Friday, August 26, 2016

Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar to Open in Quincy

A new Italian restaurant is coming to an increasingly hot downtown area south of Boston, and the team behind an adjacent steakhouse will be opening the place.

Eater Boston is reporting that the people behind Alba in Quincy will be opening Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar next door (where Siam House used to be), with the Hancock Street dining spot having Venetian influences, including cicchetti, or small side dishes, along with pasta, salumi, a raw bar, and cocktails. No opening date for the restaurant has been given as of yet, but Zef is hoping to open sometime in October, according to EB.

Alba is an upscale restaurant that is known in part for its roof deck and extensive wine list.

The address for this upcoming Italian restaurant in downtown Quincy is: Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar, 1472 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

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Broadsheet Coffee Roasters to Open in Cambridge

A new coffee shop is on its way to Cambridge, and it will apparently be the first coffee roaster in the city.

Eater Boston is reporting that Broadsheet Coffee Roasters is planning to open on Kirkland Street in the former Kirkland Convenience Store space, which is next to Savenor's Butcher Shop on the Somerville line. An article from Boston Magazine says that this will be the first shop in Cambridge to roast its own coffee beans, and that the beans used will come from Asia, East Africa, and Central America, with batched hot coffee, pour-oven options, and cold coffee (probably on draft) available along with tea and foods such as salads, sandwiches and pastries.

If all goes as planned, Broadsheet Coffee Roasters could be opening in time for the holidays.

The address for this upcoming coffee shop in Cambridge will be: Broadsheet Coffee Roasters, 100 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Update: Owners of The Burren Plan to Open The BeBop in Pad Thai Cafe Space in Boston's Fenway/Kenmore

[Ed note: This article was updated twice on August 25 to reflect new information given.]

It looks like a Thai restaurant in a busy section of Boston could be saying farewell, with a new dining and drinking spot possibly moving in.

According to a Twitter post from Drew Starr, an abutters meeting was held last night to look into a proposal to replace Pad Thai Cafe in Boston's Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood with an as-of-yet unnamed place that the sign says could be an Irish pub. No other information has been given in the meeting notice other than the fact that the planned changeover would include the transfer of the liquor license from the Boylston Street eatery to the new spot; we have reached out to the Mayor's office to try to find out more and will post an update when we get one.

Pad Thai Cafe, which first opened about a decade ago, is a casual counter-service restaurant that is particularly popular with college students who live in/near the area.

The address for Pad Thai Cafe (and the proposed dining and drinking spot) is 1116 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

[August 25 update: The Mayor's office tells us that the proposed spot will not be an Irish pub after all, but it will apparently be a restaurant with live music instead. (More updates are coming, so keep checking back for updates.)]

[August 25 update #2: A new tweet and a Facebook post from Drew Starr indicate that the owners of The Burren in Somerville's Davis Square are behind the new place, which will be a restaurant and jazz club called BeBop.]

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Love Art Sushi May Be Opening in Former T.C.'s Lounge Space in Boston

It looks like a new sushi spot is on its way to Boston, and it appears to be opening in the space where a beloved neighborhood bar used to be.

According to a tweet and an Instagram post from Drew Starr, Love Art Sushi is planning to open on Haviland Street (near where Boston's Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods meet), moving into the former T.C.'s Lounge space. Very little is currently known about the upcoming spot, though based on an earlier UConn Today article, it does appear to have a connection to a place in Storrs, CT, that opened a few years ago as Haru Aki Cafe and is now called H.A. Cafe; a Bizapedia page lists the manager and registered agent of record of Love Art Sushi as Jessica Chiep and Ronald Liu, respectively, and Haru Aki Cafe was opened by Jessica Chiep, Ronald Liu, and Thomas Wang.

TC's Lounge had been a neighborhood fixture for more than 40 years until being hit by a fire in March of 2012 and then losing its home later that year.

The address for the upcoming Love Art Sushi (and the former TC's Lounge) is 1 Haviland Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

[Earlier Articles]
TC's Lounge Loses Its Home
Fire Causes Extensive Damage to TC's Lounge in Boston

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Lanes & Games in Cambridge May Be Replaced by a Residential Development

It looks like a local institution for bowling and more could disappear from the landscape and be replaced by a new development.

Universal Hub is reporting that Criterion Development Partners is planning to build a residential complex at the site of Lanes & Games along Route 2 in Cambridge, with the development (which will be called the Residences at Alewife Station) including two buildings that would apparently take over the space where the adjacent Cambridge Gateway Inn currently resides as well. A meeting on the project takes place tonight with The ‚ÄčNorth Cambridge Stabilization Committee while The Cambridge Conservation Commission will hold a hearing tomorrow, with UH stating that one concern that will require commissioner approval is the fact that the structures would be built on a floodplain. (The Cambridge planning board will also need to approve the proposal as well.)

Lanes & Games has been a popular spot for bowling, pool, and video games since it first opened more than 30 years ago; it also has a restaurant and bar that offers such items as pizza, burgers, steak tips, and ribs.

The address for Lanes & Games is 195 Concord Turnpike, Cambridge, MA, 02140. Its website can be found at

[August 26 update: The Cambridge Chronicle/TAB mentions that Lanes & Games is expected to remain open for another year or so before saying farewell, with Criterion consultant Rich McKinnon saying that the family behind the place has "made a decision; they're tired. They want to retire, they don't want to run it anymore, and the next generation doesn't want to run it anymore." The article also mentions that the Lanes & Games space is expected to become home to a high-end apartment building. (Thanks to Drew Starr for bringing this to our attention.)]

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

News Elsewhere: Howard Johnson Restaurant in Bangor, ME, to Close, Leaving Sole Location in Lake George, NY

What was once a household name on the local and national restaurant scene will soon be down to one remaining dining spot.

According to an article from MWTW Portland, the Howard Johnson restaurant location in Bangor, ME, will be closing September 6, as owner Sally Patel says that business has been "very slow." Once it shuts down, the only HoJo's restaurant left will be in Lake George, NY, as a third location of the chain in Lake Placid, NY, closed down last year. WMTW does say that the hotel part of Howard Johnson in Bangor will remain in operation.

The first Howard Johnson restaurant opened in Quincy in 1925 (according to a post in the Sun Chronicle), with the dining spot soon expanding throughout the country and becoming known for such items as fried clams, roast turkey, macaroni and cheese, and ice cream. A number of HoJo's outlets called the Boston area and Eastern Massachusetts their home over the years, including restaurants in Chelmsford, Concord, Dorchester, Framingham, Haverhill, Lexington, and Quincy.

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