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Wine wizard Lauren Friel is opening Rebel Rebel

Somerville’s forthcoming Bow Market is already bursting at the seems with food and beverage vendors, but another has joined the mix — wine expert and writer Lauren Friel will bring Rebel Rebel to the complex, where she will showcase a carefully chosen selection of natural wines, as Boston Magazine reports.

Friel came to the project a bit by happenstance, she said.

“I was happily freelancing when I got a call from Alex [Whisnant] of Gate Comme des Filles (who’s also a Bow vendor) telling me I should check out the project,” she told Eater in an email. After meeting with developers, Friel said she was drawn to the community focus of the whole project.

“I wasn’t looking to open a wine bar, but it felt like the perfect home for me. I know everyone says this, but it felt like serendipity,” she said.

Though Rebel Rebel will be small, it will carry a large amount of spirit. The place is named for David Bowie song, and Friel told Boston Magazine she wanted to bring some of the pop star’s “irreverence, fun, and inclusivity to wine.”

Friel plans to change the collection of wines available at Rebel Rebel in a “rapid-fire rotation,” where she can pick and choose what to highlight each night.

“I’m envisioning at least 15 wines by the glass, around 30 bottles all-told,...

The brothers behind Boston Winery are about to dip their toes into the beer market

The brothers behind the Boston Winery (26 Ericsson Street, Dorchester) are opening a brewery next door in Dorchester. Boston Restaurant Talk recently reported that Ralph and Vito Bruno plan to expand their alcohol business, and will do so on the same spit of land occupied by their winery on the Port Norfolk peninsula.

Bruno’s Brewery (24 Ericsson Street, Dorchester) applied for a Farmer Brewery Pouring License, which the City of Boston’s licensing board granted on April 11. Ralph Bruno told Eater that he and his brother met with representatives from the neighborhood on April 17, and that they were given the blessing to proceed with the new venture. Bruno said the official opening date is up in the air, but that he expects to be open sometime this autumn.

To begin, Bruno’s Brewery will offer seven or eight beers on site, though Bruno told Eater they may explore distribution in the future. Bruno’s Brewery will offer a New England IPA, a porter, a stout, and a Kolsch, among other beer styles. Bruno told Eater the brewery was inspired by “a big demand for beer.”

“And with the winery already here, and Boston Harbor Distillery right down the street, this area will become a sort of hub for alcohol in Boston,” said Bruno.

The brewery...

Tre Monte will replace Limoncello 2 on Salem Street next month

Woburn-based Italian restaurant Tre Monte is planning to expand to Boston’s North End, reports Boston Restaurant Talk, taking over the Limoncello 2 space at 76 Salem St. Tre Monte’s owner and chef, Antony Contarino, confirmed the news to Eater, as did a representative for Limoncello 2.

Limoncello 2, which opened under a year ago, thanked its customers on Facebook, noting that the business had been sold and asking everyone to continue visiting the original location at 190 North St. (also in Boston’s North End).

Contarino opened his third restaurant, Tyngsborough’s Tre Monte Pizzeria, this past November, and he said he wasn’t exactly planning to open a fourth so soon after. (His second restaurant is another Tre Monte Pizzeria; that one is in Lowell.)

“The opportunity was there,” said Contarino. “To sign a deal to open another restaurant two months after opening the other is tough, but the space was great and my family is from the North End. I figured I ought to take the shot now while I have the opportunity.”

Contarino said the North End version of Tre Monte will be similar to his restaurant in Woburn. Diners can expect classics like littleneck clams in a spicy tomato broth, arancini, a Caprese salad, veal chops, and a wide array of pasta dishes.

Contarino has...

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Got $20 Million to Save Necco?

Massachusetts candy company New England Confectionary Co. (Necco) urgently needs a big cash infusion, and people have been panicking about the state of the company: One woman offered to trade in her car to candy wholesaler for a giant supply of Necco Wafers, one local food writer made the case for why the Sky Bar is actually the Necco candy to be sad about if the company shutters, and somewhere there is probably one person who is crying about the potential loss of Squirrel Nut Zippers and Candy Buttons.

Former Necco CEO Al Gulachenski (2011-2015) wants to step in to save the company, but for that he estimates that he needs $30 million — $5 to $10 million of which he plans to raise himself — to relocate Necco to a more suitable home within Massachusetts, keep on as many current employees as possible, and bring back his executive team from his time with the company. He’s hoping to raise $20 million via crowdfunding, a bit of an ambitious goal considering that’s in line with a small group of the most-funded projects in crowdfunding history. The now-defunct Pebble smartwatch, for example, earned just over $20...

Kimchipapi Kitchen will open in May in the former Chicken & Rice Guys space on Harvard Avenue

Allstonians, brace yourselves for Kimchipapi Kitchen (81 Harvard Ave., Allston), a Korean-Japanese restaurant that is set to open sometime in May. The restaurant, which shares owner Joon Son’s nickname, will occupy the space left vacant by the Chicken & Rice Guys in late 2017.

More about that name: “My government name is Joon Son,” Son told Eater via email. “The name Kimchipapi was given to me by my good friend Lily a couple of years ago because I was always cooking with kimchi and I was typically the only Korean during gatherings and parties.“

Eater asked Son to share some details about the cuisine, but he said, “I can only give you keywords. Sorry, I’m trying to keep things G-14 classified for a little while.” Included in his list of keywords were “Korean,” “Japanese,” “Glory Bowl,” “Send Noodz,” and “Tossed Salad” — and those were the tamest of the bunch. (The absurd keywords are very much in line with Kimchipapi’s brand. See: His Instagram account.)

Son, a.k.a. Kimchipapi, is very familiar with 81 Harvard Ave.: He once ran a sneaker business called At the Buzzer out of the space.

“In 2015, I decided to close my first business after seven years,” explained Son. “My passion for food was growing at the time,...

Rebel’s Guild opens today in the former Emerald Lounge space

Rebel’s Guild (200 Stuart St., Theater District, Boston) has replaced Emerald Lounge, which closed in December, in the Revere Hotel, and it’s fully leaning into the Revolutionary War theme. Today’s unveiling of the new restaurant conveniently (and strategically) falls on April 18, and as anyone familiar with Longfellow’s famous poem will remember, that is the date of the patriot’s midnight ride to alert the region to an invasion by British forces.

Taking up Revere’s mantle for rebellion and patriotism, Rebel’s Guild worked with Dawson Design Associates to fill its 4,500 square feet with murals illustrating elements of the Revolutionary War, including the Boston Tea Party, the Declaration of Independence, tall ships, and soldiers. There’s also a sizable cannon in the dining space, designed by steampunk artist Bruce Rosenbaum of ModVic Studios in Sharon, MA.

Get to know the city and surrounding area with these essential eats

Attention, tourists: Boston’s dining scene hasn’t been defined by baked beans and chowder in decades. Sure, seafood is a standout option around town — in a multitude of non-chowder preparations — but there’s much more to try when eating your way around the city.

Here are 26 iconic dishes and drinks that define Boston (and the surrounding area) in one way or another, along with bonus options to try related to each one. Some of these dishes have earned a place here primarily by way of their longevity and important place in Boston’s dining history; others are truly the best of the best of their kind, regardless of age; and others are unique items that can’t be readily found anywhere else in the area.

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

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From Boston proper to the city’s suburbs and beyond, here’s what to expect from the Massachusetts dining scene this season

Welcome to the Eater Boston restaurant opening guide for spring 2018, breaking down the season’s new and forthcoming restaurants by region. On this page, you’ll find links to a guide for each region as well as links to other stories related to spring openings, from Eater Inside photo features to details on some of the more bizarre restaurants that are opening this season.

This guide will be updated frequently throughout spring 2018, so get in touch with any restaurant opening news that should be on our radar, whether it’s in Boston proper or out in the farthest western reaches of the state or on the very tip of the Cape.

Want to stay up to date on the latest dining news all over town? Follow Eater Boston on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; join the Eater Boston Facebook group; and sign up for our weekday newsletter:

This guide was originally published on April 2, 2018, and is updated periodically. The date of the most recent update appears above.

Tsurumen opens tonight with limited hours and limited bowls

Tsurumen opens Thursday, April 12, in Somerville’s Davis Square, adding to an existing surplus of ramen spots in Somerville and Cambridge that stretches through Davis to Porter Square and beyond. The new restaurant took over the space at 420 Highland Ave. following the recent relocation of Snappy Ramen (now Snappy Kitchen, still serving ramen but also other dishes) to Elm Street.

Now, Tsurumen is ready to unveil its Osaka-style ramen. The simple menu features two versions: Tokyo shoyu ramen and paitan chicken ramen, made with a thick broth. Both are chicken-based broths topped with pork chashu and filled with noodles, which are made from scratch on Yume Wo Katare’s noodle machine. Other toppings include scallions, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and red onions.

The history of Tsurumen goes back to 2003, when chef Masuo Onishi began making ramen in Osaka, Japan, before bringing it to Honolulu, Hawaii, and later popping up in New York before landing this brick-and-mortar spot in Somerville.

During April 2018, the restaurant will operate Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. only, serving a scant 50 bowls of ramen per day. Hours and supply will eventually expand.

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A false Facebook event suggested the pub was closing — it’s not

The Bus Stop Pub (252 Western Ave.), a longstanding Allston dive bar, will not be closing for good later this month, contrary to reports earlier today. A widely shared Facebook event page appeared to advertise an opportunity for fans of the restaurant to say goodbye, but the page has since been deleted and Eater has learned that the business has not been sold at this time.

“This is it,” a note on the event page read before it was taken down. “Throughout the years the Bus Stop Pub has seen it all, but has succumbed to the ever-encroaching gentrification that has been cleansing our city of its history, authenticity, and flavor.”

Bus Stop Pub opened in 1980 and has long been a gathering spot known for its informal atmosphere and affordable drinks and food — and it will continue to fill this role, at least for now. There has been substantial construction and redevelopment in the area, including spaces adjacent to the pub, so an eventual change may happen, but for now, the Bus Stop Pub will remain as is.

Update, 1 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect new information regarding the status of the Bus Stop Pub. The Facebook event page advertising the final day in business for the pub has been removed. The business has not been sold...

Plus, the robots are coming, the Wahlbergs have a food truck, and more news

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My Kingdom for a Necco Wafer

With old-timey Massachusetts candy brand New England Confectionary Co. (Necco) in trouble and looking for a buyer, sparking a “Great Necco Wafer Panic,” one Florida woman who really loves the signature chalky Necco Wafers isn’t looking to buy the business — but she does hope to buy up as many of the candies as possible, reportedly offering to trade her 2003 Honda Accord for wholesaler’s entire stock. (They declined, but she managed to buy four dozen rolls with money, not her car.) No word on whether she bought the rainbow of assorted flavors, the vastly superior chocolate packs, or a combination, but as the Boston Globe reports, they hold a special nostalgia for her as she and her siblings would eat them — pretending they were Communion wafers — while playing “church” at their grandmother’s house. Update, 9:30 a.m.: Per a rep for, the Necco fan purchased one box of the original assorted packs and one box of the chocolate ones.

The Robots Are Coming

As Spyce gets closer to opening in Downtown Crossing this spring (241 Washington St., Boston) — featuring a...

Run to the tavern, not to the finish line

There are few better drinking days in Boston than Marathon Monday. Lots of people citywide take the day off of work to day-drink along the race route and cheer on the thousands of people who’ve endured months of intense training to prepare their bodies for the 26.2-mile grind.

Some people are lucky enough to have a friend who lives along the race route. Great: Drink in the backyard, grill various meats, and enjoy. For those who aren’t so lucky, there are a number of excellent watering holes lining the route. Sink some pints, venture to the route, cheer like hell, repeat.

Here are some of the best and most convenient places to drink on Marathon Monday. (Note: Pick a side of the street and stick to it; crossing back and forth over the race route is a pain — but not impossible.)

Note: Map points are listed from west to east, not ranked.

The fast-casual Mighty Love Food will arrive this summer

Downtown Boston is getting a new restaurant this summer: Mighty Love Food will open at 155 Milk St., per Boston Restaurant Talk, and its growing online presence makes a few promises.

“We’re in the kitchen workin’ on something good,” the restaurant’s website reads in big block letters, directing visitors to its profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and yes, Pinterest as well. Though these pages provide few hints about potential menu items, they offer some vague hints about the vibe Mighty Love Food is trying to achieve.

Describing itself as a “chef-driven,” “plant-based” restaurant serving “flavor-driven” food, Mighty Love Food makes three strikes against Eater’s style guide; all three phrases are avoided on this site due to their jargon-y nature. In other words: What do they really mean? (“Plant-based” is generally used to mean “vegan” without scaring off non-vegans.)

Chef Jerome Picca has signed on to, well, drive a menu “that’ll keep your hustle mighty,” working with Cameron Grob, who brings to the project years of experience in Boston restaurants, including Serafina and Bastille Kitchen.

The proposed hours of operations for Mighty Love Food are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Eater has reached out for more details on the menu and will post any updates as new information is available.

Mighty Love Food [Official Site]

Baity serves classics from Egypt and the wider Mediterranean region

Medford has a new option for Egyptian and Mediterranean cuisine with the opening of Baity (84 Spring St.) near the Fellsway Plaza. The restaurant serves a lineup of wraps, burgers, and appetizers like hummus and spinach pie, in addition to several classic Egyptian dishes. Catering is available, and per the restaurant’s Facebook page, all meats are certified halal.

This is the only option for Egyptian food in the immediate Boston area; diners need to head out to Lowell to find a couple mobile options (Egyptian Grill and Koshari Mama).

Wraps come with fillings ranging from chicken and lamb kabob to falafel, eggplant and eggs, and kebda eskandarani, or thin sliced marinated beef liver with jalapenos and lemon juice. Plates come with a choice of protein and sides of tabouli, hummus, and rice or fries. There are some other entrees as well.

Baity has partnered with Slice, a company that facilitates pickup and delivery orders for pizza-focused restaurants. Though it doesn’t serve pizza, Baity does offer hawawshi and fateer, which are pita or pastry doughs stuffed with various ingredients like meat, vegetables, and cheese, similar to a calzone. Baity also offers various versions of koshary, which is a dish comprised of elbow macaroni, spaghetti, vermicelli, and a house-made tomato sauce with lentils, chickpeas, and fried crispy onions.

The restaurant is currently open for lunch and...

Beer, coffee, pretzels, pizza

There are a number of new restaurants brewing in Worcester and beyond, with spring 2018 likely bringing with it a 1920s-themed restaurant in a Worcester theater, a brewery in Maynard, a pub in Springfield, and more.

This guide covers the MetroWest region and all points further west; it’ll be updated frequently throughout the season as new information becomes available, so hit up the tipline with information on forthcoming restaurants throughout the region.

This guide was originally published on April 2, 2018; the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Jump to: Chicopee | East Brookfield | Framingham | Hardwick | Harvard | Holyoke | Hudson | Marlborough | Maynard | Northampton | South Deerfield | Springfield | West Springfield | Worcester

Nothing on our radar for spring 2018 in Chicopee. Know of something? Let us know.

Chicopee openings beyond spring 2018

Leadfoot Brewing could open in summer 2018 at 95 Chicopee St., courtesy of a duo who’ve been homebrewing for over a decade. They’ll have a 30-barrel system at their forthcoming brewery, located...

Seafood, steak, and...axes?

From an ax-throwing bar in Everett to several exciting restaurant expansions slated for Medford, the Greater Boston area has a lot of interesting drinking and dining destinations on the verge of opening. This guide tracks spring 2018 (and beyond) openings throughout the Greater Boston area, including any suburbs that don’t fall under the umbrella of our other regional guides (North Shore, South Shore/South Coast/Southeastern Massachusetts, Cambridge/Somerville, MetroWest/Central Massachusetts/Western Massachusetts, Cape and Islands, and Boston proper.)

Restaurant opening timelines change frequently; as such, we’ll be updating this guide all season long as new information comes in. Know of an upcoming restaurant that should be on our radar? Let us know.

This guide was originally published on April 2, 2018; the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Jump to: Arlington | Belmont | Brookline | Burlington | Chelsea | Chestnut Hill | Concord | Dedham | Everett | Lexington | Malden | Medford | Natick | Needham | Newton | North Andover | Stoneham | Waltham | Watertown | Wellesley | Wilmington...

A couple popular spots get sequels this season

As spring gets underway, there aren’t too many restaurant openings on the horizon south of Boston, but Quincy’s got a lot to look forward to, from a dessert shop to a vegan beer hall; Easton will see the opening of a massive sequel to cult favorite spot Farmer’s Daughter; and Fall River’s getting a new brewery.

This guide tracks upcoming openings on the South Shore and South Coast of Massachusetts, as well as Southeastern Massachusetts suburbs. Note that restaurant opening timelines can and do change frequently, so don’t get your heart set on visiting a new restaurant on a specific date. This guide will be updated frequently throughout the season as new information becomes available; hit up the tipline with any forthcoming restaurants that should be on our radar.

This guide was originally published on April 2, 2018; the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Jump to: Abington | Braintree | Canton | Easton | Fall River | Foxborough | Hingham | Marshfield | Plymouth | Quincy | Raynham |...

Plus, upcoming restaurant openings around the state — and other top stories from the week

This week, it was all about upcoming spring restaurant openings — and tacos. Here’s a look back at the week’s most-read stories, from the monthly Heatmap update to weekend dining recommendations near the convention center.

  1. The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now, April 2018: So hot right now. New additions include Celeste, Southern Proper, La Bodega, and more.
  2. The Massachusetts Restaurant Opening Guide, Spring 2018: From Boston proper to the city’s suburbs and beyond, here’s what to expect from the Massachusetts dining scene this season.
  3. The Spring 2018 Restaurant Opening Guide: Boston Proper: Boston cream pie banana pudding, champagne from a vending machine, steak at a table designed for Instagrammers, and more.
  4. Pink Taco Is en Route to Boston, Hideous Name and All: It’s apparently eyeing — where else? — the Seaport District.
  5. The Spring 2018 Restaurant Opening Guide: Cambridge and Somerville: Pierogi and macarons and empanadas, oh my.
  6. A Taco Bar Will Open Near Faneuil Hall: Mercado Taco Bar will occupy the old Bertucci’s space on Merchants Row.
  7. Five Restaurants to Try This Weekend Around Boston: PAX East Edition: Here’s where to eat near the convention center.
  8. March 2018 in Review, From Lobster Rolls to Soup Dumplings: The month in openings,...

Plus, reviews of Bootleg Special and Fairmount Grille

Late-Night Is the Highlight

Jolyon Helterman reviews Momi Nonmi in Cambridge for Boston Magazine, finding his favorites in the late-night menu offered from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. Dishes during those hours “sparkle with invention, polish, and puckish wit,” including the tuna belly tartare, which gets a kick from habanero and soy, and the spam musubi. Another highlight for Helterman comse in the form of Momi Nonmi’s beverage selection, overseen by sommelier Stephen Connolly. Meanwhile, the regular menu from chef and owner Chris Chung feels “timid,” Helterman writes. He calls the sashimi the “strong suit” of the regular menu, particularly the raw branzino, which he noted was “bold yet nuanced” and “the best dish [he] tried—at any time of day.” Overall, he rates the restaurant one-and-a-half stars out of four, between “fair” and “good.”

Hands-On Slurpfest

In this week’s Improper Bostonian, MC Slim JB samples the latest in a series of Cajun seafood restaurants to arrive in the Boston area. Bootleg Special, located in the South End, is “quite chic by the modest standards of its category,” Slim writes, and its “fun, messy style of dining” provides vivid Cajun and Creole flavors with “an occasional Southeast Asian accent.” Like many of its similar counterparts, the restaurant offers a selection of seafood that’s been boiled in a broth and spiced,...

The folks behind Publico want to make cookout food a year-round thing at Backyard Betty’s, opening later this month

South Boston is getting a new restaurant from the folks behind Publico Street Bistro & Garden, as Boston Restaurant Talk previously reported. Theo Bougas, Jairo Dominguez, and Teodora Bakardzhieva are bringing Backyard Betty’s (172 West Broadway, Boston) to the neighborhood, aiming to open up by the end of April, with Columbus Hospitality Group alum Jeff Howe as executive chef. The restaurant will serve “elevated” cookout food, per a press release.

The restaurant was inspired by Marathon Monday cookouts the owners have been hosting for the past two decades, according to the release, and the name “Betty” is an homage to the trio’s landlord’s mother. Diners can expect dishes like grilled asparagus with ham, smoked bacon pizza, Nashville hot chicken, and smoked brisket.

There will also be “tableside wing service,” in which servers will wheel a cart over to the table to dress wings or tenders in a choice of sauces as diners watch.

Drinkers will be able to indulge in a variety of different beers and cocktails, including Betty’s Castle Island Punch, which includes rum, cognac, peach brandy, lemon, green tea, and oleo-saccharum. Also on the menu: the boozy Rainbow Unicorn, which mixes rainbow sherbet, vanilla ice cream, and passion fruit with vodka.

The kitchen will feature a custom wood-fired grill,...