Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Beachcomber in Quincy Is Closing

Last year, we mentioned that a landmark bar and music club by the water was up for sale. Now we have learned that the place will soon be closing forever.

The Boston Globe is reporting that the Beachcomber on Wollaston Beach in Quincy will be shutting its doors in early September, with the building reportedly being torn down to make way for a high-end restaurant. As stated earlier here, the club was put on the market for $1.6 million in January of 2014, though it is not known if that is what the place ultimately went for, nor is it known at this point in time who bought it. Sean McGettrick, who is one of the owners of the Beachcomber, says that it will probably close sometime around September 4.

The Beachcomber first opened in 1959, seeing such major acts as Duke Ellington, Linda Ronstadt, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, the Dropkick Murphys, Tiny Tim, and Loretta Lynn over the years, and in more recent times featured local bands and Irish music as well as karaoke. The club changed its name to Nostalgia in the early 1980s but returned to its original name in the late 1990s.

This is just the latest in a string of closing announcements for Boston-area music clubs, as T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge shut down last weekend and Johnny D's in Somerville recently stated that they would be closing early next year.

The address for the soon-to-close Beachcomber is 797 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA, 02170.

[Earlier Article]
The Beachcomber in Quincy Is Up for Sale

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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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Friday, July 31, 2015

Update: Saus in Boston Has Temporarily Closed; Water Pipe to Blame

A popular restaurant in downtown Boston that features Belgian street food and more has closed for the time being, and it is not known when it might reopen again.

According to a Twitter post from the place, Saus is shut down for now, with the message saying "Hey, friends! We are temporarily closed and are unsure of when we'll be reopening. Stick to our Twitter feed for updates." A similar post on Facebook was also put up this afternoon, though no other information has been given on either Twitter or Facebook, or their website. As soon as we find out more about the status of the restaurant, we will post an update here.

[July 31 update: It appears that this is indeed a temporary closing, as Saus just added the following: "The building we're in is SUPER old, so we're just dealing with some issues" followed by this: "Update: a pipe broke so we're having a little trouble running water - fingers crossed we're back up soon! Again, thanks for the concern!"]

Saus first opened in the spring of 2011, featuring such items as liege waffles, poutine, and pommes frites, with more options such as salads and sandwiches eventually being added as well.

The address for Saus is 33 Union Street, Boston, MA, 02108; its website can be found at

Thanks to @hoover_dam for bringing this to our attention.

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Chilacates Opens in Jamaica Plain

A brand new taqueria has come to a Boston neighborhood.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Chilacates is now open in Jamaica Plain, opening its doors on Amory Street a bit earlier this month. EB says that the new shop--which has seating for 10--has such items as burritos, tortas, tacos, quesadillas, and other dishes, along with breakfast items, with nearly all items costing under $8.00.

The address for this new taqueria in JP is: Chilacates, 224 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. Its Instagram page can be found at

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Dates and Olives Plans to Open in Brighton

It looks like a new restaurant is on its way to Brighton, and the person apparently behind it may be known to those who watch a Food Network show.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a licensing board page) that Dates and Olives is planning to open on Chestnut Hill Avenue in the space where Bento Cafe had once been, and it seems that Renita Mendonca of the catering business Seasoned and Spiced may be the manager of the spot. (The listing shows the name "Renita Mendonla," which might be a misspelling.) The article says that the proposed eatery would be a quick-service Mediterranean restaurant, though little else is known about Dates and Olives at this point in time.

According to EB, Renita Mendonca once competed on the Food Network show "Chopped" (Season 9 in 2011), with a bio on The Clarke Culinary Center site saying that she once worked at the famous Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry.

The address for this proposed Mediterranean restaurant in Brighton is 160 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Taco Party and Sabertooth Vegan Bakery to Move into Space in Somerville's Ball Square

A couple of months ago, we reported that a vegetarian taco truck was looking to open a brick-and-mortar spot in Somerville. Now we have learned that it will actually be a collaboration with a local baking business.

Eater Boston is reporting that Taco Party is teaming up with Sabertooth Vegan Bakery to open on Broadway in Ball Square, with everything offered from both businesses being vegan. Sabertooth is known in part for its wide variety of donuts, with cakes, cupcakes, and cookies also offered, and EB links to a now-deleted Facebook post from the bakery that refers to the upcoming shop as being an "all-vegan, taco-and-doughnut paradise."

It looks like if all goes as planned, the Taco Party/Sabertooth shop could be open by later this summer.

The address for the upcoming brick-and-mortar location of Taco Party and Sabertooth is 711 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02144. The website for Taco Party is at while the website for Sabertooth can be found at

[Earlier Article]
Taco Party to Open in Somerville's Ball Square

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Pret a Manger to Open in Boston's Longwood Area

It looks like a London-based chain of sandwich shops is going to be expanding further into Boston, with a new one being planned for the Longwood Medical area of the city.

According to a Licensing Board page within the City of Boston website, Pret a Manger is looking to open at the Longwood Center at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Longwood Avenue, with the eatery having an indoor dining area on the ground floor of the building as well as a seasonal outdoor patio. Once it opens, the new location of Pret will join others in Boston's Financial District (Arch Street, Federal Street, Franklin Street, and State Street) and in the Back Bay (Boylston Street).

As mentioned earlier, it appears that the Longwood Center will also become home to a new location of b.good as well (that spot hopes to open later this summer).

The address for this upcoming sandwich shop in the Longwood section of Boston is: Pret a Manger, 354-364 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for the chain can be found at

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Sandwiches from Restaurants in the Boston Area and Elsewhere in New England]

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