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by Marc Hurwitz

A new Thai restaurant appears to be getting ready to open, and it will take over the space where a beloved Asian street food spot had been.

Universal Hub is reporting (via a Facebook post) that Tasty Thai is looking to open in Roslindale, moving into the former Seven Star Street Bistro space on Belgrade Avenue. The Facebook post, which is from Chris Lin of Seven Star Street Bistro, introduces the upcoming place and its owners, saying that "Wan and her husband have come from Thailand. I got a warm feeling the first time I met them and I know you will too! I am excited to pass on a family tradition to a new family who will embrace all of things that make Rozzie businesses great!" If all goes well, Tasty Thai could be opening sometime in February, according to the post.

Seven Star Street Bistro first opened in 2011, offering inventive takes on Chinese food and other Asian fare in a casual atmosphere, and it received much praise over the years, including boston.com listing it among the "best of the new" in 2011. (The restaurant closed in June of this year.)

The address for the upcoming Tasty Thai is 153 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA, 02131.

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Seven Star Street Bistro in Roslindale Is Closing Indefinitely

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by Marc Hurwitz

A new Asian restaurant has opened in Quincy, and it moves into the space where a decades-old Italian spot had been.

According to a Facebook post from Kerry Byrne, Fusion Kitchen is currently going through a soft opening on Franklin Street, moving into the former Alfredo's space just south of the downtown area of the city. As mentioned here earlier, the new eatery has a connection with Fusion Taste in Arlington and Stoneham, and it also has an apparent connection with Fusion House in Methuen and Sato II in Stoneham as well. Based on the other Fusion restaurants, expect to see a mix of Chinese and Japanese fare at the new Fusion Kitchen.

Alfredo's, which first opened in 1960, was a casual spot that focused mainly on Italian-American fare; the restaurant closed for good in late 2016.

The address for Fusion Kitchen is 75 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

[Earlier Article]
Alfredo's Restaurant in Quincy Closing; May Be Replaced by Fusion Kitchen

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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]


by Marc Hurwitz

A downtown Boston institution that has been in business for 150 years is on the selling block.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Jacob Wirth Restaurant in the city's Theater District is up for sale, with the Stuart Street dining and drinking spot going on the market for $1,025,000. The post says that  it will be "business as usual" for the 220-seat eatery until it is sold, and the hope is that a new owner will continue on with the place, though it is expected that there could be at least some changes once it changes ownership.

Jacob Wirth, which first opened in 1868, is known in part for its German food and extensive beer list, along with its Thursday and Friday piano singalongs. The eatery is housed in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is the second-oldest continually operating restaurant in the city, according to Boston Magazine.

The address for Jacob Wirth is 31-37 Stuart Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Its website can be found at http://www.jacobwirth.com/

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by Marc Hurwitz

A Malden restaurant that has been in business for a bit more than three years is closed for now, as it has been seized for what appears to be money-related issues.

According to a message from The Passionate Foodie, Oppa's Kitchen & Bar on Pleasant Street is locked up and dark with an orange "Seized" sign in the window that apparently indicates the closure of the place may be due to back taxes and/or rent. It is not known if/when the restaurant might reopen again, so stay tuned for updates.

Oppa's Kitchen & Bar first opened in September of 2014 in the space where Massimo's had been until it closed and moved to Wakefield; the dining spot offered such items as wings, bibimbap, bulgogi, ramen, teriyaki, and more.

The address for Oppa's Kitchen & Bar is 157 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA, 02148. Its website can be found at http://www.oppaskitchenandbar.com/

[January 18 update: Based on a photo sent by a source, the "Seized" sign indicates that the Oppa's space is now in possession of the landlord and that it has been vacated by order of the court, with the name of a constable given on the sign.]

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by Marc Hurwitz

A local brewery that closed last summer is still shuttered, and it is not known when--or where--it might reopen.

According to an update within its website, Blue Hills Brewery in Canton remains closed, with the note saying the following:

Blue Hills Brewery is undergoing restructuring, which takes time to sort out. Our end goal is still to build a craft brewery at a new location in the Canton area with a tap room and serve the best tasting and enjoyable craft beer around. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a specific date to offer our customers as to when and where we will be back up and running.
In July of 2017, the brewery posted a note saying that it was going to build a tap room in the Canton area, though little other information was given at the time.

Blue Hills Brewery first opened on Turnpike Street (Route 138) in 2009.

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by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime Italian restaurant in the western suburbs of Boston is closed for the foreseeable future after a water pipe burst, causing major damage to the place.

According to a Facebook post, Agostino's in Natick Center is shuttered, with the note saying that the Washington Street spot "will be closed indefinitely due to water damage. We are working rigorously to rebuild and reopen" while someone involved with the restaurant says on the thread that it could be "months" before it can open back up again. As soon as an update from Agostino's comes on a possible reopening date, we will post here, so stay tuned.

Agostino's first opened in 1982, offering Italian-American food in a family-friendly environment; according to its website, the place had recently redone its lounge area.

The address for Agostino's is 23 Washington Street, Natick, MA, 01760. Its website can be found at https://agostinositalianrestaurant.com/

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

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by Marc Hurwitz

A Japanese restaurant that left its space in Allston because of increasing rent has found a new home in Medford, taking over the space where a Mexican spot had been.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a Facebook post) that Pikaichi is going to be reborn in the former Emiliano'z Mexican Grill space on Boston Avenue, with the post saying that it could be reopening as soon as March. The Japanese eatery had shut down last month, saying that they would not be able to sustain their business due to a major rent increase, but at the time they mentioned that they would be looking for a new home somewhere in the area. Pikaichi, which is known for such items as ramen, rice bowls, fried octopus balls, boneless fried chicken, and more, had been squeezed into a space between the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 market and its adjacent food court where Brighton Avenue meets Commonwealth Avenue. Our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured it as an under-the-radar spot to go to, with the review being found at this link:

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

Emiliano'z, a restaurant known in part for its burritos and tacos, shut down late last month after approximately 10 years in business.

The address for the new location of Pikaichi is 123 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155. Its website can be found at https://www.pikaichiramen.com/

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Pikaichi in Allston Is Closing; May Move to New...
by Marc Hurwitz

A local chain of Italian dining spots is closing its location in downtown Boston.

According to a Twitter post from @kenjimallon, Bertucci's at Faneuil Hall is shutting down, with a message from the chain confirming this, saying that today is its last day in business. The message mentions that the closing is a business decision, as they were not able to come to terms on their lease. It appears that all other locations of Bertucci's will remain in operation, including its outlets located within the Boston city limits in Kenmore Square, the Longwood medical area, and in West Roxbury along with a number of others in the surrounding area.

Bertucci's, which first started out in 1981, opened its Faneuil Hall location in 1989 according to the message sent to us; the chain focuses mainly on brick-oven pizza and Italian dishes.

The address for Bertucci's in Faneuil Hall is 22 Merchants Row, Boston, MA, 02109. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.bertuccis.com/

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by Marc Hurwitz

Yesterday we reported that an axe-throwing facility complete with alcohol was being planned for Somerville. Now we have learned that this might not be the only place of its kind in the Boston area.

Eater Boston is reporting that Revolution Axe Throwing is looking to open in Everett, moving into an old warehouse on Norman Street in the city's "Fermentation District." The post says that the team behind the upcoming business will not be offering food initially, but they are seeking a beer and wine license--and there is also the possibility of collaborations with two nearby breweries (Bone Up, Night Shift) and a distillery (Short Path). If all goes well, Revolution Axe Throwing could be opening sometime in April, according to Eater.

As reported earlier, a Philadelphia-based group of axe-throwing facilities called Urban Axes will be coming to Somerville's Union Square as early as this summer, and that spot could include a full bar.

The address for the proposed Revolution Axe Throwing is 69 Norman Street, Everett, MA, 02149. Its website will be at http://www.revolutionaxe.com/

[Earlier Article]
Urban Axes Is Coming to Somerville's Union Square

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by Marc Hurwitz

An outpost of an iconic Italian restaurant has reopened approximately a month after it mysteriously closed.

According to a source, Giacomo's Ristorante in Boston's South End of Boston is open once again, with photos showing an "Open" sign out front and customers inside the Columbus Avenue dining spot. No specific reason was ever given for the restaurant's closure, though a note out front last month said that "Due to circumstances beyond our control Giacomo's South End will be temporarily closed! We deeply apologize for any inconvenience and hope to make it up to you in the near future."

The North End location of Giacomo's is one of the most popular restaurants in that neighborhood, with long lines often found outside the place. (A third location can be found on Main Street in Melrose as well.)

The address for Giacomo's in the South End is 431 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Article]
Giacomo's Ristorante in Boston's South End Is Temporarily Closed; Exact Status Unknown

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by Marc Hurwitz

A group of axe-throwing facilities that include alcohol will be expanding to the Boston area as soon as this summer.

Eater Boston is reporting (via BizBash) that Philadelphia-based Urban Axes is planning to open in the Union Square section of Somerville, with the place including a full bar and having room for 80 to 100 people. The upcoming location will apparently be available for groups or corporate events and walk-in hours will be offered as well, and there will be axe-throwing leagues of all levels. The posts mention that workers will give safety information and oversee patrons who are throwing the 1.5-pound hatchets, which are aimed at wooden targets that have bullseyes.

EB says that no food will be offered at the Urban Axes location in Somerville, though customers are invited to bring their own.

The website for Urban Axes can be found at https://urbanaxes.com/

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by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like an iconic grocery store in Cambridge may be joined by a second shop on the Boston waterfront.

The Boston Herald is reporting that Cardullo's in Harvard Square is planning to open in the Seaport District, with a licensing board page mentioning that the Brattle Street shop is eyeing a space in an office tower on Seaport Boulevard that is also home to such spots as Aceituna Grill, by Chloe, Tikkaway Grill, and Yoki Express. Few details are known about the proposed store in the Seaport District other than the fact that it plans to sell alcohol, so keep checking back for updates.

Cardullo's, which first opened in 1950, is a gourmet market that sells a variety of cheese, chocolate products, honey, spices, coffee, tea, liquor, pasta, sandwiches, and more. The store changed hands in 2015, with Kim and Richard Wilson purchasing it from the Cardullo family.

The address for the original Cardullo's is 6 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, while the address for the proposed shop in the Seaport District is 101 Seaport Boulevard. (Its website can be found at http://www.cardullos.com/)

[January 18 update: Eater Boston states that the new location of Cardullo's in the Seaport District will be similar to its Harvard Square shop, though it will also offer small batch spirits and it will include a deli that sells breakfast sandwiches in the morning as well as sandwiches, salads, charcuterie,...
by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime European-style cafe that was popular with college students may be gone for good after stating earlier that it had been temporarily closed for renovations.

Eater Boston is reporting that Angora Cafe by Boston University appears to be shuttered permanently, as sources say there are signs showing that the Commonwealth Avenue space is up for lease and that its windows remain papered over nearly a month after the place said they would reopen before the end of 2017--and now, its website has been taken down as well. The eatery, which got its start more than 30 years ago, was known in part for its sandwiches, Mediterranean-influenced menu items, and smoothies and frozen yogurt.

As soon as we find out more about the exact status of Angora Cafe, we will post an update here.

The address for Angora Cafe is 1024 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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by Marc Hurwitz

An award-winning ice cream shop that was established nearly 40 years ago is temporarily closing, but when it reopens there will be not one, but two locations.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Toscanini's in Cambridge's Central Square is shutting down later this month as its building on Main Street is being turned into a boutique hotel, and the owners will open a new location at First and Rogers streets in East Cambridge around the time that its original shop closes. The article says that all production will be moving to the new space and that it will be a permanent shop that will remain open--and will continue to house the production equipment--when the Central Square location returns. The new shop will have approximately 40 seats and a display kitchen that can be seen by customers, according to Boston Magazine.

As reported here earlier, Cinderella's--which was also in the Main Street building--is closed for good (though its delivery service has been merged with Beauty's Pizza on Hampshire Street) while Patty Chen's plans to return to the space once renovations are complete.

Toscanini's, which started out in 1981, has received high praise over the years, including multiple "best ofs" from Boston Magazine, according to a page on the shop's website.

The address for the original location of Toscanini's is 899 Main Street while its new shop will be at 159 First Street.

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by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new restaurant is in the works for the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, and the person behind a downtown seafood spot and wine bar appears to be involved with it.

According to a licensing board page within the city's website, a dining spot called nathalie is planning to open on Brookline Avenue and is seeking to acquire its liquor license from the Brass Cat Cafe, a yet-to-open spot in Jamaica Plain. The notice says that the proposed eatery would have a bar and a seasonal outdoor patio, and that the manager is Haley Lynn Fortier, who runs haley.henry on Province Street. Very little is known about what food might be served at nathalie and when it could open (and whether nathalie is just a working name), so stay tuned for updates.

haley.henry first opened in downtown Boston in August of 2016, offering tinned fish, cheeses, a variety of wines, and more.

The address for the proposed nathalie is 186 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

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by Marc Hurwitz

A South Shore breakfast and lunch spot that has been featured by our sister site may be moving to a space where a longtime restaurant currently resides.

According to a source, the Mad Hatter Cafe in Weymouth is looking to move from its current home on Main Street to the Hajjar's space on Washington Street, with a Twitter post from @scanweymouth seeming to confirm this, showing a hearing agenda page that says the Mad Hatter is seeking the liquor license from Hajjar's to open in that restaurant's space. (The Town Solicitor also confirms this information on the Twitter thread, saying it is "legit.") It is not known what changes might be in store for the Mad Hatter if it does move into the new space, nor is it known when the move might happen, so stay tuned for updates.

The Mad Hatter Cafe is known in part for its Irish-influenced breakfast and lunch items, including a traditional Irish breakfast, an Irish breakfast roll, beef stew, shepherd's pie, and chicken curry with rice. The dining spot has been mentioned on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site as an under-the-radar spot to go to, with the review being found here:

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

Hajjar's traces its history back to a roller-skating rink that was established in the 1950s and was converted into a fitness club with a dining area in the 1980s before becoming a full-fledged restaurant.

The current address for...
by Marc Hurwitz

The people behind a North End restaurant are looking to open another dining spot nearby, moving into the space where a frozen yogurt shop had been.

Eater Boston is reporting (via NorthEndWaterfront.com) that Frank and Karen Pellino of Pellino's on Prince Street are planning to open an as-of-yet unnamed restaurant on Hanover Street in the former Pinkberry space. A meeting agenda notice for the proposed eatery mentions that the Pellinos have purchased the property--which includes three residential units--and that they plan to change the use of the dining space from a takeout spot to what appears to be a full-service restaurant with beer, wine, and cordials offered. The meeting with the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council took place on January 8, with a new NorthEndWaterfront.com post saying that the council gave unanimous support for the restaurant, which would have seating for 30 and be a pasta-themed spot.

Pinkberry closed in 2016 after three years in business, while Pellino's moved from Marblehead to the North End in 2012, taking over the space where G'Vanni's once was.

The address for the proposed restaurant from the folks behind Pellino's is 285 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

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by Marc Hurwitz

A chain of hamburger places has closed one of its Boston-area locations, leaving only three left locally.

According to a source, Johnny Rockets at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree is no longer in business, with a check on the chain's website confirming this, as the Braintree outlet is no longer on its locations page. No reason has been given for its closure, nor is it known what might move into the space; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Johnny Rockets, which is based in California, currently has Boston-area shops at Logan Airport in East Boston, Acton, and Burlington. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.johnnyrockets.com/

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by Marc Hurwitz

A Mexican restaurant known in part for its burritos and tacos has shut down after being in business for a decade.

According to a couple of sources, Emiliano'z Mexican Grill in Medford is no longer in operation, with a check on the place indicating that it appears to have closed sometime in late December. The Boston Avenue dining spot, which first opened in 2008 in the space where Giuseppi's Kitchen had been, was a casual place that offered Mexican fare in a casual environment, along with beer, wine, and sangria.

The address for this now-closed Mexican restaurant in Medford was: Emiliano'z Mexican Grill, 123 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155.

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by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime MetroWest restaurant that was known in part for its buffet has closed its doors.

According to a source, Rasoi Gourmet Indian Kitchen in Framingham is no longer in business, with a check on its website confirming this, saying that the Route 9 dining spot shut down on December 31 and thanking customers for being a part of their business. It is not yet known what might go into the space--which is within the Old Trolley Square shopping center--so stay tuned for any updates we might get.

Rasoi Gourmet Indian Kitchen first opened in 1995, offering a variety of Indian dishes along with a lunchtime buffet.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in Framingham was: Rasoi Gourmet Indian Kitchen, 855 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham, MA, 01701.

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