Sunday, June 25, 2017

Don Akin, Owner of Medieval Manor, Has Passed Away

The person behind a landmark theater and restaurant that shut down a year and a half ago has passed away.

A Twitter post from @universalhub states that Don Akin, who owned the now-closed Medieval Manor in Boston's South End, has died, with a page included in the tweet saying that he was 67 years old. Akin ran the E Berkeley Street spot for more than 40 years until closing the place following a New Year's Eve show at the end of 2015, but it subsequently appeared that the spot might end up reopening in its space until plans ended up falling through last summer.

The Medieval Manor was a popular venue for a variety of parties and events over the years, with its website saying that the comedic roots of its interactive dinner theater were in "vaudeville and burlesque."

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Momi Nonmi Plans to Open in Cambridge's Inman Square

It looks like a new restaurant will be moving into a space in Cambridge where a burger spot had been, and the person behind it appears to be a well-known figure within the Boston-area restaurant scene.

A license commission agenda page within the city's website indicates that Momi Nonmi is looking to open in Inman Square, taking over the space where WuBurger Gourmet had been until closing last November. The manager listed for the proposed spot is Christopher Chung, who may be the same Christopher Chung who was involved with AKA Bistro in Lincoln until it shut down last May, and before that, Uni in Boston's Back Bay. An earlier Boston Magazine article had mentioned that Chung was "considering his next move" after the closing of AKA Bistro, and that at the time (last fall), he was popping up at various places around the Boston area, offering modern Japanese small plates.

A hearing will take place on Momi Nonmi's request for a liquor license on Wednesday, June 28.

The address for the proposed Momi Nonmi in Inman Square is 1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sintra in South Braintree to Close for Good This Weekend

A beloved suburban restaurant that is known in part for its Mediterranean fare is getting ready to shut down.

According to a source, Sintra in South Braintree is closing for good this weekend, with tonight apparently being its last night in operation. No reason has been given for the closure of this Washington Street eatery and it is not yet known what might be taking over its space; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Sintra, which opened approximately 13 years ago, is an upscale casual restaurant that features New American dishes, along with items that have Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and other Mediterranean influences. A few of its offerings include steamed mussels, tomato bisque, a meatball and fig flatbread, bolognese with chorizo, house-made gnocchi with shrimp, seafood risotto, pan-roasted statler chicken, and pork chops.

The address for Sinta is 906 Washington Street, Braintree, MA, 02184.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Sushi Factory to Replace Kirin Teppanyaki & Wok in Allston

A short-lived Allston restaurant that featured a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes has closed, and a new Asian spot is moving in.

According to a source, Kirin Teppanyaki & Wok on Brighton Avenue is no longer in business, with a new place called Sushi Factory planning to open in the space. A check on a licensing board page within the City of Boston website confirms this, and the listing shows the name of the manager for Sushi Factory being Ying Huang, who may be the same person who runs the Hi B3ar Ice Cream Roll shop across the street. (As soon as we confirm that it is the same person, we will post an update here.)

Kirin Teppanyaki & Wok first opened last September, replacing Redneck's Roast Beef which had been in the space for more than a decade.

The address for the upcoming Sushi Factory is 140 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134.

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Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. to Open in Former Tequila Rain Space in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

A new brewpub is on its way to Boston, and it will be taking over the space by Fenway Park that had been home to a nightclub.

Eater Boston is reporting that Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. is opening on Landsdowne Street, moving into the former Tequila Rain space by Loretta's Last Call and the Jillian's/Lucky Strike entertainment complex. It looks like the new spot will feature beer that is brewed on the premises along with fried snacks and sandwiches, and the place is also expected to have shuffleboard and pool tables. If all goes as planned, Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. could be opening sometime later this summer.

Tequila Rain closed for good over the winter after being in business for more than 12 years.

The address for the upcoming Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. is 3 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA, 02215. Its website will be at

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Plans Back On for Comella's to Open in Pizza Express Space in Winchester

Last December we announced that a local group of Italian food retailers and caterers was looking to take over the space of a suburban pizzeria, only to have the plans fall through several weeks later. Now we have learned that the plans are back on once again.

According to a source, Comella's has purchased the Pizza Express space in Winchester, and there is currently brown paper on the windows of the Main Street storefront. Late last year, it appeared that Comella's had gotten approval from the town for a beer and wine license, with the plan being to open in the Pizza Express space at some point in time, but sometime in late January or early February, the group of eateries backed out of the deal and Pizza Express remained open for business.

It is not yet known if Comella's will be able to get a liquor license this time around; as soon as we find out, we will post an update here.

Comella's has a number of locations in the Greater Boston area, including in Bedford, Belmont, Chestnut Hill, Concord, Hingham, Marblehead, Melrose, Natick, Needham, Wellesley, West Newton, West Roxbury, and Westwood.

The address for the upcoming location of Comella's (and the now-closed Pizza Express) is: 529 Main Street, Winchester, MA, 01890.

[Earlier Articles]
Comella's Plans to Open in Winchester
Plans Fall Through for Comella's to Open in Pizza Express Space in Winchester

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