be found at https://www.topmixbar.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Sea Machines Sees a Path to Recreational Self-Driving Boats]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:25:37 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/219*120/Sea+Machines+Thumb.PNG

There may be a time in the near future when you board a ship that can drive itself.

That’s something I got to experience myself in early November when I boarded a former Coast Guard boat operated by Sea Machines Robotics, an early-stage startup that is developing autonomous systems for self-driving boats in an East Boston shipyard.

Retrofitted with sensors and a “computerized brain,” the boat was driven to the middle of Boston Harbor by a Sea Machines employee. The employee then let go of the steering wheel and then, within a few minutes, the boat started navigating the waters by itself, with the ability to change course if the system detected another boat coming through.

While self-driving cars are soaking up most of the attention in the autonomous vehicle space, startups like Sea Machines have begun to convince players in the marine and maritime industry that ships and boats are long overdue for an upgrade.

Michael Johnson, CEO and founder of Sea Machines, knows that all too well. As someone who has worked in the marine and maritime industry for over 20 years, he has experienced first-hand how inefficient and, in some cases, dangerous marine vessels can be.

“It’s a wide-open space with relatively slower speeds, so as opposed to cars that are going down the road at 70 miles per hour, we have a sector that is ripe for autonomy,” he said.

Johnson said he got his inkling for Sea Machines when he was working on an oil spill response team in the Arctic. But it was when Johnson worked on a salvage mission for the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia that he realized the true benefit of autonomous vessels.

“During the course of that project, I saw how the inefficiencies of the tens and tens of vessels we had daily there that were serving us and how we could connect those vessels, in a much more efficient manner,” he said. “Secondly, every day, looking out on that wreck site and seeing that cruise ship on her side and the 30-plus passengers that were killed, I realized we have the technology today to do better.”

After raising a $1.5 million seed round from investors in May, Sea Machines launched its first-generation autonomous system for work vessels in September. When applied to SAE’s classification system for autonomous cars, Johnson said the Sea Machines 300 Autonomous Control System falls between Level 3, where humans must be prepared to intervene with the controls within some limited time, and Level 4, where no human attention is required for safety.

The former Coast Guard boat I boarded was equipped with Sea Machines’ first-generation system. At its foundation is an advanced computer installed in the interior that connects to the boat’s existing instruments and machinery and relies on sensors. Those sensors include radar, directional GPS and an automatic identification system that uses real-time data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to identify ships and their course. The boat also has mounted cameras, which are used for remote control — something that can be done with a joystick and, soon enough, a virtual reality headset with motion controls.

This system allows for autonomous boats to move by waypoint, changing course when necessary to avoid collisions. It can also let the boats follow another vessel, which is how the company’s first customers, which includes a “major oil spill response company,” are mainly using the system, Johnson said.

“Today you have motherships that deploy vessels with crews on them via utility boats or workboats and it becomes a very inefficient and high-risk endeavor in putting these smaller vessels out at sea with personnel on board, so they’re looking to use our system to automate those vessels,” he said.

Sea Machines is already working on its second-generation system, which will grant full Level 4 autonomy. Johnson said the new system will include cameras that use machine vision to identify targets for more advanced collision detection capabilities.

The company is also working on a system that uses Lidar, a key sensor for self-driving cars that uses a pulsing laser light to measure the distance to surrounding targets. Johnson said Lidar isn’t required for open-waters navigation, so the company plans to use the sensor to give autonomous boats the ability to dock themselves — a capability that the company is currently working on with a strategic partner.

While the company is currently focusing on providing autonomous systems for commercial vessels, Sea Machines will eventually play a role in making self-driving boat technology for recreational use, Johnson said.

“A lot of folks do not get that good at driving a boat,” said Johnson, who sees an opportunity in using Sea Machines’ technology as an advanced autopilot system for a safer and more predictable boating experience.

“We’re bringing our technology first to the commercial market — which is merchant ships, [tugboats], workboats, utility craft — and then from there we see the progression of this technology adoption from commercial going to recreational,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Eddie V's Plans to Open in Former P.F. Chang's Space at the Prudential Center in Boston]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:19:22 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/Eddie+V%27s+11282+.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a group of high-end steak and seafood restaurants may be expanding to the Back Bay of Boston, and it would be taking over the space where a location of a Chinese restaurant chain had been.

According to a source, Eddie V's is planning to open in the former P.F. Chang's space at the Prudential Center, with a hearing notice showing that a liquor license transfer from the latter to the former is expected to be looked at by the city of Boston on December 6. Eddie V's is a small chain of dining spots based in Austin, TX, that offers such items as oysters, caviar, Alaskan king crab legs, swordfish steak, lobster tails, jumbo shrimp, filet mignon, ribeye, and more.

The Prudential location of P.F. Chang's shut down in March of this year, with the chain's locations at Park Plaza, CambridgeSide in East Cambridge, Legacy Place in Dedham, and the Natick Mall in Natick remaining in operation.

The website for Eddie V's can be found at http://www.eddiev.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
P.F. Chang's at the Prudential Center in Boston Is Closing

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<![CDATA[Johnny D's in Somerville's Davis Square Is Being Demolished]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:24:06 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/johnnyd.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a Somerville institution that shut its doors last year is in the process of officially disappearing from the landscape.

According to several sources, including a tweet from @Jay_K21, the now-closed Johnny D's in Davis Square is being torn down this week, with a photo of the Holland Avenue structure showing that it is blocked off with construction workers shown out front.

A message on the Johnny D's Facebook page says that demolition is scheduled for Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. Some traffic delays are expected.

The club, which closed for good in March of 2016, had been in business for more than 45 years, starting out as a bar then becoming a country music venue before transforming into a renowned music spot and restaurant featuring a variety of local and national acts.

Earlier reports had mentioned that the Johnny D's site could become home to a handful of residential units and possibly a new restaurant or bar, but no specifics have been given of late.

The address for the old Johnny D's space is 17 Holland St.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Johnny D's in Somerville's Davis Square Is Closing
A Restaurant/Bar Could Move into the Former Johnny D's Space in Somerville's Davis Square

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston



Photo Credit: Facebook/Johnny D's]]>
<![CDATA[Pure & Simple: Loyal Nine ]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:01:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/228*120/loyal+9.PNG

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to Loyal 9 in Cambridge to whip up a fun and delicious dish with simple ingredients.

For more information:

Loyal Nine

660 Cambridge Street, East Cambridge, MA 02141

(617) 945 - 2576

www.loyalninecambridge.com/

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<![CDATA[Whole Heart Provisions Plans to Open in Cambridge]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:29:42 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/whole+Heart.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier this month, we reported that an Allston restaurant that has a connection to a group of grilled cheese spots could be expanding to Cambridge's Harvard Square. Now we have learned that a third outlet could be coming to another part of Cambridge.

According to a license commission agenda page within the city's website, Whole Heart Provisions is looking to open on Mass. Ave. in the Central Square/MIT area, joining the original on Cambridge Street in Allston and what could be a second location within Harvard University's Smith Campus Center. The proposed eatery just east of the heart of Central Square would have seating for 37 plus another 22 on a seasonal patio, and based on the menu at the Allston location, it would probably offer vegetarian and vegan fare, including grain and veggie bowls along with street food snacks, kombucha, lemonade, and more.

Whole Heart Provisions first opened in Allston in the fall of 2015, with James DiSabatino (Roxy's Grilled Cheese, A4cade) and Rebecca Arnold (Sarma, Alden & Harlow, Pain D'Avignon, 606 Congress) being behind it. The website for Whole Heart can be found at https://www.wholeheartprovisions.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Whole Heart Provisions Plans to Open in Smith Center in Cambridge's Harvard Square

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<![CDATA[15 Over-the-Top French Toast Dishes In New England]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:21:01 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/NikosAlmondHoney%5B1%5D.jpgHere is a guide to some of the best French toast dishes around New England that’ll be sure to satisfy your craving.


Photo Credit: Hidden Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Pikaichi in Allston Is Closing; May Move to New Location]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:43:17 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/pikaichi.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Japanese restaurant in an unusual location that has been featured by our sister site is shutting down, though it hopes to return in a new location.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Pikaichi in Allston is closing at the end of business hours on Sunday, December 17, with the note saying the following:

"We recently received a notice of a major rent increase from the landlord. After careful consideration, we have discovered that we won't be able to sustain our business with the increased rent. We are planning to relocate Pikaichi. As soon as we know where we are moving to, we will post all the information on Facebook and also on our website."

Pikaichi, which is squeezed into a space between the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 market and its adjacent food court, offers such items as ramen, rice bowls, fried octopus balls, boneless fried chicken, and more. The dining spot has been mentioned in the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site as an under-the-radar place to check out, with the review being found at this link:

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

The address for the soon-to-close Pikaichi is 1 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

Thanks to a couple of sources for bringing this to our attention.

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



Photo Credit: Facebook/Pikaichi]]>
<![CDATA[Carrot Flower to Open in Jamaica Plain]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:44:17 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/carrotflower.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new dining spot that focuses on healthy options is on its way to Jamaica Plain, and one of the people involved comes from an award-winning South End restaurant along with other dining spots.

According to an article in the Jamaica Plain News, Carrot Flower is planning to open on Centre Street, moving into the space where an antiques store called Cobwebs currently resides. The post says that offerings at the upcoming eatery will include salads, vegan soups, customizable acai and pitaya bowls, avocado toast, vegan smoothies, freshly-made nut milks, and health shots such as wheatgrass and turmeric. The founder of Carrot Flower is Audrey White, and she has teamed up with Cheri Clarkin, an industry veteran who has been general manager at Myers + Chang and has also worked at other restaurants including Cunard Tavern in East Boston.

If all goes as planned, Carrot Flower could be opening in the early spring of 2018.

The address for the upcoming Carrot Flower is 703 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

Thanks to Universal Hub for initially bringing this to our attention.

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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



Photo Credit: Facebook/Carrot Flower]]>
<![CDATA['The Color Purple' Cast Gives Back]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:18:41 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000010613973.JPG

“The Color Purple” opened Tuesday night at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre to rave reviews. But it's what they're doing with Rosie’s Place that should get a standing ovation. Click the link for more details. ]]>
<![CDATA[Concord Market Group to Open Concord Market]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:23:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Trail%27s+end+1122.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

The group behind two cafes and a restaurant in the western suburbs of Boston will be opening a market next to one of its cafes.

According to a job post within the bostonchefs.com site, Concord Market Group is opening a retail market just north of Concord Center called Concord Market, with the shop including "high-quality" produce, meats, seafood, and more, as well as prepared foods. An earlier article from the Concord Journal had mentioned that the grocery store will be at the same spot on Lowell Road as Trail's End Cafe (which the group also runs), along with a second Trail's Cafe in the Lincoln Station/Depot area and a restaurant called Lincoln Kitchen, which is also at Lincoln Station.

Based on the Journal article, it appears that Concord Market could open sometime in 2018, but no opening date has been given as of yet.

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[#HubHolidays: Cheddar Scallion Biscuits]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:26:37 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Hub_Holidays_Cheddar_Scallion_Biscuits.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi cooks up delicious cheddar scallion biscuits with Hub viewer Sarah Olson.

Cheddar Scallion Biscuits



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Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups Flour
2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
8 Tbs Butter, cut into pieces
1 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/3 cup Scallions, chopped
1 cup Milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425. Whisk together dry ingredients: Flour, Baking Powder and Salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut Butter into dry ingredients. Cut in until large crumbs are about the size of a pea and the rest look like fine breadcrumbs. (This will ensure flaky biscuits instead of fluffy which is good for plain biscuits, but with the cheddar and scallions in this recipe, a flaky texture is best). Add in Cheddar, Parmesan & Scallions.

Add milk and mix with a spatula until dry ingredients are just moistened. Do not over mix. Using two large soup spoons, form golf ball sized scoops of batter - then drop onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until the bottoms brown, about 10-12 mins. Serve hot with softened butter.

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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Recipes With College Inn]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:27:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Thanksgiving_Recipes_With_College_Inn.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi cooks up a delicious Thanksgiving meal with her family using recipes with College Inn (Sponsored).



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<![CDATA[Giving Thanks]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:49:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Giving_Thanks.jpg

The Hub Today's Colton Bradford hits the streets of Boston to find out what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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<![CDATA[Blue Canoe Cafe to Open in Marblehead]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:23:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/205*120/Blue+Canoe+1122.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

Last week, we reported that what had been a trio of North Shore cafes was down to just one, as its Marblehead location had announced its closure. Now we have learned that a new cafe will be taking over that space.

According to a Facebook post from OctoCog, Blue Canoe Cafe is moving into the former Atomic Cafe space on School Street, with a post from the upcoming spot saying that it will offer freshly-baked goods, sandwiches, and smoothies along with "strong" coffee. No opening date has been given for the place as of yet, with a sign out front simply saying "coming soon," so keep checking back for updates as they come in.

In addition to the closing of its Marblehead location, Atomic Cafe recently shut down its Newburyport shop as well, leaving the business with only one retail outlet (in Beverly). Its roasting operation--which does not include a retail store--is located in Salem.

The address for this upcoming cafe in Marblehead is: Blue Canoe Cafe, 14 School Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945.

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

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Atomic Cafe Announces Closure of Its Marblehead Location; Sole Remaining Shop in Beverly Remains Open

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<![CDATA[City Winery Opens in Boston]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:34:28 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/174*120/City+Winery+2+1122.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A long-awaited restaurant, bar, and music spot has finally opened in Boston.

According to a Twitter post from @BostonTweet (and confirmed by the place), City Winery is now open at the One Canal Street luxury apartment development in the Haymarket Square area of the city. A Vanyaland article mentions that the new spot includes two performance spaces (one big and one small), a restaurant and bar area, and a small art gallery, and each performance space has its own bar as well.

As mentioned earlier here, the person behind City Winery is music promoter Michael Dorf, who also founded a venue called the Knitting Factory in New York back in the 1980s. (The Knitting Factory now has locations in Brooklyn, Boise, and Spokane.)

The address for City Winery is 1 Canal Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.citywinery.com/


More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
City Winery Plans to Come to Boston

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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<![CDATA[Verts Is Now Noon Mediterranean]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:35:05 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/242*120/noon+1121.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

An Austin-born group of restaurants with three locations in Boston has a new name.

According to an article from Eater Austin, Verts has changed its name to Noon Mediterranean because, as co-owner and founder Michael Heyne indicates, customers didn't understand the name "Verts" which apparently refers to doner kebabs (an item that isn't even on their menu anymore), while "Noon" refers to both lunchtime and--in Farsi--bread. Eater mentions that this is the second name change for the chain, as it used to be called VertsKebap.

Noon/Verts, which focuses on "fresh and customizable" Mediterranean fare including salads, bowls, and pitas, currently has three locations in Boston--the Back Bay, the Financial District, and Downtown Crossing. The website for Noon (whose main office is now in New York) can be found at http://www.eatnoon.com/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

Note: Please join the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook Group Page to get more info on dining spots and also chat with others about Boston-area restaurants.

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<![CDATA[Harvesting Cranberries in Carver]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:59:56 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Harvesting_Cranberries_in_Carver.jpg

The Hub Today's Colton Bradford heads to Carver where he learns how to harvest cranberries just in time for Thanksgiving.

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<![CDATA[The Perfect Turkey]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:16:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/The_Perfect_Turkey.jpg

Sara Gore heads to Saveur Magazine to get some turkey tips from Food Editor Ben Mims.

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<![CDATA[Colin Donnell Previews Next Exciting Season of 'Chicago Med']]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:51:27 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000010581473.JPG

Colin Donnell of "Chicago Med" shares some details about the upcoming season and has a bite to eat at a local favorite.]]>
<![CDATA[La Siesta in Winthrop to Open New Location in Peabody]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:44:14 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/205*120/La+Siesta+1120.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Mexican restaurant that our sister site has featured as an under-the-radar spot to check out is going to be opening a new location.

According to a source, La Siesta in Winthrop is planning to open in Peabody, with a Salem News article stating that it will be moving into a building in the downtown area that is in the process of being redeveloped. The post says that in addition to La Siesta, Brodie's Pub will also be moving into the Main Street building as well, with its space being a larger one than its old location which is a block away on Lowell Street. Based on the Salem News article, it appears that this is a second location of La Siesta rather than a move, and that the new spot could be opening in three months or possibly a bit less if all goes as planned.

La Siesta has been mentioned on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site as a hidden place to go to for Mexican cuisine, with the review being found at the following link:

http://hiddenboston.com/LaSiesta.html

The address for the new location of La Siesta will be 1 Main Street, Peabody, MA, 01960; the website for the original location in Winthrop can be found at http://www.lasiestarestaurante.com/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Some of the Best Buffalo Wings in the US Are in New England]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:10:42 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/buffalo+wings2.jpg

You don’t have to travel very far to get some of the country’s best Buffalo wings.

Three of the top 25 wings are right here in New England, according to The Daily Meal, a national food website.

Gritty McDuff's, with brew pubs in Portland, Freeport and Auburn, Maine, came in at No. 10 on The Daily Meal's "America's 25 Best Buffalo Wings" list. The food website says the wings are available in a handful of sauces and dry rubs "but these guys know that you don't need to rely on crazy sauces to let the wings shine."

Delaney's Hole in the Wall in North Conway, New Hampshire, sits at No. 5. The Daily Meal said its wings are "Crispy and tossed in a perfectly balanced sauce," and have consistently been rated among New England's best.

The highest ranked New England location is J. Timothy's Taverne in Plainville, Connecticut, at No. 2. The restaurant serves more than 200 tons of wings per year, and invented the so-called "Dirt Style" wing, where the sauce is added before and after the wings are fried.

Upstate New York’s Duff’s Famous Wings ranks as the best in the nation. Even former President Barack Obama has paid this eatery a visit.



Photo Credit: AP/File]]>
<![CDATA[Tuscan Kitchen Opens in Boston's Seaport District]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:46 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/tuscan.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A long-awaited new location of a local group of Italian restaurants has officially arrived.

As reported earlier here, Tuscan Kitchen opens today in Boston's Seaport District, with the second-floor dining spot at the One Seaport Development having nearly 15,000 square feet of space that includes spacious dining areas, a wine bar, an espresso bar, and a private dining area. The menu at the new eatery offers house-made bread and pasta dishes along with a variety of meat and seafood options and more, and a wine bar on the premises includes a large number of Italian wines.

Initially, it was thought that the new location of Tuscan Kitchen in the Seaport District might also include a section dedicated to their retail outlet called Tuscan Market, but this is not the case, instead being much like the Burlington location which only has a restaurant. (The locations in Salem, NH, and Portsmouth, NH include Tuscan Market.)

The website for Tuscan Kitchen (and Tuscan Market) can be found at http://www.tuscanbrands.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market to Open in Boston's Seaport District

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston



Photo Credit: Facebook/Tuscan Kitchen]]>
<![CDATA[Donuts With a Difference Wins Best Doughnut Shop Tourney]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:13:10 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/donut-bracket-th.jpg

Doughnuts are a way of life in Massachusetts. They’re a tasty treat and a way to bond with family, co-workers and friends.

From global chains, to nationally recognized craft doughnut shops, to local spots that still roll the dough by hand, Massachusetts has it all when it comes to donuts.

We started with sixteen of the most beloved doughnut shops in the state. After four rounds of fierce competition, Donuts With a Difference in Medford has won “The Best Doughnut Shop in Massachusetts Tournament!" 

Thank you to all the shops that participated, and to you for voting!


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<![CDATA[Snappy Ramen in Somerville's Davis Square Has Closed]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:43:12 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/218*120/ramen713.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An Asian restaurant in Somerville that was rebranded a few years ago has closed, but it will reopen in a nearby space--and it will be rebranded once again.

According to a Facebook post from Youji Iwakura of Snappy Ramen, tonight is the last night for the Davis Square restaurant, as it will be reopening on November 25 as Snappy Kitchen. We reported earlier that the dining spot was planning to move from its current home on Highland Avenue to a new--and larger--space on Elm Street where iYo Bistro had been, and it appears that this is still the case, though it wasn't known at the time that this would also be a rebranding.

Snappy Sushi first opened in Davis Square in 2009, changing its name to Snappy Ramen in 2013; the original Snappy Sushi first opened on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay in 2008 and remains in operation.

The address for the now-closed Snappy Ramen is 420 Highland Avenue, while the new address for Snappy Kitchen will be 234 Elm Street.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Snappy Ramen in Somerville's Davis Square Looking to Move to Former iYo Bistro Space

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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<![CDATA[Trillium Beer Garden Returning, Cava Eyes Back Bay Location]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:48:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/Trillium3.jpg

This week's Restaurant Roundup includes the return of a popular beer spot, Mediterranean fare and Mongolian barbecue.

Photo Credit: Trillium Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Your Guide to 2017 Holiday Events in Massachusetts]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:56:07 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tuba1.jpg

The holiday season is here and with it dozens of great events to ring in the cheer. We took a look at what’s happening throughout the state over the next several weeks. From family-friendly events, lots of holiday lights and even some Broadway shows, NBC Boston has you covered when it comes to holiday fun.

Adams

The Tinseliner, a 1950s American Christmas Experience in Adams takes you on a themed train ride celebrating and evoking the nostalgia of Christmas circa 1955. It even includes a visit from Santa Claus. Each round-trip ride is one hour. Tickets are $16 for children ages 4 to 14 and $20 per adult. Nov. 24 to Dec. 17. Adams Passenger Station, 3 Hoosac St. across from the Adams Visitor’s Center Adams.

Attleboro

The 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine shine daily Thursday, Nov. 23 through New Year’s Day. This magnificent display features 300,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres. Daily, 5 to 9 p.m.

Boston

Boston Winter Skating Path and Holiday Market returns to City Hall Plaza turning it into a winter wonderland. Lace up those skates at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, a custom-designed pathway weaving around the main stage and marquee Boston sign at City Hall Plaza. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Feb. 25. While you’re there, enjoy the Holiday Market featuring wide variety of local and international gifts, good and food. Attractions this year include a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and Vinopolis, an interactive wine and beer experience. The Holiday Market runs through Dec. 31. Daily. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston.

Faneuil Hall Thanksgiving Movie Special: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Catch the Thanksgiving classic "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" outdoors at Faneuil Hall to get in the holiday spirit as part of its special programming Nov. 18 through Jan. 1 at 5 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St., Boston.

Catch the 15th annual Lighting of Christopher Columbus Park’s Holiday Trellis Monday, Nov. 20. Hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, this event transforms the park into a holiday wonderland when the park’s 260 feet of trellis are set aglow with 50,000 blue lights along with 14 decorated trees near Tia’s, the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel and throughout the park. 5 p.m., Christopher Columbus Park, Boston.

It isn’t the holiday season without performances of Boston Ballet’s "The Nutcracker." This holiday favorite returns to the Boston Opera House for its sixth season Nov. 24 through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $101. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

The season is open for Ice Skating on Frog Pond right in the heart of the Boston Common. Lockers, skate sharpening and skating aids are also available. Admission is based on skater’s height: 58 inches and over is $6, under 58 inches if free. Daily seven days a week (hours vary). Boston Common.

The 14th Annual South End Holiday Market returns for its 14th year on Saturday, Nov. 25. The best of New England comes together under one roof for this annual event. Enjoy unique, handmade goods from more than 70 of the region’s top artisans, designers and food makers. Admission is $5. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley St., Boston.

The 32nd Annual Boston Tuba Christmas returns to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Saturday, Nov. 25. An estimated 150 to 200 tuba players will serenade the crowd outdoors with holiday favorites at the West End of the Marketplace. 2 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St., Boston.

"ELF The Musical" returns to Boston Nov. 28 through Dec. 10 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. Starring George Wendt as Santa, this is a hilarious, holiday tale the whole family will enjoy. Tickets start at $37. 7 p.m., 270 Tremont St., Boston.

An all-new Blink! Light and Sound Show comes to Faneuil Hall this season, lighting up the marketplace from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. Come visit the largest tree in the northeast adorned with decorations and sparkling lights synchronized to music. Nightly, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St., Boston.

Head on over to the 11th Annual North End Holiday Stroll where you can celebrate the holidays while shopping local throughout the festively decorated streets of the North End. Friday, Dec. 1, 6 to 11 p.m., Boston’s North End.

Mayor Walsh’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting is a Boston holiday tradition. Trolley tours take you to various Boston neighborhoods for holiday tree lightings. The tour takes place Dec. 1, 2 and 3 in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

The Holiday Lights Trolley Tour takes you on a trolley ride to some of Boston’s best holiday spots. Visit residential lighting displays, the famous lights of Somerville and of course light displays at: Boston Common, Rose Kennedy Greenway Winter Lights, Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Ave. Mall Lights, and Copley Square Tree Lights. Plus a stop at Faneuil Hall for this 2017 light show and more. Dec. 1 to 30. Tickets start at $65. Trolleys depart from the Pour House, 907 Boylston St., Boston.

The Holiday Pops 2017 is one of the most popular traditions of the season. Enjoy performances filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-along and a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets start at $33. Dec. 2 to 24. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.

The annual family event, Swedish Yuletide attracts thousands each year and is the largest Scandinavian event in New England. All in a festive holiday setting, enjoy Swedish styled food and pastries, and, of course, glögg, the hot spicy beverage of the season. While you’re there grab some holiday gifts from the many vendors also on hand. Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" the musical brings the television classic to the stage at Boston’s Shubert Theatre. The show runs Dec. 14 to 17 and tickets start at $38. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston.

Buzzards Bay

The Train to Christmas Town 2017 runs Nov. 18 through Dec. 27. Enjoy elves dancing in the aisles leading a sing-along of favorite Christmas songs, while you enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Once you get to Christmas Town, enjoy views of the magical lighted town before Santa and his elves climb aboard to greet each child with a gift. Weekends with trains departing at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $44. Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main St., Buzzards Bay.

Carver

Edaville Family Theme Park’s Annual Christmas Festival of Lights returns with more than 18 million lights illuminating the park, plus admission includes Thomas Land, as well as all rides and attractions. Tickets are $27 to $37. Friday, Nov. 17 to Monday, Jan. 1, 5 Pine St., Carver.

Foxborough

Take to the ice all season long at Winter Skate at Patriot Place. Open daily. $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. 4 to 8 p.m., 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Lowell

"A Christmas Carol" returns to the Merrimack Repertory Theatre for the first time in 21 years as Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of your characters come to life on stage. The show runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24. Tickets start at $15. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell.

Nantucket

Nantucket Christmas Stroll Weekend 2017 is Dec. 1 to 3. For more than 40 years, residents and visitors come to enjoy hundreds of decorated, seven-food Christmas trees lining downtown streets. Enjoy carolers in costume at various downtown locations, along with live entertainment, craft shows, performances, tours, exhibitions and special dinners at island restaurants.

Stoneham

Zoolights returns at the Stone Zoo Nov. 24 through Dec. 31. Stroll along tree-lined paths lit with holiday lights for this annual event. New this year, guests can also visit black bears Smokey and Bubba in their festively decorated area around their exhibit, while also strolling through Yukon Creek to see bald eagles, Canada lynx, as well as arctic foxes and reindeer. Tickets are $10 for adults ($9 for members), $9 for seniors ($8 for members), children $8 ($7 for members) and children under 2 are free. Daily 5 to 9 p.m. (closed Christmas Day). Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Waltham

ChristmasTime 2017 with the Reagle Music Theatre returns for its annual tradition Dec. 2 to 10. Enjoy numbers like the Teddy Bears’ Ballet, “Christmas on the Common,” the Parade of the Wooden Soldier (performed with special permission from Radio City Music Hall and a visit from Santa. The production ends with a Living Nativity. Tickets start at $32. Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham.

Wellesley

Wellesley’s Festival of Trees and Snow Village runs Nov. 24 through Dec. 10. Come see trees in all their holiday finest and vote for the winning tree. While you’re there also enjoy the decorated grounds and buildings on a stroll or a horse-drawn carriage ride. There are also visits from Santa and other childrens’ activities. Admission is $10. Children under 11 are free. The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St., Wellesley.

Did we miss your favorite holiday event? Email us at web@nbcuni.com and we'll add it to our list. 



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<![CDATA[10 Outrageous Breakfast Dishes in the Boston Area]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:24:45 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/MadHatterPuffPastry%5B1%5D.jpgHere are some of our favorite breakfast dishes in the Boston area.

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<![CDATA[Cybersecurity Firm Getting Swanky New HQ Next to TD Garden]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:50:34 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/rapid7.jpg

Cybersecurity company Rapid7 announced it is moving its Boston headquarters from the Financial District to become the anchor tenant at The Hub on Causeway, a large, uptown mixed-use development that is being built adjacent to TD Garden.The company said on Thursday that it plans to consolidate its 100 Summer St. headquarters and its 1 Main St. office in Cambridge to a 147,000-square-foot office in The Hub, with a move-in date currently expected in the second half of 2019.

Once completed, the new office will give Rapid7 a swanky, outward appearance on Causeway Street, where it will have one large sign and a smaller sign on the building, according to a rendering provided by the company. The company said the new office will allow it to continue growing its headcount and “create a showcase for innovation.” Since it moved into its 100 Summer St. headquarters in 2014, the company has more than doubled its global headcount to more than 1,000 employees, with 500 working locally.

“We believe The Hub will offer us the room we need to grow and help spur a new innovation center in Boston amid the escalating costs of the Seaport and Cambridge,” Corey Thomas, CEO of Rapid7, said in a statement. “For us, the decision to move our headquarters is about creating a phenomenal work experience for our Boston-area employees while continuing to invest in the Boston community and the exceptional talent pool it develops.”

A spokeswoman for Rapid7 told BostInno that the company has roughly 90,000 square feet of office space between its current offices in Boston and Cambridge. She added that the company is not sharing any specific hirings plans with this announcement.

According to Bldup, The Hub will consist of 1.87 million square feet of retail, hotel and residential space across the property, which will include three towers. The first phase of The Hub’s construction is slated to finish in late 2018.



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:40:33 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/cts.png

The Hub Today's Romeo heads to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm to help find homes for animals in need.

For more information on these animals visit:

MSPCA- Nevins Farm


400 Broadway Methuen, MA 01844

(978) 687-7453 x 6101



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<![CDATA['The Color Purple' Comes to Boston]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:45:42 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/_The_Color_Purple__Comes_to_Boston.jpg

The Tony award winning Broadway hit “The Color Purple” is coming to Boston. Erica Mansfield introduces us to one of the leads and learns about the show’s collaboration with Rosie’s Place.




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<![CDATA[Inside Look at Wayfair’s Bet on Virtual & Augmented Reality]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:38:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Wayfair+Screenshot.png

Sept. 19, 2017, was a big day for Wayfair, but it was an even more significant day for one team in particular at the Boston-based ecommerce company.

For more than two years, the team and its members had been hard at work on an augmented reality app that would aim to solve a significant challenge for the online seller of home goods. By using a smartphone or tablet’s camera, the app could help customers visualize furniture and decor inside their homes with a 3D representation that would appear in front of them on the floor, as if it were really there.

The occasion for this particular Wayfair team was that the AR app would finally become available to the company’s largest audience yet: anyone who had an iPhone or iPad with Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 11. Before that, the AR app was only available commercially through two Android phones that had special hardware capabilities.

“It’s another rung in the ladder of how you get to where people say, ‘oh my gosh, there’s an overwhelming amount of benefits to shopping online,'” Steve Conine, Wayfair co-founder and co-chairman, told BostInno at a recent office visit.

A bet that began two years ago

The team behind the new AR app is called Wayfair Next, and it was established two years ago, as first reported by BostInno, as a new research and development initiative that would focus on AR, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies.

When Mike Festa, the director of Wayfair Next, joined the ecommerce company in 2013, he had taken a job as a software engineer working on its warehouse management system. But one of the reasons he joined the company in the first place was because he knew VR could serve as a potential solution to Wayfair’s visualization problem. Festa had been an early adopter of VR, having been one of the first 20 people to order an early prototype of the Oculus Rift headset from its inventor, Palmer Luckey, before it became a hit on Kickstarter.

“I think consumer adoption of those devices will take a lot longer.”

“I see VR as a tool of the future,” Festa said. “Right now it’s still a novelty and it’s primarily used in gaming, but I think it has a lot of potential to give people this kind of inspirational conceptualization of space.”

When Wayfair Next first started in November 2015, it felt like VR and AR were far out from mass adoption. Oculus, which Facebook acquired in 2014, was still a few months from away releasing its first Rift headset. Pokemon GO, the location-based AR game for smartphones, wouldn’t come out until the next summer and introduce the world to the concept of AR.

Since then, Facebook, Sony and smartphone manufacturer HTC have all released their own VR headsets. However, while VR headset sales fell below expectations for 2016 and companies have been making course corrections in the space, AR is starting to show more potential. A large part of that is because of Apple’s new iOS11 operating system and Google’s plan to enable AR in millions of Android devices with its own software solution next year. Research firm Digi-Capital estimates that mobile AR could reach 900 million active users by the end of next year while VR’s market potential has diminished.

For Wayfair, that means its big bet on AR is finally starting to pay off while the company’s VR applications won’t see a broader impact for some time. Last year, the company released a free app for the Oculus Rift called Patio Playground, where users could arrange furniture on a virtual patio, but it felt more like a demonstration than something that customers would often use.

“I think consumer adoption of those devices will take a lot longer,” Conine, the company’s co-founder, said of VR. “Every holiday season you’ll have people get them for gaming, for entertainment, and some amount of users will try our experiences and use those tools.”

Conine said he could imagine a scenario where VR stations are set up at physical locations to help people visualize different home designs. Wayfair’s VR applications could also help interior designers provide new ways for their clients to imagine a space.

AR and VR lead to more opportunities

The foundation for Wayfair Next was based on VR and AR prototypes Festa built during company hackathons over the summers of 2014 and 2015, respectively. When Festa was working on his AR app in 2015, Conine said, the co-founder and co-chairman was experimenting with room scanning equipment and creating photorealistic renderings of Wayfair’s products — which would serve as an important component of the company’s VR and AR applications. They would also open pathways to new uses.

“Now that we’ve created this 3D content pipeline we’re able to take advantage of it throughout the organization.”

Wayfair Next has its own dedicated room for taking high-resolution photos of products, which then get turned into photorealistic renderings using the same kind of software tools used in the gaming and entertainment industries. The company also has similar studios at its Westborough, Mass., office and at one of its warehouses in Hebron, Ky., with a separate 3D visualization team that is now close to 100 employees.

Using a process called photogrammetry, Wayfair creates 3D representations of its products by placing an item on a turntable and taking hundreds of photos of the item from all angles using a 3D scanning rig that is armed with multiple DSLR cameras. From those photos, the company employs software to reconstruct the geometry of each item and add photorealistic textures. The result is that these 3D models can be almost indistinguishable from their real-life counterparts.

“Now that we’ve created this 3D content pipeline we’re able to take advantage of it throughout the organization,” Festa said.

This includes using the models to create life-like renderings for Wayfair’s website and catalogs that could be mistaken for actual photos. Festa said this gives the company more flexibility than traditional photography would in swapping out products or changing the style of the photos depending on the customer’s interest.

The company provides third-party developers with open access to 10,000 of its 3D models through an API released last year. One example of a company using the API is TrueScale, a VR interior design tool. The company is also using its models for a custom upholstery project and a room planning tool in development.

“If you’re an early enabler, you will benefit down the road from whatever direction the industry goes,” Conine said of the company’s 3D model strategy.

The future of Wayfair Next

When the Wayfair Next team was first established two years ago, it only had three members. It has since grown to 11, but the total number of Wayfair employees touching the team’s work has ballooned dramatically. To bring AR into Wayfair’s iOS11 app, for instance, it took employees across 10 teams, including search tech, customer experience and product media.

“If you got a space and you want to know what’s going to fit there, we can enable that so you can search by volume.”

While Wayfair’s AR feature is only a couple months old on Apple devices, the company is already receiving positive reception for how it can help customers. The company will measure its success based on sales and engagement.

“It’s still the early days for ongoing metrics we’re trying to collect, but we definitely see high engagement with the feature,” Festa said, “and from in-person demos and surveys, the feedback is always really enthusiastic."

As for what’s next for the team, Festa said the company wants to build off its visual search feature, which also came out of a company hackathon and lets people search for products by taking photos, and put an AR spin on it. Instead of taking photos to find visually similar products, Festa said this new AR feature would let customers search for products based on the size of open space available in the home.

“If you got a space and you want to know what’s going to fit there, we can enable that so you can search by volume,” he said. He added that the company is also looking into how it can use visual tools to understand a customer’s taste in design.

On a broader level, Conine said the company is making large investments in transportation, shipping, logistics and warehousing. The goal is to make shopping on Wayfair so convenient and low-risk that customers don’t go anywhere else.

“We’re finally at the scale where we can afford to do it, it makes sense to do and we can do it nationally,” Conine said. “We think it will be a real game changer over the next several years in terms of how our shoppers think about us and why they love to shop with us time and again.”

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<![CDATA[The Comedy Studio Is Moving to Bow Market in Somerville]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:28:44 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*137/Comedy+studio+1115.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A few months ago, we reported that a legendary comedy club in Cambridge was closing down and looking for a new home. Now we have learned that it will be moving to an upcoming development in Somerville.

According to an article from Cambridge Day, the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square is leaving its current location above the Hong Kong Restaurant on Mass. Ave. at the end of the year and plans to open in the spring of 2018 at the Bow Market between Somerville Avenue and Bow Street in Union Square. The comedy club will join a number of other businesses coming to the development--which is currently under construction--including vendors at more than 30 stalls as well as a brewery called Remnant Brewing. (The stalls will include Jaju Pierogi, Maca Macaronerie, Buenas, North South, and more.)

The Comedy Studio, which is leaving Harvard Square in part due to rising rents, has helped launched the careers of some big names since opening in the mid-1990s, including Bill Burr and Emma Willmann, and it has also hosted such well-known comedians as Sarah Silverman and Colin Jost over the years.

The website for the Comedy Studio can be found at http://www.thecomedystudio.com/

Thanks to @Fara1 for bringing this to our attention.

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The Comedy Studio Above the Hong Kong Restaurant in Cambridge's Harvard Square Is Leaving Its Space

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<![CDATA[Hulun Beir May Be Expanding to Somerville and Malden]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:49:13 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Hulen+Beir+1115.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An international group of Mongolian barbecue/hot pot restaurants whose first U.S. location is in the heart of Boston may expand to two other locations in the local area.

Eater Boston is reporting that Hulun Beir on Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill is planning to open on Holland Street in Somerville's Davis Square along with another at an undisclosed space in Malden. The website for the business shows no mention of the Somerville outlet, but it does say that the Malden restaurant is currently under construction. Based on the menu at the Boston location of Hulun Beir, expect to see such items as BBQ shrimp, lamb kebabs, chicken wings, pork sausage, seafood hot pot, picked cabbage hot pot, fish dumplings, pork meat pie, scallion pancakes, beef noodle soup, and more at the upcoming dining spots.

Another location of Hulun Beir can be found in Pasadena, CA, while others are located overseas.

The website for Hulun Beir can be found at http://www.hulunbeir.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Cava Gets Approval to Open in Boston's Back Bay]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:30:22 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/245*120/Cava+1115.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing group of Mediterranean dining spots based in Washington, D.C. is one step closer to opening a location in one of the busiest parts of Boston.

Universal Hub is reporting that Cava has gotten approval from the city to open in the Back Bay, taking over the space on Boylston Street where Sugar Heaven had been until closing down this spring. The post mentions that the upcoming eatery will have an outdoor patio during the warmer months, and based on its other locations, its menu will likely include such items as tabbouleh, hummus, feta, falafel, spicy lamb meatballs, and grilled chicken as well as soups and grain bowls.

Other locations of Cava are slated for the Fenway area, Legacy Place in Dedham, and the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean eatery in the Back Bay is: Cava, 669 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

Earlier Posts
Washington, D.C.-based Cava to Expand to Boston
Cava to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

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

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<![CDATA[PURR Cat Cafe in Brighton Has Opened]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:38:20 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cat_cafe_opens_in_brighton.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

After a long and at-times wild ride, Boston's very first cat cafe has become reality.

According to a Facebook post from the place, PURR Cat Cafe in Brighton is now open, with the note saying that the Inspectional Services Department has confirmed that the place has the proper licensing to open and that it has four cats onsite at this point in time. A reservations page for PURR shows that the price of admission is $15 for one hour, though it is not known exactly what is included for the fee.

More information will likely be coming, but for now, Boston is officially home to a cafe cafe.

The address for PURR is 167 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135. Its website can be found at https://www.purrcatcafe.com/>

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<![CDATA[Celeste to Open in Somerville's Union Square]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:47:49 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Goya-Ceviche-de-Camaron.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A new Peruvian restaurant is on its way to one of the hottest parts of Somerville, and it will also focus on being a space for the arts, community events, and more.

Eater Boston is reporting that Celeste is planning to open in Union Square, moving into the space on Bow Street that had been home to an acupuncture clinic. The article says that the people behind the spot--JuanMa Calderon, Maria Rondeau, and Paola Ibarra--hope to make the restaurant a creative space for artistic collaboration as well, with guest artists, live podcasts, and the sharing of music playlists by patrons all being part of the plans. EB mentions that Celeste will include a seating capacity of 24, a bar overlooking an open kitchen, and beer, wine, and cocktails offered along with such food options as slow-cooked stew, ceviche, and specials such as octopus and mussels.

If all goes as planned, Celeste could be opening as early as February of 2018, though a specific opening date has not been given as of yet.

The address for this upcoming spot in Union Square is: Celeste, 21 Bow Street, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its website will be at http://areaceleste.com

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<![CDATA[North Shore Lobster Company Coming to Peabody]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:50:43 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/Seawitch.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another longtime Route 1 restaurant is going away, and it will be replaced by a brand new spot.

According to a Facebook post from OctoCog, Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Peabody is going to become North Shore Lobster Company, with the new place being under different ownership. The post says of the new spot (which will apparently open after some renovations to the space), "...additional focus will be given to the market which will add prepared foods to the fresh whole fish and lobster they already sell." No menu for North Shore Lobster Company has been seen as of yet, so keep checking back for updates.

Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a seafood restaurant and fish market that has been in business for at least a half century and is joining a number of old-school spots along Route 1 that have closed over recent years, including Hilltop Steak House, Weylu's, The Ship, and Route 1 Miniature Golf.

The address for Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar (and the upcoming North Shore Lobster Company) is 203 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960.

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

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Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Seafood Dishes from Boston-Area and New England Restaurants

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<![CDATA[3 Amigos Plans to Open in Former Fuloon Space in Malden]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:51:10 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/mexican-food.jpg

A Mexican restaurant with a familiar name is replacing an industry and media favorite for Chinese food--though it looks like there is no connection to the other Mexican dining spot.

According to a source, 3 Amigos is planning to open in Malden Center, taking over the space on Main Street where Fuloon had been until closing this summer. Another source--The Passionate Foodie--confirms this, while an earlier licensing board page shows that the people behind it are Dave Castro (who was working at Tony C's and Temazcal at the time of the meeting with the city) and Francisco Portillo. A restaurant in neighboring Stoneham is also called Three Amigos, but the owner of that spot is Byron Arbizu and the two restaurants do not seem to have any kind of affiliation.

Fuloon, which first opened approximately 10 years ago, was known in part for its spicy Sichuan dishes, with Boston Magazine awarding it best Chinese restaurant in 2009 while Serious Eats once said it was "probably Boston's most well-known best-kept secret."

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Malden Center is: 3 Amigos, 375 Main Street, Malden, MA, 02148.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Fuloon in Malden Has Closed



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<![CDATA[Tavistock Group Purchases Commercial Wharf Property on the Boston Waterfront]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:55:36 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/168*120/abe+lou+1115.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An investment firm that is the parent company of a number of restaurants in the Boston area and elsewhere has bought a property on the waterfront that faces one of its dining spots.

NorthEndWaterfront.com is reporting (via Banker & Tradesman) that Tavistock Group has purchased 88-91 Commercial Wharf, which sits across from Joe's American Bar & Grill (and Top Catch above Joe's) and which burned in a fire back in 2011. It is not known exactly what the company has in mind for the property, though Tavistock's website says that they have a "complex redevelopment plan" in the works that includes the Joe's/Top Catch space apparently being redeveloped and new walkways and public spaces connecting Commercial Wharf Pier to Christopher Columbus Park. Banker & Tradesman quotes Tavistock Restaurant Collection Chairman Charles B. Lewis as saying "We have an incredible opportunity to elevate the experience at this restaurant location, the Commercial Wharf pier and the historic Christopher Columbus Park."

In addition to Joe's American Bar & Grill and Top Catch on the waterfront (and five other locations of Joe's in Massachusetts and Connecticut), Tavistock also runs Abe & Louie's and Atlantic Fish in Boston's Back Bay, Coach Grill in Wayland, and other dining spots outside of the area. The website for Tavistock can be found at http://www.tavistock.com/

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<![CDATA[Porto Maltese to Open in Brookline's Washington Square]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:58:37 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/Porto+1115.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A few months ago, we reported that an upscale Brookline restaurant was closing and that a new seafood spot was looking to take over the space. Now we have learned a bit more about the upcoming eatery that is moving in.

According to an article from Wicked Local and the Brookline TAB, Porto Maltese is planning to open in the Washington Square space where The Fireplace had been until closing at the end of August, with owner Zachary Ostrer offering Mediterranean seafood dishes (with a nod to Eastern European fare) at the Beacon Street restaurant while the place will also offer organic foods and be green certified. The post mentions that it looks like the new spot could be open around the end of December if all goes as planned.

The Fireplace, which first opened 16 years ago, was known in part for its regional fare as well as its catering operation. The restaurant was looking at possibly closing around the end of 2014 to make way for a location of Pepe's Pizza, but those plans fell through and The Fireplace remained open until this summer.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean seafood restaurant in Washington Square is: Porto Maltese, 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
The Fireplace in Brookline's Washington Square Is Closing

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<![CDATA[Som Tum Modern Thai Cuisine Comes to West Roxbury]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:07:21 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/291*120/Sontum.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Thai restaurant that had been in business for more than six years has shut down, and another Thai spot has replaced it.

Universal Hub is reporting that Som Tum Modern Thai Cuisine is now open in West Roxbury, moving into the Centre Street space where Sticky Rice had been. An Eater Boston article mentions that the name "Som Tum" comes from a Thai dish--green papaya salad--that is a staple of Thai cuisine, while the menu at the new place includes that dish as well as such items as shumai, wonton soup, curry puffs, fried rice, mango curry, steamed fish options, basil pad Thai, drunken noodle, and more.

Sticky Rice first opened in March of 2011, replacing a Middle Eastern eatery called The King.

The address for Som Tum Modern Thai Cuisine is 1894 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132. Its website can be found at https://www.somtummodernthaicuisine.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Distraction Brewing Company Plans to Open in Roslindale]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:12:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/261*120/Distraction.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like yet another brewery may be on its way to Boston, though details are few at this point in time.

According to a post from Universal Hub, Distraction Brewing Company is planning to open in Roslindale, moving into the space on Belgrade Avenue where Select Cafe and Emack & Bolio's had been. This follows a Facebook post from Roslindale Village Main Street that says "We're excited to share that 2 Belgrade Avenue...has been leased to a brand new brewery that plans on opening in Spring 2018! The owners will be at the Roslindale Holiday Market on Birch Street to share more information about their project and their beer."

Currently, very little is known about Distraction Brewing Company, though a Facebook page for the company has been set up.

As soon as we find out more about this upcoming brewery, we will post an update here.

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

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<![CDATA[From Fire Truck to Food Truck]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:52:05 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000010414415.JPG

Food trucks are everywhere, but have you seen one made out of a fire truck? Revere Fire Lt. Kevin Doherty bought an antique 1968 fire truck and converted it into 3rd Alarm Wood Fired Pizza.]]>
<![CDATA[Butternut Squash Ravioli at Cinquecento]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:53:18 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Butternut_Squash_Ravioli_at_Cinquecento.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to Cinquecento in Boston's South End to cook up a Thanksgiving appetizer with a New England twist.



For more information visit:

Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

500 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02118


(617) 338-9500




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<![CDATA[Igloos Return to The Lookout Bar in Boston's Seaport District]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:36:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/igloo7.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A rooftop hotel bar in Boston's Seaport District is set up once again for the colder months, bringing back a rather unusual concept that had been in place for a short time earlier this year.

According to a web page from the spot, The Lookout at the Envoy Hotel has its "igloos" back in place from now until April of 2018, and as was the case over the past winter, they are heated and lit and with room for eight to ten people. The page says that blankets are provided for extra warmth, and that customers simply have to press a button which illuminates the igloo to get the attention of a server. A total of six igloos are set up at The Lookout, with hours being 4:00 PM through 10:00 PM Wednesday through Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis.

The page mentions that only drinks are offered in the igloos at this point in time, but that The Outlook downstairs offers food to patrons.

The address for The Lookout (along with The Outlook and the Envoy Hotel) is 70 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

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Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen More Outdoor Dining Areas In the Greater Boston Area and Beyond

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<![CDATA[Holy Cannoli: North End's Best Italian Pastries]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:59:54 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Holy_Cannoli.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to the North End to try some of the best Italian pastries in town.

For more information visit:

Gelateria & Cannoli Factory

272 Hanover St, Boston MA 02113

(617) 720-4243

Maria's Pastry Shop

46 Cross St, Boston MA 02113

(617) 523-1196

Modern Pastry

257 Hanover Street, Boston MA 02113

(617) 523-3783


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<![CDATA[Rosie's Bakery at The Street in Chestnut Hill Is Closing]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:54:59 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Rosie+1113.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

An iconic bakery that has been in business for several decades is shutting down, and a bagel shop will be replacing it.

According to a press release, Rosie's Bakery at The Street in Chestnut Hill is closing after 42 years in business, and The Bagel Table will be moving into the space and featuring OMG! Bagels along with locally-smoked fishes, New York City-style deli sandwiches and desserts such as crumb cakes, black and white cookies, and cheesecake, and more. The release mentions that The Bagel Table will also carry on the legacy of Rosie's by offering a number of its items to customers, though it is not yet known which items will be sold there. It looks like The Bagel Table will be debuting sometime in December, and that it will be open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

OMG! Bagels was actually the first pop-up shop at The Street, debuting in 2015, and it was followed by such temporary shops as Kane's Donuts, Alice's Table, The Third Piece, Rancatore's, and Ronsky's, the last of which now has a permanent home there.

Rosie's also had a location in Cambridge's Inman Square, with that store shutting down for good in the spring of 2015, while another outlet had been at Boston's South Station as well. A note within its website mentions that the business is moving to a location in Brighton where it will indeed be making treats for The Bagel Table and that its products can also be picked up at Athan's in Brighton and Brookline along with Liquor Mart in Chestnut Hill until The Bagel Table opens. (It appears that the Chestnut Hill location of Rosie's has already closed, as the note says that the move to the Brighton location took place over the weekend.)

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

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<![CDATA[Pollo Campero Is Opening in Lynn]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:49:59 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/339*120/latintrio_01_01.jpg

A chain of chicken spots that started out more than 35 years ago in Central America is opening its third Boston-area location.

According to a press release, Pollo Campero is having a grand opening celebration at its new shop in Lynn on Tuesday, November 14, with the State Street eatery joining two other local outlets in Chelsea in East Boston. The new location in Lynn will offer a variety of fried and grilled chicken dishes, including such options as chicken bites, empanadas, and bowls along with 8, 12, 16, or 20-piece meals. (Sides include rice, beans, yuca fries, plantains, and street corn salads.)

Pollo Campero, which opened its first shop in 1971 in Guatemala, currently has more than 70 locations across the United States.

The address for this new chicken spot in Lynn is: Pollo Campero, 25 State Street, Lynn, MA, 01901. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.campero.com/

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<![CDATA[Rooftop Igloos Make a Comeback, Longtime Bakery Closes]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:40:15 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000010409149_1200x675_1095884355832.jpg

The latest news on what's opening, what's closing and other hot restaurant news in Boston for the week of Nov. 13.]]>
<![CDATA[ Boston Superwoman: Melina Cortes]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:55:34 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Superwoman_Melina_Cortes.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi catches up with Boston mom, Melina Cortes, who moonlights as an international fashion designer. Cortes created Lalla Bee as a clothing line to represent the hardworking women in her life. Lalla Bee is available locally a tCristina's Bridal in Andover and online.

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]]><![CDATA[Atomic Cafe Announces Closure of Its Marblehead Location]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:53:33 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/Atomic+1113.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

What was once a trio of North Shore cafes is now down to just one.

According to a source, Atomic Cafe has officially closed its shop in Marblehead, with a Facebook post saying that the decision is not directly related to the flooding that had caused the School Street store to shut down last month, but that the people behind the business have been looking to scale back their shops (including one in Newburyport, which closed in September) and that the flood simply "accelerated" their plans. The closing of the Marblehead and Newburyport outlets mean that only one shop remains in operation--a location on Cabot Street in Beverly. (The company's roasting operation is located in Salem.)

The address for this now-closed cafe in Marblehead was: Atomic Cafe, 14 School Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945. The website for the business can be found at http://www.atomicafe.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Sam Adams Brewery Opens New Tap Room]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:34:01 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Sam_Adams_Brewery_Opens_New_Tap_Room.jpg

Sam Adams Brewery opened a new tap room where you can try beers that have yet to be distributed.]]>
<![CDATA[Bronwyn in Somerville's Union Square to Open Second Location]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:38:42 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/Bronwyn+1110.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular Somerville restaurant known in part for its house-made sausages is expanding.

According to the Tables section of The Boston Globe, Bronwyn in Union Square will soon be joined by a second location, with co-owner Tim Wiechmann saying that it will be coming to an as-of-yet undisclosed location in the coming months. The post also confirms that Wiechmann and his wife Bronwyn (who the restaurant is named after) have indeed closed their Cambridge dining spot Self-Portrait, and that another couple is apparently taking over the Walden Street space and opening a new restaurant there.

Bronwyn first opened in the spring of 2013 on Washington Street in Union Square, offering a variety of handcrafted sausages as well as dishes with Central and Eastern European influences. (The place is also known for its beer garden.) The website for the restaurant can be found at http://bronwynrestaurant.com/

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[13 Cheeseburgers in Boston That Will Blow Your Mind]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:44:48 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/City+Streets.jpg

Love a good cheeseburger? Here are our picks for the best that can be found in the Boston area.]]>
<![CDATA[Emerald Lounge in the Revere Hotel Is Closing]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:08 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Emerald+119.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a hotel bar and nightclub near Boston Common is closing for good.

According to both a tweet from @OnlyInBOS and an events page, the Emerald Lounge in the Revere Hotel on Stuart Street is shutting down on Saturday, December 2, with the events page showing that it will have a "Last Call" party that night that starts at 10:00 PM. No reason has been given yet for the bar's closure, so keep checking back for updates.

The Emerald Lounge, which first opened in June of 2012, is a chic and trendy spot with small plates, cocktails, DJs, and dancing. It debuted a couple of months after the opening of the hotel.

The address for the Emerald Lounge (and the Revere Hotel) is 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The bar's website can be found at http://emeraldnightlife.com/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Public Kitchen to Open in Former Caryn's Space in Wakefield]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:54:37 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tlmd_hamburger_curiosas_470_265.jpg

 A gastropub is on its way to a Boston suburb that currently has no gastropubs, taking over the space where another dining and drinking spot had been.

According to a job post within the bostonchefs.com site, Public Kitchen is getting ready to open in Wakefield, moving into the former Caryn's Sports Bar & Restaurant on Main Street in the center of town. An earlier article from The Wakefield Daily Item had mentioned that the new place will be an upscale lunch and dinner spot that serves "edgy pub food" and that the owners all have a connection to Giacomo's, an iconic restaurant in Boston's North End that also has other locations in the South End and Melrose.

If all goes as planned, Public Kitchen could be opening in early December.

The address for Public Kitchen is 397 Main Street, Wakefield, MA, 01880.

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<![CDATA[Style Spotlight with Ellie Kai]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:40:00 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Style_Spotlight_with_Ellie_Kai.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi meets up with Liz Hostetter, the creator of Ellie Kai where they have fresh takes on made-to-order fashion customized to fit you perfectly.

For more information visit:

Ellie Kai

847 Main St, Osterville MA 02655

(508) 420 -4400


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<![CDATA[Let's Dance]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:57:15 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Let_s_Dance.jpg

The Hub Today's Erica Mansfield heads to Arthur Murray Dance Studio in the Back Bay for dance lessons.

For more information visit:

Arthur Murray Dance Studio Boston

20 Park Plaza #300, Boston MA 02116


(617) 426-3335

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<![CDATA[Massachusetts Steakhouse Listed Among the Best in US]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:04:03 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/STEAK+AU+POIVRE+Bancroft.jpg

When it comes to freshly-seared steaks, one might think of states like Texas, New York and Oklahoma having the best prime rib, but a new list from The Thrillist says Massachusetts also has one of the best steakhouses in the country.

The "31 Best Steakhouses in America" list says The Bancroft in Burlington has a "well-curated steak lineup."

"The prime au poivre preparation with bone marrow is particularly indulgent, enough to make one completely reevaluate all manner of real estate choices," Thrillist said.

The Bancroft, which opened in 2014, say on their website they aim to blend "an urban sensibility with the classic American steakhouse." 

Their menu includes staples, such as filet mignon and sirloin, as well as entrees like korobuta pig chop and grilled swordfish. 

"Our team is so talented and passionate about what they do, in the back of the house and front of the house, so it is really a huge honor to be recognized on this national list of great steakhouses," said Executive Chef Mario Capone. "We love being in Burlington and the response from our guests since we opened in 2014 has been fantastic."

The Bancroft is the only steakhouse in New England to make the list. 



Photo Credit: The Bancroft
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<![CDATA[Hot Table Eyes Expansion Into Greater Boston]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:21:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/hot7.jpg

A Springfield-based group of dining spots known for their panini options will soon be heading east.

According to an article from Mass Live, Hot Table is planning to open a location in Marlborough and is also looking at opening more shops in the western suburbs of Boston. The post says that John DeVoie, who is president of the company, is not ready to expand into Boston proper yet, but he says that "we feel there is a lot of opportunity" west of the city. Mass Live states that the Marlborough outlet plans to open at the Apex Center next week.

Hot Table, which first started out 10 years ago, now has a total of five locations, including in Springfield (two), Hadley, Enfield, CT, and Glastonbury, CT. The menu at all of the locations features pressed panini along with soups, salads, and sides. Its website can be found at https://hottable.com/



Photo Credit: Facebook/Hot Table]]>
<![CDATA[New Restaurants: Impossible Meat, Gelato and Mexican Food]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:05:45 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/165*120/Whole+Heart+Provisions.jpg

The latest news on what's opening, what's closing and other hot restaurant news in Boston for the week of Nov. 6, 2017.

Photo Credit: Courtesy: Whole Heart Provisions Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Adopt a Pet at MSPCA Boston]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:05:18 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/209*120/clear+the+shelters+dog.jpg

The Hub Today's Colton Bradford heads to the MSPCA in Boston to help find homes for animals in need.

For more information on these animals visit:

MSPCA

or email adoption@mspca.org]]>
<![CDATA[Charcuterie Boards at The Salty Pig]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:02:09 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Charcuterie_Boards_at_The_Salty_Pig.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to the Salty Pig in Boston to create a vegetarian charcuterie board.

For more information:

The Salty Pig

130 Dartmouth St, Boston MA 02116

(617) 536-6200

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<![CDATA[The Reel Deal at ReelHouse ]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:08:42 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/The_Reel_Deal.jpg

Anna Rossi heads to The Reel House to show us how to put a twist on avocado toast.

For more information:

ReelHouse

6 New St, Boston MA 02128

(617) 895-4075

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<![CDATA[In The Kitchen With Chef Andy Husbands]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:57:59 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/In_The_Kitchen_With_Chef_Andy_Husbands.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi cooks with Chef Andy Husbands at The Smoke Shop to get inspired for the perfect holiday menu.

For more information visit:

The Smoke Shop

25 Hampshire St, Cambridge MA 02139

(617) 577-7427









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<![CDATA[Wegmans Opens in Medford]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:17:29 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Wegmans-AP_100527034019.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of supermarkets that has been slowly expanding through the Greater Boston area over the past several years has opened its latest location in a space where a shopping mall had been.

As reported earlier, Wegmans opened Sunday in Medford at the site of the old Meadow Glen Mall, nearly two years after the location was first announced. The new grocery store joins other locations in Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Northborough, and Westwood, with an upcoming store planned for the Natick Mall as well. (A proposed Fenway location is on hold for now.) An earlier Boston Magazine article mentioned that the Medford location of Wegmans has a total area of 120,000 square feet and includes a market cafe area with various dining options.

Wegmans, which first got its start in Rochester, NY, opened its first Massachusetts location in Northborough in the fall of 2011.

The address for the new Wegmans in Medford is 3850 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA, 02155. The website for the chain can be found at https://www.wegmans.com/

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<![CDATA[MIT Solve Is Crowdsourcing Solutions to the World’s Problems]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:32:57 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/mit2.jpg

Disruption looks a little different when you’re talking about some of the world’s most complex problems, such as the refugee crisis and fighting chronic diseases.

That’s why in 2015 MIT launched Solve, an organization that “crowdsources” solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Solve works with experts and stakeholders to determine specific challenges in need of scalable solutions (think inclusive innovation, refugee education and brain health). Entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world and at any stage of development can submit their tech-based solution to these challenges. A panel of judges selects finalists from these applicants, who then pitch at a live event hosted by MIT. The winners of this pitch competition—called “Solvers”—then have access to MIT’s range of resources and experts to scale their ideas.

“It’s the recognition that you need a different type of innovation or technology or adaptation and affordability of technology for some of the big challenges of today,” said Alexandra Amouyel, executive director of MIT Solve. “To do that, you need a much more bottom up, grassroots innovation process.”

The organization has sponsored two rounds of challenges, bringing around 60 Solvers into their network. These include Germany-based Kiron, an online education platform for refugees who are transitioning to university in Germany, France and Jordan, and India-based Saathi, biodegradable menstrual pads made of banana leaf fiber (which recently won the 100,000 euro grand prize at deep tech conference Hello Tomorrow). The next round of challenges will open this spring.

Amouyel sat down with Bost Inno in Paris at the the global summit for Techfugees, an organization galvanizing technology’s response to the refugee crisis, to talk more about crowdsourcing social impact solutions.

BostInno: What can this crowdsourced model offer to solving that government and NGOs alone can’t?

The real premise behind it is that there’s talent and ingenuity and good ideas everywhere. You don’t need an MIT ID to be doing great innovation and we want to uncover those great idea. Then, if you’re selected as one of our Solvers we help connect you with operations, foundations, impact investors, MIT academics, [and] people who have resources…to really accelerate your work.

In looking at the criteria for who becomes a Solver, it reminds me a lot of what a startup investor would look for in a pitch. What’s the idea behind bringing this startup mentality to these very complex issues?

If you think about MIT, it’s an engine for innovation. The traditional MIT approach to innovation is being on campus, being a student or professor at MIT and it’s one of high capex and high tech. It requires a lab, it’s 10 years, it’s millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. That innovation is still very much necessary in the world…but today, those things are not going to solve the plight of refugees. To do that, you need a much more bottom up, grassroots innovation process. It’s the recognition that there’s talent and ingenuity everywhere. But it’s finding those people, and connecting them to what they need—recreating a virtual innovation ecosystem like the one around Kendall Square.

You’ve also talked about the importance of “failure” as the trade off for risky and potentially world-changing innovations. But failure can have bigger consequences in the development world. How do you balance that?

You do want to apply, as much as you can, the Hippocratic Oath of do no harm. But we need new innovation in this space. We need to recognize and take bets on people who are doing great work. When we select people, we’re still looking at their track records and looking at the feasibility of these things. We do due diligence. As much as possible, we know these people are out to do the right thing and have a track record of doing the right thing. But we do need to take bigger bets and bigger risks and drive innovation if we’re really going to be transformational and realize the big ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals, rather than be incremental.

Ultimately, government and policy can stand in the way of startup and tech solutions. How do you work with your Solvers to overcome obstacles that aren’t just customer acquisition, but something like regulation, bureaucracy, or other challenges that are standing in the way of solving problems like the refugee crisis?

First, I think that a lot of the bigger startups in the non-social impact space are butting up against government regulation. I think that if you’re a startup and you get to success and scale you’re probably disrupting regulation and policy, and it takes good governments to recognize they need to adapt to this ecosystem. The idea behind Solve is that it’s not an investor network or an angel network…the community of Solve is corporations, foundations, large NGOs that [create] a supportive ecosystem for Solvers, and help Solvers navigate the issues you describe.

When you’re talking about refugee education, there are a lot of coding bootcamps opening for refugees. But a lot of refugees in specific countries don’t have the right to work. So yay, they know how to code, but they still can’t actually use their skills. So that’s the question that we definitely ask and we expect a good answer about how they’re planning to solve that issue.

Note: The interview has been edited for length and clarity.



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<![CDATA[Self Portrait in Cambridge Has Apparently Closed]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:26:02 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/selfportrait.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a French bistro in Cambridge has closed after only being in business for approximately a half year.

According to a source who got in touch yesterday afternoon, Self Portrait on Walden Street in the Huron Village neighborhood appears to be shut down, with a message from Bronwyn in Somerville's Union Square (which is affiliated with the restaurant) saying last night that Self Portrait was actually still in operation. An article from Boston Magazine today, however, states that it has indeed shuttered while a voicemail from the dining spot seems to confirm this, saying that it is permanently closed. Ed note: A couple of calls also went to another voicemail that explained how to make reservations, but this could just be a possible bug in the voicemail system.

Self Portrait first opened in April of this year, taking over the space where T.W. Food had been. Both Self Portrait and T.W. Food were run by Bronwyn and Tim Wiechmann, as is Bronwyn in Somerville along with the now-closed Playska in Cambridge's Inman Square.

The address for the now-closed Self Portrait was 377 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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<![CDATA[Chilacates to Open at The Street in Chestnut Hill]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:30:12 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chilacates.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

This summer, we reported that a highly-regarded pair of Mexican eateries in Jamaica Plain would be joined by a third location in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood. Now we have learned that another outlet is on the way as well, with this one being in a relatively new mixed-used development not too far away from any of the locations.

According to a press release, Chilacates is planning to open at The Street, a mixed-used development along Route 9 in Chestnut Hill that is also home to Shake Shack, Ronsky's, Juice Press, Del Frisco's Grille, Legal Sea Foods, Davio's, The Cottage, and Bernard's. This will probably be the fourth location of Chilacates to open, as it plans to debut in the spring of 2018 while the Mission Hill location had been looking to open four to six months after the start of its buildout, which appears to already started. (Stay tuned for updates on both.)

Chilacates first opened its on Amory Street in JP in the summer of 2015, offering such items as burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and tortas; the second location opened earlier this year on Centre Street. Both restaurants have garnered attention in the press since opening, with Boston Magazine giving it a "best of" for Mexican food this year.

The Facebook page for Chilacates can be found at https://www.facebook.com/chilacatesmexicanstreetfood/

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<![CDATA[Jamie's Grille & Pub in North Scituate Destroyed in Fire]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:16:27 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Fire_at_popular_pub_in_scituate.jpg

A South Shore landmark known for its classic New England fare and comfort food has been destroyed in a weekend fire.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Jamie's Grille & Pub in North Scituate burned in a two-alarm blaze that began early Sunday morning, with the fire apparently starting above the kitchen in the back of the Gannett Road spot. The post says that firefighters continued to put out hot spots several hours after the fire first started, and that Cohasset and Marshfield firefighters helped in the effort to extinguish the blaze. (No injuries were reported in the fire.) It appears that the entire structure will now need to be torn down and it is not yet known if the owners will rebuild.

Jamie's Grille & Pub first opened in Scituate in 1967 and remained a family-run business over the years, with Sandi and Ralph Constantine taking over operations after the passing of their father (James Constantine) in 2007. Two other locations of Jamie's can be found in Braintree and Whitman.

The website for Jamie's is at http://www.jamiespub.com/

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<![CDATA[Eventide Oyster Company Comes to Boston]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:23:11 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000010162668.JPG

The James Beard Award- winning restaurant Eventide Oyster Company has to come Boston, but this restaurant is a fast casual version of the Maine favorite.]]>
<![CDATA[Jillian's in Boston's Fenway to Become Lucky Strike Social]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:41:12 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Lucky+Strike+113.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime entertainment complex in the Fenway is getting a name change.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Jillian's and Lucky Strike on Ipswich Street is rebranding to Lucky Strike Social, with a few changes coming to the space including a staircase connecting the billiards and bowling spot to Cheeky Monkey Brewing Company downstairs. The post mentions that once the changeover is complete, Lucky Strike Social will join two others in Albany and Honolulu.

Jillian's first opened approximately 30 years ago, with the Lucky Strike brand coming to the space toward the end of 2003; Cheeky Monkey Brewing Company is a newcomer to the site, taking over the former Tequila Rain space this summer.

The address for Jillian's/Lucky Strike (and the rebranded Lucky Strike Social) is 145 Ipswich Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The Jillian's website is at http://jilliansboston.com/

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<![CDATA[New Restaurant From Woods Hill Table Owner Coming to Boston ]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:35:19 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/woods+Hill+113.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

One of Boston's most iconic restaurant spaces will become home to a new dining spot, and the person behind a suburban farm-to-table eatery will be running this place.

The Tables section of The Boston Globe is reporting that Kristin Canty of Woods Hill Table in West Concord is going to be opening an as-of-yet unnamed restaurant on the ground floor of a residential building at the site where Anthony's Pier 4 had been. The post mentions that the 140-seat spot will include a raw bar and an outdoor patio, and it plans to honor the now-closed Anthony's by decorating the space with memorabilia from the old restaurant.

Anthony's Pier 4 closed for good in the summer of 2013 after being in business since 1963; the restaurant was once one of the most profitable dining spots in the United States and attracted a variety of famous people, including U.S. presidents, professional athletes, and religious leaders.

The building that the new restaurant will be housed in--which happens to be called PIER 4--is located at 100 Pier 4 Boulevard which is just off Seaport Boulevard in Boston's Seaport District.

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<![CDATA[Market In the Square in Cambridge Seized by Sheriff's Dept.]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:48:33 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Market+113.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A grocer and convenience store in one of the busiest parts of Cambridge has been forced to shut down, though the space will not be empty for long.

A Twitter post from megansarahj (via @bonjourcass) shows that Market in the Square in Harvard Square has been seized, with orange signs being posted in the doors of the Church Street shop. Another tweet indicates that the market has been seized by the sheriff's department, while Cambridge Day is now reporting that Hello Fresh will be taking over the space and will be nearly identical to Market in the Square, though it will not offer alcohol--at least initially.

Last month we reported that Hello Fresh was planning to open in the Market in the Square space, and as was the case with Market in the Square, Hello Fresh is planning to be open 24/7. Ed note--there is no connection between Hello Fresh and the HelloFresh meal kit delivery service.

The address for Market in the Square/Hello Fresh is 60 Church Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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<![CDATA[Xi'an Street Foods to Open in Allston]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:30:12 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/194*120/xian+113.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another option for hand-pulled noodles and more could be on its way to Boston, and its name is similar to a popular group of New York City spots--though the two are unrelated.

According to an article from Eater Boston (and via a licensing board page), Xi'an Street Foods is planning to open in Allston, taking over the space on Brighton Avenue where 'O' Yummy Cuisine had been. The new eatery will presumably offer Xi'an cuisine that is typically found in the city of the same name in central China, which may mean that such items as hand-pulled noodles, lamb stew, flatbread sandwiches, and more could be served, though no menu has been seen as of yet.

There has been talk that the NYC-based Xi'an Famous Foods might be coming to the Boston area at some point, and Eater has indeed confirmed that founder Jason Wang is making plans to expand to the region.

Currently, hand-pulled noodles can be found at Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Boston, Woburn, and Westford.

The address for the upcoming Xi'an Street Foods is 182 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

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<![CDATA[Bottega Fiorentina in Newton Centre Has Closed]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:36:05 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/207*120/Bottega.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A pair of Italian eateries and food shops is back down to just one, as its newer location has shut down.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Bottega Fiorentina in Newton Centre has closed after being in business for approximately a year and a half. The post says that while the Centre Street spot is no longer in business, the original Bottega Fiorentina on Harvard Street in Brookline's Coolidge Corner remains in operation and continues to offer such items as antipasto plates, salads, sandwiches, made-to-order pastas, and Italian desserts.

Another location of Bottega Fiorentina was once on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay, but it shuttered in the summer of 2012.

The address for this now-closed Italian spot in Newton Centre was 1231 Centre Street, Newton Centre, MA, 02459.

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<![CDATA[Whole Heart Provisions Plans to Open in Harvard Square]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:18:26 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/256*120/Whole+Heart+112.PNG

An Allston restaurant that focuses and vegetarian and vegan food--and which has a connection to a group of grilled cheese spots--may be expanding to a building in Cambridge that is currently undergoing a large-scale transformation.

According to a source, Whole Heart Provisions is looking to open within Harvard University's Smith Campus Center on Mass. Ave., with a Board of Zoning Appeal page confirming this, showing that James DiSabatino of the original location on Cambridge Street in Allston is listed as the petitioner. The page shows a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items offered, including vegan huevos rancheros, build-your-own grain and veggie bowls, street food snacks such as falafel dogs and seared avocado, and drinks such as kombucha, lemonade, coffee, and tea. The Smith Center, which hopes to open in the fall of 2018, may also have such dining spots as Swissbakers, Bon Me, and Pavement Coffeehouse as well.

Whole Heart Provisions first opened in Allston in the fall of 2015, with DiSabatino and Rebecca Arnold (Sarma, Alden & Harlow, Pain D'Avignon, 606 Congress) being behind it; DiSabatino is also involved with locations of Roxy's Grilled Cheese in Allston, Cambridge's Central Square, Lynnfield, and South Boston (along with Roxy's food trucks), and he is one of the people behind A4cade by Area Four near MIT in Cambridge.

The website for Whole Heart Provisions can be found at https://www.wholeheartprovisions.com/

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<![CDATA[Amorino Plans to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:53:41 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/242*120/amorino.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Paris-based chain of artisan gelato shops that opened its first Boston location a couple of years ago may be opening a second shop in the area, with this one being in one of the busiest sections of Cambridge.

According to a source, Amorino is planning to open in Harvard Square, with a Board of Zoning Appeal page confirming this, indicating that it would open in the space on JFK Street where Berk's (a shoe store) had been. If approved, the new shop would join another on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, and based on that location (and others), expect the upcoming outlet to offer a variety of gelato options in a cup, cone, scone, or on a waffle or crepe, along with such items as milkshakes, macarons, gelato cakes, coffee, and more.

Amorino first opened in the Back Bay in March of 2015.

The address for this proposed gelato shop in Harvard Square is: Amorino, 50 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.amorino.com/

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<![CDATA[Wynn Boston Harbor Resort to Have 13 Restaurants]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:45:05 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/217*120/thumb-the-casino.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A luxury resort and casino that is currently being built along the Mystic River will be home to a number of restaurants, including an Italian spot that could have a retro theme to it.

According to an article from masslive.com, Wynn Boston Harbor is planning to include a total of 13 restaurants within its complex in Everett, and one of the dining spots will be an Italian restaurant with a Frank Sinatra theme. The post says that the unnamed Italian eatery plans to have Sinatra's Emmy, Grammy, and Academy awards on display, all of which were given to developer Steve Wynn by members of Sinatra's family.

The restaurants themselves will be in a separate area from the gambling section - as will a 671-room hotel being built at the site - in order to make them more family-friendly. (The Wynn website hints that there will be at least one Asian eatery and a mix of casual and fine-dining restaurants.)

Wynn Boston Harbor, which is located off Route 99 by the Everett/Boston line, is expected to open in June of 2019. Its website can be found at http://www.wynnbostonharbor.com/

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<![CDATA[Carmen in Boston's North End to Reopen at Assembly Row]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:10:39 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/Carmen.png

by Marc Hurwitz

An upscale Italian restaurant that left Boston's North End more than a year ago is getting ready to return in a section of Somerville that is continuing to be redeveloped.

According to several sources (including posters within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page), Carmen is planning to open at Assembly Row in Somerville, with a sign out front saying that it is coming soon and is currently hiring. The restaurant had been located at North Square until July of 2016 when it closed, saying that it would be reopening in a new space.

Carmen first opened in the North End approximately 17 years ago, offering such items as crespelle, baked penne, braised short rib ravioli, roasted rack of pork, and pan-seared duck breast.

One of our sources says that if all goes as planned, the new location of Carmen could be opening at Assembly Row in the spring of 2018.

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<![CDATA[Dining at Steel & Rye]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:49:29 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/254*120/steel+and+rye.png

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to the Milton hotspot Steel & Rye for a pasta dish that is a filled with fall flavors in every bite.

For more:

Steel & Rye

95 Eliot St, Milton MA 02186

(617) 690-2787

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<![CDATA[Chicken & Rice Guys in Allston Closed; More Trucks to Come]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:36:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/chicken21.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants has gotten a bit smaller on the restaurant side, but it will soon be expanding on the food truck side.

According to an article from Eater Boston, the Allston location of Chicken & Rice Guys is no longer in operation, with CEO Ian So saying that the closure of the Harvard Avenue location was the result of a partnership that wasn't working out. An announcement was also made about the planned expansion of its food truck business, with its new truck warehouse in Everett allowing service to soon be added to Needham, Quincy, Somerville, and Waltham.

Existing brick-and-mortar locations of Chicken & Rice Guys can be found in downtown Boston (two) and Medford, while food trucks can be found in Boston, Cambridge, Burlington, and Lexington.

The address for the now-closed location of Chicken & Rice Guys in Allston was 81 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134. The website for Chicken & Rice Guys is at http://cnrguys.com/

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<![CDATA[Emack & Bolio's in Brookline Has Closed]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:37:06 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Emack+111.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A local chain of ice cream shops has gotten a bit smaller, as one of its longtime locations has shut down.

According to multiple sources (including @melissah528 who posted a tweet yesterday), Emack & Bolio's in Brookline's Washington Square has a "for lease" sign out front, with @BostonTweet subsequently confirming to us that the Beacon Street store has closed its doors; a photo sent by @BostonTweet shows a note out front thanking customers for their patronage over the years and refers them to other locations in the area. It appears that other locations of Emack & Bolio's, including those in Boston's North Station, Fenway, and the Back Bay, along with Charlestown and Cambridge, remain in operation.

The Brookline location of Emack & Bolio's first opened approximately 15 years ago, taking over the space where the Ice Cream Factory had once been.

The address for Emack & Bolio's in Washington Square was 1663 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02445. The website for the chain is at http://www.emackandbolios.com/

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<![CDATA[Burro Bar Plans to Open in Boston's South End]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:37:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/229*120/Burro+2111.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A Mexican eatery in Brookline that is the little sibling to a Somerville restaurant is expanding to Boston's South End, and it plans to take over the space where an Italian dining spot resides.

According to a source, Burro Bar is looking to open on Washington Street in La Motta's space, with a hearing notice showing that the group behind La Motta's is indeed petitioning to transfer the license to Burro Bar. A few weeks ago, we were told by another source that La Motta's was going to be leaving the space, but at the time it was not known what might move in.

Burro Bar in Brookline's Washington Square is under the same ownership as the Painted Burro in the Davis Square section of Brookline; Joe Cassinelli, who founded the Alpine Restaurant Group, also runs Posto and Rosebud in Davis Square and Osteria Posto in Waltham.

La Motta's, which is run by the Aquitaine Group, first opened in October of 2015, taking over the space where Union Bar & Grille (which was also part of the Aquitaine Group) had been. Other restaurants run by the group include Cinquecento, Aquitaine, Metropolis Cafe, and Gaslight--all of which are in the South End--as well as Aquitaine at The Street in Chestnut Hill, Aquitaine at Legacy Place in Dedham, and Gaslight at MarketStreet Lynnfield.

The address for the upcoming Burro Bar (and La Motta's) is 1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02118.

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<![CDATA[Adopt a Pet At Sweet Paws Rescue]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:37:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Adopt_a_Pet_At_Sweet_Paws_Rescue.jpg

Help us clear the shelters at Sweet Paws Rescue

For more information on these animals visit:

http://www.sweetpawsrescue.org/contact-us/

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<![CDATA[The James Pub & Provisions to Open in Needham]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:38:20 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/craftbeer1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a pub is replacing an upscale restaurant in a Boston suburb that has little in the way of pubs.

According to a source (Lynda Damato McConville), The James Pub & Provisions is opening in Needham, moving into the space on Great Plain Avenue where The Center Cafe had been until closing last month. This jibes with an earlier Patch article that said Stuart Henry and Cormac Dowling are behind the upcoming spot, which Newton-Needham Regional Chamber describes as an "Irish gastropub." We are told that Henry has been involved with the Washington Street Tavern in Brookline while Dowling has been at The Abbey (also in Brookline), and it appears that Dowling is also involved in the Washington Street Tavern as well.

The Center Cafe first opened in early 2010, taking over the space where Fava had been.

The address for the upcoming James Pub & Provisions is 1027 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA, 02492. Its website is at https://www.thejamespub.com/

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The Center Cafe in Needham Has Closed

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<![CDATA[Beta Burger in Mission Hill Has Reopened]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:40:22 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/243*120/Beta+Burger+1030.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

Earlier this month, we reported that a burger spot in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood had been shut down by the city due to a problem involving its license. Now we have learned that the restaurant is open once again.

Eater Boston mentions in an update (via a Facebook post from the place) that Beta Burger on Tremont Street has reopened, with the post indicating that it received its common victualler license yesterday and are open as of today. On October 11, it was learned that the burger spot was temporarily closed after it failed to renew its license, resulting in the licensing board shutting it down. A note within Beta Burger's Instagram page had said that "Since opening in 2015 we have had problems getting our final permit from the City of Boston and this Friday August 18th, the City decided to shut us down. Now this may suck temporarily but we are working very hard to sort this out and get back up and running as soon as possible." It appears that at least part of the issue centered around an issue in the restaurant's electrical room, with the eatery needing to deal with both the expired Common Victualler License and an expired temporary Inspection Certificate.

The address for Beta Burger is 1437 Tremont Street, Boston (Roxbury Crossing), MA, 02120. The website for the dining spot can be found at http://www.betaburger.co

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Beta Burger in Mission Hill Shut Down Due to Permitting Issue; Exact Status Unknown

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<![CDATA[New $200 Sam Adams Beer Is Illegal in 12 States]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:24:25 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/utopias.png

Samuel Adams just released a new limited-edition beer (at $199 per bottle) with an alcohol content so high, it is illegal to sell in 12 states.

The Boston brewery announced the beer called Utopias would be released to stores in early November.

Only 13,000 bottles of Utopias, a beer with an alcohol content of 28 percent, more than 10 percent above the legal limit of some states, will be distributed in the entire country -- minus the dozen states where it's illegal.

You won't be able to find it in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont or Washington, where state liquor laws bar it from being available for sale.

Interested? The brewery describes the beverage as "reminiscent of a rich vintage Port, old Cognac, or fine Sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness, and a deep rich malty smoothness." 



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<![CDATA[#HubHolidays Anna's Must Make]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:21:09 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*213/anna.jpg

We’re featuring our viewers favorite holiday dishes & drinks throughout Nov. & Dec. Share a photo of your favorite #MustMake using  #HubHolidays &tag @TheHubToday


Kicking things off is Anna’s #MustMake for Thanksgiving:

Lord’s Pomme

Note: Fresh pressed apple cider, sweet and spicy cinnamon and a rich and heady rum make this one of our favorite house cocktails.  A blast of fresh lemon at the end keeps things bright and refreshing. Cheers!

Serves: 1

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 5 min

Total Time: 5 min

*This recipe can be easily multiplied and premixed when entertaining.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Simple Syrup (recipe to follow)
  • 2 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 oz local Rum (We like Green Head or Golden Salt Marsh Rum by Old Ipswich)
  • Cinnamon Sticks & Lemon Wheels for Garnish
  • Ice

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 cinnamon sticks

PREPARATION:

For the Cinnamon Simple Syrup:

  1. Make Cinnamon Simple Syrup by combining the granulated sugar with 1 cup water in a small pot over medium high heat.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer until sugar has completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. 
  2. Turn off the heat and add the cinnamon sticks. Let the cinnamon infuse in the hot simple syrup for 30 minutes while it cools. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

For the Cocktail:

  1. In a tumbler, combine the apple cider, cinnamon simple syrup, lemon juice (more or less to taste), and rum.
  2. Serve over ice with a lemon wheel and extra stick of cinnamon.


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<![CDATA[Stylish Marathon Prep]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:10:27 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Stylish_Marathon_Prep.jpg

Whether you're planning to run a marathon, or just watch from the sidelines, Good Housekeeping's Style Director, Lori Bergamotto shares some must-have beauty, fashion & tech buys that will keep you going.

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<![CDATA[Trillium Beer Garden in Downtown Boston Has Closed for the Season]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:32:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Trillium+1030.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A popular beer garden in the heart of Boston that had one of the top-rated brewers in the state behind it has closed for the season, and it is not yet known what its exact status is for next year.

According to a tweet from the place, Trillium Garden on the Rose Kennedy Greenway shut down yesterday, saying "Come bid us adieu and enjoy a final beer." Another tweet indicates that the beer garden actually closed for the seasona bit early due to the bad weather last night, and a post within that thread says "Stay Tuned!" as to whether they will be back at the space near the Rowes Wharf arch next season.

Trillium Garden first opened in early June, offering a variety of Trillium beers along with wines from Westport Rivers Vineyard. The current headquarters of the brewery are located on Congress Street in Fort Point, though the plans are for them to move to a new spot on Farnsworth Street, with that space including a brewery, taproom, full-service restaurant, patio, and rooftop terrace. (Another location can be found in Canton.)

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

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<![CDATA[Bell's Market Space in South Boston May Be Redeveloped]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:55:33 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Produce_Pete_Mandarin_Oranges.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime market and butcher shop in South Boston could become home to a residential building, though the market would apparently stay--and another option for food could also be included.

According to a post from Banker & Tradesman, George Khoury of Bell's Market on Dorchester Street has submitted plans to build a five-story apartment complex where the store currently resides, with the ground floor having retail space that would include the market and extra space for a restaurant. The article says that plans for the project have been filed with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, though little other information has been given, including a possible time frame and what kind of restaurant might go into the ground level space; as soon as we get more information, we will post an update here.

Bell's Market is a neighborhood grocery store in the Telegraph Hill section of Southie that sells produce, everyday groceries, beer, wine, and a variety of meats from the butcher counter in the back.

The address for Bell's Market is 246 Dorchester Street, South Boston, MA, 02127.

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

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<![CDATA[New Brewery Opening in Greater Boston]]>Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:29:49 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/amory2.png

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like yet another brewery is on its way to the local area.

Eater Boston is reporting that Amory's Tomb Brewing Company is planning to open in Maynard, moving into a space on Main Street in the center of town. The post says that the brewery will have a manual three-barrel system and it will include a taproom, though the tasting area apparently won't have wi-fi or televisions and will be more of a community-oriented space. Expect such beers as American and Beligian-style farmouse ales at Amory's Tomb Brewing Company, which could be opening just after Thanksgiving if all goes as planned.

Amory's Tomb Brewing Company will be located within walking distance of another brewery - Battle Road Brewing Company and Brew House on Sudbury Street.

The address for the upcoming Amory's Tomb Brewing Company is 76 Main Street, Maynard, MA, 01754. Its website can be found at http://www.amorystomb.com/

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[In The Kitchen With Chef Michael Schlow]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:00:26 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/In_The_Kitchen_With_Chef_Michael_Schlow.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to Alta Strada in Wellesley to cook up a pasta dish that will make you feel like you are in Italy.

For more information visit:

Alta Strada

www.altastrada-wellesley.com/

92 Central St, Wellesley MA 02482

(781) 237-6100



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<![CDATA[20 Can't-Miss Halloween Events in Greater Boston]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:09:19 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/overloaded.jpg

Halloween is in the air and with it comes Halloween events for the entire family. Whether you’re looking for a great scare, or something not-so-scary for the younger ones in your family, we’ve pulled together a list of 20 can’t-miss Halloween happenings throughout the Boston area this month. Keep checking back as we add more events to this list.

And for more great events, bookmark and keep checking our NBC Boston calendar for all the latest events happening every day of the week!

Salem’s Haunted Happenings:

Salem is all about Halloween throughout the month of October, with its Haunted Happenings events happening daily throughout the month of October. There are a ton of them, but we pulled out some here you won’t want to miss:

“Be Witched” Haunted Dinner Theater in Salem

Salem is famous for its witches, and at the “Be Witched” Haunted Dinner Theater, one of it’s most famous witches, Samantha Stevenson, comes to town to host a party for her husband’s co-workers and you’re invited! At this all-ages event, audience members play minor roles and help discover the mystery surrounding the mayhem at the party. Performances are at the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square W, Salem) or Finz Seafood (76 Wharf St.). Tickets are $59.95 for adults, $39.95 for children.

HP Salem Equinox Halloween Ball

Stir up some magic for a night of wizarding wonders at HP Salem’s Equinox Halloween Ball on Friday, Oct. 20. Come in your finest Harry Potter-inspired costumes and you could walk away a winner for top wizarding looks and best overall non HP costume. Admission includes light snacks and cash bar. Tickets are $40. 7-10 p.m. Knights of Columbus, 94 Washington Square, Salem.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

It wouldn’t be Halloween without screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The popular cult classic features a live shadow cast by the Teseracte Players of Boston. Tickets are $10. Saturday, Oct. 21, 11:59 p.m., CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall, Salem.

Trick-or-Treat on Salem’s Pickering Wharf

Bring the little ones to Salem’s annual Trick or Treat on the Wharf event Sunday, Oct. 22 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy treats from merchants along Pickering Wharf.

Check out all the events happening in Salem this month >>>

Fright Fest at Six Flags New England

Six Flags Fright Fest returns as zombies and ghouls take over the theme park and it all starts after the sun goes down. Get your scare on at a wide variety of locations throughout the park including several haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets start at $47. Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month. Rte. 159, 1623 Main St., Agawam.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience

Washington Irving’s iconic 1820’s tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” comes to life at Old Sturbridge Village in an immersive, outdoor theatrical experience this month. Be guided through Sturbridge Village’s countryside where you’ll encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and maybe even the Headless Horseman. Performances are rain or shine. Tickets are $60 per person and $50 for Village members. Select dates in October. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEEMFEST for Halloween themed live shows, games and rides. Tickets start at $34. Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. 85 N Policy St., Salem, New Hampshire.

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween

Looking for something a little less spooky for the family? Check out Edaville Family Theme Park’s first-annual “Not So Spooky Halloween.” Wear your favorite costumes and trick-or-treat at every ride including Thomas Land and Dino Land. Tickets start at $34. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month. 5 Pine St., Carver.

Witch’s Woods

Witch’s Woods boasts seven haunted attractions at its haunted hayride and Halloween screampark sure to give you a fright. Thursday through Sunday nights in October and Halloween night. Tickets are $37. 6:30-10:30 p.m., 79 Powers Road, Westford.

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets of Boston by lantern light where you’ll hear all the tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts who are rumored to haunt the city. Oct. 17-31. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under $16.

Spooky World Presents: Nightmare New England

Venture onto the twisted trails of terror for a night in New Hampshire you won’t forget as Spooky World presents: Nightmare New England. Enjoy five separate haunted attractions, along with the Monster Midway, zombie paintball, go-karts, mini golf, batting cages, tarot card readers and more. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. Tickets start at $39.99. 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, New Hampshire.

Frightful Fridays: Spooky Tales in the Gore Mansion

Enjoy an evening of spooky tales and haunted activities inside the centuries-old Gore Mansion in Waltham. Adult tickets are $15. Members and children 12 and under are $10. Friday Oct. 20 and Friday Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Gore Mansion, 52 Gore Place, Waltham.

Halloween Theme Public Skate

Looking for some low-key, non-spooky fun? Grab your family and take your costumes to the ice tonight at the Jim Roche Community Ice Arena in West Roxbury where Halloween is the theme. Enjoy raffles, prizes and giveaways. Admission is $5, skate rentals are $5. Jim Roche Community Ice Arena, 1275 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury.

Grown-up Trick or Treat! Costumed Back Bay Chocolate Tour

On the weekend before Halloween he Back Bay Chocolate Tour takes on a Halloween theme Saturday, Oct. 28 with a special costumed addition as you creep your way through the Back Bay neighborhood. Costumes aren’t required, but are encouraged (we hear if you wear a costume you will be rewarded with extra treats and have the chance to win a grand prize for best costume). $50 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., 10 Huntington Ave., Boston. Later in the day, enjoy the same themed tour in Boston’s South End from 2-4:30 p.m.

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

Head on over to The Lawn on D for its last special family event of the season – Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday, Oct. 28. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carvings, train rides and more. Noon to 8 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo

Grab the family to trick-or-treat among the animals along Franklin Park Zoo’s Trick-or-Treat Trail Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29l. Haunted happenings include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, a haunted maze and more. General admission for adults is $19.95, $16.95 for seniors, $13.95 for children ages 2 to 12 and children under 2 are free. This event is rain or shine. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road, Boston.

SoWa Spooktacular

The final SoWa Open Market of the season closes with Boston’s biggest Halloween Party on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 28 and 29. Enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, magic shows, spooky cupcake decorating and the SoWa costume contest (complete with prizes in several categories) and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston.

DeMeritt Hill Farm’s Haunted Overload

With 42-foot monsters, hundreds of lighted pumpkins, movie quality sets and more, it’s no wonder DeMeritt Hill Farm’s Haunted Overload was ranked the #1 Scariest Haunted Attraction in America in 2015 by Hauntworld.com and is one of the top haunted attractions in the world. With daylight haunts suitable for the entire family and nighttime haunts so scary parental discretion is advised, the Haunted Overload is not to be missed. Tickets are $5-$15 per person. Select dates in October. DeMeritt Hill Farm, 20 Orchard Way, Lee, New Hampshire.

Ghost Ship Harbor

Ghost Ship Harbor takes over the USS Salem every fall and turns it into an immersive, one-of-a-kind haunted attraction. Enjoy food, an entertainment area serving beer and wine, tarot card reading, midway games, virtual reality experience and more. There’s the haunted house, the Paranoia Experience and Fear No Evil (all new for 2017). Select nights in October. Tickets start at $29.99. USS Salem, 739 Washington St., Quincy.

Haunted Woods

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



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<![CDATA[Harpoon Acquires Ipswich-Based Clown Shoes Beer]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:15:18 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/harpoon2.jpg

Massachusetts-based Clown Shows Beer has been acquired by Harpoon, a move that both sides says is a great step forward for the business, which is promising to maintain its identity and quality.

Gregg Berman, founder and CEO of Clown Shoes in Ipswich, said in a statement on the website that the business is "not 'selling out.'"

"We will still produce innovative, high quality beers with signature graphic marketing," said Berman.  "We will, in fact, create small batch, state specific, and barrel aged beers at an accelerated rate in 2018." 

Harpoon, based out of Boston, said the move will allow the Clown Shoes employees to make more beers while remaining an employee-owned company. 

"Clown Shoes is bringing with them the ability to make some smaller batch beers on our system…so we expect some great things in 2018," said a statement on Harpoon’s website. 

Clown Shoes, established in 2009, has released more than 100 different beers and has shipped to 28 different states. 

Berman said what will ultimately change is the naming of beers, branding and distribution strategies, but insists the brewery will deliver quality product. 

"Harpoonized? Sure, if we get to be part of an independent, employee owned company, sign us up," said Berman. "But we are still going to be Clown Shoes and Harpoon is still going to be Harpoon. Now we get to have fun playing in the same sandbox for years to come." 



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<![CDATA[The Witching Hour]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:00:10 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/The_Witching_House.jpg

The Hub Today's Erica Mansfield celebrates Halloween in style as she heads to Salem to get a witch makeover.

For more information visit:




Magic Parlor


www.magicparlor.com/

213 Essex St, Salem MA 01970

(978) 740- 3866



Witch Pix

www.witchpixofsalem.com/

172 Essex St, Salem MA 01970

(978) 745-2021


Jolie Tea Company

www.istheteainyou.com/

105 Essex St, Salem MA 01970

(978) 745-5654


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<![CDATA[ Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:21:48 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/249*120/Anna+pumpkin.PNG

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi checks out three spots serving up the classic fall favorite in fun and unique ways!

For more information:

Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar

(617) 254-0044

96 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135

www.railstopboston.com/



Sulmona

(617) 714-4995

608 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02139

www.sulmonacambridge.com/



Ledger Restaurant & Bar

(978) 594-1908

125 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970

www.ledgersalem.com/





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<![CDATA[Spooky Spirits]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:52:35 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Spooky_Spirits.jpg

The Hub Today’s Anna Rossi heads to Salem to sip on some spooky cocktails and find the perfect concoction for her Halloween bash.

For more information:





Rockafellas

231 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970

(978) 745-2411

https://www.rockafellasofsalem.com/



Howling Wolf Taqueria

76 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970

(978) 744 -9653

http://www.howlingwolftaqueria.com/index.php



Sea Level Oyster Bar & Kitchen

94 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970

(978) 741-0555

http://sealeveloysterbar.com/
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<![CDATA[Jay Murray to Open Tusk in Medford]]>Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:30:14 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Craft-Beer-Generic-Getty-1.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A familiar name within the local restaurant scene is going to be opening a dining spot of his very own.

Eater Boston confirms what we have been hearing over the past few months, that Jay Murray is planning to open Tusk in Medford Square, with details still coming in on the place, but expect both small plates and family-sized dishes along with local craft beers, an extensive list of wines, and cocktails. Murray, who has worked at Grill 23 in Boston and The Stonehedge Hotel & Spa in Tyngsborough and is currently at Avenue in Medfield, hopes to open the restaurant in the early part of 2018, according to EB.

As soon as we hear of an exact address for Tusk and other details on the place, we will post an update here.

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[Food With a View]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:42:50 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Food_With_a_View.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi takes us to three must-try waterfront dining spots around the city.

For more information visit:



Venezia Restaurant


veneziaboston.com/

20 Ericsson St, Boston, MA 02122

(617) 436-3120



ReelHouse

www.reelhouseboston.com/

6 New St, Boston, MA 02128

(617) 895-4075



Pier 6 Boston

www.pier6boston.com/

1 8th St, Charlestown, MA 02129

(617) 337-00554

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<![CDATA[These 14 Boston Watering Holes Are True Dive Bars]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:47:34 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/DotTavern%5B1%5D.jpgDive bars in Boston are becoming a rare breed. But those still operating often have a unique charm, as well as affordable drinks and a down-to-earth vibe.

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<![CDATA[Scorpion Bar Opens in Boston's Seaport District]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:56:29 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/scorpion+1026.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A long-awaited Mexican restaurant and bar is finally opening its doors on the Boston waterfront, and a local group is behind the place.

According to a press release, Scorpion Bar opens at One Seaport Square in the city's Seaport District today, with its Facebook page saying that it offers "innovative and inspired Mexican cuisine with a twist," including such items as street tacos and burritos, a "Pupu Platter" with mini nachos and empanadas, and fried jalapeno ravioli, along with more than 100 different tequilas and drinks such as margaritas and scorpion bowls. This is the third location of Scorpion Bar (which is run by Big Night Entertainment Group), with others being at Patriot Place in Foxboro and Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.

Yesterday, another BNEG spot called The Grand opened above Scorpion Bar, with that place being a luxury nightclub.

The address for the new Scorpion Bar on the waterfront is 58 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. Its website can be found at http://scorpionboston.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
The Grand Opens in Boston's Seaport District
Scorpion Bar, The Grand Coming to One Seaport Square on the Boston Waterfront

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<![CDATA[Shaking Crab to Open in Brookline's Coolidge Corner]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:57:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*128/Shaking+Crab+1026.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing group of Cajun seafood places is coming to Brookline, opening in the space where a longtime favorite for Thai food had been.

Eater Boston is reporting that Shaking Crab is planning to open in Coolidge Corner, taking over the former Khao Sarn space on Harvard Street just south of the Beacon Street intersection. The new location of Shaking Crab will join others in Newton and Quincy, and as mentioned here earlier, other outlets are also on their way to the former Troquet space across from Boston Common (Troquet has since moved to the Leather District) and Cambridge's Porter Square in the old Tavern in the Square space.

Shaking Crab offers such items as fried oysters, crab legs, mussels, shrimp, and lobster, and they are known in part for serving seafood that is shaken up with a mix of spices.

Khao Sarn closed down this summer after being in business for approximately 16 years.

The address for the upcoming location of Shaking Crab in Coolidge Corner is 250 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Khao Sarn in Brookline's Coolidge Corner Has Closed
Shaking Crab Taking Over the Tavern in the Square Space in Cambridge's Porter Square
Shaking Crab Planning to Open in Former Troquet Space in Boston

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<![CDATA[The Grand Opens in Boston's Seaport District]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:58:20 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/Grand+1026.jpg

A luxury nightclub that has been a long time in the making opened Wednesday on the Boston waterfront.

According to a press release, The Grand debuted Wednesday at One Seaport Square in the city's Seaport District, with its Facebook page stating that "Glamour and sophistication meets high energy" at the new place, with the club including an open glass staircase, custom marble tables, and hand-blown glass chandeliers along with stadium VIP bottle seating, VIP bars, and  a 70-foot LED wall. As stated earlier, Big Night Entertainment Group is behind the spot, and BNEG is also opening another new place tomorrow in the same building--Scorpion Bar, which is described as a "traditional Mexican tequila cantina with the attitude of a rock bar."

Plans for both The Grand and Scorpion Bar were first announced in September of 2015.

The address for The Grand is 58 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. Its website can be found at http://thegrandboston.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Scorpion Bar, The Grand Coming to One Seaport Square on the Boston Waterfront

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<![CDATA[The Stones Commonhouse and Kitchen to Open in Stoneham]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:59:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Stones+Common+1026.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A chef who has worked at a couple of higher-end restaurants in Boston is opening a new spot in the suburbs.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Patrick Campbell (No. 9 Park, Cafe ArtScience) and four unnamed business partners are opening The Stones Commonhouse and Kitchen in Stoneham, with the upcoming place being a casual neighborhood restaurant that will offer such options as oysters, charcuterie, Belgian-style fries, roasted chicken, grilled pork chops, pasta dishes, and more. The post indicates that this will basically be the only restaurant of its kind in Stoneham--which is known mostly for its casual Italian restaurants and Asian eateries--with Stoneham resident Campbell saying that "There's nowhere I can go to get a dozen oysters and shared appetizers and a few drinks with friends. It just doesn't exist. There are a lot of places for chicken parm and steak tips, beers and martinis, but getting a salad that isn't iceberg lettuce is a lost cause."

If all goes as planned, The Stones Commonhouse and Kitchen hopes to open in March of 2018.

The address for The Stones Commonhouse and Kitchen--which will open in a new mixed-use complex in Stoneham Square--will be 307 Main Street, Stoneham, MA, 02180. Its Instagram page can be found at https://www.instagram.com/the_stones_commonhouse/

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[Grub in Boston's Mission Hill Is Closing]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:59:58 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Grub+1026.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A restaurant that is run by the person behind a highly-rated pizzeria is getting ready to shut down after less than a year in business.

According to a source, Grub in the Mission Hill/Brigham Circle section of Boston is closing for good at the end of this week, with an Instagram post from the Huntington Avenue eatery referring customers to Penguin Pizza across the street while also hinting that at least some of the menu items at Grub will be offered there in the near future. Dermot Doyne of Penguin Pizza first opened Grub in the late fall of 2016, offering a variety of poutine options along with sandwiches and brunch items.

Penguin Pizza has been mentioned in the press as a top place for pizza over the years, with The Improper Bostonian awarding it best restaurant in Mission Hill while CBS Boston included it among its 2014 picks for best pizza and beer.

The address for Grub is 738 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

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[Lobstah on a Roll to Open in Boston's South End]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:08:20 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GT+Fish+Oyster+Lobster+Roll2.jpg

An upcoming Arlington restaurant that calls itself the "biggest little restaurant in America" will be opening another location as well, taking over a space in Boston where a pizza spot had been.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Lobstah on a Roll is planning to open in the South End, moving into the space on Columbus Avenue where Emma's was until it closed late this summer. Based on a Facebook post from the eatery, the South End location may offer such items as lobster rolls, lobster dinners, "crafted" sandwiches, and more.

Last month we reported that a location of Lobstah on a Roll was on its way to Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center where Elton's Roast Beef & Pizza used to be; it is not yet known whether the Arlington location or the South End location will open first, so stay tuned. (EB says that the one in Arlington could be opening in November.)

The address for the upcoming location of Lobstah on a Roll in the South End is 537 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Emma's in Boston's South End Is Closed
Lobstah On a Roll to Open in Former Elton's Roast Beef & Pizza Space in Arlington Center

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<![CDATA[Restaurant Roundup: This Week's Openings and Closings]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:12:28 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Restaurant+Roundup.JPG

NBC Boston's food and drink news from around the Boston area, including restaurant openings and closings. For more details, go to NBCBoston.com/hubtoday.]]>
<![CDATA[Scary Flicks in Boston For Halloween ]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:54:21 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GeneWilder-PeterBoyle-YoungFrankenstein-1974-Twentieth-sm.jpgHalloween is just around the corner. What better way to get in the mood than a scary movie?

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<![CDATA[Decadent Desserts At Deuxave]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:59:49 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Decadent_Desserts_At_Deuxave.jpg

The Hub Today's Romeo heads to Deuxave in Back Bay to see if he can bake some of their finest pastries.

For more information visit:

Deuxave


http://www.deuxave.com/

371 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

(617) 517-5915



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<![CDATA[Atlantic Beer Garden in Boston's Seaport District Has Closed]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:55:56 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Atlantic+1023.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A restaurant and sports bar on the Boston waterfront has shut down after being in business for approximately nine years.

According to a source, Atlantic Beer Garden in the city's Seaport District is no longer in operation, with a check on its Facebook page indicating that it closed its doors a couple of weeks ago. The dining and drinking spot first opened in the fall of 2008, taking over the space where Eastern Pier II had once been.

A couple of years ago, we reported that the building housing Atlantic Beer Garden and the adjacent Whiskey Priest could possibly be torn down to make way for a residential tower. It appears that this is indeed happening, as a page on the bldup.com site shows that the project has received approval and it could break ground sometime this fall. (It is not yet known if/when Whiskey Priest might close.)

The address for the now-closed Atlantic Beer Garden was 146 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Residential Tower Proposed at Site of Atlantic Beer Garden and The Whiskey Priest in Boston's Seaport District

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<![CDATA[Bistro Chi and Kama Lounge in Quincy Closing; Building to Be Torn Down]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:49:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/227*120/Bistro+1026.PNG

by Marc Hurwitz

A Chinese restaurant and a lounge that are under the same ownership and reside in the same building are getting ready to close, as they are losing their home.

According to an article in the Patriot Ledger, Bistro Chi and Kama Lounge in Quincy are planning to shut down for good on October 31, as the Cottage Avenue building in which they reside has been taken by eminent domain by the city and will be demolished this winter. The post says that both spots--which are owned by JP Fuji Group--have accepted a settlement and do not plan to reopen elsewhere at this point in time. It is not yet known what might replace the building housing Bistro Chi and Kama Lounge, but it appears that the taking down of the building is connected to the ongoing redevelopment of Quincy Center.

Bistro Chi and Kama Lounge first opened in early 2010, with the former being a Chinese eatery featuring a mix of Chinese-American and authentic Chinese fare and the latter being a sleek bar with cocktails, tapas, trivia, and DJ nights.

The address for Bistro Chi and Kama Lounge is 39 Cottage Avenue, Quincy MA, 02169. The website for JP Fuji Group can be found at http://www.jpfujigroup.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Globe Bar & Cafe to Move in Boston's Back Bay]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:12:13 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/Globe+Bar+1023.jpg

It looks like a restaurant and bar in the Back Bay of Boston is moving to an iconic space nearby.

According to a message sent by a source on Twitter, Globe Bar & Cafe on Boylston Street is moving to the former Rattlesnake Bar & Grill space on the same street, with a photo sent indicating that "opening soon" signs are shown in the windows of the Rattlesnake space. This move jibes with a message sent by another source a couple of weeks back, though at the time, it could not confirmed by any other sources and the news had not been made public. A message has been sent to Globe Bar & Cafe and we are currently waiting to get more information on the move.

Globe Bar & Cafe, which first opened approximately 12 year ago, is a casual dining and drinking spot that features a mix of New American and classic American fare along with sandwiches, pub grub, and brunch items; the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill, which was also known as Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, had been a popular hangout for more than a quarter century until closing last November, with the food options becoming more inventive and eclectic once chef Brian Poe took charge of the menu.

The current address for Globe Bar & Cafe is 565 Boylston Street, while its new address will be 384 Boylston Street. Its website can be found at http://www.globebarandcafe.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Rattlesnake Bar & Grill in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

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<![CDATA[It's Back! Boston Winter Returns Next Month]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:55:04 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/boston+winter+city+hall+plaza+ice+skating.jpg

Boston’s winter attraction is set to reopen at City Hall Plaza next month with even more food and fun for the family.

Presented by Berkshire Bank, Boston Winter, which opens Nov. 24, features vendors selling clothing, Christmas décor and food.

Last year’s event had 42 cottages for vendors. According to the City Hall Plaza’s website, the event will feature more than 85 chalets this year.

Botanical Springs CEO Francesco Capaldi was one vendor who said he enjoyed the first-time experience.

"I started the company a year ago and this is our first time out selling," said Capaldi last year. "Saturday we had probably 62,000 people come through and we had a great response."

The event also features an 11,000 square foot ice rink. Last year, Boston Bruins alumni broke in the rink with the first skate.

Visitors can rent skates or bring their own.

Boston Winter will be open seven days a week. The shopping plaza will be open through Dec. 31 and the skating rink will be open through February.

Local artists are encouraged to apply for performance opportunities.

Other attractions will include a tree maze, a Santa house and a wine and beer experience. 



Photo Credit: Boston City Hall Plaza]]>
<![CDATA[Dudley Dough in Roxbury Is Closing]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:56:49 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/246*120/Dudly+Dough+1023.jpg

It looks like a pizza shop affiliated with a nonprofit restaurant and organization is shutting down.

According to a post from Universal Hub, Dudley Dough in Roxbury is closing by the end of the year, with a note from Haley House (which is behind it) saying that because sales have not met expectations, the organization will not be able to continue subsidizing the Washington Street shop because it could end up jeopardizing the future of Haley House itself.

Dudley Dough, which first opened two years ago, is connected to the South End-based Haley House as well as Haley House Bakery Cafe on Dade Street near Dudley Dough. The organization has been helping the homeless, the working poor, and others who face struggles since the mid 1960s.

The address for Dudley Dough is 2302 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119. The website for Haley House can be found at http://haleyhouse.org/

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

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<![CDATA[Chau Chow City Space in Boston's Chinatown Is for Lease]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:57:28 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Chau+1024.jpg

Several months ago, we reported that a longtime favorite in Chinatown was closing, though it looked like a new restaurant would be moving into the space. Now it appears that this may have fallen through.

According to a tweet from @megansarahj, a sign is now posted at the former Chau Chow City space on Essex Street saying that the storefront is available, with a contact number and email address for a real estate company included. Back in June, a source sent us a photo indicating that a new hot pot and sushi place was hoping to open in the space, but it look like this did not end up working out.

Chau Chow City first opened on Beach Street in 1985, moving to Essex Street approximately 12 years later; the restaurant closed down at the end of April as its lease was up and the landlord was apparently raising the rent. Another location of the dining spot remains in operation on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester.

The address for Chau Chow City was 83 Essex Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Chau Chow City Restaurant in Boston's Chinatown Is Closing

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<![CDATA[New Restaurant May Open in Former Shalimar of India Space]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:13:52 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/211*120/Shalimar+1023.jpg

It looks like a brand new dining spot could be on its way to Cambridge--and the people behind it may have a connection to at least one restaurant in the Chinatown section of Boston.

According to a Cambridge License Agenda page, an as-of-yet unnamed restaurant is planning to open in Central Square, taking over the space on Mass. Ave. where Shalimar of India had been until closing early last year. The hearing notice mentions that W and L Restaurant Group, Inc. is the parent company of the planned eatery while the proposed manager is Shu Jiao Chen; a page on the Bizapedia site leads to information showing that Chen is involved with Irashai Sushi and Teriyaki on Kneeland Street in Chinatown and possibly Five Spices House on Beach Street as well, though the parent company mentioned in Bizapedia is Five Spices Buffet, which may or may not be connected to Five Spices House. (As soon as we get more information on a possible connection, we will post an update here.)

Shalimar of India, which had been in business for more than 25 years, was known in part for its daily lunch buffet.

The address for this proposed restaurant in Central Square is 546 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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

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<![CDATA[Fastachi to Open in Wellesley]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:33:20 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/221*120/Fastachi+1023.jpg

A pair of shops featuring a variety of roasted nuts will soon be joined by a third location.

A message sent by Leah Klein of Leah's Life: Pearls and Oysters indicates that Fastachi is opening in Wellesley, with a sign out front showing that it is indeed on its way to Church Street. An earlier article from The Swellesley Report had mentioned that the shop would be coming to Wellesley, and that post shows a similar photo with signs out front and the windows papered over. It appears that the new location of Fastachi will open sometime this fall, though no specific opening date has been given.

Based on its other locations in Watertown and Boston's Beacon Hill, expect the new location of Fastachi to offer roasted nuts, handmade chocolates, nut butters, raw nuts, and more.

The address for this upcoming nut shop in Wellesley is: Fastachi, 24 Church Street, Wellesley, MA, 02482. Its website can be found at http://www.fastachi.com/

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

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<![CDATA[Meatless Eats ]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:11:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Meatless_Eats.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi takes us around the city to find the best veggie burgers around.

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<![CDATA[Crying Thaiger Is Opening in Malden]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:58:05 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Crying+Thaiger.jpg

A new Thai restaurant is opening in Malden, moving into the space where a Chinese restaurant had been.

According to a couple of sources, Crying Thaiger is opening on Ferry Street in the former Great Chow space, with one of the sources saying that an event with the mayor will be taking place there around lunchtime today while its Facebook page indicates that a soft opening runs until October 26 and a grand opening comes October 27. One source says that this is the first Thai restaurant in the city, with the dining spot getting its name from a classic Thai dish with a dipping sauce so hot it made a tiger cry. Included on the menu will be this "Crying Tiger" dish that includes Thai-style grilled tender beef brisket with Jaew sauce, which is "spicy, savory, tangy, aromatic, pungent" and has flakes of dried chili and toasted rice, according to a Facebook post from the place.

The address for Crying Thaiger is 114 Ferry Street, Malden, MA, 02148. Its website will be at https://www.cryingthaigerma.com/

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[Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go and Tiki Rock Bar to Open in Downtown ]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:06:13 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-521732076.jpg

by Marc Hurwitz

A ramen place and a cocktail bar are going to be sharing a space in downtown Boston where a nightclub had once been.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go and Tiki Rock Bar are both planning to open on Broad Street, taking over the space where The Place was until it shut down a couple of years ago.The post says that the 12-seat ramen spot will be run by Moe Kuroki, who is behind a popup with the Oisa Ramen name, while Christopher Straub, who has worked in a variety of jobs at the Hyatt hotels, is behind the Tiki Rock Bar, a spot that will feature craft cocktails along with pan-Asian street food, sushi, and more. If all goes as planned, Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go could be opening in November. (It is not yet known when Tiki Rock Bar might open.)

Early last year, it appeared that a place called Sushi Rock might take over the space where The Place had been, though that apparently fell through.

The address for Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go and Tiki Rock Bar is 2 Broad Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Sushi Rock to Open Where The Place Had Been in Downtown Boston

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<![CDATA[Reign Drink Lab]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:47:44 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Reign_Drink_Lab.jpg

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<![CDATA[Backstage At Fun Home]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:02:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Backstage_At_Fun_Home.jpg

The Hub Today's Erica Mansfield heads to the Boston Opera House to talk to one of the leads of the Tony-Award winning musical "Fun Home" as it tours in Boston.

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<![CDATA[Dig Inn Opens at the Prudential Center]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:07:00 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/173*120/Dig+Inn+1020.jpg

A New York City-based group of "farm-to-counter" dining spots has opened an outlet at the Prudential Center in Boston.

According to a press release, Dig Inn is now open at the Pru, joining others on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing and Boylston Street across from Copley Square. The release also mentions that 50% of today's sales will go to Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen and #ChefsForPuertoRico, which provides food for those affected by Hurricane Maria.

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

The address for this new restaurant in Downtown Crossing is: Dig Inn, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02199. The website for Dig Inn is at https://www.diginn.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Dig Inn to Open New Locations in Boston's Downtown Crossing, Prudential Center

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<![CDATA[The Industry in Adams Village]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:02:27 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/The_Industry_in_Adams_Village.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to Adams Village to get some creative takes on comfort food at The Industry.

For More Information Visit:

The Industry

theindustryonadams.com/

750 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

(617) 297-9010

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<![CDATA[Mortadella Head Plans to Open in Somerville]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:59:43 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/shutterstock-pizza-record-guinness-portada1.jpg

It looks like a new Italian eatery is on its way to Somerville, and the team behind a group of burger spots is also behind this place.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Mortadella Head is planning to open in Davis Square, moving into the space on College Avenue where Deli-icious had been until closing in February of this year. The article says that the new place will be a quick-service spot that offers pizza and sandwiches, and that Chuck Sillari and his Boston Burger Company team are opening the place, with Chris Alberti (Peasant in Waitsfield, VT) running it.

Currently, locations of Boston Burger Company can be found in Davis Square, between Cambridge's Harvard Square and Central Square, and in Boston's Back Bay--and a new one is also being planned for a space between Central Square and Kendall Square in Cambridge.

The address for the upcoming Mortadella Head is 20 College Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02144.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Deli-icious in Somerville's Davis Square Is Closed

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<![CDATA[Here's What You Need to Know About the Head of the Charles]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:55:43 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Head_of_the_Charles_Regatta_Returning_for_53rd_Year.jpg

The world’s best crew teams will descend on the banks of the Charles River this weekend for the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta.

The world’s largest two-day rowing competition attracts more than 11,000 athletes and draws crowds of tens of thousands of spectators annually for this premiere event.

To make it easier to navigate the event, we've pulled together a list of what you need to know in advance of the event to help you get the most out of your experience:

When is the Head of the Charles Regatta?

The Head of the Charles Regatta is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21, and 22, 2017.

What Time is the Race?

Racing runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Where are the Best Places to Watch?

You can watch the races between the Anderson Memorial Bridge, which connects Cambridge and Boston, and the John W. Weeks Bridge. Both run along the halfway point of the race.

How Do I Get There and How Bad Will Traffic Be?

Parking is limited, so spectators are encouraged to take public transportation. Parking is available. There is free on-street parking on Birmingham Parkway, but there is no parking after 6 p.m. Parking is also available at the Alewife T Station ($7 per day and $8 overnight), as well as at Harvard Stadium Gate 14 (6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at $30 per day).

Two complimentary shuttles are provided during the race, making a number of stops around the course and surrounding parking areas. The first has stops at the Singles and Doubles launch site, Lars Andersen Bridge on the Boston side, Cambridge Boat Club and the finish area. The second shuttle runs from the parking area on Birmingham Parkway to the finish area launch site. Buses run on a continuous loop roughly every 15 minutes on both race days. Find out more about shuttle transportation on the HOCR website.

Memorial Drive in Cambridge will be closed from the Cambridge Boat Club to Western Avenue from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

What Other Events are Happening During the Race?

The Weld Exhibition, located near Harvard’s Weld Boathouse between The John W. Weeks and Lars Andersen Bridges, is a great place to visit during the race. Race sponsors will be on hand offering local flavors and free samples, along with the opportunity to purchase official Regatta programs and merchandise. You can also checkout up-to-date race results at the exhibition.

Head over to the Attager Row: Rowing & Fitness Expo near the finish line and you’ll find more than 70 vendors featuring rowing equipment, boat manufacturers, food vendors, and more.

Tickets are always available for the 14th Annual Reunion Village, where you’ll find a fun and relaxed atmosphere where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat. The village is located at the halfway point in the race on the Boston side of the Charles River.

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<![CDATA[Adopt a Shelter Dog Month]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:39:21 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Adopt_a_Shelter_Dog_Month.jpg

Romeo heads to the Animal Rescue League of Boston to help find homes for animals in need.

For more information visit:

Animal Rescue League of Boston

www.arlboston.org/

10 Chandler St, Boston MA 02116

(617) 426-9170



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<![CDATA[Line Dancing At Loretta's]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:05:51 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*124/line+dancing.png

The Hub Today's Colton Bradford heads to Loretta's Last call to get a lesson in line dancing.

For more information visit:

Loretta's Last Call

http://www.lorettaslastcall.com/

1 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA

(617) 421-9595

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<![CDATA[Cinderella's in Cambridge's Central Square Is Closing]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:12:09 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/cinderellas.jpg

A neighborhood spot in Cambridge known in part for its Italian food and late-night eats over the past 20+ years is shutting down, as its space is going to be home to a hotel that had first been mentioned here early in 2016.

Wicked Local indicates that Cinderella's in the Central Square section of the city is closing after business hours on October 28, as plans are now moving along for its Main Street building to be replaced by a 67-room boutique hotel. As reported earlier, the structure also houses Toscanini's Ice Cream and Patty Chen's Dumpling Room, with the article saying that both will reopen at the site once construction is complete (Patty Chen's will move to an addition where the current building's parking lot resides). Wicked Local does mention that Cinderella's will merge its delivery service with that of Beauty's Pizza on Hampshire Street, though Cinderella's itself will not be reopening.

Cinderella's, which first opened in the mid-1990s, went through a makeover in the summer of 2015, going from a casual Italian eatery to more of a neighborhood restaurant and bar.

The address for Cinderella's in Central Square is 901 Main Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Building Housing Cinderella's, Patty Chen's, Toscanini's in Cambridge May Become Boutique Hotel; Eateries Appear to Be Safe
Cinderella's in Cambridge's Central Square Getting a Major Makeover

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<![CDATA[Ready, Set, Row]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:02:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/262*120/HEAD+OF+THE+CHARLES.PNG

The Hub Today's Colton Bradford heads to the Charles River for some rowing tips and tricks just in time for this weekend's Head of the Charles Regatta.

For more information about the Head of the Charles Regatta, visit www.hocr.org/the-regatta/. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Quiet Few Plans to Open in East Boston]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:26:13 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Max+downtown+bar.jpg

It looks like a new restaurant and bar is on its way to East Boston, and it would take over the space where another dining spot had been until closing for the winter a few year ago--and apparently never reopening.

According to a license board hearing page within the city of Boston website, The Quiet Few is planning to open in the Jeffries Point section of the neighborhood, with the Sumner Street address indicating that it would move into the former East Boston Kitchen space. Very little is known about the proposed eatery other than the fact that it would have a main dining room and a bar area (it is currently seeking a liquor license), while a Facebook post from East Boston Oysters indicates that it would be a "casual dining/ bar."

East Boston Kitchen shut down in late 2014, saying at the time that "We are closing for the winter to reassess." The place first opened its doors in June of 2013.

The address for the proposed Quiet Few is 331 Sumner Street, East Boston, MA, 02128.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
East Boston Kitchen Is Closing for the Winter to "Reassess"

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<![CDATA[Worries Return About Patio at Olde Salt House in Cohasset]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:02:35 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/254*120/Old+Salt+House.jpg

A South Shore restaurant that was in the news several months back when the seawall supporting its patio fell into the sea is back in the news once again, as the fixes made to the outdoor dining area were apparently not permanent and erosion appears to be taking place again.

The Cohasset Mariner is reporting that the Cohasset Conservation Commission is "taking matters seriously" as conditions of the seawall by the Olde Salt House continues to deteriorate, and the commission may end up issuing cease and desist orders and setting fines for the place that could be around $9,000 a month. The article mentions that owner Gerd Ordelheide and general manager Joe Laspada of Atlantica (which is part of the complex) had been invited to a meeting concerning the patio/seawall issue on August 24, but Laspada subsequently declined the invitation, mentioning that Ordelheide had no plans to permanently fix the seawall. The commission has sent Ordelheide a letter that explains what is needed in regards to a permanent fix to the seawall, and he will also need to file a Notice of Intent with the commission by October 22--and with the next selectmen meeting scheduled for October 25, it appears that an update could be coming before the meeting, so stay tuned.

The patio for the Olde Salt House crumbled into the ocean as the seawall gave way in late June, but it was rebuilt and the restaurant opened back up the following month after getting the green light from the building inspector.

The address for the Olde Salt House--which is part of The Cohasset Harbor Resort and includes Brisa, Atlantica, and the Cohasset Harbor Inn--is 44 Border Street, Cohasset, MA, 02025. The website is at http://www.oldesalthouse.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Patio at Olde Salt House in Cohasset Falls into the Sea; Restaurant Closed for Now
Olde Salt House in Cohasset Is Open Once Again; Patio Back in Place

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<![CDATA[New Restaurant Taking Over Former Irish Pub Space in Quincy]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:08:11 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Beer-Tap-Generic.jpg

A brand new restaurant is on its way to Quincy, taking over the space where an Irish pub had been until its license was taken away by the city.

According to a Facebook post from Kerry Byrne of KJB Trending Hospitality, a new dining spot with the working name "Triumph" is opening on Hancock Street, moving into the former Clash of the Ash space in the downtown area.

The person behind the upcoming restaurant is Mathew Freid, who comes from such spots as Capo Restaurant in South Boston, The Beehive in the South End, and jm Curley in Downtown Crossing, and his plan is to focus on New American fare with Asian and other international influences, while the place will apparently be an upscale/higher-end eatery that is also "fun and accessible" and will have a bar with an old-school vibe. If all goes as planned, the new restaurant - which will likely have another name when it opens - could debut in the spring of 2018.

Clash of the Ash was stripped of its liquor license in January following its being cited for serving alcohol to a minor; the city's license board had also voted to take away the bar's license for the same charge in April of 2016 but a ruling allowed it to remain open.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Quincy Center is 1464 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
City of Quincy Strips Clash of the Ash of Liquor License, Effectively Shutting It Down
Clash of the Ash in Quincy Gets Liquor License Revoked

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<![CDATA[Felicia's in Stoneham Has Closed]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:14:21 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/felicias.jpg

An old-school Italian restaurant that has been in business for more than 50 years has closed down.

According to a number of posters across social media (including at least one worker at the place), Felicia's in Stoneham shut its doors for good over the weekend, with the Main Street eatery apparently closing at the end of business hours last night. The restaurant was known in part for its classic Italian-American fare such as shrimp scampi, lasagna, baked manicotti, ravioli, linguini carbonara, chicken parmigiana, and veal marsala, and the website mentions that it "has hosted entertainment celebrities, sport figures, politicians and tourists visiting the North End of Boston, and a multitude of neighbors and friends" over the years.

The address for this now-closed Italian dining spot in Stoneham was: Felicia's, 423 Main Street, Stoneham, MA, 02180. Its website is at http://www.feliciasofthenorthend.com/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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



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<![CDATA[Arcenia's Cucina Rustica in Woburn Has Closed; Replaced by Fortunato's]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:18:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/Arcenia+10202.jpg

A suburban Italian restaurant that was featured on our sister site has shut down, and another Italian dining spot has moved into its space.

A check on the place this week indicates that Arcenia's Cucina Rustica in Woburn Center is no longer in business, with a new restaurant called Fortunato's now open in the space. A check on the menu indicates that Fortunato's offers a mix of regional and traditional Italian items, including antipasti, pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, and veal and chicken options. It appears that the changeover from Arcenia's to Fortunato's may have happened over the summer.

Arcenia's Cucina Rustica was mentioned on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site as a little-known spot to go to for wood-fired pizza and Southern Italian dishes, with the link to the review being found here:

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

The address for the now-closed Arcenia's Cucina Rustica (and the now-open Fortunato's) is 428 Main Street, Woburn, MA, 01801. The website for Fortunato's can be found at https://fortunatositaliancuisine.com/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Country Kitchen in Concord to Close]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:12:38 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Country+Kitchen+1020.jpg

A decades-old breakfast and lunch spot west of Boston is getting ready to shut its doors.

According to a Concord Journal article, Country Kitchen on Sudbury Road in Concord is closing on December 15, as owner Trish Irons is retiring from the business. The post mentions that Irons is considering a few options, including having someone else take over the business, moving the eatery to a new location and having a new owner take it over while being a consultant, and giving some of her recipes to the nearby Crosby's Marketplace and also serving as a consultant, but nothing has been written in stone as of yet.

Country Kitchen first opened 36 years ago, offering such items as muffins, bagels, coffee, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

The address for Country Kitchen is 181 Sudbury Road, Concord, MA, 01742.br />
Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[11 Boston-Area Pasta Dishes That Are Totally Worth the Carbs]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:42:38 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/MezzoMareLinguine.jpgIn honor of National Pasta Day, here are 11 of our favorite pasta dishes in the Boston area.

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<![CDATA[BakerBaker in West Roxbury Is Closing]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:09:04 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Baker+Baker+1020.jpg

A bakery in a Boston neighborhood is getting ready to close after four years in business.

Universal Hub is reporting via a Facebook post that BakerBaker in West Roxbury is shutting down at the end of the week, with a note within the Facebook thread indicating that Thursday may be the last full day for the Spring Street shop--though owner Fran Kolenik will apparently be at the store on Friday morning as well. Another note in the thread mentions that Kolenik is looking into a way to sell pies--possibly via delivery--though nothing has been decided upon as of yet.

BakerBaker has been known in part for its pies, cakes, and cupcakes, along with cookies, soups, salads, sandwiches, and more.

The address for BakerBaker is 168 Spring Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132. Its website can be found at http://www.bakerbaker.co/

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

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

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<![CDATA[Kicking It With The New England Revolution]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:37:28 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Kicking_it_With_The_New_England_Revolution.jpg

The Hub Today's Colton Bradford takes on the New England Revolution to see if he has what it takes to hang with major league soccer players.

For More Information Visit:

www.revolutionsoccer.net/

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<![CDATA[Apple Picking at Shelburne Orchards]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:14:55 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Apple_Picking_at_Shelburne_Orchards.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to Vermont to Shelburne Orchards for a day of apple picking.

For more information visit:

Shelburne Orchards

www.shelburneorchards.com/

216 Orchard Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482

(802) 985-2753





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<![CDATA[This Is the Best Sandwich in Massachusetts]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:35:59 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/209*120/cuttys1anthonytieuli.jpg

And the winner is...

The Daily Meal has named the best sandwich in every state, and the Spuckie at Cutty's in Brookline Village is their choice for Massachusetts.

The 18-seat sandwich shop has been around since 2010, and is pretty well known in these parts. Their meats are all-natural and are roasted on site. Eggs and dairy come from local farms, and their chips, salads, pickles, sauces and more are made in-house.

Owners Rachel and Charles Kelsey trained at the famed Culinary Institute of America and have 40 years of combined cooking experience, their website says. They met, fell in love, and got married while working at America’s Test Kitchen, where they were editors/test cooks for five years before opening Cutty’s.

For those who haven't been there, you might be wondering what exactly is in a Spuckie. It's a combination of fennel salami, hot capicola, mortadella, mozarella and olive-carrot salad on ciabatta. A small one will run you $5.95, while a large is $10.95.



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<![CDATA[Todd English's Figs in Beacon Hill Reopens After Fire]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:37:06 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/figs2.jpg

Last year, a Beacon Hill dining spot owned by a celebrity chef was shut down due to a fire. Now we have learned that it is open once again.

According to an article from The Beacon Hill Times, Todd English's Figs on Charles Street has reopened after a fire in the ductwork that extended to the roof forced the restaurant to close in October of 2016. The post says that the menu remains the same, while renovations have been made to the space, including new chairs, tables, and kitchen equipment along with a brighter-colored interior.

Another location of Figs is located on Main Street in Charlestown.

The address for Figs in the Beacon Hill section of Boston is 42 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website is at https://toddenglishfigs.com/

More from Boston's Hidden Restaurants
Figs in Boston's Beacon Hill Remains Closed After Fire Earlier This Month
Figs in Boston's Beacon Hill Is Getting Ready to Reopen

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<![CDATA[Former Cop Finds Massive Success With Donut Shop]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:37:23 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009602159.JPG

A former full-time police officer is finding massive success with his donut shop "Donut Love" in North Hampton, New Hampshire. His donuts usually sell out in hours.]]>
<![CDATA[Beauty Buzz: Flawless Face]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:14:47 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Flawless_Face.jpg

The Hub Today's Anna Rossi meets up with makeup artist extraordinaire Janet Choup to learn a few tricks to get a flawless face this fall.

To learn more of Janet's tricks and see her work, visit www.janetchoup.com/. ]]>
<![CDATA[Harvesting Honey in Boston's Seaport District]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:37:49 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Harvesting_Honey_in_Boston_s_Seaport_District.jpg

It is no secret Boston's Seaport District is buzzing, but it's not just from the construction and foot traffic. One hotel's rooftop is home to 1 million bees.]]>
<![CDATA[The Best Pizza in America is Right Here in New England]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:38:52 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/portland8.jpg

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<![CDATA[Where Boston Students Like to Go, According to Lyft]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:45:40 -0500

You, who crave to know things that only people receiving money for the laborious task of crunching numbers and fooling with Abacuses and stewing newts and whatever else it takes to conjure up a witches hell-broth of usable information do, are about to read a list.

Again, this is a list.

Now that you’re well aware of that, anyone still here can scroll on down to this roster of top spots around the college universe contained in the Hub as deemed by rideshare darling Lyft. They’ve analyzed the intel and identified the key drop off/pick up destinations around Northeastern, Harvard, UMass, Suffolk and Tufts, looking at everything from pizza joints to bars and dinner date spots, retail and so forth.

 

BOSTON COLLEGE

Top Pizza Place: Agoro’s Pizza Bar & Grill Brighton

Top Supermarket: Wegmans

Top Bar/Brewery: The White Horse Tavern

Top Retail Location: The Shops at Chestnut Hill

Top Breakfast Spot: Johnny’s Luncheonette

Top Dinner Spot: Barcelona Wine Bar Brookline

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Top Pizza Place: University Grill & Pizza

Top Supermarket: Whole Foods Market

Top Bar/Brewery: Tavern In The Square

Top Retail Location: Prudential Tower

Top Breakfast Spot: Eastern Standard

Top Dinner Spot: The Cheesecake Factory

MIT

Top Pizza Place: Blaze Pizza

Top Supermarket: Trader Joe’s

Top Bar/Brewery: Aeronaut Brewing Company

Top Retail Location: Cambridge Side Galleria

Top Breakfast Spot: The Friendly Toast

Top Dinner Spot: Santouka Hokkaido Ramen

SUFFOLK

Top Pizza Place: Regina Pizza

Top Supermarket: Star Market

Top Bar/Brewery: Boston Beer Works

Top Retail Location: Cambridge Side Galleria

Top Breakfast Spot: F B Luncheonette

Top Dinner Spot: Causeway Restaurant & Bar

NORTHEASTERN

Top Pizza Place: Blaze Pizza

Top Supermarket: Star Market

Top Bar/Brewery: Yard House

Top Retail Location: Target

Top Breakfast Spot: Thorton’s

Top Dinner Spot: The Cheesecake Factory

UMASS

Top Pizza Place: Regina Pizzeria

Top Supermarket: Star Market

Top Bar/Brewery: Lincoln Tavern

Top Retail Location: Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Top Breakfast Spot: Mc Kenna’s Cafe

Top Dinner Spot: Porto

HARVARD

Top Pizza Place: OTTO

Top Supermarket: Trader Joe’s

Top Bar/Brewery: John Harvard’s

Top Retail Location: Cambridge Side Galleria

Top Breakfast Spot: The Friendly Toast

Top Dinner Spot: The Sinclair

TUFTS

Top Pizza Place: Oath Craft Pizza

Top Supermarket: Whole Foods Market

Top Bar/Brewery: The Pub

Top Retail Location: Cambridge Side Galleria

Top Breakfast Spot: Foundry on Elm

Top Dinner Spot: Ball Square Cafe

BRANDEIS

Top Pizza Place: Bertucci’s

Top Supermarket: Hannaford Supermarket

Top Bar/Brewery: Michael J’s

Top Retail Location: Natick Mall

Top Breakfast Spot: In A Pickle Restaurant

Top Dinner Spot: Mulan Taiwanese Restaurant

(Image via flickr)

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<![CDATA[Meet the 150 Finalists for 2017’s 50 on Fire]]>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:42:48 -0500

Once a year, we task ourselves with the job of highlighting the most impactful group of individuals and companies in Boston tech and innovation. Not an easy task, given the fact that Boston is stacked with talent. We have an abundance of thinkers, drinkers, dreamers, students, entrepreneurs, yo-pros, doctors, engineers and more. Thankfully, our editorial team, a committee of judges and your nominations makes it much easier to determine who has been on “fire” in 2017. For our sixth year of 50 on Fire, we have received, far and beyond the most nominations ever.

Take note: This isn’t your typical rankings list where companies and individuals have to be under a certain age, in a very specific role or even a well-defined box. We’re purely going off of impact in 2017 for each company and individual’s given industry. We carefully considered every nomination, from two-person design shops to behemoths that just moved to Boston (hi, Reebok). 50 on Fire is a reflection of Boston’s innovation community, a collection of people and organizations in different roles, stages and categories who are making an impact on this city. Setting it on fire, if you will.

Below are your city’s 150 finalists for this year’s event, broken up into 11 categories: civic/social impact, design, food and drink, education, retail/ecommerce, health and medicine, marketing and advertising, professional services, sports and fitness, investment, and technology.

Our judges have until the end of October to pick the winners, which we’ll reveal via a video announcement (not via self-indulgent speeches). We’ll also be honoring one company or individual each category of winners with the new Inno Blazer award. See you all at 50 on Fire at the Revere Hotel, Liberty Hall, on November 9th. Tickets are on sale now. Buy tickets here.

Civic/Social Impact Finalists: We looked for the game changers in our community who are making a lasting local and global impact with their work. These are the catalysts for change, socially, economically and environmentally, that are on fire this year.

Design Finalists: From awe-inspiring architecture and innovative public gathering spaces to 3D printing and digital design, these individuals and organizations are creating a better future for our city and its residents.

Retail/ecommerce Finalists: Boston is home to some of the most innovative brands in the industry. They are shaping the way we buy and sell goods within our community through new consumer concepts.

Food & Drink Finalists: Food and restaurant technologies are burgeoning in Boston. They’re on their way to establishing new ways that we shop, consume, pay and think about food.

Education Finalists:You told us who made their mark on the university and edtech scene this year and we did our best to listen. Nominations included professors, university accelerators and education technologies.

Health & Medicine Finalists:This year, we decided to focus on digital health companies, individuals and initiatives that are tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Marketing & Advertising Finalists: With the extreme growth in adtech, marketing technologies and agency work in Boston, it will be difficult to determine who deserves honors in this category.

Investment Finalists: Boston is now a major hub for investors—from individual angels to heavily backed venture firms— there is no shortage of deal flow in Boston.

Sport & Fitness Finalists: Boston is the hub for all things sports and fitness related – not to mention, the sneaker capital of the world. From health and wellness technologies to household fitness brands – we are looking for new trends in the industry.

Professional Services Finalists: Offering customized knowledge-based services and technology products to clients is essential to building the local businesses around Boston. This includes law firms, tech services, real estate agencies and more. These companies are helping lead the pack.

Technology: New startups and public tech anchors have made Boston a spot on the tech map that cannot be missed. Here are the Boston-based tech companies that have a chance to become part of this year’s 50 on Fire.

Want to be in the room for the big 50 on Fire reveal? Snag your tickets to the main event on Nov. 9th to catch the premiere of the high-octane video announcing the winners, and celebrate with some of Boston’s top influencers.

 

Thank you to our 50 on Fire Sponsors. If you are interested in being a 50 on Fire Sponsor contact us.

    

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<![CDATA[19 Events Worth Checking Out in October]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:45:29 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/october1.jpg

You know that Onion article about “Mr. Autumn Man?” Yeah, that’s me. You can keep Summer because Fall is by far my favorite season in Boston. Football is back, you can start wearing multiple players and/or puffy vests, and cider donuts become an acceptable meal for breakfast. For October I found 19 great events to attend, and a lot of them hit the above themes for which I hold so dear. So sit back, grab a cup of mulled wine, and I’ll see you out and about — right after I jump into this pile of leaves.

Topsfield Fair

Through October 9 — Open daily at 10 a.m. — Topsfield, Mass. — It doesn’t get more Autumnal than this. In its 199th year, the Fair has grown from a simple agricultural showcase into a fried food extravaganza that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Although the food stalls and turkey legs are the highlights for me, there are also 4-H competitions for your relatives from the country, adorable animals for the kids, and live music for everyone. Featured acts this year include Cassadee Pope and the Village People. Leave plenty of time for traffic on Route 1. $9.

Cambridge 5K — Octoberfest

October 1 — 9:30 a.m. — CambridgeSide — All running abilities are welcome at this 5K that takes you around and through Kendall Square, finishing at the mall formerly known as the CambridgeSide Galleria. (When did they change that?) Registration includes a race shirt and, in keeping with the season, beer from Jacob Wirth, and other local breweries. Proceeds will benefit local non-profits. $50.

SoWa’s Second Annual Fashion Show

October 1 — 1 p.m. — 450 Harrison Ave. — For the second straight year, the folks behind the weekly SoWa Open Market will help kick off Boston Fashion Week with an outdoor fashion show that will feature SoWa Art + Design District designers and retailers. Two shows will take place at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on a catwalk constructed on the district’s iconic Thayer St. Free.

Official Opening Night of Boston Fashion Week

October 1 — 7 p.m. — Explorateur, 186 Tremont St. — Speaking of Fashion Week, the annual seven-day celebration of Boston style officially kicks off with a party celebrating the 18 designers featured in 2017. The event includes the screening of a documentary short about the featured designers, plus plenty of time to mix and mingle with Fashion Week designers and models wearing selections from their collections. Dress to impress. $18.

Forbes Under 30 Summit

October 1 through 4 — City Hall Plaza — Forbes’ decision to bring their Under 30 Summit to Boston last year turned out to be a nice feather in the Walsh administration’s cap. The event returns to City Hall Plaza — one month before the mayoral election! — and will bring with it more than 6,000 entrepreneurs and investors. Confirmed speakers include Ashton Kutcher, YouTube star Tyler Oakley, and legendary investor Paul Tudor Jones. And the keynote speaker? Some guy named Kendrick Lamar. $595.

Honk!

October 6 through 8 — Davis Square  — Honk! earns its exclamation point by bringing brass bands from all over the world to Somerville for a three-day celebration of music and activism. On Saturday, more than 25 bands will take over Davis Square for one big dance party. On Sunday, local community groups and activists join the bands for a parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square. I dare you to attend one of the performances and not move your feet. Free.

Football Sundays in the Capo Supper Club

October 8 — 12 p.m. — 443 West Broadway, South Boston — Have you been to Capo’s newish downstairs event space? The Supper Club, as they call it, is a 4,000 sf subterranean lounge that can only be described as your cool neighbor’s finished basement on steroids — a lot of steroids. On NFL Sundays, Capo is taking reservations for tables, high tops, and lounge seating so you can watch football in style. Best of all, won’t need to raid a liquor cabinet; Capo will stock a mini-fridge to your liking. To reserve, email jen@caposouthboston.com.

Parkour 101

October 8 — 11 a.m. — lululemon Prudential — Parkour punctured the Zeitgeist in The Aughts, most memorably in the opening scene of “Casino Royale” and even “The Office.” If you’ve ever wanted to try it for yourself, head to lululemon Prudential where the folks from Project Freerun will lead a one-hour introductory course. Leave the flip-flops and jeans at home, and try not to pull an Andy Bernard. Free.

Somerville Brew n’ Chew

October 14 — 5:30 p.m. — Brooklyn Boulders– If you are not interested in unlimited samples of new craft beers, than you should definitely keep scrolling. The Somerville Brew n’ Chew will offer up more than 100 different brews, plus free food samples and live music. And it all takes place in in Brooklyn Boulders one-of-a-kind space in Somerville. $45.00

Drink to Fall Bar Crawl

October 14 — 12 p.m. — The Harp — Summer is great for patio drinking, but for my money Fall is the best drinking season in Boston. (Don’t @ me.) The folks at El Tour events apparently agree and have organized an aggressive 15-stop bar crawl that starts at The Harp and (hopefully) ends at the Wild Rover next to Quincy Market. Your ticket includes a t-shirt but doesn’t cover bail, so drink responsibly. $15.00

Take A Bite Out Of Cyber-Bullying

October 18 — 6 p.m. — Towne Stove and Spirits, 900 Boylston St. — If you follow private chef and author Jen Royle on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that her trolls have no problem cyber-bullying from the safety of the keyboard in their parents’ basement. (Click through the #SliderQueen hashtag for way too many examples.) On October 18, Royle will use her culinary skills and celebrity to raise money for cyber-bullying prevention by cooking up — you guessed it — gourmet sliders. No one has ever accused Royle of not having a sense of humor. $25.

Boston Public Market Harvest Party

October 19 — 5:30 p.m. — Boston Public Market — The Boston Public Market’s second annual Harvest Party is the ultimate celebration of local food and cocktails. The evening includes a Chef’s Table cooking competition and a Market Party where you’ll be able to explore the market and sample its vendors behind closed doors. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Boston Public Market Association’s mission to create opportunity for New England farmers, fishers, and food entrepreneurs. $50.

Head of the Charles Regatta

October 21 and 22 — 7:45 a.m. — John W. Weeks Bridge, 953 Memorial Drive, Cambridge — Since 1965, the Head of the Charles has welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition. Even if you don’t know your Coxswain from your Stroke Seat, the Regatta is one of Boston’s signature events, right up there with Marathon Monday. One of the best spots to watch and socialize is always Reunion Village, located between the Weeks and Anderson bridges on the Boston side of the river. Free.

Renegade Run Obstacle Course Race

October 22 — 9 a.m. — Wompatuck State Park, Hingham — If you’re not quite ready for “American Ninja Warrior” but also sick of hearing your finance bro friends talk about their Tough Mudder war story, I’ve got just the race for you. The Renegade Run spreads 25 obstacles out over a scenic four-mile running route through beautiful Wompatuck State Park. The obstacles, including monkey bars, walls, and tunnels, are meant to be challenging but attainable for everyone. Post-race activities include a beer tent, food truck festival, and live music. Proceeds from the race will help fund research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.  $80.

Sam Adams OctoberFest: Boston

October 27 — 4 p.m. — Seaport World Trade Center — Celebrate Octoberfest in style in the Seaport with truckloads of Sam Adams beer, food, and live music from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Kongos, and City of the Sun. While there take a ride on the Hops Slide, play some lawn games, and watch beer lovers compete to see who can Hoist the best Stein. $45 and $85.

Brighton Main Streets 2017 Annual Gala

October 27 — 6 p.m. — Warrior Ice Arena, 90 Guest St. — Find out what’s Hot and what’s Cool in Brighton at Brighton Main Streets’ annual gala at the Boston Bruins’ still-gleaming practice facility. Tickets include a small plate-style dinner and a cash bar, plus an auction with prizes at all price points. Guests will also have the option of lacing up and skating on the Bruins’ oval from 8-10 p.m. $75.

Brooklyn Brewery Mash Beer Mansion

October 27 and 28 — 6 p.m. — Boston Center for the Arts — The fine folks from Brooklyn Brewery are building a Beer Mansion in the South End, and you’re invited. Beer Mansion residents will have access to unlimited beer tastings while they explore five themed tasting rooms, including “The Anatomy of a Beer” where Brooklyn Brewery’s seasonal beer, Kiwi’s Playhouse, is featured. Food options will include noshes from Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Pennypacker’s, and Tenoch Mexican. Other surprises include hands-on art creations with chef Andrew Gerson and live music from Spirit Ghost, Black Beach, and Today Junior. $50.

10th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest

October 28 (three sessions) — 1 Kendall Square, Building 100 — I don’t slap my “Must Do” label on many things, but Cambridge Brewing Company’s annual Great Pumpkin Fest is one of the best events of the year and you really need to check it out. Tickets include delicious snacks and pours of Great Pumpkin Ale and other CBC favorites. While the two afternoon sessions are fun for daytime drinking, the nighttime session is the one to see. That’s when CBC monks conduct the sacred “Pumpkin Processional,” which involves marching a a giant beer-filled pumpkin into the courtyard and tapping it for all to enjoy. Halloween costumes are encouraged. $30.

Central Scare at the Central Flea

October 29 — 11 a.m. — 95 Prospect St., Cambridge — Central Scare offers an opportunity to celebrate both Halloween and the last Central Flea of the 2017 season. This one will be their biggest flea market yet, featuring 160 vintage and antique dealers, artists, designers and food trucks. They’ll also have free treats, live music, pumpkin painting, and a costume contest. Vendors will also be competing for best costume, booth decor, and decorated food truck. Free.



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<![CDATA[Why Leaders Put Up With Bullies on Their Team]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:19:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Fade_AP_110723161334.jpg

People often wonder, “why is our leader putting up with that bully? Everyone knows the guy is a bully. Why does she tolerate that here?” 

Bullying is the use of intimidation, humiliation, fear, and threats interpersonally. It is not to be confused with directness, assertiveness, or working openly through conflict.
People who employ these behaviors do not reflect well on their boss. A leader’s choice to tolerate bullying does real damage to the culture, team morale, and productivity. So why do they allow it to persist on their clock?

There are many reasons:

• Surprisingly, sometimes the leader is unaware of the situation. Most senior leaders are shrouded in a buffer zone of dishonesty. People are afraid to speak the truth to CEOs, who then come to live in an artificial world, a very different world than everyone else’s. And bullies are magnificent upward-managers. Usually they bully their peers and their reports but they do not bully their boss.

• If the leader does know about the bully on his team, he may believe that he cannot live without her. A leader can become disproportionately dependent on a key report who delivers results, which bullies often do. A leader may also have a strong sense of loyalty to the bully if she has done great work for him in the past.

• A leader may not know what to do about the bullying behavior. Perhaps she is afraid of the bully, herself, or is not masterful at difficult conversations. So she avoids confronting the bully with his unacceptable behavior and holding him accountable to change.

• If a leader is willing to address the bully but feels it is too difficult to replace the bully, he may just accept the bullying behavior as an unpleasant cost of doing business. The leadership talent shortage is real, and hiring senior outsiders into the organization is difficult and risky. Replacing the person can seem more daunting to the CEO than just accepting the bullying behavior, and he does not want to disrupt the business.

• Finally, a leader may be working with the bully to change her behavior, but it takes time and a lot of effort to change this management dysfunction.

So what can be done to resolve this situation?

• If you are a peer or direct report to the bully, be honest with your senior leader about the


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bullying. It takes courage to tell a leader that one of her reports is bullying others. But the leader needs to know, even if the leader is personally close to the bully.

• If you are the leader, create a culture of open feedback and transparency. Knowing that most people are “managing” you, giving you feedback that you want to hear and avoiding conversations that you may wish not to hear, it takes extra work to really get people to share uncomfortable information.

• If you are the boss of a bully, you are invited to value how your team members treat others as much as you do the results they achieve. You may decide to reject destructive behavior from high performers. It is absolutely not a necessary trade-off to make (bad behavior for good performance). There are great performers in the world who are also great culture-creators, great bosses, and wonderful people with whom to work. Raise your standards and surround yourself with such people.

• If you are the one with the bullying behavior, have compassion for yourself. It could be the outward manifestation of extreme stress, it could be learned behavior from prior bosses who bullied you, or it could be scar tissue from past experiences in life. Find someone you trust, identify root causes, and heal and transcend this behavior.



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<![CDATA[Former Spotify Executive Joins Boston Healthcare Startup]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:23:23 -0500

After raising a $31.6 million round led by Andreessen Horowitz last year, PatientPing has scooped up a former Spotify executive to lead its product team.

Dave Rodger, PatientPing's new head of product. Photo provided by PatientPing.
Dave Rodger, PatientPing’s new head of product. Photo provided by PatientPing.

The Boston-based healthcare tech startup announced on Tuesday that it has hired Dave Rodger as its head of product. Rodger was previously vice president of product at Spotify, which he joined through the company’s 2014 acquisition of Somerville-based The Echo Nest. Prior to joining The Echo Nest in 2011, he held roles at TripAdvisor and SimpleTuition.

PatientPing’s software aims to help healthcare providers coordinate care for patients by sending the providers real-time notifications (or “pings,” hence the startup’s name) whenever patients are admitted, transferred or discharged from a facility, and provides critical patient information at the point of care. This can help providers save a significant amount of money and provide better care for patients.

Rodger said after meeting the PatientPing’s CEO, Jay Desai, and the company’s board, he was really impressed with how much traction the company has seen in an industry that is very complex.

“It really seems like we have now identified a pretty tractable entry point into the market on how to tackle healthcare,” Rodger said.

As its new head of product, Rodger said he will work with the company’s leadership team and employees to expand into new markets and develop new features.

PatientPing is now used by nearly 20,000 providers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia and New Jersey. Its most recent expansion was in Wisconsin, where a health system consisting of a hospital, a psychiatric center and 32 primary care clinics use PatientPing’s system.

PatientPing Raises $31.6M Series B Led by Andreessen Horowitz & Leerink

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<![CDATA[Mike Felger Will Make His Social Media Home at Fancred]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:48:49 -0500

Michael Felger is one of the last sports talk hosts to hold off from using social media, but at the beginning of the month, he finally tweeted from his long-dormant Twitter account.

For Felger’s followers, it was a big moment and a chance to finally interact with him online, but it turns out that Twitter won’t be the best place to reach him. The real place to follow the WBZ-TV host for his unfiltered opinions and commentary on sports will be Fancred, a sports-focused social media network, BostInno has exclusively learned.

Fancred is expected to announce later Tuesday morning that Felger has joined the network, which was resurrected last year after the original business operating it shut down. After Fancred’s original Boston-based company shut down in March 2016, it sold the company’s assets that summer to Football Nation Holdings, a company founded by Boston entrepreneur Andrew Miller. Miller originally planned to rebrand Fancred as Football Nation’s official app, but the company decided to instead focus on rebuilding Fancred as its own brand.

With that decision, Fancred sought out Felger as a social media influencer who could bring his large audience with him. In an interview with BostInno, Felger said he held out from using social media for so long because he is “absolutely pathetic with technology” and that his long hours on TV and radio gave him enough of an opportunity to voice his opinions.

“It’s exciting being on the ground floor and taking a chance on something new.”

“I do enough chirping in the course of my day jobs that to take it home with me seems exhausting,” Felger said.

He changed his tune, however, when Fancred reached out through a mutual friend. On one hand, Felger said, he knew he was eventually going to have to change as more people look to follow their favorite media personalities online, but he was also enticed by Fancred’s singular focus on sports, where politics and other things won’t get in the way.

“It’s exciting being on the ground floor and taking a chance on something new,” he said.

In a press release announcing Felger’s arrival on Fancred, the company described the radio and TV personality as an “investor” and “partner.” Felger declined to provide any specific details on his partnership and investment, but said that he would be using Fancred regularly for at least the next two football seasons. He said followers can expect him to be active on Fancred during football games and when he’s otherwise off-air.

“I don’t want to say exactly what the deal is, but I have upside in the company,” Felger said. “There are lots of different ways to invest.”

Fancred now operates under the umbrella of Command Media, which also runs the Command Center publishing platform and fantasy sports game FantasySpin. Andrew Miller, president of Command Media and Fancred, said the company is primarily focusing its energy on building out Fancred, whose Android app will soon receive a substantial update. The company has raised a little over $2 million from investors, Miller said.

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