Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DePasquale Ventures Planning to Purchase Caffe Pompei in Boston's North End

A restaurant that has been in Boston's North End for more than 50 years appears to be on the verge of being purchased, and it is not known what might happen to the place.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog is reporting (via that Frank DePasquale of DePasquale Ventures is looking to buy Caffe Pompei on Hanover Street, with the plan being to transfer the beer and wine license to the now-closed Splash on Kneeland Street (note--Splash was supposed to be changed to Bliss, but that apparently fell through) and transfer Splash's all-alcoholic license to the Pompei space while retaining Pompei common victualler license.

While the blog post says that a new restaurant could be going into the Pompei space, there is no confirmation of this as of yet, nor is it known whether DePasquale will retain the Pompei name. (DePasquale Ventures is also behind such spots as Bricco, Gelateria, Mare, Quattro, and Trattoria Il Panino.)

Caffe Pompei first opened in 1962, according to a page within the YellowBot site.

The address for Caffe Pompei is 280 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02113.

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

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El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill to Open in Malden

It looks like a pair of Mexican restaurants will soon be joined by a third spot.

Eater Boston is reporting (via a Twitter post from @DuffyMalden) that El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill is opening in Malden, with the upcoming Highland Avenue outlet joining others in Somerville's Union Square and Lowell. The Twitter post says that the Malden location will be the biggest of the three, and while no opening date has been set as of yet, EB mentions a hearing on the design of the restaurant's signage was held last week, so it could be getting fairly close to opening. (As soon as we find out when they plan to open, we will post an update here.)

In addition to Mexican fare, El Potro also offers a variety of Central American items from its extensive menu.

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Malden is: El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill, 160 Highland Avenue, Malden, MA, 02148. The website for El Potro 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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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Highlights for the Week Ending May 22, 2015

A few more stories and articles centering on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including the people behind a series of pop-ups opening a restaurant in Somerville, the parent company of an iconic pizzeria going bankrupt, and a second location of a popular Boston oyster bar coming to the suburbs. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) included an updated review of an Italian eatery in Malden, a photo of a bagel from a Brockton spot, and a question on cheap eats in the Boston area.

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

Boston Restaurant Talk

Bread and Salt Team Plan to Open Juliet in Somerville's Union Square

Parent Company of Regina Pizzeria in Boston's North End Files for Bankruptcy

Nancy Batista-Caswell (Ceia and Brine in Newburyport) to Open Oak and Rowan in Boston's Fort Point

Island Creek Oyster Bar to Open in Burlington

Flat Black Coffee to Open on the Boston Waterfront

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Updated Review: Pasta Market Cafe in Malden, MA

New Photo: Sesame Bagel from Back Bay Bagel Company in Brockton, MA

Question: Favorite Cheap Eats Places in the Boston Area?

New Photo: Pork and Chive Dumplings from Dumpling Daughter in Weston, MA

New Photo: Hot Dog Plate from Tony's Clam Shop in Quincy, MA

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Esquire's 2015 Best Bars in America List Includes State Park in Cambridge, J.J. Foley's in Boston's South End

A popular men's magazine has come out with its top 25 picks for bars in America once again, and this year, it has included a couple of local spots--and one of the picks may mollify at least some bar lovers.

According to the new article posted on its site, Esquire Magazine has included State Park in Cambridge's Kendall square among its picks, and it has also included J.J. Foley's in Boston's South End. Last year, the magazine picked the downtown Boston location of Foley's, leading to some confusion among locals, since the East Berkeley Street location in the South End is seen by many as an iconic bar, while the Kingston Street bar, while popular, doesn't have the same recognition and was seen by some as being the "wrong" J.J. Foley's to pick for the list .

In addition to Foley's in downtown Boston, last year's Esquire list also included The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square.

To see the complete list of best bars in America for 2015, please go to the link below:

[Earlier Article]
Esquire's Best Bars in America List Includes The Hawthorne, J.J. Foley's

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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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Clover Food Lab to Open in Boston's Copley Square

The people behind a number of vegetarian food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants in the Boston area are planning to open yet another new spot, with this latest one slated for one of the busiest parts of the city.

According to an article in Cambridge Day, Clover Food Lab is looking to open a brick-and-mortar location in Copley Square, with the post also mentioning that its planned Newbury Street location in the Back Bay is still in the works as well. The post--which focuses on its new 24-hour shop in Cambridge's Central Square--also mentions that it is not out of the question that Harvard Square and/or Kendall Square could eventually see a 24-hour location as well, though it is not yet known if the Copley Square outlet would be open 24 hours.

As soon as we find out the exact location for the Copley Square location of Clover (and when it might be opening), we will post an update here.

Currently, brick-and-mortar locations of Clover can be found in Central Square, Inman Square, Harvard Square, and Kendall Square in Cambridge as well as in Brookline and Burlington, along with a number of Clover food trucks that are set up in various spots around the Boston area. The website for Clover is at

Thanks to Universal Hub for initially bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Articles]
Clover Food Lab Is Opening in Former Hi-Fi Pizza Space in Cambridge's Central Square
Clover Food Lab May Open a New Location on Newbury Street

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Francesca's Kitchen in East Arlington Is Closing; Sugo Italian Kitchen to Replace It

A local favorite in the northwest suburbs of Boston is closing down, with another dining spot taking its place.

According to a note within the Arlington Advocate, Francesca's Kitchen in East Arlington is being replaced by a new restaurant called Sugo Italian Kitchen, with one of our sources saying that the owner of Francesca's has sold the business to an individual who will apparently open a dining spot that is similar. It is not known when Sugo will officially open in the Mass. Ave. space, though the article does say that town selectmen have already granted a food license to the new place.

[May 26 update: A note sent from Rich O's Ravings indicates that Francesca's Kitchen is now officially closed.]

Francesca's first opened approximately a decade ago, featuring a mix of authentic Italian, Italian-American, and comfort food items, with subs, pizza, eggplant parmigiana, turkey dinner, chicken marsala, shepherd's pie, seafood, and more being offered.

The address for Francesca's Kitchen (and the upcoming Sugo Italian Kitchen) is 162 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474.

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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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