Friday, December 15, 2017

Brothers Marketplace to Open in Cambridge's Kendall Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A local supermarket chain is further expanding its upscale neighborhood market concept, with a new location now being planned for Cambridge.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog states (via The Boston Globe) that Roche Bros. is looking to open a new location of Brothers Marketplace in Kendall Square, with the grocery store coming to the ground floor of One Broadway (where Broadway, Main Street, and Third Street meet). Last month, we reported that another outlet of Brothers Marketplace will be coming to the Merc at Moody and Main apartment building in Waltham, with that one on the way sometime in the spring of 2018; it appears that the Cambridge location won't be opening until 2019, so for the time being, the Waltham location will be its third (joining others in Weston and Medfield) and the Kendall Square location will be its fourth.

The two locations of Brothers Marketplace are small grocery stores that feature fresh foods and regional products; another shop had been planned for Somerville's Davis Square, but it fell through and a location of bfresh (a small-market concept affiliated with Stop & Shop) opened in the Elm Street space earlier this year.

The website for Brothers Marketplace is at http://www.brothers-marketplace.com/

[Earlier Article]
Brothers Marketplace to Open in Waltham

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b.good to Open in Swampscott

by Marc Hurwitz

A local group of dining spots known in part for its healthy options continues to expand, with a new one now on the way to the North Shore.

According to a source, b.good is opening in Swampscott, with a sign out front showing that it will be coming to the shopping center in Vinnin Square where Stop & Shop resides. It is not yet known when the new location might be opening, so keep checking back for updates. A number of b.good locations can currently be found in the local area, including outlets in Boston, Bedford, Beverly, Burlington, Cambridge, Dedham, Hingham, Natick, Newton, Wellesley, and Woburn.

It looks like the address for the new location of b.good in Swampscott will be 450 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA, 01907. The website for all locations can be found at http://www.bgood.com

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110 Grill Plans to Open at Former Hilltop Steak House Property on Route 1 in Saugus

by Marc Hurwitz

A growing group of casual upscale dining spots is planning to open a new location north of Boston, moving into a space where a legendary restaurant had once been.

According to an article from the Saugus Advertiser, 110 Grill has received approval by the town to open at the site of the old Hilltop Steak House, with the restaurant possibly opening in the first quarter of 2019. The post says that the property, which is now owned by AvalonBay Communities, Inc., will also see an as-of-yet unnamed fast casual eatery and retail shops along with 280 apartment units.

110 Grill, which focuses mainly on New American fare, currently has locations in Berlin, Braintree, Chelmsford, Fall River, Haverhill, Hopkinton, Leominster, Marlboro, and Wayland, as well as locations in Nashua and Rochester, NH. (A number of other locations will be coming as well, including ones in Maynard and Woburn, according to its website.)

It looks like the address for the upcoming 110 Grill is 855 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus, MA, 01906. The website for all locations can be found at https://www.110grill.com/

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spyce (a Restaurant with a Robotic Kitchen) Is Coming to Boston's Downtown Crossing

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant is on its way to the heart of downtown Boston, and it will have a rather futuristic concept.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Spyce is planning to open on Washington Street in the city's Downtown Crossing area in the spring of 2018, with the upcoming spot featuring a robotic kitchen whose concept comes from a fully-automated restaurant in one of the dining halls at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The article mentions that the Downtown Crossing version of Spyce will be different from that which was created by MIT students (no details on the specific difference have been given as of yet) and that a nationally-recognized chef--Daniel Boulud of Bar Boulud in the Back Bay and a number of other restaurants in New York and elsewhere--is collaborating on the new dining spot.

Eater says that the original Spyce concept at MIT runs independently from humans except for the restocking of ingredients.

The address for the upcoming Spyce in Downtown Crossing is 241 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02201. The website for Spyce can be found at http://spyce.com/

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Chickpeas Plans to Open at Former Gas Station Site in Marblehead

by Marc Hurwitz

A Mediterranean restaurant may be on its way to the North Shore, and it would be replacing a long-closed business.

According to an article in Wicked Local, Chickpeas is planning to open in Marblhead, taking over the space on Pleasant Street where an abandoned gas station currently sits. The post mentions that the Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a special permit for the 16-seat fast-food spot, although concerns about the proposal have been brought up, including traffic, parking, and child safety issues (a middle school is located a short distance away). While the board did ok the proposal, they have also attached suggestions/conditions to the permit from the town's Design Review Board.

The address for the proposed Chickpeas is 195 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945.

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

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Zuma Plans to Open in Boston's Back Bay

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a London-based group of high-end Japanese restaurants will be expanding to Boston.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Zuma is planning to open at the upcoming One Dalton residential tower in the Back Bay, with the hearing notice indicating that the restaurant--which is seeking a liquor license from the now-closed Eugene O'Neill's in Jamaica Plain--will be on the first floor of the building and will apparently include a dining area and a bar. One Dalton isn't scheduled to be completed for at least another year, so Zuma probably won't be opening anytime soon, but plans are indeed in the works for the dining spot.

Zuma is an izakaya (basically, a Japanese pub) and grillhouse in London that has a handful of locations around the world, including in New York, Miami, and Las Vegas; the restaurants are generally trendy, upscale spots with offerings that include sushi, robata-style grill items, tempura, hotpot, roasted lobster, rib eye steak, sake, cocktails, and more.

Boston actually has another restaurant with this name--Zuma Tex Mex Restaurant, which is located at Faneuil Hall.

The website for the Zuma chain can be found at https://www.zumarestaurant.com/

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