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November 23, 2020
Brand New Pizzas & A Massive Sports Memorabilia Auction: The Weekly Boston Restaurant Update
Boston restaurant news for the week of 11/23/2020.
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If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with Boston restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, takeout specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates around the city.

For the full list of 350+ restaurants currently open for takeout and delivery, check out our guide here. And if you have any tips or questions, send us an email at newsletter@theinfatuation.com.

Week of November 23

  • It’s hard to believe that it’s Thanksgiving week already. If you missed out on Thanksgiving pre-orders, don’t worry - some of our best butcher shops have you covered. Savenor’s and Walden Local are open for most of the early part of this week.

  • If you love The Painted Burro, but don’t live in Somerville, we have some good news. A few months ago The Painted Burro ran a pop-up at Posto Bedford, and that was apparently so successful that they’ll now sell tacos and margaritas there all winter long.

  • We’re not sure why there are so many Detroit-style pizza spots opening up here, but we’ve got another one to add to the list. Square Mfg. Co. will start selling - you guessed it - square pies in Natick sometime in December.

  • Speaking of pizza, Source, a farm-to-table spot with wood-fired pizza, has opened in Harvard Square. The chef says that most of the ingredients come from within 100 miles of the restaurant.

  • Looking for a restaurant-specific Black Friday deal? Tony and Elaine’s, Ciao Bella, and Ward 8 are partnering with UberEats this Friday for a BOGO deal on meatballs, chicken parm, and fried chicken sandwiches at each of the respective restaurants.

  • For the whole month of December, Maccabee Bar will be popping up at Bow Market and mixing up Hanukkah-inspired cocktails, which will also be available to-go. You can read all about it here.

  • Downtown’s recently closed sports bar, The Fours, will be auctioning over 1,000 pieces of sports memorabilia on December 3. Boston.com has the full report.

  • Looking to help communities in need this holiday season? Food For Free, a Cambridge non-profit that seeks to address food insecurity, is in need of volunteers for home deliveries and public school meal distribution.

  • Closings: Gaslight Brasserie du Coin in the South End has closed.

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Week of November 16

  • Bianca, the new restaurant from the team behind renowned sushi spot O Ya, opened its doors last week. The original date for opening was March 2020, but we all know what happened then. There’s a heated outdoor patio too - check out all the details here.

  • Montreal-style bagels are now available in Union Square. Turenne just opened last week, and they’re also selling croissants, salads, and nightly takeout dinner baskets.

  • If you’re looking to pick-up a new winter activity, perhaps you should consider curling. Snowport, the “winter wonderland” in Seaport, will host curling classes every Saturday. Naturally, there will be food available as well with The Biscuit, Red’s Best, and Hooked all on site with pies, clam chowder, and smoked fish.

  • Or maybe you’d prefer less curling and more high-stakes eating. The Porch in Medford has added a “Hot Wings Roulette” option to their menu. The plate comes with eight identical looking wings, but one of them is supposedly very, very spicy. Sounds like something you should order for that roommate who is getting on your nerves.

  • Spyce, the robot-staffed veggie bowl restaurant, has completed a major renovation and is now back open for takeout and delivery. Rumor has it that Will Smith checks in on the machines from time to time.

  • A new speakeasy bar has opened in the Leather District. Offsuit is located within Troquet on South, and takes advantage of the otherwise unused private dining spaces. Boston.com has the full story.

  • Rounding out the news on openings, Buttermilk & Bourbon just announced that they will be opening a second location at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards next year. We’re definitely looking forward to beignets on the Charles River next summer.

  • Closings: Cafe Polonia in Southie, Whole Heart Provisions in Allston, and Grumpy White’s in Quincy have all closed. The Kitchen Cafe in the Leather District will be closing on Nov 21.

Week of November 9

  • Even for 2020, last week felt like an unbelievably long stretch of time. Now that it’s over, we can turn our attention to the holiday season. And if you’re in no mood to think about cooking, that’s fine - we’ve got a running list of all the restaurants offering Thanksgiving takeout.

  • It appears that pop-ups are still going strong - this week, the brand new Artifact Cider space in Central Square will be hosting Malaysian pop-up Sekali. Menu items include things like curry puffs and pandan cheesecake.

  • The team behind Lower Mills Tavern in Dorchester has launched a new vegan “ghost restaurant,” Stalk. Takeout and delivery for things like carrot turmeric soup and tofu steak will be available throughout the week from Lower Mills Tavern.

  • The Lexington, the second of three new restaurants in East Cambridge, will open on November 11. We reviewed their “outdoor pop-up” this past summer.

  • First we had to-go cocktails, and now we have a Taco Bell that serves beer, wine, and alcoholic slushies near BU. John Winthrop must be having a hard time resting this year.

  • Tree House Brewing, arguably the most well-known brewery in the state, recently announced two new locations for next year: Cape Cod and Deerfield. The Western Mass location is going to be huge - 100,000 square feet of hoppy delight.

  • In other beer-related news, Clown Shoes Beer has released a special holiday 12 pack for $26. You can find all the info about the 12 beers here.

  • Closings: Fuku in Seaport and The Fours Downtown have both closed. Jeveli’s in East Boston is closing after-hours on Tuesday, at least temporarily.

Week of November 2

  • November is here, which means that a number of restaurants have now entered hibernation. Gray’s Hall, ReelHouse, and Orfano are just a few of the spots that won’t reopen until spring - here’s a longer list.

  • The recent snow storm was an annoyance for most of us, but for restaurant owners, it was an omen of what’s to come in the colder months. Boston.com has the full report.

  • Gov. Baker announced that this Friday, all restaurants and breweries must close by 9:30pm for table service, but may remain open after that time for takeout.

  • At the end of last week, Inspire Brands, which owns Arby’s, Jimmy John’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings, officially purchased Dunkin’ Donuts for a whopping $11 billion dollars. Does that mean roast beef donut sandwiches - something we’ve been making for years - will finally gain national recognition?

  • Elm Street Sweets, a new-ish dessert spot selling pies and other treats from Rosebud Kitchen, has been so popular that it’s expanding to a second location inside Posto in Bedford. Pre-orders can be placed here.

  • The team behind Buttermilk & Bourbon have now opened B&B Fish in Marblehead, a seafood spot with a focus on New England specialities. Obviously, we all need more lobster rolls and chowder in our lives.

  • In other seafood and openings related news, Cajun Crab Shack is now open in Roslindale. Hush puppies with a side of lemon pepper king crab, coming right up.

  • Just in case you missed it, a number of places are doing Election Day specials and care packages since we all need cocktails and free tacos this year. Check out the full list here.

  • Closings: Southside Tavern in Quincy and Cobblestone Cafe in the North End has closed.

Week of October 26

  • It’s hard to believe, but our calendars tell us that Halloween is this weekend. Time Out Market is hosting a “Negroni Flight or Fright Night” on October 30 from 5-6pm. For $25, you’ll learn how to make four different Negronis, and you’ll even be able to bring home some skull ice molds. Tickets can be purchased here.

  • A few other ideas for Halloween: Sumiao has launched two new “spooky” cocktails, Fat Hen will feature a special tasting menu, and both Union Square Donuts and Kane’s are selling costumed-treats.

  • Sure, we’ve got a list to over 160 spots with outdoor heat lamps, but for some restaurants, it’s been a real challenge to obtain those heat lamps. Boston Magazine has the full report.

  • Southeast Asian restaurant Chalawan is launching a new street food-inspired menu from November 1-15, with things like nasi lemak, mee goreng mamak, and laksa. They’ll also be doing delivery through various platforms, but pick up your order if you can - that way your dollars will go directly to the restaurant.

  • Black Lamb has essentially become the pop-up hosting king of the restaurant world - in recent weeks it’s hosted Bún Bò Bui, Hot Chix, and Mimi’s Chuka Diner. Mimi’s will be back again on Nov 1 - follow along on Instagram for more information.

  • Football on Sundays is, um, not as enjoyable this year. One thing we all need to remember, however, is that 50 Kitchen still sells wings for 50 cents during gametime. Follow along on their Instagram for more information.

  • If you’re looking to stock up on wine for the holiday season (or just to get through 2020), make sure to check out The Urban Grape in the South End. It’s a Black-owned business, and a recent nominee for Wine Enthusiast’s “Retailer of The Year.” Free delivery is included for orders over $150. We’ve also got a guide to places that deliver alcohol, if you’re interested.

Week of October 19

  • Start your week with some fried chicken sandwich pre-orders: Cutty’s is doing a BBQ-ranch version this Sunday, while Hot Chix is selling Nashville Hot sandwiches for pick-up at Pagu on Tuesday.

  • Over the summer, we reviewed The Lexington At The Picnic Grove, a temporary pop-up from the team behind Puritan & Co.. Now that same team has opened Café Beatrice, the first of three planned spots at Cambridge Crossing, with menu items like pumpkin grilled cheese and carrot dukkah cake.

  • If you’re looking to get into the Halloween mood while at a restaurant, Loretta’s Last Call in Fenway is hosting a pumpkin carving party on October 23. For $15, you’ll get a pumpkin, some carving tools, a pumpkin beer, and some pumpkin seeds. You can purchase tickets here.

  • Too Good To Go is a new app which aims to reduce food waste by partnering with local restaurants to sell surplus meals that would otherwise have gone to waste. They’re already working with 70 spots in Boston, including places like Ripple Cafe and All Star Pizza Bar.

  • A growing number of restaurants are choosing to hibernate this winter as a way to control financial losses, including places like Tiger Mama and ReelHouse. Boston.com has a more in-depth report.

  • Closings: Downtown’s Uno Due Go, House of Siam in the South End, Wonder Bar in Allston, and Frozen Hoagies in Somerville have all closed.

Week of October 12

  • The colder weather means we all need a different preparation of lobster, right? Summer Shack is now selling lobster pot pie. The pie is also available for shipping nationwide, just in case your friends in Montana are craving a taste of the East Coast. You can place an order here.

  • Everyone loves deep dish pizza, especially when it’s free. UNO Pizzeria is asking for people to vote on which pizza should go on their new menu. The polls will close on November 3 - naturally - and once votes are cast, the voter will receive an email with an offer for a free pie. Read more about the promotion here.

  • Terra, the restaurant on the top floor of Eataly, will be hosting chef collaborations for the next three weekends with Bambara, Cambridge Brewing, and Krasi. Half of the proceeds from each dish sold will be donated to the Restaurant Strong Fund.

  • Krasi in Back Bay is launching a brunch menu this Sunday, featuring Greek-inspired menu items like baklava muffins and a Negroni with pineapple tsipouro. You can also indulge in a “Feast of the Gods” brunch, which comes with every meze on the menu for $180.

  • The Urban Grape, a South End wine store that’s already doing deliveries, is now launching a restaurant pop-up series on October 20. On Tuesday nights from 4-7pm, the store will sell reheatable meals for two with a suggested bottle pairing. The line up includes spots like Row 34, Mei Mei, and Sofra - online ordering will be available here.

  • Unusual partnerships are happening pretty frequently in the restaurant world, so why should bagels and donuts miss out? The Bagel Table in Brighton is now hosting a Union Square Donuts Outpost, which means a breakfast consisting of an everything bagel sandwich and a caramel apple crisp donut is easily achievable.

  • Closings: The Asgard in Central Square and The Kinsale at Government Center have closed, at least temporarily. Bertucci’s in Alewife has closed permanently.

Week of October 5

  • Mei Mei has announced that it will no longer be a traditional restaurant for the foreseeable future. Instead, it will focus on take home meals, pop-ups, and sales with community partners. You can find more information on this Instagram post.

  • Parisian-inspired spot Grand Tour will go into “hibernation” until spring of 2021, though they will be accepting private party reservations.

  • While omakase sushi spot O Ya remains closed, the team there will be running Gogo Ya in its place from Tues-Sat, 5-9pm. The pop-up will have nori tacos, rice bowls, sake, and cocktails - the full menu can be found here.

  • The old Bergamot space has now been taken over by FAB Somerville, a brewery/art gallery that also serves things like dry-aged cornish hen. Yeah, we’re still trying to make sense of it all.

  • Still looking for some lobster? Oak Long Bar + Kitchen now has a lobster pizza on their new “All Day” menu, as well as a dessert pizza with caramelized apples and vanilla mascarpone.

  • Don’t call it an igloo, because it’s actually... a greenhouse. Talulla in Cambridge has set up five greenhouses, and will utilize them throughout the colder months. Here’s what they look like.

  • Just in time for the fall, a new cidery will open soon in Central Square. Artifact Cider is based in Western Mass, but a brand new Cambridge taproom is scheduled to debut sometime in October. Boston.com has the full report.

  • Closings: Oisa Ramen has announced it will close by the end of the year.

Week of September 28

  • Well, that was quick. After being open for less than two weeks, Salt Bae has been forced to close his new Nusr-et Steakhouse in Back Bay because of multiple COVID violations. Boston.com has more details.

  • Mondays may not be so bad anymore. Field & Vine in Union Square now has a weekly fried chicken night. Even better, it comes complete with cocktails from the great bar next door, backbar.

  • There’s a new restaurant to visit in Central Square. The Dial is located inside the 907 Main Hotel, with menu items like kitfo, jerk quail, and apple compote crepes. They’ve also got an outdoor patio that’s open from 11:30am-10pm daily.

  • Curio Coffee already serves some amazing coffee and waffles, but now they’re also running a weekly special entitled “Sh*t We Ate In The ’90s.” Last Friday, it was a reimagined McRib sandwich with pork from one of the best butcher shops around. Follow along on Instagram for the weekly menu.

  • Revival Cafe, which has some great breakfast sandwiches, now also sells groceries. From now until October 15, you can use the code FALLWITHREVIVAL on Grocery Outpost to get a $15 Revival gift card when you spend at least $40.

  • Apparently October is National Pizza Month - it’s also National Seafood Month and Spinach Lovers Month. We’re not sure what exactly the spinach lovers are doing to celebrate, but we’ll be ordering some great pies. Oath Pizza is also offering free delivery throughout October on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

  • Since we’re talking about food-specific days, September 29 is National Coffee Day (who comes up with this stuff?). We’ve got an iced coffee guide, as well as a guide to some of our favorite coffee shops. OddFellows Ice Cream in Chestnut Hill is also selling some boozy affogato kits in collaboration with Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur.

  • Trillium has reopened their “Garden on the Greenway,” just in time for fall. Current hours are from noon onwards, Thurs-Sat.

  • Closings: Post 390 in Back Bay and Misono Grill and Tonkatsu King in the Super 88 Food Court have all closed.

Week of September 21

  • Mass Restaurants United approximates that 20% of restaurants in the state have permanently closed. As a result, they’re hosting a press conference at the State House on September 22nd at 11am to raise awareness about the Economic Development Bill, which seeks to raise funds for struggling restaurants.

  • Mimi’s Chuka Diner, a dumpling pop-up spot, will be making gyoza at Bow Market’s Create Gallery & Cocktails Lounge on September 24th from 5-10pm. We wish every Thursday could be filled with gyoza, cocktails, and art.

  • Summer Shack, which has one of the best lobster rolls around, is running a pop-up in Harvard Square by the Charles Hotel until the end of October. The pop-up will be a fully outdoor venue, with space for up to 60 guests.

  • If you’re looking for more brunch places, then you should know that Harvest in Cambridge is serving things like smoked salmon benedict and cucumber gazpacho on Sundays from 11am-4pm. They have an amazing patio too, complete with a fireplace and heaters.

  • Eataly is also joining in on the fall patio party. They’ll be serving mulled cider and all things sage and squash on their heated outdoor space.

  • Startup company Dan Harrington is working with local bartenders from spots like Bisq and Barra to create at-home cocktail kits. All you have to do is add liquor before saying “Cheers!” to your reflection in the mirror.

  • Closings: Emack & Bolio’s in Porter Square and Blue State Coffee at Boston University have both closed.

Week of September 14

  • Outdoor dining is here to stay - for now, at least. Last week, Governor Baker announced that the temporary patio permits issued to restaurants will be extended for an indefinite period of time. The emergency shared streets program, which provides cities funds to repurpose outdoor areas, will also receive another $5 million in funding. Presumably, some of this money will be utilized for heat lamps as the weather cools. Boston.com has the full report.

  • Time Out Market is getting a new vendor - Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood, the take out window associated with Mooncusser, will serve lobster rolls and roast beef sandwiches starting September 16th.

  • Puritan & Co. has transformed it’s next-door event space into Puritan Provisions, offering lunch from Thurs-Sun and breakfast on the weekends. Check out their Instagram for more information.

  • Dream factory/ramen restaurant Yume Wo Katare has a new venture: pizza. During the pandemic, Yume has been selling a limited number of ramen bowls to-go, but now they’ll also be running Yume Dough Katare - at least on some nights. You’ll have to follow along on Instagram to see when you can grab some char siu garlic pies.

  • If you’re a big fan of both Eggo Waffles and breakfast sandwiches, then why not just have them both at the same time? Vester in Kendall Square has the Stranger Things-inspired mash up available from 7am, Mon-Fri.

  • The Boston Public Market will reopen to the public this week, which means you can shop for donuts and fresh seafood all in one place again. Current hours are Wed-Sat from 8am-6pm.

  • The Boston Globe reports that with the Paycheck Protection Program running out and cooler weather approaching, a lot more restaurants are likely to close this year.

Week of September 7

  • Lamplighter Brewing has some great events in the coming weeks. On September 10th, they’re co-hosting an at-home dinner with Brato Brewhouse, and on September 17th, they’re teaming up with Mei Mei for a virtual hand-pulled noodles class. You can find more information on both events here.

  • A former chef at stellar Italian restaurant La Morra has launched an intimate BYOB named Cobble within the Coolidge Corner Arcade. The current capacity maxes out at 12, and dinners are priced at $85 per person. Boston.com has a full report here.

  • Fluff was invented in Somerville, and for the past 10 years the city has hosted an annual Fluff Festival in September. This year, the festival will be virtual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on some fluff. Gracie’s in Union Square, open Wed-Sun, has fluff cones, and Honeycomb in Cambridge is selling a S’mores ice cream taco special today (September 8th).

  • Bow Market has a new full time vendor. Perillas, a bibimbap spot that previously ran as a pop-up, is now serving lunch and dinner from Wed-Sat.

  • Loro Hobo’s brand new Seaport patio is now open from 3pm to midnight on weekdays, and noon to midnight on the weekends.

  • Closings: The Pour House and Lir in Back Bay, Bull McCabe’s in Somerville, The Friendly Toast in Cambridge, and The Fours Downtown have all closed. True Bistro in Cambridge has also announced closure, at least until potential restaurant legislation passes.

WEEK OF AUGUST 31

  • Eataly has been operating a Boylston Street patio for the last few months, but now they’ve also got a rooftop patio. It’s an extension of Terra, the on-site restaurant known for it’s wood-fired grill. Reservations can be made here.

  • It’s hard to believe that this weekend is Labor Day weekend, a three-day stretch of time that we all wish we’d had more of this summer. Enjoy being outside as much as you can by grilling with the new to-go burger kit from Bambara, or a picnic package from Cafe Landwer.

  • If you’ve been thinking “I really could use a whole pig roast right now,” then Citizen Public House has you covered. They’re selling suckling pig roasts to-go, complete with oysters, shrimp, and five seasonal sides. The recommended number of people for this meal is at least ten, just something to keep in mind if you were considering ordering a personal feast.

  • One of our favorite coffee shops, Cuppacoffee, has a new mobile espresso bar in Quincy. It’s open Tues-Fri, and they’re also selling Australian meat pies and pastries - more information here.

  • Eastie’s Cunard Tavern will be hosting a socially-distanced beer dinner with Trillium on September 10th at 7:30pm. You can find more information here.

  • Dunkin’ is seemingly collaborating with everyone in sight. After launching some Dunkin’ cereal last month, they’ve now released some beer with Harpoon. Three new flavors will be available in September - a Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale, a Jelly Donut IPA, and a Boston Kreme Stout. In theory, they’ll be available wherever Harpoon is sold.

  • Closings: The Automatic in Kendall Square, Legal Test Kitchen in Seaport, Popover King in the West End, and Stella and Black Jack Pasta Kitchen in the South End have all closed. Anna’s Taqueria has also closed its original location in Brookline.

Week of August 24

  • While renowned omakase restaurant O Ya remains closed, the same team has opened a new pizza spot in Chestnut Hill. Mr. Roni Cups is apparently the result of “years of pizza research” - which is essentially just everyday life for us.

  • The much-beloved Chinatown spot Shojo has reopened for takeout. Orders can be placed here from Sunday to Wednesday for pickup on the following Saturday.

  • Puritan & Co. will be running their annual Julia Child Tribute Dinner virtually this year. The four-course dinner, which naturally features beef bourguignon, is available for $50 per person and can be pre-ordered starting today for pickup on August 28 or 29.

  • Legal Oysteria, the Italian-inspired Legal branch in Charlestown, is reopening on August 25th. It’s probably the only Legal we would go to on a first date.

  • Highland Kitchen is transforming into Highland Chicken for the rest of the summer. They’ll be serving wings, tenders, and yes, fried chicken sandwiches, for takeout from 4-10pm on Wed-Sun.

  • This Sunday, The Lexington at the Picnic Grove will be serving sundaes from 1-3pm - flavors include burnt caramel with peach swirl and mint chip brownie sandwich.

  • Gracie’s Ice Cream in Union Square already serves a salted whisky scoop, but Eater has reported that same team will plan to open a new boozy milkshake spot in Kendall Square. The opening date has not been announced yet.

  • Closings: McGreevy’s in Back Bay and Stellina in Watertown have closed. Taranta in the North End and Cheers in Faneuil Hall will both close on August 30th.

Week of August 10

  • Governor Baker addressed the recent uptick in COVID cases last week, officially stating that pretzels and potato chips do not count as food for “bars masquerading as restaurants.” You can watch the full press conference here.

  • The Boston Black Hospitality Coalition has launched the city’s first ever Black Restaurant Month, as reported by WBUR. Find a list of all the Black-owned restaurants you can support here.

  • It may be awhile before we’re all back at a concert, so the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion is turning into an outdoor dining venue. Time Out reports that there will be food from Regina Pizzeria and Legal Seafood, as well as beer from Night Shift. You can find more information here.

  • Aeronaut Brewery, one of our favorite spots, is expanding into Everett. According to Boston.com, the facility will primarily be for brewing, though there may be a taproom eventually.

  • South End Italian spot SRV has a new private patio for small groups - check out their Instagram for all the details.

  • Frank Pepe, the well-known New Haven-style pizza chain, will open a new location in Watertown next week. They also have locations in Burlington and Chestnut Hill.

  • Dine Out Boston, the city’s restaurant week, returns this year on August 16-21 and 23-28. You can see all the participating restaurants here.

  • Closings: Saltie Girl in Time Out Market, The Frogmore in JP, and Somerville Brewing Company have all closed.

Week of august 3

  • Time Out Market in Fenway has reopened and it now has an expanded patio. Crowd favorites Bisq, Mamaleh’s, and Union Square Donuts are still around, but the Craigie Burger stand has permanently closed. Current hours are 5-10pm, Wed-Fri, and 9am-10om on the weekends.

  • Black Lamb in the South End, normally a French-ish spot, is hosting a Japanese/Chinese pop-up series for the next three Monday evenings. Chef’s from Mimi’s Chuka Diner will be making dumplings and ramen - more information here.

  • Farm-to-table spot Bondir in Cambridge has been doing takeout for a while now, but the chef is bringing back his squid-ink brioche lobster roll for the month of August. Yes, you read that right - here’s some photo evidence to prove it exists.

  • Want to support a charity while still eating food from the North End? Ristorante Lucia is selling “Feast Boxes” for $30 per person, and $5 of every box will be donated to a selected charity. This week, the feast involves arancini, manicotti, a sausage and onion slider, and more.

  • Harpoon Brewery is partnering with breweries for Black is Beautiful, a movement started by Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio. The goal is to raise awareness about the injustices for people of color, both in local communities and in the beer world. Harpoon’s version of the beer is a tropical stout, available now on tap and in to-go growlers - all proceeds will be donated to the NAACP.

  • If you need more Dunkin’ in your life, the coffee chain is launching a Dunkin’ cereal this month. The two flavors are Mocha Latte and Caramel Macchiato - we’re still figuring out if we should celebrate this news.

  • Closings: Pret A Manger has closed all of its Boston locations. Barlow’s in Fort Point and The Squealing Pig in West Roxbury have both closed permanently as well.

Week of July 27

  • After months of mistreatment and discrimination complaints by employees, Tatte’s CEO Tzurit Or is stepping down from her role. Earlier in July, employees also posted an open letter calling for change within the company.

  • The great Eastie spot Tawakal Cafe now has a patio, joining the other 190+ spots in Boston with outdoor dining space.

  • Bully Boy Distillers is now selling boozy popsicles in their outdoor cocktail garden, open from 4-8pm on Friday and 12-8pm on Saturday. Chefz, a local start-up born out of the pandemic, is offering live cooking shows over Zoom. This week, on July 29th, they’re featuring the chef from Taranta, one of our favorite North End spots. More information here.

  • Apparently, July 29th is also National Chicken Wing Day. Bonchon will be serving a special wasabi cucumber ranch dipping sauce on that day with all fried chicken orders.

  • Closings: The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, a frequent spot for concerts and poetry slams, is up for sale. Additionally, Regina Pizzeria has closed its Allston branch.

Week of july 20

  • The team behind Select Oyster Bar will be taking over the space previously occupied by Kamakura. They’re opening a place called “Little Rose,” a burrito spot with a rooftop tequila and mezcal bar.

  • The Red Sox opening day is slated for July 24th, and there’s a new pop-up restaurant with cocktails and pretzels that will open on the same day. It’ll be located under the Green Monster, right next to Bleacher Bar. In case you’re wondering, Bleacher Bar - with it’s Fenway Field “window” - is open from 11:30am-10pm daily.

  • Deuxave, the French fine-dining spot in Back Bay, is now selling ice cream for the summer months. Some notable flavors include burnt honey and guava sherbert. Find the full list of flavors on their website.

  • Harpoon Brewery is raising money for charity with its beer. For every case of Harpoon’s IPA sold in July, a portion of proceeds will go towards The Jimmy Fund, which raises money for Dana-Farber’s Cancer Institute. They also have a special “For The Frontline” ale that is supporting The Boston Resiliency Fund, The VT COVID-19 Fund, and Off Their Plate. More information here.

  • Closings: Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square announced that it will be closing in August. Elsewhere, Kamakura on State Street, The Field in Cambridge, and Whiskey’s in Back Bay have all closed.

Week of July 13

  • Flour Bakery + Cafe is expanding, with a ninth location in Beacon Hill. The team is aiming for a Labor day opening.

  • One of our favorite ramen spots, Red White Japanese, has a new spicy ramen on the menu. As with everything else they serve, it’s completely vegan.

  • Uni in Back Bay has launched a “Clam Shack,” serving things like fried clams and lobster rolls daily from 12-4pm. The full menu can be found here.

  • La Morra in Brookline will reopen this Wednesday for indoor dining - it’s one of the best Italian restaurants around.

  • In case you missed it, check out our photos of what Chinatown looks like right now amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The chef-owner of Angela’s Cafe in East Boston passed away last week after battling cancer.

  • The team from Puritan & Co. will open a new patio restaurant at Cambridge Crossing on July 16th, featuring lobster toast, tacos, and grilled chicken wings. More information can be found here.

  • Closings: Downtown wine bar Les Zygomates, Fenway’s Love Art Udon, and South End Italian spot Cinquecento have closed permanently.

Week of July 6

  • Phase 3 begins today, which means that gyms, movie theaters, and museums can now reopen under specific guidelines.

  • One of our favorite sushi omakase spots, Laughing Monk Cafe, has a brand new outdoor patio. Reservations can be made here.

  • After taking a short break, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen is back for outdoor dining and takeout. Reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Gracie’s Ice Cream in Union Square is now back open, Thurs-Sun from 2-8pm. The team is hoping to be open daily in a few weeks.

  • SRV will reopen for indoor and outdoor dining on July 9th. If you’re planning to go, you should make your reservation right now.

  • Tavern of Tales, the board game and bar spot in Mission Hill, is reopening on July 7th with outdoor patio seating. We don’t recommend playing Pandemic at this time. Hours will be 2-10pm during the week, and 2pm-12am on the weekends.

  • The Nu Do Society, which sells all types of noodle dishes, was scheduled to open its storefront in Cambridge this summer. However, they were forced to delay due to COVID, but they’re still delivering orders on Sunday afternoons. More information on Instagram.

  • Natural wine store The Urban Grape will be resuming their free virtual tasting events over Zoom on Thursday and Friday from 6-7pm. Find out more here.

  • Closings: Craigie Burger in Time Out Market has closed permanently.

Week of June 29

  • It’s hard to believe that July 4th is this weekend. A number of spots are running specials: Bondir has a three-course picnic on Gilt and Urban Hearth has a “Grill-Ready” BBQ box.

  • After receiving over 50 complaints from residents about dining violations in the North End, the Boston Licensing Board will now be closely monitoring restaurants in the neighborhood. Outdoor entertainment is banned, and random inspections will be performed.

  • Cisco Brewers is running their Seaport Beer Garden for the third year in a row at 65 Northern Avenue. Oath Pizza will also be on site - hours and additional information can be found here.

  • House of Blues in Fenway has opened up a new rooftop bar just behind the ballpark. If the MLB ever returns, you might find a baseball landing right in your pint glass. The rooftop hours are 4pm onwards from Thurs-Sun and photos of the space can be found here.

  • Closings: Parsnip, Cafe Pamplona, and Legal in Harvard Square, Wit’s End in Inman Square, Bar Louie in Fenway and Bergamot in Somerville have all closed.

Week of June 22

  • Restaurants are now able to reopen for indoor dining. There are no capacity restrictions, but tables must be at least six feet apart. Want to know more about what indoor dining looks like? Check out our FAQ feature.

  • In case you’re wondering, the North End is as busy as ever.

  • BearMoose Brewing Company just opened a brand new patio, and we added them to our list of breweries with outdoor seating.

  • Gracie’s Ice Cream in Somerville is testing out a pre-ordering system for cones this Tuesday and Thursday, featuring two new flavors: Thai tea and Tahini cocoa.

  • If you’re craving oysters, but don’t feel comfortable eating out yet, you can get oysters shipped overnight to you from Island Creek Oysters.

  • It’s hard to believe that July 4th is just around the corner. Eastern Standard Provisions, a New England pretzel company, has a new grill pack with pretzel buns and burger seasonings.

  • Boston.com is hosting a Zoom “Summer Cocktail” class on June 25th at 5pm, featuring some hard seltzer and Aperol. More information here

  • Closings: New Saigon Sandwich in Chinatown, Backyard Betty’s in Southie, Bella Luna in JP, O’Leary’s in Brookline, and Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Hotel have all closed.

WEEK OF JUNE 15

  • Just in case you missed it, we’re updating our outdoor dining guide daily - it now features over 100+ restaurants that have reopened.

  • The state recently updated the rules of Phase 2, allowing breweries, distilleries, and wineries with food service to open.

  • Harpoon Brewery will be hosting a Facebook Live event on June 17th about the 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge bike ride. This year, Harpoon will also be donating a portion of proceeds for every case of IPA sold in July.

  • In celebration of Juneteenth, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen will be hosting a 10-hour music marathon. Follow along on Instagram for more information.

  • Lawn on D has now turned into a giant outdoor patio, open from 2-8pm every day. Tony C’s, Temazcal, and Jack’s Coal-Fired Pizza will be collaborating on the menu - follow along on Instagram for more information. Reservations are required.

  • Rebel Rebel is hosting weekly virtual wine classes - this Sunday, they’re highlighting wines from queer producers. More information here.

  • Closings: Dante in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Coda in the South End, and The Table at Season To Taste in Cambridge have all closed.

Week of june 8

  • Boston restaurants are now open for outdoor dining. We have a Q&A on what dining out looks like right now, as well as a guide to restaurants that are open for outdoor dining.

  • Boston Magazine is hosting a “Power Talks” series - this week it’s with the chef from Tiger Mama, Sweet Cheeks, and Fool’s Errand. Find out more information here.

  • Urban Hearth, a farm-to-table spot in Cambridge, is launching a new summer takeout menu on June 11th. They’ll also be offering farm share boxes from their local farmers.

  • Dorchester Brewing Company and Trillium Brewing in Fort Point will be the first local breweries to open this week.

Week of June 1

  • Harpoon Brewery has been offering beer, pretzels, and produce boxes for a while, but now they’re starting to sell pizza as well. Check out all of their offerings here.

  • Lamplighter Brewery is starting a new “Tuesday Tasting” series, where you can attend a mixed-pack Zoom beer school. Classes are from 7:30-8:30pm, and $10 from every ticket purchased goes to supporting the Boston Industry Workers group. More information here.

  • Sweet Cheeks BBQ in Fenway is now back open for takeout, just in time for the warmer weather outside. All payments must be made by card - check out their daily menus on Instagram.

  • 1369 Coffee House is reopening their Central Square location for takeout, though all orders must be placed on their website. Check out their Instagram for exact hours - no word on the Inman Square branch yet.

  • Tres Gatos in JP has now reopened for takeout on Thurs-Sun evenings. Pre-orders should be placed on their website, or by calling in at (617) 477-4851.

  • Sure, we love the dumplings at Myers + Chang, but now that they’ve got a new Spicy Taiwanese Fried Chicken, we know what we’re ordering. Oh, and they have some meal kits too, which means you can now make their Dan Dan noodles at home. More information here.

  • Sarma has now opened a lunch service window. The menu changes daily, but has featured things like lentil chili dogs and chickpea fries. They also have a new online pre-ordering system so you don’t have to call in your dinner orders anymore. Check out their Instagram for more details.

  • We’re very happy to report that Loyal Nine is back open for takeout, 12-6pm, Wed-Sun. The espresso and coffee bar is also open. Pre-order on their website, or just walk up to their patio counter.

  • Italian spot Mida in the South End now has a new lunch menu, featuring things like crispy polenta and homemade gelato. They also extended their hours, so now you can grab pasta every day for takeout or delivery, from 11:30am-8:30pm.

  • Tatte has designed a new system that allows customers to walk into their Harvard Square, Back Bay, and Brookline locations to place an order while still maintaining a safe social distance. Follow along on Instagram to see updates for other stores - delivery and takeout orders can still be placed online.

  • Idle Hands and Riverwalk Brewing are teaming up with Grainbakers on June 2nd and 3rd respectively for some bread baking classes. You’ll be provided with a bread-making kit, and at 9pm you’ll join the brewery founders over video to talk about your bread success (or failure). More info here.

  • Revival Kitchen’s Davis Square location is now open for curbside pickup. Their full coffee menu is available, and they’re selling breakfast sandwiches and pastries too. Pre-orders must be placed online.

  • Little Big Diner, the popular ramen spot in Newton, is back open for takeout, Wed-Sat, 4-8pm. You guessed it - orders should be placed online.

  • The Greenway Food Truck Program returns on June 1st, though in a reduced capacity. The current schedule can be found here, but it’s subject to change. For real-time updates, follow along on the Greenway’s Twitter feed.

  • Closings: Deep Ellum will close after its final service on Sunday June 7th.

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