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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Saturday, November 18, 2017

PURR Cat Cafe in Brighton Has Opened

by Marc Hurwitz

After a long and at-times wild ride, Boston's very first cat cafe has become reality.

According to a Facebook post from the place, PURR Cat Cafe in Brighton is now open, with the note saying that the Inspectional Services Department has confirmed that the place has the proper licensing to open and that it has four cats onsite at this point in time. A reservations page for PURR shows that the price of admission is $15 for one hour, though it is not known exactly what is included for the fee.

More information will likely be coming, but for now, Boston is officially home to a cafe cafe.

The address for PURR is 167 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135. Its website can be found at https://www.purrcatcafe.com/>

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Trillium Beer Garden Coming to Historic Roslindale Substation for the Winter

by Marc Hurwitz

Last month we mentioned that a popular beer garden in the heart of Boston that offered some of the highest-rated beers in Massachusetts closed for the season. Now we have learned that it will be popping up in a new location for the winter--and its home will be an historic structure that dates back to the early 1900s.

Universal Hub is reporting (via a Facebook post from Roslindale Village Main Street) that Trillium will be bringing its beer garden to the former trolley substation on Washington Street in early December, and that it will be open five days a week through the winter season. The posts say that the beer garden will be moving into the space where Chris Douglass had hoped to open a restaurant called Third Rail, though those plans ultimately fell through. (A location of Craft Beer Cellar can also be found in the substation.)

Trillium's beer garden on the Rose Kennedy Greenway debuted in June, with the place also offering wines from Westport Rivers Vineyard. The current headquarters for the brewery can be found on Congress Street in Fort Point, though it will move to a new spot on Farnsworth Street, with that space including a brewery, taproom, full-service restaurant, patio, and rooftop terrace. (Another location of Trillium is in Canton.)

[Earlier Articles]
Trillium Beer Garden in Downtown Boston Has Closed for the Season
Plans to Open Third Rail in Former Roslindale Substation Have Fallen Through

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UPDATE: Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Peabody Being Replaced by SeaGrilz and North Shore Lobster

by Marc Hurwitz

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

It looks like another longtime Route 1 restaurant is going away, and it will be replaced by a brand new spot.

According to a Facebook post from OctoCog, Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Peabody is going to become North Shore Lobster, with the new place being under different ownership. The post says of the new spot (which will apparently open after some renovations to the space), "...additional focus will be given to the market which will add prepared foods to the fresh whole fish and lobster they already sell." No menu for North Shore Lobster has been seen as of yet, so keep checking back for updates.

Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a seafood restaurant and fish market that has been in business for at least a half century and is joining a number of old-school spots along Route 1 that have closed over recent years, including Hilltop Steak House, Weylu's, The Ship, and Route 1 Miniature Golf.

The address for Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar (and the upcoming North Shore Lobster) is 203 Newbury Street (Route 1), Peabody, MA, 01960.

Thanks to @CappyinBoston for initially bringing this to our attention.

[November 19 update: An article from the Peabody Advocate and a photo sent by @CappyinBoston indicate that Seawitch's fish market is now North Shore Lobster while its restaurant is now SeaGrilz, and that both are now open for business.]

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3 Amigos Plans to Open in Former Fuloon Space in Malden

by Marc Hurwitz

A Mexican restaurant with a familiar name is replacing an industry and media favorite for Chinese food--though it looks like there is no connection to the other Mexican dining spot.

According to a source, 3 Amigos is planning to open in Malden Center, taking over the space on Main Street where Fuloon had been until closing this summer. Another source--The Passionate Foodie--confirms this, while an earlier licensing board page shows that the people behind it are Dave Castro (who was working at Tony C's and Temazcal at the time of the meeting with the city) and Francisco Portillo. A restaurant in neighboring Stoneham is also called Three Amigos, but the owner of that spot is Byron Arbizu and the two restaurants do not seem to have any kind of affiliation.

Fuloon, which first opened approximately 10 years ago, was known in part for its spicy Sichuan dishes, with Boston Magazine awarding it best Chinese restaurant in 2009 while Serious Eats once said it was "probably Boston's most well-known best-kept secret."

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Malden Center is: 3 Amigos, 375 Main Street, Malden, MA, 02148.

[Earlier Article]
Fuloon in Malden Has Closed

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Cava Gets Approval to Open in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing group of Mediterranean dining spots based in Washington, D.C. is one step closer to opening a location in one of the busiest parts of Boston.

Universal Hub is reporting that Cava has gotten approval from the city to open in the Back Bay, taking over the space on Boylston Street where Sugar Heaven had been until closing down this spring. The post mentions that the upcoming eatery will have an outdoor patio during the warmer months, and based on its other locations, its menu will likely include such items as tabbouleh, hummus, feta, falafel, spicy lamb meatballs, and grilled chicken as well as soups and grain bowls.

Other locations of Cava are slated for the Fenway area, Legacy Place in Dedham, and the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham.

The address for this upcoming Mediterranean eatery in the Back Bay is: Cava, 669 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Posts]
Washington, D.C.-based Cava to Expand to Boston
Cava to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

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