Friday, August 29, 2014

Cafe Kafofo in East Cambridge Has Closed

A cafe in East Cambridge has closed its doors after being in business for a bit less than three years.

According to a poster on the Chowhound site (and confirmed by the shop's Facebook page), Cafe Kafofo on Cambridge Street is no longer in operation, with the eatery saying that it closed around the middle of this month. The cafe focused on coffee, with food items such as muffins, croissants, and sandwiches available as well, along with smoothies and tea.

Cafe Kafofo first opened in the latter part of 2011.

The address for this now-closed cafe in East Cambridge is: Cafe Kafofo, 594 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141. Their 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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Cactus Club in Boston's Back Bay Has Closed

A popular Mexican restaurant and bar in the Back Bay of Boston has shuttered, and it appears that this may be a permanent closure, though this has not been completely confirmed as of yet.

Earlier this week, a Twitter poster said that the Cactus Club on Boylston Street  has "shut down for good," with another post wondering if the eating and drinking spot had definitely closed. Subsequent calls to the place have gone unanswered, and a check by @BostonTweet indicates that there is mail outside the door. A nearby business also sent a note today saying that it has "indeed closed," though no other details have been given. While it appears that the Cactus Club has likely left the space, it is not known if there is a chance it may reopen, or possibly move elsewhere; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

[August 29 update: A note from the Cactus Club mentions that the restaurant closed because they were not able to negotiate a reasonable rent for the space.]

The Cactus Club has been in business since the 1980s, featuring Mexican and Tex-Mex food, along with margaritas and other drink options.

The address for this now-closed Mexican restaurant in the Back Bay is: Cactus Club Restaurant and Bar, 939 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

[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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Jeanne's Ice Cream Shoppe & More Opens in Wakefield

A new eatery that features ice cream has come to a northern suburb of Boston, taking over the space where a location of a bakery had been.

According to a source, Jeanne's Ice Cream Shoppe & More is now open in Wakefield, moving into the former D'Amici's Bakery site on New Salem Street. (The other locations of D'Amici's in Lynn, Melrose, and Reading remain in operation.) The Facebook page for Jeanne's indicates that the place offers such items as bagels, muffins, sandwiches, hot dogs, Richie's Slush, hot and iced coffee, frappes, and frozen yogurt in addition to Richardson's ice cream, with a few of the ice cream flavors being apple crisp, strawberry and peanut butter cup.

The address for this new spot in Wakefield is: Jeanne's Ice Cream Shoppe & More, 93 New Salem Street, Wakefield, MA, 01880. Its Facebook page 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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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tenoch Plans to Open in Somerville's Davis Square; Trailer at Tufts University Also Coming

The person behind two Mexican restaurants and a food truck in the Boston area is planning to expand once again, with a new location of the eatery slated for one of the busiest parts of Somerville, and a trailer debuting nearby as well.

The Boston Globe confirms what Eater Boston mentioned earlier, that Tenoch is looking to open on the edge of Davis Square, with the restaurant moving into the Highland Avenue space where Kickass Cupcakes had been before moving up the street (and ultimately closing). In addition, the Globe says that owner Alvaro Sandoval is also going to be setting up a trailer at Tufts University after the Labor Day Weekend, though it is not yet know exactly where on the campus the trailer will be located.

Currently, locations of Tenoch can be found on Riverside Avenue in Medford and on Lewis Street in Boston's North End, with a food truck also operating as well.

The address for this planned Mexican restaurant in Somerville is 378 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02144. The website for Tenoch is at

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Al's Cafe to Open in Woburn

A sandwich shop with two locations in downtown Boston and another in Cambridge's Harvard Square will soon have a fourth outlet, with this one being in a northern suburb.

Eater Boston is reporting that Al's Cafe is planning to open in Woburn, with the shop coming to the TradeCenter 128 complex near the Route 128/38 intersection. Once it opens (possibly around October 1), the new location of Al's will join existing shops on State Street in Boston's Financial District, South Street in the Leather District, and Mass. Ave. in Harvard Square, and will likely offer soups, salads, and cold and hot subs. The Woburn location of Al's will only be open on weekdays, according to EB.

It looks like the address for this upcoming sandwich shop in Woburn will be: Al's Cafe, 7 Sylvan Road, Woburn, MA, 01801. The website for Al's 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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Beijing Chinese Dining Has Opened in Lexington

A new Chinese restaurant has come to a northwest suburb of Boston, taking over the space where an Indian eatery had been.

A check on the place a few days ago indicates that Beijing Chinese Dining is now open in Lexington Center, moving into the former Khushboo space on Massachusetts Avenue. Based on posters from the Yelp site, it appears that the dining spot may have actually opened a few weeks ago, and Yelp also shows that the outdoor patio that was used by Khushboo is apparently still in place. The menu within the dining spot's website shows mostly Chinese-American items, along with some more traditional Chinese dishes as well.

Khushboo closed last fall after being in business for approximately 12 years. Other eateries that have been in the space include Stone Soup and Bel Canto.

The address for this new Chinese restaurant in Lexington Center is: Beijing Chinese Dining, 1709 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420. Its website can be found at

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