Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fatal Fire at Hanover Street Building in Boston's North End That Houses Trattoria Il Panino

by Marc Hurwitz

A three-alarm fire hit the North End of Boston early this morning, killing two people and heavily damaging a building that includes several apartments and a popular restaurant.

According to reports on WBZ, the blaze began around 1:00 AM in what appears to be the second-floor apartment of a Hanover Street building, with two fatalities including a man being found dead inside and another jumping from a window. Early estimates says that the structure suffered approximately $1.5 million damages, including possible water damage at Trattoria Il Panino, a restaurant within the building. (Ristorante Saraceno and Gelateria are located next to Il Panino, but specific information on those places have not been given as of yet.) It looks like the fire was started by careless disposal of smoking material, according to a Twitter post from the Boston Fire Department.

Updates on the fire will be posted here as they come in.

[November 22 update: Boston Magazine states that Trattoria Il Panino was not actually damaged by the fire, and that owner Frank DePasquale has put up some of the residents affected by the blaze at Bricco Suites, a nearby hotel that he owns. (He is also planning to set up a fundraiser at his restaurants.)]

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Concord Market Group (Trail's End Cafe, Lincoln Kitchen) to Open Concord Market

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.

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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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Blue Canoe Cafe to Open in Former Atomic Cafe Space in Marblehead

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.

[Earlier Article]
Atomic Cafe Announces Closure of Its Marblehead Location; Sole Remaining Shop in Beverly Remains Open

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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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City Winery Opens in Boston

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/

[Earlier Article]
City Winery Plans to Come to Boston

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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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Monday, November 20, 2017

Verts Is Now Noon Mediterranean

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/

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bfresh in Brighton Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of local grocery stores that focus on healthy options will soon be down to just two.

Universal Hub is reporting (via a tweet from @GospelOfIHM) that bfresh in Brighton is closing its doors. while WCVB 5 states that the Washington Street store plans to shut down on November 25. WCVB mentions that Stop & Shop is looking to integrate the bfresh markets into their brand, and that a planned Newton outlet will become a new small format store--though it appears that no name has been given for that shop as of yet. (Both Stop & Shop and bfresh are part of the Ahold Delhaize food retailer, which is based in the Netherlands.) The bfresh stores in Allston and Somerville will remain in operation.

bfresh first opened in Brighton in August of 2016.

The address for this soon-to-close market in Brighton is: bfresh, 470 Washington Street, Brighton, MA, 02135. The website for bfresh can be found at http://bfresh.com/

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