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The Sycamore and Little Big Diner sibling has taken over the longtime 51 Lincoln space

Two popular Newton Centre restaurants have a brand new sibling in Newton Highlands: Buttonwood opened its doors on January 9, courtesy of Dave Punch and Shane Smyth, who also preside over Sycamore and Little Big Diner. Buttonwood is located in the former 51 Lincoln restaurant space (51 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands). 51 Lincoln closed in June 2016 after more than a decade in business.

Those familiar with Sycamore will recognize some of the same touches in Buttonwood (which is actually another name for a sycamore tree), although Buttonwood is aimed at being more of a family-friendly spot than Sycamore turned out to be. “Sycamore has become a little more of an adult hangout,” Punch told Eater in September. “Of course we welcome kids, but we want Buttonwood to really be the kind of neighborhood restaurant where everyone feels included. We want it to be a bit more affordable, and we want the food to be a little more rustic.”

Punch said at the time that the menu would be very seasonal and would probably feature a preserves and spreadables section — “simple things you can put on toast — salt cod brandade, pork rillettes” — as well as grilled meat and fish dishes and a substantial selection of sides.

Per social media posts from its first night in business, Buttonwood’s

Take a peek at the menu

Diners will soon have a new opportunity to dig into Southeast Asian cooking from Tiffani Faison: The chef’s popular Fenway restaurant Tiger Mama (1363 Boylston St.) will introduce a weekly Sunday brunch starting January 14, featuring brand new entrees and cocktails between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. A while back, the restaurant served a dim sum brunch, but it’s been a dinner-only operation in recent months — until now.

The headliner of the new menu, the Mama Mac Burger, is the restaurant’s first-ever take on a burger. Made with two pork flat patties and topped with American cheese, roasted onions, fish sauce tomato jam, mayo, and lettuce, the burger comes with house hash browns and rice salad for $15.

A section of the menu titled “sweet thangs” includes dishes like gingerbread pancakes and a bacon cheddar waffle that comes with Thai chili butter, while rice-based dishes come topped with everything from tuna poke to grilled Vietnamese pork and Indian fried chicken. There’s also a shrimp toast Benedict and a Viet yogurt pudding, and regulars at Tiger Mama will recognize four items from the restaurant’s dinner menu under a section called “the classics,” which includes street noodles, house fried rice, pad gra pow, and banh mi.

For a look at the full food menu in all its glory, along with this week’s rotating cocktail menu, see below:

The allegations were filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in 2014

A former employee of Strega Waterfront recently received a favorable ruling from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) after making sexual harassment allegations, according to The Boston Globe.

Luvina Hernandez, who began working at the restaurant in 2013, reportedly filed a complaint with MCAD in 2014, alleging that her supervisor, Salvatore Firicano, made constant inappropriate comments about her body and sex life and had asked her to give him a massage. Furthermore, Hernandez claimed that her work schedule was changed — and her employment was eventually terminated — after she rejected Firicano’s advances, as the Globe reported.

The MCAD announced a ruling in September 2017 that found Firicano, the restaurant, and its ownership liable for sexual harassment, the Globe reported. The result of the ruling awarded Hernandez $20,000 in damages and ordered the restaurant to introduce a management training program.

A legal representative for the restaurant group behind Strega told the Globe that the group would be appealing the decision, at the same time noting that the group takes “all claims of sexual harassment, or any type of discrimination, seriously.”

Strega Waterfront is one of several restaurants in the family of the Varano Group, run by Nick Varano. In a 2015 profile by Boston Magazine, Varano is characterized as a “hefty bon vivant, the howyadoin’ come to life, full of wiseguy aphorisms,” a personality that his...

Crepe & More is now hiring staff

A new source for crepes will soon arrive in Boston: Crepe & More is currently staffing up for its opening at 700 Atlantic Ave., inside South Station, per a post on Craigslist seeking crepe makers and counter staff. Crepe & More will serve customizable sweet and savory crepes, as well as “specialty drinks” and other desserts, according to state filings and job postings.

Crepe & More will be a small kiosk inside the station, according to the agenda for a Licensing Board hearing, and it could operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Like most of the dining kiosks at South Station, Crepe & More won’t have its own seating; only Tavitas and Tavern in the Square do, while customers of Oath Pizza, Au Bon Pain, and the rest can grab a seat anywhere around the station.

Lea Sasportes is behind Crepe & More; she also operates Amorino Gelato in Back Bay and is in the process of opening a second location of the gelato shop in Cambridge, as previously reported.

Eater has reached out to Sasportes for more information and will provide any updates as more information is made available.

Back Bay Gelato Shop Eyes Cambridge Expansion for Rose-Shaped Scoops [EBOS]

Boston’s greatest restaurants for any occasion

Presenting Boston's updated Eater 38, your answer to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?"

This elite group of 38 must-try restaurants is meant to cover the city of Boston and a little bit beyond while spanning multiple cuisines and price points, collectively satisfying every restaurant need. Every quarter, Eater Boston adds a few pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game. As such, we also must say goodbye — not necessarily forever — to a few restaurants each quarter to make room.

This quarter, we refreshed a larger portion of the map than usual: new year, new 38. Please welcome the following additions: ArtScience Culture Lab & Café, Bisq, Brassica Kitchen & Café, Café du Pays, Cultivar, The Gallows, Neptune Oyster, Pagu, Pammy’s, and Spoke Wine Bar.

For information on this quarter's retirees (and other past 38 entries), consult the Eater 38 archive. And do check out the Eater Heatmap to find the hottest restaurants in town right this very second, or Eater’s New England 38 for more essential restaurants across the region. Notes: Restaurants are listed geographically; ranking is not implied. Only one restaurant per restaurant group is included.

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The Back Bay tapas restaurant has been open for more than two decades

Newbury Street mainstay Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar will bid farewell on Sunday, January 14, per an email from owners Fernando Leon and Carlos Reverendo. Located at 266 Newbury St. in Boston’s Back Bay, Tapeo has been open for over two decades, serving charcuterie, paella, tapas, sangria, and more.

The owners’ statement reads:

We are sad to inform you that Tapeo will permanently close for business on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

The ongoing Lease Negotiations with the landlord were not successful. After taking into consideration the unreasonable rent increases and lease terms he is demanding, we decided that it is no longer possible for us to stay. As we have all witnessed in the last five years Tapeo is not the only Newbury Street restaurant forced to closed due to oppressive rents.

We wish to thank all employees, both present and past, as well as our loyal following for their many years of service and patronage. It has been a great 22-year run.

The Spanish restaurant has two sibling spots, which both remain in operation and also feature tapas: Solea on Moody Street in Waltham and Kika Tapas in Cambridge’s Kendall Square.

And other food and beverage updates from around New England

Broadening the scope a bit, here’s the latest restaurant news from beyond Greater Boston; we’re keeping an eye out for dining developments throughout New England. This piece will be updated on a rolling basis, covering restaurant openings, closures, and more in Portsmouth, Providence, Portland, and elsewhere.

Check back for updates — the most recent ones will always be at the top — and email with any news tips pertaining to New England restaurant news beyond Boston.

Note: Jump to the bottom of this page for a list of other links pertaining to New England dining, including a guide to Portsmouth and Kittery, an archive of Maine news, a map of the hottest new restaurants in Providence, and more.

January 9, 2018

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRELunch Lady Food Truck debuted at the end of 2017 in Concord, serving a school-themed menu featuring items named for grades one through 10. There are burgers, barbecue pork nachos, Buffalo wings, and Reuben egg rolls, among many other items, including sides and drinks. Find it by the Everett Arena (15 Loudon Rd.), and keep an eye on social media for other locations.

DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Burger joint Hop + Grind (7 Madbury Rd. — Madbury Commons) opened at the end of November. The restaurant butchers and grinds its own meats and makes its soda in-house. There are beef,...

Boozy milkshakes, burgers, and bacon truffle fries

A North Shore restaurant pursuing a second location could bring its specialty burgers within Boston city limits. The owner of A&B Burgers in Beverly is working to finalize a lease for a space within Boston proper, and if all goes as planned, he will begin construction on the second space soon.

This is not the first time A&B has explored expansion plans: The restaurant previously pursued a second location in Amesbury, which did not come to pass. Owner Tom Holland confirmed the current Boston proper expansion plan to Eater but declined to give an address at this point, noting that everything is tentative as lease negotiations continue for the space.

“I decided last winter to pull the plug on the Amesbury deal as I just didn’t see the long-term benefit for the company’s growth,” Holland told Eater. “Instead, we began our search for the right location in the city for our second spot.”

He has signed a letter of intent for the mystery Boston location and will be prepared to start construction as soon as the deal is finalized, possibly within the next few weeks.

A&B Burgers first opened in a former jail space in Salem in 2013 (that space now houses Bit Bar) before moving to its current spot in Beverly (206 Cabot St.) in 2015. The full-service restaurant offers specialty burgers with a range of toppings, fries,...

These are a few players making big strides this year

It’s a good time to drink up in the Bay State. There are currently over 100 different breweries scattered across Massachusetts, many of which boast their own tasting rooms and distribution efforts. Depending on whom you talk to, this growth is causing the beer scene to either flourish, flounder, or simply bubble up.

Despite the odds, local brewers are pushing forward and planning big things for the year ahead. Here are five Boston-area establishments that drinkers should pay particular attention to in 2018 — and this is by no means an exhaustive list. There is so much beer-related action happening in and around Boston, with a myriad of new breweries and trends emerging each week. If there’s another brewery or upcoming concept we should pay special attention to this year, let us know.

Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen
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Early last year, two Cambridge Brewing Company alums set out to carve their own paths, and come early 2018, we’ll finally taste what they’ve been plotting. Brato Brewhouse has decided to hunker down in deep Brighton and is currently...

Catch up on the year’s happenings before we head into 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, here’s a look back at the year in restaurant openings and closings, top news stories, most-read maps and guides, and more.

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Most-Read Stories

From breaking news of a college bar closure to the debuts of a variety of novelty venues, these are the stories that you read the most this year.

  1. Boston Restaurants Standing in Solidarity With ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Strike: A list of restaurants that closed on February 16 and messages of support from others.
  2. Sunset Grill & Tap and Patron’s Have Closed: But Sunset Cantina remains open for business.
  3. Les Sablons Debuts in Harvard Square: Look inside Island Creek Oyster Bar’s brand new Cambridge sibling.
  4. Cowabunga! A4cade and Roxy’s Central Are Here to Fill Your Life With Joy: Sneak a peek inside the best collaboration ever — and then go play.

Say goodbye while you can

Some restaurants announce their closures days or weeks before the closures actually take place, leaving fans time to say their goodbyes. We track those closing-but-not-closed restaurants right here.

To keep an eye on upcoming closures, bookmark this page or hit the “follow this stream” link (below and to the right) to add this page to your favorite RSS reader.

Know of another restaurant that has announced an upcoming closure? Let us know:

Local food writers share their favorite pieces by other local food writers in our most meta survey question yet

As is Eater’s annual tradition, we’re closing out 2017 by surveying local food writers (including our own staff and contributors) on various restaurant-related topics, and we’re publishing their responses in these final days of the year. Readers, please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comment section below.

Keep an eye on the Year in Eater archive page for other stories in this series.

The final question of the 2017 series: What’s your favorite piece of writing by another local food writer this year?

MC Slim JB, restaurant critic for The Improper Bostonian:

“Not to play to the audience, but Eater Boston’s coverage of our scene has gotten steadily deeper, more entertaining and helpful in 2017: Kudos to the whole staff!

Also in the possibly-pandering department, I have to give a shout-out with much respect to my colleagues in the Food & Drink section at The Improper Bostonian for their feature work, notably my editor Matt Martinelli for his patience, sharp blue pencil, and previews of new restaurants. My eternal thanks as well to former editor Jacqueline Houton (who’d previously honed my dubious, over-hyphenated prose at the bygone Boston Phoenix); she...

do men like steaks

Analytics are essential in online media — we’ve got to know what makes you come to Eater, what makes you stay or leave, what’s interesting enough to keep you reading all the way to the end of a long story. And buried in the analytics, there are often some weird things.

As is our annual tradition at Eater Boston, we’re winding down our end-of-year coverage with a look at some of the most bizarre things you typed into Google (or your search engine of choice) that brought you here this year. [sic] throughout. Hope you all found what you were looking for.

(See also: the 2016 list, the 2015 list, and the 2014 list.)

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Local food writers share what they think will happen in the food world next year

As is Eater’s annual tradition, we’re closing out 2017 by surveying local food writers (including our own staff and contributors) on various restaurant-related topics, and we’re publishing their responses in these final days of the year. Readers, please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comment section below.

Keep an eye on the Year in Eater archive page for other stories in this series.

Today’s next question: What are your headline predictions for 2018? (See the predictions from 2016 for 2017 here.)

MC Slim JB, restaurant critic for The Improper Bostonian:

“Some ancient chickens will come home to roost in the plummeting from grace of big local industry names due to sexual harassment charges. And I have a few sadly-unresolved repeats from prior years. Our longstanding worker wage issues will get uglier: Trump just made managerial tip-stealing legal. We’ll see more beloved food items (especially seafood) get much more expensive or entirely unavailable due to our backwards-acceleration response to climate change. And again, our great indie restaurants will suffer — some will close, and some bright new talents won't be able to open their own places — thanks to relentless pressure from mediocre national chains and our...

An archive of stories about restaurants that bid farewell this year.

Take a gander at these stunners

Ambiance is everything: Some of the year’s new restaurants hit it out of the ballpark in terms of design. It was a year of chandeliers in rustic spaces, vintage finds, greenery, and murals. So many murals. Here’s a peek into eight of the most attractive debuts of 2017, the spaces in which you won’t mind lounging for awhile, dining on tacos or pasta or so many frozen margaritas.

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

253 Summer St., Fort Point, Boston

The new Lolita location took the 2017 Eater Boston Design of the Year award thanks to its colorful murals, eye-catching stained glass, and other details, including the rows upon rows of skulls affixed to the ceiling above one table. COJE Management Group is behind the two Lolita locations (and sibling spots Yvonne’s and Ruka, also quite attractive), and COJE’s Project Services Group designed the new Lolita, with Boston-based Bergmeyer in the books as architect of record. Two artists worked on Lolita’s murals (and Ruka’s as well) — Julia Purinton of Burlington, Vermont, and Danny Fila of Miami, Florida.

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Local food writers rave about their best meals of the year

As is Eater’s annual tradition, we’re closing out 2017 by surveying local food writers (including our own staff and contributors) on various restaurant-related topics, and we’re publishing their responses in these final days of the year. Readers, please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comment section below.

Keep an eye on the Year in Eater archive page for other stories in this series.

Today’s next question: What was your best (local) restaurant meal of 2017? (See the 2016 responses here.)

MC Slim JB, restaurant critic for The Improper Bostonian: Huge Galdones for Cultivar

“Oof, I have to choose just one? A dish that I thought about for weeks afterward was this simple, cold Hunanese salad of wood-ear fungus in a very tart and chili-hot dressing with a ton of raw garlic at Sei Bar in Wakefield.

I often find myself at the bar at Erbaluce on my rare nights off from review research. One memorable dinner there started with an elegantly reductive Pavese soup of...

The month in openings, closings, top news, and more

2017 did not end with a whimper. December was jam-packed with openings, including a number of highly anticipated spots, such as Jewish delicatessen Our Fathers in Allston; a sushi-focused sibling to Loco Taqueria, Fat Baby; and a Back Bay sequel to the acclaimed Moody’s Delicatessen out in Waltham. And neighborhoods that are generally pretty quiet on the restaurant opening front got some new spots as well, such as a sushi burrito joint called Sunny Cafe in Eastie and a seasonal beer hall from Trillium in the old Roslindale substation.

But there were some sad goodbyes as well. Mainstays like East Coast Kitchen and Sunset Grill & Tap are now closed. And increasing rent forced ramen destination Pikaichi out of its Allston space (although it’ll try to relocate), while financial struggles ended the run of Dudley Dough, a fair-wage pizza shop in Roxbury that is tied to the Haley House.

Read on for a summary of December 2017, including the most-read news stories and maps, the openings, and the closings.

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Most-Read Stories
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Just a bit north of Boston, there’s some fall activity on the new restaurant front

Down in Boston and the surrounding areas, it’s a particularly busy season for the debut of new restaurants. North of the city, there’s a bit of activity as well. Here’s the rundown on fall 2017 restaurant openings around the North Shore, plus a sneak peek at openings slated for winter and beyond.

(Looking for upcoming openings elsewhere in Massachusetts? Find the full index here. Want to jump directly to Boston proper openings? Find those here. Cambridge and Somerville are featured separately over here, while the MetroWest and Central Massachusetts openings are here. All other Greater Boston spots are here.)

New for fall 2017: An Ipswich brewery, a new location of an Italian restaurant, an outpost of an expanding fried chicken chain, and more.

Read on for the details, and click on the name of any restaurant to be taken to an archive of previous Eater coverage about it. Something missing? Email

A note on geography: Regional borders can be debatable. For the purposes of North Shore coverage throughout Eater Boston, we use the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s North Shore Task Force’s definition of “North Shore,” which can be found here.

This story was originally published on October 24, 2017. It is being updated throughout fall 2017; the date of the most recent update appears above.

Recommended eating (and drinking) around Boston

Most mornings, the Eater Boston day kicks off with Morning Briefing, a round-up of mini news bites from the restaurant world in Boston and beyond. Often, Morning Briefing ends with a segment called “One Thing You Should Eat Today” (or occasionally “One Thing You Should Drink Today”) — a dish (or drink) that the Eater Boston team has enjoyed recently and thinks you would too.

Some of the dishes can be found at brand new restaurants while others are from old classics, and some are high-end while others are quick and cheap, but they’re all delicious.

This ever-growing map serves as an archive of all of those recommendations; give them a try and share your thoughts in the comments below. (We want to see what dishes you’re enjoying as well. Tag your Instagram photos #eaterboston; we regram our favorites.)

Note: Map points are ordered from north to south, not ranked.