Thursday, January 29, 2015

Confirmed: The Grafton Group to Open Old Atlantic Tavern in Boston

Earlier this month, we reported that an upscale restaurant on the Boston waterfront was closing and that a new dining spot was planning to take over its space. Now we have learned that the restaurant group who we thought might be opening the new place is indeed involved with it.

According to an article from Eater Boston, The Grafton Group (Park, Grafton Street, Russell House Tavern, Temple Bar) is going to be opening Old Atlantic Tavern in the former City Landing space on State Street, with proof coming from the fact that the corporation listed for the eatery--Atlantic Shore Restaurant Corporation--includes Patrick Lee (who we had mentioned) as well as other partners of the restaurant group--Peter Lee, Sean Kennedy, and Gerry Sheerin. EB also says that the Old Atlantic Tavern would have a dining room, lounge/bar section, and outdoor seating during the warmer months, though little else is known about it at this point in time, including what will be on the menu and when it might open.

City Landing closed on January 10 after being in business for about 2 1/2 years.

The address for the proposed Old Atlantic Tavern is 255 State Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

[Earlier Article]
City Landing on the Boston Waterfront Is Closing

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Highlights for the Week Ending January 23, 2015

A few more stories and articles centering on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a local radio personality possibly opening a brewery, a popular group of Mexican restaurants getting ready to expand, and a pizzeria coming to the North End. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included a new review of an Italian eatery and pizza spot in Woburn, a photo of a pizza from a shop in Concord, and an updated review of an Italian restaurant in East Boston.

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

Boston Restaurant Talk

Greg Hill of WAAF Plans to Open a Restaurant and Brewery in Maynard

Anna's Taqueria Plans to Open in Newton Highlands

The Barmobile Is Coming to Boston

Tony G's Barbecue to Open in Belmont

Rina's Pizzeria and Cafe Is Opening in Boston's North End

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

New Review: Arcenia's Cucina Rustica in Woburn, MA

New Photo: Mushroom and Hamburger Pizza from New London Pizza in Concord, MA

Updated Review: Jeveli's Restaurant in East Boston, MA

New Photo: Veal Saltimbocca from Maria's Restaurant in Braintree, MA

New Photo: Spumoni from Jeveli's in East Boston, MA

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Fleck to Open in Newton Highlands

A new coffee and espresso bar is on its way to the western suburbs of Boston, and its name comes from an interesting term.

Eater Boston is reporting that Fleck is opening in Newton Highlands, with the Walnut Street specialty coffee shop getting its name from the term "tiger flecking," which refers to the patterns of coffee particles at the top of a shot of espresso that "indicate a good extraction and proper grind." The article says that in addition to coffee, there will also be pastries offered.

It looks like Fleck could be opening in early February.

The address for this upcoming coffee bar in Newton is: Fleck, 1169 Walnut Street, Newton, MA, 02461. Its Facebook page can be found at while its Twitter page is at

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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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7ate9 Bakery to Open in Somerville

The person behind a business that makes mini-cheesecakes and more is planning to open a shop in Somerville.

According to an article in Somerville Beat, Sarah Chester is looking to open 7ate9 Bakery on Highland Avenue, with Eater Boston mentioning that its location will be in the space where Kickass Cupcakes had been until closing last summer. Once it opens, expect to see the treats that Chester offers at farmers' markets in the Boston area, including her signature small cheesecakes as well as regular-sized cheesecakes; she will also be selling additional sweet treats and coffee.

Somerville Beat says that 7ate9 Bakery could be open for business sometime next month, depending on the permitting process and construction.

The address for this upcoming bakery in Somerville is: 7ate9 Bakery, 199C Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its website can be found at

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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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Monday, January 26, 2015

World’s Largest Key Lime Pie to Come to Boston's South Station February 5, 2015

A key lime pie is going to be coming to Boston early next month--but this isn't just any kind of key lime pie.

According to a post from BostInno, a trio of chefs from Key West, FL, are going to be creating the world's largest key lime pie on February 5, with the mammoth treat being set up in the main concourse of South Station. The article says that the pie will be nine feet in diameter and with a total weight of approximately 1,000 pounds, and it will yield nearly 2,000 servings. (Ingredients include 200 pounds of graham crackers, juice from 5,760 key limes, and 55 gallons of condensed milk.)

The key lime pie will be created at around 3:00 PM, with servings of the pie being offered until around 4:00 PM.

Thanks to @FoodserviceEast for bringing this to our attention.

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Suya Joint in Roslindale to Close, Move to Roxbury

It looks like one of the only restaurants in Boston that serves Nigerian food is preparing to move.

Eater Boston is reporting that Suya Joint in Roslindale is getting ready to close in preparation for a move from its current Poplar Street location to Dudley Square in Roxbury. The article says that its final day in business in Roslindale Village will be later this week, though it is not known whether the last day is Friday, January 29 or Saturday, January 30 (a note on the restaurant's Facebook page says "Friday, January 30"). It appears that the eatery will open in its new space in Roxbury sometime this spring.

Suya Joint first opened in February of 2012, moving into the space where the Bangkok Cafe had once been; the dining spot offers West African cuisine, with an emphasis on Nigerian fare.

The new address for Suya Joint will be 185 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119. Its website can be found at

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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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