Thursday, December 14, 2017

Chickpeas Plans to Open at Former Gas Station Site in Marblehead

by Marc Hurwitz

A Mediterranean restaurant may be on its way to the North Shore, and it would be replacing a long-closed business.

According to an article in Wicked Local, Chickpeas is planning to open in Marblhead, taking over the space on Pleasant Street where an abandoned gas station currently sits. The post mentions that the Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a special permit for the 16-seat fast-food spot, although concerns about the proposal have been brought up, including traffic, parking, and child safety issues (a middle school is located a short distance away). While the board did ok the proposal, they have also attached suggestions/conditions to the permit from the town's Design Review Board.

The address for the proposed Chickpeas is 195 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945.

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

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Zuma Plans to Open in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a London-based group of high-end Japanese restaurants will be expanding to Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Zuma is planning to open at the upcoming One Dalton residential tower in the Back Bay, with the hearing notice indicating that the restaurant--which is seeking a liquor license from the now-closed Eugene O'Neill's in Jamaica Plain--will be on the first floor of the building and will apparently include a dining area and a bar. One Dalton isn't scheduled to be completed for at least another year, so Zuma probably won't be opening anytime soon, but plans are indeed in the works for the dining spot.

Zuma is an izakaya (basically, a Japanese pub) and grillhouse in London that has a handful of locations around the world, including in New York, Miami, and Las Vegas; the restaurants are generally trendy, upscale spots with offerings that include sushi, robata-style grill items, tempura, hotpot, roasted lobster, rib eye steak, sake, cocktails, and more.

Boston actually has another restaurant with this name--Zuma Tex Mex Restaurant, which is located at Faneuil Hall.

The website for the Zuma chain can be found at https://www.zumarestaurant.com/

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Fairsted Kitchen in Brookline Is Closing; Will Be Replaced by Grassona's Italian

by Marc Hurwitz

An "Olmsted-inspired" restaurant that has received some high praise since opening a few years ago is saying farewell, though the people behind it will be opening a new dining spot within its space.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Fairsted Kitchen in Brookline's Washington Square is closing on New Year's Eve, with owner Steve Bowman and his team opening Grassona's Italian in the Beacon Street space in late January after making what appears to be minor changes to the interior. Eater says that Bowman is having former Fairsted alum Phil Dwyer head up the kitchen at the upcoming Grassona's Italian, offering Italian comfort food such as lasagna, slow-roasted meatballs, and osso bucco along with Italian wines and cocktails.

Fairsted Kitchen, which first opened in the fall of 2013, is known in part for its New American fare with Middle Eastern influences as well as its Victorian-influenced atmosphere inspired in part by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The restaurant has gained some recognition in the media, including Boston Magazine giving it a "best neighborhood bar" award in 2014 and picking it for "best late-night dining" in 2015.

The address for Fairsted Kitchen (and the upcoming Grassona's Italian) is 1704 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02445. The website for Fairsted Kitchen can be found at https://www.fairstedkitchen.com/

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Giacomo's Ristorante in Boston's South End Is Temporarily Closed; Exact Status Unknown

by Marc Hurwitz

An outpost of an iconic Italian restaurant is closed for the time being, and it is not known if/when it might open again.

According to a Twitter post from @jenifer_jordan, Giacomo's Ristorante in the South End of Boston is shuttered, with a note out front at the Columbus Avenue dining spot saying the following:

"Due to cicumstances 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 Giacomo's South End crew wishes you a happy holiday and again apologizes for the great inconvenience."

An email from a source indicates that a new sign is now up that simply says "Giacomo's South End is temporarily closed. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience." Other sources who we have talked to do not have any further information on the closure. (We reached out to Giacomo's to find out more and are waiting to hear back.)

The North End location of Giacomo's is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike and often has long lines that extend down Hanover Street. In addition to the North End restaurant and its outlet in the South End, a third location can be found on Main Street in Melrose.

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

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Shredded Is Opening in South Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like another new dining spot is on its way to South Boston, though very little is currently known about the place.

According to a Twitter post from @stevebikes, Shredded is planning to open on W Broadway, with the address indicating that it will be opening in a space between C Street and D Street a couple of storefronts east of Foodie's Market. A photo of the sign out front shows that it is apparently going to be a salad bar, with the sign simply saying "coming soon" and a reference to a website that isn't working as of yet, though an Instagram page for it is up and running. (As soon as we find out more about the spot, we will post an update here.)

The address for this upcoming eatery in Southie is: Shredded, 246 W Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. The Instagram page for the place can be found at https://www.instagram.com/shreddedboston/

Thanks to a poster on the Southie Community Bulletin Board Facebook group page for some of the info on this.

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Our Fathers Deli Opens in Allston Today

by Marc Hurwitz

A brand new delicatessen and restaurant has come to Boston, and a local group is behind it.

As indicated in an earlier article, Our Fathers Deli opens today in Allston, moving into a space in the Continuum luxury apartment development on N Harvard Street. The new spot is run by the Franklin Restaurant Group (Franklin Cafe, Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar, Tasty Burger) and Boston Magazine states that owners Dave DuBois and Phil Audino have hired chef de cuisine Jameson Poll to head up the kitchen; Poll comes from such places as Tom Colicchio's Craft, The Breslin (which is a Michelin-starred spot owned by and Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield), and Michael Solmonov's Dizengoff, all of which are located in Manhattan. As reported earlier, the new place is a modern deli and restaurant featuring such items as matzo ball soup, charred eggplant, seared chicken liver, potato pancakes, falafel, challah-wrapped cod, and hand-cut corned beef and pastrami, while beer, wine, and cocktails are offered along with non-alcoholic options such as egg cream and shrub sodas.

Boston Magazine says that Our Fathers Deli has seating for 72 in its dining area plus another 20 at the bar and is open nightly from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM, while lunch and a weekend brunch will be coming at some point in the future. (The deli opens at 7:00 AM on weekdays and 9:00 AM on weekends.)

The address for Our Fathers Deli is 197 N Harvard Street, Allston, MA, 02134.

[Earlier Article]
Our Fathers Deli to Open in Allston

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