Monday, April 24, 2017

Chicken & Rice Guys Restaurants Open Again After Passing Inspection; Trucks Remain Off the Road

A local group of food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants that shut down earlier this month after an outbreak of E. coli is back in business on the restaurant side, though the trucks are not yet up and running.

According to a Facebook post, Chicken & Rice Guys has passed inspection and its brick-and-mortars in Boston's Downtown Crossing, Allston, and Medford are now open once again. The post says that the trucks are still off the road--with no exact date for their reopening--and while the original post does not mention that the Bedford Street shop in downtown Boston has opened, it appears that it is indeed open as well. [Ed note: Opening confirmed.]

A couple of weeks ago, all of the Chicken & Rice Guys restaurants and food trucks were shut down after an outbreak of E. coli sickened approximately 15 people.

[Earlier Article]
E. coli Outbreak Shuts Down All Locations of Chicken & Rice Guys

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Capri Pizza & Subs in Arlington Heights Could Reopen Once Again

A longtime suburban pizzeria that has quietly closed twice over the past year or so may reopen yet again, though no specific plans are currently in place for it to open back up.

The Arlington Advocate confirms what we had reported last month, that Capri Pizza & Subs in Arlington Heights is indeed closed, with owner Miltos Athanasopoulos indicating that the closure is due to one of the cooks leaving and his not being able to get someone else to take over the position. Athanasopoulos does say that he may look to reopn the Mass. Ave. shop later this year, though no exact date has been given at this point in time. A bit over a month ago, we mentioned that Capri was locked up and dark, and at the time, no reason had been given for its closure; the pizzeria had also shut down in early March of 2016, but reopened a month later under new ownership.

Capri first opened in the early 1990s, taking over the old Charlie's Pizza space.

The address for Capri Pizza is 1323 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.

[Earlier Articles]
Capri Pizza & Subs in Arlington Heights Is Closed Again
Capri Pizza in Arlington Heights Has Reopened
Capri Pizza in Arlington Heights Is Currently Closed; Exact Status Unknown

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

NextDoor Cafe Opens in Allston

A new eatery featuring a type of ice cream treat that is increasingly popular in the Boston area has come to Allston.

Eater Boston is reporting that NextDoor Cafe is now open on Brighton Avenue, with the place offering Thai ice cream rolls as well as popcorn chicken, pork gyoza, cube toast, fries, bubble tea, and more. Other spots selling Thai ice cream rolls have opened in the area of late, including Hi B3ear in Allston and Juicy Spot Cafe in Chinatown, and it appears that the first to come to the region is a kiosk called Frollz at the Square One Mall in Saugus.

The address for this new dining spot in Allston is: NextDoor Cafe, 110 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA, 02134.

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Midici: The Neapolitan Pizza Company to Open at Somerville's Assembly Row

A California-based "fast-fine" pizza chain is on its way to the Boston area, setting up shop in a growing development just north of the city.

Eater Boston is reporting that Midici is planning to open at Assembly Row in Somerville, joining another pizzeria--Ernesto's--within the complex. The chain's website says that its franchises combine "the best of fast-casual with highly polished and experiential fine dining" and that it is planning to have a major expansion, opening 50 new shops by the end of 2017 and considering a possible 1,000 locations over the next 20 years.

Midici, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, currently has no locations in New England; it is not yet known if the Somerville shop will be the first or if other locations in the region might open before the Assembly Row outlet.

The address for this upcoming pizza spot in Somerville is: Midici, 463 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA,02145. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.mymidici.com/

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Up for Auction

Earlier this year, we reported that a gourmet market in one of Boston's hottest neighborhoods was seized by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Now it appears that the shop will not be reopening again.

According to a tweet from @DGoodison, Bee's Knees Supply Company in Fort Point is going on the auction block on Wednesday, April 26, with a post from E.F. Smith & Son saying that a variety of new and used equipment will be available which will be sold on the premises of the Farnsworth Street space starting at 11:00 AM. In January, we had mentioned that the shop was locked up and dark, and one day later it was learned that a "Seized" sign was out front saying that it was in the possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Bee's Knees first opened in Fort Point in March of 2013, while a second shop (which has since closed as well) opened on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston two years later.

The address for the now-closed Bee's Knees Supply Company in Fort Point was 12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

[Earlier Article]
Bee's Knees Supply Company in Boston's Fort Point Seized by the State

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Crazy Dough's Pizza Closes Shop in Boston's Fenway/Back Bay Area

A local group of pizza spots has gotten a little smaller, as it has shut down its shop by the Fenway/Back Bay line.

According to a Twitter post from @TheDrewStarr, Crazy Dough's Pizza on Boylston Street is no longer in business, with a sign out front saying "we thank you for 18 years of support!" No reason has been given for its closure as of yet, and a check on the Crazy Dough's website simply shows that it has been removed from the locations section. Based on the website, it appears that shops at City Place by Park Plaza, the Prudential Center, TD Garden, Brighton, and Newport, RI, remain in operation.

Another location of Crazy Dough's in Cambridge's Harvard Square shut its doors in March of 2016.

The address for the now-closed Crazy Dough's in the Fenway/Back Bay area was 1124 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for all other locations can be found at http://www.crazydoughs.com/

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