Friday, April 18, 2014

Rendezvous in Cambridge's Central Square to Be Sold

A restaurant in the Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge that has been in business for nine years is being sold.

An email sent today indicates that "After nine wonderful years in Central Square, chef/owner Steve Johnson is moving on from Rendezvous and has agreed to sell the restaurant to the team of Greg Reeves and Mark Young." This announcement was made today via a joint statement from Steve and the buyers. Steve added that "Rendezvous will continue to be open for business as usual until late June when the two parties expect the transaction to be finalized. Steve and the Rendezvous staff would love to have an opportunity to say 'Thank you' to the restaurant's friends over the next few months." Following the sale, Steve plans to spend more time in Westport, MA, his second home for many years, and is pursuing a new restaurant project in Tiverton, RI.

The new owners, Greg Reeves, (formerly of Upstairs on the Square, B&G Oyster/Butcher Shop and Green Street), and Mark Young of Green Street and Spoke Wine Bar are "excited about the opportunity of taking over a great restaurant in the lively Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge. We respect the business that Steve and his team have built, and are enthused about the challenge of filling some very big shoes." Reeves and Young are planning on using the existing wood-fired grill for a Mediterranean themed menu focused on local ingredients and housemade pastas. Beverages will focus on Old & New World wines, artisanal beer, and an in-depth cocktail program. The restaurant will close temporarily for minor renovations after the sale is finalized, and reopen late summer/early fall.

Greg Reeves can be found on Twitter at @wordreeves.

The address for Rendezvous (and the upcoming restaurant from Greg Reeves and Mark Young) is 502 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.com/

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


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Uyghur Kitchen Food Truck Coming to Boston

A new food truck is on its way to Boston, and it may just be the first of its kind in the entire country.

According to an article in eurasianet.org, Uyghur Kitchen is going to be debuting very soon on the streets of Boston, serving Uyghur-tyle kebabs that are placed on skewers or within wraps. The article says that the person behind the truck is Payzulla Polat, who is a professional musician attending the Berklee School of Music and comes from the Uyghur city of Urumqi, which is in the northwest section of China. Polat says in the post that there are no restaurants in New England that serve Uyghur food, and it appears that this will be the first food truck in the United States that offer this type of cuisine.

According to the website for Uyghur Kitchen, the Uyghurs are "a Turkic people" with their language being written in "a modified Arabic script," and most Uyghurs being Sunni Muslims.

The website for the upcoming Uyghur Kitchen food truck can be found at http://uyghurkitchen.com/

Thanks to @ConciergeBoston for bringing this to our attention.


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Kane's Donuts in Saugus May Be Expanding

A popular donut shop north of Boston might be getting ready to expand.

Eater Boston is reporting (via Chowhound) that Kane's Donuts in Saugus is looking for folks to invest in or own new locations of their shop, with the store's website mentioning "plans for a regional rollout." The website has a contact form that allows people who are interested to give their information, with Kane's representatives getting back to them.

Kane's first opened in Saugus in 1955, offering a variety of donuts as well as items such as danish, cupcakes, muffins, croissants, brownies, turnovers, and their signature coffee rolls.

The address for this donut shop in Saugus is: Kane's Donuts, 120 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus, MA, 01906. Its website can be found at http://www.kanesdonuts.com/


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Berkshire Farms Market to Open at Logan Airport in East Boston

A nonprofit organization that brings together a collection of food makers in the western part of the state (and New York) will be collaborating with a restaurant group to open a retail outlet at Logan Airport.

A press release sent today indicates that Berkshire Farm & Table is working with Tastes on the Fly to open Berkshire Farms Market in the Terminal B connector of the airport in East Boston. The 1,200-square-foot grab-and-go shop will offer a variety of food and drink item from businesses in and around the Berkshires, including Berkshire Bark, Berle Farm, Fire Cider, Klara's Cookies, The Red Lion Inn, Sweet Brook Farm, and others. The release also says that a variety of Berkshire regional cookbooks will be sold in the shop as well.

Berkshire Farms Market is expected to open on April 30. (Its website can be found at http://www.berkshirefarmandtable.org/berkshire-farms-market/)

Tastes on the Fly also runs a couple of Boston Beer Works locations at Logan Airport as well as Dine Boston, Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill at Logan, and an upcoming location of Stephanie's.


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Ocean Club at Marina Bay in Quincy May Be Replaced by Luxury Homes

Last fall, we reported that a sprawling entertainment complex on the water just south of Boston had closed for the season early and that its exact status was unknown. Now we have more confirmation that it might never reopen--and could be replaced by a development that includes luxury housing.

The Boston Globe is reporting that the Ocean Club at Marina Bay in Quincy may become the site of a new housing development called the Boardwalk Residences at Marina Bay, which would include what appears to be high-end apartments, commercial space, and possibly a restaurant. The article mentions that the lease for the Ocean Club has not been renewed, and that its website has not listed any events for this season.

The Ocean Club at Marina Bay has been the site of several clubs over the years, including the Marina Bay Beach Club, WaterWorks, and The Tent. Quincy city council member Brian F. McNamee calls the place "one of the largest open-air nightclubs on the East Coast" in the Globe article.

Construction on the new project may begin sometime later this summer or in the early fall.

The address for the site is 333 Victory Road, Quincy, MA, 02171.


[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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New Apartment Building Slated to Be Constructed at Elephant Walk Site in Boston; Restaurant Considering Options

It looks like a new building that houses apartments may be constructed in the Fenway section of Boston where a French and Cambodian restaurant currently resides, and the exact status of the dining spot is unclear at this point in time.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting that the Boston Redevelopment Authority will likely approve of the new apartment project on Beacon Street that would include the demolishing of the building where the Elephant Walk currently is. The article says that the restaurant has been offered a space in the new structure, though operations manager Richard Pile mentions that they may need to consider opening in another space due to the construction time of the new building. (It is not known whether this would be a third location while they wait for the Beacon Street location to reopen, or whether this would be a move.) The Elephant Walk also has a location on Mass. Ave. in North Cambridge.

The address for the Boston location of the Elephant Walk is 900 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.


[New article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Items from Bakeries and Pastry Shops in the Boston Area and Beyond]



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