Friday, April 17, 2015

Yuki Shabu - Sushi Plans to Open in Somerville's Davis Square

It looks like a new restaurant is coming to one of the hottest parts of Somerville--though it also appears that the city might not be fully aware of it yet.

Eater Boston is reporting that Yuki Shabu - Sushi has a sign up on Bow Street in Union Square in the space where Union Square Donuts had been until moving a couple of storefronts away. The article also says that a phone call placed to the office of the city clerk indicated that the Somerville Licensing Commission's secretary does not have anything in her records showing that this restaurant has applied for a license to operate within the space. EB does say that the Somerville Inspectional Services Division shows that a construction company was given the green light to renovate the space last fall, however.

A subsequent update from Eater Boston mentions that a company called Yuki LLC was set up last May (with this information coming from public records from the Massachusetts Corporations Division) and that the manager listed is also a person behind the Thai restaurant Sweet Ginger, which is on Bow Street as well.

The address for Yuki Shabu - Sushi is 16 Bow Street, Somerville, MA, 02143.

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The Littlest Bar and The Times in Boston to Remain in Operation

Earlier this year, we reported that a couple of well-known drinking spots in downtown Boston could be losing their homes to make way for new development. Now we have learned that while the development has been approved, the two bars will not have to move out,

According to an article in BostInno, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has given the green light for new residential units to come to Broad Street in the Financial District, but the plans include the preservation of both The Littlest Bar and The Times Restaurant and Pub. Back in January, it appeared that The Littlest Bar would possibly be turned into a lobby while the structure that houses The Times would possibly be demolished, but those plans have apparently been changed.

The new development will be 12 stories high with 52 condos and 3,500 square feet of commercial space, according to the post.

The address for The Littlest Bar is 102 Broad Street while the address for The Times is 112 Broad Street.

[Previous Article]
The Littlest Bar and The Times in Boston May Be Forced Out to Make Way for New Development

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Sunny Boy to Open in Brookline's Washington Square

A new restaurant is coming to Brookline, and it will be moving into the space where another dining spot had been.

According to a post within the jobs section of the BostonChefs.com site, Sunny Boy is opening in Washington Square, with an earlier Twitter post indicating that it is taking over the former Cafe Nicholas space on Beacon Street. The job posting mentions that the place will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (including late-night dining) seven days a week and that it will focus on scratch-made dishes using "top-quality" ingredients from small family producers.

If all goes as planned, Sunny Boy expects to open in early May.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Washington Square is: Sunny Boy, 1632 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. A website does not appear to be up yet for the eatery, but its Instagram page can be found at https://instagram.com/sunnyboybrklne

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Owners of Tres Gatos Plan to Open Mexican Restaurant in Jamaica Plain

The people behind an eclectic tapas bar and book/music shop in Jamaica Plain, along with an Italian/Mediterranean spot nearby, are in expansion mode again.

The Boston Globe is reporting that the Tres Gatos folks are going to be opening a casual, family-friendly Mexican restaurant on Centre Street, taking over the space where Ghazal Fine Indian Cuisine has been since the latter part of 2008. Once it opens, the new eatery will join the tapas bar as well as the Centre Street Cafe (both of which are also on Centre Street).

The Tres Gatos owners took over the Centre Street Cafe last year, reconcepting the place and opening it back up in November. Previously, it had been known in part as a farm-to-table spot that featured a popular weekend brunch.

If all goes as planned, the new restaurant could be opening sometime in the fall.

The address for this upcoming Mexican restaurant in Jamaica Plain is 711 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mario Batali's Eataly Plans to Open at the Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay

Two years ago, we reported that a celebrity chef might bring a location of his popular Manhattan emporium to Boston, and this winter we confirmed this, though its exact location was unknown at the time. Now we have just learned where the store will be, if all goes as planned.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Mario Batali and his business partners are close to signing a deal to open Eataly within the Prudential Center in the city's Back Bay neighborhood, with the Italian marketplace apparently going into the space where the food court has been. The article says that Eataly Boston would have 45,000 square feet of space and would be on three floors, with everything from pasta to olive oil, produce, meats, cheeses, and much more, along with at least six dining spots (a brewery with a retractable ceiling and patio and a rooftop grill are apparently in the works).

If the deal is finalized and everything goes as planned (the Globe says the plans could still change), Eataly Boston could be open in the middle to latter part of 2016.

Mario Batali was also in the news earlier this week, as he opened Babbo Pizzeria at Boston's Fan Pier.

The website for Eataly can be found at http://www.eataly.com/

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Mario Batali's Eataly May Be Coming to Boston
Mario Batali Is Opening Babbo Pizzeria at Fan Pier in Boston

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Bon Me to Open in Former Cheddar's Space in Cambridge's Fresh Pond/Alewife Area

Last month we mentioned that a popular pizza place and sandwich shop in Cambridge was closing; now we have learned that the people behind a group of Vietnamese food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants are going to be expanding into that space.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a License Commission General Hearing page within the City of Cambridge website) that Bon Me is opening on Alewife Brook Parkway in the Fresh Pond/Alewife section of the city, taking over the space where Cheddar's had been since the late 1980s. Once it opens, the Vietnamese eatery will join other permanent locations in Cambridge's Kendall Square and the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston, along with food trucks that can be found in various locations around the Boston area.

Expect to see such items as Vietnamese sandwiches, noodle salads, and rice bowls at the new Bon Me in Cambridge, depending on whether the menu is similar to that of the existing restaurants and food trucks.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Cambridge is: Bon Me, 201 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA, 02138. Their website can be found at http://www.bonmetruck.com/

[Earlier Article]
Cheddar's Pizzeria in Cambridge Has Closed

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