Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Blaze Pizza to Open at One Canal Park in Cambridge

Back in 2012, we mentioned that a group of California-based pizza restaurants was planning to expand to the Boston area, and now we finally have confirmation that at least one shop is on the way.

Eater Boston is reporting that Blaze Pizza is going to be opening at One Canal Park in Cambridge, which is along First Street between Cambridge Street and the CambridgeSide Galleria--and which is also home to  Tahaza Hummus Kitchen and possibly Lord Hobo Brew Pub at some point. Once it opens, expect the place to offer pizzas cooked quickly at high temperatures after customers choose their toppings via a counter system similar to that of Chipotle, according to EB. (There will also be pre-planned pizzas as well, along with salads and a s'more pie dessert.) A few investors involved with Blaze include Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, and author/journalist Maria Shriver, according to various press releases.

The website for the company can be found at http://www.blazepizza.com/

[Earlier Article]
Blaze Pizza Plans to Come to the Boston Area

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Pizzas in the Boston Area and Beyond]

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News Elsewhere: The Carnegie Deli in Manhattan Has Reopened

One of the best-known delis in New York City--if not the entire county--is open once again, putting to rest rumors of the place never reopening after an illegal gas hookup was discovered there last year.

The Metro is reporting that the Carnegie Deli in Manhattan's Theater District soft-opened today, ten months after Con Ed workers found that the 7th avenue institution's gas pipes had been diverted, essentially siphoning gas by bypassing the meter, according to an earlier article in the New York Post. Since its closing last April, there has been much chatter about the future of the restaurant, especially since other famous NYC delis have either closed (the Stage Deli) or moved (the Second Avenue Deli) in recent times.

It appears that the Carnegie Deli--which first opened in 1937--will continue its soft opening all week, with a grand opening coming sometime next week.

The address for the Carnegie Deli is 854 7th Avenue, New York, NY, 10019. Its website can be found at http://carnegiedeli.com/

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Monday, February 08, 2016

Highlights for the Week Ending February 5, 2016

A few more stories and articles centering on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a Cambridge pizza spot moving to a temporary space, a Fenway bar being shut down, and a group of Mexican restaurants continuing to shrink. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included a new review of a bar in Quincy, a photo of a pork chop from a Beacon Hill dining spot, and an updated review of an Irish pub in Cambridge.

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

Boston Restaurant Talk

Oggi Gourmet in Cambridge's Harvard Square May Be Temporarily Moving to Finale Space

Otto Pizza to Open in East Arlington

Who's on First in Boston's Fenway to Be Shut Down for Good

Boca Grande in Brookline's Coolidge Corner Has Closed

Tantric in Boston's Theatre District Has Closed (Again)

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

New Review: Cagney's in Quincy, MA

New Photo: Beef Burrito from Villa Mexico in Boston, MA

New Photo: Pork Chop from 75 Chestnut in Boston, MA

Updated Review: The Druid in Cambridge, MA

New Photo: Buffalo Chicken Wontons from Cagney's in Quincy, MA

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Chipotle to Close for Food Safety Meeting Today, Offer Free Burritos to Everyone

A national chain of Mexican dining spots is closed until 3:00 PM today for a food safety meeting--and it is also offering free food to all in the wake of recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses.

According to a source from over the weekend--and confirmed by multiple posts across social media--Chipotle is offering coupons for free burritos to everyone today, with customers simply having to text the word "raincheck" to the company and receiving an email for the coupon. Our source tells us that the chain hopes to give away 250 million burritos via this promotion.

[February 9 update: A check on the link below indicates that the free burrito promotion is now over.]

Chipotle has been in the news over recent times, as it has struggled with issues stemming from foodborne illnesses including a multi-state E. coli outbreak and a norovirus outbreak that happened at the Cleveland Circle location in Brighton in December.

For more information on getting a free burrito from Chipotle, please go to the link below:


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West Side Lounge in Cambridge Is For Sale

A dining and drinking spot in Cambridge that is known in part for its cocktails is on the selling block.

A message sent from the place confirms what a source told us over the weekend, that the West Side Lounge in Cambridge is for sale. It is not yet known what will happen to the space once it is sold, nor is it known exactly when it will change hands, though our source says that the Mass. Ave. spot is apparently hoping to sell within the next couple of months.

The West Side Lounge, which is located between Harvard Square and Porter Square, features small plates as well as mostly New American fare, and it also offers both classic and modern cocktails along with a variety of beers and wines. The restaurant first opened its doors in the late 1990s.

The address for the West Side Lounge is 1680 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138. Its website can be found at http://westsidelounge.com/

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Brian Lesser Involved in Opening of New Restaurant on State Street in Boston

It looks like a new restaurant may be on its way to downtown Boston, and the person behind a number of local dining and drinking spots appears to be involved with it.

According to a hearing notice sent by a source, an unnamed restaurant is seeking a liquor license to operate on State Street, with the address indicating that it may be going into the space where a shoe store called Cuoio had been (Cuoio has another shop on Newbury Street in the Back Bay that is still in operation). The notice mentions that the restaurant would have dining rooms on both the first and second floors, while a roofdeck would have outdoor dining in the warmer months, and it also says that Brian Lesser is the manager; Lesser has been behind and/or involved in such places as Tavern Road, Sweet Cheeks Q, Storyville, Alden & Harlow, Naco Taco, Tunnel, Minibar, and Vine Brook Tavern.

It is not known when this dining spot may be opening, nor is it known what kind of food/drink it will offer; as soon as we find out more (including a name for the place), we will post an update here.

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[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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