Friday, September 19, 2014

SELECT Oyster Bar Plans to Open in Boston's Back Bay

A new restaurant may be on its way to the Back Bay of Boston, and it appears that a chef at a well-known dining spot in the North End may be involved.

Eater Boston is reporting that SELECT Oyster Bar is planning to open, with a tipster for the site indicating that it could be coming to a space on Gloucester Street that two other proposed eateries--Ambrosia on Gloucester and Lola 41--had apparently been looking at as well over the past year or so. According to EB, Michael Serpa of Neptune Oyster on Salem Street may be one of the people behind the opening of SELECT Oyster Bar, along with Robert J. Weintraub.

Very little else is known about this restaurant at this point in time; as soon as we find out more information, we will post an update here.

It appears that the address for SELECT Oyster Bar would be 50 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA, 02115. Its Twitter page can be found at

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Diner at McDonald's in Bridgewater Allegedly Throws Fish Sandwich at Employee with Seafood Allergy

A customer at a location of the McDonald's chain south of Boston reportedly struck an employee with a seafood item earlier this week, and the employee just happens to be allergic to seafood.

According to an article in Wicked Local East Bridgewater, a 67-year-old diner at the chain's shop in Bridgewater was "unhappy" with his order Wednesday evening and allegedly threw his Filet-O-Fish sandwich at an 18-year-old employee of the restaurant. A Bridgewater police lieutenant said that the employee was "uninjured" and did not need any kind of medical attention, and that the customer who threw the sandwich has been given a "no-trespass order" and cannot go back to the eatery.

The Bridgewater location of McDonald's is at 222 Broad Street (Route 18), a short distance north of the center of town.

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Halfway Cafe in Holbrook to Become Lucky Lou Lou's

A location of a local group of family-friendly restaurants is getting a name change, though it will be under the same ownership.

According to an article in Wicked Local Holbrook, the Halfway Cafe on Route 37 in Holbrook is going to become Lucky Lou Lou's, with the people behind the Halfway Cafe continuing to run the new eatery. The article says that the dining spot remains open for the time being, though it will close for two or three weeks at some point when interior and exterior renovations begin. It is not known what kinds of changes--if any--might come to the menu at this point in time, so keep checking back for updates.

In the article, Wicked Local Holbrook asks Halfway Cafe President John Grasso where the name Lucky Lou Lou's comes from, with his response being "You don't want to know."

Other locations of the Halfway Cafe can be found in Canton, Dedham, Marlborough, Maynard, and Watertown.

The address for the Halfway Cafe (and Lucky Lou Lou's) is 200 S Franklin Street (Route 37), Holbrook, MA, 02343. The website for the Halfway Cafe is at

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pepe's Pizza No Longer Coming to The Fireplace Space in Brookline; Deal Called Off

In July, we reported that a famous New Haven pizzeria was planning to take over the space of another restaurant in Brookline. Now we have learned that this will not be happening after all.

According to a source, plans for Pepe's Pizza to open in The Fireplace space in Washington Square have fallen through, with Eater Boston confirming this; in the article (via a newsletter), Jim Solomon of The Fireplace says that "Ever since deciding to close the restaurant I have been overwhelmed with requests (some very emotional!) to remain open....I love serving the community in which I live and have decided to keep running my restaurant."

It is not known whether Pepe's will continue to look for a space in the Boston area; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

[September 18 update: The Boston Globe mentions that while Pepe's will indeed not be coming to The Fireplace space, Jim Solomon says that the pizzeria is planning on opening "several" locations in the Boston area and that they are in the process of looking for spaces.]

The address for The Fireplace is 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

[Earlier Article]
Pepe's Pizza to Open in The Fireplace Space in Brookline's Washington Square

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Brigham's in Arlington Heights to Become Digumm's

It looks like the last of the Brigham's retail shops is finally getting ready to change its name, though the new name won't be all that different from the old name.

According to a source, the Brigham's location in Arlington Heights is going to be called Digumm's, with a rough picture of its logo shown to us this afternoon. It appears that the shop will continue to sell quarts of Brigham's ice cream, though it is not known what other brand(s) of ice cream they will be offering as well--though our source does say that they are also offering Richie's Slush.

All other Brigham's shops have closed or changed over to stores with new names and suppliers over the past few years, though the Brigham's products continue to be sold in convenience stores and supermarkets.

The address for Brigham's in Arlington Heights (and soon, Digumm's) is 1328 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.

[Earlier Article]
Brigham's in Arlington Heights Remains Open (for Now)

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Monica's Mercato Pizzeria Rosticceria Is Opening in Boston's North End

It looks like a new pizza shop is on its way to the North End of Boston.

Eater Boston is reporting that Monica's Mercato Pizzeria Rosticceria is going to be opening underneath its food shop on Salem Street, with a tipster for EB saying that it could be ready in two or three weeks. Once it opens, expect both slices and whole pies to be offered, and the pizzeria's hours should be the same as that of the market.

Monica's Mercato is owned by the same people who are behind Vinoteca di Monica on Richmond Street and Trattoria di Monica on Prince Street.

The address for Monica's Mercato (and the pizzeria below) is 130 Salem Street, Boston, MA, 02113. Its website can be found at

[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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