Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kaki Lima Indonesian Restaurant May Open in the Boston Area

It looks like the couple behind a catering company that features Indonesian food may be opening a restaurant somewhere in the Boston area.

Eater Boston is reporting that Kaki Lima is planning to open a dining spot in the "near future," though no location or date has been given as of yet. The article mentions that they will be having pop-up dinners in August at KO Pies and East Boston Kitchen, both of which are in the Jeffries Point section of Eastie.

The article mentions that Kaki Lima features Indonesian street food items along with Indonesian Fusion cuisine.

More information on Kaki Lima can be found at https://www.kitchensurfing.com/kakilima as well as their Facebook page, which is at https://www.facebook.com/kakilimaboston, and their Instagram page at http://instagram.com/kakilimaboston

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Pepe's Pizza to Open in The Fireplace Space in Brookline's Washington Square

A few months ago, we reported that a famous New Haven pizzeria was planning to open somewhere in the Boston area. Now we have confirmed a rumor that we had heard earlier from @commsensesports--that it will move into the Brookline space where another restaurant currently resides.

A press release sent this morning indicates that Pepe's Pizza will open on Beacon Street in Washington Square, taking over the space where The Fireplace has been for 13 years. This will be the first location of the pizzeria to open in the Boston area, with other locations all being in Connecticut, including New Haven (where it first started out in 1925), Danbury, Fairfield, Manchester, Mohegan Sun, and West Hartford.

The release says that chef/owner Jim Solomon will close The Fireplace at the end of the year and will focus on his catering operation.

The address for The Fireplace (and upcoming Pepe's) is 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

[Earlier Article]
Pepe's Pizza Is Coming to Boston

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Brigham's in Arlington Heights Remains Open (for Now)

Last year, we reported that all of the Brigham's retail shops would be losing their brand name because they would no longer be able to sell Brigham's ice cream. The former Brigham's stores now have new names and ice cream suppliers, though we have recently learned that there is one remaining holdout.

According to several sources, the Brigham's shop in Arlington Heights remains open, with a Facebook page for the shop called "Brighams Ice-cream Last-One Left" coming to our attention recently as well. One source mentioned an article in the Boston Business Journal from several weeks back that explains what is going on; the article states that this location of Brigham's has been given more time to change its name by parent company Hood (which is based in Lynnfield) due to the costs that are involved in the changeover. No specific date has been given on the change, and it is not known what the shop will ultimately be called; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The address for Brigham's in Arlington Heights is 1328 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476. The website for the company can be found at http://www.brighams.com/

[Earlier Article]
Brigham's Restaurants Disappearing, Being Renamed with New Ice Cream Suppliers

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Cafe Vanille in Boston's Beacon Hill to Close; Tatte to Move into Its Space

It looks like the Beacon Hill location of a French bakery and pastry shop is going to be closing, with another local group of bakeries and cafes moving in.

An article in the Beacon Hill Times from several weeks back confirms some recent chatter on Twitter (including a post from @eastiestrong), that Cafe Vanille on Charles Street is shutting its doors and being replaced by a location of Tatte Bakery and Cafe. It appears that the locations of Cafe Vanille in Chestnut Hill and Duxbury will remain in operation, with the article saying that the lease on their Beacon Hill shop had expired.

Once it opens, the new location of Tatte will join four others, including their original one in Brookline and three others in Cambridge.

Cafe Vanille first opened its Beacon Hill location in 1999.

The address for the soon-to-close Cafe Vanille (and upcoming Tatte) is 70 Charles Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Highlights for the Week Ending July 25, 2014

A few more stories and articles centering on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a decades-old roast beef joint shutting down to make way for condos, a Todd English spot closing for renovations, and a well-known chef and restaurateur joining up with a pair of popular dining and drinking spots. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included a new review of a Venezuelan restaurant in Brookline, a photo of lasagna from a cafeteria-style eatery in Woburn, and an updated review of a tiny restaurant in the Inman Square section of Cambridge.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

Liberty Bell Roast Beef in South Boston Is Closing

Joey's in Brighton Is Closing

Figs in Boston's Beacon Hill Has Closed for Renovations

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

Brian Poe Buying Equity Stake in Bukowski Tavern Locations; Menu Changes on the Way

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

New Review: Orinoco in Brookline, MA

Photo: Lasagna from The Restaurant in Woburn, MA

Updated Review: City Girl Cafe in Cambridge, MA

Photo: Fried Flounder from Louis in Quincy, MA

Photo: Feta and Cheddar Burger from O'Sullivan's in Somerville, MA


Mac's Deli to Open Locations near Boston's North Station and in Brighton

It looks like a person who worked at a popular restaurant in the Fenway section of Boston will be opening not one, but two upscale delis in the city.

Eater Boston is reporting that Eric Gava (former general manager of Citizen Public House on Boylston Street) is planning to open Mac's Deli in the North Station area of Boston along with the Oak Square neighborhood of Brighton. Based on an Instagram photo from the deli, it appears that the one near North Station may move into the West End Pizza space at 252 Friend Street, while the Oak Square location will be at 572 Washington Street.

The Instagram post mentions that the Brighton location of Mac's Deli is "weeks away" while the North Station location should open in about 45 days.

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