Tuesday, November 21, 2017

City Winery Opens in Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

A long-awaited restaurant, bar, and music spot has finally opened in Boston.

According to a Twitter post from @BostonTweet (and confirmed by the place), City Winery is now open at the One Canal Street luxury apartment development in the Haymarket Square area of the city. A Vanyaland article mentions that the new spot includes two performance spaces (one big and one small), a restaurant and bar area, and a small art gallery, and each performance space has its own bar as well.

As mentioned earlier here, the person behind City Winery is music promoter Michael Dorf, who also founded a venue called the Knitting Factory in New York back in the 1980s. (The Knitting Factory now has locations in Brooklyn, Boise, and Spokane.)

The address for City Winery is 1 Canal Street, Boston, MA, 02114. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.citywinery.com/

[Earlier Article]
City Winery Plans to Come to Boston

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Verts Is Now Noon Mediterranean

by Marc Hurwitz

An Austin-born group of restaurants with three locations in Boston has a new name.

According to an article from Eater Austin, Verts has changed its name to Noon Mediterranean because, as co-owner and founder Michael Heyne indicates, customers didn't understand the name "Verts" which apparently refers to doner kebabs (an item that isn't even on their menu anymore), while "Noon" refers to both lunchtime and--in Farsi--bread. Eater mentions that this is the second name change for the chain, as it used to be called VertsKebap.

Noon/Verts, which focuses on "fresh and customizable" Mediterranean fare including salads, bowls, and pitas, currently has three locations in Boston--the Back Bay, the Financial District, and Downtown Crossing. The website for Noon (whose main office is now in New York) can be found at http://www.eatnoon.com/

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bfresh in Brighton Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A trio of local grocery stores that focus on healthy options will soon be down to just two.

Universal Hub is reporting (via a tweet from @GospelOfIHM) that bfresh in Brighton is closing its doors. while WCVB 5 states that the Washington Street store plans to shut down on November 25. WCVB mentions that Stop & Shop is looking to integrate the bfresh markets into their brand, and that a planned Newton outlet will become a new small format store--though it appears that no name has been given for that shop as of yet. (Both Stop & Shop and bfresh are part of the Ahold Delhaize food retailer, which is based in the Netherlands.) The bfresh stores in Allston and Somerville will remain in operation.

bfresh first opened in Brighton in August of 2016.

The address for this soon-to-close market in Brighton is: bfresh, 470 Washington Street, Brighton, MA, 02135. The website for bfresh can be found at http://bfresh.com/

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]





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La Siesta in Winthrop to Open New Location in Peabody

by Marc Hurwitz

A Mexican restaurant that our sister site has featured as an under-the-radar spot to check out is going to be opening a new location.

According to a source, La Siesta in Winthrop is planning to open in Peabody, with a Salem News article stating that it will be moving into a building in the downtown area that is in the process of being redeveloped. The post says that in addition to La Siesta, Brodie's Pub will also be moving into the Main Street building as well, with its space being a larger one than its old location which is a block away on Lowell Street. Based on the Salem News article, it appears that this is a second location of La Siesta rather than a move, and that the new spot could be opening in three months or possibly a bit less if all goes as planned.

La Siesta has been mentioned on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site as a hidden place to go to for Mexican cuisine, with the review being found at the following link:

http://hiddenboston.com/LaSiesta.html

The address for the new location of La Siesta will be 1 Main Street, Peabody, MA, 01960; the website for the original location in Winthrop can be found at http://www.lasiestarestaurante.com/

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Tuscan Kitchen Opens in Boston's Seaport District

by Marc Hurwitz

A long-awaited new location of a local group of Italian restaurants has officially arrived.

As reported earlier here, Tuscan Kitchen opens today in Boston's Seaport District, with the second-floor dining spot at the One Seaport Development having nearly 15,000 square feet of space that includes spacious dining areas, a wine bar, an espresso bar, and a private dining area. The menu at the new eatery offers house-made bread and pasta dishes along with a variety of meat and seafood options and more, and a wine bar on the premises includes a large number of Italian wines.

Initially, it was thought that the new location of Tuscan Kitchen in the Seaport District might also include a section dedicated to their retail outlet called Tuscan Market, but this is not the case, instead being much like the Burlington location which only has a restaurant. (The locations in Salem, NH, and Portsmouth, NH include Tuscan Market.)

The website for Tuscan Kitchen (and Tuscan Market) can be found at http://www.tuscanbrands.com/

[Earlier Article]
Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market to Open in Boston's Seaport District

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Snappy Ramen in Somerville's Davis Square Has Closed, Will Reopen as Snappy Kitchen in New Space

by Marc Hurwitz

An Asian restaurant in Somerville that was rebranded a few years ago has closed, but it will reopen in a nearby space--and it will be rebranded once again.

According to a Facebook post from Youji Iwakura of Snappy Ramen, tonight is the last night for the Davis Square restaurant, as it will be reopening on November 25 as Snappy Kitchen. We reported earlier that the dining spot was planning to move from its current home on Highland Avenue to a new--and larger--space on Elm Street where iYo Bistro had been, and it appears that this is still the case, though it wasn't known at the time that this would also be a rebranding.

Snappy Sushi first opened in Davis Square in 2009, changing its name to Snappy Ramen in 2013; the original Snappy Sushi first opened on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay in 2008 and remains in operation.

The address for the now-closed Snappy Ramen is 420 Highland Avenue, while the new address for Snappy Kitchen will be 234 Elm Street.

[Earlier Article]
Snappy Ramen in Somerville's Davis Square Looking to Move to Former iYo Bistro Space

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]





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