Thursday, July 24, 2014

Joey's in Brighton Is Closing

A neighborhood watering hole in Brighton is closing this weekend after approximately 30 years in business.

Eater Boston is reporting that Joey's on Market Street is shutting down after business hours on Sunday, July 27, with a Facebook post from the bar saying "to come by and say Thank you Joey for being here for so long and making a place for us to come to that no matter how you were dressed or how you felt you could walk in, see a friendly face and the day or night would get that much better." One it closes, the liquor license may be going to the Dorchester, a restaurant coming to Neponset Avenue near Dorchester's Neponset Circle.

According to a page on the Manta site, Joey's has been in business since 1984.

The address for this soon-to-close bar in Brighton is: Joey's, 416 Market Street, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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Figs in Boston's Beacon Hill Has Closed for Renovations; Status Unknown

It looks like a Beacon Hill dining spot owned by a celebrity chef and restaurateur has closed for at least awhile.

A Twitter post from yesterday indicates that Todd English's Figs on Charles Street is closed for renovations, with another poster on the site saying last week that the place was temporarily closed for renovations. (A check on the place by Cappy in Boston this morning indicates that the sign out front says "temporarily closed for renovations.") Calls to the establishment last night went unanswered (no voicemail) and there is no mention of the closure on the Figs website or Facebook page.

Other Todd English restaurants in Boston have closed permanently over the past several years, including Bonfire in Park Plaza, Kingfish Hall in Faneuil Hall, and Olives in Charlestown, and another spot on Charles Street had closed for what it said was renovations earlier this year, with Isabelle's Curly Cakes ultimately closing rather than being renovated. It is not yet known whether this is the case with the Beacon Hill location of Figs; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here. (It appears that the location of Figs on Main Street in Charlestown remains open.)

The address for Figs in the Beacon Hill section of Boston is 42 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

Thanks to @PatrickMBoston of Maguire Promotions for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Dorchester to Open in Dorchester

It looks like a new restaurant may be coming to Dorchester, and it won't be difficult to figure out where its name comes from.

Universal Hub is reporting that the owners of Shenanigan's on W Broadway in South Boston are planning to open the Dorchester, which would be a dining spot on Neponset Avenue that offers "basic American fare" for both lunch and dinner. The article indicates that the eatery would be moving into a space just north of Neponset Circle where a party-supply store had once been, in a neighborhood that is "on the cusp of revitalization." UH says that the Boston Licensing Board will make a decision tomorrow on whether to approve the proposal for the Dorchester.

The address for this proposed restaurant near Neponset Circle is 367 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02122.

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Plans for The Painted Burro to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing Have Apparently Fallen Through

In the winter of 2013, we reported that the owner of a couple of restaurants in Somerville was going to be opening a second location of one of the eateries in the heart of downtown Boston. Now we have learned that this will apparently not be happening after all--at least not at the planned location.

According to multiple sources, plans for The Painted Burro to open at 35 Temple Place in Downtown Crossing have fallen through, with one of those sources (the Facebook page of The REAL Downtown Crossing, via a post) saying that it looks "dead in the water right now." A note sent to The Painted Burro last week has gone unanswered, and the Facebook page for the proposed restaurant mentions nothing about the place not opening, though the page has not been updated since April. It is not yet known whether another space in Boston (or elsewhere) is being looked at for The Painted Burro; if we hear anything, we will post an update here.

Joe Cassinelli is the owner of both the original Painted Burro and Pizzeria Posto in Somerville's Davis Square, and he is also behind the upcoming Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar, which will open in the old Rosebud Diner space in the square.

[Earlier Article]
The Painted Burro to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cilantro Grill Planning to Open in Cambridge

It looks like a new restaurant may be on its way to the section of Cambridge between Harvard Square and Central Square.

According to a License Commission General Hearing page within the City of Cambridge website, Cilantro Grill is seeking a Common Victualler License to open at 1105 Mass. Ave., which is home to several other businesses, including restaurants such as Zoe's and Dolphin. The post says that the proposed eatery would offer food and non-alcoholic drinks and would have seating for 64; it also looks like the dining spot may be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with proposed hours being 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM.

It is not known exactly which space Cilantro Grill would go into, nor is it known what type of cuisine it will offer; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here. (The hearing will be taking place this evening.)

[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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Koy Plans to Open in Boston's Faneuil Hall Area

It looks like a new Korean restaurant may be on its way to one of the busiest sections of Boston.

According to a licensing board page within the City of Boston website, Koy is planning to open on North Street across from Faneuil Hall, with the proposed eatery seeking the liquor license of the now-closed Charley's Eating & Drinking Saloon in the Back Bay. (An earlier article here mentioned that a proposed South Boston restaurant called Republic had also been hoping for a liquor license transfer from Charley's back in May.) Based on the post within the licensing board page, it appears that Koy could be a Korean fusion spot, and the address given is the same as that of a location of UBurger. (A note was sent to UBurger yesterday, but it has not been answered as of yet.)

The address for this proposed Korean restaurant by Faneuil Hall is: Koy, 16-18 North Street, Boston, MA, 02110.

[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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