Friday, February 23, 2018

Bar Mezzana Team to Open Shore Leave (a New Tiki Bar) in Boston's Ink Block Area

by Marc Hurwitz

The group behind an Italian restaurant within a new development in Boston's South End will be opening a brand new spot across the street.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Colin Lynch, Heather Lynch, Jefferson Macklin, and Ryan Lotz of Bar Mezzana on Harrison Avenue in the Ink Block are planning to open Shore Leave, which will be a tiki bar and restaurant that is currently in design mode and could be opening later this year if all goes as planned. Very little information has been given on the upcoming spot, so stay tuned as more details start to come in.

Bar Mezzana first opened in the Ink Block in June of 2016, with the dining and drinking spot featuring coastal Italian fare.

The address for Shore Leave will be 345 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118. Its website will be at https://www.shoreleaveboston.com/

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Fusion Taste in Arlington Center Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown

by Marc Hurwitz

A suburban restaurant known for its Chinese and Japanese fare has shut down for at least the time being, and it is not yet known why the place has closed.

According to several sources on The Arlington List Facebook group page, Fusion Taste in Arlington Center is locked up and dark, with a check on the restaurant last night confirming this, and signs out front say that it is temporarily closed because of an equipment problem. A Facebook post from Michel Chen of the Broadway eatery says that it is "closed for revaluation," with a comment further down in the thread indicating that it could be shuttered for approximately a month.

Fusion Taste first opened in Arlington Center in 2009, taking over the space where Mifune had once been, along with Viet's Cafe and several other dining spots.

The address for Fusion Taste is 303 Broadway, Arlington, MA, 02474. The phone number is (781) 641-2388. And the Web site is at: http://www.fusiontasterestaurant.com/

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Update: Glass House in Cambridge's Kendall Square to Debut Breakfast Bar, Offering Items from Now-Closed K2 Cafe

by Marc Hurwitz

[Ed note: This article was updated on February 24 to reflect a correction made about which space the breakfast bar is going into.]

A restaurant in Cambridge is opening a breakfast bar, and it will offer items from a now-closed cafe and coffee bar that was under the same ownership.

An email sent to us indicates that Glass House on Kendall Street in the city's Kendall Square area is opening a breakfast bar within its space, and that it will serve food and drink that the nearby K2 Cafe had been offering until it closed down this week. The new breakfast bar will serve items such as breakfast burritos bowls, avocado toast, spudboats (loaded baked potatoes), egg sandwiches, and bagels, along with a variety of coffee options.

It looks like Glass House's breakfast bar opens its doors on Monday, according to the email.

K2 Cafe opened in Kendall Square in July of 2016 while Glass House opened in October of that year; the cafe offered salads, sandwiches, and spudboats, coffee, tea, and smoothies, while the restaurant features a mix of New American and classic American fare along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Items from Bakeries and Pastry Shops in the Boston Area and Beyond]





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Bagels by Us in Arlington Is Closing

by Marc Hurwitz

A longtime suburban dining spot known in part for its bagels is shutting down.

According to several sources, including a couple of posters on The Arlington List Facebook group page, Bagels by Us on Mass. Ave in Arlington is closing, with a phone call to the business confirming that it will indeed be shutting its doors on March 16. No specific reason has been given for its closure, and it is not known what might go into the space, so keep checking back for updates.

Bagels by Us, which has been in business for more than 20 years and is also known as The Diner at Bagels By Us, offers a variety of bagels along with breakfast and lunch sandwiches, French toast, waffles, pancakes, and more.

The address for Bagels by Us is 789 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476.

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Items from Bakeries and Pastry Shops in the Boston Area and Beyond]





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Windy City Pizza in Dorchester to Open New Location in Quincy

by Marc Hurwitz

A pizzeria in Dorchester is expanding to a second location nearby, and it will offer very late-night dining along with delivery.

According to a source, Windy City Pizza on Gallivan Boulevard is planning to open a new shop on Newport Street in Quincy, with a Patriot Ledger article confirming this, saying that the upcoming eatery will be able to stay open until 3:00 AM while also offering delivery. The new location of Windy City could be opening around the end of the year if all goes as planned.

The original location of Windy City Pizza offers such items as salads, subs, wings, tenders, steak tips and calzones, in addition to pizza.

The address for this upcoming pizzeria in Quincy is: Windy City Pizza, 195 Newport Avenue, Quincy, MA, 02170. The website for the Dorchester shop can be found at https://www.windypizza.com/

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Pizzas in the Boston Area and Beyond]





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American Fresh Beer Garden in Somerville's Assembly Row Is Reopening

by Marc Hurwitz

A Somerville beer garden that closed down a few months ago is going to be returning.

A message sent from Somerville Brewing Company states that American Fresh Beer Garden at Assembly Row in Somerville is planning to reopen, though no specifics have been given as of yet (more information may be coming later today). The beer garden, which debuted in the fall of 2014, will end up being the third spot for the brewery once it opens, with American Fresh Brewhouse Brewery and Taproom being located at the brewery on Ward Street and American Fresh Brewhouse recently opening at Assembly Row.

Somerville Brewing Company is known in part for its line of Slumbrew beers.

The website for Somerville Brewing Company--and its taproom and brewhouse--can be found at http://www.slumbrew.com/

Thanks to a source for initially bringing this to our attention.

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