Friday, August 18, 2017

Plans for Round 1 Bowling & Amusements in Saugus Withdrawn

Last month we reported that a family entertainment spot that would include bowling, billiards, food, drink, and more could be on its way to Saugus. Now we have learned that these plans have been shelved.

According to an article from Wicked Local, plans for Round 1 Bowling & Amusements to open at the Square One Mall have fallen through, as the company has withdrawn its proposal without prejudice after town selectmen raised concerns such as the possible draining of public safety resources and alcohol-related issues. The company will still be able to talk about its plans with the Saugus police department and reapply if it wishes to do so, though it is not yet known if this will indeed happen.

One location of the Japan-based Round 1 Bowling & Amusements can be found in Massachusetts (in Taunton) while another 14 outlets can be found in nine other states.

The website for Round 1 Bowling & Amusements is at http://www.round1usa.com/

[Earlier Article]
Round 1 Bowling & Amusements May Be Opening in Saugus

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Update: Craft Table & Bar to Replace Ecco in East Boston

[Ed note: This article was updated on August 19 to reflect new information given.]

Earlier this summer, we reported that an upscale restaurant and lounge in East Boston had closed for renovations and would remain shuttered for several weeks. Now we have learned that a brand new dining and drinking spot is going into its space.

According to a source, New England Craft Restaurant Concepts is opening Craft Table & Bar in the Porter Street space where Ecco had been until late June, with the new place being a "polished" casual restaurant that features mostly classic and modern American fare along with a variety of beer, wine, and spirits options. The group behind the new spot is also opening a location of Craft Table & Bar in Worcester as well, along with several Brew on the Grid coffee shops in the Greater Boston area.

Ecco, which opened a bit less than 10 years ago, was known in part for its New American dushes and its cocktails.

The address for the upcoming Craft Table & Bar (and now-closed Ecco) is 107 Porter Street, East Boston, MA, 02128. The website for both locations of Craft Table & Bar can be found at http://www.crafttableandbar.com/

[Earlier Articles]
Ecco in East Boston Closed For Renovations; Plans to Reopen in Five Weeks
Brew on the Grid to Open in Cambridge, Lynn, Marlborough, and Salem

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Finnegan's Wake in Walpole Has Closed, Plans to Move to a New Home

A difficult-to-find Irish pub that has been featured on our sister site has closed its doors, but it is looking to reopen in a new space.

According to a source, Finnegan's Wake in Walpole is no longer in business, with the Facebook page for the Glenwood Avenue spot confirming that it shut down last month, saying that "We both have been so lucky to have made so many friends here....now we move forward to our new location!!! (Which should be announced soon)" Finnegan's Wake, which had been located in the basement of an old foundry, has been mentioned as an under-the-radar spot on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site, with the review being found here:

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

The address for the now-closed location of Finnegan's Wake was 7 Glenwood Avenue (East Street), Walpole, MA, 02081.

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Moon Bar Opens Under Mooncusser Fish House in Boston's Back Bay

The team behind an upscale seafood restaurant in the Back Bay of Boston has debuted a more casual wine bar below the dining spot.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Moon Bar opens today on Stuart Street, two floors below Mooncusser Fish House, with the kitchen for the business being between the two places on the second floor. (The bar resides in the former Viga space.) The article says that the 48-seat bar is an "elegant yet approachable" spot that has a separate menu from Mooncusser, including seafood options such as a softshell crab BLT, grilled swordfish souvlaki, and fried scallops ravioli. In addition to wine offerings, Moon Bar also serves craft beers on tap, and a couple of dessert options are available as well. Hours for the place are 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and reservations are not accepted.

The owners of Moon Bar and Mooncusser Fish House also run 80 Thoreau in Concord.

The address for this new bar in the Back Bay is: Moon Bar, 304 Stuart Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Article]
Mooncusser Fish House Is Opening in Boston's Back Bay

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Brew on the Grid to Open in Cambridge, Lynn, Marlborough, and Salem

The group behind a Worcester coffee shop will be expanding the place to several locations in Eastern Massachusetts.

Eater Boston is reporting that Brew on the Grid is planning to open in Cambridge this month, Lynn this fall, Marlborough in November, and Salem next year, with Frank Peace and his New England Craft Restaurant Concepts group being behind the shops. This jibes with information from an earlier article from the Worcester Business Journal, and as reported here earlier, it looks like New England Craft Restaurant Concepts is also taking over Ecco in East Boston, which is currently closed for renovations. The earlier article here also mentioned that the restaurant group could be looking at expanding one or more of its brands nationwide, though it is not yet known which ones. (The group runs a handful of different restaurants in addition to Brew on the Grid.)

The original Brew on the Grid in Worcester offers salads, sandwiches, pastries, and more in addition to coffee. The website for the business can be found at http://www.brewonthegrid.com/

[Earlier Article]
Ecco in East Boston Closed For Renovations; Plans to Reopen in Five Weeks

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dot 2 Dot Cafe in Dorchester Is Closing

A Dorchester dining spot that has been featured on our sister site as a hidden gem is shutting down.

According to a source, Dot 2 Dot Cafe on Dorchester Avenue is closing on Friday, August 18, with a Facebook post from the place confirming this, saying that "I can't really find a way to sugar-coat this message (and that's not really my style, is it?) so I will just be blunt and to the point. I will close the doors to Dot 2 Dot Cafe..and hand over the keys to a new tenant. I am taking this opportunity to slow things down a little and to spend more time with my family." The eatery, which first opened its doors more than nine years ago, is a breakfast and lunch spot that hosts a variety of events including live music, readings, and open mic nights. The Boston's Hidden Restaurants site has featured the place (and awarded it best breakfast spot for 2013), with the review being found at this link:

http://www.hiddenboston.com/Dot2Dot.html

The address for this soon-to-close restaurant in Dorchester is: Dot 2 Dot Cafe, 1739 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02124.

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