Thursday, October 30, 2014

Treat Cupcake Bar in Needham to Introduce New Concept Called The Dessert Workshop

A cupcake shop in Needham is taking over the space next door and will debut a new interactive concept for dessert lovers.

Eater Boston is reporting that Treat Cupcake Bar on Highland Avenue is expanding into the former Swizzles space with the plan being to open The Dessert Workshop there. The Facebook page for the upcoming spot says that customers will be able to create an array of dessert items, including cupcakes, pies, parfaits, and sundaes using equipment supplied by the place, with another option being to choose from pre-made treats from them. It looks like The Dessert Workshop will open sometime this fall, though no specific date has been given as of yet.

Treat Cupcake Bar also has a location at The Street Chestnut Hill, with that shop opening in April of 2013.

The address for the upcoming Dessert Workshop is 1450 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA, 02492. Its Facebook page can be found at

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Crumbs Bake Shop Reopening in Boston's Financial District

A chain of cupcake shops that closed down over the summer is getting back on its feet again--and at least one of its stores in Massachusetts is getting ready to open back up.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting that the Crumbs Bake Shop location on Federal Street in Boston's Financial District is reopening tomorrow (Friday, October 31) and as stated previously, it will be offering more than just cupcakes this time around. The article mentions that included among its offerings are hybrid treats such as crozels (a combination of a croissant and a pretzel) and baissants (a combination of a bagel and a croissant), along with cupcake pushpops that consist of a cupcake in a cylinder with a plunger used to push the cupcake out.

Based on its website, it does not appear that the Crumbs locations at the Prudential Center in the Back Bay, and the Natick Mall in Natick are slated to reopen, at least at this point in time.

The address for Crumbs in the Financial District is 176 Federal Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the chain can be found at

Thanks for Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.

[Earlier Articles]
Crumbs Bake Shop Getting Financing from Group of Investors, Will Reopen Stores
Crumbs Bake Shop Closes All Of Its Locations

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wings Over Arlington Has Closed

A small chain of wing places based in Massachusetts has gotten just a bit smaller, as one of its Boston-area locations has closed.

According to a poster on the Chowhound site, Wings Over Arlington is no longer in business, with a sign at the Mass. Ave. shop referring customers to the Somerville location. (A phone call confirms this, with the message saying that it has indeed closed down.) It appears that the other locations of Wings Over in the Boston area and elsewhere in the region--including in Boston, Somerville, Brookline, Framingham, Lowell, Worcester, and Providence, RI--remain open for business.

Wings Over first started out in Amherst in 1999 and now has a handful of locations on the East Coast and in the Great Lakes area. The shops feature regular and boneless wings with a variety of sauce options, including teriyaki, honey mustard, Jamaican jerk, and sweet chili.

The address for the now-closed Wings Over Arlington was 217 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474. The website for the chain can be found at

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rox Cafe in Newton Highlands Has Apparently Closed

It looks like a cafe in Newton has closed its doors after being in business for a bit more than a year.

According to a poster on the Chowhound site, Rox Cafe in the Newton Highlands section of the city is no longer in business, with a sign out front thanking customers for their past support. Phone calls placed to the eatery did not go through, and a check on the Village 14 site indicates that the Lincoln Street spot may actually have closed sometime last month.

Rox Cafe, which first opened in the summer of 2013, was run by the same people who are behind Rox Diner in West Roxbury and Newtonville (both of those restaurants remain in operation).

The address for this now-closed dining spot in Newton Highlands was: Rox Cafe, 27 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA, 02461.

[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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Owners of James Hook & Co. Plan to Build Residential Tower, Restaurant at Waterfront Site

Over the summer we mentioned that a landmark seafood vendor on the Boston waterfront was possibly looking to develop the site on which it resides. Now we have learned more of their plans.

The Boston Globe is reporting that the owners of James Hook & Co. on Atlantic Avenue are considering the construction of a 22-story residential tower at the site, with the structure including a 9,000-square-foot James Hook seafood restaurant on the ground floor. A rendering of the plan shows that the dining spot would have a large outdoor patio on the water, and that the building would feature a lot of glass and a pedestrian walkway along Fort Point Channel. The Globe article mentions that zoning changes would need to take place in order for this project to happen, as regulations currently have a building height cap of 55 feet along Boston Harbor.

James Hook & Co. first opened its seafood store back in 1925.

The address for James Hook & Co. is 440 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210. Its website can be found at

[Earlier Article]
James Hook & Co. Site in Boston May Be Redeveloped; Store Plans to Stay Put

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Daisy Buchanan's in Boston's Back Bay to Close November 6 or 7 (and Its Sign Has Been Stolen)

This spring, we reported that an iconic bar in Boston's Back Bay was going to be closing sometime this fall, Now we have learned when it will be closing--and we've also heard that someone has stolen their beloved sign.

The Boston Herald is reporting that Daisy Buchanan's on Newbury Street is planning to close on either November 6 or November 7, as the building in which it resides has been sold and will be redeveloped into high-end retail space. The article also mentions that the Daisy's sign was stolen sometime over the weekend and that the bar is offering a $500 reward for its return (bar spokesperson George Regan says there will be "no questions asked" as far as the retrieval of the sign is concerned).

An earlier article from the Herald says that owner Joe Cimino is looking for another home for Daisy Buchanan's, which first opened in 1970.

The address for the soon-to-close Daisy's is 240 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Article]
Daisy Buchanan's in the Back Bay of Boston to Close This Fall

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