Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chilacates Owner Looking to Take Over Grass Fed Space in Jamaica Plain

by Marc Hurwitz

The person behind a growing group of Mexican eateries is now apparently looking at another space--and this one is currently home to a burger spot.

According to a source, Socrates Abreu of Chilacates is seeking to open a new restaurant in the Grass Fed space on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, with a Facebook post from the Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association confirming this, showing that Grass Fed is seeking to transfer its liquor license to Abreu who would open a new spot within that space. Very little is known about what type of restaurant might open there, so stay tuned for updates.

Grass Fed first opened on Centre Street in the spring of 2012, with the place having the same ownership as Ten Tables which is also on Centre Street; a second Grass Fed opened in nearby Forest Hills in the spring of 2016, but that location has since closed.

Chilacates has locations on Centre Street and Amory Street in JP, and two new outlets in Mission Hill and Chestnut Hill are in the works as well.

The address for Grass Fed (and the proposed new restaurant from Socrates Abreu) is 605 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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New Hotel Lounge Coming to AC Hotel by Marriott in Boston's Ink Block Area

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a brand new hotel lounge is close to opening in a red-hot section of Boston just south of the downtown area.

According to various social media posts from bar manager Dennis Saint Aubin, a new dining and drinking spot is getting ready to open within the soon-to-open AC Hotel by Marriott in the city's Ink Block development. A message from Saint Aubin indicates that the space will be a "sleek, modern hotel lounge" that offers both food and drink, with some of the food options including clam chowder, New England crab cakes, artisanal burgers, Atlantic salmon, a bistro steak, herb-roasted chicken, and limoncello flutes, while craft beer, wine, and cocktails will be available, with a few drinks listed on the opening menu including gin and tonic, a smoked Manhattan, and a "Twisted Paloma" (Patron Blanco tequila, mezcal, agave nectar, lime juice, grapefruit soda). If all goes as planned, the new lounge could debut around March 1 when the hotel is scheduled to open.

Dennis Saint Aubin and Matthew Moore, who is the general manager of the new lounge, both worked at XV Beacon while Saint Aubin has been at such places as the now-closed Federalist and Abe and Louie's and Moore has worked at the Four Seasons.

The AC Hotel by Marriott (and the lounge) will be located at 225 Albany Street, which is between Traveler Street and Herald Street in the Ink Block area. Its web page is at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boscd-ac-hotel-boston-downtown/

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Swissbakers May Be Opening by North Station in Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a trio of Boston-area bakery-cafes is in expansion mode again, with a new location apparently being planned for an area that should make it popular with commuters and sports fans.

According to a source, Swissbakers is planning to open at the Avalon North Station residential development, which is located at 1 Nashua Street next to North Station and TD Garden. Our source indicates that the proposed spot would have a bit less than 1,300 feet of space, and that a long-term lease appears to be in the works. It is not known exactly where in the building the new Swissbakers would be; currently, the structure is home to another dining spot--a location of Tasty Burger, which opened there last month.

Other locations of Swissbakers--which offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods with Swiss influences--can be found in Reading, Allston, and the Boston Public Market, along with various farmers markets in the region. (Another brick-and-mortar location will open at The Smith Center in Cambridge's Harvard Square at some point as well.)

The website for Swissbakers is at https://www.swissbakers.com/

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Caffe Strega to Open in Downtown Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of Italian coffee bars from a well-known local restaurateur is going to be joined by a fourth, and this one will be in the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a Facebook post from CKI Design Studio, Caffe Strega is planning to open on Summer Street about midway between Downtown Crossing and South Station, with a rendering showing what appears to be a counter-service spot that may be in the lobby area of the building. Once it opens, the new cafe will join others in the South End, Back Bay, and the Seaport District, and the person behind it--Nick Varano of The Varano Group--also runs such places as Strega Waterfront at Fan Pier (which is where one of the Caffe Stregas resides), Strega North End, Nico in the North End, Strega Prime in Woburn, and Strip by Strega at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

The address for the upcoming location of Caffe Strega in downtown Boston is 99 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the other locations of Caffe Strega can be found at http://www.caffestregaboston.com/

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Hamilton Plans to Open in Former Yasu Space in Brookline's Coolidge Corner

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant and bar is coming to Brookline, and it will be moving into the space where a Japanese and Korean dining spot had once been.

According to several sources, Hamilton is opening on Beacon Street in the Coolidge Corner area, taking over the former Yasu space. A look at the design of the place on the CKI Design Studio Facebook page shows a bar with TVs and booths for dining, while a note on the page mentions that the dining and drinking spot could be opening by St. Patrick's Day if all goes well. Very little is known about the concept and ownership of the place, so keep checking back for updates.

Yasu closed down a couple of years ago, with the space subsequently being looked at by the people behind The Friendly Toast, but those plans ended up falling through.

The address for the upcoming Hamilton is 1366 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

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Kelly's Roast Beef Plans to Debut a Food Truck, May Also Open Logan Airport Location

by Marc Hurwitz

A legendary group of roast beef spots that closed one of its locations a few weeks ago is now looking to expand in a couple of ways.

The Patch is reporting that Kelly's Roast Beef has purchased a food truck and that it is also looking to open a new location at Logan Airport, according to VP and director of operations Dan Doherty. While there is little other information to report on either of these plans, more should be coming soon, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Kelly's, which first started out in 1951 at Revere Beach, shut down its shop at Jordan's Furniture in Natick in late January after deciding not to renew its lease there. Other locations of the roast beef place, including in Danvers, Medford, and Saugus as well as Revere Beach, remain in operation.

The website for Kelly's Roast Beef can be found at http://www.kellysroastbeef.com/

Thanks to Universal Hub for initially bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Article]
Kelly's Roast Beef in Natick Is Closing

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