Friday, April 29, 2016

News Elsewhere: NYC's Pearl Oyster Bar to Open in Kennebunk, ME

A popular "upscale lobster shack" in New York City is expanding to Southern Maine, and it is a homecoming of sorts for the restaurant's owner.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village of Manhattan is opening another location of the dining spot in Kennebunk, ME, which is where her family has summered for many decades and where she worked at the landmark White Barn Inn as executive chef in the 1980s, according to Pearl's website. It is not yet known where in Kennebunk the new location of Pearl will be, nor is it known when it might open; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Pearl Oyster Bar, which is known in part for its lobster rolls, has received much praise since opening in 1997, with the eatery being picked as a semifinalist for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards for outstanding restaurant. Another page within the restaurant's site shows that the eatery has also gotten recognition from Gourmet Magazine, Bon Appetit, and the Washington Post, and celebrity chef and restaurateur Mario Batali is quoted as calling it " favorite lunch spot on the planet..."

The address for the original Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village is 18 Cornelia Street, New York, NY, 10014.

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Boloco Closes in Brighton's Cleveland Circle

A local group of restaurants that features burritos has closed one of its first locations.

According to a Facebook post, Boloco shut down its shop in the Cleveland Circle section of Brighton, saying "So Long Old Friend....Thank you to the nearly 1,000 team members who made burritos for the over 2,000,000 of you who visited us during that time. We will remember." A post from Universal Hub gives more information on the closure, including a note from the chain that says the following: "Why are we closing, you may ask? The simple truth is that for the last 3-4 years we have lost money at Cleveland Circle - quite a bit of it, in fact. With Boloco's high quality ingredients and highest paid employees in the industry, we needed more customers every day to run a sustainable business and whatever we were (or more likely not) doing at that location just didn't attract enough of you. It really always comes down to simple math."

A timeline page within its website states that the Beacon Street location of Boloco opened in 1998 when it was called The Wrap, joining its original location on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston's Back Bay (it was briefly called Under Wraps) and a second shop on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge's Harvard Square. Today, locations of the Park Plaza-based group of dining spots can be found in downtown Boston, the Back Bay, the Northeastern University area, Children's Hospital in the Longwood area, Cambridge's Harvard Square, Lynnfield, Natick, and Wellesley, along with four others in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The address for the now-closed location of Boloco in Cleveland Circle was 1940 Beacon Street, Brighton, MA, 02135.

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Jody Adams to Leave Rialto in Cambridge's Harvard Square

An award-winning chef who is involved with three Boston-area dining spots is saying farewell to one of her restaurants.

According to a press release (and with more information given in a Boston Globe article), Jody Adams will be leaving Rialto in Cambridge's Harvard Square in June, with the plan being for the chef and restaurateur to spend more time with her family and also focus on both new projects and her existing eateries, including an upcoming dining spot coming to Avalon at Prudential Center along with Trade on the waterfront and the new Saloniki in the Fenway. Adams says that the restaurant--which is located in the Charles Hotel--will remain in operation, confirming a message from the Rialto team earlier this month to us in response to rumors both inside and outside the restaurant industry about the future of the dining spot. The Globe says that chef de cuisine David Ladner has been promoted to executive chef of the place, and that Adams is planning on a "big fat" going away party sometime in June.

In addition to being a James Beard Award winner, Jody Adams also competed in the second season of the "Top Chef Masters" series on BRAVO. She and her business partners first opened Rialto 22 years ago.

The address for this proposed restaurant in the Back Bay is 780 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02199.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jimmy John's Opens in Watertown

An Illinois-based chain of gourmet sandwich shops has just opened another store in the Boston area.

According to a Facebook post, Jimmy John's is now open in Watertown, with the Mt. Auburn Street eatery apparently opening its doors on Monday. The new shop joins others in Boston (Park Drive by Audubon Circle, Valenti Way near North Station, and Western Avenue in Allston-Brighton), Quincy, Salem, Waltham, and South Braintree.

Jimmy John's, which was established in Charleston, IL in 1983, offers a mix of subs and club sandwiches.

The address for this new sandwich shop in Watertown is: Jimmy John's, 1 Mt Auburn Street, Watertown, MA, 02472. The website for the chain can be found at

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Tryst in Arlington to Remain in Business; Ownership Change Taking Place

Earlier this month, we reported that an upscale restaurant and bar in Arlington was looking to transfer its license and that the exact future of the place was unknown. Now we have learned that very little--if anything--will be changing.

According to a meeting agenda page from this week, Song-Ho Kim (also listed as Sang Ho Kim earlier) is planning to take over operations of Tryst on Mass. Ave. along with his son Taek, and that "everything is staying the same with the restaurant and it is just a change of ownership." Previously, we had mentioned that owner Paul Turano had been seeking to transfer the Tryst license to Kim and the Taeksoo Corporation, but it was not known at the time what might happen to the dining spot.

Turano also has a restaurant in Newtonville called Cook, while Kim and his family appear to be involved with the Blue Coyote Grill in Maynard.

The address for Tryst is 689 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476. Its website can be found at

[Earlier Article]
Tryst in Arlington Seeking to Transfer Its License

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Pretzelmaker to Open at Somerville's Assembly Row

A chain of shops featuring all things pretzels--including pretzel dogs--is expanding to a growing development in Somerville.

According to a job post within the Craiglist site, Pretzelmaker is on its way to Assembly Row and is currently hiring for the upcoming store. Based on the menu for the other shops, expect to see freshly-made pretzels, pretzel bites, pretzel dogs, and a variety of sauces offered, along with blended drinks and lemonade.

Once it opens, the new Pretzelmaker at Assembly Row will join other locations at the Cambridgeside Galleria in Cambridge, the Northshore Mall in Peabody, the Burlington Mall in Burlington, the Square One Mall in Saugus, and a number of other shops elsewhere in the United States and beyond.

Pretzelmaker first started out in 1991, according to its website, which can be found at

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