Thursday, October 08, 2015

Parsnip to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square on November 3

Nearly two years ago, we reported that a new dining spot was moving into the space in Cambridge's Harvard Square where a landmark restaurant had been. Now it looks like the upcoming eatery is finally getting ready to open.

Eater Boston is reporting that Parsnip will be opening on November 3 in the former UpStairs on the Square space on Winthrop Street, with the new restaurant being a "globally-inspired" and "ingredients-led" spot. According to EB, the downstairs section of Parsnip will be the main dining area, with the upstairs being a more casual lounge, and the lounge area will be what executive chef Peter Quinion says is "a little bit more British and eclectic in some cases."

UpStairs on the Square closed its doors at the end of 2013 after more than 30 years in business; it had originally been located on Holyoke Street where it was called UpStairs at the Pudding.

The address for Parsnip is 91 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

[Earlier Articles]
Parsnip to Take Over UpStairs on the Square Space in Cambridge
UpStairs on the Square in Cambridge Is Closing

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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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Waltham Beer Works Getting Closer to Opening in Former Watch City Space; Construction, Hiring Taking Place

A local group of restaurants and brewpubs is making progress on their latest location, which will be opening in the space where another brewpub/brewery had once been.

A Twitter post from late last month indicates that construction is in full force at the future site of Waltham Beer Works on Moody Street, with a job post on the Craigslist site mentioning "a new restaurant and bar" at 254 Moody Street--this is the address of the upcoming Beer Works as well as the old Watch City Brewing Co., which closed in June of 2014. The Craigslist post states that in addition to regional craft beers, the new spot will also offer "small distillery spirits and high quality menu items." It is not known exactly when Waltham Beer Works might be opening; as soon as we hear of an opening date, we will post an update here.

Other Beer Works are located near North Station, in the Fenway, at Logan Airport, and in Framingham, Hingham, Lowell, and Salem. Its website can be found at

Thanks to @brandnewwatch for some of the information given here.

[Earlier Articles]
Boston Beer Works to Open Location in Former Watch City Brewing Co. Space in Waltham
Watch City Brewing Co. in Waltham Has Closed

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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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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Dona Habana to Open in Boston's Newmarket Square

A new Cuban restaurant is on its way to Boston, and the people behind a Puerto Rican dining spot and a Dominican eatery are apparently behind the place.

According to a Licensing Board page within the City of Boston website, Dona Habana is planning to open in Boston's Newmarket Square, with a Facebook post indicating that it is moving into the space in the Hampton Inn and Suites (by Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue) where Rudi's Resto Cafe had been until closing in 2011. The post on Facebook comes from Vejigantes on West Dedham Street in the South End, which indicates that the owners of the upcoming eatery are also connected with Merengue on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury. (The manager listed on the licensing page is "Nivia Prina," which appears to be a misspelling of Nivia Pina, the co-owner of both Vejigantes and Merengue.)

Little is known about Dona Habana at this point in time other than the fact that it is seeking a liquor license and the space it plans to move into is 5,482 square feet (a total of 6,670 square feet including an outdoor patio). It also has a proposed closing time of 1:00 AM.

The exact address for the upcoming Dona Habana appears to be 13 Melnea Cass Blvd, Boston, MA 02119.

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Effie's Kitchen Opens in Roslindale

A new Greek restaurant has come to a Boston neighborhood, moving into the space where a Mexican eatery had been for nearly 20 years.

Universal Hub is reporting that Effie's Kitchen is now open in Roslindale, taking over the former Wapo Taco site on Poplar Street. The post says that the new eatery (which is currently cash-only) is mostly a takeout spot with only three tables, and that it currently offers items such as Greek salads, lemon chicken soup, spinach pie, gyros, souvlaki, Greek burgers, Greek sausage, and rice pudding. (UH hints that the menu may grow over time.)

According to Universal Hub, Roslindale is "Boston's most heavily Greek neighborhood."

The address for this new Greek dining spot is: Effie's Kitchen, 37 Poplar Street, Roslindale, MA, 02131.

[Earlier Article]
The Wapo Taco in Roslindale Is Closing; Rent Increase to Blame

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Owner of Dumpling Daughter in Weston Sues Former Workers; Cites Stealing of Concept, Recipes

The person behind a Chinese restaurant in the western suburbs of Boston has sued two former employees, saying that they stole her concept and some of her recipes.

Universal Hub is reporting that Nadia Liu Spellman of Dumpling Daughter in Weston filed a trademark and trade-secrets lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court, with the charges stating that two workers at the Center Street dining spot allegedly stayed "just long enough to make note of some of her recipes" before opening their own eatery in Millbury called Dumpling Girl. (A third person at the new spot is also mentioned in the suit, according to UH.) Spellman explains that in addition to stealing her recipes, the workers actually copied the exact wording from her menu, including that of the popular three-day pork ramen that she offers--and she claims the Millbury restaurant isn't up to the standards of Dumpling Daughter, which could potentially hurt the reputation of her eatery. Spellman wants the judge to force Dumpling Girl to "stop using the name and recipes and to pay damages," according to Universal Hub.

Nadia Liu Spellman opened Dumpling Daughter in December of 2014, offering items that carry on the tradition of her mother Sally Ling's dishes. (The family once ran a restaurant called Sally Ling's on the Boston waterfront in the mid-1980s that eventually moved to Cambridge, then New Jersey before closing.) Ling was Spellman's "number one consultant" during the process of opening Dumpling Daughter, as reported in an earlier article here.

Dumpling Daughter is a dining spot that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured as an under-the-radar place for dumplings, ramen, and more. The review can be found below:

The address for Dumpling Daughter is 37 Center Street, Weston, MA, 02493. Its website is at

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Peet's Coffee and Tea to Purchase Stumptown Coffee Roasters

A California-based coffee roaster and retailer with a growing presence in the Boston area is in the process of buying another west coast roaster whose coffee can also be found in the local region.

Eater is reporting that Peet's Coffee & Tea is going to be acquiring Stumptown Coffee Roasters, an independent company that is headquartered in Portland, OR. The article says while Peet's will take over ownership of Stumptown from its current shareholders (including its majority stakeholder), the coffee roaster will still run independently after the purchase is complete, and that it will "continue to pursue its own growth strategy."

Peet's Coffee has a number of locations in the local area, including in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Lexington, Newton Centre, and Wellesley. Stumptown coffee can be found in a few local spots, including locations of Thinking Cup and Tatte. The website for the Peet's chain is at while the website for Stumptown is at

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